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The Fayetteville Observer, N.C., Live Wire column
[February 11, 2011]

The Fayetteville Observer, N.C., Live Wire column

Feb 10, 2011 (The Fayetteville Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Q: Did The Fayetteville Observer cover a reported sighting of three UFOs near the Cape Fear River on Jan. 8, 2007? The case, known as "The Fayetteville Incident," was featured on "UFOs Over Earth" on the Planet Green channel. -- C.J., Fayetteville A: That program has aired several times on channels owned by the Discovery network, including Planet Green.

A story about the documentary-style show and its subjects ran in the Observer in January 2009.

In the show, members of the Mutual UFO Network investigate Hope Mills resident Christopher Bledsoe Sr.'s claim that he, his son and three friends saw UFOs while fishing on the Cape Fear River in 2007 and that he himself was abducted by aliens. Bledsoe took a polygraph as part of the investigation and failed, but many who believe his tale question the reliability of the test results.

The show will air again on Planet Green on Feb. 21 at noon. -- C.P.

Q: I remember seeing a group of interconnected geodesic domes in a field along U.S. 301 north of town when I used to come through Fayetteville in the '70s. What was the story with those? -- J.D., Fayetteville A: We wish we could tell you.

And perhaps we'll be able to -- if someone can tellusabout them. But so far we haven't been able to turn up much of anything on the subject. One person did have a hazy memory of something like what you describe but couldn't say where exactly they were or why they were there. -- C.P.

Q: Why did announcer Rich Fields leave "The Price is Right"? Is he now on "Wheel of Fortune"? -- D.C., Eastover A: He left TPIR after six years because the producer wanted to change things up and use announcers with comedic backgrounds.

Fields is now working part-time as a TV meteorologist at CBS stations in Los Angeles. And he's one of several announcers who's handled duties at "Wheel of Fortune" following the death of its long-time announcer Charlie O'Donnell in November. -- C.P.

Q: Did the late, great Billie Holiday have any children? -- C.R., Fayetteville A: No, but the legendary jazz singer had two godchildren -- Billie Lorraine Feather, whose father was a jazz writer and whose mother was a big band singer, and Bevan Dufty, whose father also was a writer and whose mother was close friends with Holiday.

Feather, 52, is a songwriter. Dufty, 55, is a politician in San Francisco. -- C.P.

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