• Now they're taking jobs we will do: Yugoslavian immigrant and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic is named the U.S. poet laureate.
• Xe-nude: In another attempt to put gay rumors to rest, Tom Cruise and spellbound wife Katie Holmes want to take part in a steamy nude photo shoot. (With each other. And no other guys.)
• Conflict of interest: Mirthala Salinas, the Telemundo reporter L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa left his wife for, has been suspended for two months by the Spanish-language TV giant.