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Thursday, July 15, 2004
· Peterson Judge to Decide Whether to Dismiss Charges. A judge will decide whether to dismiss murder charges against Scott Peterson after the former fertilizer salesman's attorney alleged a prosecution witness lied on the stand.
· Edwards Chooses Fast-Food Joint as Romantic Date. He's worth millions and could afford the fanciest restaurant in town, but Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards and his wife celebrate each wedding anniversary at Wendy's.
· Judge to allow Kobe's bloodstained shirt at trial. The judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case on Wednesday barred evidence from a medical exam performed on the NBA star, saying investigators didn’t have the proper court order to take him to the hospital in the middle of the night.
· Halle's ex says he’s no sex addict. Eric Benet says he was unfaithful to Halle on more than one occasion, but says emphatically, "I am not a sex addict. I am a person who, through a series of emotional events, troubles, challenges, made some really, really stupid, painful mistakes." Benet also explains that it was not easy being perceived as "Mr. Halle Berry," but that is not what broke up his marriage
· Inside scoop on Martha. The do-it-yourself diva will have to take more orders than a short-order cook if she is sentenced to prison tomorrow by Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum. Prison rules govern everything from what Stewart can wear to how much time she'll get on the phone - 300 minutes per month.
» Replacing Martha. When Martha Stewart is sentenced in Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum's court tomorrow on conspiracy and obstruction-of-justice charges, a huge void will open in our domestic-arts leadership. Who will fill Martha's formidable, stylish shoes?
· Grieving family finds wrong body in casket. Authorities misidentified two teens in an auto crash that killed one and left the other in critical condition, stunning parents who realized their son was alive after seeing the wrong body in the casket
· Capitol hooker-gate? Gov. Jim McGreevey’s top moneyman hired a pair of New York City hookers last year in a sex for blackmail scheme allegedly aimed at blocking a federal probe into his fundraising practices for Democrats.
· Russell Crowe back to old ways? Movie star Russell Crowe groped a string of women during a drunken night out in Canada, it has been reported. Crowe is alleged to have upset several women in a bar in Toronto by making lewd suggestions and trying to touch and kiss them, according to the Daily Star.
· UN proposes email tax. The United Nations wants email users to subsidise the extension of the Internet to Third World countries, according to a report released by the UN Development Programme earlier this week.
· Conviction tossed in taped killing case. An appeals court tossed out the conviction of Michael LaSane, 25, because his mother had an affair with his lawyer. The court said the sexual relationship amounted to "unethical conduct," though it might not have represented a traditional conflict of interest.
· Harrah's to Buy Caesars for $5.2 Billion. Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has agreed to buy rival Caesars Entertainment Inc. for about $5.2 billion, creating the world's largest casino operator, sources close to the deal said Wednesday.
· Group says dozens allege sex abuse by nuns. Spotlighting the role of female clergy in sexual abuse for the first time, a victims advocacy group said yesterday that it had identified about 100 people in the United States who said they had been assaulted by Catholic nuns, sisters and other female religious workers.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
· Magistrate Rules Janklow Was On Duty During Accident. Former U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was on duty when he caused a fatal accident last summer, so taxpayers should pay any civil damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, according to a court ruling Tuesday.
· Courtney Love has a legal guardian and is in an "institution." Embattled diva Courtney Love is a "troubled rock star" who now has a legal guardian and has been admitted to an "institution" in the eastern U.S., her civil lawyer has said.
· Slim-Fast Sheds Whoopi Goldberg After Bush Riff. Comedian Whoopi Goldberg will no longer appear in ads for diet aid maker Slim-Fast following her lewd riff on President Bush's name at a fund-raiser last week, the company said on Wednesday.
· Hatfill sues N.Y. Times over anthrax columns. A bioterrorism expert who was named by government authorities as a “person of interest” in the 2001 anthrax attacks has sued The New York Times, saying the newspaper ruined his reputation by pointing to him as the culprit.
· Brando Ends Film Career As Elderly Woman. Marlon Brando started his screen career as a muscular leading man, and ended it as ... an elderly woman. The actor's last role was a voice performance as Mrs. Sour in the animated comedy "Big Bug Man." The film is set for release in 2006.
· Subway Brings Jared Back in Anti-Obesity Campaign. Sandwich chain Subway Restaurants, portraying itself as a leader in the fight against childhood obesity, unveiled a new ad campaign on Wednesday that brings back a long-time spokesman who lost nearly 250 pounds eating Subway sandwiches daily.
· Nasty note sent to Martha's judge. Is someone trying to sabotage Martha Stewart on the eve of her judgment day? Days before her sentencing, reports surfaced of a nasty letter sent by the wife of Stewart's ex-husband, Andy Stewart, begging the judge to give the diva hard time.
· Laci's Hair Entered In Court. Prosecutors on Tuesday presented their first piece of physical evidence in Scott Peterson's murder trial — a single strand of dark hair found on a pair of pliers and believed to be from his pregnant wife.
· Studios Spar Over Anchorman Pat O'Brien. Two studios are in a court fight over whether anchorman Pat O'Brien can promote his upcoming TV news magazine "The Insider" while under contract to competing "Access Hollywood."
· Mark Cuban playing Trump card. Don't take too seriously billionaire Mark Cuban's war of words with Donald Trump over Cuban's "Apprentice"- like reality show, "The Benefactor," which bows in the fall on ABC. "It's all shtick," Cuban said yesterday. But that didn't stop Cuban from taking plenty of shots at Trump - and extending their battle for the most boisterous billionaire with a reality show.
· Man loses license after telling doctor about drinking. A man who told his doctors that he drinks more than a six-pack of beer per day is now fighting to get his driver's license back because the physicians apparently reported him to the state DMV.
· Danza fearless about his new talk show. Tony Danza promised television critics that his upcoming talk show will be lively and unpredictable. Speaking during a session at the summer Television Critics Assn. press tour, Danza said he plans to keep viewers of "The Tony Danza Show" entertained with the unexpected when it premieres Sept. 13.
· 3 Generations of Presleys Appear in Vogue. In the August issue of Vogue, three generations of Presleys - Priscilla, her daughter, Lisa Marie, and Lisa Marie's daughter, Danielle Riley - candidly discuss their lives.
· Paris Hilton drops sex video lawsuit. Socialite Paris Hilton has asked a Los Angeles judge to dismiss her invasion of privacy lawsuit against an Internet company that distributed a sex video of her, but she has reserved the right to refile the suit, her lawyer says.
· Suicide jumper lives. A woman, apparently distraught after a dispute, jumped yesterday from a 12th-floor window at an Upper East Side New York condo — but miraculously survived because she hit a net.
· French woman admits she made up anti-Semitic attack. A French woman who claimed last week she had been the victim of a vicious anti-Semitic attack admitted to police that she had made up the entire incident, and was detained for false reporting.
· CIA's Acting Chief Says Threat Highest Since 9/11. The terrorist threat against the United States in the run-up to the November election is as serious as at any time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, acting CIA Director John McLaughlin said.
· Mrs. Clinton Will Be in Boston, but Not at the Microphone. The Democratic National Committee released on Tuesday its lineup of the big-name politicians speaking at the convention this month, and it included every major Democratic star except one.
· Courtney in crisis. Courtney Love was everybody's favorite rock 'n' roll bad girl once. Her mood swings, raunchy comments and blistering feuds were exactly what we expected from the widow of Kurt Cobain. But lately, her exploits have spun wildly from impish and naughty into destructive and pitiable.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
· 'Jeopardy!' Champ Passes $1 Million Mark. Television's seemingly unbeatable answer man - or question man - has passed the $1 million mark on "Jeopardy!" Ken Jennings, the whip-smart software engineer from Salt Lake City, won his 30th straight contest on the syndicated game show, in an episode televised Tuesday. That brought his earnings to $1,004,960.
· Witness: No Bruises on Scott Peterson. An evidence technician who examined Scott Peterson's body for scratches or bruises shortly after his pregnant wife vanished testified Tuesday he found nothing unusual.
· Hooters ex-manager enters taping plea. A former Hooters restaurant manager accused of secretly videotaping female applicants as they changed into waitress uniforms pleaded no contest Monday to felony charges.
· Rosie Takes Shot At Bush During Gay-Friendly Cruise. "It will be the first time, except for prohibition, that bigotry has been added to the Constitution," O'Donnell said. "That the prevention of rights and exclusion of rights takes paramount over some religious ideology. And, supposedly, that is what we are fighting in Iraq - A religious extreme government that is not letting people live freely."
· De Beers to Plead Guilty. De Beers, the world's top diamond producer, will plead guilty in a U.S. court to a 10-year-old price-fixing charge, opening the way for it to resume business in America after nearly 60 years, a court official said on Monday.
· Lawsuit says priest swindled woman out of $500,000. A respected Manhattan priest swindled a devout elderly parishioner out of nearly $500,000 - and used some of the money to buy himself a Jersey Shore condo, a bombshell lawsuit charges.
· White-collar convict turns to consulting. David Novak Consulting specializes in helping prison-bound white-collar criminals prepare for a major change in lifestyle - from multimillion-dollar vacation homes to an 8-by-10-foot cell.
· Not all Swedes love Paris. President Bush isn’t the only American whose popularity has taken a beating overseas. Paris Hilton was in a convenience store in Stockholm when she was accosted by a shopper there, who called her a “whore” and started screaming that he hated Americans.
· Peterson Trial Testimony Focuses on Search. A comforter apparently stained with blood was among numerous pieces of evidence seized from Scott Peterson's homein the days after his pregnant wife vanished, a police detective testified Monday.
· Filipinos cave in - to send troops home. Filipino hostage was expected to be freed Tuesday following the Philippine government's agreement to withdraw its forces early from Iraq, a diplomatic source in Baghdad said.
· Al Franken to Rename Radio Show. Al Franken's radio show, "The O'Franken Factor," is changing its name to "The Al Franken Show." The 53-year-old comedian said he's changing the name because "no matter how hard we tried, conservative entertainer Bill O'Reilly wouldn't sue us."
· Gaza's Killing School. Children as young as 10 are being recruited to fight for the Palestinian cause. London's Sky News gained access to a young people's camp in Gaza, where the only lesson taught is how to kill Israelis.
· Enron's Lay fights back. Former Enron Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Kenneth Lay said Monday in a television interview that he takes full responsibility for events at Enron - both the positive and negative - but denies he is to blame for criminal conduct that caused the collapse of the Houston energy giant.
· Nasdaq Snares Google IPO. Internet search firm Google Inc. said Monday it would list its hotly anticipated $2.7 billion initial public offering on the Nasdaq Stock Market, dealing a blow to the New York Stock Exchange, which had campaigned hard to win the coveted listing.
· Windows XP to Get Major Security Upgrade. Microsoft Corp. will release a major update to the Windows XP computer operating system in August that focuses on boosting protection against malicious intrusions.
Monday, July 11, 2004
· Isabel Sanford of 'The Jeffersons' Dies. Isabel Sanford, best known as "Weezie" or Louise Jefferson on the sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died of natural causes, her publicist said Monday. She was 86.
· 'Spider-Man 2' retains box-office crown. Twelve days into its run, “Spider-Man 2” had grossed about $20 million more than the original “Spider-Man” had at the same point. That improves its chances of exceeding the $403.7 million total domestic take for “Spider-Man,” the top-grossing movie of 2002.
· Morgan Stanley Sex Bias Case Settles. Morgan Stanley agreed on Monday to pay $54 million to settle sex bias charges filed on behalf of hundreds of women who complained they were denied raises and promotions and subjected to lewd behavior at the huge U.S. investment bank.
· Colossal ads block view of Rome's gems. There's a lovely 16th Century church at the top of the Spanish Steps - Rome's premier gathering spot for tourists - but if you're visiting Rome this summer you won't be able to see it. That's because it's been draped in a giant advertisement for L'Oreal beauty products, the latest in a series of controversial advertisements that obscure the ancient city's monuments.
· Priests 'in orgy' at seminary. Roman Catholic leaders in Austria called an emergency meeting today after officials discovered a vast cache of photos and videos allegedly depicting young priests having sex at a seminary.
· Marc's latest hit may come in court. J.Lo's new hubby has been sued in Puerto Rico by former friend Shimmy McHugh, who claims the salsa star won't pay $20,000 he owes for a party Anthony threw at McHugh's club in San Juan two years ago.
· Mimi Rogers does full-frontal nudity in new movie. First, there is the whole Colin Farrell of it all with his new movie A Home at the End of the World. Then there's the upcoming gratuitous Will Smith shower scene in I, Robot." And Wednesday, Focus Features' The Door in the Floor delivers a whole lot of bare-it-all scenes for a few members of its cast, most importantly Kim Basinger, Mimi Rogers and Jeff Bridges.
· Billionaire philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller dies at 94. Laurance Rockefeller, a conservationist, philanthropist and leading figure in the field of venture capital, died in his sleep Sunday morning.
· Gay pride runs high as Rosie love boat sails. Ahoy, the USS Rosie! Hundreds of gay and lesbian families from across the country donned leis and beachwear as they set sail yesterday on Rosie O'Donnell's first-ever gay family cruise.
· Officials to give Kentucky an image overhaul. State officials say Kentucky's lackluster image are helping drive a $15million-a-year identity makeover for the state — with a slogan, a logo and ad campaign designed to draw new businesses and residents.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
· 'Jeopardy!' Champ Closes in on $1 Million. If the answer is Ken Jennings and his record $920,960 so far in "Jeopardy!" winnings, the question must be, how does he do it? A curious mind, good memory and astute buzzer technique, said Jennings, a Utah software engineer who will make an unprecedented 29th appearance on the syndicated quiz show Monday night.
· Madison Ave. loves Maria. She is blond, stunningly beautiful and has a wicked forehand. Maria Sharapova won the hearts of tennis fans around the world with her surprisingly decisive victory over two-time defending champion Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Now it's Madison Avenue that's after her heart.
· Bobby Brown Posts Bond on Battery Charge. R&B singer Bobby Brown turned himself in to jail officials Sunday night - a few hours before a court-imposed deadline - and was released after posting a $2,000 bond on charges he hit his wife, singer Whitney Houston.
· Elections may be delayed if terrorist attack. U.S. counterterrorism officials are looking at an emergency proposal on the legal steps needed to postpone the presidential election in case of such an attack.
· Schwarzenegger Visits Austrian Hometown. Slipping away from Vienna, Arnold Schwarzenegger briefly visited the city of his youth Sunday to breakfast with a fellow governor and spend a little private time with friends.
· Pilot lands on I-5, faces DUI charge. An Arizona man was charged with flying a plane while intoxicated Saturday after he was forced to land his plane on northbound Interstate 5 near Santa Clarita, California clipping a van in the process.
· Running for cover with J.Lo. Someone's in big trouble over the Jennifer Lopez cover story in August's In Style magazine. The glossy claims to have an exclusive from J.Lo about her wedding to Marc Anthony. But Lopez's camp says it was never discussed.
· Man blames heart attack on 'Esther.' John Schlesinger, the Oscar-winning director of Billy Liar and Midnight Cowboy, blamed Madonna's "outrageous" behaviour on the set of a film they were making for contributing to his heart attack.
· No mercy? Martha unlikely to dodge prison. When Martha Stewart begs for mercy in Manhattan Federal Court this Friday, one woman will decide her fate - Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum. History shows she is a judge unafraid to say no.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Autonomous [au·ton·o·mous] adj. 1. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed. 2. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: "an autonomous judiciary."
· Marion Jones Fails to Qualify in 100 Meters. Marion Jones failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 meters Saturday night, losing out on a chance to defend her gold medal in her signature event at the Athens Games. Jones started quickly but seemed to struggle as the race progressed and finished fifth in the final at the U.S. Olympic trials. The top three finishers automatically make the team.
· Shaq's Agent Says O'Neal OKs Miami Trade. Shaquille O'Neal would be happy to be traded to the Miami Heat. That word came Saturday from O'Neal's agent, Perry Rogers, who told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that O'Neal has given his blessing to a deal that would send him to Miami.
Saturday, July 10, 2004
· Ex Talks: 'Britney was my sex-mad bride.' Britney Spears bedded her childhood sweetheart "like an animal", then wrecked his life with a 55-hour marriage that stunned the world. Now, in a world exclusive interview, husband Jason Alexander details every moment of the sex, the proposal, their Vegas wedding and his humiliation as furious family and lawyers prised them apart.
· Courtney Love hospitalized for ‘gynecological condition.’ Rock star Courtney Love was hospitalized in New York on Friday after a warrant was issued for her arrest when she failed to appear in a Los Angeles court for arraignment on an assault charge.
· Trump Searches for 3rd Apprentice. Donald Trump hasn't even chosen his second apprentice, and he's already looking for his third. Trump spent Friday interviewing prospective candidates for the third season of his hit NBC reality show, "The Apprentice," at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles on Friday.
· Glen Campbell has captive audience. Campbell, nearing the end of his 10-day sentence for extreme drunken driving, gave a free 30-minute concert Friday night for about 1,000 inmates at Maricopa County's outdoor jail.
· Pornographic image angers authorities. A doctored pornographic image depicting a female Pataskala, Ohio police officer, mailed to area businesses, city officials and law enforcement agencies, has outraged local authorities and triggered a criminal investigation.
· Car scam trail totals $2 million. Dozens of car dealers from Kentucky to Kansas have discovered in the last two years that one seller, who seemed like such a nice guy, apparently was a skilled swindler.
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.
· Son of Sam's back on Web. Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz is ranting on the Internet again. Despite a Gov. Pataki-ordered probe of his creepy cyberjournal, the caged killer complains in new entries in his online diaries that he's under "surprise attack" for putting his thoughts on the Web.
· More classified disks missing from Los Alamos. Two items containing classified information are missing from Los Alamos National Laboratory, a lab spokesman said Friday. The items — so-called "Classified Removable Electronic Media" — were discovered missing from the Weapons Physics Directorate during an inventory check Wednesday, lab spokesman Kevin Roark said.
Friday, July 9, 2004
· Stone's basic return. Sharon Stone will star in a sequel to Basic Instinct after ending a bitter fight with the film's producers. And she may appear nude again in the follow-up. "I'm like, 'Does anybody want to pay $12 to see me naked?"' the 46-year-old said. "I'm like, 'I guess it's OK."'
· 'Frugal Gourmet' Chef Jeff Smith Dies. Jeff Smith, a white-bearded minister who became public television's popular "Frugal Gourmet" before a sex scandal ruined his career, has died, his business manager said Friday. He was 65.
· 68-year-old cleaning woman wins $294 million. A 68-year-old cleaning woman stepped forward Friday to claim the $294 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest jackpot ever to go to a single person in North America.
· Alleged Hacker Now Works for Microsoft. A man accused of hacking into search engine company AltaVista's computer systems about two years ago is now employed by Microsoft Corp., reportedly working on search technology.
· Buffett lunch fetches $202,100. Bidder on eBay wins right to dine with world's second richest man. For about $200,000, you can buy two shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s stock - or you can have lunch with its chairman, Warren Buffett.
· Judge Calls Jackson Prosecutor to Testify. Michael Jackson's prosecutor was ordered Friday to testify at an upcoming hearing about how much he knew of the relationship between Jackson's former attorney and a private investigator before officials broke into the investigator's office and took evidence.
· David Bowie recovering from heart surgery. British rock legend David Bowie underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery last month but is now recovering and hopes to return to work in August, his publicist said on Thursday.
· Brando's will estimates estate at about $21.6 million. Contrary to reports that Marlon Brando died virtually penniless, the late acting legend left an estate valued at roughly $21.6 million, according to his will.
· Martha sorry? Well, no. Martha Stewart's offering no apologies. The domestic diva failed in her last-ditch bid for a new trial yesterday - and today she will beg to do her time without spending a day in drab prison garb.
· Inmate escapes Atlanta jail during rap music video shoot. The last straw for the problem-plagued Fulton County Jail came when an inmate escaped from a maximum-security wing while guards were serving as extras during the making of a rap music video behind bars.
· Whoopi raises hackles at Kerry fundraiser. The Democratic presidential ticket netted a cool $7.5 million at a star-studded concert but had to squirm through a wickedly irreverent monologue from comic Whoopi Goldberg to do it.
· Crackdown on sex fiends. Within the past year, federal agents have rounded up 3,247 sex offenders as part of a sweeping Department of Homeland Security crackdown targeting pedophiles, international sex tourists and Internet predators, officials said yesterday.
· Defense: Jacko DA Conducted Surveillance. In the days leading up to Michael Jackson's arrest on child molestation charges, the district attorney handling the case took the unusual step of personally conducting surveillance at the office of a private investigator working for the singer's lawyer, a defense request unsealed Thursday said.
· Having A Successful Garage Sale. Anything can be sold - from clothing and toys to old doors and kitchen hardware. And what you think is junk could be worth some money. So here are Whittlef’s tips on maximizing your returns.
· Woman guilty of corrupting minors. A woman pleaded no contest to charges she performed a sex act on her son's 13-year-old friend as he slept, showed the boy a pornographic movie and gave him cigarettes.
· California education chief calls preschooler 'stupid dirty girl.' State Education Secretary Richard Riordan jokingly told a child her name, Isis, meant "stupid dirty girl," prompting the head of the California NAACP on Thursday to call for his resignation.
· Woman arrested after flashing prosecutor. A woman is behind bars for baring her breasts at a passing motorist - the Logan County prosecutor. Wytona Mollohan, 38, of Whitman, is serving a 90-day sentence at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden after pleading guilty to indecent exposure in last week's incident.
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.
· Judge frees sex attack 'moody' boy. A 12-YEAR-OLD boy who carried out shocking sex attacks on five women has been released from an institution early - because a judge ruled he had committed the offences when he was in 'a bad mood.'
· Boy Accused of Ranch Murders Claims Abuse. A 14-year-old boy accused in a triple-murder on newsman Sam Donaldson's ranch told police he took a gun from the barn and shot his family after being repeatedly beaten by his father.
· U.S. senator, sobbing for son, pleas for suicide bill. Oregon Republican Gordon Smith took the floor to introduce a youth suicide prevention bill named after his own dead son. "He saw only despair ahead and felt only pain in his present. Pain and despair so potent that he sought suicide as a release. As a release," Smith said, recalling his son Garrett, who killed himself in his college apartment last September, one day before his 22nd birthday.
· Marion Jones’ ex-husband testifies. The ex-husband of sprinter Marion Jones appeared before the grand jury in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case on Thursday, a day before the three-time Olympic champion begins her quest to qualify for the Athens Games, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Thursday, July 8, 2004
· Judge denies Martha Stewart new trial . A federal judge on Thursday denied Martha Stewart's latest request for a new trial based on allegations that a government ink expert lied on the witness stand at her first trial.
· Incoming! Fort Campbell faces onslaught by a diaper brigade. After returning home in February and March from a grueling tour of duty in Iraq, the 101st Airborne Division wasted no time getting families started. About 220 births are expected in November, nine to 10 months after the division's return.
· America West Pilots Charged With Being Drunk In Cockpit. A federal grand jury has charged two fired America West pilots with being drunk in the cockpit as they left a gate at Miami International Airport two years ago.
· Plane that caused Capitol evacuation nearly shot down. The top general at the North American Aerospace Defense Command was on the telephone and prepared to order an F-16 fighter to shoot down an unidentified plane that turned out to be carrying the governor of Kentucky to President Ronald Reagan's funeral last month, according to two federal security officials briefed about the incident.
· Marine's kidnapping 'may be hoax.' Pentagon officials have launched a criminal investigation into the case of a missing U.S. Muslim marine amid growing evidence that his "kidnapping" may have been an elaborate hoax.
· Laci Jurors See 'Re-Enactment.' Photos were the centerpiece at the Scott Peterson trial Wednesday - grisly pictures of bodies found - and later, pictures of a pregnant employee of the prosecutor's office, posing inside a toolbox, to illustrate a police theory on how the crime might have happened.
· FCC wants radio, TV to keep tapes of shows. Federal regulators are considering a new indecency regulation that would require broadcasters to keep recordings of their programs for a limited period of time.
· Unlikely Website Scoops World on Kerry's Choice. The first word that Sen. John F. Kerry had tapped Sen. John Edwards as his running mate trickled out not from a newspaper or cable TV news network but on an obscure aviation website in a far-flung corner of the Internet.
· Boy arrested in triple killing at ABC man's ranch. A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing his father, stepmother and stepsister on a New Mexico ranch owned by ABC newsman Sam Donaldson, authorities said.
· Fla. man arrested in strip search hoax calls. A Florida corrections officer has been arrested in connection with a string of strip search hoaxes at fast food restaurants nationwide, likely including one at the downtown Rapid City Hardee's restaurant last summer.
· Jackson Defense Seeks to Toss Indictment. Michael Jackson's lawyers asked a judge to throw out his grand jury indictment on molestation charges, claiming prosecutors bullied and argued with witnesses and "ran the proceedings as if they employed the grand jurors."
· Sheriff's Office Offers Fishing Trip To Deputy With Most Arrests. A district commander in the Lee County Florida Sheriff's Office is offering a free fishing trip to the deputy who makes the most arrests this month.
· Cell Phone Call Saves Girls Surrounded By Rattlesnakes. Two Colorado girls vacationing in Montana used a cell phone to call for help after finding themselves on a hillside infested with dozens of rattlesnakes.
· Fans Slam George Michael in His Chat Room. Pop singer George Michael might have expected some praise from adoring fans when he set up a chat room on his Web site. Instead, contributors complained the 41-year-old looked old and overweight and criticized his recent music, prompting the singer to announce Thursday he is shutting down the forum.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Extemporaneous [ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous] adj. 1. Unrehearsed. Done or said without advance preparation or thought; impromptu: "An extemporaneous lecture." 2. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: "An extemporaneous speech."
· Killed for braid debt. Tyisha McCoy died over a $100 hairdo. Stunning reporters and cops alike, a Bronx parolee yesterday admitted ordering the murder of the 13-year-old girl because she refused to pay him for braiding her hair.
· Shocker! Most NYC Cab Drivers Are Foreign-Born. An analysis of U.S. Census figures shows that 84 percent of yellow cab and limousine drivers are foreign-born, up from 64 percent in 1990 and 38 percent in 1980, according to a recent study.
· Denzel Washington Making Sammy Davis Film. Denzel Washington reportedly will be making a film on the life story of Sammy Davis Jr., but he doesn't plan to star in the production. Washington will be directing the project about the late entertainer, who died in 1990 of throat cancer, Variety has reported.
· Valuable art collection found in schools. To the delight of school officials, a multimillion-dollar treasure trove of 19th- and 20th-century art has been discovered in basements, boiler rooms, closets and hallways in Philadelphia's cash-strapped public schools.