'Twilight' star shines at Kids' Choice
LOS ANGELES — Team Jacob was triumphant at the Kids' Choice Awards.
"Twilight" star Taylor Lautner picked up two orange, blimp-shaped trophies at last night's 23rd annual shenanigan-packed Nickelodeon spectacle inside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Lautner snared the favorite actor honor for his "New Moon" role as hunky werewolf Jacob Black as well as the inaugural cutest couple award with his "Twilight" co-star Kristin Stewart.
"I have to admit I have always dreamt of winning one of these orange blimps," Lautner said.
The fan-favorite ceremony's host, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" actor-comedian Kevin James, kicked off the show by performing a hip-hop dance routine as Adam Sandler serenaded him from above while dressed as an angel and fountains of green slime gushed on the first few rows of the audience. James said more than 115 million votes were received this year.
First lady Michelle Obama won the ceremony's "Big Help" award for her "Let's Move" campaign to cut down on childhood obesity. The honor is part of Nick's own "Millions on the Move" campaign, which will feature public service announcements to encourage kids to stay active and promote activities that help the environment.
BARBARA BUSH HOSPITALIZED FOR TESTS
HOUSTON — A family spokeswoman said former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston to undergo routine tests, though doctors don't suspect anything serious.
Spokeswoman Jean Becker said the 84-year-old was taken to Methodist Hospital yesterday. Becker said Bush hasn't been feeling well for about a week, and doctors suggested she "undergo a battery of tests." She would not provide details.
Becker said Bush is expected to be released in a day or two.
Bush underwent heart surgery in March 2009 for a severe narrowing of the main heart valve. She also was hospitalized in November 2008, when she underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer.
JUDGE STANDS FIRM ON 'JERSEY SHORE'
TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A New Jersey judge has again denied a request to block the release of episodes of the MTV reality series "Jersey Shore."
State Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster rejected the request of three people who say their reputations would be damaged because they're shown fighting with cast members.
An attorney for the three complained after a published report said MTV planned a global release of the series, which focuses on the escapades of eight 20-something Italian-Americans at a shore house.
Last month, the judge denied a man's request to block the DVD release of the show's first season. The man said he was beaten during an episode.
The other two litigants are a police officer fired after an episode showed him in a fight with cast members and the officer's wife.
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