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Meek's manners no longer run-of-the-Mill

Also in Tattle: BET Honors, "Duck Dynasty" ratings, Larry Flynt's plans for Hustler.

Meek Mill performs at the Festival Pier on Saturday, June 13. (Photo by Ajon Brodie)
Meek Mill performs at the Festival Pier on Saturday, June 13. (Photo by Ajon Brodie)Read more

STRAWBERRY MANSION RAP star Meek Mill, who was court-ordered to take etiquette classes to improve his behavior, has been such a prized pupil he wants to advance his knowledge of manners beyond the rudimentary please and thank you.

According to, Meek was ordered to take the etiquette classes last year after violating his probation in his 2008 gun possession case.

Meek's lawyer said the rapper passed his courses with flying colors and folded napkins - salad forks, soup spoons, door holding, etc. - and is now expert in dressing for success and social media communication. But to take it to the next level, he's hired Gail (from the Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol) to help him out with his international fine dining skills, because he's always on the road.

'Bachelor' no more

On Sunday, Jan. 26, while many Americans are watching the Grammy Awards, "The Bachelor's" Sean Lowe and fiancee Catherine Giudici will say their "I dos" live on ABC.

There's something so romantic about a small, intimate wedding with a few million voyeurs.

Then . . . finally . . . it's honeymoon night for the re-virginized "virgin bachelor."

"Since I met him, I have always been attracted to him . . . but every day I've gotten to learn more and more about him; it's kind of like we've merged into one inseparable person," Catherine told In Touch magazine. "I can't wait to solidify that bond!"

Our guess is that after all this time, Sean will be plenty solid.

Gunning for truth

Harvey Weinstein announced yesterday that he would be making an anti-NRA movie starring Meryl Streep as "The Senator's Wife" and Martha MacCallum on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" quickly jumped to the NRA's defense by telling viewers that what usually thwarts school shootings is "when there's a gun introduced into the situation."

Thanks to Wikipedia, it's now relatively easy to check these things. So let's review America's awful school shootings:

Bath School (1927): Killer killed himself.

University of Texas tower (1966): Killer killed by police.

Cal State Fullerton (1976): Killer turned himself in at a nearby hotel.

Stockton Schoolyard (1989): Killer killed himself.

University of Iowa (1991): Killer killed himself.

Lindhurst High School (1992): Killer surrendered to police.

Thurston High School (1998): Killer tackled by students and held until police arrived.

Westside Middle School (1998): Killers captured by police.

Columbine (1999): Killers killed themselves.

Red Lake (2005): Killer killed himself after being wounded by police.

Amish School (2006): Killer killed himself.

Virginia Tech (2007): Killer killed himself.

Northern Illinois University (2008): Killer killed himself.

Sandy Hook (2012): Killer killed himself.

Oikos University (2012): Killer surrendered at a nearby supermarket.

Not only were school shootings not usually thwarted by a gun-wielding citizen, none of them were thwarted by a gun-wielding citizen.

So whatever your feelings about the right to bear arms, let's at least try to agree on the right to bear facts.


Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors.

The network announced yesterday that rapper-actor Ice Cube, American Express CEO Ken Chenault and photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems will also receive tributes at the event. The show will take place on Feb. 8 and air Feb. 24.

Wayne Brady will host.

* After all the fuss and campaigning and name-calling, Nielsen says "Duck Dynasty" drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere, slightly higher than for October's fourth-season finale and considerably lower than the 12 million viewers who caught the fourth-season premiere.

* The premiere of "American Idol," however, was down 22 percent from last year. The good news? It was up from last season's finale and viewers seemed to actually like the new judging panel.

* Producers filmed the climactic scene of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" finale eight years ago, fearing the child actors involved - David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca - would become unrecognizable, and have kept it under wraps ever since.

The Monday comedy concludes after nine seasons on March 31.

Larry Flynt is on "CBS Sunday Morning" this weekend saying, "I don't think Hustler [magazine] will exist another two or three years from now."

Circulation has gone from three million a month in the magazine's heyday to about 100,000 now, he says. Flynt says it won't be difficult to end the print run because technology has made adult content available everywhere.

"You know, I treat Hustler the same way as I would if it was a jar of peanut butter or a can of green beans," Flynt says. "You know, it's a product and when you're not making money, you got to move on."

We don't want to think about any teenage boys who may have treated Hustler as if it was a jar of peanut butter.

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