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Stop investigating me, Moore tells Treasury

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 12, 2007


Michael Moore has asked the Bush administration to call off an investigation of his trip to Cuba to get treatment for ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers for a segment in his upcoming health care documentary, Sicko. Moore, who made the hit documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 that assailed President Bush's handling of Sept. 11, said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Friday that the White House may be investigating for political reasons. "For five and a half years, the Bush administration has ignored and neglected the heroes of the 9/11 community, " Moore said in the letter, reported by the Associated Press. "I understand why the Bush administration is coming after me. I have tried to help the very people they refuse to help. But until George W. Bush outlaws helping your fellow man, I have broken no laws and I have nothing to hide." Treasury officials said they don't comment on specific investigations. The department notified Moore in a May 2 letter that it was conducting a civil investigation of possible violations of the trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba.

Mel Gibson praised in Malibu court

A judge praised Mel Gibson on Friday for maintaining his court-ordered treatment for alcoholism after his drunken-driving arrest last July. "I truly believe the rehabilitation that is being effected in this case is effective, and I don't want anything to interrupt that, " Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira said at a progress report hearing in Malibu, Calif., reported by the Associated Press. Gibson, 51, didn't attend, but Mira said he wanted to see Gibson in court at some point "to ensure we are all on the same page." Outside court, Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, said the actor-director is "doing very well. He's working hard." His next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23.

Opie and Anthony issue an apology

XM Satellite Radio shock jocks Opie and Anthony apologized Friday for airing a homeless man's crude comments that he'd like to have sex with Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth. The remarks were made on their show Wednesday by a guest the duo call Homeless Charlie. XM deplores the comments, spokesman Nathaniel Brown told the Associated Press. He wouldn't say whether XM planned to discipline the duo. Satellite radio has no federal restrictions on its content. Opie and Anthony (real names Greg Hughes and Anthony Cumia) said Friday on their show, "We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with our creative freedom and regret any offense that this segment has caused." CBS Radio dumped the duo in August 2002 for running a contest in which they said two listeners had sex in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral. XM hired them in 2004.