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Sep 29, 2008

Sean Kingston $500,000 Chain Stolen in Mail

Reggae star Sean Kingston's $500,000 chain was stolen from the mail, after the teen rapper had his sister FedEx a diamond encrusted link chain with a crayon box medallion, from Los Angeles to a jeweler in New York.

The authorities were alerted about the missing bling when the shipped package arrived at the jeweler's shop empty, according to

Kingston's sister reportedly only insured the extravagant parcel for just $500.

The incident is currently under police investigation in Los Angeles.

The pop icon is best known for his Summer 2007 hit "Beautiful Girls".

Obama Leads in Polls After First Presidential Debate

A pair of one-night polls gave Barack Obama a clear edge over John McCain in their first presidential debate.

Fifty-one percent said Obama, the Democrat, did a better job in Friday night's faceoff while 38 percent preferred the Republican McCain, according to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. survey of adults, reports the Associated Press.

Obama was widely considered more intelligent, likable and in touch with peoples' problems, and by modest margins was seen as the stronger leader and more sincere. Most said it was McCain who spent more time attacking his opponent.

About six in 10 said each did a better job than expected. Seven in 10 said each seemed capable of being president.

In a CBS News poll of people not committed to a candidate, 39 percent said Obama won the debate, 24 percent said McCain and 37 percent called it a tie. Twice as many said Obama understands their needs than said so about McCain.

Seventy-eight percent said McCain is prepared to be president, about the same proportion of uncommitted voters as said so before the debate. Sixty percent said Obama is ready - a lower score than McCain, but a solid 16-percentage-point improvement from before the debate.

In another Obama advantage in the CBS poll, far more said their image of him had improved as a result of the debate than said it had worsened. More also said their view of McCain had gotten better rather than worse, but by a modest margin.

The CNN poll involved telephone interviews with 524 adults who watched the debate and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The CBS survey involved online interviews with 483 uncommitted voters who saw the debate and had an error margin of plus or minus 4 points. It was conducted by Knowledge Networks, which initially selected the respondents by telephone.

Polls conducted on one night can be less reliable than surveys conducted over several nights because they only include the views of people available that particular evening.

Both polls were conducted Friday night.

Travis Barker: Early Release from the Hospital

In the days following his tragic plane crash, Travis Barker has tried to stay upbeat, with plenty of love and encouragement from his family, friends, and ex-wife Shanna Moakler.

And it seems that his positive attitude has gone a long way in his recovery from the burns and injuries he has sustained. In fact, he’s already out of the hospital!

Spokesperson Beth Frits told press, “Travis Barker was discharged from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital this morning. He left in good condition.”

Barker’s buddy/fellow crash victim Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein was released this past Friday, and has already updated his Facebook page, which reads, “Adam Goldstein is the luckiest guy alive.”

Pink’s European Travels

Carrying a tiny toy dog in her purse, singer Pink was spotted as she readied for a departing flight out of Heathrow Airport in London on Monday (September 29).

The “So What” singer has been staying in the UK as she filmed an appearance on ITV1’s For One Night Only, also paying a visit to the Capital Radio Breakfast Show earlier this morning.

From here, the 29-year-old musician is headed off to Paris - where she’ll most definitely be turning up at the catwalk shows as part of Paris Fashion Week.

Meanwhile, Pink’s hit single “So What” continues to find acclaim around the world, as it has maintained the top spot in numerous charts around the world for the second straight week.

Katy Perry Drops By Christian Dior Show

Paris Fashion Week certainly draws spectators from all over the spectrum. And Katy Perry was spotted enjoying the week’s festivities in the City of Lights earlier today (September 29).

Joined by her boyfriend, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy, the “I Kissed a Girl” songstress happily posed for the paparazzi, sporting a white strapless flowery knee-length dress with lavender heels.

And it sounds like Katy Perry enthusiasts will have a chance to own a piece of the up-and-coming popstar - she’s announced the production of a limited edition doll.

According to a report, only 500 dolls will be made, retailing at $49.99, and they’re sure to go quick. Capital Music Group’s Senior VP Bob Semanovich told press, “It makes good sense for Katy who is a blossoming global pop culture superstar. It’s a perfect extension of her brand as she’s music, fashion and everything pop culture.”

Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson: Ready to Travel

Getting ready to fly out of Los Angeles again, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were spotted leaving their Hollywood Hills home, bound for LAX.

On their way to the airport, Lilo and Sam stopped into a gas station convenience store to stock up on cigarettes as well as some snacks for the plane ride.

As for the ongoing drama with her father Michael Lohan, the “Mean Girls” actress is reportedly looking into taking out a restraining order against him. She recently told press that her dad should be “on medication” to stop him from continually publicly shaming her.

An inside source told press, “Lindsay is going to take out an order of protection against Michael. He is behaving so erratically that she’s terrified he’ll do something to her. She’s contacted her lawyer to arrange this. Ali already has an order of protection against him, as does Dina. No one is speaking with him until he gets help.”

Miley Cyrus: Bicycle Babe

There’s nothing like a leisurely Sunday afternoon bicycle ride to make you feel like a kid again. And earlier today (September 28), Miley Cyrus was spotted riding around Toluca Lake, California with her family in tow.

The “7 Things” songstress looked to be having a marvelous time, sporting braided pigtails beneath a funky multicolored ballcap, with a white tank top, grey Free City sweats, and flip flops.

In the new “Hottest 25 Under 25” poll by Moviefone, Cyrus was named as one of the up-and-coming Hollywood stars bound for massive fame in the next ten years.

And she was in good company - other names on the list included Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Zac Efron, Ellen Page, Scarlett Johansson (who just got married to Ryan Reynolds over the weekend), and Keira Knightley.