Keith O’Dell Jr. still wears diapers, but he’s already a pool hall wizard. At age 2, he is the youngest member of the American Pool Association. Keith plays at Patricia’s Restaurant near his family’s home in Johnston, N.Y. The son of pool-playing parents, the toddler recently traveled to Las Vegas to put on a demonstration for the APA, the governing body of amateur pool. Keith started playing pool on a child-size table, but has since moved up to a regulation table. ***MARLAR: The only problem is when little Keith occasionally confuses a pool cue for a baby bottle and gets blue powder on his lips… and milk on the cue ball.
Kevin Bacon tried in vain to chase down a thief who grabbed his BlackBerry at a New York City subway station Thursday. The mugger took off with Bacon’s cell at 10:50am. Bacon who is currently touring with his band The Bacon Brothers, could not confirm whose numbers were stored in the Blackberry. It is likely, however, that the numbers for Bacon’s wife, ‘The Closer’ star Kyra Sedgwick, are now available to the thief. ***MARLAR: But he’ll confess as soon as Kyra gets him in a room to herself.
Kirstie Alley is upset that Oprah Winfrey just signed Jenny McCarthy to a lucrative talk show deal instead of her. Feeling betrayed because O once promised her a show, Kirstie blames the snub on the fact that she’s packed on 83 pounds in the last year. ***MARLAR: I guess that cinches that I’ll never get a talk show from Oprah.
A Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania wanted to bless those who share his passion for motorcycles. The Rev. Al Kimmel says he held the first-ever “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday at his Grace United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney, northeast of Pittsburgh, hoping to fill the church’s parking lot with motorcyclists and their bikes while he preached from the roof of the church’s carport. Kimmel says he picked the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend because it’s was the unofficial start of summer and often marks the beginning of riding season for motorcyclists. ***MARLAR: Holy Hogs!
A Michigan postal worker who hid thousands of pieces of mail in a storage unit has been placed on probation for two years. Jill Hull appeared in federal court in Detroit Thursday, three months after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor of deserting the mail. In September, managers of a self-storage business opened Hull’s unit and discovered thousands of pieces of unopened mail, including first-class letters. Some had postmarks from 2005. The 35-year-old Hull has said she couldn’t keep up with her route in Livingston County, 50 miles northwest of Detroit. U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen declined to order a fine, saying Hull can’t afford it. ***MARLAR: So close… if she’d just hoarded junk mail she’d be hailed as a hero.
Cosmopolitan reports that 20% of women say technology makes it harder to communicate face-to-face. ***MARLAR: Ironically, we learned this information over the Internet.
Off-duty firefighter Barry McRoy of Walterboro, South Carolina, was leaving a fast food restaurant when a stray bullet hit him, but he didn’t even notice until he got home and saw the bullet hole in his jacket. He’d checked out a DVD that was in its box in his pocket, and it had stopped the bullet. ***MARLAR: But he demanded a refund because when he got it home it wouldn’t play.