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After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology

Dismal parental involvement, fights, and low test scores opened the actor's eyes to the tough reality in Philly schools.


Don't be surprised if the nation's teachers start a fan club for actor Tony Danza. Unlike the countless policy makers and talking heads who offer up suggestions for improving education without ever teaching a day in their lives, during the 2009-2010 school year the actor ditched Hollywood for a gig teaching tenth grade English at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Now Danza's written a book, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had, about the experience.

What's Danza apologizing for? He readily admits that he wasn't the best student in school, and since he'd earned a degree in history education, he wanted to make a difference. Perhaps he's also regretting the disrespectful assumption too many in our society make: educators don't really want to work hard and are incompetent.

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What’s an Eco-Celebrity Worth?

Celebs walk the “green carpet” at an environmental pre-Oscars event. But do they actually raise awareness?


Socialite and fashion model Jaimie Hilfiger gets her heart broken, like, all the time. "When I drive through the street I see people, literally, just throw out pieces of plastic from a gum wrapper, or even larger than a gum wrapper," she told me on Wednesday in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard. "I’m like, how could you, literally, throw a big piece of plastic outside the window? That really breaks my heart."

Hilfiger, niece of Tommy, wasn't the only one on the scene getting emotional about the earth. As media outlets from around the world focused their gaze on Hollywood in anticipation of the Oscar's tonight, an unexpected group sidled up to get a taste of the limelight on Wednesday: environmentalists. The host was Santa Monica-based climate-change organization Global Green, the go-to environmental charity for actors moonlighting as activists (Leonardo DiCaprio’s on the board). The event? The annual "green pre-Oscar party."

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Intermission: Celebrity Sleepovers

Comedian Mark Malkoff needed a place to crash in L.A., so, naturally, he decided to ask celebrities to let him sleep over.

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