Roseanne Barr is running for the Green Party’s presidential nomination – and she says it’s no joke.
The actress-comedian said in a statement Thursday that she’s a longtime supporter of the party and looks forward to working with people who share her values. She said Democrats and Republicans aren’t working in the best interests of the American people.
Barr has submitted paperwork to the Green Party for her candidacy. The party’s presidential nominee will be selected at a convention in Baltimore in July.
Barr’s hit TV sitcom “Roseanne” aired from 1988 to 1997 and earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She played a wise-cracking mom in the comedy about a blue-collar family.
Dangerous road trek alleged
A lead actor on the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” television series has been charged with driving under the influence in Connecticut.
Avery Brooks, 63, is set to be arraigned Feb. 9 in state court in Norwalk in connection with his arrest last weekend in Wilton, a wealthy suburb about 50 miles northeast of Manhattan. He played Capt. Benjamin Sisko on the 1990s “Star Trek” series and had the role of Hawk on “Spenser: For Hire” in the 1980s.
Police say they pulled over the Princeton, N.J., resident shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday after receiving a complaint about his driving.
Getting white-collar counsel
Rapper Ja Rule has been getting advice behind bars from two once high-powered men: ex-New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and ex-Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski.
The rapper’s real name is Jeffrey Atkins. He’s serving two years for gun possession at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida, N.Y.
He told the New York Daily News in an interview: “Outside, you don’t meet guys like this every day.”
The high school dropout said both men have urged him to pursue higher education.
The rapper said Kozlowski also advised him to buy airline stock and study business.
Hevesi was convicted in a pay-for-play corruption scheme. Kozlowski was convicted of fraud and larceny involving more than $100 million in bonuses.
The birthday bunch
Comedian Shelley Berman is 87. Actress Blythe Danner is 69. Singer Dennis Edwards (The Temptations) is 69. Guitarist Dave Davies of The Kinks is 65. Singer Melanie is 65. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 62. Actor Nathan Lane is 56. Guitarist Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth is 56. Actress Maura Tierney is 47. Singer Jessica Harp is 30. Rapper Sean Kingston is 22.