Meet Charles Ramsey: Cleveland dishwasher, unlikely hero, sudden Internet sensation.
Ramsey is the man seen in the WEWS-TV video colorfully recounting how he helped save the three Ohio women escape from captivity after they'd been missing for more than a decade, People reports.
The video has gone viral, his sound bites lauded online as classics:
• "Bro, I knew something was wrong when a pretty little white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here."
• "I heard screaming. I was eating my McDonald's. I went outside and saw this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house."
• "You've got some big testicles to pull this off, bro, because we see this dude every day. I mean every day."
• "There's nothing exciting about him. Well, until today."
Ramsey has even charmed Hollywood.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli tweeted: "I think I'm in love, Charles Ramsey. #Cleveland #Hero."
And comedian and actor Patton Oswalt tweeted: "Dear Charles Ramsey: I am not a little pretty white girl, but I totally want to run into your black arms. #hero."
And the McDonald's Corp. couldn't resist reaching out on Twitter: "Way to go Charles Ramsey -- we'll be in touch."
Very few people can truly understand what the three women rescued from years in captivity can be feeling today -- and what they may face in the years to come.
Elizabeth Smart is one of them, and she has a message.
"First of all, I'd make sure these young women know that nothing that happened to them is their fault," Smart tells People. "They still have the same worth. They're still valuable. They haven't lost any of their worth to what's happened."
Smart was kidnapped from her home at age 14 in 2002 and forced to be a sex slave for nine months. She's now a newlywed and advocate for missing children.
"They can still do whatever they want in life," Smart says. "They should never feel like they can't do something because of what's happened to them. There is still so much more to life than what happened to them the last 10 years. They have so many years to go forward and be happy, I'd encourage them to not feel restricted."
The women, teenagers when they disappeared a decade ago, were rescued this week in Cleveland after one of them called 911. A 6-year-old believed to be the daughter of the one of the women also was rescued. Three brothers have been arrested.
Smart says that what the women now need is rest -- and their space.
"I hope everyone can respect their privacy," she says. "Obviously, they have been through so much and we shouldn't even begin to speculate on what's been happening the last 10 years, why they could escape now and why they couldn't then. We really have no right to ask these questions we'll never understand because we weren't there.
"The best thing anybody could give them is to certainly celebrate the miracle that happened," she continues, "but give them their privacy and allow them to find their bearings and reconnect to the lives that they lost. I encourage everyone to give them their space and time. Just allow them to be."
Gov. Chris Christie will guest-host the "Today" show later this month.
NBC announced Tuesday that Christie will be a co-host for an hour of the May 24 show, which will broadcast from the Jersey shore as part of its "Great American Adventure" road trip. A location for the appearance hasn't been finalized, The Associated Press reports.
The road trip segment involves the show's anchors traveling together to five U.S. destinations in a single week. Christie has stressed the Jersey shore's importance as a tourist destination in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Christie joins Sarah Palin and Laura Bush as other political figures who have co-hosted an hour of the morning show.
The Republican governor is running for a second term. A spokesman confirmed Tuesday Christie had undergone weight loss surgery in February.
Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings, People reports.
The Grammy-winning singer, a South Orange, N.J., resident, pleaded guilty last year in the case.
During a forceful statement to the judge Monday, Hill, 37, explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business, echoing a defense she wrote last year in a long post online.
"I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that," Hill said Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions.
Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.
Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.
It's not clear when or where she'd report to prison.
Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of reggae singer Bob Marley.
Hill hadn't paid taxes since she withdrew from society, but says that she always intended to rectify the situation.
Carrie Underwood is ready for some football, E! News reports.
Less than a month after Faith Hill announced she would no longer be singing the theme for NBC's "Sunday Night Football," the network revealed on Tuesday that Underwood will be taking over.
"I am thrilled to be a part of NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' and am so honored they asked me," said Underwood in a statement. "I have always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday night!"
"Sunday Night Football" producer Fred Gaudelli added, "Carrie Underwood was our first and only choice to perform the 'Sunday Night Football' opening. She's one of America's most popular entertainers and the perfect fit for our show."
The Grammy winner's version of the tune "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" will make its debut on Sept. 8, when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants.
Winners of the Pop Your Culture With The Warhol D.I.Y. POP App social media contest were announced Tuesday.
Massimo Strazzeri of Raleigh, N.C., won the grand prize for his image, "The Daily Update." In this piece, the quintessential view of a traditional Italian lifestyle is shown through three elderly women sharing conversation on an historic town bench. Strazzeri wins a trip for two to Pittsburgh, including airfare and hotel accommodations. His trip includes free entrance to The Andy Warhol Museum with a private tour of the current exhibition.
The second place prize, a $300 gift certificate to The Warhol Store, went to Mary Ann Csahok of Munhall for her piece, "Train Ride to NYC." Third place was awarded to Rachael Candler of Mullens, W.Va. for "Nanna" with a prize of $200 at The Warhol Store.
Carolyn Frischling of Sewickley won the People's Choice award. Her photograph, "Baile," celebrates the culture of our worldwide art community as experienced through social media.
To enter, contestants transformed an iconic picture of their culture into a Warhol-inspired digital screen print using The Warhol D.I.Y. POP app, which spiked to 300 average downloads per day during the 10-day contest period that ended March 31. Submissions were made via the Acclaro Facebook account, which experienced a 78 percent increase in lifetime page likes.
Acclaro, an international translation and localization service, sponsored the contest in cooperation with The Warhol.people