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Monday, June 7, 2004
· 'Harry Potter' Takes Nearly $93 Million. The boy wizard has worked his biggest box-office spell. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" charmed audiences to the tune of $92.65 million in its debut weekend, the best results yet for the franchise, according to studio estimates Sunday.
· Victim's clothing key in Peterson case. Laci Peterson's friends and family swarmed to her home the night she was reported missing, frantically scouring the neighborhood for clues as to what happened to the woman who was eight months pregnant.
· New Kit Claims Would-Be Parents Can Pick Boy Or Girl. New at-home gender-selection kits claim a 96 percent success rate in determining the sex of a baby without a visit to the doctor. One item is called GenSelect, and is available online for about $200.
· Love story to the very end. Ronald and Nancy Reagan at his 75th birthday celebration, in 1986, during his second term as President. Nancy stayed close by her husband's side in the decade he battled Alzheimer's.
» Phrases that defined a career. Ronald Reagan spent his formative years as a radio announcer and a film actor. Few presidents have demonstrated Reagan’s gift for delivering telling phrases that stuck in the public mind and defined issues in stark, simplified terms. Here is a selection of some of those phrases.
· Tony Bounces Back in 'Sopranos' Finale. The somber fifth-season finale of "The Sopranos" aired Sunday night on HBO. Much of the episode, co-written by "Sopranos" creator David Chase, found crisis-beset Tony Soprano increasingly helpless as his life's work, and his life, unraveled.
· Interview twists, turns. It's not unusual for interviewers to look beyond a resume and face-to-face meeting to find the unspoken clues about your personality. It may be nails bitten down to the quick or shoes that are polished everywhere but the heels.
· First Enron Trial to Start. The first Enron criminal trial, over an alleged sham sale of barges, opens Monday with an expected rapid jury-selection process and defense questions about a last-minute revelation of information from the prosecution.
· Overheated PCs mean hot business for cooling firms. Powerful microchips are throwing off so much heat that the inside of a personal computer is hotter than Death Valley, helping Taiwan firms specializing in cooling components post sizzling sales.
Sunday, June 6, 2004
· J.Lo Marries Singer Marc Anthony. Jennifer Lopez reportedly married Marc Anthony in a small ceremony at her home on Saturday, less than six months after she ended her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck.
· Text Messages May Turn Up in Bryant Case. A few hours after NBA star Kobe Bryant had sex with a Vail-area hotel worker last summer, the woman exchanged cell phone text messages with a former boyfriend and someone else. What's in those messages could help determine whether the sex was consensual or whether Bryant is guilty of rape as charged. The judge himself said the content may be "highly relevant" to the case.
· Reagan's Body to Lie in State in Capitol. The body of former President Ronald Reagan will be flown to Washington on Monday or Tuesday, and will lie in state for two days in the Capitol Building before a state funeral is held at the National Cathedral.
· School pulls the sheets on prom date with porn star. Listeners of Friday's Howard Stern radio show who crave details of the arranged prom date between a Weston High School senior and adult film star Tyler Faith will be sorely disappointed when they tune in tomorrow and find the date was canceled.
· Collectors Pay Thousands at Babs Auction. Collectors took advantage of a rare opportunity Saturday when Barbra Streisand put hundreds of items from her films and personal life on auction to benefit several charities.
· Girl golfer with the eye of the Tigress. While Woods smashed down race barriers, Michelle Wie, a schoolgirl from Hawaii who flies to England today for her first European appearance, is promising to do the same in the battle of the sexes.
· Celebrity Auction Benefits Food Program. People will be able to bid on a visit with Tom Cruise, the Mini Cooper that Charlize Theron drove in "The Italian Job," and a kiss from Sharon Stone as part of a benefit auction for a program that delivers food to people with AIDS and other serious illnesses.
· Attempt on Mexico governor's life a hoax. A reported assassination attempt in March that left a Mexican state governor in the hospital was a hoax, and the governor is accused of hiding the facts, the attorney general's office said
· Supermarkets Look to Automated Checkout. Supermarket checkout clerks are going the way of the bank teller - available if you want one, avoidable if you don't. Self-checkout machines, which let customers scan, bag and pay for their own groceries, offer shoppers a chance to avoid the lines at the checkout stands.
Saturday, June 5, 2004
· Smarty party comes to end. Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid and his perfect record when Birdstone upset the popular 3-year-old in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and toppled his chances to end a record 26-year drought without a winner of thoroughbred racing’s most coveted prize.
· Judge warns of sanctions in Kobe case. The judge in the Kobe Bryant sex assault case warned prosecutors Friday they may face sanctions for not following a court order to include a defense witness at any testing of DNA evidence.
· Berry's ex Halle bent on dough. He cheated on her. He broke her heart. And now, he's after her money. Halle Berry's estranged husband, Eric Benet, filed notice that he wants a Los Angeles court to consider revoking the former couple's prenuptial agreement.
· 15 More Women Sue Hooters Over Alleged Secret Taping. 15 women who allege they were secretly videotaped while changing into skimpy Hooters uniforms during job interviews sued the chain and a former general manager.
· "Mini-Me" seeks annulment from model. The diminutive actor best known for playing Mini-Me, the pint-sized look-alike protege of Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" movies, has gone to court to challenge the claims of a leggy, blond model that he married her.
· O.J. says he's too poor to bust killer. O.J. Simpson says he nixed his pledge to find "the real killer" of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson because he's strapped for cash with two kids in a pricey private school.
· Bulldozer rampage gunman dead. A gunman who went on a rampage with a homemade armored bulldozer, demolishing buildings in the small town of Granby, Colorado, has died, apparently after shooting himself, according to a local county official.
· Man sentenced for torching lawyers' cars. A man was sentenced to 24 years in prison, far more than what was called for in sentencing guidelines, for torching the cars of his ex-wife's lawyer and a second attorney.
· Can't stop the pop-ups. Google's pop-up blocker, included as part of the Web search engine's popular browser plug-in, "worked fantastically well for about two months, blocking everything," said Haigh, a photographer from the United Kingdom. "Then the odd pop-up started to appear, mainly on highly ad-displaying sites based in the United States."
· Affleck Hospitalized for Bronchitis. Ben Affleck missed the London premiere of "Jersey Girl" this week because he was hospitalized in Boston for severe bronchitis, his New York-based publicist confirmed Friday.
· Uganda students 'ban' mini-skirts. Student leaders at a Ugandan university have asked their classmates to stop wearing mini-skirts and tight trousers. Lecturers were also being distracted by scantily dressed students in the front row.
· Anti-Porn Pastor Elected Mayor in Texas. Patrons of the XXX Super Store and the Fantasy Foxx strip club have been getting a souvenir in the mail recently: an I-know-where-you've-been postcard emblazoned with a photo of the customer's car parked outside one of the adult businesses.
· Rock Band Creed Breaks Up After Three Albums. The spiritually inclined band Creed, whose anthemic hits "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open" helped them become one of the top-selling rock acts of the past decade, has called it quits.
Friday, June 4, 2004
· Stepsister describes last sighting of Laci Peterson. Prosecutors began laying out their case against Scott Peterson with witnesses describing their encounters with his wife, the last day she was seen alive by anyone other than her husband.
· Judge to Decide Sizemore Lawsuit Specifics. A judge has agreed to decide whether overtime claims should be part of a lawsuit that alleges actor Tom Sizemore harassed and sexually battered his former personal assistant.
· Reagan's health deteriorating. The 93-year-old former president had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about a decade ago and he began to retreat from public view. According to sources familiar with the situation, the White House has been told Reagan's death could happen in "weeks or months."
· O.J. lashes out at Nicole. O.J. Simpson marked the 10th anniversary of his ex-wife's death with a series of crass and hurtful comments about Nicole Brown Simpson, her family and the accusers of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson.
· Update: Fla. Deputy Arrested For False Report About Glass In Burger. A Pasco County sheriff's deputy has been charged with filing a false police report about planted glass in his McDonald's cheeseburger.
· Man sues topless club over $130,000 bill. A Bangladesh diplomat's husband has sued a high-end Manhattan topless club for allegedly adding bogus charges to a bill that totaled nearly $130,000 for drinks and dances.
· Schwarzenegger sends military jet to pick up ailing legislator. A military jet staffed with a 15-member medical team swept into Brazil last month on the orders of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to retrieve an ailing state senator from a coastal hospital. The trip cost California taxpayers $147,187.
· $8M for 9/11 victim. A 32-year-old West Side woman brutally injured in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been awarded $8.6 million by the federal Victim Compensation Fund, the largest payment under the program so far.
· Rollover victim wins $369M verdict. A jury has ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay nearly $369 million to a woman paralyzed in a rollover accident involving a Ford Explorer, the nation's best-selling sport utility vehicle.
· 'Torso' killer seeking return of luxury items. Valerie Pape, a former Scottsdale salon owner convicted of killing her husband in the grisly 2000 "torso murder," has filed a legal claim against Mesa to get back her snakeskin suits, Ralph Lauren umbrella and designer purses.
· Police say teen got porn with jail money. Most McHenry County jail inmates use their commissary accounts to buy chips, candy bars and toothpaste. David A. Regal used his to purchase pornography, according to an indictment issued Thursday by a county grand jury.
Thursday, June 3, 2004
· Boy Collapses at Spelling Bee, Nails Word. The National Spelling Bee took a scary turn Thursday when a 13-year-old Colorado boy appeared to faint and collapsed on stage, drawing gasps from an audience packed in for the finals. Akshay Buddiga gathered himself after a few seconds, stood up and, to the amazement of the judges, immediately started spelling his word: "alopecoid."
· 'Ladies Night' Discount Axed in N.J. Bars. David R. Gillespie said it was not fair for women to get into the Coastline nightclub for free and receive discounted drinks while men paid a $5 cover charge and full price for drinks.
· Calif. Schools Sued for Suspending Teen. An L.A. school district was accused Wednesday of violating the civil rights of a student who was suspended for wearing a T-shirt saying "Homosexuality is Shameful."
· Update: Jessica Simpson Sues Producer-Promoter. Singer Jessica Simpson has filed a breach of contract lawsuit claiming a New Jersey producer-promoter owes her $140,000. Simpson's lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, says she agreed to perform for an hour on Oct. 23, 2003, at the Grand Prix of Puerto Rico. She also agreed to wear a T-shirt imprinted with the logo "MOTOROCK," an auto racing company, while filming a music video.
· Martha Stewart's Childhood Home for Sale. For sale: three-story Colonial situated in homey bedroom community just 12 miles from New York City. Amenities include mature fig trees planted by Martha Stewart and a holly bush she and her father pruned in the shape of a cone.
· Test your 'Harry Potter' knowledge. How well do you know the "Harry Potter" series? See if your memory is magical by testing it on our trivia quiz. Get a perfect score, and you'll win bragging rights and the ability to call yourself a true J.K. Rowling fan.
· 'Sopranos' to Air Its Season Finale. "The Sopranos" airs its fifth-season finale Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO (unavailable for preview). Then 10 more episodes in 2005 will close this magnificent saga.
· Private spaceship set for historic flight. SpaceShipOne's team has made a date with history for June 21, setting the first full day of summer as launch day for the first piloted spaceflight in a privately developed craft.
· Lingerie Postcards Get Husbands In Hot Water. When the proprietor of a new lingerie shop in Portland, Oregon, sent out 10,000 postcards inviting locals to her grand opening, she had no idea of the grief she'd be causing.
· Man Charged With Ordering Dog To Attack Mailman. A Bridgeport, Conn. man was arrested Tuesday after police said he allegedly ordered his dog to bite a U.S. Postal Service carrier, who suffered puncture wounds in his leg.
· $85 million in unclaimed bottle deposits up for grabs. Beer and soda companies have poured millions into lobbying and campaign contributions in the last three years, in part to block a bill that would seize $85 million they now keep in nickel bottle deposits that go unclaimed.
· Rewiew: Google's E-Mail Service Flexible. Google Inc.'s free e-mail service has been derided as an obnoxious privacy invasion that will suck up vast amounts of user data and deposit information into a massive database that never disappears. And that's before it's even officially available.
June 3, 2004
· Boston junior high sex racket probed. Boston authorities are probing an alleged junior high prostitution racket, including whether to charge a 13-year-old girl accused of pressuring her mentally impaired friend into turning tricks for as little as $5.
· Model is shot in the subway. A gorgeous model and actress who came to New York to make it big on Broadway was wounded yesterday in a mysterious subway shooting that sparked afternoon pandemonium in Times Square, police said.
· HBO Video Curbs Police Enthusiasm. A man spent five and a half months in jail on murder charges before his attorney found video footage taken by the show at Dodger Stadium that backs up his client's claims of innocence.
· Peterson defense calls prosecution case weak. Scott Peterson's attorney on Wednesday criticized the state case against the former fertilizer salesman, telling jurors that there was no evidence to connect Peterson to the death of his pregnant wife.
· Enron Traders Caught On Tape. When a forest fire shut down a major transmission line into California, cutting power supplies and raising prices, Enron energy traders celebratedSteve Hochstein. "Burn, baby, burn. That's a beautiful thing," a trader sang about the massive fire.
· Deadly coffee. "Who would think a coffee mug could be so deadly?" asked David Carter, whose mom was in a packed church van that crashed after the container wedged under the brake pedal - leaving three dead, nine injured and a congregation shattered.
· Judgment Against 'Pee Diddy' Overturned. The North Carolina Court of Appeals has overturned a civil judgment ordering rapper Sean "Pee Diddy" Combs to pay $450,000 to a man who claimed he was beaten by bodyguards the rapper had hired.
· 'Kojak' killer released from prison. A man whose lawyer unsuccessfully argued that violent TV shows like "Kojak" led him to murder a neighbor in 1977 was released from prison Tuesday after 27 years and will be deported to his native Costa Rica.
· Judge Bars Word 'Victim' From Kobe Trial. In a ruling made public Tuesday, state District Judge Terry Ruckriegle said he agreed with Bryant's lawyers that the term implies guilt and should not be used at trial. He said she must be referred to by name; or in jury instructions, where she must be referred to as "person."
· Playmates without the staples. When a man finds himself on a circular bed with three Playboy centerfold models, the smile stretching across his face reflects something between bliss and bewilderment.
· Hung butchers 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game.' William Hung butchered "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of Sunday's matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, much to the delight of 22,225 at SkyDome.
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
· L.A. Reporter Sues PI Intimidator. A Los Angeles journalist has sued an imprisoned Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, and a convicted drug dealer, claiming that the men were part of a harassment campaign that included the illegal wiretapping of her telephone lines and a 2002 death threat.
· What Are Carbs? Survey Finds Many People Don't Know. Although low-carb information seems to be everywhere, a new survey finds a lot of people interested in healthy eating don't even know what a carb is.
· Grand Jury May Hear New Hoffa Information. Authorities in Michigan will consider going to a grand jury because of new information in the nearly 30-year-old mystery of what happened to famed labor leader Jimmy Hoffa.
· Saudis let thugs go. Saudi commandos cut a deal to let Al Qaeda terrorists escape and stage-managed a dramatic "rescue" of dozens of hostages at a luxury housing complex, survivors and witnesses allege.
· 'Shrek' leads record Memorial Day weekend. "Shrek 2" retained the top spot with $92.2 million over the long weekend, fending off the global-catastrophe tale "The Day After Tomorrow," which debuted with $86 million, according to studio estimates Monday.
· Kwame Jackson Axed As Trump Pageant Judge. Less than two months after getting fired by Donald Trump on the U.S. reality show "The Apprentice," runner-up Kwame Jackson got the boot again - as a judge for Trump's Miss Universe pageant.
· Mystery hand falls from sky. A boat party in an exclusive area of Long Island Sunday night was interrupted - when a severed human hand mysteriously dropped out of the sky onto the deck of a boat, police said yesterday.
· Insults secretly added to yearbooks. High School Principal John Stapelfeld condemned as "mean spirited," the rewriting of two senior girls' bios to include derogatory comments that were printed in 250 yearbooks for the graduating class.
· Pizza man saved by gun, but fired for packin' heat. A pizza deliveryman won't face charges for fatally shooting a would-be robber several times when he was approached in a high-crime area, but his employer, Pizza Hut, has fired him for violating a company policy against carrying firearms.
· China warns Britney over outfits. Chinese ministry officials are concerned about the star's sexy image and have asked the concert's Chinese organizers to guarantee she doesn't show too much skin on stage
· Study shows car drivers pack pounds. Spending more time behind the wheel - and less time on two feet - is adding inches to waistlines and contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic, a new study concludes.
· Thieves Steal 325 Flags From Holiday Display. A Mentor man put a lot time into decorating his front yard with more than 325 American flags for the Memorial Day holiday. But when Chester Matyjasik woke up Sunday, most of the flags were gone.
· George Soros putting his fortune behind a new cause: Ousting Bush. George Soros bet against the dollar and made "the killing of a lifetime." Then he bet against the pound and made a bigger one. Now Soros, a storied financial and political speculator, says another of his bets is about to pay off: more than $15 million against President Bush.
· Sen. Candidate Adds Joke Writer to Staff. Roy Teicher made it big in the other Hollywood as a joke writer for "The Tonight Show," "Newhart," "Mork & Mindy" and other sitcoms and movies. Now in the city with the same name on the other coast, he's going after an audience that's a little different — Florida voters.
· Tech conference offers what's next. A television sewn into your shirt sleeve. A dashboard screen to monitor the kids in the back seat. A 3-D computer monitor sharp enough to make a hardcore gamer's heart stop - or help a surgeon start one.
· Road to poker glory through the Internet. For the second straight year, an Internet unknown won the famed $5 million World Series of Poker, ravaging a field of professional players on his way to glory and riches.