December 27, 2012 in Nation/World

Rescue of Tully’s among star’s perks

From Wire Reports
 

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Patrick Dempsey said he wants to rescue a coffee house chain and more than 500 jobs.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” star said Wednesday he’s leading a group attempting to buy Tully’s Coffee. The Seattle-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

Dempsey said he’s excited about the chance to help hundreds of workers and give back to Seattle.

The actor has a strong TV tie to the city: He plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on “Grey’s Anatomy,” the ABC drama set at fictional Seattle Grace Hospital.

Tully’s has 47 company-run stores in Washington and California, as well as five franchised stores and 58 licensed locations in the U.S.

Reward for dog: Fame in a book

Author Dennis Lehane is offering an unusual reward for the person who finds his family’s beloved missing beagle.

Lehane said he’ll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa, who disappeared from the family’s home in Brookline, Mass., this week.

He said on his Facebook page that Tessa jumped a fence at the home, and even though she has been microchipped, she was not wearing her tags.

Lehane said Tessa is “smart, fast, and immeasurably sweet.”

Lehane wrote “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Shutter Island” and other books.

‘Meet the Press’ prop draws police

District of Columbia police say they are investigating an incident in which NBC News journalist David Gregory displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine on “Meet the Press.”

Gun laws in the nation’s capital generally restrict the possession of high-capacity magazines, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. Gregory held up the magazine as a prop for Sunday’s segment, apparently to make a point during an interview, even though D.C. police say NBC had already been advised not to use it in the show.

While interviewing National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre for Sunday’s program, Gregory held up an object that he said was a magazine that could hold 30 rounds.

The birthday bunch

Actor John Amos is 73. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 69. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 68. Singer Tracy Nelson is 68. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 64. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 61. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 60. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 60. Actress Eva LaRue is 46. Musician Matt Slocum is 40.


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