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Friday, May 7, 2004

· Five Baltimore High School Kids Shot.  Gunfire erupted at a Baltimore high school Friday afternoon, injuring four students.  The driver of a black BMW with tinted windows shot the gun four or five times, then handed it to the passenger, who also fired.  Read More

· Spector's Lawyers: It Was Suicide.  Attorney for Spector says "The theory cannot be that Philip Spector somehow was able to walk up to this woman, put a gun inside her mouth, and shoot the gun without any defensive measures from Ms. Clarkson."  Read More

· Burglar wins lottery but can't change ways.  Carlos Sola decided to keep his job after he won a Georgia Lottery jackpot - $1,000 a week for life.  His occupation? Burglar.  Read More

· Ex-Oregon governor admits affair with 14-year-old girl.  A former Oregon governor and transportation secretary under President Carter has admitted to a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, when he was mayor of Portland.  Read More

· Plaque Stolen from Statue Honoring The Andy Griffith Show - Barney is on the case.  Someone has stolen the plaque from the statue honoring one of North Carolina's most beloved sons.  Read More

      » The Andy Griffith Show - The Real Mayberry.  Interesting facts about The Andy Griffith Show you may not know.  Read More

· Missouri governor mulls ban on sexy signs.  Billboards promoting strip clubs and other adult businesses would be banned within one mile of Missouri highways under a bill given final legislative approval yesterday.  Read More

· Fox News threatens lawsuit over billboard near CNN.  The proposed sign would read: "Now That CNN's Ratings are Gone With the Wind, Our Work on This Board Is Done. We Love You Atlanta. Brought to you by your friends at FOX News Channel."  Read More

· Air America Radio Chairman Resigns.  The chairman and vice chairman of Air America Radio have resigned, dealing the latest setback to the fledgling liberal radio network headlined by comedian and author Al Franken.  Read More

· Rumsfeld: Worst Still To Come.  Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld apologized to Iraqi prisoners abused by U.S. troops and warned that "a lot more photographs and videos" exist that could "make matters worse."  Read More

· Judge: TV camera allowed during Bryant plea.  A judge Friday agreed to allow a TV camera into the courtroom next week when basketball star Kobe Bryant formally pleads not guilty to raping a 19-year-old Colorado woman in a case that has captured worldwide attention.  The judge's order did not specify on which day during next week's three-day hearing from Monday through Wednesday Bryant will enter his plea.  Read More

      » Kobe Bryant News.  Latest news coverage on the Kobe Bryant alleged sexual assault case.  Read More

· Taped campaign message phoned at 3 A.M.  Taped telephone message from political candidate to get out and vote can be annoying enough. Some residents of this Lake County community were even more annoyed when the calls came between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday.  Read More

· Wedding dress guy jilted by eBay bidder.  Larry Star, who achieved his 15 seconds of fame last month as the "wedding dress guy" after he tried to sell his ex-wife's wedding gown on eBay, tells Buzz the original $3,850 bid for the gown was bogus.  Read More

· Mel Gibson pal signed $5 million deal to finance Moore movie.  Before Miramax was involved in Michael Moore's Bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 9/11," the project had a different godfather. That was Bruce Davey, the Australian born producer who runs Mel Gibson's company, Icon Productions.  Read More

class="hot"      » Moore admits Disney block was publicity stunt.  Less than 24 hours after accusing the Walt Disney Company of pulling the plug on his latest documentary in a blatant attempt at political censorship, the rabble-rousing film-maker Michael Moore has admitted he knew a year ago that Disney had no intention of distributing it.  Read More

· Any takers?  Volunteers needed for anthrax study.  Vanderbilt Medical Center is seeking 50 volunteers for a clinical trial of a new vaccine to protect against the anthrax bacteria.  Read More

· Woman Who Alleged Beckham Affair Gets Job.  A woman whose claims of an affair with soccer star David Beckham made her a minor celebrity has landed a job on Dutch television.  Read More

· Lawyer: Ex-Jackson employees won't testify.  The attorney for two former employees of Michael Jackson said Thursday they won't cut a deal with prosecutors if they are indicted.  Read More

· Another 'You're So Vain' clue from Carly.  The game of trying to figure out who's so vain in Carly Simon's song is turning into "Wheel of Fortune" or "Concentration."  On "Live With Regis and Kelly," Simon added an "e" to her previous clues of "a" and "r." That leaves both Warren Beatty and Mick Jagger still in the running.  Read More

· 'Friends' say farewell.  Note: The following story contains plot details about the final episode of "Friends" that some viewers might not want to know before viewing the show itself.  "Friends" parted ways with viewers Thursday evening, with the cast moving out of their rent-controlled New York apartment, each leaving behind a door key.  Read More

      » Estimated 51.1M Tune in for 'Friends.'  An estimated 51.1 million people tuned in to watch Ross and Rachel get together on the final episode of "Friends" Thursday night - roughly two-thirds of the audience gathered by the "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" finales.  Read More

      » 'Friends' Finale Ties Up Major Loose Ends.  It couldn't possibly have lived up to expectations - and didn't, by a long shot. It fulfilled its frantic mission to tie up the major loose ends, but did so grudgingly, with no surprises. And destiny-wise, it left Phoebe and Joey to fend for themselves.  Read More

· The baffling turnabout of a small-town soldier seen in the Iraqi prison-abuse photos.  The town of Fort Ashby, W. Va., population 1,354, has a close connection to the 372nd because it is a reserve unit whose members work and live in the community, and are shocked that one of their own posed with naked and hooded Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison.    Read More

· Baby Dies In Car With Mother Passed Out Inside.  Four hours after a deputy let a woman found unconscious in her car drive off with her 4-month-old daughter, the baby was left in the car and died when the mother passed out again in her apartment, officials said.  Read More

· Krispy Kreme: Diets hurt doughnut sales.  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Friday its earnings this year would be about 10 percent lower than previously estimated as consumer interest in low-carbohydrate diets has hurt demand for doughnuts.  Read More

· Tombstone of dragging-death victim desecrated.  The tombstone of a black man who was dragged to his death in Texas, was found broken with a racial epithet carved into the granite, police said.  Read More

· Will gay mobster on 'Sopranos' get whacked?  It's a first for "The Sopranos" - a gay mobster. On last Sunday night's episode, capo Vito Spatafore was caught in a compromising position with a male security guard - definitely not the kind of behavior that would go over well with the oglers at the Bada-Bing.  Read More

      » Flashback:  Gay's as good as dead, mob turncoat testifies.  It's an unwritten rule of the real mob - if you're gay, you die. A Mafia turncoat testified in April at Manhattan Federal Court that he ordered the killing of a mob soldier because he heard the man had performed a sex act on another man.  Read More

· Patch 'boosts women's sex drive.'  Women may soon be able to use a stick-on patch to boost their sex drive, that, according to a trial of 562 women, led to a 74% increase in satisfying sex.  Read More

· Family Seeks Judge Disqualification In Disney Pooh Royalty Fight.  The judge who dismissed a civil suit against Disney in a Winnie the Pooh royalty dispute was biased and should have been disqualified, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case said today.  Read More

· Canadian company sells modern version of the banana peel.  Vanguard Response Systems Inc. has won a $2.5-million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to develop equipment to spay a slippery gel.  Read More

· Russian police free sex slaves.  Police freed two young women who had been kept in an underground bunker as sex slaves for more than three years, according to Russian news reports.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Diatribe [di·a·tribe] n.  1. A bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism: "Repeated diatribes against the candidates."  Read More

· New evidence of Saddam link to 9-11.  New evidence about a meeting in Prague between September 11 plot leader Mohamed Atta and Iraqi intelligence officer Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani has been uncovered, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service.  Read More

· Oregon attorney held in connection with Madrid bombings.  A lawyer in Portland, Oregon, has been taken into custody by the FBI in connection with the March 11 terror attacks in Madrid, law enforcement sources say.  Read More

· Letterman will tape a show at 4 a.m.  David Letterman will be staying up very late - or getting up really early - to tape a show next week at 4 a.m.  Read More

· Stossel proudly labeled a 'scourge.'  "It's not fun being a scourge," ABC's John Stossel said. "But I knew I was a scourge when two of my producers quit rather than work on my first special. And I knew it when I went on CNN's 'Reliable Sources' and they titled it 'Objectivity in Journalism: Does John Stossel Practice Either?' "  Read More

· Mannequin in alderman's office draws complaints.  Some politicians are grilled for the skeletons in their closet. But an alderman in this Milwaukee suburb came under fire for the mannequin in his office.  Read More

Thursday, May 6, 2004

· Spidey Ads Don't Stick.  A day after announcing a novel promotion to put advertisements on bases next month, Major League Baseball reversed course Thursday and eliminated that part of its marketing deal for "Spider-Man 2."  Read More

· Former Manager Sues Singer Ricky Martin.  Ricky Martin's former manager has filed a $63.5 million lawsuit against the singer for breach of contract.  Read More

· Shamed Boston Priest Defrocked.  Paul Shanley, a central figure in the child-molestation scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese, has been defrocked, along with another priest imprisoned for raping a 12-year-old boy, the church announced Thursday.  Read More

Demi MooreDemi Moore weds her boy-toy in secret.  The London Mirror is reporting that movie star Demi Moore has secretly wed boytoy lover Ashton Kutcher in Hollywood, Florida.  Demi, 41, and Ashton, 26, tied the knot in a Jewish kabbalah ceremony. They were married by spiritual guru Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg at a kabbalah convention attended by Madonna and Guy Ritchie.  Read More

· Gizmo owners seek $200,000 in suit over dog's death.  The owners of Gizmo, a 16-year-old Yorkshire terrier killed last month when they say he was kicked like a football, are asking a court to award them $200,000 in damages.  Read More

· Actress May Have Shot Self in Spector Case.  An actress killed at music producer Phil Spector's home was shot with a gun inside her mouth and had gunshot residue on both hands, indicating she may have fired the weapon, according to a coroner's report.  Read More

      » Phil Spector Murder Case.  Latest news coverage on the Spector murder case, and death of Lana Clarkson.  Read More

· Bin Laden 'reward' to kill Bremer.  A statement attributed to Osama bin Laden today offered rewards in gold for the killing of top US and UN officials in Iraq.  Read More

· New McDonald's CEO has surgery for cancer.  McDonald's Corp.'s Charlie Bell, who became chief executive of the world's largest restaurant company last month when James Cantalupo died suddenly, underwent surgery Wednesday for colorectal cancer.  Read More

· Woman Fined for Getting Tunes Off Internet.  A federal judge has fined a Connecticut woman $6,000 for allegedly downloading copyright-protected music from the Internet.  Read More

· Body of woman found.  The victim's boyfriend, Kenneth Borger, reportedly told police the woman had died in a motor vehicle accident in New York and he buried her body near his home.  Read More

· Vermont Horse Track Up for Grabs on eBay.  Live racing could return to Vermont if a buyer is found for Green Mountain Park, located near Pownal, Vt. The track, which hasn't conducted live racing since 1992 and currently does not have a racing license, is listed for $2.5 million on the Internet auction company site, eBay.  Read More

· Google Stock Auction Approach May Backfire.  Google Inc.'s initial public offering has a lot of people salivating for a piece of the action - an appetite that the Internet search engine leader hopes to satisfy by inviting the masses to the bidding table.  Read More

· Bush, Wife to Skip Daughters' Graduations.  President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will skip their twin daughters' college graduations later this month to avoid creating a distraction at the respective schools, the White House said Thursday.  Read More

· 'Phishing' scams shooting up.  Fraudulent e-mails designed to dupe Internet users out of their credit card details or bank information topped the three billion mark last month, according to one of the largest spam e-mail filtering companies.  Read More

· Students Sue Over Videotaped Hazing At Chicago-Area School.  Three Chicago-area teens who claim they were injured in a high school hazing incident are suing more than 20 of their former schoolmates and their parents.   Read More

· Judge Rules Schiavo Law Unconstitutional.  A Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday that the law pushed by Gov. Jeb Bush to keep a severely brain damaged woman alive is unconstitutional. The governor's office filed an immediate appeal.  Read More

· Quarterly report shows latest squeeze at Trump casinos.  Trump is essentially placing a high-stakes bet that his casinos will generate enough cash over the next few weeks to make a $73.1 million debt payment due at the end of the month.  Read More

· Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Fla. Student In Classroom.  A substitute teacher was arrested Wednesday on charges he allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old student in his classroom, officials said.  Read More

· Wife's court fury at woman her husband 'tried to buy for $1 million.'  The wife of a wealthy businessman accused of trying to buy his friend's wife for $1 million angrily interrupted the High Court Indecent Proposal slander case yesterday, shouting at the woman her husband allegedly sought to buy.  Read More

· Bush pauses to comfort teen.  In a moment largely unnoticed by the throngs of people in Lebanon, Ohio waiting for autographs from the president of the United States, George W. Bush stopped to hold a teenager's head close to his heart.  Read More

· Viewers Vote Huff Off 'American Idol.'  George Huff was voted off "American Idol" by viewers Wednesday during a live broadcast, leaving four women as the show's final contestants.  Read More

· Tillman Cartoon Sparks Death Threats.  Cartoonist Ted Rall says he has received numerous death threats over a cartoon he did this week saying that Tillman was a "cog in a low-rent occupation army that shot more innocent civilians than terrorists to prop up puppet rulers and exploit gas and oil resources."  Read More

· Jail for man who left bag in airport.  A plumber who left an unattended bag containing a teddy bear, some fruit and clothes in an airport lounge was jailed yesterday for causing a full-scale security alert.  Read More

· WTC Developers to Break Ground July 4.  Developers of the Freedom Tower will break ground on the 1,776-foot skyscraper at the World Trade Center site on July 4, Gov. George Pataki said Wednesday.  Read More

· Family Backs Reservist in Iraq Prison Case.  Family members of an Army reservist photographed with naked Iraqi prisoners said Tuesday she was merely a "paper-pusher" who was in the "wrong place at the wrong time."  Read More

· Lea Fastow to Plead Guilty in Enron Case.  The wife of former Enron Corp. finance chief Andrew Fastow was scheduled to plead guilty to a misdemeanor tax charge on Thursday, the culmination of a critical plea bargain that propelled the Enron criminal investigation forward.  Read More

· A Soccer Mom's Serial Killer Secret .  Suburban Chicago soccer mom Dr. Helen Morrison has a dark secret lurking in her basement: The preserved brain of infamous killer John Wayne Gacy.  Read More

· Picasso breaks record at auction.  Picasso's "Boy With A Pipe" ("Garçon a la Pipe") was sold to an anonymous bidder represented by William Whitman of Sotheby's for $93 million.  Read More

· Burnett is reality TV survivor.  Mark Burnett is the creator of the colossal hit television shows "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," which each regularly pull in 20 million viewers.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Clandestine [clan·des·tine] adj.  1. Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. "The CIA maintains clandestine operations in many countries."  Read More

· 'Friends' Finale to Be Released on DVD.  No need to tape that final episode of "Friends" for posterity - Warner Bros. plans to release a DVD of the finale just five days after its Thursday broadcast.  Read More

· Oklahoman May Have Infected Nearly 170 Women With HIV.  Authorities in the state of Washington say an Oklahoma man may have infected up to 170 people with HIV.  Read More

· Man Allegedly Puts Xanax In Co-Worker's Coffee.  A Utah hospital employee is accused of slipping the anti-anxiety drug Xanax into a co-worker's coffee.  Read More

· Bad Bank Robber Comes Out Losing Money.  An Iowa bank robber clearly couldn't count straight — he left with less money than he came in with.  Read More

· Man Arrested In Court For Impersonating Another Lawyer.  Most criminal defendants expect their attorney's to keep them out of jail, but a Brevard County, Fla. woman watched as her attorney was put behind bars for impersonating another lawyer.  Read More

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

· No New Trial for Martha Stewart.  A federal judge Wednesday turned down Martha Stewart's motion for a second trial based on allegations that a juror lied about his arrest record on a pre-trial questionnaire.  Read More

· Muslim man charged with making phony threat on Los Angeles mall.  A purported terrorist threat against a West Los Angeles shopping mall last week turned out to be a fake.  Read More

· MGM Considers Selling Fabled Studio.  Film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has pushed back its annual shareholders meeting to give it extra time to consider its strategic options including a possible sale. Sony Corp. has expressed an interest in buying the fabled studio.  Read More

· Bobby Brown to Stand Trial for Abuse.  R&B singer Bobby Brown was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges he hit his wife, singer Whitney Houston.  Read More

· Case Closed on 'The Practice.'  The stars of "The Practice" say goodbye to the ABC drama May 16 - and they're not really sure what lies ahead.  ABC is now left with 20/20 oops, nothing.  Read More

· School's in for Alice Cooper.  Alice Cooper, whose hits include School's Out, is being awarded an honorary doctorate by a Christian liberal arts university.  Read More

· Paula Jones' legacy debated 10 years later.  When Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton on May 6, 1994, alleging sexual harassment, she touched off a blizzard that made Monica Lewinsky a national figure and led to the first presidential impeachment since 1868.  Read More

· Overnight blasts in Greece fuel Olympic concerns.  Three bombs exploded outside a police station Wednesday in a series of timed blasts, causing serious damage and rattling security forces just 100 days before the Olympic Games.  Read More

· NJ Coach Draws Fire for 'Crybaby' Award.  The Pleasantville, NJ school board voted Tuesday night to fire a middle school basketball coach because he gave a "crybaby award" to one of his 13-year-old players.  Read More

· School Bus Brake Lines Cut By Vandals.  Vandals cut brake lines on a school bus, but the damage was discovered before students from a Kerrville, TX school could depart on a planned field trip.  Read More

· Computer Glitch Gives Out Free Gasoline.  You can pump, but you can't hide. Some motorists in Michigan have found out the hard way that you can't just gas and go.  Read More

· Guard commander disciplined for nude photos of female soldiers.  The former commander of a California National Guard unit faces a court martial after being accused of taking naked pictures of female soldiers in Iraq while they showered, the Contra Costa Times reported.  Read More

· Girl, 14, Beaten Unconscious By Other Girls At School Dance.  A 14-year-old girl was beaten unconscious by several other girls at a chaperoned dance for middle school honors students.  Read More

· Cola wars over low-carb.  Coke and Pepsi, trying to put more fizz into their soda sales, are about to launch new brands that taste like their flagship drinks but contain half the carbs and calories.  Read More

· Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush  The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax division from distributing a new documentary by Michael Moore that harshly criticizes President Bush, executives at both Disney and Miramax said.  Read More

· Fourth HIV Case Found in California Porn Industry.  A fourth adult film performer has tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS but the case is unrelated to an outbreak that virtually shut down pornography production last month, an industry health care official said on Tuesday.  Read More

· FCC Swamped With Oprah Indecency Complaints.  In the wake of an Oprah Winfrey show that included explicit talk about teen sexuality, the Federal Communications Commission received more than 1600 letters complaining about the racy March 18 broadcast and demanding that the talk show host be cited for indecency.  Read More

· Madonna Challenges Hikers' Access to English Estate.  Pop star Madonna has challenged hikers who want to walk across her $16 million English country estate.  Read More

· Barbie-shaped women more fertile.  Large-breasted, narrow-waisted women have the highest reproductive potential, according to a new study, suggesting western men's penchant for women with an hourglass shape may have some biological justification.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Attenuate [at·ten·u·ate] v.  1. To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken: "The layoffs attentuated the company's sales forecast."  Read More

· 'Van Helsing': NBC's First $200 Million Bust?  Since the TV network essentially bought Universal Pictures from Vivendi, they've been waiting for a big release. Stephen Sommers' "Van Helsing," which cost $200 million more or less, should send the peacock patrol its first lesson in the big leagues.  Read More

· Bush to Go on Arab TV Over Prisoner Abuse.  Trying to contain an increasingly damaging controversy, President Bush planned two interviews with Arab television to underscore his aversion to photographs of naked detainees and gloating U.S. soldiers at a prison in Iraq.  Read More

· Microsoft Touts Computerized Future.  As their annual hardware developers' convention kicked off Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. executives touted a touchy-feely future of computerized "experiences" - high-tech homes, offices and automobiles filled with digital music, movies and communications.  Read More

· Senate votes to guarantee overtime pay for all workers.  In an election-year snub of the Bush administration, the Republican-controlled Senate voted Tuesday to require that new Labor Department regulations guarantee the right to overtime pay for all workers who currently qualify.  Read More

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

· 100 days before Olympics, and still no stadium.  "My major challenge is the same as that faced by everybody else involved in games preparations: Stay focused and make every minute count, because we don't have a moment to lose," chief Athens Olympics organizer Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said.  Read More

· Tillman's brother shocks memorial audience.  Asking mourners to hold their spiritual bromides, Pat Tillman's youngest brother, Rich - dressed in a white T-shirt - said at Pat's memorial service, "Pat isn't with God, He's f -- ing dead. He wasn't religious. So thank you for your thoughts, but he's f -- ing dead."  Read More

· Fla. Woman Flees First Accident, Dies In Second.  A woman with a history of mental illness rear-ended a school bus twice, fled the scene and was killed in a head-on collision minutes later.  Read More

· 'Friends' to Charge Up to $2M for Ads.  Advertisers are paying up to $2 million for 30 seconds on the "Friends" finale this week, making it the Super Bowl of sitcoms.  Read More

· Recording Companies Agree to Pay $50M.  Major recording companies have agreed to return nearly $50 million in unclaimed royalties to Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan, Dolly Parton and thousands of lesser known musicians under an announced settlement.  Read More

· Protecting the mayor from missiles.  Sources say fear of terrorists armed with shoulder launch missiles is prompting Mayor Bloomberg to install passive anti-missile systems on 2 of the Bloomberg Financial Corporation jets which the mayor uses. The price tag? Two and a quarter million dollars a piece.  Read More

· NBC Posts Second Strong Night with Quake Movie.  The ground kept shaking for NBC on Monday night, as the second and final part of its earthquake miniseries "10.5" delivered another set of strong ratings for the network.  Read More

· Workers pick internet over caffeine.  The survey found 49 per cent would rather abandon their morning caffeine fix if they had to choose between it and internet access, although 46 per cent were more attached to their coffee habit.  Read More

· Mona Lisa to be X-rayed.  Leonardo da Vinci's 500-year-old painting of the woman with the mysterious smile will go under the microscope and be X-rayed for the first time in a half-century to determine what's causing it to warp.  Read More

· Time theory for jet lag.  Scientists believe they may have found the reason why humans suffer from jet lag.  They believe we have two timekeeping centers in our brains - one sticks to the clock, the other is influenced by cues such as sunrise and nightfall.  Read More

· Gore Launches Cable TV Network.  An investor group headed by former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday it is buying a cable channel and launching a news network that will offer "irreverent and bold" programming for young adults.  Read More

· New York helicopter crashes in time for sweeps.  A Channel 4 news helicopter crashed into a rooftop in Flatbush while covering a shooting in the Brooklyn neighborhood Tuesday.  Read More

· Tillman's Hometown Honors Hero.  Many celebrities and politicians were among the approximately 3,000 people who came out in his hometown Monday to remember a man so moved by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that he left the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army.  Read More

· CNBC's Louis Rukeyser says he has cancer.  CNBC financial commentator Louis Rukeyser, who's been on medical leave, has cancer but has promised to return to his weekly business show.  Read More

· Police Investigate Peanuts Found Under Allergic Firefighter's Mattress.  Police in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. are investigating the discovery of shelled peanuts under the mattress of a female firefighter who says she is allergic to peanuts.  Read More

· Brothers Who Were Also Neighbors Die On Same Day.  They grew up together, lived across the street from each other, and served their small eastern Ohio town together.  And last week, brothers Ben and Robert McNutt died from heart attacks within minutes of each other, about 10 feet apart.  Read More

· 'Friends' farewell Thursday.  A staggering 85 million fans of the hit sitcom - who have watched the six stars grow up over 10 seasons and 236 shows - are expected to tune in to the top-secret, one-hour finale on Thursday.  Read More

· Photos, underwear seized in Jackson case.  Underwear believed to have been worn by Michael Jackson and photographs of him with young boys have been seized by authorities investigating child molestation charges against the pop star, Monmouth County, New Jersey, officials confirmed Monday.  Read More

· Robber Shoots Himself; Blood Trail Leads To Arrest.  Police say a trail of blood left behind by a robbery suspect who accidentally shot himself has led to a confession and an arrest.  Read More

· Donald Trump Publishes Life Advice Book.  Donald Trump has more advice on how to get rich. To coincide with the debut this fall of the second season of his hit reality TV series "The Apprentice," Random House is releasing "Think Like a Billionaire," an advice book Trump describes as a fast path to the good life.  Read More

· Charges dismissed against Miami teacher in case of duct-taped 1st graders.  A judge dismissed child neglect charges Monday against a teacher accused of letting her aide tape five misbehaving first-graders to chairs and a blackboard, saying the law doesn't permit teachers to be charged with that crime.  Read More

· Man in 'Passion' confession pleads innocent.  A man who police said made his girlfriend's slaying appear to be a suicide, but then confessed after seeing "The Passion of the Christ," pleaded innocent to murder Monday.  Read More

· No Jolie for Brad.  Furious Brad Pitt last night denied having a secret affair with sexy co-star Angelina Jolie.  Read More

· Courtney Tested Positive for Cocaine.  The prosecutor in the misdemeanor drug case against Courtney Love said Monday she tested positive for cocaine when she was arrested last year.  Read More

· Sasser worm spreading quickly.  Computer security experts are dealing with at least four variants of a worm that is spreading quickly through Windows operating systems.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Precocious [pre·co·cious] adj.  1. Manifesting or characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude. "A precocious child."  Read More

· Red Hat Unveils Linux System for Desktops.  In a sign that demand is growing for alternatives to Microsoft's Windows software, Red Hat Inc. will release a version of the Linux operating system and other programs tailored for desktop computers in corporations, universities and government agencies.  Read More

· Man accused of trying to electrocute wife in bathtub.  A man set up a bubble bath for his wife, complete with candles and music, then tried to electrocute her by pushing a radio into the tub, authorities said Monday.  Read More

· L.A.-Dulles flight seen as terror target.  Federal officials have pinpointed an airline flight from Los Angeles to Washington as a potential terrorist target in the past two weeks and have begun scrutinizing the flight crew's luggage and using security agents to follow pilots preparing for the flight.  Read More

· High-flying frog stows away in in-flight salad.  An airline passenger was given a nasty fright when a frog with a taste for adventure stowed away in her in-flight salad.  Read More

· New hook to snag fish, not turtles.  A new "circular" fishing hook could save thousands of endangered marine turtles snagged accidentally each year by commercial fishermen, the environmental group World Wildlife Fund said.  Read More

Monday, May 3, 2004

· Air marshals exposed by fellow federal officers.  Undercover federal air marshals are exposed every day on the concourses by fellow federal officers.  Read More

· 'Mean Girls' Tops Box Office With $25M.  Maybe nice guys finish last, but "Mean Girls" came in first at the weekend box office. The comedy starring Lindsay Lohan as a student who gets swept up in the backstabbing politics of fashion, love and popularity among high school cliques earned $25 million, according to studio estimates.  Read More

· One Charge Dropped Against Jason Patric.  A second charge against actor Jason Patric stemming from his arrest in March has been dropped.  Read More

· D.A. Seizes Jacko Junko.  Investigators in the Michael Jackson child-sex case swooped in on a New Jersey man's memorabilia collection last month, seizing six items as evidence.  Read More

· Angry Google cuts Goldman from IPO.  Google Inc. excluded Goldman Sachs Group Inc., one of the world's largest underwriters, as a lead manager for its planned $2.7 billion initial public offering because it was angry with the investment bank.  Read More

· Woman Who Won the Va. Lottery Is Broke.  A woman who won $4.2 million in 1993 is now deep in debt to a Florida company that lent her money using the winnings as collateral.  Read More

· Britney's new Hebrew neck art.  According to the London Mirror, 22-year-old Britney Spears has had a series of Hebrew symbols etched into the back of her neck in an act of devotion to the mystical form of Judaism she was introduced to by Madonna.  Read More

· Marijuana Plants Found Growing At Fla. Day Care.  Authorities in the Fort Myers area are looking for the operator of a local day-care center after marijuana plants were found growing on property.  Read More

· 20 years after 'molestor' is jailed, victims recant.  A judge Friday threw out the conviction of a man imprisoned 20 years for molesting children, concluding that the testimony of the alleged victims was unreliable. Most of the children now say the assaults never happened.  Read More

· Man Ends His Mcdiet.  A Costa Mesa, California, man has just ended a 30-day "McDiet," just as healthy as he was when he started.  Read More

· Buffett praises Google corporate governance.  Warren Buffett has heaped praise on Google for adopting his unconventional corporate governance style but stopped short of recommending the search engine's initial public offering to his own shareholders.  Read More

· Bud goes to China.  Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch Cos Inc said on Sunday it has bought a 29 percent stake in China's fourth-largest beer producer, Harbin Brewery Group Ltd.  Read More

· Irish oak pays ultimate price for EU expansion.  A majestic, 350-year-old Irish oak tree has paid the ultimate price for EU enlargement, and for the betterment of TV reception no less.  Read More

· 7 American Service Members Reprimanded.  Seven U.S. soldiers have been reprimanded in connection with the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners carried out by guards at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, a senior military official said on Monday.  Read More

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Juxtapose [jux·ta·pose] tr.v.  1. To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. "The exhibition juxtaposes Picasso's early drawings with some of his later works."  Read More

· Grow-your-own to replace false teeth.  Instead of false teeth, a small ball of cells capable of growing into a new tooth will be implanted where the missing one used to be.  Read More

· Police officers tell driver at sentencing that he's lucky they didn't shoot him.  "Being a police officer for 16 years, this is the closest I ever came to killing a man, and that was you, Mr. Jordan," Bridgeton Officer Steve Wootten told him.  Read More

· Gibson Launching Digital Guitar Model.  The digital guitar uses computer chips to clean up the signal — The CEO describes the new sound as traditional but "on steroids."  Read More

· Real 'Donnie Brasco' Offers Mob Insights in New Book.  After his six-year stint as an FBI undercover inside the Bonanno crime family, agent Joe Pistone - you know him better as "Donnie Brasco" - had enough stories to fill a best-selling book.  Read More

Sunday, May 2, 2004

· Drew Carey Is Quietly Going Away.  For all the attention given to this week's "Friends" finale, another long-running comedy taped its final episode a few weeks ago - and few people outside its Hollywood set were aware of it.  The finale of "The Drew Carey Show" is expected to air on ABC sometime this summer.  Read More

· NASA Considers Robot To Save Hubble.  Think Edward Scissorhands, but with bolt drivers and pliers for hands and a giraffelike neck topped with a pair of cameras resembling black cratered eyes instead of the handsome head of Johnny Depp. Could this strange robot take the place of astronauts in fixing the Hubble Space Telescope? NASA is yearning to find out.  Read More

· Kidnapped U.S. contractor found safe.  An American contractor, missing since a convoy attack last month, was recovered and is in good health after escaping from his captors, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt announced Sunday.  Read More

· Troublesome worm spreading fast.  A NEW Internet worm was spreading automatically worldwide and had probably already infected millions of computers.  The worm typically shuts down the computer, then automatically re-boots it, repeating the procedure several times, an anti-virus expert said today.  Read More

· U. of Wisconsin Block Party Gets Keg Quota.  Police set a beer quota on an annual spring block party that draws thousands of drunken revelers, but Saturday's partiers weren't exactly tapped out: The limit was four kegs per household.  Read More

· America's Christians launch assault on The Da Vinci Code.  The staggering success of The Da Vinci Code, the quasi-historical thriller which claims that Jesus was a mere mortal and Christianity a sexist conspiracy to exclude women from positions of power, has spread panic among the clergy who fear that people will literally take what they read as Gospel.  Read More

· Husband burns trailer to spite wife.  A man who set his mobile home on fire, then sat in the yard to watch it burn told authorities he did it to keep his estranged wife from getting any property in their divorce, officials said.  Read More

· Female Rapist Heads to Men's Prison.  For the past six years, convicted child rapist Laura Faye McCollum has lived a lonely existence inside the state's women's prison. On Monday, she is scheduled to move to the new Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island to live among 190 other dangerous sex offenders — all of them men.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Guile [guile] n.  1. Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit. Particular skill and cleverness in tricking or deceiving people.  Read More

· Doubt cast on Iraq torture photos.  Sources close to the army have questioned the authenticity of photographs appearing to show British soldiers torturing an Iraqi prisoner.  Read More

· Computer glitch grounds Delta flights.  A glitch in a Delta Air Lines computer system grounded flights out of Atlanta on Saturday afternoon because data needed for takeoffs was not available, an FAA spokeswoman said.  Read More

Saturday, May 1, 2004

· Supreme Court Justice Attacked.  Supreme Court Justice David Souter suffered minor injuries when a group of young men assaulted him as he jogged on a city street, a court spokeswoman and DC Metropolitan Police said Saturday.  Read More

· Smarty Jones Wins Kentucky Derby.  Splashing his way past Lion Heart in the stretch, the 3-year-old chestnut colt won America's premier horse race and is well on his way to winning racing fans' hearts.  Read More

· Small Details Helped Jayson Williams.  Two small details made a big difference in the trial of retired NBA star Jayson Williams, who was acquitted of the most serious charge he faced in the shooting death of a hired driver at his New Jersey mansion.  Read More

· eBay loser goes literally ballistic.  A year after getting outbid at an online auction for a collection of used band uniforms, the New Orleans native traveled to New York to confront his rival bidder with a gun.  Read More

· Slain Ex-NFL Player's Memorabilia on EBay.  Pat Tillman memorabilia have become hot items on the online auction site eBay. Some people are offended that sellers are trying to profit from the former NFL player who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.  Read More

· It's official - BMW drivers get more sex.  BMW drivers have more sex than owners of any other cars and are much more active than Porsche drivers, a new German car magazine has found.  Read More

· Berkshire's Buffett, Apple's Jobs Join Kerry Advisers.  Billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs are advising Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on economic issues.  Read More

· Finland disappears. Check with Germany.  German and European Union map makers accidently removed Finland from a map designed to celebrate the union's diversity.  Read More

· Hollywood Writer Talks Come Down to Wire.  Hollywood writers meeting with producers for a sixth straight day sought a larger share of profits from the $15 billion DVD market in the final hours before their contract was set to expire Saturday.  Read More

· Man Killed in Roller Coaster Fall.  A 55-year-old Connecticut man died on Saturday when he fell out of a roller coaster at the Six Flags New England amusement park.  Read More

· NASA says U.S. hotter because of airlines.  NASA scientists have found that cirrus clouds, formed by contrails from aircraft engine exhaust, are capable of increasing average surface temperatures enough to account for a warming trend in the United States that occurred between 1975 and 1994.  Read More

· Others Could Be Charged in Jackson Case.  A conspiracy charge against Michael Jackson signals a new direction in the case, one that could include indictments for other people accused of conspiring with the singer to commit the crimes of abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.  Read More

· Judge rules officer can wear turban on duty with NYPD.  An administrative law judge has found the New York Police Department guilty of religious discrimination by banning a Sikh police officer from wearing a turban while on the job.  Read More

· Coach's E-Mail Mentions 'Sexual Conquests' of U. of Colo. Rape Accuser.  University of Colorado football coach Gary Barnett sent his boss an e-mail asking "how aggressive should I be re; katie ... sexual conquests by her etc." after former player Katie Hnida said she had been raped by a teammate.  Read More

· Joel's smash hit on eBay.  A goofy Long Island radio personality is offering pieces of Billy Joel's damaged car for sale on the Internet and says he will donate the proceeds to a charity - Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  Read More

· Girl Disciplined For Wearing Dam T-Shirt.  Student Sent Home 2 Days In Row.  The T-shirt says, "Somebody went to the Hoover Dam and all I got was this 'Dam' t-shirt."  Read More

· Tillman Promoted Posthumously.  Pat Tillman, a former NFL player killed while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, was promoted posthumously from specialist to corporal, an Army spokeswoman said Thursday.  Read More

      » UMass [Amherst] Student Apologizes To Tillman Family For Column.  Rene Gonzalez had written a column for the campus paper saying the football player-turned-soldier who died in combat in Afghanistan wasn't a hero - but a "G.I. Joe guy who got what was coming to him."  Read More

      » Read the actual Gonzalez article (mirror).  Take note of the feedback to this idiot at the bottom of the article.  Read More

      » FLASHBACK:  Amherst professor and mentor thinks flag is 'symbol of terrorism.'  Jennie Traschen, a 45-year-old University of Massachusetts physics professor, made it clear what she thought of the American flag at an Amherst town meeting on the eve of the terrorist attacks.

While discussing the flying of 29 American flags that a group of veterans and volunteers had hung from lamp posts along Amherst's main streets, Traschen told the board: "It's a symbol of terrorism and death and fear and destruction and oppression."

· Brad Pitt Says He's Ready for Fatherhood.  Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt says his actress wife Jennifer Aniston is at a crossroads now that her hit NBC TV sitcom "Friends," is ending its 10-year run and hinted the time might be right to embrace parenthood.  Read More

· DA Changes Dates of Jacko Accusations.  Does the Santa Barbara District Attorney really know what happened between Michael Jackson and his accuser? The latest charges filed againt Jackson suggest that Tom Sneddon is either confused or unsure.  Read More

· Simpsons salary dispute settled.  A month after stalled contract renewal talks led the voices of The Simpsons to stop work, both the actors and Fox are getting more "D'oh!"  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Assertive [as·ser·tive] adj.  1.Inclined to confident assertion; aggressively self-assured.  "An assertive businesswoman."  Read More

· Woman who used oral-sex defense acquitted.  A woman charged with manslaughter in the 1999 highway death of her boyfriend was acquitted Thursday. Her attorney had argued that she couldn't have been behind the wheel because she had been performing a sex act on the driver at the time.  Read More

· Man Cashes in on Trashed Lottery Ticket.  A man stopped at a convenience store in Morgantown to buy his usual Powerball tickets, but was instead coaxed by a clerk to purchase two Hot Lotto tickets that another player decided he didn't want for the April 21 drawing.  It was worth $10,000.  Read More

· Pilot falls asleep in mid-air - twice.  A Japanese airline pilot nodded off twice while at the controls of a domestic flight last month - in front of a transport official who happened to be on board for a routine inspection.  Read More

· Man avoids jail in fatal shooting.  A New Orleans man who gunned down a teenager trying to break into his car one night in 2002 left court on probation Thursday, moments after the victim's mother urged the judge to impose a harsh sentence.  Read More

· South Carolina to give up miniature booze bottles.  The state currently stands in splendid isolation as the last place on Earth where, by law, a bar or restaurant must serve spirits out of miniatures, which are pleasing to the eye but a nightmare to handle.  Read More

· Man Loses Home Over Body Odor.  A 54 year-old Massachusetts man reportedly lost his home after neighbors petitioned the housing authority over the bad odor he emitted.  Read More

· Longevity Researcher Dies at 79.  Dr. Roy Walford, a UCLA medical school professor whose work focused on finding ways to prolong human life, has died.  Read More

· Scott Peterson's Ex-Mistress Gives Birth.  The woman whose affair with Scott Peterson is at the center of the murder case against him has given birth to a son.  Read More


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