LEWISTON, Idaho – A 9-foot-tall statue depicting Arnold Schwarzenegger at the height of his bodybuilding career has received a final critique by the former Mr. Universe before being sent for bronzing.

The former California governor who recently announced his return to acting visited northern Idaho on Wednesday to suggest a few modifications to the clay sculpture. It’s destined to stand in a rippling, full-flex pose outside his childhood home, which is now a museum in Thal, Austria.

Schwarzenegger first commissioned Lewiston artist Ralph Crawford in the 1970s to create a small bronze that became a trophy for a fitness event. Other commissions followed, including the most recent.

“(Crawford) has been known in the physique world as a Rodin,” said Schwarzenegger, referring to famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin. “Everything is very dramatic.”

Schwarzenegger noted Crawford’s passion and his ability to sculpt accurate proportions when it comes to veins, muscle separation and head position.

He also said he appreciates Crawford’s method, taking months to create a sculpture.

“It’s the old-fashioned way you work,” he told the Lewiston Tribune. “Work like hell. That’s part of the charm. There’s not a magic studio.”

He said he chose a bodybuilding pose because that’s what launched his career in the United States.

“It was the bodybuilding that got me to America, that got me into movies, that got me the governorship,” he said. “That’s where I learned about reaching out and helping other people.”

Schwarzenegger was born in 1947 in the village of Thal, just outside Graz, where he began his bodybuilding career. He emigrated to the United States in 1968 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1984 but has retained his Austrian citizenship.

Grammy reporter suffered a migraine

LOS ANGELES – A TV reporter who lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammys suffered a migraine, her doctors said Thursday.

KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson was doing a stand-up Sunday outside the Staples Center when her speech became incoherent. The station quickly cut away, and she was examined by paramedics and recovered at home.

Branson’s incoherence fueled Internet speculation that she suffered an on-air stroke. But doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles where she went to get a brain scan and blood work done ruled it out.

Doctors said the kind of migraine Branson suffered can mimic symptoms of a stroke.

“A migraine is not just a headache. It’s a complicated brain event,” said UCLA neurologist Dr. Andrew Charles, who examined Branson.

Most people with migraines don’t have any warning. But about 20 to 30 percent experience sensations before or during a migraine attack.

5 Browns dad pleads guilty to sex abuse

PROVO, Utah – The father of The 5 Browns musical group pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children.

With scratches on his face from a car crash, Keith Brown, 55, entered his plea to three felony counts in Fourth District Court.

“He is terribly remorseful for what has happened and for what he has put his family through,” defense attorney Steven Shapiro said after the hearing. “He recognizes that this is the next step in the long road to trying to accept responsibility for something terrible that he did a long time ago.”

His response to the judge who asked for his plea on each charge was a barely audible, “guilty.” He did not speak further during the hearing and declined to answer questions from reporters afterward.

Brown chose to enter the plea to bring a quick resolution to the case and did not want to “exacerbate the harm” by dragging out the proceedings, Shapiro said.

Utah County prosecutors charged Brown with one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child.

Brown could face a sentence of up to life in prison on the first-degree felony and up to 15 years each on the second-degree felonies.

Brown’s three daughters and two sons are part of the classical piano group The 5 Browns, whose albums have topped the classical music charts and who have appeared on “Oprah” and other shows.


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