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Associated Press / June 23, 2011

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“Jackass’’ star Ryan Dunn had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit when he and a passenger died in a fiery one-car crash this week in Pennsylvania, according to a toxicology report. Dunn’s Porsche may have been traveling as fast as 140 mph in a 55 mph zone when it jumped a guardrail, flew into a wooded ravine, struck a tree, and burst into flames, police said. His blood-alcohol level was 0.196 at the time of the Monday morning crash, according to the toxicology report released yesterday by West Goshen Township Police. The legal limit for drivers is .08.

Stars in Ponzi suits
“Spider-Man’’ star Tobey Maguire and other celebrities have been caught in a web of lawsuits seeking to reclaim more than $4 million won during unlicensed poker matches at upscale Beverly Hills hotels, court records show. The lawsuits were filed by a bankruptcy trustee attempting to recoup money for investors who were duped in a Ponzi scheme. The legal actions claim the clandestine Texas Hold ’em matches were played between 2006 and 2009, with some of the money taken in the Ponzi scheme used to pay off debts incurred by its architect, Bradley Ruderman. Maguire is being sued for $311,000 plus interest that the lawsuit says was won from Ruderman. In all, 22 people have been individually sued to try to recoup money, including director Nick Cassavettes.

Glen Campbell has Alzheimer’s
Country music legend Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and will put out his final album this summer. The 76-year-old singer’s wife, Kim, told People magazine they wanted to go public with his illness because they wanted fans to know if he has trouble onstage.

Rowling to reveal ‘Pottermore’
Harry Potter fans are holding their collective breath as author J.K. Rowling gets set to reveal her latest project involving the boy wizard. Rowling has called a news conference for today in London to reveal details of “Pottermore,’’ a mysterious website that has been taunting fans with the words “coming soon.’’ Theories include a Harry Potter encyclopedia, e-book versions of the novels, or an Internet-based game. Several British newspapers received what appeared to be a leaked marketing memo indicating the site is a Web-based game including a hunt for real magic wands. But Rowling spokeswoman Rebecca Salt said the memo, dated December 2010, was “an out-of-date document that got sent out by mistake’’ and that true details of the project would be revealed today. “Pottermore’’ was trademarked in 2009 by Warner Bros., which distributes the Potter movies, but Salt said the site was not directly linked to the latest film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,’’ which has its world premiere in London on July 7. Rowling has not ruled out writing more books set in the Potter universe, but Salt has said that “Pottermore’’ is not a new book. The trademark description suggests an interactive site “providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards’’ and “online facilities for real-time interaction with other computer users concerning topics of general interest.’’

Bricks in the wall
“In one or two cases you wonder why on Earth you went with the version that ended up on the record rather than this early take.” — Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, talking about the massive reissue project the band is undertaking.