DETROIT (AP) – Martha Reeves, former lead singer of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, says eBay left her open to identity theft by posting a contract on its Web site that showed her Social Security number and signature.

Reeves filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the posting.

“You feel completely exposed,” the Motown star told The Detroit News on Sunday. “They’ve got my Social Security number and signature. That’s all they need to steal my identity.”

The newspaper said eBay couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday, and eBay offices in San Jose, Calif., were closed early Monday.

Reeves, 63, lives in Detroit. Her hits include “Dancing in the Street,” “Heat Wave” and “Nowhere to Run.”

This month, the president of her fan club in Kansas City called to alert Reeves that a contract she had signed in 1975 to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” was for sale on eBay. It included her Social Security number, and anyone could copy the number down by clicking on a photo of the contract, Reeves said.

The contract drew eight bids during a three-day auction and sold Thursday for $33.22. The seller was Todd Mueller Autographs in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the private buyer didn’t list a hometown.

On the Net:

http://members.aol.com/mreeves653/martha.html
Third ‘Apprentice’ now filming

NEW YORK (AP) – Although the second season of “The Apprentice” is far from over – 12 candidates remain – Donald Trump has confirmed the third installment is now filming.

“It’s going very well,” Trump told The Associated Press. “It’s a great group.”

Trump also said that John Willenborg, the latest “Apprentice” to be fired from the second season of the NBC reality show, deserved to get the boot.

“He’s a great guy, a terrific man in many respects. But it was not a good week for John,” said Trump, who had joined “Apprentice” fans and fired contestants of past and present at a downtown Manhattan pool-hall lounge to view Thursday night’s episode.

Willenborg, 24, was fired for making too many bad decisions, such as not being involved in the pricing of the clothing line that his team designed and failing to bring teammate Wes Moss, who overpriced the clothes, back into the boardroom.

In a phone interview, Willenborg described the show, where participants compete for a job with Trump, as a mixture of highs and lows. “You’re winning and losing. You’re not sleeping at all. The tasks go on for days. The experience is both exciting and very stressful,” he said.

“It was a tough night, the evening of my demise,” Willenborg told the AP on Friday. “I received the all-popular cobra from Donald Trump,” referring to the real estate mogul’s hand signal, which is accompanied by the words, “You’re fired,” at the end of each boardroom session.

On the Net:

http://www.nbc.com/nbc/The-Apprentice-2/
South Park co-creator influences

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – “South Park” co-creator Matt Stone has a message for all you undecided voters.

“Stay home,” said Stone. “It doesn’t matter who you’re gonna vote for. If you really don’t know who you’re gonna vote for, or are uninformed, or haven’t really thought about it? Just stay home.”

Stone and Trey Parker have teamed up for the puppet parody, “Team America: World Police,” which debuted in third place at the box office this weekend with $12.3 million. A parody of 1980s action movies, the film ridicules both Democrats and Republicans.

In person, Stone has little patience for those on the political fence.

“If you really don’t know or you’re just going to vote for George Bush because he’s already in office, or you’re gonna vote for John Kerry because he’s on the cover of Rolling Stone, don’t do that. That’s lame. Just stay home. That’s all we ever said,” Stone told the San Francisco Chronicle in Sunday’s editions.


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