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Cleveland’s WOIO is using puppets to cover the trial of former Cuyahoga county Democratic chairman Jimmy Dimora, who is charged with bribery and racketeering. Cameras are barred from court so instead of simply showing sketch artist renditions, news director Dan Salamone believes the puppet show featuring a talking squirrel reporter who provides updates on the trial is a more stimulating way to give viewers the scoop. "It's a satirical look at the trial and, again, I think we have it appropriately placed at the end of the newscast," Salamone said yesterday.—-

Megaupload, a filesharing site, has been shut down as a part of a federal indictment, and a group of hackers shut down the sites of the Justice Department, the RIAA, the MPAA and Universal Music in retaliation. The group that calls itself “Anonymous” took responsibility for the sites’ blackout via its Twitter account.

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Peep out Jamie xx’s third remix of Radiohead’s “Bloom,” which will be released on a white label single

Barack Obama is not Al Green. But he tries. During a fundraiser in Harlem, N.Y., at the Apollo Theater the president did his best to squeak out bits of “Let’s Stay Together.”

50 Cent doesn’t know if he will “tour the world” or release two albums this year

The Artist won top honors at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards while The Help somehow leads the NAACP Image Awards Nominations.

Daniel Radcliffe is defending Lana Del Rey’s performance on Saturday Night Live, which was apparently shite. "It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly," he said, speaking at the Bafta nominations. “I also think people are making it about things other than the performance.”

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