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Saturday, April 17, 2004
· Judge Allegedly Hits On Rape Victim. A judicial watchdog panel will hold a hearing May 24 into allegations a South Gate judge asked a rape victim to dinner after sentencing her attacker to life in prison, the panel said Tuesday.
· Tiger Woods Finishes Training at Fort Bragg. After spending four days at this sprawling Army post, the golf great now knows some of what Earl Woods experienced as a soldier 40 years ago. Woods trained with various Army units, fired weapons, awoke early for 4-mile runs and twice jumped from a plane.
· Security scare: LAX terminal evacuated. Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated late Friday because of a security alert. But the items that raised suspicions turned out to be a palm pilot and a stack of poker chips, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said.
» Airport Marshals Eye Odd Behavior. When someone at an airport is sweating, is it because he's running late or trying to hide something? Could hand signals between people in a terminal be part of an inside joke or a terror plot?
· Robber Called Ahead to Order Heist at KFC. One felony, extra crispy, please." City police on Friday said they were looking for a man who called a KFC restaurant and placed an unusual takeout order - a robbery.
· Jury Deals Government Blow in Qwest Case. Colorado jury failed to hand down a single guilty verdict on Friday in an accounting fraud trial of four former Qwest executives, dealing the government a blow in a case viewed as the start of a sweeping probe of the regional telephone company.
· Work nearly grinds to halt as immigrant-raid rumors circulate. Construction at Houston-area work sites have been nearly brought to a standstill as a result of immigrant workers fleeing - likely after hearing rumors of government immigration raids.
· Drive-Ins the Hot, 'New' Thing in China. Drive-ins, fading into history in the United States, are an exciting novelty in China, whose economic boom is creating an urban class that can afford to buy cars - and wants the newest thrill.
· Accused killer missing from hospital. Accused of murdering his stepfather, hacking up the body and scattering the pieces around Madison County, Alabama, Michael Hart walked away from Bryce Hospital on March 26 and remains on the loose.
· Gout link with beer and liquor, but not wine. For the first time, scientists have documented the age-old belief that alcohol intake increases the risk of developing gout, and that the risk is related to the type of alcoholic beverage that is consumed.
Friday, April 16, 2004
· Mark Cuban interested in 'Apprentice' runner-up. Billionaire Mavericks owner said he'd hire Kwame, who was fired by Trump. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he might hire Kwame Jackson, who was "fired" by Donald Trump on the reality TV show "The Apprentice" on Thursday night, ESPN reported Friday.
· Girl Begged Father Not to Kill Mom. A 9-year-old Spokane girl pleaded with her father not to kill his estranged wife moments before the man's minivan repeatedly drove over the woman, crushing her, police said.
· Stars Raise Cash for George Clooney's Dad. Some of Hollywood's top draws, including Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Renee Zellweger, "Friends" cast member Courteney Cox Arquette and actress Drew Barrymore, are playing supporting roles in the candidacy of a Kentucky Democrat.
· USA Today Web site names wrong 'Apprentice.' USA Today's online edition on Friday featured a draft of a story saying Harvard Business School graduate Kwame Jackson had been chosen for the coveted chance to work for Trump.
· NBC's 'Joey' Likely to Get Thursday Slot. NBC is very likely to give Matt LeBlanc's spinoff series, "Joey," the same Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern time slot that "Friends" is vacating at the end of this season, an NBC executive said Friday.
· Innocent man pardoned in murder after 18 years in prison. A man who served 18 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit has been pardoned by the North Carolina governor and could be eligible for $360,000 in compensation.
· College Student Run Over By His Designated Driver. Police in Indianapolis say a college student was run over - by his designated driver. Police say the 24-year-old student asked his girlfriend to drive after they left a bar in downtown Indianapolis this week. But she was allegedly too drunk to drive as well.
· Mob boss gets 9 years, 6 months in jail. Peter Gotti -- the boss of the Gambino crime family and brother of the late mafia kingpin, John Gotti - was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison for money laundering and racketeering, authorities said.
· NRA to Launch News Company. The nation's gun lobby is creating an "NRA news" company that will produce a daily talk show for the Internet, buy a radio station and seek a television deal to spread its gun-rights message nationwide.
· Millions Dodge Taxes — Legally. Americans will file about 132 million tax returns this year and all will pay less in federal taxes due to three Bush tax cuts. But 44 million people will pay no federal taxes at all — that's the highest number in U.S. history and it translates to 33 percent of all tax filers.
· Hannah quizzed by police. Daryl Hannah has been questioned by police after acting like her Kill Bill: Vol 2 character at the LA premiere. She aroused suspicion by doing kung fu poses and behaving cockily.
· Bill Rancic is ‘The Apprentice.’ Return of Omarosa helped bring down Kwame Jackson. Rancic edged out fellow finalist Kwame Jackson, the laid-back 29-year-old New Yorker and Harvard MBA, for the Trump-described “dream job of a lifetime” and its $250,000 salary.
· Companies cash in on 'Apprentice.' Winner of Trump show will get a Crossfire roadster, while KFC has job waiting for runner-up. The first season of NBC's hit show "The Apprentice" may be over, but other companies are just starting to try to cash in on the popularity of the reality show that concluded Thursday night.
· 92-year-old woman strip-searched at airport. The grandson of a 92-year-old woman says she was strip-searched at Pearson International Airport after returning from a winter in Florida on the same day a family with alleged terrorist links was allowed back into Canada with the federal government's help.
· Scott Peterson Prosecutors To Test Blood In Van. Prosecutors in Scott Peterson's murder trial said they will conduct DNA tests on blood found inside a van that witnesses reportedly saw in the neighborhood around the time his pregnant wife vanished.
· $1.2 million settlement in hockey puck death. The parents of a 13-year-old girl killed by a hockey puck got $1.2 million in a settlement with the National Hockey League and other groups, according to a copy of the agreement made public Wednesday under an appeals court order.
· Lingerie Football series to be reality? The company behind the Lingerie Bowl, in which near-naked women played full-contact football for a pay-per-view audience, is closing in on a deal with Fox Television Studios for a 10-episode reality TV show based on the concept.
· Man Allegedly Steals Taxi To Get To Work. It wouldn't seem unusual that a young Springfield man took a taxi cab to work. The trouble is, he allegedly took the cab from a convenience store - and drove himself to work.
· Marines Investigate Reservist's Photo With Iraqi Boys. The photo depicts a reservist shown with two Iraqi boys - and a sign boasting that the soldier killed one boy's dad - and impregnated the child's sister. A Marine spokesman said the matter is being investigated.
· Update: Scientists find new face on Turin shroud. Italian scientists have found a matching image of a man's face and possibly his hands on the back of the Turin shroud, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, one of the researchers said.
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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."
» Drinkers believe alcohol is healthy. A growing number of people believe that drinking alcohol is good for their health, a study released today claimed.Twenty-six per cent of people questioned said that they drank because they believed it had health benefits.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
· Car crashes after woman gives birth in back seat. A woman gave birth in the back of a car on the way to a hospital, but the vehicle then left the road and struck a utility pole, killing her husband about a mile from the hospital.
· Bill Gets the Job on 'The Apprentice.' Kwame was fired. Bill is hired. "The Apprentice" came to its much-anticipated climax Thursday when Donald Trump chose Bill Rancic, the street-smart 32-year-old Internet entrepreneur from Chicago, to be his apprentice for the next year.
· Schwarzenegger Pals Headline Film Board. Photographers popped their flashes as if at a movie premiere and anxious spectators squeezed to get a glimpse of Hollywood elite Thursday as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced five new appointees to the California Film Commission.
· Courtney Love "owes millions." The trouble-prone musician claims in the upcoming issue of Blender magazine that she has been swindled out of $40 million, while a former business associate says she is in debt to the tune of at least $4 million.
» Courtney Love ordered to stand trial. A Beverly Hills judge ruled Thursday that rock musician Courtney Love must stand trial on two felony drug possession charges despite claims by her lawyers that she had prescriptions for the painkillers police found in her bedroom last October.
· 'Kill mom but don't hurt TV,' teen tells hitman. A Florida teen charged with hiring an undercover policeman to shoot and kill his mother instructed the purported hitman not to damage the family television during the attack, police said on Thursday.
· Firefighters Sentenced To Prison For Arson Scheme. Three volunteer firefighters were sent to prison Thursday for a scheme in which their social hall was burned down so that the department could afford to build a new one.
· Jesse Ventura Considering 2008 White House Run. Refreshed from a semester as a visiting professor at Harvard University, former pro wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he's considering an independent run for the White House in 2008, although he acknowledges that being leader of the free world might be too confining for him.
· Manhattan Apartments Going Up - Average $1 Million. The average sales price for an apartment in most of Manhattan rose to $998,905 in the first three months of 2004, surpassing the previous record of $919,959, set in the third quarter of last year.
· Tom Cruise Raises $1.2M for WTC Workers. An organization co-founded by actor Tom Cruise has raised $1.2 million to expand a treatment program for rescue workers exposed to potentially hazardous materials after the WTC collapsed.
· Cop Takes Doughnut-Eating Prize. A patrolman from Wisconsin left his opponents in a cloud of powdered sugar dust by downing 9 1/2 doughnuts in three minutes to win a doughnut-eating contest for police officers in suburban Chicago.
· Dying driver gets a ticket. A callous traffic agent ignored the pleas of a double-parked Brooklyn driver suffering a fatal heart attack and wrote him a $115 summons - telling witnesses as she walked off, "Just tell him to pay his ticket!" the victim's family charged last night.
· City plans to ID everyone visiting their town. Cameras would record drivers' faces and license plates, and software could use the tag numbers to automatically check - in just a few seconds - whether a motorist is wanted by authorities or driving a stolen car, according to Manalapan, Fla. Police Chief Clay Walker.
· Mike Piazza pops the question. New York Mets star Mike Piazza has just given his former Playboy Playmate girlfriend a $98,000 diamond engagement ring, according to Star People. Piazza, 35, recently gave Alicia Rickter, 31, a five-and-a-half carat princesscut rock and popped the question.
· Fan Falls from Stands Chasing Historic Homer. A fan seeking to catch Barry Bonds' historic 661st career home run fell about 20 feet from the right-field stands out of the stadium and was injured, a San Francisco Giants official said on Wednesday.
· 'I'm just so messed up.' A college student who staged her own disappearance last month will try to reach a plea agreement and avoid trial on charges she obstructed officers, her attorney said today.
· Air America Radio Is Dropped From Stations in 2 Big Markets. Just two weeks after its maiden broadcast, Air America Radio, the liberal talk-radio network, was suddenly taken off the air yesterday by two stations in two of the major markets where it leases broadcast time - Los Angeles and Chicago.
· Latest Nigerian scam: 'Please help the Athens Olympics.' "Too much money has been allocated," it says, "and as a trustworthy person, you've been selected to nominate an account to transfer the remaining $19m into. Please do not go public with this, so as not to jeopardise the hospitals' chance of receiving the funding. For your trouble, you will receive 20%."
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· WWW Internet Inventor Receives Technology Prize. No, not Al Gore... The MIT Scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been awarded the first Millennium Technology Prize.
· Hackers Target Supercomputers. Hackers have broken into some of the world's most powerful computer clusters in recent weeks in an apparently coordinated cyberattack targeting research and academic institutions.
· Nude Photography: The Final Frontier For William Shatner. The "Star Trek" star recently went behind the camera to handle a photo shoot for Playboy.com of Deanna Brooks, Miss May 1998 and found the challenge gratifying.
· 'Bin Laden' Offers Europe Truce. In a recording broadcast on Arab satellite networks Thursday, a man who identified himself as Usama bin Laden offered a "truce" to European countries that do not attack Muslims, saying it would begin when their soldiers leave Islamic nations.
· The Apprentice's Secrets Revealed. So, with the show's two-hour season finale airing tonight, TV Guide Online is firing off 11 things Donald Trump (and executive producer Mark Burnett) would never tell you about the nation's guiltiest pleasure.
· Girl in wreck survives 10 days on noodles, Gatorade. A 5-year-old girl who was found with her dead mother after a car crash that happened 10 days ago was "doing extraordinarily well" at a hospital Wednesday, the girl's doctor said.
· Can 20/20 survive without Barbara Walters? There are precious few associations in all of television more indelible than the one between Barbara Walters and ABC's 20/20 news magazine, returning to Fridays after a four-week absence.
· Star magazine altered Demi Moore's dress. There's actress Demi Moore with her young beau, Ashton Kutcher. He's in a white suit. She's wearing a sexy fitted dress - also white. They appear on the cover of this week's recently renovated Star magazine, which declares: "$1 Million Wedding of the Year!"
· Amazon launches Internet search service. Online retailer Amazon.com quietly launched an Internet search service Wednesday, jumping into a marketplace already crowded with tools and promised offerings from Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft Corp.
· Electroshock Therapy Makes a Comeback. More patients are turning to electroshock therapy again for the treatment of depression and other mental illnesses when medications and traditional psychotherapy have failed them.
· Song with 33 swear words heads for chart top-spot. The track, which has 33 swear words including the word f**k 20 times and six sh*ts, has been described as a ghetto version of Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor.
· Anti-tax author appears in Vegas federal court on tax charges. As millions of taxpayers prepared to meet the April 15 filing deadline, an anti-tax author attempted to argue Wednesday in federal court that no American is required to pay taxes.
· U.S. Acts to End Web Site Tax Scam. The government is asking a federal court to shut down what it charged is a wide-ranging system of tax fraud that has misled about 100,000 taxpayers into taking improper deductions and credits, and has cost the U.S. Treasury $324 million in tax revenue.
· Idaho Hemingway House Remains Closed. Ernest Hemingway's last home is the only one of his three that isn't open to the public - and it might never be if this resort town continues its opposition to making it more accessible.
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."
· Teenager helps fix Microsoft Windows flaw. The teenager who spotted a major security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system, told the company and then worked "round the clock" to correct it, says he never got a penny for his efforts.
· Two Drunken Passengers Arrested At Miami Airport. Five passengers wrestled a drunken man off a jet after he threatened before takeoff to kill someone, and another intoxicated man on a different flight was arrested after tearing up his seat, according to federal charges filed Wednesday.
· Man stole vehicles to run down pedestrians. The father of a man accused of going on a deadly hit-and-run rampage said he repeatedly warned mental health officials that his son was a danger to himself and others.
· Muslim Army chaplain wins adultery appeal. The U.S. Army dropped its remaining charges against Capt. James Yee, the Muslim chaplain once jailed on accusations of espionage while assigned as a cleric for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
· Lowe's Customer Bitten by Rattlesnake. A customer rummaging through the trees at a Lowe's store here was bitten on the hand by an 18-inch eastern diamondback rattlesnake, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.
» Snakebite during service proves fatal to minister. The minister of a Lee County church died early Monday, hours after he was bitten by a rattlesnake during a Sunday church service and refused to seek medical treatment.
· Editors get last laugh on April 1. With headlines declaring that Columbia's Oakland Mills High was changing its colors, getting a Subway sandwich shop in the cafeteria and adding badminton to its sports lineup, the school's latest student newspaper appeared to scoop everyone, including major media.
· Laws fail to put the brakes on Morristown menace on wheels. For nearly two decades, Peter Perrault has been legally barred from driving in New Jersey. But that hasn't stopped him. Since 1985, he has accrued 53 moving violations, four drunken driving arrests, 102 suspensions and a motor vehicle rap sheet that runs 19 pages long, authorities say.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
· Audrey Seiler Charged Over Kidnapping Hoax. Audrey Seiler, the University of Wisconsin sophomore accused of staging her own disappearance last month, was charged Wednesday with two misdemeanor counts of obstructing officers.
· Gibson Wants to Bring Unedited 'Passion' to TV. Mel Gibson's Icon Prods. has quietly started the process of shopping for TV licensing deals for "Passion," which is the first hugely successful film to come down the pike as a true free agent for pay TV and broadcast/basic cable licensing in more than five years.
· Stewart lawyers claim new juror lies found. Pressing again for a new trial, Martha Stewart's lawyers said Wednesday they have uncovered more lies and omissions by one of the jurors who convicted her last month.
· Liberal 'Air America' radio stations pulled. Air America Radio, the new liberal talk-radio network, said its broadcasts in LA and Chicago were shut down after only two weeks, after an Air America check bounced and allegedly in default by more than $1 million.
» Liberal lawsuits already flying. Air America, summarily booted today off stations in Los Angeles and Chicago for reportedly bouncing a check, is seeking a legal injunction that would return the fledgling liberal network to the airwaves.
· Groening to lend his voice to 'The Simpsons.' Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons,'' will make his first guest appearance on Sunday's show. In a scene from the episode, "My Big Fat Geek Wedding,'' Groening, center, as himself signs autographs for fans at a sci-fi convention.
· Heavy social drinkers show brain damage. Heavy social drinkers show the same pattern of brain damage as hospitalized alcoholics - enough to impair day-to-day functioning, U.S. researchers said Wednesday.
· Britney's sick suicide video. Here are the shocking new Britney Spears photos that show the star drowning in a bath with slashed wrists. The scenes from Spears' video have sparked fury from parents’ groups who fear it could lead to copycat suicides. They have branded the singer stupid and irresponsible.
· Kathie Lee Gifford Returns to Morning TV. Kathie Lee Gifford returned to morning talk television Wednesday, co-hosting Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. It was a one-day appearance.
· Scientology critic ordered to pay church $500,000. A former member and longtime critic of the Church of Scientology has been ordered by a Marin County judge to pay the church $500,000 for speaking out against the controversial religious movement.
· Dick Clark Has Diabetes. Dick Clark, renowned as "America's oldest teenager," has diabetes. Clark, 74, has had type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family.
· Town angered over DNA testing of black men. The Charlottesville, VA police department's decision to test the DNA of hundreds of black men in their search for a serial rapist has angered community leaders who view it as racial profiling.
· Child Molester Freed on Technicality in California. A convicted child molester serving a life sentence was freed after an appeals court ruled he never had a chance to confront his accuser - a teenager who committed suicide before the man's trial.
· Rapper Lil' Kim Charged With Obstruction. Rapper Lil' Kim was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit perjury, making false statements and obstructing justice in connection with a 2001 shootout involving her entourage that left one man wounded.
· Ad Draws Big Notice To Little Newspaper. It's not often that The Gabber, a free, weekly, 13,000-circulation little Gulfport, Fl paper makes national news. But when it accepted an ad from a group of local Democrats suggesting that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should be killed - it gets a lot more attention than it wants.
· 'Weird Al' to tour in wake of tragedy. "Weird Al" Yankovic plans to fulfill his touring commitments in the wake of the accidental death of his parents. Nick and Mary Yankovic died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, Calif., home on Friday caused by a fire burning without an open flue.
· Girl, 5, found near car 10 days after crash killed mom. A five-year-old girl is in stable condition Wednesday, a day after she was discovered by highway workers near the scene of a car crash that killed her mother about 10 days ago, according to police and hospital officials.
· Muzzle award winners include CBS and Martha Stewart. CBS Television, which passed on the miniseries The Reagans amid conservative pressure, and an art-wary North Texas police department, are among this year's winners of the dubious Jefferson Muzzle awards for suppression of free speech.
· Ex-cop accused of taking cars at WTC. Ex-cop William Bennette, 52, of Queens, was arrested early Tuesday on charges he stole five U.S. Secret Service vehicles that were part of the agency's fleet at the trade center site. Using phony documents, Bennette, who had been working as a support technician for the Secret Service, transferred some of the vehicles to his family, officials charged.
· Microsoft issues patches to fix 20 Windows, e-mail security flaws. Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, issued patches to fix 20 flaws in its Windows operating system and an e-mail program that could let a hacker take over a computer.
· 'Passion' Soundtrack Certified Gold. The soundtrack to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, according to Integrity Media Inc.
· Alleged Beckham Mistress Defends Story. One woman who claims she had an affair with David Beckham insisted she had no reason to lie, while another was accused by a tabloid newspaper on Wednesday of being a hooker.
· Man who lost 340 pounds inspires others. A man has started a weight-loss ministry called TYJ (Thank You Jesus), featuring what he calls a "12-day, two-day goal," where for 12 straight days, he watches his carbohydrate intake and eats more protein, in addition to drinking lots of water, and then for two days eat regular meals.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
· Bellagio resort hopes to reopen Wednesday after power outage. The famed water fountains outside the Bellagio hotel-casino should resume their dancing spectacle on Wednesday when the resort plans to reopen after a crippling power outage.
· When "Water" Isn't Wet. It looks and acts just like water except for one thing... it doesn't get things wet. The chemical has all the firefighting properties of water, yet it will not cause the damage to items that is usually associated with water.
· Porn profits go mainstream. The pornography business has spread far beyond seedy side streets. Now, companies like Time Warner and Echostar are generating big bucks from the $12 billion adult entertainment industry.
· Sorority women told to lie to give blood. The national office of a sorority whose members were urged in an email to lie about their health to boost a campus blood drive apologized Tuesday. [The college student also needs a little help with her spelling - ed]
· CBS Expects Double-Digit Ad Price Increase. CBS chairman Leslie Moonves on Tuesday predicted double-digit advertising price increases for his first-place network during next month's market for commercial time.
· ABC Taps 'Harry Potter' for Sweeps Week. Not being able to come up with anything on their own, ABC hopes to make ratings magic with a night of television built around the network debut of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
· Jilted chef admits sawing off wife's head. Oscar Pilamunga, a Manhattan chef, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison after strangling his wife, sawing off her head and stuffing her body in a suitcase for threatening to leave him.
· It's Geek-Meets-Grape As Wine Gets Wired. Once, wine meant horse-drawn plows and barefoot workers stomping in a tub. These days, winemakers are more likely to depend on the juice running through their personal computers as they turn grapes into premium vintages.
· Autopsy confirms Yankovic parents died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Autopsy results confirmed today that carbon monoxide poisoning killed the parents of comic "Weird Al" Yankovic in their North County home last week.
Is Clinton to blame for September 11? As the September 11 Commission tries to get to the truth, it is evident there is plenty of blame to pass around. Here's a take on how the strength of Al Qaeda grew during the Clinton Administration — at a time when Bill was pre-occupied with stained dresses and Cuban cigars.
· Google to sell trademarked keywords. Google plans to stop limiting sales of trademarks in its popular keyword advertising program, a high-stakes gamble that could boost revenue but also create new legal problems for the company.
· Crane used to lower 500-pound man from 8th floor. The fire department was called in for an unusual rescue operation Monday, when a man weighing more than 500 pounds had to be removed from the eighth floor of a downtown building.
· Colorado Coach: Partygoers Share Rape Blame. Insisting the University of Colorado football program doesn't condone sexual misconduct, suspended coach Gary Barnett said Tuesday there is "no question" there was misbehavior at a 2001 party at the center of a rape scandal — but that everyone at the gathering shared the blame.
· Student Goes on Trial for Web Terror Charges. A Saudi graduate student accused of setting up Web sites to help Islamic militants recruit followers went on trial Tuesday in a key test of a Patriot Act provision that bars the giving of expert advice to terrorist groups.
· Muslim Man Gets 5 Years For Hidden Razors. A man who arrived at Dallas airport on a flight from Europe with 32 razor blades in his carry-on luggage has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.
· Man pays $1 million for 'lucky' phone number. An online buyer has paid $1.1 million dollars for the cell phone number 135-8585-8585, which has a similar pronunciation in Chinese to 'let me be rich, be rich, be rich, be rich.'
· Woman allegedly poses as Reba's tour manager. A woman who allegedly posed as Reba McEntire's tour manager and persuaded a 77-year-old man to pay her $2,000 for a security job with the country singer has been arrested, officials said Monday.
· Man arrested for making ricin. A Washington state man whose family says may suffer from autism has been arrested for making the deadly poison ricin from castor seeds in his own home, officials said Tuesday.
· Walters to get $6 million for memoirs. The New York Daily News is reporting that Miramax Books has agreed to pay around $6 million for Barbara Walters' highly touted memoirs - the largest advance in the nine-year history of Harvey and Bob Weinstein's publishing company.
· Man's J-Lo plastic surgery. MTV's I Want A Famous Face, where contestants undergo thousands of pounds' worth of plastic surgery to look like their favourite star, has managed to turn up the shock factor another notch by trying to transform a man into J-Lo.
· NASA Workers Afraid To Speak Up. According to a new 145-page report conducted more than a year after the doomed Columbia space shuttle, "Open communication is not yet the norm, and people do not feel fully comfortable raising safety concerns to management."
· Trump rides a monster wave of self-promotion. The real estate mogul may have built his empire with an eye on "location, location, location," but the Trump battle cry now appears to be, "synergy, synergy, synergy," as he rides a monster wave of publicity fueled by the TV show, even as some of his business interests are in a free fall down the toilet.
· Debt takes a holiday as 'clock' is removed. The world-famous National Debt Clock that hung on the side of a three-story building at 43rd Street and Sixth Avenue has been torn from its home of more than 15 years.
· Bushes report $822,126 in adjusted gross income. President Bush reported $822,126 in adjusted gross income for last year, on which he paid $227,490 in federal income taxes - or about 28 percent, according to the president's federal returns released Tuesday by the White House.
· Suspects captured in Blockbuster hostage situation. A robbery attempt at a Blockbuster video store ended early Tuesday when law enforcement officials captured three suspects who were holding 10 hostages at gunpoint.
· 'Jetson' Lifestyle May Not Be Too Far Away. We're closer to the Jetson age than you may know. For instance, there's an iron that reminds you to turn it off. There's an oven that not only cooks, but acts as a cooling device as well. And it can be remotely operated by a cell phone, mobile tablet or Web-enabled command center in case you get inadvertently delayed at work.
· 'He'll come back,' says ex-wife of $30 million man. Nynna Ionson, the $30 million Canadian lottery winner's ex-wife says, `I know he'll come back to me. He'll never find a person more compatible.' [Yea, Right!]
· Tyson's a freak, but boxing needs him now. If all goes according to plan, and it rarely does when Mike Tyson is involved, the former baddest man on the planet will walk into a Phoenix gym sometime this week and begin hitting the speed bag. Or maybe he’ll walk into a Phoenix strip club and begin hitting on the dancers instead.
· Yale rips off Wesleyan College website. In a bold demonstration of originality, common decency and respect for federal copyright law, Yale College Council members have copied a substantial portion of WesMatch without permission and released it to the Yale community as their own creation.
Monday, April 12, 2004
· Ohio Troopers Allegedly Find Drugs On 'American Idol' Bus. Troopers stopped one of Ruben Studdard's tour buses Monday in Cleveland. Studdard was not on the bus at the time, but three people are currently face charges.
· Charge Reduced in Hidden Box Cutter Incident. Prosecutors have reduced the charges against a college student accused of hiding box cutters on four airliners last year to expose weaknesses in airport security.
· Disney's 'Alamo' May Be a Losing Battle. Disney may want to forget "The Alamo." The much-hyped historical film, which cost as much as $140 million to make and market, met box office disaster during its opening weekend, pulling in only $9.2 million.
· Folgers hikes coffee prices. Folgers announced Monday it will hike its food service and office coffee prices by 4 to 6 percent as of May 3. Over the years, Folgers is the first major roaster to raise its coffee prices, and is an indicator of what's to come.
· The Paula Jones Story. Paula Jones is hawking her autobiography, "I Said 'No!': A Case File of Sexual Harassment," in which our plucky heroine will warn fellow victims "what to expect if their harasser is a powerful man."
· Mansion Sells For Record $128 Million. Wouldn't you like to be the real estate agent who got the commission on this one? A mansion in London has been sold for $128 million - the most expensive home purchase in the world.
· Suicide doc Kevorkian expects to die in prison. Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, behind bars for the videotaped lethal injection of a man in 1998, says he expects to die in prison, but has few regrets.
· Father’s lawsuit against Whitney Houston thrown out. Finally, some good news for Whitney Houston. A New Jersey superior court judge has thrown out the $100 million lawsuit filed by the singer’s late father against the troubled diva.
· Car Donation Crunch Worries Charities. Charities fear that potential donors may conclude it's not worth the hassle to donate used cars if Congress follows through with plans to clamp down on inflated tax deductions.
· Indecency Uproar Taming U.S. Network TV. Whether you believe it is a new sexual McCarthyism, or you see it as a long-awaited campaign against programing that's crossed the line into indecency, U.S. television is about to get toned down a notch.
· Anderson and Lee to wed again. According to The Examiner, Ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is planning on wedding former husband Tommy Lee again. The wacky couple wanted the ceremony to be a secret but the news of the impending Las Vegas, Nevada, nuptials has leaked out, according to reports.
· 82-year-old gets to ride shotgun in Indy race car. At age 82, Margaret Ringenberg is living life in the fast lane. She had a chance to fly on the ground over the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
· The secrets of J. Edgar Hoover. J. Edgar Hoover was a powerful man with secrets of his own, including rumors of bizarre sexual behavior. Finding the real J. Edgar has been the passion of author Richard Hack for nearly two decades, leading him to write the book, “Puppet Master: The Secret life of J. Edgar Hoover."
· Defibrillators now required on airliners. Most commercial airplanes now must have cardiac equipment on board to help passengers who suffer heart attacks. The new Federal Aviation Administration rule, which affects about 2,600 airliners, went into effect Monday.
· Microsoft Lawyers Keeping Busy. Today's announcement that Microsoft is paying $440 million to InterTrust mark the second settlement this month by the world's No. 1 software company. Microsoft agreed about two weeks ago to pay Sun Microsystems $1.6 billion to settle a private antitrust suit and resolve patent claims.
· Star Wars tops movie list Stars Wars has been named as men's favorite movie of all time, followed by The Great Escape and The Godfather, the Oscar-winning tale about the American mafia. The women's favorite was Dirty Dancing, with Bridget Jones and Thelma and Louise in second and third spots.
· Hung's CD expected to debut in Top 40. Will William Hung get the last laugh on the "American Idol" judges who booted the 21-year-old University of California, Berkeley, engineering student off the show in January before he'd finished his off-key version of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs"?
· Trump gets big raise for 'Apprentice' work. The Los Angeles Times said Donald Trump confirmed he was making about $50,000 an episode for the current series, and that figure would “at least” double for thr upcoming season.
Trump has sought to trademark his catchphrase from the show, “You’re fired,” and last week NBC said it would sell official “Apprentice” merchandise featuring the phrase, including shirts and mugs.
· Coors to Yank TV Ads Featuring Chairman. Coors Brewing Co. is yanking three televisions ads from the Colorado market that feature company chairman Peter Coors because he plans to run for the U.S. Senate.
· Corporate ties create doubts about network news. Plenty of news divisions and publishers are corporate cousins: Hyperion Books and ABC News; Time Warner Trade Publishing and CNN; HarperCollins and the Fox News Channel.
· Cruise and Cruz back together? Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise are reportedly trying for a reconciliation after their recent split. The Spanish actress flew to be by his side in Berlin where Tom is filming, instead of heading off to her own movie set in Morocco.
· Judge threatens jail for those not responding to subpoenas. The judge in the Scott Peterson murder trial threatened to put a handful of people in jail this morning after defense attorney Mark Geragos said they failed to respond to his subpoenas.
· Scalia apologizes for erasure of reporters' recordings. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has apologized for an incident last week in which a U.S. marshal erased reporters' recordings of a speech Scalia gave to high school students.
· Tough Neighborhood: Chicago installs gunshot sensors. Gunshot detection technology - capable of "triangulating within 20 feet" the location of a shooting - is being added to 30 surveillance cameras already in place on high-crime corners and to 50 new cameras expected to be installed by late summer at undisclosed locations.
· Power failure disrupts flights in L.A. A brief failure of a power line shut down electrical service to the Los Angeles International Airport tower and disrupted air traffic for about 100 flights Monday morning, authorities said.
· Power remains out at top Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino. One of the biggest hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip closed Monday after a main power line failed, forcing the property to relocate thousands of guests.
· Millions At Risk Of Going Blind. More than 28 million Americans over age 40 have eye ailments that put them at risk for vision loss and blindness, researchers say, warning that the numbers will surge as the population ages.
· Blind parents sue state for taking baby. When Pyanne Jordan's first daughter was born, she could barely see the infant. Now she can't see her baby at all, after Alabama's Department of Human Resources' took the baby away and placed her in state custody.
· Virgin Mary statue weeping a hoax. A statue of the Virgin Mary that has been drawing crowds since 2002 when it apparently began weeping rose-scented tears has started crying again, in the week before Easter, its owner said. After analysis, it turns out that the "tears" were a mixture of vegetable oil and rose oil.
· Rebecca won't be Stamos any longer. One of Hollywood's most beautiful couples is calling it quits. A rep for John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos confirms to us that they're separating after five years of marriage.
· Nationwide ban on ephedra goes into effect. A federal judge allowed a nationwide ban on dietary supplements containing ephedra to take effect Monday, turning aside a request by two supplement makers.
· Catastrophe Calculator: Estimate Asteroid Impact Effects Online. Now anyone with a passing interest in the fate of the planet can remove some of the mystery regarding the effects of the next collision. A new University of Arizona web page allows visitors to plug in a hypothetical space rock's size, the visitor's distance from the impact site, and other parameters to generate an outline of devastation.
· Update: Man bets all on roulette... and wins. Last week we told you about the man who sold all his possessions, including his clothes, and was going to roll all $135,300 on his future. Today, the man stood in a rented tuxedo in Las Vegas and bet it all on a single spin of the roulette wheel - and walked away with $270,600!
· Diplomatic spat over airport screening in Miami. A diplomatic spat has erupted between Spanish and U.S. officials after staff at Miami airport insisted on screening Spain's Crown Prince and his fiancee.
· Williams' defense to seek dismissal. judge will consider a motion Monday to dismiss charges against retired NBA star Jayson Williams, accused in the shotgun shooting death of a hired driver, after prosecutors admitted not handing over some evidence to defense lawyers.
· Theft of FBI files 'has makings of Kerry Watergate.' It is believed that the burglars were seeking papers that link Senator Kerry - the Democratic presidential candidate - to a controversial meeting of anti-Vietnam War activists in the early 1970s, at which a proposal to assassinate US congressmen was discussed.
· Celebrity's own epitaphs. Over the years, talk-show host Larry King has asked many of his guests questions all of us have pondered: “What would like your epitaph to read?” Many of those responses are collected in his new book, “Remember Me When I'm Gone.”
A few of the quotes include: Kato Kaelin (OJ Simpson houseguest), "I guess my 15 minutes are up," Yogi Bear, "It's Over," Dave Barry, Peter Falk, Chevy Chase, Jack Lemon, and many others.
· 'Perfect Storm' To Send Milk Prices Soaring. Consumers can expect to pay 50 cents more for a gallon of milk within the next month. Analysts said the hike is the result of a "perfect storm" of shrinking herds, higher feed and beef prices, and some cases of mad cow disease.
· Turin Shroud Back Side Shows Face. The ghostly image of a man's face has emerged on the back side of the Turin Shroud, the piece of linen long believed to have been wrapped around Jesus's body after the crucifixion, according to new digital imaging processing techniques.
Sunday, April 11, 2004
· Parents of 'Weird Al' Found Dead at Home. The elderly parents of Grammy-winning recording artist "Weird Al" Yankovic were found dead in their home, apparently victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said.
· 'Passion' back on top of box office. Easter holiday moviegoers returned Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" to the top spot at the box office after a three-week absence, while Walt Disney Co.'s costly new historical drama "The Alamo" bombed at 3rd place.
Mickelson wins first major. Phil Mickelson's agonizing pursuit of a major ended Sunday at the Masters when he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, a spectacular conclusion to a back-nine duel with Ernie Els. Gone is that ugly streak of being 0-for-42 in golf's biggest events.
· 92-Year-Old 'Career Criminal' Busted On Bourbon Street. A 92-year-old man with a rap sheet that dates back to the 1930s was busted Thursday for alleged illegal gambling and illegal distribution of prescription drugs in the French Quarter.
· Disney to Reshuffle Management at ABC. The Walt Disney Co. is planning a management shake-up at its fourth-place ABC network to stem a ratings slide and placate dissatisfied investors. The moves include the departure of Lloyd Braun, who has served as chairman of the ABC Entertainment Television Group since 2002, according to company sources familiar with the matter.
· Crumbling Wright House Shipped to Pa. A prefabricated home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and threatened with demolition has been carefully dismantled and shipped 570 miles to Pennsylvania for reassembly.
· Hot Tubs to Go — With a Side of Romance. So here's an alternative: Bring the hot tub to you. It's actually possible — and not overly expensive — to make like the rich and famous and experience the luxury of having a hot tub or spa in your own home for the day or weekend.
· Meatballs and Madness Return to 'The Restaurant.' NBC's "The Restaurant" ended its first season with a contrived sense of jubilation. After five episodes of chaos and discord, rats and wretched reviews, mutiny and mayhem, Rocco DiSpirito took the staff of his eatery to the beach and the managers and cooks and waiters and bartenders celebrated the successful launch of Rocco's on 22nd.
· Personalized moon delivery for sale on eBay. Orbital Development of Carson City, Nevada, is looking for interested parties in its MoonCrash Project. For a starting bid of $6 million you can buy a commercial spacecraft project that will go to the Moon.
· Janet Spoofs Super Bowl Flash on 'SNL.' It was inevitable: Janet Jackson spoofing her infamous wardrobe malfunction by flashing a heavily pixillated breast on "Saturday Night Live." The one surprise was the context. Jackson portrayed national security adviser Condoleezza Rice opening her blouse at the Sept. 11 commission hearings, in an opening skit on the comedy show.
· Kutcher ready for fatherhood. Ashton Kutcher, 26, refused to comment on rumors that Demi, 41, is pregnant and the couple are planning a 2004 wedding. He would only say: "Hey, I can't talk about that stuff," but added that he is ready to become a dad.
· Spy agency launches recruiting campaign. The highly secretive National Security Agency is looking to hire 7,500 workers over the next five years in the spy agency's largest recruiting campaign since the 1980s.
· Victoria's Secret Drops TV Fashion Show. Victoria's Secret is dropping its nationally televised fashion show this year, at least partly because of criticism following Janet Jackson's breast-baring faux pas at the Super Bowl.
· As Obesity Surgeries Soar, So Do Safety, Cost Concerns. The number of overweight Americans resorting to stomach-shrinking surgery is rising so rapidly that health experts and insurance companies are increasingly becoming alarmed about the safety, effectiveness and mounting costs of the operations.
· Air marshal leaves gun in airport restroom. A federal air marshal accidentally left her gun in a restroom at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said. Mrs. Fife's first name wasn't provided.
Saturday, April 10, 2004
· White House releases bin Laden memo. The White House declassified and released Saturday the daily intelligence briefing delivered to President Bush a month before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
· What was Oprah thinking? Oprah Winfrey's famously loyal fans are scolding their idol on her own Web site for allowing hated "Apprentice" reject Omarosa [AKA the black bitch] to grace the hallowed TV stage while well-liked castoffs Ereka and Heidi had to sit in the audience.
· Tiger stumbles to worst Masters effort as a pro. Tiger Woods has struggled to his worst Masters showing as a professional, unable to find sufficient form to stay in contention much less the "A-game" to capture his fourth green jacket.
· Seismic Experts Rip NBC Quake Miniseries. An upcoming TV miniseries about an impossibly large earthquake that strikes the West Coast has left seismic experts shaking their heads at what they called gross inaccuracies.
· PETA listens to Bruce and butt's out. "The ad was intended to parody the sad shape a meat-addicted America," PETA execs wrote in a memo. "But Mr. Springsteen's management felt that people might think we are spoofing Bruce himself."
· Prosecutor wants Kobe to enter a plea. Prosecutors, apparently frustrated by the slow pace of the sexual assault case against NBA star Kobe Bryant, accused the defense team of raising “preposterous” issues and dragging its feet.
· American Airlines Passenger Data Disclosed. American Airlines' passenger names and travel itineraries were released to four research companies vying for contracts with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
· Restaurants make low-carb concessions. Low-carb dishes are showing up on fast-food menus across the nation as restaurants seek to tap into the surge of protein-loving consumers. Hardee's offers a low-carb breakfast bowl. Burger King has a bunless Whopper. Subway serves "Atkins-Friendly Wraps."
· Where's Super Millionaire? After much hoopla for Regis Phibin's new Super Millionaire show, the programming idiots at last place ABC apparently couldn't decide whether to overexpose the show again - or drop it. They decided to drop it. Count on ABC bastardizing it again during the May ratings sweep when the network needs it most.
· Prosecution Will Get Michael Jackson Tape. Reversing his previous position, the judge in the Michael Jackson molestation case ruled Friday an audiotape of an interview conducted for Jackson's legal team should be turned over to the prosecution.
· Janet Jackson to Be Live on NBC's SNL. Viewers are used to watching "Saturday Night Live" aired live. Live, as in: as it happens, not five or seven seconds later, once the censors say it's safe for broadcast.
· Strip-Search Hoaxer. The caller to the Phoenix-area Taco Bell said he was a police officer and informed the manager there was a thief on the premises. Someone's pocketbook was missing, the caller said, ordering that a female customer be detained and strip searched in a back office.
· Presidential Hopeful Jailed In Run-In With City Police. An obscure two-time presidential candidate has been jailed without bond on charges of threatening to kill a police officer and the officer's canine partner, after allegedly telling the cop he would "kick his ass and cut off his dog's head."
· David Duke Released from Prison. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke left federal prison in Big Spring, TX yesterday, headed to an undisclosed halfway house in Louisiana. In April, 2003, Duke was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $10,000 for bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes.
Friday, April 9, 2004
· Houston gives free pass to high school idiots. Houston, TX schools are dropping a policy that required city high school students to pass such core courses as English and math before they moved to the next grade, since many struggling students were getting discouraged.
· Former Enron Exec Skilling Taken to Hospital by Police. Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was taken to a hospital early Friday after several people called police saying he was pulling on their clothes and accusing them of being FBI agents.
· Tiger makes move at Augusta Masters. After a miserable, birdieless start yesterday, Woods rallied Friday in the second round, and is 6 strokes off the lead. Palmer plays final round at Augusta, while six-time champ Nicklaus doubts he'll play again.
· Homesick Soldier In Iraq Racks Up $3,000-Plus Cell Phone Bill. A homesick soldier in Iraq who racked up more than $3,000 on his cell phone bill will get a break on the bill - due in part to his father's efforts back home.
· Nichols' wife tells of McVeigh affair. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was a frequent but unwelcome guest at coconspirator Terry Nichols' Kansas home, Nichols' wife said - but apparently was always welcome in bed.
· Student stabbed at least 40 times. An eighth-grader found slain in a middle school bathroom was stabbed at least 40 times, and wounds on his hand indicate he may have tried to fend off the attack, the medical examiner's office said.
· Omarosa's Been Fired Before - Many Times. Her stint on "The Apprentice" wasn't the first time Omarosa Manigault Stallworth heard the words "You're fired." People magazine says she was bounced from four jobs in two years with the Clinton administration.
· Fla. Sheriff, Employee Apologize For Offensive Cartoon. The cartoon depicts a white police character stopping a car for having tinted windows. The windows become clear after six dark characters with exaggerated white lips step out of the car and put their hands up.
· Buffett Makes Burger Eatery Change Name. Lawyers for singer Jimmy Buffett gave a tiny roadside grill called Cheeseburgers 'n Paradise a choice: Change the name or face a trademark-violation lawsuit.
· Apologetic peeping Tom leaves cash, note. An apologetic Peeping Tom in northern Arkansas left a $20 bill and a note for his victim asking if she would not mind if he peered at her outside her window, police said Friday.
· Bryant case could hinge on recording. Shortly after midnight July 2, two detectives with the Eagle County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Colorado mountain resort where basketball star Kobe Bryant was staying to recuperate from knee surgery.
· Officers Seek $310 Million From 3 Bulletproof Vest Companies. The National Association of Police Organizations is seeking up to $310 million in a class action lawsuit against companies accused of making faulty bulletproof vests.
· Martha Stewart lawyers call prosecutors hypocrites. Martha Stewart legal team took her case for a new trial to the court of public opinion on Thursday, bashing federal prosecutors as hypocrites who singled out the lifestyle-trendsetter because of her celebrity.
· Thieves extract cache of novelty Billy Bob teeth. Putting a bite into crime, thieves stole a White River Township man’s pickup truck and cargo trailer Thursday, apparently not realizing that it contained at least 25,000 sets of Billy Bob Teeth.
· James Brown, Wife May Have Second Wedding. James Brown and his wife will likely have a second wedding if she's able to annul her previous marriage, his lawyer said. Tomi Rae Brown has said she was asked to leave Brown's tour of Australia because of claims she was still married to Javed Ahmed of Pakistan when she wed the Godfather of Soul.
· The Women of 'The Apprentice' Cash In. The women from "The Apprentice" are showing off their bottom line. Last woman standing, Amy, and former "Apprentices," Katrina, Kristi and Ereka, reveal what's underneath their business suits.
» Secrets of 'Apprentice.' Here's something that Donald Trump never tells viewers on "The Apprentice": When someone got fired, they didn't get to go home until the show's six-week film schedule was complete.
· Teenager dragged to death by car. A teenager was dragged under a car, run over twice and killed in an altercation between six rival gang members outside a high school, authorities and witnesses said.
· Minister gets 6 1/2 years for three-state bank robbery spree. A minister from Maine was sentenced Thursday to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for committing a three-state spree of bank robberies in which he told tellers he had a gun and made off with a total of more than $13,000.
· Love Child: 'Mom's not a boob.' The plucky 11-year-old daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain has come out swinging in defense of her drug-plagued mom - insisting that Love's outrageous antics are not as bad as Janet Jackson's breast-baring Super Bowl stunt.
Word of The Day by WordThink
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."
· 24 New Molestation Complaints After Arrest of Tigger (Not Tiger). Authorities have received 24 more complaints in the week since a Walt Disney World employee was charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl and her mother while dressed as the character "Tigger."
· Dad wants dead son's marriage to stripper annulled. In a case for both the law journals and the supermarket tabloids, the father of a slain police officer is fighting to have his son's brief marriage to a topless dancer annulled, claiming she lied about her sexual orientation when they were wed.
Thursday, April 8, 2004
· Heroin Overdose Killed "Murphy Brown" Star. An autopsy has confirmed that actor Robert Pastorelli, who starred opposite Candice Bergen in "Murphy Brown," died last month of an accidental heroin overdose. On March 8, Pastorelli's assistant found the 49-year-old performer slumped over on the toilet of his Hollywood home, a syringe sticking from his right arm.
· FCC Fine Prompts Clear Channel to Drop Stern. Federal regulators Thursday proposed $495,000 in indecency fines against Clear Channel Communications for broadcasts by Howard Stern, prompting the nation's largest radio chain to drop the country's best-known shock jock.
· Working for a successful firm is likely to put you in hospital. The adage that success breeds success is undermined today by research showing that working for a thriving organisation is more likely to put you in hospital or leave you with long-term sickness.
· State Attorney Pays Fine For Having Undeclared Guns In Bag. Area State Attorney John Tanner has paid a $2,500 fine for trying to board a flight at Daytona Beach International Airport with firearms and ammunition.
· 'Will & Grace' Star Messing Gives Birth. Debra Messing, co-star of the NBC sitcom, gave birth to a son Wednesday. The baby weighed 5 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19 inches long, publicist Annett Wolf said Thursday.
· Another Billy Bob Baby's on the Way. The 48-year-old actor, already celebrating this weekend's debut of his latest film, "The Alamo," announced Thursday that he and girlfriend, Connie Angland, are expecting a child this fall.
· Hilton's Ex Drops Lawsuit. Months after claiming that he had been viciously slandered by Paris Hilton and her parents, amateur videographer/porn star Rick Salomon has moved to drop a lawsuit against the Hilton clan.
· Dangerous space rocks under watch. They are out there, ready to smack into the Earth and wipe out human civilization, but astronomers said on Wednesday they are well on their way to finding every asteroid that poses a threat.
· Stoplight to punish suburban speeders. In a move unprecedented in the Bay Area, the city's traffic engineers have created a traffic signal with attitude. It senses when a speeder is approaching and metes out swift punishment. It doesn't write a ticket - It immediately turns from green to yellow to red.
· Prince Is Sued Over Airport Incident. A college student has sued Prince and his bodyguard for allegedly assaulting him after he took a picture of the rock star getting off a flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
· N.J. Teen Gets 10 Years for Slaying Plot. The teenage ringleader in an aborted killing spree last summer was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison after telling a judge the plot was "more fantasy than anything."
· A new kind of jolt from your coffee. The Seattle-based coffee shop chain, along with the Jim Beam unit of Fortune Brands Inc., is developing a premium coffee liqueur to be sold in bars, restaurants and liquor stores — but not in Starbucks' 7,800 retail locations, the companies said Thursday.
· Easter Bunny Whipped by Pa. Church Group. A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.
· "No Silver Bullet." Not surprisingly, Condoleezza Rice testified Thursday that no "silver bullet" could have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks but the national security adviser said President Bush from the beginning wanted to eliminate Al Qaeda.
· Baseball's average salaries drop to decade lows - Only $2.5 million. Just a few days into the season, baseball already has produced a startling statistic: The average salary dropped for the first time in nearly a decade.
· Disney roller coaster crashes during test. The Disneyland roller coaster that crashed last year killing one rider had another accident over the weekend after an employee ignored procedures during a reset when no passengers were on board, a park spokesman has said.
· Prosecutors Fight Martha's Retrial Bid. Prosecutors hope to quash Martha Stewart’s bid for a retrial by discrediting attempts by the domestic diva’s lawyers to dredge up damaging details about a juror’s past.
· New Technology to Help Drowsy Drivers. "We've been able to demonstrate that we have the ability to alert a drowsy driver to a lane departure and improve their performance," said Jeff Greenberg, a technical specialist in Ford's research and advanced engineering department.
· One-third of police pursuits nationwide end with the death of a bystander. One third of all high-speed police pursuits nationwide resulted in the death of an innocent bystander, according to a Harborview analysis of nine years of national statistics released Wednesday.
· Puppy pinball. Experts say there are other reasons not to let your pet run loose in the car. Unable to brace themselves against swerves and turns, animals can be thrown into dashboards, windows or floors; if you slam on the brakes at 30 mph, your 50-pound dog could be tossed forward with a force equivalent to almost nine 170-pound men, according to researchers.
· Tiger facing most crucial Masters of his career. Woods' game, once so machine-like, has not been at its very best of late and the consensus seems to be that not only is he not the overwhelming favorite this week, he isn't even the consensus favorite.
· Sir Sean's rude replies leave crowd shaken. As James Bond, and a host of other screen heroes, Sir Sean Connery has always epitomised cool - never shaken or stirred by the awkward moment or a dastardly villain - but in real life, he just appears to be a jerk.
· 'Little Prince' Mystery Solved. It was one of French aviation's enduring mysteries: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the flying ace and author of the beloved tale "The Little Prince," took off on a World War II spy mission for the Allies and was never seen again.
· Attorney seeks media access to Michael Jackson hearings. An attorney for several news organizations asked a judge Wednesday that reporters be allowed to cover court hearings involving the grand jury in the Michael Jackson case.
· Arrest Warrant Issued for Eminem's Ex. An arrest warrant was issued for rapper Eminem's former wife Wednesday, a day after she failed to return to a court-ordered drug treatment program, officials said.
· World's Most Expensive Scotch Available By The Glass. The Borgata hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has decided to offer Macallan Scotch by the glass, where one glass can cost anywhere from $50 to $3,500 depending on the vintage.
· Double or nothing. A British man who has sold all his possessions, including his clothes, will stand in a rented tuxedo on Sunday and bet everything he has - $180,700 - on a single spin of the roulette wheel.
· Gays and lesbians sue New York over marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday it had filed a lawsuit in Albany, New York, seeking marriage equality for 13 same-sex couples in an attempt to put an end to a gay and lesbian "stigma of inferiority."
» The gay-marriage windfall: $16.8 billion. The national debate over gay marriage is still heating up, with no resolution in sight, but if the laws were changed, gay couples currently living together would collectively spend $16.8 billion to get hitched.
· 'You're Fired!' Gets the Boot — Except From Trump. Donald Trump has breathed new life into the phrase "You're fired!" on "The Apprentice." But in real corporate America, those two little words have been left for dead.
· Lawyer Seeks Media Access to Hearings Involving Jacko Grand Jury. An attorney for several news organizations asked a judge Wednesday that reporters be allowed to cover court hearings involving the grand jury in the Michael Jackson case.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Homogeneous [ho·mo·ge·ne·ous] adj. 1. Uniform in structure or composition. 2. Of similar nature or kind: "The corporation maintains tight-knit, homogeneous board members."
· Man with oxygen tank allegedly kills pharmacist. A 73-year-old Kentucky man who has difficulty walking and is tethered to an oxygen tank was arrested Wednesday in the shooting death of a pharmacist, police said.
· The man who stole cars from showrooms to clean them up. An obsessive car thief who valeted vehicles he stole before leaving them for their owners in pristine condition was jailed for six years yesterday.
· New DVD player edits the sex out of movies. Wal-Mart and Kmart, two of the nation's biggest retailers, are planning to sell a new DVD player that includes a technology that has riled Hollywood - a controversial program that can automatically skip sexual content, graphically violent scenes and language deemed offensive.
· Times Square celebrates its centennial. "Times Square is New York," Tim Tompkins, head of the Times Square Alliance, said Wednesday on the eve of the square's centennial, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. hosted a celebration with red, white and blue confetti raining down beside One Times Square.
· Police Officer Kills Dog Of Man Who Reported Burglary. A police officer shot and killed an English bulldog at the home of a man who reported a burglary. But the man says police came to the wrong building - and now his dog is dead.