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    Chris Brown Gets a Gold Star From Judge

    Call it a slightly belated birthday present.

    When it comes to Chris Brown's progress hearings, the third time's apparently the charm, as a judge this morning praised the R&B star on semipermanent garbage duty for adhering to the terms of his sentence for his brutal attack on Rihanna last year.

    So what does that mean, exactly?

    Simply that everything's pretty much going according to plan.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said Brown, who donned a gray suit jacket and black jeans for his appearance, is in good standing with the court and has continued to make progress in completing his community service and hard labor sentence, as well as attending his domestic violence counseling.

    In fact, the newly minted 21-year-old has completed all but one of his required 52 anti-domestic-violence counseling sessions, and has served out 290 hours of hard labor, or roughly 36 of his required 180 days. The judge also praised him for making progress on the community service portion of his sentence, continuing apace with the progress made as of his last hearing.  He's expected to complete all his hours by October.

    Brown is due back in court on Aug. 26 for yet another progress hearing, at which time those overseeing his trash duty in Virginia will also send in their assessments of their most (in)famous charge. The date will also mark exactly one year since his sentencing on felony assault.

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