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August 30, 2008|By From Baltimore Sun news services

Emergency landing lets Yearwood visit Baltimore

Trisha Yearwood had a harrowing experience on a recent flight to Oklahoma when her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Baltimore because of a cracked windshield.

Yearwood, 43, her sister and some friends were returning Aug. 18 from a three-day, 60-mile walk in Boston to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research fund when they heard a loud pop.

She said the front left window of the plane had cracked.

"We never lost cabin pressure, so we didn't have to use our oxygen masks. By the time we got on the ground, the crack on the front of the plane's window was huge, and getting bigger by the second," she said.

After a three-hour wait for another plane - and a "fantastic" seafood dinner at the Inner Harbor - they were back in the air and headed home.

Now that's crying

"I cried my eyelashes off," reported talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, as she left Denver's Invesco Field, moments after Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president before an estimated 84,000 people.

"I think it's the most powerful thing I have ever experienced." She called Obama's words "transcendent." On the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech," Winfrey compared Obama's words to those of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Meanwhile, her production company, Harpo Productions, announced yesterday that gold medalists Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin and Kobe Bryant, along with 150 other U.S. Olympic team members, will be on the season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Sept. 8.

Aniston 'Rocks'

Jennifer Aniston will make a return visit to NBC, the TV network where she became a breakout star on Friends.

She is currently filming a guest appearance on the network's comedy, 30 Rock, Aniston publicist Stephen Huvane confirms.

There were no immediate details on Aniston's role or the episode's air date.

She wasn't alone

Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by more than 38 million people.

Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final American Idol or the Academy Awards this year.

His TV audience nearly doubled the number of people who watched John Kerry accept the Democratic nomination to run against President Bush four years ago. Kerry's speech was seen by just over 20 million people.

Obama's audience might be even higher, since Nielsen didn't have an estimate for how many people watched Obama on PBS or C-SPAN Thursday night.

'X-File' or sex file?

David Duchovny, who plays a sex-obsessed character on Showtime's Californication and played Fox Mulder in The X- Files, has entered a rehabilitation facility for sex addiction.

The 48-year-old actor said he did so voluntarily, in a statement released Thursday by his lawyer, Stanton Stein. He added: "I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family."

Duchovny's publicist, Flo Grace, confirmed the report. She and Stein both declined further comment.

He and his wife, actress Tea Leoni, have two children. The couple married in 1997.

From Baltimore Sun news services

birthdays

Skier Jean-Claude Killy, 65.

Actress Peggy Lipton, 61.

Actor Michael Chiklis, 45.

Actress Cameron Diaz, 36.

Tennis player Andy Roddick, 26.

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