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Jon gets lousiest gift ever

From Wire Reports

Jon Gosselin’s apartment was ransacked by someone who slashed furniture, stole his TV and left a note pinned to his dresser with a butcher knife while he visited his children for Christmas, his lawyer said Sunday.

The reality show star was “devastated” by the destruction he found when he returned Saturday from Pennsylvania, attorney Mark Jay Heller said in a statement.

Gosselin’s clothes, bed and other furniture were cut up.

Apology for Jose

Grammy-winner Jose Feliciano has gotten an apology after accusing a pair of radio producers of trashing the spirit of Christmas by using his popular holiday song, “Feliz Navidad,” for a racist musical spoof about undocumented immigrants.

The parody, titled “The Illegal Alien Christmas Song,” was posted in mid-December on the Web site for Human Events, a Washington-based conservative weekly publication.

One passage from the parody, sung in English, riffed on the stereotype of Latino immigrants as heavy drinkers, while another said “illegals” were going to “spread bubonic plague.”

Moore, the merrier

Filmmaker Michael Moore started a summer film festival five years ago in his adopted hometown of Traverse City, Mich. Now he’s teaming with Emmy winner Jeff Garlin to organize a mid-winter comedic counterpart.

The inaugural Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival will be held Feb. 19-21.

The birthday bunch

Actor Russ Tamblyn is 75. Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 72. Director James Burrows (“Cheers,” “Taxi”) is 69. Fred Ward (“The Right Stuff”) is 67. Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 67. Davy Jones of The Monkees is 64. Singer Patti Smith is 63. Musician Jeff Lynne is 62. Meredith Vieira is 56. Matt Lauer is 52. Tracey Ullman is 50. Sean Hannity is 48. Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Tru Calling”) is 29. Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville”) is 27.

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