Extreme Makeover will build seven homes in tornado-damaged Joplin

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will go to Joplin, Mo., to rebuild seven of the more than 7,000 homes destroyed by the May tornado. (If you need to be reminded of the devastation, check out these shocking images.)

The builder who’s leading the project, Millstone Custom Homes, is soliciting help and donations on a new web site, and Ty asks for volunteers in a video and directs volunteers to this web site. The build starts Oct. 19.

A press release says that the project has “the goal of providing ‘anchor’ construction that not only will directly benefit families in need, but also can provide the foundation for rebuilding an entire segment of the city’s decimated housing stock.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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