Actress Ashley Judd announced Wednesday she won’t run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, saying she had given serious thought to a campaign but decided her responsibilities and energy need to be focused on her family.
The former Kentucky resident tweeted her decision.
“Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader,” Judd, 44, wrote.
“While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!”
Stones to roll at Glastonbury Festival
The Rolling Stones will be taking the stage again this summer at one of Britain’s leading music festivals. The Stones’ appearance at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival – set to take place from June 28 to June 30 – was revealed Wednesday in a line-up posted on the festival’s website.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the Stones recently held a series of concerts to celebrate their 50th year together and there have been rumors of more activity. Before those shows, the Stones hadn’t performed in concert together since 2007.
Grammy winning group Mumford & Sons, Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello and the Arctic Monkeys also are on the lineup for the sold-out festival.
Petraeus apologizes for scandal
Retired Gen. David Petraeus offered an apology Tuesday for the scandal that led to his resignation as director of the CIA and brought an illustrious career to an abrupt end.
Petraeus, 60, has kept a low profile since admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, in November. Before a speech, at a University of Southern California dinner honoring veterans and ROTC students in Los Angeles, Petraeus acknowledged that he is “regarded in a different light now” than he was a year ago. “I am also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing,” he said. “So please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret – and apologize for – the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters.”
The birthday bunch
Actress Conchata Ferrell is 70. Actress Dianne Wiest is 65. Country singer Reba McEntire is 58. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 55. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 47. Actor Vince Vaughn is 43. Actress Julia Stiles is 32. Singer Lady Gaga is 27.