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NEWS BRIEFS: Paula's Menacing Manicure

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INJURED: “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, 40, is recovering from having the infected nail on her right thumb removed at L.A.’s Cedars Sinai Medical Center after a manicure went awry, PEOPLE reports. “I almost lost my thumb,” she said, adding that she couldn’t button her pants.

SENTENCED: A lawyer for Dennis Rodman, 42, pleaded no contest on behalf of the former NBA star, who was charged with drunken driving in an Oct. 19 motorcycle crash outside a Las Vegas strip club, reports the Associated Press. A judge fined Rodman $1,000, ordered him to serve 30 days of home detention, and required him to use a device in Nevada that will measure his blood-alcohol content before he can start his car for the next year.

QUOTED: “They’re just a great way to get around the city, though this is the first time I’ve ever come up this far. I live downtown.” — Matthew Broderick, 41, on the virtues of his Vespa, to The New York Times

RATED: Rocco DiSpirito’s NBC reality show, “The Restaurant,” laid an egg Monday night, and it wasn’t for a souffle. The second-season premiere attracted just 6.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. Its CBS rival, the all-powerful “CSI: Miami,” attracted 21 million.

OUSTED: USA Today editor Karen Jurgensen, 55, quit her post under pressure Tuesday, four months after reporter Jack Kelley had been fired for lying about a series of stories he fabricated for the paper. In a major TV shakeup, ABC’s top managers Lloyd Braun (chairman) and Susan Lyne (president) were fired Tuesday by parent company Walt Disney, which is preparing to restructure the ailing network, reports The New York Times.

DELAYED: B.B. King, 78, has postponed his cataract surgery so he can perform as scheduled at his annual homecoming in Indianola, Miss., on June 11. Allan Hammond, interim director of the B.B. King Blues Museum and Foundation, said the blues giant would postpone the operation so he could attend.

ENTERTAINED: Island Def Jam expects to sign imprisoned rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, now serving a 10-year term for his role in a New York nightclub shooting involving Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, to a $3 million record contract this week, reports AP. Shyne, a deep baritone, is not slated to be released from the state prison in Dannemora, N.Y., before 2009.