Joe the Plumber: war correspondent

Joe the Plumber, the Ohio man who became a household name in the presidential campaign, says he's heading to Israel as a war correspondent for the conservative Web site


Samuel J. Wurzelbacher says he'll spend 10 days covering the fighting.

In an interview with WNWO-TV in Toledo, Ohio, Wurzelbacher says he wants to let Israel's " 'Average Joes' share their story."


Wurzelbacher joined Sen. John McCain on the trail in the last weeks of the campaign.

Jay-Z in D.C.

Rapper Jay-Z, one of President-elect Barack Obama's biggest celebrity boosters, has announced that he's playing a concert at the Warner Theatre in Washington on Jan. 19, the eve of Obama's inauguration.

Tickets, which go on sale to the public tomorrow, are $100, $375 and $500; prices are subject to change, according to the theater's Web site.

Image Awards nods

Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson are triple threats for the NAACP Image Awards, with nominations in music, video and film.

The three women are competing for outstanding female music artist and for best music video. They are also nominated for supporting film actress - Keys and Hudson for The Secret Life of Bees and Knowles for Cadillac Records.

Those two films along with Miracle at St. Anna, Seven Pounds and Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys have been nominated for best picture.


The Image Awards, which honor diversity in the arts, will be presented Feb. 12.

TV's top 10

The second NFL playoff game on Saturday won in overtime as 27.8 million viewers tuned in to NBC to watch the San Diego Chargers defeat the Indianapolis Colts.

The other top shows for the week Dec. 29-Jan. 4 (in millions): NFL Playoff Pre-Kickoff show, NBC, 21.9; NFC Wildcard Post Game show, Fox, 16.4; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 14.4; NCIS, CBS, 13.4; Sugar Bowl Game, Fox, 13.4; Cold Case, CBS, 12.7; 60 Minutes, CBS, 12.3; Two and a Half Men, CBS, 11.9; CSI: Miami, CBS, 11.4.


Comedian Soupy Sales, 83.


Singer Shirley Bassey, 72.

Physicist Stephen Hawking, 67.

Rock singer David Bowie, 62.

Singer R. Kelly, 42.

Country singer Tift Merritt, 34.