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v14_Allen-Iverson6wifeAhh yes, the affairs of the heart … and maybe even the pocketbook.

In other words, for Allen Iverson, whose money is funny these days and a pending divorce, maybe it really is cheaper to keep her.

According to TMZ, the former NBA great is trying to stop the divorce action, saying he and his estranged wifey Tawanna got back together and did a lot more than rub bellies. So that means her petition is null and void.

Iverson filed a motion to dismiss last week in his pending divorce case, claiming he and his wife Tawanna had temporarily reconciled from November 2011 to February 2012 — and had “resumed their marital relationship, cohabiting, having sexual relations and holding themselves out as husband and wife.”

According to Iverson, that’s enough for a judge to throw out Tawanna’s divorce petition — on grounds the marriage isn’t “irretrievably broken” … as she had claimed.

It’s unclear if Iverson actually wants to get back together with Tawanna — the former NBA player’s legal move might simply be an attempt to delay paying support.

So far, judge has yet to rule. We’ll let you know how it goes.

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v13_michelle-obama-lettermanIn her first ever visit to CBS’ “Late Show,” Michelle Obama tried not to cry when the host David Letterman asked about the influence of her parents. She spoke at length about her father’s battle with multiple sclerosis.

“I never knew him to be able to walk, but my dad worked so hard and he loved us so much, and I think from him I learned just absolute, complete unconditional love, the notion that kids really don’t need anything but to know that their parents adore them,” said the first lady.

“I think that’s the greatest gift they gave us, just their constant support and, you know, stability, and that’s really what we try to instill in our girls,” she added. “I mean, you talk about raising kids, it’s just really – you know, we had rules, we had boundaries, but there wasn’t anything my dad wouldn’t do for us, and, uh – don’t make me cry.”

Recognizing the conversation had taken a turn for the serious, Obama exclaimed: “Don’t make me cry. This isn’t ‘Oprah! It’s supposed to be ‘Letterman.’ What’s up? Where are the laughs?”

“Did somebody tell you this was ‘Oprah? Is that why you’re here?” Letterman said. “Oh my, someone misled the first lady.”

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v13_Oprah - Lifeclass Set 2Oprah’s very OWN empire is beginning to show signs of crumbling. Or, from the opposite point of view, is seeking stability. Either way, it’s not the best of times for the company.

The network laid off 30 employees as part of restructuring its operations in bothLos AngelesandNew York. Those still hanging on will pick up the slack.

“It is difficult to make tough business decisions that affect people’s lives,” said Oprah Winfrey, OWN’s CEO and chief creative officer, “but the economics of a start-up cable network just don’t work with the cost structure that was in place. As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step.

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Herbie HancockJazz pianist Herbie Hancock’s first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held annually on April 30, which coincides with the last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in theU.S.

This year’s inaugural event — organized by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which Hancock chairs — will include star-studded concerts in Paris, New Orleans and New York as well as jazz-related events in several dozen countries from Algeria to Uruguay, reports the AP.

v12_steve-harvey-disneySteve Harvey was on deck to kick off the Disney Dreamer’s Academy yesterday, Thursday (03-08-12), now in its fifth year.

The mentoring program, which hosts 100 high school students ages 13-19 from across the United States during an intensive program at Walt Disney World Resort. Their all-expense paid weekend will be filled with special events, educational workshops, personal enhancement and professional enrichment that will unite them with entertainment experts, motivational speakers and world-class business professionals.


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