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Friday, November 23, 2007
· Shamed Marion Jones' Olympic glory erased. All of Marion Jones' results dating to September 2000, including her Olympic and world championship titles, were annulled Friday because of doping. Track and field's governing body also told her to return her estimated $700,000 in prize money from that period.
· Bullet Meant For Dog Kills Owner. Police said a southeastern Indiana woman chasing her dog was fatally shot by a neighbor after the dog ran through the neighbor's property. Nicole Stroud, 29, of Wadesville was pronounced dead Thursday at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.
· Study: Democrats party of rich. Democrats like to define themselves as the party of poor and middle-income Americans, but a new study says they now represent the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional districts. A key measure of each district's wealth was the number of single-filer taxpayers earning more than $100,000 a year and married couples filing jointly who earn more than $200,000 annually.
· Sex offender mayor barred from City Hall. The mayor of small Texas town pleaded guilty to indecent conduct toward two girls and is barred from going to City Hall because it is near a youth center. But he still doesn't plan to resign. Mayor Lino Donato entered the pleas October 31 to three counts of indecency, cutting short a trial on accusations that he exposed himself to two girls between 1996 and 2000 and improperly touched one of them.
· Drunk Driving Prosecutor Arrested On DUI Charge. A Shasta County deputy district attorney who specializes in prosecuting drunken driving cases now faces DUI charges herself. A California Highway Patrol pulled over Patricia Jean Haley, 28, early Saturday for a routine traffic violation and gave her a breath test that showed a blood alcohol level of 0.10. The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08.
· $100K Violin Reported Stolen From Unlocked Car. For Nicolas Orbovich, losing his violin was like losing a member of the family. A concert violinist, Orbovich said he left his instrument, made in 1892 and worth $100,000, in its case and on the backseat of his car Saturday in a parking lot in this northwestern Indiana city. He left the doors unlocked.
· Skydiver Dies Practicing for Record Jump. 100 skydivers linked together after opening their parachutes during a jump, apparently setting a record for their type of formation, but another skydiver died after being injured in an earlier practice run.
· Woman Accused Of Dealing Drugs From Hospital Bed. Police said a woman who checked herself into a hospital earlier this month was dealing drugs from her bed. Quincy police confiscated seven small bags of heroin, a scale used to weigh the drug, marijuana, and $344 from the room of 39-year-old Jonna Marks at Quincy Medical Center.
· 15-year-old girl jailed with 20 men. A 15-year-old girl was put in a Brazilian jail cell with more than 20 men, and for a month was raped relentlessly and forced to have sex for food, human rights groups say. "She was raped from day one'' at the jail in Para state, a Children and Adolescent Defence Centre (Cedeca) spokeswoman said. The number of men in the cell varied from 20 to 34 while the girl, a robbery suspect, was there.
· Worker Crushed in Arizona When 747 Landing Gear Collapses. A man working on a Boeing 747 at an airstrip near Marana was critically hurt when the landing gear collapsed and he was trapped under the plane, authorities said.
· Boy With Toy Gun Robs Man. A boy with a toy gun and a man robbed another man in front of his apartment on Monday, according to officials. The boy, described as about 14 years old, was holding what the victim believed was a real gun and the duo took the man's wallet and cell phone, deputies said.
· Sony Ordered to Pay $5M in Logo Dispute. Sony Music must pay the founder of a small record company $5 million for failing to put his company's logo on reissues of Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" album, a federal appeals court ruled.
· Football Team Gives Up 15 Yards For Dance. An Oregon football team starts almost every game with a 15-yard penalty, and the home fans in Portland love it. The referees drop the flag because the Jefferson High School team performs a dance known as a haka before each game.
· Family of girl hurt in pool sues club, drain-cover manufacturer. The family of a 6-year-old Edina girl injured in a freak wading pool accident filed suit Thursday against the pool manufacturer and the Minneapolis Golf Club. The suit blamed both the club, located in St. Louis Park, and Sta-Rite Industries, a pool equipment manufacturer owned by a Golden Valley company, for the accident, in which 21 feet of Abigail Taylor's small intestine were sucked out when she landed on an uncovered suction outlet in the kiddie pool in June.
· Mauling by pit bull critically injures boy, 1. A 1-year-old boy suffered severe injuries today when a pit bull mauled him in a Wichita apartment, police said. Doctors at Wesley Medical Center said the boy was in critical by stable condition and that although the injuries were serious, they were not life-threatening, said police Sgt. Bruce Watts. Doctors said the boy lost about 30 percent of his scalp in the attack.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
· 3 charged with causing Natalee Holloway's death. Authorities have re-arrested three men in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager in Aruba in 2005, based on new evidence in the case, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Bothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe were arrested in Aruba at the same time authorities in the Netherlands picked up Joran Van der Sloot at the request of the Aruban government.
· Dennis Quaid twins recovering from medical overdose. The two-week-old twins of actor Dennis Quaid were recovering in a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday after mistakenly being given a massive overdose of a blood thinning drug. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the United States' leading hospitals, apologized on Wednesday for what it called the "preventable error" that led to the twins and another unidentified child being given 10,000 units of the anti-coagulant Heparin, instead of the normal 10 units given to babies.
· King on walkoff: 'I have seen it all now.' It was a moment tailor-made for live television: The plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West's mother agrees to talk to Larry King but then walks off the set almost as soon as the interview starts. The bizarre turn of events had even CNN's King scratching his head. In his 50-plus years in broadcasting, King has never had a guest agree to appear but then disappear while still on the air. "It was as crazy a night as you can imagine," King said Wednesday from New York. "I have seen it all now."
Word of The Day by WordThink
Assiduous [as·sid·u·ous] adj. 1. Constant in application or attention; diligent: "An assiduous worker who strove for perfection." 2. Unceasing; persistent: "Assiduous cancer research."
· Wanted: tall, thin women to present Olympic medals. Beijing is seeking women presenters for medals ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics - but only those who are tall and thin need apply. Hundreds of young women will be recruited as volunteers to present medals and raise flags at ceremonies for the Games.
· License Suspended for Hogan's Son. The driver's license of wrestler Hulk Hogan's son has been suspended because of a street racing crash that left a passenger friend critically injured, state officials said Wednesday. Nick Bollea, 17, was arrested Nov. 7 on reckless-driving charges stemming from the August crash. Earlier in November, his license was suspended for six months for allegedly having a blood alcohol level of 0.055 percent as a minor at the time of the accident.
· Sheriff: Ban new deputies from smoking. The Volusia sheriff has a new idea on how to keep deputies fit: Ban them from smoking. Sheriff Ben Johnson proposed barring new hires from lighting up while on the job or at home. Johnson said it's important for his deputies to be in good shape for their physically demanding jobs. He is also proposing routine physical fitness tests.
· Convicted Lawyer Wants to Teach Morality. A lawyer known for his high-profile cases against the police and President Bush asked a judge on Wednesday to spare him jail time for federal tax evasion and fraud conviction. Prosecutors said Stephen Yagman, 63, should serve a minimum of nine years in prison. Yagman's lawyer argued the punishment would be too harsh, calling it ``vindictive prosecution."
· Congressman Accuses Police Of Racial Profiling. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-7th District) said Wednesday he was the victim of racial profiling. CBS 2's Mike Parker reports, the congressman insists the only reason he was pulled over by Chicago police is because he is black.
· Designer to the stars faces rape charges in NY. An award-winning fashion designer to the stars who is accused of sexually assaulting 18 young models in California has been charged with assaulting nine more women in New York, prosecutors said on Wednesday. A Manhattan grand jury indicted Anand Jon Alexander, 33, with sodomy, rape and other charges involving young women and girls as young as 14 between 2002 and 2006, prosecutors said.
· McCartney's Estranged Wife Berates Rich. Heather Mills McCartney, who is reportedly seeking millions of dollars in her breakup with Paul McCartney, denounced the world's rich as misers and snobs Wednesday.
· Swiss Army Knife Sets Record for Tools. A Swiss Army knife that weighs nearly three pounds has been inducted into the 2008 edition of Guinness World Records for "most functions on a penknife." At the time, the knife had 85 tools; the latest version has 87 tools and at least 115 uses.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
· Update: San Francisco to give illegal aliens ID cards. San Francisco will give resident identification cards to illegal immigrants under a plan approved on Tuesday amid a fierce nationwide debate on granting privileges to undocumented aliens. In a 10-1 vote, the city's board of supervisors approved giving identification cards to all residents, including illegal immigrants.
· Man Kills Suspects While On Phone With 911. The 911 call came from a Pasadena, Tex., resident, who alerted police to two burglary suspects on a neighbor's property. Before he hung up, two men were dead. Joe Horn, 61, told the dispatcher what he intended to do: Walk out his front door with a shotgun.
· Sober California drivers to get turkeys. Sober drivers passing through a DUI checkpoint in Salinas will be getting the bird. Up to 300 turkeys will be given to drivers who successfully pass through the sobriety checkpoint Tuesday. The location for the DUI checkpoint isn't being disclosed.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Precarious [pre·car·i·ous] adj. 1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: "The precarious life of an undercover cop." 2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious." 3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: "A precarious solution to a difficult problem."
· 81-year-old woman charged with punching police officer. An 81-year-old Greensboro woman was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly punching a police officer in the face. Greensboro police were investigating an assault at 2700 Buchanan Road about 7 p.m. when Mildred Richardson Morris, of the same address, allegedly assaulted officer Sheila A. Lennox-Spaulding by punching her twice in the face, according to arrest warrants.
· Donda West's plastic surgeon walks off 'Larry King Live.' The plastic surgeon who operated on hip-hop star Kanye West's mother the day before she died abruptly walked off the set of CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday, saying he was honoring a request from her family.
· Police smelled trouble with teenagers. Two teens who went to the Leicester police station to apply for door-to-door sales permits were arrested after officers say they smelled burned marijuana on them. Police detected the smell on Garrett St. Cyr after he came into the station last Friday. The officers went outside to talk with his companion, Joshua Kephart, after a computer check and a surveillance video showed he'd driven St. Cyr on a suspended license. Police said Kephart also smelled of marijuana and had several cans of beer in the car.
· Mother jailed for letting daughter play truant because she had 'a bad hair day.' A mother who let her teenage daughter skip school if she was having a 'bad hair day' was jailed. Dawn Joyce, 40, also allowed 14-year- old Carrie-Ann to stay at home if she needed to tidy her bedroom, had cat hair on her trousers, was too tired - or had dyed her hair and did not like the color.
· Ex-Alabama football star involved in fatal wreck. A van driven by former University of Alabama football star Siran Stacy was struck by a pickup at an intersection and six people were killed, including Stacy's wife and four of his children, state troopers said Tuesday.
· Robbed pilots saved from a swampy fate. Having stolen $2 million, the thieves handcuffed the Australian pilots to a mangrove in a Papua New Guinea swamp as the tide rose, and covered their faces with mud. "That was so their white skin could not be seen from the air," Senior Inspector Reuben Giusu told the Herald yesterday. Two armed security guards hijacked their light aircraft in mid-flight to steal money being delivered to an isolated bank branch.
· Polygamist 'prophet' to serve at least 10 years in prison. A Utah judge Tuesday sentenced polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to two consecutive prison terms of five years to life for his conviction on two counts of being an accomplice to rape, a court spokeswoman said.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
· Sex scandal hits Atlanta-area megachurch. The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her. Members of Archbishop Earl Paulk's family stood at the pulpit of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church a few Sundays ago and revealed the secret exposed by a recent court-ordered paternity test.
· CBS News Writers Authorize Negotiators to Call Strike. CBS news writers voted to give their union negotiators authority to call a strike, threatening news broadcasts at a network already struggling with a walkout by entertainment writers. A strike by news writers puts additional pressure on New York-based CBS, whose ``Evening News with Katie Couric'' lags behind ABC and NBC in ratings.
· Update: Child-on-child rape case stuns small Georgia town. They could barely see over the courtroom table, and their legs were too short to reach the floor: An 8-year-old and two 9-year-old boys, accused of raping an 11-year-old neighbor.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Obtuse [ob·tuse] adj. 1. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect. 2. Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: "An obtuse remark." 3. Not distinctly felt: "An obtuse pain."
· Stem Cell Breakthrough Uses No Embryos. Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the controversy.
· New York DMV Bans 'GETOSAMA' License Plates. Retired New York City police officer Arno Herwerth, a 21- year veteran of the NYPD, wanted to add vanity license plates reading "GETOSAMA" to the 1993 Ford Aerostar he had already hand-painted red, white and blue. But New York's DMV red-lighted the anti-Usama bin Laden plates, banning them under an agency regulation that prohibits anything "derogatory to a particular ethnic or other group."
· Concrete billboard stirs controversy. A business owner is standing his ground, and the women in his family are standing with him, after a YWCA of Niagara official charged his company’s advertising is gender insensitive. On a billboard over the image of a wrapped gift, the solicitous catchline, “Wife need new shoes?” is accompanied by the American Concrete logo.
· Brothers behind bars. The brother of a man recently charged with a 24-year-old San Jose killing was arrested after a DNA sample he provided to tie his brother to the crime linked him to the rape of an 81-year-old woman, authorities said today. David Leonard Holland, 46, was arrested Friday in Salinas for the 2001 rape after his DNA sample matched evidence from the attack, authorities said. "We have to assume he didn't expect this to happen," said David Tomkins, assistant deputy district attorney.
· Bogus lawyer bilks clients out of thousands. A man who never finished college passed himself off as a Harvard Law School graduate and bilked clients out of more than $50,000, Broward County authorities said Monday. Robert Brady, 26, was charged with six counts of unlicensed practice of law and organized fraud, according to the sheriff's office.
· Heather Mills: 'Why don't we drink rats' milk?' During another typically bizarre day for Heather Mills, the former model yesterday urged people to try drinking milk from rats and dogs to help save the planet.
· War Of The Roses. A late-night flower bed raid has prompted Bill Nye the Science Guy to obtain a temporary restraining order against a California woman whom the television personality appeared to have married last year. Nye, 51, last week secured the TRO against Blair Tindall, who admits that she poured weed killer in the garden of the Los Angeles home she once shared with Nye.
· Huge yawn locks jaw, chokes man. A British man was rushed to the hospital after his monster yawn locked his jaw, blocking his ability to breathe or swallow. Ben Shire, 34, was making a cup of tea to keep awake when he yawned, dislocating his jaw. He fell to the floor, unable to breathe or swallow.
· Protesting Gas Station Owner Dies On Hunger Strike. The longtime owner of a gas station in the town of Marina in Monterey County lost his battle with Shell Oil when he passed away last week after going on a hunger strike to protest the oil giant.
· Rogue cell phone has 911 on redial. A rogue cell phone is not accepting calls, but it sure likes to dial 911 operators in eastern Iowa. Operators at the Black Hawk County Consolidated Communications Center said that they received about 400 calls from the same cell phone last week and that no one seems to be on the other line.
· Donny Osmond apologizes to Larry King. Donny Osmond has apologized to Larry King for criticizing the CNN talk-show host after he revealed that Marie Osmond's 16-year-old son had entered rehab. "I was very upset about it," the 49-year-old singer said in an interview that aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show. "I thought it was very unfair for Larry King to throw that question at Marie the way he did."
Monday, November 19, 2007
· Vick surrenders early to begin dogfighting sentence. Michael Vick turned himself in to authorities on Monday to get a head start on serving his sentence for running a dogfighting ring, the U.S. Marshals Service said. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10 on a federal conspiracy charge of bankrolling the dogfighting operation.
· Mike Tyson gets day in jail for cocaine, DUI. Mike Tyson was sentenced Monday to 24 hours in jail and three years' probation for drug possession and driving under the influence. The former heavyweight champion had pleaded guilty to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor DUI count.
· Cop accused of letting stumbling drunk behind wheel to later arrest for DUI. A judge in Gillette has suppressed evidence in a drunken driving prosecution after ruling that the arresting police officer endangered the public by waiting for a man who was reportedly stumbling to get into his car and drive off before stopping him. The man's lawyer charged that officer Chad Trebby waited for the more severe offense in order to pump up drunken driving arrest numbers.
· Fake speed signs garner speeders real tickets. After speeders on Townfield Drive ran over two of Granville Hogg's lambs, he asked for the speed limit to be lowered from 55 miles per hour, to 35. When VDOT declined the request, he bought some very realistic speed limit signs and posted them along the road. The signs were so professional looking that state troopers starting writing tickets because of them.
· Smith Judge No Longer Facing Pot Charge. A retired judge who briefly heard arguments in cases involving the death of Anna Nicole Smith no longer faces a misdemeanor marijuana charge. Prosecutors dropped the charge against retired Broward Circuit Judge Lawrence Korda on Thursday after he passed six months of random drug tests.
· Nancy Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire people who can't speak English. It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens. Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army.
· Woman who falsely cried rape EIGHT times is spared jail. A woman who has cried rape eight times has been spared a jail sentence. Gemma Gregory, 28, claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by seven different men over a six-year period.
· Detroit 'most dangerous city.' In another blow to the Motor City's tarnished image, Detroit pushed past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city, according to a private research group's controversial analysis, released Sunday, of annual FBI crime statistics.
· Orlando prep school sues mother for criticizing it on blog. Unhappy with her daughter's private school, Sonjia McSween created a blog to warn other parents. The unexpected result: The New School of Orlando Inc. slapped McSween with a defamation lawsuit to stop her from publishing and talking about the school and force McSween to pay damages.
· Sheriff launches pro-Christmas decoration plan. To heck with white lights and an all-inclusive "holiday" celebration as touted by a Fort Collins citizens group, the Larimer County sheriff said this week. Sheriff Jim Alderden believes such a secular event runs counter to what most people in America and Larimer County hold to be true - Christ and Christmas. So Alderden is putting up his own Christmas - "not a holiday" - tree outside the county sheriff's administration building and is asking people to decorate it Dec. 1.
· Religious Order Reaches $50 Million Sex-Abuse Settlement With Alaska Natives. A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $50 million to more than 100 Alaska Natives who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests, a lawyer for the accusers said Sunday. The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is the largest one yet against a Catholic religious order, said lawyer Ken Roosa, who called it "a great day" for the 110 victims.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
· Attorney says Bonds 'set up.' His attorney claims Barry Bonds was set up by a "perjury trap" by federal prosecutors. Michael Rains told the San Jose Mercury News baseball's home run king did not lie to a federal grand jury probing the BALCO steroid ring.
· Judge threatens jail time for parents of unvaccinated children. Scores of grumbling parents facing a threat of jail lined up at a courthouse Saturday to either prove that their school-age kids already had their required vaccinations or see that the youngsters submitted to the needle. The get-tough policy in the Washington suburbs of Prince George's County was one of the strongest efforts made by any U.S. school system to ensure its youngsters receive their required immunizations.
· Saudi Rape Victim Gets 200 Lashes. A Saudi court sentenced a woman who had been gang raped to six months in jail and 200 lashes - more than doubling her initial penalty for being in the car of a man who was not a relative, a newspaper reported Thursday.
· Jurors reject claim of discrimination. Federal jurors determined that the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin did not discriminate against a disabled softball umpire when it reduced the number of games she worked and eventually did not rehire her. Jurors heard witnesses testify that in 2003 Joan Schmitz made confusing calls during games, misunderstood a rule regarding the number of men who could compete on a co-ed team and took off her uniform pants at home plate during a game.
· Volunteer in California fires has arson rap. A volunteer firefighter who helped battle one of last month's wildfires in San Diego County pleaded guilty years ago to setting several destructive wildfires. Steven Santos Robles Jr. has been returned to prison because he violated parole by failing to tell his parole officer he had joined the Ranchita Volunteer Fire Department.
· Burglary suspect shoots self in arm. A burglary suspect in Port Jefferson, N.Y., was arrested at a hospital emergency room after he accidentally shot himself in the arm. Investigators said Steven Holmes of Rocky Point on Long Island was one of three intruders who entered a home in Port Jefferson Friday.
· Katrina-ravaged cars being sold in Bolivia. Tens of thousands of cars were damaged or destroyed by Katrina, which submerged much of New Orleans in a corrosive broth of saltwater and mud. U.S. officials warned Americans to beware of buying the drowned cars. But many “Autos Katrina” were shipped overseas, often sold through Internet salvage auctions now globalizing the auto recycling industry.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
· Woman wants church as part of her divorce. The estranged wife of a pastor claims her husband blended his professional and personal finances so thoroughly that his church should be counted as an asset in their divorce. A judge agreed in a decision published this week to hear arguments on the claim, and he ordered a financial appraisal of the church.
· Mom: Web hoax led girl to kill herself. Megan Meier thought she had made a new friend in cyberspace when a cute teenage boy named Josh contacted her on MySpace and began exchanging messages with her. Megan, a 13-year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder, corresponded with Josh for more than a month before he abruptly ended their friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel. The next day Megan committed suicide.
· 36 million drivers would flunk drivers tests. If a test administered by GMAC Insurance is any indication, one in six people cruising our highways and byways - roughly 36 million licensed drivers - would flunk their driver's test if they had to take it today. And based on the 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test data the state with the most road-going dummies is New York, while the most knowledgeable ones are out West to Idaho.
· Death of Ex-Cop's Wife Called a Homicide. A nationally known pathologist has examined the remains of a former police officer Drew Peterson's third wife at her family's request and determined her death was a homicide, according to a published report. Former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden examined Kathleen Savio's remains on Friday and determined that she died after a struggle and her body was then placed in the bathtub where she was later found, Savio's family said.
· Woman stabs pit bull that attacked her cat. Authorities said a woman stabbed a pit bull that got into her house and attacked her cat. The Otter Tail County sheriff's office said the woman's daughter and a friend were walking into the house on Wednesday evening when the neighborhood dog made it past them and got into the home.
· FAA reassures travelers after near-miss. Air traffic control errors like the one that almost caused two airliners to collide near Chicago this week remain extremely rare and staffing levels are adequate despite controllers' complaints of fatigue and overwork, a federal aviation official said Friday.
· Costume Flap Imperils Immigration Post. Just when it appeared Julie Myers had cleared every hurdle in her quest to officially become the nation's top immigration official, a dreadlocked wig and a prisoner's outfit could cost her the job. Myers, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ran into trouble earlier this month after she and two other agency managers gave the "most original" costume award to a white employee who came to the agency's Halloween party dressed as an escaped prisoner with dreadlocks and darkened skin.
· Spears driving incident entered as evidence. The video of Britney Spears apparently running a red light with her children in the car was submitted into court Friday, a week after anyone with an Internet connection could judge it for themselves.
· Army Desertion Rate Highest Since 1980. Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.
· Atty: Woman wasn't told donor was a risk. A woman in her 30s who is one of the four organ transplant patients infected with HIV and hepatitis was not told that the infected donor was high risk, and had previously rejected another donor "because of his lifestyle," her attorney said.
Friday, November 16, 2007
· Teacher Suspended for Alleged Racist Rhyme. A River View, Wisconsin middle school teacher accused of using a racist rhyme in class has been suspended. The teacher allegedly used the rhyme - "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" - Monday while trying to pick a student to do a task.
· Detroit Station Owner Kills Rival in Gas Price Fight. Detroit police say a war between two gas stations took a shocking and tragic turn with a station owner shooting his rival who was irate over a gas-price cut.
· Hooters Girls Pose with SWAT Team. A SWAT team leader in Hoboken, New Jersey has some explaining to do after pictures of Hooters girls holding SWAT issued assault weapons surfaced. Lieutenant Angelo Adriani is in several pictures with some Hooters girls.
· Wounded warriors face home-front battle with VA. Marine Sgt. Ty Ziegel was attacked by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He lost part of his skull, his face was badly scarred and a portion of his brain was damaged. But when he returned home, the VA rejected his brain damage claim.
· Historic Whiskey Could Go Down Drain. Here's a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license. Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled.
· Southwest flyer told to change outfit poses for Playboy. A 23-year-old college student who was told by a Southwest Airlines employee that her outfit was too revealing to fly is wearing even less on Playboy's Web site. Kyla Ebbert appears in photos — some in lingerie, some nude — under the heading, "Legs in the Air."
· Rare robbery case brings cries of racism. Three young black men break into a white man's home in rural Northern California. The homeowner shoots two of them to death — but it's the surviving black man who is charged with murder. In a case that has brought cries of racism from civil rights groups, Renato Hughes Jr., 22, was charged by prosecutors under a rarely invoked legal doctrine that could make him responsible for the bloodshed.
· Woman crashes into salon, has hair done. Police say one customer was knocked across the room when 73-year-old Della Miller failed to stop her vehicle before it crashed through the windows of a hair salon. A customer who was sitting just inside the windows waiting for her appointment was struck and thrown six feet. Miller, who was not injured, proceeded with her hair appointment.
· Man Charged With Toad-Licking. A 21-year-old man in Kansas City was charged with possession of a venomous toad with the intent of licking its body to get high, according to police. David Theiss, 21, was arrested after police said he was trying to get high with the Colorado River toad. Officers in Clay County said it is the first time they've ever charged someone with toad-licking.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Supercilious [su·per·cil·i·ous] adj. 1. Full of contempt and arrogance. 2. Behaving as if or showing that a person thinks they are better than other people, and that their opinions, beliefs or ideas are not important, condescending: "He spoke in a haughty, supercilious voice."
· New Study Says Some Alcohol OK For Pregnant Moms. British researchers say it might be okay for pregnant women to occasionally indulge in a night of drinking. The researchers reviewed 14 studies and could not find much evidence that a once-in-a-while binge harms a fetus. But the researchers also said more study is needed.
· Well Done: a food company annual report that has to be cooked first. Croatian creative agency Bruketa & Zinic have designed an annual report for food company Podravka that has to be baked in an oven before it can be read. Empty pages become filled with content after being baked at 100°C for 25 minutes.
· Woman sues boxer over racy photos. A New York woman sued Olympic boxer Oscar de la Hoya for $100 million on Thursday, saying she was coerced into agreeing not to sell photographs of him dancing around a hotel room in women's clothing.
· CBS "Mystified" by Dan Rather's "Bizarre Allegations", Files Motion to Dismiss. Yesterday, in New York Supreme Court, in response to Dan Rather's civil lawsuit, CBS filed a lengthy 30-page motion to dismiss the case. CBS executives also released a statement today, noting that they are "mystified" by Rather's "bizarre allegations" but will "vigorously" defend themselves in court if need be.
· Off Goes the Power Current Started by Thomas Edison. Con Edison ended 125 years of direct current electricity service that began when Thomas Edison opened his Pearl Street Manhattan power station on Sept. 4, 1882. Con Ed will now only provide alternating current, in a final, vestigial triumph by Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, Mr. Edison’s rivals who were the main proponents of alternating current in the AC/DC debates of the turn of the 20th century.
· GPS Helps Cities Catch Goof-Offs. GPS tracking devices installed on government-issue vehicles are helping communities around the country reduce waste and abuse, in part by catching employees shopping, working out at the gym or otherwise loafing while on the clock.
· Britney Hits 'Em, One More Time. Paparazzi have felt Britney Spears' ire. They seem to be getting familiar with her tire as well. The beleaguered, steering-challenged pop star appeared to run over her third foot in less than a month while pulling into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Wednesday night.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
· Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women. Santas have been told not to use Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday. Sydney, Australia's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.
· The State Department has decide to not issue "death sentences" to it's diplomats. The State Department is backing down for now from forcing diplomats to serve in Iraq this summer because enough have volunteered to work in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and in outlying provinces, officials said today. At a recent town hall meeting, hundreds of diplomats applauded when one likened a forced tour in Iraq to a "potential death sentence."
· Federal Grand Jury Indicts Barry Bonds. Baseball superstar Barry Bonds was charged Thursday with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he said he did not use performance-enhancing drugs.
· 68-year-old stuntwoman still loves her occupational hazard. Age means nothing to 68-year-old veteran stuntwoman, Sandy Gimpel. A fourth-level black belt in karate – a sport she also teaches – she routinely falls down stairs, jumps from high cliffs, and takes more than a few bruises from some of Hollywood's leading men.
· Secret ingredient of $25,000 dessert revealed: Mouse droppings? While serendipity may be the art of finding pleasant things by chance, what health inspectors found at celebrated eatery Serendipity 3 was not very agreeable. Officials closed the restaurant Wednesday night after it failed its second inspection in a month. An inspector spotted a live mouse and mouse droppings, fruit flies, house flies and more than 100 live cockroaches. People (used to) stand in line for hours outside the Manhattan restaurant, known for its Guinness World Record $25,000 Haute Chocolate dessert.
· Boy, 15, gets 60 years for sex attack of girl, 6. A judge sentenced to 60 years in prison this morning a teenager who had pleaded guilty of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting a neighbor in Spanish Lake, MO on Nov. 11, 2005, when he was 13 and she was 6.
· Man's taser death caught on tape. A video showing the last moments of a Polish immigrant, who died after Canadian police shot him with a stun gun at Vancouver International Airport, has been made public.
· Body found at scene of Houston building implosion. Authorities in Houston believe they have located a body among the rubble of a building implosion. Crews began digging through the debris of the Old Crowne Plaza Hotel Wednesday morning to search for someone who may have been inside when the building came down.
· Chicago city workers: 22 convictions? Not a problem. Fired for lying about his decades-long criminal past, a city worker claims bad memory - and gets his job back. When he applied for a part-time job as a truck driver for the city of Chicago, Jerome Felske admitted he had a criminal past. He acknowledged having six criminal convictions - one burglary and five thefts. At the time, three years ago, City Hall had an unwritten policy against hiring ex-cons. But Felske had clout: He was helping register voters for the Hispanic Democratic Organization, then a powerful patronage army delivering votes for Mayor Daley.
· Male teacher gets 30 years for having sex with 17-year-old. A Bainbridge, Georgia high school teacher is sentenced to 30-years in prison for having a sex with a 17-year-old student. Thirty-four-year old Richard Dennis Whitehead was found guilty on 9 counts of sexual assault.
· Atlanta inmates may get DirectTV. The 226 inmates in the Clayton County Correctional Institution may get something that many of their free neighbors don't have: "Monday Night Football" on satellite TV. Warden Frank Taylor is asking the Clayton County Commission to let him order in direct-broadcast satellite service. Taylor says it's a bargain tool for prison management.
· Bomb parts smuggled past airport security. Investigators with bomb-making components in their luggage and on their person were able to pass through security checkpoints at 19 U.S. airports without detection, according to the Government Accountability Office.
· LAPD shelves Muslim mapping plan. A police plan to map out Muslim communities, a proposal that civil rights groups sharply criticized as racial and religious profiling, has been shelved, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.
· Clinton opposes driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday came out against granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, after weeks of pressure in the presidential race to take a position on a now-failed ID plan from her home state governor. Clinton stumbled when asked about the issue during a Democratic debate two weeks ago, and her new position comes the day before another debate in Nevada where opponents are expected to raise the issue again.
· Foreclosures Hit a Snag for Lenders. A federal judge in Ohio has ruled against a longstanding foreclosure practice, potentially creating an obstacle for lenders trying to reclaim properties from troubled borrowers and raising questions about the legal standing of investors in mortgage securities pools.
· O.J. Simpson to Face New Criminal Trial. More than a decade after his acquittal on murder charges, O.J. Simpson will again stand trial in a case certain to capture the national spotlight. The former football star said he wasn't surprised when a justice of the peace ordered him on Wednesday to defend himself against charges including kidnapping and armed robbery in a suspected sports memorabilia heist.
· Penn State Student Falls 8 Stories, Lives. A Penn State freshman is in critical condition after falling eight stories from her dorm room Tuesday. Tyrone Parham, a university police spokesman, said it was not clear if the 18-year-old girl fell from the window or jumped. Police said they have also not ruled out a criminal act.
· Matt Damon Named 'Sexiest Man Alive.' Matt Damon has been named the "sexiest man alive" by People magazine, an honor that has been bestowed twice on his pals George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The 37-year-old actor is featured on the cover of People's annual issue, on newsstands Friday.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
· Utah Highway Patrol crosses could be coming down. The fate of more than a dozen crosses honoring fallen Utah Highway Patrol troopers was left in the hands of a federal court judge on Tuesday. The issue was taken to court after a group of atheists sued the state claiming the crosses violate the constitutional separation of church and state.
· California will not charge 10-year-old arsonist. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has decided not to file charges against a 10-year-old boy accused of playing with matches and starting the Buckweed fire, which charred 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes in the Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita areas last month.
· McCain supporter: "How do we beat the bitch?" Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was posed a question at a South Carolina presidential rally that he hadn't heard before. An older woman stood and asked him, "how do we beat the bitch?"
· Update: Judge Who Sued Over Pants Loses Job. A judge who lost a $54 million lawsuit against his dry cleaner over a pair of missing pants has lost his job, District of Columbia officials said. Roy Pearson's term as an administrative law judge expired May 2 and the Commission on Selection of Administrative Law Judges has voted not to reappoint him. He had held his position for two years.
· San Francisco supervisors approve ID cards for illegals. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to issue municipal identification cards to city residents - regardless of whether they are in the country legally. Under San Francisco's sanctuary ordinance, it is city policy that no municipal government personnel or resources be used to assist federal immigration officials in the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants.
· N.Y. governor abandons driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will withdraw a controversial plan that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, a spokeswoman said. Seventy-six percent of Americans oppose giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, according to poll conducted in October for CNN by the Opinion Research.
· Man successfully escapes police - killed by alligator. A man who jumped into a Florida lake to escape police has been found dead with alligator bite marks on his torso, police said today. While it is yet to be determined that the man was killed by an alligator, a suspected long reptile culprit has been identified and killed.
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Synergism [syn·er·gism] n. Interaction of discrete agencies or conditions where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts. "All the stockholders saw considerable synergism in the merger." [also Synergy].
· Jury awards $2.3 million in gynecologist abuse suit. A King County jury has awarded $2.3 million to three women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by disgraced gynecologist Charles Momah. Momah, who operated several clinics in South King County, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005 after being convicted of rape and other sex crimes. At trial, former patients testified that he got them hooked on painkillers before sexually assaulting them.
· West Doctor Sought Hollywood Limelight. The doctor who performed a tummy tuck and breast reduction on the mother of Kanye West is a plastic surgeon to Hollywood's elite and something of a celebrity himself, with a TV show of his own and a host of appearances on programs from "Extra" to "Oprah." What Dr. Jan Adams hasn't publicized, however, is that the state medical board is investigating whether to revoke or suspend his license over alcohol-related arrests; that he has been the target of malpractice lawsuits; and that he's paid out nearly $500,000 in civil settlements.
· Real Estate Lock Boxes Add Panic Button. Entering an empty, unfamiliar house with a stranger is all in a day's work for real estate agents, most of them women. "You're on your own," said Nicholle D. Dagata, a real estate agent in Berlin, Conn. Cell phones are an obvious tool but cannot be used inconspicuously and can drop out of range in a basement, she said. "Sometimes you feel queasy." Now, GE Security's new wireless lock boxes, already designed to quickly notify a seller's agent that a house is being shown, are being outfitted with a "panic button" agents can use in an emergency.
· Domestic Spying Inquiry Restarted at DoJ. The Justice Department has reopened a long-dormant inquiry into the government's warrantless wiretapping program, a major policy shift only days into the tenure of Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
· CIA agent faked marriage for citizenship. A former agent for the FBI and CIA with ties to the popular Detroit area Lebanese restaurant chain La Shish, pleaded guilty Tuesday to faking a marriage to win U.S. citizenship, clearing the way to being hired and given security clearances by the two intelligence agencies.
· Regan Files $100M Suit Against Publisher. One-time book publishing powerhouse Judith Regan filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit Tuesday saying her former employers asked her to lie to federal investigators about Bernard Kerik, the former police commissioner who was once her lover, and tried to destroy her reputation.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
· Washington Post Critic Apologizes for E-Mail. A Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic for The Washington Post has apologized for sending an angry e-mail in which he called District of Columbia Council member Marion Barry a "crack addict."
· Saudi Prince Buying 'Flying Palace' Jet. In the annals of excess, it could be a new high: a more than $300 million dollar, super-sized luxury airplane, bought and outfitted solely for the private comfort of a Saudi Arabian billionaire. Once done, the Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger plane, will be a "flying palace" for Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the manufacturer announced Monday.
· NYC Taxpayers May Soon Be Funding 'Pigeon Czar.' Don't feed the pigeons … or else. A new pigeon plan is in the works that includes the creation of a pigeon czar. New York City is a smorgasbord for pigeons, but something could break that bread line. "We hope people who are spending their time collecting old bread from bakeries to feed pigeons to poop on your head will stop," Councilman Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, said. Felder wants pigeon feeders to pay. His plan is modeled after one in London where the fine is $1,000, to minimize the fluttering and flinging of filth.
· Student describes how she became a Clinton plant. The college student who was told what question to ask at one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign events says "voters have the right to know what happened" and she wasn't the only one who was planted.
· Man Found Dead, Stuck In Cat Door. St. Johns County Florida deputies recently launched an investigation into what they called one of the strangest accidents they've ever seen when a man was found dead after getting stuck in a cat door. Investigators said 32-year-old Charles Tucker Jr. was using the cat door early Saturday morning as a way to get back into his girlfriend's St. Augustine home after the woman kicked him out.
· Great Grandmother Strip-Searched At N.Y. Casino. A great-grandmother from Mount Vernon is filing suit for allegedly being strip searched at the Yonkers Raceway casino. As CBS 2 HD has learned, the angry woman says it was over a winner's slip that was missing. "They kept me down there for two and a half hours. Then they came and said they found the ticket. I said where was the ticket? He said it was in the machine."
· Officer Accidentally Uses Taser On Self. Adding insult to injury, the Madison Police Department issued a letter of reprimand after an officer was injured in the hand from accidentally discharging a Taser during a standard checkout procedure.
· Dr. says he operated on Kanye West's mom. A plastic surgeon who claimed to have operated on Kanye West's mother before she died said he did nothing wrong, and that her death could have been caused by other medical problems. Dr. Jan Adams told celebrity Web site TMZ that he performed a tummy tuck and breast reduction on Donda West, but that she might have died from a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or massive vomiting.
· 'Anonymous Friend' gives $100 million to town. Mike Batchelor invited the heads of 46 charities into his downtown office for one-on-one meetings to personally deliver the news. Nearby, on a small table, sat a box of tissues. And then he proceeded: A donor had given a staggering $100 million to the Erie Community Foundation, and all of the charities would receive a share.
· Lawyer: Bay pilot didn't realize damage. A lawyer for the ship pilot under investigation in San Francisco Bay's biggest oil spill in nearly two decades said his client didn't immediately realize the severity of the crash that led to the leak.
Monday, November 12, 2007
· Candidate Apologizes For 'Buckwheat' Remark. A state representative in a Louisiana runoff election infuriated civil rights leaders after she ended a conversation with the mother of the NAACP's president by saying, "Talk to you later, Buckwheat."
· Debt collection agencies sink to new lows. "Dear Sh*t" read the letter a New York man received from a debt collection company trying to collect a $16.39 debt. The letter from Nationwide Collections was addressed to "Sh*t Face" and threatened to take the customer to court over the debt, owed to Columbia House, a music subscription company.
· Car Company Considers Vehicle for Exclusively for Muslims. A national automaker is considering an Iranian proposal to design a car exclusively for Muslims. Among the features on the proposed vehicle are compasses that point toward Mecca and compartments for the Koran and prayer scarves. Proton, a Malaysia-based car maker, may agree to develop the “Islamic Car.”
· Alabama man on riding mower drowns in swimming pool. A 46-year-old man died after a riding lawn mower he was operating fell into a swimming pool at a north Mobile County home, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.
· Burger King sued over Bronx slaying. The family of a Bronx 16-year-old shot dead outside a Burger King, allegedly by its manager, is suing the fast-food giant - charging that officials should have known their employee was murderous.
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Innocuous [in·noc·u·ous] adj. 1. Having no adverse effect; harmless. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. [the seemingly innocuous e-mail actually contained a malicious virus].
· Mexican boy allegedly abused by teacher could return to U.S. A 13-year-old illegal immigrant who fled to his native Mexico amid a sex scandal with his schoolteacher could be eligible to return to the United States under a new visa the government started granting the week before he disappeared.
· Police: Man sold hallucinogens in Easter candy. A 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly selling hallucinogenic mushrooms hidden inside chocolate bunnies and ducks and other drugs, authorities said.
· Au Revoir, Armoire. America's obsession with flat-panel TVs has been a boon for sports nuts and videogame addicts. But it's sounded the death knell of the entertainment armoire, that bulky living-room fixture that has been used for decades to hide mammoth old-school sets.
· Thai serial killer says he 'hated those who take naps at work.' Police in Thailand said Sunday they have charged a security guard with murder after he admitted beating to death eight co-workers he discovered sleeping on the job.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
· L.A. Teachers Asked To Pay Back $53 Million. Teachers in the nation's second-largest public school system have been told to return an estimated $53 million they were overpaid because of a faulty payroll system.
· Thieves Nabbed Trying To Sell Painting Called 'An Honest Living.' Police say it took a painting called "An Honest Living" to catch a pair of crooks. The oil painting, which depicts a blues band, was one of 250 works that burglars stole from the Laguna Beach home of artist John Cosby in April. The paintings were valued at $750,000.
· Sex Offender Crawls Under Bathroom Stall To Fondle Boy. A registered sex offender was arrested on Friday morning, accused by police of climbing under a Volusia County park restroom stall and molesting a 15-year-old boy while masturbating.
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Autonomous [au·ton·o·mous] adj. 1. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed. 2. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: "an autonomous judiciary."
· Texas Skydiver Found Dead 2 Days After Fatal Jump. A missing skydiver thought to have gone home after not returning from a jump was found dead two days after his parachute apparently failed to open, authorities said. Scott Bell, 35, was found Friday in an overgrown field about a mile from the Skydive Spaceland hangar where he worked.
· Police find mob's "Ten Commandments." Never look at the wives of your friends, says one rule. Avoid pubs and nightclubs. Always keep your appointments. And, of course, never be seen with a cop. Members must also "hold to moral values," but there's not a single "Thou shall not kill" in the bunch.
· Student's costume wasn't Klan outfit, dad says. The Halloween garb worn by a Westview student last week was a ghost costume, not a Klan outfit, the boy's father said yesterday. “My son is not racist. He was more naive than malicious,” said the father, whose name is not being used because he said he feared his son could be subject to harassment.
· Teacher sex abuse cases reveal patterns. Back in August, the rumor around Lexington Middle School was that 25-year-old math teacher Kelsey Peterson had a boyfriend — a 13-year-old former student. People had complained to administrators three months earlier that Peterson spent too much time hanging out with the kids. When new complaints reached administrators linking her to the student in August, her principal gave her a verbal warning, but that was it.
· DNA test proves Gipp wasn't father. DNA from the recently exhumed body of college football hero George Gipp shows he was not the father of a child born shortly after his death, quelling longstanding rumors, relatives said Saturday.
· Vick fires lawyer in dogfighting case. Michael Vick has fired one of the attorneys representing him in his dogfighting case. Daniel R. Meachum of Atlanta will no longer represent Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
· Clinton campaign admits staffer planted question at forum. An aide for Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a Grinnell College student a question to ask the Democratic presidential candidate during a forum this week in central Iowa. The campaign did not mention at the event that the question had been planted, and it initially denied the incident occurred until last night.
· Sex Offender's Body Burned, Beheaded. Residents along a cul-de-sac told police they saw a small fire near the spot where the burned and beheaded body of a convicted sex offender was found. "Who would do something like this to my son? It's not real to me right now," said the victim's father.
· Update: Rep. Bob Allen Found Guilty Of Soliciting Prostitution. A jury Friday convicted state Rep. Bob Allen of soliciting prostitution from an undercover male officer in July. The Merritt Island Republican was accused of peering over a stall in a men's public park restroom, then agreeing to pay $20 to perform oral sex on a Titusville police officer.
· Update: Aide confesses she beat Linda Stein to death with yoga stick. In a stunning end to a sensational whodunit, Linda Stein's assistant confessed she bashed in the Realtor's head with a yoga stick after she blew pot smoke in her face and made a racial crack, police said. During the interrogation, which began Thursday night and ended at 6 a.m. yesterday, Natavia Lowery, 26, presented herself as a victim who snapped under abuse. Lowery's family charged cops targeted her because she's black and said Stein's daughters should be suspects.
· Congress aims to put out cigarettes. Congress is taking new whacks at the cigarette industry, banning tobacco sales in Senate buildings and — more importantly — seeking a significant federal tax increase on cigarettes.
· O.J. Simpson co-defendant takes stand against him. One of the men who took a plea deal in exchange for his testimony in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case said Friday that he saw another co-defendant pull a gun when the two accompanied Simpson into a hotel room.
· Clooney 'in restaurant bust-up.' George Clooney and international romance icon Fabio caused quite a stir in Los Angeles' swanky Madeo when the pair had to be physically broken up after becoming embroiled in a feud over a photo opportunity.
· China halts export of bead toys tainted with toxic drug. China has suspended exports of the Aqua Dots toys contaminated with a chemical that can convert to a powerful "date rape" drug, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. The toys have caused some children who swallowed the craft toys to vomit and lose consciousness.
Friday, November 9, 2007
· Celebrity Realtor's assistant charged with her murder. The personal assistant of "Realtor to the stars" Linda Stein was arrested Friday in Stein's beating death and charged with second-degree murder, said New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. The assistant, Natavia Lowery, gave detectives a written and verbal confession, Kelly said.
· Cop now a suspect in wife's disappearance. Authorities probing the disappearance of a police officer's wife say he's now a suspect and the case has shifted to a potential homicide. Authorities also said that they now have court approval to exhume the body of a previous wife of Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson.
· M.E.: 'Intoxication' contributed to woman's airport death. The death of a woman in custody at the Phoenix airport in September was an accidental hanging, with contributing factors including "acute ethanol and prescription medication intoxication," according to a report released Friday.
· Update: Priest Arrested For Stalking Conan O'Brien. According to New York police, Rev. David Ajemian, 46, was nabbed November 2 outside the NBC studios in Rockefeller Center as he tried to enter the building for a taping of O'Brien's late-night talk show. In his notes to O'Brien, Ajemian allegedly referred to himself as "your priest stalker," and when he was denied entry to a taping, Ajemian wrote, "Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans?"
· O.J. part of 'military-style invasion' of hotel room, witness says. With O.J. Simpson looking on from the defense table, a sports memorabilia dealer testified Thursday that the former football star helped lead a September "military-style invasion" of a Las Vegas hotel room.
· DUI sobriety checkpoint: 21 drivers get tested, four get arrested, one deputy' wife gets driven home. The wife of a Manatee County Florida sheriff's deputy was given a ride home from a DUI checkpoint last month even though a deputy smelled alcohol, according to a report released Thursday.
· Tallest US man is 7-foot-8 Va. deputy. To all those people who blurt out "Wow, you're tall!" as they stare up at George Bell: He knows. And now, the world will know, too. The lanky, 7-foot-8 Norfolk sheriff's deputy is being recognized by Guinness World Records as the Tallest Man in the United States. Bell wears size-19 shoes, pants with a 43-inch inseam and shirts with 45-inch sleeves - and is 2 inches taller than the NBA's current tallest player, Yao Ming.
· Brooklyn bar learns how to serve a Corona. A Brooklyn bar that was written up last month by the city Health Department after one of its bartenders used his bare hand to place a lime inside a bottle of Corona is now using tongs to stay on the right side of the law, even as its customers call it a sell-out to the bureaucrats.
· Former NY police commissioner indicted. A federal grand jury has returned a sealed indictment against former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, sources familiar with the investigation said Thursday. Prosecutors had been looking into allegations against Kerik that include bribery and tax evasion, sources said earlier this week.
· School report card leads deputies to burglary suspects. Deputies arrested two teens in connection with a home burglary that happened on Wednesday in North Naples. Authorities say a school report card that was left behind at the scene in a book bag led them to one of the suspects.
· FBI warns of uncorroborated threat to malls. In what one FBI spokesman described as "almost an annual ritual," the bureau has obtained uncorroborated intelligence indicating al Qaeda would like to strike shopping malls during the holiday shopping season, two law enforcement sources said Thursday. Those sources confirmed there is intelligence dating back to August that al Qaeda would like to attack malls in Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois.
· Texas border agents find man in suitcase. A man hiding in a suitcase and a driver have been detained by Customs and Border Protection officers after a failed smuggling attempt. Authorities believe both men were headed for Denver.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
· Georgia Plans Service to Pray for Rain. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will host a prayer service next week to ask for relief from the drought gripping the Southeast. "The only solution is rain, and the only place we get that is from a higher power," Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said.
· U.S. smoking rate stalled at 21 percent, CDC says. Nearly 21 percent of Americans smoke, or 45 million, a number that has been stalled since 2004, federal researchers reported on Thursday in a study they said means governments must spend more to persuade people to kick the habit.
· New York's $25,000 dessert sets Guinness record. A day after New York City came up with a $1,000 bagel, a local restaurateur unveiled a $25,000 chocolate sundae on Wednesday, setting a Guinness world record for the most expensive dessert.
· Priest Accused of Stalking Conan O'Brien. A priest has been arrested on charges of stalking late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien by writing him threatening notes on parish letterhead, contacting his parents and showing up at his studio, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Rev. David Ajemian, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston, was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping session of NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."
· Rosie's yapping quashes possible MSNBC deal. Negotiations for a one-hour MSNBC talk show hosted by Rosie O'Donnell has collapsed, the comedian said on her Web site late Wednesday. The onetime moderator on "The View" revealed the potential deal at a Miami book fair during the weekend. She blamed herself for the collapse, saying that her letting it slip in Miami caused "panic."
· Toy with 'date rape' drug pulled. U.S. safety officials have voluntarily recalled about 4.2 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots toys contaminated with a powerful "date rape" drug that has caused some children to vomit and lose consciousness upon ingesting the contents.
· Too much passion. A woman bit off her ex-boyfriend's lower lip as they were kissing in bed, likely disfiguring him permanently, authorities said. The Seattle man and the woman had kissed several times Monday night when, without provocation, she bit off his lip and spat it out, he told King County sheriff's deputies.
· 23 charged in O'Hare immigration bust. Nearly two dozen illegal immigrants were arrested, accused of using fake security badges to work in critical areas of O'Hare International Airport, including the tarmac. The 23 illegal workers were employed by Ideal Staffing Solutions Inc., whose corporate secretary and office manager also were arrested after an eight-month investigation that involved federal, state and Chicago authorities.
· Man Calls 911 to Request Beer. It may have seemed like an emergency at the time, but a Connecticut man is now regretting his call to 911. 35-year-old Brian Poulin of Hebron was arrested Sunday after police said he called 911 several times and asked them to bring him beer. Hebron was charged with disorderly conduct.
· Los Angeles City Council To Vote On Ban Of The 'N' Word. City Councilman Bernard Parks introduced a resolution symbolically banning the "N" word in Los Angeles. On Friday, the City Council will vote on the resolution, which is similar to a ban called for by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles.
· Leno's green room. Jay Leno likes anything that rolls and explodes and makes noise, and his Big Dog Garage offers proof. Its 17,000 square feet are packed with rolling, exploding and noisy things - most of them four-wheeled, rare and expensive. But lately, the 57-year-old host of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" is showing an interest in things that act quietly. Things such as solar panels and wind turbines and grease-eating microbes. He's systematically taking stock of his garage and greening it, with self-generated power, energy-efficient heating and nontoxic cleaners.
· Plane lands in South Africa after engine falls off. A plane carrying more than 100 people made an emergency landing in South Africa after an engine fell off during takeoff from Cape Town on Wednesday, officials said. No injuries were reported.
· Costume leads to 'hold' on Myers' Senate confirmation. A Halloween party where a Department of Homeland Security worker won praise for a costume of darkened skin and prison garb may stall Senate confirmation of the party's host for a second time. Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that she has placed a temporary "hold" on Julie Myers' nomination for the job of assistant homeland security secretary for immigration and customs enforcement until Myers answers questions.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
· Denver Voters Again Tell Police To Back Off On Pot. Denver voters told authorities to back off from enforcing marijuana laws for the second time in as many years, passing an initiative to make the drug the "lowest law enforcement priority."
· Judge rejects ‘Roe v. Wade for Men’ lawsuit. A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit nicknamed “Roe v. Wade for Men” filed by a men’s rights group on behalf of a man who said he shouldn’t have to pay child support for his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. Matthew Dubay, 25, had said ex-girlfriend Lauren Wells knew he didn’t want to have a child and assured him repeatedly she couldn’t get pregnant.
· Hulk Hogan's Son Arrested After Crash. The son of celebrity wrestler Hulk Hogan was arrested on charges stemming from a crash in Clearwater that left his passenger critically injured. Nick Bollea, 17, turned himself in to police and was being booked at the Pinellas County Jail. He faces charges of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury.
· Will a Child Be Charged in the Fires? The 10-year-old boy who accidentally started one of the worst California wildfires last month could face stern consequences, should prosecutors decide to bring charges. Though too young to be charged as an adult, the boy could still face millions of dollars in fines, removal from his home and possible detention as a ward of the state.
· Container Ship Gashed In Collision With Bay Bridge. A 920-foot container ship Cosco Busan, heading out of the San Francisco Bay from the Port Of Oakland, collided with a support tower of the fog-shrouded Bay Bridge early Wednesday, leaving it with a 70-foot gash in its side and leaking oil into the bay.
· Senate To Investigate Six Televangelists. The ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee is investigating the financial dealings of six TV evangelists. They include Joyce Meyer, one of America's wealthiest and most powerful TV preachers who has built a $124-million-a-year empire. Among other things, the letter asked for a "detailed accounting" of all her and her husband's expense-account items, including a $23,000 marble-topped commode and an $11,219 French clock.
· Mayor Voted Out Of Office Hours After Molestation Accusations. The mayor of Mascotte, Florida lost a bid for re-election Tuesday, hours after he was arrested on molestation charges involving several teens. "I don't know if it affected the election but I would say there's a pretty good chance that it had a bearing," Mayor Jeff Krull said.
· Danger: Beware of Falling Cows. Charles and Linda Everson were driving back to their hotel when their minivan was struck by a falling object—a 600-pound cow. The Eversons were unhurt but the cow, which had fallen off a cliff, had to be euthanized. The year-old cow fell about 200 feet from the cliff and landed on the hood of the couple's minivan, causing heavy damage.
· Indian girl has extra limbs removed. An Indian toddler born with four arms and four legs was recovering in the intensive care unit early Wednesday after surgeons in India successfully completed a mammoth 27-hour operation to remove her "parasitic twin," head surgeon Dr. Sharan Patil said.
· Britney Ordered to Foot the Legal Bills. Britney Spears has been ordered to pay the majority of her ex-husband's legal fees in the couple's custody dispute. The American pop star has been told to pay $120,000 in legal fees to Kevin Federline, the father of her two young sons.
· Writers' Strike Halts Some TV Production. The impact of a strike by television and film writers was becoming more evident as the walkout entered its third day. Production on at least six sitcoms was halted because of the strike, and the hit ABC drama "Desperate Housewives" was scheduled to finish filming its latest episode Wednesday because it had run out of scripts.
· Online Fossett Searchers Ask, Was It Worth It? Looking back, Diana Francis says she should have known it would be a big waste of time. She sat for hours each day in her husband's home office in Houston scouring little digital snapshots of the Nevada desert on Amazon.com, in hopes that she'd help locate vanished millionaire aviator Steve Fossett. Finally, though, she decided the exercise was tedious and unproductive.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
· Prince threatens to sue his fans over online images. He's a singer who has made some odd career moves in his time, but industry experts yesterday warned that Prince's latest decision might be the most controversial of all. He has threatened to sue thousands of his biggest fans for breach of copyright, provoking an angry backlash and claims of censorship. His lawyers have forced his three biggest internet fansites to remove all photographs, images, lyrics, album covers and anything linked to the artist's likeness.
· Child porn cops arrest Children's Musem exec. The chief operating officer of the National Children's Museum was arrested Tuesday and is charged with distributing child pornography over the Internet, authorities said. Robert A. Singer is accused of sending images depicting child pornography to people he believed to be a 12-year-old girl and her 33-year-old mother.
· Chicago Police Tasered 82-Year-Old Woman. Chicago's Police Department is investigating an officer's use of a Taser last month on an 82-year-old woman who was swinging a hammer when police arrived. Officials with the city's Department on Aging went to Lillian Fletcher's home to make a welfare check, and called police when they saw Fletcher in a window swinging a hammer back and forth.
· Most Fans Paid $0 for Radiohead Album. Radiohead let its fans decide how much to pay for a digital copy of the band's latest release, "In Rainbows," and more than half of those who downloaded the album chose to pay nothing, according to a study by a consumer research firm. Some 62 percent of the people who downloaded "In Rainbows" in a four- week period last month opted not to pay the British alt-rockers a cent. But the remaining 38 percent voluntarily paid an average of $6.
· Murfreesboro Man Finds 4.38-Carat Diamond At State Park. Chad Johnson has found about 80 diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park since moving to Murfreesboro, Ark. in February. But the former Iowa resident nearly threw away his largest find yet. A cube-shaped rock plucked out of his sifters turned out to be a 4.38-carat, tea-colored diamond. Crater of Diamonds State Park, which opened in 1972, is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public. Visitors can keep the gems they unearth.
· Sheriff: Mom, not carjacker, killed boy. The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said Monday that murder charges have been filed against the mother of a 7-year-old boy, who told investigators that her child was smothered by a carjacker.
· Teen Receives Detentions For Hugging Classmate. A teenager in Mascoutah, Ill., is serving two detentions for hugging a fellow classmate. Megan Coulter, 13, violated the Mascoutah Public School District's policy banning public displays of affection.
· Rattlesnakes apparently don't bite idiots. Another day, another bizarre world record for Jackie Bibby, the "Texas Snake Man." Bibby spent about 45 minutes in a see-through bathtub with 87 venomous rattlesnakes Monday.
· Copperfield document on how to select women surfaces. Illusionist David Copperfield's problems have worsened following the discovery of a document that reportedly outlines how his assistants were to gather women he found attractive at his shows. According to the document, titled Show Participation, Copperfield's employees had to gather a clipboard, a camera and brochures of his islands in the Bahamas when they went out to find good-looking women.
· Man Sets Up Sting, Catches Political Sign Thief In The Act. A Salt Lake City man is sick tired of people stealing his political signs from his yard. So he decided to set a trap and it paid off. Darrin Walkenhorst said he used fishing line, a cow bell and a home video camera to set up a little sting operation of his own.
· Suspect In Philadelphia Officer's Death Caught. A man suspected of fatally shooting a Philadelphia police officer has been apprehended in South Florida. Authorities apprehended John Lewis, 21, at a Miami homeless shelter. Philadelphia police Officer Chuck Cassidy walked inside a donut shop during an armed robbery. Investigators believe Lewis got startled and shot Cassidy in the head before making off with the slain officer's gun.
· Poll finds nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults go online. Four out of five U.S. adults go online now, according to a new Harris Poll. The survey, which polled 2,062 adults in July and October, found that 79 percent of adults - about 178 million - go online, spending an average 11 hours a week on the Internet.
· Rosie O’Donnell in Talks to Join MSNBC. Rosie O’Donnell, who abruptly left “The View” on ABC last spring after drawing attention and ratings for her opinions on everything from the Iraq war to her co-hosts, is in serious discussions to return to television atop a new soapbox: a prime-time show on the cable news channel MSNBC, according to executives on both sides of the negotiations who have been briefed directly.
· Md. Student Charged with Assault After Postgame Knife Attack. A 17-year-old Blake High School football player cut a Magruder High School player Friday night as players of the dueling teams were shaking hands during the postgame lineup, Montgomery County police said. The Blake student pulled a small folding knife from his pocket, cut the hand of a rival team member and attempted to cut a second player, said Cpl. Jimmy Robinson, a police spokesman.
· Oprah Vows Shake-Up Over Abuse Scandal. Oprah Winfrey said Monday she wept for half an hour when she heard a dorm matron was accused of abusing students at her school for disadvantaged South African girls. She promised to "clean house" starting with the headmistress.
· Bush administration threatens Senate farm bill veto. The Bush administration threatened to veto the U.S. farm bill under debate in the Senate because it raises crop support rates and does not reform farm subsidy limits, Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner said on Monday.
· Ron Paul Raises More Than $4 Million in One Day. On Monday, a group of Paul supporters helped raised more than $4.07 million in one day — approaching what the campaign raised in the entire last quarter — through a Web site called ThisNovember5th.com, a reference to the day the British commemorate the thwarted bombing.
· Top Mafia Don Arrested in Sicily Raid. Police raided a summit of Mafia dons in Sicily, arresting a longtime fugitive authorities say was revitalizing Cosa Nostra's ties with U.S. mobsters and vying to become the crime syndicate's next "boss of bosses."
Monday, November 5, 2007
· Minn. Woman Shoots Albino Deer During Opener. On this season's deer opener, a Minnesota woman shot one of the rarest kinds around; an albino deer. Mary Rakotz of Avon got the 6-point buck on Saturday in Mille Lacs County. She said it was thrilling to see the rare animal, but 100 times more exciting to be able to actually take it home.
· Florida teen uses ax on friend who was dating his mother. Police say a 17-year-old used an ax to beat a friend who was dating his mother. Dayne Simons has been arrested and charged with beating 19-year-old Jody Ross in the head with the ax.
· Bank Robber Steals Police Cruiser, Escapes. It sounds like something out of a movie script, but a bank robber managed to steal two cars - including a police patrol car - before escaping with an undisclosed amount of money.
· Passengers revolt after being told to fly on jet with its wing tip missing. An airline crew faced a rebellion when they told passengers they were going to fly on a jet that had lost its wing tip in a runway crash. The SriLankan Airlines customers had been on the Airbus A340 a day earlier when it sliced through a wing of a stationary British Airways 747 at Heathrow.
· Skateboarder Killed While Trying To Cross Freeway. Los Angeles was hit by a vehicle and killed, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The accident took place around 1:20 a.m. on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway.
· Man arrested for DUI three times in 24 hours. A 46-year-old man first arrested on Saturday evening driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.194, almost four times the legal limit. He was caught an hour later driving along the same road and his car was confiscated by Police. Police say the man then broke into the Boddington Police Station in the early hours of Sunday morning, retrieved his car, and drove away.
· Thompson Adviser Has Criminal Past. Republican presidential candidate Fred D. Thompson has been crisscrossing the country since early this summer on a private jet lent to him by a businessman and close adviser who has a criminal record for drug dealing.
· Teen Hit By Car Walks Into Traffic, Hit Again. The Florida Highway Patrol said a 19-year-old who was hit by a car jumped over a barrier on the Dames Point Bridge and was then hit by another vehicle Saturday afternoon.
· Suspected Cop Shooter's Accomplice Captured After Visit To Police Station. A woman accused of helping a man charged with shooting a New Jersey police officer was captured Sunday when she went to a police station to see the suspect.
· Hollywood Writers Announce Strike. Writers and studios broke off talks late Sunday after East Coast members of the writers union - many of them in New York - declared they were officially on strike, the group representing producers said. Last-ditch negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ended after about 11 hours.
· Egypt Puts King Tut on Public Display. King Tut's buck-toothed face was unveiled Sunday for the first time in public - more than 3,000 years after the youngest and most famous pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt was shrouded in linen and buried in his golden underground tomb.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
· Man Accused Of Attacking Body In Open Casket During Funeral. A Central Florida man is accused of punching and attacking a body inside an open casket during a funeral. Police said Timothy Cleary of Apopka walked into the Harvest Baptist Church located in the Parramore neighborhood in Orlando and attacked the body.
· Transsexual fights for her lesbian rights. A transgender psychotherapist has taken a gay association to an equal opportunities tribunal, alleging she was discriminated against by being refused entry to a lesbian event.
· Ozzy Angered by ND Sheriff's Sting. Ozzy Osbourne wants an apology from the Cass County sheriff for staging a sting operation in the rocker's name without his permission. Osbourne claims his reputation was tarnished when Sheriff Paul Laney invited 500 people with outstanding warrants to a phony party at a Fargo nightclub before the rocker's concert with Rob Zombie at a nearby arena. More than 30 showed up and were arrested.
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Dogmatic [dog·mat·ic] adj. 1. Expressing rigid opinions; Prone to expressing strongly held beliefs and opinions. 2. Asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated.
· DUI Driver Charged In Massive 100-Vehicle Pileup on California. A man was arrested Saturday on a drunken driving charge after two people were killed and dozens more injured in a massive morning pileup in dense fog that involved more than 100 cars and trucks, the California Highway Patrol said.
· Carey Defends Medical Marijuana Online. Bob Barker famously closed each episode of "The Price Is Right" with a pitch to spay and neuter pets. His successor is taking a stand on a more controversial subject: marijuana. Drew Carey won't tout toking up on "Price," but he defends the use of medical marijuana in a video posted online.
· Killed because he couldn't give time. A man stabbed an amateur footballer to death because he could not give him the time, a court heard yesterday. Barry Gavin, 20, confronted Damian Muir with a knife as he made his way home in July. Gavin demanded the time and when the 34-year-old replied: "How the f*** do I know?" stabbed him eight times with such force the knife snapped and became lodged in his pelvis, the High Court in Glasgow was told. Gavin, who has two previous convictions for carrying knifes, told detectives: "I bumped into some guy, I've no idea who he was. I just lost it with him. "The guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time." He added: "I sometimes take my anger out on other people."
· Update: Refund offered at strip club. Club 10’s owners recently offered a $39,000 refund to a man who said his son was defrauded in tallying a $53,000 bill in one night. The owners said the partial refund was for alcohol served after the county’s 4 a.m. cutoff — a violation of ordinance. Sam Farkas, spokesman for the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco said even if the ABT did act on the case, Club 10 would probably only face a fine of $250.
· Laughs for Brian Williams Hosting 'SNL.' Newsman Brian Williams unleashed his inner comic for all to see. As host of this week's "Saturday Night Live," the NBC News anchor displayed some solid comedy chops - and a readiness to laugh at himself.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
· 'Million Little Pieces' refund claimed by only 1,700. Millions of readers who bought James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" were sold something less than the truth. After the best-selling "memoir" was found to be laced with fabrications, in the end, only about 1,700 people asked to be reimbursed. Random House paid $27,348 for 1,729 claims - and another $783,000 in attorney fees.
· Illegal immigrant sues immigration service over loss of penis. A Salvadoran man with terminal cancer is suing the U.S. government, claiming he was denied proper medical treatment when he was detained at an immigration facility. Francisco Castaneda, who is facing deportation, filed suit in federal court, accusing federal and state agencies of providing negligent medical care.
· FBI Agents Find Nebraska Teacher, Student In Mexico. A Lexington, Neb., teacher wanted by federal agents was found with her 13-year old student in Mexico Friday night. Kelsey Peterson is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student. Peterson was a 6th grade math teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School.
· Oklahoma targets illegal immigrants with tough new law. Weeks of protests, rallies, lawsuits and candlelight vigils failed to stop a new state immigration bill - HB 1804 - from becoming the law in Oklahoma. The new law restricts the ability of illegal immigrants to obtain government IDs or public assistance. It also gives police authority to check the immigration status of anyone arrested, which can lead to deportations. It doesn't stop at illegal immigrants. The law also makes it a felony for U.S. citizens to knowingly provide shelter, transportation or employment to illegal immigrants.
· Evidence in Nowak case thrown out. A judge Friday handed a legal victory to a former astronaut accused of assaulting a romantic rival, ruling evidence found in her car and statements she made to police after her arrest were inadmissible at trial.
· A&E Pulls 'Dog' Series From Schedule. Television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman's show has been pulled from the air indefinitely by A&E, two days after a private phone conversation in which the reality star used a racial slur repeatedly was posted online. "In evaluating the circumstances of the last few days, A&E has decided to take 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' off the network's schedule for the foreseeable future," the network said yesterday.
· 70s TV Actor Arrested In Fort Lauderdale. An actor known for his guest appearances on some of the biggest TV shows of the 1970s has been arrested. Dennis Cole was arrested Thursday on charges of obstructing justice. He was being held at the Broward County main jail.
· FBI Knew of O.J. Simpson Plan in Advance. Federal agents learned three weeks in advance that O.J. Simpson and a memorabilia dealer planned an operation to retrieve personal items Simpson said were stolen from him, according to FBI reports obtained Friday by The Associated Press. Dealer Thomas Riccio said he reported to the FBI on Aug. 21 that a collector claimed to have belongings taken from Simpson, but he said agents dismissed his report, telling him "they didn't want to be involved in another weird celebrity case."
· Larry King claims unscrupulous brokerage hatched $15 million insurance scheme. Larry King claims that an unscrupulous insurance brokerage swindled him in connection with his sale of $15 million in personal life insurance policies.
· Composite sketches released of girl stuffed in box. Authorities are hoping composite sketches will help them identify a child whose body, stuffed in a large plastic storage box, washed ashore this week on an uninhabited island in Texas. The sketches, released Friday, show a girl with long blond hair, in a pink shirt and a matching skirt -- clothes she was reportedly wearing when she was found. A forensic dentist has narrowed her age to between 2 and 3, the Galveston County Sheriff's office said.
Friday, November 2, 2007
· TSA Exposed Own Undercover Operation. The Transportation Security Administration touts its programs to ensure security by using undercover operatives to test its airport screeners. In one instance, however, the agency thwarted such a test by alerting screeners across the country that it was under way, even providing descriptions of the undercover agents.
· 2 a.m. campaign call irks 3,000 Westchester, New York voters. That question confronted 3,000 voters across Peekskill, Cortlandt and Yorktown who were jarred awake by a campaign call for Democrat Domenic Volpe. Volpe is seeking to unseat county Legislator George Oros, R-Cortlandt, in Tuesday's election. "First of all, I hate those recorded messages," said registered Democrat Eileen Curinga of Montrose. "But secondly, I didn't know whether this was sabotage or just stupidity. Either way, its not right that somebody calls at 2 o'clock in the morning."
· Nuclear plant employee stopped with explosive device. A contract employee of an Arizona nuclear plant was stopped at a plant entrance Friday with an explosive device in his truck, officials told CNN. There was no threat to the public, said Jim McDonald, spokesman for Arizona Public Service Company, which owns the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Wintersberg, Arizona, 34 miles west of Phoenix. The employee works for the plant -- the largest nuclear plant in the nation.
· Pilots slept on overnight flight. Two commercial pilots allegedly fell asleep on a flight between Baltimore and Denver, with one pilot waking up to "frantic" calls from air traffic controllers warning them they were approaching the airport at twice the speed allowed.
· Lawyer: Son of TV bounty hunter sold 'N-word' tape. Television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman's son taped a private phone conversation in which the reality star used a racial slur repeatedly, then sold it to a tabloid for "a lot of money," Chapman's lawyer said Thursday.
· Ohio man jailed after sex sting arrest. A former children's services lawyer was in jail Thursday, a day after authorities allege he went to the Ohio Statehouse to meet someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl he had met online.
· Britney Spends Big, Court Papers Reveal. Court papers released Thursday in Britney Spears' custody dispute with Kevin Federline show she spends lavishly on clothes and entertainment, and doesn't save or invest any of her roughly $737,000 monthly income. Spears' monthly expenses include $49,267 in mortgage for two houses, $16,000 for clothes and $102,000 on entertainment, gifts and vacation, according to her financial declaration. She has to pay her ex-husband $15,000 per month in child support and $20,000 in spousal support. Spousal support will end Nov. 15.
· Millions of frozen pizzas recalled. General Mills on Thursday recalled about 5 million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the Totino's and Jeno's labels because of possible E. coli contamination. General Mills on Thursday recalled about 5 million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the Totino's and Jeno's labels because of possible E. coli contamination.
· US scientists engineer 'mighty mice.' US researchers have engineered a line of "mighty mice" whose human equivalent would have similar abilities to the bicycling champion Lance Armstrong, according to research published Thursday. The breed of mice can run four miles at a speed of 20 yards per minute for up to six hours without stopping, according to Richard Hanson, a biochemistry professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The genetically engineered mice can eat 60 percent more than wild mice in a control group but remain slim and fit. The "mighty mice" live longer, and some females were able to reproduce much later in life than other mice.
· Device created for 'red wine headache.' The effects are all too familiar: a fancy dinner, some fine wine and then, a few hours later, a racing heart and a pounding headache. But a device developed by University of California, Berkeley, researchers could help avoid the dreaded "red wine headache."
· Judge Mathis: S.C. Man Can Keep Amputated Leg, But Must Pay $5K. That's according to television show host Judge Greg Mathis, who ruled a South Carolina man whose amputated left leg ended up inside a smoker that was then auctioned off should be able to keep his appendage. "You're not getting that leg. I'm not giving you the man's leg," Mathis told Shannon Whisnant in issuing his decision on an episode of the "Judge Mathis" show that aired Thursday. The judge did order John Wood, whose left leg was amputated after a plane crash, to reimburse Whisnant $5,000. Whisnant, of Maiden, N.C., told Mathis he wanted to build a museum and charge people $10 to look at the limb.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
· Shock Jock Don Imus Returns to Airwaves. Don Imus will return to the airwaves Dec. 3 on New York's WABC-AM, only nine months after the cantankerous shock jock's career seemed doomed over his racist, sexist remark about a women's college basketball team.
· Pilot of plane that dropped A-bomb dies. Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Thursday. He was 92 and insisted for six decades after the war that he had no regrets about the mission and slept just fine at night. Tibbets had requested no funeral and no headstone, fearing it would provide his detractors with a place to protest.
· Maria Sharapova sues over photos. A top advertising executive who allegedly enjoyed photographing the crotches of unsuspecting females, snapped a close-up shot of Maria Sharapova's nether region as the tennis star posed for a Canon camera ad, according to a new lawsuit.
· Stephen Colbert denied South Carolina primary run. It may be the shortest U.S. 2008 presidential campaign yet - comedian Stephen Colbert's requests to be on the South Carolina Democratic and Republican primary ballots were rejected on Thursday.
· Update: Officer shot in doughnut shop robbery dies. A police officer shot in the head by a doughnut shop robber died this morning, the Philadelphia police commissioner announced. Charles Cassidy, 54, was the third city officer shot in the span of four days.
· Westboro church members smile after verdict, promise to picket future funerals. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church ordered to pay nearly $11 million in damages to a grieving father smiled as they walked out of the courtroom, vowing that the verdict would not deter them from protesting at military funerals. Members promised to picket future funerals with placards bearing such slogans as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."
· Teenagers Arrested After They Paintball a Police Car. Perhaps it was meant to be a Halloween prank, but police say three teenagers weren't smart about choosing a target. Police say the 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds peppered a marked police car with paintballs - and were promptly arrested on reckless endangerment and weapons charges.
· Update: Mother of baby found dead in car is arrested. A woman whose 17-month-old son died in her hot, stuffy car while she worked a seven-hour shift as a waitress told friends and family she was unhappy about being a mother, police said Wednesday. People close to Ashly Duchene, 22, told investigators that the mother made statements over the past few weeks that she thought parental responsibilities encroached on her freedom. "Caring for a child was not a top priority. It may or may not have played a role (in her son's death)," police Sgt. Joel Tranter said.
· A Day Later, Clinton Embraces Spitzer’s License Effort. A day after she appeared to struggle to give her views on the subject, Hillary Rodham Clinton offered support today for Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s effort to award New York driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, as her campaign sought to contain potentially damaging fallout from what her own supporters saw as a tense and listless debate performance.
· 'Dog' Chapman Sorry for Using N-Word. Television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman apologized Wednesday for repeatedly using a racial slur in a profanity-laced tirade during a private phone conversation with his son that was recorded and posted online.
· Update: GOP State Rep Resigns Amid Sex Scandal. A state lawmaker who has voted against gay rights resigned Wednesday, days after he was quoted in police reports as saying a man he had sex with after they met at an erotic video store was trying to blackmail him. Rep. Richard Curtis, 48, said he was resigning immediately to spare his wife and children more public embarrassment.
· New Iraq policy prompts angry words at the State Department. Calling it "a potential death sentence," several hundred diplomats expressed their resentment Wednesday over a new State Department policy that could force them to serve in Iraq or risk losing their jobs. The sharpest comments came from Jack Croddy, a 36-year veteran of the Foreign Service. To loud applause from his fellow workers, he said "It is one thing if someone believes in what is going on over there and volunteers," he said, "but it is another thing to send someone over there on a forced assignment. And I'm sorry, but basically that is a potential death sentence and you know it. Who will raise our children if we are dead or wounded?"
· Texas town put on sale on eBay for $2.5 million. Bobby Cave, owner of a Texas town called Albert, decided this year to sell. Then a friend mentioned the online auction site eBay Inc. Now, with the click of a mouse - and at least $2.5 million - Albert could be yours.
· Lawn-watering spat leads to death. A 66-year-old man was beaten to death while watering his lawn in an argument over Sydney's water restrictions, police and media said Thursday. A 36-year-old man approached the older man, as he watered his lawn in southern Sydney with a hose at 5:30 p.m. The victim was complying with Sydney's water restrictions when he was killed. Watering with hand-held hoses is allowed on Wednesdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
· Update: Westboro Baptist church ordered to pay $10.9 million for funeral protest. A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals in the belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned later in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress.
· 'Realtor To The Stars' Found Beaten to Death. Linda Stein, the former manager of the Ramones and "realtor to the stars," was found dead, lying in a pool of blood in her multi-million-dollar Fifth Ave. Manhattan apartment. Stein helped clients like Madonna, Sting, Billy Joel, Steven Spielberg, Calvin Klein, and Angelina Jolie find fancy homes throughout New York.
11 of 18 in San Diego burn unit are illegal immigrants. The fact that 11 of the 18 wildfire victims lying in UCSD Medical Center's burn unit are illegal immigrants with no apparent health coverage highlights the daunting financial challenge hospitals face in providing long-term, intensive care for all those who need it.
· Man Who Caused JFK Airport Scare Went to Smoke. A passenger who caused an evacuation at John F. Kennedy International Airport has told law enforcers that he breached security after going outside to smoke.
· Officer shot in head at Dunkin' Donuts. A Philadelphia police officer was shot in the head at a Dunkin' Donuts shop Wednesday morning. The injured officer was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.
· Toddler Dies After Hooters Mom Forgets Child in Hot Car. A 17-month-old boy left unattended inside a hot car for at least seven hours in a Phoenix Hooters restaurant parking lot was found dead Tuesday afternoon.
· Thieves beat cancer patient for pills. Police said two brothers tipped off by a friend that a woman dying of cancer was taking painkillers broke into her home and beat her with a golf club when she refused to turn over her medications.
· Boy With Matches Started Fire That Destroyed 21 California Homes. A prosecutor will be asked to consider the case of a boy accused of starting a massive wildfire by playing with matches. Fueled by ferocious desert winds, the fire quickly spread, burning more than 38,000 acres and destroying 21 homes.
· Supermodel Naomi Campbell Visits Chavez. British supermodel Naomi Campbell met privately with President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, becoming the latest in a series of celebrities hosted by the Venezuelan leader. The Venezuelan President also has hosted recent visits by Hollywood stars including Sean Penn, Danny Glover, and Kevin Spacey.
· I should pay more tax, says billionaire Warren Buffett. The United States' second-richest man has delivered a blunt message to the Bush administration: he wants to pay more tax. During a recent interview with NBC, Mr Buffett brandished an informal survey of 15 of his 18 office staff at his Berkshire Hathaway empire. The billionaire said he was paying 17.7% payroll and income tax, compared with an average in the office of 32.9%.
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Ephemeral [e·phem·er·al] adj. 1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "The ephemeral nature of slang." 2. Living or lasting only for a day, as with certain plants or insects.
· Police: Tracking device for Alzheimer's patients "a no-brainer." The Greenfield Police Department is buying tracking devices that use radio signals to locate people with Alzheimer's disease, autism or other conditions making them prone to wander and become lost. "It's almost a no-brainer," Greenfield Police Chief Clarke Mercer said.
· Designer spills J.Lo's secret. Roberto Cavalli has confirmed, perhaps inadvertently, that Jennifer Lopez is pregnant. Asked what types of clothing he designs for celebrities, the fashion designer told People magazine: "Well Jennifer Lopez, at this moment, she requests something very special because she is waiting for the baby."
· Center Treats Wrong Side Of Patient's Brain. A patient undergoing treatment at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit received a dose of radiation on the wrong side of the brain, according to a report filed with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The patient went through a routine MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan of the brain just before the procedure, but went into the scanner "feet first," rather than the standard practice of head first.
· Merrill Lynch chief loses $8 billion - gets $160 million parting gift. Merrill Lynch on Tuesday boosted Stan O’Neal’s departure package by almost $90m – taking it to $160m – by letting him retire as chairman and chief executive rather than sacking him. Mr O’Neal’s departure follows the company’s admission last week that it had lost almost $8 billion on mortgage-backed securities.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
· Entertainer Robert Goulet dies at 73. Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in "Camelot" launched an award-winning stage and recording career, has died. The singer died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital while awaiting a lung transplant.
· Feds fine missionary $28,000 for shipping a few cans of motor oil. The Pennsylvania missionary operates an orphanage for victims of the war in Sudan's Darfur region and Rev. Sam Childers is in a fight with federal aviation officials over a $28,000 fine they imposed for his shipping three quarts of motor oil and a can of WD-40 spray lubricant to operate a power generator for his children in Africa.
· Tax dollars may go for mule museum. In tiny Bishop, California, five hours north of Los Angeles, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-California, wants to build a museum honoring the mule. McKeon has requested funds for studying the feasibility of building the museum and providing support for operations.
According to the Congressional spending watchdog group, Americans for Prosperity, House members this year alone seek to spend $13.7 million in tax dollars on 63 museum-related expenses.
· Spears Seeks Changes in Drug-Test Order. Britney Spears wants to change a court order requiring her to undergo random drug testing in her custody battle with Kevin Federline. Spears filed a request Friday to "terminate or modify" the order, according to court records released Tuesday.
· Driver threatens officer for taking too long to write ticket. A Cincinnati police officer pulled over Teresa Walker, 44, for speeding. While the officer was writing the ticket, Walker called the police department to complain that the officer was taking too long, police said. She allegedly threatened to shoot the officer if he didn't write the ticket faster, according to Cincinnati police. She was charged with aggravated menacing and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center.
· New York propose crackdown on plastic bags. New York City officials propose a crack down on plastic shopping bags, seeking to cut their use with a plan officials hope will be a model for other cities. Environmentalists have targeted plastic bags as a scourge that take years to biodegrade and contaminate soil and water.
· NBC Exec Says Leno Out As Planned in '09. If "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is having second thoughts about surrendering his job as planned, NBC doesn't share them - at least not publicly. "Conan O'Brien will take over 'The Tonight Show' in 2009," NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker said Monday.
· Detectives investigating attempted blackmail against state lawmaker. State Representative Richard Curtis (R-La Center) was in Spokane last week and reportedly had consensual sex with another man at a downtown hotel that later led to blackmail. However Curtis says there was no sex and he isn't gay. Now Spokane police are trying to determine if Rep. Curtis did in fact have a sexual encounter here that made him a target for extortion.
· North Carolina Woman Admits to Scamming QVC out of More Than $412,000. A woman pleaded guilty to scamming the QVC home-shopping network out of more than $412,000 by exploiting a glitch in its Web site. Quantina Moore-Perry, 33, of Greensboro, North Carolina, did not pay for more than 1,800 items she received from QVC between March and November 2005, authorities said. Moore-Perry ordered handbags, housewares, jewelry and electronics, then immediately canceled the orders and received credit for them. But the glitch caused the items to still be delivered to Moore-Perry, who subsequently sold them on eBay, authorities said.
· Fires boost Schwarzenegger's image. The crowd roared its approval over the weekend as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tossed the coin to start the San Diego Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium, which just days earlier had been an emergency shelter for thousands of people driven from their homes by raging wildfires. Schwarzenegger appears to have gotten a powerful boost in public approval from his reassuring and highly visible handling of the biggest crisis to hit his administration. Disasters, both manmade and natural, are a leader's ultimate testing ground. They can remake someone's image — as the Sept. 11 attacks did for Rudy Giuliani — or destroy it, as Hurricane Katrina did to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
· 668-Page Texas Report: State Issues Too Many Reports. Texas state agencies issue too many reports, a new 668-page report says. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission spent 18 months and canvassed more than 170 agencies and public colleges, checking on all the reports they are assigned to do.
· China Arrests 774 in Product Crackdown. China said Monday that it had arrested 774 people in a crackdown on substandard goods, part of ongoing efforts to calm international worries over the quality of the country's products. The General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the arrests were the result of 626 criminal investigations nationwide into the manufacture and sale of fake or substandard food, medicine or agricultural products.
· N.C. Beach House Fire Kills 7 Students. A fire at a vacation house where college students went to take advantage of the last good beach weather may have started on a deck, officials said, as two campuses waited to find out the names of the seven dead.
Monday, October 29, 2007
· Woman killed after responding to babysitting ad on Craig's List. A 19-year-old is being held in the murder of a woman discovered in a Burnsville, MN park Friday night. The police investigation has revealed that Olson came to Savage for a babysitting job she had applied for through Craig's List. The 19-year-old suspected of being involved in the homicide was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where he works.
· Dogs step on gun, bag hunter. Police said when James Harris, 37, shot a pheasant and went to retrieve it, he put his gun on the ground and crossed a fence. After crossing the fence, hunting dogs stepped on his gun causing it to fire. Harris was shot in the lower left leg and treated at Grinnell Medical Center.
· Oprah Winfrey 'so sorry' for abuse nightmare at academy. A tearful Oprah Winfrey begged for forgiveness Sunday as she met the parents of students at her all-girls academy, which is reeling from lurid allegations of sexual abuse.
· Man Commits Suicide over Foreclosure. A 12-hour standoff ended this morning with a north Houston man lobbing Molotov cocktails at Houston Police before taking his own life rather than vacate a home he'd lost to foreclosure.
· Edwards: "Americans must make sacrifices, pay higher taxes." John Edwards says if he's elected president, he'll institute a New Deal-like suite of programs to fight poverty and stem growing wealth disparity. To do it, he said, he'll ask many Americans to make sacrifices, like paying higher taxes.
· Bystanders Collar Rape Suspect. A battered rape suspect is behind bars, thanks to some bystanders who came across the scene and tackled him. It happened early Saturday morning, near the Liberty Road Bar & Grill. Salem police say the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was having drinks inside the bar with a friend. Shortly before one a.m. she left, and started walking home. She had to use crutches, so the going was slow. Police say the suspect, 27-year-old Paul Landingham, was also in that bar. He saw her get up and leave, and followed her. Then, he grabbed her, threw her into some bushes, and raped her. [with battered mug photo]
· Country Star Porter Wagoner Dies at 80. Porter Wagoner was known for a string of country hits in the '60s, perennial appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in his trademark rhinestone suits, and for launching the career of Dolly Parton.
· French president shows his temper to U.S. audience. French President Nicolas Sarkozy showed flashes of temper and abruptly terminated a television interview aimed at introducing him to U.S. audiences. In the interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" broadcast on Sunday, the French president sparred with the U.S. correspondent, called his press secretary an imbecile, said he was too busy to make time for a "stupid" interview and ended the whole conversation abruptly when asked about the state of his marriage to Cecilia.
· 'Saw IV' Slays in $32 Million Debut Weekend. The killer of the "Saw" franchise may be dead, but his sadistic spirit lives on. Lionsgate's "Saw IV" led the weekend box office with $32.1 million, maintaining the horror franchise's position as a Halloween perennial, according to studio estimates Sunday. A high-profile documentary, Sony Pictures Classics' "Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains," had a poor debut, taking in just $10,573 in a limited release.
· NBC, Fox to Launch Online Video Site. NBC and Fox are set to launch an advertising-supported online video site that hosts programming from varied entertainment companies in a bid to seize viewers from Google's YouTube. A test version of the site, Hulu.com, goes online Monday, with plans to premiere a final version in a few months, company officials said.
· Evacuations raise deportation fears. Flames were only one worry for some illegal immigrants in the fire zone. Equally scary were the crowded roads and evacuation centers, heavy with law enforcement officers, including U.S. Border Patrol agents. Some wondered if they would be deported if they went to shelters.
· Walgreen to add movie-burning DVD kiosks at stores. Walgreen plans to put kiosks that can make DVDs of popular movies in drugstore photo departments next year, using a new system that would increase selection while avoiding piracy.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
· Piles of Old Money Found in Pa. Home. Piles of old coins worth as much as $200,000 were found in a long-abandoned home, including scores that the owner had apparently thrown down a hole in the wall. Some were minted as early as 1793 and worth about $8,500 each.
· Man charged with battery for throwing cake at girlfriend. A woman’s boyfriend was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after he hit her with a birthday cake at close range, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office report.
· Brunswick candidate explains his criminal record. A 21-year-old Brunswick Maine High School graduate with 18 criminal convictions in the past two years, including five theft charges, is trying to convince voters he's changed enough to represent them in an at-large seat on the town's School Board.
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Esoteric [es·o·ter·ic] adj. 1. Difficult to understand; abstruse. 2. Not publicly disclosed; confidential. 3. Of rare, special, or unusual interest: Her software success was based on an esoteric programming language.
· Father says son was exploited, charged $53,000 in one night of partying. Two months after a recent college graduate incurred $53,000 in charges at a gentleman’s club in Florida, investigators are reviewing allegations of fraud and larceny. Joe Salter said 24 of the 30 receipts he received from American Express were printed after 4 a.m. — when the club should have been asking patrons to leave.
· Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' Goes Online. Can't get to Milan to see Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper?" As of Saturday, all you need is an Internet connection. Officials put online an image of the "Last Supper" at 16 billion pixels - 1,600 times stronger than the images taken with the typical 10 million pixel digital camera.
· Grand Jury Probing Copperfield. A federal grand jury is investigating allegations that magician David Copperfield raped and threatened a Washington state woman at his estate in the Bahamas, a newspaper reported. The Seattle Times reported Saturday that at least three federal law-enforcement officials confirmed the grand jury investigation. No indictment or criminal charges have been filed.
· Ten Excuses for Missing Work. The feeling ill excuse is a short-term solution that won't win you any fans at the office - someone else will have to pick up the slack, or you'll miss deadlines. And it won't help your career any. Here are 10 excuses -- five smart and five not-so-smart - to help you save face and your sanity.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
· Blind Man Shoots Home Intruder. A Gainesville man's lack of sight didn't stop him from defending his home from an intruder. According to police, Cevaughn Curtis Jr., 28, knocked on the door, asked to be let inside but Arthur Williams refused. Curtis then tried to force his way into the home. The 75-year-old retired taxi dispatcher, who's been legally blind for the past 61 years, opened fire on the would-be-thief who kicked down his door, police said.
· Woman charged in 'Internet Revenge' case. A 34-year-old woman has been charged with using the Internet to try to get revenge on an old boyfriend by breaking up his marriage. Pilar Stofega has been charged with second-degree harassment.
· Craig arrest unconstitutional: ACLU says senator’s foot-tapping in stall was "protected speech." Idaho Sen. Larry Craig will argue before an appeals court that Minnesota's disorderly conduct law is unconstitutional as it applies to his conviction in a bathroom sex sting, according to a new court filing. The American Civil Liberties Union argued that Craig's foot-tapping and hand gesture under a stall divider at the Minneapolis airport are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.
· FEMA Workers Play Role of Reporters. The White House scolded the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday for staging a phony news conference about assistance to victims of wildfires in southern California. The agency — much maligned for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina over two years ago — arranged to have FEMA employees play the part of independent reporters Tuesday and ask questions of Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the agency's deputy director.
· Britney's Mom to Write Parenting Book. Lynne Spears is planning to write a book about raising her family in the glare of the media spotlight. The memoir could be a gossip lover's delight, providing maternal insight into the life of her daughter Britney, who has gone from child star to tabloid train wreck.
· Judge Nominee: 'You Need Me in Traffic Court.' A pastor running for judge told potential donors they should give him $20 because "you're all going to need me in Traffic Court." Willie Singletary, who made headlines earlier this year for having his license suspended and owing more than $11,000 in unpaid traffic tickets, made the comment to a crowd of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts.
· Miss England told to fatten up. A British beauty queen says she was told to pack on pounds for the upcoming Miss World competition — an unexpected request, considering she's not rail-thin. "I was a little bit shocked," Miss England Georgia Horsley said Friday in an interview on NBC's "Today" show.
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Pugnacious [pug·na·cious] adj. 1. Quarrelsome or combative in nature; belligerent. 2. Expressing an argument or opinion very forcefully: Rather than maintaining a calm demeanor, his boss was quite pugnacious.
· Renewed Shoe Bombing Threat? The FBI is issuing a new warning about shoe bombs. The alert follows the discovery of a pair of hollowed out shoes with bomb detonators inside on a bus in Europe last month. Intelligence analysts say the shoes were being used to smuggle blasting caps across a border.
· Justice Department 'dismayed' over release of USS Cole bombing leader. U.S. law enforcement officials Friday blasted Yemen's release of one of the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. soldiers. "We have communicated our displeasure to Yemeni officials," a Justice Department statement said. The statement pointedly referred to al-Badawi as one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists and noted prosecutors in New York City want to get their hands on him.
· Wright-designed fountain works — finally. The giant water fountain Frank Lloyd Wright designed here is no longer the unworkable dud it was for decades. Thanks to computers and extensive restoration, the "Water Dome" finally produces the three-story dome of water Wright envisioned 70 years ago as the centerpiece of his architectural design for Florida Southern College's campus.
Friday, October 26, 2007
· Man charged with arson in small California fire. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed arson charges Friday against a 41-year-old Sun Valley man who witnesses said set a fire in the West Hills neighborhood and walked away. Catalino Pineda is one of five people who have been arrested in arson investigations this week.
· Man arrested for eating jelly beans in store. A man was charged with petty theft after being caught on a surveillance camera taking jelly beans out of a bin and eating them before he got to the cash register. The 34-year-old Fort Walton Beach man was buying groceries at Albertson’s when he stopped at a bin of candy and put an unspecified number of jelly beans in his mouth, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office report.
· If Your House Is On Fire, Save Your Satellite Dish. AT&T has slapped San Diego area residents Matt and Danelle Azola, who were on their honeymoon in Mexico while the fires were getting underway, with a $300 bill. Their crime? Failing to rescue their satellite dish receiver from their burning home before they fled.
· Toying with doll lands man in hoosegow. A man was arrested after a government agent allegedly found him in an office building restroom lying next to an inflatable, anatomically correct doll with his pants down.
· After King Middle School moves to offer birth control to 11 year olds, the District Attorney says schools must report anyone under age 14 who's having sex. Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson questioned the health centers' reporting practices after the Portland School Committee decided last week to offer prescription birth control at the King Middle School health center. The King Student Health Center has offered comprehensive reproductive health care, including providing condoms and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, since it opened in 2000. The school serves students in grades 6 to 8, ages 11 to 15. Maine law prohibits having sex with a person under age 14, regardless of the age of the other person involved, Anderson said.
· Marine's father sues church for cheering son's death. The father of a Marine killed in Iraq took the stand in his invasion of privacy suit against a fundamentalist church that pickets soldiers' funerals, saying protesters carrying signs at his son's burial made him sick to his stomach.
· Court orders Wilson freed in teen sex case. The Georgia Supreme Court ordered that Genarlow Wilson be released from prison, ruling 4-3 that his sentence for a teen sex conviction was cruel and unusual punishment. Wilson, 21, was convicted in 2005 of having oral sex with a consenting 15-year-old girl when he was 17.
· FBI forces false confession. The FBI interviewer allegedly gave Abdallah Higazy a choice: Admit to having a special pilot's radio in a hotel room near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, or the security service in his native Egypt would give his family "hell." Higazy responded by confessing to a crime he didn't commit.
· Death sentence mulled in baby theft case. Prosecutors say a woman who killed an expectant mother and cut the baby from her womb is a cold-blooded predator who deserves to die. Defense lawyers say their client is a victim of sexual abuse who should be treated mercifully.
· Illegals applying for New York licenses risk being arrested. Illegal immigrants who try to apply for driver’s licenses in Erie and Niagara counties will be subject to arrest — and deportation — under a plan being developed by the two county clerks and law enforcement officials. The move is the latest — and potentially most serious — challenge to Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer’s new policy to permit illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
· Halle Berry Apologizes for Joke on Leno. Halle Berry, who showed host Jay Leno photos of herself that she had distorted by using computer software, remarked that one snapshot — in which her nose appeared cartoonishly large — made her "look like my Jewish cousin." After she made the comment, Leno quipped: "I'm glad you said it."
· CNet Sells Webshots for $45 Million. Online technology news provider CNet Networks Inc. has sold photo-sharing site Webshots to American Greetings Corp. for $45 million - substantially less than the service cost to acquire three years ago. Webshots founder Narendra Rocherolle and his business partners first sold the site to ExciteAtHome for $82.5 million in 1999, near the height of the dot-com boom. After ExciteAtHome went bankrupt, Rocherolle and his partners bought Webshots back for just $2.4 million in 2002 and subsequently sold it to CNet for $70 million in 2004.
· Man arrested for fondling 79-year-old Alzheimer's patient. An 87-year-old man was arrested on a warrant Wednesday for fondling a 79-year-old Alzheimer's patient at a nursing home. Morris Rosenberg, of west of Delray Beach, was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation. He told detectives he was aware of the compliant and told detectives he was checking the patient because he thought she was dead.
· 6 Burned Bodies Found in California. Border Patrol agents found four bodies in a wooded area near a major corridor for illegal immigrants who often walk hours or even days to cross into the United States from Mexico. Two bodies were also discovered in the rubble of a burned home in San Diego County. The pair had been urged to evacuate.
· What to save from a fire. Imagine getting a knock on the door in the middle of the night. You have 10 minutes to leave, says the sheriff's deputy, and you don't doubt him. You close the door and consider the question that is becoming an existential ritual for hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year: What do I take?
Thursday, October 25, 2007
· Sexual abuse probe at Oprah's South African school. There are allegations of abuse at the African school built by Oprah Winfrey. A member of the faculty is being charged with physical assault of one student and sexual assault of another.
· Abortion doctor wants grand jury stopped. One of the nation's few late-term abortion providers is asking Kansas' highest court to block a grand jury investigation of him and his Wichita clinic that was initiated by anti-abortion groups. Kansas is one of the few states where citizens can petition to impanel a grand jury. Anti-abortion groups collected nearly 7,900 signatures, more than three times the number required.
· 22,000-acre fire was set. One of the larger fires in Southern California is a suspected arson, a fire official confirmed Thursday. The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Orange County Fire Authority are investigating the Santiago Fire, which has burned more than 22,000 acres.
· Protestor painted in 'blood' accosts Condoleezza Rice. A woman with her hands painted blood-red confronted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the US Congress Wednesday, shouting "war criminal" before being hauled away by Capitol security.
· Illegals arrested for stealing food and water at San Diego evacuation center. Six undocumented Mexican immigrants were arrested today by U.S. Border Patrol agents at Qualcomm Stadium, after a report that they were stealing food and water meant for evacuees.
· Man Sues Over $1.6 million Jackpot. Gary Hoffman was playing the nickel slot machines at the Sandia Resort and Casino on an Indian reservation in New Mexico when he appeared to hit the jackpot: the machine said he won nearly $1.6 million. His excitement was short-lived. Hoffman says in his lawsuit that Sandia refused to pay, claiming that the machine malfunctioned. Instead, he said, they gave him about $385 and a few free meals at the casino.
· Bus Driver Blames Students For Her Failed Drug Test. A Bradenton, Florida bus driver might be losing her job for failing a urine test, which showed that she had smoked marijuana. And she's blaming the students. Rosemary Pevy says that any marijuana in her system could only have come from students who were smoking at the bus stop or on her bus.
· Dad having second thoughts over his Dumbledore tattoo. Paul Croft got a tattoo of Harry Potter wizard Albus Dumbledore on his back but is now being teased by pals after he was outed as gay. Croft, 36, spent a year having the Hogwarts headmaster etched into his skin as a surprise for his five kids. But the factory worker has been the butt of jokes ever since Harry Potter author JK Rowling revealed last week that Dumbledore was in love with a fellow male sorcerer. Croft said: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
· Mom helps cheerleaders grab boys' beer. A woman has been charged with letting her 15-year-old daughter lean out of a school van on a highway to get beer from an SUV full of boys, authorities said Wednesday. Terry Kisling, 47, was driving a van of Norris High School cheerleaders to a football game in Nebraska City.
· Drink or Two a Day May Help Lungs. When it comes to your lungs, a couple of drinks a day may help keep the doctor away, researchers report. Though considerable evidence has mounted that a daily dose of alcohol helps the heart, this study suggests the same may be true for lung function - even for smokers.
· U.S. terror 'watch list' may be getting too long. A new government report says there are now more than three quarters of a million names on the U.S. government's terrorist "watch list," raising concerns the list may be becoming too large. A Government Accountability Office study out Wednesday said the Terrorist Screening Center's watch list contained approximately 755,000 names.
· Gary Collins arrested in DUI case. TV host and actor Gary Collins was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence after a crash that police blamed on another driver, an 89-year-old man. Collins, 69, was booked after the crash Tuesday in the San Fernando Valley, Officer April Harding said. He was later released on $40,000 bond, authorities said.
· Iraq, Afghan wars could cost $2.4 trillion by 2017. The total cost, including debt servicing, of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could reach $2.4 trillion by 2017, a report by the Congressional Budget Office found.
· 50 DUI cases dropped over cop's improper procedure. Dozens of drunk driving cases in Chicago have been dropped as the police officer who wrote the tickets is investigated for failing to follow proper procedures. That officer was honored several times in the last five years for writing the most drunk driving citations in the state of Illinois.
· Ex-Kmart worker sentenced for poisoning. A disgruntled Kmart employee who said she put rat poison in ground beef packages to get back at the retailer was sentenced to a year of house arrest. Karen L. Wyndham, 45, pleaded guilty this summer to one count of tampering and agreed to pay about $4,400 in restitution.
· Maria Shriver won't return to NBC News. Maria Shriver says she won't resume her TV news career, citing media coverage of the late Anna Nicole Smith. Shriver, speaking Tuesday at a women's conference, noted the media circus surrounding Smith's accidental drug overdose death in February. "It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I," she said. "I called NBC News and told them I'm not coming back."
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
· Judge Who Sued Dry Cleaners Set to Lose Job. Roy L. Pearson Jr., whose $54 million lawsuit against a Northeast Washington dry-cleaning shop was rejected in court, is about to lose his job as an administrative law judge.
· TV Reporter Arrested While Covering Story. A Local 10 reporter was arrested at Miami Central Senior High School while he was on assignment covering a story about school violence. On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Schools Police told WPLG-TV's Jeff Weinsier he was trespassing and that he needed to leave. He was not inside the school or inside the fenced-in area that surrounds the school. School board police told him to leave and go across the street from the school, but Weisnier said he was on a public sidewalk.
· Pit bulls kill miniature horse given to child with cancer. A miniature horse given to a boy with brain cancer by the Make-A-Wish Foundation was killed by a pair of pit bulls who were found roaming in his yard, authorities said.
· 3-year-old's ride in traffic results in neglect charge. A baby sitter was arrested Monday after police said they found a 3-year-old boy in his care riding a bicycle more than a mile from his home in the middle of traffic.
· Soccer mom charged in assault on coach. An East Rockaway, New York soccer mom angered over being dropped from the team e-mailing list for game-day directions was arrested after slamming a metal folding chair across the face of her daughter's coach, police said Tuesday.
· Woman "never meant to hurt anyone." A woman who repeatedly stabbed her tied-up lover so she could drink his blood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Tiffany Sutton told Superior Court Judge David Udall that she was sorry for the incident and said she never meant to hurt anyone, but received the stiff sentence anyway after he called the crime especially heinous.
· Cops say woman wanted ex's coffee spiked. A woman bitter over her divorce asked her ex-husband's girlfriend to try to kill him by spiking his drink with cocaine, state police said. Patricia A. Reiman knew her ex-husband, David, had a heart condition and believed spiking his drink with cocaine would cause "his heart to possibly explode and kill him," state Trooper Brad Eisenhower said.
· Candidate Calls for Raid on Immigration Bill Event. Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado, a Republican presidential candidate whose fierce opposition to illegal immigration is the center of his campaign, contacted the immigration service yesterday demanding that agents raid a senator’s news conference. The afternoon event on Capitol Hill was held by Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and the leading sponsor of a bill that would give legal status to illegal immigrants who are high school graduates, if they attend college or serve in the United States military for two years.
· Cops ordered to stop visiting brothels. Police patrolling the red-light district of the Belgian capital have been ordered to stop visiting brothels and drinking in bars when on duty. "There was no concrete evidence to substantiate any wrongdoing by police officers," said spokesman Roland Thiebauld.
· The next battle for wildfire victims: Insurance. Right now, thousands of dislocated Southern California homeowners are fretting about the fate of their residences, but the biggest headaches could come months after the wildfires ravaging the area are extinguished. Consumer advocates warn that insurance firms could take a hard line with their policyholders in the wake of the wildfire disaster, by skimping on claim payments or going so far as to refuse to write new policies altogether.
· Boy, 11, focus of police investigation. Kenneth City, Florida police say an alert campus monitor at Lealman Intermediate School found a suspicious device Tuesday afternoon. Police say they found two similar devices at the student's Kenneth City home, which include writing pens filled with a suspicious substance.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
· Thief Gets Stuck In Store Vent For 10 Hours. A man attempting to break into a Central Florida pharmacy through an air-conditioning vent on the store's roof ended up getting stuck in the ceiling above the women's restroom for about 10 hours, according to officials.
· Wrongly Convicted Man Sued for Child Support. A man who was pardoned after spending 18 years behind bars for a rape he didn't commit has been sued for back child support. Gov. Mike Easley pardoned Dail two weeks ago, making him eligible to receive $360,000 from the state – $20,000 for each year he spent in prison. Dwayne Allen Dail, 39, was served Tuesday with a lawsuit by Lorraine Michaels, the mother of his son, who is seeking back child support. The suit asks for $360,000 to pay the child support Dail didn't provide while he was in prison.
· No hand over heart from Obama during national anthem. Weeks after coming under fire for his refusal to wear an American flag pin, Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama is again facing questions about his patriotism from some conservative blogs - this time for apparently failing to put his hand over his heart during a rendition of the national anthem at an Iowa campaign event. A video of the event in question, obtained by ABC News, shows Obama with his hands firmly clasped in front of him during the song. Meanwhile, rival Democratic candidates Gov. Bill Richardson (D-AZ) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) strike a traditional anthem pose beside him, holding their right hands over their hearts.
· Preppie killer Robert Chambers, girlfriend in coke bust. Preppie Killer Robert Chambers and his longtime girlfriend were busted Monday night on charges of selling enough cocaine from their swank East Side apartment "to levitate Central Park," police sources said. Chambers was freed from prison in February 2003 after serving 15 years for the August 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in the infamous "rough sex" case.
· Looking for attractive people? Don't go to Philadelphia. Philadelphia is home to the least attractive people in the United States, a survey of visitors and residents showed on Friday. The city of more than 1.5 million people was also found to be among the least stylish, least active, least friendly and least worldly. Philadelphians have also been undermined by national surveys showing they are among the fattest people in America.
· Prankster reddens Rome fountain. A man threw a bucket of red paint or dye into Rome's Trevi Fountain on Friday, coloring the waters of the 18th-century monument bright red in front of a crowd of astonished tourists and residents. The man escaped, leaving the fountain, which normally runs on a closed cycle, spouting red water. Police arrived and technicians briefly shut off the water before restoring a clear flow.
· Stern Files Claim Involving Smith Estate. Howard K. Stern, the companion of Anna Nicole Smith and executor of her will, has filed court papers seeking 6 percent of whatever the model's estate might recover from her late husband's fortune.
· Jury Awards $4 Million To Teen Injured During Football Game At School. A 16-year-old Tampa boy, who suffered permanent damage in his arm during a recess period, and his parents were awarded $4 million by a Hillsborough County jury on Monday afternoon. The family claimed that, as a result of a schoolyard football game in which the ball is thrown up and the person catching it is tackled, Danny Heidenberg had his left arm broke.
· Boy's calls to 911 lead to mom's arrest. An 8-year-old boy riding in a car with his mom called 911 several times to report that she wasn't "acting normal," leading to her arrest for investigation of drunken driving and other charges, authorities said. Paulette Lynn Spears, 33, was arrested Saturday after she drove to a fire station and said she had a medical problem.
· Marie Osmond Collapses On 'Dancing With The Stars.' Marie Osmond collapsed during the taping of Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars.” After she finished the samba with partner Jonathan Roberts, Marie was listening to judge Len Goodman’s critique when she passed out and hit the floor. The show immediately cut to commercial.
· Video Of Women Lead To Suspension Of City's Chief Of Police. The acting chief of police in Sanford, Florida has been suspended over lewd video and photos of women in public that some might consider indecent exposure.
· Cookbook Author Says Seinfeld Book 'Deceptively' Similar. After the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld appeared Oct. 8 on Winfrey's show to discuss her cookbook, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, online message boards erupted with questions about the originality of the book's premise.
· Spector still lacks new lawyer. Music legend Phil Spector told a judge Monday that he's seeking a new attorney to defend him for the retrial of his murder case but has yet to find the lawyer he wants. The 67-year-old Spector was accompanied in court by Christopher Plourd, the only lawyer remaining from his six-attorney defense team. Spector already has tried unsuccessfully to hire two new lawyers.
· Wash Your Hands, and Don't Shave Your Legs. As a virulent strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreads beyond hospital walls, some communities are taking extreme measures such as closing schools for disinfection. But getting adults and children to pay better attention to a few simple personal-hygiene rules, and taking precautionary measures such as getting a flu shot, may be a far more effective weapon against the bugs.
· Canada's Sex Party alleges postal discrimination. A tiny Canadian political party that promotes sexual freedom complained in Federal Court on Monday it was discriminated against by the country's postal service. The Sex Party is upset that Canada Post refused to distribute a flyer during the 2006 federal election that outlined the group's philosophy, after deeming some its contents to be pornographic.
· Unmasking D.B. Cooper. On a rainy night in 1971, the notorious skyjacker jumped out of a 727 and into American legend. But recently, a chance lead to a Manhattan P.I. may have finally cracked the case.
· Mayor Bloomberg safe as madman attacks transit cop. Not one to forget a debt, a transit cop wrestled a wild man to the ground when he went nuts just feet from Mayor Bloomberg Monday afternoon. Bloomberg and his security detail were waiting for the No. 4 Monday when a straphanger on the Fulton St. platform attacked one of the officers.
Monday, October 22, 2007
· Online AIDS dating. Jeanette is seeking the ideal man. Someone sensitive. Funny. Sexy. And, most of all, HIV-positive. That's why she turned to The Positive Connection, an online dating agency that offers HIV-positive South Africans looking for love a way to get around the stigma of the disease. "Everything goes well until a guy learns about my problem and dumps me," said Jeanette.
· NASA won't disclose air safety data. Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than the government previously recognized.
· Paul McCartney: "Memory Almost Full." Paul McCartney says the inspiration for the title of his latest album, "Memory Almost Full," came from a phrase he saw on his cell phone. "It seemed symbolic of our lives today," the 65-year-old ex-Beatle said Monday. "Your messages are always full. And your mind is full. And it doesn't matter if you're my age or 20. I think that we all need to delete stuff every so often."
· Ellen Degeneres, serial dog dumper? Ellen DeGeneres' latest doggy dealing wasn't the first time she'd passed along a pup she'd adopted, says a Los Angeles producer who gave the talk-show queen a pooch she quickly got rid of. Kerri Randles says she gave DeGeneres a male mutt named Stormy two years ago, only to find out less than two months later that fickle Ellen had re-gifted him to a member of her staff.
· Bulldozer Used To Rob Central Florida Bank. Investigators said at least one person stole a bulldozer from a Seminole County construction site early Monday and used it to smash through the side of the Bank of America.
· Iowa airport rejects GAY - embraces SUX. City leaders have scrapped plans to do away with the Sioux Gateway Airport's unflattering three-letter identifier — SUX — and instead have made it the centerpiece of the airport's new marketing campaign.
· Warning to abusive bloggers as judge tells site to reveal names. Disgruntled football fans who vented their dissatisfaction with the club's bigwigs in anonymous internet postings may face expensive libel claims after the chairman, chief executive and five directors won a high-court ruling last week forcing the owner of a website to reveal their identity.
· Waffle House brawl lands Kid Rock in jail. Kid Rock was arrested early Sunday after a brawl at a restaurant and spent about 12 hours in jail before being released, police said. The musician stopped at the Waffle House restaurant shortly after 5 a.m. after his performance at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, authorities said.
· Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria. Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria, takes old cars and motorbikes to pieces in the back yard at home and builds his own helicopters from the parts.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
· Medical marijuana sting targets doctor. When an undercover San Diego police officer asked Dr. Robert Sterner to prescribe marijuana for his dog, the doctor joked that only two-legged patients were covered by the state's medical marijuana law. So the officer suggested Sterner appoint him caregiver for the dog. The police officer then walked out of the doctor's office with signed authorizations that allowed him to buy marijuana for his dog, as well as for himself.
· FBI: No $2 million taken from Copperfield's warehouse. The FBI is denying reports that it took millions in cash during a search last week of a Las Vegas warehouse belonging to illusionist David Copperfield. A Las Vegas television station reported that agents seized $2 million in cash from a safe in Copperfield's warehouse. "No currency was seized during our investigating activity in Las Vegas," said Seattle FBI Special Agent Robbie Burroughs. "Media reports to the contrary are false."
· 7-year-old suspended from school for drawing stick figure with gun. A 7-year-old's drawing of a stick figure shooting a gun earned him a one-day school suspension. Kyle Walker was suspended last week for violating Dennis Township Primary School's zero-tolerance policy on guns, his mother, Shirley McDevitt, told The Press of Atlantic City.
· Subway "surfer" killed in New York. A 21-year-old man was killed playing the dangerous game of "surfing" atop a moving subway train, from which he was thrown to his death, local media reported Tuesday. In 2003, three people including a 14-year-old were killed trying similar stunts.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
· Illegals OK'd to drive in N.Y. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has started a major political fight over immigration by ordering state officials to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens, prompting at least one county legislature to defy the executive order and pushing toward a showdown in court.
· Maher Boots Protester From Audience. Bill Maher can add "security guard" to his job description alongside comedian and political commentator. Maher was talking science during one of his weekly panel discussions when a protester in his audience stood up, held up a smuggled-in sign reading "9/11 is a cover up fraud" and shouted comments to the same effect. "Do we have some (expletive) security in this building," Maher yelled, "or do I have to come down there and kick his (expletive)?"
· Actress Hunter Tylo's son drowns in Las Vegas pool. The teenage son of actress Hunter Tylo, who once won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the late TV mogul Aaron Spelling after she was fired for being pregnant, has drowned in his mother's swimming pool.
· Amid uproar, county attorney drops charges against 'New Times' newspaper. A criminal case against Phoenix New Times fell apart Friday amid a crush of public outrage and admissions that a special county prosecutor made serious mistakes. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas dismissed all charges against the free weekly newspaper less than 24 hours after two New Times owners were arrested for publishing details of a grand-jury subpoena that demanded the Internet records of any person who had visited the newspaper's Web site since 2004.
· Falling object not from a plane, FAA says. In Stanton, Deleware on Monday, a sizzling hot 16-inch piece of metal fell from the sky and tore through a parked SUV;s roof "like butter." The Federal Aviation Administration examined the object and spokesperson Jim Peters claims that it's not part of an airplane.
· Mystery surrounds cemetery mix-up. Willie Hayes was a Vietnam veteran who proudly served his country, won several medals and earned himself a plot at a veterans' cemetery upon his death two weeks ago. But there was one problem: As far as the U.S. government was concerned, it buried Willie Hayes nearly four years ago.
· Scathing Limbaugh letter nets $2.1 million. A letter from Democratic senators blasting conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh for using the phrase "phony soldiers" on his program was sold Friday on eBay for a record $2.1 million.
· Questions remain about housing secretary. During an investigation of his conduct last year, Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson defiantly defended his interaction with federal contractors doing business with the Housing and Urban Development Department. The FBI and HUD's inspector general are examining Jackson's ties to a friend who was paid at least $392,000 in federal money after Jackson passed along the man's name for a job as post-Katrina construction manager at the Housing Authority of New Orleans.
Friday, October 19, 2007
· 75-year-old woman smashes up local Comcast office with hammer. Mona Shaw says she has no regrets about using a hammer to vent her frustration at a cable company. After several days of waiting for service, and several hours at the Comcast office waiting to talk to a manager that never appeared, Shaw took matters - and a hammer - into her own hands. Police arrested Shaw for disorderly conduct. She received a three-month suspended sentence, was fined $345 and and is barred from going near the Comcast offices for a year. The Shaws did eventually get phone and television service — with Verizon and DirecTV.
· Update: David Copperfield Investigated for Sexual Misconduct. The FBI investigation of David Copperfield involves a sexual misconduct claim against the magician, a Las Vegas newspaper reported Friday. A Las Vegas warehouse operated by Copperfield was raided by 12 agents Wednesday night, TV station KLAS reported earlier. A computer hard drive, digital camera system, and nearly $2 million in cash were seized, the station reports.
· Air Force officers relieved of duty over loose nukes. Four Air Force officers, including at least one colonel, have been relieved of duty in connection with the mistaken flight of nuclear warheads across the country, two U.S. military officials told CNN Friday.
· Scout leader admits taking cookie money, police say. A Girl Scouts leader admitted to stealing $1,880 from Troop 1117's 2007 cookie sale proceeds in March, according to Middletown police. Heather Merritt, 26, was charged Wednesday in city Municipal Court with felony theft.
· Scientist apologizes for hurtful remarks. James Watson, the 79-year-old scientific icon made famous by his work in DNA, has set off an international furor with comments to a London newspaper about intelligence levels among blacks.
· Couple make burglar clean up at gunpoint. A burglar in Montgomery, Alabama chose the wrong family to mess with, literally. Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned home on Tuesday after a week away to find that thieves had emptied almost everything the family of five owned, Tiffany McKinnon said, adding "We made this man clean up all the mess he made, piles of stuff, he had thrown out of my drawers and cabinets onto the floor." When police arrived, the 33-year-old suspect Tajuan Bullock complained about being forced to clean the home at gunpoint.
· S.F. considers ‘shooting gallery’ for drug addicts. San Francisco health officials took steps Thursday toward opening the nation’s first legal safe-injection room, where addicts could shoot up heroin, cocaine and other drugs under the supervision of nurses. Hoping to reduce San Francisco’s high rate of fatal drug overdoses, the public health department co-sponsored a symposium on the only such facility in North America, a 4-year-old Vancouver site where an estimated 700 users a day self-administer narcotics under the supervision of nurses.
· FBI search Copperfield's warehouse. FBI agents searched a Las Vegas, Nevada, warehouse owned by illusionist David Copperfield, according to an FBI spokesman, adding that the Wednesday night raid was related to a case based in Seattle.
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Nefarious [ne·far·i·ous] adj. Infamous by way of being extremely wicked. Wicked in the extreme; abominable; iniquitous; atrociously villainous; execrable; detestably vile.
· Massage May Have Led To Professor's Killing. A massage may have led to the killing of a popular community college professor, sources said. Richard Urdiales, 53, was found beaten to death. Urdiales was an English professor at Blue River Metropolitan Community College in Independence, Mo., but he also made extra money as a masseuse.
· Find The Real Reason For Flight Delays. It can be hard to get a straight answer out of airlines sometime about the real reason a flight is delayed. For some reason, though, they're more straight up about their packages than their passengers. The airlines have special cargo websites which are supposed to be for people tracking packages they're shipping through the airline, and the real reason for the delays are generally disclosed.
· Pedophile suspect arrested in Thailand. A Canadian schoolteacher suspected of sexually abusing boys was arrested in rural Thailand on Friday after an international manhunt that relied on digitally unscrambled photos and tips from the public.
· Ellen cancels tapings after dog flap. Ellen DeGeneres' talk show was put on hold for a day because of her emotionally wrenching dog-adoption drama. "It's been a long week and a tough week and we decided to take a long weekend and be back on Tuesday," a spokeswoman said.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
· Trailer park becomes 'paradise' for sex offenders. The Palace Mobile Home Park is a place that welcomes sex offenders. 95 of these 200 residents are convicted sex offenders, including some pedophiles. The adults-only, nondescript, low-income trailer park near St. Petersburg, Florida has gained a reputation among sex offenders on probation as a good place to live.
· State Trooper Arrested For Sex With Porn Star. A Tennessee State Trooper - who resigned earlier this year after receiving oral sex from a porn star during a traffic stop - was arrested hit with a number of charges. Barbie Cummings said that she did not intend for Trooper James Moss to get into trouble and that he incriminated himself by "bragging" about the encounter to friends.
· NC Won't Help Nifong Fight Duke Lawsuits. The North Carolina Attorney General's office has refused former prosecutor Mike Nifong's request that the state represent him or pay his legal bills from a civil lawsuit against him filed by three Duke lacrosse players exonerated of rape.
· Middle school OKs birth control. After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow allow one school's health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11.
· Curtains for Vanessa's High School Musical. Over a month after frisky nude photos of High School Musical starlet Vanessa Hudgens hit the Internet, OK! reports that Disney has made up its mind about what to do next and that the 18-year-old actress will not be asked to board the boat for the third HSM film.
· Mystery of the cat-napper who takes neighbors' pets... and dumps them 25 miles away. When their cats started to disappear mysteriously, the residents of Bramley Crescent were understandably puzzled and distressed.
· 'Rat Pack' member Joey Bishop dies. Joey Bishop, the stone-faced comedian who found success in nightclubs, television and movies but became most famous as a member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, has died at 89. He was the group's last surviving member. Peter Lawford died in 1984, Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995, and Sinatra in 1998.
· Britney's Visitation Rights Suspended. Britney Spears is losing contact with her kids again. The troubled pop star may not even visit with 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James—who are in the custody of Spears' ex- husband, Kevin Federline—until she complies with a court order, Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled.
· Brooklyn 1st Grader Bound With Tape By 14-Year-Old. The mother of a Brooklyn first-grader is trying to transfer her 6-year-old son out of his school after a student more than twice his age allegedly bound the young boy with tape and threatened to throw him down a flight of stairs.
· Military inadvertently recruits gays. The Army, Navy and Air Force unwittingly advertised for recruits on GLEE.com, a networking website for gay professionals. Recruiters expressed surprise and said they would remove the job listings. "This is the first I've heard about it," said Maj. Michael Baptista, advertising chief for the Army National Guard, which will spend $6.5 million on Internet recruiting this year. "We didn't knowingly advertise on that particular website," which he said does not "meet the moral standards" of the military.
· TB-tainted man crosses border 76 times. A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the last year. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency was warned by health officials on April 16 that the frequent traveler was infected, but it took the Homeland Security officials more than six weeks to issue an alert to warn its own border inspectors.
· Screeners miss 75% of fake bombs at LAX. Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY. Screeners at Los Angeles International Airport missed about 75% of simulated explosives and bomb parts that Transportation Security Administration testers hid under their clothes or in carry-on bags at checkpoints, the TSA report shows.
· Woman digs up ex's grave. A woman accused of digging up her ex-boyfriend's grave and stealing his ashes pleaded not guilty to felony vandalism, prosecutors said. "I have a category of crimes that I like to refer to as 'aggravated stupid,"' County prosecutor David Warren said. "I have been doing this for almost 30 years now and I have never had anyone steal someone's ashes."
· Simpson co-defendant: Guns were O.J.'s idea. O.J. Simpson wanted armed men with him when he confronted two sports memorabilia dealers, according to a co-defendant who has agreed to a plea deal to testify for the prosecution in the armed robbery case. "O.J. said 'Hey, just bring some firearms,"' Walter Alexander told police in a transcript of his tape-recorded statement obtained by The Associated Press.
· Scripps lab tech gets year in jail for sex with boy, 14. She was a 22-year-old single mother living in a Singer Island efficiency, working as a lab technician at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter. He was 14 and living with his parents in northern Palm Beach County, though his profile said he was 18. Colleen Grear eventually learned the boy's true age, but it didn't stop her from pursuing a sexual relationship.
· Man uses trap door trick to steal thousands of gallons of gas. Hobert Gibson was arrested Tuesday on grand theft charges of stealing thousands of gallons of gas from stations. Gibson rigged a trap door in the bottom of the trailer and parked over the underground fuel tanks at gas stations. Deputies said he would drop a hose into the tanks and use marine batteries to pump the gas into the trailer.
· High-res image uncovers 'Mona Lisa' mystery. The "Mona Lisa" has long been shrouded in mystery, including one long-standing question about the famous lady: What happened to her eyebrows and eyelashes?
· McCain Takes Mom on Campaign Trail. Dogged by suggestions he's too old to be president, John McCain often says he should bring his mother to campaign stops to demonstrate his good genes. On Wednesday he did. "I am so happy to be here. I think I'm going to cry," 95-year-old Roberta McCain said as she introduced her son to about 200 seniors at a retirement community.
· Children find body of a child in a suitcase in a park in Australia. A group of children playing in an Australian park Wednesday opened a suitcase they found floating in a pond and discovered the body of a youngster inside, police said.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
· Obesity is more dangerous than smoking. Obesity is more dangerous than smoking and will dramatically shorten the lives of millions, a landmark study has found. While smoking reduces life by an average of ten years, the research says being seriously overweight can cut life expectancy by as much as 13 years.
· Morgan Stanley Sells Entire New York Times Stake. Morgan Stanley, the second-biggest shareholder in New York Times Co., sold its entire 7.3 percent stake today, according to a person briefed on the transaction, sending the stock to its lowest in more than 10 years.
· Oral Roberts president to take leave. Oral Roberts University president Richard Roberts has asked the school's board of regents for a leave of absence amid accusations of lavish spending at donors' expense and illegal involvement in a political campaign.
· Oakland Restricts Smoking In Outdoor Areas. The Oakland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that makes it illegal to smoke in outdoor dining areas, municipal golf courses, parks and bus stops.
· 'Baby Jessica' waiting to collect $1 million. The 18-month old girl pulled from a backyard well two decades ago is now a young wife and mother - one waiting to collect donations given to her during her ordeal that are expected to total $1 million or more.
· Woman jailed for 50 days for possessing cat urine. 38-year-old Cynthia Hunter of Florida was jailed for 50 days when police found a vial containing a yellow substance in her purse. She said it was cat urine for her son's science experiment, but she was locked up for 50 days until the lab results confirmed that the substance was indeed cat urine.
· Girls drop lawsuit against "Girls Gone Wild" founder after video showing permission is found. Two young women suing "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis in federal court for allegedly reneging on a deal not to use footage of them dropped their lawsuit Monday, supposedly with no money exchanging hands, after a video posted on Francis' Website showed them giving permission for the show to go on.
· 'Mutts and Moms' Agency Will Keep DeGeneres' Dog. Ellen DeGeneres' doggy drama intensified Tuesday after her tearful plea on her talk show led to death threats against the rescue group that took back her adopted dog for violating the contract, according to a spokesman for the agency's owners. As a result of the publicity, Marina Batkis and Vanessa Chekroun received voice mail and e-mail threats of death and arson and were besieged by the media.
· Stabbing Victim Hits Attacker With Shovel. An argument between two men escalated with one getting stabbed and the other hit with a shovel, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday night. Drinking may have been a factor.
· 21 schools being shut down for cleaning after student death. Virginia school officials say they are shutting down 21 schools for cleaning, after an antibiotic-resistant staph infection killed a high school student.
· TSA Laptops on the Lam, Again. Safeguarding personal information has been the law of the land since passage of the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2004. But you wouldn't know it by the many stories about federal agencies accidentally letting Social Security numbers and other private, sensitive information slip away.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
· Verizon offers details on records releases. Verizon Communications says it has provided federal, state and local law enforcement agencies tens of thousands of communication and business records relating to customers based on emergency requests without a court order or administrative subpoena.
· Woman cited for yelling obscenities at toilet in her home. A Pennsylvania woman has been cited for disorderly conduct for allegedly shouting profanities at her overflowing toilet within earshot of a neighbor. The neighbor happens to be a police officer.
· Attack on Liberal Radio Host Was Not a Hate Crime, Air America Says. The blogosphere was abuzz Tuesday with reports that liberal talk-radio show host Randi Rhodes was the victim of an apparent street crime Sunday night, leading another of the network's hosts to speculate that she was targeted by "the right wing" for her political views.
· Four sue police, alleging "dirty tactics." Frank Waterhouse is suing for unlawful seizure with excessive force, alleging that police fired a Taser and bean bag rounds at him on May 27, 2006 because he was videotaping their search of a friend's property. Officers wrote in their reports that Waterhouse ran off, they chased and then bean-bagged and Tasered him. One officer wrote, "He had refused to drop the camera which could be used as a weapon."
· Woman Spying On Husband Gets Trapped Under SUV. Rescue crews freed a woman trapped under a sport utility vehicle in Brookline late Monday morning. Police said the woman feared her husband was cheating on her. They said she went to spy on him by crawling under an SUV outside her husband’s alleged girlfriend’s house. She apparently fell asleep under the vehicle and became trapped after someone let the air out of the tires.
· Suspect arrested in 3-year-old girl's videotaped sexual assault. A man wanted in the videotaped sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl has been arrested, according to police in Nevada. Chester Arthur Stiles, 37, was arrested following a routine traffic stop around 7 p.m. Monday night.
· Family of teen killed in Indiana crash sues police. The family of Dominique Green, one of two teens killed in a car crash last month in Gary, Indiana, is suing police for $50 million, an attorney said Monday. Hours after police responded to the September 15 crash and failed to find Green's body and the body of his friend Brandon Smith, 18, Smith's father found both corpses in a nearby wooded area.
· DeGeneres Violates Deal With Pet Agency. Ellen DeGeneres is in the doghouse with a pet rescue agency after giving a pooch away to her hairdresser because it didn't get along with her cats. The talk show hostess and her partner Portia de Rossi adopted Iggy, a Brussels Griffon mix, on Sept. 20. But when things didn't work out, DeGeneres gave the dog to her hairdresser. "I feel totally responsible for it and I'm so sorry. I'm begging them to give that dog back to that family," she said. "It's not their fault. It's my fault," DeGeneres said.
Monday, October 15, 2007
· Wife of university president denies nights alone with 'underage male.' The wife of the president of Oral Roberts University is denying allegations in a lawsuit that she spent the night in a university guest house with an "underage male" on nine occasions.
· Second O.J. Simpson co-accused takes deal. A second co-defendant in the O.J. Simpson armed-robbery case on Monday agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge. Walter Alexander also said he will testify against O.J. Simpson and others.
· Grandmother Gets $5,000, Disney Trip For Turning In Cash. Debbie Cole won a trip to Walt Disney World and $5,000 as a reward for turning in $65,000 she first thought was trash on the side of the road. The 53-year-old found the money Oct. 4 in a bag at the county solid waste compound where she works. The money apparently fell off a Loomis armored truck and landed in the middle of a road.
· Political TV advertising to hit $3 billion. A wide-open presidential race and a willingness by candidates, interest groups, unions and corporations to buy TV time will lead to historic spending for political and issue-advocacy advertising in the 2008 election cycle, an analysis shows.
· Child’s chalk doodle draws graffiti citation. Chalk it up to New York City's crackdown on graffiti. A 6-year-old child's chalk sketches on her family's stoop brought her parents a graffiti-removal notice that threatened a $300 fine.
· Fake Officers Take Urine Samples From Boys. Authorities in Indianapolis have intensified the search for two men who forced six boys to give urine samples in a park. The impersonators took the boys one-by-one and demanded they submit to a drug test out in the open at the park. "They opened up the police car, handed them a cup and had them use it in the cup," the mother said.
· Alleged Rapist Claims He Was Arrested Because He's Black. A fugitive wanted in Tennessee on multiple counts of child rape and exploitation was captured Saturday near Matamoros, Mexico, and jailed in southern Texas. Donald Edward Lynch, 66, claimed his real name was Reynaldo Price and denied the charges. "It's `cause I'm black," he told reporters.
· Florida couple arrested for letting 14 teens drink at their home. A couple was arrested Sunday at their west of Boca Raton home for child abuse and other charges for allowing 14 teenagers to drink alcohol at their home. Debbie Louttit, 49, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Gopen, 35, told Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies that they would rather have the youths drinking beer at their home than on the street.
· Man survives flight in wheel well, stuns workers. A Palestinian man managed to stow away in a wheel well of an airplane flying from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, prompting Malaysian officials to order a probe into how he breached security, reports said Sunday.
· Italians stop man with check for $500 million. That's one check you hope won't bounce. Italian authorities said Thursday that they had arrested a man who was trying to leave the country on his way to Switzerland with a check made out for $500 million.
· Fisherman Sets Record, Catches 844-pound Shark Off Florida Panhandle. Six friends went to a fishing tournament looking to catch some grouper. They caught an 844-pound shark instead. The fight by Adlee Bruner and friends to pull the 11-foot mako shark onto the boat from the Gulf of Mexico took more than an hour on Saturday.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
· Quixtar Sues 30 Over Web Remarks. Direct-marketing firm Quixtar Inc., a sister company of Amway Corp., has sued 30 people who anonymously posted what it considers disparaging remarks about Quixtar in blogs and online forums.
· Assault On Police Sends Teen To Jail. A Broomfield High School champion wrestler, who faced up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine for an Airsoft assault on an off-duty police officer, has been sentenced to a weekend in jail.
· Dentist claims breast rubs appropriate. A dentist accused of fondling the breasts of 27 female patients is trying to keep his dental license by arguing that chest massages are an appropriate procedure in certain cases. Mark Anderson's lawyer says dental journals discuss the need to massage the pectoral muscles to treat a common jaw problem.
· Vatican bars gay priest for "anonymous" TV confession. The Vatican has suspended a senior priest who acknowledged homosexual relations in a supposedly anonymous television interview, but was identified by superiors from background shots of his office.
· Rapper T.I. arrested on machine gun charge. Rapper T.I. was arrested Saturday as he allegedly tried to add three machine guns and two silencers to what authorities said was an "arsenal" of weapons that, as a convicted felon, he was not allowed to own.
· GOP: NASCAR is contagious, but its fans are not. Being around NASCAR fans requires no inoculation, according to Republican officials, after they learned that a congressional committee's Democratic staffers had advised aides to get vaccinated for hepatitis and other diseases before visiting NASCAR events in Concord, N.C., and Talladega, Alabama. "Democrats should know that there is no preventive measure yet designed to ward off the blue-collar values and patriotism that NASCAR fans represent."
· Report ranks jobs by rates of depression. People who tend to the elderly, change diapers and serve up food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers. Almost 11 percent of personal care workers — which includes child care and helping the elderly and severely disabled with their daily needs — reported depression lasting two weeks or longer.
· Banks to set up $80 bln fund to limit credit crunch. Major banks including Citigroup Inc are looking at setting up a roughly $80 billion fund to buy ailing mortgage securities and other assets, in a bid to prevent the credit crunch from further hurting the global economy, sources said.
· Idaho Hall Of Fame Honors Sen. Larry Craig. A smiling Craig, who served a decade in the House before his 1990 election to the Senate, arrived at the event with his family. "He ... is excited that at least some Idahoans have not forgotten his three decades of public service to Idaho," his spokesman Dan Whiting said.
· Deal May Turn Former Nuclear Facility Into Park. Boeing has reached a tentative agreement with the state to clean up its contaminated nuclear testing facility in the hills above the San Fernando Valley and hand it over for use as parkland.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
· No Rush to Fix Arkansas Marriage Law. Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday that a flawed law that could let even toddlers marry doesn't yet require a special session of the Arkansas Legislature to fix. The law inadvertently allows Arkansas minors of any age to marry, if their parents approve.
· Coulter Says Jews Need To Be 'Perfected.' Jewish leaders condemned conservative commentator Ann Coulter on Friday for her comments this week that Jews need to be "perfected," denouncing her remarks as the rationale behind two millenniums of anti-Semitism. The assertion by the controversial pundit that Jews are inferior unless they convert to Christianity alarmed Jewish organizations and put the television networks that give Coulter a platform in an awkward position.
· Co-Defendant in Simpson Case to Plea. Accused of being one of five men who joined O.J. Simpson in a hotel-room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers, Charles Cashmore will plead guilty to a reduced charge and testify that guns were involved in the theft of sports collectibles. Cashmore will testify that two of the other men who entered the room with the former football star were armed, his lawyer, Edward Miley, said Friday. Miley said Cashmore will plead guilty to being an accessory to robbery, a felony that could get him up to five years in prison.
· Pets hurled off bridge in Puerto Rico. Animal control workers seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing projects in the town of Barceloneta and hurled them from a bridge to their deaths, authorities and witnesses said Friday. Mayor Sol Luis Fontanez blamed a contractor hired to take the animals to a shelter.
· Pattie Boyd Recalls Life With Rock Stars. Pattie Boyd is the A-list musicians' muse. A convent schoolgirl turned swinging London fashion model, Boyd was married to Beatle George Harrison, then to guitar god Eric Clapton - and the relationships live on in song.
Friday, October 12, 2007
· Amid furor, DJ cancels party for 'light-skinned' blacks. A local DJ and party promoter retreated Thursday from a plan to sponsor a bash that would let "light-skinned" black women into a downtown club for free. "I didn't mean to offend anyone," promoter "DJ Lish" Barnes said. "I had planned a party for other shades (of black women). We were going to take a shade of color each week. Next week was going to be a party for 'Sexy Chocolate.'"
· Brokers snatch joy from Hannah Montana fans. Kids' sensation Hannah Montana is a heroine to millions of young fans and when Disney announced a U.S tour, tickets sold out in minutes. But not to the child fans. Ticket brokers swooped up thousands of tickets - and desperate fans found they would have to pay up to $2,000 for a $63 ticket.
· Top Brands of Lipstick Test Positive for Lead. The preparers of the study say they found that more than half of 33 brand-name lipsticks tested (61 percent) contained detectable levels of lead. The group says that the lipstick didn't list lead as an ingredient. The top brands testing positive for lead include L'Oreal, Cover Girl, and Christian Dior.
· Doctors' properties searched in Anna Nicole Smith probe. The California Department of Justice served eight search warrants Friday in its investigation into the circumstances of Anna Nicole Smith's death. The warrants were served at the homes of two doctors, a business owned by one of the doctors, four businesses owned by the other physician and a storage shed used by one of the doctors, the official said.
· Grandma, Granddaugther Team Caught Stealing. Call it a real -life Oliver Twist... A 42-year-old grandmother from Southeastern Pennsylvania has been caught on tape shoplifting - and also teaching her four-year-old grand-daughter how to steal.
· Update: Mom bought assault rifle for boy. The mother of a 14-year-old boy accused of planning a "Columbine" type event at a high school was arrested Friday morning, county prosecutors say. She is accused of buying a 9 mm assault rifle for her son several weeks ago at a local gun show, in violation of "straw purchase laws."
· Teen blamed in rape, killing of elderly woman, 99. A teenager is in jail on Friday charged in the robbery and battery of two elderly women. Detectives said Moise Opont, 17, raped and killed one woman and hurt her daughter as he fled a Florida home.
· Mother held child outside window of vehicle. A Pinellas Park mother remained in jail Thursday afternoon on $5,000 bond after police said she held her 5-year-old son outside of an SUV because he was causing a disturbance.
· School sends home obesity notices with students, parent upset. In an effort to combat the problem of childhood obesity, the Denver Public School District is sending home student health reports to keep parents informed. However, one parent says it should not have been sent home in her daughter's backpack because she read it.
· Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize. Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it. "I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize," Gore said. "We face a true planetary emergency.
· Size Matters, Condom Experts Told. Frank Sadlo, founder of TheyFit, which makes what he claims are the world's first custom-fit condoms, is pushing for updated standards to allow greater variation in condom size. When given a choice, he said many men prefer condoms smaller than the standard minimum 6.3 inches long, with more than half ordering those less than 5.12 inches.
· Former Mrs. New Jersey Arrested. Mrs. New Jersey 2005 is accused of writing bad checks to buy more than $70,000 of antique furniture. Essex County detectives arrested Heather "Hedy" L. Di Carlo on Wednesday.
· New Orleans unveils scaled-back rebuilding plan. After struggling for months to come up with $1.1 billion for stage one of New Orleans' hurricane rebuilding plan, city officials faced with growing public frustration intend to move ahead with a drastically scaled-back first step of $216 million.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
· Update: Officer Drops Lawsuit Against Child’s Family. The Casselberry police officer who was suing the family of a young boy who nearly drowned in a backyard pool has now dropped the legal action. "It doesn't mean anything because you can't take anything more away from us than what has been taken," grandmother Maggie Cosmillo said in reference to her grandson's condition.
· 'Bullied' Home Schooler Arrested After Cops Find Weapons Cache in Pennsylvania. A home-schooled 14-year-old who amassed a cache of weapons, including a hand grenade, and tried to recruit another boy for a possible school attack in Pennsylvania was charged with solicitation to commit terror, authorities said Thursday. The weapons found included a 9 mm assault rifle that the teenager's mother had recently bought for him.
· Documents: Qwest was targeted. The National Security Agency and other government agencies retaliated against Qwest because the Denver telco refused to go along with a phone spying program, documents released Wednesday suggest.
· Six-figure bonuses retain US commandos. The Pentagon has paid more than $100 million in bonuses to veteran Green Berets and Navy SEALs, reversing the flow of top commandos to the corporate world where security companies such as Blackwater USA are offering big salaries.
· Ambulance driver charged with DUI. A West Virginia ambulance driver has been charged with driving under the influence of controlled substances after he ran two red lights with a patient in the back, Ashland police said.
· Federal judge rules illegals can work using fraudulent IDs. A federal judge in San Francisco blocked the Bush administration's attempt to enlist the nation's employers to banish illegal immigrants from the workplace. Saying the administration's plan "would result in irreparable harm to innocent workers and employers," U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer barred authorities from threatening to prosecute businesses that fail to fire employees whose Social Security numbers don't match government records.
· Woman seeks rich husband, banker says "crappy" deal. An online exchange between a woman looking for a husband who earns more than $500,000 a year and a mystery Wall Street banker, who responded: "Your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity ... in fact, it is very likely that my income increases but it is an absolute certainty that you won't be getting any more beautiful!" the banker wrote. "So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset," the banker said - "I'd rather lease."
· Public censure for judge who said lawyer had 'nice butt.' When a New York judge laughingly said in open court that criminal defense lawyer Ruth Boyer had "a nice butt," she was not flattered. The sexist comment by LaGrange Town Justice Edmund Caplicki, made in July 2005, was reported to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which yesterday publicly scolded the jurist for his "inappropriate" remark.
· Teacher's aide accused of stapling student. A fourth-grade teacher's aide resigned after he was accused of trying to staple a piece of paper to a student's forehead. When a student failed to remove a Post-It note, the aide approached her with a stapler and pushed it against her forehead, Natalie Wilson said. There were "two holes in her head," the mother said.
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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."
· Hefty deposits by city parking meter man raise a teller's suspicions. Police are investigating a St. Paul parking meter worker who tellers say brought in huge amounts of coins for about a year, deposited several hundred dollars each time into his personal account and took the rest in bills, according to search warrant affidavits filed Tuesday.
· N.Y. Pizza Man Accused of Making Fake 'Dough.' A pizzeria owner has been accused of making his own dough, counterfeit money, in a room behind the oven. Police said Wednesday that they found $6,000 in fake bills, along with printing equipment and cutting devices, in a back office at The Brick Oven Pizza Shop, near the village Police Department.
· Ejection of a Woman From a Women’s Room Prompts Lawsuit. A 28-year-old lesbian is filing a gender-discrimination lawsuit after being booted from a New York City restaurant by a bouncer who mistook her for a man in the women's restroom.
· Smoking ban looms for California apartment dwellers. Belmont Calfornia apartment dwellers who like to light up in their homes have 14 months to kick the habit, work out a compromise with their nonsmoking neighbors or get out of town. Under the city's new smoking ban, among the toughest in the nation, apartment residents whose secondhand smoke invades their neighbors' units will be subject to fines of as much as $1,000.
· Madonna to sign $120M record deal. Madonna intends to sign a $120 million recording and touring deal with live entertainment promoter Live Nation Inc. and leave her longtime record label at Warner Music Group Corp., a person familiar with the contract negotiations said Wednesday.
· Flying tire kills cop in freak incident. A Shelbyville, Indiana police officer was killed late Wednesday night when a set of the rear dual tires and wheels from a tractor-trailer struck him as he stood alongside the State Road 44 ramp to Interstate 74 eastbound, police said.
· Steve McQueen's Stunt Double Dies. Steve McQueen's place in movie history owes much to the incredible stunts in films like The Great Escape and Bullitt. When McQueen's character in the World War Two epic jumps a barbed wire fence to try to escape pursuing German soldiers, the man on the bike is Bud Ekins.
· GE to decide on fate of NBC after Olympics. The fate of NBC Universal, General Electric’s entertainment unit, will be decided only after the Beijing Olympics, with executives at the US conglomerate ruling out a sale before August’s showcase event, according to people close to the situation.
· Police find man asleep at the wheel. Police say a 26-year-old St. Louis Park man was asleep at the wheel of his pickup as it drove down the street before dawn on Sunday. He didn't wake when the truck crossed the centerline, or when an officer ran up and jumped on the running board, reached inside and put the truck in neutral.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
· Empire State Building to go green for Muslim holiday. New York's iconic Empire State Building is to be lit up green from Friday in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar marking the end of Ramadan, officials said.
· Racist language in deeds prompts questions. Some people want answers about illegal language in deeds on thousands of Charlotte, North Carolina homes. It says black people can't live in the neighborhood. Deeds, which is common for homes in the Myers Park neighborhood, lists restrictions that include, “The lot...shall be owned and occupied by people of the Caucasian race only.”
· Cop who fell on the job sues family of drowning baby. 1-year-old Joey Cosmillo wandered into the backyard and fell into the family pool. When his mother hauled him out, he wasn't breathing. Rescuers were able to bring him back to life, but he suffered severe brain damage. Now, one of the rescuers, Casselberry police Sgt. Andrea Eichhorn, is suing, alleging the family left a puddle of water on the floor that afternoon, causing her to slip and fall. "Of course there's going to be water in the house. He was sopping wet when we brought him in," the little boy's grandfather said.
· Thousands of Chrysler Workers Walk Out. Thousands of Chrysler LLC autoworkers walked off the job Wednesday after the automaker and the United Auto Workers union failed to reach a tentative contract agreement before a union-imposed deadline.
· Obama urges California to give tuition breaks to illegal immigrants. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would make illegal immigrant students who graduate from high school eligible for college aid.
· Joe Cool Survivors Charged With Murder. Murder charges were filed Wednesday afternoon against two men in connection with the mysterious disappearance of four crew members from a Miami Beach fishing boat.
· Anna Nicole Smith's Former Nannies Sue Rita Cosby. Two women who once worked for Anna Nicole Smith are now suing former MSNBC journalist Rita Cosby for falsely using them as a source in her scandalous new book, Blonde Ambition, in which she claimed that Anna's lawyer, Howard K. Stern had video taped a sex act with her boyfriend, Larry Birkhead.
· AG: "Deputy likely shot himself 3 times in the head." A 20-year-old sheriff's deputy who killed six young people and wounded another was shot four times, including a fatal and apparently self-inflicted shot to the head, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.
· Thou shalt not steal - especially the Bible. A Singaporean judge sentenced a man to four months in jail for stealing a Bible, admonishing him with Scripture before hauling him off to prison, The Straits Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.
· 6-Year-Old Crashes Car On Way To Get Food. A small power outage in Broomfield was blamed on a 6-year-old boy who decided he was hungry and wanted to drive his grandmother's car to a nearby restaurant while sitting in his child seat. Officers questioned the boy and the 6-year-old fessed up in a manner that was very matter-of fact and yet very adorable, said Broomfield police spokeswoman Colleen O'Connell.
· Taco Bell is making a run for the border. It sounds like a fast-food grudge match: Taco Bell is taking on the homeland of its namesake by reopening for the first time in 15 years in Mexico. Defenders of Mexican culture see the chain's re-entry as a crowning insult to a society already overrun by U.S. chains from Starbucks and Subway to KFC. "It's like bringing ice to the Arctic," complained pop culture historian Carlos Monsivais.
· David Hasselhoff Relapses, Hospitalized. David Hasselhoff's publicist confirmed that the former Baywatch star was hospitalized Tuesday after falling off the wagon. "David had a brief relapse and immediately recognized the importance of addressing it with the assistance of his doctors," his rep Judy Katz said.
· 40 Hospital Workers Suspended For Leaking Clooney's Medical Info. Just weeks after George Clooney was injured in a motorcycle accident and taken to Palisades Medical Center, CBS 2 HD has exclusively learned that dozens of employees, including doctors and nurses, have been suspended for accessing Clooney's confidential information.
· Pets in America have $40 billion spent on them by doting owners. The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association recently released its 2007-08 National Pet Owners Survey, finding that expenditures on pets in this country will top an estimated $40 billion in 2007. This is almost double the $23 billion spent a decade ago. 63 percent of American homes include a pet, the highest level since the association began tracking statistics in 1988. Not surprisingly, cats and dogs are the most popular pet choices.
· Fiorina joins new Fox business channel. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co., has signed on as a contributor with Fox News' soon-to-launch business news channel, the media company announced Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
· Sutherland to do jail time on DUI charge. Kiefer Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit and will serve 30 days in county jail under terms of a plea agreement.
· Politician busted for cheating in marathon. After a humiliating defeat in Mexico's presidential election last year, Roberto Madrazo appeared to be back on top: He'd won the men's age-55 category in the Sept. 30 Berlin marathon. But Madrazo couldn't leave his reputation for shady dealings in the dust. Race officials said Monday they disqualified him for taking a short cut. The world record for running 9 miles - the distance Madrazo covered in 21 minutes - is 41 minutes 29 seconds, by Felix Limo of Kenya.
· Lindsay Lohan: 'I hit rock bottom.' Lindsay Lohan admitted in an interview with a celebrity weekly that she had reached the lowest point in her career, after her July arrest for drunk driving and cocaine possession.
· Nixon tape: Fred Thompson is 'dumb as hell.' Thirty-year-old Oval Office recordings made of President Richard Nixon paint an unflattering portrait of GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, then an upstart Watergate counsel the former president dismissed as "dumb as hell."
· Wisconsin cop snapped after being called a 'worthless pig.' A young sheriff's deputy who opened fire on a pizza party and killed six people flew into a rage when he was rebuffed by his old girlfriend - and others called him a "worthless pig." A longtime friend said that 20-year-old Tyler Peterson came to his door in the hours after the rampage and calmly explained what he had done. "He wasn't running around crazy or anything. He was very, very sorry for what he did," Mike Kegley said.
· Missing skydiver plane found, no apparent survivors. Wreckage of a plane carrying a skydiving team was found in dense forest in the center of the northwest US state of Washington with no sign of survivors, emergency officials said late Monday.
· Man Jailed For Trying To Pass Off $1 Million Bill. Change for a million? That's what a man was seeking Saturday when he handed a $1 million bill to a cashier at a Pittsburgh supermarket. But when the Giant Eagle employee refused and a manager confiscated the bogus bill, the man flew into a rage, police said. Since 1969, the $100 bill is the largest note in circulation.
· Armed Homeowner To Burglar: You're A Dead Man. After three break-ins in the three months, a Sacramento man had had enough. When a burglar showed up at his Sacramento home last night he pulled out a gun and started firing shots. “So I step out from behind the wall and say ‘you're a dead man.’ He screams as loud as he can, drives through the window and takes off running,” said Rob. He ran so fast he left his car in the driveway, with the engine still running.
· Utah Deputies Told to Watch Mileage. High gas prices are forcing deputies in Utah's third-largest county to watch the odometer. Officers in Davis County have been told to limit their driving to 75 to 100 miles during a 12-hour shift, through the end of the year, sheriff's Lt. Brad Wilcox said Monday.
· Hope fades that Fossett cheated death. With winter closing in, efforts to find aviator Steve Fossett have dwindled - along with hopes that his proven ability to cheat death enabled him to survive a plane crash in the rugged desert of northern Nevada.
Monday, October 8, 2007
· Study: As many as 38 million illegal immigrants in the US. Californians for Population Stabilization released a study claiming there are 20 million to 38 million illegal immigrants in America, not the 12 million the federal government says. "Immigration is in a state of anarchy," organization member James Walsh, a former Immigration and Naturalization Service lawyer, fervently told the room.
· Sandy Berger now advising Hillary Clinton. Sandy Berger, who stole highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, destroyed them and lied to investigators, is now an adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Berger, who was fired from John Kerry’s presidential campaign when the scandal broke in 2004, has assumed a similar role in Clinton’s campaign.
· Houston Middle School Students Caught In Sex Act In Class. Some parents are outraged after their children said they witnessed a pair of eighth-graders engaged in a sex act, right in the middle of class. The principal reported that the students, a boy and a girl, made inappropriate sexual contact with each other while other students watched.
· Missing Atlantic City Mayor to Resign. Speculation is rampant that Atlantic City Mayor Robert Levy will resign this week. A city official said that Levy's departure could come on Tuesday or Wednesday.
· Scientologists have stronghold over Clearwater. Downtown Clearwater, Florida is an international Scientology stronghold and a destination for elite members — including celebrity devotees like Tom Cruise and John Travolta — who come from all over the world for the highest levels of the church's spiritual training.
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Colloquialism [col·lo·qui·al·ism] n. 1. An informal word or phrase that is more common in conversation than in formal speech or writing. Colloquialisms can include words such as "gonna" and phrases such as "ain't nothin'" and "dead as a doornail."
· Interpol in rare global appeal for Web pedophile. Interpol on Monday launched an unprecedented worldwide public appeal to track down a man shown sexually abusing children in images posted on the Internet.
· 1,000-plus war protesters in Berkeley spell out opposition to Bush. Sarah Newsham, 9, asked her dad if he knew about Google Earth. Taking one look at the satellite images, Brad Newsham had an epiphany: The anti-war movement needed visuals. On Sunday, nearly one year later, Newsham directed more than 1,000 people to lie on the grass at the Berkeley Marina to spell out "IMPEACH!" while photos were taken from helicopters whirring above.
· Intruders punch hole in Monet work. Intruders, apparently drunk, broke into the Orsay Museum through a back door early Sunday and punched a hole in a renowned work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet, the French culture minister said.
· The Science of Knots Unraveled. Tangled telephone cords and electronic cables that come to resemble bird nests can frazzle even the most stoic person. Now researchers have unraveled the mystery behind how such knots form.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
· Off-duty deputy goes on shooting rampage. An off-duty sheriff's deputy shot and killed six people in Crandon, Wisconsin, early Sunday before dying himself under circumstances that remain under wraps, the town's police chief said.
· Man may get 30 years for stealing doughnut. Scott A. Masters, 41, is accused of shoplifting the pastry and pushing a store worker who tried to stop him. The worker was unhurt. But with that shove, his shoplifting turned into a strong-arm robbery. Masters, who appeared in court Friday, is stunned. The prosecutor shows no signs of backing down. In fact, because Masters has a prior record, he could get a sentence of 30 years to life.
· Atlantic City Mayor Drops Out of Sight. Under federal investigation for embellishing his Army service in Vietnam, a groggy-sounding Mayor Robert Levy called in sick at City Hall, climbed into his city-issued Dodge Durango and seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth. A spokesman issued a 36-word statement saying the mayor was going on indefinite medical leave. That was a week and a half ago. Aides say he is in a hospital, but they won't say where, why or for how long.
· Embattled Idaho senator honored in state. Sen. Larry Craig has been chosen for induction into the Idaho Hall of Fame, despite his well-publicized arrest and guilty plea in an airport sex sting, officials said. The nonprofit Idaho Hall of Fame Association picked Craig in March, months before he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after a Minneapolis airport police officer accused him of soliciting sex in the men's restroom, the organization's board chairman said.
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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.”
· Pamela Anderson gets married. Television actress and pinup star Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon, best known as Paris Hilton's co-star in a widely distributed sex video, were married on Saturday in Las Vegas, according to media reports.
· Man Gets 5 Months for Killing Ostrich. A man has been sentenced to five months in jail and three years probation for killing an ostrich in San Mateo County. Timothy McKevitt will also have to pay $5,000 in restitution for killing Gaylord the ostrich.
· Charges dropped in sherry enema death case. Charges have been dropped against a Texas woman who was accused of giving her husband a sherry enema that killed him. The woman had given her husband two large bottles of sherry, which raised his blood alcohol level to 0.47 percent.
· Report: Lindsay Lohan Leaves Rehab. Lindsay Lohan has checked out of a drug and alcohol treatment program in Utah that she entered in August, according to People magazine. Lohan, 21, left the Cirque Lodge treatment center on Friday afternoon, the magazine reported on its Web site, citing statements from her parents.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
· O.J.'s Rolex a Fake, Ordered Returned. O.J. Simpson is getting his fake Rolex watch back. The timepiece, seized earlier this week by attorneys for Fred Goldman, was ordered returned to the former football star after it was determined to be a knockoff made in China. Goldman has won a multimillion-dollar wrongful death judgment against Simpson, but the watch has so little value it falls under an exemption in the judgment excluding jewelry worth less than $6,075.
· Jailed fed prosecutor kills self. Prison officials are investigating how a federal prosecutor from Florida indicted in an Internet sex sting committed suicide in his cell two weeks after a failed attempt. John David "Roy" Atchison was arrested after an Internet sting run by the Macomb County Sheriff's Office and the FBI in which a Sheriff's deputy posed as a mother looking for someone to have sex with her 5-year-old daughter.
· 4 Michigan Cops Fired Over On-the-Job Sex With Dispatcher. The Grand Rapids city manager has fired four male police officers at the center of a departmental sex scandal. Kurt Kimball earlier accepted the resignations of another male officer, a male dispatcher and a female dispatcher accused of having on-the-job sex with the six men at police headquarters.
· Update: Harvard mom wins appeals court breast pump victory. An appeals court cleared the way Friday for a Harvard student to receive extra break time during a lengthy medical licensing exam so she can pump breast milk for her infant daughter.
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Assiduous [as·sid·u·ous] adj. 1. Constant in application or attention; diligent: "An assiduous worker who strove for perfection." 2. Unceasing; persistent: "Assiduous cancer research."
· Man Threatens Suit After Being Wrongly Jailed For 37 Days. Marvin Lopez went to the court house to pay some traffic tickets and he was arrested on outstanding warrants for DUI and reckless driving. It turned out the guy wanted on those warrants goes by the alias Marvin B. Lopez. The two share the same name, but don't look anything alike. Despite not looking at all alike, Lopez spent 37 days at the Orange County jail for a crime he didn't commit.
· Purpose of appendix believed found. Some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week. For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it had no function. Surgeons removed them routinely. People live fine without them.
· Only survivor of Congo airline crash is plane's mechanic. Congolese President Joseph Kabila sacked his transport minister today as the death toll from the latest air accident in the central African country rose to more than 50. The only survivor was the mechanic for the plane.
· Southwest Airlines makes man change T-shirt. Southwest Airlines said it will apologize to a passenger who was told he would be removed from a flight if he didn't change clothes, the second time in recent months the budget carrier has been forced to do so. Joe Winiecki, of Largo, Florida, boarded a Southwest flight in Columbus, Ohio, wearing a fictional fishing shop T-shirt which featured the words, "Master Baiter."
Friday, October 5, 2007
· Jury awards $6.1 million in McDonald's strip search case. A jury awarded $6.1 million Friday to a woman who said she was forced to strip in a McDonald's back office after someone called the restaurant posing as a police officer.
· Scandal brewing at Oral Roberts University. Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts' university, or else he would be "called home." Now, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, says God is speaking again, telling him to deny lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf this 44-year-old Bible Belt college in scandal.
· Man kills self in front of City Council after zoning decision. A business owner shot and killed himself during a City Council meeting Thursday night after members voted against his request to rezone his property, witnesses said. "Y'all have put me under. ... I'm out of here," Ronald "Bo" Ward said before shooting himself in the head with a small handgun.
· 24 illegal song downloads cost US woman $220,000. In the first US trial to challenge the illegal downloading of music on the Internet, a single mother from Minnesota was ordered Thursday to pay $220,000 for sharing 24 songs online.
· Woman told to ditch bra to enter court. Security guards refused to allow a woman into a federal courthouse until she removed a bra that triggered a metal detector. Lori Plato said she and her husband, Owen Plato, were stunned when U.S. Marshals Service employees asked her to remove her bra after the underwire supports set off the alarm.
· Marion Jones admits to doping. For years, Marion Jones angrily denied she was a drug cheat, swearing she was clean and daring anyone to prove otherwise. Seven years after her triumphs at the 2000 Olympics, the three-time gold medalist has admitted in a recent letter to family and close friends that she used steroids before the Sydney Games.
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Precarious [pre·car·i·ous] adj. 1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: "The precarious life of an undercover cop." 2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious." 3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: "A precarious solution to a difficult problem."
· Craig Vows to Stay Despite Court Loss. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig defiantly vowed to serve out his term in office on Thursday despite losing a court attempt to rescind his guilty plea in a men's room sex sting. "I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively," Craig said in a written statement certain to disappoint fellow Republicans who have long urged him to step down.
· Latest lead recall: Cub Scout badges. The Boy Scouts of America said Thursday that a painted, plastic badge commonly worn by some of its youngest Scouts is being recalled after a test revealed high levels of lead in the paint. Up to 1.6 million of the badges, which are made in China, may be affected by the recall.
· Former 'Price Is Right' Employee Sues. A woman who worked on "The Price Is Right" for two decades has sued Bob Barker and the game show's producers, alleging they retaliated against her and forced her to quit after she testified against Barker.
· Video shows woman's scuffle with police, arrest before airport death. Police on Thursday released a video showing officers arresting a 45-year-old New York woman at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport just before she died while handcuffed in a holding cell.
· Spears Visits With Sons to Be Monitored. A court commissioner has put the legal clamps on Britney Spears in a child custody dispute with her ex-husband Kevin Federline, noting she has not been in "substantial compliance" with a previous court order. In an order released Thursday, Superior Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon granted some visitation rights to the 25-year-old pop singer, but required that a monitor must watch her while she's with her sons, 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
· Indiana Teacher Charged With Being Drunk At School. Valparaiso elementary school teacher was arrested Thursday morning with a blood alcohol limit twice the legal limit and two cans of beer inside her purse.
· Radio station: Guess when Britney kills herself and win $1,000. A Detroit radio station has apologized after a disc jockey advertised a $1,000 contest to determine when Britney Spears would commit suicide.
· Admitted child molester gets no prison time. A former Newport News police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to six counts of indecent liberties with children under 14, getting a 45-year prison sentence - with all 45 years suspended.
· Judge rejects Craig's bid to withdraw guilty plea. A Minnesota judge has denied Sen. Larry Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his arrest in an airport men's room sex sting. In a 27-page order, Judge Charles Porter found Craig had entered the guilty plea "accurately, voluntarily and intelligently" and it was too late to withdraw his admission.
· Tailor Charged for Burglarizing Home of Actor Nicolas Cage. A tailor accused of breaking into Nicolas Cage's Newport Beach home was charged Tuesday with residential burglary. Cage called a security guard at his gated community around 1:30 a.m. Monday after he saw a man wandering inside his home and wearing one of the actor's jackets, police Lt. Craig Fox said. "He was standing there naked — except for the leather jacket," Fox said.
· Man arrested for badgering about his nude photos. A Salisbury man was charged with delivering obscene photos of himself to a local CVS drug store. Salisbury Police Chief Mark Wilhelm said Jefferey Michael Long's arrest came not because he had naked pictures developed, but because he repeatedly called the store requesting to speak with a specific clerk to discuss the photos. "He kept calling the clerk to ask what she thought of the pictures," Wilhelm said.
· Deputies compete in arrest contests. One recent competition, described in an internal Sheriff's Department e-mail obtained by The Times, was called "Operation Any Booking." The object was to arrest as many people as possible within a specific 24-hour period. Other one-day competitions have included "Operation Vehicle Impound," a contest aimed at seizing as many cars as possible.
· Firefighter Autopsies Show Drugs, Alcohol. Autopsy results showed one of two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire in a West Roxbury restaurant in August had traces of cocaine in his system, while the other had a high blood alcohol content, sources said.
· Britney Gets Visitation, but Not Custody. Britney Spears will get to see her little boys, but ex-husband Kevin Federline remains the full-time dad. A court commissioner on Wednesday granted Spears some visitation rights, but did not reverse a previous order giving temporary custody to Federline, the former backup dancer's attorney said after a lengthy hearing.
· McCain Says Money Not All That Important. Republican John McCain says he's "not overjoyed" by his recent fundraising but that it's not that big a deal. "If money mattered, I think (Nelson) Rockefeller would be president - would have been president - of the United States," the Arizona senator said in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
· Illegals could cost congressional seats. U.S. states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants could receive additional seats in Congress after the 2010 census is conducted. A University of Connecticut study concluded Arizona, Texas and Florida could all see their House delegations increase due to rising populations that include sizable numbers of illegal immigrants.
· Thieves Steal From Dying Hit-And-Run Victim. An elderly man was struck by a hit-and-run driver and as he lay dying, thieves made off with his groceries. Mesa police said the victim was waiting for a bus after grocery shopping Tuesday evening. Witnesses said the driver of a pickup swerved off the road and onto the sidewalk.
· Attorney general nominee lawyered for 'dial-a-porn.' A "dial-a-porn" service and the New York Daily News are among companies Michael Mukasey, President Bush's choice for attorney general, has listed as former legal clients in documents turned over to senators who will decide whether to confirm him.
· Feds fly first class on taxpayers' dime. Federal employees wasted at least $146 million over a one-year period on business- and first-class airline tickets, in some cases simply because they felt entitled to the perk, congressional investigators say.
· Autopsy inconclusive on death at Phoenix airport. An autopsy conducted Tuesday on a woman who died after being handcuffed and detained at the Phoenix airport was inconclusive, and toxicology results needed to determine a cause of death will not be available for a few weeks, a county medical examiner said.
· Girl raped while in the care of baby sitter, attorney says. A young girl shown on video being sexually assaulted was raped while in the care of a baby sitter her mother hired, the mother's attorney said Tuesday.
· 86-year-old woman refuses $1 million to sell home - so they build around her. After Edith Macefield, 86, refused $1 million to move from her Ballard home, construction crews simply began building a five-story development project around her property.
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feckless [feck·less] adj. 1. Careless and irresponsible. "The kids were feckless during spring break." 2. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective - unlikely to be successful. "It was a feckless attempt to make the company a success."
· Driving a stolen car? Don't visit the jail. Deputy Dave Wagner had just finished booking a suspect at the Marion County jail Tuesday when he heard a radio report that a stolen pickup truck had been spotted in northeast Salem. He decided to check it out. He didn't go far. In the jail's parking lot, two women were in the stolen 1984 Toyota truck. They had come to the jail to visit a boyfriend. Deputies say the women had 21 grams of methamphetamine, scales and packaging material in the truck along with them.
· Questions Raised Over Terror Exercise. The nation is preparing for its biggest terrorism exercise ever next week when three fictional "dirty bombs" go off and cripple transportation arteries in two major U.S. cities, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Yet even as this drill begins, details from the previous national exercise held in 2005 have yet to be publicly released - information that's supposed to help officials prepare for the next real attack.
· Fire at Colorado hydroelectric generating plant kills 5 workers. A chemical fire ignited at a hydroelectric plant outside a Colorado mountain town and five workers who were trapped in an empty water tunnel there were found dead, authorities said late Tuesday.
· Fossett Search Called Off. The U.S. Air Force has officially ended the Civil Air Patrol's search explorer Steve Fossett, more than three weeks after he went missing during a single engine plane flight, the Civil Air Patrol said Tuesday night.
· Pilot said 'this is fun' before fatal Blackwater crash. A 2004 crash that killed everyone on board - three crew members and three U.S. troops - was caused by pilots from a Blackwater plane taking a low-level run through a mountain canyon in Afghanistan, testimony revealed Tuesday. "I swear to God, they wouldn't pay me if they knew how much fun this was," the doomed plane's cockpit voice recorder captured the pilot saying shortly before the November 27, 2004, crash.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
· Anna Nicole Smith Book Prompts $60 Million Suit. Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer and companion, Howard K. Stern, filed a $60 million libel lawsuit Tuesday against Rita Cosby and her publisher over a book she wrote that claims Stern and Smith's ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, had a sexual encounter.
· Mom suspected of drowning girls in tub. A mother arrested after the apparent bathtub drownings of her two young daughters was a domestic violence victim who had no documented history of neglecting her children. The father of the two girls, ages 4 and 2, said the woman called him at work Monday and said their children "are at peace."
· Schools Cancel Holiday Traditions. A suburban Chicago school district has taken action, responding to the concerns of a Muslim parent. Children in Ridgeland School District 122 will celebrate "winter festival" instead of Christmas. In the meantime, Muslim children are being allowed to pray during what's being called their own time during Ramadan. Parent June Quigley said, "They get to pray in our schools. That is religion in a public school."
· Woman raped, man comes back to apologize, then rapes her again. A 20-year-old woman was raped twice by the same man on Friday while walking along the Econ Trail in Orange County Florida. The victim told investigators that the man started talking to her before putting her in a headlock and forcing her through some bushes into a grassy area between two apartment buildings, where he struck her and sexually battered her. The man left the area but came back to apologize and raped the woman again, the report stated. The man again left before returning a third time to retrieve his shirt, according to the report. The woman told deputies that the entire ordeal lasted for at least an hour.
· CBS Employee Offered 11-Year-Old Tickets For Sex. A CBS-TV employee is accused of soliciting sex from an 11-year-old girl in exchange for tickets to a Miami Dolphins football game, police said. Daniel Barron, 56, was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit sexual battery on a child under the age of 12.
· Democrats Propose Tax Surcharge for War. Democrats on Tuesday proposed an income tax surcharge to finance the approximately $150 billion annual cost of operations in Iraq, saying it is unfair to pass the cost of the war onto future generations. The plan, unveiled by Reps. David Obey, D-Wis., John Murtha, D-Pa., and Jim McGovern, D-Mass., would require low- and middle-income taxpayers to add 2 percent to their tax bill. Wealthier people would pay an additional 12 to 15 percent, Obey said.
· Woman loses job over perfume. She wore too much Red Door, so they showed her the door. That's the claim of a Brooklyn woman who says she was fired as a customer-service rep because she wore too much perfume.
· No hugs allowed at Ill. middle school. If you need a hug, you won't get it at Percy Julian Middle School. Principal Victoria Sharts banned hugging among the suburban Chicago school's 860 students anywhere inside the building. "Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls," Sharts said.
· Man Once Glued To Toilet Seat, Now In Diabetic Coma. A man suing Home Depot because he said employees didn't help him after he became glued to a toilet seat in the company's Louisville, Colo., store is recovering from a diabetic coma - an illness directly caused by the 2003 incident, his attorney alleged.
· Family of S.C. Firefighter Sues Store. The family of one of nine firefighters killed in a furniture store blaze sued the store's owner Monday, along with contractors who worked on the building and the makers of furniture inside the showroom. His relatives seek unspecified damages for negligence, saying thick, toxic smoke from the fire combined with locked doors and the store's confusing layout left firefighter Melvin Champaign knowing he couldn't escape and was going to die.
· Court Leaves Ala. Sex Toy Ban Intact. The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge to Alabama's ban on the sale of sex toys, ending a nine-year legal battle and sending a warning to store owners to clean off their shelves.
· The Rise of Atheism. A large convention of atheists gathered today in Virginia, where men, women and children eagerly proclaimed their belief God does not exist. While their views still may be the minority in the country, atheists have become more vocal and visible in recent years.
· Wife stabbed, judge shot, Reno man on trial. Darren Mack is accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death at his town house and then shooting their divorce judge as he sat in his chambers. Jury selection was to begin Monday. From the outset, defense lawyers Scott Freeman and David Chesnoff have questioned whether Mack, 46, a former wealthy pawn shop owner, can get a fair trial in a case that generated nationwide media attention and led to intense legal maneuvers.
· Prostitute Snorted Cocaine Off 2-Month-Old Son, Police Say. A 37-year-old prostitute from Saratoga Springs was arrested by Schenectady police Monday morning after a sting operation and subsequent investigation found that the woman performed sexual acts and consumed drugs in front of her children.
Monday, October 1, 2007
· Town torn over 'confession' by accused killer arsonist, 10. A 10-year-old boy charged with arson and murder in the deaths of his mother and four others was released to the custody of his grandmother Monday in a case that has shocked and divided a small Ohio town.
· Two men drown over bet. St. Johns Florida County deputies say one worker bet another that he couldn't swim across a retention pond next to a construction site. When the first man disappeared under the water, his friend dove in to try and save him. Both died.
· Spears loses custody of children. A court has ordered pop singer Britney Spears to give up custody of her children effective Wednesday at noon. Spears' former husband, Kevin Federline, is to retain custody of their two sons "until further order of the court," according to a ruling by Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon.
· Book refunds cost $788,000 in legal fees. Of the four million readers who have bought "A Million Little Pieces," James Frey's discredited memoir, only 1345 have sought refunds as part of a federal class action lawsuit brought last year against the author and Random House, his former publisher. While those disgruntled readers can expect small refund checks (the paperback retailed for $14.95), lawyers representing the class members are seeking $788,333.33 in legal fees.
· Carjacker picks wrong victim. An off duty Detroit police officer shot a would-be carjacker Sunday night during an attempted robbery in front of the officer's home. "A Detroit police officer, who lives in our town, had just pulled into his driveway when he was approached by a man coming up his driveway," Lt. Mike Pousak said. "The man announced a robbery and carjacking. He brandished a weapon, the officer brandished his weapon and the perpetrator lost.
· Ex-girlfriend tells how child rape suspect met girl. An intense manhunt is under way for Chester Stiles, a 37-year old man whom police say is a suspect in the videotaped rape of a 3-year-old girl four years ago. Stiles' former girlfriend told CNN she believes she put him in contact with the girl and is "disgusted" and "mortified" at her role in bringing them together.
· Afghan Boy With US Dollars Hanged. Taliban militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had U.S. money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth as a warning to others not to use dollars, police said Monday.
· Police Investigate Bizarre Emergency Call From Bishop. Gallup, New Mexico police reported a bizarre set of circumstances following a recent emergency call to the home of Roman Catholic Bishop Donald Pelotte. An incident report from the McKinley Metropolitan Dispatch Authority reported that Pelotte told operators "...gentle little people, about 3 to 4 feet tall, and wearing Halloween masks" were in the hall.
· Airport screeners scrutinizing remote-controlled toys. Airport screeners are giving additional scrutiny to remote-controlled toys because terrorists could use them to trigger explosive devices, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday. The TSA stopped short of banning the toys in carry-on bags but suggested travelers place them in checked luggage.
· Update: Plea before dying at Phoenix airport: 'I'm not a terrorist!' The daughter-in-law of one of New York's top officials screamed, "I'm not a terrorist!" and fought with security officials in the Phoenix airport before being wrestled to the ground and handcuffed, witnesses told the Daily News yesterday. Carol Anne Gotbaum, 45, of the upper West Side, died less than an hour later, after cops claim she apparently strangled herself while trying to escape from the handcuffs in a holding cell at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
· Another marriage license for Pamela Anderson. Wedding bells might not be far off for Pamela Anderson. The former 'Baywatch' star and Rick Salomon applied for - and were granted - a marriage license late Saturday in Las Vegas, according to the Clark County's Marriage License Bureau. Salomon, 38, is best-known for making a sex videotape with his then-girlfriend Paris Hilton and was previously married to actress Shannen Doherty.
· Jews Outraged Over 'The Nazi Collection' Line of Bedspreads. Leaders of India's Jewish community expressed outrage Sunday over a new line of bedspreads called "The Nazi Collection" from a Mumbai-based home furnishing company that used swastikas in its promotional material. The furnishing dealer said the name stands for "New Arrival Zone for India" and was not meant to be anti-Semitic.
· New York City is paying 757 employees to sit around all day and do nothing. For seven hours a day, five days a week, hundreds of Department of Education employees - who've been accused of wrongdoing ranging from buying a plant for a school against the principal's wishes to inappropriately touching a student - do absolutely no work. In an investigation inside the nine reassignment centers called "rubber rooms" where these employees are sent, The Post has learned that the number of salaried teachers sitting idly waiting for their cases to be heard has exploded to 757 this year - more than twice the number just two years ago - at a cost of about $40 million a year, based on the median teacher salary.
· Lawsuit Forces Closure Of Kids' Basketball Gym. Amid tears and fond memories, Basketball Town in Rancho Cordova has officially closed after moving out last night. Owners say their financial troubles started when a man claiming to be disabled was at the court to attend his nephew's birthday party being held is an area on the second floor with extra seating.
· GM may close 2 more plants under deal. The tentative contract between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers would allow GM to close a plant each in Michigan and Indiana and possibly shut down several other facilities, according to a detailed copy of the agreement.
· Reporter charged over suicide 'exclusive.' An Indian journalist who allegedly persuaded a depressed businessman to kill himself on camera, before police stopped him, has been charged with abetting suicide.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
· Poor smokers would pay for health bill. Congressional Democrats have chosen an unlikely source to pay for the bulk of their proposed $35 billion increase in children's health coverage: people with relatively little money and education. Democrats, who wrote the legislation and provided most of its votes, generally portray themselves as champions of the poor. They do not dispute that the tax plan would hit poor communities disproportionately, but they say it is worth it to provide health insurance to millions of modest-income children.
· Personal information stolen from 800,000 applicants. A thief stole a laptop computer containing unencrypted personal information of 800,000 people who applied for jobs at Gap, said the clothing retailer. The laptop stored social security numbers and other data from people in the US, Puerto Rico and Canada who applied online and by phone between July 2006 and June 2007 for jobs at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Outlet stores.
· Sitter boiled boy's feet. A 20-year-old baby sitter was charged with aggravated child abuse after police said she submerged an 18-month-old baby's feet in boiling water, causing second-degree burns.
· Woman Dies After Airport Arrest. A woman late to her plane became irate, was put in handcuffs and was later found dead in a holding cell, police said. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport authorities were investigating Saturday if the woman choked herself while trying to get free from the handcuffs.
· Review ordered for 911 calls about woman found in SUV. A sheriff has ordered a review of the 911 calls made about a woman who spent more than a week missing before search crews found her trapped in the wreckage of her sport-utility vehicle. Tom Rider said he asked the sheriff's office last weekend to use cell phone technology to try to find his wife, but was told she couldn't be categorized as a missing person because she wasn't a minor, suicidal or mentally ill.
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Supercilious [su·per·cil·i·ous] adj. 1. Full of contempt and arrogance. 2. Behaving as if or showing that a person thinks they are better than other people, and that their opinions, beliefs or ideas are not important, condescending: "He spoke in a haughty, supercilious voice."
· Stop signs try humor in Illinois. A big red sign that says "Stop" sometimes isn't enough to get everyone to stop. Maybe a laugh will get their attention. The new signs are red octagons, just like the real stop signs, but instead of just "Stop" they say "Stop ... right there pilgrim" and "Stop ... in the naame of love." Naame? Think of the drawn-out pronunciation in the hit by the Supremes.
· By land and air, search for Fossett resumes. Dozens of searchers set off into the rugged Nevada backcountry Saturday after analysts scanning radar and satellite images spotted what may be clues to the whereabouts of missing adventurer Steve Fossett. Fossett has been missing since his plane went down 27 days ago.
· Ferris Wheel Fall Shuts Down Ride. A popular carnival ride was shut down after a 60 year old woman fell 30 feet from the top of a ferris wheel bucket. The victim had to be taken by life flight to Vanderbilt Friday night, but not before a dramatic rescue from the center axle, of a giant ferris wheel.
· Miss Moneypenny dies. Lois Maxwell, the Canadian-born actress who was to many fans the definitive Miss Moneypenny in James Bond films, has died in Western Australia aged 80, the BBC reported on Sunday.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
· Man In Tom Cruise Extortion Plot Kills Himself. A man who agreed to plead guilty in a plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise for the actor's stolen wedding photos has been found dead in his Phoenix home, authorities said. David Hans Schmidt, 47, also claimed to have brokered deals to sell a sex video of Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on "Saved by the Bell," and a video of skater Tonya Harding's wedding night.
· Better late than never? Duke Apologizes to Lacrosse Players. Duke University President Richard Brodhead apologized Saturday for not better supporting the men's lacrosse players falsely accused in last year's highly publicized rape scandal.
· AT&T terms of service includes cutting off Internet service to those who critcize them. AT&T has brought down new Terms of Service for its network customers. From now on, AT&T can terminate your connection for conduct that "tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries."
· Democrats miss budget deadline. The most basic job of Congress is to pass the bills that pay the costs of running the government. After criticizing Republicans for falling down on the job last year, Democrats now are the ones stumbling. The government's new budget year begins Monday, but Congress has not completed even one of the dozen spending bills.
· From Hero To Accused: Man Charged With Killing Wife. A Nassau County man called a hero for rescuing his wife and their infant son from a burning home last December was charged on Friday with murder. Ratley's wife, Effie, died in January of lacerations to the head - an injury that was first described as head injuries resulting from a fall.
· School Guard Accused Of Breaking Student's Arm. Parents and students at Knight High School in Palmdale, California are upset over an incident in which three teenagers and a mother were arrested last Thursday after a melee with security guards, prompting an investigation into the guards' behavior.
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Ambivalence [am·biv·a·lence] n. 1. Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow. 2. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea.
· Edwards Predicts Doom for African-American Males. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said if he isn’t elected president, the population of African-American males is likely to either wind up in prison or dead. "Pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”
· Girl in child sex tape found safe. A girl who was shown on a videotape being sexually assaulted was found Friday in Las Vegas. Sheriff Tony Demeo said: "She's safe, she's OK." Police also identified Chester Arthur Stiles as a suspect and urged him to surrender to police.
Friday, September 28, 2007
· Finds $100,000 In Attic. Bernard Salcedo was looking for a bad wire in his attic after the power went out when he found $100,000 in cash, starting a messy legal fight over who should get the cash. The money was hidden in a cavity cut in the insulation in four plastic bags filled with $20 and $100 bills stuffed into a strongbox. The 26-year-old computer engineer remembered someone was killed in the home years earlier, so he called police.
· New dividers aimed at stopping Minneapolis airport liaisons. The crowded airport bathroom where Sen. Larry Craig was arrested is about to become an even less-inviting place for a rendezvous. Airport officials plan to put in new stall dividers just 2 to 3 inches above the floor, instead of as much as a foot now.
· Forgotten and left alone in day care. A Mill Woods day care is being investigated by the government after a three-year-old girl was forgotten and locked alone inside the facility Wednesday evening. Child and Family Services officials call the incident a "critical oversight," but parents who use Rainbow Daycare say the "freak occurrence" is not indicative of the daycare's normal level of service.
· Woman Left In CT Scanner After Clinic Closes. A cancer patient who was left alone in a CT scanner for hours after a technician apparently forgot about her finally crawled out of the device, only to find herself locked in the closed Tucson, Arizona clinic.
· Clinton: $5,000 for Every Baby in U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.
Clinton, her party's front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.
· Teen driver: If not for police, my friends would be alive. Darius Moore says he feels vindicated after listening to police dispatch recordings that he says prove his story about a car crash that killed two of his closest friends. Moore said he and a passenger, bleeding from their injuries, pleaded with police who arrived at the crash scene that their two friends were missing. Hours after police left the scene, another passenger's father, Arthur Smith, found his son's body tangled in underbrush and Dominique Green's body a short distance away.
· Couple Abandoned Baby To Party, Police Say. A Wisconsin couple said they couldn't afford a baby sitter, so they strapped their 14-month-old son in his stroller at home while they went out, police alleged, according to WISN-TV in Milwaukee.
· Bush legacy: bigger debt. Whatever happens over the next 16 months, President Bush will leave office having presided over one of the fastest accumulations of government debt in the history of the United States. During his time in office, federal debt held by the public – Washington's equivalent of a credit-card balance – will have increased by more than 50 percent, to about $5.5 trillion.
· McDonald's workers held in immigration raid. Federal agents raided 11 McDonald's restaurants in northern Nevada and made dozens of arrests Thursday as part of an investigation into illegal immigration.
· Woman survives eight days in wrecked SUV. A woman who had been missing for eight days was found alive Thursday in her SUV at the bottom of a ravine after searchers traced a signal from her cell phone. Tanya Rider's car tumbled about 20 feet down the ravine and lay buried below heavy brush and blackberry bushes. Tom Rider said he was sitting down to take a lie-detector test at the sheriff's office so officers could exclude him as a suspect in his wife's disappearance when officers told him the car had been found.
· Teens Sentenced In Cell Phone-Recorded Group Rape. Two teenagers have been sentenced for their roles in the cell phone-recorded group rape of an 11-year-old girl. Reginald Robinson Brown, 19, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 to 15 years in prison, while Reginald Pope Jr., 16, will be held by the state Department of Human Services and placed in a juvenile corrections facility.
· Feds raid pot-laced-candy factory in California. Federal agents said Thursday they shut down a factory that made marijuana-laced barbecue sauce, chocolate-covered pretzels and other "enhanced" snacks intended for medical users of the drug. Agents also seized 460 marijuana plants and other laced products including candy bars, cookies, marshmallow pies, ice cream, peanut butter, jelly, energy drinks and "Rice Krispy treats."
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Synergism [syn·er·gism] n. Interaction of discrete agencies or conditions where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts. "All the stockholders saw considerable synergism in the merger." [also Synergy].
· Saddam asked Bush for $1 billion to go into exile. Saddam Hussein offered to step down and go into exile one month before the invasion of Iraq, it was claimed last night. Fearing defeat, Saddam was prepared to go peacefully in return for $1billion. The White House refused to comment on the report. If verified, it is certain to raise questions in Washington and London over whether the costly four-year war could have been averted.
· Attorney Accused Of Robbery Jumps From Hospital Ledge. An Oklahoma City attorney accused of robbing an Edmond drug store last week jumped from the fifth floor of a metro hospital on Thursday, police said. Robert Behlen, 50, leaped from the fifth-floor window head first. Although he was standing on a fifth-floor ledge, the fall to a rooftop below was only about three stories. According to authorities, Behlen was unsuccessful in his suicide bid, fracturing his pelvis and dislocating his hip.
· Mistake costs dishwasher $59,000. For 11 years, Pedro Zapeta, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, lived his version of the American dream in Stuart, Florida: washing dishes and living frugally to bring money back to his home country. Two years ago, Zapeta was ready to return to Guatemala, so he carried a duffel bag filled with $59,000 - all the cash he had scrimped and saved over the years - to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. But when Zapeta tried to go through airport security, an officer spotted the money in the bag and called U.S. customs officials.
· N.C. Man Charged With 'Coughing' Assault. Morrisville, NC police have charged a man with assault on a government official after an officer said the man coughed into his face during a traffic stop. Officer Chris Gill said in his report that Kent Kauffman looked into his eyes before "hacking" in his face three times. Kauffman said he did cough from the window of his minivan but did so toward Gill's waist. "He says I coughed in his face," Kauffman said. "But that would only work if he had a 4-foot-long face."
· Edwards to Accept Public Campaign Funds. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards reversed course Thursday by signing onto the public financing system he once rejected with the belief he could raise more money on his own. The 2004 vice presidential nominee claimed higher moral ground in the debate over money in politics while announcing the change. But it is a consequence of him bringing in far fewer dollars than his top rivals Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
· Fire Damages Fire Station. Firefighter Brian Eargle is accustomed to waking up to fight fires. But Tuesday night, Eargle said he was jerked from sleep by coughing and quickly ended up having to fight a blaze at his own fire station.
· Jena 6 Defendant Released on Bail. A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate prompted a massive civil rights protest here walked out of a courthouse Thursday after a judge ordered him freed. Mychal Bell's release on $45,000 bail came hours after a prosecutor confirmed he will no longer seek an adult trial for the 17-year-old.
· State Trooper Accused Of Doctor's Murder; Was Seeing Wife. Going through a bitter divorce, Dr. John Yelenic had a feeling that someone he knew would try to have him killed. On Thursday, more than a year since the dentist's death shocked his small Indiana County neighborhood, a statewide grand jury investigation alleged that Yelenic's fears were right. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kevin Foley, who investigators say was dating Yelenic's estranged wife, has been charged with homicide by Attorney General Tom Corbett's office.
· Gere Kiss Causes Problem for Actress. Five months later, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is still feeling the effects of a kiss from Richard Gere. Immigration officials at Mumbai airport briefly detained Shetty, saying she was still wanted for obscenity charges filed in the wake of the public kiss with the Hollywood star, her publicist, Dale Bhagwagar, said Thursday.
· TV's Top Earners. Television's top-earning personalities--from news anchor Katie Couric to late night funnyman David Letterman - earned a collective $723 million from June 2006 to June 2007. Nabbing the No. 2 spot on the TV 20 was Jerry Seinfeld, with a $60 million payday between June 2006 and June 2007.
· Crossing U.S. Border as Easy as a Stroll. The Government Accountability Office, the congressional watchdog group, will release a scathing report on border security today. "In three out of four locations on the U.S.-Canada border, investigators crossed into the United States from Canada … to simulate the cross-border movement of radioactive materials," states the report.
· Senator Craig to Stay in Senate, for Now. After arguments were heard in court today in Minneapolis, in which lawyers for Senator Larry Craig sought to undo his guilty plea in the airport restroom case, Mr. Craig issued a brief statement that was posted on his Senate Web site: “Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name. The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea. For now, I will continue my work in the United States Senate for Idaho."
· US Navy to remodel Hitler's San Diego bunker. The powers that be have moved with snail-like speed to address the rather embarrassing issue of Hitler's San Diego bunker. The offending structure can be found at the US Navy Exchange in San Diego.
· 13 Arrested In Connection With Can Scam. Authorities said they arrested 13 people and seized more than $500,000 in cash after breaking up a smuggling ring that collected millions of beverage containers in other states and cashed them in for 10 cents apiece in Michigan. The scheme defrauded the Michigan Bottle Deposit Fund, whose proceeds are used to pay for environmental cleanup efforts. The probe recalled a 1996 episode of "Seinfeld" in which two characters learn about Michigan's 10-cent deposit law and head there with a truckload of 5-cent New York cans.
· Cigarette surveillance program begins today in Tennessee. Starting today, state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states, then charging them with a crime and, in some cases, seizing their cars.
· Deputy Kills Pit Bull Attacking Woman. An off-duty Orange County sheriff's deputy on Saturday shot and killed a pit bull that had broken through a fence and attacked a 62-year-old woman and her dog, according to officials.
· Bill O'Reilly Says He's Being Smeared. Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly told his radio audience that he dined with civil rights activist Al Sharpton at Sylvia's recently and "couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference" between the black-run restaurant and others in New York City. It was just like a suburban Italian restaurant, he said. "There wasn't any kind of craziness at all," he said.
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Innocuous [in·noc·u·ous] adj. 1. Having no adverse effect; harmless. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. [the seemingly innocuous e-mail actually contained a malicious virus].
· A half-decade later, Spector case will go on. The specter of Phil Spector will haunt Hollywood well into 2008. On Wednesday, the judge presiding over the legendary "Wall of Sound" producer's murder trial declared a mistrial after jurors indicated they were hopelessly deadlocked, 10-2, in favor of convicting Spector on charges that he killed actress Lana Clarkson more than four years ago. After the decision, the district attorney's office indicated it would retry Spector.
· Another 600,000 Toys Recalled. Lead concerns prompted more toy recalls on Wednesday. The recall involves more than 600,000 toys and children's necklaces made in China. Among the recalled items are RC2 Corp.'s "Knights of the Sword" series toys and some of its Thomas & Friends items.
· Video Shows Hacker Hit on Power Grid. A government video shows the potential destruction caused by hackers seizing control of a crucial part of the U.S. electrical grid: an industrial turbine spinning wildly out of control until it becomes a smoking hulk and power shuts down. The video, produced for the Homeland Security Department and obtained by The AP on Wednesday, was marked "Official Use Only." It shows commands quietly triggered by simulated hackers having such a violent reaction that the enormous turbine shudders as pieces fly apart and it belches black-and-white smoke.
· Gambler loses bid to sue casino for $600,000 loss. A compulsive gambler who went back to Sydney's Star City Casino despite putting himself on the casino's banned list has lost a bid to get back the $600,000 he lost in that time.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
· Passenger claims boat crew killed by hijackers. The four vanished crewmembers of the Joe Cool charter boat were shot and killed one by one by hijackers and tossed into the ocean, one of two surviving passengers claimed in documents filed in Miami federal court on Wednesday. Guillermo Zarabozo reportedly told a Coast Guard investigator that hijackers boarded the Joe Cool, a sports fishing boat, and immediately shot and killed Capt. Jake Branam, 27. The invaders then shot the captain's wife, Kelley Sue Branam, 30, because she became hysterical.
· Woman says she didn't deserve Taser treatment. Heidi Gill admits she had been drinking at a bar in Warren, Ohio, and gotten into a "disagreement" with a bartender earlier this month. But she said she didn't deserve to have a police officer use a Taser gun on her multiple times. Video footage from the police cruiser shows Gill, 38, crawling on the ground while the officer stands over her with the stun gun. She's screaming wildly. At one point, officer Rich Kovach shoves her with his foot as she struggles.
· Clinton In Restaurant Row. Bill Clinton is threatening legal action against a Manhattan restaurant if it does not immediately yank a photo of the former president's daughter Chelsea from the eatery's front window.
· Court Rules Woman Must Be Allowed to Pump Breast Milk During Harvard Exam. A Harvard student must be allowed extra break time during her nine-hour medical licensing exam so she can pump breast milk to feed her 4-month-old daughter, a Massachusetts appeals court ruled today. Sophie Currier, 33, sued after the National Board of Medical Examiners turned down her request to take more than the standard 45 minutes in breaks during the exam.
· Mistrial declared in Phil Spector murder case. A judge declared a mistrial in the murder case against music legend Phil Spector after a jury announced for the second time in a week that it was hopelessly deadlocked. The jury deliberated for 12 days without reaching a unanimous verdict. Spector went on trial in April, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson after a night in the nightclubs of Hollywood.
· Man Killed When Boat Swerves To Avoid Jumping Fish. The body of a missing man ejected into the Suwannee River when the boat he was riding in swerved to avoid a large jumping fish was found by a dive team, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.
· Jeffs follower charged with rape of child bride. A young man whose arranged marriage to a young cousin led to the conviction of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was charged Wednesday with her rape. Allen Steed was 19 and his bride, who also was his first cousin, was 14 when Jeffs "sealed" them in spiritual marriage at a motel in Caliente, Nevada.
· MLB suspends umpire over confrontation. Umpire Mike Winters was suspended by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the regular season on Wednesday because of his confrontation with San Diego's Milton Bradley last weekend. Winters was suspended because the commissioner's office concluded he had used a profanity aimed at Bradley, a baseball official said.
· Handcuffed Mexican kids steal U.S. border agent car. Three Mexican minors detained in California on suspicion of smuggling drugs stole a U.S. Border Patrol car while still wearing handcuffs and drove it back across the border to Mexico.
· Inmate Says He Lied in B.I.G. Killing. A prison inmate who implicated a former Los Angeles Police Department officer in the murder of Notorious B.I.G. says he lied about the officer's involvement, a move that provides another twist in a complex and unsolved killing. Waymond Anderson, a former R&B artist now serving a life sentence for murder in a separate case, said in an Aug. 20 deposition that he lied as part of a scam to win a monetary settlement from the city. In his deposition, Anderson accused the family and their lawyer of offering to cut him in for a portion of any award for falsely implicating the police.
· 3 Charged in PC Magazine Editor's Death. Three men have been charged with murdering a senior editor for PC World magazine in what police said was an attempt to steal marijuana that the victim's son grew in their home "for medical use." The relatives of Rex Farrance, 59, believe the killers targeted the home after learning about the marijuana from a friend of the 19-year-old son, Sterling. Police found 100 pounds of pot growing in the home.
· Couple Flees Trailer Fire With Pets, Forgets Their Boy. Two mobile homes were badly damaged by fire in Beaver County, Pa. and a couple who lived in one of the trailers is facing charges Tuesday - even though they are also victims of the fire. Crystal Adams, 31, and James Chandler, 33, are accused of reckless endangerment, because police say the two grabbed their pet dogs and fled the fire at Center Manor Court but left Chandler's young son behind.
· Chief Judge Under Investigation. Jacksonville Circuit Court Chief Judge Donald R. Moran is under investigation for domestic battery. Moran's wife told police he hit her after she punched him or threw something at him during an argument at their home Monday night, according to a police report.
· Cop: Pit bull "was very friendly... until it went nuts." A kindhearted Bronx cop learned a painful lesson outside his station house where a pit bull he found abandoned and tied to a light pole bit him in the groin - and had to be shot and killed by two fellow officers.
· Nuclear Plant Guards Asleep On The Job. A three-month investigation into security issues at our nation's nuclear power plants found something disturbing at Peach Bottom nuclear facility outside of Philadelphia - security guards charged with protecting the plant sleeping on the job. And not just one of them. Several were caught on tape snoozing during their shifts.
· Device strapped to man in bizarre Florida bank robbery. Authorities disabled and blew up a device used Tuesday in a bizarre bank robbery in Hollywood, Florida. The device had been strapped to a man who told police two armed men had abducted him earlier in the day from his house. He said the men taped the device to him and told him it was a bomb they were activating.
· Man Finds Human Foot In Auction Item. A bargain shopper made a gruesome discovery after going to an auction in Maiden, North Carolina. Shannon Whisnant found a human foot inside a cooker he bought at an auction. Police say Mini Warehouse Rentals held the auction because the man renting the storage unit didn't pay.
· Former Police man caught without fame. Pop music is rich in stories of lost opportunities and misfortune, with former Beatles drummer Pete Best one of the best-known examples of someone who missed out on the fame and riches of his former bandmates.
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Autonomous [au·ton·o·mous] adj. 1. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed. 2. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: "an autonomous judiciary."
· Library Fines Dead Woman For Overdue Book. When it comes to overdue books there are apparently no excuses - not even death - at the Harrison Public Library. That’s the lesson a Elizabeth Schaper learned when she was charged a 50-cent late fee while turning in a book that had been checked out by her mother, who died.
· Paris Hilton banned from this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich. How low on the celebrity food chain must you be to get banned by a beer festival? Ask Paris Hilton. The celeb-snarking site dlisted.com reports that Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, has banned the party girl from their beer bash because her appearance last year "cheapened" the event.
· Satellite Searches Could Spot Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster. Adventurer Steve Fossett went missing Sept. 3 about 70 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada, in a small plane. He left no flight plan, and searchers have combed tens of thousands of square miles of Nevada and California. After weeks of fruitless searches, and with the survival window closing, Web users were enlisted to help in Fossett's rescue, from the comfort of their own homes.
· Authorities examining photo of child resembling missing British girl. Authorities are examining a photo taken in Morocco showing a child which appears to resemble missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, a spokesman for the girl's family said.
· Bill Clinton, Eatery At Odds Over Chelsea Photo. President Bill Clinton is demanding that a Manhattan restaurant remove a picture of his daughter Chelsea. The picture has been up for five years, but now it's posing a problem. She's the former first daughter and a current customer at Osso Buco. But private citizen Chelsea Clinton doesn't want the photo of her with owner Nino Selimaj hanging in the restaurant.
· GM-UAW reach deal to end strike. Negotiators from the United Auto Workers union and General Motors reached a tentative agreement on a deal early Wednesday to end a two-day old strike by 73,000 workers, according to the union and the company.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
· Polygamist Leader Convicted in Utah. The leader of a polygamous Mormon splinter group was convicted Tuesday of being an accomplice to rape for performing a wedding between a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl.
· Police investigating 'threat' against judge in Spector trial. An investigation has been launched into an apparent Internet death threat against the judge presiding over Phil Spector's murder trial, court officials said Tuesday.
· Crew member on new Batman film killed in crash. A special effects technician has been killed in a crash during production of the latest Batman film, Warner Bros. said Tuesday. The studio said the man, who was not identified, died when a truck carrying a camera platform crashed into a tree.
· Palm Beach County school officer facing assault charges. A Palm Beach County School District police officer was arrested over the weekend on charges he handcuffed a woman he knew and attempted to sexually attack her. Officer Todd Dockswell was later recorded by police telling the woman he was sorry and saying he felt sick about what he'd done.
· Sen. Craig's story disputed by prosecutor. The prosecutor who handled the disorderly conduct case against Sen. Larry Craig says the Idaho Republican was calm and methodical as they discussed Craig entering a guilty plea.
· Birkhead's Ex-Lawyer Sues Him. The father of Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter was sued by his former attorney, who claims Larry Birkhead attempted to damage her reputation by making defamatory remarks. Debra Opri's lawsuit, filed Monday, accuses Birkhead of falsely claiming in a CNN interview that she was a source for "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death." The lawsuit claims defamation, fraud and other allegations, and seeks damages, including about $200,000 Opri says she spent to hire a crisis management firm to "salvage" her reputation.
· Giant advertisements set for world's busiest runways. Advertisers aiming to reach high-flyers with no alternative distraction will soon have a new method: adverts the size of three football pitches seen by plane passengers coming in to land.
· Hot property: a spacious missile base as your new home. A US intercontinental ballistic missile base, equipped with a vast underground network of tunnels and rooms but no atomic warheads, is for sale in a remote corner of the United States. The warheads and missiles went when the US government abandoned the Titan bases in the 1970s. Located near remote Moses Lake in the state of Washington, the former Larsen military base includes 43,000 square feet of "usable" space on 56 acres of land, and is expected to sell for $1.5 million.
Monday, September 24, 2007
· Man Sues 'Wife' To Recoup Gifts, Ring. A Warren, Michigan man and woman found out they weren't legally married because the minister didn't sign the correct line of the marriage license. The groom is filing a lawsuit against his wife because of the error.
· GM strike hits 30 states. The United Auto Workers union launched a nationwide strike against General Motors on Monday. The strike by 73,000 union members halted operations at 80 facilities in 30 states, and could also hit GM plants in Canada and Mexico as well as companies supplying GM. The union president said he wanted guarantees about how much GM would invest in U.S. plants and about how many new vehicles would be built in the United States.
· Teen 'sorry' for shooting two students. Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the shooting of two students at Delaware State University, authorities said Monday. As they led him into a courthouse, he told reporters: "I'm sorry."
· Iranian leader: "We don't have homosexuals." Asked about widely documented government abuse of women and homosexuals in his country, Ahmadinejad said, "We don't have homosexuals" in Iran. "I don't know who told you we had it," he said. He also repeatedly said that women have freedoms in Iran and refused to comment on reports that their freedom is severely constrained.
· Germs Taken Into Space Come Back Stronger. It sounds like the plot for a scary B-movie: Germs go into space on a rocket and come back stronger and deadlier than ever. Except, it really happened. The germ: Salmonella, best known as a culprit of food poisoning.
· Spector Jury Resumes Deliberations in LA. As jurors returned to deliberations in Phil Spector's murder trial Monday, the record producer's defense filed a motion asking the judge to give the panel more guidance to clarify controversial new instructions he issued last week to help break a deadlock. In a hearing outside the jury's presence, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler listened to arguments on the motion and told attorneys he would think about it, but gave no indication how he would rule.
· Liquor director charged with DUI. Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control executive director apologized and offered to resign Monday after police said he drank, drove and stumbled during his sobriety test Saturday night. Chris Lilly is charged with driving under the influence after he was arrested near Lexington.
· New service eavesdrops on Internet calls. A startup has come up with a new way to make money from phone calls connected via the Internet: having software listen to the calls, then displaying ads on the callers' computer screens based on what's being talked about.
· Mom of O.J. Simpson's girlfriend stresses daughter's fidelity. The mother of O.J. Simpson's girlfriend Christie Prody said her daughter is not the type of girl who fools around with the household help. Defending her 32-year-old daughter against reports that Simpson went ballistic when he learned that Prody supposedly had slept with his gardener, Cathy Bellmore, 54, told the Daily News, "No, that isn't her. That's not in her character."
· UAW Union Threatens Strike Against GM. After 20 straight days of negotiations, the United Auto Workers union said it would strike General Motors Corp. (GM) (GM) Monday morning if a new contract agreement isn't reached, citing the automaker's failure to address job security and other concerns. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger didn't offer specifics, but the UAW had been expected to ask GM for guarantees of future production at U.S. plants as part of the negotiations.
· Man Beheads Tame Hotel Duck. A man was in custody Sunday after police said he ripped the head off a tame duck that lived in a hotel lobby's ornamental pond. Scott D. Clark, a guest at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul, cornered the duck early Saturday morning, grabbed the bird and ripped its head from its body while a hotel security guard and others watched, police said.
· NY Times says discount for Petraeus ad was mistake. The New York Times said on Sunday it made a mistake in charging a discounted rate for printing a political ad that attacked the top U.S. general in Iraq, angering Republicans and drawing charges the newspaper is politically biased.
· Bradley is thrown to ground by manager. Padres outfielder Milton Bradley injured his right knee when manager Bud Black spun him to the ground in an attempt to keep him from going after first base ump Mike Winters.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
· Macy's Shoplifter Has To Come Back After Forgetting Son. A suspected shoplifter took his young son along for the heist and then left the child behind. Orlando police released a surveillance picture of the man Friday.
· Columbia University dean: We'd invite Adolf Hitler to speak. A Columbia University dean said yesterday the Ivy League school would gladly welcome mass murderer Adolf Hitler to speak on campus. "If he were willing to engage in a debate and a discussion, to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him," John Coatsworth, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs said. Coatsworth spoke two days before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is slated to give a lecture on campus.
· High school basketball coach fired for being too good. Our Saviour Lutheran basketball coach Oswald Cross was fired this week - essentially because the small private school in the Bronx wasn't happy with how good his team was. "I like Mr. Cross personally, but I think there was a difference in philosophies," OSL admissions director Rev. Paul Sauer said. "He was making the team into a national powerhouse and the school - we are a very small school - did not have the resources or abilities to support that."
· Accounts reveal how alleged Simpson caper crumbled. Standing in a casino hotel room, a fallen football hero played out the final scene of a sting operation to seize prized possessions from his glory days. But his plan, plotted against the backdrop of a quickie Las Vegas wedding, was suddenly going bad.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
· $398 million 'Bridge to nowhere' abandoned. On Friday, Alaska decided the bridge really was going nowhere, officially abandoning the bridge to Gravina Island, population 50, that became a national symbol of federal pork-barrel spending.
· Lawyer: Fake Bomb Charge an Overreaction. The MIT student who walked into Logan International Airport wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her sweat shirt claimed it was harmless artwork. But to troopers who arrested her at gunpoint, it was a fake bomb. Nineteen-year-old Star Simpson was charged Friday with possessing a hoax device. Her attorney described the charge as offbase and "almost paranoid."
· Firefighter settles lawsuit over dog food in spaghetti. The city will pay $1.43 million to settle claims by a black firefighter who said he suffered harassment and discrimination after co-workers served him spaghetti laced with dog food, officials announced Friday. Tennie Pierce's lawsuit was to go to trial Monday.
· Deputy's wife accused of having videotaped sex with teen. The wife of a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy was arrested for allegedly having a videotaped sexual encounter with a 16-year-old boy. German Armentano, 18, contacted Deputy John Wink on Aug. 30 to tell him he had a videotape of his wife having sex with a minor, according to a sheriff's report.
· Dangerfield's Widow Sues Over Film. Rodney Dangerfield's widow says that even in death the comedian can't get any respect. Joan Dangerfield filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop the airing of a videotape of Dangerfield in his later years that his widow says was never intended for the public.
· New York Drops Citizenship Proof For Driver's Licenses. They were celebrating outside the New York governor's office Friday as Eliot Spitzer handed a landmark victory to a half-million illegal immigrants. The state will no longer require proof of citizenship or Social Security cards for driver's licenses.
· Man who posted sign with vulgarity settles with councilwoman. Russell Bowman put up large signs overlooking Interstate 5 calling Encinitas, Ca. Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan a vulgarity has apologized and will pay her $12,000 to settle her libel lawsuit. Bowman placed oversize signs on his 5-acre Union Street property in October during the 2006 political campaign. One 72-square-foot called Houlihan a “whore.”
· Spears Charged in LA Parking Lot Crash. Britney Spears legal woes mounted Friday as prosecutors charged her with misdemeanor counts of hit and run and driving without a valid license after she allegedly smashed her car into another in a parking lot. Spears, 25, was filmed by paparazzi that day steering her car into another vehicle as she tried to turn into a spot in a Studio City parking lot. After assessing the damage to her own car only, she was shown on paparazzi video walking away.
· Marcia Clark Now Reporting on O.J. Twelve years after Marcia Clark heard jurors pronounce O.J. Simpson innocent of murder, the former prosecutor carried her enduring guilt into another courtroom with the ex-football star. This time, Clark was the most startling member of the media pack covering Simpson's Las Vegas felony arrest.
· Dan Rather: Government Influencing Newsrooms. Dan Rather said Thursday that the undue influence of the government and large corporations over newsrooms spurred his decision to file a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its former parent company. "Somebody, sometime has got to take a stand and say democracy cannot survive, much less thrive with the level of big corporate and big government interference and intimidation in news," he said on CNN's "Larry King Live."
· Judge Denies Request to Free Jena Teen. A judge on Friday denied a request to release a teenager whose arrest in the beating of a white classmate sparked this week's civil rights protest in Louisiana. Mychal Bell's request to be freed while an appeal is being reviewed was rejected at a juvenile court hearing, effectively denying him any chance at immediate bail.
· George Clooney Hurt in Motorcycle Crash. George Clooney and a companion were injured on Friday when their motorcycle collided with a car on a narrow road across the Hudson River from New York City. Clooney suffered a broken rib and scrapes while his passenger, Sarah Larson, broke her foot in the collision.
Friday, September 21, 2007
· MIT Student Arrested For Fake Bomb At Logan. An MIT student with a fake bomb strapped to her chest was arrested at gunpoint Friday at Logan International Airport. Star Simpson, 19, had a computer circuit board and wiring in plain view over a black hooded sweat shirt she was wearing, said State Police Maj. Scott Pare. "She said that it was a piece of art and she wanted to stand out on career day."
· Immigration raids spark anger in Sun Valley area. Federal agents swept through the Sun Valley area last weekend searching for undocumented immigrants and arrested about 21 people. One family with members who are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents said they were terrified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who came to their home in the predawn hours.
· Red-faced inspectors flunk 25% of New York eateries. Health inspectors, embarrassed by the bungling that allowed rats to overrun a Greenwich Village KFC/Taco Bell, have flunked 7,296 of the 28,955 restaurants they visited, according to figures released yesterday.
· The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about. The nation’s biggest telecom companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve a measure wiping out all private lawsuits against them for assisting the U.S. intelligence community’s warrantless surveillance programs.
· Dying Professor's Lecture of a Lifetime. Randy Pausch, a 46-year-old Carnegie Mellon computer science professor, gave his last lecture this week, and it's getting a lot of attention. The Wall Street Journal called it "the lecture of a lifetime" and those who have seen it have more than agreed.
· Detroit Councilman gets prison time, must repay $90,000. Alonzo "Lonnie" Bates, a former Detroit councilman and longtime school board member and one of the city's most polarizing political figures, was sentenced to 33 months in prison today by a federal judge.
· Singer Says Canceled Show Not His Fault. Lee Greenwood, who refused to take the stage for a Denver concert in a dispute over his payment, says he hopes his fans don't blame him. "I'd say they shouldn't be angry at me, they should be angry at the man who put on the show," the 64-year-old country singer told The Associated Press from Oregon, where he was to appear in concert Thursday night in Salem.
· Report: OJ Simpson 'hid money offshore.' Lawyers for the family of Ron Goldman, one of OJ Simpson's alleged victims, has announced that they are investigating claims that the disgraced sports star has hidden assets in offshore bank accounts to stop the Goldmans from accessing the money. The inquiries follow allegations by one of the men allegedly robbed at gunpoint by Simpson in Las Vegas last week that he once helped the former American footballer set up offshore bank accounts.
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Dogmatic [dog·mat·ic] adj. 1. Expressing rigid opinions; Prone to expressing strongly held beliefs and opinions. 2. Asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated.
· Judge's cure could make things worse in Spector trial. In the highest profile case of his career, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler this week did something judges seldom do: He admitted he had made a mistake and said he wasn't sure what to do about it.
· Snoop Dogg pleads guilty to weapons charge. Snoop Dogg pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of felony possession of a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and three years probation, his attorney said.
· More Than $1 Billion Needed to Make Forbes List. A billion dollars just doesn't go as far as it used to. For the first time, it takes more than $1 billion to earn a spot on Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans. The minimum net worth for inclusion in this year's rankings released Thursday was $1.3 billion, up $300 million from last year. The new threshold meant 82 of America's billionaires didn't make the cut.
· Alleged victim in Warren Jeffs trial releases photo of herself. On the eve of closing arguments in the Warren Jeffs trial, ABC 4 has been given a photograph of the alleged victim when she was a girl. Jeffs is accused of rape as an accomplice for forcing the girl to marry her 19-year old first cousin.
· Arctic vault takes shape for world food crops. In a cavern under a remote Arctic mountain, Norway will soon begin squirreling away the world's crop seeds in case of disaster. Dynamited out of a mountainside on Spitsbergen island around 600 miles from the North Pole, the store has been called a doomsday vault or a Noah's Ark of the plant kingdom.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
· Prosecutor held in child sex sting tries suicide. A federal prosecutor from Florida who authorities say flew to Michigan for a sexual encounter with a 5-year-old girl tried to hang himself in his jail cell Thursday but was stopped in time, the sheriff said.
· Class-action attorney Lerach agrees to plea deal over kickbacks. Attorney William Lerach, once a titan among shareholder class-action lawyers who won billions in courtroom battles with companies such as Enron and was the bane of Silicon Valley's high-tech industry, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge and admit deceiving the courts through a criminal kickback scheme.
· Judge OKs 'Hitler youth' buttons. Two New Jersey students can wear buttons featuring a picture of Hitler youth to protest a school uniform policy, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. sided with the parents of the students, who had been threatened with suspension last fall for wearing the buttons.
· Eddie Haskell Sues SAG. The actor who played Eddie Haskell on TV's "Leave It to Beaver" is suing the Screen Actors Guild, claiming the union is sitting on $8.1 million it collected from foreign royalties and should distribute to actors.
· Band manager who lit deadly Station pyrotechnics granted release. The band manager whose pyrotechnics ignited a nightclub blaze that killed 100 people in 2003 was granted parole Wednesday and will be released in March after having served less than half his four-year prison sentence, the state parole board announced Wednesday.
· Landis found guilty of doping, loses Tour title. Floyd Landis lost his expensive and explosive doping case Thursday when the arbitrators upheld the results of a test that showed the 2006 Tour de France champion used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory.
· Founder of duty-free shopping chain has given away an estimated $4 billion. He wears a $15 watch, flies economy class and does not own a house or car. For years. few guessed that Chuck Feeney was one of the world's biggest philanthropists, secretly giving away his billionaire fortune.
· Woman Accused Of Poisoning Husband With Antifreeze Gets Probation. A 40-year-old Central Florida woman accused of poisoning her husband with antifreeze will not go to jail. Alisa Moye pleaded no contest Wednesday to giving her husband antifreeze instead of green tea two years ago.
· Man Says Crash Saved Him From Choking On Onion Ring. A South Jersey man said having a car accident may have saved his life. "I was eating my lunch on the road," Bryan Rocco said, adding that he soon found himself "gasping for air." "I was coughing. I tried to wash it down with soda. That didn't work," Rocco said. "I blacked out - must have passed out from choking on an onion ring." The SUV he was driving jumped the curb and slammed into a tree. But when he came to, the onion ring was gone.
· Britney As Usual. If she's trying to impress the family court judge with her parenting skills, Britney Spears is doing a bad job. Barely 24 hours after being called a "habitual" drug and alcohol user by the judge overseeing her custody battle with ex-hubby Kevin Federline, the mother of two hit L.A. hot spots Winston's and Hyde.
· Arizona police officer killed by illegal immigrant. Phoenix police officer Nick Erfle was shot and killed Tuesday morning by 22-year-old Erik Jovani Martinez. Martinez is a Mexican national with a a lengthy rap sheet, including a felony warrant for his arrest for aggravated assault. Immigration officials confirm Martinez was deported in March of 2006 on theft charges and later re-entered the country illegally.
· Dry cleaner closes after $54 million pants suit. The owners of a dry cleaner who were sued for $54 million over a missing pair of pants have closed and sold the shop involved in the dispute, their attorney said Wednesday. The South Korean immigrants are citing a loss of revenue and the emotional strain of defending the lawsuit. “This is a truly tragic example of how devastating frivolous litigation can be to the American people and to small businesses,” said their attorney, Chris Manning.
· Glitch Renders 'Virtual Fence' Unusable. Because of a software glitch, the first high-tech "virtual fence" on the nation's borders remains inoperable, three months after its scheduled debut. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he is withholding further payment to the prime contractor, Boeing Co., until the success of the pilot project stretching 28 miles near the border southwest of Tucson.
· Photos Left At Wal-Mart Help Nab Child Sex Suspect. West Melbourne Florida police arrested a man Wednesday they say had sex with a child under the age of 12 and took pictures of the child. They caught him after he printed pictures at a Wal-Mart and left, but not with all the pictures. Police said Brian Rozema would have gotten away with the crime if the printer he was using to print out the pictures at a Wal-Mart didn't run out of paper.
· Man Arrested After Taking Photos Of Marijuana Plants. A northeast Ohio man faces serious charges in connection with growing marijuana. Police said a man in Portage County was growing marijuana plants in a field and took photos of the plants. There were 16 plants that he allegedly took photos of and took the photos to a CVS drugstore for processing. Employees there immediately contacted police.
· Spector Judge to Withdraw Instruction. The judge in Phil Spector's murder trial, struggling to help deadlocked jurors reach a verdict, is taking an unusual step that some legal experts say could make a conviction easily reversible on appeal. With jurors split 7-5, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said Wednesday he planned to withdraw a legal instruction that some panelists cited as a point of dispute when they announced the impasse a day earlier. The judge sent the jurors home early on Wednesday and told them to return Thursday.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
· Santa Cruz Lifts Smoking Ban For Pot Festival. The Santa Cruz city park smoking ban is being suspended temporarily so medical pot patients can light up during next week's Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana annual festival.
· Jesse Jackson: Obama's 'acting like he's white.' The Rev. Jesse Jackson sharply criticized Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Tuesday over his reaction to the arrest of six black juveniles in Jena, Louisiana on murder charges, accusing the Illinois senator of "acting like he's white."
· The Juice is Loose. O.J. Simpson has been released from jail after being granted bail on armed robbery charges. A judge set bail Wednesday at $125,000 for Simpson in connection with the armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors at a Las Vegas hotel. His attorney said he would return to Florida. Simpson, wearing a light blue sport coat and dark blue pants, walked deliberately and carried a black bag as he got into a gray Dodge sedan with his lawyer and drove away from the Clark County Detention Center.
· South Carolina prisoner sues Martha Stewart for $3.5 million. A South Carolina prisoner known for suing celebrities has targeted Martha Stewart. Jonathan Lee Riches says Stewart violated his civil rights in a real estate deal. Riches is seeking $3.5 million in damages from Stewart for what he calls "emotional, mental, psychological distress." He says he will donate any damages he collects to television cook Rachael Ray.
· Spector judge rejects manslaughter option. The judge in the Phil Spector murder trial today ruled out instructing the deadlocked jurors on a lesser charge, but he left the door open to sending them back to continue deliberating. At a morning hearing, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said it would be inappropriate to have the jury consider involuntary manslaughter because it would imply that jurors should return a guilty verdict after they were unable to decide whether the famed record producer was guilty of shooting actress Lana Clarkson.
· Dan Rather Files $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS. Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush’s Vietnam-era National Guard service, filed a $70 million lawsuit this afternoon against the network, its corporate parent and three of his former superiors. Mr. Rather, 75, asserts that the network violated his contract by giving him insufficient airtime on “60 Minutes” after forcing him to step down as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” in March 2005.
· Blind man dies after pals let him drive. Police said a Columbiana County Ohio man, who was diagnosed as legally blind, died after crashing his all-terrain vehicle. Charles Hoyle, 34, of Boardman was hanging out with friends when he made the decision that ended his life.
· Church to Be Billed for Immigrant Rally. A church that is sheltering an illegal immigrant from Mexico and her U.S.-born infant son will be billed nearly $40,000 for the city police presence during a weekend protest, officials said. Mayor Paul Miller, who called United Church of Christ congregants irresponsible for "harboring an illegal immigrant," told the Simi Valley, California City Council Monday that he was ready to issue the $39,306 invoice right away.
· Ex-astronut wants evidence tossed out. Former astronaut Lisa Nowak nodded consent for police to search her car after she allegedly confronted a romantic rival, and she appeared in control during a marathon interview with police, a detective testified Wednesday. Nowak was in court to ask a judge to throw out evidence against her, including the five-hour police interview and evidence found in the car.
· Simpson's Bail Set at $125,000. A judge set bail Wednesday at $125,000 for O.J. Simpson in the former football star's alleged role in the armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors at a Las Vegas hotel. Simpson, standing in a blue jail uniform and handcuffs, furrowed his brow as the judge read the list of charges.
· N.J. town rescinds anti-immigrant law. A controversial ordinance intended to punish employers and landlords who hire or house illegal immigrants would be too expensive to defend, Riverside officials said in voting to rescind the year-old law.
· Spector jury locked in 7-5 impasse The judge in Phil Spector's murder trial said he is considering giving jurors the option of finding the record producer guilty of a lesser charge than second degree murder after the panelists reported a 7-5 impasse following seven days of deliberations. Spector's defense team was expected Wednesday to vigorously oppose Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler's expected proposal to help jurors break their deadlock, while legal scholars said a conviction on lesser charges could be vulnerable to appeal.
· Cook County sales tax increase proposed. One Cook County commissioner wants to increase the county's portion of the sales tax, and if approved, the sales tax in Cook County would go up to 11 percent. That tax increase would also apply to restaurant and hotel bills.
· Mattel toys' lead was 180 times the limit. Lead in the paint on some of the toys Mattel recalled this summer was 180 times the amount allowed by law, and Oriental Trading Co. sold jewelry that was almost 100% lead, documents released Tuesday by a congressional subcommittee show.
· Poll: Congress approval at 11%; Bush at 29%. Only 29 percent of Americans gave Bush a positive grade for his job performance, below his worst Zogby poll mark of 30 percent in March. A paltry 11 percent rated Congress positively, beating the previous low of 14 percent in July.
· Police report student told them: 'You didn't do anything wrong.' Police have released the incident report detailing the Tasering of a University of Florida student during a campus forum with Sen. John Kerry Monday, and the officer who actually Tasered Andrew Meyer wrote in the report that Meyer later told police, "You didn't do anything wrong." In the 12-page report, which gives accounts of the incident from the perspective of eight different officers who were present Monday afternoon, Officer Nicole Mallo writes that Meyer would only resist officers when cameras were present.
· Deadly amoeba lurks in Florida lakes. It isn't a fish or alligator. It is so small it cannot be seen with the naked eye. The killer that lives in the hot, fresh water is a single cell amoeba that once exposed to the human brain through the nasal passages is almost always fatal.
· L.A. has worst traffic; drivers lose 72 hrs a year. The Los Angeles metropolitan area led the nation in traffic jams in 2005, with rush-hour drivers spending an extra 72 hours a year on average stuck in traffic, according to a study released on Tuesday. The metropolitan areas of San Francisco-0akland, Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, and Atlanta were tied for the second most gridlocked areas, according to the study by the Texas Transportation Institute.
· Man Says Wild Sex Caused SUV Accident. A 22-year-old carnival worker blames two friends having sexual intercourse in the back seat of his car for an accident in which his Chevrolet S-10 Blazer struck a telephone pole.
· O.J. Simpson gets precedence over his attorney's rape case in Broward County. O.J. Simpson's recent arrest in Las Vegas on armed robbery charges is causing a flap in the Broward County Courthouse. On Tuesday, Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter, asked a Broward Florida judge to postpone a rape trial that had already been delayed by a day, so he could be in Las Vegas today for Simpson's arraignment and bond hearing. The former football star and murder defendant has a home in Kendall, Florida.
· Tooth loss in elderly linked to mental impairment. Older people who have lost their teeth are at more than three-fold greater risk of memory problems and dementia, UK researchers report. "This study essentially raises questions rather than answering them," Dr. Robert Stewart of Kings College London, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. "The measurements were taken at the same time, so we are not able to say what caused what."
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
· Prosecutors File 8 Charges Against O.J. Prosecutors filed eight charges, including kidnapping, against O.J. Simpson on Tuesday in an alleged armed robbery in a casino hotel room. Simpson faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the charges filed by Clark County District Attorney David Roger. Roger added kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, both felonies, to the assault and robbery with a deadly weapon charges used to arrest the fallen football star on Sunday.
· Spector jury says it's deadlocked. The jury in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector has "reached an impasse" after more than a week of deliberations, the trial judge said Tuesday. Phil Spector, 67, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2003 killing of an actress. The nine-man, three-woman jury delivered a note to court officials early Tuesday afternoon, warning they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in Spector's case.
· Oregon man puts rattlesnake in his mouth, nearly dies. Portland man nearly died after putting a pet rattlesnake into his mouth to show off for friends. Matt Wilkenson admitted that he made a poor decision, but he’d been drinking and messing around with friends and apparently lost some common sense.
· Stocks Soar After Half-Point Rate Cut. A jubilant Wall Street barreled higher Tuesday after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a larger-than-expected half percentage point. The Dow Jones industrial average surged more than 330 points after the Fed announced its move - its biggest one-day point jump in nearly five years.
· Key Simpson Witness Suffers Heart Attack. A key witness and one of the victims in the alleged robbery involving O.J. Simpson is in the hospital. Collectibles dealer Bruce Fromong suffered a heart attack. His wife, Lynette Fromong, says Simpson is at fault.
· Outrage Over Selection of 13-Year-Old to Be Face of Fashion Show. The girl chosen as the face of an Australian fashion event says she fits into women's clothes, so she should be allowed to model them — even though she just turned 13. Prime Minister John Howard has led a chorus of criticism of the choice of Maddison Gabriel, who was 12 when she was named the face of the inaugural Gold Coast Fashion Week.
· Ex-Spears Bodyguard Rebuffed in Court. A former bodyguard for Britney Spears went to court Monday to support a sealed declaration about questionable behavior by the pop star in a child-custody dispute between the singer and ex-husband Kevin Federline - but bodyguard Tony Barretto never got to testify. Spears hired Barretto when she left a rehabilitation facility in March but fired him May 17 because "he didn't hear her when she asked him to pick up her hat."
· State Senator Ernie Chambers Sues God. Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers is suing God. He says it to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. Chambers says senators periodically have offered bills prohibiting the filing of certain types of suits. He says his main objection is the constitution requires that the doors to the courthouse be open to all. Chambers said, "Thus anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody - even God."
· Tattoo remorse fuels boom for dermatologists. The American Academy of Dermatology reports tattoo regret is common in the United States. Among a group of 18- to 50-year-olds surveyed in 2004, 24 percent reported having a tattoo removed and 17 percent considered getting their tattoo removed.
· Hunt for Fossett grinds to a halt. The hunt for missing aviator Steve Fossett has ground to a virtual standstill, police said Monday, two weeks after the adventurer's plane vanished over the Nevada wilderness. Nevada State police spokesman Chuck Allen told AFP the search for Fossett had been dramatically scaled back with only two grounded aircraft on standby and "four or five" military helicopters now deployed in the hunt.
· Student arrested, Tasered at Kerry event. A University of Florida student was Tasered and arrested Monday when he attempted to speak at a forum with U.S. Sen. John Kerry during a question and answer session, university officials said.
· Goldmans to Seek Simpson Memorabilia. If the Goldman family has its way, it may soon own the sports memorabilia that O.J. Simpson is accused of committing armed robbery to recover for himself. Since winning a multimillion-dollar settlement against Simpson in Ron Goldman's death, the family has waged a decade-long campaign to track down and claim Simpson's assets.
· New York Times to end paid Internet service. The New York Times Co said on Monday it will end its paid TimesSelect Web service and make most of its Web site available for free in the hopes of attracting more readers and higher advertising revenue.
Monday, September 17, 2007
· Federal Prosecutor Arrested In Child Sex Sting. A U.S. Justice Department official has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a 5-year-old girl. John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday afternoon. An undercover officer posed as a mother offering her child to Atchison for sex, according to police.
· Man doesn't make it to his anger management class. Justin Boudin, 27, is accused of getting into an altercation and assaulting a 59-year-old woman at a bus stop according to police. After the alleged attack, Boudin fled the scene, but left behind some paperwork - to his anger management class.
· Britney Spears' Lawyer To Quit. Britney Spears' custody case has just suffered another blow - her lawyer is on the verge of quitting. The singer is currently embroiled in a bitter battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline over the care of their two sons Sean Preston, two, and one-year-old Jayden James. According to TMZ.com, Spears' lawyer Laura Wasser will submit legal papers formally withdrawing as her attorney today.
· Child bride says she never cried 'rape.' A young woman who said she was forced to enter an arranged marriage at age 14 testified Monday that she never complained to her mother or sisters that she was being raped. "I never told anyone," the woman, now 21, said during cross-examination at the trial of polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs.
· ACLU Backs Sen. Larry Craig. The strange case of Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig is about to take another interesting turn. Craig is getting support today from what many might consider to be an unlikely ally — the American Civil Liberties Union. "We believe the sting used to apprehend Mr. Craig was unconstitutional."
· "Dead" man wakes up under autopsy knife. A Venezuelan man who had been declared dead woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began their autopsy. Carlos Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue, where examiners began an autopsy only to realize something was amiss when he started bleeding.
· Hit taken out on K-Fed? The television show Entertainment Tonight was reporting on its Web site Monday that it has several reliable sources who say the FBI and Los Angeles police are investigating legitimate leads of a contract hit on Kevin Federline's life.
· New Hampshire Jails 68-Year-Old Man For Paying Toll With Tokens. 68-year-old Graham ‘‘Tom’’ Jensen opted for three days in a New Hampshire slammer - getting out Thursday - to make a point about the state’s refusal to accept its old tokens at highway toll booths. ‘‘I gave the state of New Hampshire money for the tokens, and I expect to be able to use them,’’ Jensen said.
· Sally Field Censored At Emmys. Accepting her Emmy on Sunday night for lead actress in a drama series ("Brothers and Sisters"), Sally Field stumbled halfway through, lost her train of thought, screeched at the audience to stop applauding so she could finish talking - and then was bleeped by Fox censors as she stammered through an anti-war rant.
· Man sues after Taser hit ignites lighter in his shirt pocket, sets him on fire. A man is suing the city of Daytona Beach, claiming a police officer shouldn't have used a Taser gun on him. The lawsuit said Dennis Crouch suffered serious burns when the Taser gun ignited a plastic lighter in his shirt pocket. Police Chief Mike Chitwood said the lighter catching fire was a fluke and that the officer was justified in using the Taser gun.
· Police: O.J. Simpson held in isolation without bail. Hall of Fame running back and one-time murder defendant O.J. Simpson will be held without bail after his arrest in connection with an alleged sports-memorabilia heist, Las Vegas police said Sunday. Police released this mug shot of O.J. Simpson after his arrest. Simpson, 60, will have his first scheduled court appearance Thursday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said after the former football star's arrest on robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy charges.
· Tourists flock to Minneapolis airport men's room. When you go to Minneapolis, you might put the Mall of America, the statue of Mary Tyler Moore or maybe even the zoo on your list of things to see. Now tourists are asking about a new destination in the Twin Cities, says Karen Evans, information specialist at the information counter at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. A common request is, "Excuse me, can you please tell me where the Larry Craig bathroom is?"
· Al Gore Now Has an Emmy and an Oscar. Former Vice President Al Gore took home an Emmy Sunday night for creative achievement in interactive television for Current TV, his youth-oriented television channel.
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Ephemeral [e·phem·er·al] adj. 1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "The ephemeral nature of slang." 2. Living or lasting only for a day, as with certain plants or insects.
· Tiger wins Tour Championship, FedEx Cup. Along with winning the Tour Championship and its $1.26 million prize, Tiger Woods was a runaway winner of the FedEx Cup and the $10 million that goes into his retirement account.
· O.J. Simpson Mug Shot. Here's the mug shot O.J. Simpson posed for yesterday following his arrest for the alleged armed robbery of a memorabilia dealer in a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson, 60, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after he was taken into custody this morning by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers.
· Spears 'closer to losing custody battle.' Britney Spears could lose custody of her two sons within in the next 24 hours thanks to a Los Angeles attorney bringing a "secret" witness to court for the custody battle between the troubled pop star and ex-husband Kevin Federline.
· Hillary Clinton to offer health care plan. With a price tag of about $110 billion per year, Hillary Clinton's "American Health Choices Plan" represents her first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since 1994, when the plan she authored during her husband's first term collapsed.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
· Neighbors Burn 'Pervert's' Home, Police Say. Everybody in this little mountain community knew that Timothy Carl Chandler had been arrested on child pornography charges. It was in the newspaper and all over the TV news. Two of Chandler's neighbors decided to do something about it, police say. They're accused of trying to scare him off by setting fire to his tiny house tucked away in a hardscrabble Appalachian hollow. Chandler, 53, escaped from the flames. But his wife was killed in what authorities are calling an example of vigilante justice.
· Alan Greenspan claims Iraq war was really for oil. Alan Greenspan, a Republican whose 18-year tenure as head of the US Federal Reserve was widely admired, will also deliver a stinging critique of President George W Bush’s economic policies. It is his view that the motive for the 2003 Iraq invasion is likely to provoke the most controversy. “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil,” he says.
· Martha Stewart plans line of wine. Martha Stewart, the homemaking guru, plans to sell her first line of wine early next year, it was reported Friday.
Dubbed Martha Stewart Vintage, the wine is expected to be available in Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and perhaps rose later, varietials selling for a reported $15 a bottle, the Wall Street Journal said.
· Peter Fonda to Sell 'Easy Rider' Items. Actor Peter Fonda is auctioning off some of his memorabilia from "Easy Rider," including the American flag taken from the back of the jacket he wore throughout the film.
· Simpson Accuser Now 'On O.J.'s Side.' A sports memorabilia collector who accused O.J. Simpson of armed robbery said Saturday that he was "on O.J.'s side" and wants the case dropped. "I want this thing to go away. I have health problems," said Alfred Beardsley, the collector who told police on Thursday that Simpson and several other men stormed a Las Vegas hotel room and stole memorabilia at gunpoint.
· More than 190 arrested at D.C. protest. Several thousand anti-war demonstrators marched through downtown Washington on Saturday, clashing with police at the foot of the Capitol steps where more than 190 protesters were arrested.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
· Reporters get first look inside mysterious Supermax prison. Visiting Supermax, the "Alcatraz of the Rockies," reveals nothing so much as an astonishing and eerie quiet. It's not what one would expect of a place that houses 473 notorious terrorists, vicious murderers and violent, disruptive escape-prone inmates brought in from other federal penitentiaries.
· Streisand hubby: 'Happy 9/11.' Actor and husband of Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, offered radio listeners a "Happy 9/11" Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., during a promotional appearance for his new movie "The Hunting Party."
· Prison paying for $220,000 water leak. Everybody knows a leaking pipe can mean a higher water bill. In the case of the state prison complex overlooking town, the tab was nearly $220,000, plus repairs.
· Police: Simpson cooperating in armed robbery probe. The victim of an alleged armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel says former NFL star O.J. Simpson was involved, but police are still investigating and no arrests have been made, a police spokesman said Friday. A man who said he saw the incident told a reporter Simpson was taking back memorabilia that he said had been stolen from him, and no gun was used. Simpson, speaking by phone with CNN's Ted Rowlands, also said there were no guns involved, adding, "I just wanted to get my stuff back."
· Taxpayers eat $7 million government lunch tab. Hungry attendees at Justice Department conferences have been enjoying millions of dollars in meatballs and other goodies courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, according to an inspector general's report released Friday. The report cited $5 meatballs and cans of soft drinks each costing $4.55 among reasons 10 conferences during 2005 and 2006 cost nearly $7 million.
· Race case teen's conviction tossed. An appeals court Friday vacated the remaining conviction of a teenager accused in a violent, racially charged incident in Jena, Louisiana, his attorney said. Mychal Bell and five others were initially charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder in connection with the beating of a white student.
· Girlfriend of suspected cop killer, 3 others arrested. The girlfriend of a man suspected of killing a Miami-Dade County police officer Thursday was one of four people arrested Friday and accused of helping him avoid police for hours before authorities shot him to death.
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Venality [ve·nal·i·ty] n. 1. The condition of being susceptible to bribery or corruption. 2. The use of a position of trust for dishonest gain: "The venality of a corrupt court."
· Teen Bride Describes Her Wedding Day. A former follower of a polygamous-sect leader sobbed on the witness stand Friday as she described the terror and despair she felt on the eve of her wedding at age 14, and said she became intensely depressed after having sex. "I kept thinking I felt like I was getting ready for death," she testified on the second day of the trial of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
· Spoken word not enough for dictionary. The year was 1989, and "snitty" started off strong. The word popped up in the Los Angeles Times in January, then appeared in the March and August editions of People magazine. It was one of hundreds of words being tracked by editors at Merriam-Webster who are always searching for new terms to enter into the Collegiate Dictionary.
· Police pop man for breast pump thefts. Police in a Minneapolis suburb are investigating several Target store robberies after catching man with several pricey breast pumps in his possession. Steven Shane Uman, 40, of Dallas, was stopped at the Eden Prairie, Minn., Target store last week after an employee allegedly saw him remove a bar code label from a breast pump retailing for $249.99, replacing it with a fake label so $34.99 rang up, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday. When confronted, Uman admitted to the switch, according to a search warrant affidavit.
· Southwest fare sale honors miniskirts. Southwest Airlines, after getting grief for telling a young woman her outfit was too revealing to fly, is now using the brouhaha as a marketing ploy — announcing a fare sale to honor miniskirts. The airline on Friday offered 23-year-old Kyla Ebbert two free round-trip tickets and issued a double-entendre-laced news release announcing "skimpy" sale fares of $49 to $109 each way, available for 10 days.
· Boy, 10, Brings Semiautomatic Handgun To School. A 10-year-old boy who is accused of bringing a handgun to school on Friday has been charged with two felonies of carrying a concealed weapon and larceny of a weapon. Police in North Branch said the 10-year-old elementary school student was caught with an unloaded semiautomatic handgun in his backpack.
Friday, September 14, 2007
· $5 million bail for fugitive Hsu. Bail was set today at $5 million for disgraced Democratic donor Yung Yuen "Norman" Hsu. Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger asked for a $50 million bond because Hsu had a checkbook that showed a balance of $6 million and because of other allegations that Hsu had bilked investors of more than $40 million in recent years.
· Owner Sleeping In Gas Station Over Crimes Surprises, Kills Intruder. A gas station owner in Central Florida who was sleeping in his business after a rash of crimes in the area shot and killed a man trying to break into his store early Friday morning, according to sheriff's deputies. The owner said when he was awakened by glass breaking he grabbed a gun and opened fire, shooting 14 times.
· O.J. Simpson Questioned In Connection With Casino Burglary. NBC5 has learned that Las Vegas police are questioning O.J. Simpson Friday morning in connection with a burglary. The Las Vegas NBC affiliate confirmed that Simpson is accused of breaking into a room at the Palace Station Casino sometime Thursday.
· 'Flat Buns' Teacher Dismissed From Hamburger Ad. CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food restaurants, says it's pulling a character from a hamburger ad after receiving loud complaints from educators.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
· Man crashes into Burger King, again. For the second time in as many years, a man has crashed his vehicle into the downtown Wausau Burger King. Rouland Steppert, 80, crashed his Lincoln Aviator into the restaurant. A restaurant patron sitting several feet from the impact said "The old guy just pulled up in his SUV and all of a sudden he hit the handicapped sign first and then right up into the building and just crashed," said Jennifer Sparks of Wausau.
· Mexico police accused of breaking U.S. gun law. Three high-ranking Mexican police officers were arrested on allegations of buying weapons and ammunition at a gun show in Phoenix in violation of a law barring noncitizens from purchasing firearms, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
· Hillary Clinton's Brother Settles "Pardon" Suit. A lawsuit accusing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother of failing to repay debts to a Tennessee carnival operator has been settled. Tony Rodham was accused of failing to repay $107,000 to the estate of Edgar Allen Gregory, who received a presidential pardon in 2000. The Gregorys received pardons for a bank fraud conviction from President Clinton about two years after Rodham became a paid consultant to United Shows of America, a carnival business Gregory owned. Another brother, Hugh Rodham, was paid more than $400,000 for his successful efforts to win pardons for a businessman under investigation for money laundering and a commutation for a convicted drug trafficker.
· Chimney Burglar Gets Prison Term. A man who got stuck in a chimney while trying to burglarize a Los Angeles County home was sentenced to two years in prison. Marco Antonio Espinoza was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to a first-degree burglary charge. Espinoza, 35, was arrested Aug. 26 after the homeowners found him stuck in their chimney.
· Another Woman Told She Was Too Hot To Fly. A second young woman is claiming Southwest Airlines employees made her cover up on a recent flight. Setara Qassim told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles that a flight attendant confronted her during a trip from Tucson, Arizona, to Burbank, California. The 21-year-old says the worker asked if she had a sweater to go over her green halter-style dress. Qassim she was wrappe?d a blanket around herself for the rest of the flight.
· Woman drives stolen car to pay traffic ticket. A woman who went to court to pay a traffic ticket drove there in a stolen car and ended up behind bars, authorities said. Clarendon County sheriff's deputies received a tip that Amber Renee Helton was going to be in a stolen car when she paid the ticket, police said.
· Meatpackers Union Sues Over Plant Raids. A union representing workers at six Swift & Co. meatpacking plants sued federal immigration authorities Wednesday, alleging agents violated the workers' rights during raids by roughly handling even those not suspected of crimes.
· Deputy Shoots Himself Following Scuffle. A sheriff's deputy in Washington County, Mo., shot himself in the right leg Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said the officer was putting his service revolver in its holster when he was shot.
· Florida Teacher Accused Of DUI On Way To Morning Classes. A Central Florida elementary school teacher was arrested for driving under the influence on her way to morning classes, according to police. Police said Vicki Tucker was taken into custody in the parking lot of West Oaks Elementary School after witnesses said they saw her car swerving in the road and bouncing off curbs.
· Shrinking kilogram bewilders physicists. A kilogram just isn't what it used to be. The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight. The kilogram's uncertainty could affect even countries that don't use the metric system — it is the ultimate weight standard for the U.S. customary system, where it equals 2.2 pounds.
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Esoteric [es·o·ter·ic] adj. 1. Difficult to understand; abstruse. 2. Not publicly disclosed; confidential. 3. Of rare, special, or unusual interest: Her software success was based on an esoteric programming language.
· Grub, chow, mystery meat - combat food 2.0. "Meals Rejected by Everyone" is a popular nickname for MREs, which stands for Meals Ready to Eat, those brownish polymer pouches filled with precooked food and snacks. "They really want pizza and beer," says Judith Aylward, senior food technologist at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. Soldiers now dine on penne pasta with vegetarian sausage in spicy tomato sauce, chicken breast fillet and boneless pork rib.
· Pageant officials want crown back. Two years after she was dethroned as Miss Ventura County 2005 for being married, Hilary Gushwa still hasn't returned her crown and other prizes, and now pageant officials are looking to law enforcement for help getting them back. Gushwa told a judge she was on medication and too drunk to remember her own wedding.
· Manager Says Foxy Brown Not Pregnant. Jail officials will not need to make maternity accommodations for Foxy Brown — her manager says the rapper isn't pregnant, despite her lawyer's courtroom contention that she was. The revelation came Wednesday as her manager and Koch Records announced that Brown would release a new album while serving a one-year jail sentence. In August, defense lawyers told the court that Brown was three months pregnant.
· Priest pleads guilty to spending church money on lavish lifestyle. A former Connecticut priest pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of church money by setting up secret bank accounts to pay for a life of luxury, including traveling around the world and buying a condominium. Prosecutors said Fay took between $1 million and $2.5 million over seven years, but the priest has disputed that. He admitted to taking between $400,000 and $1 million.
· Boy Killed Parents, Didn't Want To 'Disappoint' Them Anymore. A 16-year-old boy told detectives he killed his parents because he didn't want to disappoint them anymore, according to a police documents. Jacob Brighton said he shot his parents last month because he always felt like a disappointment to them because he didn't have a job, smoked marijuana and didn't share the same "qualities or interests" as his father.
· ICE: Tab to remove illegal residents would approach $100 billion. It would cost at least $94 billion to find, detain and remove all 12 million people believed to be staying illegally in the United States, the federal government estimated Wednesday.
· Hsu leaves hospital for jail. A political fund-raiser from California, who was arrested last week but had remained hospitalized in Grand Junction while federal and state authorities worked on his extradition, was discharged from the hospital today and booked into Mesa County's jail, authorities said. Yung Yuen "Norman" Hsu, 56, was arrested last Thursday after becoming ill on an Amtrak train while traveling from San Francisco to Denver.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
· Teacher Linked To Student Slaying Fired From Local School. The former Knoxville teacher whose husband is charged with fatally shooting her student lover has been fired from a Nashville school amid new allegations of improper contact with another student. Erin McLean used her maiden name to get a job at Pioneer Christian Academy teaching English.
· Wife who shot preacher calls sentence too short. The parents of a Tennessee preacher shot to death by his wife convinced a judge to keep the convicted killer at home, but they couldn't keep her off the air. Seven months in custody wasn't a long enough sentence for what she did, Mary Winkler said Wednesday in an exclusive, pre-recorded interview with Oprah Winfrey.
· Michigan Man Kills Self with Guillotine. The body of a 41-year-old man was found in a wooded area next to a guillotine he built and used to kill himself, police said. "I can't even tell you how long it must have taken him to construct," Allen Park Deputy Police Chief Dale Covert said. "This man obviously was very determined to end his life."
· Brut ignited, camper's suit says. Charles Lewitzke has been a Brut man most of his life, but he's suing the makers of his favorite aftershave - and Wal-Mart - over a camping mishap that left him severely burned. Three years ago, Lewitzke, 81, of Milwaukee, cleaned up in a bathhouse at a Wisconsin Dells campground and finished with Brut aftershave and deodorant. Then he went to start a fire to cook breakfast for his family. "When he struck the match, he ignited," said his attorney, Michael Hanrahan.
· Mattel explains delays in toy warnings to Congress. Mattel Inc. CEO Robert Eckert sought Wednesday to tamp down public outrage over unsafe Chinese-made toys, acknowledging that his company made mistakes by not closely overseeing subcontractors in China. Sen. Sam Brownback leveled his harshest criticism at China's safety standards. "'Made in China' has now become a warning label," Brownback said.
· Rutgers player withdraws Imus lawsuit. A Rutgers University basketball player on Tuesday withdrew a slander and defamation lawsuit she had filed against Don Imus and CBS Radio, among others, after the shock jock called the team "nappy headed hos."
· Survival experts doubt Fossett is still alive. People can go only two or three days without water in the summer, but like virtually everyone following the search for Steve Fossett, survival expert Kurt Kuznicki hopes the missing aviator will be found alive. But like other experts, Kuznicki doubts that will be the case.
· Life Expectancy of Americans Hits 78. The life expectancy for Americans is nearly 78 years, the longest in U.S. history, according to new government figures from 2005 released Thursday. That age, based on the latest data available, was still lower than the life span in more than three dozen other countries, however.
· Thousands Of Prank 911 Calls Traced To Homeless Man. Vallejo police have determined that the prank caller who has logged more than 300 false emergency calls to the department is a homeless man living in downtown San Francisco, according to police Lt. Richard Nichelman.
· Man robs woman, then licked her toes. A man who robbed a woman of her keys and cell phone took off her shoes and licked her toes, police said. Commander Kevin Casper called the attack "weird sexual behavior." [with mugshot photo]
· Bank Robber Uses Own Check in Robbery. A note demanding money from a bank teller was written on a check that authorities said belonged to the suspect. Forest Kelly Bissonnette, 27, apparently scratched his name off one of his own checks, then used that check to write a note used in a bank robbery Sept. 5, according to authorities.
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Pugnacious [pug·na·cious] adj. 1. Quarrelsome or combative in nature; belligerent. 2. Expressing an argument or opinion very forcefully: Rather than maintaining a calm demeanor, his boss was quite pugnacious.
· Putin Dissolves Russian Government. President Vladimir Putin dissolved Russia's government Wednesday in a major political shakeup ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections, the Kremlin said. The dissolution is expected to result in a new prime minister, who will be seen as Putin's choice to succeed him after he steps down next spring.
· China Promises Safe Christmas Toys. The Chinese-made toys children receive for Christmas this year will be safe, the head of China's product safety agency said Wednesday, pledging that problems over the use of dangerous lead paint will be resolved in time for holiday exports.
· $40 Million Borrowed by Dirty Democratic Fundraiser Norman Hsu is Missing. The mystery of where a dirty Democratic fundraiser got the money to lead a lavish lifestyle, fund political campaigns and post a $2 million bond to get out of jail appears to have a Woodstock connection, according to a report published in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal.
· NFL determines Pats broke rules by taping Jets' signals. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has determined that the New England Patriots violated league rules Sunday when they videotaped defensive signals by the New York Jets' coaches.
· Everett diagnosis takes positive turn. Kevin Everett voluntarily moved his arms and legs on Tuesday when partially awakened, prompting a neurosurgeon to say the Buffalo Bills' tight end would walk again - contrary to the grim prognosis given a day before. "Based on our experience, the fact that he's moving so well, so early after such a catastrophic injury means he will walk again," said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami school of medicine. "It's totally spectacular, totally unexpected," Green told The Associated Press.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
· Woman kills hired hitman. An Oregon man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after hiring another man to kill his wife. Susan Kuhnhausen fought off the hit man and actually strangled the attacker with her bare hands.
· Chinese Restaurant Cited For Garlic Stomping. A New York Chinese food restaurant is in hot water after it was discovered that an employee apparently used a suspicious and far-from-delicious method to crush the garlic used in the kitchen. John Stoughton, the senior public health sanitarian, showed CBS 2 a picture of a worker from the restaurant standing and stomping in a large bowl of garlic - with his shoes on.
· Anti-war protester can't find soldier, kills civilian with axe instead. A U.S. citizen has confessed to using an axe to kill a Dutch student after failing to find a soldier to attack, his lawyer said Tuesday. The suspect, Carlos Hartmann, 41, of Tecumseh, Mich., has confessed to the Sept. 8 killing on a train platform in the southern city of Roosendaal, defence lawyer Peter Gremmen said. Gremmen said Hartmann wanted to punish the Netherlands for its support of the war in Iraq.
· ACLU Head Sentenced For Child Porn. A man who for 12 years served as president of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union was sentenced to seven years in prison for downloading what authorities said was some of the "most abhorrent" child pornography they have ever seen.
· Wife who killed minister husband wants custody of kids. The woman who killed her minister husband with a shotgun is seeking custody of her three daughters, or at least frequent visits. A petition filed in Carroll County Chancery Court argues that Mary Winkler’s continued separation from the girls — ages 2, 8 and 10 — is “unconscionable and detrimental” to the children.
· Heads Bow in Memory of 9/11 Victims. Relatives of World Trade Center victims bowed their heads in silence at a small park Tuesday to mark the moment exactly six years earlier when the first hijacked plane struck the towers. The dreary, gray skies created a grim backdrop, and a sharp contrast to the clear blue of that morning in 2001.
· Killer cobra guards diamond-encrusted heels at Harrods. To their high society owners, a pair of haute couture shoes can be a precious thing. But to guard a $152,300 pair of ruby- sapphire- and diamond-encrusted Rene Caovilla sandals at their London launch, retailer Harrods went to extreme lengths: bringing in a live Egyptian cobra to patrol the shoe counter.
· Coach Sent Boy Home In Underwear. Vickie Hatter is furious and wants someone to explain why her son was humiliated last week during football practice. The Cincinnati mother said her 10-year-old son’s coach sent the boy home from practice Friday in his underwear. “He walks in with his T-shirt and his underwear and his cleats,” Hatter said.
· NFL player's injury is 'catastrophic.' Buffalo Bills football player Kevin Everett sustained a "catastrophic" and life-threatening spinal-cord injury while trying to make a tackle during the season opener and is unlikely to walk again, the surgeon who operated on him Monday said.
· Spector jurors begin deliberations, view revolver used in shooting death. A jury of nine men and three women began deliberating yesterday whether rock 'n' roll producer Phil Spector is guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. In the afternoon, jurors requested the .38-caliber revolver used in the shooting. They'll return for a second day of deliberations today.
· Bin Laden Wants 'Caravan' of Martyrs. Osama bin Laden urged sympathizers to join the "caravan" of martyrs as he praised one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers in a new video that emerged Tuesday to mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Al-Qaida traditionally issues a video every year on the anniversary, with the last testament of one of the 19 hijackers involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This year's video showed hijacker Waleed al-Shehri addressing the camera and warning the U.S.: "We shall come at you from your front and back, your right and left."
· 74-Year-Old Fights Off Tire Iron-Wielding Attacker. A tire iron-wielding man who police said was looking to mug a senior citizen probably thought he had found an easy target — that is, until the 74-year-old fought back.
· Ben & Jerry's Offers Ice Cream For Arrest. An ice-cream-loving thief remains at large after stealing cash from Ben & Jerry's, and police fear the trail has gone cold. To drum up interest, the eatery is offering five years' worth of free ice cream for the arrest of the man who swiped $160 from an employee tip jar, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.
· Clinton to Return $850,000 Raised by Hsu. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Monday it will return $850,000 in donations raised by Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who is under federal investigation for allegedly violating election laws. Clinton, D-N.Y., previously had planned only to give to charity $23,000 she received from Hsu for her presidential and senatorial campaigns and to her political action committee, HillPac.
· Apple Sells 1 Million IPhones in 74 Days. Apple Inc. sold its millionth iPhone over the weekend, days after it slashed the price by a third to spur sales. The milestone was reached weeks earlier than expected and sent shares of Apple up $4.94, or 3.8 percent, to $136.71.
· Griffin's Emmy remarks to be censored. Before Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy last weekend for her reality show, "My Life on the D-List," she joked that an award would move her to the C-list. She was right: "C" as in censored. The TV academy said her raucous acceptance speech will be edited when the event, which was taped, is shown Saturday on the E! channel.
· Body Shop founder Roddick dies. The founder of The Body Shop, which grew from one shop in southern England to an international chain, has died, the chairman of Body Shop International confirmed Monday.
Monday, September 10, 2007
· Drunken Mayor Injures Three At Tractor Pull. A man who serves as police commissioner, alderman and mayor pro-tem in Peculiar, Mo., was accused of getting drunk and plowing into three people at a tractor pull Saturday. Police arrested Mark Wansing, 41, on three counts of second-degree assault in connection with injuring a 5-year-old girl, her 32-year-old mother and a 19-year-old man.
· Murder Case Against Spector Goes to Jury. The murder case against record producer Phil Spector went to jurors Monday after Spector's wife sparred with the judge over a gag order and Spector himself publicly denied he had criticized the judge and jury pool. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler sent the jurors into deliberations after asking if any had heard or seen any news reports over the weekend that could affect their discussions. No one raised a hand. The London newspaper The Mail on Sunday reported that Spector had said most of the prospective jurors thought he was either guilty or insane and Fidler "doesn't like me."
· Cindy Sheehan arrested at Petraeus hearing. Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Monday in or near the hearing room where Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker are testifying on the situation in Iraq, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.
· Dems join GOP in slamming ad attacking Petraeus. A liberal advocacy group's print ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus drew a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle on Monday. The ad, running in Monday's edition of the New York Times, shows a picture of Petraeus. Bold letters spell out "General Petraeus or General Betray us?" Moveon.org Political Action, which paid for the ad, accuses Petraeus of "cooking the books for the White House."
· County May Jail Parents If Kids Skip School. Parents in the Panhandle may face jail time if their children continue to skip school. Officials in Escambia County are weighing a tough new penalty that says if children have 10 unexcused absences in 90 calendar days, their parents would be put behind bars.
· Kanye West throws another tantrum. Kanye West says he'll never return to MTV. The 29-year-old rapper, who was shut out at the Video Music Awards on Sunday night, threw a tantrum in front of media and crew backstage as the MTV show was ending. "That's two years in a row, man ... give a black man a chance," said West.
· Aldrin: Astronaut Nowak Should Be Admired. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, said the former astronaut accused of attacking a romantic rival at Orlando International Airport should be admired for her nonstop cross-country trip. "I think (Lisa) Nowak should be admired for traveling across the country at night and not getting out of her car to put in gas or go to the restroom," Aldrin said in an interview.
· Dynamite blast on truck kills 23. A truck carrying more than 25 tons of dynamite exploded Monday in northern Mexico, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 140, a government spokesman said.
· Craig Blames Press for His Plea. Sen. Larry Craig should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in a sex sting because he was under extreme stress after being hounded by journalists asking questions about his sexuality, his lawyer argues.
· Foiled Burglar Loses Clothes in Tussle. A man who allegedly tried to burglarize a home lost his clothes in a scuffle with the 69-year-old homeowner and then tried to streak away before he was arrested.
· Racism alive and well in San Francisco schools. Working at Cal's Goldman School of Public Policy, Mandy Johnson analyzed the data from the 2006-07 school year. "The bottom line is that many people do not feel comfortable sending their kids to a school with a lot of African American students." "It's a crying shame. It's terrible. But it is a sad and obvious truth in our schools. And no one wants to touch it."
· Housing Market Slump Forces Couple To Open Brothel. The downturn in the housing market appears to have driven two Westchester homeowners to desperate and illegal measures. New Rochelle Police raided a 3-bedroom home on North Avenue Friday night arresting four alleged prostitutes and the homeowners. The house, they say, had been turned into a brothel complete with heavy shades over all the windows and a red ribbon placed out by the sidewalk to indicate they were open for business.
· Madeleine's parents' return to Britain. The parents of missing Madeleine McCann are receiving legal advice from a lawyer who has previously acted for former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet, it has been reported.
· College alumni prank results in lawsuit. After what appears to be a college alumni prank, two New York men are suing their alma mater over an announcement in the school's newsletter stating that they were "life partners" who had been married. It added that they were leaders of a nonexistent group called the Gay Rights Brigade. The lawsuit declares both men have been harmed by the newsletter's mistake - even though they say there's nothing wrong with being gay.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
· Teen Saves Woman From Train Crash. A teenager was being hailed as a hero Sunday morning for pulling an elderly woman from her car before it was hit by two Amtrak trains in Glenview, Illinois. Seventeen-year-old Thomas Foust rescued the woman from her car after it broke down on the train tracks.
· Missing Maryland Student Found Alive After a Week. James McCormick drove by a ravine near his Laurel, Md., home many times in the week since his 18-year-old son disappeared, oblivious to the fact that his son lay trapped below.
· Mom tries to beat train. Investigators say Edie Bolanos cut through a parking lot in an attempt to beat a train. When she tried to cross the track a freight train hit her car and then pushed it into the path of another train heading in the opposite direction. The impact killed Bolanos' eight and 11-year-old daughters while her two sons survived.
· Appeals Court Tosses Tenn.'s 'Crack Tax.' Tennessee's tax on illegal drugs is "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable," an appeals court declared in ruling the "crack tax" was unconstitutional because it derives revenue from illegal activities.
· Pope blasts Europeans for not having enough children. Pope Benedict XVI blasted Europeans for being selfish and not having enough children, in a sermon on Saturday at the 850-year-old pilgrimage site of Mariazell in Austria. "Europe has become child-poor. We want everything for ourselves and place little trust in the future," the pope said.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Incongruous [in·con·gru·ous] adj. 1. Lacking in harmony; incompatible. 2. Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent: a plan incongruous with reason. 3. Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate: incongruous behavior.
· Wal-Mart doesn't want ammo returned, man returns it anyway. A man fired three shots from his shotgun in a parking lot outside a San Diego Wal-Mart Saturday night. San Diego sheriff's deputies responded to the store on Town Center Parkway, but as of now the shooter hasn't been arrested. 10News spoke with the store manager. He says before the shooting the shooter tried to return ammunition. The store declined to accept the return.
· Ex-Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor Leaves Jail. Former Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong walked out of jail Saturday morning after completing a 24-hour contempt sentence imposed by a judge for lying to the court about critical DNA evidence in the Duke lacrosse rape case. Nifong left the jail shortly after 9 a.m., where he was greeted with cheers and applause by a small crowd of supporters in the lobby. The only heckles came from those passing by, one of whom shouted, "They're hiring at McDonald's, Mike. Get you a job. Thanks for costing us millions of dollars."
· Another embarrassing loss for Michigan. Oregon coach Mike Bellotti posed for a picture on the block M in the middle of the field at Michigan Stadium, a scoreboard looming in the background. ''Make sure you get the score in there,'' Bellotti said. Oregon 39, Michigan 7. Another embarrassment for the Wolverines. Another opponent celebrating at the Big House.
· Celebrities grab fashion spotlight from new talent. Celebrities no longer grace just the front rows at fashion shows but are moving backstage as designers, making it difficult for new talent to get noticed, experts say. Singers Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez, hotel heiress Nicky Hilton and self-proclaimed "first lady of hip hop" Kimora Lee Simmons are showing collections in New York this week, getting attention more for their celebrity status than their clothing lines.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
· Spector prosecutors show animations depicting Clarkson's death. Closing arguments in the Phil Spector murder trial ended yesterday after jurors watched a series of computer-generated animations of how prosecutors say the music pioneer shot actress Lana Clarkson. The Spector figure, sporting a long, white jacket and a long, curly hairdo, then thrusts a gun in her mouth and fires.
· Tryst with judge costs prosecutor. A former prosecutor faces up to a three-year suspension of her law license after admitting to having sex at the Douglas County courthouse with a judge before whom she prosecuted at least two cases.
· Beer Cans Prevent Escape From Fire. A Cincinnati area man who died in a house fire early Wednesday morning may have survived if his escape had not been blocked by a large pile of beer cans. Crews working inside the home found the body of Robert McCarty, 37, shortly after 10 a.m., and investigators said his exit was blocked by a 5-foot tall stack of beer cans.
· 'Do Not Call' list set to expire. The five-year limit was set in place to purge the list of Americans who invariably move or change numbers. But for telemarketers, a lack of awareness about the expiration date signals new opportunity. "Will we attempt to touch people no longer on the list? Of course." says Tim Searcy, CEO of the American Teleservices Association. The "mass expiration," he argues, will also let customers decide whether they want to opt out. "New offers might be compelling after five years," he says.
· Dealer calls cops after pot stash stolen. A marijuana dealer telephoned police after armed thieves stole his quarter-pound stash of pot. The 19-year-old Felton man told police that two men, one of them armed with a handgun, robbed him at gunpoint as he sat in his car on Tuesday night.
· Thief in hospital after attempted robbery of karate school. An armed robber chose the wrong target when he was beaten and hospitalized in an attempted robbery of a karate school in Bucaramanga in north-western Colombia, police said.
· Councilman takes own life in sex abuse scandal. The Chairman of the St. Petersburg City Council took his own life Friday hours after he resigned amid allegations he sexually abused his three adopted daughters, authorities said.
· Aviator's fate puzzles search crews. In their quest to find missing aviator Steve Fossett, searchers have come across uncharted plane crashes six times. But none of the wrecks shed light on what may have happened to the multimillionaire. As the search for Fossett stretched into its fifth full day Saturday, weary rescuers were no closer to understanding where he was flying or where his small plane might have gone down.
· Hagel is calling it quits. Chuck Hagel will announce Monday that he is retiring from the U.S. Senate and will not run for president next year, people close to the Nebraska Republican said Friday. Hagel plans to announce that "he will not run for re-election and that he does not intend to be a candidate for any office in 2008."
· Iran Fined $2.65 Billion for Terrorism. Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 U.S. service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, a federal judge declared Friday in a ruling that left survivors and families shedding tears of joy.
Friday, September 7, 2007
· Settlement Reached In Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuits. The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said Friday that it agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy, the second-largest payment since the abuse scandal erupted in 2002.
· Mike Nifong Mugshot. The disgraced and disbarred former North Carolina prosecutor today walked into a Durham jail to serve a 24-hour sentence stemming from his disastrous handling of the rape case against three Duke University lacrosse players.
· Too sexy to fly. Kyla Ebbert boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Tucson. Before the flight took off, she was escorted into the jetway by a customer service representative, who asked her to change her clothes. She didn't have any other clothes with her - she had no luggage - so the customer service rep told her to go home and change, then get a later flight. [photos]
· San Francisco drafting legislation for ID card for illegals. San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano is drafting legislation to create a city identification card for immigrants unable to get traditional ID cards, a move likely to anger advocates of tougher immigration enforcement. The cards would be accepted by all city agencies and organizations that receive city funding. Ammiano is also trying to persuade financial institutions to allow residents to use the cards to open accounts.
· Greg Norman in $600 million divorce settlement. While Greg Norman was set to celebrate his $600 million divorce with a beer, soon-to-be ex-wife Laura was weeping over the end of their 25-year marriage.
· Duke lacrosse prosecutor reports to jail. The prosecutor who led the now-discredited Duke lacrosse rape case reported to jail Friday to begin serving a 24-hour sentence for contempt of court. The city, meanwhile, was in settlement talks with the three exonerated players.
· Duke Players Seek Money, Reforms. Attorneys for the three players falsely accused in the Duke University lacrosse rape case are seeking a settlement of about $30 million and several changes to the state's legal process, a person close to the case said early Friday. If the terms aren't met, the players' attorneys will file a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Durham early next month.
· Parents suspected in missing girl case. The parents of a British girl who disappeared four months ago will be formally named as suspects by Portuguese police, a family friend said Friday, a shocking twist to a case that has drawn international attention. Kate and Gerry McCann are both due to be questioned Friday over the disappearance of their 4-year-old daughter, Madeleine.
· No scientific evidence linking Spector to murder, jurors told. Lawyers for Phil Spector urged jurors to acquit the music producer of murder here Thursday, insisting there was no scientific evidence linking him to the shooting death of a B-movie actress. In a scathing rebuttal of the prosecution's closing statement, lawyer Linda Kenney-Baden said authorities wanted to convict Spector of murdering Lana Clarkson at his home in February, 2003 because he was a celebrity.
· Couple Used Electric Cattle Prod on Children. An Aiken County couple has been charged with repeatedly using an electric cattle prod to shock two young boys. Kip Smith, 25, and Dana Smith, 30, were taken into custody earlier this week. Kip Smith is charged with two counts of unlawful neglect by a legal custodian and cruelty to children. Dana Smith is charged with two counts of unlawful neglect by a legal custodian. Officers say the incidents happened in June and July. They say the couple repeatedly used an electric hand-held cattle prod on the boys, who are ages 12 and 14.
· Disgraced Dem Donor Arrested in Colorado. Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was arrested in Colorado late Thursday after he failed to show up for a court appearance related to a felony theft conviction. FBI agents took Hsu into custody at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado.
· Woman, 76, found after 13 days lost in Oregon wilderness. A woman who disappeared while on a hunting trip in Oregon almost two weeks ago was found alive Thursday afternoon, just two days before a memorial service was to take place. Ora Doris Anderson, 76, was found "in extremely rough terrain deep in a canyon" in the Wallowa Mountains. The search had been officially called off August 31, and the family had planned a memorial service for this weekend.
· Man attempts bank robbery near police officer. A police officer had plenty of time to get a look at a man who attempted to rob a Metropolitan Bank branch when the suspect first walked right past the uniformed officer — three times.
· Woman accused of giving 9-year-old gin. Police said a 9-year-old girl told them her grandmother poured her two drinks from a gin bottle while she was watching TV. Bloomington Police Commander Jim Ryan said the girl remembers vomiting, hitting her head and blacking out.
· Justice Department report tells of flaws in terrorist watch list. Twenty known or suspected terrorists were not correctly listed on the government's consolidated watch list, preventing their records from being available to the nation's front-line screening agents, according to a U.S. Justice Department report.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
· New Yorker Finds Roommate Dead, Second Time in a Year. For the second time in a year, a man who lives in downtown Manhattan's trendy SoHo district has discovered a roommate dead in the same bedroom. Detectives were questioning a suspect on Thursday in the latest case — the stabbing of a woman whose decaying body was found by the man on Wednesday.
· Apple to give $100 credit to early iPhone buyers. Apple Inc, faced with an outcry from iPhone customers who bought the device before a sharp price cut, will offer them a $100 store credit, Chief Executive Steve Jobs said on Thursday.
· Part of Ohio sex offender law stuck down. A federal judge struck down part of a law barring convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, saying offenders can remain in their homes if their crimes were committed before the law went into effect.
· Larry Craig’s Best Friend: The U.S. Constitution. As word comes of Sen. Larry Craig’s reconsideration of his announced resignation from the U.S. Senate, it turns out that his best ally in getting rid of his guilty plea for his conduct in a Minneapolis airport restroom may be the United States Constitution. Since the senator was on his way to Washington, and cast a vote on the evening of the day on which he was arrested, his arrest and subsequent questioning were, technically speaking, unconstitutional.
· Rabid bear killed trying to enter a home. A rabid black bear trying to rip out a window air conditioner lost its tug-of-war with a terrified housewife when her husband blasted the beast with a shotgun, the woman and a state wildlife official said today.
· Mayor, state legislators arrested in N.J. corruption probe. Eleven public officials were arrested in New Jersey as part of a corruption investigation, the U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday. State Assemblymen Mims Hackett Jr. and Alfred E. Steele, and Passaic Mayor Samuel Rivera are among those arrested, a source in the U.S. attorney's office said. Also arrested were the chief of staff to the Newark City Council president, two Passaic City Councilmen and five Pleasantville school board members.
· Sergeant arrested in K-9 death. Authorities arrested a Chandler, Arizona police officer Wednesday in the death of a police dog that was left in a hot patrol car for more than 12 hours. Chandler police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy was booked into Maricopa County jail in Phoenix on a charge of animal cruelty after a two-week investigation into the death of 5-year-old Belgian Malinois "Bandit."
· Craig supporters call for boycott of Minneapolis airport. Supporters of Sen. Larry Craig with the American Land Rights Association are calling for a boycott of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. The Battle Ground (Washington) based association says airport police who arrested the senator in a men's room sex sting are responsible for weakening private property rights.
· Italian Tenor Pavarotti Dies at Age 71. Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C's and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, died Thursday.
· Thompson Announces Candidacy on Leno. Fred Thompson officially entered a wide-open Republican presidential race Thursday, vowing to invigorate a dispirited GOP and promising to thwart another Clinton from capturing the presidency. "In 1992, we were down after a Clinton victory," Thompson said in a 15-minute Webcast that laid out the rationale for the candidacy he also declared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
· Goats sacrificed to fix Boeing jet. Nepal's state-run airline has confirmed that it sacrificed two goats to appease a Hindu god, following technical problems with one of its aircraft. Nepal Airlines said the animals were slaughtered in front of the plane - a Boeing 757 - at Kathmandu airport. The airline said that after Sunday's ceremony the plane successfully completed a flight to Hong Kong.
· Ace Hardware discovers $154 million accounting shortfall. Ace Hardware Corp. discovered an approximately $154 million shortfall on its books while preparing to convert from retailer-owned cooperative to for-profit corporation and likely will have to restate its financial results for the last five years, President and CEO Ray Griffith said Wednesday.
· Wrong number brings police, arrest. Narcotics officers said Curtiss Randall Coleman, 53, picked up his phone Wednesday afternoon, but instead of 411 directory assistance, he accidentally dialed 911, then hung up. Dispatchers alerted Jackson County sheriff's deputies to the caller's location because they feared someone might be in need of assistance. Deputies arrived at Coleman's home on Mississippi 613 and no one answered the door. Officers broke in and found three people inside. Officers were given consent to search the home and found a methamphetamine lab.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
· Craig Lawyers Ask Ethics Case Be Dropped. Lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig asked the Senate ethics committee Wednesday to reject a complaint based on the Idaho Republican's guilty plea in a police undercover operation in an airport men's room, saying the events were "wholly unrelated" to official duties.
· Anna Nicole Smith Psychiatrist Forced to Close Office Amid Financial Woes. Dr. Khristine Eroshevic, the Anna Nicole Smith pal who allegedly wrote 11 different prescriptions found in the former model's hotel room after her death, was forced to close one of her three Los Angeles-area offices last month.
· Apple slashes iPhone price. Apple cut the price of its top-of-the-line iPhone by $200 on Wednesday and unveiled new iPods, including a model with an iPhone-style touch screen and wireless Internet connectivity. Chief Executive Steve Jobs said the price of an iPhone with 8 gigabytes of storage would drop to $399 from $599. Apple will stop selling the 4 GB model.
· Jurors Hear Closings in Spector Trial. The nine-man, three-woman jury is expected to hear two days of closing arguments by both sides. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he expects the case to be submitted to them on Friday. The judge has ruled that the jury will only decide whether Spector is guilty or innocent of second-degree murder, and they cannot consider so-called lesser included offenses, such as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.
· Oops! Nukes mistakenly flown over U.S. Six nuclear warheads on cruise missiles were mistakenly carried on a flight from North Dakota to Louisiana last week, prompting a major investigation, military officials have confirmed. "This is a major gaffe, and it's going to cause some heads to roll down the line," said Don Shepperd, a retired Air Force major general and military analyst for CNN.
· Democratic Donor a No Show at Hearing. Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu failed to appear Wednesday for a bail hearing and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest. Hsu forfeits the $2 million bail he posted last week. Hsu's lawyer said he doesn't know where his client is. Hsu had been a fugitive in California for 15 years during which time he became a top donor to Democratic candidates, including presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
· Thousands of faulty Chinese-made condoms returned. Tens of thousands of condoms provided free by the District to curb HIV-AIDS have been returned to the health department because of complaints that their paper packaging is easily damaged and could render the condoms ineffective.
· Leonardo DiCaprio's Eco Movie Bombs. It's a good thing Leonardo DiCaprio made so much money from "Titanic" a decade ago. His environmental documentary, "The 11th Hour," has been a total bust at the box office. After 18 days in release, the film has grossed only $417,913 from ticket sales. The 90-minute snore-fest is playing on 111 screens this week.
· New York cabbies strike over new tracking devices. A fight with the city over high-tech equipment has New York City taxi drivers on strike Wednesday. At the 5 a.m. bewitching hour, a significant number of cabbies parked their vehicles for 48 hours to protest new rules requiring New York City cabs to carry electronic equipment, including GPS.
· McCain Answers Age Question From 'Little Jerk.' When a student at Concord High School asked John McCain if he would die or get Alzheimer's disease while in office because he of his age, the 71-year-old Arizona Senator took the question seriously at first, noting "I work 24/7, I'm very active, and people will judge by the rigor and enthusiasm of our campaign" Then, he added in a McCain-like touch. "And thanks for your question, you little jerk," McCain joked, as a crowd of a several hundred in a packed auditorium laughed. He paused, then added "you're drafted."
· Craig rethinking resignation. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening.
· Larry Birkhead to Sue Over New Book. Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern both plan to sue the author of a new book that claims the two men shared a sexual encounter before Anna Nicole Smith's death and worked together afterward to manipulate the media and maximize profits. "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death," by journalist Rita Cosby, hit stores today.
· Mattel Recalls Lead-Tainted Barbie Doll Accessories. Mattel announced its third major recall of Chinese-made toys in little more than a month, including 675,000 Barbie doll accessories, because of excessive amounts of lead-tainted paint.
· Doctor warns consumers of popcorn fumes. Consumers may be in danger from fumes from buttery flavoring in microwave popcorn, according to a warning letter to federal regulators from a doctor at a leading lung research hospital.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
· Lewis Drops an Anti-Gay Slur on Telethon. Jerry Lewis dropped an anti-gay slur - the same one that got Isaiah Washington of "Grey's Anatomy" in trouble - during the 18th hour of his annual Labor Day telethon. He apologized Tuesday for a "bad choice of words."
· Father Arrested After Leaving Toddler in Car at Brothel Parking Lot. An Oregon rugby player remains in jail Tuesday after being arrested on charges he left his 2-year-old daughter in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Nevada brothel on a 95-degree day.
· Search under way for aviation pioneer Steve Fossett and his plane. World aviation record-holder Steve Fossett is missing and a massive search is under way in western Nevada, a Nevada aviation spokeswoman said Tuesday. Fossett, 63, holds the record for the first solo, non-stop, non-refueled airplane trip around the world, set in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer in 2005.
· Whoopi Goldberg Defends Vick on "The View." Whoopi Goldberg started her stint on ABC's "The View" Tuesday by coming to the defense of convicted felon Michael Vick. "You know from his background this is not an unusual thing for where he comes from," said Goldberg. Goldberg pointed out that Vick was raised in the South. "This is part of his cultural upbringing," said Goldberg.
· Truckers help police put brakes on chase. Three commercial truck drivers put on the brakes to help police stop a man who led authorities on a high-speed chase for more than 50 miles. The truckers pulled alongside each other and slowed to about 5 mph, forming a rolling roadblock. The fleeing driver stopped and fled on foot but was quickly captured, Oregon police authorities said.
· Man Charged With Ransoming Mother's Cat. A man has been charged with extorting more than $20,000 from his elderly mother by repeatedly threatening to kidnap her beloved cat and demanding ransom, police said. Garry Lamar, 47, was arrested Friday and released on $200 bail. He has been ordered to stay away from his 78-year-old mother.
· Scientology faces criminal charges. A Belgian prosecutor on Tuesday recommended that the Church of Scientology stand trial for fraud and extortion, following a 10-year investigation that concluded the group should be labeled a criminal organization.
· Device Explodes Outside NYC Studio. An explosive device detonated outside a studio owned by "The Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli early Tuesday, damaging a van but causing no serious injuries, police said.
· Child survives drop from second story. A woman was in custody Saturday after she dropped a child she was baby-sitting from a second-story window, police said.
A teen playing football below caught the 2-year-old before it could hit the ground, and the child didn't appear to suffer injuries, said Springfield Police Sgt. Dan Schrader.
· Spain to authorize straitjackets for illegals. Spain's Interior Ministry will authorize police to dress undocumented immigrants in straitjackets and helmets during repatriation flights, the daily El Pais reported on Monday. Police may resort to the measures when they deem it necessary to protect illegal immigrants from hurting themselves in attempts to prevent their expulsion.
· Californians left in dark as heat wave continues. Parts of Southern California sweltered in triple-digit temperatures on Monday as a heat wave stretched into the seventh day and contributed to power outages that left thousands with without air conditioning.
· Jerry Lewis' Telethon Hits New Record. Showman Jerry Lewis raised nearly $64 million on Monday during his annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, topping last year's event by $3 million.
· Rock stars more likely to die prematurely. Rock stars - notorious for their "crash and burn" lifestyles - really are more likely than other people to die before reaching old age. A study of more than 1,000 mainly British and North American artists, spanning the era from Elvis Presley to rapper Eminem, found they were two to three times more likely to suffer a premature death than the general population.
· Navy Sees Mercy Missions Helping Image. Hellenty Phillips' 6-year-old daughter Marian had a piercing earache, but her family couldn't afford to pay $5 for her to see a doctor. So Phillips turned to doctors and nurses visiting her tiny Pacific island nation on a 10-day humanitarian mission organized by the U.S. Navy. For free, they diagnosed Marian's ear infection and gave her ear drops and Tylenol. Such scenes are being repeated across the Pacific and Latin America this year as the Navy deploys two ships to nearly 20 poor nations to treat ailments and repair infrastructure.
Monday, September 3, 2007
· Spector Murder Trial Headed for Showdown. Prosecutors, haunted by the acquittals of stars such as O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake and Michael Jackson, seem invested in making Phil Spector, 67, the first showbiz star to be convicted in a major criminal case. But his lawyers have fought fiercely to prove Clarkson pulled the trigger. Final arguments are scheduled Wednesday and Thursday and jurors are to begin deliberations Friday. And, like any intriguing murder mystery, the outcome is unpredictable.
· Witchcraft practitioner wins Mega Millions lottery. Elwood "Bunky" Bartlett and his wife, Denise, were on their way to the shop where he teaches Wicca and Reiki healing when they stopped at a liquor store and bought two $5 Mega Millions tickets for Friday night's estimated $330 million jackpot. On Sunday, he said one of his tickets was a winner. "If it wasn't for this place I wouldn't have won the lottery," Bartlett said Sunday at Mystickal Voyage.
· Mexican president: "Mexico does not end at its borders." Mexican president Felipe Calderon blasted U.S. immigration policies, promising to fight harder to protect the rights of Mexicans in the U.S., saying "Mexico does not end at its borders."
· Girl, 13, Found Dead in Arizona Mine Shaft. The unmarked mine shaft was so well-hidden, rescuers searching for two missing sisters walked right by it in the darkness. But in the light of day on Sunday, they were finally able to see the tracks of an all-terrain vehicle leading into the Arizona mine shaft, a 125-foot vertical drop concealed by brush and devoid of signs or barriers.
· 10-year-old boy dies in sand dune collapse. A 10-year old Arizona boy died Sunday afternoon on a Sonoma County beach near Bodega Bay when a cave he and his brother were digging into the side of a sand dune collapsed, burying him under six feet of sand, rescue officials said.
· Child On Scooter Run Over By 2 Cars. A 7-year-old Brooklyn boy has been run over by two cars and is dead. He was riding a scooter in front of his Bushwick, New York home. Cristian Acteopan was playing with his brother Edgar, while their mother Marguerita watched. Both saw the accident unfold. The enormity of the mother's loss overwhelmed her, and she was taken to Kings County Hospital for treatment.
· Pitt and Jolie Ready for Fifth Child. Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie are ready for another child, the actor said Sunday as he was promoting his new film. Pitt and Jolie already have four children including a 15-month-old girl, Shiloh, born to the couple. Jolie has also adopted three children close in age from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.
· 105-pound woman wins wing-eating contest. When it comes to wolfing wings, Sonya Thomas is a wiz. The 105-pound competitive eater who goes by "The Black Widow" bested a dozen beefy rivals Saturday night, scarfing 173 wings in 12 minutes to win the wing-eating contest at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. "That's 5.17 pounds of wings," said Brian Kahle.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
· Anna Nicole Smith book claims Birkhead & Stern were lovers; cut deal on baby, estate. An explosive tell-all book about Anna Nicole Smith's sad demise alleges the two men who battled for custody of her baby girl and control of her fortune were gay lovers. The bombshell allegations about the steamy relationship between the former Playboy Playmate's longtime companion Howard K. Stern and her baby's biological father, Larry Birkhead, come to light in "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death."
· Prank Starts 25 Years of Security Woes. What began as a ninth-grade prank has earned Rich Skrenta notoriety as the first person ever to let loose a personal computer virus. "It was some dumb little practical joke," Skrenta, now 40, said in an interview. "I guess if you had to pick between being known for this and not being known for anything, I'd rather be known for this.
· AIDS in South Africa best treated by garlic and beets, says African president. South Africa's president called critics of his embattled health minister "wild animals" in a remarkable display of support for a woman decried by AIDS activists for advocating beets and garlic as remedies for the disease. The disease has infected an estimated 5.4 million South Africans and kills 900 — the equivalent of three jumbo jet crashes — every day.
· Thousands of Americans Choose Army for $20,000 Signing Bonus. Since the bonus was unveiled in July, more than 6,200 recruits have signed up to begin basic training before Oct. 1, a move that boosts end-of-fiscal year recruiting numbers, Army officials said. "People are calling here saying $20,000 is more than they've made in the past two years," said Staff Sgt. Brent Feltner.
· Nigeria's top musician says piracy is killing music business. Nigeria's Afro and jazz music maestro Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli said Saturday copyright infringement and piracy were killing the music industry and urged the authorities to take action.
· 'No remaining hope' for Utah miners. There is "no remaining hope" of finding six men trapped for almost a month in a Utah coal mine alive, a federal official said Saturday. "Over the past 25 days, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has exhausted all known options in our attempt to reach the six miners," Richard Stickler, head of the agency, said in a statement.
· Police Investigate Sand Castle Destruction. Police in Kittery, Maine are investigating an incident in which two young men demolished a portion of a 15-foot-tall sand castle in front of the Kittery Trading Post that was being used to raise money for a camp for terminally ill children and their families.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
· Homeless Credited With Saving Woman, 93, From Burning Car. Three homeless people who pulled a 93-year-old woman from her burning car Thursday are being credited as heroes. "We just happened to be in the right place. I believe God put us there for a reason," said Renee Streisant, a homeless woman who helped with the rescue.
· Club: Andy Dick groped, offended, urinated. David Stroupe said it was one of the worst experiences with a performer in the history of the Funny Bone Comedy Club.
He was referring to Andy Dick, a former co-star on the 1990s sitcom "NewsRadio," who appeared at the Funny Bone last weekend. Stroupe, the club's managing partner, said the 41-year-old actor-comedian made inappropriate comments while on stage, groped patrons, took women into the men's room and urinated on the floor and on at least one person.
· Sen. Craig Resigns Over Sex Sting. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig resigned Saturday over a men's room sex sting, bowing to pressure from Republicans worried about a scandal dimming their election prospects. "I apologize for what I have caused," Craig said.
· Qwest to let CEO's daughter commute from high school on corporate jet. Qwest amended the employment contract of new chief executive officer Ed Mueller to allow his wife and youngest daughter to use the company's corporate jet without him present, according to a regulatory filing Friday. The change will accommodate his daughter's commute from California, where she is finishing her senior year in high school, to Mueller's new home in Denver.
· Dad of passenger in Nick Hogan crash arrested after hospital brawl. The father of a passenger injured in Nick Hogan's car crash is under arrest tonight, after a "domestic brawl" with other family members at the hospital where his son is being treated, according to a St. Petersburg Police report.
· Swiss Deportation Policy Draws Criticism. The campaign poster was blatant in its xenophobic symbolism: Three white sheep kicking out a black sheep over a caption that read "for more security." The message was not from a fringe force in Switzerland's political scene but from its largest party. The nationalist Swiss People's Party is proposing a deportation policy that anti-racism campaigners say evokes Nazi-era practices. Under the plan, entire families would be expelled if their children are convicted of a violent crime, drug offenses or benefits fraud.
· Former NJ Governor's Wife Recalls Ordeal. Perhaps no one knows better than Dina Matos McGreevey how Suzanne Craig - the wife of Idaho Sen. Larry Craig - felt as her husband insisted he is not gay despite his guilty plea in a police sex sting. Matos McGreevey once stood shellshocked next to her ex-husband, then-New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, as he announced before TV cameras that he was "a gay American" and would resign.
· Lawyer gets 12 years in mistaken slaying. A lawyer who stabbed his neighbor to death because he thought the man had molested his 2-year-old daughter was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter.
· Baby Sitter Accused Of Smoking Pot With Child. A 15-year-old Nassau County Florida girl who authorities say posted a picture on the Internet of her smoking marijuana while baby-sitting was arrested and charged with felony child abuse, the Nassau County Sheriff's Office said.
· Utah mine search halted indefinitely. Federal officials have indefinitely suspended efforts to find six men trapped for nearly four weeks inside a coal mine after a robotic camera failed to provide any useful information, an attorney for the men's families said Friday. "They said, 'We've exhausted the options that we know about,' " said Colin King, an attorney speaking for the families.
· Houston, Brown Battle Over Child Custody. Bobby Brown went to court Friday to seek custody of his and Whitney Houston's teenage daughter. Brown and his attorney asked Orange County Superior Court to dismiss a default judgment issued in December that granted Houston sole custody of 14-year-old Bobbi Kristina.
Friday, August 31, 2007
· Judge Finds Duke Prosecutor in Contempt, Gets Day in Jail. Mike Nifong, the disgraced former Durham County district attorney, was held in criminal contempt of court Friday for lying to a judge when pursuing rape charges against three falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players. Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III sentenced Nifong, who has already been stripped of his law license and has resigned from office, to a single day in jail.
· Consumers Use Web Videos to Fight Back. It used to be, if you were unhappy with a product, you'd write a letter to the company and hope for a response back, maybe even a few coupons. Today, there's a whole new way to express your dissatisfaction: It involves a camcorder and the Internet … and the potential to damage a business with a single upload.
· Police Chief Arrested For Sex Assault On Two Male Officers. Police chief Jose Luis Vela has served the Alton, Texas police for several years, removing criminals off the streets. But on Thursday he was the one placed under arrest, charged with having sex with two of his male employees.
· Mrs. Tennessee Bitten by Rattlesnake. Mrs. Tennessee was bitten by a rattlesnake on the way to rehearsals for the Mrs. America pageant — and was treated on the scene by one of her competitors for the crown, Mrs. Iowa. Christina Ryan, 28, was leaving a breakfast Sunday at the Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel in Tucson, Ariz., when the wily serpent — coiled at the bottom of some concrete steps — struck, biting her on the foot.
· Florida Man Gets 1 Month in Jail for Posting Nude Photo of Underage Ex-Girlfriend on MySpace. A Florida man was sentenced to month in jail Friday for posting nude photo of his underage ex-girlfriend on her MySpace page after she broke up with him. Anthony Rich, 19, pleaded no contest to child abuse and attempted child abuse charges for getting even with the his former lover by digging up a naked picture he took of her when she was 15 and placing it on her page on the popular social networking Web site.
· White House Press Secretary Snow Resigns. President Bush announced Friday that press secretary Tony Snow, who has waged a battle with cancer while manning the White House lectern, will resign and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino. Snow, who had said recently that he would leave before the end of Bush's presidency, said cancer was not the reason he was stepping down.
· Judge says Nowak can remove monitor. Former astronaut Lisa Nowak can remove an electronic monitoring bracelet from her ankle, a circuit court judge ruled Thursday ahead of her trial for allegedly attacking a romantic rival. Nowak argued it was expensive, bulky and uncomfortable. Judge Marc L. Lubet said that didn't matter, but Nowak had behaved well enough over the past 7 months to earn release.
· Officer Suspended Over 'Ghetto Handbook.' A crudely made "Ghetto Handbook" distributed by a Houston school district police officer sparked angry words Thursday from leaders in the district and the community — both because of its language and the fact that no action was taken for three months.
· Embattled Sen. Craig may resign today. Several well-placed GOP sources in Washington and Idaho have told CNN that embattled Republican Sen. Larry Craig is likely to resign soon, possibly as early as today.
· K-Fed's Lawyer Wants Spears to Foot Bill. Kevin Federline's lawyer wants Britney Spears to pay some of her ex-husband's legal expenses in their divorce case, court documents show. Attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said in an Aug. 26 declaration that Federline has "no net income" after various expenses, and that his spousal support of $20,000 a month ends in November. Spears, meanwhile, brings in an average monthly income of $737,868.
· Bush to propose subprime plan. President Bush will direct Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson to team up to help troubled mortgage holders get the services and products they need to avoid defaulting on their loans, the official said.
· Rookie cop who shot himself to death at party was intoxicated. A San Francisco rookie police officer who shot himself to death during a late-night gathering at his San Mateo apartment was legally drunk, toxicology tests show. Officer James Gustafson Jr., 23, shot himself in the neck at 1:40 a.m. during a gathering of as many as 15 people, as he was showing a woman how police are taught to prevent someone from using a gun against them.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
· Intoxicated Woman Let 5-Year-Old Son Drive. Police said an intoxicated mother faces charges after she let her 5-year-old son drive her around. Holly Schnobrich, 24, of Lafayette, was charged with two counts of felony neglect and public intoxication. Before her arrest, a neighbot said "It was just bizarre." I asked, 'Is this toddler driving your car?' She said, 'He's a good driver.'"
· Mexican Trucks Begin Crossing Border Saturday. The Teamsters Union said it has been told by officials in the Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that the first Mexican trucks will be coming across the border on Saturday.
· Duke D.A. pleads not guilty to criminal contempt. Disgraced former prosecutor Mike Nifong pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal contempt charges stemming from his failure to turn over complete DNA testing results during the now-discredited Duke lacrosse rape case. If found in contempt, Nifong could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
· Lindsay Lohan Caught Doing Drugs in Rehab. Lindsay Lohan was caught doing drugs and banging some guy in the bathroom at Utah’s Cirque Lodge facility. She’s also frequently late to meetings and refuses to do any chores or menial tasks.
· Pregnant woman tasered. The Alachua County Florida Sheriff's Office says a Lieutenant didn't know a mother was pregnant when he tasered her stomach. A pregnant Leslie Donaldson says she was trying to help break up a fight between neighborhood kids. That's when the sheriff's deputy showed up. He tazed one of the boys fighting then said he had to taser Donaldson not realizing she was 8 months pregnant.
· Teen Jailed Over TB to Face Deportation. Officials started taking steps to deport a Mexican teenager who was jailed after refusing treatment for tuberculosis. Francisco Santos, 17, has acknowledged to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents that he is in the country illegally, Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said Wednesday. County health officials jailed Santos last week after he refused treatment for an active, contagious case of tuberculosis and threatened to travel to Mexico, a move that could expose more people to the potentially fatal disease.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Nefarious [ne·far·i·ous] adj. Infamous by way of being extremely wicked. Wicked in the extreme; abominable; iniquitous; atrociously villainous; execrable; detestably vile.
· Briefcase thief misses out on $16,697. A Thief stole a briefcase and threw it away without noticing it contained €10,000 ($16,697) in cash, German authorities said today. "I think they'll be annoyed when they find out," said a spokesman for police in the western city of Duesseldorf.
· Where did the money go? The second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina arrived yesterday, with the White House disclosing that U.S. taxpayers have chipped in no less than $127 billion (including $13 billion in tax relief) to rebuild the Gulf region.
· GOP Reeling From Money and Sex Scandals. First came the disclosure that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's telephone number was listed in the records of an escort service. Then Sen. Ted Stevens' home in Alaska was raided by federal agents as part of a corruption investigation. Now Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is recanting a guilty plea that grew out of a police undercover operation in an airport men's room, adding, "I am not gay" for emphasis.
· Armchair quarterback: Va. Tech could have saved lives. Virginia Tech officials could have saved lives if they had quickly issued a campuswide warning that two students had been shot to death in a dormitory and their killer was on the loose, a panel that investigated the attacks said.
· Religious-leaflet dispute settled. Orange County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay $10,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an Orlando woman who was blocked from handing out Christian literature at a county park.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
· Richard Jewell found dead. Richard Jewell, the security guard wrongly accused in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996, has died. He was 44. According to Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley, Jewell died on Wednesday morning due to complications from diabetes.
· Witness: Hogan's son racing before crash. A woman said Hulk Hogan's son was racing another car moments before he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree, critically injuring his passenger. Frances Vitalis, a registered nurse, said Hogan's Supra and a Dodge Viper were revving their engines and racing between traffic signals before the crash. Nick Bollea's passenger, 22-year-old John J. Graziano of Dunedin, remains in critical condition.
· Chewed up Vick cards sell for $7,400. The eBay auction for 22 Michael Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Missouri dogs, ended Wednesday as the winning bidder dished out $7,400 — with the money expected to be donated to the Humane Society.
· Construction crew building fire station start wildfire. A wildfire burned several acres in Emigration Canyon Wednesday morning. The fire was reportedly started accidentally by construction crews building a new fire station.
· Mark Cuban, Wayne Newton try `Dancing.' Is it possible Mark Cuban, Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Wayne Newton can dance? Viewers will find out on the new season of "Dancing With the Stars," which has assembled another eclectic field of contestants.
· CBS sending Couric to Iraq. One year after Couric jumped from NBC's "Today" to CBS in a big-money talent deal, the "Evening News" anchor is embarking on a high-risk tour of Iraq and Syria to revive the broadcast. The announcement comes just days after an Iraqi translator working for CBS was killed in Baghdad.
· N.Y. Principal Creates Stir, Announces Sex Change. Parents and school officials in Ulster County are addressing a bizarre situation after a Port Ewen principal announced he will undergo a sex change operation.
· Man Drives Off With Dead Motorcyclist. A suspected drunken driver crashed with a motorcycle and then left the scene, unknowingly driving away with the motorcyclist's dead body lodged in the rear window of his car, investigators said.
· Robber Wants $4, Waits While Victim Changes $10 Bill. A knife-wielding robber needed only $4, so he refused to take a $10 bill from his victim and waited while the man made change at a pizza parlor, police said. He then took the $4 and ran off, only to be captured a few blocks away, police said Tuesday.
· Spector Appoints New Lead Attorney. Phil Spector's murder trial is entering its final phases with a newly appointed lawyer at the helm of the music producer's defense team. In a surprise development Tuesday evening - a day after the close of the trial's testimony - Spector's wife announced that the producer had hired San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan to replace his ousted lead counsel, Bruce Cutler. Spector's lawyers filed papers Tuesday asking the judge to tell jurors they must find the record producer either guilty or not guilty of murder, with no option to convict him of lesser offenses such as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.
· City Requires $50 Deposit To Put Political Sign In Yard. The city of Clermont, Florida has decided to enforce an old code aimed at keeping medians and yards clear of clutter during the election season, but one man says that law is simply un-American.
· 'Wonder Bread' Baking Operations To Close. Bankrupt Interstate Bakeries Corp., the maker of Wonder Bread, announced on Tuesday that it is closing its four Southern California bread baking operations, including three in the Los Angeles area. The company will continue to bake, sell and deliver its Hostess and Dolly Madison snack cakes and doughnuts.
· $38,000 tunnels to prevent carnage of Canadian salamanders. The federal parks agency plans to install tunnels under a stretch of highway at a cost of about $38,000 to end years of carnage among the long-toed salamander of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
· Astronut May Use Insanity Defense. Former astronaut Lisa Nowak is pursuing an insanity defense on charges that she assaulted and tried to kidnap a romantic rival, according to a document released Tuesday.
· Police log lists "attempt suicide" with Owen Wilson call. Police were called to Owen Wilson's home because of a report of an attempted suicide, according to a police log of weekend calls obtained Tuesday. The log doesn't indicate who made the call, but lists "attempt suicide" as the reason for the 911 call.
· Asst. Principal E-mail: All black Males Must Sit Front Row In Classrooms. An e-mail sent out about helping low-performing students at Ozen High School in Texas caused some confusion Monday. Assistant Principal Elvena Colbert sent out an e-mail stating that all black male students were to sit on the front row in classrooms. Principal James Broussard later sent out an e-mail urging staff to disregard the one distributed by Colbert. Broussard's e-mail explained that the intent was to identify students who received low Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills scores.
· 100-year-old celebrates her birthday by smoking 170,000th cigarette. A woman celebrated her 100th birthday by lighting up her 170,000th cigerette from a candle on her birthday cake. Winnie Langley started smoking only days after the First World War broke out in June 1914 when she was just seven-years-old.
· Teen trades hacked iPhone for new car. The teenage hacker who managed to unlock the iPhone so that it can be used with cellular networks other than AT&T will be trading his reworked gadget for a new car. George Hotz, of Glen Rock, N.J., said he had reached the deal with CertiCell, a Louisville, Ky.-based mobile phone repair company. Hotz posted on his blog that he traded his modified iPhone for "a sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones." "This has been a great end to a great summer," Hotz wrote.
· Thieves Ransacked Home During Funeral. Pat Vermillion says the loss of her mother was bad enough, but coming back from her funeral to find her mom's house ransacked is almost more than the family can take.
· Arrest Clouds Idaho Senator's Future. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who has voted against gay marriage and opposes extending special protections to gay and lesbian crime victims, finds his political future in doubt after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from complaints of lewd conduct in a men's room.
· Still legal for people of any age to get married in Arkansas. Governor Mike Beebe says he's not inclined to call a special legislative session to fix an error in a new law that would even allow toddlers to marry with parental consent. The law was supposed to allow anyone who is pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it. Instead, an extraneous word makes it apply to anyone who is "not pregnant."
· Armed Guard Found Asleep at Nuke Plant. A federal inspector found an armed guard asleep at a gate inside the Indian Point nuclear power plants but officials said Monday there was no security breach. The inspector spent two minutes trying to rouse the unnamed guard Sunday afternoon before the guard "stood up and opened his eyes," said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
· Spector Trial Testimony Ends. The final day of testimony in Phil Spector's trial began dramatically, with the music producer's often-absent lead defense lawyer announcing that he was leaving the case. Later, Judge Larry Fidler told the jurors, who heard form 77 witnesses over the course of the trial, that the evidence in the case was finished. He said final arguments would be presented next Wednesday, with jury deliberations to begin Friday.
· Bush Motorcade Crash Kills N.M. Officer. A police officer in President Bush's motorcade crashed his motorcycle and died Monday, less than a year after a crash in Hawaii killed another motorcycle officer accompanying the president.
· Kangaroo Injured In Low-Speed Chase Through Alps. Skippi, a wily kangaroo on the run since early August was returned to his home at a petting zoo Monday in southern Germany, but not after a chase through the German Alps that left the animal with a strained leg.
Monday, August 27, 2007
· GOP senator arrested for lewd conduct. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men's public restroom, according to an arrest report.
· Unauthorized bio paints Katie Couric as jealous, manipulative, bullying diva. Katie Couric is a bullying diva who capitalized on her status as a widowed mom, a nasty hatchet-job of a new book claims. The most shocking tale in author Edward Klein's unauthorized biography, "Katie: The Real Story," is that Couric's marriage to Jay Monahan was on the rocks long before he died of cancer in 1998.
· Pre-Orders Surge for O.J. Simpson Book. A week ago, Barnes & Noble, Inc., announced it would not keep copies of the new edition of O.J. Simpson's "If I Did It" in its stores, saying the book was not expected to sell well. Since then, the book has jumped into the top 50 on the superstore's online site, Barnes & Noble.com, and ranked No. 48 as of Sunday night.
· Phil Spector's lead lawyer leaves case. Phil Spector's often-absent lead lawyer, Bruce Cutler, announced Monday that he is leaving the music producer's murder case because of "a difference of opinion between Mr. Spector and me on strategy." Cutler made the announcement as the trial resumed for what was expected to be the last day of testimony. It wasn't immediately clear if he quit or if Spector fired him. Cutler had been absent from the trial for many weeks so he could appear on a syndicated TV show.
· Report: Actor Owen Wilson Hospitalized, Treated for Wrist Wounds, Dehydration, Drug Overdose. Wilson was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Health Center after cutting his left wrist and taking an undetermined number of pills. Wilson was discovered at his home by a family member who made the 911 call for help, the tabloids reported. Entertainment Tonight reported that Wilson later was transferred to Bevery Hills' Cedars-Sinai Hospital to undergo detoxification. Unnamed sources said Wilson was "dehydrated."
· Hulk Hogan's son injured in car crash. The son of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan was seriously injured in a car crash Sunday night, police said. A Toyota Supra driven by Nick Bollea was traveling at a high rate of speed at approximately 7:30 p.m., Clearwater Police spokesman Wayne Shelor said. Bollea, which is Hogan's real name, lost control and hit a raised median. The car flipped around, and the back end hit a palm tree. "The car was destroyed," Shelor said.
· Girl Saves 34 From Fast-Moving Fire. A 9-year old girl is being hailed as a hero after saving more than 30 members of her immediate and extended family from a fast moving fire in Paterson, New Jersey.
· Attorney General Gonzales resigns. Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, senior administration officials told CNN Monday. President Bush will likely nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to the position, senior administration officials said. Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, would replace Chertoff, the officials said.
· Self-described pedophile to leave California. A self-described pedophile is leaving California after a judge ordered him to stay away permanently from places where children gather, the man told a TV station for a report that aired Sunday. "I have to leave the state, really, I can't live here under this Orwellian protocol," Jack McClellan told KABC. "It's nightmarish."
· Walrus penis sells for $8,000 at Beverly Hills action. A 4 1/2-foot-long, fossilized penis bone from an extinct walrus sold for $8,000 Sunday at an auction here. The item was sold to the company that runs the Ripley's Believe It or Not museums. "It's definitely something everyone should see once in their life," auction director Josh Chait said.
· Total lunar eclipse early Tuesday. The Earth's shadow will creep across the moon's surface early Tuesday, slowly eclipsing it and turning it to shades of orange and red. The total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, especially in the West. People in the Pacific islands, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand also will be able to view it if skies are clear.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
· NYC Dentist charged with molesting patient. A Brooklyn dentist molested a patient and held her captive for several hours, then tried to buy off the woman's husband so that he would not call police, prosecutors said.
· Miami police chief gets free Lexus for one year "test drive." Police Chief John Timoney insisted Thursday he broke no laws by using a free luxury sport utility vehicle for over a year, but acknowledged it raised ethical questions and said he has paid the full sticker price of $54,000 to resolve the matter.
· Camilla to Be Absent From Diana Memorial. Prince Charles' wife announced Sunday that she will not attend Princess Diana's memorial service this week after criticism that her presence would be inappropriate.
· Film Critic Roger Ebert Bans Use of Thumbs in Film Reviews. — Roger Ebert has a copyright on the signature "thumbs up-thumbs down" judgment that's part of each film review, and has "exercised his right to withhold use of the `thumbs' until a new contract is signed," Disney officials said in a statement.
· Neighbor never saw 'disgusting' interior. The restaurateur who bought a $2.6 million 20-room Saddle River, New Jersey home before authorities found nearly two dozen dead cats and dogs, more than 100 live cats and mounds of feces inside said Friday that he's trying to cancel the deal.
· Falcons want $22 million back from Vick. The Falcons will try to recoup $22 million already paid to suspended quarterback Michael Vick, a person with knowledge of the team's plans told the Journal-Constitution on Saturday. Vick has received roughly $40 million in guaranteed bonuses — and even more in base salary — but teams are only allowed to try to recoup money paid in signing bonuses, per the collective bargaining agreement with the players' union.
· Final bore hole at Utah mine finds no sign of life. A sixth bore hole, drilled into a space where six trapped Utah miners were thought to be working when the mine collapsed August 6, has revealed no survivable space.
· Relatives of missing China miners receive $316 in "comfort" money. State media in China says the families of 181 miners presumed dead after two pits were flooded in eastern China 10 days ago have each received $316 in "comfort" money from local officials.
· $100 Bill to Get High-Tech Face Lift. After six decades in which the venerable greenback never changed its look, the U.S. currency has undergone a slew of makeovers. The most amazing is yet to come. A new security thread has been approved for the $100 bill, combining micro-printing with tiny lenses - 650,000 for a single $100 bill. The lenses magnify the micro-printing in a truly remarkable way.
· Passenger Arrested After Trying to Open Door During Flight. A passenger tried to open a plane door during a Frontier Airlines flight on Saturday morning but was subdued by airline staff and passengers, an airline spokesman said. Police and Transportation Security Administration staff met Flight 514 after the plane landed in New York City and took the man into custody.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
· Sheriff Raids DMX' Home, Seizes Dogs. Sheriff's deputies raided the home of rapper DMX on Friday, seizing several pit bulls and finding the remains of three other dogs. Deputies who served a search warrant at the home Friday seized 12 pit bulls tied up on the property and found the buried dogs when they dug up the back yard. One had apparently been burned and the cause of death on the others was unknown.
· Corporate sponsorship plan for Golden Gate Bridge a touchy subject. Commercial signs could be plastered at the Golden Gate Bridge visitors center and the nearby plaza under a corporate sponsorship plan that took a step forward Friday. The plan is designed to raise millions of dollars to help maintain and restore the bridge. If approved next month, it might also brand the buses and ferries operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
· Balloon fire kills mother, daughter. At least two people died when a hot-air balloon with a dozen passengers aboard caught fire and crashed into a recreational vehicle park in South Surrey, British Columbia. The bodies of two passengers, a mother and daughter, were recovered Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
· Mike Nifong receives expensive bar bill. The North Carolina State Bar sent former District Attorney Mike Nifong a bill Friday for almost $9,000 for a court reporter at three depositions. The depositions, including one of Nifong, were part of the investigation into his handling of the rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players, The Raleigh News & Observer reported.
· Male Teacher Gets 10 Years For Classroom Sex. former high school teacher was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges that he had sex with a 16-year-old student in his classroom. Shawn Trotter, 34, a former history teacher at South Fork High School, had been charged with three counts of sexual activity with a minor.
· Woman Fights 27-Year-Old Speeding Ticket. Janelle Dunklee had been driving without a driver's license for 27 years without even realizing it, reported WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh. Dunklee said she recently got a letter from the Vermont DMV stating that she needed to pay a fine to have her license reinstated.
· Televangelist Loses Show After Muslims Complain. A Christian televangelist who harshly criticizes Islam and other religions said Friday that his late-night program is being pulled off the air because of pressure from a Muslim group. Earlier this month, officials from the Council on American Islamic Relations wrote a letter to the TV station's owners asking for an investigation of the show it broadcasts, "Live Prayer with Bill Keller." In a May 2 broadcast, the televangelist said Islam was a "1,400-year-old lie from the pits of hell" and called the Prophet Mohammed a "murdering pedophile." He also called the Koran a "book of fables and a book of lies."
· 93-Year-Old Charged With Drug Dealing. A 93-year-old man was charged with cocaine-trafficking Thursday, the same day police netted three other people on charges of possessing heroine, opium and a slew of prescription drugs. William C. Tinnen, also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, was jailed before being released Friday on $200,000 bond, said Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department.
· 80,000 cans of Silly String, and no way to get them to Iraq. Marcelle Shriver has about 80,000 cans of Silly String. All she needs is a way to get them to Iraq. For almost a year, the woman has been collecting Silly String to send to troops, who use it to detect trip wires connected to bombs. Shriver, whose son is a soldier in Ramadi, has already shipped about 40,000 cans to Iraq through the military but is struggling to find someone to send another shipment.
Friday, August 24, 2007
· Child killer sentenced to death. John Evander Couey was sentenced to death Friday for abducting, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford by burying her alive. Her father said: "I am grateful for the outcome... but it ain't bringing my daughter back." Jessica was snatched from her bed in Homosassa, Florida in 2005.
· NFL: Vick reprehensible, cruel and suspended. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indefinitely suspended without pay Friday, the NFL said on its Web site. Vick earlier filed court papers admitting being part of a dogfighting ring.
· Campers Tie Alleged Peeping Tom to Tree. A group of campers tied a peeping Tom suspect to a tree, keeping him bound until police arrived. Richard H. Berkey, 63, was charged with private indecency, a misdemeanor. Berkey told KGW-TV in Portland he was surprised by the response. "I just didn't think it was that big of a deal," he said.
· New York cab drivers to strike over GPS tracking. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance - which accounts for more than 8,000 city drivers - is threatening to curb their cabs on Sept. 5 if the Taxi and Limousine Commission does not get rid of their GPS system, which the union says invades a driver's privacy.
· Tech whiz cracks code tying it to AT&T network. George Hotz - pale, skinny, shaggy-haired and brilliant - claims he's won the worldwide race to unlock an Apple iPhone so it can be used with a carrier other than AT&T. The 17-year-old Glen Rock, New Jersey resident posted the complicated steps on his blog Thursday.
· Vick admits dog killing, conspiracy. As expected, NFL star Michael Vick has admitted that he and his co-defendants killed dogs that did not fight well in papers filed on Friday with a federal court in Virginia. In a plea agreement, Vick said he would plead guilty to one count of "Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture."
· Troubled astronut back in court. Former astronaut Lisa Nowak, accused of attacking a romantic rival, asked a judge Friday to let her remove her electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, saying that it cuts her ankle and gets in the way of her military boot laces.
· Nicole Richie sprung from jail in 82 minutes. Nicole Richie was released from jail Thursday after serving 82 minutes of a four-day sentence for driving under the influence of drugs. The reality show star, who checked into a women's jail at 3:15 p.m., was released at 4:37 p.m. "based on her sentence and federal guidelines," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maribel Rizo said without elaborating.
· Meatball / Marijuana Defense Doesn't Fly With NYPD. The New York Police Department fired a veteran counterterrorism detective who flunked a drug test. They said his claims that his wife served him marijuana-spiked meatballs simply weren’t credible.
· Bizarre fire guts Burlington home. A Burlington man is homeless after being on the losing end of a fight with a swarm of bees. The man was smoking on the back porch of his home on Ontario Street Tuesday evening, when the bees flew out of the eaves trough. He flicked his cigarette at the bees, but it lodged in the eaves trough and ignited the leaves and twigs. A fire eventually gutted the home.
· Arrested Woman, 70, Still Faces Charges Over Brown Lawn Despite Apology. The mayor and City Council have apologized to a 70-year-old woman arrested after a dispute with a police officer over her brown lawn - but she has still been charged in the case. Two misdemeanor charges were filed against Betty Perry last week: resisting arrest and violating an ordinance that requires property owners to maintain their landscaping.
· GOP Senator Calls for Troop Withdrawals. Sen. John Warner's call for troop withdrawals from Iraq is likely to ratchet up pressure on President Bush substantially and lend momentum to Democratic efforts to end U.S. combat. Warner, R-Va., former chairman of the Armed Services Committee and Navy secretary during the Vietnam War, said Bush should bring some troops home by Christmas.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
· Teen Dies During YouTube Stunt. A skateboarding teen that died on Wednesday while being towed by a car was recording the stunt to post on the popular video sharing Web site YouTube, Flower Mound police said. Kyle Darroca of Lewisville died at Parkland Memorial Hospital after being run over by the sport utility vehicle that was pulling him.
· Jury brands man sex predator for thoughts. A convicted sex offender whose thoughts and fantasies about children prompted authorities to revoke his parole two years ago now faces indefinite secure commitment for treatment after a jury verdict Thursday branded him a so-called sexual predator in a case that added a new dimension to the 13-year-old law. "He didn't commit any crimes while he was out," attorney Steven Prifogle said of his client Michael Monyelle. "This whole process got started after he told them what he was thinking."
· Update: Lohan Gets 1 Day in Jail on DUI Plea. Lindsay Lohan reached a plea deal Thursday on misdemeanor drunken driving and cocaine charges that calls for her to spend one day in jail, serve 10 days of community service and a drug treatment program.
· Lindsay Lohan Charged in DUI Cases. Lindsay Lohan was charged with seven misdemeanors Thursday stemming from two drunken-driving arrests, avoiding more serious felony drug charges because tests showed there wasn't enough cocaine on her to warrant them.
· Ex-officer indicted in girlfriend death. A grand jury indicted a former police officer on murder charges in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, whose 2-year-old son was left alone in an apartment to tell police: "Mommy was crying ... Mommy's in rug."
· Mercury, Glass Found In Frozen Chicken. A Lancaster County family got a nasty surprise in a bag of frozen chicken, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, when they found Fast Fixin Frozen Chicken Strips contained mercury and glass shards. Agriculture department officials aren't sure how the bag was contaminated, but decided it was an isolated incident and allowed the company to continue selling the chicken.
· School Suspends 13-Year-Old Boy for Drawing Gun. Officials at an Arizona school suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates. The boy's parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted. The drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries or target any human, the parents said.
· NBA co-owner's candor costs him $250,000 fine. The NBA has fined Seattle SuperSonics co-owner Aubrey McClendon $250,000 for comments he made last week about his hopes for moving the franchise to Oklahoma City. According to Seattle-area media reports, the NBA did not specifiy the reason for the fine. In the past, Commissioner David Stern has fined owners for statements and actions deemed not in the best interest of the league.
· Mexico Senate Takes Up Migrant's Cause. A Mexican Senate committee passed a measure Wednesday urging President Felipe Calderon to send a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the deportation of an illegal migrant who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year.
· Former state employee wins $150,000 in reverse discrimination case. Mark Pasternak said he lost his state job helping troubled youths because he couldn’t stand working under a black boss who called him racist names like “cracker,” “polack” and “stupid white boy.”
· Mine could be memorial after final rescue effort. Rescuers trying to find six miners will begin boring a sixth hole down into Utah's Crandall Canyon mine Friday, and the search will cease if no signs of life are found, the coal mine's co-owner said. "I will never come back to that evil mountain," Bob Murray said. Murray said plans are under way to establish a memorial for the missing miners at the site after the mine closes.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
· Lindsay Lohan Not Likely to Be Charged With a Felony. There is a "strong possibility" the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office will not file felony charges against Lindsay Lohan in connection with her two DUI arrests, law enforcement sources said. As for her July 24 arrest in Santa Monica, the D.A. could charge Lohan with felony cocaine possession, and bringing cocaine into a correctional facility — also a felony. But the D.A. is inclined not to file those felony charges either.
· Police Trip To Hooters Leaves N.Y. Town Copless. A group of off-duty police officers are under scrutiny after the Deerpark Town Council says the officers may have put the small Orange County town at risk when they decided to take a group trip to a local Hooters restaurant. On any given night, between 4 p.m. and midnight, the town keeps two of its 18 officers on duty. Last Thursday, however, the town was left vulnerable while three carloads of off-duty officers surrounded themselves with the scantily-clad waitresses at a Hooters 30-minutes away in Franklin, N.J.
· Foxy Brown jailed after probation is revoked. Foxy Brown was hauled off to jail Wednesday after a judge revoked her probation. The 27-year-old rapper was accused of violating the terms of her release after she was arrested earlier this month on charges she smacked her neighbor with her cell phone. Authorities said Brown also skipped her anger management classes and traveled out of the city without permission.
· Representative Accused Of Racism, Meets With NAACP. A state representative accused of offering to pay to perform a lewd act on an undercover officer in a public park is being accused of racism. Tuesday night, Rep. Bob Allen faced the Brevard County NAACP. Allen allegedly offering an undercover officer $20 to perform a sex act. When arrested, Allen told police he only offered the money because he was intimidated.
· Purdue pays teen's parents. The parents of a Purdue University student who was electrocuted in a dorm's high-voltage utility room have agreed to a settlement in which the school will pay $500,000 to the family and $100,000 for a scholarship endowment.
· At least 500 leaks await repair on Boston's $15 billion Big Dig project. About 500 leaks in Big Dig tunnels are awaiting repair, and that number doesn't include leaks being handled by the project's contractors, according to state officials who warn that future leaks are inevitable.
· Pit Bulls Break Into Home, Maul Woman. Two pit bull terriers broke into a house through a pet door Tuesday and attacked a woman in her bed, mauling her badly, a Pierce County sheriff's spokesman said. The woman was able to grab a gun and try to shoot the dogs, then break away from the attack and lock herself in her car, where she called 911. Officers planned to talk to the dogs' owner.
· Charges dropped against ‘pedophile blogger.’ Los Angeles prosecutors have dropped charges against a self-described pedophile who was arrested last week at UCLA after he allegedly violated an order that prohibited him from being within 30 feet of children. Prosecutors opted not to pursue charges against Jack McClellan after they determined the judge who issued the order failed to set a hearing to argue its merits and hadn't given the 45-year-old transient proper notice. McClellan was released from jail today following a court hearing.
· Dirty used chopsticks latest China scam. A Beijing factory recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection - the latest in a string of Chinese food and product safety scares. Counterfeit, shoddy and dangerous products are widespread in China, whose exports have been rocked in recent months by a spate of safety scandals, ranging from pet