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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Sportswriter and television personality Jay Mariotti was out on bail Sunday after Los Angeles police said he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.

Mariotti, 51, spent a few hours at an LAPD station before being released Saturday on $50,000 bail, police sources told the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper said Mariotti was picked up before dawn Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic assault following a noisy argument with his girlfriend at a Santa Monica club, which apparently continued at his apartment in nearby Venice.

The beef allegedly involved some pushing and shoving, and the woman's arm was left with bruises.

Mariotti, a former columnist in Denver and Chicago, currently appears on ESPN's "Around the Horn" and writes for the Web site Fanhouse.com.

Neither Mariotti nor ESPN had any immediate comment.

Pitt: Oil spill may warrant death penalty

LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor and activist Brad Pitt says he would consider the death penalty for those responsible for the BP oil spill.

The Daily Mail said Pitt made the remark in "If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," Spike Lee's documentary marking the fifth anniversary of when New Orleans was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

To help the region in the aftermath of the natural disaster, Pitt started up the Make it Right organization to build 150 affordable and sustainable homes in one of the areas of New Orleans worst hit by the hurricane. His efforts are documented in Lee's film, the Mail said.

The documentary reportedly was supposed to end on a positive note with the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl. However, after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, killing 11 workers and creating the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, Lee decided to include it in his documentary, the newspaper said.

Asked in the film about how the people responsible for the crisis should be penalized, Pitt said, "I was never for the death penalty before -- I am willing to look at it again," the Mail reported.

Stars flock to Clinton N.Y. birthday bash

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney, Katie Couric, Christie Brinkley and Jimmy Buffett were among the guests at former President Bill Clinton's 64th birthday party in New York.

The New York Post said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton helped throw the bash for her husband Sunday at the Water Mill home of Bill's longtime aide Doug Band and his wife, Lily.

Also on the guest list for the party, which was catered by Jason Weiner of Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton, were fashion designer Vera Wang, "Today Show" host Matt Lauer and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein, the Post said.

Bill Clinton served as president of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

Catherine Bell gives birth to a son

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Catherine Bell's publicist says the television actress has given birth in Charleston, S.C., to a son she named Ronan.

Bell and her husband, Adam Beason, are already the parents of a 7-year-old daughter, Gemma.

Their son was born Saturday morning, and weighed in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, Bell's publicist told People.com exclusively.

The actress is best known for her work on TV's "JAG" and "Army Wives."

Beason is a film and TV production assistant and occasional actor.

(Source: UPI )
 

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