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Saturday, August 7, 2004
· Brokaw got E-mail death theats. An unemployed computer technician obsessed with child pornography threatened in a flurry of E-mails to kill NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw, Staten Island prosecutors charge.
· Time Warner chairman takes shot at Fox. Time Warner Inc. chairman Dick Parsons Friday described Fox News Channel as "crazy people exchanging views," telling a group of minority journalists in Washington he felt that the channel and his own Cable News Network are two different services.
· Goof deposits bank robber in jail Abraham Aessa may have been the world's dumbest bank robber, but a Queens judge wasn't feeling sorry for him yesterday. Aessa, who gave a deposit slip with his address on it to the teller, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
· R. Kelly Nearly Sweeps R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. R. Kelly nearly swept the fourth annual Billboard-AURN R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, winning seven out of the eight categories in which he was a finalist Friday night.
· Towel found in woman 7 years after surgery. Relatives of a woman whose surgeon left a rolled-up towel inside her chest seven years ago have filed a lawsuit against the clinic where the surgery was performed.
Friday, August 6, 2004
· Paris and Nicky Hilton's Home Burglarized. Police confirmed Friday they were investigating a burglary at the Hollywood Hills home of Paris and Nicky Hilton. US Weekly magazine quoted an unnamed Hilton family member, who said the burglar took off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry and personal items.
· Ex-teacher and pupil she raped can reunite. A judge in Seattle on Friday lifted an order that barred contact between former school teacher and convicted rapist Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau, the now 21-year-old man whom she was convicted of assaulting when he was her student at the age of 13.
· Hacking Attorney Fights Back. The attorney for Mark Hacking said he will raise the issue of mental illness and challenge his client's confession to relatives that he killed his wife, Lori Hacking, and dumped her body in a garbage bin.
· Actress Eartha Kitt Injured in Car Crash. Actress and singer Eartha Kitt, the original Catwoman on the "Batman" television show, suffered minor injuries when the vehicle she was driving collided with another car and flipped over, police said.
· 'Extreme level of violence' in six Deltona deaths. The bodies of six young adults were discovered in a Deltona house this morning, apparently victims of a brutal overnight slaughter. The four men and two women, ranging in age from 18 to mid-30s, did not appear to be related and had not been living at the house long, officials said.
· Fark Sells Out. France Surrenders. Fark.com, one of the most popular news blogs on the Net, has been accused of selling out - allegedly selling preferential placement of purported 'news stories' to the highest bidder - without informing its readers.
· Sharapova Fan Wanted Date. An 18-year-old Russian male who jumped onto the court to invite Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva to dinner was stopped by security guards at the Rogers Cup tournament Thursday night.
· Boss outlines case to dump Bush. Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave readers of yesterday's New York Times newspaper a list of reasons to vote US President George W Bush out of the White House this November.
· Hacking's Dad: Mark 'Snapped.' Mark Hacking "just snapped" and killed his pregnant wife after she learned he had been lying for years about his education and career plans, his father said. He said Mark first denied it, then revealed to his brothers Scott and Lance on July 24 at a psychiatric ward that he had killed his wife in bed while she slept and threw her body in a trash bin.
· Prosecutors remain confident in Bryant case. Attorneys prosecuting Kobe Bryant on rape allegations still have confidence in their case and are still moving forward, a District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.
· Italian-Americans Threaten 'Gotti' Boycott. Italian-American groups are threatening to boycott the sponsors of "Growing Up Gotti," the new reality-TV series about mob daughter Victoria Gotti's family, because it gives Italians a bad name.
» FISCHER FLASHBACK! On a radio show just hours after the September 11th attacks, big mouth chess master Bobby Fischer said: "I want to see the U.S. wiped out!" Fischer continues, "The U.S. and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians for years. Nobody gave a f***. Now it is coming back to the U.S. F*** the U.S.!" Fischer continued: "When I won the World Championship in 1972, the U.S. had an image of, you know, a football country, a baseball country, but nobody thought of it as an intellectual country. I turned all that around single-handedly." [from the book, Americans Behaving Badly, by Jake Easton]
· Police ticket church after noise gripes. A small Elgin, Illinois church that uses electric guitars, drums and a piano during its Sunday services to make a joyful noise for the Lord is in legal trouble after neighbors complained the church was making too much noise.
· Marilyn's lesbian fling. Secret tapes have emerged in which Marilyn Monroe revealed she had a lesbian fling with actress Joan Crawford. The news was revealed by author Matthew Smith, who is currently writing a book on Monroe.
» Three-letter word sparks Scrabble scramble. It wasn't a four-letter word, but it was close enough to cause a stir at the National Scrabble Championship Thursday. In the final round, eventual champion Trey Wright played the word "lez," which is a three-letter slang term for lesbian.
· Defense attorney's nightmare. Police said Thursday they found a chilling "to do" list scrawled on the arm of a 15-year-old girl arrested in the stabbing deaths of her grandparents: "kill, keys, money, jewelry." When two girls were arrested at a beach house on the Georgia coast, police also found three bloody knives and the girls' bloodstained clothes.
· Ferry chief's legal tab is city expense. New York City is not only standing behind the Staten Island ferry director charged with 11 counts of manslaughter, but taxpayers are footing the bill for his legal defense and $88,894 salary.
· Windows Gets Huge Security Boost. Microsoft is releasing the biggest update ever for Windows. The free upgrade is designed to make users safer from cyber-attacks by sealing entries to viruses, better protecting personal data and fending off spyware.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Oxymoron [ox·y·mo·ron] n.pl. 1. A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.”
· Google to delay its IPO. Google will postpone its widely anticipated initial public offering, CNBC's Cory Johnson reported Thursday. The delay comes one day after the popular Internet firm acknowledged it may have illegally issued as much as $3.1 billion in stock to current and former employees.
· Feds Arrest Man in 2001 Anthrax Probe. Federal agents investigating the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks searched homes Thursday belonging to the founder of an organization that trains medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks. He was later arrested in an altercation with family members at a motel, police said.
· Dallas Morning News inflated circulation. The Dallas Morning News overstated circulation for its daily and Sunday editions, and its top circulation executive has resigned, the paper's parent company said today.
Thursday, August 5, 2004
· Mark Hacking Confessed to Brothers. A Salt Lake County judge on Thursday granted an extension until Monday to file formal charges against Mark Hacking in what is now believed to have been the murder of his wife Lori. Hacking's brothers Scott and Lance together were the "reliable citizen witness" police said Mark confessed to about murdering his wife, Scott Hacking told the Salt Lake Tribune.
· Anti-porn group slams Home Depot. Outraged by a recent Playboy.com nude pictorial featuring "The Women of Home Depot," a group of about 20 local anti-pornography activists, clergy, conservatives and citizens gathered in the parking lot of the Farmingdale Home Depot yesterday morning to condemn what they called an endorsement of pornography on the part of the home improvement superstore chain.
· Charlie Daniels Angers Arab Community. Charlie Daniels, the man who wrote and sang "This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag," is drawing heat from Arab-Americans who say it refers to a derogatory term used against them.
· Peterson trial adjourned to test new evidence. A judge Thursday adjourned the Scott Peterson murder trial until Tuesday to allow for the testing of new evidence in the case potentially helpful to Peterson.
· Kobe Judge Issues New Gag Order. The judge in the Kobe Bryant case expanded a gag order after lawyers for Bryant's accuser said she would rethink whether to participate in the upcoming criminal trial.
· Mother-in-law runs over new bride. Saturday, family and friends celebrated the marriage of Kim and Steve Stillwell, a Sheridan couple who had been dating for three years. Sunday, the bride was rushed to Valley West Hospital after being run over by her new mother-in-law while on the way to her honeymoon.
· Raped Pupil: 'I Love Her.' The boy who famously had an affair with grade-school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau when he was 12 is fighting a court order saying she can't contact him as a condition of her prison release.
· 1960s TV host shot on visit to wife's grave. A longtime travel show host was shot in the arm near a cemetery where he was visiting his wife's grave, and police said the gunman returned to the graveyard and killed himself.
· Sleepy 911 Operator Takes A Snooze During Call. A call to 911 is usually a relief that help is on the way - but not in this case. An Annapolis, Ms. woman found herself startled awake - she thought someone was breaking into her home, so she called 911. But as she described the emergency, the 911 operator fell asleep to the point of snoring.
· Case vs. Bryant is tottering. The prosecution of Kobe Bryant appeared on the verge of collapse last night after his accuser threatened to pull out of the criminal case and sue him in civil court instead.
· Judge Pretends To Resign On Live TV To End Hostage Standoff. A judge pretended to resign on live television Wednesday to end a standoff in which a man armed with a gun and claiming he had a bomb held an attorney hostage, authorities said.
· Clooney plays the heavy. George Clooney fans have been warned to expect some big changes the next time they see him on screen. The Ocean's Eleven star is planning to shave his head and stack on 40lbs for his latest role.
· Katharine Hepburn's Conn. Home Sold. Katharine Hepburn's waterfront home in Old Saybrook has been sold to a neighbor who plans to renovate the property, Hepburn's real estate agent said. She wouldn't reveal the sale amount, but said it was under the $12 million asking price.
· Apple Fans Pull for Jobs. News of Steve Jobs' cancer operation has Mac news sites seeing record traffic, forums are bulging with unprecedented numbers of postings, and Apple is being swamped with messages of sympathy.
· Flynt Fans Line Up At Hustler Hollywood. Larry Flynt stopped by his new Fort Lauderdale sex shop Tuesday night and fans lined up. Flynt signed autographs of his new book, "Sex, Lies and Politics: the Naked Truth" at Hustler Hollywood.
· Cruise Passengers Told to Abandon Ship. A thousand cruise-ship passengers got the fright of their lives when a prankster took over the vessel's public-address system and told them to "abandon ship."
· Katherine Harris 'Oops' On Terror. Republican Rep. Katherine Harris said Wednesday she regrets making the claim that a plot existed to blow up the power grid in Carmel, Ind., a notion city officials disputed.
· Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11. A volunteer film-maker MMfixer has produced a revised version of the first 14:34 of Fahrenheit 9/11. The new version includes all the material in the original movie, plus captions to point out where Moore misleads or omits critical facts.
· Peterson Searched Sales Ads for Used Boats. Scott Peterson looked for used boats on the Internet a day after a friend of his mistress confronted him about being married, prosecutors showed Wednesday, apparently hoping to convince jurors that the computer searches were an early step in a plot to kill Peterson's wife.
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
· 'Tigger' Acquitted of Fondling Teen. A Walt Disney World worker who portrayed the character Tigger was acquitted Wednesday of charges he fondled a 13-year-old girl while posing for a photo with the teen and her mother.
· Tampa teacher pleads not guilty to more charges of sex with student. A 23-year-old middle-school teacher pleaded not guilty to two more charges of having sex with a 14-year-old former student, her attorney said.
· 3 Banks Robbed During Bush, Kerry Visits to Iowa. Television station WQAD in Davenport is reporting three bank robberies happened about the same time President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry were speaking at separate venues in Davenport Wednesday morning.
· Mark Hacking Used An Alias. When Mark Hacking was booked into jail on suspicion of murdering his pregnant wife, he volunteered an alias that could open another chapter in his secret life. Hacking offered the alias "Jonathan Long" when a jailer asked him, "Have you every used another name - that could be for anything?" Hacking didn't say why he had adopted the alias or how he used it, and jailers don't ask those questions, Salt Lake County Sgt. Rosie Rivera said on Wednesday.
· Government Gives Nod to New TiVo Feature. Federal regulators on Wednesday approved technology allowing TiVo subscribers to send copies of recorded shows over the Internet, something Hollywood and major league sports leagues oppose. The technology would allow a TiVo subscriber to download broadcasts to a computer and send copies of recorded shows over the Internet to an office or home or to a small circle of friends, as long as they are on the subscriber's registered account.
· Kobe Bryant’s Alleged Victim May Have to Reconsider Testifying. Lawyers for the alleged sexual assault victim of Kobe Bryant say she may have to reconsider testifying against the NBA star at the criminal trial, in the wake of a series of damaging court mistakes that led to her name repeatedly being made public, along with allegations about her sexual history.
» Bryant Defense Expert Points to DNA from 'Mr. X.' Key DNA evidence shows that the 20-year-old woman who accuses Kobe Bryant of rape had sex with another man in the hours after her encounter with the Los Angeles Lakers star, a defense expert has testified.
· Cingular Wireless Can Now Help You 'Escape-A-Date.' Cingular Wireless has taken its Voice Connect service where no other wireless carrier has dared to tread with "Escape-a-Date," one of several new options that are part of the company's Voice Connect line of information services.
· Mary Kay Letourneau Released From Prison. Mary Kay Letourneau, the one-time grade school teacher whose seduction of a 12-year-old sixth-grade pupil launched a thousand tabloid covers, has been released from prison after serving seven years, a corrections spokeswoman said early Wednesday.
· Woman Fired For Eating 'Unclean' Meat. A Central Florida woman was fired from her job after eating "unclean" meat and violating a reported company policy that pork and pork products are not permissible on company premises.
· Father of JonBenet Ramsey loses election bid. Campaign shadowed by daughter's unsolved killing. John Ramsey came up short Tuesday in his bid for a state House seat after a campaign shadowed by the unsolved murder of his daughter, JonBenet.
· Former beauty queen pleads not guilty to killing boyfriend. Former Miss Savannah Sharron Nicole Redmond, 22, was indicted by a grand jury in the death of Kevin Shorter, who was shot during a confrontation December 16 outside the home of his fiancee.
· Spielberg stalls film. Steven Spielberg has postponed his latest film project amid fears that the production could be targeted by terrorists. Vengeance is about the hunt for the Palestinian terrorists who murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich.
· Bands Gather to Stump Against Bush. In an unprecedented series of concerts in nine swing states, more than 20 musical acts - including Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chicks - will perform fund-raising concerts one month before the Nov. 2 election in an effort to unseat President Bush.
· Staten Island ferry indictments. The captain and the pilot of the Staten Island ferry that crashed into a concrete pier last year, killing 11 passengers, will be charged today in a wide-ranging manslaughter indictment, sources said yesterday.
· Terror attack to be in early September. More financial institutions than previously disclosed may be at risk of attack, and an al-Qaida operative has told British intelligence that the group's target date is to hit the U.S. in early September, intelligence sources said yesterday.
· Woman loses two of Jacko's babies. There's a bombshell new development surrounding the California actress who said she's going to make Michael Jackson the father of quadruplets - she's lost two of the babies, according to The Enquirer.
· NBC Dives Into Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Hunt. Sports Illustrated is taking its swimsuit competition to television with a six-episode reality series that will lead to the winner's appearance in the annual swimsuit issue.
· Schwarzenegger:mDad beat me. Action hero turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger has told how he suffered what "would now be called child abuse" at the hands of his father. In a candid interview the Terminator star said he was beaten by his father Gustav - a wartime Nazi party official - to make him "conform."
· President's Daughters Get Ride On Diverted Flight. US Airways confirmed Tuesday that a scheduled flight between Boston and Washington, D.C., was diverted Saturday so some stranded passengers - including President George W. Bush's twin daughters - could get on the plane.
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
· Mark Told Psych Ward Patient He Killed Lori. Mark Hacking told a "reliable citizen witness" in the psychiatric ward that he killed his pregnant wife as she slept, according to a probable cause statement released Tuesday by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department.
· Jury to Hear Peterson Ordered 'Hardcore' TV. Jurors will be allowed to hear testimony in Scott Peterson's murder trial that he ordered "hardcore" adult television programming in the weeks after his pregnant wife vanished, a judge ruled Tuesday.
· Judge Allows Man To Leave Jail After Posting 12 Cents In Bond. A Lake County judge may have set a new record. Donna Miller allowed a man to walk away from the jail Sunday after posting twelve cents in bond.
· Disney's Tigger Costume Entered As Evidence. Prosecutors entered Tigger's costume into evidence Tuesday in the trial of a Walt Disney World worker accused of groping the breast of a 13-year-old girl while posing for photos.
· Bryant judge releases closed-door transcripts. In a glimpse inside the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, closed hearing transcripts released Monday show that a month before the judge cleared the way for the accuser's sex life to be used as evidence, prosecutors told him such a ruling would force them to re-evaulate their chances of winning a conviction.
· Tape Shows Mark After Alleged Murder. Soon after authorities believe Mark Hacking killed his wife, he is seen inside a convenience store, where he repeatedly checked his hands, pulled something out of his watch and apparently avoided eye contact with other customers.
· Intel That Sparked Alert Dates to 2000. U.S. officials say the detailed surveillance photos and documents that prompted higher terror warnings dated from as far back as 2000 and 2001, and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday the government concluded "it was essential" to publicize it and raise the terror alert.
· Meth lab found in church. A trustee stopping to deliver towels at a rural North Dakota church last week wondered why the church doors were locked. Later that evening, congregants expecting a service instead found sheriff's deputies officials with guns drawn.
· Beauty Won’t Spare You Heartache, Says Halle Berry. "Beauty?" ponders gorgeous Berry, who has split from her unfaithful husband Eric Bennet earlier this year - “Let me tell you something — being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory."
· Chappelle (who?) renews for $50 million. Dave Chappelle has signed a massive deal with Comedy Central that will return the comedian's hit series to the network for two more seasons, making Chappelle, 30, among television's top earners.
· Shock Jock Drops Lawsuit Against Listener. Erich "Mancow" Muller sued David Smith in March, alleging his complaints about "Mancow's Morning Madhouse" were "a nuisance, repetitive, malicious, untrue and designed merely for the purpose of harassment" and to cause economic ruin.
· Couple Rushing To Hospital To Have Baby Get Traffic Ticket. "I saw a police car and thought, 'A policeman when you need him, yeah!'" Kathleen Siragusa said. A short seven minutes after arriving at the hospital, Kathleen gave birth to a baby girl. Meanwhile, the officer found her husband and gave him a ticket.
· Al Franken Heads to Cable TV's Sundance Channel. Liberal political humorist Al Franken, once a star of "Saturday Night Live," is headed back to television next month with plans to bring his radio show to the Sundance cable TV channel, a spokesman said.
Monday, August 2, 2004
· Smarty Jones Retired From Racing. The constant pounding Smarty Jones put on his hoofs in a brilliant racing career that brought him within one length of the Triple Crown, forced his retirement from the sport on Monday. Now the horse will make ten zillion dollars a month in stud fees.
· Experts try to save JFK assassination recording. Researchers are trying to preserve and copy the only known sound recording of the gunshots that killed President John F. Kennedy - a recording that has fueled conspiracy theories.
· Scott Peterson Was Going Broke. Scott Peterson's finances came into question Monday as a prosecution witness presented evidence that might support a motive for his wife's murder — he was going broke and getting deeper into debt in the months before his wife was killed.
· New 'Miller,' lighter on the politics. Dennis Miller's show is only 7 months old, but already it has been through a few permutations. Beginning tomorrow, "Dennis Miller" returns at 9 p.m. on CNBC with yet another new and improved version, said the comedian. And the first order of business? Less politics as usual.
· 'Ajax man' actor dead at 75. Eugene Roche, a paunchy character actor who played the kitchen-cleaning "Ajax man" in commercials and had memorable roles in such television shows as "All in the Family" and "Magnum P.I" has died at age 75.
· Airline bounces couple for risque T-shirt. A couple returning home from a Costa Rican vacation was ejected from an American Airlines flight because the man was wearing a T-shirt depicting a bare breast.
· Le taxman is after Drew. Drew Barrymore is being chased by French tax authorities for an unpaid $900,000 bill. The Charlie’s Angels beauty earned more than $2 million filming Ever After in France in 1998. But she failed to cough up any tax and now the FISC — the French equivalent of the Inland Revenue — are turning the heat on her, according to the London Sun.
· After on-air pitch, 'escort' arrested in sting. A North Buffalo woman who publicly pitched an escort service on a radio station when she called to request a song Wednesday was arrested Thursday evening after an undercover sting by Buffalo Police.
· 'GMA' is sooo bus-ted. Charlie Gibson was definitely not a happy anchor when he saw the faraway location that "Good Morning America" producers had chosen to cover John Kerry and John Edwards' Friday departure rally in Boston, especially after the "Today" show's barefoot Katie Couric snagged a live interview with the Democratic nominee and his running mate.
· 'Village' scares up over $50 million in movie debut. Fright maestro M. Night Shyamalan scared up his latest No. 1 debut with "The Village," a tale of an isolated town menaced by bogey men in the woods that had a $50.8 million opening weekend.
· Search On for Missing California Boy. A 9-year-old-boy who disappeared while camping with his family in the San Bernardino Mountains remained missing for a second day, and a friend said his family was concerned about reports that a truck was seen speeding from the area about the time he disappeared.
· His name is Bana.. Eric Bana. Aussie Eric Bana, 35, who shot to fame as the buttonpopping monster, is to take over from Pierce Brosnan as the suave spy with a licence to kill. He beat British actors Jude Law, Orlando Bloom and Ewan McGregor and fellow Aussie Heath Ledger to the coveted role, according to a News of The World report.
· Fischer appeals Japan deportation. Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, wanted by the United States for defying sanctions on the former Yugoslavia, will finalize an appeal on Monday against a decision by the Japanese authorities to deport him.
· Man Says He Will Plead Not Guilty To Manure Incident. Police say Wesley Bono dumped manure at the start of a gay parade route. Thirty-five year-old Bono turned himself in when police issued a warrant for his arrest. "Under the first amendment - a man is allowed to protest. That's what I was doing," Bono said.
· Riddle of Mona Lisa is finally solved: she was the mother of five. After four centuries in which historians have debated the identity of the artist's subject - with theories ranging from his mother to a Florentine prostitute - new research has supported the claim first made in 1550: that she was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy silk merchant, and mother of five children.
· Vodka Flavor Provides Taste Of Personality. Dr. Allen Hirsch says drinkers who favor vanilla vodka are impetuous grudge holders who love to bask in the limelight. Meanwhile, those who order raspberry-flavored vodka are charming perfectionists who like challenges but freeze up in front of large groups.
· Mary Kay's secret prison note. Seattle teacher temptress Mary Kay Letourneau teased and taunted her schoolboy lover from behind bars, sending letters to him boasting of a steamy sex romp with a prison guard and her flirtations with lesbian inmates.
Sunday, August 1, 2004
· Hacking family says 'don't bother searching for Lori.' The families of Mark and Lori Hacking issued a statement late Saturday saying Mark Hacking had provided information that makes a volunteer search for his missing wife unnecessary. Police are now more certain missing pregnant woman Lori Hacking was killed after recovering a mattress belonging to her and her husband.
· Bogus Clinton Book on Sale in China. Alfred A. Knopf, publishers of Bill Clinton's best-selling "My Life," say they haven't yet sold the Chinese-language rights to China. So China's copyright thieves have struck again, concocting their own versions.
· Terrorists welcome at ACLU. The ACLU withdrew from a program yesterday that allows federal workers and military personnel to contribute to charities because it requires participating nonprofit groups to check their employees' names against a government watch list of suspected terrorists.
· Government raises threat level to orange for some cities. The government has raised the threat level in Washington DC and New York City primarily for financial companies, according to Homeland Security Department chief Tom Ridge. And if you live in those cities, what should you do? As usual, HSD is never specific. [something about put your head between your legs and...]
· Apple CEO Jobs Has Cancer Surgery. Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs has had successful surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, the company's co-founder told employees in a company-wide e-mail on Sunday that was made available to Reuters.
· Bailout feared in airline pension crisis. In an echo of the savings and loan industry collapse of the 1980s, the federal agency that insures company pensions is facing a possible cascade of bankruptcies and pension defaults in the airline industry that some experts fear could lead to another multibillion-dollar taxpayer bailout.
· Ben Affleck: Better late than never? Tabloid Column brought you this story last year, but it's time to revisit the Hollywood hypocrisy... The same Ben Affleck that discussed a future run for congress in a February 2003 interview with Vanity Fair, and the same Ben affleck who has recently been getting over-exposed by John Kerry - and Al Gore four years earlier - didn't even bother to register to vote until last year. According to voting records obtained by The Smoking Gun, Affleck has only voted once in the past ten years.
· Halliburton sues 3 over retiree complaints In a not-so-smart public relations move, Halliburton Co. is suing three retired executives who complained about a company plan to stop providing health insurance for retirees eligible for Medicare.
· Diapers, dogs blamed for Diana fountain woes. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell criticized the people who dropped litter, including diapers, in the Princess Diana memorial fountain in London's Hyde Park and allowed their dogs into the water.
· Halle Sharpens Her Claws on Sharon Stone. Halle complained that the 46-year-old diva was "a pain in the ass" - imperiously demanding everything her way from Day One. Stone further infuriated Halle and studio execs by refusing to plug "Catwoman" on anything but top-tier TV shows like Leno or Letterman.
· Hollywood stalkers. When Zeta-Jones testified against her alleged stalker, Dawnette Knight, in a Los Angeles courtroom last week, she was following the lead of Steven Spielberg, director of her film "The Terminal," who took the stand against his own stalker in 1997. Jonathan Norman was arrested lurking near Spielberg's home carrying a "rape kit" of duct tape, knife and handcuffs. Spielberg told an L.A.
· Pharmacy sells prescriptions to unsinsured at no profit. One of Texas' oldest drugstores is selling prescriptions at no profit to uninsured and underinsured customers, a move some industry experts called unprecedented.
· Lance Armstrong Wristbands Become Hot Fashion Item. President George W. Bush and John Kerry both wear one. So do movie stars and athletes. One of the hottest fashion trends in America is the "Live Strong" yellow wristband produced by the Lance Armstrong Foundation -- the cycling superstar's cancer-fighting organization.
· Alcohol sharpens your brain, say researchers. It is news guaranteed to raise a cheer among those who enjoy a glass or two: drinking half a bottle of wine a day can make your brain work better, especially if you are a woman.
· Evel's son shows he's got the ride stuff. It was deja-vroom on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid last night. "Kaptain" Robbie Knievel, son of famed daredevil Evel Knievel, jumped over two helicopters and five planes on the deck of the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Disingenuous [dis·in·gen·u·ous] adj. Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating. 'It was disingenuous of her to claim she had no financial interest in the legal case.'
· Schwarzenegger signs a $105 billion budget. Amid much fanfare inside the Capitol's historic rotunda, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a $105 billion budget package Saturday that he celebrated for imposing no new taxes while balancing spending with income.
· Weapon that killed Mussolini found. A submachine gun in a museum in Albania has been identified as that used to execute Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in 1945, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported today.
· Restaurant bans those under 25. Jim Andres, owner of the new barbecue eatery and bar at 75 Coville St., set the unusual age restriction to avoid the undesirable behaviors of two subsets of customers: screaming or crying children and irresponsible younger drinkers. “We simply don't want to deal with it.”
· Carter Doesn't Regret Paris Hilton Tattoo. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, 24, got "Paris" tattooed on his wrist, People magazine reports. Carter says he's has no regrets about the untimely ink "because I love her. She'll have a place in my heart, always."
· Kmart Settles Lawsuit Over Sale Of Gun To Mentally Ill Man Retail giant Kmart has reached a confidential settlement in a lawsuit over the sale of a gun to a schizophrenic Park City man who used it to commit suicide.
· Harley riders claim ride-through record. A restaurant in the central Australian city of Alice Springs claims it has set a world record after 127 Harley Davidsons rode in its back door and out the front entrance.