Afternoon quickies

  • They had him, then let him go: A man who authorities say tried to break onto the set of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was ticketed on his way to California and let go — even after telling a police officer in Alabama that his plan to meet contestant Shawn Johnson

    was “a little bit crazy.”

    Robert O’Ryan

    was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and police found loaded guns, duct tape and love letters in his car.

    The celebrity gymnast’s family obtained a restraining order against O’Ryan the next day, saying she feared for her life.

    O’Ryan was on his way to California when a police officer stopped him around 1:30 a.m. March 19 on Interstate 10 east of Mobile.

    O’Ryan told the officer that he was traveling to meet the Olympic gold medalist and acknowledged his plan was crazy, according to a dashboard camera video. No law against crazy, huh?

  • Don’t cry for me: Back at work following her family tragedy, Jennifer Hudson

    appreciates the love she’s getting from fans. But she could do without the tears.

    Although the singer is getting back to work with a tour co-headlining

    Robin Thicke

    , she’s still coping with the murders of her mother, brother and young nephew just four months ago.

    “The other day this lady came up to me and got really close to me,” Jennifer tells

    Entertainment Weekly

    , “and I thought, ‘What is it that makes people want to ... embrace me?’ I don’t like it when people get all emotional. I don’t want you to cry.”

    Not that she doesn't appreciate the sentiment. "To see that love from fans," she says, is "one of the most beautiful things."

  • And then the little boy became president: President Obama

    ’s half-sister has inked a book deal for a children’s picture story.

    Maya Soetoro-Ng’s Ladder to the Moon

    , based in part on Obama’s mother and other family members, will be published by Candlewick Press at an undetermined date. The story will pay homage to her mother’s tradition of storytelling.

    The late

    Ann Dunham

    is mother both to Obama and Soetoro-Ng, who have different fathers.

    Soetoro-Ng teaches at an all-girls school in Honolulu.

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