And now some fresh pickings from the grapevine:
Three and a half months after U.S. forces bombed an Iraqi restaurant in an unsuccessful strike to kill Saddam Hussein (search), the late Uday Hussein's personal bodyguard now says the whole thing was a set-up by Saddam to identify a mole within his close circle. The bodyguard, who asked not to be identified, says that after numerous attacks on Saddam's so-called safe houses Saddam began to suspect that one of his captains was an informant. So Saddam asked the captain to set up a meeting in a restaurant in the Monsur district of Baghdad (search). When Saddam arrived, he walked straight through the restaurant, out the backdoor and then left. The restaurant was bombed ten minutes later, and then, according to the Times of London, Saddam had the captain summarily executed.
Disgraced former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair (search) has a new writing gig...with none other than Esquire magazine. Blair will be reviewing the movie Shattered Glass, the real-life story of Stephen Glass (search), who left his reporting job at the New Republic after it was learned he was fabricating stories. Esquire's editor-in-chief tells Associated Press it makes sense, "to have the most infamous fabricator review another infamous fabricator."
Not So Rose-y Reception
A Baltimore singer-songwriter has been banned from a Borders Books and Music store in Virginia for saying President Bush, "has chicken legs." Julia Rose was playing at the Borders in Fredericksburg, Virginia, when she made the remark, and then some in the audience complained to management about Rose's, "political" comments. Rose, shocked and shaken by the reaction, tells the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star, "I never said anything about Bush being a bad president or anything. I was just poking fun at his scrawny frame.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report