Gabba gabba squeak: Chuck E. Cheese, the giant rodent mascot of the chain of pizza and video game restaurants known for hosting kids' birthdays, is getting a new look, new voice and an electric guitar. The man who has provided the voice for Chuck E. since 1993 was replaced by a singer from a "pop-punk" band called Bowling for Soup.
We don't know a lot of "pop-punk" musicians, but we doubt Joey Ramone would have answered a help-wanted ad for a pizza-pushing costumed mascot of an indeterminate rodent species.
Put it next to Chihuly's museum: The widow and girlfriend of Painter of Light Thomas Kinkade are fighting in court over the late artist's $66 million estate. The girlfriend claims she has handwritten notes that bequeath his mansion and $10 million to establish a museum of his paintings.
The girlfriend says she has irrefutable proof that the notes are authentic: The writing has Kinkade's ethereal misty glow.
Happy Fourth: The town of George -- Washington, of course -- plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with what it claims is the world's largest cherry pie, made in an 8-foot-square pan.
But organizers cannot tell a lie; it's a cobbler.
--Jon Bauer, Herald staff
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