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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
· Woman allegedly fakes cancer again. A woman sentenced earlier this year to probation for faking cancer and collecting money from fundraisers has been arrested for allegedly deceiving her employers with a similar scheme.
· Mother and children roam street naked with Bibles. A mother is behind bars after St. Petersburg police say she and her five children were seen on the street naked and carrying Bibles. Police have arrested the woman and charged her with child abuse and exposure of sexual organs. The children range in age from five to 15 years old.
· Housing bubble bursts for Love. Courtney Love has gained a new home, but she might lose an old one. The new home is rehab, where Love has been staying since Aug. 19. The old home - one of them, anyway - is the troubled star's pricey New York City condo, currently in the sights of a financial firm that wants to foreclose on the $2.6 million, 4,123-square foot property.
· Celebrity Auction Set for Hurricane Relief. Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has helped organize an online auction to raise funds for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
· Hurricane hits just before homosexual event. Hurricane Katrina walloped New Orleans just two days before the annual homosexual "Southern Decadence" festival was to begin in the town, an act being characterized by some as God's work. Southern Decadence has a history of "filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars," says a statement from the Philadelphia Christian organization Repent America.
· Outpouring of compassion from around the world - except for Islam. Islamic extremists rejoiced in America's misfortune, giving the storm (hurricane Katrina) a military rank and declaring in Internet chatter that "Private" Katrina had joined the global jihad, or holy war. With "God's help," they declared, oil prices would hit $100 a barrel this year.
· Mayor: Katrina "Most likely killed thousands." Hurricane Katrina probably killed thousands of people in New Orleans, the mayor said Wednesday - an estimate that, if accurate, would make the storm the nation's deadliest natural disaster since at least the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. "We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water," and other people dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Asked how many, he said: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands."
· Martha’s catchphrase: ‘You just don’t fit in.’ The Donald has “you're fired” but apparently for Martha Stewart, it's all about the fit. The New York Post reported Tuesday that Martha Stewart has settled on “You just don't fit in” as her parting words for freshly eliminated contestants on her new reality TV show.
· Officials throw up hands as looters ransack New Orleans. Officials watched helplessly as looters around the city ransacked stores for food, clothing, appliances and guns. New Orleans' security chief, Terry Ebbert, said looters were stealing guns from gun stores and using them to shoot fellow looters. "It's out of control."
· He's not about to let D.B. Cooper get away. Some people spend their summer days lounging on beaches or hiking up mountains. Others retreat into movie houses and bookstores. For California lawyer and former FBI agent Richard Tosaw, summer means trekking to the Columbia River and continuing his 24-year search for the legendary skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper.
· Chicago Mayor Apologizes for Corruption. Mayor Richard Daley has apologized for the state of scandal-plagued City Hall, saying he should have done more to prevent corruption in his administration. "I take responsibility for these problems and tonight, I make a commitment to you to do everything within my power to fix them, root out those who engage in misconduct and hold them accountable for their misdeeds," Daley said.
· Fliers cause stir at Des Moines high school. West Des Moines public school students were given promotional materials last week for a dance studio run by a man who pleaded guilty of assaulting a teenage girl.
· Fox News is red hot in August. Fox News scored its largest audience so far this year, while other cable news channels suffered ratings declines. According to data released by Nielsen Media Research yesterday, Fox News tallied slightly more than 2 million total viewers in primetime, a 32% improvement over its year-ago figures. By contrast, CNN lost 19% of its primetime viewership (to 748,000), and MSNBC dropped 22% to 349,000.
· Paralyzed victim of Joe Kennedy crash: Skinflint won't help. Joseph P. Kennedy II, who built upon his family fortune with a lucrative career of his own since leaving politics, allegedly told a Hyannis mother he left paralyzed for life in a car crash 32 years ago, that he's "broke" and won't be her financial crutch any longer.
· Girl Turns in Drinking School Bus Driver. A teenager took matters into her hands when a substitute school bus driver who smelled of alcohol sped down the road with youngsters in tow, police said. The driver, Daniel Adams, 55, was charged with 10 counts of child endangerment, one day after he failed a sobriety test, authorities said.
· Pastor gets 18 months for not paying taxes on money skimmed from church. A pastor was sentenced to 18 months in prison for failing to pay taxes on the roughly $1,000 a week that federal prosecutors say he skimmed from the collection plate.
· Bush administration to release oil from petroleum reserves to boost supply. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said today the Bush administration will release oil from petroleum reserves to help refiners affected by Hurricane Katrina. An announcement is expected later in the day.
· Martha Stewart unshackled. She's shaking off that not-so-chic ankle bracelet and getting ready to step back onto the airwaves - but will investors and consumers take notice? That's the question facing Martha Stewart – or M. Diddy, if you prefer her prison moniker – as she tastes freedom for the first time in months.
· Gunfight as looters fire AK-47s into New Orleans police station. As looters stripped stores of items, sometimes in front of police, violence broke out in the Big Easy. At around 11 p.m. EDT, two gunmen with AK-47s fired shots into a police station. No one was hurt, and the men fled into the city's French quarter section.
· Police: Woman Takes Dog, Leaves Child. A woman is accused of leaving her 15-month-old grandson unattended in her home while taking her dog on an errand. Loretta McGill-White, 48, was charged Tuesday with risk of injury to a minor. McGill-White left the toddler unattended in a crib, police said. About 40 minutes after police and state child welfare officials arrived at her home, McGill-White returned and got out of her car holding the poodle, authorities say.
· Poll: Fewer see Democrats as friendly toward religion. Democrats' efforts to improve their image with religious voters after the 2004 presidential election don't seem to be working. A new Pew Research Center poll finds only 29 percent of those surveyed view the Democrats as friendly to religion, down from 40 percent at this time last year, while 55 percent say the Republicans are religion-friendly.
· 648 dead in Baghdad stampede. At least 648 people were killed and 322 others injured in a stampede on a Baghdad bridge after a massive Shiite religious commemoration erupted into panic Wednesday. Most of those killed were women and children, police sources said.
· Sheehan Glad Bush Didn't Meet With Her. A woman who led an anti-war protest for nearly a month near President Bush's ranch said Tuesday that she's glad Bush never showed up to discuss her son's death in Iraq, saying the president's absence "galvanized the peace movement."
· Black people "loot" while white people "find?" In two wire service photos, an Associated Press caption to a photo with a black man says "A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store," while an almost identical photo of two whites from AFP wire service is captioned with "two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store."
· Even a cop joins in the looting. Law enforcement efforts to contain the emergency left by Katrina slipped into chaos in parts of New Orleans Tuesday with some police officers and firefighters joining looters in picking stores clean. At a Wal-Mart, an initial effort to hand out provisions to stranded citizens quickly disintegrated into mass looting. Some officers joined in taking whatever they could, including one New Orleans cop who loaded a shopping cart with a compact computer and a 27-inch flat screen television.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
· Update: Man pleads not guilty to raping 14-year-old wife. A man accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl whom he later married pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge he sexually assaulted the teenager. Matthew Koso, 22, is charged with first-degree sexual assault. The girl, now 14, gave birth to their daughter last week. If convicted, he could face up to 50 years in prison.
· $1 million offered for James Dean death car. An Illinois auto museum is offering $1 million for the car in which actor James Dean died in. The car's whereabouts are currently unknown. Dean crashed the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder on Sept. 30, 1955 on a winding California highway.
· Detroit becomes nation's poorest big city. Detroit has surpassed Cleveland as the nation's most impoverished big city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Survey figures released Tuesday show 33.6 percent - or more than one-third - of Detroit's residents lived at or below the federal poverty line
· Healthcare is migrating south of the border. Thousands of Latinos who live near the border are taking advantage of a benefit increasingly offered by their U.S. employers: cheaper healthcare in Mexico.
· Looters take advantage of New Orleans mess. With much of the city flooded by Hurricane Katrina, looters floated garbage cans filled with clothing and jewelry down the street in a dash to grab what they could. In some cases, looting on Tuesday took place in full view of police and National Guard troops. “It’s downtown Baghdad,” one woman said. “It’s insane. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not.”
· Brad the babysitter. Brad Pitt showed off his parenting skills in New York yesterday as he tenderly cared for gal pal Angelina Jolie's adopted son and daughter while she filmed scenes around town for her new movie.
· Skinny London House on Sale for $933,000. A slender house measuring just over five feet at its narrowest and nine feet, 11 inches at its widest is up for sale for more than $900,00, London real estate agents said Tuesday.
· Calif. Drivers Can Keep Medical Marijuana. The California Highway Patrol has stopped confiscating all medical marijuana during traffic stops, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that left intact a state law allowing the drug to be used for medicinal purposes.
· N.C. Senate approves lottery. The state Senate came back to Raleigh Tuesday and approved a lottery by one vote, 25-24. Two Republican senators who had opposed the lottery earlier were absent. One is ill and the other is on his honeymoon. The absence of the opponents gave supporters a chance to push through a state-sponsored numbers game.
· Venezuela offers fuel, food to hurricane-hit U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to send food and fuel to the United States after the powerful Hurricane Katrina pummeled the U.S. south, ravaging U.S. crude production. The leftist leader, a frequent critic of the United States and a target himself of US disapproval, said Venezuela could send aid workers with drinking water, food and fuel to US communities hit by the hurricane.
· Gunman kills 4 near church, then self. A gunman killed four people near a small-town church, then killed himself yesterday after a nine-hour standoff with police, authorities said. Police said witnesses told them that Freddie L. Cranshaw, who lived across the street from the Sash, Texas Assembly of God, exchanged words in the church parking lot with a church member before returning a short time later.
· Man Has Girl Present Hold-Up Note at Bank. Michael Lyons apparently had a funny practical joke planned for his daughter's birthday. In the end, no one was laughing - especially Lyons. Lyons, 45, was arrested after he told a 13-year-old girl to hand a note to a bank teller, police said. The note said, "Give me all of your money, this is a stick up," according to a police report.
· Art Garfunkel charged with pot possession - again. Singer Art Garfunkel, who pleaded guilty last year to pot possession in upstate New York, was charged again Sunday after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car, state police said.
· Alleged Aniston crasher charged. Jennifer Aniston's allegedly uninvited beach house guest might soon have a new address: Prison. David Hesterbey, 48, is facing a six-year stint behind bars after being charged Monday in Los Angeles with felony burglary for his alleged visit to Aniston's Malibu rental.
· Jackson Commentator Dimond Out at Court TV. The gavel has sounded on Diane Dimond's time at Court TV. The anchor's contract has run out with cable network, said Patty Caruso, a spokeswoman for Court TV, on Monday. The network isn't renewing and Dimond is leaving to concentrate on her book.
· Infomercial king sells company. Ron Popeil, the storied television pitchman who has peddled vegetable choppers and tabletop rotisserie ovens with the persuasiveness of a modern-day P.T. Barnum, has decided to sell his company – not for $20 million, or $30 million or even $50 million. He has sold out for the amazing price of $56.5 million. But wait, there’s more!
· Selection Begins in Blake Civil Trial. Several prospective jurors summoned for the civil wrongful death case against Robert Blake lashed out Monday at the lawyer representing the four children of the actor's slain wife, saying they are suing for money and should leave him alone.
· Girlfriend Used Saudi Prince's Boeing 727 To Smuggle Cocaine. A Colombian man and the ex-girlfriend of a Saudi prince were each sentenced to more than 20 years in prison Monday for drug conspiracy, after prosecutors said they used the prince's Boeing 727 to transport two tons of cocaine from Venezuela to Paris.
Monday, August 29, 2005
· Man threatens to kill woman for interrupting sleep. A 73-year-old man in Port St. John faces charges of threatening to kill a woman for blaring a radio at his home and interrupting his sleep, according to Brevard County, Florida Sheriff's investigators.
· Brits driving Austrians bonkers over rude village name. British tourists have left the residents of one charming Austrian village effing and blinding by constantly stealing the signs for their oddly-named village. While British visitors are finding it hilarious, the residents of F***ing, Austria are failing to see the funny side.
· Finally some credible advice - from Gwyneth Paltrow? The Oscar-winning actress, whose engagement to Pitt was called off in 1997, tells Time magazine that the Troy star's split from Jennifer Aniston could have been much smoother had the twosome simply clammed up about their relationship.
· Governor pardons all but himself in personnel investigation. Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Monday granted blanket pardons to everyone who has been or might be charged in the investigation of personnel practices in his administration but said he would not pardon himself.
· Former Senator Jesse Helms compares abortion to the Holocaust and 9/11 attacks. Jesse Helms, writing with the same passion that made him the archconservative of the U.S. Senate for 30 years, renews his criticism of abortion in a memoir being published this week, comparing it to both the Holocaust and the Sept. 11 attacks.
· New Orleans residents urged to not return any time soon. A public health expert urged Monday that the hundreds of thousands of New Orleans residents who fled the city in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina not return soon. Officials said anyone returning to the city would find: "no sewage, no drinking water, contamination, threat of rapid increase in mosquitoes, roads are impassible, downed power lines everywhere, trees, debris from houses in the roads, no way to go shopping, no gas." The water also has dislodged thousands of snakes, including poisonous water moccasins, they added.
· Coffee Is No. 1 Source of Antioxidants. Your morning cup of coffee may provide more than just a caffeine jolt — it could be your most valuable source of disease-fighting antioxidants. A new study shows coffee is the No. 1 source of antioxidants in the American diet.
· Chavez seeks arrest of "public menace." Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his government would take legal action against Pat Robertson and potentially seek his extradition after the U.S. evangelist called for Washington to assassinate the South American leader.
· Six plead guilty in sale of thousands of fake wristbands. Six people have pleaded guilty to charges connected to the sale of thousands of phony LiveStrong wristbands and have turned over almost $112,000 to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office said Monday.
· Sharpton's driver pulled over in Lincoln doing 110 after Sheehan visit. A driver for the Rev. Al Sharpton led Ellis County Sheriff's deputies on a nine-mile chase at speeds up to 110 mph before state troopers stopped the car, authorities said. The driver was rushing Sharpton to the airport after his visit anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Sunday at her camp outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford.
· Halliburton deal whistleblower demoted. high-ranking Army Corps of Engineers official who publicly criticized the Pentagon's decision to award Halliburton Co. a no-bid contract for work in Iraq has been demoted, officials said Monday.
· Clooney Bets on New Las Vegas Resort. The last time George Clooney scored big in Las Vegas, he played a character who ripped off a casino in the movie "Ocean's Eleven." This time, instead of taking oodles of cash out of a megaresort, the actor's putting a sizable chunk of his own money into one. Clooney has invested an undisclosed amount in a proposed $3 billion development called Las Ramblas to be built just east of the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
· Tempest brews over quotes on Starbucks cups. A national Christian women's organization is accusing the Seattle-based coffee maker of promoting a homosexual agenda because of a quote by author Armistead Maupin, whose "Tales of the City" chronicled San Francisco's homosexual community in the 1970s and 1980s.
· Des Moines attorney misused $100,000 from boy's trust fund. A prominent Iowa attorney with a gambling problem has admitted taking $100,000 from a trust fund intended to pay the medical bills of a small child attacked by a rooster.
· MTV Pulls Off Awards Despite Drama. MTV dodged two major disasters - one from nature, the other from the barrel of a gun - as the Video Music Awards unfolded Sunday night with flashy performances, over-the-top bling and a few blasts from the past. The evening's most inexplicable moment may have come from R. Kelly, who remains a chart-topper even though he's awaiting trial on child pornography charges.
· Sharpton, Sheen visit antiwar camp. The Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of war protesters camping near President Bush's ranch for an interfaith service Sunday, saying he felt compelled to meet Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who started the rally three weeks earlier.
· Couple Spends $3,700 On Limo To Get Out Of New Orleans. What do you do when a hurricane is bearing down and there are no planes or rental cars to get you out of harm's way? Have a limousine take you home for $3,700.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
· Jackson offers support to Chavez. The Rev. Jesse Jackson offered support for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday, saying a recent call for his assassination was a criminal act and the United States and Venezuela should work out their differences through diplomacy.
· U.S. oil surges $4, to record above $70, on hurricane. U.S. crude oil futures surged more than $4 in opening trade on Monday, hitting a new record high above $70 a barrel after Hurricane Katrina forced Gulf of Mexico producers to shut in more than a third of their output.
· 'Virgin' stays on top at box office. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," starring Carell as a middle-aged man who has never had sex, remained the No. 1 movie with $16.4 million, a strong hold from its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
· Hollywood remakes old TV sitcoms and winds up NOT laughing all the way to the bank. While the trend can be traced back to successful transitions like "Dragnet" (1987), "The Untouchables" (1987) and "The Fugitive" (1993), a flop like "Bewitched" showed the danger of overestimating audience affection for old titles. For every "Mission: Impossible" and "Charlie's Angels," there's a "Wild Wild West" or "The Mod Squad."
· Mandatory Evacuation Issued For New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation for New Orleans on Sunday as Hurricane Katrina, a powerful Category 5 storm, bore down on the state with 175 mph winds.
· Church: God Punishing GIs Over Gays. Members of a church say God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays, and they brought their anti-gay message to the funerals Saturday of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq.
· Robert Downey Jr. Marries Film Producer. Actor Robert Downey Jr., the Oscar-nominated star of "Chaplin" whose struggles with drug addiction drew attention in the late 1990s, married producer Susan Levin on Saturday. Downey, 40, and Levin, 31, married at a private home in the Hamptons.
· Small-Town USA May Offer Solution to Outsourcing. Companies are redeploying workers in rural towns to offset a growing backlash against the thousands of white-collar jobs sent offshore to places such as India. High-speed computer lines now make it possible for farm country to compete with foreign countries. "We speak the language and we understand the business issues," said Nick Debronsky, chief executive officer of CrossUSA.
· Cannonball man flies over border. David Smith has an unusual way of crossing the Mexican border into the US - as a human cannonball. Mr Smith, a professional cannonball, was launched head first across the border between Tijuana, in Mexico, and the US city of San Diego.
· Chelsea Clinton breaks up with long-time boyfriend. Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her longtime boyfriend Ian Klaus have called it quits. "They are no longer together," a source close to Clinton confirmed. And Klaus isn't wasting any time getting back to the dating business.
· 11-Year-Old Accused Of Carjacking. An 11-year-old boy is accused of forcing a teenager and two young children out of a car and then driving the stolen vehicle to school the next morning. "This is very unusual," said District Attorney Jerome Gorman, a prosecutor for 24 years.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
· California files french fry lawsuit. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has filed a lawsuit to force top makers of potato chips and french fries to warn consumers about a potential cancer-causing chemical found in the popular snacks. In a complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lockyer sought an injunction to stop restaurant chains such as McDonald's Corp. and Wendy's International Inc. from selling french fries without some form of warning.
· Sweden's twisting tower. The Nordics' tallest skyscraper was officially opened Saturday with prize-winning Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava surveying the view from the 54th floor. With its spectacular 90-degree twist, Turning Torso consists of nine stacked cubes, each turned slightly. The most expensive apartment will be rented for about $3,700 a month.
· Iranian Evel Knievel misses mark. An Iranian daredevil died while attempting to break the world record for jumping over buses on a motorcycle, state television reported Saturday. Javad Palizbanian, 44, was trying to leap over 22 buses parked side-by-side when his motorbike came down on the 13th bus, the report said.
· Martha Stewart Confinement Set to End. Unless she gets into trouble with her probation officer again, Martha Stewart will gain her freedom this week from her "hideous" home confinement sentence and that bothersome, unstylish electronic anklet.
· Harleys Tolerated in Chattanooga. Noise? What noise? Chattanooga officials ignored the thunderous rumble of about 12,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles as riders arrived Friday for a national convention along the city's typically tranquil riverfront. With the bikers projected to spend some $7.2 million during the H.O.G. Annual Rally, city officials agreed to relax enforcement of a noise ordinance.
· Stripper: I thought my boyfriend was going to rob millionaire, not kill him. Brandi Hungerford told a packed courtroom that she had no idea that her sometimes-boyfriend, Robert Lemke, would do anything other than rob millionaire Rick Chance after Hungerford lured him to a hotel room. Shooting him wasn't part of the plan, she testified.
· Missing Music Producer Found, Hospitalized. The nearly weeklong search for a Grammy-nominated producer ended Friday after a resident spotted the man sitting naked in a backyard creek, washing his jeans. The Topanga Canyon resident found a distraught Christian Julian Irwin saying he feared he was being pursued by Nigerians who had contacted him in an Internet scam, sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy said. Peavy said there was no evidence anyone was actually pursuing the 48-year-old producer, who has worked with Carly Simon and David Bowie, among others.
· Wilson Won't Use Skoal Can in Concert. Country music's "Redneck Woman" promises to keep her can of Skoal in her back pocket from now on. Tennessee's attorney general had asked Gretchen Wilson not to pull out a can of smokeless tobacco during performances of her new song "Skoal Ring" because it glamorized tobacco use.
· Runaway teen actress slept in park near Calif. home. A teen actress who ran away from home slept in a park until a concerned family took her in - and was found only after a boy boasted to schoolmates a movie star was living in his house, police said on Friday.
· Winfrey 'Furious' at Snubbing Allegations. Oprah Winfrey said she is "furious" at allegations that her absence at the recent funeral for Ebony and Jet magazines founder John H. Johnson was a snub of the pioneering black publisher. A column published in the Chicago Defender, a historically significant black daily newspaper, questioned why Winfrey didn't attend Johnson's Aug. 15 funeral in her hometown of Chicago, since former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and many notable black media personalities attended the service.
· Rolling Stones concerts trash Red Sox's field. The Rolling Stones left the Boston Red Sox in need of some serious grass. The team trucked in 40,000 square feet of sod to replace a huge swath of the Fenway Park outfield that was destroyed this week during the band's two concerts.
· Sex Offender Arrested For Living Near School Bus Stop. In what may be a first for the country, a convicted sex offender was arrested after he registered his home's address because the property is located feet away from a school bus stop.
· Army Worker Suspect in Possible DNA Deceit. The Army is investigating allegations that a civilian forensic examiner at the Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory at Fort Gillem, Ga., falsified DNA test results. The allegations, if true, would throw into doubt hundreds of criminal cases dating back at least a decade.
Friday, August 26, 2005
· Chris Farley Gets Posthumous Star. Comedian Chris Farley was a rabid fan and a topless dancer on "Saturday Night Live." The late comic was the toast of his castmates as they honored him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
· Study concludes men are smarter than women. The controversial study, which will be published in the British Journal of Psychology in November, states that men's IQs are on average five points higher than those of women.
· Eminem Sued Over Tour Bus Accident. A lawsuit was filed Thursday against Eminem, his bus driver and tour bus company seeking unspecified damages for a July accident involving seven vehicles in western Missouri.
· Mother Handcuffed, Hauled Away During Traffic Stop - Sloppy Detective Work Implicates Wrong Woman. A nursing mother was separated from her baby, handcuffed, and abruptly taken to jail and now, the state patrol and the Lakewood, Colorado Police Department are investigating.
· 14-year-old girl goes missing; mom goes on vacation. A Baytown, Texas man is behind bars accused of luring a young girl to Texas after making contact with her online. That 14-year-old girl's mother reported her missing, then went on vacation. Police were able to contact the mother to let her know she had been found.
· Brothers arrested again in Aruba case. Two brothers who were detained and then released in connection with the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba have been arrested again in the case, a chief investigator said Friday.
· N.J. Police Officers Raid Wrong House. Federal and state authorities are trying to determine how armed officers raided the wrong house, smashing doors and frightening residents earlier this week, a state police spokesman said Thursday. Residents of the four-family home in Newark said officers cursed at them while ripping through two upstairs apartments and asking where guns were for 15 minutes before realizing the mistake.
· Armstrong: 'Slimy' French journalism not new. Lance Armstrong remained steadfast Thursday that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong, a cancer survivor, added: "If you consider my situation: a guy who comes back from arguably, you know, a death sentence, why would I then enter into a sport and dope myself up and risk my life again? That's crazy. I would never do that. No. No way." Armstrong said he has dealt with "slimy" journalism from the French for the last seven years and "this is perhaps the worst of it."
· Police chief who rolled SUV, left badge and gun behind, will resign. The police chief of Cottage Grove, MN and the City Council agreed Thursday that he will resign in the wake of a dispute over his actions after he rolled his vehicle in Lakeville last May.
· Music Producer Missing. A Grammy-nominated music producer who has been missing since Sunday called a friend that day on his cell phone to say he was being chased by people with dogs, authorities said.
· Illegal immigrants down U.S. Border Patrol helicopter. Rock-throwing illegal immigrants near Yuma, Arizona, forced a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter pilot to make an emergency landing. The incident occurred while the pilot was helping agents apprehend 17 people attempting to illegally enter the U.S.
· Al Sharpton to join Cindy Sheehan in Texas. The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to join peace activist Cindy Sheehan, known as the Peace Mom, on Sunday near President Bush's Texas ranch. Sharpton's office said Thursday he would participate in a prayer vigil Sunday with Sheehan in Crawford, Texas.
· Ashlee Simpson to "Perform" on 'Oprah.' Ashlee Simpson, who was busted for a "Saturday Night Live" lip-synch gone awry, will perform on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" this fall, says her manager-father, Joe Simpson. Earlier in the week, Simpson had confirmed reports that Ashlee was in negotiations for a return to NBC's "SNL," where she was caught using background vocals last October. The 20-year-old singer's mishap was attributed to acid reflux disease.
· Oops! A twin-engine plane crash landed on its belly at the Eastman-Dodge airport after the two people on board forgot to put down the landing gear. "They didn't know they had a problem until they touched down," Fire Chief Carl Johnson said.
· Man could get life in prison for beer heist. A 420-pound Fort Hall man has been charged with felony robbery, accused of stealing beer from the same local store he stole from in January. If convicted of felony robbery, Timbana could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison.
· Man Nabbed at Wal-Mart for Handcuff Prank. They say you can get just about anything at Wal-Mart, including arrested. Police say employees at a Wal-Mart called to report a young man was in the store on Tuesday in an orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, asking for a hacksaw. It turns out Joha Turner, 18, of Pittsburg, hadn't escaped from anywhere. He told police it was a prank. They told him he was under arrest, for disorderly conduct.
· On the lam ex-baseball star surrenders. Former baseball star Dwight Gooden turned himself in at a county jail Thursday, three days after police said he fled a DUI traffic stop. He had twice refused to get out of the car for a field sobriety test, then drove away suddenly, police said.
· Walter Reed Medical Center to Be Closed. Siding with the Pentagon, the base-closing commission voted Thursday to shut down the Army's historic Walter Reed hospital and move about 20,000 defense workers miles away from their offices just outside the nation's capital.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
· Stern in Hot Water With FCC, Again. Howard Stern's longtime nemesis, the FCC, could soon turn into his best pal by taking action that would grant his fondest wish — getting the shock jock off regulated radio before January 1. Stern revealed on yesterday that the agency is considering a new formal complaint against him based on a February show that featured, according to an unofficial FCC fact-finding letter, porn stars, sex toys and the simultaneous singing of "Amazing Grace."
· Paralyzed golfer sinks another hole-in-one. A drunk driver paralyzed Wally Stanley from the waist down when he was hit while jogging in 1984, but that hasn't hurt his golf game. Yesterday, Stanley aced the 140-yard fourth hole at The Links Golf Course in Post Falls, Idaho. It was the second hole-in-one in the past two years for the 61-year-old retired school superintendent, who plays while sitting in a specially designed golf cart.
· Miss America Wants Out of Atlantic City. Officials who run the venue where the Miss America pageant has been held since 1940 voted unanimously Thursday to allow the contest to go elsewhere, paving the way for the pageant to leave Atlantic City altogether.
· Scientist finds secret Renaissance ingredient. How did paintings by Tintoretto and other Venetian Renaissance artists get their special glow? Using an electron microscope, Barbara Berrie, senior conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art, discovered one of their secrets: tiny bits of glass the artists mixed with their pigments.
· U.S. Mint Confiscates 10 Rare Gold Coins. The U.S. Mint seized 10 Double Eagle gold coins from 1933, among the rarest and most valuable coins in the world, that were turned in by a jeweler seeking to determine their authenticity. David Lebryk, acting director of the Mint, said the rare coins, which were never put in circulation, had been taken from the Mint "in an unlawful manner" in the mid-1930's and now were "recovered." The coins, which are so rare that their value is almost beyond calculation, are public property, he said.
· Red Cross allegedly hiding Iraq insurgents. Italy's Red Cross treated four Iraqi insurgents and hid them from U.S. forces in exchange for the freedom of two Italian aid workers kidnapped last year in Baghdad, an official said today.
· Seinfeld Becomes a Father for Third Time. Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, have a new addition to the family. A son, Shepherd Kellen Seinfeld, was born Monday morning, Seinfeld's publicist, Stephen Rubenstein, said Thursday. The couple, who were married in 1999, have a 2-year-old son, Julian, and a 4-year-old daughter, Sascha.
· Pentagon flag burned to end controversy. An American flag that purportedly flew over the Pentagon on September 11 was burned by a man who said he wanted to end questions of authenticity over the banner he bought for $25,000.
· Crusade rises from $100 ticket. Barbara Orban, 51, got a $100 traffic ticket and has since filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Tampa, alleging that it encourages police officers to "maliciously" prosecute drivers - all to augment the police pension fund. So far she has spent $50,000 on this cause, even before filing her federal lawsuit last year, and expects to spend six figures before it's all over.
· Judge orders NBC not to show Aruba suspect. A judge on Wednesday ordered a U.S. television network not to broadcast footage from a tour of an Aruban jail that shows the suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
· Bystander hurt during police chase can sue Indianapolis. A judge has ruled that a bystander injured in a 1999 police chase can sue the city and police for damages for his injuries. Marion Superior Court Judge David Dreyer on Wednesday rejected the city's claim that officers involved in the chase that reached speeds of up to 80 mph had "law enforcement immunity," a concept that has blocked other lawsuits when high-speed chases have gone wrong.
· Ad dropped featuring nun holding condom. Taiwan has withdrawn an anti-AIDS campaign ad featuring a smiling nun holding a condom after it sparked an outcry from Roman Catholics, local media said on Wednesday. The poster, which shows the nun holding the condom with both hands and saying "Although I don't need one, even I know," had been removed from all condom machines in Taipei hospitals, subway stations and elsewhere.
· Teen's pencil toss leads to felony charge. Patrick Ortiz, 15, faces a felony charge because he tossed a mechanical pencil that struck a school custodian in the shoulder. The custodian, Kevin Gable, was not injured. According to the report, he did sustain a "small pencil mark on (his) T-shirt, on the right sleeve."
· 'Sad and angry' Cindy Sheehan returns to Crawford vigil. Cindy Sheehan waves to supporters [photo] after arriving at Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005. Sheehan has returned to Texas and her anti-war vigil outside President Bush's ranch near Crawford, Texas.
· Tip Leads Police To Registered Sex Offender Living With 15 Year-old Girl. Police said David Austin Clark, who has been listed on the Tennessee sex offender registry for almost two years, was sleeping in the same bed with the girl, but what surprised them most was her mother’s reaction.
· AOL fined for incentive plan in which staffers often ignored users' cancellations. America Online has agreed to end an employee bonus plan that made it difficult for customers to cancel service and will pay New York State $1.25 million in penalties, state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced yesterday.
· Woman sentenced for theft of nearly $2 million. Tonya Lee Mims contends her husband's gambling and aspirations to be a golf professional led her to siphon off almost $2 million from her employer. Judge David Winder sentenced Mims to almost three years in prison and ordered her to pay $1,788,593 in restitution, at a rate of at least $1,000 a month once she's released.
· Judge OKs Evidence of Blake's Wife's Past. Bonny Lee Bakley's sordid past can be detailed during the trial of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by her family against actor Robert Blake, a judge ruled Wednesday. The move was a victory for Blake's attorneys, who want to show others had motives to kill Bakley.
· Pitt wants to hook up with Cruise's ex PR guru. Brad Pitt is trying to sign up Tom Cruise's former public relations guru Pat Kingsley as he plans a press onslaught about his romance with Angelina Jolie. The movie star is reportedly keen to tell all about his private life after spending years shying away from personal matters, and he wants Kingsley to help mastermind his upcoming TV appearances and magazine interviews.
· Virginia jumps on illegal alien bangwagon. State legislators said yesterday that Virginia is facing an immigration crisis on par with Arizona and New Mexico and urged Gov. Mark Warner to declare an emergency like the governors of those two states did last week.
· Newton-John's boyfriend owed child support. The missing boyfriend of singer Olivia Newton-John had filed for bankruptcy in 2000 and was embroiled in a legal dispute over child support, court documents show. It wasn't immediately clear how far behind he was in the payments. He had filed for bankruptcy in 2000 while owing about $31,000 to creditors.
· Hollywood producer accidentally suffocates daughter. A Hollywood producer who was found dead in a car with his young daughter had apparently suffered a heart attack and fallen on top of the girl, suffocating her, according to a coroner's report. The body of Terry Carr, 62, toppled onto his 9-year-old daughter as she slept in the cargo area of their SUV, leaving her unable to escape or breathe.
· Robertson Apologizes for Chavez Remarks. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized Wednesday for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, only hours after he denied saying Chavez should be killed. "Is it right to call for assassination?" Robertson said. "No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."
· Police chief close to demoting sergeant for remark. Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has tentatively decided to demote a veteran sergeant accused of jokingly referring to a subordinate as a "rat" during an FBI investigation into police misconduct.
· Internet Phone Cos. May Cut Off Customers. Providers of Internet-based phone services may be forced next week to cut off tens of thousands of customers who haven't formally acknowledged that they understand the problems they may encounter dialing 911 in an emergency. Vonage Holdings Corp., the biggest VoIP carrier with more than 800,000 subscribers, told The Associated Press Wednesday that 96 percent of its customer base have responded to the company's notices about 911 risks. But that still means as many as 31,000 accounts would need to be shut off as early as Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
· Army Vet Gets 'Bomber' Credit Card Offer. The address was his, but the name on the credit-card offer took Sami Habbas by surprise: "Palestinian Bomber." "I thought it was a joke or something," said Habbas, 54, a Palestinian American who served in the U.S. Army. Habbas opened the letter, and the salutation read "Dear Palestinian Bomber." When he called the company, JPMorgan Chase, provided his invitation number, two operators said to him: "Yes, Mr. Bomber, what can we do for you?"
· Alleged Meth Dealer Tosses Wrong Bag. A suspected methamphetamine dealer was arrested after he tossed a bag of trash from a truck instead of the bag containing the drug, police said. Jason Coates, 35, "was visibly shaken when he was told he had tossed the wrong bag."
· Judge Sets Bail at $250K for 12-Year-Old. A juvenile court judge shocked prosecutors by setting bail at $250,000 for a 12-year-old boy charged with firing a gun in the city. The district attorney's office had asked for only $5,000 bail when the boy was arraigned Tuesday on a juvenile weapons possession charge.
· Homeless Woman Returns Purse With $800 Cash Inside. homeless woman living at a Salvation Army shelter in Tampa with her five children found and returned a purse containing $800 in cash and two paychecks.
· New machine allows soldiers to hurdle buildings. A device that allows people to scale tall buildings in if not a single, then at least two bounds, has been developed for the U.S. military. The PowerQuick personal lifting device can raise or lower a load of up to 320 lb at the rate of one yard per second, enabling special forces, rescue services or even construction workers to quickly ascend or escape buildings.
· Diana, Dodi statue for Harrods. A statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, who died together in a Paris car crash in 1997, will soon be displayed at Harrods department store in central London, owner Mohamed al Fayed says.
· Victoria Gotti Denies Lying About Cancer. Victoria Gotti denied Wednesday she lied about having breast cancer but acknowledged her diagnosis showed she had "precancerous cells." "What I have is considered by most to be cancer. Noninvasive cancer," Gotti said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America." The New York Post, which carried a front-page headline declaring "Gotti's sick cancer scam," reported Wednesday that Gotti never had breast cancer as she had said.
· Maid targeted DeNiro because his wife was so mean. The housekeeper charged with looting the homes of Manhattan's rich and famous claimed she targeted the wife of actor Robert De Niro because she was so mean. Polish immigrant Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, told police after her arrest in June that if actress Grace Hightower had "treated me better, with more respect, I probably wouldn't have done this."
· Stewart Appears in Court in Breach Suit. Rod Stewart appeared in federal court Tuesday, saying he was there to "defend my honor" in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a Las Vegas resort. The Rio hotel-casino, which is owned by gambling giant Harrah's Entertainment, filed suit after the British rocker canceled a 2000 concert while recuperating from thyroid surgery. The company is seeking the return of $2 million paid to Stewart for the show, plus interest and attorney's fees.
· Man Charged With Drunken Bulldozer Ride. A man was drunk when he tried to run down two law enforcement officers while driving a 10-ton bulldozer, authorities said. William Armstrong, 52, refused to stop as his Caterpillar excavator rumbled toward a Geauga County sheriff's deputy and Thompson Township police chief who had parked in his path Monday night. He missed the retreating officers, but damaged a parked sheriff's car.
· Mo. Minister Plans Bonnie & Clyde B&B. Neighbors aren't welcoming a minister's plans to convert a garage apartment that was the site of an infamous Bonnie and Clyde shootout into a bed-and-breakfast. "When I think of a bed-and-breakfast, I think of charm, antiques and history - not murder," says Peggy Webb, who is among the opponents.
· Woman who hid lover in closet is charged in husband's death. Four months after testifying that she listened from the next room as her lover beat and choked her husband to death, Brentwood private investigator Martha Freeman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with his death. The case drew nationwide media attention amid allegations that Freeman's lover had been living in her walk-in closet for a month before police said he killed the woman's husband, Jeffrey Freeman.
· Gunman kills 2 teenage Wal-Mart employees in parking lot. Two Wal-Mart employees were shot to death Tuesday in the parking lot of a company supercenter store in a Phoenix suburb, and police later nabbed a suspect after an areawide search, Glendale police said. Police spokesman Mike Pena identified the man as 53-year-old Ed Liu of Peoria, Arizona. Pena said Liu would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
· Cardinals raffle the right to blow up Busch Stadium. The Cardinals today announced details of the $10-per-ticket raffle that will determine what lucky fan will get to push the button to implode Busch Stadium after the season.
· Google introduces "Talk" instant voice messaging today. They say talk is cheap. Google says it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
· Homeland Security wants to get to know you better. The Homeland Security Department is making another push to tap into credit reports, court files, shopping histories and other personal information on airline passengers.
· 'Mockingbird' Actor Brock Peters Dies. Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
· Mother of Jackson's Accuser Charged. The woman whose son accused Michael Jackson of child molestation in a trial that led to Jackson's acquittal was charged with welfare fraud Tuesday in a five-count complaint alleging she collected $18,782 in payments while making false claims she was indigent.
· Rolls-Royce plans 'cheaper' car. BMW, parent company of Rolls-Royce, is planning to release a smaller, less expensive Rolls than the company's current Phantom sedan, according to a report on Edmunds.com's Inside Line Website. The sticker price of the Phantom, which is currently RollsRoyce's only car, starts at about $340,000. The new car would sell for about $300,000.
· D.C. radio host fired for anti-Islam remarks. Conservative radio host Michael Graham was fired Monday by a Washington station after he refused to apologize for calling Islam “a terrorist organization.”
· Aruba: Patience with media wearing thin. Hurricanes almost never come this far south in the Caribbean. It's one of the many attractions that lure hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to the sunny, slow-paced island of Aruba. But, when an Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway, disappeared May 30, Arubans had no idea of the storm that was about to hit them.
· ‘Shopaholic’ gets probation in company theft. A former Andersen Consulting employee who claimed a “shopaholic defense” in stealing from the company is getting five years probation. Elizabeth Roach says chronic depression led to wild shopping sprees that she financed with money she stole from work. She was accused of taking $250,000 from Andersen Consulting.
· Woman files complaint after doctor tells her she's too fat. The New Hampshire attorney general is investigating a Rochester doctor because a patient complained that he bluntly told her she needed to lose weight. Dr. Terry Bennett said that he's outraged by what he calls a baseless complaint. A patient was apparently insulted when Bennett told her that she was obese and could only get healthier by losing weight. "It's an epidemic in the United States, and it's croaking us," Bennett said.
· Online Thesaurus Pulls Listing for 'Arab.' The entry, which appeared on thesaurus.com, listed the word as a noun meaning "beggar," and gave 16 pejorative synonyms including "homeless person" and "welfare bum."
· Maria Sharapova still growing. The 18-year-old Russian, who jumped to No. 1 in women's tennis Monday, is listed in the WTA's official guide as 6-foot. Not so, she says. Sharapova tells Time magazine she's actually 6-2, and she's not exactly thrilled with the extra 2 inches. "I wouldn't say I'm in love with it because if I wear heels, I'm like 6-foot-4," she says. "It's a little too tall."
· Man wants to build a town for the deaf. Marvin Miller has a very bold idea: He wants to build a new town that would be home to deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to live together. They'd raise their families here, send their kids to school and share a common language: sign language.
· Newlywed Charged With Fondling Girl. A man married for just a few hours was arrested Saturday and charged with taking indecent liberties with a 12-year-old girl, Kansas City, Mo., television station KMBC reported. Antonio Juan Rocha, 18, is accused of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Investigators said that Rocha was married on the same day he was arrested. Court documents said that he grabbed the girl by the neck and tried to kiss and fondle her.
· Robertson: U.S. should 'take out' Venezuela's Chavez. Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has called for the United States to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him "a terrific danger" bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across the Americas. "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson told viewers on his "The 700 Club" show Monday. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war."
· Johansson Ducks Paparazzi, Then Clips Car. Scarlett Johansson was involved in an accident last week trying to duck photographers who had tracked her to a Disneyland parking lot, her publicist said. The incident is the latest involving actors trying to escape the paparazzi. In May, a celebrity photographer was arrested on suspicion of hitting actress Lindsay Lohan's car near a shopping mall.
· Steward’s last words before Helios crash. MAYDAY, Mayday, said the voice of the 25-year-old steward moments before the plane plunged into a mountain ravine. With fuel reserves almost gone and the plane almost 60 kilometres from Athens Airport, Helios Airways steward Andreas Prodromou had only 15 minutes to save the plane that crashed into a mountainside near Grammatikos, killing all 121 passengers and crew members on board last Sunday.
· Court: Gay parents must pay child support. In the latest ruling to recognize rights of same-sex couples, the California Supreme Court has said gay and lesbian couples who raise children are lawful parents and must provide for their children if they break up.
Monday, August 22, 2005
· Firms Hit by ID Theft Find Way to Cash In on Victims. Elizabeth Rosen was plenty angry when ChoicePoint Inc. sent her a form letter acknowledging that crooks might have perused some of her most sensitive personal and financial data. But the Hollywood nurse was flabbergasted when the company, one of the nation's largest collectors of consumer records, also offered to sell her some of the same information so she could see what might have been compromised.
· Alec Baldwin to Receive Award at PETA Gala. Alec Baldwin will receive the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at PETA's 25th anniversary gala in Hollywood for narriating the short documentary, "Meet Your Meat" for PETA.
· Police battle looters after beer train crashes. Hundreds of looters battled police all weekend at the site of a beer train wreck in violence that left one woman dead, South African police said on Monday as they kept a heavy guard on the remaining alcohol. The train carrying 180,000 crates of beer from South African Breweries derailed on Friday night.
· Ex-NFLer Arrested After Attack in L.A. Park. Former National Football League running back Lawrence Phillips was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Sunday after he allegedly drove a stolen car into a throng of boys with whom he had just played pickup football at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, police said.
· Here's proof cell phone biz is flush with success. There's an odd and growing trend here, there and everywhere: the use of cell phones in public restrooms. "The person in the stall next to me answered a call on her cell phone," my friend said. "I didn't know what to do. I was trying to bepolite, so I didn't want to flush. I just sat there." We all nodded knowingly. It has, we all agreed, been happening more and more frequently to us as well. Which brings to mind a sensible question. What in the world are these people thinking?
· Man dies trying to stop gas theft. A gas station owner was run over and killed when he tried to stop a driver from leaving without paying for $52 worth of gasoline, police said. The driver had not been apprehended Sunday, and police Chief David Walker said the case was being investigated as a robbery-homicide.
· Rolling Stones Fan Injured In Fall From Rafters At Concert. A woman was hospitalized with broken bones after she climbed onto the rafters of Fenway Park during Sunday night's Rolling Stones concert and fell 35 to 40 feet. The 20-year-old woman broke both her ankles and a wrist and was in stable condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to police.
· Convicted U.S. felon's 'Cures' tops book charts. He went to prison for fraud and was ordered by the U.S. government to stop touting health products on infomercials, but Kevin Trudeau's book "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" is a bestseller. Trudeau, who for years sold snoring remedies and memory enhancers through long-format commercials dressed up as talk shows, says he is a consumer advocate battling the "unholy alliance" of drug companies and government regulators.
· Olivia Newton-John frantic over missing boyfriend. U.S. authorities are investigating the mysterious disappearance of the longtime boyfriend of singer Olivia Newton-John. Patrick Kim McDermott, who has been in a nine-year relationship with the Australian singer, failed to return from an overnight fishing trip off the Californian coast. The 48-year-old McDermott boarded a fishing vessel on June 30 at a port south of Los Angeles, but failed to return when the boat docked 24 hours later.
· Wal-Mart Charges $175 for 'Stolen' Manure. It could have happened to anyone: Charles Gastorf and his wife, Cheryl, forgot to pay the $10 tab for 10 bags of steer manure during a recent shopping trip to their local Wal-Mart. The two say that in the confusion of shopping on that March day they simply forgot to add in the cost of the manure. When the Gastorfs explained their forgetfulness to Lebanon City Attorney Tom McHill, he dropped shoplifting charges against them. That could have been the end of the story - except for the letter from the world's largest retailer that soon arrived in their mailbox, demanding $175 in civil damages.
· New study indicates first born children achieve more success. Presidents Bush, Clinton and Carter would support it. Cherie Booth is proof of it. The first born achieves the most success in life. But there is now scientific evidence to prove that they had the right idea. The report may explain why Jimmy Carter’s younger brother Billy became an alcoholic and smoked pot on the roof of the White House and why Bill Clinton’s brother Roger ended up in jail for selling cocaine.
· Insurance saleswoman learns the hard way about insurance. Debra Potter made a good living selling disability coverage. But like many working Americans, she learned the hard way that federal law now favors insurers.
· Sunni minority causes another delay for Iraqi constitution vote. In another dramatic last-minute standoff, Iraqi leaders put off a vote on a draft constitution, adjourning Parliament at a midnight deadline in a bid for more time to try to win over the Sunni Arab minority whose support is key to ending the insurgency.
· A Summer of Scandal for U.S. Politicians. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is hardly the only politician these days to be hit by scandal. He's just the only one to admit he was wrong. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is fighting ethics charges. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is too. And two federal lawmakers are under investigation over financial dealings. "There does seem to be a spate of scandals these days," said Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity. "It seems to be heavier than it's been for a while."
· Martha is new diva of pink slips. Martha Stewart promises to make you forget Donald Trump's signature line when she stars in a new spinoff series, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart," this fall. Showing off a sunnier persona, America's most famous ex-con says she has come up with her own way of handing out televised pink slips - but you'll have to watch to find out. "What I really wanted to say is, 'Your ass is grass!'" Stewart told Newsweek for its upcoming issue before letting out a very un-Martha-like laugh.
· 2 dead, 6 Injured After Car Leaves Raceway Track. John Marks saw the race car drive off the dirt track and come flying into the bleachers, but he didn't have time to react. A man and his daughter's boyfriend were killed when the race car flew into the stands at Mount Vernon Raceway in southern Illinois. Six others were injured, including the driver and Marks. Marks was taken to an area hospital and released.
· Breakthrough Reported in Stem Cell Research. Harvard scientists say they have fused an adult skin cell with an embryonic stem cell in a potentially dramatic development that could lead to the creation of useful stem cells without first having to create and destroy human embryos. They said they were able to show in their early research that the fused cell "was reprogrammed to its embryonic state."
· Top model pleads innocent on drug charges. An Australian model facing possible drug charges in Bali has tearfully proclaimed her innocence, telling police that two suspected ecstasy tablets found in her handbag may have been planted there. Michelle Leslie, 24, could be charged with possessing a prohibited drug under section 59 of psychotropic drug laws, which carried a maximum 15-year jail term.
· Autopsy unable to pinpoint Herrion's cause of death. As he walked off the field on a relatively cool Colorado evening, Thomas Herrion was huffing and puffing. Still, he didn't look much different from his 49ers teammates who played alongside him during the fast-moving final seconds. A few minutes later, the San Francisco offensive lineman collapsed near his locker. He was rushed to the hospital, pronounced dead at age 23.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
· 'Virgin' scores box office success. Steve Carell scored in his maiden voyage as a leading man, with his comedy "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" taking in $20.6 million to debut at the top of the box office. Opening in second place was Wes Craven's airplane thriller "Red Eye," which raked in $16.5 million in its first weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
· Joan Baez Performing at War Protest Near Bush Ranch. Iraq war protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch are getting support from a prominent figure in the anti-Vietnam war movement: folk singer Joan Baez.
· Unions target Wal-Mart worldwide. A global coalition of unions is launching an unprecedented campaign to organize workers around the world at US retail giant Wal-Mart, seeking to bring a new level of globalization to the labor movement.
· NFL lineman Thomas Herrion dies after game. Thomas Herrion, an offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers football team, collapsed and died Sunday morning, shortly after the team played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game.
· Victoria's cancer challenge. Victoria Gotti is nothing if not a survivor, and she has survived yet again - all in secret. The reality-TV star revealed in an exclusive interview with the Daily News that she was diagnosed with breast cancer last November, but kept her grueling treatments hidden even as "Growing Up Gotti" exposed her life to millions of viewers.
· Gonzo Writer Thompson's Ashes Blast Off. With a deafening boom, the ashes of Hunter S. Thompson were blown into the sky amid fireworks late Saturday as relatives and a star-studded crowd bid an irreverent farewell to the founder of "gonzo journalism."
· Furious Carey lashes out at Eminem over voicemail stage stunt. The foul-mouthed rapper has reportedly enraged the singer Mariah Carey, after he broadcast, during his recent U.S. concerts, voicemails she allegedly left for him. The messages, supposedly recorded when the two collaborated four years ago, feature her begging: "I heard you were getting back with your ex-wife. Why won't you see me? Why won't you call me?"
· Guard Stole 1,000 Pieces Of Luggage From D.C. Airports. A former Army National Guard reservist has been sentenced to eight years in prison after he admitted stealing nearly 1,000 suitcases from airports in the Washington area. The Washington Post reported Derrick Kysar had been assigned to guard Reagan National Airport after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. During that time he stole $ 2 million worth of medicine, clothing and other personal items.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
· The Pizza Bomber Mystery. A 46-year old pizza deliveryman, armed with a homemade shotgun and crude bomb, robs a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is quickly apprehended, but this is only where the story begins. As he sits handcuffed on the ground, he claims the bomb was locked to his neck by an unknown assailant, an assailant who forced him to rob the bank and follow a macabre "treasure hunt" in a desperate attempt to stay alive. But before the bomb squad can arrive to defuse the device, it goes off, killing him instantly.
· Body Of Missing Mother Found; Ex-Boyfriend Arrested. A former boyfriend of LaToyia Figueroa, a pregnant woman whose month-long disappearance attracted national attention, will be charged with her death, authorities said Saturday. Stephen Poaches, 25 of West Philadelphia, the father of her unborn baby, was to be charged with two counts of murder and related offenses for the deaths of the 24-year-old woman and her fetus, District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said Saturday.
· 'Desperate Housewives' star to wed. Cross, a star of the ABC hit show "Desperate Housewives," is headed for real-life matrimony with her stockbroker boyfriend, Tom Mahoney, Us Weekly magazine reported on Friday. The performer's publicist, Heidi Slan, was quoted on the magazine's Web site as saying Cross, 43, and Mahoney, 47, became engaged during the past weekend.
· Supreme Court nominee Roberts to King of Pop: Request denied. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr.'s legal philosophy may be shrouded in ambiguity, but when it comes to the King of Pop, Roberts shows no judicial restraint whatsoever. Tucked in the thousands of pages of documents released this week from Roberts's time in the Reagan White House are a collection of memos by the young lawyer about efforts by Michael Jackson's publicists to get presidential flattery for the Gloved One. Without exception, future judge Roberts voted to overturn.
· Northwest mechanics go on strike. Union spokesman Jim Young said "the mechanics would rather see the airline go into bankruptcy than agree to Northwest’s terms." The nation’s fourth largest carrier has pledged to keep its planes in the air, saying it has been preparing for the strike for more than a year and a half. It said it has lined up about 1,900 replacement workers, vendor employees and managers to begin filling shifts Saturday.
· Clerk accused of stealing $1 million lottery ticket. The $1 million "Pick" ticket belonged to a man who presented a batch of lottery tickets to Delia Kerr at a Nogales, Arizona Circle K for validation. Kerr allegedly scanned his tickets and returned all of them, except the winning ticket. The man complained to Circle K that Kerr had not returned one of his tickets, but a Circle K manager was unable to find the missing ticket, officials said.
· U.S., Taliban bargained over bin Laden, documents show Declassified State Department papers detail 1998 meetings. During secret meetings with U.S. officials in 1998, top Taliban officials discussed assassinating or expelling Osama bin Laden in response to al Qaeda's deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to State Department documents. The newly declassified documents, posted Thursday on the National Archives Web site, provide a fascinating glimpse into U.S. diplomacy exerted on Afghanistan's ruling Taliban - a regime officially unrecognized by Washington - nearly three years before the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
Friday, August 19, 2005
· Arizona ranch turned over to illegal immigrants. A 70-acre Arizona ranch once owned by a man accused of terrorizing illegal immigrants has been turned over to two of the very people the owner had tried keep out of the country, after the immigrants won a lawsuit against the Arizona landowner.
· ESPN says 'no thanks' to hockey. The National Hockey League accepted a three-year, $200 million deal with OLN Cable after being rejected by ESPN. OLN is best known for its cycling coverage. "It will give us a better opportunity than ever before to connect with our fans and sports viewers," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.
· Garth Goes Wal-Mart. Country superstar Garth Brooks has signed a deal with the retail chain that will make Wal-Mart and its subsidiaries, Sam's Club and walmart.com, the only place fans will be able to purchase Brooks' entire catalog of music for the indefinite future.
· Vioxx floodgates open: Ambulance chasers put on running shoes. Merck & Co. must pay more than $253 million to the family of a Texas man who died after taking the company's Vioxx painkiller, a jury ruled in the first personal-injury case over the drug to come to trial. The company's shares fell 6.8 percent.
· Costas Refuses to Host Show on Holloway. While some cable TV hosts are making their living off the Natalee Holloway case this summer, Bob Costas is having none of it. Costas, hired by CNN as an occasional fill-in on "Larry King Live," refused to anchor Thursday's show because it was primarily about the Alabama teenager who went missing in Aruba. Chris Pixley filled in at the last minute. "I didn't think the subject matter of Thursday's show was the kind of broadcast I should be doing," Costas said in a statement.
· Love Admits Using Drugs; Sent to Rehab Again. Courtney Love tearfully admitted using drugs in violation of her probation terms Friday. The rocker-actress was ordered into a 28-day drug treatment program by a judge who said he had wanted to put her in jail. "I think that you need to hit rock bottom before you make a decision about what you're going to do in the future," Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin told the sobbing Love.
· Measure would ban pay to drunk, drugged workers. Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, said the workers’ compensation system never was set up to aid those whose intoxication was a factor in causing an on-thejob accident. He said that premise was upset last week when the state Supreme Court ruled that employees can’t be denied benefits solely because they were inebriated or high at the time. Tom Stillwell, an attorney who represents injured workers, said Farnsworth’s idea has unintended consequences. For example, he said, someone might be walking on a job site "and someone drops a piano on his head."
· Jenny McCarthy Files for Divorce. Jenny McCarthy and her husband, John Asher, have filed for divorce after nearly six years of marriage. The TV star and former Playboy playmate and Asher filed for divorce in a Los Angeles court, Us Weekly reported today.
· Wrongfully convicted man denied pardon. Gov. Mike Easley has refused to pardon a man he sent to prison when he was a prosecutor even though the man was freed after the victims recanted their testimony. Easley denied the petition of Sylvester Smith, 54, who was convicted in 1984 for first degree rape and two counts of first degree sexual offense, the governor's office said.
· More promising research for chocolate lovers. It's not exactly a guilt-free pleasure, but food researchers say cocoa beans are good for you. The health potential is real. Cocoa beans have natural compounds called flavanols, and a growing pile of scientific research suggests they do good things to blood vessels.
· Man Finds Smallpox Vaccine at Yard Sale. Andrew Knickle found something he hardly expected or wanted after he haggled down the price of a box of sailing tarpaulins to $2.50 at a yard sale. "It was a kind of a hard, plastic tube with a screw cap that was labeled smallpox vaccine," Knickle said. "It scared me. All kinds of things went through my head, wondering if this could be meant for some evil purpose in this day and age of bioterrorism."
· Man sues Wal-Mart alleging false imprisonment. A man has sued Wal-Mart, alleging that employees at a store close to the company's world headquarters falsely imprisoned him after accusing him of shoplifting.
· Plastic Surgery Obsession: Meet the Real-Life 'Ken' Doll. Steve Erhardt is a man in search of perfection. A virtual human "Ken" doll, the celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist has undergone approximately 30 cosmetic surgeries and subsequent maintenance and has spent close to $250,000 out of his own pocket to achieve his current look.
· It's safer to know your directions. A 16-year-old boy was shot outside a San Antonio, TX apartment complex Thursday morning. Police said two men approached Marquest Balboa at 1 a.m. and asked him for directions. Unable to help the men, Balboa walked away and was shot in the leg.
· Eminem being treated for pill dependency. Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper Eminem is being treated for a dependency on sleeping pills, his publicist announced Thursday. In a short statement, Lauren Burns said Eminem is "in the hospital under doctors' care. He is being treated for dependency on sleep medication."
» Eminem's Relatives Sue Rapper Over House. Two of Eminem's relatives have filed a lawsuit against the best-selling rapper, claiming he's trying to evict them from the home he had built for them. Jack and Betty Schmitt, Eminem's uncle and aunt, are seeking more than $350,000 and possession of the home, The Detroit News reported Thursday. The Schmitts claim they lived in St. Joseph, Mo., until mid-2002, when they moved to Clinton Township in Michigan at the request of their nephew, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III.
· Ex-Mass. governor to run in New York. Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld said he plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor of his native New York next year, according to a published report.
· New Orleans murder rate 10 times national average. Murder rates have fallen dramatically in many major U.S. cities - but that’s not happening in the Big Easy. Although the murder rate in New Orleans is lower than it was a decade ago, it’s rising and is nearly ten times the national average.
· Next shuttle launch delayed until March. NASA is delaying the next shuttle launch until March, six months later than originally expected. The reason, NASA chief Michael Griffin said at a press conference today in Washington, is that the space agency needs more time to figure out how to prevent a repeat of the problems that plagued the recent Discovery flight. Those problems included a potentially hazardous loss of foam that fell off the shuttle's external tank during takeoff.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
· Family of brain-damaged U.S. child wins $40 million suit. A Massachusetts jury awarded a family $40 million in damages after finding a doctor negligent in the delivery of a brain-damaged baby, the largest such award in state history, the family's lawyers said on Thursday.
· Tiger Kills Teen During Senior Photo Shoot. A Bengal tiger attacked and killed a teenage girl who was posing for her senior high school pictures at an animal sanctuary Thursday in southeast Kansas, authorities said. The Labette County Sheriff's office identified the victim as Haley R. Hilderbrand, 17, of Altamont. A news release said Hilderbrand was at the Lost Creek Animal Sanctuary posing for a photo with the 7-year-old tiger, which was being restrained by its handler, when the animal attacked her.
· Sheehan leaves town after mother suffers stroke. Cindy Sheehan suddenly ended her nearly two-week-long vigil Thursday near the President’s Central Texas ranch after learning her 74-year-old mother had suffered a stroke.
· Man arrested for stealing $6,000 from veterans group. The former Commander of the VFW Post #6338 in Gouverneur, NY has been arrested for wrongfully appropriating over $6,000 from a VFW account and falsifying business records to hide his theft.
· Update: BTK Serial Killer Gets Life in Prison. As expected, BTK serial killer Dennis Rader was ordered to serve 10 consecutive life terms Thursday during a tear-filled hearing in which his victims called him a monster who should be "thrown in a deep, dark hole and left to rot." The sentence - a minimum of 175 years without a chance of parole - was the longest possible that Judge Gregory Waller could deliver. Kansas had no death penalty at the time the killings were committed.
· 40% of school teachers plan to leave in next five years. Forty percent of public school teachers plan to exit the profession within five years, the highest rate since at least 1990, according to a study being released Thursday. The rate is expected to be even greater among high school teachers, half of whom plan to be out of teaching by 2010.
· How to get rich quick. In a recent survey commissioned by the city, Denver residents give $4.6 million to panhandlers a year, according to a study released Wednesday. Although generous, the business community and the city of Denver are urging residents to stop handing out money to people in the streets.
· National Geographic Goes Without Photo. National Geographic magazine, known for its breathtaking photography, decided this time a picture wasn't worth a thousand words. The single-topic September issue, on the complex problems and promise of Africa, is the magazine's first cover without a photograph since 1959.
· Zimbabwe to speed up land seizure. Zimbabwe's government has tabled a constitutional amendment bill to speed up the acquisition of white-owned land. The proposals would nationalise all land and stop appeals to the courts. Some 4,000 white farmers have been evicted from their land since 2000.
· Suspected Smuggling SUV Crashes in California. The driver of an SUV packed with suspected illegal immigrants and nearly 700 pounds of marijuana sped from police the wrong way on Interstate 8 before crashing head-on into a California Highway Patrol car. Police say the incident late Wednesday was part of a pattern by smugglers who try to evade border checkpoints by veering into oncoming traffic, often at night, sometimes with their headlights off.
· Disabled Boy Booted From Theater For Laughing Too Loud. The family of a disabled 7-year-old boy wants an apology from a movie theater after the manager threw him out for laughing too loudly. The boy has cerebral palsy and autism. The family said he was enjoying the movie "March of the Penquins" from his wheelchair when a Loews Cineplex theater worker said he was laughing too loudly, and would have to leave.
· Neighbors Complain About Lights Outside Shaq's House. The lights outside Shaquille O'Neal's home on Star Island shine bright - too bright for his neighbors across the bay. For weeks, O'Neal's neighbors have asked him to dim the floodlights surrounding his house. "It looks like a train coming through a tunnel and I'm staring at the headlights," Alain Toto said. One neighbor decided to fight fire with fire. "I got a spotlight myself and shined it on him last night and today knocking on my door was code enforcement from the city of Miami, threatening to cite me and that I would be fined $5,000 if I did it again."
· Thompson's remains ready for blastoff. Hunter Thompson's cremated remains, mixed with fireworks and packed into 34 mortar tubes, were sent to Woody Creek, Colorado yesterday. The unusual shipment from New Castle, Pa., via padlocked truck is one of the final steps towards a funeral Saturday expected to mix solemnity with pageantry.
· Boy Scout leader in sex scandal with kids. A Boy Scout leader in Mesa, Arizona has been arrested for allegedly molesting two boys. Twenty-five-year-old Chance Lee Ray has been booked for investigation of three counts sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
· Backlash: War moms attack Cindy Sheehan. The continued focus by the nation's media on Cindy Sheehan, the so-called "Peace Mom" who's demanding a second meeting with President Bush in the wake of her son's death, is sparking a backlash from parents of other American servicemen and women in Iraq. One Texas family of a fallen Marine became so enraged with Sheehan's use of their son's name on a protest cross, they drove to Crawford to remove it.
· New information on crash in Greece called 'disturbing.' Four days after an apparently pilotless Cypriot jet slammed into a hillside in Greece, the mystery has deepened. The captain of the jet was not in his seat, but a flight attendant may have come into the cockpit, possibly to try to fly the plane. The passengers and crew were apparently incapacitated, yet coroners say all the bodies they have examined were alive on impact.
· Man convicted despite being misidentified in court. A federal jury convicted a man on drug charges despite a detective misidentifying him during his trial. Raymond Walker III, 33, of Evansville, faces a mandatory life sentence after his Wednesday conviction for drug conspiracy. His attorney had called for a mistrial after Evansville police Detective Michael Kennedy identified a member of the judge's own staff as the drug defendant.
· Top law enforcement officer caught shoplifting fishing flies. The second highest-ranking law enforcement officer at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was arrested for shoplifting last month. He says it was a "stupid mistake." Pete Mang is the Deputy Director of the CBI. The Aurora police report states that a store security video camera captured Mang stealing fishing flies and store security officers were "very shocked because the man was so well-dressed."
· Insurance a tough sell for death-scoffing Mexicans. Selling life insurance is tough in Mexico, where people live for the moment and scoff at death, a bank executive said on Tuesday. The Mexican operation of HSBC bank has managed to grow its insurance business at a 30 percent annual rate in recent years, although its client base is small, new products director Mario Perez told reporters. Fewer than five percent of Mexicans die with private life insurance, while less than half of the cars on Mexican roads are even minimally insured. "We Mexicans don't fear death much," Perez said. "We're more interested in taking care of our cars than our lives."
· Woman Gets Cable Bill With Derogatory Name. LaChania Govan said she got bounced around by her cable company when she called to complain. She made dozens of calls and was even transferred to a person who spoke Spanish — a language she doesn't understand. But when she got her August bill from Comcast she had no trouble understanding she'd made somebody mad. It was addressed to "Bitch Dog."
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Eponym [ep·o·nym ] n. A person whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something, such as a city, country, or era. "George Washington is the eponym of Washington DC."
· BTK killer took victim's corpse to church. After strangling his 53-year-old neighbor in her home on April 27, 1985, Dennis Rader took the body of Marine Hedge to the Lutheran church he attended and snapped photographs of her in bondage positions, a Sedgwick County sheriff investigator testified Wednesday.
· TV Show Host Scarborough Weighs Senate Bid. Congressman turned political talk show host Joe Scarborough has a choice to make: renew his contract with NBC or challenge Katherine Harris for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
· Drug dealer must forfeit lottery winnings. A Mexican citizen must forfeit about $2.75 million in Texas lottery winnings because of his drug-trafficking conviction, a federal appeals court said on Wednesday.
· Soft drink industry cuts back in schools. Soft drinks would be banned in elementary and middle schools and would be harder to find in high schools under a policy announced Wednesday by the soft drink industry, long criticized by public health advocates as a major contributor to the nation's obesity crisis.
· Woman Charged After Mailing Sticky Threat. A 24-year-old dental student who sent a note and a wad of bubble gum with her fine for a speeding ticket is on trial in federal court. Rosemary Ho of Phoenix is charged with two felony counts of mailing a threat. She faces up to five years in prison on each count if found guilty. Ho is accused of mailing a note to the Santa Fe Motor Vehicle Division office in 2003 that read: "Caution Touch at your own risk or use gloves. Ha-ha." The word caution was highlighted in pink.
· Teacher suspended over 'Puerto Ricans destroying Orlando' letter. An Orange County, Florida elementary school teacher was suspended Wednesday over a letter asking for laws to be changed to prevent Puerto Ricans from coming to Orlando because they are "destroying the city every day." Jan Hall's letter said Hispanics are causing American students to fall behind in school. "Schools are dealing with too many problems which originate in the language differences and that takes teaching time away from our American children whose parents do pay taxes," the letter said.
· Stunned waitress gets Porsche as a tip in Sweden. A 19-year-old waitress in Sweden thought her elderly customer was joking when he offered her his Porsche as a tip, but he kept his word and gave her the keys to the car, daily Aftonbladet reported.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
· Table for 'Jew.' Two diners on a date at a fancy Jersey Shore restaurant were furious when they saw the check — which listed their table as that of the "Jew Couple." Brooklynite Elliot Stein says he was shocked that a waitress at the Parkhill's Waterfront Grill in Allenhurst printed the slur instead of a table number on his $36.75 bill.
· Survey: Half of Mexicans want to come to U.S. A survey reported Tuesday that nearly half of all Mexicans would like to live in the United States and that the sentiment seemed as strong among Mexico's college-educated middle class as the poor.
· Lions and elephants moving to America? If a group of prominent ecologists have their way, lions and elephants could someday be roaming the Great Plains of North America. The idea of transplanting African wildlife to this continent is being greeted with gasps and groans, often with disastrous results. Many concede that lions would be a tough sell to Americans. "Lions eat people," Cornell University ecologist Josh Donlan said. "There has to be a pretty serious attitude shift on how you view predators."
· Woman killed hours after honeymoon; husband arrested. Police have arrested the husband of a woman who was found three years ago beaten to death and tossed behind a trash bin just hours after the couple returned from their honeymoon. The couple took out a life insurance policy worth $1 million just before their wedding where the husband was the sole beneficiary.
· Texas Marine Told He's No Resident, Must Pay Higher Tuition. A decorated Marine enrolling in college was shocked to learn his Texas driver's license, car registration and bank records weren't enough to get the lower resident tuition rates. Carl Basham said officials at Austin Community College recently told him that he lost his Texas resident's status because of the years he spent out of state on two tours of duty in Iraq. Not having the in-state designation means paying around $2600 a semester instead of about $500.
· Pregnant woman on couch hit by student driver. Doctors are closely watching a woman who learned she was three months pregnant a few hours before a runaway pickup truck driven by a student driver crashed through the patio doors of her apartment, lurched into her living room and pinned her against a couch.
· Desperate house buyers increase foreclosure risk. The meteoric rise in home prices has been accompanied by a sharp shrinkage in the down payments, a trend that could indicate a spike in future foreclosures. Nearly forty percent (38.1%) of home buyers put down less than 5% of the purchase price in 2005, and nearly half (49.9%) of buyers put down less than 10%.
· Plea deal for man tasered at Chuck E. Cheese. Police accused him of stealing salad from from Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant and then hit him with a taser gun - but now he's reached a deal with the city. In exchange for prosecutors dropping five of six charges filed against him, Danon Gale, 29, agreed to drop his $500,000 civil-rights lawsuit. He pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace after restaurant employees accused him of trying to eat at the salad bar without paying.
· Gas thief escapes on tricycle. Speeding from the scene of the crime, a Chinese boy tows a floating plastic bag of stolen natural gas. Flouting a government ban, farmers around the central Chinese town of Pucheng frequently filch gas from the local oil field.
· Ohio governor to be charged with 4 misdemeanors. Gov. Bob Taft, under investigation for not reporting numerous golf outings as required by ethics law, will be charged with four misdemeanors, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
· AOL worker who stole E-mail list sentenced. A former America Online software engineer was sentenced Wednesday to a year and three months in prison for stealing 92 million screen names and e-mail addresses and selling them to spammers who sent out up to 7 billion unsolicited e-mails.
· Michael Jackson Fined for Missed Hearing. An irate judge, miffed by Michael Jackson's failure to have his lawyer show up for a hearing in a civil case, fined the singer $10,000 on Wednesday. Jackson was a no-show and had no lawyer present at a July hearing in the case accusing him of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man during the 1984 World's Fair.
· Cojocaru again looking for new kidney. Steven Cojocaru is looking for another kidney transplant after the first donated kidney had to be removed due to infection. Cojocaru, a correspondent for syndicated TV shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," received a kidney from a friend in January.
· Former child actor faces murder charge. A former child actor and his wife were ordered to stand trial Tuesday for the murder of a wealthy California couple who, prosecutors say, were tied to the anchor of their yacht and thrown overboard alive. An Orange County judge ordered 26-year-old Skylar Deleon, who once starred in the "Power Rangers" TV series, and his wife, 24-year-old Jennifer Henderson Deleon, to stand trial for the murders.
· Pierce Brosnan Out As James Bond, 007. A single, surprising phone call and it was over. That's how Pierce Brosnan says he learned that his services as James Bond would no longer be required. "One phone call, that's all it took!" the 52-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly magazine in its Aug. 19 issue.
· Police, on Camera, Help Selves to Drinks. It's a case, police say, where some officers apparently got caught with their hands in a cookie store. A security camera showed at least six Richmond, California police officers pouring cold beverages behind the counter of a closed cookie shop while searching for a gunman at a mall.
· Tensions force anti-Bush peace camp to move. A high profile peace camp set up by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is to move from the roadside outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch to a private property nearby following mounting hostilities with local residents.
· Mom jailed after newborn left in Wal-Mart toilet. A woman was charged Tuesday with leaving her newborn baby in a Wal-Mart bathroom toilet, covered in trash and tissue paper. The child survived. Diane Shorter, 26, was jailed on charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to a child.
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Insidious [in·sid·i·ous] adj. 1. Working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner: insidious rumors; an insidious disease. 2. Beguiling but harmful; alluring: insidious pleasures.
· BTK Serial Killer to Be Sentenced. The sentencing of the BTK serial killer this week will allow the families of his victims to confront him in court for the first time. But they also will hear in graphic terms the depravity of the crimes that terrorized this Midwest community for more than three decades.
· Women prefer chubby men. Forget waxed chests and rock-hard abs. A new survey finds ladies like their men scruffy, a wee bit chubby - and definitely not a metrosexual. Playgirl asked 2,000 of its readers what they find sexy in a man and the answers were surprising: 42% said they thought love handles were kind of sexy and 47% approved of chest hair.
· Daytime Soaps on a Slippery Slope. Daytime soaps are in the midst of their own dramatic storyline, as viewership has reached an all-time low and is down nearly 18 percent with its key audience: women ages 18 to 35, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
· CNN, ABC News computers crashed by worm. Computers at CNN's Atlanta offices have been shut down because of a computer worm, the Cable News Network said. The worm is also affecting computers running Microsoft's Windows 2000 at the New York Times newspaper and news network ABC in New York.
· Panic ensues in rush for cheap laptops. A rush to purchase 1,000 $50 used Apple iBook laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.
· Man Sentenced for Running a Fake Bank. A former Oakland man has been sentenced to five years in prison for wire fraud after he persuaded people to invest more than $650,000 in the fake bank he ran out of his apartment, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
· Madonna Breaks Bones While Riding a Horse. Madonna's 47th birthday celebration was marred when she suffered several broken bones in a horse riding accident at her country home outside London, her publicist told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The superstar was treated and released from a hospital after sustaining three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand, according to Liz Rosenberg, her spokeswoman based in New York.
· Greedy Fan wants tickets and $18K for glove. The fan who got his mitts on Livan Hernandez's glove when the Nats pitcher tossed it into the stands in disgust after a poor outing on Aug. 5 is playing hardball in negotiations for its return. Hernandez said the fan asked for a package that includes season tickets for 2006, playoff tickets for this year and $18,000. "He can have it," Hernandez said. Hernandez had offered an autographed jersey and a brand-new glove.
· CSU Professor Electrocuted In Lab. A Cleveland State University professor was electrocuted Tuesday. The biology professor was found on the floor of a science lab on Euclid Avenue at about 10:50 a.m. Witnesses said it looked as if the professor was plugging something in when the accident happened.
· Moms Charged After Kids Taken To Bars. Two different mothers in Central Florida were arrested early Tuesday on child abuse charges after taking their young children to bars. Police said the first woman was arrested and charged with child neglect after she allegedly took her 4-month-old into a in Leesburg, Fla., bar and was later found passed out in a hot car with the infant.
· Arrest In Texas Protest Cross-Up. Larry Northern, 59, was arrested last night and charged with criminal mischief for allegedly driving his pickup truck over wooden crosses erected near the roadside campsite of Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who has brought her antiwar protest to President George W. Bush's Crawford doorstep. A row of the memorial crosses, which carry the names of U.S. soldiers killed during the Iraq war, were destroyed when Northern, a Waco, Texas resident, allegedly drove his truck (which was dragging a pipe and chains) over them.
· Sex Offender Office Near School Concerns Parents. Parents of children attending a new Orlando elementary school are concerned after finding out that a sex offender's parole office is located feet away from the school's campus.
· Goyette says she wasn't Schwarzenegger's mistress. The woman who was reportedly paid hush money to stay quiet an affair she had with Arnold Schwarzenegger, appeared on Television Tuesday. During her appearance on “Inside Edition,” Gigi Goyette said she was not Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistress. But that statement seems to run counter to some steamy comments she previously made about the governor. In a biography of Schwarzenegger, released earlier this year, Goyette described the relationship as “Outercourse.”
· Man Testifies He Saw Natalee Suspects. A man who claimed he saw a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway driving with two friends the night she vanished appeared in court Monday to give sworn testimony, days after police said he may have fled the country. The witness had been summoned to appear in court last week, but authorities were unable to locate him and said he might have left the Dutch Caribbean island.
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Axiom [ax·i·om] n. 1. An established rule, principle, or law. 2. A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim 3. A self-evident principle or one that is accepted as true without proof as the basis for argument.
· P Diddy will always be Pee Diddy to us. The artist formerly known as Sean Combs, Puffy, Puff Daddy then P Diddy has now decided to drop his P to simply become Diddy. He admits he was even baffling himself with the constant name changes, not to mention his fans. Diddy said: "I even started to get confused myself - and when I’d called someone on the telephone it took me a long time to explain who I was. Too long. "Nobody knew what to call me."
· Car thief suspect asks victim for help. Police say a man who broke into a car severed his left wrist on some shards of glass, then kicked in a door to the car owner's home and asked for help. Avis Pilcher, 78, called police to aid Joseph G. McQuade, 29, of Huntington, who initially said he had cut himself while being chased. Police later discovered blood in Pilcher's garage, presumed McQuade cut himself while breaking into the woman's car, and arrested McQuade.
· Man's dirt track in front yard not a hit with neighbors. A homeowner with a dirt track in his front yard is stirring up a dust storm of controversy in a quiet Salem, Oregon neighborhood. Kyle Holland likes to live full throttle, but his neighbors do not share the enthusiasm he has for motocross racing, especially since he is doing it in his front yard.
· Former marine sniper accused of shooting down sheriff's helicopter. Jason Kerns, 29, was arrested Monday at his home located near the crash site near albuquerque, New Mexico. The Sheriff says it's apparent Kerns’ training played a role in the incident. The helicopter was 400 feet above the ground when it was hit and landed over 1600 feet away from kern’s property.
· Driver gets 20 tickets in five minutes. It was a fast five minutes for Joseph Siragusa. He got 20 traffic tickets in the time it takes some people just to find their car keys. Siragusa was cited for driving 90 mph, passing on the right, failure to stay in lane, drunken driving and possession of marijuana. It is believed Siragusa might have been celebrating the end of his three-year probation for grand larceny.
· 160 believed dead in 2nd crash in week. A Colombian airliner carrying 160 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of western Venezuela, aviation officials said. No survivors have been found. A spokeswoman for West Caribbean Airways said there were 152 passengers and eight crew members on board, making it the deadliest plane crash in Venezuela's history.
· Nike hopes contacts will be big business. The next time a friend asks you to check out his Nikes, you might have to look into his eyes. That's because the shoe and apparel giant's new contact lenses, called MaxSight, hit optometrist offices nationwide on Monday. The lenses are meant to replace sunglasses. They are designed to filter out ultraviolet light and are said to make the ball and its surroundings appear crisper through the company's patented technology.
· Demi, Ashton Want to 'Expand Our Family.' Two years ago, Demi Moore met "That '70s Show" star Ashton Kutcher at a casual dinner. They've been together ever since. "Talk about meeting your soul mate," the 42-year-old actress tells Harper's Bazaar in its September issue. "I truly feel I have been given that gift. And believe me, I wasn't some lightweight package. I'm, like, the package that didn't just come with luggage — I had trunks."
· Maid pardoned 60 years after execution. The only woman ever executed in Georgia's electric chair is being granted a posthumous pardon, 60 years after the black maid was put to death for killing a white man she claimed held her in slavery and threatened her life.
Monday, August 15, 2005
· Teddy pleads innocent to pot charges. Police have arrested a California man and his girlfriend after the owner of a 24-hour shipping store opened a package the man was sending and found a teddy bear stuffed with nearly a pound of marijuana.
· TSA Stops Babies Whose Names Match No-Fly Lists. Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the United States because their names are similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's "no-fly list." It sounds like a joke, but it's not funny to parents who miss flights while scrambling to have babies' passports and other documents faxed.
· Return of lost check less than rewarding. Ed Krakowiak did a good deed last weekend. He found somebody's $1,000 paycheck in the parking lot of his local Dairy Queen, tracked down the rightful owner and returned it to the guy's wife, who thanked him for his efforts. Normally, that's where that story would end, but not this time. Ed is not happy because he wasn't rewarded.
· Sheehan's Husband Seeks Divorce. The next well-wisher approaching Cindy Sheehan at her tent encampment outside President George W. Bush's Texas vacation home may actually be a process server. That's because the California woman's husband has filed for divorce. Her husband's divorce petition cites "irreconcilable differences" for the demise of the couple's 28-year marriage.
· Atlanta Boy Scouts Try to Overcome Scandal. Operation First Class, a national Boy Scout program designed to draw more inner-city boys, has been under fire in Atlanta since an audit in May found the area's Boy Scouts Council inflated the number of boys in its program by nearly 5,000, purportedly to help bring in more funding from agencies like the United Way.
· N.M. State's 'Pistol Pete' Losing Pistol. New Mexico State University's mascot, Pistol Pete, is being disarmed. University officials have also stripped the word "Pistol" from Pete's name. The new logo shows Pete twirling a lasso. The old Pete toted a pistol.
· Fewer commercials on the horizon? Consumers are increasingly frustrated by all the commercials they have to sit through when listening to the radio or watching TV and the ads they have to wade through when reading a magazine or newspaper. And that's led many people to less-cluttered media - mostly cable television, satellite radio and the Internet.
· Crash police raid airline offices. Police in Cyprus have raided the offices of Helios Airways, officials said, a day after one of the company's jets crashed in Greece, killing all 121 people on board. Six people who died in the crash were alive when the plane crashed, chief Athens coroner Fillipos Koutsaftis said Monday. It remained unclear whether they were conscious, he said.
· Gas prices around the world. Gasoline prices in the United States, which have recently hit record highs, are actually much lower than in many countries. Drivers in some European cities, like Amsterdam and Oslo, are paying nearly 3 times more than those in the U.S.
· Clark, Seacrest to Co-Host 'Rockin' Eve'. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will co-host the 34th edition of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" live from New York's Times Square on Dec. 31. Clark, 75, has been recovering at his Malibu home from a stroke.
· Update: Plea deal reached in turkey toss case. Caressing his head in a tearful embrace, Victoria Ruvolo assured the Huntington teen who shattered her face with a 20-pound turkey nine months ago that "It's OK," minutes after Ryan Cushing pleaded guilty to an assault charge in a Riverhead courtroom this morning. Then he pleaded to his victim for forgiveness, which she quickly gave him. Prosecutors locked into a plea deal with Cushing, who will receive 6 months in jail and 5 years probation in exchange for his guilty plea to a charge of second-degree assault. Althogh prosecutors said they originally intended to seek significantly more jail time for Cushing, who was facing a maximum of 25 years if convicted after trial, they said it was the compassion of Ruvolo that sealed the deal.
· Bankrupt United Airlines spending $328,729 a day on attorney fees. Nearly $260 million... and counting. United Airlines is racking up an average of $10 million in expenses each month for the small army of attorneys, consultants and accountants helping the carrier navigate through bankruptcy protection. The nation's second-largest carrier already has forked over $259.5 million in professional fees from the time it filed for Chapter 11 in December 2002 through June of this year.
· Farrakhan: Mexican President Was Right. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who hasn't been able to get in the news in recent years, said Mexican President Vicente Fox was right to say that Mexican immigrants take jobs "that not even blacks want." Although Fox was sharply criticized for his remarks by some black leaders, Farrakhan said Sunday that blacks do not want to go to farms and pick fruit because they already "picked enough cotton."
· Medical Journal: Bigger breasts could become a pain for Britain's women. The breasts of Britain's women have grown by a cup-size in the past decade and could be changing the shape of the female spine, according to new research.
· Trooper resigns amid scandal. A state trooper, previously disciplined for storing pornography on his police computer, has resigned after allegations he abused his position to gain sexual favors from young women. In one case, an 18-year-old woman said she had sex with Young to avoid a ticket for driving past Republic High School at 85 to 90 mph while under the influence of alcohol.
· Pedestrian hit by car, then killed by rescue truck. A 42-year-old New York man died early Saturday after being run over by two vehicles - one of them a Jacksonville, Florida Fire-Rescue truck. Investigators said the man was hit by a car around 3am. That driver had pulled over when Rescue 17, returning from a call, struck the man lying in the middle of the road.
· Russell Crowe's $11 million phone bill. A British newspaper has reported that Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe will pay a whopping $10.8 million settlement to the Mercer Hotel porter he is accused of injuring during his phone-hurling outburst in June.
· Ex-President Carter's grandson sentenced. A teenage grandson of former President Jimmy Carter was sentenced Friday to 30 days of house arrest and 36 months probation as part of a plea agreement involving the theft of a videogame console. Jeremy Carter, 18, of Peachtree City, Georgia, was arrested in December after being caught inside the home of a former friend. Police said they found less than an ounce of marijuana in his shoe and smelled alcohol on his breath.
· 'Marine of the Year' shot at noisy crowd. A veteran recently named "Marine of the Year" for his service in Iraq was charged with attempted murder after firing a shotgun from his apartment window as a group of noisy revelers stood outside a nightclub. Two people were hit by bullet fragments and suffered minor injuries.
· Update: Apple's iPod patent gafffe. Computer firm Apple may have to pay Microsoft $10 for each iPod it sells after a huge licensing lapse. Lawyers at Bill Gates' firm filed a patent for technology behind the hugely successful digital music player two months before Apple. A furious Apple has said it will appeal the decision, but at the moment it looks as though the firm will be paying a high price for the success of its product.
· Turkey toss deal hinted. The teen accused of launching a 20-pound turkey through the windshield of a moving car and critically injuring Victoria Ruvolo, 44, might accept a plea deal today in Suffolk County Court, officials said. The fresh turkey bent her steering wheel and plowed into her head, breaking every bone in her face.
· Bill proposes $10 fine for underage drinking. A Wisconsin lawmaker who proposed lowering the drinking age for active-duty servicemembers to 19 now, instead, wants to drop the fine for underage military drinkers from $500 to $10.
· Bodies in Greece crash 'frozen solid.' Investigators were working to determine why a Cypriot plane apparently suffered a catastrophic loss of cabin pressure and slammed into a Greek mountain - possibly with all 121 people on board already dead. "Autopsy on passengers so far shows the bodies were frozen solid, including some whose skin was charred by flames from the crash," the source said.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
· 'Four Brothers' leads box office pack. The John Singleton revenge flick "Four Brothers" beat its cinematic siblings to take the top spot at the weekend box office. However, the R-rated action film's three-day ticket sales of $20.7 million did little to stem a prolonged box office slump, which entered its third week after a brief respite. War of the Worlds doesn't make top 10.
· Cindy Sheehan: "I won't pay my taxes." As she continues her anti-war protest, Cindy Sheehan is labeling President Bush a "maniac" and a "lying bastard," and she's vowing not to pay her federal income tax. "My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004," Sheehan told an audience of Veterans for Peace. "You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny. ... You give my son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me [for back taxes] and we'll put this war on trial."
· Man outed on radio show to receive $270,000. A San Francisco man who says he was devastated after he was identified as gay on a national radio show will be paid $270,000 by Univision Radio, an arbitrator has ruled.
· Secret Service leaves behind 'suspicious package.' A training device mistakenly left by a Secret Service agent at a Washington hotel was the "suspicious package" that prompted a building evacuation Sunday afternoon, law enforcement sources said. The FBI and Secret Service sent teams of investigators to the Mayflower Hotel, a few blocks from the White House, after the package was found.
· Heathrow BA misery continues as 10,000 suitcases go missing. British Airways may be flying from Heathrow again, but last night 10,000 bags were yet to be restored to their owners. The luggage chaos emerged as a major new problem, as the airport attempts to recover from the wildcat strike action that first paralysed BA and other airlines on Thursday.
· Network TV News Loses Its Father Figures. They were the men you could depend upon, the faces you'd see every night at dinnertime. In times of trouble, they were always there. Their words rang with authority. For a generation of television viewers, it was a role assumed by Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. Not just anchormen, they were father figures, and their sudden absence as a regular presence after more than 20 years leaves an empty feeling.
· Ride With Armstrong Among Bush's Plans. President Bush is getting plenty of bike time during his ranch vacation and next weekend he even gets to hit the trails with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
· Flat-Screen TV Prices Finally Coming Down. Prices for flat panels have finally begun to tumble by as much as 35 percent in the past year as soaring demand for the two leading flat-panel technologies, plasma and liquid crystal display, or LCD, attracts a host of new competitors.
· Skateboarder, 17, dies after hitching ride on friend's car. A college-bound Orinda 17-year-old who dreamed of running for public office one day has died from head injuries after he fell off a skateboard he was riding while holding onto a car.
· First woman hired as White House head chef. After a six-month search, First Lady Laura Bush announced Sunday that the new head chef at the White House will be Cristeta Comerford - the first woman to take the top spot in the executive kitchen. Comerford has been an assistant chef at the White House for 10 years, working under former executive chef Walter Scheib III, who resigned in February.
· Cannon topples police. Trials of water cannons to control riots have been abandoned because they make police officers fall over. Scientists designed two versions of the cannon, which are worn like backpacks. However, they discovered the inventions could backfire and knock the wearer off their feet.
· TSA May Loosen Ban on Razorblades, Knives. The federal agency in charge of aviation security is considering major changes in how it screens airline passengers, including proposals that an official said would lift the ban on carrying razorblades and small knives as well as limit patdown searches.
· North Carolina House Speaker slips in spiff for chiropractors. In the latest budget proposal signed by NC Gov. Mike Easley, House Speaker Jim Black slipped a line in the budget that gives chiropractors an equal footing with medical doctors. The change requires chiropractors to be treated the same by health insurance providers as primary care doctors.
· The small parcel that unraveled a $10 million deal. Just a month after the 2004 Summer Olympics, security remained tight at Athens' glitzy new Eleftherios Venizelos airport. Police and soldiers, some armed with rifles, guarded corridors like sentries. In airport customs, a small UPS package arrived with a St. Petersburg return address. It was headed for an $800,000-a-week yacht cruising the Mediterranean. But a drug-sniffing dog zeroed in. At that moment, a $10-million civic venture 6,000 miles away began to unravel.
· Are Half of All Americans Mentally Ill? A new study by Harvard University and the National Institute of Mental Health claims that 46 percent of all Americans will, at some point in their lives, develop a mental disorder. But this new statistic has experts arguing over exactly what constitutes a true mental illness.
· Obituaries go upscale. When Andrew Kimball Weegar died in an accident on his farm in April, his wife, Abby Holman, paid more than $4,000 to run his obituary in newspapers in and outside the state of Maine. She wanted top-notch writing, so she and her sister, Claire Holman, enlisted author Elizabeth Peavey, and Peter Annin, a former Newsweek reporter.
· Tyson denies racial discrimination. Top U.S. meat processor Tyson Foods Inc. has denied claims of racial discrimination after being sued over two black employees who complained about the posting of a "Whites Only" sign on a bathroom at a poultry plant in Ashland, Alabama.
· Blogs Attract Young, Wealthy Readers. Good news for Web log publishers with aspirations of making money off their sites - compared to the average Internet user, visitors to Web logs, or blogs, tend to be younger and to belong to a wealthier household, a study has found.
· Hillary's Challenger. The woman who would beat Hillary got off to a rocky start this week. As soon as she jumped into the New York Senate race, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro was accused of backing off her support for abortion rights, was criticized by conservatives for not going far enough on the issue, was occasionally eclipsed by stories about her ex-convict husband and even paused for an excruciating 32 seconds when she couldn’t find page 10 of the speech announcing her candidacy.
· Plane Crashes In Greece. A Cypriot airliner carrying 115 passengers and six crew members crashed north of Athens on Sunday, and emergency services and residents were searching for possible survivors amid the wreckage, officials said. After losing contact with Athens' control tower, the Greek air force scrambled two F-16 fighter jets. Wreckage and bodies have been located, but there is no word on whether there are survivors CBS News Correspondent Larry Miller reports. The French Press Association quotes the head of Athens Air traffic control as saying the plane appeared to be flying without a pilot.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
· Gay illegal Mexican wins AIDS asylum case to stay in U.S. A court in San Francisco has ruled that a gay Mexican with Aids is eligible for asylum because of the danger of persecution in his home country. The appeals court in San Francisco overturned earlier rulings by immigration courts. The three-judge panel said Jose Boer-Sedano, 45, would probably face further abuse in Mexico and have difficulty getting Aids treatment. "It really does mean that he'll be safe now," said Mr Boer-Sedano's lawyer.
· PETA rethinks ads linking animal abuse to slavery. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is reconsidering a campaign linking images of animal abuse with those of slavery after complaints from civil rights groups and others. One panel showed a black civil rights protester being beaten at a lunch counter beside a photo of a seal being bludgeoned.
· Piggy Banks Stolen From Texas Church. Besides taking a laptop computer and some petty cash, whoever broke into Trinity Lutheran Church also raided piggy banks the church's kindergarten and first-grade Sunday school classes were filling to donate to a Lutheran children's ministry.
· DeGeneres Back As Host of Emmy Awards. Ellen DeGeneres, who drew praise for her graceful performance as host of the Emmy Awards that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will be back in charge of the ceremony this year. The 57th Annual Emmy Awards, to be held Sept. 18 at the Shrine Auditorium, will air on CBS.
· Judge dismisses charges against illegal immigrants. A New Hampshire judge threw out trespassing charges yesterday against eight undocumented immigrants, turning back an effort by two police chiefs who wanted to prosecute people suspected of entering the country illegally. The judge applied the ruling even to defendants who had not specifically asked him to dismiss the charges.
» Border emergency declared in New Mexico. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency Friday in four counties along the Mexican border that he said have been "devastated" by crimes such as the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants. The declaration said the region "has been devastated by the ravages and terror of human smuggling, drug smuggling, kidnapping, murder, destruction of property and the death of livestock.
· When Ordered To Evacuate, Don't Take 'Bomb' With You. Employees at the Coors Credit Union in Golden called police Thursday morning when they received a call about a suspicious package that could be a bomb, police said. Police ordered employees to evacuate the building and then initiated reverse-911 calls to other homes and businesses in the area, asking them to evacuate as a precaution. When the bomb squad arrived with its dog, the dog couldn't find the suspicious package in the building. It turned out that someone carried the package with them to the evacuation area.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Voracity; Voracious [vo·ra·cious] adj. Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous. 2. Having or marked by an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; greedy: "A voracious reader."
· Joey Buttafuoco Charged With Possession. Joey Buttafuoco, a car mechanic who made national headlines in the early 1990s when his teenage girlfriend shot and wounded his wife, has been charged with illegal possession of ammunition.
· Man Convicted in Huge Computer-Theft Case. A Florida man was convicted Friday of stealing information from data-management company Acxiom in what prosecutors said was the largest federal computer theft trial ever. Statutory maximum sentences for his convictions total 640 years in prison and fines of $30.7 million.
· Tennessee police murder could have been prevented. The father of a woman accused of killing a corrections officer to free her inmate husband said he suspected the couple might be planning an escape and asked a probation officer to alert authorities in Tennessee. Her father, a 16-year police veteran, told authorities on July 28 that his daughter had asked him if he "had any spare handcuff keys."
· 'They were choosing to die and I was watching them.' In thousands of pages of oral histories released Friday, firefighters describe in vivid, intimate detail how they rushed to save fleeing civilians from churning smoke and fire before the World Trade Center collapsed in a monstrous cloud of debris and choking dust.
· Offender Propositioned Officer's Wife. A registered sex offender in Garfield County, Colorado accused of trying to entice two young girls into his car, faces additional charges after allegedly driving up to a woman in Eagle County and asking her to have sex. The woman turned out to be married to a police officer.
· Restraining Order Against Heckler Dropped. A Court TV anchor has dropped a restraining order against a heckler who hurled insults at her as she covered Michael Jackson's molestation trial. Diane Dimond claimed in her June 9 court filing that Bobby Joe Hickman, 18, of Knoxville, Tenn., incited people to attack her and that she felt so threatened Court TV hired three guards to protect her. The order restricted Hickman from coming within 20 yards of Dimond. Hickman then filed court documents demanding that Dimond pay him $30,000 - the amount he claimed he racked up in legal fees to fight the anchor's restraining order.
· Woman wins $3 million on one-cent slot. A lucky gambler won nearly $3 million playing the one-cent slot machines in a Nevada casino, scoring a world record in the process, the maker of the one-armed bandits said.
· Pair of clowns busted for robbery. According to a Quik Mart official, robbers entered the convenience store early Wednesday wearing clown costumes and were armed when they took an undisclosed sum of money and left the store.
Friday, August 12, 2005
· 'American Idol' Sticks With Abdul. "American Idol" host Paula Abdul will remain with the Fox TV series after an investigation found no proof that she an affair with a contestant or helped him on the talent show, the network said Friday.
· Aniston Gets Apology For Being Called 'Homely.' Rod Stewart's daughter, Kimberly Stewart, is trying to make amends to Jennifer Aniston in the wake of her remarks in Blender magazine. In that interview, Stewart said about Aniston, "I like her 'cause she's, you know, homely." Stewart goes on to say that Aniston has to have something else going for her because "it's not like she's gorgeous or anything."
· Spokane studies sites for gay business district. A committee charged with laying the blueprint for a proposed gay business district in Spokane has identified possible locations for a "hate-free zone," providing a place where people will be 'comfortable being gay.'
· Judge rules in Microsoft's favor on key iPod technology. While Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod may be the hottest portable music player on the market, the firm's rival, Microsoft, may have the final say on who owns some key technology behind the product. That's because Microsoft beat Apple to the punch by five months in filing a patent application for some key elements of the popular music player, including the song menu software.
· Florida Medicaid paid $11 million to deceased. Florida's Medicaid program may have paid more than $11 million over three years providing medical services for people who had already died, a federal audit released Friday concluded.
· Scott Peterson's former mistress turns motivational speaker. Her testimony helped put her former boyfriend on death row. Now Amber Frey is hoping her experiences in the Scott Peterson murder case will serve as inspiration for other women facing rough times. The California massage therapist says she's become a motivational speaker to inspire other women to bounce back from trauma. Frey says "there are so many women who can relate" to her own experiences."
· McDiet that everyone can love. Inspired by the documentary "Super Size Me," Merab Morgan decided to give a fast-food-only diet a try. The mother of two ate only at McDonald's for 90 days - and dropped 37 pounds in the process.
· Man Claims Funeral Home Gave Wrong Remains. A man in Daytona Beach claims a funeral home gave him ashes of a stranger instead of his father's cremated remains, and he says he can prove it. Rick Tarrant said after his father was cremated, another name was on his father's burial documents that came with the box.
· Matt caught groping a stripper? Matt LeBlanc, the former Friend and star of spin-off Joey, has apologized to his wife after being caught groping a naked stripper in a club. Matt, 37, said he was ashamed at his behavior, which happened when he was on a ten-day motorcycle trip with ten friends in Canada.
· 'Funny money' looks fishy to bartender. A keen employee at a downtown bar helped police link a Lafayette man with several counterfeit bills being passed in town. The dead giveaway that the money was fake? Abraham Lincoln's face, instead of Benjamin Franklin's, reflected on the side of a $100 bill.
· Court widens protections for ugly workers. The California Supreme Court on Thursday gave broad protections to workers that could be discriminatory, giving employees rights that legal experts said appear to go beyond those in any other state. The ruling came in the case of a supervisor at a cosmetics and perfume company who resisted her boss's order to fire a woman who was not "good-looking enough" and to replace her with someone "hot."
· Oklahoma man says he forgot he had pipe bomb in his luggage. An Oklahoma man told federal investigators he forgot a pipe bomb he built for fun was in his luggage when he tried to board an airplane, according to court documents released Thursday.
· Alleged Bank Robber Leaves Wallet At Crime Scene. It wasn't hard for Columbus police to track down the man they say robbed a Trustmark Bank this week - the suspect apparently left his wallet and identification at the scene of the crime.
· Expensive flight. A Maurice, Louisiana man was sentenced Wednesday to one day in jail and 500 hours of community service for using a fake $22,000 cashier's check to charter a private jet from Lafayette to Boston in 2003. Lawrence Michael Handley, 37, who has since reimbursed Million Air Charters of Texas for the round-trip flight, faced up to 25 years in prison on a federal charge for passing the bogus check.
· Original Blue Angel pilot dies. A man whose pioneering flying career with the U.S. Navy began in the age of biplanes and ended in the jet age has died. Retired Navy Capt. Roy "Butch" Voris, an original Blue Angel, died at his home in Monterey, California. He was 86.
· Schwarzenegger Accuser Said to Strike Deal. A tabloid publisher that was negotiating a business deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger arranged a $20,000 confidentiality agreement with a woman who said she once had a relationship with the actor, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
· 9/11 Documents to Be Released. Families and colleagues of firefighters lost on Sept. 11, 2001, were preparing to revisit the chaos and loss of the day with the release of hours of radio transmissions and thousands of pages of firefighters' oral histories. Compelled by a New York Times lawsuit, the Fire Department of New York planned to make public Friday 15 hours of radio transmissions and more than 500 oral histories recounting the rush to the World Trade Center towers that saved an unknown number of civilians but cost 343 firefighters their lives
· Taunted teen wins federal suit. A federal jury on Thursday awarded $250,000 to a Tonganoxie, WA teenager who claimed that years of sexually related taunts deprived him of the opportunity for an education. Dylan J. Theno, 18, sued the school district last year, saying its administrators and school officials knew that his classmates were calling him "derogatory names for a gay man."
· Britain bars cleric from returning. Britain said Friday it has barred cleric Omar Bakri from returning to the country from Lebanon, where he was detained by police after traveling there last week. Bakri had faced possible charges in Britain for comments he made in the wake of the July 7 bombings. "The Home Secretary has issued an order revoking Omar Bakri Mohamed's indefinite leave to remain and to exclude him from the UK on the grounds that his presence is not conducive to the public good," a Home Office spokesman said.
· Sizemore's Sex Addiction. Troubled actor Tom Sizemore is battling a rare medical condition that leaves him sexually insatiable. The Saving Private Ryan star was recently diagnosed with priapism, which doctors believe could have been caused by years of alcohol and drug abuse. Sizemore's manager says, "He can have sex nine times without stopping. His condition explains his sexual addiction. He's in the midst of a massive depression, but he's making tremendous progress."
· Abortion rights group pulls anti-Roberts ad. Pro-Choice America said late Thursday it was pulling a controversial advertisement in which the abortion rights group accused Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of "supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted bomber." National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League President Nancy Keenan wrote, "Unfortunately, the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public."
· Girl Shot With Taser After Taunting Deputy With Butcher Knife. An Orange County sheriff's deputy stunned a 14-year-old girl several times after she allegedly taunted the officer with an 8-inch butcher knife at a county school.
· Man races up fire escape and catches girl, 6, who fell from roof at day care center. A Good Samaritan rushed to the rescue of a young Brooklyn girl who slipped from the rooftop of her day care center yesterday afternoon and hung for her life from the top ledge of an adjoining two-story building, police said. The hero reached out to her from an adjacent fire escape and caught the screaming girl just after her grip gave way, police said.
· Statue of famous kiss unveiled. The woman in an iconic photograph of an American sailor rapturously kissing a nurse during a V-J Day parade unveiled a sculpture of the clinch Thursday, saying she still doesn't know who kissed her 60 years ago.
· FBI Warns Of Possible Terrorist Attacks In LA, NY, Chicago. The FBI has warned police that al-Qaida cells might use fuel trucks as weapons to attack Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, but officials stressed Thursday the warning was based on uncorroborated intelligence. The warning was distributed Tuesday via a computer network by FBI officials in Los Angeles to law enforcement agencies primarily in California, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
· Giant 400-foot waterfall discovered in California national park. Until recently, very few had seen the roaring water that tumbles three tiers before pouring neatly into Crystal Creek. That such a spectacle should evade even park officials for nearly 40 years is remarkable, said park superintendent Jim Milestone.
· Barking Man Allegedly Bites La. Mail Carrier. A mail carrier was bitten on the shoulder - by a barking man, according to police. Mark D. Plumb, 20, of Butler, Mo., was arrested and charged with simple battery Wednesday after he ran barking from a house and bit the letter carrier, police spokesman Lt. Todd Duplantis said.
· Judge declares drunken driving laws unconstitutional. A Fairfax County judge has ruled that key components of Virginia's drunken driving laws are unconstitutional, citing an obscure, decades-old U.S. Supreme Court decision that could prompt similar challenges nationwide.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
· Hybrids are fueling delusions. Touted as the latest answer to rising gas costs and increased auto emissions, the hybrid car has emerged as the silver bullet for dispatching America's car-fueled woes. But many hybrid models, which can cost up to $9,000 more than their conventional counterparts, don't get better gas mileage.
· Toll supervisor arrested for stealing $43,000 in quarters. A former toll supervisor was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $43,000 in quarters, dimes and nickels at the automated toll booths of the Cape Coral Bridge.
· In final days, Jennings became member of Order of Canada. A day after his 67th birthday, and eight days before he died, Peter Jennings found out he would be awarded the Order of Canada, the nation's highest honor.
· Girl, 8, killed at Boy Scout camp first-aid class. An 8-year-old girl died and three others were injured Wednesday when an oak tree crashed down on them during a first-aid class at a Boy Scout camp, authorities said. The girls were attending an overnight camp when the 31-foot tree snapped and crashed through a tarp over a picnic table, landing on the girl's head, police said.
· Oregon prison impliments 'pay-to-stay' program. A newly implemented plan to make convicted criminals pay for the time they spend in jail nets the county $60 per night per inmate. Charging for extras such as ketchup and coffee has saved the jail $30,000 a year.
· 'Makeover' now family feud. A Downey, California family has sued ABC and the producers of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," claiming that there is a tale of greed and deception behind the scenes of the heartstring-tugging reality hit.
· Lucille Ball Tops List of Dead Celebs. Lucille Ball is America's most beloved dead star. The company that developed the "Q score" that broadcasters and advertisers quietly consult to measure a personality's popularity has done a survey that tests the reputation of performers who have gone on to that big soundstage in the sky. Bob Hope, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Red Skelton follow her on the popularity list.
· Governator cashing in on Rolling Stones. Here's the ticket: a private evening rockin' the night away with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the kickoff of the Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang'' U.S. tour on Aug. 21 at Boston's Fenway Park. Here's the bottom line: $10,000 a pop to get in on a private preconcert reception and front-and-center seats to watch the show - or $100,000 to sit with the governor in his luxury box.
· Teacher gets 270 days in sex plea for sex with 13-year-old. Pamela Rogers, the Warren County elementary school teacher and coach, pleaded guilty today to four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure for having a sexual affair with a 13-year-old star athlete student. Rogers, 28, was sentenced to 270 days in the Warren County jail and will surrender her state teaching certificate for life.
· Chrysler introduces bigger pickup as oil surges past $66 a barrel. Chrysler introduces Mega Cab to win back its full-size market share. DaimlerChrysler began building the 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab today, a behemoth that Chrysler is counting on to boost sales in the growing pickup market.
· Affair charge rocks cleric. The Archdiocese of New York is looking into explosive allegations that a top priest who publicly railed against our "sex-saturated society" had a long-term affair with his married church secretary.
· Update: Kids Get To Keep $98,000 They Found. Three Boulder County children split more than $98,000 after finding the cash in a field last February and turning it in. The children were walking through a field on Feb. 14 when they came across a duffel bag filled with stacks of bills. The bag appeared to have been left in the field for some time and the bills were wet and moldy.
· Oops! Three wives greet man after heart surgery. Some people bring flowers, others bring balloons. When Melvyn Reed's three wives showed up to visit him at the hospital, they brought an unexpected curtain call to his years as a double bigamist. British police confirmed that after Melvyn Reed woke from his triple bypass heart operation earlier this year, his complicated marital affairs took a turn for a worse. All three of his spouses had turned up at the same time, despite his efforts to stagger their visits.
· Cabbie: Couple's story didn't 'wash.' A cab driver who picked up a couple suspected in the slaying of a Tennessee prison guard during a courthouse escape said Thursday the two told him they were going to an Amway convention but their story just "didn't really seem to wash." "They didn't strike me as the Amway type because to be honest they weren't very pushy about their product and I've dealt with them before," Mike Wagers said.
· Pest control company to help fight crime - from inside your house. One of the largest pest control companies has been recruited by police to help fight crime. Technicians from Truly Nolen Pest Control of America are being trained by local law enforcement to spot anything unusual as they visit customer's homes.
· Prank turns deadly for emergency medical worker. A grand jury has indicted a former emergency medical worker in the fatal zapping of a co-worker with a cardiac defibrillator. Prosecutors said Joshua Phillip Martin, 24, of Bristol put the device, which uses electric shock to restart a patient’s heart, to Courtney Hilton Rhoton’s side and discharged it.
· Hole-in-one sailed over two time zones. A Norwegian golfer playing on a course in Sweden managed to nail a hole-in-one that landed in Finland. Since there is a one hour time zone difference, technically, it actually took one hour and four seconds before Marthinussen's ball plopped into the cup.
· Town preps for school shooter's release. Seven years after taking part in a schoolyard ambush where four students and a teacher died, Mitchell Johnson will walk out of a federal detention center Thursday. His impending release has this northeast Arkansas town on edge, and many still question the fairness of releasing Johnson on his 21st birthday because of a now-closed loophole in the law.
· Man Fires Gun At Car To Silence Alarm. A man annoyed by a noisy car alarm fired at least three bullets into a Toyota Camry, silencing the alarm and bringing out police who hauled him away in handcuffs, authorities said.
· Furniture Causes FedEx Fits. Being a little tight on money, Jose Avila got creative and built an apartment full of surprisingly sturdy furniture - out of FedEx shipping boxes. Fanciful as his creations may seem, FedEx is not amused. The shipping giant's lawyers have sent Avila letters demanding he take down the site he created to document his project.
· Jamie hits out at Hollywood's 'botox aliens.' Jamie Lee Curtis is declaring war not on extra-terrestrials, but on her fellow actresses - who she says look less than human because of plastic surgery. "There is an actress who many consider one of the most beautiful and you look at her and you think, 'What did she do to herself?' She doesn't look like herself any more. I would never try it ever, ever again." Although she refused to name the actress, she could take her pick from a host of contemporaries including Meg Ryan, Goldie Hawn and Demi Moore - all of whom have noticeably altered their appearance on the operating table.
· Oliver Stoned Enters Plea in Pot Charge. Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana while driving charge stemming from a police checkpoint stop, officials said.
· Texas Becomes a Majority-Minority State. Texas has become the fourth state to have a non-white majority population, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday, a trend driven by a surging number of Hispanics moving to the state. According to the population estimates based on the 2000 Census, about 50.2 percent of Texans are now minorities. Texas joins California, New Mexico and Hawaii as states with majority-minority populations — with Hispanics the largest group in every state but Hawaii, where it is Asian-Americans.
· Matthew McGrory, Karl in 'Big Fish,' dead at 32. Matthew McGrory, the deep-voiced 7-foot-plus actor who moved from appearances on Howard Stern's radio show to a high-profile role as a gentle giant in Big Fish, has died.
· Panty Thief Busted Up, Then Busted. An Oklahoma man was busted and busted up last Friday by an aggrieved husband and wife team whose home had been broken into on five consecutive nights. Husband Carlos set a trap for Taylor that would have made MacGyver proud. Using only a coffee cup, string, and a bra, Carlos nabbed Taylor (and then beat the intruder silly with a wooden leg taken off his baby's crib).
Word of The Day by WordThink
Embellish [em·bel·lish] tr.v. 1. To make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate. 2. To add fictitious details to exaggerate the truth: "A fanciful account that embellished the true story."
· Lawsuit Claims ABC, Cowell Lifted Idea. A lawsuit filed Wednesday against ABC and "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell alleges they conspired to steal the brand and concept of "Million Dollar Idea," a series airing in syndication.
· GOP Paying Legal Bills of Bush Official. Despite a zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
· One in 25 Fathers Unknowingly Raising Another Man's Child. British scientists say Thursday that as many as one in 25 fathers worldwide could be raising another man’s child, believing he or she is his own. Some of the mix-ups can be attributed to artificial insemination, but the majority are due to a woman having sexual relationships outside the marriage, says Professor Mark Bellis, one of the researchers at Liverpool's John Moores University.
· Ted Rall Issues 'Retraction' of Iraq Cartoon. Ted Rall has offered a "retraction" of his Aug. 4 cartoon that cited a 9,000 figure - rather than the commonly used 1,800-plus - for the number of American soldiers who have died in the Iraq war.
· Stolen Tempe police cruiser recovered; guns, equipment missing. A Tempe police car stolen Saturday night has been found. However - as feared - police say weapons, six police uniforms and a police I-D card that had been in the vehicle are gone.
· TV Ad Attacking Court Nominee Provokes Furor. An advertisement that a leading abortion-rights organization began running on national television on Wednesday, opposing the Supreme Court nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. as one "whose ideology leads him to excuse violence against other Americans," quickly became the first flashpoint in the three-week-old confirmation process. Several prominent abortion rights supporters as well as a neutral media watchdog group said the ad was misleading and unfair.
· Courtney Love Reportedly Fails Drug Test. Courtney Love was ordered Wednesday to appear in court later this month to face an allegation that she violated her probation in an assault case by being under the influence of a controlled substance.
· Explosion leaves giant crater. A tractor-trailer carrying 35,500 pounds of explosives overturned and exploded on a Utah highway, injuring at least 19 people. The explosion left a giant crater - estimated to be 70 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
· Politician raises middle finger to opposition in front of school kids. An Australian politician is under fire after raising his middle finger in a gesture to the opposition in full view of the public gallery where school children were watching.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
· Escaped Tenn. Inmate, Wife Captured In Columbus. A Tennessee prison inmate and his wife were found Wednesday night at a Columbus motel. The pair were captured at the Best Value Inn, NBC 4 reported. Jennifer Hyatte and her husband, George, were taken into custody at about 10 p.m. this evening.
· Miss Ellie of 'Dallas' dies at 82. Barbara Bel Geddes, the winsome actress who rose to stage and movie stardom but reached her greatest fame as Miss Ellie Ewing in the long-running TV series “Dallas,” has died. Of the lung cancer deaths of Peter Jennings and now Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman said: “I hope it’s a wake-up call to a lot of people.”
· Buyer of 'lemon' car gets double her money back. Adele Garcia has finally gotten rid of her Mazda Tribute, nearly four years after invoking Wisconsin's so-called Lemon Law. "She surrendered the car and got $60,900, double what she paid, plus the finance charge," said Vincent Megna, one of her attorneys. "Mazda paid us $138,600, which are our fees."
· Man cited for trespassing on Brad Pitt's property. A Beverly Hills man working for People magazine has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing on property reportedly owned by actor Brad Pitt near El Capitan State Park, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
· Woman Sues Over Her Rescue. A woman is suing the town whose police divers saved her from drowning. Barbara Connors is suing the town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, saying she was rescued too late to prevent serious brain damage.
· Thieves can't even sell Segways. The thieves who wheeled 10 Segway scooters away from a truck dealership in April apparently couldn't figure out how to sell their loot, police said. Police found the motorized scooters last week stowed in a Manchester garage collecting dust and in perfect condition.
· Package From 'Bin Laden' Investigated. Bomb experts were called to a public bus in Orlando, Florida Wednesday, after a suspicious package addressed from Osama bin Laden was discovered by a rider, according to police.
· Police arrest suspect, seek missing 1907 coin worth $275,000. An off-duty letter carrier accused of trying to pawn a stolen gold coin worth $275,000 was arrested with the help of an alert coin dealer, but investigators still can't find the rare 1907 coin.
· Woman Jumps From Limo To Her Death. A woman who apparently jumped from a Hummer limousine as it traveled on Interstate 405 in southern California early Wednesday was killed, authorities said. An investigation showed the woman was struck by several cars after jumping out of the limousine.
· Bush says $286 billion highway bill creates U.S. jobs. President Bush signed a $286.5 billion highway bill on Wednesday that he said would create new jobs but which critics contend is stuffed with billions of dollars worth of lawmakers' pet projects. The legislation funds road and mass transit construction for six years, but also contains $24 billion in "pork." Alaska, the third-least populated state, got the fourth most money for special projects - $941 million.
· Challenger argues for place on ballot. James C. Garrett, a fringe candidate for mayor of Seattle, argued at an administrative hearing yesterday that his name should appear on the primary-election ballot despite a felony conviction for assaulting then-Mayor Paul Schell four years ago.
· Krispy Kreme Told to Restate Past Earnings. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. needs to restate its past earnings downward by $25.6 million over the past several years, according to a report issued Wednesday by a special committee examining the finances of the troubled snack maker.
· Ailing Detroit spends $1 million on deer. As the city bleeds red ink and prepares to lay off police and fire personnel, contractors are gearing up to build a $1 million display pen for 20 European fallow deer and native Michigan animals at Belle Isle's new nature zoo.
· Air Force officer admits vandalism. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force has admitted to vandalizing cars bearing pro-President Bush bumper stickers at Denver International Airport. Denver police say he's responsible for thousands of dollars in damage to at least 12 cars.
· Drunk man steals snack truck to seek cash for more beer. First he stole a potato chip delivery truck, then he tried to sell its cargo for $5 so he could get a beer. That's according to police in Buffalo, New York, where a man was arrested Tuesday and charged with driving while intoxicated, grand larceny and other offenses. Police say the man drove off in a Frito-Lay delivery truck after the driver left the keys in the ignition.
· AOL, MSN seize spam assets. America Online and Microsoft are hitting spammers where it hurts most: They are confiscating their assets and giving them away. AOL, the world's largest Internet service provider, is awarding $20,000 in gold bars, a 2003 Hummer H2 and $75,000 in cash it seized from a major spammer as part of a legal settlement last year. It will hold a sweepstakes on its Web site starting today.
· Taxpayers pay again, to correct spelling mistakes. Spelling counts, especially at a library. Now a California library is correcting some very public goofs. A mosaic mural on the Livermore public library is full of spelling mistakes. Artist Maria Alquilar of Miami is restoring the first "n" in Einstein and the second "a" in Shakespeare, among other fixes. Alquilar is being paid $6,000 for the editing job, on top of the $40,000 she got to create the error-ridden mural last year.
· Video Game Player Guilty in Ala. Slaying. A 20-year-old whose lawyers claimed the video game "Grand Theft Auto" and childhood abuse caused him to kill three small-town police officers was convicted Tuesday of capital murder.
· Two Members of 50 Cent's G-Unit Arrested. G-Unit rappers Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, along with 10 other men, were arrested on felony gun possession charges after a concert at Madison Square Garden, police said. Police said one of the 12 men was carrying a loaded handgun and another weapon was found on the floor of the van. All the occupants were charged with gun possession.
· L.A. Woman Drops Suit Against Snoop Dogg. A makeup artist dropped a lawsuit alleging she was drugged and raped by rapper Snoop Dogg and several of his associates after a taping of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" two years ago.
· Fan plunges from upper deck at Yankee Stadium. A fan plunged from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium onto the screen behind home plate during Tuesday night's game between New York and the Chicago White Sox, then was taken to a hospital for observation.
· Teachers Union Sues Over $3.1 Billion for Schools. The California Teachers Assn. on Tuesday sued Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in an attempt to force the state to increase spending on schools by $3.1 billion.
· Four-star general sacked for alleged sexual misconduct. In an extraordinary move, the Army sacked a four-star general who was the subject of a Defense Department investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, an official said Tuesday. Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, was approaching retirement when the decision to relieve him of duty was made by the Army chief of staff.
· Woodward: Cheney to run in '08. Renowned journalist Bob Woodward predicts Dick Cheney will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2008 and that the vice president could face Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton in a dramatic showdown.
· Man could face charges for pretending to be Marine general. William Lawson, 78, looked every bit the retired Marine general this summer as he stood before a crowd of 200 people, demanding that a cemetery properly dispose of the American flags placed at the graves of veterans. He had on khakis, the Marines' summer service uniform, complete with a general's stars and row after row of medals, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. He even wore an eyepatch.
· Whistleblower broke secret of Russian sub and 'saved men's lives.' Without an anonymous phone call by a tearful woman to a local radio station, the world may have heard too late about the Russian submarine stranded in the Pacific to save its seven crew, the journalist who took the call claimed. "A woman called in tears. She was saying that a mini-sub had got stuck with seven men aboard in the Bay of Berezovaya," Latypova, 32, recounted to AFP. The mystery caller said she had got the news from "someone" in the military.
· Texas Man Arrested in Southwest Bomb Prank. FBI agents arrested a San Antonio man Tuesday accused of planting a note on a Southwest Airlines flight claiming there was a bomb on board. The note read, "There's a bomb on the plane!" Another note asked whoever found it to call a phone number and tell them. It was accompanied by a drawing of a happy face. The threat forced a temporary shut down at Houston's Hobby Airport, and the plane had to be evacuated and then searched after a passenger found the note during a flight from Dallas to Houston on Friday.
Tuesday, August 9, 2005
· Natalee's Mom Slapped With Harassment Claim. Deepak Kalpoe filed a complaint against Natalee Holloway's mother Tuesday, claiming he felt he was threatened by her actions at his place of work, Fox News has confirmed. Beth Holloway Twitty confronted him Monday at the Internet cafe where he works, spending about 90 minutes peppering him with questions.
· Kenny Rogers reinstated after arbitrator determines assault of camerman isn't a serious offense. Kenny Rogers is eligible to pitch for the Rangers again after independent arbitrator Shyam Das ruled Tuesday that the 20-game suspension handed down to Rogers on July 27 should be reduced to time served.
· 50 Cent autobiography tells drugs-to-riches story. Rapper 50 Cent's autobiography is a modern-day version of living the American Dream - get your start by selling crack cocaine, make your escape through hip-hop music, and once you've made it big, peddle sneakers.
· Bees Attack 4-Time Indy 500 Winner Foyt. A.J. Foyt was driving a bulldozer clearing brush when he stirred up a nest of bees. Foyt was stung dozens of times on the face and upper body before finally scrambling into a stream. "He was stung in the mouth, the ears, the throat, all over his face and his eyes are really swollen, but he's doing OK," his spokeswoman said.
· Man Picks Wrong Car For Joke Traffic Stop. Marvin Williams thought it would be funny to put a blue-and-red flashing light on the dashboard of his friend's car and pretend to pull over another motorist, police said. But the joke backfired Sunday night when Williams picked a car with two undercover Tampa cops inside. When police followed him, the 22-year-old Williams ran from the vehicle, officials say. He left behind two female friends who were riding with him, and 7 grams of cocaine on the center console, police said.
· Simpson: They're real, and they're fabulous. Jessica Simpson says her boobs were made for accessorizing. The “Dukes of Hazzard” star, out promoting the flick, discussed her much-discussed breasts, and also blasted widespread buzz that they are fake. “Mine are definitely real,” she revealed, according to SkyNews. “At school my boobs were bigger than all my friends’ and I was afraid to show them. Now, I feel they make my outfits look better. They’re like an accessory.”
· Wind shear expected cause of Air France crash. Environment Canada says the Pearson International Airport runway where an Air France jet crashed during landing last week was hit by a strong, sideways gust of wind around the time of the crash.
· Christopher Reeve's widow has lung cancer. Dana Reeve, who spent nine years caring for her paralyzed husband, Christopher Reeve, until his death last year, announced Tuesday that she has lung cancer. Reeve, 44, said she decided to disclose her illness following rumors about her health in the media.
· Runaway Bride Starts Community Service. Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks mowed the lawn of a government building Tuesday as part of her court-ordered 120 hours of community service for lying to police after she ran off days before her scheduled wedding. Wilbanks seemed upbeat as she pushed a powered mower by a swarm of reporters and photograhphers. She wore an orange community service vest, a ballcap that said "Life is good," diamond earrings and running shoes.
· Inmate's wife kills guard, frees husband. Tennessee authorities searched Tuesday for an escaped prisoner and his wife, who they say sprang him by opening fire on the guards who were escorting him from a courthouse in Kingston. One guard was shot and died from his wounds.
· Grammy Winner Marc Cohn Shot in Head. A Grammy-winning musician and husband of ABC news reporter Elizabeth Vargas was treated at a hospital and released Monday after being shot in the head during an attempted carjacking following a performance. Marc Cohn, who had a hit with the song "Walking in Memphis" and won the Grammy for best new artist in 1992, was struck in the temple Sunday night when a man fired into his band's van in a parking garage. A suspect was being sought. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the bullet appeared to have been slowed by the van's windshield and by striking the vehicle's driver first. "Frankly, I can't tell you how he survived," Jackson said.
· Stealing your neighbor's Net. Forty bucks for high-speed Internet access? Not a bad deal. But how does free sound? To a growing number of Internet piggy-backers, it's the sweet sound of pirating their neighbor's wireless network.
· Space Shuttle Discovery Safely Lands in California. The space shuttle Discovery touched down Tuesday morning, completing NASA's first shuttle mission since Columbia broke apart during re-entry in February 2003. The shuttled landed at 5:11 a.m. PT at NASA's secondary landing site at Edwards Air Force Base.
· Malibu divided on shooting of paparazzo following Britney. Photographers' tactics are to blame, some say. Others call the pellet gun attack excessive. Two days after a tabloid photographer was shot in the thigh with a pellet gun while staking out singer Britney Spears' baby shower, longtime residents and merchants of the Hollywood colony say they can well understand why someone might take aim at a pack of camera-toting paparazzi.
· Report: 9/11 Hijackers ID'd In '99. Sept. 11 ringleader Mohammed Atta and three other hijackers were identified by defense intelligence officials more than a year before the attacks, but information about possible al Qaeda connections never was sent to law enforcement, Rep. Curt Weldon said Tuesday. Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, said the hijackers were identified in 1999 by a classified military intelligence unit known as “Able Danger,” which determined they could be members of an al Qaeda cell.
· Bruce Willis makes surprise visit to German birthplace. Hollywood star Bruce Willis reportedly appeared unannounced on the doorstep of a German family asking to see the house where he was born 50 years ago.
· Jackson Juror Says Fellow Panelists 'Let A Pedophile Go.' Two jurors who say they regret their decision to acquit Michael Jackson on child molestation charges are ready to go public with their feelings about the matter. Ray Hultman and Eleanor Cook explain why they regret their actions on the new show "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct." Cosby asked Cook if the other jurors would be angry with her. "They can be as angry as they want to," Cook said. "They ought to be ashamed. They're the ones that let a pedophile go."
· Mick Jagger Wakes Up With a Plan. Keith Richards says if the Rolling Stones were a mom-and-pop operation, Mick Jagger would be the "Mum." "Mick has to get up in the morning with a plan," Richards tells Newsweek magazine in its latest issue. "Who he's going to call, what he's going to eat, where he's going to go. Me, I wake up, praise the Lord, then make sure all the phones are turned off. If we were a mum-and-pop operation, then he'd be Mum."
Monday, August 8, 2005
· Thieves dig into Brazil bank, take $68 million. Thieves tunneled into a bank in northeastern Brazil and stole $68 million, the biggest bank heist in the nation’s history, police said Monday. “It’s something you see in the movies... They dug a 650-foot tunnel that goes underneath two city blocks. They’ve been digging for three months,” police said.
· Mother ditches son after fast-food tantrum. According to authorities, Lori Marie Heine abandoned her seven-year-old son by the road and drove off. Why? The boy threw a tantrum after she refused to buy two McDonald's Happy Meals that he wanted.
· Motorcycle deaths soar 81% after helmet law was repealed. A federal study has found motorcycle fatalities in Florida increased more than 81 percent, and the number of deaths for riders younger than 21 nearly tripled, in three years after state lawmakers repealed a law requiring riders to wear a helmet.
· Postage error dooms appeal by Wal-Mart. Incorrect postage has cost Wal-Mart a challenge to a state Land Use Board of Appeals decision backing the city's denial of plans for a new 207,000-square-foot store. While Wal-Mart filed the appeal with the court via certified mail, copies were sent using regular first-class postage. A court records spokeswoman said the case had been dismissed because the notice of appeal was "not considered to have been timely filed."
· Update: Jackson jurors regret their acquittals, but book deals help comfort them. Two of the 12 jurors who voted to acquit singer Michael Jackson of child molestation and other charges said Monday they regret their decisions. Jurors Ray Hultman and Eleanor Cook, who both have pending book deals, planned to appear Monday night on the MSNBC's "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct."
· Comics seek Universal Joke. Comedians from round the world have descended on Edinburgh's Fringe festival believing they have what it takes to make humor truly international. American comic Dave Fulton, among hundreds of stand-up acts to grace the stage at the world's biggest, and some would say wackiest arts festival, thinks he has found the perfect solution; mocking every country he has ever been to. "Canadians are just Mexicans with sweaters," he said, casting political correctness to the wind.
· Bush signs energy bill into law. President Bush today signed a sweeping energy bill that will send billions of dollars in tax subsidies to energy companies, yet do little immediately to ease gas prices or lower reliance on foreign oil.
· Peter Jennings, face of ABC News dead at 67. ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings died today at his home in New York City. On April 5, Jennings announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. In announcing Jennings' death to his ABC colleagues, News President David Westin wrote: "For four decades, Peter has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways. None of us will be the same without him."
· Discovery landing delayed. Unstable" weather conditions prompted NASA to scrub Discovery's scheduled landing Monday, the first space shuttle landing attempt since the Columbia disaster. The next opportunity is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:07 a.m. ET at the Florida landing site.
· Group hopes to give immigrants lesson in civil rights. A national civil rights group hopes to give Latino immigrants a lesson in civic activism, teaching them to know their rights, know when their rights are trampled and know how to strike back. The organization does not check whether registers for the class are U.S. citizens or a legal residents. “It’s a don’t ask, don’t tell,” Hurtado said. “We educate whoever comes to us.”
· Judges To Rule On Constitutionality Of Law That Raises Their Pay. State appellate judges got salary increases of more than $15,000 apiece under a new state law, but experts said the apparent conflict of interest will not stop them from deciding a lawsuit seeking to strike down the law.
· Bush, GOP Labeled 'Thieves' Who 'Need to be Locked Up.' A featured speaker at Saturday's civil rights march in Atlanta said the Bush administration and Republican Party leaders are "thieves" who "need to be locked up." Harry Belafonte added fuel to the rhetoric by referring to black members of the Bush administration as "black tyrants."
· Why suicide attackers haven't hit U.S. again. After the bombings in London and Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, the question that rivets America is one that has no sure answer: Why haven't Muslim militants executed another suicide terror attack on the U.S. home front? There are theories about why the United States still hasn't had a homegrown attack like the ones last month in London. Suicide bombing isn't that easy. The USA isn't that vulnerable. American Muslims aren't that militant. Foreign terrorists aren't focused, not yet, on a domestic strike.
· Trying to escape the violence... from a girlfriend. In a reversal of the roles men and women usually play in domestic disputes, Justin MacDonald says he has been watching his back for nearly a year - ever since his ex-girlfriend allegedly began stalking him and persuaded two men to beat him up. MacDonald calls it a "fatal attraction" kind of thing. He says Danyelle Jennings wants him back... or else.
· Man loses driver's license for driving too slow. The past three months have been a bureaucratic nightmare for Sam Callis, 86, since he was stopped by Suffolk Police and ticketed for impeding traffic, driving too far under the speed limit. "I've never been in a wreck in 70 years of driving, and I've lived here for the last 46 of those years," said Callis. "I've never been treated more like a criminal in my life," Callis says.
· Manhattan salaries the highest in nation. People who work in Manhattan have a higher average salary - $73,000 a year - than any other county in the U.S., new census figures show. But you didn't have to tell working-class Manhattanites that the lofty number is skewed by the mammoth annual salaries that Wall Street bigwigs and other high rollers pull down.
· Death in sleep 'not so peaceful.' Dying in your sleep may not be as peaceful an experience as is popularly supposed, new research suggests. Scientists believe death occurring during sleep often happens because a person stops breathing. When elderly but otherwise healthy people die suddenly during sleep, doctors usually put it down to heart failure. But tests on rats suggest a different cause. Death is more likely to be due to the failure of a breathing "command center" in the brain.
· Detained woman kicks out police car window (Video). April Antauer managed to maneuver her handcuffs in front of her body. Then she started kicking and punching the inside, while taunting an officer by using racial slurs.
· Venezuela suspends anti-drugs cooperation. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday dismissed cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as unnecessary in a new blow to his country's fraying ties with the United States.
Sunday, August 7, 2005
· Body Of Missing 4-Year-Old Found. The body of missing 4-year-old boy was found by searchers on the edge of the South Platte River Sunday evening. About 180 residents of eastern Weld County joined law enforcement and search and rescue crews Sunday to help look for the boy, who disappeared two days earlier while driving a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle near the river.
· Teen implicates father in Tankleff double murder. A teenager has stepped forward to implicate his father, often viewed as a criminal and thug for hire, in the 1988 murder of Arlene and Seymour Tankleff, a murder that their son Martin is currently doing time for. Joe Guarascio, 17, who is the son of Joseph Creedon, says in a signed affidavit that his father was one of the killers.
· NASA's next generation of spacecraft in the works. Eager to keep U.S. astronauts in space after the last space shuttle is mothballed and to realize half-century-old dreams of human bases on the moon and Mars, NASA is overseeing an industrial competition to build the next generation of manned space rockets.
· All Eyes on Home Market in San Diego. When the housing market here was red-hot 18 months ago, Alex Flores could buy a downtown condominium with as little as $5,000 down and sell it six months later for a tidy profit of $200,000. Now, Flores says, those easy-money days are over. Dramatic rises in home prices, particularly on the West and East coasts, have sparked a nationwide debate about whether the housing market is engulfed in a bubble that is about to burst. San Diego has become a focal point of that discussion. Those who believe the market is about to implode say San Diego's cooling could be among the first signs of a pronounced downturn or even a possible crash.
· "My wife thought I was crazy to take this job." Meet Omar Pimentel, the new police chief of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. This is a lawless Mexican frontier city where rival drug cartels are waging a murderous battle for control of the smuggling route into America using shoulder-mounted bazookas and machine guns. Nuevo Laredo is the bloody focus of gang wars that are raging along the US-Mexican border that have already claimed 600 lives this year.
· Shipmakers cash in as yachts continue getting bigger. In days of yore, there were only yachts. Now there are megayachts, like Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's The Octopus, the $250 million, 414-foot yacht has seven decks, two helicopter pads, a swimming pool, basketball court and infirmary, among other amenities.
· 'Dukes' Are Boss at Weekend Box Office. The good ol' boys of "The Dukes of Hazzard" crashed past another pair of joke-cracking buddies to the top of the weekend box office. The adventure comedy, which stars Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as the mischievous Duke cousins, rounded up $30.6 million in its first three days of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The little big film of the summer, "March of the Penguins," had a tiny budget, but continues to pull strongly in sixth place, well ahead of mega-budget "War of the Worlds," which finished ninth with only $3.6 million.
· Gretzky to be named coach on Monday. After months of speculation, Wayne Gretzky has decided to coach the Phoenix Coyotes, multiple sources told The Arizona Republic on Sunday. Gretzky, an owner of the Coyotes, is expected to be announced as coach Monday.
· Honor student found dead; 2 held. A teenager and a young man were jailed on murder charges late Saturday after the badly burned remains of 17-year-old Annamarie Cruz Randazzo were found stuffed into a refrigerator in Lehigh Acres, Florida.
· Queer aisle for the straight guys. Bill Dalrymple, 56, and best friend Bryan Pinn, 65, have decided to take the plunge and try out the new same-sex marriage legislation with a twist - they're straight men. The proposal came last Monday at a Toronto bar amid shock and laughter from their friends. But the two - both of whom were previously married and both of whom are looking for a good woman to love - insist there are significant tax savings to taking the plunge. Dalrymple has been to see a lawyer already and there are no laws in marriage that define sexual preference.
· Crew safe after mini-sub rescue. The seven-man crew of a trapped Russian mini-submarine are back in port after a three-day ordeal at the bottom of the Pacific with dwindling oxygen. Six of the seamen were taken to hospital for observation after arriving on board a rescue ship. The other man remained on board but it was not immediately clear why, the Associated Press reported.
· Soldier's mom protests near Bush's ranch. The angry mother of a fallen U.S. soldier staged a protest near President Bush's ranch Saturday, demanding an accounting from Bush of how he has conducted the war in Iraq. Supported by more than 50 demonstrators who chanted, "W. killed her son!" Cindy Sheehan told reporters: "I want to ask the president, 'Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?"'
· New Daylight Saving May Cause Tech Problems. When daylight-saving time starts earlier than usual in the United States come 2007, your VCR or DVD recorder could start recording shows an hour late. Cell phone companies could give you an extra hour of free weekend calls, and people who depend on online calendars may find themselves late for appointments. An energy bill President Bush is to sign Monday would start daylight time three weeks earlier and end it a week later as an energy-saving measure.
· Florida bans sex offenders from public hurricane shelters. Hundreds of sex offenders being tracked by the state won't be allowed into public hurricane shelters in Florida under a new policy, which will allow them to ride out the storms in prisons instead. The policy was created to keep sex offenders and predators away from children in the public shelters, Robby Cunningham, spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said Saturday.
· Fugitive's own book leads to capture. A Mobile, Alabama businessman who fled on the eve of his child molestation trial was captured in Italy after publishing a book, officials said. Authorities located Giusseppe Loporto after he published a book titled "The Other Face of America: A True Story" - under his own name. "It shows the arrogance of some of these offenders," police said.
· Greta Van Susteren Cleans Up in Aruba. Bringing a microphone and camera crew to the gates of an Aruba landfill this past week, Greta Van Susteren returned to the island that her nightly Fox News Channel program has figuratively called home recently. Van Susteren's "On the Record" has relentlessly followed the mysterious disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway of Alabama while on a graduation trip to Aruba in May. Critics find it an obsession bordering on the bizarre, twisting traditional notions of news judgment and becoming Exhibit A in the media's fascination with missing people - as long as they happen to be young, white, female and pretty. But while doing this, Van Susteren has been rewarded with her biggest audiences since making the switch from CNN three years ago.
· Man's cop fantasies net him slew of charges. A Madison, Wisconsin man was charged Friday with repeatedly impersonating a Dane County sheriff's deputy and trying to recruit women to work undercover for him.
· Astronauts Prepare for Return to Earth. Astronauts completed flight control checks aboard space shuttle Discovery and practiced landing on a computer simulator as they made final preparations Sunday for their return to Earth.
· Photographer shot with BB gun at Spears event. A photographer was shot in the leg with a BB gun outside a home where he believed Britney Spears was attending a bridal shower Saturday evening, authorities said. It was unclear who fired the BB as the photographer was staking out the event at the Malibu home, sheriff's Lt. Steve Smith said. He said firefighters bandaged the man's leg and he went to a hospital.
· 80 liberals each pledge $1 million for alliance. At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute at least $1 million each to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups, to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up during the last three decades.
· Netanyahu Resigns in Protest to Withdrawal. Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigned from his post Sunday to protest next week's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, a ministry spokesman said.
· Half of Air France jet's doors not used. Investigators trying to determine why an Air France jet skidded off a runway said Saturday that only four of the aircraft's eight doors and emergency exits were used to escape the burning jetliner, and that two emergency slides malfunctioned.
· New Cams, Web Sites Fuel 'Upskirting' Trend. Web sites displaying secretly shot images and video from under women's skirts are apparently helping fuel a trend called "upskirting." Upskirting is usually carried out by men carrying hidden cell phone or mini-cams in bags. They stand close to unknowing women wearing skirts and film their underwear or thighs.
· Politician to feature exotic dancers at his fund-raiser. With his campaign for city council going no place fast, Victor Bernace felt he needed something special to spark interest in his next fund-raiser. How about exotic dancers? The New York Democrat said Saturday he plans to have bikini-clad go-go dancers and men in nothing but briefs at a "Havana Night" campaign party next month at a Manhattan nightclub.
Saturday, August 6, 2005
· Pam Anderson Sued for Breach of Contract. Former "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson is being sued for breach of contract for allegedly not making herself available for promotional events. United Licensing Group has brought the suit. The company is arranging for the manufacture of the star's perfume, clothing and other merchandise. It claims Anderson has not been sufficiently available at signings, photo shoots and trade shows.
· Visit to dying mother nets jail time. A Canadian man who entered the United States to visit his dying mother in Massachusetts was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in prison for illegally entering the country after he'd been deported.
· Tapes may link Georgia child killings to supremacist. A white supremacist investigated for a child-killing spree that terrorized Atlanta's black community once praised the crimes in secretly recorded conversations obtained by The Associated Press. Although Charles T. Sanders did not claim responsibility for any of the deaths, lawyers for Wayne Williams, the black man convicted in two of the murders and blamed for 22 others between 1979 and 1981, believe the evidence will help their bid for a new trial.
· Colo. soldier back from Iraq killed wife, self. A soldier who returned from Iraq nine days earlier apparently shot and killed his wife and then himself at their home near Fort Collins, Army officials said.
· Mosque tried to alert police. A mosque in South London wrote to police two years ago to express concern about a man who is now a key suspect in the failed July 21 bombings in London, a trustee of the mosque said overnight. Toaha Qureshi, a trustee of Stockwell Mosque, said today: "We could not have been more explicit. If they had done something, then I don't know how many lives we could have saved."
· Monroe sex secrets. In private tapes for her psychiatrist, screen goddess Marilyn Monroe never hinted she romanced JFK, but she bemoaned her lack of "courage" to break off an affair with his married brother Bobby, a bombshell report says. Monroe also revealed a one-night-fling with actress Joan Crawford and her undying love for her ex Joe DiMaggio.
· Jane Seymour to Star in New WB Comedy. Jane Seymour, known to TV viewers for her '90s series, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," has been signed to star in the WB's new comedy "Modern Men." Seymour will play Dr. Stangl, a life coach who helps three men in their 20s at different stages in their romantic lives.
· $75M lawsuit filed on behalf of passengers. A $75-million class-action lawsuit was filed yesterday accusing Air France, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Nav Canada of negligence in the landing accident of an Airbus A340 jet this week.
· Report reveals Americans didn't flock to Canada after all. Canadians can put away those extra welcome mats - it seems Americans unhappy about the result of last November's presidential election have decided to stay at home after all. While U.S. citizens visiting Canada's immigration Web site shot up sixfold, official statistics now show the number of Americans actually applying to live permanently in Canada fell in the six months after the election.
· Bank offering Muslim-only mortgage loans. Koranic law forbids the payment or receipt of interest on the theory it creates a culture of debt slavery, which begets other evils. So a Detroit area bank is providing mortgages that is in Sharia - or compliance with Islamic law. In Islamic mortgages, an intermediary such as a bank buys the property, and the homeowner eventually obtains the home through a lease-to-own arrangement.
· S.C. Republicans Want Beer Money Back. South Carolina Republicans say the Democrats need to stop dragging their feet and return the beer money they are owed. Democrats say the check's in the mail. The latest dispute between the two political parties began in April when St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Co. wrote a $5,000 check intended for the South Carolina Republican Party. Instead, the envelope was addressed to the state Democratic Party, which promptly deposited the money.
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Clandestine [clan·des·tine] adj. 1. Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. "The CIA maintains clandestine operations in many countries."
· Paula Abdul Won't Appear on New TV Series. Scheduling conflicts will keep Paula Abdul from appearing in the new Fox TV talent contest "So You Think You Can Dance," her publicist said Friday. Abdul will be too busy promoting an "American Idol" DVD and working on the show's new season, publicist Ken Sunshine said in a statement. She had planned to appear as a guest choreographer in several episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance."
· Air Dwindling for Trapped Russian Sailors. U.S. and British planes carrying robotic undersea vehicles landed in Russia's Far East on Saturday to help rescue seven sailors trapped in a mini-submarine far below the Pacific Ocean. The crew's limited oxygen supply was dwindling, but officials couldn't say exactly how much remained.
· Wal-Mart sets sights on Target. Among the more out-of-character things Wal-Mart Stores CEO H. Lee Scott has been talking up lately is the retailer's quest for more sales to more-affluent shoppers. For the chain's style image, or lack of it, the big rival is Target. Target's deals with several designers have produced apparel and home goods that have built a reputation for "cheap chic," that has resulted in more upscale customers and increased profits.
· FCC Eases High-Speed Internet Rules. Beginning in about a year, phone companies won't have to lease their high-speed lines to competing Internet service providers at government-set rates, the Federal Communications Commission decided Friday. Without guaranteed access at government-mandated rates, providers of digital service, or DSL, on lines now leased from the big regional Bells or smaller phone companies will have to negotiate with them over rates and access.
Friday, August 5, 2005
· Eddie Murphy's Wife Files for Divorce. Eddie Murphy's wife just got raw on the comedian. The actor was served with divorce papers from his spouse of 12 years, Extra reported today. Nicole Murphy, a former model, filed the papers in LA Superior Court, and has retained famed divorce attorney Neal Hersh, who has repped the likes of Brad Pitt and Kim Basinger in their respective divorce cases.
· Child molester of 8-year-old gets community service. An ex-convict who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing his daughter was sentenced to 320 hours of community service crocheting afghans. Robert Wayne Thompson had earlier served five years in a Virginia prison for sexual assault.
· The 5 best islands to live on. Ditch the watch. Forward your mail. And don’t worry about the bank account. If moving to an exotic island has been one of those things that you have (big sigh) always dreamed about, here’s some good news: It’s not that hard to do. On these five islands, you can still buy a bit of paradise for less than it might cost for a summer rental in the Hamptons. Internet access is (fairly) reliable, the natives are friendly and the governments are stable. If you do get island fever, there are cities less than 60 minutes away. So what are you waiting for?
· Busted with heroin in toupee. A teenager was caught smuggling drugs in an unusual way. Investigators say the 19-year-old acting strangely and wearing a bad toupee tipped them off to more than $100,000 worth of heroin hidden underneath.
· Missouri death sentence case gets another look. Many death row inmates proclaim their innocence, but Roy “Hog” Roberts, a big man, loud and profane, was adamant. He was so adamant that in the waning days before his 1999 execution for the murder of a prison guard, he demanded a polygraph test. Attorney Bruce Livingston looked at the results and walked into Roberts’ small gray cell at Missouri’s Potosi Correctional Center and told him the news: He passed.
· N.Y. court rules Brown didn't copy 'Da Vinci Code.' Best-selling author Dan Brown has won a court ruling against another writer who claimed Brown's book "The Da Vinci Code" copied elements from two of his books, Brown's publisher, Random House, said on Friday.
· Man found not guilty in shooting girl in road-rage case. A jury of four men and two women found Joshua Walsh, 25, not guilty Friday of third-degree murder in the killing of a 5-year-old girl during a fit of road rage. Walsh had been charged with killing Marishka Lovett in Feb. 2003 after he fired three bullets into the car.
· Robbers captured on Ark. cable access shopping show. Two men were arrested Friday after viewers of a local cable access program called police as they witnessed an attempted robbery of employees of the "Shopping Mania" television auction show.
· Bob Knight to star in reality show. Bob Knight will give one Texas Tech student the chance to play on his team in a reality show hosted by the Hall of Fame coach. Sixteen students will attend "Knight School," the name of the show set to air on ESPN.
· U.S. relief crew on way to Russian sub. A U.S. Navy crew and two robotic submersibles left for Russia's Pacific coast Friday in a race against time to rescue seven Russian sailors trapped in a mini-sub, U.S. Naval officials said. Russian naval official said only 24 hours of oxygen remained.
· Hudson: Monogamy isn't 'realistic.' Kate Hudson says monogamy isn't "realistic," but believes couples have the power to be faithful. In an interview Thursday on "Access Hollywood," the 26-year-old actress said, "I don't believe (monogamy) is realistic. But, I believe that we, as people, have the power to make it happen."
· Another child dies at "the happiest place on earth." Medical examiners were trying to determine Friday why a 12-year-old Virginia girl died after collapsing at a wave pool in a Disney World water park — the third time in two months a child has died or become critically ill at the resort.
· Fox guarding the hen house. A Mexican man who used a fake U.S. birth certificate to get into the Border Patrol was helping to smuggle illegal immigrants, authorities said yesterday. Oscar Antonio Ortiz, 28, an El Cajon-based U.S. Border Patrol agent, was arrested yesterday and charged in San Diego federal court with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen. He also is charged with conspiring with another Border Patrol agent to smuggle immigrants.
· Elvis fans worry about Graceland's new managers. The pilgrims will still weep at Elvis Presley's grave, and the souvenir shops will still swarm with credit-card waving fans, an occasional black pompadour hardly drawing a glance. But change is in the air: Strangers are in Graceland.
· Bank won't budge on counterfeit $100 bill. When James Sweeney cashed a large check at Key Bank after selling a trailer, it didn't occur to him to check the bills. The money had come straight from the bank's vault, he said. After getting $4,700 in cash from Key Bank, Sweeney took the cash to his financial institution, Credit Union 1, to deposit. A teller there pulled out the counterfeit $100 bill. When Sweeney returned to Key Bank less than a half hour later, the bank refused to replace the bill, saying its liability ended when Sweeney walked out the door.
· New York Times tries to dig up dirt on Roberts' adoption. The New York Times has been asking lawyers who specialize in adoption cases for advice on how to get into the sealed court records on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' two adopted children. At least one lawyer turned the Times down flat, saying that any effort to pry into adoption case records, which are always sealed, would be reprehensible.
· $4,500 in cookie money stolen from Girl Scouts. It took long weekends camped outside their local grocery stores and hours tromping door-to-door, but the Girl Scouts in Springfield Troop 1868 eventually sold enough Thin Mints and Tagalongs to help fund a camping trip to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa. But then the mother in charge of the troop's cookie sale vanished, as did her young daughter and $4,483 of the cash, troop leaders said. The summer trip was canceled.
· 'Dukes of Hazzard' a car wreck with boobs. "The Dukes of Hazzard" is a prime example of a sad Hollywood habit: taking a popular - but rather dumb - TV show and turning it into a totally stupid and meaningless film.
· Strip club stirs outrage with billboard. A McDonald's near LAX has a big poster outside showing hamburgers, and a neighboring gas station mini-mart ad displays its snacks and beverages. And now a nearby strip club and adult shop on Los Angeles' Century Boulevard is advertising exactly what it has to offer... "Vaginas R' Us."
· NCAA bans Indian mascots. The NCAA has decided to ban the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during its postseason tournaments, but will not prohibit their use otherwise. Among the schools that have changed their nicknames in recent years over concerns that they were offensive to American Indians were St. John's (from Redmen to Red Storm) and Marquette (from Warriors to Golden Eagles).
· Hollywood Producer, Daughter Found Dead. A one-time Hollywood producer and his 9-year-old daughter were found dead in their car two days after vanishing and Lake County authorities on Thursday were investigating what they called a bizarre case. The man's Hollywood credits include "Predator 2," "Jagged Edge," "The River," and "On Golden Pond."
· 43 Years Later, Star’s Death Still Creates Intrigue. It remains one of Hollywood’s most compelling, and unforgettable, mysteries. On Aug. 5, 1962, the body of Marilyn Monroe was found in the bedroom of her Brentwood home. The 36-year-old movie star was naked and facedown on her bed. An autopsy conducted by Dr. Thomas Noguchi, then deputy medical examiner, concluded that death was due to acute barbiturate poisoning, and a psychiatric team tied to the investigation termed it a “probable suicide.” Friday, 43 years later, fans from around the world will gather, as they have for decades, near Monroe’s crypt at Westwood Village Memorial Park to celebrate her life and mourn her death.
· Homebuilders Encase Bible In Every House's Foundation. Some Texas homeowners are literally standing on the promises of God. That's because every home built by Possibility Custom Homes has a Bible encased in its concrete foundation. James Wallace said he and co-owner Andy Eckert believed that if they built their company on a godly foundation, then God would bless it.
· Study says flirtatious women get fewer raises, promotions. Women who send flirtatious e-mail, wear short skirts or massage a man's shoulders at work win fewer pay raises and promotions, according to a Tulane University study.
· Misprint Swamps Woman With Medicaid Calls. A woman in faraway Montana was swamped with anguished calls after a letter informing 339,000 Medicaid recipients of service cuts wrongly listed her phone number for a help line for the hearing impaired.
· Britain will deport hate advocates. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced new measures to deport and exclude from UK for those advocating hatred and violence. Blair said Friday the UK's Human Rights Act would be amended if necessary to counter Islamic extremists in Britain. The government also plans to draw up a list of extremist Web sites, book shops and organizations that promote these extremists. "Let no one be in any doubt that the rules of the games are changing," Blair told a news conference in London.The measure is seen as an effort to crack down on extremist Islamic clerics who glorify acts of terrorism.
· Former IRS worker gets almost six years for theft. A former IRS clerk received a six year prison sentence yesterday for taking part in a conspiracy to steal thousands of dollars in tax returns. Teresa Fleming also was ordered to pay $420,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and serve two years supervised probation after getting out of prison.
· Pressure getting to Novak? CNN contributor and syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak stormed off CNN's set after using vulgar language during a live discussion with CNN contributor James Carville on the "Strategy Session" segment of the August 4 edition of CNN's Inside Politics. [Click for Video].
· UPS driver finds 9-foot python snake in truck. For at least two calm and relatively happy hours, United Parcel Service deliveryman Brian Adams drove around in his brown truck, oblivious he was toting around a 9-foot albino python.
· Did Air America Radio take from The Boys & Girls Club of America? An investigation is currently underway to determine if principals of a popular children's charity funneled $875,000 to the parent company of Air America, the liberal radio station featuring Al Franken.
· Man jailed for molesting sleeping woman on plane. A business executive was sentenced on Thursday to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman seated next to him on a Delta Air Lines flight from Dallas to Boston.
· Prisoner Gets Life in Anthrax Threat Against Bushes. A state prison inmate has received a federal life sentence for threatening President Bush, his brother Gov. Jeb Bush, and government employees with anthrax in a letter mailed to a courthouse. The letter contained body powder.
· 'Runaway bride' getting married? NBC-TV reports that an online wedding registry lists an August 12 wedding date for Gainesville native Jennifer Wilbanks - the so-called runaway bride - but, Wilbanks says the posting is a mistake. However, NBC reports that Wilbanks told the network she and John Mason still plan to get married.
· Chrysler pitchman proves he's still master of the deal. "It's a big company and a big-time rapper doing big business together. We are bringing the generations together and it's a beautiful thing," says platinum-selling rapper Snoop Dogg, with auto legend Lee Iacocca, of their commercial, which debuts tonight on network TV.
· Amazon May Get Into Online Music. The digital-music field may soon be getting a bit more crowded. Internet retailer Amazon.com reportedly is moving toward offering a digital-music service, putting it into competition with the likes of Apple Computer, Napster and RealNetworks.
· Labor Dept. report shows employers added more jobs than expected; unemployment rate stays at 5%. Employers added more jobs to U.S. payrolls in July, the government reported Friday, as the latest reading on labor market strength came in stronger than Wall Street expectations.
· Russian Deep-Sea Vessel Stuck, Trapping 7. The U.S. Navy will send an unmanned rescue vehicle to help efforts to save a Russian mini-submarine stuck on the floor of the Pacific with seven crew members on board, a Russian navy spokesman said Friday. The Russian navy said the seamen had enough air to survive for one more day.
· A Garden Grows A $73,000 Fine. For 18 years, Patricia Davies has tended to her botanical garden in South Tampa. "I have over 200 varieties of wildflowers and herbs. I'm here daily, there's not a weed here, I pluck any weed that may show up," says Patricia Davies. But it's grown a little too much, according to Tampa Code Enforcement officers. In 1997, they cited Davies for overgrown plants that were obstructing the view of drivers and pedestrians on the street. Davies says she thought the problem had been solved. Then she just discovered that since 1999, she had been fined $35 a day for code violations, which added up to a $73,000 lien against her house.
Thursday, August 4, 2005
· CNN Suspends Novak After He Walks Off Set. CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville. The exchange during CNN's "Inside Politics" came during a discussion of Florida's Senate campaign.
· Mexico Leads World in Kidnappings. Mexico has overtaken Colombia and Brazil to become the world leader in reported kidnappings, a leading, private anti-crime group said Wednesday. Investigators across the country reported 194 kidnappings during the first six months of 2005.
· Officers Didn't Violate Policy By Handcuffing Kindergartner. City police officers committed an error of judgment when they handcuffed an unruly kindergartner at school last spring but did not violate policy, the department's chief said Thursday.
· N.Y. Teacher Claims She's Victim in Sex Case. The lawyer for a Catholic-school teacher who allegedly had sex with students said Wednesday it was the teacher who was victimized and "taken advantage of." "It's possible her contact with the 16-year-old wasn't consensual," lawyer Donald Kinsella told The Post yesterday, noting the teacher's battle with alcoholism.
· M&M's get mega-sized. M&M's is reminding adults that candy isn't just for kids. A new line of Mega M&M's, which on average are 55 percent bigger than the originals, were introduced Thursday at Grand Central Station in Manhattan.
· Do you think she feels a little out of place? Photo of New York Liberty's Becky Hammon, guarding Connecticut Sun's 7-foot-two-inch center Margo Dydek, of Poland, during the second half of their WNBA game at Madison Square Garden in New York.
· Protesters demonstrate at Marine's memorial service. About 400 turned out this morning for a memorial service to remember Sgt. Bryan Opskar, 32, in the town where he grew up. As the church filled, a small group of picketers, some as young as 10, held signs and displayed T-shirts with anti-American and anti-gay messages from an area across the street.
· Denver could be first city to legalize marijuana. Voters in November will likely have the chance to make Denver the first major city in the country to legalize marijuana possession. The measure would amend city ordinances to legalize possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana for people at least 21 years old. But even if voters approved the change, state laws against marijuana use still would be applicable and Denver police still would enforce those laws, Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell said.
· "Dr. Phil" in for Five. Dr. Phil McGraw, the best-selling author whose brand of tough-love advice has made him the most popular daytime gabber on the tube with the exception of his mentor, Oprah Winfrey, has reupped for another five years, show syndicator, King World announced Tuesday. The new deal calls for the brash McGraw to remain on the Dr. Phil couch through the 2013-2014 television season.
· Roberts Donated Help to Gay Rights Case. Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work.
· Judge Closes Lohan Divorce Trial to Media. A Long Island judge has closed the divorce trial of Lindsay Lohan's parents to the media and public. Michael Lohan is suing for a cut of the millions of dollars earned by his famous daughter.
· Investigator: Teen 'Involved' In Holloway Disappearance. Police in Aruba are using a different tool in their search for clues in the case of an Alabama teenager missing since May 30. The lead investigator, Lt. Roy Tromp, said he believes "that Joran is involved in the disappearance." He said the teen has offered 10 different versions of what happened the day Holloway disappeared.
· Man Gets Death for Killing Wife After Sex. A man who got angry with his wife because she wanted to cuddle after sex when what he really wanted to do was watch sports on television was sentenced to death for killing her with a claw hammer.
· U.S. Border patrol catches illegal American crossing from Mexico. A U.S. Army solder suspected of going absent without leave seven years ago remained in custody Wednesday after he was caught trying to cross the border from Mexico.
· Sony to pay $1.5 million over fake movie critic. Sony Pictures Entertainment must pay $1.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the studio of citing a fake movie critic in ads for several films. After the dispute came to light, the studio temporarily suspended two executives and vowed to monitor its publicity and advertising more closely.
· Jurors: Jacko guilty just in time for book deals. Two jurors who acquitted Michael Jackson of child molestation charges now say they think the pop star was guilty - and they are penning tell-all books about the jury's deliberations. "Guilty As Sin, Free as a Bird" is the title of 79-year-old Eleanor Cook's tome, according to Larry Garrison.
· Toronto jet crash had textbook evacuation. For the 297 passengers and 12 crew, a harrowing landing in Toronto on Tuesday would end in a textbook evacuation. Most were out in just 52 chilling seconds, and no one was killed. Some credited pilots who fought the raging weather surrounding Pearson International Airport, which was on “red alert” status because of the electrical storm.
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Eccentric [ec·cen·tric] adj. 1. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern. 2. n. One that deviates markedly from an established norm, especially a person of odd or unconventional behavior. "His eccentricities now extend to never leaving his home.
· Woman Accused Of Trying To Open Plane Door In Flight. A Florida woman accused of trying to open a United Airlines jet exit door as the flight descended into Seattle was arrested when the plane landed safely, Port of Seattle police said.
· Web Site Devotes Itself to Strange Firings. Getting fired is rarely a happy event, but that doesn't mean you can't have a sense of humor about it. That's what SimplyHired.com, a 5-month-old employment-related Internet startup, counted on when it started a Web site devoted to the stories of workers who have received a pink slip for a silly, outrageous or embarrassing reason.
· Daly fails to conquer Niagara Falls. John Daly teed up today in front of the biggest water hazard of his career — Niagara Falls — but fell short in his 20 attempts at a 342-yard international drive. Daly said, “I can’t hit any better than this.”
· Country Club Must Make Gays Even Offer. California's highest court ruled Monday that country clubs must offer gay members who register as domestic partners the same discounts given to married ones - a decision that could apply to other businesses such as insurance companies and mortgage lenders.
· Woman posed as princess, pleads guilty to fraud. A New York woman who posed in high-society circles as a Saudi princess pleaded guilty on Tuesday to grand larceny and insurance fraud and was ordered to a mental hospital. Antoinette Millard, 42, used a special credit card to spend nearly $1 million during a three-month shopping spree.
· Woman waits nine days for Ikea opening. Victoria Carson-Barnes went to the local Ikea on July 25 for a bit of shopping. She finally got the chance nine days later. The mother of five, who traveled more than 60 miles to sit outside the 310,000-square-foot home furnishings store, earned a $2,500 shopping spree when she became the store's first customer Wednesday.
· Testimony of Blake's First Wife Detailed. The first wife of actor Robert Blake claims in a court deposition that the actor tried to have her killed after the couple separated. Sondra Kerr Blake gave her deposition in May in a Los Angeles attorney's office as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit brought against the actor in the shooting death of his second wife. He was acquitted in March of Bonnie Lee Bakley's slaying.
· Democrats celebrate loss in Ohio. Democrats on Wednesday celebrated a closer-than-expected loss in a special House of Representatives race in Ohio and called it a warning sign for Republicans entering the 2006 congressional elections.
· Congress considers perjury for Palmeiro. A House committee has Palmeiro's permission to obtain documents from Major League Baseball about the steroid test that led to his 10-day suspension this week. That information will be used to investigate whether the Baltimore Orioles slugger committed perjury in March.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
· Lightning kills another Boy Scout. A lightning strike killed a 15 year-old Salt Lake City Boy Scout and injured three others at a Utah mountain camp in the latest tragedy to strike the Boy Scouts this summer. Paul Ostler was killed during a powerful storm on Tuesday while preparing for bed in a cabin in the High Uinta Mountains, where more than 200 Boy Scouts and 57 leaders were camped, officials said on Wednesday.
· Update: California girl, 11, avoids felony trial. Lawyers for an 11-year-old girl charged with assault with a deadly weapon for throwing a rock at a boy during a water balloon fight reached a deal late Wednesday that allows the child to escape jail time.
· Autopsy: Toddler hit twice by LAPD. A toddler girl suffered two gunshot wounds from Los Angeles police - one of them blowing out most of her brain - during officers' standoff with her father last month, an autopsy report concluded.
· Another one: DNA frees Miami's 'Bird Road Rapist' after 26 years in prison. A man imprisoned for 26 years as the "Bird Road rapist" was released Wednesday after DNA evidence from two of the rapes excluded him as the attacker, casting doubt on all five of the cases for which he was serving time. "Victory," 67-year-old Luis Diaz told reporters as he walked out of a Miami courthouse a free man. He said he planned to spend time with his family, was not bitter about the time he lost and didn't blame prosecutors.
· Ice cream truck delivers cocaine. In this neighborhood racked by killings and other violence, even something as seemingly innocent as an ice cream truck can raise police suspicion. Tuesday, officers working undercover were watching for possible drug sales, and they weren't disappointed, said Sgt. Rick Lehman. About 2 p.m., they arrested a 17-year-old and charged him with drug possession, saying they found cocaine in his pocket, and a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol - allegedly from the ice cream truck police said.
· Burglar dead in odd twist. A strange sequence of events leaves an alleged burglar dead and a homeowner in critical condition. Witnesses say there was confusion, and some good samaritans who thought they were stopping a crime in progress hit the homeowner over the head with a shovel, and let the burglar get away.
· Bank apologizes for issuing credit card to Mr. Dickhead. A bank has apologized to a customer after sending him a debit card bearing the name "Dick Head." NatWest said it had launched an inquiry after Chris Lancaster, 18, of Tiptree, Essex, received a cash card with the wording: "Mr C Lancaster Dick Head."
· Better late than never for Holly Hunter. The 47-year-old Oscar winner is expecting twins with her longtime boyfriend, British actor Gordon MacDonald. Hunter will be turning 70 about the time her kids graduate from college.
· My Playboy youth: sex, drugs, guns. Jennifer Saginor had a bizarre childhood at the Playboy Mansion, where her father was Hugh Hefner's doctor. Jennifer Saginor was six years old the first time she saw two people having sex. Thirty years later, Saginor has chosen to document her unorthodox youth amid the "exotic animals, bowls of candy and half-naked women."
· Rocker Melissa Etheridge says she cancer free. Nine months after doctors found a malignant tumour in her breast, rock singer Melissa Etheridge says she is cancer free and thinking about having a baby with her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. "I stand before you a totally healthy person," Etheridge, 44, said in an interview airing today on the syndicated television show Extra.
· ACLU sues over student's freedom to rap. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a school district on behalf of a 14-year-old rap music fan who was expelled after he posted lyrics on the Internet in which, according to police, he threatened to shoot up his school and named a potential victim.
· Joseph Duncan Linked To California Murder. The man accused of kidnapping an Idaho girl and killing four of her family members may be connected to the 1997 murder of a Riverside, California boy. Joseph Duncan is already charged with killing a woman, her boyfriend, and two of her kids.
· Nigerian cocaine trafficker set free after $300 fine. A 35-year-old man convicted of cocaine smuggling has walked free from a Nigerian court after paying a $300 fine, a law enforcement official said on Wednesday. The Federal High Court sentenced Eugene Eromosele to 15 years in prison - OR $300 - on Tuesday, after convicting him of trying to smuggle almost three pounds of cocaine into Europe.
· Chappelle's Show Is 'Done,' Murphy Says. Time to face the facts: Dave Chappelle's hit Comedy Central series isn't coming back, says one of its stars. "`Chappelle's Show' is over, man. Done," comic Charlie Murphy told TV Guide. "It took me a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it pretty easy now, because it's the truth."
· Chicken protest draws customers for KFC. A protest against the manner in which chickens are slaughtered for fast-food chain KFC drew additional customers rather than drive them away from a Logan, Utah outlet. PETA's lunch hour protest had as many as 30 people waiting in long lines to order chicken.
· Korean scientists clone man's best friend. Scientists for the first time have cloned a dog. But don't count on a better world populated by identical, well-behaved canines just yet. That's because the dog duplicated by South Korea's cloning pioneer, Hwang Woo-suk, is an Afghan hound, a resplendent supermodel in a world of mutts, but ranked by dog trainers as the least companionable and most indifferent among the hundreds of canine breeds.
· Like mother; like daughter. There is a bizarre twist in the case of a former Lincoln, Illinois police officer facing marijuana possession charges. Her 24-year-old daughter has been charged with trying to make methamphetamine to raise bail for her mother.
· Beer cans used in car theft scam. Empty beer cans are being used by car thieves in a new scam to distract drivers. The thieves tie cans to the exhaust and when the driver gets out to check what is causing the noise the car is stolen.
· NYC Officials Call for Racial Profiling. Middle Easterners should be targeted for searches on city subways, two elected officials said, contending that police have been wasting time with random checks in efforts to prevent terrorism in the transit system. Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should be focusing on those who fit the "terrorist profile." "They all look a certain way," said Hikind. "It's all very nice to be politically correct here, but we're talking about terrorism."
· Pat Day retires. Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, racing's all-time leader in purse earnings and the all-time win leader at Churchill Downs and Keeneland, is officially retired from riding races, his agent confirmed this morning at Churchill Downs, the track he dominated for more than 20 years and over which he won the 1992 Kentucky Derby.
· London religious hate crime soars. Crimes motivated by religious hatred have jumped by nearly 600 percent in London since the July 7 bombings, according to police records. They include verbal and physical attacks and criminal damage to property, including mosques.
· Man Pays Speeding Ticket in Pennies. A man ticketed for speeding thought he'd get even by paying his fine with 12,000 pennies. But the judge had the final word by making him wait for the change to be counted.
· Daryl Hall Goes Back on Tour After Illness. Daryl Hall, diagnosed with lyme disease six weeks ago, returns to the road this weekend with John Oates. The pop music duo canceled touring plans in support of their new album, "Our Kind of Soul," after the 55-year-old Hall was diagnosed.
· Giant 'Blue Bird' on roof upsets neighborhood. A giant blue statue of "Sesame Street's" Big Bird character perched above a roof has angered homeowners in a Wisconsin neighborhood. The Village's Historic Preservation Board ordered the blue Big Bird off the chimney or face a $100 a day fine. And, hours before the deadline, the bird was removed from the chimney. However, the statute is once again perched on top of some scaffolding at roof level, holding an American flag and in plain view for the neighbors to see.
· Girl, 11, to Go on Trial for Rock-Throwing. An 11-year-old girl arrested on a deadly weapon charge for throwing a rock during a water balloon fight was scheduled to be tried Wednesday after talks between her attorney and prosecutors failed to produce a plea bargain. Maribel Cuevas was arrested in April for throwing a two-pound rock at a neighborhood boy who had pelted her with a water balloon.
· Time Warner in $2.5 billion fraud settlement. Time Warner Inc. and its auditor have reached a $2.5 billion settlement to securities fraud litigation, according to statements Wednesday from the world's largest media company, over charges that AOL improperly inflated its advertising revenue beginning in mid-2000 and inflated its Internet subscriber numbers in 2001.
· U.S. mail may deploy medicine in emergency. In the event of a flu pandemic or a bioterrorism attack, help could arrive via door-to-door mail delivery or from the fire station down the street, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Tuesday.
· Thieves steal fake Munch artworks. Masked thieves in Norway have stolen what they thought were three Edvard Munch paintings - but which turned out to be worthless copies. Two unarmed men burst into Oslo's Hotel Continental, threatened staff and removed three pictures from the walls. But the hotel had swapped the originals with duplicates after two real Munch works were stolen from the Munch Museum in the city almost a year ago.
· Newton disputes claims he owes IRS $1.8 million. Wayne Newton is disputing Internal Revenue Service claims that he and his wife owe $1.8 million in taxes and penalties from 1997 through 2000. "We believe the IRS owes him money," Newton's lawyer, A. Lavar Taylor, said Tuesday, adding the singer was entitled to $2.2 million in unclaimed deductions over the same period.
· Toronto passengers recall ‘hell of a roller coaster.’ The 309 passengers and crew members aboard an Air France jet survived a “hell of a roller coaster” Tuesday as the aircraft skidded off a runway in Toronto and plunged into a wooded ravine before bursting into flames. Steven Shaw of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority said at a news conference that there were “no known fatalities” in the crash and only 14 people were known to have suffered minor injuries. The number of injured was later revised to 24.
· Robert Blake's ex-wife: 'Blake wanted me dead.' Long before he was accused of killing second wife Bonny Lee Bakley, "Baretta" star Robert Blake set up a "contract" hit on his ex-wife and the actor she was dating, according to her shocking new testimony.
· Don Knotts' Failing Health Delays Festival. Don Knotts' failing health has forced his hometown to indefinitely postpone a parade and film festival in his honor that had been scheduled Aug. 12-14 for the 81-year-old Emmy-winning actor.
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Oxymoron [ox·y·mo·ron] n.pl. A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.”
· Sarandon to Play World's Richest Little Girl. The Doris Duke story is a wild one. Her father's death when she was 12 in 1924 made her "the richest little girl in the world." He left her $300 million. Oscar winner Susan Sarandon will play her, and Ralph Fiennes is set to play Duke's butler, Bernard Lafferty, in a new movie directed by Bob Balaban.
· The new status symbol: $135 drinks. It will cost you $135 to drink a Champs-Elysees at Le Passage, a Rush Street lounge in Chicago. Made with Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, Grand Marnier, orange juice and sour mix, it's served in a crystal cognac glass rimmed with powdered sugar.
· Woman says punching bear in nose doesn't work. A 50-year-old woman said she punched a black bear in the nose as it attacked her, but the bear didn't flinch. "It was totally ineffective," Mary Munn said of her attempts to fend off the bear during Friday's attack. The ordeal lasted less than a minute, but in that time the bear bit her in several places, as Munn's dog tried to distract the 150 to 200 pound animal.
· Unprecedented Shuttle Repair a Success. A spacewalking astronaut gently pulled two potentially dangerous strip of protruding fabric from Discovery's belly with his gloved hand Wednesday, successfully completing an unprecedented emergency repair job. Astronaut Stephen Robinson said both pieces came out easily. He did not have to use a makeshift hacksaw that he carried along just in case.
· "Smelly Kelly" learns about deodorant. Kelly Clarkson says she's a hygiene freak now after getting in late on the deodorant game. The former "American Idol" winner tells Jane Magazine when she was growing up her mom was too busy working - so she never got the girlie talk. She says her friends even called her "smelly Kelly." And it wasn't because it rhymed - as she used to think.
· Were soldier killings an inside job? For U.S. military officials, the deaths of the six Marines yesterday raises an unsettling prospect: that they may have been victims of someone with inside information. The six were members of two sniper teams, trained to pick off the enemy at a distance, one-by-one, with a single precision shot.
· Adidas to buy Reebok for $3.8 billion. Adidas-Salomon AG said Wednesday that it will buy shoemaker Reebok International Ltd. in a $3.8 billion deal, giving the company about 20 percent of the U.S. market and putting it in a position to better challenge leader Nike Inc.
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
· Report: Searchers Missed Boys Locked In Trunk 5 Times. The official report into the suffocation deaths of three Camden, N.J., boys in June says police and family members searched a car five times without looking in the trunk for the missing children. An autopsy showed they may have been alive for up to 33 hours.
· Homeowners association quick to foreclose. Karin Healy bought her house six years ago to build a retirement nest egg. But after falling $1,380 behind in homeowners association dues, the group moved to foreclose on her Plantation Golf and Country Club house in January. Healy’s house recently sold at a courthouse auction for $11,000 and assumption of her $137,000 mortgage. The buyer got a deal. Records show that homes in the neighborhood have recently sold for more than $300,000.
· Bullock Works Counter at Sister's Bakery. Crowds lined up outside the doors for the grand opening of Gesine's Confectionary where "Miss Congeniality" star Sandra Bullock was working the front counter. The baked goods sold nearly as fast as Bullock's sister, shop owner Gesine Prado, could churn them out Tuesday.
· Update: Apparent miracle in Toronto jet crash. Amazingly, no deaths have been reported in the crash of an Air France Airbus A340 carrying more than 300 that erupted in flames Tuesday after skidding off a runway while landing in a thunderstorm at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. A government official said it appeared everyone survived, and only 14 people suffered minor injuries.
· Michael Bullish on Bahrain? Sounds like Michael Jackson has found a way to beat the heated up California housing market: Buy in Bahrain. The longtime Golden State resident has purchased 14 acres' worth of "palatial property" as a "potential new home" in the oil-rich Persian Gulf kingdom.
· Man Pleads Guilty, Then Gets Married. Minutes after pleading guilty to a gang-related stabbing death, Joshua Miracle got married in the same courtroom. Miracle, 26, who faces death or life in prison without parole for killing Elias Raymond Silva, exchanged wedding vows with longtime girlfriend Christina Beltran, 21, during a brief ceremony performed by retired Superior Court Judge William Gordon. The groom, handcuffed and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, managed to steal a kiss before bailiffs took him back to jail.
· D.C. woman kills boyfriend with a skillet. A Washington woman has admitted killing her boyfriend by pounding his head with a cast-iron skillet after spraying insecticide onto his face. Dominique Jackson, 32, said she was angry her 44-year-old boyfriend sold her computer to obtain drug money, The Washington Post reported. She pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter.
· Woman Blames Newspaper Typo For Theft. The newspaper printed a public notice stating that all things at a particular address would be thrown away if unclaimed. Unofrtunately for Kris Bryan, the paper had mistakenly used her address instead, and her apartment was cleaned out by the time she returned home from work.
· Man Lied About Killing Hitchhiker To End Marriage. A Florida man was arrested Tuesday for making up a story that he killed a hitchhiker and dumped his body in the forest in hopes the incident would help end his marriage, according to a police report.
· Russia pulls the plug on ABC. Russia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it will not renew permission for ABC-TV to operate in the country after the network broadcast an interview with a notorious Chechen warlord.
· Soldier buys 'fully loaded' Mercedes 560 in Iraq. First Sergeant William von Zehle thinks he has the mother of all Mercedes, Saddam Hussein's car. The Connecticut soldier bought the car for about $5,000 when he was serving in Baghdad. The armored Mercedes even has flame throwers that shoot out the sides for crowd control.
· Officer Dumped Daughter's Ashes While Searching Man. A man is suing this city and one of its police officers for allegedly dumping his infant daughter's ashes during a drug search. A Florida police officer allegedly emptied the ashes from a cross-shaped pendant Jason Burnham was wearing because he suspected it held cocaine.
· New Mouse for Macs Has Multiple Buttons. Apple Computer's neglect of the humble mouse is over. It now offers a model that's nimble. Apple introduced its first computer mouse with multiple buttons, including four sensors and a tiny scroll ball.
· O'Neal Signs $100 Million, 5-year Deal With Miami. Shaquille O'Neal probably left millions on the bargaining table. His biggest obsession now isn't dollars but championships. O'Neal signed a $100 million, 5-year contract with the Miami Heat on Tuesday, a deal that ensures him plenty of added financial security while allowing the team salary flexibility to pursue other players.
· Scientists puzzle over oddities along Pacific coast. Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton - the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.
· Mariners' Franklin Suspended for Steroids. Seattle Mariners right-hander Ryan Franklin was suspended 10 days Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball's steroids policy, the eighth big league player caught under the tougher rules enacted this year prohibiting performance-enhancing substances.
· Simpson Kicked Out of Convention. Former American football star OJ Simpson was kicked out of an Illinois convention after showing up unannounced and selling his autographs to fans. But before his departure, Simpson signed 115 autographs - at $100 and $125 apiece - during his 75 minutes at the event.
· Hillary dumps Bush's 'mess' in new cartoon commercial. A new 30-second spot shows the pant-suited former first lady dressed up as a sanitation worker dumping what appears to be loads of dung labeled as Bush's mess, then wrapping up the commercial by saying she'll need 2 terms to clean it all up.
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Contrite [con·trite] adj. 1. Arising from sense of guilt: done or said out of a sense of guilt or remorse. 2. Very sorry: genuinely and deeply sorry about something. "He was suitably contrite."
· Martha Wants to Fill Studio With Marthas. Calling all Martha Stewarts. The famous homemaker is scouring the country for those who don't necessarily share her homemaking abilities, but her name. Producers of the hour-long syndicated daytime show "Martha," which premieres Sept. 12, are hoping to fill the studio audience with 150 Martha Stewarts for a special show.
· Children's Identities Fair Game For Thieves. When the creditors started calling, Shelbi Ramey didn't know what to do. How could she be $13,000 in debt? She was only 6 years old. The Zephyrhills girl, now 7 and learning how to count change, asked her daddy what a Social Security number is and why these people thought she was 25 years old. Jeff Ramey knew the answer was too complicated for his little girl to understand, so he put it in the simplest terms he could. ``When you're born, you're assigned a special number, and it belongs only to you,'' he told her. ``Your mommy took it from you.''
· Discovery Astronauts Prepare For Shuttle Repairs. Discovery's astronauts are preparing for a high-stakes task that's never before been attempted: sending a spacewalker beneath the craft to repair filler sticking out from ship's thermal tile belly.
· DNA evidence frees man after 19 years. A man who spent 19 years behind bars for a rape he didn't commit was released from prison Monday after new tests of DNA evidence cleared him. Friends and family broke into applause when a county judge dismissed charges against Thomas A. Doswell. About 30 minutes later, Doswell walked out of the county jail a free man - expressing thanks, not bitterness. "I'm thankful to be home," he told The Associated Press from his mother's house. "I'm thankful justice has been served. The court system is not perfect, but it works."
· Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor Have Baby. It's a boy for actor Ben Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor. Quinlin Dempsey Stiller was born last month in Los Angeles and weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, People magazine reported yesterday.
· Aruba suspect faces new questions. The only suspect who remains jailed in connection with the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba faces further questions Tuesday, authorities said. Dutch behavioral specialists will interview 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot as investigators try to shed new light on the case more than two months after Holloway vanished on the Caribbean resort island off Venezuela.
· Israeli 'helped suicide bomber.' An Israeli Jew has been charged with helping a Palestinian suicide bomber enter Israel, where he blew himself up last month, killing five people. Kfir Levy, 25, has been charged with manslaughter, along with two Israeli Arabs also suspected of helping the attacker to reach the city of Netanya.
· Reports of sex, drug abuse - and little police work. Dan Ring had an undercover car, a top-secret federal clearance, access to a roomful of sophisticated spying tools - and an $80,000-a-year salary to encourage him to track down criminals in King County's sex trade. For 14 years, the detective worked on his own, rarely checking in, partying with prostitutes, and making deals with escort-service operators. "I have been unable to uncover any evidence that any intelligence Dan has gathered on the adult entertainment industry in the last five years has led to a single criminal investigation, arrest or charge," Capt. Cameron Webster wrote.
· New study claims lying can help you lose weight. In their battle against the bulge, desperate dieters have tried drugs, surgery, exercise, counseling, creams and even electrical fat-burning belts. Now some psychologists have a new idea: Lying. A team led by psychologist Elizabeth Loftus of the University of California, Irvine, found that it could persuade people to avoid fattening foods by implanting an unpleasant childhood memory about the food - even though the event never happened.
· University Of Florida Fraternity Closed Over Hazing. A national fraternity has closed its chapter at the University of Florida for two years as a penalty for hazing. Three Kappa Alpha pledges who were arrested for stealing signs from local businesses and apartment complexes told police they had been ordered to take the signs to decorate the fraternity house for an upcoming party.
Monday, August 1, 2005
· Mexican militia offer bounty on U.S. law enforcement. A renegade band of Mexican military deserters are offering $50,000 bounties for the assassination of U.S. law enforcement officers, to protect loads of cocaine and marijuana being brought into America by Mexican smugglers, authorities said.
· Ex-Cop Who Killed Denies Setting Up 'Hit' On Whistleblower. A former New Orleans police officer told a jury Monday that he did not order the killing of a woman who filed a brutality complaint against him, but was instead setting her up in a drug deal.
· Teacher charged with rape for alleged sex with teen. A former English teacher at a Catholic high school was charged Monday with rape for allegedly having sex with an underage student. Beth Geisel, 42, was charged with two counts of third-degree rape and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
· Deputy pleads guilty to killing man who shot his partner. A sheriff's sergeant pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a man who killed his partner. Prosecutors said the man had already been wounded and was handcuffed when he was fatally shot.
· DA's Laptop Found in River. Two fishermen found the laptop computer of a top county prosecutor missing for 3½ months, police said Monday. The hard drive was missing. Two people fishing the Susquehanna River found the laptop and turned it over to state police who determined it belonged to District Attorney Ray F. Gricar.
· Steroid shocker: Palmeiro suspended. Rafael Palmeiro was suspended 10 days for violating Major League Baseball’s steroids policy Monday, nearly five months after the Baltimore Orioles first baseman emphatically told Congress that “I have never used steroids. Period.”
· Laci's killer Scott Peterson finally speaks. For the first time since Scott Peterson was sentenced to die, the convicted killer of his wife and unborn son is now speaking publicly via the Internet, issuing a message of thanks to his supporters. "The amount of support we have received is just incredible," writes Peterson.
· Golfer Daly files lawsuit against Florida newspaper. Pro golfer John Daly has filed a lawsuit against the Times-Union, claiming he was defamed by a column that appeared in March. Daly is suing over statements that he's "accused of smacking women around" and that he has "Thug Life qualifications" and "a rap sheet that would make R. Jay Soward look like a Backstreet Boy."
· Luke's Light Saber Brings $200K at Auction. It didn't come cheap, but an anonymous bidder now owns a piece of Jedi history. A light saber used by Mark Hamill when he played Luke Skywalker in the original "Star Wars" sold for $200,600 Friday in an auction of movie props and costumes, said Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, which held the auction.
· Florida Lottery Says $250,000 Scratch-Off Ticket Is Misprinted. She thought she won $250,000 in the lottery, but the lottery said it's not paying. The lottery said what appeared to be a winning ticket was a misprint.
· Low-carb king Atkins files Chapter 11. Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the company that promoted low-carb eating into a national diet craze, filed for bankruptcy court protection Sunday, a company spokesman said. Atkins has been hurt by waning popularity of its namesake diet, which focuses on eliminating carbohydrates such as bread and pasta to shed weight.
· Crash Involving 1929 Duesenberg Leaves 3 Dead. A driver apparently ran a stop sign at an intersection near Ann Arbor, Michigan and collided with 1929 Duesenberg convertible worth $1.5 million. The classic car was carrying a family of five, which killed two adults and a child, authorities said. The 25-year-old driver of the Volvo that collided with the Duesenberg was unhurt.
· New York Governor Promises to Veto 'morning-After Pill' Legislation. Gov. George Pataki plans to veto legislation that would allow women to buy the "morning-after" pill without a prescription, a decision described by abortion rights advocates as "sheer political expediency" to build conservative support for a 2008 presidential run.
· Al Gore television debuts. Much of the talk around Al Gore's new Current TV network has been broadly philosophical, like the former vice president's statement that "we want to be the television home page for the Internet generation."
· Public service announcement. Opening up your door while driving isn't a good idea, especially on a busy highway. Robbin Doolin, 31, of the Kansas City learned that the hard way. She went tumbling out onto U.S. 71 in Kansas City, and to the amazement of other drivers, she hopped up and chased her car as it careened down an embankment. Her explanation to officers: "I leaned out to spit and I leaned too far."
· Ford splits with Eminem. Ford Motor Co. is ending a newly formed relationship with rapper Eminem. The Detroit News reported that the split comes because of concerns of Ford executives over the title and lyrics of the artist's newest song. The three-word title includes a vulgarity.
· Man arrested after allegedly stashing pot near police station. Police say a Stamford man on his way to court this week stashed $1,500 worth of marijuana under a rock outside police headquarters. When 21-year-old Daniel Garcia returned two hours later, all he found was a note that said, "You're under arrest."
· Bacall rips into 'vulgar' Tom Cruise. Screen siren Lauren Bacall has joined the chorus of celebrities attacking tarnished golden boy Tom Cruise. In an interview with Time magazine, the leading lady took aim at Cruise's over-the-top public courtship of starlet Katie Holmes, which coincided with the release of his latest movie. "His whole behavior is so shocking," Bacall said, in an apparent reference to Cruise's wild-eyed fist-pumping and couch-jumping on "Oprah" and other television shows in recent weeks. "It's inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it's kind of a sickness."
· Connery fed up with Hollywood 'idiots.' Sean Connery has said he does not want to act in any more movies because he is "fed up with the idiots" now working in Hollywood, it has emerged. The former James Bond star said that he would "need a Mafia-like offer I couldn't refuse" to appear in another film.
· Saudi King Fahd dead. Saudi Arabia's King Fahd - whose reign was marked by unprecedented prosperity, but whose close ties with the United States stirred the passions of Islamic militants - has died, Saudi Arabia's information minister announced Monday. His exact age remains uncertain - believed to be 84.
· Priest's defamation lawsuit against accuser heads to trial. A Catholic priest's defamation lawsuit against a man who claims the priest abused him as a boy heads to trial in Janesville on Monday. The case will pit supporters of the priest, the Rev. Gerald Vosen, against advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse who say the lawsuit is retaliation against a victim.
· Harrison Ford leads kids' flying program. Actor Harrison Ford will stay on as chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association's program to introduce children to flying. Ford will serve as EAA Young Eagles program chairman for another two years.
· 'Harry Potter' Pirated Into Chinese. The wizards of China's thriving piracy industry have worked their magic again and produced a rush translation of the latest Harry Potter book. Though it's missing some paragraphs and gets a couple of facts wrong, an unauthorized Chinese version of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was on sale Sunday in Beijing.
· Murdoch clashes with his kids. A split between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his adult children over his third marriage raises question about who will lead News Corp. following the 74-year old billionaire's death
· Al-Qaeda websites get wiped out. Over the past two weeks, Israeli intelligence agents have noticed something distinctly odd happening on the internet. One by one, Al-Qaeda’s affiliated websites have vanished until only a handful remain. Someone has cut the line of communication between the spiritual leaders of international terrorism and their supporters. Since 9/11 the websites have been the main links to disseminate propaganda and information. The Israelis detect the hand of British intelligence, determined to torpedo the websites after the London attacks of July 7.
· Illicit sex a problem at juvenile prisons. Sexual assaults and other illicit incidents of sexual contact are reported at juvenile prisons at a rate 10 times higher than at adult lockups, a government study finds.