NEW YORK — Real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested in an interview Monday that President Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended. Trump, who is mulling a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, offered no proof for his claim but said he would continue to press the matter as he has the legitimacy of the president’s birth certificate.

“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?” Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.”

Obama graduated from Columbia University in New York in 1983 with a degree in political science after transferring from Occidental College in California. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude 1991 and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

Obama’s 2008 campaign did not release his college transcripts, and in his best-selling memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama indicated he hadn’t always been an academic star. Trump told the AP that Obama’s refusal to release his college grades were part of a pattern of concealing information about himself.

“I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard,” Trump said. “We don’t know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”

‘Spider-Man’ actor is healed, ready to fly

NEW YORK — An actor seriously injured at the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” returned to work Monday, only four months after he plummeted 35 feet from an onstage platform.

“I feel amazing,” said Christopher Tierney before reporting for rehearsals at the Foxwoods Theatre. He said the accident in December didn’t give him second-thoughts about rejoining the stunt heavy show: “I’m ready to put on the harness right now and fly around.”

Tierney, 31, suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder blade, four broken ribs and three broken vertebrae on Dec. 20 when he tumbled in front of a shocked preview audience. Taken away from the theater in a stretcher, the actor had to wear a back brace and had eight screws put in his back.

Levi’s new book is ‘for me, Tripp, the country’

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Levi Johnston is promising to set the record straight about the Palin family.

Touchstone Publishing has a fall publication date for Johnston’s book, “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs.”

Johnston fathered a child with Bristol Palin, the daughter of the former Alaska governor, when they were teenagers. The pregnancy was announced days after Palin was selected as the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate. The couple broke up after the birth of their son, Tripp, and reconciled briefly.

He’s had a contentious relationship with the Palins.

Johnston says the book will “tell the truth” about their relationship, including his “sense of Sarah and my perplexing fall from grace.” He says he’s doing it “for me, for my boy Tripp and the country.”

Flavor Flav closes business

 

CLINTON, Iowa — A fried chicken restaurant in Iowa founded by Flavor Flav has abruptly closed its doors after the reality TV star and his business partner cut ties and exchanged harsh words. Flav’s Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, closed Sunday, four months after opening.

Flav told WQAD-TV that he was pulling a license that allowed restaurant manager Nick Cimino to use his name in the restaurant because he “isn’t running the business right.”

Some former employees had complained they were not paid.