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First lady debuts new do on birthday

First lady Michelle Obama greets David Hall, one of eight citizen co-chairs for the Inauguration at the White House on Thursday. (Associated Press)
First lady Michelle Obama greets David Hall, one of eight citizen co-chairs for the Inauguration at the White House on Thursday. (Associated Press)

There’s something a little different these days about Michelle Obama: bangs.

The first lady’s office posted a picture of Obama’s new do on her new Twitter feed Thursday. It shows her meeting at the White House with one of eight citizens named co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The last time the first lady was seen in public, earlier this month when she and her family returned from Hawaii, her dark, shoulder-length hair was held away from her face by a headband. Her next public appearances will come Saturday, when she helps kick off several days of inaugural festivities.

Thursday turned out to be a busy day for the first lady. Along with the new Twitter presence, she celebrated her 49th birthday.

Mayer raises $100,000 for firefighters

John Mayer performed at his first concert in nearly two years, a fundraiser he helped organize to benefit firefighters who helped save his home and others from a Montana wildfire.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Mayer started with his first live performance of “If I Ever Get Around to Living” at a concert in Bozeman on Wednesday that included Zac Brown and raised more than $100,000.

The 8,500-acre fire raged in late August near Livingston, while Mayer was in Los Angeles receiving treatment for a growth near his vocal cords.

Pacino to play Paterno in biopic

Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach. Producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct “Happy Valley,” the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanski’s best-seller “Paterno.”

While Pressman said the plot remains “under wraps,” Posnanski’s book followed Paterno’s final years, as the winningest coach in college football history saw his career end in disgrace in 2011 with the sex abuse scandal involving assistant Jerry Sandusky.

The birthday bunch

Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 72. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 58. Country singer Mark Collie is 57. Comedian Dave Attell is 48. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 44. Rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) is 42. Actor Derek Richardson is 37. Actor Jason Segel is 33.


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