ROBBED: Usher claims a suitcase of his containing $100,000 worth of belongings was taken Friday from New York’s Trump International Hotel by someone posing as a member of his posse, reports the New York Post, which also quotes Donald Trump as promising to make good on the loss. “I told him we’ll get it solved,” The Apprentice host said. Trump adds, referring to the missing article: “I’m trying to figure out why somebody would leave a bag at the front desk.”
RALLIED: Jason Bateman’s employment is at stake, with FOX alerting fans that if they wish to save the star’s sitcom, Arrested Development, they must sign an “Arrested Development Loyalty Oath” in which they pledge “never-ending loyalty and allegiance to the best comedy on television today,” The New York Times reports. The show may be the critics’ darling and winner of three Emmys last September, but it has yet to catch fire in the ratings. A FOX rep says that the loyalty oath (which appears at getarrested.com) is a means to get fans of the sitcom to get other people to watch the show.
VOWED: Christina Applegate, star of the on-again, off-again, on-again Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, tells New York’s Daily News: “I’m going on Monday night … Unless, you know, Monday morning comes along and I can’t do it.” The former Married … With Children star, 33, broke her foot on March 11 during the musical’s out-of-town tryout, when she took a misstep spinning around a lamppost.
DIAGNOSED: Former NBC Tomorrow show host Tom Snyder, 68, has leukemia, he has announced on his Web site. “My doctors say it’s treatable,” he writes, revealing that the disease was discovered after he suffered “uncontrollable sweating” and a “general lack of stamina.” He adds that his doctors say “people can live with (leukemia) for 30 years. Notice, they don’t say people will live 30 years, but they can live up to 30 years.” At his age, he says, “I ain’t looking for 30 years — but 15 more would be nice!”
EXPECTED: Art Garfunkel, 63, has a court date in Wisconsin on Monday to answer for a March 12 speeding ticket he received after a show at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. The singer allegedly was going 11 to 15 mph over the posted limit on a freeway. In all likelihood, reports the Associated Press, he’ll simply send the court the $181 fine.
INSISTED: Speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention Saturday, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent, 56, urged members to be “hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense,” AP reports. Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members.
DIED: Former Tonight show musical director Jose Melis, 85, who kept the beat for host Jack Paar from 1957-62, died of a respiratory infection in an Arizona hospital on April 7, his son tells The New York Times. Melis’s success with Paar led to gigs with Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, the Boston Pops and others.
OFFERED: Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, has contacted bestselling American author Dan Brown, offering to assist him with a sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Agca’s lawyer, Mustafa Demirbag, tells the French Press Agency. Agca is currently in an Istanbul prison for robbery and murder. Although pardoned by the pope for the attempt against his life, Agca was refused permission by Turkish official to attend the pontiff’s funeral on April 8.