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Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano is among top New Jersey politicians and dozens of others in the Garden State and Brooklyn - including five rabbis - who were nailed Thursday in a wide-sweeping probe of an international money laundering ring.

In all, 44 people were charged during raids connected to an alleged scheme operating between Brooklyn, N.Y., Deal, N.J., and Israel that police believe laundered tens of millions of dollars through charities controlled by area rabbis.

In addition to Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Denis Elwell, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Baldini, Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega and two state assemblymen were among those rounded up by the FBI and expected to be arraigned.

Apparently, as Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, Kwame Kilpatrick and other high-profile politicians can attest, public service and shady behavior go hand-in-hand!

Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra said the arrests underscore "more than ever the pervasive nature of public corruption in this state," adding that in New Jersey, "corruption was a way of life. They existed in an ethics-free zone."

Highlights of the takedown of Peter Cammarano and others:

  • Peter Cammarano, only in office about three weeks, who was charged with accepting $25,000 in bribes, including $10,000 just last Thursday.
  • Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith is being charged, with an aide, for taking $15,000 in bribes to secure building approvals, per the investigation.
  • Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, charged with accepting a $10,000 bribe. Numerous rabbis from synagogues in Brooklyn and Deal were charged with laundering proceeds from criminal activities through their charities.
  • One Brooklyn man, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, is even accused of trafficking in (yes) human organs, having convinced vulnerable people to donate their kidneys for $10,000 and selling them for $160,000 to recipients, prosecutors said.

Wow, that's a new one. There's no explaining that away, Levy.

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Vampires. Werewolves. Taylor Lautner shirtless. The official New Moon movie website has it all, and it has just been launched for your viewing pleasure.

It is filled with a New Moon video clip, movie stills, character bios, photos and wallpaper - more than enough to satisfy even the most bloodthirsty fans.

That was a bit of a play on words, get it?

Here's a look at one of the introductory screens, which invites you to choose one of two sub-destinations, the official site or the World of Twilight ...

About the only thing missing is Robert Pattinson gossip. That you can read 24/7 at The Hollywood Gossip as he seeks or breaks up with a different girlfriend hourly.

Check out some more images from the site below (consider yourself warned, these may contain New Moon spoilers to those unfamiliar with the series' plot details).

Then, if you're fully prepared and emotionally invested, visit the New Moon official site, and waste hours of time that will totally be worth it anyway, by clicking here.

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Grey's Anatomy fans were shocked when T.R. Knight made the decision to leave the cast of one of TV's biggest shows. They probably shouldn't be.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 34-year-old reveals what led him to leave Grey's Anatomy, and says it was a long time coming.

The show debuted in 2005, turning Knight into a breakout star who received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2007.

But it was an incident in late 2006 that changed everything.

Co-star Isaiah Washington referred to Knight as a "f----t" during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey, the media caught wind of it, Knight came out of the closet, and Washington was fired from the show the following summer.

That's the short version. T.R. reveals that he does not directly fault executive producer Shonda Rhimes for how she handled the situation, she discouraged him from coming out and a gradual communication breakdown ensued.

T.R. Knight EW Cover

Knight returned to work on Season 4, but struggled a story in which George cheated on wife Callie (Sara Ramirez) with Izzie (Katherine Heigl).

By this past season, the show's fifth, Knight's character George O’Malley all but vanished from the show. Feeling that the character had run its course, and that Rhimes would not give him straight answers, he asked to leave.

"My five-year experience proved I could not trust any answer that was given [about George]," he explains. "With respect, I'm going to leave it at that."

T.R. Knight knows he’s taking a risk walking away from a top 10 show and a $14 million contract: "From an outsider's perspective, I get the [impression that] 'Oh, he’s just a spoiled actor ... he doesn’t know how good he has it.'"

"There are a lot of people who would like to be in my position. But in the end, I need to be fulfilled in my work, and there comes a time when it’s so clear that moving on is the best decision. I have no doubt this was right."

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Ashlee Simpson (or Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, as she prefers to be called) is hard at work at her new gig on the CW’s upcoming remake of Melrose Place.

If you thought this was silly and that she probably can't act, you were so right. The network just posted a new promo (with Britney Spears' "Circus" serving as the soundtrack) for the show, which premieres Tuesday, September 8.

The show with the tagline "No apartment building has ever been so complex," stars the mother of Bronx Mowgli as Violet Foster, a small-town girl trying her luck in L.A., with her “disarming naiveté [that] masks a calculating, shrewd sex kitten within.”

Yeah. Okay. See if you can forget that it's Ashlee Simpson you're watching below and take her even a little bit seriously. What's next, a Jessica cameo?

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Kate Major, the Star magazine reporter who has seen twice with Jon Gosselin including last night in the Hamptons, claims to be dating the father of eight.

"I didn't mean for it to happen, it just did," said the 26-year-old, as quoted by Us Weekly. "I went to do a story on Jon and ended up falling for him."

Jon Gosselin and Kate Major were first spotted together Saturday at NYC restaurant Accademia di Vino, where she was "flirting shamelessly with Jon."

On Tuesday, the two dined in the Hamptons with Lindsay Lohan's father Michael Lohan (who is pals with Major, apparently). This makes perfect sense. Jon and Michael probably did some serious bonding over the exploitation of their kids.

Also on hand? Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin, whom Jon Gosselin asked "for media advice," says a source of the Southampton, N.Y. dinner.

Jon Gosselin and Kate Major

Jon Gosselin has not confirmed that he and Kate Major are an item. If they are, that gives Hailey Glassman another reason to cry in her beer. Like she needs one.

Last week, Jon announced he and Hailey Glassman - the daughter of the surgeon who performed Kate Gosselin's tummy tuck - were romantically involved.

The two went on a trip to St. Tropez together and party girl Hailey took time away from taking bong hits to praise Jon to People magazine earlier this week.

Could Jon G. be two-timing the woman with whom he was two-timing his painful wife (who he is still technically married to)? Is it even a lateral move?

Either way, sounds like (Kate) Major drama! Stay tuned!

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It turns out we probably never would have even known that some sick loser had secretly taped Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room, if ESPN, the hot reporter's employer, hadn't sent a letter to an obscure website back in February.

ESPN demanded that DonChavez.com take down a fuzzy video of an unidentified blonde, which had gone largely unnoticed since it went up in February.

Maksim and Erin Andrews

Last Thursday, NSFWPOA.com, which had linked to the Erin Andrews peep hole pictures, received a letter from ESPN counsel David Pahl demanding that the "photos of a young, blonde woman" be removed. Then people put two and two together.

It didn't take long for sites to identify the blonde in the hotel pictures, and for readers to search for Erin Andrews nude in droves. Her lawyer then confirmed it.

ESPN rep Chris LaPlaca refused to admit they outed their own employee, but said "Any action we have or will undertake is in concert with Erin and her team."

Erin Andrews is one of ESPN's most popular personalities.

While the personal responsible for the hotel pictures and video (believed to be shot at two hotels) remains unknown, Andrews' attorneys are hot on their trail.

Reports from the AP also reveal that ESPN has now banned any reporters from the New York Post, who are regular guests on ESPN shows, from appearing on any of its programming, after the newspaper printed photos taken from the video.

We have not run the peephole video or photos here, but that has not stopped other organizations, such as Fox News or CBS, from showing the blurry images.

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Former singer and current train wreck Amy Winehouse appeared in front of a judge in London and showed him her pink ballet shoes in an effort to show that at a petite 5'2" she could not have possibly punched a fan accusing her of doing so.

“I’m probably 5 feet 2 inches to 3 inches tall,” she said before rearranging her 8-inch black beehive hair and adding: “But my hair does make a difference.”

In one of her most bizarre public performances to date (and that is saying something), the Grammy-winning singer insisted she had not attacked Sherene Flash right after being asked to pose for a photograph at a charity summer ball.

Instead, Amy Winehouse, 25, claimed Sherene Flash, who is 5'7" and was wearing high-heeled boots, was drunk and being rude as she towered over her.

“Miss Flash came over and put her arm around me. She lent down. She’s taller than me. I had flat shoes on,” she said. “I had shoes on like this. In fact these are the very shoes I had on that night. Look, they don’t even have a heel.”

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Amy Winehouse's tattoo of Blake Fielder-Civil's name is still visible. This is why you do not tattoo your drugged-up future ex-husband's name on your breast, kids.

The prosecution claims she acted with “deliberate and unjustifiable violence” towards Flash, a dancer who, like Winehouse, had performed at the Princes Trust charity ball in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, in Central London, last September.

Other dancers told Westminster Magistrates’ Court how Winehouse appeared to be either drunk or high on drugs during the altercation in a dressing room.

Wow, now that would have been a first.

Miss Flash said that after her performance she had been “tipsy” on champagne and had used the time to “network” or to take various celebrity photos.

This is Winehouse's first trip off the island of St. Lucia in ... well, that we can even remember. Her "vacation" has spanned late 2008 and all of this year.

Click to enlarge more Amy Winehouse pics from today:

  • She is Alive
  • Smokin' a Cigarette
  • Blake Tattoo
  • Leaving St. Lucia
  • Wino in UK

[Photos: Fame Pictures]

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A seemingly absurd rumor we reported last week that Norweigan-born Omer Bhatti, 25, is Michael Jackson’s secret son just got a little bit less absurd.

Omer Bhatti claims that Jackson fathered him after a one-night stand with his mother Pia. Yeah, right, we thought, but this has been lent credence by the revelation he sat with the family at the singer’s memorial service July 7.

Paris Jackson Birth Certificate

Here is Bhatti in the front row ...

LOVE CHILD: Is this the secret son of Michael Jackson next to the late King of Pop's son Prince and his sister Rebbie Jackson at the memorial service? It sure looks like it.

Of course, this does not prove his relationship to Jackson. But when asked about his son’s appearance at the Staples Center event, Pia's husband Riz said:

“Yeah, yeah, I know all of this because I was watching. I told my wife. Just wait until the press see this. It’s not going to be a small thing.”

Presumably Riz is cool with the fact that MJ is Omer's dad.

Omer is believed to be in L.A. waiting to take a DNA test to prove whether or not he is Jackson’s son, and is spending time at the Jackson’s family home.

Related or not, Jackson did know him in some capacity since the '90s when he lived on and off at Neverland (weird in itself) and even toured with the singer.

Some say that Jackson claimed Omer Bhatti was his son, others say he just referred to him as that (as in a term of endearment) but it's not technically true.

Click here for another picture of Omer.

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Celebrities can afford personal chefs, personal trainers and lots of plastic surgery.

Still, Life & Style seems to think the reason why various stars look good in a bikini is a big mystery - and the tabloid is excited to reveal it in its latest issue!

A trio of beauties opened up to the magazine about their secrets behind their bangin bodies. Read what they have to say below...

Rihanna: "I like wearing a bikini with a cover-up that's loose, not too long and a little bit sheer... If I know I'm going on vacation, I'll do Pilates for two weeks straight."

Kim Kardashian, who tries to emphasis her iconic backside: "I love to put the treadmill on maximum incline and run backward. It's good to switch it up - run forward for 10 minutes, then backward for 10 minutes. Repeat for 40 minutes total and you'll really see results in your booty."

Kristin Cavallari: "I have very little hips, so a string bikini gives me curves and pushes up my boobs... I drink a ton of water and eat stuff that doesn't make me bloat, like fresh fruits and veggies."

Mischa Barton may be fighting for her life... but certain celebrities look good in bikinis! Which story would you highlight?

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What do you get the boy wizard that has everything?

Daniel Radcliffe turns 20 years old today, as the Harry Potter star has already received the best gift anyone could ask for: he recently (spoiler alert!) defeated Lord Voldemort and lived happily ever after with Ginny Weasley.

Despite this victory, Radcliffe could use some self-confidence. Earlier this month, he said that Robert Pattinson was much sexier than he is.

Do you agree? Send in birthday wishes to Radcliffe now and enjoy the following photo montage in his honor...

Dapper Daniel
  • Laughing in the Rain
  • Harry Potter Star
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