PASSAGES: Jackson Gets German Reprieve
DROPPED: Former pop prince Michael Jackson is off the hook — at least as far as the Berlin cops are concerned. German police said Thursday that they had reviewed images from Jackson’s baby-dangling incident at a hotel window on Tuesday, and found that “the actions are not punishable,” the Associated Press reports. It remains to be seen whether family-minded fans will forgive the onetime superstar for the Berlin incident, in which Jackson dangled his baby son, Prince Michael II, over the iron railing of a fourth-floor balcony above a crowd of waiting fans. Jackson later apologized for what he called his “terrible mistake.”
AIMED: Actress and amateur archer Geena Davis, 46, says U.S. regulators are off target in their attempt to roll back the protections of Title IX, the law protecting gender equality in schools and, in particular, in school athletic programs. The “Thelma and Louise” star turned up at a rally of female athletes in San Diego, reports the Associated Press. Citing statistics presented to the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics that showed few girls were interested in playing sports, Davis argued that the survey data was skewed. Chided the actress: “I am here to take you for a short ride in Thelma and Louise’s car if you think it’s fair and just to limit a girl’s opportunity to play sports based on her response to an interest survey.”
POSTPONED: The arraignment of actor Jeffrey Jones on child pornography charges was delayed Thursday until Jan. 9 to give his lawyer additional time to review the facts of the case, the Associated Press reports. The actor, best known as the principal in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was arrested on Nov. 14 along with Pee-Wee Herman alter ego Paul Reubens, after a 12-month investigation. Jones is accused of possessing child pornography and having hired a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos. “From the beginning, I have cooperated with the police department and the district attorney’s office,” Jones said outside court. “All I want is for the truth to come out and for this matter to be resolved as quickly as possible.”
IMPORTED: Intrepid adventuring reporter and French-language favorite Tintin will be coming to the big screen courtesy Steven Spielberg and partner Kathleen Kennedy, who will produce a live-action feature for Universal Pictures and DreamWorks, Variety reports. The cowlicked cartoon character first battled the international forces of evil in a Belgian newspaper in 1929. Today, Tintin has a global following and several animated films and TV programs under his well-worn belt.
SUPPORTED: U2 singer and global AIDS activist Bono will mark next month’s World AIDS Day, on Dec. 1, in Lincoln, Neb., the AP reports. The Irish superstar, 42, will appear at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts to raise awareness for Africa’s growing health crisis, according to the president of Save Sub-Saharan Orphans, a volunteer group that raises money for African orphanages. Bono flexed his activist muscles in May, drawing attention to the Africa’s growing health crisis with a visit to the continent alongside U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill.