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Archive for August, 2012

Debtors’ Prison Is Back, and Just as Cruel as Ever

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, debt collectors in Missouri, Illinois, Alabama and other states are using a legal loophole to justify jailing poor citizens who legitimately cannot pay their debts.  More…

Matthew McConaughey Wasting Away for Movie Role

Matthew McConaughey is usually known for flaunting his buff and topless torso, but it was his startling gaunt new look in NYC on Thursday that had everyone’s jaws dropping.  More…

Coroner: Sage Stallone died of heart attack

Sage Stallone, the 36-year-old son of actor Sylvester Stallone, died of atherosclerosis, which brought on a heart attack, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday. No drugs were found in Stallone’s body other than an over-the-counter Tylenol-style pain medication, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner’s office.  More…

NY priest says child is often seducer in sex abuse cases

A New York priest says he "deeply regrets" if he hurt anyone by his comments that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers and that a first-time offender should not go to jail.  More…

Robin Roberts’ mother dies, ABC News says

The mother of "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts has died, ABC News reported early Friday. Roberts made it home to Mississippi to see her 88-year-old mother, who died Thursday evening, according to the news network.  More…

JK Rowling gets approval to build magical treehouses

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has won permission to build two 40ft high treehouses featuring secret tunnels and turrets in her garden, despite local protests.  More…

Tanning Mom Takes A Drunken Tumble

After getting kicked out of her own roast at a New York City drag queen club, “Tanning Mom” Patricia Krentcil committed an act of indecent exposure on the red carpet when she flashed her panties after taking a fall.  More…

Life will never be the same: ‘Jersey Shore’ canceled

The curtain has dropped on the show that made stars out of Snooki and The Situation, and brought terms like "Smooshing" and "GTL" into the pop culture dictionary.  More…

Actor Sherman Hemsley’s body still not buried

Sherman Hemsley’s body lies in an El Paso, Texas, funeral home refrigerator more than a month after his death while a court decides who gets the actor’s remains.  More…

Pathologist testifies Peterson’s third wife died after struggle

A forensics pathologist has testified at Drew Peterson’s murder trial that he believes the former Illinois police officer’s third wife died after a struggle with an attacker.  More…

A ‘nickel-and-dime’ crime almost 50 years ago gets 68-year-old Wells Fargo employee fired

Sometimes life can turn on a dime. Just ask Richard Eggers, a former Wells Fargo employee. The 68-year-old Eggers was fired by the company’s home mortgage division in West Des Moines, Iowa, in July for a petty crime he committed nearly 50 years ago. He got caught using a cardboard cutout of a dime to run a laundromat washing machine when he was 19 years old.  More…

Obama just killed the muscle car

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Detroit Free Press that V8-powered cars like his company’s Dodge Challenger will become as “rare as white flies” under new fuel efficiency standards announced by the Obama administration yesterday. The new regulations, which will require a fleet wide fuel economy average of 54.5 mpg by the year 2025, will “change the way the industry operates.”  More…

South Texas mayor killed in apparent donkey attack

The mayor of the Hollywood Park, Texas has died after apparently being attacked by a 500-pound donkey on his ranch. Mayor William “Bill” Bohlke was 65 years old.  More…

Yahoo bureau chief: ‘Republicans party while black people drowning’

Yahoo News’ Washington bureau chief was fired Wednesday after he was caught on a hot mic joking that Republicans are "happy to have a party" while black people drown. David Chalian used to work for ABC before moving on to serve as the political director at PBS NewsHour and eventually work for Yahoo News.  More…

Hantavirus warning to 1,700 Yosemite campers

Yosemite National Park is warning 1,700 visitors who stayed in some of its tent cabins this summer that they may have been exposed to a deadly virus. There is no specific treatment for the hantavirus, which has a fatality rate of 30%.  More…