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Miley Cyrus Goes for a Spin on Her $24,000 Birthday Gift

12/03/2013 at 07:00 PM EST

Miley Cyrus Goes for a Spin on Her $24,000 Birthday Gift

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She’s been a focus of controversy this year, but Miley Cyrus turned heads as a model of safety and caution as she took her new motorcycle for a spin on Monday.

The “We Can’t Stop” singer wore a helmet that coordinated perfectly with her new Cam-Am Spyder, a 21st birthday present from her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. The bike is customized with her initials and the cost was estimated at around $24,000.

Miley drove her new ATV around Toluca Lake, Calif., the same neighborhood where Billy Ray was photographed driving the motorcycle with his younger daughter Noah on the back.

The Cam-Am Spyder has become a trend among the Hollywood crowd, The Game, Ryan Reynolds and Jada Pinkett Smith have all been seen riding them around town.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Her Motorcycle License!

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GWYNETH Paltrow will have to stock up on her leathers — she’s just got her motorcycle license!

The Iron Man star went to the California Department of Motor Vehicles in Santa Monica Tuesday where she took and passed both her written and driven tests on her white Vespa scooter.

Gwyneth, 40, also renewed her regular driving license, and did two takes of the picture for it, as she didn’t like how the first came out.

The movie beauty managed to get her license despite making a bad traffic judgement last week when she picked her daughter Apple, nine, from school.

As she pulled off from the curb with Apple riding on the back of the scooter, she cut in front of a yellow school bus, which had to slam on its brakes to stop before hitting them. She managed to escape unharmed.

Paltrow’s husband, Chris Martin, 36, and son Moses, seven, were behind them on another Vespa scooter at the time.

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William H. Macy and Shameless Costars Search for Freedom on Their Harleys

09/03/2013 at 11:30 AM EDT

William H. Macy and his Shameless costars Justin Chatwin and Steve Howey took off on a 900-mile motorcycle ride from Los Angeles to Aspen in search of freedom, a quest that was inspired in part by Macy’s wife, Felicity Huffman, who asked him to describe his love for his Harley Davidson.

“Felicity was saying one time, ‘Well what is it? You don’t like to ride in a car, how come the motorcycle, which is a lot more uncomfortable, how come that’s so great?’ ” he told PEOPLE exclusively. “It’s freedom, it’s such freedom. And she said, ‘Well there’s the road, what do you mean by freedom?’ So that was the kickoff point.”

Macy, 63, exclusively released to PEOPLE the video of his adventure with his castmates, who helped him to search the open road last summer for a better understanding of the elusive concept of freedom. They hoped to define it for themselves and to learn what it meant to those whom they encountered along the way.

Macy explained that while they weren’t able to pin down a definition, they found a deep connection with one another. “I’m afraid [freedom is] relative to each person and that’s what we found out, but boy, there sure is a feeling that the three of us shared when you’re on the road,” he said.

“There’s a fraternity, a confraternity, a tribe, if you will, of bikers,” he said. “Truthfully, I don’t spend that much time in the company of men. I mostly go to work and have my family. And so I find it so wonderful and refreshing and non-threatening too, because we all … got something in common, which is the road, which is the bikes.”

The trio rode their Harleys up to eight or nine hours a day, and Macy admitted that the long rides could be a pain in the you-know-where.

“As you’re riding along you go over on your right cheek until that starts to hurt and then you’d go on your left cheek,” he said, somewhat kiddingly.

Macy’s love affair with Harleys began while he was filming Wild Hogs. “I just loved it and loved the guys that I rode with, John Travolta and all those guys, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence.”

Macy added that he plans to take another road trip soon with Chatwin and Howey. Meanwhile, the fourth season of Shameless premieres Sunday, Jan. 12, on Showtime.

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Arizona Fire Heroes Go Home for One Last Time

Nineteen firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago went home for the last time on Sunday, their bodies traveling in individual white hearses in a somber caravan for 125 miles through Arizona cities and towns.

The nearly five-hour-long procession began near the state Capitol in Phoenix, went through the town where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed and ended in the mountain community of Prescott, where they lived and will be laid to rest this week.

Thousands of people from across the state and beyond stood patiently in triple-digit temperatures in Phoenix, lined highways and overpasses along the route, and flooded the roads of downtown Prescott to pay their respects to the 19, whose deaths are the greatest loss of life for firefighters since 9/11.

They included fellow firefighters, the men’s family members, complete strangers and residents of Yarnell, the small town they died trying to save.

Those along the procession cried, they saluted, they held their hands over their hearts.

“It’s overwhelming to watch this slow procession of 19 hearses,” said a tearful Bill Morse, a Flagstaff fire captain who has been stationed in Prescott for a week helping Prescott fire deal with the tragedy. “The ceremonious air of it all. It’s heartbreaking.”

In downtown Prescott, a buslting and sometimes-rowdy area filled with bars and other businesses known as Whiskey Row grew eerily quiet as the hearses drove by, essentially stopping all activity for several minutes.

“You’ve got this tragic event that happened, you’ve got 19 hearses driving by,” said 26-year-old Jay Averitt of Prescott. “It puts reality in check.

“It was an honor to be able to watch it,” Averitt said.

They Were Beloved

Many along the route carried American flags and signs that read, “Courageous, selfless, fearless, beloved,” ”Yarnell remembers” and simply, “Heroes.”

Motorcycle escorts, honor guard members, and firefighting trucks accompanied the 19 hearses along the route.

In both Phoenix and Prescott, the procession drove under giant American flags hoisted above the street with the raised ladders of two firefighter trucks. Bagpipes played as crowds were hushed silent by the enormity of the loss.

A red and white DC-3 airplane used for wildland firefighting released 19 long purple and pink ribbons overhead with each firefighter’s name on them; the ribbons drifted slowly down to the earth just before the hearses came to a stop outside the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Inside each hearse were the American flags that were draped over the men’s bodies at the site of their deaths in Yarnell. The flags have been with them since and will be until they’re buried. After that, the flags will be given to their families.

Families Watched in Private

Family members of the firefighters watched the procession in private, away from the public and members of the media, as it passed by a massive makeshift memorial outside the fire station where the men were based in Prescott.

The memorial includes hundreds of personal messages, pictures of the men, American flags, and variations on the number 19 – 19 water bottles, 19 shovels, 19 toy fire trucks surrounding a stuffed Teddy bear.

“When you think about their wives, their families and their kids, it just brings tears to your eyes,” said Lon Reiman of Scottsdale.

Reiman, who carried two small American flags in Phoenix as he waited for the procession to begin, said he has several relatives who are firefighters and thought of them once he heard the news of the deaths.

Since their fellow firefighters arrived at the scene where they were killed, the fallen firefighters have not been alone, a tradition among those in the profession in the U.S.

“Since they were discovered, they have never been out of the presence of a brother firefighter,” said Paul Bourgeois, a Phoenix-area fire chief who is acting as a spokesman in Prescott for the firefighters’ families.

“From the time they were taken to the medical examiner in Phoenix, while they’re at the medical examiner’s office, when they are received in a funeral home – there will always be a brother firefighter on site with them until they are interred.

“That’s something people don’t realize. We never leave your side,” he said of the tradition. “It’s a comfort to the survivors, whether they’re families or fellow firefighters.”

Investigation Continues

The firefighters were killed a week ago in the Yarnell Hill fire, sparked by lightning on June 28. Crews were closing in on full containment after the fire destroyed more than 100 homes in Yarnell and burned about 13 square miles. The town remained evacuated but residents were expected to be allowed to return home on Monday.

An investigation into the tragedy has found only that winds took the firefighters by surprise; more thorough findings will come much later.

A memorial service is set for Tuesday in Prescott, and then the men will be laid to rest at funerals throughout the rest of the week.

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