Hopper is dying, lawyer says


LOS ANGELES — Dennis Hopper’s divorce attorney says in a court filing that the actor is dying and can’t undergo chemotherapy as he battles prostate cancer.

Attorney Joseph Mannis described the “Easy Rider” star’s grave condition in a declaration filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Mannis and attorneys for Hopper’s wife Victoria are fighting over when and whether to take the actor’s deposition.

Mannis says Hopper is terminally ill and cannot give a deposition.

The declaration states the actor weighs barely 100 pounds and cannot tolerate long conversations or stress.

PETA may use ‘Octomom’


LOS ANGELES  – Things appear to be going to the dogs for octuplets’ mom Nadya Suleman, who is in danger of losing her home.

Now it turns out that dogs — and cats, too — might be able to keep a roof over the heads of Suleman and her 14 children.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals heard of a planned foreclosure on Suleman’s California house and has offered an undisclosed sum to put a sign in her front yard: “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.”

PETA’s Amanda Fortino says Suleman’s attorney is considering the offer. A message left with the attorney was not immediately returned.

The house’s mortgage holder says Suleman is in default on a $450,000 balloon payment due two weeks ago.

Canadian students halt campus speaker 

OTTAWA – A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa.

A spokesman for the organizers said Coulter was advised against appearing after about 2,000 “threatening” students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat.

“It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event,” said conservative political activist Ezra Levant inside the hall. “This is an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation.” A protest organizer, student Mike Fancie, said he was pleased they were able to stop Coulter from speaking.

“What Ann Coulter is practicing is not free speech, it’s hate speech,” he said. “She’s targeted the Jews, she’s targeted the Muslims, she’s targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women, almost everybody you could imagine.”

Coulter expressed her outrage, calling the University of Ottawa a “bush league” institution in an interview for The Washington Times.

“This has never happened before,” she told the newspaper. “I go to the best schools, Harvard, the Ivy League and those kids are too intellectually proud” to threaten speakers.

Levant blamed the bedlam on university academic vice-president Francois Houle, who had written Coulter to warn her that Canadian laws make provisions for hate speech.

“Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges,” he warned her in the letter, which Coulter provided to the media.

Police want to talk to Knight about rapper’s allegations

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles police want to talk to Suge Knight after a rapper initially accused the former Death Row Records chief of robbing him before recanting the story.

Detective Jeff Briscoe says 35-year-old Jerold Ellis, who uses the name Yukmouth, reported he was talking to Knight on Monday night in a Woodland Hills supermarket parking lot about a debt that another rapper allegedly owes Knight.

Yukmouth filed a police report saying 10 other men arrived, knocked him down and took his watch, medallion and other jewelry worth $92,000. He wasn’t badly hurt and declined medical treatment.

Briscoe says Ellis identified Knight as a suspect but later recanted. The investigation continues, however.


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