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GRAMMYS 2014 Grammys 2014: Top contenders and long shots in five races

By Gerrick D. Kennedy

Betting on the outcome of the Grammys is always a losing game. And the nominations for the 56th annual ceremony prove the voting members of the Recording Academy are as broad as ever with their musical tastes.

But history has shown that unpredictability could be the theme of the evening.

Will 17-year-old Lorde make Grammy history? Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke's staggering chart prowess be rewarded by voters? Will a rap album take the night's top prize for the first time in a decade? Those are some of the pressing questions that will be answered when the Grammy Awards are unveiled Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (The show airs on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.)

Here are five races worth watching closely:

Album of the year.
The Recording Academy shocked everyone when Sara Bareilles was named a contender for the top prize, edging out critically acclaimed works from Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Kacey Musgraves. The next shock? How the academy will actually vote. Taylor Swift's latest blockbuster, "Red," and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" could easily sway voters. But Bareilles is a serious long shot. And then there are two wildcards: Kendrick Lamar's genre-defining debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d city," and Daft Punk's slinky comeback record, "Random Access Memories."

Song of the year.
The narrative could be spun a number of ways here. At 17, a win for Lorde would make her the youngest songwriter to take the honor — a perfect bookend to a year that saw the pop prodigy add a much-needed bite to pop radio. Pink has been overdue for Grammy glory since her gravity-defying performance in 2010's ceremony. A dark horse win for her superbly written ballad, "Just Give Me a Reason," could be the night's most satisfying surprise. And despite massive singles from Bruno Mars ("Locked Out of Heaven") and Katy Perry ("Roar"), it's impossible to count out Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose timely pleas for equality on the poignant "Same Love" will be especially hard to ignore.

Pop vocal album.
Thicke's deliciously tawdry summer hit, "Blurred Lines," is facing sturdy competition for record of the year, and its corresponding album faces tough odds in the pop album category. The biggest competition is among two R&B-dipped pop crooners: Mars' popular sophomore set, "Unorthodox Jukebox," could sneak off with multiple wins, but after Timberlake was denied in the major categories, will voters offer consolation here for his "The 20/20 Experience?"

New artist..
Critics are scratching their heads that teen pop phenom Lorde was denied an invite here over James Blake, but the British singer and electronic music producer seems an unlikely choice over acts who probably made weightier impressions on Grammy voters. Country breakout Musgraves could easily walk away victorious, and so could singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. But the narrative may ultimately end with Lamar or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first hip-hop act to win the award since Lauryn Hill in 1999.

Rap album.
It's unlikely that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, up for seven awards, will leave empty-handed. But some rap fans have been just as heavy-handed with criticism of the duo's more pop-oriented brand of indie rhymes. Voters rooted in tradition most likely will look elsewhere. But who? Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" elevated the rapper's confessional arena rap, while Jay Z chased ambitions of technical innovation with a so-so-received recent effort. The race is a tossup between Lamar and West. Both helped push the genre forward — West experimented with conventions on the jarring "Yeezus," and Lamar delivered one of the genre's most striking debuts in recent memory — but this race seems too close to call.

Alfonso Cuarón Wins DGA Feature Film Award for Gravity

By: Josh Abraham
The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2013 were announced tonight during the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA?s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Gravity.

Actor Jane Lynch hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Ben Affleck, Debbie Allen, DGA Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted, DGA President Paris Barclay, Sandra Bullock, Nick Cannon, Don Cheadle, Steve Coogan, Bradley Cooper, DGA Fifth Vice President Jon Favreau, DGA Past President Taylor Hackford, Tom Hanks, Keith Jackson, Anna Kendrick, Allison Liddi-Brown, Sarah Paulson, Rob Reiner, and Kerry Washington.

The 67th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

The winners of the 2013 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:

(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: David Siegel (Arizona Unit)
· First Assistant Directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen (Arizona Unit)
· Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard
This is Mr. Cuarón’s first DGA Award.


Behind the Candelabra
Mr. Soderbergh’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Michael Polaire
· First Assistant Director: Gregory Jacobs
· Second Assistant Director: Jody Spilkoman
· Second Second Assistant Director: Lynn Struiksma
This is Mr. Soderbergh’s first DGA Award and third nomination. He was previously nominated in 2000 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for both Erin Brockovich and Traffic. He is also the recipient of this year?s Robert B. Aldrich Service Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership.


Breaking Bad, ‘Felina’
Mr. Gilligan’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
· First Assistant Director: Nina Jack
· Second Assistant Directors: Anna Ramey, Louis Lanni
· Second Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Marcia Woske
This is Mr. Gilligan’s first DGA Award and second nomination. He was previously nominated in the Dramatic Series category for the ?Face Off? episode of Breaking Bad in 2011.


30 Rock, ‘Hogcock!/Last Lunch’
Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Diana Schmidt
· First Assistant Director: Stephen Lee Davis
· Second Assistant Director: Vanessa Hoffman
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bill Sell
· Location Manager: Suk Yi Mar
This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s third DGA Award and tenth nomination. She was also nominated this year, together with Rob Ashford, in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category for The Sound of Music Live! She was previously nominated in the Comedy Series category for 30 Rock episodes ?Live from Studio 6H? in 2012, ?Live Show? in 2010, ‘The Reunion Episode #304′ in 2008 and ‘Somebody to Love’ in 2007. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety twice, in 2001 for America: A Tribute to Heroes (co-directed with Joel Gallen) and in 2000 for the ‘Val Kilmer/U2′ episode of Saturday Night Live. She was also twice nominated in that category for Saturday Night Live episodes ‘Christopher Walken & The Foo Fighters’ in 2003 and the 25th Anniversary episode in 1999.


Saturday Night Live, ‘Saturday Night Live with Host Justin Timberlake’
Mr. King’s Directorial Team:
· Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Matt Yonks, Bob Caminiti
· Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly
This is Mr. King?s first DGA Award and seventh nomination. He was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.


The 67th Annual Tony Awards
Mr. Weiss’s Directorial Team:
· Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
· Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Seth Mellman, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider
This is Mr. Weiss?s fifth DGA Award and tenth nomination. He won the DGA Award for 
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 for the 61st, 64th, 65th and 66th Annual Tony Awards. He was previously nominated in the same category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

72 Hours, ‘The Lost Coast’
This is Mr. DeGroot’s second DGA Award. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2011 for ?Episode 1115? of The Biggest Loser.


An Apology to Elephants
This is Ms. Schatz?s fifth DGA Award and eighth nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children?s Programs four times for A Child’s Garden of Poetry in 2011, Classical Baby (I’m Grown Up Now) ‘The Poetry Show’ in 2008, ‘Twas the Night in 2001 and Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepy Time Tales in 1999. She was also nominated an additional three times in this category for Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce in 2012, Hard Times for an American Girl: The Great Depression in 2009 and Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 in 2002.


Epoch Films
The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down, Hennessy VS ? Droga5
· First Assistant Director: Shawn Thomas
Human Race, Acura MDX 2014 ? Mullen
· First Assistant Director: Jey Wada
· Second Assistant Director: Dillon Neaman
· Second Second Assistant Director: Erin Stern
This is Mr. de Thurah?s first DGA Award.


The Square
Participant Media
Noujaim Films
Maktube Productions
Worldview Entertainment
Roast Beef Productions
This is Ms. Noujaim’s second DGA Award and third nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.

In a surprise announcement, DGA President Paris Barclay called former National Vice President Steven Soderbergh to the stage to accept the Robert B. Aldrich Award in honor of Soderbergh?s extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership. Joined by former DGA President/current Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted and former DGA President Taylor Hackford, Barclay thanked Soderbergh for his devotion to the Guild, especially his work to protect and extend the creative rights of directors. Soderbergh, who was first elected to the National Board in 2001, served for nine years as National Vice President before stepping down last June. Soderbergh was also a founding member of the Guild?s Independent Directors Committee, a chair of the Eastern Directors Council, a member of the Western Directors Council, and he chaired DGA Honors three times. Soderbergh currently serves on the PAC Leadership Council and the DGA Foundation, and he is co-chair of the Guild’s Theatrical Creative Rights Committee, a position he has held since 2002.

Steven Soderbergh Robert B. Aldrich Service Award
In recognition of extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its membership.

Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers DGA Diversity Award
In recognition of their commitment to diversity hiring and providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities in DGA-covered categories.

Lee Blaine Frank Capra Achievement Award
Given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

Vincent DeDario Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award
Given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

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Will Richard Branson’s space tourists ever blast off?

by Jon Ungoed-Thomas
SIR RICHARD BRANSON’S space tourism company has amassed $80m (£48.5m) in fares and deposits from would-be passengers, according to a critical biography yet he still has no licence to fly them from his “spaceport” in America or a rocket proven to have enough power to do so.

The bizarre inside story of Virgin Galactic — Branson’s long-delayed journey into space — is revealed today in the scathing new biography by Tom Bower, whom the flamboyant entrepreneur once sued unsuccessfully for libel.

Bower, who is celebrated for his investigative biographies that embarrass the super-rich, points out that Branson initially predicted that his first passengers would take off in 2007. The timetable has slipped ever since.

Branson, who has personally invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the project, announced in 2013 that he would be on the first flight on Christmas Day

Happy 30th birthday Mac! Apple celebrates 30 years of its groundbreaking computer


Three decades ago, in an auditorium in California, Steve Jobs unveiled what was set to revolutionise home computing.

The Macintosh computer had a 9-inch screen, used floppy disks and was powered by a 32-bit processor and 128KB RAM - all for $2,495.

It replaced the need to type in commands with point-and-click menus, introduced drag and drop and launched the type of graphical user interface seen across PCs, phones, and tablets around the world today.

The first Mac also featured a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, at a time when a 5.25-inches was the standard. 

The Mac used the smaller drive for practical reasons, as the larger floppies weren't reliable. 
By comparison, the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and the current Mac Pro starts at 12BG of memory - more than 90,000 times as much as the 1984 model.

To celebrate the event, Apple has created a Mac 30 mini site

The concepts seen in the original Macintosh are so fundamental today, it's hard to imagine a time when they existed only in research labs - primarily Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre. 
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his team got much of their inspiration from PARC, which they visited while designing the Mac.

The Mac has had ‘incredible influence on pretty much everybody's lives all over the world since computers are now so ubiquitous,’ said Brad Myers, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

‘Pretty much all consumer electronics are adopting all of the same kinds of interactions.’
Apple didn't invent these tools, nor was the Mac the first to use them. Xerox sold its own mouse-based Star computer, and Apple's Lisa beat the Mac by months, but they were relative flops with consumers.

Instead, the Mac prevailed and its success was attributed to the fact Apple engineers took the ideas from these earlier models and made them more user-friendly. 

In particular, Xerox used a three-button mouse in its Alto prototype computer, whereas Apple settled on one - allowing people to keep their eyes on the screen without worrying about which button to press.

Its price was also a factor, and the Mac was four times cheaper than the Lisa.

Apple insisted on uniformity, so copying and pasting text and deleting files would work the same way from one application to another. That reduced the time it would take to learn a new program.

The Mac, pictured, featured a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive - at a time when a 5.25-inches were standard
The Mac, pictured, featured a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive - at a time when a 5.25-inches were standard

Apple also put a premium on design. For example, early Macs showed a happy face when they started up and icons and windows had rounded corners.

Such details made computers appear friendlier and easier to use - at least subconsciously - to the user, Myers said.
One of the first applications enabled by the Mac's interface was desktop publishing.

Early computers generated text the way a typewriter would - character by character, one line at a time. Users had a limited number of characters, with no variation in appearance. 

The Mac was one of the first to approach displays like a TV - text gets incorporated into a graphic that the computer projects on the screen pixel by pixel.

Initially, many people 'thought it was a waste of time and a gimmick,' explained Dag Spicer, senior curator of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.

He said long-time computer users already knew how to perform computing tasks 'very efficiently with just two or three keystrokes. It might have been more efficient for them than to use a mouse.'

Tim Bajarin, a Creative Strategies analyst who has followed Apple for more than three decades, said he was baffled, yet intrigued when he saw the Mac's unveiling at an Apple shareholders meeting in 1984.

In 1998, Apple unveiled the iMac, pictured. PCs at the time were typically housed in uniform, beige boxes. The first iMacs looked more like TVs and came in a variety of colors over the years

In 1998, Apple unveiled the iMac, pictured. PCs at the time were typically housed in uniform, beige boxes. The first iMacs looked more like TVs and came in a variety of colors over the years

In July 2000 Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's 8-inch cube computer the Power Macintosh G4, pictured, during his keynote address at MacWorld Expo in New York. The Power Mac G4 Cube was praised for its design, even though it didn't sell well

In July 2000 Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's 8-inch cube computer the Power Macintosh G4, pictured, during his keynote address at MacWorld Expo in New York. The Power Mac G4 Cube was praised for its design, even though it didn't sell well.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, pictured, unveiled the latest Mac Pro  in San Francisco last year. It has 90,000 times more RAM than the original Macintosh
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, pictured, unveiled the latest Mac Pro in San Francisco last year. It has 90,000 times more RAM than the original Macintosh
'This really was a complete departure from the computing that we knew,' he said. 'None of us had any clue what its potential would be.'
In fact, despite its radical interface, sales were lukewarm. For years, it was mostly a niche product for publishers, educators and graphics artists. 

Now the world's most valuable company, Apple nearly died in the 1990s as its market share dwindled. 

After a 12-year absence from Apple, Steve Jobs returned in 1997 to head the company. 

A year later, he introduced the iMac, a desktop computer with shapes and colours that departed from beige Windows boxes at the time.

Then came the iPod music player in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad tablet in 2010. 

In recent years, PCs have declined as consumers turn to mobile devices. 

Apple sold 16 million Macs in the year ending 28 September, down 10 per cent from a year earlier. By contrast, iPhones sales grew 20 per cent to 150 million and iPads by 22 per cent to 71 million.

The Mac has aged to the point that it's starting to draw inspiration from iPhones and iPads. Several Mac apps have been refined to look and work more like mobile versions. 
Macs now have notifications and other features born on mobile devices. Windows computers, meanwhile, now emphasise tablets' touch-base interfaces.

Here's a sneak peak of the new graphics for WRLTHD & American News Broadcasting

Super Bowl Snowstorm? One Model Suggests Something ‘Major’ On Way

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Don’t worry. At least not yet.
But one early weather projection is taking shape for Super Bowl weekend — and it doesn’t look good.
CBS 2 meteorologist Lonnie Quinn says one model suggests a system similar to this week’s snowstorm could hit the Tri-State area “within 48 hours” of Super Bowl XLVIII.
“If that holds true, this is a major player,” Quinn said on Wednesday night’s newscast, shortly after sharing the forecast with Mike Francesa on WFAN radio. “Not a small snowstorm, it would be a major player.”
Watch the video above for Quinn’s breakdown of the model.
The game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is scheduled for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Quinn, who’s known for rolling up his sleeves during bad weather, joked on Twitter that if the projection holds true, he may deliver next week’s Super Bowl forecast shirtless.
“One is, I’m not sure how reliable forecasts are this far out,” Goodell said in a New York Daily News interview. “And two is, we have a whole group of people that are getting the best information, have the right team together, to make sure we have appropriate information at the right time. There’s nothing I can do about that. Our team has been working to be prepared for all alternatives and I’m confident they will be.”
“We’re running ourselves through a rigorous dress rehearsal,” said NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman.
The NFL could move the big game to Saturday or even Monday or Tuesday if a major storm slams the area.

Justin Bieber Released From Jail After Miami Beach Arrest

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – International pop icon Justin Bieber was released from jail Thursday after he was arrested on Miami Beach for DUI and resisting arrest.

Before his release, the world-renowned star made a brief appearance in bond court. Bieber appeared before Miami-Dade County Judge Joseph P. Farina via teleconference.

Bieber was represented by famed attorney Roy Black, who has represented numerous celebrities and high profile cases in South Florida.

Judge Farina set Bieber’s bail at $2,500, which is the standard bond for a case of this type.

The pop artist left the jail just after 2 p.m., but not before stopping to wave to the gathered photographers and videographers.

It was the culmination of a day full of alleged drag racing, drug use and an arrest that started in the early morning hours on Miami Beach.

Bieber has been in town the past few days, and was reportedly visiting Club Set on Lincoln Road Wednesday night.

The trouble started when Bieber’s entourage allegedly used two or three cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive to create a drag strip for the young star.
TMZ reported late Thursday morning that Bieber’s father “helped facilitate” the crimes that landed Justin in jail. TMZ also reported that Jeremy Bieber, 38, was with the pop star throughout the day Thursday.
According to TMZ, Jeremy Bieber was not only present when Justin was arrested but that he was one of the people who helped block off the residential street so his son could race.

The younger Bieber was arrested at 4:09 a.m. near the intersection of Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street in a yellow Lamborghini. The area of Pine Tree Drive on Miami Beach where the alleged drag racing was happening is a residential area with a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour. The arresting officer estimated Bieber was going twice the speed limit.
According to the arrest report, the arresting officer said, “I immediately smelled an odor of alcohol eminating (sic) from the drivers breath and bloodshot eyes. The driver had slow deliberate movements and a stuper (sic)look on his face.
The arresting officer said Bieber stated, “Why the f*** are you doing this?” “Finally, the driver exited the vehicle as he kept going into his pants pockets.”
The officer said he asked Bieber to not go into his pants and put his hands on top of the car. The arresting officer said Bieber took his hands off the car and faced the officer. The officer said he told Bieber to look forward because he was going to perform a patdown.
Bieber responded to the officer, “What the f*** is this about?”
The officer said if Bieber didn’t cooperate, he would be subject to arrest. Bieber, according to the arresting officer, turned around to face the officer and the officer grabbed his right hand and told him he was under arrest.
Bieber responded, “What the f*** are you doing?”

“He was brought to the Miami Beach Police station where a DUI investigation was conducted,” Martinez said.

According to the police report, once at the Miami Beach Police Department, officers noticed Bieber had a “flushed face, bloodshot eyes, and the odor of an alcoholic beverages on his breath.” Police conducted a sobriety field test on “a flat, dry, smooth, and well lit surface” and that Bieber, “did not perform to standards,” and later agreed to a breath test and drug evaluation.
“During the investigation, Bieber made a statement that he had consumed some alcohol, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed some prescription medication,” Miami Beach Police Ray Martinez said.
Raw Video From The Scene After The Arrest
The chief also noted that Bieber is under 21 and not allowed to drink anyway.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, Bieber blew a .014 and .011 on a brethalizer test, but both were too small for a criminal charge or even administrative license suspension for underage driver.
Martinez said Bieber has been cooperative with police and not caused any problems during his booking.
Bieber was transported from Miami Beach Police Headquarters to the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center just after 10 a.m. Thursday.
Law enforcement blocked the view of cameras while Bieber was being taken inside the facility, which is not standard operating procedure.
Due to his arrest being a DUI, Bieber had to remain in police custody for eight hours.
The driver of the red Ferrari allegedly drag racing with Bieber was also arrested. Miami Beach Police identified the second driver as Khalil Amir Sharieff, a singer with Def Jam Records.
January 23, 2014: Khalil Sharieff (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)
January 23, 2014: Khalil Sharieff (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)
Both the Lamborghini and the Ferrari were taken to the Miami Beach Police department’s impound lot.
Earlier in the evening, Bieber and South Florida model Chantel Jeffries cruised South Beach taking pictures with fans. The pictures were posted on a Bieber fan page on tumblr.com.
Monday, the ‘Biebs’ made headlines in Miami after he reportedly “made it rain” at a Miami Beach strip club.

TMZ reported that Bieber was spotted earlier in the evening at Mansion nightclub on South Beach. Then he went to the King of Diamonds strip club. The club’s manager, Disco Rick, told WINZ radio that Bieber was at the club, but was served no alcohol, and stayed in a VIP room. The manager said Bieber stuffed wads of $100 bills into the hands of numerous dancers.

Bieber’s visit to South Florida also sparked an investigation in the city of Opa-locka where officials are investigating the unauthorized police escort given to Bieber Monday night by two of the department’s marked squad cars.
Opa-locka Assistant City Manager David Chiverton confirmed the questionable escort to CBS4′s Gary Nelson.
“This escort that was done for Justin Bieber was unauthorized. We have spoken to our police administration and they are investigating the matter,” Chiverton said.
Just last week, investigators in California searched Bieber’s home in Calabasas during a search for evidence that the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor’s home.
Bieber, 19, was at the home and cooperated with authorities but was not interviewed by detectives.
As his downfall has been in the public view for the last few weeks, some Hollywood stars have already started weighing in on his arrest.
“This is the best thing that could have happened to him,” said former child star Danny Bonaduceon his radio morning show on Seattle’s KZOK-FM. “Speaking from personal experience, this (arrest) could save his life.”
Bonaduce became famous as part of the Partridge Family TV series cast in the early 1970′s. His life took troubling turns in the years after the show, and in 1990, he was arrested for trying to buy cocaine in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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