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Nye, creationist plan debate

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is set to visit Kentucky to debate evolution and biblical creation with the founder of the Creation Museum.

Ken Ham wrote on his Facebook page Thursday that he will square off Feb. 4 with Nye, the former host of a popular science TV show for youths.

The event is likely to attract plenty of attention in scientific and faith circles, as Nye is a high-profile advocate of science education and Ham is a respected leader among Christians who believe the Bible’s origin story is a factual account of the Earth’s beginnings.

Ham had been hoping to attract the star of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy” to the northern Kentucky museum after Nye said in an online video last year that teaching creationism was bad for children. The video was viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.

“Having the opportunity to hold a cordial but spirited debate with such a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation-evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters,” Ham said in a release Thursday.

Eve to wed Brit designer

Rapper-actress Eve is engaged to 41-year-old British designer Maximillion Cooper.

A spokeswoman for Eve says Cooper, who founded the international motor rally Gumball 3000, popped the question on Christmas Day.

Eve wore a large sparkler on her wedding finger in a photo posted on her Instagram page on Monday. The 35-year-old entertainer told fans via Twitter on Tuesday that she wanted to celebrate with her family and friends before announcing her engagement.

Goos let drummer go

The Goo Goo Dolls have sacked drummer Mike Malinin, according to statements issued by both parties.

Malinin, who replaced original drummer George Tutuska 19 years ago, had been sitting out the current leg of the band’s tour due to a family matter. Lifehouse drummer Rick Woolstenhulme Jr., had been filling in for Malinin.

According to, Malinin’s first act upon learning of his firing was to contact recently ousted Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. On New Year’s Eve, Malinin Tweeted the following: “Hey @TheRealSambora, do you want to start a band with me?”

Malinin issued a brief statement which read, in part: “Got some news today. Just wanted to say thanks for the fans who’ve supported me for 19 years. It was not my decision to leave the band – but no grudges held. I wish them all the best. Best of luck and happy travels to them.”

Goo Goo Dolls founders John Rzeznik and Robby Takac issued their own statement soon after.

“It is true Mike is no longer with the band, but we wish him the best in his new journey, and hope that fans and friends will take a minute to consider this decision was not taken lightly by anyone involved. Things happen personally and professionally that drive difficult decisions like this. But rest assured we are looking forward to continuing our 28-year journey as GGDs.”

- Jeff Miers

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