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Q The man who an­nounces the NBC Nightly News With Brian Wil­liams sounds like Michael Dou­glas. Is he?—Marie An­gelella, Manch­ester, N.J. A He is. Af­ter long­time NBC an­nouncer Howard Reig died in 2008, “Brian thought of us­ing an iconic voice—some­thing that would catch your ear at 6:30,” Nightly News ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Bob Ep­stein tells us. Lis­ten also for Mor­gan Free­man in­tro­duc­ing the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric, and Mike Rowe,

host of Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel’s Dirty Jobs, an­nounc­ing ABC’s World News Tonight With Diane Sawyer. Q Is Glee’s Jayma Mays a trained singer?— Bob Whit­man, San Jose, Calif. A “I grew up singing in the church choir, but I’ve not re­ally had any train­ing,” says Mays, 30, who plays the ger­mo­pho­bic guid­ance coun­selor on Fox’s hit se­ries. “It was a shock when I got cast.” An­other chal­lenge: mem­o­riz­ing Ja­panese for her role as a wait­ress with a su­per mem­ory on NBC’s He­roes. “That was prob­a­bly the hard­est thing I’ve had to do. I think if I had to sing in Ja­panese, that’d add a whole other layer of dif­fi­culty.” Love Glee? Take our quiz at Pa­ Q Wasn’t J. D. Salinger se­cretly in the C.I.A.?—A. Har­ris, Omaha, Neb. A While some con­spir­acy the­o­rists have spec­u­lated about a sin­is­ter, gov­ern­ment-re­lated con­nec­tion be­tween the late reclu­sive au­thor and John Len­non’s killer, Mark David Chap­man—who was ob­sessed with Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye—the idea, like most con­spir­acy the­o­ries, is full of holes. Salinger, who as a World War II in­fantry­man helped Army In­tel­li­gence in­ter­ro­gate Ger­man pris­on­ers, left the mil­i­tary be­hind once the war was over. Q When Steve Allen hosted I’ve Got a Se­cret in the mid’60s, he once showed a por­tion of a huge paint­ing of a Civil War bat­tle—what­ever hap­pened to it? —Jane Le Bel, Fair­banks, Alaska

A There were four ver­sions of the Get­tys­burg Cy­clo­rama, painted in the 1880s by French artist Paul Philip­poteaux: One was de­stroyed, one is miss­ing, and one is in stor­age. The fourth, 377 by 42 feet, is dis­played at the Get­tys­burg Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park. Be­tween 2005 and 2008, 8, a team led by con­ser­va­tor David L. Olin re­stored it to its orig­i­nal glory. “It was as­tound­ing,” nd­ing,” Olin says. “If you let your mind go, you’re ac­tu­ally in the midst of the bat­tle.” Q Can you re­as­sure me that the celebri­ties who went to Haiti for the re­lief ef­fort weren’t just out for pub­lic­ity? —D. Al-Allen, Min­neapo­lis, Minn.. A Ac­tress Maria Bello can. She trav­eled with ac­tor and lib­eral ac­tivist Sean Penn, construction work­ers, andd a team of doc­tors andd nurses. “ Sean’s team took an­tibi­otics to the Gen­er­all Hospi­tal,” she says. “The doc­tors said, ‘ Thank God—we wouldn’t have had enough for to­mor­row.’ ” Bello’s new movie,, The Yel­low Hand­ker­chief, set inn post-Ka­t­rina Louisiana, opens in se­lect cities on Fri­day. A Some can. Just ask clas­si­cally trained singer/song­writer Imo­gen Heap, whose lay­ered elec­tron­ica and po­etic lyrics give her a sound all her own—and whose in­stru­ments in­clude the cello, pi­ano, clar­inet, gui­tar, and drums. “I love all kinds of fancy lit­tle pro­duc­tion,” the 32-year-old tells us, “but it’s al­ways the vo­cal that car­ries you through.” Her la lat­est al­bum, El­lipse, de­buted in the Top To 5 on five Bill­board charts: Dance/Elec­tron­ica, Dance/Elec­tron­ica Al­ter­na­tive Al­bum, Rock Al­bum, In­ter­net, and an Dig­i­tal. And last month it picked up a Grammy for Best En­gi­neered Al­bum, Non-Clas­si­cal. The en­gi­neer? Imo­gen Heap. QA A friend told me that the rap­per Coo­lio has a cook­ing s show. I said she was dream­ing. Who’s right?—Linda Truong, Los An­ge­les, Calif Calif.

A Y Your friend. Not only does th the 46-year-old hip-hop artist (a.k (a.k.a., Ar­tis Leon Ivey Jr.) have an on­line show ( Cookin’ With Coo­lio) but he’s just pub­lished Cookin’ With Coo­lio: 5-Star M Meals at a 1-Star Price. “I have a rea re­ally ex­pan­sive palate,” the Comp­ton, Calif., na­tive tells u us. His fa­vorite recipes? “Prob­a­bly my fork steak, my fin­ger-lick­ing grill s steak, and my fall-off-t fall-off-the-bone-into-your-mouth chicken.” We’re so t there! Q What’s with all th­ese Bri­tish women (Joss Stone, Amy Wine­house, Duffy) singing in a ’ 60s soul style? Can’t they do any­thing else?— E. Tracy, Bal­ti­more, Md.

Dou­glas makes a fine in­tro­duc­tion

Mays: Glee­ful to be cast

Bello lends a hand

Coo­lio turns up the heat

Brit hits: Wine­house (l) and Heap

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