|January 2004 - Week 2|
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Saturday, January 17, 2004
· Paltrow won't raise child in U.S. American actress Gwyneth Paltrow said she will not raise her child in the United States because her homeland is too dangerous. "At the moment there's a weird, over-patriotic atmosphere over there, like, 'We're number one and the rest of the world doesn't matter,'" Paltrow said.
· Rumors of Castro's death sweep Miami-Dade - again. Uncorroborated rumors that Cuban President Fidel Castro had died or suffered a stroke buzzed around Miami-Dade County on Friday, with anxious callers inundating police departments, media outlets and exile groups.
· Bizarre traffic stop leaves police stunned. Moments after state police pulled a man over for a seatbelt violation, the driver pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head as a trooper approached the car.
· 14-year-old narrowly misses LPGA cut. Michelle Wie shot a final-round 68 at the Sony Open, sinking two birdie putts longer than 50 feet Friday, but came up one shot short of becoming the youngest golfer to ever make the cut on the PGA Tour.
· Jackson Dances on SUV After Innocent Plea. Outside the courthouse, there was no containing the self-proclaimed King of Pop as he danced atop his SUV and invited a crush of fans to join him at his Neverland Ranch retreat.
Friday, January 16, 2004
· Gates quietly spends $14 million buying homes near Medina estate. Over the past decade, Bill Gates has quietly bought up 11 properties, including nine houses, that surround his 5-acre Medina estate, creating a buffer zone that is increasingly turning a small hillside neighborhood into a private holding of the richest man on Earth.
· Firefighters in California town resign to protest colleague's porn career. Seventeen firefighters in a small volunteer department resigned this week to protest the pornography career of a colleague who allegedly discussed her work at the firehouse.
· Michael Jackson Arrives Late for Court; Pleads 'Not Guilty.' Michael Jackson arrived at a Santa Maria courthouse Friday to be formally arraigned on child-molestation charges; Judge scolded Jackson for arriving 21 minutes late.
· Drunken man confronted by wrong door. A 56-year-old man in a state sure to give a hangover attracted the unwelcome attention of police in Eindhoven on Friday morning after he mistakenly took his neighbour's front door for his own.
· Prosecutors say LA celebrity investigator had file on threatened reporter. Files seized from celebrity private investigator Anthony Pellicano's office included "corroborating evidence" linking him to a threat against a newspaper reporter, prosecutors said.
· Author dies after facelift. Olivia Goldsmith, best-selling author of The First Wives Club - which was later turned into a movie starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton - has died as a result of complications during her facelift procedure.
· Firefighters refuse to battle blaze, but watch. Firefighters watched a Weathersfield, Ohio house burn for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon without attempting to put it out because the fire occurred outside the city limits.
· Mel Gibson Spreads "Passion." Mel Gibson wants moviegoers to get their fill of "The Passion of Jesus Christ," and a theater in Dallas is accomdating. The Texas multiplex is setting aside all 20 of its screens for Gibson's movie.
· Playboy gets OK to sue Netscape. In a decision that could prompt scrutiny of Internet search engines and online advertisers, a federal appeals court Wednesday reinstated a trademark infringement lawsuit by Playboy Enterprises against Netscape Communications.
· Islam seeks cancellation of "obscene" Mariah Carey gig. Malaysia's Islamic party has called for cancellation of a scheduled performance next month by singer Mariah Carey, charging that her "obscene act" would be unsuitable for viewing.
· No girl watching with traffic cameras for state troopers. State troopers will be able to see video images but will not operate traffic cameras on Tuscaloosa streets, including one near the University of Alabama where a camera operator was caught focusing on women's bodies.
· PETA protesters get naked in Memphis. Shouting "Compassion is a fashion, fur is dead!" two protesters from a North Carolina chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stripped down to painted-on leopard spots.
· Plane lands at wrong airport. The daily flight on a US Airways affiliate Shuttle America plane ended up landing at Mid-State Regional Airport in Rush Township -- close, but not the chosen destination. "When the pilot walked in, he said, 'Here's one for the news.'"
· Bush Booed at Martin Luther King Gravesite. In a sign of the difficulty President Bush faces as he tries to win black support for his reelection, several hundred protesters loudly booed him on Thursday as he laid a wreath at the grave of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
· Soccer chief says women footballers need tighter shorts. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has drawn condemnation from women's sports figures for saying the future of women's football could rest with tighter shorts.
· Carmen Electra Wins Control of Net Name. Former "Baywatch" star Carmen Electra has won control of the Internet name www.carmenelectra.com in a ruling by a United Nations panel, a U.N. spokeswoman said.
· Man Sells Ton of Pot Through Restaurant. A Jamaican man living in Pennsylvania was sentenced to 10 years in prison and faces deportation for using a Caribbean restaurant to sell more than a ton a marijuana, sometimes in takeout containers.
· Congress Stops Spam - But Not Its Own. Congress crowed about cleaning up our in-boxes with the passage of an antispam law last year, but brace yourself: Some of this year's unsolicited e-mail may feature the latest news from your congressional representatives.
· Women's sexy ads beat men's 'sophomoric' stuff. The reality show's star, co-producer and billionaire Donald Trump, fired a man for the second straight week, leaving eight women and six men to compete for the $250,000 executive job for a year with the Trump organization.
· Glen Campbell Trial Set for May in Phoenix. A May 17 trial date has been set for country music singer Glen Campbell, who faces a felony aggravated assault charge in a minor traffic accident in November near his Phoenix home.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
· Wesley Snipes Named as Halle Berry Abuser. R&B singer Christopher Williams made the startling accusation that actor Wesley Snipes was the abusive ex-lover of Halle Berry, who struck the actress so hard, she lost most of the hearing in her right ear.
· News Media Gather for Jackson Arraignment. The world press descended in full force Thursday on the normally quiet Santa Maria Valley, setting up mini TV studios with satellite dishes to beam news around the globe when pop star Michael Jackson is arraigned on child molestation charges.
· Local anchor feels Boston's pain from afar. On one of the coldest mornings of the year, veteran WBZ Radio anchor Gary LaPierre couldn't get over how frigid it was outside. "Would you believe it's 5 below zero right now?" he told listeners yesterday at 6 a.m. What he didn't mention was that he was actually in northern Florida, where it was a balmy 50 degrees.
· Court: Yelling at teens a crime. A five-judge panel said a man's effort to disperse a carful of teens from a public road in front of his house by shouting at them to get out of his town was a crime. Chapman was wrong in arguing that no one's peace was disturbed by his actions, the court said.
· Restroom photographer canned. A Merced City School District playground supervisor was fired this week after allegedly admitting to secretly photographing elementary school girls in a school restroom using a cell phone, police said.
· The Joke Is on Liberals, Says Dennis Miller. Dennis Miller, the liberal-turned-conservative comedian and defender of President Bush and the war in Iraq, is less than two weeks away from being the host of a new talk show on CNBC.
· Trump's a cheapskate when it comes to charities. While fellow titans like Bill Gates and David Geffen have used their charitable foundations to make many significant donations, Trump is, by comparison, an absolute cheapskate.
· Irish pub gets rap for "younger women, older men" policy. Court rules that two sisters who say they were denied admission to an Irish pub because the management wanted "younger women and older men" as customers should be compensated.
· Starbucks opens first shop in France. Starbucks has finally arrived in the country that likes to think it invented the cafe, and some business insiders say they know why it took so long to get here.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
· McEnroe says he took steroids 'unknowingly.' Andre Agassi, defending the integrity of tennis dented by the Greg Rusedski nandrolone affair, on Wednesday said he was at a "loss for words" over John McEnroe's comments about drugs in the sport.
· Two Men Arrested in Cheerleader's Fatal Plunge. Two California men were arrested in the death of an 18-year-old New Jersey cheerleader whose naked body tumbled from the ninth-floor balcony of a Maui hotel.
· Aniston gets payout over topless pics. Actress Jennifer Aniston will receive $600,000 in the settlement of her lawsuit against a photographer who admitted to transmitting unauthorised pictures of the "Friends" star sunbathing topless.
· Topless passenger declared flight 'next 9-11.' Passengers on a Virgin Blue flight last week from Hobart to Melbourne endured a 50-minute tirade by a woman who stripped topless and ranted the flight was the next September 11.
· Kodak to stop selling film cameras. Eastman Kodak Co. on Tuesday said it will stop selling traditional film cameras in the United States, Canada and Western Europe, another move by the troubled photography company to cut lines with declining appeal in favor of fast-growing digital products.
· "Taboo," the Wacky Boy George Musical, to Close. "Taboo," the Boy George musical brought to Broadway by Rosie O'Donnell, will close Feb. 8, losing all of its well-known producer's $10 million investment.
· Franken Signs Deal With Liberal Radio Station. They haven't got a name or a launch date yet, but the entrepreneurs who dream of launching a liberal radio network have just landed themselves a lead man: Comedian and best-selling author Al Franken.
· Jack LaLanne - at 89 - Dismisses old age as merely a myth. Dismissing old age as a myth, Jack LaLanne, TV's first fitness guru, says old folks should get out of their easy chairs and "work at living."
· Air crew held over after making obscene gesture. An American Airlines pilot has been detained by federal police after making an obscene gesture when being photographed at the airport, as part of a newly imposed entry requirement for US citizens.
· Bryant defense claims accuser is bipolar, requests medical history. Defense lawyers for NBA star Kobe Bryant said in a court document filed Tuesday the woman who accuses Bryant of raping her suffers from a bipolar disorder, and that her medical and mental health history is vital to the case.
· Supreme Court Upholds Police Roadblocks. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police may set up roadblocks to collect tips about crimes, rejecting concerns that authorities might use the checkpoints to fish for unrelated suspicious activity.
· Peterson trial site narrowed to four counties. The likely location for the murder trial of Scott Peterson, charged with killing his wife and their unborn child, has been narrowed to four counties, a California state court official said.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Ostensible [os·ten·si·ble] adj. 1. Intended for display, open to view. 2. Being such in appearance, plausible rather than demonstrably true or real. [the ostensible purpose of the trip was business].
· Actor-Writer Spalding Gray Reported Missing in NY. Actor and writer Spalding Gray, best known for writing and starring in the autobiographical monologue "Swimming to Cambodia," has been reported missing, police said on Tuesday.
· Planning ahead: 'Friends' stars to net $2m each for reunion show. The cast of Friends have been given a staggering $2 million each to make a special 90-minute reunion which takes place one year after the show's finale.
· Paris Hilton Named Worst-Dressed of 2003. Mr. Blackwell, chronicler of clothing catastrophes, poked fun at socialite-reality TV star Paris Hilton Tuesday for committing the worst fashion follies of the past year.
· Tim Burton: An eccentric man addresses hard truths. With most of his irreverent movies about dying, Tim Burton doesn't just whistle past the graveyard -- he plays a game of tag with the Grim Reaper among the tombstones.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
· Anchor Bares All In Wet T-Shirt Contest Resigns. Catherine Bosley, a news anchor for 10 years at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, was used to having her picture taken, however, someone took pictures of her after she stripped naked during a wet T-shirt contest while she was vacationing in Key West, FL.
· Peterson attorneys to seek freedom for their client. Lawyers for Scott Peterson will attempt to persuade a Stanislaus County judge Wednesday that an order holding the accused killer on murder charges was wrongfully issued.
· Britain's 'Doctor Death' Hangs Himself. A British family doctor blamed for killing at least 215 elderly patients over several decades hanged himself with bed sheets in his prison cell, a prison spokeswoman said Tuesday.
· 'Condom Soup' lady previously sued Taco Bell. The California woman who sued a restaurant after allegedly finding a condom in her chowder agreed yesterday to a confidential settlement of her legal claim. Amazingly, if Laila Sultan is to be believed, the condom episode was the second time she was forced to sue over an injurious incident at a chain restaurant.
· Two La. Students Arrested in Alleged 'Columbine' Plot. Two high school students were arrested and accused of creating an elaborate plan to re-create the bloody Columbine high school massacre on its five-year anniversary in April.
· Professional Tasters Eat and Drink for a Living. Tasters often do their jobs alone in sensory labs, with controlled lighting and air and no outside disturbances. Professionals need to be discerning eaters who take their time with food.
· 'Comical Ali' back on television. Iraq war cult figure Comical Ali has made a return to TV screens - as an expert commentator on Saddam Hussein. The former Iraqi Information Minister, Saeed al-Sahhaf, 63, has made several appearances on Abu Dhabi TV.
· Backstreet Boy Nabs Alleged Jewel Thief. A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys was looking at jewelry at Rocks, a 24-hour jewelry store in Las Vegas while another man came in to try on rings and asked his friend what he thought of one of them.Suddenly, the man made a dash for the door.
· Kevin Costner to Make Another Western. Kevin Costner rides again! The actor-director who made the Oscar-winning "Dances With Wolves" and last year's "Open Range" plans to make another Western titled "Horizon," which he will also star in.
· Fancy a coffee-flavored steak? The city that spawned America's obsession with strong, dark coffee is giving locals a popular new coffee-flavored steak, even while the mad cow scare that started in Washington state is putting some people off beef.
· Celebri-sibs capitalize on their famous surnames. Just call her Baby Britney. At age 12, starlet Jamie Lynn Spears is a leaner, lankier, warier replica of her outrageous older sister, whose quickie marriage to hometown pal Jason Allen Alexander was annulled last week.
Monday, January 12, 2004
· Diana Ross to Accept Plea on DUI Charges. During a pretrial hearing in Tucson City Court, Ross' lawyers said she's ready to accept a plea agreement and will change her earlier "not guilty" plea at a hearing scheduled for Feb. 9.
· Oops! U.S. fighter drops bomb on Britain. A U.S. Air Force fighter jet dropped an inert training bomb by accident last week over a sparsely populated area of northern England, causing no damage or injury, the British Ministry of Defence said.
· Internet diary costs man job at Microsoft. A man published in his blog a photo of a pallet of Apple Macintosh computers being delivered to Microsoft headquarters. He was fired by Microsoft a week later.
· Winners of Wacky Warnings contest. A warning label on a 5-inch fishing lure that sports three steel hooks advises that the lure is "Harmful if swallowed," and on a bottle of drain cleaner - "If you do not understand, or cannot read all directions, cautions and warnings, do not use this product."
· A sushi bar (re)buffed. Saturday night at Bonzai in Seattle's Pioneer Square, a nearly naked woman is laid out on a table. A chef slices sushi behind her, to be arrayed on her torso, bare except for a sheath of plastic wrap and some decorative flower petals.
· NBC Says 'Frasier' Will End Its Run. After some brief talk of keeping the show going for a 12th season next fall, NBC said Monday that its five-time Emmy-winning comedy, "Frasier," will call it quits in May.
· Car marketers find cars stimulate the brain like sex, chocolate and cocaine. Automotive News Europe reports that DaimlerChrysler, Ford of Europe and other carmakers are using medical research tools to probe the consumer brain to better sell cars.
· "Drunk and bewildered" Harrison Ford celebrates divorce. According to the London SUN, the Indiana Jones star, 61, stunned partygoers at a Mexican bar by knocking back tequila shots and Corona beers — and then LIMBO dancing under the bar.
· Woman Gets Arrested After Dialing Wrong Number To Buy Crack. A woman seeking to buy crack cocaine called the wrong numbers, but still tried to buy the drug from people she had mistakenly called, police said.
· U.S. to Push Airlines for Passenger Records. Despite stiff resistance from airlines and privacy advocates, the U.S. government plans to push ahead this year with a vast computerized system to probe the backgrounds of all passengers boarding flights in the United States.
· Martha Stewart Uses Web to Rally Backers. True to her perfectionist reputation, Martha Stewart is using a stylish and highly detailed personal Web site to tell her side of the story as her high-stakes trial approaches.
· De Niro, Scorsese to write joint memoir. "Goodfellas" cohorts Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese will share insights into their 30-year friendship and collaboration on eight major films in a joint memoir to be published next year.
· Is Congress Helping Build a Toll Booth for the Internet? The failure of the House and Senate to extend the moratorium means that state and local governments are now free to impose discriminatory taxes on the information superhighway.
· Swiss spice up the menu with puppies and kittens. Chocolate and cheese are possibly the best known Swiss culinary delights but in some rural parts of the Alpine country puppies and kittens spice up the menu
Sunday, January 11, 2004
· Killjoy mayor Bloomberg turns New York into the forbidden Apple. New York was once the place where anything goes, now you can't smoke, feed the pigeons, or even ride your bike with your feet off the pedals.
· Tacoma, Washington ranks as most stressful U.S. city. Move over New York, take a hike Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit. You may have stress but none of you have that rare combination of suicide, unemployment, theft and gloomy weather that Tacoma, Washington, has.