Sneed: Rod Blagojevich’s dark hair goes white in prison
By Michael Sneed September 18, 2013 7:12PM
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich heads to federal court for his sentencing hearing in Chicago on Dec. 6, 2011. He was convictedon 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat. | Paul Beaty~AP
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:40AM
The color white . . .
Jailed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who reportedly doctored the color of his thick head of dark hair when he ran the state, is now sporting a new look.
◆ Hair scare: Sneed is told his hair has turned “completely white,” according to a top Blago source.
◆ Update: “He is doing OK, talks to his family frequently, and is teaching,” said the source. “But his brown hair is now white.”
Attorney Sheldon Sorosky, a close friend who defended Blago in his corruption trial, tells Sneed: “I’m told Rod’s hair has turned white. But I haven’t seen it. But he’s fine.
“He’s teaching, but not regular classes everyday like he wants. So he comes up with esoteric subjects dealing with topics like the Civil War, and the prisoners show up.
“He’s entertaining. He keeps the soldiers [prisoners] occupied and happy,” Sorosky added.
◆ Meanwhile, the federal government recently asked for an extension in responding to Blagojevich’s appeal for a new trial before the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, leading some to speculate that Blago’s appeal may have a chance.
◆ To wit: “There isn’t anything new in the appeal,” Sorosky said. “We are not dealing with any new evidence.”
Blagojevich’s lawyers have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence, arguing jurors were improperly barred from hearing key evidence and Blagojevich acted in “good faith” in the interests of voters.
A sad tale, er tails . . .
Yip yip yikes!
It’s downright dastardly! Now comes word that the two dogs who served as extra security for Prince William at his Royal Air Force base were euthanized just a few days after he left the service.
In a headline blaring “Rexecuted,” the Brit tabloid press claims “Brus” and “Blade,” a Belgian shepherd and a German shepherd assigned to the prince — an animal lover fighting to save endangered animals — were destroyed because they couldn’t be redeployed or given new homes.
Isn’t that a pretty story.
The Dart game . . .
The prison nightmare: Sneed has learned Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is hooking up Thursday with former Rhode Island State Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a major mental health advocate — to tour the overcrowded Cook County Jail, with inmates suffering from many serious mental health issues.
◆ Prison populace: It has been reported that the jail’s population some days swells to more than 10,000 — making it the most populous single jail in the United States . . . and ostensibly, the state’s largest mental health compound.
◆ Backshot: Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and no stranger to his own past addiction struggles, hits town to promote the inauguration of the Kennedy Forum on Mental Illness, Intellectual Disabilities and Addictions.
I spy . . .
Chicago Blackhawks players Andrew Shaw,Nick Leddy and Brandon Saad were spotted at Rosebud on Rush for lunch Monday, diving into the chicken parmesan. . . . And Mark “Transformers” Wahlberg stopped in to Centro for his beloved meatballs Tuesday night . . . and he dropped by Shaw’s Crab House over the weekend.
Actor/Twitter czar Ashton Kutcher, a big Chicago Bears fan who is frequently photographed wearing a Bears cap, showed up at the funeral in Israel Wednesday for Kabbalah Chief Rabbi Philip Berg, wearing the grizzly topper.
◆ Kutcher, who attended with new girlfriend Mila Kunis, was a frequent visitor to the rabbi’s L.A. Kabbalah Center with his now-estranged wife, Demi Moore. The Bears cap stood out like a sore thumb: The attendees were all dressed in white.
Sneedlings . . .
Attention! A group of Navy vets who served in WWII and the Korean War on the USS The Sullivans destroyer are meeting at Navy Pier for a luncheon cruise aboard the Odyssey on Thursday. Aldermen Tim Cullerton (38th) and Jim Balcer (11th) are honoring them for their military service. . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Jimmy Fallon, 39; Jeremy Irons, 65, and Trisha Yearwood, 49.