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Sunday, March 14, 2004
· It's another world ... but is it our 10th planet? Scientists have found a new world orbiting the solar system – more than 3 billion kilometres further away from the Sun than Pluto and 40 years away from Earth in a space shuttle. NASA is expected to announce today the discovery of the space object, which some experts believe could be a new planet.
· 'Passion' Remains Ascendant at Box Office. Mel Gibson's dramatization of Christ's final hours climbed to $264 million in the United States and Canada after 19 days in theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.
· Woman Named in Twin Death Had Conviction. The woman charged with killing one of her twins by refusing a Caesarean section was reportedly convicted of child endangerment in Pittsburgh nearly four years ago.
· FBI investigating new Hoffa confession. The FBI will investigate a purported deathbed confession by a former Pennsylvania Teamster official that says he helped dispose of the body of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.
· Not Your Daddy's NASCAR. In the last 10 years, drivers have become superstars and stockcar racing has moved beyond its Southern roots to become America's fastest growing spectator sport with 75 million fans. And now corporations, political strategists and Hollywood are all clamoring to join the race.
· Sleeping on the job costly for burglar. Eric L. Palmer, 34, of Akron, was arrested by police in nearby Brimfield Township after he apparently fell asleep on the garage floor of a home that police say was trying to burglarize.
· Hard-Hit U.S. Mafia Hiring Sicilians. Ratted on by fellow wiseguys and hounded by police, struggling American Mafiosi are recruiting Sicilian mobsters, believing the island's hardheaded gangsters are more likely to keep their mouths shut, U.S. and Italian organized-crime officials say.
· Depp Brings Oddball Flair to 'Secret Window.' Armed with new box-office power following his first Oscar-nominated performance as a pirate in the hit movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Johnny Depp now brings his oddball flair to another role — a down-and-out writer facing a psychopath in "Secret Window."
· Church Starts Web Site On Accused Priests. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has launched a Web site that allows people to research whether one of its priests has been accused of sexual misconduct with children.
· Presley Discusses Marriage to Jackson. Lisa Marie Presley said she saw things she "couldn't do anything about" during her marriage to Michael Jackson, according to excerpts of an interview with an Australian talk show.
· Sex theme park opens in China. China's largest adult-only combined sexuality museum and theme park open in southern Guangdong province, boasting such attractions as "penis-like" rocks and "vagina-like" caves, state press reported today.
· Justice, FBI Seek Rules for Internet Taps. Technology companies should be required to ensure that law enforcement agencies can install wiretaps on Internet traffic and new generations of digital communications, the Justice Department says.
· All Robots Break Down in Pentagon Race. All 15 self-navigating vehicles in a 150-mile race across the Mojave Desert were knocked out within a few miles of the starting gate Saturday, victims of technical glitches, barbed-wire fences and rugged terrain.
None could claim the $1 million prize offered by a military agency seeking to develop autonomous vehicles that could be used in combat.
· Son Of Ted Williams Says In Will He Wants To Be Frozen, Next To Father. The son of slugger Ted Williams said in his will that he wanted his body to be frozen and housed alongside his father's body. John-Henry Williams' will, filed last week at the Citrus County Courthouse, specifically dictated that his body be "cryonically suspended" by Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., the facility where his father's remains are kept.
· Teen found dead after standoff. The teenage son of a Tennessee prosecutor killed a sheriff's deputy and barricaded himself in his home before he was found dead inside Saturday with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot to the head, officials said.
· Pavarotti Says Goodbye to Opera. This is the finale, Luciano Pavarotti said of Saturday's "Tosca," one last opera on stage after more than four decades of the high Cs that transformed him from an insurance salesman to perhaps the most widely beloved classical singer ever.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
· Tom Cruise cans top gun in sect spat. Sources say the superstar canned Hollywood megapublicist Pat Kingsley after months of strained relations about his involvement in Scientology. "He was talking more and more about Scientology," a source said. "She was counseling him not to. It became an issue."
· Singer claims she has already met jail stay requirement. Singer Diana Ross, ordered to return to Pima County to serve a DUI sentence, contends she has already met a requirement to spend 24 consecutive hours in jail.
· Hilton primps for 'simple' trip. In the sequel to Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's hit Fox reality show "The Simple Life," the socialites-turned-TV stars are driving themselves on a 30-day cross-country trip with no money, credit cards, cell phones or boyfriends.
· The Mystery of Bruce Lee's Death. Bruce Lee, dressed in the traditional Chinese outfit he wore in the movie Enter The Dragon, was laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle in late July of 1973. But long before Lee's sudden and tragic death in a Hong Kong apartment at age 32, rumors were rife throughout the Orient that he had been wounded or killed in fights.
· Nine People Found Dead in Home. Police officers responding to a child custody dispute said they arrived at a home to find nine bodies stacked and intertwined in a pile of clothes, 10 coffins and a 57-year-old man they believe is responsible for the slaughter.
· Chicken-Themed Trading Cards Peeve Parents. Representatives from PETA, including a person dressed in an 8-foot-tall chicken costume, passed out "Chicken Chumps" cards to Lincoln Elementary School students. The cards showed unhappy-looking children with names such as "Cruel Kyle," eating chicken.
· Obese corpse a problem for coroner's office. A day after summoning a crane to remove the body of a 700-pound West Oakland man, Alameda County coroner's officials Thursday were trying to figure out what to do with the corpse.
· Liz Claiborne Guns for Martha Stewart. Sofas, love seats and armoires are joining sweaters, slacks and blouses under the Liz Claiborne brand, as the clothing designer guns for big-name rivals including Martha Stewart with a planned September launch of a full furniture line.
· Man nets $800,000 through returned merchandise scheme. Jeffrey Hlinak would buy an item at a department store, buy numerous copies of the same product at a discount store, doctor the department store receipts and then collect higher-priced refunds on the items he bought at the discount stores, authorities said.
· For $2M, roadside attraction's all yours. For just $2 million, she'll sell you the Oregon Vortex, a venerable roadside attraction off the beaten track where brooms stand on end.. Balls roll uphill.. And walking from one spot to another makes you shrink or grow.
· ID theft victims face tough bank fights. Robert Korinke was home having an early Christmas dinner with his family on Dec. 23 when there was an unexpected knock at the front door. It was a delivery service with an urgent package - but this was no holiday gift. It was notice they were being sued by Homecomings Financial Network Inc. for $75,000, plus attorney's fees. The retired California couple's offense? They had been victims of identity theft three years earlier.
· Microsoft trying to fix Hotmail problems. Microsoft Corp. said Friday that a "significant portion" of people who use the company's Hotmail e-mail system and other Internet-based products were having trouble accessing the services.
· Starbucks Brews Up Music. Starbucks is partnering with Hewlett-Packard to launch an in-store service that will allow customers to download music and burn discs in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.
· Rumsfeld, FBI Official Kept 9-11 Items. The Justice Department investigation that criticized FBI agents for taking souvenirs from the World Trade Center site also found that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a high-ranking FBI official kept items from the Sept. 11 attack scenes.
· Witnesses Sought In Fatal Crash. Investigators said they have more questions than answers on how a 39-year-old Brighton, Colo., woman died in the crash of a custom-made three-wheeled motorcycle with a V8 engine.
· Jacko Security Guard: Singer Is Innocent. Michael Jackson's private security guard and assistant, the one who traveled with him exclusively during the time Jackson knew his current accuser and family, says the singer will be proven innocent of all charges.
· Marie Osmond Starts Family Friendly Radio Show. As the Federal Communications Commission cracks down on broadcast indecency, Osmond's nationally syndicated and family friendly radio show, "Marie & Friends," is hitting the airwaves.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Metaphor [met·a·phor] n. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate something else. "She was drowning in money."
· Farmer finds WWII weapons cache inside tree. A cache of World War II grenades and explosives was found hidden inside the trunk of a tree by a French farmer who was preparing to cut it down, police said.
· Alleged spy is Andrew Card's cousin. The government is accusing a one-time journalist and Congressional aide of secretly becoming a paid Iraqi intelligence agent before trying to influence her distant cousin - the White House chief of staff - on U.S. policy.
· Q & a With Jerry Lewis. Lewis once was in so much pain from the pratfalls he did in his younger days, he was feeling suicidal - until he was implanted with a Medtronic pain pacemaker that eases the agony when he pushes a button on a remote control-like device. Jerry Lewis turns 78 next week.
Friday, March 12, 2004
· $1,000 Lap Dances for A-Rod? Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez has allegedly been paying regular visits to the VIP strip club on West 20th Street in New York to enjoy lap dances from a certain Brazilian-born beauty.
· Japanese Firm Sold Libya Uranium Conversion Plant. A company from Japan, the only country to be attacked with an atomic bomb, sold Libya machinery in the 1980s that Tripoli used in its unsuccessful attempt to build a nuclear weapon, diplomats and nuclear experts said.
· Up to $100,000 Reward Offered for Information on Slain Prosecutor's Death. Luna, 38, was found dead facedown in a Pennsylvania creek on Dec. 4, a few miles from Denver, Pa. The married father of two young boys was stabbed 36 times and left to drown.
· Army Major says U.S. Troops 'Living Large' in Iraq. The troops who fought their way into Baghdad last year slept in bombed out palaces, or on the streets next to their armored vehicles. Their thousands of replacements from the 1st Cavalry Division are moving into air-conditioned quarters, some larger than what they had back home.
"We're living large," said Maj. Jeffery Collins a newcomer from Ottumwa, Iowa, standing in the relentless Iraqi sun outside his new headquarters building.
· Sarah Ferguson Not Happy With Release of Di Tapes. She charmed the crowd as spokeswoman for Wedgwood China in Cherry Hill, N.J., Thursday, but Sarah Ferguson was not at all happy with the tapes of Princess Diana that have been released.
· Coroner can't find remains of teenage victim. The Santa Clara County coroner's office has spent two months fruitlessly searching its facilities for missing remains of a 16-year-old Los Gatos boy whose murder made headlines when a classmate was charged years after the 1982 death.
· Nirvana's Cobain Considered Quitting Before Suicide. In the months before he shot himself, American rock legend Kurt Cobain was considering quitting his band Nirvana to work with his wife, singer Courtney Love, according to a previously unpublished interview.
· Student charged with selling drugs to police. A Stamford High School student apparently didn't notice the word "police" written in capital letters across the jackets of two officers when he allegedly tried to sell them drugs yesterday.
· Fines Against Passengers Draw Fire. Susan Brown Campbell doesn’t consider herself a threat to the friendly skies. But a steak knife mistakenly left in her shoulder bag before a July flight from Baltimore thrust her in the position of defending herself to federal security officials — and slapped with a $300 fine.
· Los Angeles Considers Selling Its Name. It’s home to fun, sun and Hollywood glamour - and now the city of Los Angeles may be lending its name and image to the highest bidder. Leaders of the cash-strapped city are considering selling the naming rights for Los Angeles to a variety of products.
· Beatles' Chauffeur, Inspiration Dies at 75. Alf Bicknell, chauffeur to the Beatles at the height of their fame and inspiration for the song, "Drive My Car," has died at the age of 75, the band's former promoter said yesterday.
· Bryant's accuser must testify at hearing. Rejecting a prosecution appeal, the Colorado Supreme Court cleared the way for Kobe Bryant's attorneys to ask the 19-year-old woman accusing him of rape detailed questions about her sexual past.
» No Limits on Kobe Accuser Testimony. Rejecting a prosecution appeal, the Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for Kobe Bryant's attorneys to ask the 19-year-old woman accusing him of rape detailed questions about her sexual past.
· 'Apprentice' foursome turn down $1,000,000 'Playboy' offer, instead pose for 'FHM' - for free. They might have been repeatedly accused of using their bodies to sell while competing on NBC's The Apprentice, but four of the program's female contestants are saying that they do draw the line somewhere - and have reportedly rejected a $1,000,000 joint offer to pose nude for Playboy magazine while instead agreeing to do a scantily clad pictorial for young men's magazine FHM... for free.
· NYPD to sue ID web sicko. The NYPD is planning to file suit against a Web-site operator who has posted the names and addresses of undercover cops, federal agents and government officials on the Internet, officials said yesterday.
· Cronkite says he was double-crossed by CBS. Walter Cronkite has revealed that he was double-crossed 23 years ago when he voluntarily stepped down and ceded his anchor chair on "The CBS Evening News" to Dan Rather.
· Britney suicide outrage. Britney Spears' latest video allegedly shows the star killing herself in the bath. In a shocking storyline she will be seen dead with a tell-tale open bottle of pills at her side, according to the SUN.
· Man Has Large Legal Bill for Ice Dispute. A man arrested during an argument with a store clerk over the price of a cup of ice has won an 18-month court fight. But he says the dispute that began over a $2.40 cup of ice has left him with a $4,500 legal bill.
· Pro-life shirt barred as 'obscene.' A Virginia high school student was barred from wearing a shirt with a pro-life message because it violates the school's policy against profane or obscene language.
· Janet Jackson, Almost Live. Janet Jackson will make her first concert appearance on television since her exposed right breast during the Super Bowl halftime show set off a frenzy of criticism about indecency on television. She will sing on the ABC program "Good Morning America" later this month.
· House Passes Broadcast Decency Bill. In the wake of the so-called "wardrobe malfunction" during this year's Super Bowl, federal lawmakers passed a measure Thursday to hit TV and radio broadcasters with heftier penalties for violating decency rules.
· Resume fraud gets slicker and easier. Some applicants are providing employers with toll-free phone numbers, which are answered by operators of Web sites that not only offer phony academic degrees, but also "verify" a job seeker's education.
· Tapes Reveal Diana, Camilla Confrontation. Princess Diana chose the birthday party of Camilla Parker Bowles' sister to confront the woman having an affair with her husband, Prince Charles, according to excerpts of audiotapes made by Diana that were aired Thursday by NBC.
· No Caesarean leads to murder charge. A pregnant woman who allegedly ignored medical warnings to have a Caesarean section to save her twins was charged Thursday with murder after one of the babies was stillborn.
· Roman treasure found in pond dig. A man unearthed a priceless hoard of 20,000 Roman coins as he dug a new fishpond in his back garden. Experts say the money may date from the 4th Century and could be the biggest find of its kind.
· Mars rover finds crater a little depressing. The Mars rover Spirit has finally reached its destination, a 200-metre wide impact basin called Bonneville crater, after a month-long odyssey across the rock strewn plain of Gusev.
· Jackson Judge Keeps Audio Tape Sealed. The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case kept sealed an audio tape that apparently contains defense interviews with Jackson's accuser and his family, but allowed prosecutors to see videotapes he called "innocuous."
· Flashback: Duct Tape Therapy. Duct tape, the all-purpose household fix-it with hundreds of uses, can also remove warts. Researchers say over-the-hardware-counter duct tape is a more effective, less painful alternative to liquid nitrogen, which is used to freeze warts.
· Boy Angry At TV Show Allegedly Starts Apartment Fire. A boy's reported temper tantrum over a television show not airing Thursday has been blamed for an apartment complex fire in Merritt Island, Florida.
Thursday, March 11, 2004
· Courts halt same-sex marriage in California. The California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco on Thursday as Massachusetts lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages in the only state where they have been ruled legal.
· Troy seems least likely to hear 'You're fired!' He doesn't have a college degree. He lives in Idaho. And now he's considered a favorite to win the job working for Donald Trump on the most successful new show of the season, NBC's The Apprentice.
» 'Apprentice' Loser was slurred. Ex-"Apprentice" Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who stirred things up on Donald Trump's reality show, says a fellow contestant dropped the "N" bomb on her during the show - but that it was edited out.
· Microwave popcorn under scrutiny. Having eliminated all the air pollution from auto emissions, the EPA is now focusing on the chemicals released into the air when a bag of microwave popcorn is opened.
· Idiot says she thought $1 million bill was real. A woman who tried to use a fake $1 million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at Wal-Mart said it was all just a misunderstanding - she thought the bill was real.
· Fox Acquires Rights to Dangerfield Autobiography. Fox Television has secured rights to the "No Respect" comic legend's upcoming HarperCollins autobiography, "It's Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs."
· Internet browsing patent annulled. Last year an Illinois court ordered Microsoft to pay out $521 million to private firm Eolas Technology for an alleged infringement of technology. Now the US Patent Office has invalidated the claim by Eolas.
· Case closed on 'The Practice.' Sources said Kelley, ABC and producer 20th Century Fox TV evaluated creatively the options of picking up "The Practice" for a ninth season or spinning off the series into a new drama before mutually agreeing on the latter.
· Alleged R. Kelly Sex Photos Can't Be Used. Detectives illegally seized photographs allegedly showing R&B singer R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl and prosecutors cannot use them to try him on child pornography charges, a judge ruled today.
· The King of spam. Bernard Balan, branded as one of the world's worst hard line spammers, has retired to a quiet Canadian retreat far removed from his bulk e-mail empire that, at its peak, had him sending 30 million unsolicited messages a day, raking in up to $140,000 U.S. a week.
· 'Queer Eye' guy to be Pier 1 spokesman. The home furnishing chain has launched a new marketing campaign featuring Thom Filicia, the design guru of the hit makeover show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."
· Ruling on Kobe Accuser's Sexual History Appealed. Prosecutors have taken the Kobe Bryant case to the Supreme Court, saying the judge should not have granted a hearing on the sexual history of the woman accusing the NBA star of rape.
· Woman Gets Criminal Record for Petting Dog. All Tamar Sherman wanted to do was pet a dog and give it some water. Sherman's act left her with a criminal record - trespassing and prowling - and was sentenced to 75 hours of community service and a year of probation.
· NHL to Suspend Todd Bertuzzi for Attack. The night before learning how long he'll be suspended by the NHL, an emotional Todd Bertuzzi apologized to Colorado's Steve Moore — the man whose neck he broke with one damaging punch.
» UPDATE: Bertuzzi Suspected Indefinitely. Vancouver Canucks' forward Todd Bertuzzi has been suspended for the remainder of the 2003-04 season, including the final 12 regular-season games plus the entire 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
· Drive-by porn new hazard for drivers. Andrea Carlton hadn't planned on telling her daughter about the birds and bees until she was 8 or 9. But that changed the night 4-year-old Catherine spotted a porno movie flickering on a screen in a minivan nearby.
· 45 Percent Of Women Would Let Partner Have Sex With Nicole Kidman. Here's some good news for horny married men: 45 percent of women are willing to let their hubby have sex with another woman. That is, as long as the other woman is Nicole Kidman.
· Mobile firm offers 'phoney alibi.' Love cheats or lazy employees looking for a "sound alibi" may have found a handy one, quite literally. A German company has come up with a mobile phone accessory which can play background noises during a call.
· Another high court justice faces questions on ethics. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has lent her name and presence to a lecture series co-sponsored by the liberal NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, an advocacy group that often argues before the court in support of women's rights that the justice embraces.
· Walking boosts brain power, promotes weight loss. That's not to say that nutrition isn't important - it's just that you probably get more benefits more quickly from becoming more active. Fitness experts are fond of saying that "if exercise were a pill, it would be the most prescribed medication in the world."
· Woman Gets $1 Million in Suit Over Priest Punch. A jury awarded more than $950,000 to an instructor of Roman Catholic principles who accused a now-deceased priest of punching her during an argument over how to teach.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Synergism [syn·er·gism] n. Interaction of discrete agencies or conditions where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts. "All the stockholders saw considerable synergism in the merger." [also Synergy].
· Grand Jury Planned in Jackson Case. The district attorney who charged Michael Jackson with child molestation is convening a grand jury to hear evidence in the case, a move apparently designed to sidestep a public preliminary hearing, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
· Kerry: GOP Is 'Crooked' Bunch. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry called Wednesday for deeper tax cuts for the middle class than proposed by President Bush and described his Republican critics as "the most crooked ... lying group I've ever seen." The chairman of Bush's re-election campaign called on Kerry to apologize "for this negative attack."
· Rapper Ludacris Surprises Florida Students. A surprise visit by rapper Ludacris to a central Florida high school gave some much-needed diversion to students who'd experienced a string of tragedies in the past year.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
· One in nine Florida women are victims of rape. In a shocking report released today, the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence concluded the state has "substantial rape problems," and that one out of every nine women in Florida is a rape victim.
· Donated bodies blown up by Army. When Tulane University found itself with a temporary oversupply of cadavers that had been donated to science a few years ago, the school did what it usually does: It called a cadaver broker. The broker sold the bodies to the Army, and the Army blew them up in land-mine experiments.
· What's new pussycat? Tom Jones' son and manager said his look was embarrassing for a 63-year-old, so now "My pants are not as tight any more, I don't open my shirt so far and I don't pick up the underwear," Jones said.
· 'God particle' seen? A scientist says one of the most sought after particles in physics - the Higgs boson - may have been found. The Higgs boson explains why all other particles have mass and is fundamental to a complete understanding of matter.
· Sen. McCain Open to Being Kerry's VP. Republican Sen. John McCain allowed a glimmer of hope Wednesday for Democrats fantasizing about a bipartisan dream team to defeat President Bush. "Obviously I would entertain it," McCain said.
· Kerry’s Web site keeps FCC on the run. The obscenity backlash that stung Howard Stern and Janet Jackson has had no apparent effect on presidential-wannabe John Kerry - his campaign Web site is littered with the F-bomb and other naughty words.
· Sentencing set in missing plague case. A former Texas Tech professor who started a bioterrorism scare when he reported plague bacteria missing last year should be sentenced to probation and community service for his crimes, his lawyers said.
· Police Secretly Watching Hip-Hop Celebs. Police say they are secretly monitoring hip-hop stars P. Diddy, DMX and others in South Florida to protect them, but celebrities and critics see the surveillance as unnecessary and racist.
· Wendy's manager: No more bathing in the dishwasher. Two fast-food restaurant employees who bathed in a dishwashing sink took cleanliness a bit too far, but didn't pose a health threat, the county's health director said.
· After 'Passion,' no need for Gibson to work again. With about $214 million in hand through last weekend, there's no question "Passion," which Gibson made through his and Bruce Davey's Icon Productions, will gross over $300 million in domestic theaters.
· UCLA Shuts Down Scandal-Plagued Cadaver Program. The University of California at Los Angeles shut down its scandal-plagued donated cadaver program - possibly for good - on Tuesday amid a criminal investigation into the sale of body parts.
· Internet Providers Sue Hundreds for Spam. Some of the nation's largest Internet providers, in an unusual joint effort, said Wednesday they filed six lawsuits against hundreds of people who were accused of sending millions of unwanted e-mails in violation of the new U.S. law against "spam."
· Judge Rules 'Girls Gone Wild' Is Not Porn. videotape of an underage girl exposing her breasts is not child pornography, a judge decided Tuesday in a criminal case against the producer of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series.
· Death at the Masonic Lodge. The secret induction ceremony in the basement of the lodge on Monday night was only supposed to frighten William James, and build trust between the burly father of five and his fellow members of the Southside Masonic Temple by letting him think he was placing his life in their hands.
· Roy Horn Tells Magazine He's on the Mend. Illusionist Roy Horn of "Siegfried & Roy," who was mauled on stage by a tiger in October, says he's on the mend and is working hard with a physical therapist, a German magazine reported Wednesday.
· Jayson Blair says NYT still lax. Jayson Blair, the former New York Times reporter who started a scandal that prompted the resignation of the newspaper's two top editors, said Tuesday on CNN's "Larry King Live" that "there are these journalist war criminals still at the New York Times that have not been caught."
· Experts: Martha Faces Tough Appeal. Martha Stewart will have a tough time convincing an appeals court to throw out her convictions, raising the question: how much time might the woman who made millions giving advice on gracious living have to serve behind bars, lawyers said.
· Ignore These Old Wives' Tales. It's amazing how many "Old Wives' Tales" there are about babies. Many are passed down from generation to generation, but just because Grandma says so doesn't mean it's true.
· Gator Goes for Ride on Fla. School Bus. Middle and high school students were riding home from school when they spotted a 4-foot alligator crossing the road, were allowed off the school bus to catch it and took it home.
· Walt Disney's Daughter Says Eisner Should Resign. Walt Disney's only surviving child said Michael Eisner should resign as chief executive in an ongoing dispute whether he's fit to run The Walt Disney Co.
· Study: Ratings Needed for Smoking Films. If Nicolas Cage lights a cigarette in a movie, Hollywood's ratings board should respond as if he used a profanity, according to authors of a new study that criticizes glamorous images of smoking in movies rated for children under 17.
· Pill Helps People Quit Smoking, Slim Down. new pill in the final stages of testing shows promise in attacking two of humanity's biggest killers by helping people quit smoking and lose weight at the same time.
· Pepsi to Introduce New Mid-Carb, Mid-Calorie Soda. PepsiCo Inc. said on Tuesday that it planned to introduce a new soda with 50 percent less sugar and carbohydrates than its regular cola to capitalize on the popularity of low-carb diets.
· Yorkshire Couple Named Baby Diot Coke - in 1379. Naming your child after a popular soft drink could be seen as a little bit faddish but the parents of young Diot Coke might be forgiven – they gave their baby daughter the name way back in 1379.
· Parents Blame Exploding Jawbreaker For Burning Child. Some candies are supposed to melt in your mouth, not in your hand. A Greenville County, S.C., family says a piece of candy they purchased blew up in their child's hand.
· Forged Monroe-JFK letters sought. The owners of forged love letters purported to be the secret correspondence between President John F. Kennedy and actress Marilyn Monroe are trying to stop the government from destroying them.
· Alcohol Web Sites Attracting Kids. Alcohol company Web sites are offering a "cyber playground" for underage youths despite promises from the companies to limit their access, according to a study released Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
· Eldin From 'Murphy Brown' Dies at 49. Robert Pastorelli, who played the screwball housepainter Eldin on "Murphy Brown," was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home in what the coroner's office said may have been a drug overdose.
· Peterson Defense Wants New Venue for Trial. Defense attorneys in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial told a judge Tuesday they believe too many prospective jurors already have concluded their client is guilty and, among other possible remedies, may seek a second move for the trial.
· EchoStar Pulls Plug on CBS. EchoStar's DISH satellite network pulled from service 16 of Viacom's local CBS stations and 10 of its national channels after the companies failed to agree on contract terms and prices.
· Oprah Named One of Most Fashionable Women. Oprah Winfrey - talk show host, actress and magazine editor - has a new title to add to her resume: one of the world's most fashionable women, according to Vanity Fair's 2004 International Best-Dressed List.
· $500,000 In Cash Found Along Interstate. Authorities in eastern Washington state say a pedestrian came across a pack stuffed with nearly $500,000 hidden along Interstate 97. The unidentified
man [idiot] turned in the money.
· Extra credit for Kleenex. Palo Alto High's budget is so tight that Sonia Ferrandiz-Bodoff's German teacher offers three extra credit points to any student who brings a box of tissues to class. In Cupertino, science teacher Katheryn McElwee gives her Monta Vista High students five points for a roll of paper towels.
· Police: Woman Tried to Pass Fake $1 Million Bill. A woman was caught trying to use a fake $1 million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at a Wal-Mart, and was later found with two more of the bills in her purse, police said.
» Mugshot and police report. Meet Alice Regina Pike. The 35-year-old Georgia woman must think Wal-Mart cashiers are rather dumb, because she actually just tried to pass a $1 million bill at one of the retail chain's megastores.
· Crackdown on cursing starts with Bono. Federal regulators are expected to set stricter rules against indecency this week by ruling that rock singer Bono's use of a vulgarity during NBC's Golden Globes broadcast last year was a violation.
· Bush's Ad Outrage Has Kerry Connection. The people supposedly outraged about president Bush's ads using a brief image from Ground Zero turns out to be a tiny group called 'Peaceful Tomorrows,' whose parent group, the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, coincidentally has received $millions from foundations controlled by John Kerry's heiress wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.
· J.Lo's butt is now history. What a difference a year makes. She got awful reviews for "Gigli". Lost out on ex-fiance Ben Affleck. And now worst of all - no one wants her beefy bum, despite the fact that many women have already raced out to get butt implants.
· California Bakes in Record Heat. Downtown Los Angeles, with mountains to the east still capped in snow from a storm last week, topped out at 93 degrees, 24 above normal. That broke the 1996 record of 89 for March 8, the National Weather Service said.
· Jacko's Jet Juice. Finicky flier Wacko Jacko demands his "Jesus juice" in Diet Coke cans and gobbles hoards of KFC chicken every time he takes to the air, according to new travel records detailing the troubled singer's bizarre habits.
· New Charge Filed Against Courtney Love. Love, 39, already faces one misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She is charged separately in Beverly Hills Superior Court on two felony counts of drug possession.
· Mozart's 'healing power' touted in concert for expectant mothers. A British millionaire convinced of the "healing power" of the music of Mozart for mothers-to-be and newborns will host a series of piano recitals at which they will be his guests.
· 'Idol' Reject William Hung Gets Recording Contract. The singer, who became a fan favorite - but not a judges' favorite - during open auditions for the Fox series with his spirited version of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs," has signed a deal with Fuse Music Network and Koch Records.
· 'Schindler's List' Makes DVD Debut. It features a 77-minute documentary with interviews from Holocaust survivors but no deleted scenes, audio commentary or other standard DVD trappings about the movie itself.
· U.S. military Has a Growing Drinking Problem. Nearly one in five members of the U.S. armed forces is a heavy drinker, according to a Pentagon survey released on Monday that showed a growing alcohol problem in the American military.
· PayPal fined $150,000. The nation's largest online payment service, PayPal, is paying New York $150,000 in penalties after misrepresenting to consumers its policy on repayment when merchandise doesn't arrive, the state attorney general said.
· Wal-Mart employee's attire gets him fired. Daniel A. Lorenz says he was fired last week upon reporting for duty in his priest's shirt with Roman collar, an Arab headdress and six crosses. NATURALLY, the Catholic-Muslim 'whacko' is filing a discrimination complaint against Wal-Mart.
Monday, March 8, 2004
· Martha Stewart Meets With Probation Officer. Martha Stewart arrived at a federal courthouse Monday to meet with a probation officer, the first step toward her June 17 sentencing for lying about a stock sale. The report could influence her sentence.
· Kraft bonuses: $10 million amid layoffs. Bonuses totaling more than $10 million were paid out to five Kraft Foods Inc. executives at the end of 2003, as the company plans to cut 6,000 jobs and close 20 plants.
· Body Found in East River May be that of Spalding Gray. Relatives of Spalding Gray have been told by authorities that a badly decomposed body pulled from the East River yesterday may be that of the missing actor.
· Vegas Coroner Posts Photos Of John Does. The Coroner's office has begun compiling digital photographs of the county's unidentified dead and posting them on the Internet. Among them John "White" Doe, who was found lying in the middle of a boulevard north of Las Vegas - and 168 other John and Jane Does.
· Ted Williams' son dead of leukemia at age 35. Williams, at the center of a controversy surrounding his father's remains, had been battling the disease for months. In December, he had a bone marrow transplant, using a donation from Claudia, his youngest sister.
· House prepares for ‘cheeseburger bill.' The issue of obesity will loom larger than life on Capitol Hill this week with the House expected to approve the so-called ‘‘cheeseburger bill,'' which would prevent Americans from suing fast-food giants such as McDonald's for making them overweight.
· NBC Cuts Scene in 'Charlie's Angels' movie. NBC cut the final scene in its upcoming movie about the making of the popular television series "Charlie's Angels" after Farrah Fawcett's former manager complained.
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."
· Director of UCLA's cadaver program arrested. Police at the University of California, Los Angles, have arrested Henry Reid, director of a program that provides donated cadavers for medical research and education, the school said.
· Kerry called Yasser Arafat a "role model." Democratic presidential nominee-to-be John Kerry called Yasser Arafat a "statesman" and a "role model" in a 1997 book that Kerry cites as proof of his own foresight about foreign policy.
· Will Couric Pick Up Prime-Time Slack? As if three hours of top-rated morning television wasn't enough, Katie Couric is turning up on NBC in prime time this month to interview celebrities like Ben Affleck and disgraced journalist Jayson Blair.