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The Word: Amanda Bynes is back!

Amanda Bynes, during one of her 2013 court appearances. Amanda Bynes, during one of her 2013 court appearances.

You know who we haven't heard from in a while? Amanda Bynes. Well, that dry spell is over because Bynes is back! Her parents' conservatorship that gave them total, Britney Spears-style control over her life and finances ended earlier this month, and right on cue we have the former Nickelodeon star's first run-in with the law. Bynes was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence after cops in Sherman Oaks, Calif., saw her stop at a red light — in the middle of the intersection. Police charged Bynes with a misdemeanor after they "determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance," according to E! News, though exactly what substance is still a mystery. It's nice to see her coming back playing the hits, though, like getting popped for a DUI. Bynes, after all, was given three years of probation for that very type of arrest back in 2012.

And that's not all! Bynes is apparently making up for troubles starlet lost time, as Radar Online reports that she's also flunked out of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she'd been studying since getting out of rehab last year. "Amanda just stopped going to classes," a source says. "Everything had been going very well for her up until the conservatorship ended. Her instructors tried to reach out to Amanda, given her history of very public breakdowns, but got no response." No word yet on if she plans to re-launch her Twitter account and start lashing out at fellow celebrities again, but here's to hoping.


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