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Miss Utah redeems her education flub on ‘Today’


Nene Leakes has some advice for Miss Utah, who is still smarting from her convoluted answer to the reality star’s question during the Miss USA pageant Sunday night. “She can turn this negative into a positive,” Leakes told People.

Marissa Powell, 20, was asked what it says about society that women continue to earn less than men.

Nerves got the best of Powell, and she replied: “I think, especially the men are, um, seen as the leaders of this and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better.”

Appearing on Today Tuesday, Powell re-answered the question successfully: “It needs to be equal pay for equal work. It’s hard enough already to earn a living, and it shouldn’t be harder just because you’re a woman.”

War of words

Brad Pitt is everywhere lately because of his film World War Z. But now he’s using his platform to take a stand against Melissa Etheridge, whom he considers a friend (she performed at his wedding to Jennifer Aniston).

The actor didn’t seem crazy about the comments the singer made to The Washington Blade about his partner Angelina Jolie. The nine-year breast cancer survivor said Jolie’s decision to have a preventative mastectomy was “fearful.”

“My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not,” Etheridge told the publication.

“I’m sure we’ll talk on the phone,” Pitt said about the rocker on the red carpet for his NYC premiere.

Car trouble

Another day, another vehicular incident for Justin Bieber.

Seems the singer struck a pedestrian with his car in Hollywood. Lt. Craig Valenzuela said Bieber’s car collided with someone (maybe a photographer) at around 11 p.m. Monday on Sunset Boulevard.

Valenzuela says nobody was cited or arrested and officers determined no crime was committed. He says investigators are trying to determine whether the pedestrian was in the roadway.

A video posted by TMZ.com shows Bieber getting into a white Ferrari. He is surrounded by paparazzi and as the car drives off, one falls to the ground and grips his knee.

The happy couple

Former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis plans to get married this fall to paralegal Johnny Chaillot. After his diving career ended, Louganis, 53, revealed he was gay in 1994 and announced he was HIV-positive a year later.

His latest gig: as a coach on celebrity diving competition Splash, which has been renewed for a second season, despite the danger involved.

Slap on the wrist

Prominent art collector Charles Saatchi has admitted assault and accepted a police caution after photos showed him grasping the throat of his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

The London Evening Standard quoted him as saying that he had approached police to discuss the incident after seeking legal advice. Next move: Nigella’s.

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