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Saturday, January 24, 2004
· 'Friends' Scoop: Last show provides a twist. Filmed in secrecy, tabloid leaks reveal parents Rachel and Ross (Aniston and Schwimmer) reuniting - and husband and wife Monica (Cox Arquette) and Chandler (Perry) becoming parents of twins.
· Mayor Bloomberg tells Mrs. Atkins to 'lighten up.' A visibly shaken Veronica Atkins appeared on national television to castigate the mayor for callously attacking her late husband earlier this week as "fat" and questioning how he died.
· Hollywood Investigator Gets 30-Month Term in Weapons Case. The private Hollywood investigator and central figure in a federal wiretapping investigation, Anthony Pellicano, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on an unrelated weapons charge.
· Microsoft settles with teen over Web site. The 17-year-old Canadian teenager who caught the attention of Microsoft's lawyers by registering www.mikerowesoft.com, has agreed to give up his Web site in exchange from some perks from the world's largest software maker.
· Jackson documents include previous allegation. The judge in Michael Jackson's child-molestation case ordered documents relating to a search of the singer's Neverland ranch sealed Friday, in part because they include information about another child's allegation of abuse.
· Hospital released Bryant accuser's records. Medical records not directly related to a sexual assault charge leveled by a 19-year-old woman against NBA star Kobe Bryant were given by mistake to his attorneys, it was revealed Friday in a Colorado courtroom.
· Couple Accused Of Broadcasting Young Daughter's Sex Acts On Internet. A central Texas couple is in jail, accused of forcing their 10-year-old daughter to perform sexual acts. Those acts were then allegedly shown on the internet.
· Bill Gates Says Make Spammers Pay. If the e-mail turns out to be from a long-lost relative, for example, the recipient would charge nothing. But if it is unwanted spam, the sender would have to fork over the cash.
· David Duke Mulls Run for Congress After Prison. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail and tax fraud, is considering a run for Congress when he is released this year, his secretary said.
· Deaf-mute shot dead waiting for bus. A Brooklyn man unable to hear or speak since birth was gunned down yesterday as he waited for a bus, his killers leaving behind $10 in the man's pocket and three bullets in his torso.
· Oldest U.S. bank robber gets 12 years. The oldest bank robber in the United States, 92-year-old J.L. Hunter Rountree, has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing $1,999 from a Texas bank last August.
· Sex Education in School - Brought to you by Amherst, Mass. The 'Berkeley East' school board and superintendent approved a student request to stage The Vagina Monologues -a collection of readings on such topics as homosexuality, rape and various parts of the female anatomy.
Friday, January 23, 2004
· Corrupt Chicago politics raises its ugly head again? Chicago Mayor Daley's administration spends nearly $40 million a year hiring hundreds of trucks - primarily dump trucks - that often do little or no work, according to a Sun-Times investigation.
· Kobe Bryant Hearing to Discuss Evidence Today. Key evidence for basketball superstar Kobe Bryant's defense against sexual assault allegations - the medical history of his accuser - may never be known to the public.
· NBC Pulls 'Friends' 'Best Comedy Ever' Ad. NBC promised not to rerun a promo using that phrase to refer to the show, which will go off the air after 10 years. "They were just trying to hype it and went overboard," an NBC spokeswoman said.
· Julia Roberts Not Such A Pretty Woman. According to the upcoming biography, "Julia: Her Life," Sutherland once complained to a friend that Roberts "bites her nails to the quick," has "tiny breasts and no butt," and was an "ice princess" in bed.
· "Sucker Bet" Could Earn Man $10,000. Last summer, while visiting Las Vegas, a man's sister-in-law placed a $100 bet for him that the Panthers would win the Super Bowl. Before the 2003 season started, the odds that Carolina would become NFL champions came in at 100-to-1.
· Lawmaker sends sexually graphic email to government workers. The president of the Louisiana Senate has asked for an investigation into whether the Senate's top administrator intentionally sent an e-mail containing graphic sexual images and jokes to government workers.
· Car falls four stories from garage; two die. An elderly couple died Thursday afternoon when their car crashed through a parking garage wall in downtown Las Vegas and plunged four stories to the ground.
· Prosecutors Decline Limbaugh Offer. Prosecutors rejected a proposed deal offered by Rush Limbaugh's attorney that would have seen the radio commentator enter a court-sponsored drug intervention program rather than face charges.
· Maryland Residents Shoot, Kill 2nd Alleged Intruder This Week. Police say a 70-year-old man shot and killed a suspect who allegedly broke into his home in Mitchellville, Md., looking for his girlfriend Wednesday about 10 p.m.
· Firefighting Porn Star Alexas Jones, aka Chantel Lace, Tells Her Side of Story. A small town firefighter made national headlines this week, as news broke that 17 of her fellow firefighters had walked off the job in protest that she moonlighted as a porn star.
· Joe Namath gets counseling. Just over a month after embarrassing himself on national television with a slurred, rambling interview, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath has admitted he is "getting personal help" for alcohol abuse.
· [Another] Lawyer Charged with Making Bogus Claims. A Queens attorney has been arrested and charged with submitting $1 million in fraudulent claims using the personal information of car accident victims that he bought for $54.
· Refiner Made Gold Tools for Drug Lords. The owner of a long-established Manhattan gold refining business pleaded guilty on Thursday to a scheme in which he molded gold into tools and screws for Colombian drug lords in order to launder cash from illegal narcotics sales.
· FBI Arrests Internet Movie Pirate. FBI agents say they have traced the bootlegging and illegal Internet distribution of Hollywood films to an actor who is an Academy Award member, and have arrested one of his acquaintances.
· Dean and wife spin his soft side - does Letterman Top 10. Flat-lining former front-runner Howard Dean launched a TV offensive yesterday to quell the fallout from his admittedly "over the top" I Have A Scream speech.
· Mad magazine artist Woodbridge dead. George Woodbridge, an illustrator for Mad magazine for nearly 50 years whose exquisitely detailed pen-and-ink drawings were featured in nearly every issue, has died. He was 73.
· Congressman Sentenced to 100 Days in Jail. Bill Janklow, who dominated South Dakota politics for three decades as governor and then congressman, was sentenced to 100 days in jail Thursday for a car crash that killed a motorcyclist and ended Janklow's career in disgrace.
· Peterson case to get a new judge. The murder trial of Scott Peterson will be delayed and get still another new judge after the district attorney in the case Thursday challenged the state chief justice's appointment of Judge Richard Arnason, announced only the day before.
· Companies Benefit When Employees Die. When Joel St. John died, his wife learned that the grocery store chain where he worked as a butcher was the beneficiary of his life insurance policy - not his family.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
· Dancer Ann Miller Dies of Cancer at 81. Raven-haired, long-legged Ann Miller, whose machine-gun taps won her stardom at RKO and MGM during the golden age of movie musicals and later on Broadway in "Sugar Babies," died Thursday of lung cancer.
· Detective ruled 'too cute' in drug bust. Fort Lauderdale Detective Mike Nahum's handsome appearance lost him a criminal case, but there is a consolation prize. He may be the only guy in the world with a court order declaring he is a "very attractive man."
· 412-pound trucker receives apology, larger rig from Michigan company. A 412-pound truck driver who said he was fired because he could not fit behind the wheel of a delivery truck has received an apology and a bigger rig from his employer.
· 'Noodles the Clown' Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison. A federal judge called a former clown and Sunday school teacher the most dangerous kind of pedophile when he sentenced him Wednesday to 17 1/2 years in prison.
· Auditors say USO spent improperly for J. Lo, other celebs. The J. Lo gig was among several cited in a General Accounting Office report released this month that found more than $430,000 in improper, questionable or unsupported USO tour expenses charged to the Pentagon over a two-year period.
· Garfunkel charged with marijuana possession. Art Garfunkel, part of the folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel, was charged with marijuana possession after police pulled his limousine over for speeding in upstate New York.
· Magazine directs climbers over cliff. Britain's biggest-selling hiking magazine apologized Wednesday after its latest issue contained a route that would lead climbers off the edge of a cliff on Britain's tallest peak.
· Former Rep. Janklow faces sentencing. Former Rep. Bill Janklow faces sentencing on manslaughter charges Thursday for an auto wreck that ended his 30-year political career and could send him to prison for more than 11 years.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Austere [aus·tere] adj. 1. Markedly simple without adornment or ornamentation [an austere office] [an austere style of writing]. 2. Strict or stern in appearance or manner [an austere critic].
· NY Mayor Bloomberg thinks Dr. Atkins died from his diet. The wacky mayor and wannabe health czar that made ashtrays illegal is now claiming that Dr. Robert Atkins didn't die from a fall - he died from an improper diet.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
· Mariah Carey loses star power - gives concert for chiropractors. The diva, who not too long ago was the hottest-selling singer in the country, was the headliner at a convention for a few thousand chiropractors at the Las Vegas Hilton.
· Jerry Nachman, MSNBC Editor in Chief, Dies at 57. Jerry Nachman, the brash, Emmy award-winning journalist for MSNBC who spent years in local TV news and edited the New York Post, has died of cancer, MSNBC announced Tuesday. He was 57.
· Don't I Know You From Somewhere? Memo to robbers: Don't hold up the establishment where you're trying to get a job. The robber was a regular customer and had recently applied for a job at the same store he robbed.
· Boy falls through ice trying to get cell phone. Coast Guard and other rescue workers were searching last night for a 17-year-old boy who fell through the ice under the Dorset Avenue bridge while trying to retrieve a cell phone he had dropped.
· Pedophile Film 'Woodsman' a Hard Box Office Sell. Bacon, who has gone from teen idol after 1984's "Footloose" to respected actor in critical hits like "Mystic River," could risk losing fans for sympathetically playing a molester trying to overcome his obsession.
· 'Walker, Texas Ranger' actor Willingham dies. Noble Willingham, who worked steadily as a supporting actor over the last 30 years and left his role as a saloon owner on the series "Walker, Texas Ranger" to run for Congress, has died. He was 72.
· Goldman Sachs gal in $8m steal and shop rap. A former Goldman Sachs personal assistant, accused of stealing nearly $7.8 million from the senior bankers for whom she worked, went on an astonishing shopping spree, buying jewelry, property, cars and a power boat, British prosecutors said.
· Combs' Ex-Wife Wants More Child Support. Sean "Pee Diddy" Combs' ex-wife says their 10-year-old son should be getting the same amount in child support - $30,000 a month, she claims - as the son the rap mogul had out of wedlock.
· Town uses website to embarrass bad check writers. Sabina Maziarz knew she would pay a penalty when a $400 check she wrote in November to the Sharon School Department bounced, but did not realize her name and address would be posted on the city's website for all to see.
· Jackson Accuser Said to Be in Poor Health. A former attorney for the mother of Michael Jackson's cancer-stricken accuser said the boy is in very poor health and his family is in seclusion, paying little attention to the high-profile legal fight.
· Driver Reading Speeding Ticket Rear Ends Ambulance. South Brunswick, NJ police say Ramakri, 19, was reading a speeding ticket he had just received Tuesday morning when his Nissan Pathfinder ran into the back of a Robert Wood Johnson University ambulance at a stop light.
· Drug bust on 'Friends' set. It is alleged the two men arrested had sold cocaine and marijuana to various people at Warners, but police have refused to confirm if any major celebrities were involved.
· Blake Prosecutors Seek to Bar Key Defense Evidence. Prosecutors in the Robert Blake murder case asked a judge Tuesday to limit evidence in the upcoming murder trial about the actor's slain wife and her illicit exploits.
· Martha Stewart Reiterates Not Guilty Plea as Jury Selection Continues. Martha Stewart waved to her supporters, strode into a Manhattan courthouse and repeated a plea of innocent at the formal start of her stock-trading trial Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
· Judge Moves Peterson Trial to San Mateo County. The judge in the murder case against Scott Peterson moved the trial about 90 miles away to the San Francisco Bay area Tuesday because of hostility toward Peterson in his dead wife's hometown.
· Estate of McDonald's Heiress to Donate $1.5 Billion to Salvation Army. In one of the largest individual charitable gifts ever, the estate of McDonald's heiress Joan B. Kroc is about to drop a one-time cash donation of $ 1.5 billion into the Salvation Army kettle.
· Judge to Revisit Peterson Venue Change. Prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Scott Peterson in the killings of his wife and unborn son were expected to ask a judge Tuesday to keep the murder trial in Stanislaus County because a decision to move the case was based on a bogus survey of possible jurors.
· Cops save life of woman despondent over singing career. Three cops became instant heroes before they even made it to work yesterday - stopping a 23- year-old woman despondent over a broken heart and failing singing career from leaping to her death off the Brooklyn Bridge.
· Sara Lee Drops Jimmy Dean as Sausage Spokesman. Legendary country crooner Jimmy Dean says the Sara Lee Corp. has dropped him as spokesman for the sausage company he founded more than three decades ago.
· Snake at McDonald's may have legal bite. Joanne Borgerding was sitting in a packed McDonald's at lunchtime when something moved beneath her booth. Dancing in the air by her legs were "little movable eyes" that were attached to a dark, 2-foot-long snake.
· Martha Stewart Due Back in Court Today. Is Martha Stewart a criminal who lied to the government about unloading stock on an inside tip, or simply a shrewd investor who saved money with a smart bet on the market?
· Sex is the best workout, say experts. It could be the hottest health tip ever. According to physicians and gynaecologists, a romp in the bed is the panacea for a host of problems including heart disease, migraine and arthritis.
· Kerry Wins Iowa Kindergarden Caucus. John Kerry rode an 11th-hour surge to victory in Iowa's kickoff presidential caucuses, upsetting Democratic front-runner Howard Dean and stunning caucus favorite Dick Gephardt.
· Police Add Twist To Bait Cars To Catch 'Bad Boys.' Police have added a musical twist to the booby-trapped "bait car" that locks up would-be thieves who get behind the wheel. The automobile is now rigged to play the theme from the television show "Cops" when officers remotely disable the engine and nab the crooks.
· Spanish Sex Clubs Ruling Causes Concerns. A court ruling requiring the owner of a brothel to pay social security for women who worked there as prostitutes is causing concern in Spain among feminists, lawyers and even sex workers themselves.
Monday, January 19, 2004
· Small town hot over porn scandal. Alexas Jones' résumé is a jaw-dropper: porn Web site operator, onetime stripper, mother of three, and volunteer firefighter in this Peyton Place of a town just south of Modesto.
· New Series to Focus on Amish Teens. The UPN television network is preparing a reality series that follows Amish teenagers having their first experiences with modern conveniences and outside society, part of a religious rite of passage that tests their faith.
· Microsoft Takes on Teen Over Web Site. "Since my name is Mike Rowe, I thought it would be funny to add 'soft' to the end of it," said Rowe, a 17-year-old computer geek and high school student in Canada. The software giant, however, is not amused.
· Wal-Mart attacked for 'locking in' overnight workers at its stores. Wal-Mart, believed to be the world's largest retailer, is under fire for reportedly locking in overnight workers at many of its stores, sometimes to the detriment of their own safety.
· FLASHBACK: "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.
· States ranked as most corrupt. Mississippi is the most corrupt state, with North Dakota and Louisiana a close second and third, respectively, according to a Justice Department report. The least corrupt state, according to the report, is Nebraska.
· "Along Came Polly" tops box office. The new romantic comedy starring "Friends" sweetheart Jennifer Aniston with Ben Stiller collected $27.6 million to debut at No. 1, while "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" fell to fourth place with $10.2 million.
· Make that steak a bit smaller, Atkins advises dieters. After advising dieters for years to satisfy their hunger with liberal amounts of steak, eggs and other saturated fats, the promoters of the Atkins diet now say that people on their plan should limit the amount of red meat and saturated fat they eat.
· Friends are a good thing, so where are Stewart's? In sharp contrast to, say, Michael Jackson, there has been no outpouring of public support for Stewart from the people who have partied with her, vacationed with her or appeared on her TV shows.
· California counties vie for Peterson murder trial. Tourism officials from all over the state are working hard to get the trial moved to their county. "They are seeing nothing but dollar signs in the media frenzy expected to follow Peterson."
· Television Commercials Come to the Web. More than a dozen Web sites, including MSN, ESPN, Lycos and iVillage, will run full-motion video commercials from Pepsi, AT&T, Honda, Vonage and Warner Brothers, in a six-week test that some analysts say could herald the start of a new era of Internet advertising.
· The TV commercial you won't see on TV. This clever two-minute Honda ad is a real-time creation that took seven painstaking months to prepare - and 606 video takes - that results in a mesmerizing clip that will leave you scratching your head.
· Affleck Says 'Jersey Girl' Is No 'Gigli.' While real-life sweethearts Affleck and Jennifer Lopez co-star in the upcoming "Jersey Girl," their on-screen collaboration won't be a selling point after their colossal bomb "Gigli" last summer.
· $42M for a slice of luxury living. The Time Warner Center is something to behold, inside and out, from the $42.5 million apartment to the digital fingerprint scanners in tenants' elevators, to the parallelogram of two blue glass towers looming 750 feet over Central Park.
Sunday, January 18, 2004
· 'American Idol' Returning for Third Year. In two years, Fox's "American Idol" has minted three new music stars in Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Now the televised talent hunt is trying for more.
· Trump's new reality show a TV ratings hit. The Donald has a hit on his hands. Donald Trump's NBC reality show, "The Apprentice," continued to roll Thursday night, snaring a whopping 20.2 million viewers.
· Doctors baffled by hermit who shuns food and water. A man claims he has not eaten or drunk anything for the past 60 years. Doctors in the western state of Gujurat, who recently completed a 10-day controlled test on the illiterate hermit, say the man is a medical miracle.
· Monopoly fights to clear gangs off street. Ghettopoly, currently sold in Virgin Megastores to children as young as 13, uses a Monopoly-style board to portray in graphic form the extremes of urban ganglife.
· More than 5 Million World War II Aerial Photographs Released. More than five million detailed aerial photographs from World War II go onto the Internet from Monday, giving the public their first views of some of the most dramatic and grisly moments of the conflict.
· Confidential Passenger Data Used for Air Security Project. Northwest Airlines provided information on millions of passengers for a secret U.S. government air security project soon after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.
· Cancer Faker Gets Jail Time. A woman who accepted $6,400 in donations after shaving her head and dyeing her skin to make it appear she had cancer has been sentenced to three days in jail and three years of probation.
· Hollywood Agent, Producer Ray Stark Dies. Ray Stark, a publicist and actors' agent who became a Hollywood power broker and producer of such movies as "Funny Girl,""The Way We Were," and "The Sunshine Boys," died Saturday after a long illness. He was 88.
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 case.'
· Reporter's Notebook: Inside the Jacko Circus. I asked him what he thought of the three-ring circus that enveloped the Santa Maria courthouse, but all I got was “I’ll tell you later” and “no comment right now.” That from the so-called King of Pop as he walked in to face multiple charges of child molestation, the only words he would speak to the media all day.
· Two planes collide over Florida airport. One plane crash landed and a second managed to land safely after they collided on the final approach to Clearwater Airpark in Florida on Saturday, an airport authority spokesman said.
· Missing actor was working on painful new work. Before he disappeared last week, Spalding Gray had been performing early versions of a new work that had long bedeviled him - a monologue about a car wreck more than two years ago that left him physically and emotionally scarred.