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Sept. 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Throat issue sidelines John Mayer

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Singer John Mayer says a throat problem has forced him to cancel some of his upcoming appearances and delay release of his new album.

A statement issued Friday said Mayer has a granuloma next to his vocal cords that will keep him sidelined until further notice.

"I'm bummed to have to bow out of both the iheartradio Music Festival in Las Vegas and an appearance with Tony Bennett in Los Angeles," Mayer said in his statement. "I know there were people depending on me to be there and I'm sorry that I can't be on those stages."

Mayer called the situation a "temporary setback" and said he was confident he would be able to resume touring at a later date.

As far as Mayer's new CD "Born and Raised" goes, the release date has been pushed back to sometime next year. CNN said the album was largely completed except for some vocals that will be filled in at a later date.


Report: Terrell Owens gets ticket in LA

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- NFL free agent Terrell Owens was ticketed for driving solo in a Los Angeles carpool lane this week, sources told TMZ.com.

Owens was reportedly zipping along in the carpool lane of an unspecified freeway without passengers, a violation that carries a minimum $381 fine.

Law enforcement sources said the officer who pulled Owens over also cited him for having an expired registration and window tinting that was too dark.

Sources told TMZ Owens was behind the wheel of a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle.


'Seinfeld' actress Frances Bay dead at 92

TARZANA, Calif., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Canadian-born actress Frances Bay, who appeared in a string of television and movies in her later years, died in California at the age of 92, her family said.

Bay was probably best known as Mrs. Choat, who wrestled with Jerry Seinfeld over the last loaf of marble rye bread on "Seinfeld," and also appeared regularly as Aunt Ginny on ABC's "The Middle."

Bay died Thursday at a Tarzana hospital where she had been battling an infection, her cousin, Marly Zaslov of Vancouver, told the Los Angeles Times.

The Times said Bay appeared in more than 100 TV shows and 50 movies, including "Happy Gilmore" and "Blue Velvet." She was also active in local theater in the Los Angeles area for many years.

Bay was named to Canada's Walk of Fame in 2008 after stars Adam Sandler and Henry Winkler led a petition drive that collected some 10,000 signatures, The Hollywood Reporter said Saturday.

Bay had said she always wanted to act since she was a kid in Winnipeg but sidelined her aspirations when her husband was transferred to New York in the 1970s. After renewing her drama training, Bay began landing a steady stream of bit and supporting roles that continued even after she lost a leg in a traffic accident in 2002.

Her notoriety reached a crescendo in the 1990s when Mrs. Choat had her loaf of coveted bread snatched from her on "Seinfeld." She gained a measure of revenge when she became the deciding vote that doomed Jerry's dad in their hotly contested election for Florida condominium board president.


Beckham kicks around idea of fifth child

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Soccer star David Beckham says he and his wife, Victoria, aren't ruling out adding to their family following this year's arrival of daughter Harper Seven.

The idea of another child was kicked around by Beckham in an appearance this week on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in the United States, People magazine said Saturday.

"If we were lucky enough to have another one, it would be great," Beckham said on Friday's appearance. "We have always spoke about having a big family."

Harper arrived in July and was given her father's longtime soccer uniform number, seven, as a middle name. She also weighed more than 7 pounds and was born at 7:44 a.m. in Los Angeles.

DeGeneres noted that five kids plus two parents equaled seven and speculated that was Beckham's master plan.

"What can say?" Beckham responded. "I love the number seven."

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