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Tuesday's Connector of the Day – Harvey Levin

January 11th, 2010
04:18 PM ET

Known around the world as the face of celebrity gossip site TMZ, Harvey Levin is bound to know even the most secret of secrets in Hollywood.

Harvey Levin's work with TMZ have uncovered several celebrity secrets.

Harvey Levin's work with TMZ have uncovered several celebrity secrets.

From Tiger Woods' little black book, to Lindsay Lohan's reckless driver- TMZ is often the first to spill the beans on a story.

It was TMZ that had the celebrity scoop of the decade - breaking the news of Michael Jackson's suspected heart attack and his subsequent death just over an hour later.

The Hollywood based website did this at unparalleled speed. Jackson died at 2.26pm – and at 2.44pm, TMZ informed the world that the King of Pop had died.

The letters TMZ stand for thirty-mile zone, referring to the "studio zone" within a thirty-mile radius of the intersection of West Beverly Boulevard and North La Cienega Boulevard in LA. Shooting within this zone is considered local. Locations outside this zone are subject to mileage and travel time charges by the talent and crew.

Levin, the mastermind behind the operation trained as an attorney and made his name at the O.J. Simpson murder trial as a tv reporter. He later appeared as a legal analyst on the hit American television show "The People's Court."

If you have a question for Harvey Levin – perhaps about your favourite (or least favourite) celebrity; or about how his gossip mongering empire is run and how he gets to a story before anyone else – then post them here and we'll put a selection to him on Tuesday's show.

Please post your question below.

Are athletes an easier target for attack?

January 11th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Global sporting events have long been prime targets of attack, so it wasn’t a complete surprise when a group of rebels struck members of the Togo national football team over the weekend leaving three people dead.

Togo striker Thomas Dossevi said rebels opened fire on the team bus with AK-47 assault rifles.

Sporting events have become prime targets for terrorists.

Sporting events have become prime targets for terrorists.

The gunfire killed the team’s assistant coach, its communication officer and the bus driver. At least seven others were wounded, including goal keeper Kodjovi Obilale, who remained in intensive care.

Togo was in Angola for the African Cup of Nations football tournament – one of the world’s biggest.

As Angolan officials try to calm safety concerns, many sporting professionals and organizers are revisiting the question of how much security is necessary during large tournaments and sporting events.

During the 1972 Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorists captured and killed 11 members of the Israeli team.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, two people were killed and 120 injured when Eric Rudolph detonated a bomb.

In March 2009, militants targeted the Sri Lankan cricket team in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing seven people.

Organizers of large sporting events spend hundreds of millions of dollars in security measures, but many groups still plan and plot for attacks that target athletes, coaches and members of the public.

This year, there are several large sporting events including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the World Cup in South Africa and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi that could test both the resolve of organizers and terrorist groups.

We'd like to know what you think.

Do you think groups are increasingly targeting athletes for attack? Why have sporting events become targets? Are you worried that something could happen at this year's Olympics, World Cup or Commonwealth Games? Are countries like South Africa and India as well prepared as Canada?

Please leave your comments below.


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