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What was Bristol Palin doing in an Alaska bar with Mark Ballas?

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One of the curses of having a famous last name (and being a contestant on Dancing With the Stars) is that nothing you do goes unnoticed. That includes going to a bar in Alaska when you’re well under the legal drinking age. According to the Associated Press, 19-year-old Bristol Palin was spotted at a drinking establishment in downtown Anchorage last Friday where she had gone to see her on-air dancing partner Mark Ballas perform. Technically, Palin could only be there if she was accompanied by a parent, spouse, or legal guardian over 21. And now a state investigator is hot on the case to determine whether the headline-grabbing daughter of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was there legally. The investigation will hinge on whether she was there to eat (legal) or enjoy the show with or without a cocktail (not legal). Yes, this is what it’s come to. The Alaska Dispatch reported yesterday that a state Alcohol and Control Board investigator visited the establishment, asking for copies of raw video shot at Ballas’ performance. The request was denied. Someone needs to call Woodward and Bernstein, stat!

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