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Hair today, gone tomorrow?

John Edwards used to get expensive haircuts. Now he goes to Supercuts.

Beverly Hills-based stylist Joseph Torrenueva was Edwards’s hair wizard of choice back in the day. The Washington Post reported he charged the politician “$300 to $500 for each cut, plus the cost of airfare and hotels when he had to travel outside California.”

One cut during Edwards’s 2004 presidential campaign “cost $1,250 because he traveled to Atlanta and lost two days of work.”

Now Edwards awaits the start of his trial on corruption charges. Naturally, his hair habits have been toned down as a result.

According to the New York Post, a Supercuts hairdresser in Raleigh, N.C., is currently responsible for maintaining the Edwards mane. Her name is Leah, she charges $12.95, and her work looks remarkably like Torrenueva’s.

Lesson learned: You should never, ever spend $1,250 on a haircut. And Leah should move to Beverly Hills.

Check this out

A Secret Service supervisor who retired in the midst of the Colombia prostitution scandal made light on his Facebook page of his work protecting former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

David Randall Chaney posted photos of himself on the social media site, including one that shows him behind Palin during the 2008 campaign, including the comment, “I was really checking her out, if you know what I mean.”

In an interview with Fox News, Palin said the joke is on Chaney.

“Well, check this out, buddy. You’re fired!” Palin said.

Now we know why they really wear those dark glasses.

Kardashian for mayor?

Residents of Glendale, Calif., you’ve been warned: Kim Kardashian wants to be your mayor.

But you’ve got five years to move out.

“It’s going to be in like five years,” she said. “So I have to buy a house there. You have to have residency there.”

Apparently she’s researched this carefully.

Kardashian has picked one of her friends to run her campaign. Another smart move.

She also plans to work her heritage to her advantage.

“It’s like Armenian town,” she said of Glendale. (The city of approximately 200,000 is home to more than 50,000 Armenian-Americans, according to the 2000 census.)

Will that be enough for the 31-year-old reality TV queen to get elected?

In America, anything is possible, especially for a Kardashian.

Why rob a bank?

The chief financial officer of a small Illinois city — a woman who had a lavish lifestyle that included a $2.1 million motor home and a horse farm — is under arrest, accused of embezzling $30 million from the city.

That’s right, $30



Rita Crundwell, 58, was arrested at City Hall in Dixon, Ill., the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan, famous for his quote “Trust but verify.”

“We realize the main question is, how can someone allegedly steal 30 million dollars and get away with it for so long?” said Mayor James Burke, who revealed that not one but


accounting firms prepare an annual audit, while the state also reviews city documents.

None ever cited “red flags,” Burke said.

Dixon, which was forced to make budget cuts over the years, has an annual budget of less than $9 million a year.

Somebody has way too much money

An anonymous donor gave Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS a $10 million contribution late last year, according to The Washington Post.

Unlike American Crossroads, which is a super PAC and which has to disclose its donors, Crossroads GPS is a nonprofit and doesn’t have to reveal the identity of its donors.

So with one check, an anonymous donor gave the conservative outside group about half of what the Obama campaign raised in February, $21.3 million.

To the anonymous donor: If you want to unburden yourself of more cash, The Buzz is located at 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108. We promise to keep your identity a secret.