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Thursday, June 17, 2004

· Madonna chooses 'Esther' as new name.  In an apparent effort to compete with Sean 'Pee Ditty' Combs' ridiculous name change, Esther - formerly known as Madonna - says she chose the Hebrew name because she is now a devout follower of Kabbalah.  Read More

· Mel Gibson No. 1 thanks to Jesus.  Gibson, the director, producer and screenwriter for the "Christ" movie, was named the world's most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine on Thursday, dethroning "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston from the No. 1 spot she held last year.  The magazine said the "Christ" film helped Gibson earn an estimated $210 million during the past 12 months.  Read More

· Laci lied about husband Scott's occupation.  While Laci Peterson was at a Modesto jewelry store to have some jewelry appraised, she told the clerk that her husband worked at a local law firm.  Scott Peterson was actually a fertilizer salesman.  Read More

· Four drown in large fountain at Fort Worth park.  An 8-year-old girl drowned and three people, including her father and brother, died while trying to rescue her from the suction of a 19,000 gallon/minute fountain pump.  [Lawsuits not yet announced].  Read More

· Sweeping stun guns to target crowds.  Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the U.S. and Europe.  Read More

· Florida restores rights to thousands of felons.  Almost 100,000 ex-felons will be able to vote, serve on juries and take a job with state-licensed firms after having their civil rights restored by Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida's clemency board.  Read More

· Pat O'Brien to Leave 'Access Hollywood.'  It's a wrap for "Access Hollywood" co-host Pat O'Brien. O'Brien is leaving the syndicated entertainment TV show after seven years and will be replaced by Billy Bush, who now serves as the show's East Coast correspondent.  Read More

· Jackson Criticizes Settlement Terms Leak.  Michael Jackson issued a statement Thursday criticizing whomever was responsible for leaking documents that disclosed the settlement terms in a 1993 civil case accusing him of child molestation.  Read More

· Florida Man Wants Photos Of Slain Daughter Limited.  The father of an 11-year-old girl whose kidnapping was caught on a surveillance camera has asked a judge to restrict who gets to see photos of his slain daughter.  Read More

· A refund for Enron outrages California.  As California struggled through the 2000-2001 energy crisis, Enron traders gloated about gouging the state. Now state Attorney General Bill Lockyer says federal regulators are heaping insult upon injury by demanding California pay Houston-based Enron and other energy companies almost $270 million in refunds.  Read More

· Boy Electrocuted While Mother Allegedly Smoked Meth.  A Lincoln woman has been charged in the death of her 22-month-old son after she allegedly locked him in a room unattended for more than 36 hours while she went out and partied.  Read More

· Jurors can submit questions in Kobe trial.  When Kobe Bryant goes on trial later this year, jurors will be allowed to submit questions for witnesses in the sexual assault case under what is believed to be the first rule of its kind.  Read More

· Under mounting pressure, jerk says he will give fowl ball to boy after all.  A Texas baseball fan who prompted a public outcry when he knocked aside a 4-year-old boy to get a foul ball now says he will give the ball to the youngster, the Texas Rangers announced.

The fan, Matt Starr, also agreed to send a letter of apology to the family of Nick O'Brien and buy them tickets to future Rangers games, a club official said.  Read More

· Justice Dept: Wiretaps should apply to Net calls.  Criminals could make plans over Internet phones without fear of getting caught if Congress does not ensure that existing wiretap laws apply, the U.S. Justice Department told a Senate committee.  Read More

· Raucous bar scene emerges in Baghdad's green zone.  The plushest tavern is the CIA's rattan furnished watering hole, known as the ''OGA bar.'' OGA stands for ''Other Government Agency,'' the CIA's low-key moniker.  The OGA bar has a dance floor with a revolving mirrored disco ball and a game room. It is open to outsiders by invitation only. Disgruntled CPA employees who haven't wangled invites complain that the CIA favors women guests.  Read More

· DA pursues 'snuff film' murder motive.  Montgomery County prosecutors continue to pursue a possible motive of a "snuff film gone" awry in the stabbing death of a Canadian sex model.  Read More

· Model Caprice wins damages for "flop" slur.  The (vitually unknown) American model and actress Caprice Bourret has won an apology and undisclosed damages in London's High Court over a London Daily Mirror article saying her acting career had "failed spectacularly."  Read More

· Woman Pleads Innocent in Zeta-Jones Case.  A woman has pleaded not guilty to felony charges she stalked actress Catherine Zeta-Jones by calling and sending her threatening letters, authorities said Wednesday.  Read More

· AIDS Demonstration On Larry Flynt's Doorstep.  Later today protestors will hold a demonstration outside Larry Flynt's offices to convince him to put condoms on his porn stars.  Read More

· Clinton Says He Never Considered Quitting.  Former President Bill Clinton tells the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" that he never considered resigning and is proud he fought impeachment, the outcome of his lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.  Read More

      » Admits 'I lied to everybody.'  Former President Bill Clinton reveals his marriage was on life support for a year after he came clean about his dirty dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.  Read More

· Berserkely, California says businesses have no rights.  The Berkeley City Council, known for its far-out ideas, has unanimously passed a resolution calling for constitutional amendments to deny constitutional rights to corporations.   Read More

· Love Reschedules Tour Amid Legal Woes.  Rocker Courtney Love will not tour in June or July so she can focus on mounting legal troubles - including a felony drug case and an alleged assault with a liquor bottle, her publicist said.  Read More

· Family says fight got too expensive.  The daughter and son-in-law of the late Ted Williams have ended their two-year fight to have his remains removed from an Arizona cryonics lab.  Read More

· Jones Wants Public Hearing on Possible Drug Evidence.  Tired of seeing her name linked to steroid allegations, Marion Jones issued a defiant plea for a public hearing she hopes will clear her and allow her to compete in the Athens Games.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Expeditious [ex·pe·di·tious] adj.  Acting or done with speed and efficiency.  Read More

· Man learns Ferrari's no match for pothole.  For all of its engineering, speed and luxury, a brand new $320,000 Ferrari proved no match for a pothole in Egham, England.  Read More

· Protesting French energy workers cut power to Eiffel Tower.  Protesting French electricity workers blacked out the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees and the offices of President Jacques Chirac as they pushed on with a campaign to stop the privatisation of their state-owned company.  Read More

· 9/11 panel member: Myths will be dispelled.  A member of the commission investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks says "a number of urban myths about 9/11" will be dispelled.  Read More

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

· 'Martha Stewart Living' Finds New Home.  Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. announced Wednesday that it has signed a multiyear agreement with The Style Network to air existing episodes of "Martha Stewart Living," which was floundering with its star and host facing a prison sentence.  Read More

· Post Office to Issue Reagan Stamp.  A postage stamp honoring Ronald Reagan will be issued next year, the Postal Service announced Wednesday.  Read More

· Stallone Carries Olympic Torch in L.A.  With the theme to his signature movie, "Rocky," blaring in the background, Sylvester Stallone took the Olympic torch from Mayor James Hahn on Wednesday and carried it on what was to be a winding journey through Los Angeles.  Read More

· Glen Campbell Gets Jail Time for DUI.  Country music singer Glen Campbell was sentenced Tuesday to 10 nights in jail and two years of probation for a November drunken-driving hit-and-run collision.  Read More

· Al Qaeda Originally Envisioned Plot With 10 Jets.  The terrorist attacks carried out on Sept. 11, 2001, were originally envisioned as an even more spectacular assault involving 10 jetliners on the east and west coasts, but the plan was scaled back and was nearly derailed on several occasions by setbacks and squabbling among senior al Qaeda officials, according to a new report released this morning.  Read More

· Mother of Reinvention.  Madonna, the master of self-invention, has come a long way since her "Material Girl" days. While she has no regrets about her moves on her climb to pop diva status, she tells ABC News' 20/20, "I brought a lot of chaos to people's lives, because of my selfish behavior."  Read More

· Bob Dylan to get honorary doctorate.  Scotland's oldest university announced Wednesday that it was awarding an honorary doctorate to the laureate of folk-rock, Bob Dylan.  Read More

Reportedly Matt Starr - Matt StarPhotos of 'foul' baseball incident.

Slide show that depicts the events that lead up to a poor kid getting trampled by an idiot reportedly named Matt Starr, a married 28-year-old landscaper and former youth minister.  Read More

· Tough guy grabs baseball.  A 4-year-old boy was knocked away from getting a foul ball by a jerk at a Texas Rangers - St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in Arlington, Texas.  Read More

· Web Inventor Finally Earns a Profit.  No, not Al Gore, but the real inventor of the World Wide Web - Tim Berners-Lee - who received a $1.2 million cash prize Tuesday, and says he would never have succeeded if he had charged money for his inventions.  Read More

· 9/11 attack was delayed.  The 9/11 attack was originally planned for the spring or early summer, but had to be delayed by the terrorists because of organizational problems, officials said yesterday.  Read More

· Sheriff investigators' nudity, sex contact dooms prostitution cases.  About 60 people arrested last year in a prostitution sting will not be criminally charged because Maricopa County sheriff's deputies used tactics including nudity and sexual contact in their undercover operations, county prosecutors announced Tuesday.  Read More

· Martha Stewart sells some of her stock.  Martha Stewart, the lifestyle expert convicted for conspiring to lie over a stock trade, sold $2.16 million worth of shares in her namesake company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in the last week, according to company filings on Tuesday.  Read More

· Prince Countersues in Privacy Fight.  Prince is denying allegations that he instructed his bodyguard to assault a college student who took the musician's photo at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  Read More

· DiCaprio's hot for 'Fahrenheit.'  Leonardo DiCaprio believes in Michael Moore's bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 911" so much, the reclusive actor emerged last week for the L.A. premiere - then flew to New York to attend Monday's screening.  Read More

      » Bill O'Reilly walks out.  Give Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly credit for even attending Monday night's lefty celeb-glutted premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" - even if he walked out of the 110-minute Bush-bashing movie halfway through.  Read More

· Anonymous Kidney Donor Wins Va. Lottery.  A woman who forever changed the fortunes of a man she didn't know by anonymously donating a kidney has come into a small fortune of her own, winning $500,000 in the Virginia Lottery.  Read More

· Peanut Butter Diet.  Prevention Magazine indicates this diet will allow you to consume peanut butter while you lose up to 25 pounds a year, plus help your heart.  Read More

· Marv leaving Knick booth.  In a move as distasteful as banning mustard from hot dogs, Madison Square Garden's attempt to muzzle Marv Albert has led to the end of a 36-year relationship between the Hall of Fame broadcaster and the Knicks.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Genteel [gen·teel] adj.  1. Refined in manner; well-bred and polite.  2. Free from vulgarity or rudeness.  3.Elegantly stylish: genteel manners and appearance.  Read More

· First mobile phone virus discovered.  The first ever computer virus that can infect mobile phones has been discovered, anti-virus software developers said today, adding that up until now it has had no harmful effect.  Read More

· Truck Carrying 9 million Bees Spills in Montana.  A tractor-trailer overturned on a curve, spilling its load of hundreds of bee hives and unleashing some nine million angry honey bees.  Read More

· Greenspan Says Inflation 'Not Likely to Be Serious.'  Inflation is "not likely to be a serious concern," and the Federal Reserve can stick to its plan for measured increases in the benchmark interest rate unless that changes, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said.  Read More

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

· Feds Decline to Create 'Do-Not-Spam' List.  The Bush administration said Tuesday it will not create a national do-not-spam registry to discourage unwanted e-mail, fearing it could backfire and become a target list for new victims.  Read More

· Knee Injury Forces Britney to Cancel Tour.  Britney Spears won't be gyrating in revealing outfits this summer - at least not on stage. The pop star canceled her summer tour Tuesday because of a knee injury she suffered last week during a video shoot with Snoop Dogg in New York for her new song "Outrageous."  Read More

· Homeless Challenge Public Drinking Law.  If the rich and powerful can drink in a public park in the weeks before next year's Super Bowl, why can't the homeless do it now? That is the question the lawyer for three homeless men is raising in a court challenge over their arrest for drinking in a park that will be part of a designated party zone before the Super Bowl.  Read More

· Jackson settled first child molestation suit for approximately $25 million.  Michael Jackson paid more out approximately $25 million to settle a civil suit by a boy who accused him of molesting him in 1993, according to the confidential agreement which was exclusively obtained by Court TV's Diane Dimond.  Read More

· Jenna Bush's Bodyguards Rumble in Spain.  Bodyguards for President Bush's daughter were entangled in a fist fight with two men trying to steal a cell phone in southern Spain, a U.S. Embassy official said Tuesday.  Read More

· Dick Cheney's top secret 'undisclosed location' revealed.  In the new issue of Time Magazine that hits the newsstands this week, they reveal the undisclosed location known as Site R, an underground bunker on the Maryland-Pennsylvania border where the Vice President spent much of his time in 2001 after the 9-11 attacks.

Deep under Raven Rock Mountain, Site R "is a secret world of five three-story buildings, computer filled caverns and a subterranean water reservoir." It is just 7 miles from Camp David.  Read More

· French Fries now classified as fresh vegetable.  Batter-coated french fries are a fresh vegetable, according to the Agriculture Department, which has a federal judge's ruling to back it up.  Read More

· Deputy gives Burlington train $5,000 parking ticket.  That is, in essence, what a Kane County deputy wrote to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad for "parking" one of its trains for more than an hour on the Rhodes Street crossing in the downtown of this western Kane County community.  Read More

· Duran Duran Regrouping for a New Album.  Duran Duran, who regrouped last year for a successful tour, are reuniting again - this time, for a new album on a new record label.  Read More

· C-Word heard as 'Term Of Endearment.'  The president of the University of Colorado would not say in a sworn deposition whether she considered a certain slur against women "vile," and later said she had heard it used as "a term of endearment."  Read More

· Scott Peterson's Lawyer Angrily Demands Mistrial.  Prosecutors in the Scott Peterson murder trial have turned to the police officers who first investigated his wife's death, while Peterson's defense is trying to characterize the probe as sloppy and incomplete.  Read More

· Madonna, Warner Music Settle Bitter Feud.  Warner Music Group has agreed to buy Madonna out of Maverick Records, the label she co-founded 12 years ago, to end the legal battle that pitted the music conglomerate against their biggest star.  Read More

· Atkins-weary baker develops 'Da Vinci Diet.'  A baker who lost nearly half his customers to the low-carb craze has tapped Dan Brown’s best-selling novel for an Atkins alternative called the “Da Vinci Diet” that he hopes will bring people back to bread.  Read More

· Janitor tells 9/11 panel of brush with WTC thug.  A hero janitor who helped victims escape from the World Trade Center's north tower before it collapsed told the 9/11 panel that he came across one of the hijackers in the building a few months before the attack.  Read More

· Internet attack wipes out Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, and Apple.  Huge Internet backbone firm, Akamai called it a "large scale international attack on the Internet's infrastructure". Akamai said the attack was primarily aimed at the large search engines - of which it runs the three largest, Yahoo!, Google and Lycos - which meant that people were unable to access the sites.  Read More

· Kidman-kid bath too steamy for some.  In "The Stepford Wives," Nicole Kidman bathes in the buff with a 10-year-old boy she believes is the reincarnation of her dead husband.  Read More

· N.Y. Friars Club Still Laughing at 100.  With customary comic savagery, the members of the New York Friars Club, famous for their celebrity roasts, gathered Monday to celebrate its 100th birthday and take pot shots at each other.  Read More

· 'Queen of Mean' Leona failing.  Helmsley, who turns 84 on the Fourth of July, continues to run the hotel business that her late husband Harry Helmsley left to her with the iron scepter that has earned her the epithet the "Queen of Mean."  Read More

· Screenwriter, doc slaughtered in L.A.  A California drifter was busted yesterday for decapitating an old-time Hollywood screenwriter and carrying his head to a neighbor's house, where he fatally stabbed a wealthy doctor, police said.  Read More

· Web newspaper registration stirs debate.  Imagine if a trip to the corner newsstand required handing over your name, address, age, and income to the cashier before you could pick up the daily newspaper.  That's close to the experience of many online readers, who must complete registration forms with various kinds of personal data before seeing their virtual newspaper.  Read More

· Judge taken down a notch.  Embattled Queens Supreme Court Justice Laura Blackburne was removed from criminal cases yesterday and reassigned to Civil Court - as the storm around her gathered force.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Ostentatious [os·ten·ta·tious] adj.  Characterized by or given to pretentiousness.  Read More

· Yahoo raises stakes in e-mail war with Google.  Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. is fortifying its free e-mail service with 25 times more storage and freeing up millions of previously claimed e-mail addresses in an effort to thwart a looming threat from its increasingly disruptive rival Google Inc.  Read More

· Army reveals new uniform.  The Army revealed on Monday a redesigned combat uniform with a digital camouflage pattern that looks strikingly different from soldiers' current battle uniforms.  Read More

Monday, June 14, 2004

· James Brown Pleads Guilty.  James Brown pleaded guilty Monday to a domestic violence charge stemming from an argument with his wife and was let off with a $1,087 fine.  Read More

· Surprise! Most senators are wealthy.  Senators' financial disclosure reports showed anew today how wealthy most of them are, with quirky nuggets like a $1,059.75 Taurus and the gift of a sled dog buried amid trust funds, blind trusts and real estate holdings.  Read More

· White House rejects calls for change of stem cell policy.  The White House is rejecting calls by former President Reagan's family to change its policy on stem cell research.  Press Secretary Scott McClellan says flatly, "The policy remains the same." He adds, "We are looking at other ways to combat disease."  Read More

· Judge Won't Lower Michael Jackson's Bail.  A judge has refused to lower Michael Jackson's $3 million bail in his child molestation case, saying the singer's wealth justified the higher-than-normal bail amount.  Read More

· Cop Recalls Petersons' 'Model Home.'  One of the first police officers to search Scott Peterson's house in the hours after his wife vanished described a "model home" with little out of place and a husband whose fishing story didn't quite catch.  Read More

      » Scott Peterson News.  Latest news coverage on the Scott Peterson trial of murdered wife Laci Peterson and son Connor.  Read More

· Orange Cauliflower Now Available in U.S.  Do not adjust your set. That cauliflower on your plate really is orange. After its discovery in a Canadian marsh more than 30 years ago, the brightly hued crucifer is finally hitting the U.S. market.  Read More

· State of Virginia Tells Men: No Sex With Young Girls.  The state of Virginia is posting billboards with messages such as "Isn't she a little young?" as part of a campaign to dissuade men from having sex with 13 and 14 year old girls.  Read More

· Supreme Court Reverses Pledge Of Allegiance Ruling.  A father who sued over the Pledge of Allegiance has lost a Supreme Court battle.  The high court ruled that the atheist can't sue over the reference to God in the pledge.  Read More

· Glen Campbell's Sentence Is Delayed.  Country music singer Glen Campbell, who pleaded guilty last month to extreme drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident, had his sentence delayed so he could perform Sunday at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.  Read More

· Book club's blind idiocy.  Reader's Digest threatened a 93-year-old blind woman with court action over a bill for a book that she had neither asked for nor received.  Read More

· 'Harry Potter' Keeps Box Office Top Spot.  "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was the top movie for a second weekend, taking in $35.1 million to lift its 10-day total to $158.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.  Read More

· 2 million bank accounts robbed.  Nearly 2 million Americans have had their checking accounts raided by criminals in the past 12 months, according to a soon-to-be released survey by market research group Gartner. Consumers reported an average loss per incident of $1,200, pushing total losses higher than $2 billion for the year.  Read More

· World's most expensive cities.  Tokyo is still number one worldwide, while New York is the most expensive in the U.S.  Other U.S. cities that rank among the most expensive are Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ranks as the least expensive city in the country.  Read More

· Cup & Gown.  Forget the convertible. A boob job is the latest must-have on your teen daughter's graduation list.  Read More

· NASCAR flagman hit by flying cooler.  The backup flagman for Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, Jimmy Howell, was struck by a foam cooler filled with beer cans thrown from a fan in the grandstands as the race drew to a close under caution.  Read More

· Amphibious sports car crosses English Channel.  Entrepreneur Richard Branson set a new world record on Monday by driving across the English Channel in a James-Bond style amphibious sports car in under two hours.  Read More

· Gloves off in Reagan stem war.  The family of former President Ronald Reagan declared political war on the White House yesterday over President Bush's ban on stem cell research.  Read More

· Bush makes b'day skydive.  After floating down to Earth in a 13,000-foot skydive, former President George Bush had a message for all those who, like him, have reached the age of 80.  Read More

· Ohio Woman Gives Birth After 2-Story Jump.  A Columbus woman is still recovering from her jump Thursday out of a second-story window to escape a fire, but is delighted with her new baby boy.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Cerebral [cer·e·bral] adj.  Appealing to or requiring the use of the intellect; intellectual rather than emotional: "Her methods were cerebral, analytical, and cautious."  Read More

· Indian bank targets sex workers as clients.  India's largest bank is targeting sex workers as a potential client base, so far ignored in its savings deposit mobilising drives.  Read More

· Skull And Bones.  As opposite as George Bush and John Kerry may seem to be, they do share a common secret - one they've shared for decades, and one they will not share with the electorate.  The secret: details of their membership in Skull and Bones, the elite Yale University society whose members include some of the most powerful men of the 20th century.  Read More

· Croc Hunter Irwin in Hot Water Over Swim.  "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin is in hot water again - this time for allegedly swimming with two whales in the ocean off Antarctica and getting too close to penguins and seals.  Read More

Sunday, June 13, 2004

· 'Friends' star Courteney Cox gives birth.  Former "Friends" star Courteney Cox and her husband, actor David Arquette, became parents early Sunday, after years of trying, People magazine reported.  Read More

· Fugitive CEO found - on a cruise.  The indicted former CEO of a Long Island technology company is on a cruise in the Adriatic Sea, but is willing to return to the United States to face securities fraud charges, according to a Croatian reporter who says he spoke to the executive last week.  Read More

· 'Sex and the City' Gets Sanitized for TBS.  TBS is promoting "five nights of great sex," and will air two of the series' best episodes each evening through Saturday, starting at 10 p.m. EDT. The network will begin showing all 94 episodes this summer, in order from the first to the last.  It's been a busy stretch for TBS' editors.  Read More

· Ailing 'Pee Diddy' leaves Broadway show.  Hip-hop music impresario and Broadway performer Sean "Pee Diddy" Combs was forced to leave Saturday's matinee performance of "A Raisin in the Sun" because of a stomach ailment, a spokesman for the production said.   Read More

· Bush Senior Gears Up for Birthday Skydive.  More than 5,000 people were expected to help former President George H.W. Bush celebrate his 80th birthday Saturday night, part of a weekend of festivities to be topped with a skydive Sunday.  Read More

· O.J. lurks in Laci trial.  One of the major clashes of the Scott Peterson murder trial is expected to electrify the court this week as defense lawyer Mark Geragos tears into police testimony.  Read More

· Moore sets his sights on Tony Blair.  Michael Moore's anti-Iraq war crusade is not stopping with U.S. President George W. Bush as the filmmaker says he now wants to make a movie about British Prime Minister Tony Blair's role in the war.  Read More

· Porn mogul, son plead guilty in not paying taxes.  Dozens of adult video stores across Texas will be shut down now that a porn mogul and his son have pleaded guilty to skirting millions of dollars in taxes, federal officials said.  Read More

· Veterinarian Who Spray-Painted Stolen Horse Pleads Guilty.  A West Palm Beach, Florida veterinarian who stole three show horses, spray-painting one to hide its identity, pleaded guilty Thursday to 13 charges, including felony cruelty to animals, grand theft and burglary.  Read More

· Meteorite smashes into house.  A grapefruit-sized meteorite has smashed through the roof of a New Zealand house, hitting a couch and bouncing off the ceiling.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Formative [for·ma·tive] adj.  Of or relating to formation, growth, or development: the formative stages of a child.  Read More

· Kimmel show pulled for comments.  Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show was pulled off the air for a night following a joke the comedian made about Detroit during the NBA Finals.  Read More

· Lake Chesterfield down the drain.  To Donna Ripp, it's nothing but freaky — millions of gallons of the manmade, 23-acre lake vanish, swallowed up by a sinkhole in a matter of days.  Left to question is whether property values of folks who paid good money in this affluent St. Louis suburb for a lakeside view went down the drain as well.  Read More

· Man outruns horse.  A man won the annual Man versus Horse race Saturday in Wales for the first time in the event's 25-year history, the BBC reported.  Read More

· Man jumps from tourist chopper.  A man aboard a Grand Canyon sightseeing helicopter took off his seatbelt, opened a door and jumped to his death, authorities said.  Read More

· Tourists Flocking Back to Bridges, Dams.  Tourists are flocking back to the nation's engineering marvels — the dams, bridges and other structures that had seen increased security and lightened visitor traffic since Sept. 11, 2001 — despite the fact that they're still potential terrorist targets.  Read More

Saturday, June 12, 2004

· Limbaugh announces end of 10-year marriage.  Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh announced Friday that he and his wife, Marta, were divorcing.  Read More

· Reagan laid to rest in Calif. after day of tribute in D.C.  Ronald Reagan headed off into the sunset yesterday after a long and final farewell that had both a majestic state funeral in Washington - and a tearful Hollywood ending.  Read More

· Boy Who Saved Girl in Pool Now on Life Support.  Six-year-old Donnie Hauser-Richerme knew he couldn't swim, but he also knew the little girl in the murky, debris-filled swimming pool was in trouble.  Read More

· Britney Spears to Launch New Fragrance.  Pop star Britney Spears is a new crossover artist in the beauty business. The 22-year-old singer will launch a new fragrance, Curious, this fall. A blend of white flowers and vanilla-infused musk, the fragrance is part of a licensing agreement with Elizabeth Arden.  Read More

· Las Vegas posts biggest visitor total for April.  It was the best April ever for visitor volume in Las Vegas, with a 10.5 percent increase in conventioneers and tourists over the same month a year ago, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported.  Read More

· Jurist may face rap in rob suspect's slip.  The Queens, NY judge who sneaked a wanted man out of her courtroom is being investigated by the Commission on Judicial Conduct and eventually might face criminal charges, law enforcement sources said.  Read More

· Courtney Love Surrenders to Cops.  Courtney Love surrendered to police Friday for allegedly assaulting a 32-year-old woman with a liquor bottle at the home of her former manager, authorities said. Love, 39, was booked on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. She posted $55,000 bail and was released.  Read More

· Christopher Walken Turns Lovable?  There's a touch of evil in his character, like so many of Walken's roles. But, gradually, we're starting to see his on-screen characters go from loony to more lovable.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Placid [plac·id] adj.  1. Satisfied; complacent.  2. Undisturbed by tumult or disorder; calm or quiet.  Read More

· Hot Tomatoes.  New Haven, Conn. city officials on Friday shut down a two-family home they said was doubling as a brothel and makeshift farmer's market for produce and pornography.  Read More

· Company Claims DMX Breached Contract.  Rapper DMX, who growls and barks through most of his records, has landed in the legal doghouse with a company that claims he breached an agreement to promote its line of high-end doggie-wear.  Read More

Friday, June 11, 2004

· Peterson's Home Immediately Suspicious.  Within hours of responding to Scott Peterson's home Christmas Eve, 2002, police summoned a detective - an uncommon practice for a missing persons case, Modesto Police Sgt. Byron Duerfeldt testified Thursday during Peterson's murder trial.  Read More

· Reagan's 50-Year Pen Pal Remembers Friend.  Philadelphia native Lorraine Wagner first wrote to President Reagan when she was 13 and he was in his 30s. Her request was an autographed picture.  Out of 10 celebrities she wrote to, only then-actor Ronald Reagan wrote back. They were pen pals for the next 50 years.  Read More

      » University Radio Station Suspends Disc Jockey For Reagan Comments.  A disc jockey at a university radio station who turned a Sunday radio show into a "celebration" that Ronald Reagan "was finally dead" has been suspended.  Read More

      » Mourners' Attire Not Quite Reaganesque.  For Long Wait in the Heat, Many Opted for Comfort: Flip-Flops, T-Shirts and Halter Tops.  Read More

· Paris Hilton to Appear on Letterman.  Paris Hilton will make her long-awaited first appearance on the "Late Show" with David Letterman on Monday, CBS announced.  Read More

· Brigitte Bardot fined for inciting racial hatred.  French actress-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot was convicted Thursday of inciting racial hatred and ordered to pay $6,000 — the fourth such fine for the former sex symbol since 1997.  Read More

· Former Post exec married paper to mob, sez turncoat.  The Bonanno crime family conspired with a corrupt New York Post executive to help a carting company win a garbage disposal contract with the newspaper, a former capo testified yesterday.  Read More

· More Secrecy in Jacko Case.  The judge in Michael Jackson's child-molestation case drew a curtain of secrecy tighter around the allegations Thursday, continuing to seal not only grand jury materials but also requests for release of unspecified evidence.  Read More

· Bicyclist Charged With Drunk Driving.  Police charged a Hopkinsville, PA man with drunk driving Wednesday morning after an officer saw him riding a bicycle in the middle of the road without a headlight.  Read More

· Update: 'Mini-Me' Actor Battles Model Over 'Marriage.'  Aspiring Playboy model Genevieve Gowman is circulating a copy of a marriage license showing she was legally wed to the diminutive actor who played Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" films, disputing his claims they were never husband and wife.  Read More

· Bank error only buys trouble.  It's the banking mistake nearly everyone wants to see on a monthly statement - thousands of extra dollars deposited into a personal account.  Todd Harris is now on trial in federal court in Kalamazoo. Prosecutors accuse him of taking advantage of the mistake, burning through $51,000 in one day.  Read More

· Martha says feds knew witness lied.  Martha Stewart demanded a do-over again yesterday, producing new evidence alleging the government knew during her trial that one of its experts was lying under oath.  Read More

· Impatient Husband Crashes Car Into Store.  Miami police say impatience may have led an elderly man to crash his car through the front of a store in southwest Miami-Dade Thursday afternoon.  Read More

· Researchers Exposed to Anthrax.  At least five workers developing an anthrax vaccine at a children's hospital research lab in Oakland were accidentally exposed to the deadly bacterium because of a shipping mistake, officials reported Thursday.  Read More

· Man throws woman off overpass, jumps to his death.  Two people died today in a highway argument that ended when the man pulled the woman from their car, pushed her off an overpass into oncoming rush hour traffic and then jumped about 80 feet to his death.  Read More

· Man Fined For Posing As Liquor Agent To Get Free Drinks.  A man who posed as a state liquor control agent and received free whiskey and beer at a Richland tavern has been fined $450 and ordered to write letters apologizing to the bar owner and the state Liquor Control Board.  Read More

· Now he's online.  Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz is drawing outrage from victims' families with a personal Web site that he uses to flaunt his musings on everything from gay marriage to motherhood.  Read More

· Man killed while showing friend hand grenade.  A man was killed by accidentally detonating a hand-grenade while he was showing it to a friend.  The man was killed instantly and his friend was seriously wounded, when he inadvertently dislodged the grenade's pin.  Read More

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Nexus [nex·us]  A means of connection; a link or tie: The nexus between the mob and gambling.  2. A connected series or group.  3. The core or center.  Read More

· Tallahassee couple say they were kicked off flight by bigoted police.  A white couple from Tallahassee, Fla., and their adopted daughter were ordered off an airplane because police were concerned they had abducted the Chinese toddler.  Read More

· High School Tests Not Too Demanding.  High school graduation tests are not "overly demanding" and measure only a small part of the skills considered essential by colleges and employers, according to a study of the exams in six states.  Read More

· Film fan flounders with Mary Poppins leap.  A film fan ended up in hospital after trying to imitate Mary Poppins by leaping out of his second floor apartment window holding an umbrella, a news report said on Thursday.  Read More

· Costner Open to Baseball, Cowboy Films.  Kevin Costner says he would be glad to make another baseball movie, and wants to direct another cowboy film.  Read More

· Feds reportedly met with Jones’ ex-husband.  Unclear whether Hunter implicated track star with drug use.  Read More

· Judge Rules in Favor of Eminem in Lawsuit.  Rap magazine The Source has been ordered to pay Eminem's legal fees for violating a federal court order not to publish full versions of the rapper's racially charged lyrics.  Read More

Thursday, June 10, 2004

· Ray Charles Dies at 73.  Ray Charles, a transcendent talent who erased musical boundaries between the sacred and the secular with hits such as "What'd I Say,""Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You," died Thursday.  Read More

· Spears injures knee, has surgery.  Pop princess Britney Spears injured her knee during a video shoot and was hospitalized for arthroscopic surgery, her record label said Wednesday.  Read More

· Nation's Capital Mourns Ronald Reagan.  Ronald Reagan lay in state Wednesday under the Capitol dome, his body borne to that historic place of tribute by horse-drawn carriage past thousands drawn to the high pageantry of America's first presidential state funeral in three decades.  Read More

· Eating McDonald's, making millions.  Only in America could a guy take a movie that cost a mere $65,000 to produce and use it to embarrass a multibillion-dollar international corporation.  Read More

· New York strip.  Can a couple enjoy a steak dinner in a topless club?  New York diners may soon find out.  Read More

· Cigars cost man 3 years in prison.  A lawyer was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison for smuggling thousands of fine Cuban cigars into this country and selling them for a fat profit.  Read More

· CNBC smacks down Nazi.  CNBC has axed a pro-wrestler who moonlighted as a TV finance expert after he gave a Nazi salute during a wrestling match in Germany.  Read More

· Paris Goes After SUVs.  Bulky four-by-fours could be banned from clogging up the chic streets of Paris after a top official in the capital's left-wing government described them as a polluting "caricature of a car" unsuited to city life.  Read More

· Authorities Investigate Bizarre Web Camera Sex Crime Case.  Federal attorneys are pursuing charges tonight against a Utah mother and her husband. Court documents reveal a list of sex crimes involving the women's 2-young boys, crimes that alledgedly played out on the internet.  Read More

· Scientists Develop Blowfish Minus Poison.  Blowfish has long been a delicacy only for the adventurous: every year in Japan, a few people are poisoned to death eating it. Now scientists have put a school of pufferfish on a special diet and come up with a version that tastes just like the real thing — without the lethal consequences.  Read More

· Briton 'in jet bomb hoax for friend.'  A British man made a hoax bomb threat against two planes taking off in America to give a friend more time to find her passport.  Read More

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Bookish [book·ish] adj.  1. Fond of books; studious.  2. Relying chiefly on book learning: "She took a bookish rather than a pragmatic approach in solving the problem."  Read More

· Half of town's cops are polygamists.  An eight-month investigation by the state of Utah has found that more than half of the police officers in the southern town of Hildale practice polygamy – that is, having more than one spouse.  Read More

· Drunk dentist falls on girl.  A drunk dentist collapsed over a patient while extracting her tooth.  Read More

· Berkowitz stays put.  Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz was denied parole yesterday - keeping him behind bars for at least two more years.  Read More

· Police say teacher downloaded porn.  A substitute teacher at Eisenberg Elementary School near New Castle has been arrested for allegedly allowing second-grade pupils to view pornographic images on a computer terminal in his classroom, state police announced Wednesday.  Read More

· Teacher suspended for washing student's mouth out with soap.  Elementary school teacher Lori Thomas was placed on paid leave for dishing out some old-fashioned discipline washing a boy's mouth out with a dab of soap after he shouted an obscenity at a classmate.  Read More

· Teacher Who Ran Milk Experiment Fired.  It was a science lesson for some North Carolina high school students - if you drink too much milk, you'll throw up, because your body can't handle that much acid.  Read More

· Teacher fired after student pricks finger on insulin needle.  A Stafford high school teacher with hepatitis C has been fired after one of his students accidentally pricked her finger on one of his used insulin needles.  Read More

· Student bids for a senior prank.  For a few days, Niles North High School was the biggest bargain on the Internet, a top-notch school for sale - cheap - on eBay.  Read More

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

· Laci's stepdad: Mistress photo was 'last straw.'  Laci Peterson's stepfather said Tuesday he had a good relationship with Scott Peterson - who is accused of killing Laci and the couple's unborn son - and didn't believe Scott was involved in their deaths, but seeing a photograph of Scott with his mistress was "the last straw."  Read More

· Rumors swirl about "pregnant" Lopez.  Latin music star Marc Anthony has dodged repeated questions about his reported weekend marriage to Jennifer Lopez during appearances on two U.S. talk shows, even as rumors swirl that she may be pregnant.  Read More

· Arrest Warrant Issued for Courtney Love - Again.  Courtney Love was charged with attacking a female friend of her former managers in April with a bottle and a metal flashlight, authorities said.  Read More

· Howard Stern fine could set record.  Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest U.S. radio station owner, is near an agreement with federal regulators to pay about $1.75 million to settle indecency complaints.  Read More

· Marc's denials ringing false.  Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are struggling mightily to keep the world's worst-kept secret: their wedding.  Never mind that everybody has seen photos of the Saturday nuptials at her L.A. spread.  Read More

· Political cartoonist defends anti-Reagan Web tirade.  "I think most people view the president as a fair target," Mr. Rall said yesterday in an interview. "Reagan was a public figure, and he was an idiot. And if he were around and lucid, he would probably say that it comes with the territory."  Read More

· Judge Lets Rocco Take Photos in Restaurant.  A judge gave television chef Rocco DiSpirito permission Tuesday to enter the restaurant that bears his name so he could take photographs of himself for a cookbook to be published this summer.  Read More

· Woman burned to death after trying to set boyfriend on fire.  A Milwaukee woman died of burns Tuesday after trying to light her boyfriend on fire, police said.  Read More

· Dead man arrives at bank for his pension.  A shocked FNB bank customer described her disbelief at seeing three people, believed to be loan sharks, pushing a corpse in a wheelchair into the North End branch "to make a pension withdrawal."  Read More

· Disney, Miramax Engaged in Public Spat.  Rarely are delicate contract negotiations, worth potentially millions of dollars, conducted in public. Except, of course, in Hollywood. Miramax, the quirky film company that virtually created the independent film movement, is having a very public spat with its corporate parent, The Walt Disney Co., about its future.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Impugn [im·pugn] tr.v.  To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument: "To impugn a political opponent's record."  Read More

· Tag sale to sex up the city.  "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker is emptying her closets to raise money for public schools in what may turn out to be New York's biggest tag sale.  Read More

· Aspiring rapper arrested in killing of his promoter.  An 18-year-old aspiring rapper from Pittsburg nicknamed "Kanyva" was arrested Monday after he reportedly shot and killed his promoter because she told him he didn't have the talent to sell records, police said.  Read More

· Gibson's Company Suing Over 'Passion' Profits.  Mel Gibson's film-distribution outfit is suing Regal Entertainment Group for $40 million or more, claiming the movie chain shortchanged the company on revenues from "The Passion of the Christ."  Read More

· 'Troy': Oy! Is Brad Pitt a Movie Star?  The box office take through Monday is $119 million, or less than half the number from places where English is not the primary language. The "Troy" budget is pegged at somewhere around $225 million including marketing costs.  Read More

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

· Anthony Won't Confirm Marriage to J.Lo.  Saying his personal life is off-limits, singer Marc Anthony refused to confirm Tuesday whether he's married to Jennifer Lopez.  Read More

· Ex-'Baywatch' Star Hasselhoff Arrested.  David Hasselhoff was arrested over the weekend on suspicion on driving while intoxicated, police said.  Read More

· Laci Peterson's mother testified Scott Peterson distant after disappearance.  Laci Peterson's mother says Scott Peterson seemed distant and avoided friends and family the evening he reported his wife missing.  Read More

      » Scott Peterson News.  Latest news coverage on the Scott Peterson trial of murdered wife Laci Peterson and son Connor.  Read More

· Pass Lets Kids Into R-Rated Films.  Supporters say parents can sign off on movies for their kids without the time and expense of chaperoning them with the new 'R-card.'  Read More

· Martha sentencing delayed.  The federal judge overseeing Martha Stewart's legal case has delayed her sentencing hearing until July 8, her lawyers said Monday.  Read More

· Butler serves up more dish on Diana.  The butler did it — again.  Princess Diana's former manservant, Paul Burrell, is appearing on the New York stage with fresh details about the tortured private lives of Britain's royal family.  Read More

· Happily never after.  That's the expiration date oddsmakers are putting on Jennifer Lopez's surprise wedding to Marc Anthony.  Read More

· Pee Diddy, Other Exes Wish J-Lo Well.  Sean "Pee Diddy" Combs, the self-proclaimed "bad boy for life," says Jennifer Lopez is his "girl for life," even after her surprise weekend wedding to Marc Anthony.  Read More

· John Wayne Gacy's Artwork Displayed In Florida.  Some paintings by executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy are being displayed this month at an antiques store in Palm Beach County, despite the objections of some who say the profit from selling the art is "blood money."  Read More

· One last look.  The former First Lady believes her long-suffering husband recognized her when he stared into her eyes for an instant before taking his last breath, his daughter Patti Davis writes.  Read More

· Reagan critics decry glowing tributes.  Much of the world remembers Ronald Reagan as a friend and a historic president, but some writers and activists are vilifying the late president.  Read More

· Parcells regrets 'inappropriate reference' to surprise plays.  Bill Parcells apologized Monday for calling the surprise plays used in practice "Jap plays," an apparent reference to Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.   Read More

· Actress Berry Gets Restraining Order on Stalker.  A Los Angeles-area judge on Monday ordered a man accused of stalking Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry to stay at least 100 yards away from her and two of her associates.  Read More

· 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.  Read More

· GOP's gotta tiptoe past stem cells.  Republicans plan a major tribute at the GOP convention in New York to Ronald Reagan, but they could pay a high political price for Nancy Reagan's participation.  Read More

· Bank robber breaks back in to return cash.  A London robber who stole 115,000 pounds in cash from a bank broke back in a week later to give most of it back, police have said.  Read More

· One more for the road.  Fans couldn't help but be curious last fall when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel strode onstage to open their reunion concerts with the song "Old Friends."  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Lucid [lu·cid] adj.  1. Easily understood; intelligible.  2. Mentally sound; sane or rational.  3. Translucent or transparent.  Read More

· Old, but fully operational land mine found in Virginia house.  They've lived in the home for eight years and don't have a clue how a land mine wound up in the attic.  Read More

· Cell phone firms sued over 'lock' codes.  A consumer watchdog group sued three cell phone companies on Monday for "locking" their phones to make it harder for customers to switch carriers.  Read More

· Venus puts on a rare show.  Astronomy buffs from Australia to England are huddling by telescopes to see Venus passing across the face of the sun on Tuesday, an event not seen since 1882.  Read More

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