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12/09/2016

Bride outshoots groom at CNY tournament, then walks down aisle for 'shotgun wedding'

Five years ago to the day, Peter Derrigo approached Lynn Mapstone at the CNY Trap League's annual championship shoot off tournament at the DeWitt Fish & Game Club.

"I saw her sitting in the grass with her family. I started talking to her. That was pretty much it," Derrigo, 47, of Clay, said.

They sat talking for hours and soon, they were inseparable.

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Sunday, the couple -- who shoots for opposing clubs -- was married in a "shotgun wedding" after competing in the CNY Trap League's North-South Shoot Off.

They stood on trap house six and exchanged vows.

"Not only is this a special place for Pete and Lynn, so is this day," said the groom's brother Matt Derrigo, as he officiated the wedding. "Five years ago today, under a small tent just up the hill, Pete took keen notice of Lynn being her typical, playful self... Little did anyone know how that connection would set them off on a journey."

During the ceremony, Matt Derrigo told family and friends a story of how his brother quickly took to Mapstone, 36, and her fun-loving ways.

"Only one week later, after being inseparable, Lynn's mother, Ann, started wondering if they had eloped and knew she was onto something when Pete succumbed to Lynn's practical joking ways and they both showed up wearing wedding rings a week later," Matt Derrigo said. "While that was a joke, I assure you, this one isn't."

After the ceremony, Ann Mapstone said she thought her daughter's idea of having a "shotgun wedding" on the same day, Sept. 11, and at the same place, was appropriate.

"I thought it was perfect," she said. "They're no frills. They're not into the pomp and circumstance. This is so them."

Terry Mapstone said he also liked his daughter's idea to get married after the championship shoot off tournament.

"It's very serious to get married, but to put a little fun in it is good," he said.

Peter Derrigo said he was agreeable to whatever his bride wanted, but he, too, liked the idea of a "shotgun wedding" after the tournament.

"Everybody said, 'Oh, you have time to run,'" Derrigo said. "I said, 'No, I'm not running.'"

Immediately after the ceremony, Mapstone asked her groom how many targets he shot during the tournament. Mapstone, a member of the Pompey Rod & Gun Club, shot 44 and tied for second place in her class. But she had to leave the tournament early to get her hair and makeup done before the wedding.

"I've been trying to find out all day," she said.

Derrigo, a member of the DeWitt Fish & Game Club, shot 33 of the 50 targets. He said he didn't look at the scoreboard; instead, a reporter told him his score.

"I did a whole lot better (five years ago) than I did today," Derrigo said. "But I had other things on my mind today."

As they were pronounced husband and wife, a crowd of rod and gun club members watching from a distance honked horns and shouted in celebration. One mysterious gun club member also had fun decorating the couple's car: The driver's side read, "DeWitt Side - Lucky man." The passenger's side read, "Pompey side - Blushing bride." And the back window read, "Went to a trap shoot and won a wife. Just married!!!"

Mapstone and Derrigo continued celebrating with a reception Sunday night at Tassone's Wine Garden in Baldwinsville. They have not yet planned a honeymoon.

This was the first wedding ever held at the DeWitt Fish & Game Club, club president John Riccio said.

"The big question is: Who will they shoot for next year?" Pompey Rod & Gun Club secretary Deb Bell said.

More than 700 people from 11 clubs in Onondaga and Oswego County participate in the CNY Trap League from April through September each year, Riccio said. An estimated 325 shooters participated in Sunday's tournament.

The 2016 High Gun Champion, Peter Catalano, 50, along with runner-up Len Kallfelz, 58, and 20-year-old Peter J. Catalano all had three perfect scores -- each shooting 50 targets three times -- to qualify for the High Gun Shoot Off.

The younger Catalano was eliminated in the first round after shooting 23 of 25; His father and Kallfelz tied after they both shot 24 of 25 in the first round; Kallfelz shot 24 of 25 in the second round; Catalano won after he shot a perfect 25.

"Peter is the real heavy hitter today," Kallfelz quipped, referring to Alexander and Catalano "The Heavy Hitters."

But Catalano, a well-known lawyer, quickly shot back, "I just got lucky today."

Here is a list of the winners from the shoot off tournament earlier Sunday, as well as the club in which they belong.

CNY Trap League's North-South Shoot Off winners

2016 High Gun Champion - Peter Catalano (DeWitt Fish & Game Club)

High Gun Champion Runner Up - Len Kallfelz (Camillus)

AA Champion - Dave Corrente (Camillus)

A Champion - Peter J. Catalano (DeWitt)

B Champion - Bob Dankiw (Camillus)

C Champion - John Schwitter (Pathfinder)

D Champion - Anthony Froio (Pathfinder)

Lady Champion - Joanna Bishop (South Shore)

Vet Champion - George Hart (Bridgeport)

Senior Vet Champion - John Wallace (Pathfinder)

Junior Champion - Hunter Nerber (Three Rivers)

Sub Junior Champion - Christopher Catalano (DeWitt)

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07/09/2016

Oprah Winfrey denies Stedman Graham wedding rumors

Oprah Winfrey and longtime love Stedman Grahamwon't be tying the knot after all.

The 62-year-old media mogul denied she and Graham are getting married in a tweet Monday after rumors circulated last week about their reported wedding.

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"6 people who know me well have called today congratulating me or surprised they weren't invited to my wedding. It's not true!!" she told her 33.8 million followers.

Star magazine's Aug. 31 cover had declared that Winfrey and Graham were planning a "dream wedding" after 30 years of dating. Sources told the tabloid that Winfrey said "yes" after Graham jokingly brought up marriage.

"It suddenly dawned on her how Stedman has never asked her for anything or pressured her in any way," an insider said. "Oprah connected the dots and realized it was her turn to show how much she cares about what he wants."

"Everything with them is always very hush-hush, but the wedding will most likely be at Oprah's private estate in Maui which is picture-perfect for a romantic ceremony," the source added. "Oprah plans to fly everybody out to Maui at her own expense."

Winfrey and Graham have largely kept their relationship out of the spotlight during their many years of dating. The couple were engaged in 1992 but never married, although Winfrey reconsidered the prospect afterTina Turner's wedding in 2013.

"Tina was like, 'Oprah, you need to do this. You need to do it,'" she told Access Hollywood the same year. "And I was just thinking, 'Well, okay, would things really be different?' And no, I don't think so."

"If you ever interviewed [Stedman], he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today. Because he's a traditional man and this is a very untraditional relationship," the star explained.

Winfrey is instead focused on her new OWN series, Queen Sugar, which she is co-executive producing with Selma director Ava DuVernay. The media mogulstunned in a fitted black dress at the show's premiere last week.

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01/09/2016

Why Rob Kardashian Skipped Kim and Kanye's Wedding – and Became a Recluse

Rob Kardashian finally speaks! In a wide-ranging interview in the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday, the reclusive reality star and his expectant fiancée, Blac Chyna, open up about their impending arrival, repairing relations with his famous sisters and dealing with his 100-lb. weight gain. Subscribe now for the exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE!

It's not over yet, but 2016 has already been a year of milestones for Rob Kardashian: He came out of seclusion, found love, got engaged and isexpecting his first child with fiancée Blac Chyna.

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Now, the star of the upcoming E! reality series Rob & Chyna exclusively opens up to PEOPLE in this week's cover story about what life was like during thenearly two years he lived outside of the spotlight – and perhaps most notably, his much-talked about decision not to attend sister Kim Kardashian's 2014wedding to Kanye West.

Kardashian, 29, made it to Paris with his family, but ultimately skipped the rehearsal dinner at Versailles and the Florence wedding.

"I was doing my suit fittings in Paris right before the wedding and I just wasn't comfortable," reveals Kardashian. "I'm 6'1" and at my most I probably weighed 300 lbs."

"There were cameras at the airport on our trip there and I was very unhappy with the person I saw in all the pictures," he admits. "I'm upset I missed my sister's wedding but it was a personal decision."

In the months that followed, Kardashian retreated even further from the public eye, living in seclusion and away from the Keeping Up with the Kardashianscameras.

"I just wasn't down to have photographers follow me, so I made sure I was away from all of that," Kardashian explains. "I'm very good at disappearing."

Kardashian went on to skip out on "Christmases and birthdays and vacations" with his family, and despite their pleas, he continued to withdraw.

"I wasn't happy with myself so I didn't want my family to see me that way," he says. "[Khloe and I] butt heads about it. She's all about, 'your biggest revenge is your body,' and I'm trying to find happiness in my own way."

The star acknowledges he "definitely hurt a lot of people" but vows to "never go to that place again."

"The way I dealt with my issues maybe wasn't the best, but nobody can make me happy but me," he says. "Now I want to see everybody in my family every chance I get. You never know what is going to happen tomorrow, and I don't want to do that to my mom [Kris Jenner]."

"There were definitely dark days for me, and I'm still not fully happy looking at myself in the mirror," he admits. "But I'm working towards that. And I'm happy."

Keeping Up with the Kardashians has its midseason finale this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and Rob & Chyna premieres Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET, both on E!

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