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Saturday, February 7, 2004
· Colorado coach says football "sex" parties needed. The head football coach at the University of Colorado has told a former colleague it would be harder to recruit star athletes if the school did not show them a good time and take them to sex parties.
· Paris Hilton Sues Over Internet Sex Tape. Reality TV star Paris Hilton has sued a Panama-based Internet company for $30 million, claiming that it illegally distributed a now-infamous tape of her having sex with an ex-boyfriend.
· Woman opens fire on intruder. Firing nine rounds from two handguns, a 53-year-old Rancho Cordova woman fended off an intruder. The reason for all the shots? "I was trying to miss my furniture," the woman said.
· Schwarzenegger's Janet Jackson Joke a Bust. Speaking to a group of top corporate executives in San Jose, Calif., Gov. Schwarzenegger said: "People are poor in this state now. With the economy going down, people have no clothes anymore. Look what happened to Janet Jackson."
· Janet Jackson reinvited to Grammys - with one condition. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake have been invited back to Sunday’s Grammy telecast on CBS, with the proviso that each of them must issue a one-sentence apology on screen about their actions at the Super Bowl half time show last Sunday.
» Fetish shop that sold outfit angry over stunt. DeMask, of Manhattan, New York, say it made it look as if her bustier was flimsy: "There's no way it would have ripped that way. They took off the studs that kept the cup in place and replaced them with snaps so the top could just come off," Manager Sam Hill said.
· Snowboarder out of hospital after Letterman stunt. The snowboarder who was injured while performing a stunt for the "Late Show with David Letterman" was released from the hospital Friday - which Letterman called a "happy ending" to an otherwise harrowing ordeal.
· Eminem's Ex-Wife Jailed for Cocaine Use. The ex-wife of rapper Eminem was ordered jailed without bond Friday after admitting to her probation officer that she was using cocaine, state prison officials said.
Friday, February 6, 2004
· Washington Post lets domain name expire. The e-mail system for writers and editors at The Washington Post failed Thursday for hours because the newspaper did not renew its Internet address, the company said.
· Electrified Spot On Sidewalk Kills Dog. The Charlestown, Mass. power company said its investigation is still in the early stages, but officials admitted about 100 volts of electricity came up through the pavement. "Suddenly, without any warning, on the sidewalk he froze, his legs stiffened and then he began howling and screeching. He went into horrible convulsions," said owner George Morton.
· TiVo watchers uneasy after post-Super Bowl reports. Janet Jackson's Super Bowl flash dance was shocking in more ways than one: Some TiVo users say the event brought home the realization that their beloved video recorders are watching them, too.
· NBC to Trump: You're Not Fired. Donald Trump can look forward to job security with NBC. "The Apprentice," the reality series featuring business mogul Trump and contestants vying to work for him, has been renewed for a second season.
· Body of 11-year-old girl found; murder charges filed. Joseph Smith, 37, has been charged in the kidnapping and death of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose remains have been found, Sarasota County Florida Sheriff Bill Balkwill said Friday.
» Slain Girl's Dad Wonders Why Suspect Wasn't In Jail. The father of a slain 11-year-old girl in Florida wants to know why the man who's now charged in her murder was out on the street, instead of being behind bars.
· Letterman Stunt Ends in Wipeout. A champion snowboarder performing a routine stunt for David Letterman's late-night TV show veered off a ramp outside the show's theater and fell 25 feet to the ground Thursday.
· Sandler's Beloved Bulldog Dies of Heart Attack. Adam Sandler's beloved 4-year-old English bulldog, Meatball, who served as a ring bearer at the comedian's wedding, has gone on to that big doghouse in the sky.
· Two Charged Over Dog Meat Sold Before Feast. Authorities have charged two Egyptian men with endangering public health, saying they sold dog meat to the public in the days leading up a Muslim feast, court officials said.
· Jackson overexposure: TV feels heat from Super Bowl 38D. The revealing of Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl halftime show has had far-reaching consequences for the broadcast television networks, two major awards shows and the highly rated program "ER" - as well as for the co-star Justin Timberlake.
» Carson Daly: Janet Stunt May Be the Last Straw. The one-second flash of Janet Jackson 's breast at the Super Bowl could end up putting the brakes on years of plunging standards in the down-and-dirty entertainment industry.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Pugnacious [pug·na·cious] adj. 1. Quarrelsome or combative in nature; belligerent. 2. Expressing an argument or opinion very forcefully: Rather than maintaining a calm demeanor, his boss was quite pugnacious.
Thursday, February 5, 2004
· Blake's Lawyer Defects Due to Irreconcilable Differences. The judge in Robert Blake's murder trial agreed Thursday to remove defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. due to "irreconcilable differences" between the lawyer and his client.
· Failed drug tests gut Afghan-bound Canadian troop unit. About two-thirds of the Canadian 3rd Battalion troop regiment distined for Afghanistan won't be going after it was discovered that the majority tested positive for drug use.
Nipplegate Lawsuits Begin. It took almost three days, but the first lawsuit has been filed in connection with Janet Jackson's breast. In a federal complaint, Terri Carlin, a 47-year-old Knoxville bank employee, contends that Jackson's exposure and other "sexually explicit conduct" during the Super Bowl 38D halftime festivities caused viewers to "suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury."
· Key Potential Peterson Defense Witness Dies. The Scott Peterson defense team has suffered a major setback - an elderly neighbor who claimed to have seen Laci Peterson walking her dog on the day she disappeared from her Modesto home, countering the police theory of the crime - has died.
· Witness in Stewart Case Feared Losing Job. The star witness in the Martha Stewart trial testified Thursday that he believed he would lose his job unless he lied to back up the domestic stylist's version of why she dumped her ImClone Systems stock.
» Martha Testimony Ends for the Week. Defense lawyers on Thursday sought to undermine the credibility of Douglas Faneuil, the former assistant to Martha Stewart's Merrill Lynch stockbroker, a day after his damaging testimony in the lifestyle guru's trial.
· Prosecutors: Spector Camp Is Withholding Physical Evidence. The defense in music producer Phil Spector's murder case has refused to turn over a torn piece of the victim's fingernail, blackened with gunpowder residue, prosecutors said in court documents released Wednesday.
· Janet Jackson banned from Grammys. Janet was set to introduce the Luther Vandross Tribute at the Grammys, but CBS has allegedly rescinded the invitation. In response to the Super Bowl slip, CBS will air the Grammys with up to a five-minute delay so that nothing questionable will make it on the air.
· Timberlake's family offended by stunt. Justin Timberlake said Wednesday that his own family was offended by his racy Super Bowl halftime duet with Janet Jackson, but he insisted he thought only her bustier would be revealed when he pulled on her costume, not her breast.
· Nervous NBC edits 'ER' breast shot. Janet Jackson's revealing Super Bowl halftime moment has created fallout for "ER," with NBC removing a glimpse of an elderly patient's breast in Thursday's episode.
· Record amount bet on Super Bowl. A record $81.2 million was wagered on Super Bowl XXXVIII, and the state's 152 sports books won a record $12.4 million, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
· oops! FedEx error costs 30 UC students fellowships. Thirty UC Berkeley doctoral students were stunned to learn this week that federal education officials have declared that their applications for prestigious Fulbright fellowships missed the deadline and will not be considered.
· Jacko Accuser's Mom Was in Mental Hospital. The mother of Michael Jackson’s 12-year-old accuser spent time in a mental hospital in 1998, according to court documents filed by the woman's ex-husband.
· Miss Peru 'mistaken for prostitute' by African president. Miss Peru has sparked an international incident after allegedly being mistaken for a prostitute by Gabon's president - "he pressed a button and some sliding doors opened, revealing a large bed."
· Judge Sentences Man Who Shipped Self In Air Crate. The man who shipped himself by air freight from New York to Dallas in a wooden cargo crate was sentenced Wednesday to probation, house arrest, and fined $1,500.
· Determined: Cubans Flee Island In Floating Car. Eleven Cubans trying to sail to Florida in a 1950s Buick converted into a tailfinned boat were intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard and will be sent back to their homeland.
· Her first taste of McDonald's — at age 99. At the age of 99, Esther Danes has traveled around the world, raised a family, made a career as a public-health nurse and earned a reputation as a dangerous bridge player around the retirement community where she now lives.
· Trooper charged in crash cover-up. A state trooper intent on getting an off-duty colleague to a hockey game allegedly used her squad car's lights and siren and reached speeds of up to 126 mph before crashing into a civilian car in Eagan in December.
» Paris Hilton tries to take goat on plane. Paris Hilton has been thrown off a plane for trying to take a goat on board. The society figure, 21, also had a monkey and a ferret when she turned up for the flight.
· Homing Pigeons not as clever as first thought. The research team expected the birds to fly in straight lines, but when they compared the pigeons’ route to road maps the course followed main roads and freeways — even if it went miles out of their way.
· Md. Schools to Give Students Credit for Rallying. Maryland school districts have announced that they will offer up to two service-learning hours to students who join teachers, administrators and parents at a rally Monday at the state capital in support of education funding.
» School Officials Want Student To End Work-Study At Hooters. A senior at Effingham County High School in Guyton, Georgia has been working at the restaurant as a hostess for about a month, leaving school early to earn credits.
· Wyoming Man Sentenced for Failed Pond Jump. A man who drove an old car into a pond in a failed attempt to jump over it, Evel Knievel-style, has been sentenced to 270 days in jail. Man insists he would have been successful "if he had built a ramp."
· Taco Bell Coat Girl Now Lovin' It. Holly Cook, the Charlotte, Mich., 17-year-old fired from Taco Bell for wearing a jacket on a cold day at the take-out window, has gotten a new job - from McDonald's.
Wednesday, February 4, 2004
· Kid Rock's poncho angers vets. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is upset that media outlets are ignoring Rock's poncho made by cutting a slit in an American flag during the Super Bowl halftime show. Rock later tossed the flag into the crowd.
· Kobe's Defense Hammers Investigator. One detective admitted he didn't know a hospital exam of Kobe Bryant violated court rules and that he signed a document saying the NBA star was in custody. Another officer mistakenly blamed audio problems on a shirt button that didn't exist.
» Police say Kobe gave consent. Detectives who interviewed Kobe Bryant and collected key evidence from him testified Tuesday that they were armed with a search warrant and judge's authorization, but those weren't needed because they had the athlete's consent.
· James Brown seeks annulment. James Brown isn't feeling so good about his marriage to third wife Tommie Rae Brown. The Godfather of Soul has filed papers seeking an annulment from his 33-year-old wife, claiming she's still legally hitched to another man, reports E!Online.
· This Girl Is SO Grounded. Seattle police say the girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend took a new Ford Explorer that her dad just bought for her to celebrate her upcoming driver's license test and decided to go for a spin. Unfortunately, police say she was going 80mph when she hit another car - a Seattle Police cruiser.
· Ex-Presidents, Widow Want JFK Film Probe. Two former presidents and the widow of Lyndon B. Johnson are calling on the History Channel to investigate a documentary it aired alleging President Johnson was involved in the Kennedy assassination.
· 'Oh my God! Get Martha on the phone.' The lowly broker's assistant took on the domestic diva yesterday, recalling how Martha Stewart's broker ordered him to slip her an illegal insider tip with the cry, "Oh, my God! Get Martha on the phone!"
· Women's beer ad kiss prompts more complaints than Jackson's bare breast. Forget the furor over Janet Jackson's breast-baring stunt during the Super Bowl telecast - more Canadians were apparently upset by a beer commercial showing two women kissing Britney/Madonna style.
· Cash Stolen From Orlando Armored Car Firm Still Missing. Two armored car employees have been charged with stealing $300,000 in twenty-dollar bills, but investigators are still searching for the money.
· Leslie Abramson gives up retirement for Spector case. "I was about to hang it up when I got the call," Abramson said. "No other defendant would get me to give up my freedom. No other defendant was someone I considered an idol, an icon and the definition of cool."
· Crude Oil Bubbles Up Into Woman's Home. When visiting the home of an east Texas woman, you can't help but think of "The Beverly Hillbillies." That's because Leila Letourneau's home is literally filling up with so-called "black gold." Oil, that is.
· 'Right Breast Stole My Thunder' Says Super Bowl Streaker. Serial streaker Mark Roberts said today that Janet Jackson’s controversial moment of right breast nudity "stole my thunder" at the Super Bowl.
· More 'Nipplegate' Fallout. Following Janet Jackson's surprise breast-baring on the Super Bowl halftime show, CBS confirmed late Tuesday it would institute a video delay system to avoid any recurrence at this Sunday's Grammy Awards.
· Justin rips 'booby-trap.' Now even Justin is mad at Janet. Justin Timberlake is telling friends Janet Jackson blindsided him with the last-second, breast-baring addition to their Super Bowl act, sources said yesterday.
» Post-Super Bowl, Bare Breasts on 'ER' Raise Alarm. Only days after the firestorm created when Janet Jackson exposed her breast during the Super Bowl, plans to air an episode of "ER" on NBC Thursday evening that includes a view of an elderly female patient's bare breast are raising serious concerns among the network's affiliates.
» Spike Lee Blasts Jackson's Breast-Baring. Film director Spike Lee criticized Janet Jackson's surprise breast-baring during the Super Bowl halftime show last weekend as a "new low" of attention-getting antics by entertainers.
· Singapore Airlines launches world's longest commercial flight. Singapore Airlines launched the world's longest non-stop commercial flight when an Airbus A340-500 left Singapore for Los Angeles in an historic 16 hour voyage.
· Star Trek skipper not so bold. The captain of the USS Enterprise thinks people should stay on Earth instead of going into space. Patrick Stewart, who plays Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series Star Trek, says "I'm a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to the whole business of space travel."
Word of The Day by WordThink
Incongruous [in·con·gru·ous] adj. 1. Lacking in harmony; incompatible. 2. Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent: a plan incongruous with reason. 3. Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate: incongruous behavior.
· Douglas Gives $1M to Univ. of California. Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas doesn't believe in that "greed is good" philosophy uttered by his character, Gordon Gekko, in the 1987 film "Wall Street."
· Firm's Former Web Address Used To Hawk Paris Hilton Sex Tapes. People with an old Internet bookmark for the St. John & Wayne site will get a surprise next time they load the Newark firm's home page in their browser. StJohn-law.com is now being used to sell the Paris Hilton sex video.
· Texas Pharmacist Refuses Pill for Rape Victim. A Texas pharmacist was disciplined for refusing to fill the prescription of a rape victim seeking a morning-after pregnancy-prevention pill, the Eckerd pharmacy chain that employed the man said.
· Arrest Warrant Issued For Pop Singer Aaron Carter's Mom. The mother of pop singers Nick and Aaron Carter failed to appear in court for a scheduled arraignment on a battery charge, and a bench warrant for her arrest was immediately issued.
· Barrymore joins Walk of Fame. Drew Barrymore, young star of Steven Spielberg's movie "ET: The Extra Terrestrial", earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining five relatives immortalized on the famous sidewalk.
· Web Site Registers 'Newly Single' For Gift Registry. Almost half of all first marriages end in divorce. And with all of the details and emotions involved, breaking up can be hard to do. But a Lodi man is trying to take some of the sting out of it.
Tuesday, February 3, 2004
· Martha Update: Star prosecution witness admits he did 'something illegal.' Broker's assistant Douglas Faneuil, the government's star witness in the Martha Stewart trial, testified Tuesday that he illegally relayed information about one client to another and then lied to cover it up.
· Kobe Pretrial Hearing Update. The lead investigator in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case acknowledged Tuesday under defense questioning that the NBA star was subjected to a pre-dawn hospital examination in violation of state law.
» Bryant Defense Hammers Investigator On Procedures. Sheriff's Detective Doug Winters admitted he had signed an investigation document indicating Bryant had been officially detained, which would have required authorities to advise him of his rights to an attorney and to remain silent.
· Crow Lashes Out At Madonna. Sheryl Crow recently said that she believes that the current trend of scantily clad females topping the charts is the fault of Madonna and not because men enjoy seeing scantily clad women.
· Phil Spector replaces lawyer, hires Leslie Abramson to defend him. Music producer Phil Spector has hired Leslie Abramson, one of the nation's best known and most colorful criminal defense lawyers, to handle his murder case, ending his relationship with Robert Shapiro of the O.J. Simpson 'dream team.'
· Bryant book reveals alleged details in rape case. Several revelations are contained in the book, including the alleged victim sleeping with the bellman two days before the encounter with Bryant [the same bellman who is a key prosecution witness]; and the woman simply put on unclean underwear before going for the rape exam, explaining why semen from two other men was found in them.
· Merrill worker testifies that Stewart's trades 'suspicious.' A Merrill Lynch & Co. employee told jurors in the trial of domestic maven Martha Stewart that "bells and whistles" went off in his head when he noticed a series of "suspicious" stock trades involving Stewart and members of the family that managed ImClone.
» Lead Witness to Take Stand Today in Stewart Trial. A key government witness is expected to take the stand today in the Martha Stewart trial. Prosecutors say former Merrill Lynch brokerage assistant Douglas Faneuil was told to pass on an illegal tip to Stewart about her shares in ImClone Systems.
· Traces of deadly ricin found in Senate mailroom. Following the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin in the mailroom of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, much of the Senate complex will be shut down Tuesday, the Senate Web site said.
· Country Songwriter Indicted on Weapons Charge. Songwriter Hugh Prestwood was indicted on a felony weapon charge following his arrest for allegedly carrying a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage. Prestwood has written hits for country singers including Randy Travis and Crystal Gale.
· Details of Neverland Raid Emerge. Investigators who searched Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch seized computers, legal documents, videotapes, and a note and letter found on the singer's bedroom nightstand, according to court documents released Monday.
· Restaurant worker sacked for wrong kind of coat. Holly Cook was sacked from her job at a Taco Bell fast food restaurant in Charlotte, Michigan, because she wore her own coat while working the drive-up window in freezing temperatures.
· David Gest: "Article Ended Marriage to Minnelli." Liza Minnelli's breakup with David Gest was caused by a tabloid article, not alleged physical abuse, the producer said in an interview to be broadcast Friday.
· FCC to investigate the "entire halftime program." The Federal Communications Commission launched an investigation into Sunday's controversial Super Bowl halftime show yesterday and FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell telephoned Mel Karmazin, president of CBS parent Viacom Inc., to express his outrage, saying the entertainment giant should have known what was going to transpire during the show.
· CBS May Dump Janet, Justin From Grammys. CBS is moving to bounce Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake from next Sunday's Grammy Awards amid the national uproar following their X-rated, prime-time Super Bowl stunt.
» CBS to impose 7-second delay at Grammys. One immediate effect of the halftime incident was CBS's decision yesterday to impose a delay of several seconds on its live coverage of the Grammy Awards show this Sunday. Radio shows routinely use a seven-second delay, but live events [including the halftime show] generally do not.
· CBS Says
Janet Jackson Super Bowl Highest Rated in Six Years. Sunday night's Super Bowl, noted as much for a slip of flesh by singer Janet Jackson as for a close win by the New England Patriots over the Carolina Panthers, was the most watched championship game in six years, CBS said.
· Kansas Woman Posed As 13-Year-Old Boy. Authorities in Galena are investigating a case in which a 33-year-old woman posing as a 13-year-old boy sought help from a church and tried to enroll in a middle school.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Anecdotal [an·ec·dot·al] adj. Based on casual observations or indications rather than rigorous or scientific analysis: "There is anecdotal evidence that the stock will soon double in price."
· Camera Catches Apparent Abduction Of 11-Year-Old Girl. An 11-year-old girl may have been abducted while walking home from a friend's Sarasota, FL house - the abduction caught by an automatic camera, according to police.
· Stupid Robbery suspect uses finger as gun. Greenville County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who tried robbing a West Parker Road liquor store with his pointed finger, a spokesman said Tuesday.
· 'Large Pizza, Hold the Crust.' Pizza might be hailed as the food of the gods, one of America's best-loved meals, a hearty delectable dish that fills the stomach and seems to soothe the soul - but pizza makers around the nation to wonder if the low-carb craze will force changes in one of America's best-loved foods.
Monday, February 2, 2004
· Janet Apologizes, Says Super Bowl Stunt Went Too Far. One day after Janet Jackson's shocking Super Bowl halftime performance, the singer said she never intended the stunt to go as far as it did, but did nothing to stop it. "The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals," Jackson said.
· Cameras Barred From Peterson Murder Trial. The judge who will oversee Scott Peterson's trial banned cameras from his courtroom for the duration of the case Monday in a brief hearing that ended with another delay.
· Judge: No TV Cameras at Blake Trial. Conceding that Robert Blake's celebrity status will generate great public interest in his murder trial, a judge nevertheless refused on Monday to permit TV coverage during testimony.
· 'Jeopardy!' host hopes to return Tuesday. "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek hopes to resume taping his Emmy Award-winning quiz show Tuesday after escaping serious injury when he fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck on a rural road.
· Judge Who Insulted Rape Victim Asks For Transfer. The judge who insulted a rape victim in court last week is asking to be transferred to a new assignment. Circuit Judge Gene Stephenson no longer wants to handle adult criminal cases, and would make the move to juvenile court this week.
· ImClone Secretary: Stewart Was Testy. Martha Stewart was "very hurried and harsh and direct" in a call to ImClone Systems headquarters on the day she dumped her stock in the company, a former ImClone secretary testified Monday.
· Kobe a No-Show at Hearing; Attorney Says He's Ill. Citing illness, Kobe Bryant didn't show up Monday for a hearing expected to pay a key role in determining whether his statement to authorities will be admitted at his sexual assault trial.
· Word on Internet phoning spreads. "It's not a toy anymore," said Patrick Comack, a telecommunications analyst. The quality has greatly improved, and Internet-based phone service has become cheaper and easier to use.
· Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil booed as he sees his shadow. Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog said to have forecasting abilities, has seen his shadow. Legend says that means six more weeks of winter weather.
· FCC Chief Blasts Jackson Halftime Show. The chief federal regulator of broadcasting said he is outraged by the Super Bowl halftime show which wound up with singer Justin Timberlake tearing off part of Janet Jackson's costume, exposing her breast.
· UPDATE: CBS sorry for Jackson's breast in show. "CBS deeply regrets the incident," spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade said Sunday after the network received many angry calls from viewers. "I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl," Timberlake also said in a statement.
Word of The Day by TabloidColumn
"Wardrobe Malfunction" [ward·robe mal·func·tion] n-intr.v. An article of clothing temporarily covering the bosom area that is intentionally removed for the purposes of shock value; in poor taste.
» Al Gore's Son Must Enter Substance Abuse Program For Pot Charge. Albert Gore III will have to complete a substance abuse program under an agreement approved Monday by a judge presiding over a marijuana possession case.
· More Closed-Door Battles Over Kobe Evidence Today. When investigators questioned Kobe Bryant about his encounter with a Colorado resort worker last summer, they used a hidden tape recorder and never read him his rights. What he told them may never be heard by a jury.
· Gov't Star Witness to Testify Tuesday in Stewart Trial. The government's star witness against Martha Stewart will be allowed to testify beginning Tuesday afternoon, the federal judge presiding over her trial ruled Monday.
· Boy Shot In Head During 'Cops-Robbers' Game. A 7-year-old boy in Sumter County, Florida, was shot and killed Sunday when his older brother allegedly used a loaded shotgun during a game of "cops and robbers."
· Former Atlanta Strip Club Reopens As Church. The Gold Club, a former Atlanta strip bar, is now jokingly called the God Club, where fully stocked bars and private lounges once had women dancing for $200 an hour.
· 'Super Bowel' Streaker Makes Appearance at Super Bowl. In an unconventional display of high-visibility marketing, notorious British streaker Mark Roberts pulled off his first successful North American streak at Super Bowl XXXVIII while displaying his Internet address on his bare chest and back.
· Woman Survives Ride in Runaway Car. A woman was shaken but unhurt after a wild, 75-mile ride at speeds of over 100 mph that began when her brakes failed and her car accelerated out of control on Interstate 70 in west Denver.
Sunday, February 1, 2004
· "Shocking Surprise" turned out to be halftime strip show. CBS promised a "shocking surprise" during the Super Bowl XXXVIII's halftime show. Janet Jackson sure delivered it by exposing her right breast covered only by a small metal 'sunburst' medallion.
» Can we just go back to the marching bands? [the halftime show] was a toss-up between Kid Rock wearing an American Flag as a shirt - with a hole in the middle of it for his head to stick through - and Justin Timberlake's grope of Janet Jackson's breast at the end of their final number.
» CBS Apologizes for Jackson's Exposure. CBS apologized on Sunday for what it called an "unexpectedly" R-rated end to its Super Bowl halftime show, when singer Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson's top, exposing her breast.
· Female prison guard released after 15-day standoff. A female corrections officer was released Sunday from the prison guard tower where she had been held hostage by a pair of inmates since Jan. 18, a Corrections Department spokeswoman said.
· Engineering geek names son version 2.0. Tacking Jr. or II onto a boy's name is too common, a new father decided, so the self-described engineering geek took a software approach to naming his newborn son.
· Wisconsin Woman Found Alive. A woman was found wrapped in duct tape and inside a plastic garbage can in her ex-husband's storage unit Sunday, a day after she called 911 from the back of his truck saying he had abducted her.
· Woman says she broke a tooth eating Frosted Flakes. Micki McBride is suing the Michigan-based Kellogg company after breaking a tooth on a grain of corn that had partially crystallized in a box of Frosted Flakes.
· 244 Muslims trampled to death in wacky ritual. Nearly 250 Muslim worshipers died in a Saudi stampede Sunday during the annual 'stoning of Satan' ritual. Fortunately, the deaths are considered "God's will," according to the Hajj Muslim Minister.
· Forty-year-old woman wins Harley. A local Harley-Davidson dealer gave away a limited-edition Harley to whoever could withstand the freezing temperatures - and lack of bathroom breaks - for more than 35 hours.
· Mike Rowe's Infringement Paperword "As Seen On TV." The kid is raking it in as he continues to profit with "MikeRowesoft." Current bid on eBay for Rowe's M$ infringement paperwork is now up to $202,087.65 and counting.
· BBC sets new standards for journalism. BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan, who wrote the London story on Iraqi weapons being 'sexed up,' couldn't understand all the fuss, since "most of my story was right," according to Gilligan.
· Super Bowl frenzy gripping Houston. A cavalcade of corporate jets landed. A procession of limousines rolled from one hot spot to the next. And celebrities from Sean "Pee Diddy" Combs to Paris Hilton rocked this town in anticipation of today's Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.
» U.S. soliders in Tikrit to watch Super Bowl at former Saddam palace. The Super Bowl parties for U.S. troops in Iraq will start hours before dawn, and there won't be any beer. But at least in Tikrit, soldiers have a lavish venue: They'll be watching a cinema-sized screen in a former palace of Saddam Hussein.
· L.A. Home of Ex-Jackson Producer Searched. Authorities searched the home of one of Michael Jackson's former music producers for an hour Saturday but refused to disclose how or even if the search was connected to Jackson's sex abuse charges.
· University denies sex party allegations. The president of the University of Colorado denied Saturday the school enticed football recruits with sex and said she was "deeply offended" by claims from the local district attorney that the university looked the other way when the accusations first surfaced.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Anachronism [a·nach·ro·nism] n. One that is out of its proper, chronological, or historical order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time. [the sword is an anachronism in modern warfare].
· Man Awarded $108,000 in Sperm-Consent Case. A fertility clinic must pay $108,000 for the care of a man's 7-year-old daughter, who jurors said was born because the clinic impregnated the child's mother without his consent.