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Sunday, February 29, 2004
· Relative of Missing Family Charged. A drug and firearm charge was filed Sunday against a relative of a family who disappeared on Valentine's Day while investigators continued their search for the Mississippi couple and their young son.
· 'Passion' No. 1 at box office. Mel Gibson turned water into wine at the North American box office as the faithful flocked to watch the writer/director's controversial labor of love, "The Passion of the Christ," over the weekend.
» 'Passion' Hauls in $117.5M in Five Days. Mel Gibson's gamble on "The Passion of the Christ" paid off enormously, riding a storm of religious debate to a $117.5 million haul in its first five days, according to studio estimates Sunday.
· Windows Could Lose Media Player in Europe. If Microsoft cannot settle an antitrust case brought by European Union regulators, the company may be ordered to remove Windows Media Player as an integrated feature of the dominant Windows operating system.
· Flint mayor renews offer to use his own funds to pay city's deficit. Mayor Don Williamson publicly renewed his campaign pledge to plug the city's deficit - currently at $14 million - with money from his own pocket.
· Woman Reports Neighbor for Disturbingly Loud Sex. A German woman took her male neighbor to court for noise pollution after he repeatedly kept her awake through half the night and had at least one four-hour sex session, a court spokeswoman said.
Saturday, February 28, 2004
· Pact brings peace to the Seinfeld cast. A multimillion-dollar dispute over royalties between Jerry Seinfeld and the three co-stars of his long-running television comedy series has finally been settled, allowing the release of an official DVD collection of the show's 180 episodes, plus newly filmed interviews and other material.
· Woman sues after artificial insemination with wrong sperm. A jury will decide how much money to award a North Carolina woman who was artificially inseminated with "unwashed" sperm from a California company that made her violently ill.
· Pentagon Denies Report of Bin Laden Capture. Pentagon and Pakistani officials on Saturday denied an Iranian state radio report that Usama bin Laden was captured in Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan "a long time ago."
» Kobe's Accuser to Testify Next Week. Kobe Bryant's accuser is scheduled to testify next week at a hearing that will help determine whether her sexual history can be used against her during the NBA star's rape trial.
· An unlikely qualifier. A 22-year-old Arizona State University student who doesn't play on the golf team, once won a tournament with purple fingernails, and quit his high school team after two appearances in the state tournament, earned a spot in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson after his mother took the liberty of entering him in the qualifier - without telling him.
Friday, February 27, 2004
· Martha Judge Throws Out Securities Fraud Charge. In a huge victory for Martha Stewart, a federal judge on Friday threw out the most serious charge against her in her insider trading case — securities fraud — saying prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to allow the jury to decide the matter.
· Infamous Foul Ball Gets Explosive Send-Off In Chicago. The foul ball that Wrigley Field fan Steve Bartman knocked away from Cubs outfielder Moises Alou during last season's playoffs has been blown up inside a bulletproof tank at Harry Caray's restaurant.
· Stern to Lose $1 Million in Fees From Radio Suspension. Radio talk show host Howard Stern will lose almost $1 million as a result of Clear Channel Communications Inc.'s decision to suspend his show because of indecent content.
· Man Gets Prison For Misleading Domain Names. A man was sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for registering misleading domain names on the Internet that guided children searching for popular sites like Disneyland to pornography instead.
· Oscar bites his fingernails over politically active stars. Hollywood is fretting that outspoken stars could hijack Sunday's Oscars, the scene of frequent political outbursts, to score points ahead of this year's US presidential polls.
· Elvis' Granddaughter Debuts as Model. She wasn't wearing blue suede shoes, but Riley Keough — granddaughter of Elvis Presley, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley — put her best foot forward in her modeling debut.
· Stubborn man dies in yard after refusing help. An Orlando man was found lying dead in his yard near his injured wife Thursday after he fell, became stranded and ordered his wife not to get help for three days despite heavy rainstorms, according to authorities.
· Death sentence for Japan cult guru. Former Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara has been found guilty and sentenced to death for masterminding the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways and other crimes.
· Car confirms ID with speed cameras. Some idiots at Toyota have come up with a wireless onboard system that communicates with the speed camera, and the fine could be deducted from the driver's credit card before he or she even made it home.
· Early morning raid horrifies innocent family. When armed federal agents raided North Shore homes and arrested a dozen suspected members of two rival crack gangs yesterday morning, they may have stepped on some innocent toes in West Brighton in the process.
· Smith & Wesson's Chairman Resigns After Criminal History Revealed. The new chairman of the board of Smith & Wesson's parent company resigned following reports that he committed a string of armed robberies in the 1950s and 1960s.
Thursday, February 26, 2004
· 'Passion' Nails $26,556,573 on First Day. Audiences are rushing to see The Passion of the Christ at a record pace. The media frenzy and the religious fervor have contributed to the third biggest Wednesday take ever.
· Rosie O'Donnell Weds Longtime Girlfriend. Rosie O'Donnell married her longtime girlfriend Thursday, taking what she called a proud stand for gay civil rights in the city where more than 3,300 other same-sex couples have tied the knot since Feb. 12.
Rosie O'Donnell Blasts Bush on Gay Marriage. Blasting President Bush for supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriages, Rosie O'Donnell said that the barriers that keep gays from marrying impacted her recent civil suit when her lesbian partner was called to the stand.
· Columbine Killers No Strangers to Cops. A report released Thursday on the Columbine High School massacre reveals that police had at least 15 contacts with the two teenage gunmen before their deadly 1999 shooting spree.
· Howard Stern suspended for indecency. The nation's largest radio chain has taken shock jock Howard Stern off its stations indefinitely for running afoul of new decency standards, by media group Clear Channel Communications who operate 1200 stations nationwide.
» Host ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’ fired. Radio personality “Bubba the Love Sponge,” who was accused of airing indecent material by federal regulators, has been fired, media group Clear Channel Communications said.
· 'Doonesbury' offers $10,000 for proof Bush served. The frequently irreverent "Doonesbury" comic strip is offering $10,000 to anyone who can show that President Bush served in the Alabama Air National Guard.
· 'Idol' dreams go bust. A drunk-driving charge has silenced superstar wanna-be Donnie Williams. Producers of Fox' "American Idol" dropped Williams from the popular reality series last night, less than a week before he was going to get prime-time exposure.
· Tyson role suits him to a 'T.' Mike Tyson has been thrown a new career challenge that may suit him to a 'T'. Boxing fan George Clooney has offered bankrupt Tyson a multi-million dollar deal to star in a remake of the hit television series A-Team.
· Prisoners cash in on state tax credits. About 200 Georgia prison inmates found a way to make it happen last year. They used the fact that they earned no income to claim low-income tax credits and receive checks averaging $25 from the state.
· Congress, FCC Deciding How To Handle Net Calls. You can use voice-over-IP technology to make phone calls on the Internet. But those in charge of the systems don't want to come under the same rules as traditional phone companies. And those concerns are getting a hearing on Capitol Hill.
· Apple war with Beatles label heats up again. Apple Computer Inc. and the Beatles' record company Apple Corps went to court in Britain over who gets to use the fruity name now that the computer company has entered the online music business.
· Bonds to Wendell: Don't talk through media. Barry Bonds chastised Colorado reliever Turk Wendell on Wednesday for accusing him of using steroids. A day after Wendell said it was "clear just seeing his body" that Bonds was taking steroids, the San Francisco Giants slugger said the remark should've been made directly to him - not a reporter.
· Mayor comes up short, sees Bentley towed away. North Miami Mayor Joe Celestin drives to the council meeting in his Bentley. But he doesn't get to go home in it after it's towed by creditors. [hmmm... kinda reminiscent of the guy who goes to Vegas in his $70,000 Jag - and comes home on a $1 million bus].
Word of The Day by WordThink
Ephemeral [e·phem·er·al] adj. 1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "The ephemeral nature of slang." 2. Living or lasting only for a day, as with certain plants or insects.
· Airline loses case over forcing man to sit near smokers. A Greek airline must pay $1.4 million to the family of an asthmatic Castro Valley doctor who died on a 1998 flight after the crew refused to move him away from the smoking section, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
· WTC ghoul told cops of haul. A retired city firefighter accused of stealing items from the wreckage of the World Trade Center bragged to undercover cops that he found a human head, diamonds and gold - but took only "minor things."
· Third-Grader Suspended For Kiss On Cheek. A third-grade student in Branson, Missouri, was suspended from school for a playground kiss on the cheek that school officials deemed to be sexual harassment.
· Internet In More Homes Than Cable TV. More U.S. households now have access to the Internet than to cable television, according to a report by Web researchers. Statistics firm eMarketer said that nearly 68 percent of homes have an Internet connection; 65.8 percent receive cable television.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
· Woman dies of heart attack while watching 'Passion.' A woman has died of an apparent heart attack while watching the climactic crucifixion scene in "The Passion of the Christ" at a morning showing in Wichita, Kansas.
· Anthony Pellicano: Private eye to the tabloids. While everyone knew Anthony Pellicano was PI to the stars, what wasn't known until now, was he had a steady pipeline of information to and from the tabloids, according to secretly recorded telephone conversations.
· What's happened to Bartman? Ever since Steve Bartman, 26, issued an apology after deflecting a foul ball that the Cubs' Moises Alou was reaching for during the playoffs at Wrigley Field last October, the Cubs fan has kept a low profile. "He's just waiting for it to go away," a family spokesman said hopefully.
· Defense for Martha Stewart rests this morning after just one witness. Martha Stewart's defense rested Wednesday after calling just one witness - a lawyer who was with her the first time she spoke to investigators about her sale of ImClone stock.
· The Not So Random Coin Toss. Flipping a coin may not be the fairest way to settle disputes. A statistician found that if a coin is launched exactly the same way, it lands exactly the same way (flipping heads up more often than not, will land heads up... and statistically starting tails up lands tails up).
· Michael Jackson, ex-wife hire family law judge. Pop star Michael Jackson and his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, have hired a retired judge to help them resolve an undisclosed "family law" matter, according to papers filed in a Los Angeles court.
» Gibson already working on next thriller: Evel Knievel. Mel Gibson is one ambitious filmmaker: Before the blood is even dry on the film about the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ's life - he's now doing a movie about daredevil Evel Knievel.
· Hearing set on sexual history of Bryant accuser. Kobe Bryant's attorneys will get a chance next week to tell the judge why they should be able to use the accuser's sexual history against her at the NBA star's sexual assault trial.
· Court: 'Got Milk?' campaign illegally milks farmers. The catchy "Got Milk?" dairy promotion - famous for plastering milk mustaches on celebrity faces - violates the free speech rights of farmers forced to pay for the ads, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
· Recently found photograph looks a lot like van Gogh. The forehead, the shape and size of the eyes, even individual hairs matched up, making forensic scientists sure he had discovered an original photograph of famed artist Vincent van Gogh.
· Nugent Admits Fathering Child in Support Dispute. Ted Nugent has admitted he fathered the 8-year-old son of a Dover woman suing the 1970s rocker for child support and custody, according to her lawyer.
· 'Sex' co-stars reportedly hate each other. The "Sex and the City" gals are not bosom buddies like they would want you to think. Well, the two alpha gals, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, aren't. In fact, they hate each other, according to reports.
· Martin Lawrence Accused of Hitting Woman. A woman sued comedian Martin Lawrence for allegedly hitting her in the jaw at a party after she asked him if he'd be interested in attending another party at the Playboy mansion.
· Showing off the phones of tomorrow. Trumpeting services like wireless video calls or satellite navigation, mobile phone companies showcased their latest wares on Monday amid hopes the long-awaited shift to "3G" advanced technologies has finally begun.
· Dallas Mavericks Owner to Give Away $1 Million on Reality Show. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will give away $1 million of his own money this summer as the host of an ABC reality series called "The Benefactor."
· Courtney Love Fires Lawyer; Trial Delayed. A trial date for one of Courtney Love's two criminal cases was delayed after she told the judge she dismissed her lawyer because he wanted her to plead guilty.
· Prosecutors: Affair Drove Scott to Kill Laci. In the first detailed description of their case, prosecutors charge in court filings that Scott Peterson's affair with a massage therapist drove him to murder his pregnant wife.
» Earlier Peterson affair alleged by prosecutors. Scott Peterson had more than one affair, converted his unborn son's nursery into a storage room and lied about his pregnant wife continuing to walk the dog into her third trimester, prosecutors said for the first time in court documents released today.
· Federal Government Threatens To Shut Down Seminole Casinos. The tribe was ordered to update some electronic slot machines so that players gamble against other players, not the house, as federal rules require. They were also told to overhaul a discretionary spending plan that gave each council member between $5 million and $10 million a year to spend as he wished.
· Half of young Americans to get sex diseases. Half of all young Americans will get a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25, perhaps because they are ignorant about protection or embarrassed to ask for it, according to several reports.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Non Sequitur [non se·qui·tur] n. 1. A statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it. 2. An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence; an unwarranted conclusion. [Latin for "It does not follow"].
· Pot package 'mixed up with organs.' Two people are under arrest for trying to traffick marijuana after a bizarre incident in which they apparently picked up a container holding human organs instead.
· Anderson's Sex Video Advice For Hilton. Busty TV babe Pam Anderson rushed to comfort Paris Hilton after the hotel heiress' notorious sex tape with ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon was broadcast on the internet.
· Court Backs Mo. Firing Over Racist Remark. A Missouri appeals court upheld the firing of a teacher who told her eighth-grade class she opposed interracial marriage and believed such couples should be "fixed" to prevent them from having children.
· Scientists want to be ready to block asteroid from hitting Earth. The asteroid believed to have wiped out dinosaurs 65 million years ago was rare but hardly unique, say scientists gathered to discuss ways of aggressively defending our planet from another such space rock, including by detonating nukes in space.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
· Janet Dropped From Lena Horn TV Movie. The 86-year-old Horne reportedly is angry about Jackson's breast-baring stunt at Super Bowl and pressured ABC to drop Jackson from the project, the trade newspaper Variety reported Tuesday.
· Teresa Heinz calls herself 'African American.' First lady-wannabe Teresa Heinz Kerry sometimes describes herself as an "African American," even though she grew up amidst the privileged few in a Town & Country setting in Southern Africa.
· Peterson Jury Selection Scheduled. Potential jurors in the Scott Peterson double-murder trial will be questioned about whether they have ever had an extramarital affair or lost a child when selection begins next week.
» Lawmakers to Debate Laci and Conner's Law. The slaying of Laci Peterson has a legacy on Capitol Hill. This week the House will take up a bill in her name that would make it separate federal crimes to injure or kill both a woman and her fetus.
· Firefighters rescue woman from edge of Niagara Falls. Only 100 feet from the edge of Niagara Falls, rescue teams late Monday afternoon kept a woman from plunging over the Canadian Horseshore Falls and a likely death.
· With new chief on board, MSNBC needs an identity MSNBC's well-recognized problem is a lack of a brand identity and high-profile talent in a market where Fox has cornered the feisty, outrageous, maverick persona in the Bill O'Reilly mold and where breaking news and Larry King define CNN.
· Timberlake Backs Out of Motown Special. Justin Timberlake has backed out of an agreement to co-host ABC's "Motown 45" special because of a conflict with filming his first movie, Timberlake's spokesman said Tuesday.
· Moron Takes It to a Whole New Level. An Arkansas man's parole case hadn't been called — so he went outside the Salem District Court building for a smoke. In plain view of cops and court officers, he whipped out and lit a marijuana cigarette.
· Eminem's Publisher Sues Apple Over Song. Rapper Eminem's music publisher is suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming the company used one of the hip-hop superstar's songs in a television advertisement without permission.
· Six security screeners curious about their brains - or lack thereof - face disciplinary actions for misconduct. A security screener at Denver International Airport has been reprimanded and several others at airports across the country put on administrative leave for sending their bodies through checkpoint x-ray machines to see what their brains look like.
· Paris 'directed' sex video. Reality TV star and celebrity rich girl Paris Hilton directed and helped shoot the notorious sex video starring her and an ex-boyfriend that has surfaced on at least two Internet porn sites, according to documents filed for a Los Angeles court hearing today.
· FBI 'Drowning' in Information Harvested by Bugs and Wiretaps. Thanks to the bundle of anti-terrorism measures known as the USA Patriot Act, the FBI is conducting a "record amount" of electronic surveillance, including the use of wiretaps and bugs, according to an FBI spokesman and a Justice Department budget document.
· Jacko's trackos going on the block? The embattled Pariah of Pop may be ready to sell his catalogue of solo hits, we hear. Jackson and his financial advisers are said to be quietly soliciting bids for his Mijac Music.
· Education Chief Sorry For Calling Teachers' Union Terrorists. Education Secretary Rod Paige admits it was an "inappropriate choice of words" to call the NEA - the nation's largest teachers' union - a "terrorist organization."
· Alec Baldwin: Yes, he's still living in America. According to last nights A&E Biography, Alex Baldwin said he recalls that when he was younger, "My dad said to me, 'If you were black . . . with your personality,' he said, 'Do you think you would be Martin Luther King, or would you be [Black Panther leader] Eldridge Cleaver?
» Flashback - Alec Baldwin & The Dixie Chicks. After saying he would leave the country if Bush were elected, he is once again in the news by comparing the 2000 presidential elections to the September 11th terrorist attacks.
· Mom Arrested After Daughter Dies In Flipping SUV. A mother in Ocoee was arrested on a DUI manslaughter charge Monday night after she flipped her sport utility vehicle seven times in a Target parking lot, leading to the death of her 15-year-old daughter.
· Witness backs up Stewart's story. Under questioning from defense lawyer David Apfel, Martha Stewart's business manager backed up Stewart's and former broker Peter Bacanovic's story that they had an agreement to sell ImClone stock at $60.
· When Little Girls Tell Big Lies. Eric Nordmark spent more than eight months in jail as an accused child molester. But two days into the trial, one of the girls admitted that their story was a lie concocted as an excuse for getting home late from school.
· Judge Gives Blake More Time to Find Attorney. A judge Monday gave actor Robert Blake another week to find a new lawyer after he and his third defense attorney parted ways because of "irreconcilable differences."
· Bobby Vinton Collapses Onstage. Singer Bobby Vinton collapsed onstage Sunday night at a performance in central Pennsylvania, but his condition apparently improved backstage and he refused hospitalization, officials said.
· Heat From Concert Hall Glare Heats Up Condos. Talk about hot! The glare off the Walt Disney Concert Hall's shimmering stainless steel curves is so bad it is heating up nearby condos at least 15 degrees and forcing owners to crank up their air conditioners.
· 'Super Millionaire' Scores Solid Ratings. The new version of the game show that used to be known as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" was Sunday night's most popular broadcast show, with 17.5 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said on Monday.
· Outspoken sex abuse victim found dead. Patrick McSorley, who said he had been molested by defrocked priest John Geoghan and was one of the most outspoken Boston clergy sex abuse victims, was found dead early Monday, his lawyer said.
Monday, February 23, 2004
· Bin Laden Top for U.S. Pay-Per-View Execution? One in five Americans would likely pay to watch a televised execution of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden if he were found guilty and sentenced to death but more than a third said executions should not be televised, a poll released on Monday said.
· Oscar Ads to Be 'Tasteful.' "We want the show to reflect, not a stuffiness, but a dignity appropriate for film's highest honor," said Ric Robertson, executive administrator for the motion picture academy, nothing like the raucous Super Bowl free-for-all.
· Would-be purse stealer grabs Bible, police say. Police say a would-be purse-snatcher who tried to strike in an Eastside church parking lot Sunday ended up with a Bible instead - and a group from the congregation in hot pursuit.
· Witness: Williams Said, 'My God, My Life Is Over.' A man who was at Jayson Williams' mansion when the retired NBA star fatally shot a limousine driver testified Monday that after hearing the shot, he saw Williams fall to his knees and pound the floor saying "We all gotta say he killed himself."
· Parents Mourn Daughter Allegedly Killed By Cell Phone Driver. Larry and Dottie Trimpe have a direct message for people who drive and talk on their cell phones without the use of a hands free device: Don't do it. An innocent life could depend on it.
· Education Secretary Calls NEA 'Terrorist Organization.' Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a "terrorist organization" during a private White House meeting with governors on Monday.
· Critic calls 'Passion' one of the cruelest movies ever. Mel Gibson's controversial movie, "The Passion of the Christ," got its first critical pan today, a scathing review in The New Yorker that calls it "a sickening death trip."
· Stewart Judge Postpones Ruling on Whether to Drop Some Charges. A federal judge Monday declined to rule on whether she would toss out any of the charges against Martha Stewart and her former stockbroker.
· Dem rivals have a 'wealth' of experience. While John Edwards built his fortune as an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney, John Kerry got his by saying "I do," marrying the $600 million woman - Teresa Heinz - heiress to the ketchup empire. Heinz was a big step up from Senator Kerry's first wife - Julia Thorne - whose endowment is reportedly worth only $300 million.
· Switcheroo: Man sues WNBA for being refused tryout. A 38 year-old Indianapolis man is suing the Women’s National Basketball Association for the league’s refusal to allow him to tryout for the Indiana Fever, the league’s Indianapolis-based franchise.
» The Art of Trump's Hair. The billionaire builder and now TV star of "The Apprentice" let a reporter take a close look at his scalp this week to prove his point - that the flip-flop 'do he has become famous for is all his.
· Leaked Pentagon report warns climate change may bring famine, war. A secret report prepared by the Pentagon warns that climate change may lead to global catastrophe costing millions of lives and is a far greater threat than terrorism.
· Parents of Colorado Football Players Speak Out. Several dozen parents of University of Colorado football players spoke out in support of the program and their children, saying they were tired of seeing their sons painted with the broad brush of scandal.
· Controversial Terror Research Lives On. The government is still financing research to create powerful tools that could mine millions of public and private records for information about terrorists despite an uproar last year over fears it might ensnare innocent Americans.
· Tiger yuks it up in 'Caddyshack' role. In an ad for American Express, Tiger Woods will reprise the role of Carl Spackler, Bill Murray's gopher-chasing assistant greenskeeper in the 1980 comedy Caddyshack.
· Cable TV billionaire giving away fortune. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, have given away about a third of their $1 billion fortune over the past four years, and they say they want to give it all away before they die.
· Doctor Accused Of Sexually Molesting Two Male Patients. Sexual molestation allegations have led state regulators to suspend the license of a doctor who once headed the Presidential Advisory Council on AIDS and HIV.
· Jerry Springer Opera Scoops British Theater Awards. A foul-mouthed opera about Jerry Springer's lurid talk show has won four of Britain's top theater awards including Best New Musical at the Laurence Olivier Awards on Sunday.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Visceral [vis·cer·al] adj. 1. Instinctual: proceeding from instinct rather than from reasoned thinking or intellect. "A visceral business decision." 2. Emotional: characterized by or showing crude or elemental emotions.
· Lewinsky outraged over Kerry 'affair' rumor. Monica Lewinsky is outraged at the rumor surrounding the woman accused of having an affair with presidential hopeful Senator John Kerry. Lewinsky also can't understand what the big deal is anyway, saying "We're electing a president, not a priest."
· O.J. Simpson served with court order. O.J. Simpson has been ordered to hand over any earnings from a private autograph-signing event to the mother of Ronald Goldman because of a civil verdict that found Simpson liable for his slaying.
· Italians uncover bogus gay claims. Italian men have been pretending to be gay to avoid military service. Several arrests have been made, with one person taken into custody after admitting he paid (US) $3,700 for a "gay" certificate from a local doctor.
· Girl Scout Cookie Sales Are Going Well Despite The Controversial Call For A Boycott. This year's annual Girl Scout cookie sale is going well, despite, or perhaps because of calls for a boycott over the local council's sponsorship of Planned Parenthood's "Nobody's Fool Conference" and the groups’ decision to honor Planned Parenthood's executive director.
· Man arrested for punching deputy at airport. A former West Virginia football player was arrested Sunday for allegedly punching a sheriff's deputy and yelling obscenities at airline employees at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, officials said.
Sunday, February 22, 2004
· Fallen angel. Charlotte Church celebrated her 18th birthday by dancing wildly on tables, getting down and dirty with new boyfriend Kyle Johnson, and falling down drunk outside a London club, according to a report.
· 'First Dates' Scores Again at Box Office. Movie-goers have not forgotten "50 First Dates." The Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romance about a man wooing a memory-challenged woman took in $21 million to remain the top movie for a second weekend, easily fending off a rush of new flicks, according to studio estimates Sunday.
· SAG announces final awards preview. Tim Robbins won the Screen Actors Guild award for best supporting actor in the crime thriller "Mystic River" and Renee Zellweger was named best supporting actress for her Civil War drama "Cold Mountain."
» Karl Malden Given Life Achievement SAG. Seven decades after he left a steady income in the steel mills of Gary, Ind., to try acting, Karl Malden was honored by his colleagues Sunday for a lifetime of memorable roles in film and television.
· New upscale tabloid planned for London market. A group of investors plan to target white-collar tabloid consumers who are still looking for the tabloid scoops, but want a more serious read rather than mainstrain gossip found in many London tabloids.
· Will 'Passion' destroy Mel Gibson. With the opening of "The Passion of the Christ" this week, Mel Gibson is casting himself in a new role - and the movie industry is wondering if he'll ever work in Hollywood again.
» 'Passion' Revives Hope for Dying Language. An ancient, dying language gets a new life on American movie screens this week. Some linguists, who fear the language spoken by Jesus could vanish within a few decades, hope for a boost from Mel Gibson's new film, "The Passion of the Christ," opening Wednesday in U.S. theaters. It is performed entirely in Aramaic and Latin.
· The World According to Trump. Just a decade ago, he was a punch line, a combed-over relic from the decade of greed. But he's back, and bigger than ever, thanks to his new hit reality show 'The Apprentice.'
· Going in $tyle: How Martha & pal spent the holidays. As Martha Stewart and her best buddy rang in the 2002 New Year with a $1,000 sea grill dinner party at a luxury beachfront resort in Mexico, they could not have dreamed their friendship was about to be torn apart.
· It's official: Nader running for president. As we reported here two days ago, consumer advocate Ralph Nader officially announced this morning on NBC's Meet The Press, that he is running for president again - more than likely at the expense of Democrats.
» Democrat Rips Nader's Decision To Run. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Nader doesn't have any support this time. He says Nader's own friends urged him not to run. Richardson says, "It's all about himself."
· Man Charged With Attacking Orlando Magic's Mascot. A man who attacked the Orlando Magic mascot was charged Saturday with battery, disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer for putting a chokehold on 'Stuff the Magic Dragon.'
· Lawmakers Protest Amish Reality Series. More than 50 members of Congress want the UPN television network to drop plans for a reality-format series featuring Amish teenagers testing their faith in the big city.
· Shaquille O'Neal Sued For $5.6 Million By Fla. Promotions Company. A Tampa Bay promotions company is suing Shaquille O'Neal for more than $5.6 million because the Los Angeles Lakers center allegedly reneged on an agreement to participate in charity events.
» FLASHBACK: Shaq sued by motorcycle company for breach of contract. A north Florida Harley-Davidson dealership is suing Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal for breach of contract, claiming he reneged on the purchase of a custom motorcycle. The dealership is seeking at least $15,000.
· Scientists Study How To Keep Brain Awake. The answers to these and related mysteries about the sleepy brain could lead to improved drugs to help people fall asleep or stay awake. They could help drowsy people find the most effective time to drink coffee or take a nap.
· Guitarist Suggested Dylan Change His Song. It takes a lot of guts to tell Bob Dylan to change his song. But, guitarist Kevin Odegard says he did during the Minneapolis sessions for Dylan's classic 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks."
· Teacher, her student caught naked in car. A 30-year-old San Francisco schoolteacher faces lewd conduct charges after being caught naked in a car after school with a 14-year-old Luther Burbank Middle School student, authorities said Friday.
· Man accused of stealing patrol car with crane. A Morganton man with questionable intelligence was arrested for stealing a patrol car from a police parking lot using the hydraulic crane on a logging truck, authorities said.