Sunday, March 18, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith: Ordering Drugs.

Yup, Anna Niclole Smith used her PA to order the drugs for her.

How many and how much? That’s what people want to know about Anna Nicole Smith’s drug usage. That, and how it might affect her baby daughter, Dannielynn.

A fax obtained exclusively by this column may shed some light on the still mysterious death of the modern-day pin-up model who accomplished nothing so much as getting the most publicity possible for the fewest achievements.

The fax was written and sent by Khristine Eroshevich, Smith’s personal psychiatrist and, since her death, “best friend.”

It’s a request for a laundry list of drugs that Eroshevich wanted sent to the Bahamas by courier for “M. Chase,” the pseudonym Smith used to obtain drugs.

Eroshevich sent the fax on Sept. 15, 2006, a week after the baby was born and five days after Daniel’s death.

At first she sent it from the Bahamas to Sandeep Kapoor, the Los Angeles physician who treated Smith under the pseudonym “Michelle Chase.”

When Kapoor refused to fill the prescriptions, sources say, Eroshevich sent the request directly to Key Pharmacy in North Hollywood, Calif. It was also refused there.

The doctor wrote the fax in her own hand and added a note at the bottom: “You have my local number here. Please call if half of the amounts can be prepared, I’ll have someone take them to a courier to bring to me and he can [illegible] Fedex the rest, except for the Intensol, which has to be on ice.”

She signed it “Kris,” even though it seemed from the fax that she didn’t actually know Kapoor.

One pharmacist, to whom I read this list, noted that all the dosages requested were much higher than usual.

“That’s 12 times the amount of Dalmane. All together, these drugs potentially will kill you. I would have refused to fill the order.”

All of the drugs carry warnings for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding especially not to take them.

Thing is though, at least we know she was using prescription drugs, right?

A Non-Royal Grandchild

Looks like Camilla Parker Bowles is going to be a grandmother:

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are said to be ecstatic at the news that they are to become grandparents.
The duchess' son Tom Parker Bowles told the Mail on Sunday newspaper his wife Sara Buys is three months pregnant with their first child.
According to friends, Prince Charles is looking forward to becoming a grandfather.
Mr Parker Bowles, 32, said everyone was thrilled with the news.
"We have told our friends and family and they are all delighted," he said.
"Mummy is absolutely over the moon at the prospect of becoming a grandmother.
"Sara is going for another scan next week and we're hoping everything will be fine. I'm very excited and honestly don't mind if it's a boy or a girl, as long as the baby is healthy."
Ms Buys, a 34-year-old fashion journalist, said they would like to have another child.
"I've been very lucky so far. I haven't had any of the pregnancy horrors some of my friends have been through - and I haven't had any unusual food cravings.
"I'm only just beginning to show. I'm wearing lots of baggy clothes and I'm looking forward to maternity shopping.
"I think Tom and I would ultimately like to have two, but at the moment I'm just trying to get my head round this one."
Mr Parker Bowles, a food writer, is Camilla's son from her first marriage and is Prince Charles' godson.

Yes, we know she's Duchess of Cornwall but no, the child gets no title.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Brad Delp from Boston: Dead

Brad Delp, the lead singer from the band Boston, was found dead in his house:

Brad Delp, the lead singer of the 1970s and '80s rock band Boston was found dead at his home in southern New Hampshire on Friday, local police said.

Delp, 55, apparently was home alone and there was no indication of foul play, Atkinson, New Hampshire, police said.

With Delp's big, high-register voice, Boston scored hits with "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time," and "Peace of Mind."

The band's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, but it remained active off and on, producing its last album "Corporate America" in 2002.

Delp was born in Boston, and bought his first guitar at age 13 after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, according to his website. Since 1994, he spent his spare time working in a tribute band called Beatle Juice, the band's website said.

The band's website carried a statement, "We've just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll."

He'll be gone a long time indeed.

It's An Ill Wind

That does no one any good when it blows. The slow motion train wreck in the US housing market is providing lots of business for foreclosure brokers:

Massachusetts (Reuters) - The red Victorian home on Maple Street has a wounded, abandoned look: trash litters the yard, the pool has frozen over, old clothes are strewn across dirty floors. Renovations are half-done.

On a window hangs a "for sale" sign posted by a broker who specializes in foreclosures, which have hit record levels in Massachusetts and surged nationwide after a housing slowdown that put millions of "subprime" borrowers -- those with poor credit records who pay higher interest -- at risk of default.

"This is normally the way we get them. Totally beaten up," said Marc Charney, president of, as workers cleared debris and prepared the 2,180-sq-ft (203 sq meter), 10-room home in Northborough, Massachusetts for sale.

"There's a real pattern that you're seeing with people who are foreclosed. They over-leverage themselves by getting an interest only-loan or some sort of an adjustable rate mortgage. They take that money and plan an addition on the house.

"They start the addition but then realize they want to buy a car, or a sister needs money or something like that. So the work is half done. But you're out of money and lose your job, or you get divorced and can't make payments," he said.

"This is a dirtier side of the business because you're trafficking in despair and loss."

Sad, yes, but it's important that all of these things are done quickly. Far better that the loss is crystalised, taken, and the asset moved on to someone else who can make use of it. Harsh but true.