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Hamilton confirms Tyler's 'Idol' plans

Los Angeles -- Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has confirmed the band's lead singer Steven Tyler will be a judge on TV's "American Idol" next season, the Boston Globe said.

"The ink is dry on that,'' Hamilton told The (Newark. N.J.) Star-Ledger.
"Steven is someone who absolutely lives to be in front of an audience, and the people closest to him know how witty and entertaining he can be. ... I hope it doesn't hurt the new momentum we've built up on this tour, because that's been so important for us as a band."

The Globe said neither Fox, which airs the show, nor Tyler would comment on Hamilton's remarks.

The 40-year-old rock band's guitarist and co-founder, Joe Perry, recently expressed his displeasure regarding rumors Tyler is headed to "Idol."

Mom says judge, media too hard on Lohan

New York -- Lindsay Lohan's mother told interviewer Matt Lauer the media and justice system are largely to blame for the U.S. actress' problems.

The 24-year-old star of "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls" has served two stints in jail and taken four trips to rehab, due to her addictions to alcohol and drugs.

Talking to Lauer on Friday's edition of the "Today" show, Dina Lohan blamed her daughter's problems on the tabloids, the Internet, Lindsay's father Michael and Marsha Revel, the judge who recently recused herself from handling Lindsay's parole violation in her 2007 driving under the influence case, E! News said.
Lindsay spent nearly two weeks behind bars this summer for missing her court-ordered alcohol education classes.

Thief on skates stopped by passersby

Miami -- A Florida photographer said a roller-skating bandit who snatched his camera was stopped by a taco stand owner, an Iraq War vet, a judge and her teenage son.

Al Diaz of The Miami Herald said he was preparing to photograph the Taqueria Mexicana Orale taco truck Wednesday for a feature story when the thief wearing roller skates grabbed the camera and sped away, The Miami Herald reported Thursday.

Taco stand owner Moises Gonzales chased the thief on foot and flagged down Deborah White-Labora, a drug court judge driving a white van with her children, Christopher, 17, and Amanda, 20.

The van was the first pursuer to catch up to the man and Christopher White-Labora tackled the suspect and was soon joined by Gonzalez.

Killer of NBA star's brother sentenced

Chicago -- A judge in Illinois has sentenced the man convicted of the murder of NBA star Quentin Richardson's brother to a 180-year prison term, officials said.

Cook County Judge Joseph Kazmierski sentenced Ishmael Clark for the murder of Lee Richardson Jr., 31, and the attempted murder of three Chicago cops after a 2005 robbery went wrong, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.

Clark, 34, and two co-defendants robbed Richardson and his father, Lee Richardson Sr., at gunpoint at the Richardsons' Chicago home on Dec. 5, 2005.

When the robbery went bad they began shooting, killing the younger Richardson and fleeing in a car before being captured after a 5-mile chase.

Judge who sent LiLo to slammer steps aside after complaint from prosecutor

Marsha Revel, the Beverly Hills judge who sent Lindsay Lohan to jail has removed herself from the case.

Judge recuses herself from Lohan case

Los Angeles -- Marsha Revel, a Beverly Hills, Calif., judge, has voluntarily asked to be recused from overseeing actress Lindsay Lohan's case, TMZ said Wednesday.

Lohan left jail this month after serving 13 full days of a 90-day sentence imposed by Revel for violating her probation.

Despite her youth and promising career, Lohan has long battled an addiction to drugs and alcohol. She immediately entered a drug treatment facility after leaving jail.

The 24-year-old star of "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls" spent nearly two weeks in a solitary cell for violating her probation in a 2007 driving under the influence case. Her sentence was cut short due to her good behavior behind bars and overcrowding in the prison system.

Perry displeased with Tyler's 'Idol' buzz

Boston -- Aerosmith's Joe Perry admits he was irked to read on the Internet about the possibility lead singer Steven Tyler might become an "American Idol" judge.

The 40-year-old rock band recently started touring again after Tyler finished a stint in rehab and settled his differences with Perry, the band's co-founder and guitarist.

"I found out on the Internet like the rest of the world," Perry told The Boston Herald of the "Idol" reports. "There was an Aerosmith after party at Studio 54 after the Vegas show -- which none of us in the band knew anything about -- and he said some stuff there. I mean, this is no small thing."

Aeropro ordered to shut down

Montreal -- Aeropro, a small Canadian charter air company that had a fatal plane crash in June, was ordered by a judge Sunday to quit flying.

Aeropro, based in Quebec, had sought an injunction Saturday to stop Transport Canada's revocation of Aeropro's operating license but a federal court judge sided with the government agency, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.

Aeropro representative Stephane Dion called it a "regrettable" situation.
"Especially since safety has always been a priority for Aeropro," Dion told The Gazette.

Dion said Aeropro's scheduled flights this week will be handled by another carrier.

Ethics committee: No judge lunch auctions

Las Vegas -- Nevada's judicial ethics committee said a non-profit research organization may not auction off luncheon dates with District Court judges.

The Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices said the planned silent auction by an unidentified research organization, which several judges were invited to participate in, is "fraught (with) ethical peril," the Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday.

The committee said the auction is problematic because judges can't control who purchases the lunch dates, leaving open the possibility of bids from people with legal matters before the judge.

Judge sentences Lohan to jail time

Los Angeles -- A Beverly Hills, Calif., judge sentenced actress Lindsay Lohan Tuesday to 90 days in jail and 90 days of in-patient rehabilitation for violating probation.

Lohan, 24, is best known for her roles in the movies "Mean Girls," "Freaky Friday" and "The Parent Trap."

Judge Marsha Revel said at a hearing Tuesday the actress failed to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes, thereby violating her probation in a 2007 driving under the influence conviction, ABC News reported on its Web site.

Lohan broke down in tears upon hearing the sentence, the report said.

She is expected to surrender July 20 to begin serving her sentence.

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