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Wednesday, March 31, 2004
· Women sue Hooters over secret tapes. In a not-so-surprising move, five women who say they were secretly videotaped naked or undressing while they applied for jobs at a Los Angeles area Hooters sued the restaurant chain Tuesday.
· JFK Jr. rival called an un-credible lover. Former "Baywatch" star Michael Bergin is coming under fire for his claim that he had a secret affair with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy after she married John F. Kennedy Jr.
· How Prince reclaimed center stage. After years of working on the margins of the entertainment business, pop star Prince is riding a surprise resurgence. But while his comeback seems sudden, it was hardly spontaneous.
· Calif. Schools Risking Millions in Aid. Westminster school board trustee Judy Ahrens said the state Education Department policy promotes homosexuality, and she will not give in to what she called blackmail. "I'm calling their bluff," she said.
· Politics at its best. Maine's Governor John E. Baldacci has signed into law a bill that not only makes it legal for golfers to drink beer on Maine's legendary snow covered golf courses - it will also make beer legal to be sold from golf carts.
» Financial Woes Hits Trump's N.J. Casinos. Shares of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts fell 11 percent Tuesday on news of auditors' concerns that, barring a bailout, the company might not be able to continue as a "going concern.'
» Trump may have violated gambling laws. The Division of Gaming Enforcement is looking into whether the Trump Taj Mahal, the crown jewel of Trump's casino empire, got all the approvals it needed before the taping of a recent "Apprentice" episode there.
· Treasury Department Slips on Ladders. It was the anecdote that politically seemed too good to be true. And it was. Treasury Secretary John Snow was set to say that "frivolous lawsuits" had caused the U.S. ladder industry to fold. It turns out that 11 U.S. producers sell $850 million worth of ladders every year.
· Dollar falls on Greenspan heart attack rumor. The dollar weakened broadly on Wednesday after rumors that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan had suffered a heart attack roiled the markets, traders said.
· Missing Madison College Student Found Alive. Madison police said today that missing college student Audrey Seiler was found alive about 1 p.m. and was alive and healthy, less than two miles from where she disappeared.
''She is fine,'' officer Chris Paulson told a hotel lobby full of Minnesota friends and family. Another officer said she had injuries that were not life threatening, though he wouldn't be more specific.
Paulson said that Madison police are looking for an armed suspect in connection with the disappearance.
Seiler was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital after she was found. No immediate information was available about her condition.
» AP coverage of missing Audrey Seiler. Police said Seiler was found in a marsh near campus. Authorities said they are looking for an armed suspect in connection with the disappearance. Police with their weapons drawn could be seen walking through the parking lot of a building near the marsh.
» CNN coverage of missing student. A missing University of Wisconsin student was found alive Wednesday, four days after she vanished from her off-campus apartment without a coat or purse, according to a news report.
· Siegfried & Roy Marquee Comes Down. The landmark "Siegfried & Roy" marquee on the Las Vegas Strip was being changed Wednesday, almost six months after a tiger mauled star Roy Horn and forced the show to close.
· Future search efforts will make Google look like 8-tracks. Ten years from now - maybe five or even less - we will recall Google circa 2004 and wonder how we could have tolerated it. You know, sort of the way we look back on eight-track tapes.
· Florida Lawmakers Target Ambulance Chasers. Ambulance-chasing ads have become a tried and true practice for some Florida lawyers trying to scare up business, but now local politicians say the commercials are insulting to the legal profession, and the messages ought to be strictly limited.
· Man Sues US Airways After He Drank Alcohol, Fell Down Escalator. A West Virginia man who fell down an escalator at an airport sued US Airways, alleging the airline didn't warn him about the adverse affects of drinking alcohol on a plane.
· Scientist nabbed for SARS scam. A Harvard University professor allegedly bilked 35 students, co-workers, friends and Internet pals out of $600,000 he claimed would help launch a SARS research institute in China.
· Al Gets Gore-TV. Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, an entrepreneur and Democratic fund-raiser, will close the deal to pay around $70 million to French-owned Vivendi Universal this week, making them the owners of the tiny digital-cable channel Newsworld International, moving Mr. Gore from politics to mini-media-moguldom.
· College Tests Laundry Notification E-Mails. In one of the wackiest uses for the Internet yet, Carnegie Mellon University is testing a Web-based system that sends e-mail to students when their laundry is done and allows them to log on to an Internet site to check the status of machines.
· Kobe and Vanessa stronger than ever. Vanessa Bryant had had enough. On Jan. 4, after months of being a virtual prisoner in her own home to avoid the frenzy surrounding her husband's looming sexual assault case, Kobe Bryant's wife came out of her self-imposed seclusion.
· Source: Jackson grand jury hears from accuser. The 14-year-old boy accusing Michael Jackson of molestation testified Tuesday before the grand jury hearing evidence in the case, a source close to the case said.
» Sources: Shrink Testifies at Jacko Grand Jury. A grand jury meeting under extraordinary secrecy heard testimony from the psychologist who first reported to authorities a boy's claim that he was molested by Michael Jackson, two sources close to the case said Tuesday.
· Jeweler pleads guilty in missile sale case. A New York jeweler and money remitter pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in the transfer of $30,000 used - without his knowledge - as the down payment on the sale of a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile, the U.S. attorney's office said.
· Sylvester Stallone Predicts `Rocky' Future For `Contender.' Sylvester Stallone is predicting a "Rocky" future for his new reality series, "The Contender," a nationwide search for the best boxing hopefuls.
· Purebred Dogs Are Said to Resemble Owners. When given a choice of two dogs, judges correctly matched 25 purebreds with their owners nearly two out of three times. With mutts, however, the pattern went to the dogs.
· The largest diesel engine in the world. This engine was designed primarily for very large container ships, and is 89 feet long, 44 feet high, weighs in at 2300 tons, and delivers an amazing 108,920 horsepower! [Look at photo at the bottom of the page].
· 'Will & Grace' Star Messing to Miss Finale. Debra Messing will not appear in the last three episodes of "Will & Grace" because her doctor has asked her to stay off her feet for the remainder of her pregnancy, an NBC spokesman said Tuesday.
· Blind Water-Skier Hits Back Of Ramp During Practice. A blind water-skier from Ireland was injured while practicing maneuvers at a ski school, when her electronic whistle system to alert of obstacles apparently didn't work.
» Dr. Gregory Ellis reveals 'all' on his website. Many companies are manufacturing low-carb food bars; they're all using sugar alcohols as sweeteners and claiming that, since they don't "spike" glucose or insulin, their carbs needn't be counted. As a consequence, the companies omitted the carb counts from the Nutrition Facts Box that's required by the FDA on all food items.
· Little Red Wagon Outsourced. Radio Flyer Inc., maker of the little red wagon that has been symbolic of childhood for generations of American children, said it will keep its headquarters and distribution business in Chicago but decided the Chicago plant where the metal wagons are built is too expensive to maintain. With the plant closing later this year, Radio Flyer will lay off nearly half its 90 employees.
· Man Brings Grenade to Sheriff's Office. Latah County, Idaho Sheriff's deputies had to cordon off their own parking lot after a man thought he was doing a good deed by bringing in a live grenade he found in an old farmhouse.
» Jacksons most foolish Americans. Beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson and his little sister Janet have earned the dubious distinctions of being named the most foolish Americans of 2004, organizers of the annual awards announced.
· Paul McCartney serenades California diners. Legendary musician Paul McCartney became a dinner show entertainer when he took the stage at a local restaurant in a California resort town and sang a few songs, the co-owner says.
· Movie Cameos Keep Laughs Coming. Cameo appearances — sometimes the brightest spot in a two-hour-plus movie — are becoming increasingly popular, and actors like Will Ferrell, Andy Dick and other funnymen are clocking minimum time to get maximum laughs at theaters.
· Bizarre Hoaxes On Restaurants Trigger Lawsuits. The restaurant industry is struggling to get in front of a bizarre hoax in which outlet managers across the country have been duped into strip-searching employees or customers
· George Michael: 'I'm not faithful.' George Michael started out as a heartthrob for millions of teenage girls. Now the openly gay 40-year-old has clashed with everyone from his record label and male lover - to Tony Blair.
· Starbucks on every corner? Starbuck's plan is to have about 25,000 stores worldwide - more than triple the nearly 8,000 stores the coffee retailer has right now. And even that amount seems a little "light," according to Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz.
· 'Idol' Reject Hung Ready for Album Release. William Hung, the lovable singer who became a celebrity after his version of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" got him booted off of "American Idol," is confident he is no longer the worst singer Simon Cowell has ever heard.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
· Potential Peterson juror investigated. A prospective juror in the Scott Peterson trial will soon appear in a hearing to determine if she said the defendant is "guilty as hell" and she intended to make sure the double murder suspect "got everything he deserves."
· Phony Rockefeller gets 5 years. A Frenchman who swindled the rich out of at least $1.5 million by claiming to be a movie producer, a Rockefeller heir and other celebrities was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.
· Lisa Marie Presley wishes she'd never wed Jacko. Amid reports that Lisa Marie Presley could be subpoenaed to testify against her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, Star has learned that the singer had second thoughts about their mysterious marriage in 1994.
· Super Bowl Streaker Appears in Court. The Brit who stripped to a thong and danced a jig on the field before a stunned Super Bowl crowd intends to plead innocent to trespassing because no one told him he couldn't do it, he said after a court appearance Tuesday.
· Radio dial is turning left. Conservatives, plug your ears: Liberal talk radio is finally here. Al Franken's says "My first priority is to get sued by a right-wing jerk in order to generate interest in my new show."
· Hedge dispute might cost couple their home. When Paul Derwent and his wife Janet cut down 25 feet of laurel hedge on the boundary of their property in May 2000, they set off a legal dispute with their lawyer neighbor that is likely to cost them their $1.1 million home just to pay the $630,000 in legal fees.
· High Court Permits Foster Photos Withheld. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the government does not have to release 11-year-old photographs from the suicide of White House lawyer Vincent Foster, and longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
· Red-Light District For Web Porn. By organizing themselves and somewhat rationalizing, if not exactly legitimizing, their business practices, porn peddlers would have a financial incentive to climb aboard a new 'xxx' domain being proposed.
· Nashville Songwriters Fall on Tough Times. Nashville songwriters don't have far to look for inspiration these days. In a town famous for churning out sad country songs about heartache and despair, radio homogenization, corporate mergers and music piracy have made it tough for songwriters to earn a living.
· AOL to give away spammer's Porsche Boxster. America Online is launching a sweepstakes with the grand prize being a sports car AOL received as part of a spam settlement against "a guy who by our estimates made more than a million dollars by spamming AOL customers," according to a spokesman.
» Case craves AOL buyback. Time Warner sees Steve Case in its rear-view mirror. Investors are salivating over word AOL's defrocked godfather is back - working to raise $10 billion to buy back the online giant from Time Warner.
· Innovative way to deceive police. Police say a local man who was on house arrest came up with a creative way to get around the system. Christopher Williams cut-off his ankle monitor and then attached it to his dog's leg with electrical tape.
· Hockey Player Can't Remember Being Hit. Wearing a brace from his chin to his chest, Steve Moore walked into a news conference Monday and said he doesn't remember the hit that knocked him out for the season — and might have ended his NHL career.
· Leno Is NBC's $100 Million Man. Jay Leno has signed a new deal with NBC that will keep him at the helm of "The Tonight Show" through at least 2009. Leno, 53, has frequently said he does not touch his "Tonight Show" money, opting instead to live on earnings from his standup gigs.
· Pearl's Widow Denied 9/11 Funds. The widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is seeking compensation from the Sept. 11 victims' fund, saying her husband, like the victims of the attacks, was a U.S. citizen targeted by Islamic extremists.
· New J.Lo Just a Regular Girl? Get ready for a kinder, gentler, more human Jennifer Lopez. The diva demands are giving way to a new, carefully crafted sympathetic image to let everyone know she's really "Jenny from the block."
· H.J. Heinz Co. Seeks to Disavow Kerry Connection. H.J. Heinz Co. has launched an election-year campaign of its own, this one to distance the ketchup maker from what is shaping up to be an acrimonious presidential race.
» No glad-handing for Kerry after shoulder surgery. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, who is to undergo minor shoulder surgery tomorrow, faces a politician's worst nightmare while recovering - no glad-handing.
· Only in California: Male circumcision bill submitted to Congress. MGMbill.org announced that it submitted its male genital mutilation bill proposals to Congress and the California State Legislature for consideration. Both bills would amend current laws that protect girls from circumcision but not boys – a situation that a growing number of people believe is a violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
· He has a vision, but does he have the Wright stuff? In a business world trapped in cycles of short-term thinking, Paul Moller is at once a freak and an object of awe. He is what many hotshot entrepreneurs wish they could be: a genius whose project could change life as fundamentally as the first car - a flying car.
· Cruise, Cruz split by Scientology? A source who knows the couple, but has not talked with either since they announced that they were no longer an item, says that Cruz was "dragging her feet" when it came to converting to Cruise's controversial religion, reports MSNBC.com.
· Prince Opens 'Musicology' Tour in L.A. Prince is billing his "Musicology" tour as a way to educate audiences accustomed to computer-generated hits about the joys of live music. He made good on that promise Monday at the tour's opener at Staples Center.
· Terror bombs seized. A major terrorist attack on London has been foiled today when hundreds of officers swooped on suspected al Qaeda terrorists equipped with half a ton of ammonium nitrate - the same bomb-making material used in the Bali nightclub blast.
· AT&T Ushers in New Era in Communication. AT&T today launched the first phase of its residential Voice over Internet phone service, called AT&T CallVantage Service, providing the residents of New Jersey a high-tech alternative for their personal communications needs.
· Aloha Airlines Pilot Suspected of Being Drunk Is Arrested. An Aloha Airlines co-pilot was arrested for allegedly being intoxicated as he was about to board a plane he was scheduled to help fly from California to Hawaii, the carrier said.
· Whitney's Mom to Lead Prayer Vigil on Drugs. Cissy Houston, the great R&B and gospel singer, is leading a prayer vigil next Monday night in Harlem. In a simple announcement on New York radio station KISS-FM Houston calls the two-hour event "mothers praying for healing."
· Veteran Broadcaster Alistair Cooke Dies. Alistair Cooke, the broadcaster who epitomized highbrow television as host of "Masterpiece Theatre" and whose "Letter from America" was a radio fixture in Britain for 58 years, has died, the British Broadcasting Corp. said Tuesday. He was 95.
· Janet Jackson: Still claims it was 'an accident.' Unlike the last time she appeared on CBS, Janet Jackson was bleeped by censors while talking to TV talk show host David Letterman -- for saying "Jesus."
· Mass. Gay Marriage Ban Gets 2004 Approval. With one chapter closed in Massachusetts' gay marriage debate, several new ones now open, as gay couples look ahead to what may be a short-lived chance to tie the knot and lawmakers prepare for crucial November elections.
· Prime Minister get daughter job at McDonald's. The billionaire prime minister of Thailand sent his 17-year-old daughter to the fast food outlet as part of his campaign to encourage greater responsibility in the young.
· AOL Connection Leads to $2,500 Phone Bill. When Mark Walters received a $2,500 bill in the mail for Qwest long distance, he figured it had to be a mistake. It turns out that a 'local' AOL phone number's area code was a long distance number.
· Judge postpones lawsuit to aid anthrax investigators. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said the FBI investigation should be allowed to proceed "in an unfettered way," and he granted the government's request to postpone for six months the defamation lawsuit filed by former Army scientist Steven Hatfill against the department and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
· Surfing in the Sky. Time and productivity are integral parts of doing business, and for business travelers the time spent flying from one city to another had always been closed to live, real-time Internet and e-mail access.
Monday, March 29, 2004
· Slave descendants file $1 billion suit against corporations. Descendants of black American slaves have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against U.S. and British corporations on Monday, accusing them of profiting by committing genocide against their ancestors.
· World's Richest Women. Of 497 billionaires on Forbe's World's Richest People list this year, only 35, or 7%, are women. Among them, only one is self-made. Along with her husband, Doris Fisher opened the first Gap store in San Francisco in the late 1960s. The other women on our list got a hefty head start by inheriting money or companies from their fathers or husbands.
· Father Charged With Shooting 'E.R.' Actor. An elderly Queens man was charged with attempted murder Monday in the shooting of his son, an actor who has appeared on episodes of "ER" and "The Drew Carey Show," prosecutors said.
· L.A. Police Photographer Arrested For Videotaping Girl. The Los Angeles Police Department's chief photographer was arrested for allegedly videotaping a 13-year-old girl as she was changing her clothes for a modeling session, police said.
· Man Burned After Setting Off Firework In Car. Police said the man had an argument with his girlfriend, then got into his car and apparently lit the explosive with the intention of throwing it at his girlfriend, but the device dropped between his legs.
· Chicago school principal charged with child porn. A Chicago public school principal has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography on his home computer and elsewhere in his residence, officials said Monday.
· Woody Harrelson's dad loses murder appeal. Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, lost his Supreme Court appeal on Monday in a 1979 murder. Charles Harrelson is serving a life sentence in the death of U.S. District Judge John Wood, who was shot outside his San Antonio town house.
· Man selling lunar plots for $19.99 an acre. Lunar Embassy, licensed by the state of Nevada, boasts 2.5 million property owners in 80 countries. More than 1,300 corporations have purchased plots, including Safeway supermarkets in Great Britain, which resold 20,000 lots to grocery shoppers.
· Husband charged with threatening to set wife on fire. A 33-year-old New York man was charged with dousing his wife with kerosene and threatening to set her on fire after she spurned his romantic advances.
· U.S. Shuts Down Weekly Newspaper In Iraq. The U.S.-led coalition on Sunday shut down a weekly newspaper run by followers of a hardline Shiite Muslim cleric, saying its articles were increasing the threat of violence against occupation forces.
· Winnie the Pooh Case Against Disney Dismissed. A California Superior Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. over hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from Winnie the Pooh, Disney's lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said on Monday.
» Disney foes plan appeal in Winnie the Pooh case. The family firm suing Walt Disney Co. over millions of dollars of merchandising rights to Winnie the Pooh will appeal a ruling in favor on Disney, a lawyer for the family said on Monday.
· Geragos to use 'OJ' defense in Peterson case? Prosecutors in the Scott Peterson double-murder trial will rely on circumstantial evidence, and his attorneys will suggest police were incompetent, if recent questions during jury selection are any indication.
· Man hopes '76 Oprah tape worth thousands on eBay. Nashville filmmaker Joseph H. Davis may get a huge return on a most unlikely investment: a master tape of a 1976 talk show featuring a twenty-something Oprah Winfrey.
· Prosecutors Hope To Avoid Media Frenzy In Michael Jackson Case Today. A Grand Jury convenes in Santa Barbara and prosecutors hope at least 12 of the nineteen jurors believe there's enough evidence to indight Michael Jackson on Child Molestation charges. The alleged 13-year-old victm is expected to testify that he was molested by the pop superstar.
· Psychosis is blamed in motorist's assault. A motorist who said Jesus told him to run down a woman because she is black has committed no crime, a St. Louis County judge decided Thursday in blaming a diabetes-induced psychosis.
· Cadet remained at AFA after rape allegation, crash threat. An Air Force Academy cadet who had been accused of rape and threatened to crash a glider into a dining hall was allowed to remain at the school for several more months, during which he was accused of sodomizing a woman in a wheelchair and of raping another cadet, according to files obtained by the Associated Press.
· Concert ticket prices continue to soar. Last year, the average concert ticket cost $50.35 — a better than 95 percent increase over just seven years ago — with the top tours commanding huge prices. The average ticket for a Rolling Stones concert last year went for $200, followed by the Eagles at $116.
· Scooby-Doo tops box office. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed ruled the box office this weekend, taking in $30.7-million (U.S.) in its opening, good enough for an easy No. 1 finish, but 43 per cent below the $54.2-million debut the first Scooby-Doo managed in June, 2002.
· Politics in play at gay awards. "Boooooooo," "Hissssssss!" Those were the sounds that reverberated inside the Kodak Theatre Saturday evening each time President Bush's name was mentioned at the 15th annual GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Awards.
· Pregnancy Shocker. Troubled beauty Carolyn Bessette got pregnant while dating JFK Jr. but lost the baby - and then cheated on her famed fiancé with hunky ex Michael Bergin just a week later, Bergin claims in his explosive new tell-all.
· Janet and Justin: Together Again. It looks like Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake may have to face the music once more. That's because they've recorded some kind of duet for Quincy Jones' next album, according to my sources, a project that's said to include everything from bebop to hip-hop.
» Janet Jackson to appear on CBS' ‘Late Show’ tonight. Jackson was to give her initial TV interview Monday to David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show,” the same network that televised — and was infuriated by — her Super Bowl breast-baring.
· Class-Action CD Lawsuit Ends in Refunds of $13.86. The massive class-action lawsuit against the music industry — which named major labels like Universal Music Group, Sony Music, BMG, EMI and Warner Music as defendants — argued that record labels pressured retailers to keep CD costs up by threatening to withhold stores’ advertising and promotions money if they dared charge too little.
· Smokers barred from Irish pubs today. Ireland has become the first country in the world to outlaw cigarettes in all its restaurants and pubs, to the delight of non-smokers but the dismay of some publicans who say they will have to police the ban.
» New York City bars and restaurants not hurt by smoking ban. A new report says a smoking ban isn't hurting New York City's bars and restaurants. New York bar and restaurant business are now said to be "thriving," and tax receipts have jumped almost nine percent in the past ten months.
· John Gotti And The Draft. Newly released FBI documents show that if he'd selected the military over the Mafia, John Gotti might have served as a grunt instead of a godfather, wearing Army fatigues instead of Armani suits.
· Woman Who Stoned Sons Set For Trial. Psychiatric experts for both the defense and prosecution agree that Deanna Laney, scheduled to go on trial Monday, was mentally ill last Mother's Day weekend when she stoned two of her sons to death and severely injured a third.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Systemic [sys·tem·ic] adj. A systemic problem or change is a basic one, experienced by the whole of an organization or a country and not just particular parts of it: "The recession was the result of a systemic change within the structure of the country's economy."
· British Queen would have fled if Soviets had attacked. Queen Elizabeth II would have been spirited out of Britain had the Soviet Union launched a nuclear attack, according to previously top-secret documents which will go on public view later this week.
· High-Tech Bait Cars Reel in Arizona Thieves. Bait vehicles are capturing more than just car thieves. Cars rigged with video and other tracking technology have also caught the attention of the public, warning crooks that no vehicle is safe to steal.
· Girl's cancer faked 'to keep husband.' A woman imprisoned for faking her daughter's leukaemia to gain thousands of dollars in donations has told how she first concocted the scheme to keep her husband from leaving.
· Garlic pills substituted for flu shots. The New Zealand Education Ministry is offering staff free garlic and echinacea tablets to ward off winter ills - but immunization experts say it's a waste of public money and have called on health officials to intervene.
· Vermont Probes Man With 70 Goats In House. State officials are investigating a man whose goats and his religious convictions against killing them have collided in a possibly inhumane and definitely stinky way.
· Woman cleaning house shoots baby dead. A woman who found a shotgun while cleaning her home Sunday accidentally fired the weapon as she tried to determine whether it was loaded, killing a 1-year-old girl, police said.
· Web Sites Offer Help Beating Drug Tests. Put 30 drug testing workers in a room together for a few hours and it isn't long before they start trading strange - and somewhat indelicate - tales of urine collection.
Sunday, March 28, 2004
· Kidnapped Girl's Parents Cut Media Deal. The parents of a 6-year-old girl who was raised by her alleged kidnapper after she was believed to have died in a fire have sold the rights to their life stories for a movie and book.
· Witness's pregnancy may complicate Peterson trial. Amber Frey was Scott Peterson's secret lover. Then she became the Modesto, Calif., Police's secret informant. Now she's the star witness against the young man accused of killing his wife -- and she's eight months pregnant with another man's child.
· Actor Brosnan's Official Site Launched. The name is com - PierceBrosnan.com. The official Web site of Pierce Brosnan - Agent 007 - is up and running, and for fans of the actor, it offers a unique peek into his life and passions.
· Nuclear power, 25 years after Three Mile Island. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident, and 25 years later the nation’s aging fleet of 103 reactors still face nagging questions about their safety.
· The oldest bank robber: No regrets. 91 year-old "Red" Roundtree had robbed banks twice before and knew the best way was to pick a bank was within a full gas tank's drive of home, hit it early before there were too many customers and then never, ever return to that city again.
· College kid says: 'Britney ordered me to strip then used me for sex.' A college student today reveals how pop queen Britney Spears chatted him up on a blind date — and then allegedly took him to bed.
· Nelson Wants to Stop Navy Landing Field. Country singer Willie Nelson has asked President Bush to intervene in a land dispute between farmers and the Navy over a proposed jet practice field in the middle of 33,000 acres of farmland in North Carolina.
· Disney theme parks boost admission prices - again. Beginning today, Disneyland and California Adventure will increase the admission price to $49.75 for guests over 10 years old a jump of $2.75, or nearly 6 percent, Disneyland Resort announced.
· Documents on FBI's surveillance of Kerry stolen. FBI documents detailing government surveillance of John Kerry in the early 1970s have been stolen from the home of a historian in a suburb of San Francisco, California.
· Beating Drug Tests a 'Major Industry.' "It's just amazing," says Sherri Vogler, who runs a Houston specimen collection company and led the discussion recently at a training session for testing workers held at a Philadelphia hotel. "Beating a drug test has become a major industry."
· Bill Gates Joins Reno Bridge Tourney. Bill Gates may be the nation's richest man, but he admits no amount of money is likely to make him a professional bridge player. Gates, who joined about 5,000 other card players Saturday at a national bridge championship in Reno, concedes his card-playing skills are no match for those of professionals.
Saturday, March 27, 2004
· Going too far: Trump's 'You're Fired' banner draws ire. A giant "You're Fired" sign on the Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan has earned Donald Trump's development firm four $2,500 summonses from the city of New York.
· Schwarzenegger wants leniency for woman. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he backs an effort to excuse a woman from returning to prison, after she's been out of jail for more than two years, to serve more time after a court ruled she had been released too early.
· Navy wants mechanic to return salvaged WWII plane. The federal government has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota mechanic to retrieve the wreckage of a Corsair fighter that the U.S. Navy abandoned after it crashed in a North Carolina swamp in 1944.
· Troubled Tyco Jury Takes Break. The judge in the corporate-looting trial of two former Tyco International Ltd. executives sent jurors home for the weekend Friday after the panelists reported their deliberations were "irreparably compromised" by infighting.
» 'Holdout' granny handed big help to the defense. The "OK juror" suspected of stubbornly holding out for an acquittal in the Tyco trial - and sending sly hand signals to the defendant - is a grandmother with a passionate interest in justice and the legal system.
· Weekend Movies: 'Scooby-Doo' and 3 Others Too. Hollywood's major movie studios rolled out four new films in theaters on Friday including kids comedy "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" to challenge last week's box office champ, "Dawn of the Dead."
· Two faces of Mark Geragos – talk show pundit, defense crusader. Mark Geragos was certain the case was solid – Scott Peterson was either guilty of murder, or a complete idiot.
In televised interviews before he took over as Peterson's lead counsel, Geragos described the evidence as overwhelming, and figured Peterson was all but convicted in the deaths of his wife and their unborn son.
· Microsoft's new blocker may doom the pop-ups. The software giant is incorporating a new feature in its Internet Explorer browser that will automatically block the pop-up. While other companies have long offered this feature, Microsoft's action is significant because its browser runs on 90 percent or so of the world's PCs.
· Carloyn's Ex Says She Cheated on JFK Jr. Carolyn Bessette cheated on new hubby JFK Jr. with "Baywatch" star Michael Bergin, the ex-flame claims in a bombshell new book. Bergin, also a top Calvin Klein underwear model, says Bessette said she was convinced Kennedy was having his own extramarital affair.
» Actor: I Slept With JFK Jr.'s Wife. Former "Baywatch" actor Michael Bergin, who says he had an affair with John F. Kennedy Jr.'s wife less than a year after she was married, discussed their relationship in a new book, "The Other Man."
· On eve of Ireland's smoking ban, doubts abound in pubs. Ireland is about to ban tobacco from workplaces, but rebellion hangs heavy in the air — particularly in that smokiest of places, the pub.
"I won't be enforcing it and I won't be telling my staff to enforce it, simple as that," pub owner Danny Healy-Rae said of the ban, which takes effect Monday and applies to any enclosed work space — more than 10,000 pubs, as well as billiard halls, private clubs, home offices, even a lone trucker's cab.
· FDA warns against prenatal portrait studios. In the past two years, dozens of unregulated ultrasound centers have opened for business around the United States with cute names like Fetal Fotos, Prenatal Peek and Womb With A View.
· Jacko's The Joker In Celebrity Mug Shot Playing Cards. Remember those playing cards with the Iraqi leaders the military was hunting down? Now you can get something similar, only with celebrity mug shots.
· Got debts? Casino suggests gambling. Isleta Casino, on the south edge of Albuquerque, has been running television ads suggesting people with debts to head to the casino - an idea criticized by a gambling opponent and a rival casino.
· X-rated probate prosperous. Elvin Lester Boone Sr., the porno king of Blue Summit, Kansas died almost seven years ago. Yet his X-rated empire, Erotic City, prospers still — thanks to a branch of the same Jackson County government that once tried to put Boone out of business.
· The World Of Google. "Googling" has become so commonplace that it is now a verb. Google can search 5 billion Web pages in 2/10 of a second, and people do it 200 million times a day, in 100 different languages, from German to pig latin.
· Commissioner Accuses City Of Dumping Waste Behind City Hall. A Sumner County city has ordered its residents to clean up their property, but the order has angered one commissioner who said the city needs to clean up its own 'dump' behind City Hall.
· War hero pigeon to be honored. A Royal Air Force pigeon which delivered the first news of Allied success from the Normandy beaches on D-day is to be recognised as the greatest pigeon to have served its country.
· Internet pop-ups lead to jacked-up phone bill. Jeff Reikowski is dreading the arrival of his March phone bill. Over the past two months, he has been charged for more than $1,000 in international calls he didn't make, to a place he'd never heard of.
· How did pizza boss's body get behind oven? A former floor manager for Panarotti Pizza in Sandton City told the Johannesburg High Court on Friday that he locked the restaurant at 10pm and did not know how the body of the manager ended up behind the pizza oven.
· Charges are unlikely in nude photo swap. Officials say it's unlikely a firefighter who allegedly traded cigarettes to female inmates at the Windsor prison for nude photos will face criminal charges.
· Cops ride shotgun as students run riot. Police boarded a school bus yesterday to escort the driver after children went on a rampage, pelting him with food and other missiles and ripping fittings from the bus.
Friday, March 26, 2004
· Bishop receives probation for felony hit-and-run. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien, who was facing up to 45 months in prison and a $150,000 fine, will receive 4-years probation for leaving the scene of a fatal car-pedestrian accident.
· Former television anchor's naked pictures back on net. Internet sites can now show naked pictures of a former anchorwoman who bared all in a wet T-shirt contest in Florida, after a judge lifted a temporary restraining order.
· Court Opens Door To Searches Without Warrants. It's a groundbreaking court decision that legal experts say will affect everyone: Police officers no longer need a search or arrest warrant to conduct a 'brief' search of your home or business.
· Carlsbad family seeks apology in fruitless pot raid. The family home of Beryl and Dina Dagy, and their three kids, were one of 25 raided Friday as part of a six-month investigation into a countywide ring that was growing marijuana inside rental homes. Homes were targeted largely based on unusually high utility bills, which often result from the 24-hour use of grow lights, according to court records.
· Orbach may leave 'Law & Order.' Sources say "Law & Order" veteran Jerry Orbach will depart Dick Wolf's long-running crime drama at the end of the season after 12 years on the beat as wise-cracking Detective Lennie Briscoe.
· Madonna's Record Label Sues Warner Music. Madonna's Maverick Records label sued Warner Music Group and Time Warner Inc. for breach of contract on Thursday, accusing the record company and its former parent of mismanagement and improper accounting that cost the singer and her partners millions of dollars.
· Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz split after three years. The couple, who spent long periods apart while filming, "broke up at the end of January and it's amicable," said Lee Anne DeVette, Cruise's sister and publicist.
· Corrections officer faces DUI charges. A state corrections officer was finally pulled over and arrested on charges of DUI and possession of marijuana. When asked why it took so long to stop for the arresting officer, "he stated he did not pull over because his girlfriend was naked and was sitting on top of him."
· Erin Brockovich Takes On Beverly Hills Oil. Armed with the notoriety she gained from a certain Julia Roberts film, legal crusader Erin Brockovich has sued the city of Beverly Hills and its school district, claiming that pollution from the oil pumps on campus has caused cancer rates among alumni to soar.
· Soldiers in Iraq still buying their own body armor. Soldiers headed for Iraq are still buying their own body armor — and in many cases, their families are buying it for them — despite assurances from the military that the gear will be in hand before they're in harm's way.
· Company Apologizes for Great White Title. A record company that released a cover album by the band whose pyrotechnics sparked a deadly nightclub fire apologized Thursday for the title it gave the CD, "Burning House of Love."
· Costco's Dilemma: Be Kind To Its Workers, or Wall Street? Costco's kind-hearted philosophy toward its 100,000 cashiers, shelf-stockers and other workers is drawing criticism from Wall Street. Some analysts and investors contend that the Issaquah, Wash., warehouse-club operator actually is too good to employees, with Costco shareholders suffering as a result.
· IRS Rejects 'Theft Loss' on Company Stocks Rocked by Scandal. Investors holding shares of Enron Corp., WorldCom Inc., and other companies that lost value in accounting scandals can't claim a "theft loss" deduction for the decline on their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service said today.
· Kobe's Accuser Urges Judge to Set Trial Date. The 19-year-old woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape asked the judge Thursday to set a trial date so she can begin to put the case behind her, and her mother added her own heartfelt plea.
· Mom: Shame on Hamas! The mother of a would-be Palestinian boy suicide bomber said yesterday he was too young to die, as the militants found themselves under fire for sending kids on suicide missions.
· Woman Asks Judge to Return Bribe Money. When Rebecca Messier asked for her money back, she drew snickers from the courtroom crowd. The cash she requested was $8,500 from a failed bribe to a prosecutor that got her and her husband arrested.
· 'Laci and Conner's Law' Passes. The Senate passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act on Thursday, following House passage last month of a bill that would make it a crime to harm a fetus during a violent federal crime.
· Frankie Valli joins HBO show as hit man. For the better part of two decades, Frankie Valli rode the pop charts as a hitmaker with such songs as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll" and the theme song from "Grease." Now, he's joining another brand of hitmakers - as a bad guy on "The Sopranos," hanging out with mob types similar to some he grew up with.
· Another bus incident stuns school district. For the second time in 15 months, the Silver Lake, MA school district has been rocked by an incident of two teenagers engaging in a sex act on a school bus.
· Microsoft admits missteps on search. Microsoft's failure to invest more in Internet search technology was a significant misstep for the company, but it is working to catch up, said CEO Steve Ballmer.
· Jacko Grand Jury Proceedings Begin. Dozens of prospective grand jurors arrived at an assembly room Thursday so court officials could begin selecting a panel to hear evidence in the child molestation case against Michael Jackson.
» Rescued British Team Faces Mexican Arrest. Six British explorers surfaced after more than a week trapped in an underground cavern, but they faced captivity by Mexican immigration authorities amid questions about whether they had permission for their expedition.
· Swank to Model for Calvin Klein Ads. Hilary Swank will be the exclusive celebrity model of the upcoming global launch of the Calvin Klein Sensual Support intimate apparel collection, the company announced.
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Supercilious [su·per·cil·i·ous] adj. 1. Full of contempt and arrogance. 2. Behaving as if or showing that a person thinks they are better than other people, and that their opinions, beliefs or ideas are not important, condescending: "He spoke in a haughty, supercilious voice."
· Study: Movies with explicit sex don't sell. Movies with explicit sex and nudity don't sell, according to an annual study. Less than 20 percent of the top 10 movies at the domestic box office in 2001, 2002 and 2003 had excessive or very graphic sex in them, according to Movieguide.
· Teacher bites kid on nose. A face-to-face confrontation between a Brooklyn science teacher and 15-year-old student turned bloody yesterday when the teacher bit his pupil on the nose, cops and school officials said.
· 'Missing' golf trophy that ired Hitler turns up in Glasgow. The Hitler Cup, commissioned by Adolf Hitler for the winners of a golf tournament after the Berlin Olympics and thought missing for decades, has turned up in Glasgow.
· Woman arrested after driving backwards in front of police station. There are three rules for driving in front of a police station: Never drive backwards, never show a fake ID to the police sergeant who happens to see you and never have incriminating evidence in your car.
· Clinton note is highlight of German love-letter exhibition. A scrawled, amorous message from a certain Billy Clinton, 15, was a highlight of an exhibition of love letters that opened on Wednesday in the German port city of Hamburg.
· Brother testifies that he deserved stabbing. A district justice dismissed charges of aggravated assault against a man accused of stabbing his brother last week while passing through Patton Township, PA.
· Jury squabbling at Tyco trial. Panel calls deliberations 'poisonous,' one juror feels persecuted; judge asks them to soldier on. Jury deliberations in the Tyco corruption trial erupted in acrimony Thursday, raising the possibility that the panel may fail to reach a verdict in the nearly six-month long trial.
Thursday, March 25, 2004
· Women Applying at L.A. Hooters Videotaped Naked. At least 82 women were secretly videotaped naked or partly undressed while applying for jobs at a Los Angeles-area Hooters restaurant and changing into the chain's distinctive uniform, police said.
· Max Factor heir got funds before skipping bail. Convicted rapist and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster shifted nearly $300,000 from his trust fund to a bank account and drew out more than $12,500 in cash several days before skipping bail last year.
· Player who blamed coach for eating disorder wins $1.5 million award. A former high school basketball player who claims her eating disorder stemmed from her coach's request that she lose 10 pounds has won a $1.5 million jury award.
· Japanese firm unveils large robot for disaster rescue work. A Japanese company unveiled an 11 foot tall robot that can forage its way through a heap of debris as a trailblazer for rescue workers following a disaster such as an earthquake.
· Exercise guru Richard Simmons cited for assault. Exercise guru Richard Simmons allegedly slapped a man at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport who made a sarcastic remark about one of his videos, police said.
· Statue of Liberty to reopen soon, officials say. The Statue of Liberty, which has been closed to visitors since the September 11, 2001, attacks, will be reopened shortly, national park officials told Congress on Thursday.
· Book alleges Robert De Niro's father was gay. Robert De Niro's father, the painter Robert De Niro Sr., was the gay lover of poet Robert Duncan and is rumored to have had flings with both painter Jackson Pollock and playwright Tennessee Williams, according to the bombshell book - "De Niro: A Biography."
· Martha Stewart: Buying Jail Buddies in Advance? According to Roger Friedman, Martha has apparently sought out and found an inmate who is already incarcerated there and willing to work for her.
This woman, who is serving time for embezzlement, is supposed to be Martha's eyes and ears — sort of a glorified assistant — during what could be a 16-month run in the big house, his sources said.
· Man Kills Self; Girlfriend's Head Found in Car. A man who was suspected of harming his girlfriend killed himself after leading police on a high-speed chase, and his girlfriend's head, knives and a gun were found in the man's car.
· Antigua claims win over U.S. in gaming dispute. Tiny Antigua and Barbuda, one of the world’s smallest states, proclaimed victory over the United States in a dispute over Internet gambling that could hurt the multibillion-dollar U.S. gaming industry.
· Police say C-Section Mom Threatened Doctors. A woman who repeatedly ignored doctors' advice to undergo a Caesarean section to save her babies threatened hospital employees and warned she would "cut the throat" of one worker if forced to have the procedure, police records show.
· 'Idol' Judge Simon Cowell Denies Obscene Gesture. Simon Cowell, the often brutally acerbic judge on the Fox television hit "American Idol," insists it was an innocent posture, not an obscene gesture.
· Bunless Burgers Old News to Calif. Chain. As one fast-food behemoth after another jumps on the bunless burger bandwagon, devotees of a small Southern California-based chain of drive-through eateries are taking some pride in saying, "We told you so." Patrons of In-N-Out Burger have been ordering high-protein, low-carbohydrate hamburgers wrapped in lettuce for more than 30 years - including Arnold Schwarzenegger.
· Bryant, accuser face each other in courtroom. The 19-year-old woman who accuses Kobe Bryant of raping her answered questions about her sexual past for 3½ hours Wednesday in a closed-door pretrial hearing in the Eagle County courthouse.
· The Swingers Club. Game companies simulate golf so well, accurately mapping real courses to within an inch, that golfers can improve their real-life skills by playing the digital version. But it takes real balls to take virtual golf to the next level.
· Woman pulled from water in Alviso after driving lesson goes bad. A Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy jumped into the water at the Alviso Marina today and pulled a woman from a car that plunged down an embankment while the victim's sister was teaching her to drive.
· Defense Expert in Williams Case Questions Suspect's Claim. The first defense witness in Jayson Williams' manslaughter case Wednesday cast doubt on the prosecution's claim that the former NBA star tried to put his shotgun in the hands of a chauffeur after fatally shooting the man.
· Bowie: man whose bonds fell to earth. In 1997 David Bowie became the toast of the financial world when he issued bonds against his future income. Now things have turned sour, with the credit rating of the Bowie Bonds having been downgraded to only just above "junk status."
· Federal jury in Las Vegas indicts anti-tax author Irwin Schiff. A federal grand jury indicted anti-tax author Irwin Schiff and two associates Wednesday, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States by helping others file false tax returns.
· JFK Jr: Son Of Camelot. Of all the sons of Camelot, John F. Kennedy, Jr., was first among equals. “John was irresistible. I don’t think anybody who ever met John, whether they were a young child, a teenager, adolescent or adult, ever could resist the charm and charisma that was John’s,” says CBS News and CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
· Judge Orders Singer Bobby Brown Jailed - Again. A family court judge ordered R&B singer Bobby Brown jailed for 90 days or until he pays $63,500 in child support he owes the mother of two children he fathered.
· Photographer charged in death of porn model. A Pennsylvania photographer was arrested Wednesday and charged with murdering a 23-year-old Canadian porn model whom authorities allege he photographed just before killing her and dumping her body near a river.
· Spyware at center of wiretap case. A Los Angeles-area man was indicted today for allegedly installing a tiny, almost imperceptible hardware device to spy on his boss's every keystroke, in a case that shines a spotlight on the ease with which spy technologies now can be purchased and used by consumers.
· Fox questions why British military were in Mexico. Mexican President Vicente Fox said Wednesday he wants to know why members of the British military were in his country for a cave expedition, but never notified his government.
· Missing Plane Found In Kentucky. Searchers found the wreckage of a single-engine plane Wednesday that crashed into a mountain while carrying three Illinois couples home from a NASCAR race in South Carolina.
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Extrapolate [ex·trap·o·late] v.tr. To infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information. "He extrapolated the historical data to determine the projected outcome."
· Man Catches Girl As She Falls 3 Floors. A 2-year-old girl fell three stories from a Florida resort walkway and safely into the arms of a man who had been reading a book by the pool and raced to save her.
· Britney named 'World's Sexiest Woman.' Perky pop star Britney Spears has been voted the world's sexiest woman. The vamped-up singer knocked previous title holder Halle Berry off the top of the annual FHM poll who this year came sixth.
· Post office backs off e-commerce. Pure e-commerce does not appear to be a high priority for a revamped U.S. Postal Service, but electronic initiatives can help physical mail delivery, officials told Congress this week.
· Sex and drugs and Sting. Sting's wife has revealed the sex-mad rocker loves raunchy swinging sessions. When Howard Stern asked: “Are you guys still swinging?”, Sting's wife, film producer Trudie replied: “Yeah. Big time, honey!”
· Couple charged with holding girl as slave. A federal grand jury has indicted a Pembroke Pines, Fla., couple on charges of smuggling a Haitian girl into the United States to use as a household slave.
· Tater Tots Turn 50. When Tater Tots began arriving in grocery stores in 1954, they quickly caught on as a comfort food, a side dish and the basis for casserole dishes that became favorites at kitchen tables across America.
· Scientists: Humans traded weaker jaws for big brains. A genetic mutation that occurred 2.4 million years ago could be the reason why modern humans have such big brains and weak jaws, scientists said.
· Mind over bladder. A marathon competition to see who could live for a week in a cable car in the skies over Singapore has been won by a couple who said they used meditation to overcome urges to go to the toilet.
· Mother Accused Of Selling Daughters Into Prostitution. A Volusia County Florida woman accused of forcing her two teenage daughters into prostitution has been arrested on five felony charges, sheriff's officials said.
· Students sue 24 campus bars. A class action lawsuit was filed today in Dane County Circuit Court accusing 24 downtown Madison, WI taverns and the Madison-Dane County Tavern League of conspiring to fix prices on beer and liquor.
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
· Color TV Hits 50th Anniversary in U.S. On March 25, 1954, Radio Corporation of America began manufacturing color television sets at its Bloomington, Ind., plant. It built 5,000 sets with 12-inch screens, known as the model CT-100 color receiver. They sold for $1,000 each, astronomical in those days.
· FTC sues QVC over weight-loss products. Federal regulators sued the QVC home shopping network on Wednesday, charging the channel with making deceptive claims about weight-loss products it sold on the air.
· Kobe's Accuser Testifies About Sex Life. Kobe Bryant's accuser testified about her sex life for more than three hours Wednesday during a closed-door hearing that will determine whether any of the information can be introduced at Kobe's rape trial.
· NASA Plans Second Try At Flying 5,000mph Unpiloted Jet. A second attempt to fly an experimental unmanned jet at high speed was scheduled for Saturday, three years after the first attempt ended in an explosion.
· Bobby Brown Told to Pay $63,000 in Child Support. A family court judge ordered singer Bobby Brown jailed for 90 days or until he can come up $63,000 in child support payments he owes the mother of two children he fathered.
· Former Frankel Aide Sentenced for Theft. Former financier Martin Frankel's office manager was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for her role in the theft of $200 million from insurance companies. Hopefully Mona Kim will live a long life - she was also ordered to pay $50 million in restitution at the rate of $200 per month [more than 20,000 years].
· Pope's latest book coming out in May. Italian publishing giant Mondadori announced Wednesday it is negotiating worldwide rights for Pope John Paul II's new book, a recollection[??] of his years as bishop in Poland [It's expected to be a very thin book - ed].
· Victoria Gotti Gets Reality TV Show. Mob daughter and author Victoria Gotti, described as a cross between Carmela Soprano and Danielle Steele, will be the subject of a new TV series on the A&E Network.
· Tourist Attraction: Blow away a cow with a rocket launcher. How would you like the chance to fire a rocket-launcher at a cow for $400? Or an anti-aircraft gun at a chicken? They are among the special attractions offered to American tourists in Cambodia.
· 14-year-old suicide bomber just wanted to get laid. A 14-year-old Palestinian boy strapped with explosives told Israeli soldiers of his dream of receiving 70 virgins in heaven and $22, which his Palestinian dispatchers had promised him, and said that he was particularly tempted by the promise of sexual relations with the virgins.
· Crackin' Down On Shackin' Up. An unmarried couple who are the parents of a 2-year-old child may be forced to separate because cohabitation is illegal in North Carolina and would violate the woman's probation.
· Teachers Found With Fake Online Degrees. A county school board may demand that six teachers repay nearly $30,000 in pay raises they received after obtaining fake degrees from an online school in Liberia.
· Imus rips 'lying' Lesley Stahl. Don Imus called CBS's Lesley Stahl a "gutless, lying weasel" yesterday for abruptly canceling an interview during which Imus planned to hammer her about conflict-of-interest allegations.
· Turning the tables on 'indecency.' Mancow Muller, who has been the target of a listener's crusade against alleged on-air indecency for the last five years, is about to fight back by taking his accuser to court.
· Group Names Most Irritating Cliches. "At the end of the day," is the most irritating cliche in the English language, according to the Plain English Campaign which said the abused and overused phrase was first in a poll of most annoying cliches.
· Janet's T-shirt says it all. Janet Jackson is clearly fed up with apologising for exposing her breast during her infamous Superbowl performance, and was recently seen leaving a Beverly Hills restaurant wearing a T-shirt emblazened with the words 'F*** Off!' on the front.
· PETA Ups Anti-KFC Campaign With 'Blood.' The animal-rights activists who once suggested Ronald McDonald was a bloody butcher are going after Colonel Sanders, contending cruelty is the "secret recipe" for KFC's fried chicken.
· Web Shutdown Costs States Millions. Thirty-six states will be unable to receive roughly $90 million from the federal government because a federal judge has pulled the plug on the Interior Department's Internet connections, the department said.
· Donald Trump Shelves Golf Course Plan. Donald Trump has tentatively shelved his plan to build another golf course in Westchester, proposing instead to put mansions on his 213-acre property and sell them for up to $25 million each.
· Roman Polanski Plans 'Oliver Twist' Film. Already charged with having unlawful sex with a minor, Polanski says "I was playing with my children and I realized that I would like to do a film for kids."
· Attacker who set homeless man on fire gets probation. Albert Blanchard, a homeless man who was set on fire as he slept in downtown Nashville last year, spent more than six months in the hospital, has had eight surgeries and is facing more. The attacker, a 30-year-old jeweler who lives in Clarksville, gets a free pass.
· Teen Microsoft Foe Donates Fund to Charity. A teenager who tangled with Microsoft Corp. over his mikerowesoft.com domain name says he's donating most of his legal defense fund to a hospice for terminally ill children.
· Supreme Court to Take Up 'Under God' Today. Americans overwhelmingly want the phrase "under God" preserved in the Pledge of Allegiance, a new poll says as the Supreme Court examines whether the classroom salute crosses the division of church and state.
· Woman Suing Walgreen's Over Photo Duplication. She thought they were private pictures, but a 22-year-old Fort Worth woman is suing Walgreen's for their photo lab staff allegedly making additional copies of 'intimate' photos for their friends.
· James Brown to Face Jury in Domestic Violence Case. Soul singer James Brown must face a jury trial in a criminal domestic violence case involving his wife earlier this year, a judge ruled Tuesday, despite repeated objections from the Godfather of Soul's attorney.
· Whitney: Left Rehab Before It Started? Roger Friedman has been told that Houston instead may have spent part of last weekend getting her throat scraped at a special clinic in the Atlanta area, and that from there she was supposed to go into a nearby drug rehab facility.
· Townshend's ordeal shown in film. Pete Townshend has said he considered suicide after his arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography, and the stress he suffered was apparent in a BBC documentary shown Tuesday night.
· Philly Says Welcome Back to "The Real World." Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street has brokered an agreement between Bunim-Murray Productions and the City of Philadelphia to keep production of the fifteenth season of the MTV hit reality series The Real World in Philadelphia.
» Flashback: Philadelphia unions kill MTV location. The producers of the MTV series The Real World gave up on Philly as the site of its 15th season after weeks of picketing by Teamsters, painters, carpenters and electricians. MTV was concerned that the unions might stage continued on-camera protests during their four months of taping.
· Oregon county bans all marriages. In a new twist in the battle over same-sex marriage roiling the United States, a county in Oregon has banned all marriages - gay and heterosexual - until the state decides who can and who cannot wed.
· Judge selects five more potential Peterson jurors. After struggling on opening day, lawyers and a judge working to seat a jury for the trial of Scott Peterson on Tuesday sent five more prospective jurors to the final phase.
· The Hollywood madam disses the mob princess. Heidi Fleiss is blasting a TV movie about her. Jamie-Lynn DiScala of “The Sopranos” is playing the former Hollywood madam in a USA Networks production that airs on Monday, but Fleiss tells The Scoop she saw the script and found it “ridiculous.”
· Michael Jackson Sues Over Sale of Property on Web. Michael Jackson has sued a New Jersey man for more than $10 million, claiming that he is illegally selling private property belonging to the beleaguered pop star and his famous family on the Internet.
· Conan Doyle Mystery Solved. Literary scholars, history buffs and Sherlock Holmes fans are excited over the discovery - after a search of over 40 years - of more than 3,000 items that belonged to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
· Megapixel Camera Phones Are Coming. The megapixel camera phones are coming, probably just in time for the arrival of speedier cellular technologies that can transmit higher-quality digital photos and even video.
» Motorola to Launch World Phone Later This Year. Motorola Inc. unveiled a mobile phone it said consumers will be able to use almost anywhere in the world, at a wireless industry show taking place in Atlanta this week.
· 'Out Of Office' E-Mail Provides Automatic Stress Relief. When she's out of the office, her computer auto-responds back: "Some very nice men in white coats came and said they wanted to show me my new padded office" or "I'm out of the office having my medications adjusted."
· Snack Food Makers on the Defensive. First it was those evil fats and salts in snack foods. Then, the carbohydrates they contained were vilified. Now snacks are being targeted because obesity has been pegged as one of the country's top killers.
· Jack Valenti's Long Goodbye. Jack Valenti, who has represented Hollywood in Washington for nearly four decades, took another step in his long goodbye yesterday, telling movie theater owners that he will retire within the next few months.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
· Update: 2 teens taunted gorilla, zoo says. A zoo visitor saw two teen-age boys throwing rocks or ice at Jabari the gorilla shortly before he escaped from his exhibit and attacked three people - and was later killed - at the Dallas Zoo, officials said.
· Joey Buttafuoco Gets Year in Jail for Insurance Fraud. Joey Buttafuoco, whose 17-year-old lover became known as the "Long Island Lolita" after shooting his wife in the face, was sentenced to a year in jail for auto insurance fraud.
· Recording industry sues 532 [more] it says were swapping music online The recording industry sued 532 people Tuesday, including scores of individuals using computer networks at 21 universities, claiming they were illegally sharing digital music files over the Internet.
· Public defender jailed on contempt charges. A Philadelphia public defender was jailed on contempt charges this morning after she refused to proceed in the trial of a Kensington, PA man accused of raping and murdering a 6-year-old girl.
She had told the judge she didn't feel safe representing the man, since he had punched the previous public defender in the face yesterday.
· Denver store hawks furniture from Bryant-case hotel. A wrought-iron desk chair, labeled with masking tape and marked with the number 35, is among the collection of furniture on sale at a South Broadway shop.
It is, according to furniture dealer Steve Farland, one of the pieces from Room 35 at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, notorious as Kobe Bryant's quarters during a June 30 encounter with a hotel clerk that led to a sexual-assault charge against the basketball star.
· Tiger Woods to Swap Golf Spikes for Army Boots. Instead of retreating to his lavish home in Isleworth, Florida, Woods will stay in the barracks at Army Special Forces headquarters and spend a week in military training.
» Tiger rules out reunion with former coach. Tiger Woods has ruled out any possibility of a reunion with his old coach Butch Harmon. "Butch and I are still friends, but as far as asking for help on my swing, no," Woods said Tuesday while preparing for this week's Players Championship.
· Jacko Prosecutor Looks to Past. The prosecutor in the Michael Jackson child-molestation case plans to present at least two weeks of testimony to a secret grand jury, including details of past child molestation allegations against the pop star.
· Pierce slams Bond makers. James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is unsure whether he will star in another OO7 film, claiming the movies' producers "don't know what to do", it emerged today. Brosnan accused the producers of being "too scared" and claimed work on the next film had hit paralysis.
· Brown Is Released for Paternity Suit. DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown agreed to release Bobby Brown from jail Monday after it was learned that the singer's presence is required in a paternity suit in Massachusetts.
» Adviser Discusses Houston's Drug Problem. Whitney Houston's 'spiritual adviser' says the pop singer's drug problem is the result of her high-pressure celebrity life. [hmmm... I guess hubby Brown has nothing to do with her problems after all. -ed].
· Production Costs Surge for Studio Films. The cost of big Hollywood movies soared in 2003, with the top seven studios spending an average of $102.8 million to make and market their films, up 15 percent from the previous year, an industry leader said Tuesday.
· Chemo Could Help People With MS. Doctors report promising results using huge doses of a potent chemotherapy drug to treat autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, though only a handful of patients have been treated so far and one MS researcher said far more study is needed before any victory is declared.
· FBI Raids Office of Former Calif. Sheriff. FBI agents raided the office of an assistant sheriff who was fired amid an investigation into his handling of a gang rape case involving a colleague's teenage son.
· Privacy Maven Now Works for Feds. The Transportation Security Administration has appointed a vocal critic of its privacy practices to write its privacy policies, perhaps in a move to placate congressional critics and privacy advocates.
· Kansas Offers Free Land to Lure Residents. Dean and Jennifer Krehbiel are modern-day pioneers on the prairie. The couple are building a home in a small rural town after being offered free land as part of a giveaway aimed at revitalizing the community.
· Rush guitarist charged in fight at Fla. hotel. The lead guitarist for the rock band Rush was charged Monday with two counts of battery, more than three months after a New Year's Eve scuffle with sheriff's deputies at a Naples, Florida hotel.
· Swedish Assassin Gets Life in Prison. A 25-year-old man who said voices in his head told him to stab the Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.
· Brockovich Named In Wiretap Suit. A former employee is suing environmental crusader Erin Brockovich and the head of her law firm for allegedly wiretapping the employee's phone after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against Brockovich's boss.
· Judge to Hear N.C. Beauty Queen Lawsuit. A Robeson County Superior Court judge says he will hear an invasion of privacy lawsuit filed by former Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels against her ex-boyfriend.
· Will ‘Passion’ be used against U.S.? "The Passion of the Christ" hasn’t been shown to the public in Muslim nations, but in Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, the film is already being blasted as an allegory of Western imperialism over Islamic countries.
· McGraw, McEntire Announce Tour Plans. Tim McGraw and his band have their summer work cut out for them. He's announcing their summer tour, currently set for more than 33 cities, set to kick off in Virginia Beach, Va., on June 11. The string of dates is being dubbed the "Tim McGraw and The Dancehall Doctors OUT LOUD Summer Tour 2004."
· Arizona Prison Hostage Considered Suicide. A prison guard held hostage in a watchtower by two inmates for 15 days says she thought she would die "from the moment they came in" and contemplated suicide during the ordeal.
· Tyco Execs Await Jury Verdict. Prosecutors say Kozlowski and Swartz stole $170 million to finance their lavish lifestyles. The defense argued that the men earned every dime they collected from the company.
· Man beats another in 'shushing' incident. moviegoer was severely beaten after he shushed another man in the row behind him during a showing of "The Triplets of Belleville" at a downtown Ann Arbor theater, city police said.
· U.S. aviation crashes, deaths up in 2003. Nearly 700 people were killed last year in U.S. civil-aviation accidents, as crashes and fatalities increased over the year before, government figures showed.
· Living longer by eating less works at any age. It’s been known for decades that an animal’s lifespan could be extended by severely reducing its calorie intake, while avoiding malnourishment. Calorie restriction slows the rate of aging, as well as the development of age-related diseases.
· Brooklyn Man Charged In "Bowling Ball Rage." A 69-year-old Brooklyn man is being charged with attempted murder charges for allegedly hurling a bowling ball from his 17th-floor apartment, nearly hitting three police officers below.
· High-Tech Tools Pinpoint Gunfire in Iraq. The Pentagon is rushing into service a Humvee-mounted sensor for pinpointing hostile gunfire and a "command post of the future" designed to cut down on combat leaders' travel and streamline decision-making.
· Web domain names may soon include ‘.xxx.’ Nine new Internet domain names, including ".xxx" for adult content and ".mail" for spam-free communications, could join the more familiar ".com" and ".net" Web site suffixes later this year.
· Nudists Clear Trash From I-5 in Washington State. Community-minded nudists picked up trash this weekend along Interstate 5 in Snohomish County. The Lake Associates Recreation Club clears litter four times a year from a 3-mile stretch of freeway under the Adopt-a-Highway program.
· NASA finds flaw could have jeopardized Discovery. NASA has discovered a potentially disastrous mistake made more than 20 years ago on the space shuttle Discovery and plans to replace key parts on all three of its shuttles, the space agency said.
· Gay-marriage foes duck polygamy issue. A proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was tweaked Monday to give states the right to recognize same-sex civil unions, but sponsors shied away from including language that could squelch legal challenges in Utah to the constitutionality of prohibiting polygamy.
· Tussling twins force jet to land. A New York-to-Florida flight made an emergency landing in North Carolina after two passengers - twin brothers - got into a loud and ugly fistfight over possession of the arm rest between their seats.
· Single-Sex Schools Score Big Victory. The Bush administration is following through on a promise to make it easier for school districts across the country to operate girls-only and boys-only schools, drawing praise from advocates who say parents will now have more choices for improving their children's education.
Monday, March 22, 2004
· Travel Agents Indicted for Arranging 'Sex Tours.' Two operators of Big Apple Oriental Tours have been indicted for organizing "sex tours" to Southeast Asia, the first such case involving a U.S. company, the New York Attorney General said Monday.
» Better late than never. While Attorney General Spitzer gets some mileage out of the indictment, it would appear Big Apple Oriental Tours were already fluorishing as far back as the spring of 1998 when it was first uncovered by an outraged Women's Studies class at Towson University near Baltimore.
· Schwarzenegger won't have to testify in groping case. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be testifying in a libel suit filed against him. The suit was filed by a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her during the filming of a movie.
· Baseball to sign with Microsoft, AOL. Microsoft is expected this week to pay as much as $40 million over two years to video stream live Major League Baseball games onto PCs, sources said on Monday, heightening competition with rival RealNetworks and signaling rising costs for online video programming.
· Audits find preschools not using tax money for education. Tax money slated for needy children's educations has instead bought prime cuts of beef and denture cleaner and gone toward other unrelated expenses for some New Jersey preschools.
· Microsoft to receive $613 million fine. European Union states on Monday backed a proposal to fine Microsoft Corp. a record $613.5 million for abusing its dominance of PC operating systems, an EU member state source said.
The fine amounts to slightly more than one percent of Microsoft's roughly $53 billion cash on hand and did not impress analysts and critics.
· Mysterious Wyoming elk deaths solved. A fungus native to the Rockies has been blamed for the deaths of at least 300 elk in southern Wyoming, a mystery that had baffled wildlife scientists and cost the state thousands of dollars, the state said Monday.
· W.Va. governor angry over Abercrombie T-shirt that spoofs state. Gov. Bob Wise sent a letter to Abercrombie & Fitch on Monday demanding that the clothing retailer stop selling a T-shirt that spoofs the state with the slogan, "It's All Relative in West Virginia."
· Bruce Springsteen with your Big Mac? In the latest blend of e-music with the food-and-beverage industry, Japanese electronics giant Sony is working out a deal to promote the upcoming launch of its download music service through fast-food chain McDonald's.
· City aims to shed 'Girls Gone Wild' image. "Girls Gone Wild" is turning its cameras on other destinations this year, and that's just fine with Panama City Beach, Fl. officials who are trying to erase this city's image as a bawdy, beer-soaked spring break capital.
· Some Churches Using 'Passion' Clips For Easter Services. Some Arizona churches are changing their Holy Week and Easter services to catch the wave of interest generated by Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ."
· Madonna Announces 'Re-Invention Tour.' The singer has started rehearsals for the Re-Invention Tour, her manager said, "and she can't wait to get back on stage to recreate her songs from the earliest days of her career up until the present."
· Drinking may cut hypertensives' heart risk. Drinking in moderation appears to reduce heart-related deaths in men with high blood pressure, new research suggests, challenging the belief among many doctors that alcohol should be off-limits to such patients.
· Clergy Charged For Same-Sex Weds. In a case reflecting how the controversial issue of same-sex marriage overlaps church and state, two New York State ministers were to be arraigned Monday on misdemeanor charges for marrying same-sex couples.
· GM to Fix 'Leap Year' Software Glitch in Pontiac. Due to a software glitch, the computer display in the 2004 model year Grand Prix shows the wrong day of the week, Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson said on Monday. Engineers overlooked the fact that 2004 is a leap year, with an extra day.
· Nader Says He May Sue Oklahoma. Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader said Sunday that he might sue Oklahoma for policies that discourage third-party candidates from being listed on the ballot.
· Five Kerry Homes Valued at Nearly $33 Million. From a sailing mecca to a ski resort, presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, enjoy the trappings of their wealth in at least five homes and vacation getaways valued at nearly $33 million.
· Laci Peterson's Step-Father Speaks Out. On the steps of the San Mateo County Courthouse in Redwood City, Grantski said that Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Laci Peterson's due date with her unborn son Conner.
"The past few weeks we all kept thinking we shouldn't be going to court, we should be celebrating Conner's first birthday, I should be teasing Laci about Conner keeping her up," he said.
· Judge OKs Peterson TV Interviews. Opening statements in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial are set for May 17, a judge said Monday. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi also said jurors will be allowed to hear television interviews that Scott Peterson did in the weeks after his wife's disappearance.
· Two States Trying to Keep Gambling Money at Home. Maryland and Pennsylvania legislators are racing to legalize gambling, convinced that their residents are crossing borders every day to gamble in other states.
· Family Dispute at Heart of Pledge of Allegiance Case. The historic challenge to the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance might never have reached the Supreme Court if not for a collision of faith between two parents — one an atheist, the other a born-again Christian.
· Rancher fined for refusing to ID himself to deputy. The Supreme Court was hearing arguments Monday in a potentially landmark privacy case, reviewing the appeal of a Nevada rancher who refused to identify himself to an officer.
Larry Hiibel, 59, said he believed he was exercising his constitutional rights when he refused a sheriff’s deputy’s demands for ID. "I was convinced I had a right to remain silent," Hiibel said.
· Brosnan Unsure About Spears Bond Rumor. If pop singer Britney Spears is going to be a Bond girl, it's news to James Bond's Pierce Brosnan. The actor says he knows nothing about Spears becoming a Bond girl, in spite of rumors to that effect.
· Howard Stern Vs. John Tesh? Against the backdrop of all the indecency controversy surrounding radio, John Tesh hosts an Adult Contemporary-targeted syndicated radio show that is the antithesis of the Howard Stern generation.
· EU Set To Lower Boom On Microsoft. European Union antitrust officials won backing Monday for their proposed fine against Microsoft Corp., the last hurdle before adopting a decision that could force far-reaching changes on how the U.S. company sells Windows.
· Pete Townshend child porn documentary. The Who's Pete Townshend is to be featured in a new documentary which will show the guitarist being questioned by police following his arrest for viewing child pornography.
· Ritz Casino scammed by 'sting.' Three gamblers are believed to have taken the Ritz casino for more than £1 million in a sophisticated sting. The trio were apparently using a laser scanner hidden inside a mobile phone, linked to a microcomputer that calculated where the ball would drop on the roulette wheel.
· Girl Scouts face religious rebellion. Donna Coody disbanded her 7-year-old daughter’s Brownie troop because she was upset over the organization’s endorsement of two Planned Parenthood sex education seminars.
· Playboy to Sue French Women's Magazine. Playboy Enterprises Inc. is due in court Tuesday to press criminal charges against the owner of Voici, a French women's weekly that printed miniatures of Playboy pages featuring the actresses Daryl Hannah and Shannen Doherty.
· Remember Dr. David Arndt? David Arndt was on his way to becoming a leading surgeon in his own right when a bizarre blunder interrupted his climb: He left his patient on the operating table so he could cash his paycheck. A series of arrests followed, exposing a life of arrogance, betrayal, and wasted promise, leaving only one question left to answer: What went wrong?
· Man gets $1.6 million from town after DNA clears him. A landscaper who served 15 years in prison before DNA testing cleared him of two rapes will get a $1.6 million settlement from Upper Merion Township, PA, whose detectives had elicited a false confession.
· Lottery win prompts nod to charity. Minutes after leaving his home to buy juice, 52-year-old laborer and lifelong Cambridge resident Clifford Turner learned from a convenience store clerk that he had won the biggest Mass Millions jackpot in state history, a windfall worth a staggering $50,343,315.
· Suicide Caution Sought for Antidepressants. Patients on some popular antidepressants should be closely monitored for warning signs of suicide, the government warned Monday in asking the makers of 10 drugs to add the caution to their labels.
· Thief Steals Property From Jury Room. After listening to testimony in a murder case, jurors returned to their jury room to find that they had become victims of a crime - a thief had stolen their money, cell phones and car keys.
· Arnold for president?: Ted Kennedy backs allowing foreign-borns to run. The two governors - of California, from Austria; and of Michigan, from Canada, respectively - are just two of the many foreign-born U.S. citizens who would be eligible to run for president under a constitutional amendment that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said yesterday he is ready to support.
· PETA says Stewart's fashion sense: 'Not a good thing.' The convicted domestic diva has been named one of the world’s worst dressers by PETA. “Martha may not get the electric chair, but the same can’t be said for the chinchillas who were genitally electrocuted just so she could wear a frumpy scarf on the day of her conviction,” fumes PETA.
· Jail not likely to be Club Fed for Martha. If, as expected, she is sent to a minimum-security prison, it will be no Club Fed, say former white-collar inmates. The homemaking diva will have virtually no privacy, will be limited to 5 hours of monitored phone calls per month, and will have no computer or space to store research material.
· No-smoking at California beaches. Ten years after California set a national precedent by banning smoking in restaurants and bars - and months after prohibiting it within feet of government buildings and playgrounds - many of the state's coastal cities are now banning smoking at the beach.
· DotComGuy auctions off his trademark name. Mitch Maddox, who legally changed his name to DotComGuy in 1999 and got lots of media attention because of a year-long Internet stunt, is selling his trademark name.
· Newly Revealed FBI Files On Kerry. The Los Angeles Times reports FBI files just now coming to public light show Kerry was watched closely by the FBI in 1971 and 1972: following him everywhere he went, recording his speeches, and taking pictures of the future politician and others involved in anti-war campaigns.
· EarthLink brings cell phone service to BlackBerry. Internet service provider EarthLink in May will begin selling cell phone service on BlackBerry e-mail devices, the company is expected to announce today.
· Want To Marry? Take A Test. Most Americans disapprove of same-sex marriage, but if Congress gets into the marriage business, it better look into all marriages - not just gay ones, because marriage is in big trouble.
· Hatfield, McCoy Feud Sites Draw Tourists. A wooded Kentucky hillside overlooking the Tug Valley has gone from being a gruesome murder scene to a tourist attraction that draws people from around the world.
· Tom Hanks a Fan of the Coen Brothers. Hanks has joined with Joel and Ethan Coen - who have made films such as "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski" - for "The Ladykillers," a loose remake of the 1955 comedy about a hapless gang of would-be robbers.
· Surgeon suspended for 'taking bowl of soup.' A brain surgeon has been suspended from his hospital in a dispute over whether he tried to "steal" an extra helping of soup. Dr. Terence Hope was sent home after it was claimed he took the soup from his hospital's staff canteen without paying.
· Fake HIV Notification Letters Claim To Be From NYC Hospital. At least 10 people reportedly received fake letters telling them that one of their sexual partners tested positive for HIV and warning that they might be infected with the virus.
» 'Dozens Volunteering to Be Bombers.' Promising bloody retaliation, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated throughout the West Bank to protest Israel's assassination of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin in the Gaza Strip early Monday.
· Jamie Lee Curtis Discusses Friendship. Jamie Lee Curtis and jewelry designer Cathy Waterman met at their daughters' dance class a decade ago and realized they lived a block away from each other. They've been best friends ever since.
· International students refuse to pay new fee. About 200 international students at the University of Massachusetts have refused to pay a new student fee, a protest that could result in dismissal from the school and loss of their student visas.
· Joan Baez: The Good Life. It seems, after much soul-searching, Joan has decided martyrdom is not for her. "It's been a long, long road to be able to, number one, really enjoy myself on the stage and not feel I had to be delivering messages at the same time," says Baez. "And two, I think, sing more for the pleasure of singing."
· Office Depot partners with Conservation Organizations to incorporate science into paper procurement. Office Depot, the world's leading reseller of paper, today announced a five-year, $2.2 million strategy to develop the information, standards and tools needed to advance the company's forest and biodiversity conservation policies.
· Affleck Feels Bad About Lopez Film Cameo. When Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were together romantically, the "Good Will Hunting" star convinced J.Lo. to appear in his film "Jersey Girl," playing the mother of his daughter for 12 movie minutes. Then came the "Gigli" debacle and the Bennifer breakup.
· World Champion 'Snake Man' Killed by Cobra. Thailand's Boonreung Buachan, holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for spending the most time penned up with snakes, was killed by a cobra that bit him during his daily show, a hospital doctor said on Monday.
· Reality's Lucky Losers. A number of losing contestants on reality shows like “Survivor,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Average Joe” and “American Idol” have become bigger stars than the winners.
· Live, From the Left, It's Al Franken. There's no doubt about it, Franken knows his way around a microphone. But will anyone listen? Talk radio has long been considered a conservative realm for listeners who felt on the outs during the long, lonely Clinton years and saw the mainstream press as a nest of lefties.