1. Joan Rivers’ funeral
Family, friends and celebrities galore have gathered to attend the funeral of Brooklyn-born comedian Joan Rivers.
The NY Daily News reports stars at the invitation-only event included Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne, Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Howard Stern, Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen, along with moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.
Hugh Jackman sang “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage” from his musical The Boy From Oz, and Broadway actress Audra McDonald also performed.
Joan Rivers wrote in her 2012 book “I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me” that she hoped for “a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action” and “Hollywood all the way”. Instead of a rabbi talking, Rivers asked for “Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents” and “a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé’s”.
2. James Ashby claims
Former Speaker’s aide James Ashby has told 60 Minutes he was told by Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne if he went public with the assistance Pyne offered him he would call him a “pathological liar”.
Mr Ashby said he approached MP Wyatt Roy, to ask for advice about how to handle the sexual harassment he had received from Peter Slipper.
Roy put him in touch with Christopher Pyne, who offered then to find him legal assistance and a job in state politics. 60 Minutes reports Mr Pyne says he has ” no specific knowledge of the allegations made by Mr Ashby and the first I knew that he was suing Mr Slipper was when I read it in the newspapers.”
3. Oscar Pistorius
Just days out from learning his fate, Oscar Pistorius has lost his cool with journalists in his home town of Pretoria, telling a reporter he deserved privacy.
The Sunday Times newspaper reports Pistorius was trembling with anger when asked how he was doing. “How can you ask me that? Do you really have the audacity to ask me how I am doing at this point in my life? What I am going through and feeling… I really cannot deal with this right now.”
The story speculates that recent property sales of his assets are a revenue-raising venture to raise further legal fees in the event he is found guilty when the judge hands down her verdict on either Thursday or Friday evening.
Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year after shooting her through a closed bathroom door.
4. Faith and Hope’s family home ransacked
The home of the parents of conjoined twins Faith and Hope, who died in May this year, has been ransacked by thieves — causing thousands of dollars of damage and memorials to the twins destroyed.
The Daily Telegraph reports nearly $7000 worth of damage was caused.