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SPRINGFIELD ALLEGEDLY THREATENED DEPUTY

It sounds like Rick Springfield's arrest for DUI on May 1 may have been messier than initially reported, as TMZ says now that he threatened the arresting officer. Funny how it didn't show up in the arrest report, though. The site says that after getting arrested in Malibu for blowing a 0.10, the singer was incensed when an L.A County sheriff's deputy said Springfield's 1963 Corvette was going to be towed away, allegedly yelling, "If you tow my car, I will (expletive) kill you and your family," a source tells TMZ. The station captain apparently asked the deputy, "Did you really feel threatened?" - an apparently loaded query that may have played down Springfield's intent. The arrest report says only the singer was "belligerent," TMZ says. The rep for Springfield, 61, countered TMZ with a statement that read, "Someone has leaked information illegally. It's a sad reflection on society today that people in law enforcement who we look up to pander to the celebrity gossip channels."

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Some fans upset over Rihanna's Twitter connection with Brown

It was a regular heartfelt learning moment on Twitter over the weekend, as a fan of Rihanna caused quite a stir when the singer started following her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. On Saturday, Ri-Ri fan @iStan4Rihanna was one of hundreds who noted Rihanna had started following Breezy's account on Twitter, @chrisbrown. The fan, who says she's a 14-year-old girl, wrote "@rihanna I never thought you would go back to him! You better not, its your life but you do have ppl that look up to you. e.g young girls" - a sentiment echoed by plenty of other Rihanna followers. Well, the singer took particular exception to that, shooting back, "@iStan4Rihanna_ its ... twitter, not the alter! calm down."

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Lady Gaga reaches over 10 million followers on Twitter, topping Biebs

In case one Twitter-centric post in one day wasn't enough for you, Lady Gaga reached the milestone of 10 million followers this weekend. Aw, remember when Ashton Kutcher gunning for 1 million seemed like a lot? "10MillionMonsters! I'm speechless, we did it!" she tweeted Saturday via @ladygaga. She was several thousand over that mark on Monday, beating out Justin Bieber, who was still languishing at a couple-hundred thousand less than that.

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Member of rap group killed in drive-by shooting

M-Bone of the rap group Cali Swag District, which scored a hit last year with the song Teach Me How to Dougie, was killed in a weekend drive-by shooting as he sat in a car outside a liquor store, police said Monday. The 22-year-old Inglewood man, whose real name is Mante Ray Talbert, was sitting alone in his car shortly after 10:30 p.m. when another car pulled alongside and gunshots were fired. Teach Me How to Dougie is based on the "Dougie" dance, which first appeared in Texas and is noted for its leaning stances, and shoulder and arm movements.

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Bob Flanigan, original member of Four Freshmen, dies at age 84

Bob Flanigan, an original member of the four-part jazz vocal harmony group the Four Freshmen, has died in Las Vegas at age 84, a manager of the group said Monday. Flanigan died Sunday at home of congestive heart failure, with family members nearby and several local trombonists playing songs, IVI Management agent Dina Roth said. "Flanigan's voice was indestructible," said Ross Barbour, the last remaining original member of the four-man group. "He could drive all day and all night without stopping between gigs, and when our voices were on the edge, Bob was still in full form."

-jgillin@sptimes.com

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