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Saturday, January 31, 2004
· Augusta Honors on Hold for James Brown. The city of Augusta doesn't feel good about James Brown. Plans to build a statue of the Godfather of Soul and to rename an annual music festival for him are on hold after Brown's arrest on a domestic violence charge.
· Playing for big money. Many viewers of this weekend's Super Bowl will tune in for the commercials as much as the game itself. A 30-second spot on this year's Super Bowl will go for $2.25 million, a record price for commercial time during the game.
· Unemployment checks sent to Florida inmates. Dozens of dead and incarcerated Floridians have received unemployment checks over the past two years because of computer problems in the agency that processes the payments.
· N.J. Woman Gets Into Drunken Fight On Plane. A New Jersey woman who was removed from a Northwest Airlines plane for an alleged drunken fight with flight personnel was sent home Friday, on United Airlines, to await her trial.
· California Lawmaker Promotes Feng Shui. A legislator wants California's building codes to accommodate the ancient Chinese tradition of feng shui, which says buildings should be located and designed in ways that create harmonious energy flow.
· Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek falls asleep at wheel - crashes. "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek escaped injury Friday when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck and it drifted off a road, sideswiped a string of mailboxes and crashed into a ditch, the California Highway Patrol said.
· Alleged Beyonce Stalker Arrested. While Beyonce prepares for her Super Bowl Sunday rendition of our national anthem, cops arrested a man in Texas who was apparently looking for the superstar, allegedly claiming to be her cousin.
· Don't try this at home: 340-mile daily commute. Unhappy commuters should consider themselves lucky... Stephen Jordan, a retirement fund analyst in Boston's Financial District, commutes 340 miles a day, 1,700 miles a week.
· The best TV commercial you won't see during the Super Bowl. 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 chain reaction that will leave you scratching your head.
· 'Got Milk' Has Got Some Farmers Mad. Nearly everyone has seen the dairy industry's funny TV commercials. But some independent farmers have a problem with being forced to pay thousands of dollars for the "Got Milk?" campaigns.
· Robbers make priest swear on the Bible. Unsure if their weapons had caused enough fear, robbers who broke into a monastery made a priest swear on the Bible that he had handed over all the money, police said on Friday.
· Report: Not Bryant's First Hotel Worker Sex Encounter. According to a Celebrity Justice report, a hotel employee in Portland, Oregon claims she had several sexual encounters with Kobe Bryant at the hotel where she works.
· NBC eying Trump card. Donald Trump wants his series, "The Apprentice," to end in a big way. And where else to hold to such a glamorous event? Atlantic City and his gambling mecca the Taj Mahal casino.
· Media costs skyrocket for Peterson trial. San Mateo County - who was clamoring to get the trial - is charging the media $51,000 each for a spot near the Peterson trial Courthouse. The sidewalk by the courthouse has become one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the San Francisco Bay area.
· $1 million internet con victim kills himself. A university technician who thought his financial worries were over when told he had won more than $1 million in an internet lottery killed himself when he discovered it was a scam.
» Scammers Use Department Of Homeland Security To Obtain Information. Authorities are warning computer users about a new e-mail scam that uses the Department of Homeland Security to obtain personal information to steal a person's identity.
· Super Bowl Ad Promotes Music Giveaway. Downloading music online from rogue file-sharing networks got 14-year-old Annie Leith sued for thousands of dollars. Now it has landed her a leading spot on a national ad that will debut during the Super Bowl.
· Husband and wife on an Arctic Mars. Simulation sheds light on missions with married astronauts. There’s a real debate going on in the space community about how having a married couple on a crew might affect crew morale and crew interaction.
· NY state jail employee busted for stealing prisoners' underwear. A civilian employee at the Nassau County jail could find himself behind bars after being charged with stealing more than $13,000 worth of underwear intended for indigent prisoners.
Friday, January 30, 2004
· Reality TV Pioneer Mary-Ellis Bunim Dies at 57. Producer Mary-Ellis Bunim, who brought television into the age of reality with MTV's "The Real World" and whose latest hit series was "The Simple Life," has died at age 57.
· NFL puts damper on Vegas Super Bowl party. Big screen TV's are causing a problem for a Las Vegas casino planning a Super Bowl party - television screens over 55 inches are not permitted under NFL copyright laws.
· Attorney Explains James Brown's Look In Mug Photo. James Brown's attorney said the less-than-flattering look in a mug photo was because Brown was one of 300,000 South Carolina residents who lost electricity in an ice storm.
· Michael Jackson supporter attacks magazine article on case. A friend of Michael Jackson's family held a news conference outside their home Friday to criticize a magazine article that portrayed the embattled singer negatively.
· Named After Toy, Super Bowl Has Grown. While there are many stories that attempt to explain how the Super Bowl got its name, the one most sports enthusiasts subscribe to gives credit to Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt.
· Google, Booble in legal wrangle over trademarks. Google, the No. 1 Web search provider, has accused an "adult search engine" named Booble of infringing on its trademarks and wants it shut down, according to the upstart porn-search site launched this month.
· FCC and Clear Channel square off in indecency battle. Sex-obsessed morning shows are a staple of American radio, but the FCC's $755,000 fine this week against entertainment giant Clear Channel is the most recent shot in the battle over broadcast standards.
· 'Mydoom' Virus Will Spread Until Feb. 12. The Internet computer virus known as "Mydoom" will continue to hit e-mails on computers worldwide until Feb. 12, when it is programmed to stop, a leading computer security company said Friday.
· Semi Dangles Off Wash. Bridge; Could Fall Into Water. Winds gusting up to 55 mph have forced the State Patrol to put a hold on the effort to remove a tractor-trailer blocking the Deception Pass Bridge.
· Stewart Judge Blasts Prosecution. A federal judge criticized prosecutors in the Martha Stewart trial for waiting too long to give defense attorneys a copy of an FBI report that could damage the government's case.
· Blake's Lawyers Say No Link to Weapon. Robert Blake's lawyers filed motions seeking approval to tell jurors about three years of police forensic investigations they say failed to establish a link between the actor and the gun that killed his wife.
· Protest Stops Sales Of 'Boys Are Stupid' Clothing. Retail chains are pulling T-shirts and pajamas that have captions on them that say things like, "Boys Are Stupid - Throw Rocks At Them," and "Boys Are Smelly - Throw Garbage Cans At Them."
· Judge apologizes for comments. Florida Circuit Judge Gene Stephenson on Thursday publicly apologized for insulting comments he made about a rape victim and removed himself from the case. The judge had previously looked at a photograph of the battered victim in open court and said, "Why would he want to rape her?
· CBS adds secret performer for halftime show. Janet Jackson, Sean "Pee Diddy" Combs, Kid Rock and Nelly apparently weren't enough for CBS' 12 1/2-minute Super Bowl halftime show. Another act is poised join the MTV-produced extravaganza. Who that is will remain a mystery until the program, producers said.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Exacerbate [ex·ac·er·bate] transitive verb. To make more violent, bitter, or severe; to irritate or make worse [the prosecution's witness may exacerbate her legal problems].
» J-Lo 'Broken Heart' Story Disputed. Just how upset is J.Lo? A Star magazine report that singer-actress Jennifer Lopez was "extremely brokenhearted" over her breakup with actor Ben Affleck is now in question.
· Legal excess. The North Carolina Parole Commission is to decide whether to grant Junior Allen a release after 34 years in jail. Allen's only conviction, in 1970, was for stealing a TV set, which today would probably carry only a sentence of probation. - the same commission released another man, Howard Washington, on parole this month after 10 years in prison for murder.
· Castro: 'I Will Die Fighting' if U.S. Invades Cuba. Cuban President Fidel Castro vowed on Friday to die fighting "with a gun in my hand" if the United States invaded Cuba to overthrow his communist government.
· Meg clashes with TV host. Meg Ryan has defended her sulky appearance with veteran London interviewer Michael Parkinson, who was baffled when the star constantly disagreed with him, and responded with only one-word answers.
· R. Kelly's Attorney Tries To Have Pictures Suppressed. Lawyers for R&B singer R. Kelly have asked a judge to suppress pictures found on a digital camera, saying they were seized during an illegal search.
· Testimony About Kobe's Statements to Investigators Gets Closed Hearing. A judge ruled that any evidence or testimony about statements Kobe Bryant made to investigators in his sexual assault case will be heard behind closed doors next week.
· Teen Arrested Driving Stolen Fire Department Car. A 17-year-old boy led deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers on a frantic search for more than two hours late Thursday after the boy allegedly stole a fire department car.
· Gunman Kills Real Estate Agent, Self. The longtime boyfriend of a recently fired real estate agent walked into her old office and opened fire Thursday, killing one person and wounding another before killing himself, authorities said.
· Jennifer Garner to Host Sci-Tech Oscars. "Alias" spy-babe Jennifer Garner is no stranger to sci-fi gadgets, gizmos and inventions, but now the actress will honor real-life Hollywood techies who create state-of-the-art moviemaking devices.
Thursday, January 29, 2004
· Key Prosecution Testimony in Stewart Case Delayed. A federal judge placed a roadblock in the government's case against Martha Stewart on Thursday, delaying the testimony of its star witness and chastising prosecutors for withholding information that might undermine the witness' credibility.
· Pixar dumps Di$ney. Pixar Animation Studios Inc. - who created "Toy Story", "Monsters Inc." and "Finding Nemo" - said it ended talks with Walt Disney Co. to extend a five-picture deal for Disney to distribute Pixar films.
· Traffic laws not as strict for the sheriff. At 2:30 a.m. the sheriff was pulled over for going 57 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer noted bloodshot eyes and asked the sheriff to take a sobriety test. The sheriff refused. It turns out not to be a problem.
· Brazil To Deport American Who Threw Water At Crying Baby. A drunken American who splashed a cup of water in the face of a crying baby during a flight to Brazil will be deported, the federal police said Thursday.
· Fla. Teen Called Weakling; Saves Man From Pond. A high school freshman who walked out of a weightlifting session after being called a weakling became a hero minutes later when he saved an elderly man who had driven into a pond.
· Driver: "Diddy Shooting Ruined My Life." A limo driver says he has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and has been in constant fear for his life ever since he helped Jennifer Lopez and Sean "Pee Diddy" Combs flee a shooting at Club New York.
· Church Settles Lawsuit With Children Fathered By Priest. The Boston Archdiocese settled a wrongful death lawsuit against a priest who admitted fleeing when a woman he fathered two children with overdosed, one of the more notorious cases of clergy misconduct that led to Cardinal Bernard Law's resignation.
· Kidman, Penn, expected to film at United Nations. Between speeches on Iraq, Afghanistan or the Middle East, the United Nations probably will allow director Sydney Pollack to make a feature film on its premises.
· Telemarketers now must show up on Caller ID. Starting today, if you have Caller ID you'll know when a telemarketer is trying to reach you. That's when Federal Trade Commission regulations kick in requiring telemarketing firms to identify themselves.
· Boston Mayor's Snow Job. Even though there was hardly a snowflake, a last-minute 'snow emergency' was called by Boston Mayor Curtatone that resulted in 3,000 cars being ticketed, and another 200 towed - a $180,000 windfall for the city's coffers.
· Man to use some Lotto winnings to buy racy headstone. His headstone will read, "Been there, done that" and show "a champagne glass, a royal flush, a slot machine, a nude woman facing backwards and a stick of dynamite with a lit fuse."
· Film Studio Suits Claim 'Screener' Leaks. Two major movie studios sued an actor and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who allegedly leaked "screener" copies of movies that were then reproduced and distributed on the Internet.
· Broker's Assistant to Provide Key Testimony Against Martha Stewart. The star witness against Martha Stewart is expected to testify as soon as today that his stock broker supervisor ordered him to pass a secret trading tip to the lifestyle trendsetter.
· Article alleges Jackson hid wine in cans. Michael Jackson gave wine to the 13-year-old cancer patient at the center of the molestation charges he's battling but concealed it inside a Coke can, according to an article in the March issue of Vanity Fair.
· Cereal Launches Whodunit to Lure Kids. These days, it takes more than a hidden prize to get a kids attention. In one of its most in-depth campaigns targeting youth, No.1 U.S. breakfast cereal maker Kellogg Co changed the shape of Apple Jacks cereal in a whodunit mystery beginning this week.
· Book Reveals Sordid Details of Kobe Rape Case. A book about the Kobe Bryant rape case — the first so far — will likely create a firestorm of controversy when it's handed out at the next Bryant hearing on Monday.
· Man convicted of exposure. A Davenport man on trial for three charges of indecent exposure tried to defend himself by having his wife testify that he is not well-endowed enough for a female postal worker to have seen his penis from about 35 feet away.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
· Judge: R. Kelly Can Go To Grammys, But Avoid Michael Jackson. A judge in Chicago has given singing star R. Kelly permission to travel to Los Angeles to attend next month's Grammy Awards - but he can't associate with Michael Jackson.
· Prosecutor: Martha Stewart Lied About Stock Sale. Martha Stewart lied to cover up evidence of a suspicious stock sale after she received an inside tip from her broker, prosecutors argued, but the defense said the case was based on speculation and guesswork, as the trial of the lifestyle trendsetter started in earnest.
» Legal team admits she 'might' have had inside information. Martha Stewart's legal team served up a surprise dish yesterday: She now admits she might have received an alleged insider stock tip, after all.
· New Haven man guilty in kidnap of billionaire. A 24-year-old former Marine pleaded guilty in the abduction of one of the richest men in America, a kidnapping that fell to pieces despite months of preparation.
· Inventor of ctrl-alt-delete is logging off. The man who invented the most dreaded keystroke in history is retiring. David Bradley, inventor of the control-alt-delete key combination, is leaving IBM Corp. after nearly 30 years at the computing powerhouse.
· Girl 'sees' broken bones. Russian Natasha Demkina, 17, has stunned doctors in her home country with her ability to see medical conditions inside people. The young girl flew 1,500 miles to London to demonstrate her extraordinary powers.
· KRON-TV fined $27,500 for indecent exposure. The Federal Communications Commission fined the owners of Bay Area television station KRON $27,500 Tuesday for broadcasting a live news segment in which a performer from a stage show flashed his genitals.
· Prediction: Bin Laden in custody by Christmas. The-led coalition in Afghanistan is confident of capturing al-Qaeda terror network chief Osama bin Laden, who has long eluded determined efforts to catch him, by the end of the year, a US military spokesman said today.
· Dennis Miller Debut Draws Ratings Gain for CNBC. The premiere of "Dennis Miller," with guest appearances by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a chimpanzee named Elle, drew 746,000 viewers, more than four times the average audience.
· Despite recent DUI, Wynonna Judd still demands booze on tour. She may have copped last month to a drunk driving rap, but that hasn't stopped Wynonna Judd from demanding that promoters provide her with wine and beer during her current concert tour. [Concert Rider - List of required items while on tour].
· Bank barking up the wrong tree. Every dog has its day, and Clifford's time came this month when he got his first credit card in the mail. The 2 1/2-year-old pug received a Chase Manhattan Bank Platinum Mastercard with a spending limit of $1,500.
· Campaign loan illegal - 'fantastic,' says governor. A $4.5 million bank loan Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used to finance his own campaign is illegal, according to a Superior Court judge, but the Republican governor said Tuesday the decision was "fantastic" in a statement that contradicted his position in court.
· Customer suing over Shoney's soup gets just $407. A customer who sued a Shoney's restaurant for serving him the wrong soup can't blame the restaurant chain for his nightmares over the incident, a jury decided.
· Apple to build second supercomputer. Apple and Virginia Tech surprised the supercomputing world last year by clustering 1,100 Apple G5s that performed 10.3 trillion operations per second. Now they will use Apple's new 64-bit Xserve G5 computer.
· 'Mydoom' E-Mail Worm Spreading Fast. Network administrators were working to stop a fast-spreading e-mail worm that looks like a normal error message but actually contains a malicious program that spreads itself and installs a program that leaves an open door to infected computers.
· High School Student Steals School Bus. An 18-year-old high school student was arrested after authorities say he stole a school bus and drove erratically before being found asleep inside the vehicle.
· Strike Two: NASA Says Second Mars Rover Experiencing Problems. As NASA scientists pored over striking new photos from Mars revealing finely layered formations of ancient bedrock, engineers labored on Tuesday to diagnose problems with two robotic rovers on opposite sides of the Red Planet.
· Group insists Washington not first U.S. prez. The title of "first president" has always belonged to Washington, but in the southeastern Connecticut city of Norwich, there's a mounting effort to rewrite history with Samuel Huntington as the first president.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
· oops! Radio Station Rapped for Muslim Terror Jibe. A Canadian radio station was reprimanded on Tuesday for saying Muslims only traveled to the holy city of Mecca because they wanted to fund suicide attacks such as the one that hit New York.
· N.J. Co. Offers Slices of Elvis Recording. A New Jersey company is offering Elvis Presley fans a chance to buy what it says is a slice of history. And it really means a slice - 2-inch snips of a tape reel featuring some of the King's earliest recordings.
· Tourist Reports Marijuana Stolen. A New York tourist visiting Key West, FL called police to report that several items were stolen from his hotel room, including some high quality Bahamian marijuana.
· Food critic threatened with legal action. One of London's best-known restaurants - popular with MPs and acclaimed by the Michelin guide - is taking the unprecedented step of threatening to sue a restaurant critic for libel.
· Prosecutors to Launch Attack on Stewart Today. U.S. prosecutors will launch their long awaited attack against Martha Stewart on Tuesday, saying she lied to investigators about a suspicious stock trade, fearing it could ruin her reputation and the lifestyle empire she had built.
· Singer Courtney Love's Hearing Postponed. A court hearing for singer/actress Courtney Love, who faces two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, was postponed Tuesday after the judge said "additional investigation" was needed.
· Nicole Kidman exposes her 'globe.' Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman had to make a dramatic backstage dash at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, when her gown slipped, nearly exposing one of her breasts.
· "Gigli" leads nominations for worst picture awards. The 2003 film "Gigli," starring Hollywood actress and singer Jennifer Lopez and her just-split boyfriend Ben Affleck, led the nominations for the Razzies worst picture awards.
· Britney, Beyonce, Pink Star in Pepsi Ad. There were pop stars, cameras and lights, but the excitement wasn't for a movie premiere, it was the world debut of a Pepsi commercial - starring Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles and Pink.
· Howard Dean's Deli Debt. 200 brown bag specials...with turkey, roast beef, ham and veggie sandwiches ordered and delivered to the Dean campaign's Iowa headquarters. The total check...$963.01. The total payment... nothing.
· Super Bowl a Blitz on Work Force. This year's Super Bowl could end up costing employers $821 million in lost wages next week as their workers goof off on company time to chat about the big game, researchers say.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Innocuous [in·noc·u·ous] adj. 1. Having no adverse effect; harmless. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. [the seemingly innocuous e-mail actually contained a malicious virus].
· Teenager's Conservative Club Causes Uproar. Tim Bueler started the Conservative Club to balance what he calls the liberal bias in his San Fransisco-area public school, but when some schoolmates found his views offensive and threatened to beat him up, the 17-year-old claims the principal and teachers turned the other way.
· Landmine-detecting plant developed by Danish researchers. Danish researchers said they have produced a plant that can help detect hidden landmines by changing its colour from green to red when its roots come in contact with explosives.
· Comedian George Carlin on Not being liberal. "First of all, I'm not liberal," Carlin said. "I'm just about (being) anti-United States. I don't like the way this country operates. I think we've ruined this place," Carlin concluded.
· Latest E-Mail Worm Spreading Fast. A malicious program attached to seemingly innocuous e-mails was spreading quickly over the Internet on Monday, clogging network traffic and potentially leaving hackers an open door to infected personal computers.
Monday, January 26, 2004
· Prime-Time 'Millionaire' Returning to ABC. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," the most successful game show in the history of prime-time television until ABC burned through its popularity by overexposing it, will return next month, complete with Regis Philbin, the hot seat, the lifelines, and the big cash prizes.
· Pope hosts break-dance performance. In an unusual spectacle at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II presided Sunday over a performance of break-dancers who leaped, flipped and spun their bodies to beats from a tinny boom box.
· Man Dies After Going Over Cliff On Snowboard. A man rode a snowboard over a cliff in a closed area near the Crystal Mountain ski resort and died when he fell 80 to 100 feet, Pierce County Washington sheriff's deputies said.
· $500,000 Worth Of Drugs Missing From Evidence Room. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Daytona Beach, FL has launched an investigation after discovering about $500,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana missing from the agency's evidence compound.
· Winner of nation's biggest lottery jackpot arrested on drunken driving charge. Jack Whittaker, who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was charged Sunday with drunk driving - just weeks after being charged with trying to assault a bar manager.
· Jury Selection Begins in 'Pee' Diddy Case. Jury selection was to begin Monday in a court case against rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, whose former chauffeur contends Combs and a bodyguard forced him to speed away from the scene of a 1999 nightclub shooting.
» Man sentenced for marrying his 15-year-old cousin. A member of Utah's polygamous Kingston clan was sentenced Monday to a year in prison for taking a 15-year-old cousin - who was also his aunt - as his wife.
· Man Jailed For Days Over Face Mask On Cold Day. An obscure Georgia state statute says, "it is a misdemeanor for any person to wear a mask, hood or device by which any portion of the face is so hidden."
· Jury Picked for Stewart Stock Fraud Trial. A jury of eight women and four men was chosen Monday to hear Martha Stewart's stock fraud trial. Lawyers for the government and defense were expected to present their opening statements tomorrow.
· Rings, Translation Win Golden Globes. The intimate held its own against the epic at Sunday's Golden Globes, as the big, thunderous "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" collected a leading four trophies while the small, poignant "Lost in Translation" got three.
· Mayor offers Atkins widow low-carb mea culpa. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, embroiled in a battle over remarks he made about diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins, offered his widow a low-carb mea culpa Saturday - an invitation to a steak dinner.
· Couple lose their home over $120 debt. A retired couple's dispute with their homeowners association has spiraled out of control in this Calaveras County community - and now they have lost their home less than a year after failing to pay $120 in annual dues.
· Dennis Miller introduces new show on CNBC tonight. Dennis Miller has usually been happy to spray his acerbic wit across the political spectrum, but things will be different on his new CNBC talk program. President Bush is in a mock-free zone.
· Disgruntled Customer Pummels McDonald's Manager With Shakes. A disgruntled McDonald's customer in New Jersey was arrested after throwing a fit - and two milkshakes - because her order took too long.
Sunday, January 25, 2004
· Keystone Cops: Woman passes airport security with stun gun, knife. A woman passed through security screening at New York's LaGuardia Airport with a stun gun and knife in her purse - but later discovered the mistake herself and alerted authorities.
· Police Return $1,000 Bill to Trucker. A man's treasured $1,000 bill was returned by police who swapped it for more common currency at the mayor's request after the trucker was arrested for 'sleeping off a few drinks' in his truck parked on his own lot.
· High-Tech Thriller Wins Sundance Prize. The high-tech thriller "Primer," about two get-rich-quick inventors whose time-travel device complicates their lives, won the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival.
» The power of the ring thing. An abstinence movement is flourishing in America, with many teens exchanging $12 for a silver ring and a bible. The ring is a symbol of the pledge that they will have made: to remain sexually pure until marriage.
· Britney Gives Madonna French Career Award. Madonna made a brief appearance at a French music awards show this weekend, accepting a career award from Britney Spears and thanking France's fans for two decades of support.
· Study Links Some Hair Dyes to Kind of Cancer. A study of more than 1,300 women in Connecticut shows that those who began coloring their hair before 1980 increased their chance of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma by 40 percent.
· Teen Witness Shot to Death. Police said a 14-year-old girl was shot to death and her friend wounded after being targeted because their assailant thought the slain girl had witnessed a killing the day before.
· Part of Columbia Astronaut's Diary Found. Sections of a diary belonging to one of the seven astronauts killed last year when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas were found a few months ago and returned to his family.
· Ex-Anna Nicole Smith Boyfriend Sentenced. An ex-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for making criminal threats against the former Playboy Playmate and attacking her neighbor, officials said.