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Author Stephen King offers left-leaning talk show
BANGOR, Maine — Stephen King is offering an antidote to what he sees as the biases of right-wing radio talk shows by hiring a former Green Party vice presidential candidate to co-host a morning talk show on two stations he owns.
In a rare public appearance, the horror writer held a news conference Tuesday in Bangor, Maine, at the headquarters of his three-station Zone Radio network.
“The Pulse Morning Show” will be co-hosted by 50-year-old Pat LaMarche and 43-year-old Don Cookson, a former television reporter. LaMarche ran for vice president as a member of the Green Party in 2004.
During the news conference King said, “We’re a little to the left, but we’re right.”
The show will begin airing on WZON-AM and WZON-FM at 6 a.m. on Sept. 12.
Schwarzenegger comeback to be filmed in New Mexico
BELEN — Arnold Schwarzenegger will be making his movie comeback in New Mexico.
The Valencia County New-Bulletin reports the movie “Last Stand” will start filming in Belen, N.M., in October.
The movie is a modern day Western about convicts making their way to the Mexican border through New Mexico after escaping from a prison in Las Vegas, Nev.
Location manager Paul Roberts said the rest of the casting will be complete in September.
It’s the first major movie role for the former California governor since 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” He had a cameo in last summer’s “The Expendables.”
Schwarzenegger said in May that he was putting his acting projects on hold after disclosing that he fathered a child with a family housekeeper and splitting with wife Maria Shriver.
Levi Johnston: Too busy to run for mayor in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — Levi Johnston won’t be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, anytime soon.
Johnston, who toyed with running as part of a reality show, isn’t an official candidate for the Oct. 4 election. His attorney, Rex Butler, says Johnston is too busy to run. Butler declined to give specifics but says Johnston has a book coming out next month and plans a tour.
Johnston was thrust into the national spotlight in 2008, when Sarah Palin was running for vice president. Johnston was the boyfriend of Palin’s daughter Bristol, who was pregnant at the time with the couple’s child.
The couple has since split.
Johnston went on to pose partially nude for Playgirl, and has said his book will set the record straight about the Palin family, with whom he’s had a rocky relationship.
Lil Wayne hurt in St. Louis skateboard accident
ST. LOUIS — Lil Wayne said Monday he is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park.
The 28-year-old rapper whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. KTVI-TV reported that Lil Wayne, accompanied by a large entourage, showed up Sunday at DePaul Health Center’s emergency room.
Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Newell said she could not confirm Lil Wayne was at the hospital, citing privacy laws. But Lil Wayne wrote about it on his Twitter account.
“The Lou was good but I busted my ... head at the sk8park! 9stitches! Gnarly gash over my left eye! Luv the people,” he wrote.
Messages left with Lil Wayne’s management on Monday were not returned. Details about how he was hurt, and where, were not immediately available.
Lil Wayne is about to release his new album, “The Carter IV.” A previous album, “The Carter III,” was the best-selling album of 2008 and the Grammy Award winner for best rap album of that year. In 2010, he served time in a New York jail after pleading guilty to a weapons charge.
“The Carter IV” will be released digitally after Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, at which Lil Wayne will perform. The album, which features collaborations with Drake, Cory Gunz, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes and others, will be in stores on Aug. 29.
The Associated Press