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No fumble: Brady pops question; model says yes

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady proposed to supermodel Gisele Bundchen on a private jet on Christmas Eve - and she said yes, is reporting.

Brady, who, it said, is famous for his quarterbacking skills and running errands for Bundchen, proposed aboard a jet that took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and landed in Boston. There were four dozen white roses on board, as well as champagne. Her parents were also onboard. TMZ reported that Brady was nervous before he popped the question.

Fightin' words?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was never destined to be pals with Gov. Sarah Palin.

But a new online game featured on PETA's Web site has ruffled the Alaska governor's feathers (or at least the feathers of someone claiming to work for her), according to Politico's Amie Parnes.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said she received a call from someone who claimed to be from Palin's office demanding that PETA take the game off its Web site, Bruce Friedrich, PETA's VP of policy and communications recounted. When Newkirk asked for the man's name, he yelled into the phone, "Just take the game down or you'll read my name on the lawsuit," Friedrich said.

The game in question, "Holiday Snowball Fight," allows users to rack up points by successfully throwing snowballs at PETA's famous foes, including Palin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and designer Donna Karan.

Politico reports that William McAllister, Palin's communications director, said he "could care less about the game" and denies that anyone representing Palin's office knew about the call.

A pop - just one - a day

Just in time for the new year, a New York City man has designed a calendar that will drive Bubble Wrap fanatics popping-mad.

The Daily News of New York reported Thursday that Stephen Turbek is selling a poster-size calendar covered with the plastic bubbles. Customers can pop a bubble each day to mark the passage of time.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., man says he has sold thousands of Bubble Calendars. A handmade calendar with paper backing is available online for $30 and a plastic version costs $50.

Turbek says it makes a perfect gift for obsessive people - as long as they don't pop the whole year on the first day they get it.

Mooching pooch

Surveillance video at a supermarket in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray, Utah, caught a dog shoplifting, KSL-TV reported Wednesday.

The video showed the dog walking in the front door of Smith's Food & Drug in Murray, and heading straight to Aisle 16, the pet food aisle, where it grabbed a bone worth $2.79.

Store manager Roger Adamson confronted the thief.

"I looked at him. I said, 'Drop it!' " Adamson said. "He looked at me, and I looked at him, and he ran for the door and away he went, right out the front door."

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Actor John Amos, 69.

ABC News commentator Cokie Roberts, 65.

Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner), 64.

Actor Gerard Depardieu, 60.

Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits), 56.

Actress Eva LaRue, 42.

Actor Masi Oka, 34.

Actress Emilie de Ravin, 27.

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