People: Ann Curry, Randy Travis, Lauren Scruggs, Savannah Guthrie, Snooki, Lady Gaga
Ann Curry, replaced as one of the NBC's "Today" show hosts in June, made a return to the show's set in London, The Associated Press reports.
Curry was on the "Today" set in London on Thursday to introduce a filmed report on a still photographer. She lost her job as Matt Lauer's co-anchor in June and was replaced by Savannah Guthrie.
Her story appeared in the show's second hour. She introduced it while sitting on the set next to Lauer, and had no on-air interactions with others on the "Today" team.
Curry's banter with Lauer seemed polite but distant. Lauer said "nice to see you" at the outset and "good to see you" at the end. Curry returned neither sentiment.
She had appeared on "Today" once since her ouster, reporting from Aurora, Colo., after the movie theater shooting there.
It wasn't a sight you see every day.
When Randy Travis was arrested for an alcohol-related offense Tuesday, Texas police found him naked after crashing his car. Now, the 911 call that led the police to Travis has been released, revealing a caller who reports finding a "guy lying in the road," People reports.
The caller also details his location -- he was near Tioga, Texas, 60 miles north of Dallas -- and says the man he found "appears to be non-responsive" and notes "a couple of cones scattered" by the man.
Asks the 911 operator: "Do you think possibly he could have had a wreck?"
Rattled, the breathless caller tells the operator, "I really am scared," and says, "I want to stay in [my] vehicle."
Travis, 53, had "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" on his breath, according to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office. When police found the beleaguered country singer, he refused to give a blood or breath test for alcohol and also threatened "to shoot and kill" police officers working the case, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
He was held on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and a felony of retaliation -- and was later released after posting $21,500 bail and being issued paper clothing.
Lauren Scruggs, looking sunny and admitting to being happy to be off her pain medicines since January, is "learning to live by faith and not by sight," she said in her first TV interview Thursday, People reports.
Positive attitude aside, she did admit to having some "difficult days" emotionally, "accepting the loss of my eye and hand."
"It's good to be out in public," the fashion blogger and model, 24, told Savannah Guthrie on Thursday's "Today" show, "letting people know I'm OK."
Of her accident, in which she walked into a spinning airplane propeller while climbing out of a two-seater plane at a private airport in McKinney, Texas, last Dec. 3, "I remember my feet touching the ground, getting out of the plane," she said. "That's all I remember."
The interview took place in London's Olympic Village, where Scruggs said she was taking strength from the Games and the perseverance of the athletes. Asked to single out a particular Olympian, Scruggs mentioned all-around gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas -- who suddenly appeared on camera to give a surprised Scruggs a hug.
"Keep staying strong," Douglas, 16, told her. "Keep smiling."
Scruggs lost her left hand and suffered severe facial injuries that also caused the loss of her left eye in the accident and was subsequently fitted with prosthetics.
But as she said Thursday, and will expand upon in her upcoming book, "Still Lolo" (Lolo is her nickname), "The Lord has a strong purpose in it."
Snooki and JWoww aren't welcome everywhere on the Jersey shore.
The Point Pleasant Beach Council unanimously voted against a request to tape the girls' "Jersey Shore" spinoff in their town. Toms River also turned down a request for "Snooki & JWoww" to film there during its second season. (The first season of the show was taped in Jersey City.)
Although it doesn't have a location yet, season two of "Snooki & JWoww" should be entertaining. "It would probably be up to my labor and [my baby] being born," Snooki recently told E! News.
But things won't be too intimate. "[Fiance Jionni Lavelle] wants [the birth] to be private, and I totally respect him for that," she said. "But I'm going to record it for myself because I want to remember that moment. And I want to show Lorenzo when he's, like, 16 in front of all his friends and embarrass him."
Lady Gaga is one of the most visible celebrities in the world, but she says not everything she does is documented, The Associated Press reports.
In the September issue of Vogue magazine, Gaga says she likes to "feel a little irresponsible and act like I'm 19." She goes on to admit she even manages to "roll into a bar" and dance topless or have sex on the beach without getting recognized.
The 26-year-old singer credits her friends for helping her not get caught by paparazzi.
The September issue of Vogue is its 120th anniversary issue and the magazine's largest yet. It goes on sale Aug. 21.
History was made Wednesday when Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic gold in the women's beach volleyball finals.
"Winning the first gold medal, we were young, sweet, we did it. Winning back-to-back medals is very difficult. To go for a three-peat -- I don't know if you could write the script the way it turned out. But we believed," May-Treanor told People Wednesday.
May-Treanor, 35, and Walsh Jennings, 33, defeated fellow Team USA athletes Jen Kessy and April Ross in the all-American final.
But even May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings' opponents couldn't help but feel elated for the team who helped pioneer women's beach volleyball.
"They are the best team of all time, and it doesn't seem too bad to be second to them right now," said Ross, 30. "We're happy for them."
Added Kessy, 35, "Kerri and Misty, hats off to them. They played unbelievable, they were tough to stop and we're really proud."
The final match marks first time since 1996 -- when beach volleyball made its Olympic debut -- that two teams from the same country competed for the gold.
After May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings -- who have played together for 11 years -- extended their Olympic winning streak to 21 consecutive games, the duo reflected on their time together.
"I'm just proud to finish the journey with Misty how we finished it. It's been 11 years of really fun and crazy times. She's the best there ever has been," Walsh Jennings said. "We're so close and connected. Our competitive journey is done, that's a big deal. That crushes me a little bit. But the next stage is going to be fun. We're going to get to be girlfriends. ... It makes it really bittersweet."
Although she's retiring form the sport that made her an Olympian, volleyball will always be a part of May-Treanor's life.
"Beach volleyball is not going to be my career anymore," she said. "It's time for me to be a wife. I want to be a mom and share time with my family. My mind says it's time and my body says it's time, and it's the right time. I'm not going to leave this sport. It's time for me to help the next generation."
First Published August 10, 2012 12:00 am