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Tuesday, September 7, 2004
· Accuser's attorneys: Suit to turn focus on Bryant. Nearly a week after a sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant was dropped, attorneys for the woman who accuses the NBA star of raping her said Tuesday the upcoming civil suit will turn the focus away from their client and more toward Bryant.
· Iranian rewarded $125,000 for not fighting Israeli. Iran have given judo world champion Arash Miresmaeili a $125,000 reward, saying he sacrificed a gold medal at the Athens Olympics by refusing to fight an Israeli.
· Michael Moore wants best picture Oscar. Michael Moore says he won’t submit “Fahrenheit 9/11” for consideration as best documentary at this year’s Academy Awards. Instead, he’s going for the bigger prize of best picture.
· Sopranos actor hit by drunk driver. A vehicle driven by James Gandolfini, who plays mob boss Tony Soprano on the HBO series "The Sopranos," was hit by a suspected drunken driver over the weekend. The actor was not injured, police said.
· Canceled checks, ‘float’ to soon disappear. Every night, millions of cashed checks fly around the country, headed for their home bank. Starting in October, technology will start to ground many of those flights. And it may ground some consumers, too — those who try to sneak an extra day or two of "float" out of their checking accounts.
· Trial focus shifts to hair found on Scott's boat. Testimony in the Scott Peterson double-murder trial turns technical this week, as the prosecution's focus shifts to the DNA analysis of their only physical evidence - hairs found in Scott's fishing boat.
· John Kerry won't take rifle to presidential debate. The president of the United Mine Workers of America gave Kerry a rifle as a gift while Kerry was campaigning in West Virginia. Kerry, a self-described gun owner and hunter, quipped: "I thank you for the gift, but I can't take it to the debate with me." [No word yet whether Kerry went through the mandatory waiting period and background check before accepting the new firearm].
· 14 Deaths Blamed on Hurricane Frances. Frances wound up a two-prong assault on Florida that pounded both the central part of the state and the Panhandle, leaving storm-weary residents Tuesday with flooding, frayed nerves and shortages of everyday items such as gas, ice and water. At least 14 deaths were blamed on the storm in Florida and Georgia.
· Ex-Model Sues Doctor Over Botox. A former model's case against a dermatologist to the stars is expected to reveal details about the financial relationships that often exist between doctors and the pharmaceutical companies. Irena Medavoy has filed a lawsuit against one of tinseltown's top dermatologists, Dr. Arnold Klein, who she claims suggested the use Botox for her headaches.
· Clinton Could Have Had 'Substantial' Heart Attack. Former President Bill Clinton was recovering on Monday after successful quadruple heart bypass surgery at a New York hospital, and his doctors said he would have risked a "substantial" heart attack without the operation.
· Jacko: Accuser's Uncle to Publish Expose. The family of a 12-year-old-boy who said he was abused by Michael Jackson a decade ago accepted a $23 million settlement because they were denied a request made to the Los Angeles district attorney for witness protection, according to a report.
· Study: Traffic costs billions of hours a year. Los Angeles for years has had the nation's worst traffic jams, but these days even the streets and highways in small and medium cities from Brownsville, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu, Hawaii, are giving rush-hour drivers fits.
· Crime took a holiday during RNC. Republicans came to town, the cops flooded the town - and the bad guys seem to have left town. Crime dropped in the city during the Republican National Convention, with murder down 40% between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5, compared with the same period last year, the latest NYPD data show.
· Police send postcards to criminals. British police have begun sending out postcards with a picture of Birmingham prison and the inscription "Wish you were here?" to 700 former inmates in an effort to dissuade them from returning to a life of crime.
· Mathematical breakthrough could bring disaster for ecommerce. Mathematicians are close to solving a 150 year-old theory - and the solution could add up to problems for internet commerce. The Riemann hypothesis would explain the apparently random pattern of prime numbers - the key to internet cryptography that banks use to keep customer's credit card data secure.
· Flashback: Redford Coached Carter Before Debates. Actor and filmmaker Robert Redford played videotapes of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate "over and over" to coach former President Jimmy Carter before his debates with former President Gerald Ford. "I was probably president because of Bob Redford," Carter said yesterday, who confided that before the debate leading to his 1976 election he "didn't know what in the world I was going to do."
· Catching a Falling Space Capsule. In a harrowing feat high over the Utah desert tomorrow, two helicopter stunt pilots will try to snatch a floating space capsule that holds "a piece of the sun" and bring it safely down to earth. The civilian pilots have replicated the retrieval without fumbles in dozens of practice runs, but are terrified of failing as NASA plans to broadcast it live worldwide.
Word of The Day by WordThink
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."
· Jerry Lewis Telethon raises $59.4 million. The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon raised $59.4 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but organizers said Monday that power outages and other disruptions from Hurricane Frances contributed to a decline over last year's $60.5 million.
· North Pole 'was once subtropical.' An international scientific team which has been drilling beneath the bed of the Arctic Ocean says it enjoyed a sub-tropical climate 55 million years ago. Fossilized algae in the cores show the sea temperature was once about 68F, instead of the average now of 29.3F.
· High Exposure to TV Sex Affects Teens. Children who watched a lot of TV with sexual content were about twice as likely to start having intercourse during the subsequent year as those with little exposure to televised sex, researchers found.
· The 50 weirdest Guinness world records. The most extraordinary human feats are listed in the pages of Guinness World Records, which is 50 years old this week. To celebrate, here are 50 of the strangest achievements.
· Olympic Silver Medalist Charged In Boyfriend's Death. Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann has been charged with careless driving causing death following a crash that killed her boyfriend, the Colorado State Patrol said.
· Heidi has a leg up - $2 million insurance. Heavenly Heidi Klum's gorgeous gams are worth a cool $2 million, according to insurance expert John Songlides - what a job he has - who sized them up for value in London.
· Viking burial site found in England. Archaeologists in northwestern England have found a burial site of six Viking men and women, complete with swords, spears, jewelry, fire-making materials and riding equipment, officials said Monday.
Monday, September 6, 2004
· 'Hero' wins box office again. Jet Li's Chinese martial-arts epic "Hero" relegated four new movies to the nether regions of the box office in what ended up as one of the most feeble Labor Day weekends in memory.
· Bobbie Bowden's Son-In-Law, Grandson Killed In Fla. Crash. A son-in-law and grandson of Florida State football coach Bobbie Bowden have been killed in a rainy head-on collision on a Florida Interstate in the aftermath of hurricane Frances.
· Millionaire to Take on New 'Jeopardy' Rivals Tonight. A Salt Lake City software engineer became an unlikely TV star this summer when he began mowing down opponents on the quiz show. Ken Jennings won 38 straight games, for a total of $1,321,660, before the show went on hiatus in late July. He defends his championship in a new episode that airs Monday.
· Sixth Body Linked to Kansas City Killings. A body found in July behind a vacant apartment building in Kansas City has been linked to five others discovered since Thursday in the same part of the city, police said Sunday.
· Clinton's bypass surgery successful. Former President Clinton's heart bypass surgery was successful, and he is resting comfortably, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Clinton's office said in a joint statement Monday.
» Clinton talks to Kerry from hospital bed. Mr. Clinton, who is awaiting heart surgery, told Mr. Kerry that he should move away from talking about Vietnam, which had been the central theme of his candidacy, and focus instead on drawing contrasts with President Bush on job creation and health care policies.
· Rodney Dangerfield to Make Full Recovery. Comedian Rodney Dangerfield is expected to make a full recovery from his heart valve replacement surgery but remained in intensive care Sunday, his publicist said.
· Sex secrets of HBO's new star. HBO debuts a reality series this month, about a New York bounty hunter and his family - but you won't see the star's juiciest stories on TV. Court records reveal that the bounty hunter was arrested in 2001 after cops busted a late-night Halloween sex-club party he allegedly organized.
· Floppy Disk Becoming Relic of the Past. Long the most common way to store letters, homework and other computer files, the floppy disk is going the way of the horse upon the arrival of the car: it'll hang around but never hold the same relevance.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Pundit [pun·dit] n. 1. Somebody who expresses an opinion: somebody who acts as a critic or authority on a particular subject, especially in the media. "The election results threw the political pundits into confusion." 2. Somebody wise: somebody with knowledge and wisdom.
· Muslim scumbag cleric supports targeting children. An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause.
· France gives Spielberg highest honor. President Jacques Chirac made U.S. film director Steven Spielberg a knight in the French Legion of Honor on Sunday, hailing him as a great filmmaker committed to fighting hatred and intolerance.
· Sleeping could be the best idea you ever had. For idlers, it may be the revelation they have been praying for: researchers called yesterday for beds to be installed in workplaces after a survey revealed that almost all of us come upon our best ideas when we are about to nod off.
Sunday, September 5, 2004
· Chef Says Imus' Wife Stole His Recipes. A New Mexico chef says the wife of radio personality Don Imus used his recipes in a book without his permission. He says 64 of his recipes were used in the recent cookbook "The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys," and now plans a lawsuit.
· 4 Million Without Power As Hurricane Strikes Florida. Hurricane Frances pounded Florida with high wind and heavy rain Sunday after it smashed across the state's east coast, knocking out power to 4 million people and forcing residents to withstand a prolonged lashing that shredded roofs and uprooted trees.
» Arrests For Looting, Prowling In Counties Hit By Hurricane. No place, not even a church, is safe from looters trying to capitalize on the displacements caused by Hurricane Frances and the state's biggest evacuation ever. At least 11 suspected looters have been arrested.
» Round Three? Hurricane Ivan Reaches Catagory 3 Strength. Floridians might have a third major hurricane to worry about: Hurricane Ivan formed Sunday in the central Atlantic with forecasts that it could reach the state by early next week.
· Money talked, Kobe walked. A civil settlement in the Kobe Bryant rape case hasn't been announced, but the young woman who dropped criminal charges against the basketball star must already know how big her payday will be, legal experts said.
"It would have been incredibly stupid of them not to pin that down. They would be at the mercy of Bryant's lawyers," said Richard Emery, a prominent civil attorney in Manhattan. "There was an expression of willingness to pay a minimum, if not an exact amount ... a wink and a nod that she'll be taken care of."
· Now they tell us. A full week after Microsoft began distributing the new Windows XP Service Pack 2 security update, they are warning users of the Windows XP operating system to first check for and remove any spyware before downloading.
· 'Mysterious Bloodbath.' Anonymous tips led police to two more decomposing bodies Saturday — lifting the number found in one Kansas City neighborhood to five in just three days and fueling fears that a single killer could be responsible.
· New York female firefighter files bias suit. A female firefighter who helped make history two decades ago as one of the first women hired by the FDNY has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging gender bias.
· Swazi king picks 16-year-old as wife. Swazi King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, has picked a 16-year-old girl as his new wife, bringing to 12 the number of official spouses, sources in the royal household said on Sunday.
· Red-faced with the Coppertone Girl. It's one of the most memorable ads ever produced, but at 48, its model would like to put those bare buns behind her. Her mother the artist, though, was willing to talk.
· Teresa Heinz Kerry reported fine after hospital visit. Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, was taken to a Mason City, Iowa, hospital Saturday evening for tests after she complained of an upset stomach, but left after a series of tests, a Kerry campaign spokeswoman said.
· Obscure law overturns Green Bay homicide conviction. A homicide conviction for a 24-year-old Green Bay man in the 1996 beating of a man has been dropped, based on a little-known and archaic law. The “year-and-a-day” law states that if a victim survives more than 366 days, it can be “conclusively presumed that the injury did not cause the death.”
· Liotta to Star in Real-Time 'ER.' "ER" is taking a note from "24" by doing a real-time episode, and is bringing actor Ray Liotta along for the ride. The episode, to air Nov. 11, will follow every moment of guest star Liotta's hospital visit. He plays an alcoholic ex-con with cirrhosis of the liver and a host of other problems.
· Teacher Lops Off Chunk of Student's Ear. A teacher enforcing school regulations on haircuts snipped one girl's locks to ear's length Thursday but ended up lopping off a chunk of her ear as well, police said.
Saturday, September 4, 2004
· Sluggish Frances Cuts Power to 2 million in Florida. Potent but slow-moving Hurricane Frances snapped power lines and whipped the Atlantic coast with winds over 90 mph Saturday, knocking out electricity for about two million people and forcing Floridians to endure another day of waiting and worrying.
· Time running out for quake prediction. The clock is running out on a highly publicized prediction that a major earthquake will rip through Southern California by Sunday. A team at the University of California at Los Angeles startled Californians and the wider scientific world in January by predicting there was 50-50 chance of a 6.4 magnitude or larger quake hitting a 12,000-square-mile mostly desert area east of Los Angeles by Sept. 5, 2004
· Sports Franchise Valued Over $1 Billion For First Time. The Washington Redskins are the first sports franchise to top $1 billion in value. Forbes magazine values the Redskins at $1.104 billion, an increase of 16 percent in the last year.
· Saudis sued for 9/11 attack. Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost a staggering 658 people in the World Trade Center attacks, filed a $7 billion lawsuit yesterday against Osama Bin Laden's terror network and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
· Terrorist attack on Russian school costs 350 lives. The death toll in the Russian hostage crisis has climbed beyond 350 as President Vladimir Putin denounced the massacre as "an attack on our country."
» Putin Vows No More Weakness on Terror. A shaken President Vladimir Putin made a rare and candid admission of Russian weakness Saturday in the face of an "all-out war" by terrorists after more than 340 people - nearly half of them children - were killed in a hostage-taking at a southern school.
· Clinton 'a Little Scared' of Bypass Surgery. Bill Clinton said he was "a little scared, but not much" of undergoing heart bypass surgery, but was looking forward to a swift recovery and resuming normal activities such as jogging.
· Man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend with GPS. A 32-year-old man has been charged with stalking for allegedly attaching a cell phone and global positioning system to his ex-girlfriend's car to track her whereabouts, authorities said.
· Security Concerns Prompt LAX Shutdown. Four terminals at Los Angeles International Airport were shut down for about three hours Saturday after a passenger bypassed security at one terminal and a flashlight battery exploded during screening at another, authorities said.
· Jackson Acknowledges Settling Past Claims. Michael Jackson, facing child-molestation allegations, acknowledged he has reached financial settlements with people in the past to avoid the embarrassment of going to court, but added he would never harm a child.
» Did Michael Send 'Love Notes' To Accuser? As Michael Jackson waits for his trial to begin in January, more information is being brought to light, including a second accuser's reported $2 million payoff. "Dateline NBC" has learned that in addition to the existence of a second accuser in the 1993 case, the alleged molestation happened far from Neverland.
· GOP gave city big fiscal boost - Mike. Mayor Bloomberg declared the Republican National Convention an "extraordinary" economic boon yesterday and said it generated $255 million in economic activity, a figure some merchants found dubious.
· Forget the bedsheets, just buy a plasma TV, say modern newlyweds. Whereas once they might have been delighted with a cotton pillowcase or humble cutlery, modern British couples about to get married now ask wedding guests for luxuries such as plasma-screen televisions.
· CBS gets record fine over Jackson's breast. The Federal Communications Commission is set to impose a record $550,000 indecency fine against CBS-owned stations for their broadcast of singer Janet Jackson's breast-bearing incident during January's Super Bowl.
· Man charged in Washington state's oldest unsolved crime. A man already serving two life sentences for murder has been charged with committing what prosecutors say is Washington state's oldest unsolved crime, the 1968 fatal stabbing of a pregnant teenager.
Friday, September 3, 2004
· Alleged Victim's Call Ended Kobe Case. The rape case against Kobe Bryant finally fell to pieces shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, when his accuser called District Attorney Mark Hurlbert to say she had had enough and would no longer cooperate. The call set in motion a series of phone calls and meetings that ended with the charges being thrown out little more than eight hours later.
· Schwarzenegger's RNC Speech Questioned. Historians criticized Arnold Schwarzenegger for telling the Republican National Convention that he left a "socialist" country when he moved away in 1968, noting that Austria had conservative leaders during the entire time he lived there.
· Rare 1929 Mercedes become world's second most expensive car. An ultra-rare 1929 Mercedes has become the second most expensive car the world has ever seen after selling at a British auction on Friday for $7.4 million.
· Calif. College Students Warned Of ID Theft Risk. California university officials have warned nearly 600,000 students and faculty that they might be exposed to identity theft following incidents where computer hard drives loaded with their private information were lost or hacked into.
· Ambulance chasing a lucrative career. VP hopeful John Edwards, a personal injury attorney, made $39 million from 1994 to 2003, according to recently released tax returns. Over $10 million was made in a single year, according to the disclosure.
· Oliver Stone to Receive Achievement Award. Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will receive the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Stockholm International Film Festival. Stone, who won an Academy Award for 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July," will receive the award at a prize ceremony in Stockholm.
· CBS Auctioning Memorabilia for AIDS Group. CBS is auctioning off everything but the kitchen sink to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - and promote the network's new fall season. The network will put up for bid on eBay from Sept. 8-26 a slew of CBS memorabilia and celebrity experiences, such as David Caruso's "CSI: Miami" sunglasses or dinner with Rupert Boneham of "Survivor: All-Stars" fame.
· Man lures police with phony call, robs their station. A man was charged with luring officers away from their police station in Cambria County, Pa. with bogus emergency calls and then breaking into the station and stealing weapons, a police radio and leg shackles.
· Bill Clinton rushed to hospital, told he needs heart surgery. Clinton was in New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Friday undergoing tests for 'chest discomfort.' A close friend of Clinton said the former president called him to say that his doctors had advised him that he needs bypass surgery. Clinton has lost weight and he told talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he had gone on the South Beach diet.
» Age, Eating Habits Catch Up With Clinton. Bill Clinton is a man close to 60, with a little pudge and a longtime love of junk food. Age aside, Clinton has other risk factors: heart disease in his mother's family, too many pounds and occasional periods of borderline high cholesterol.
· Six Cars Tailed Scott Each Day. Police had up to six undercover cars following Scott Peterson each day in the weeks after his pregnant wife vanished, according to testimony Thursday at Peterson's double-murder trial.
· Oklahoma Cop 'Bags' Two on Drug Charges. Policeman Jon Arnetts was just doing a good turn when he pulled over a car to alert the driver there was a black bag on top of the vehicle. Then he found out what was in the bag.
· Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire bring Lawsuit over Film Release. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have launched a lawsuit together to stop the release of a low-budget art film in which they both acted in 1995.
· Study says Atkins diet weight loss doesn't last. Those on the Atkins diet for a year also started to complain of headaches, muscle weakness, cramps and diarrhoea, which Astrup said could be explained by the reduced levels of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals and bread that are consumed.
» Spiceless Atkins diet 'bores you thinner.' It is the so-called "wonder diet" which has seen millions of people shed weight while eating fatty foods. But experts claim that the fashionable Atkins diet probably only works because it is so boring.
· Millions Flee Monster Storm in Florida. Bracing for a monstrous storm, residents and tourists clogged shelters or made last-minute preparations Friday as Hurricane Frances churned toward the Atlantic coast, where the state's second pummeling in three weeks could begin as soon as Saturday.
· Colorado sheriff sticks to his guns on Kobe. A day after the Kobe Bryant rape case collapsed, the lawman who made the controversial decision to arrest him a year ago insisted he has no regrets and said he would do it all again.
· Feminist anger as Bryant rape case is dropped. The dismissal of rape charges against the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant caused ripples of disquiet yesterday among feminist activists and legal experts, who said the young woman at the centre of the case was subjected to death threats, court errors and gross invasions of her privacy before deciding the prosecution was too much for her to bear.
· Tim McGraw riding high on success. Tim McGraw is delighted to be, well, Tim McGraw. "I guarantee that's Big & Rich," says country singer Tim McGraw, turning to see his opening act buzzing the amphitheater in a helicopter. "Usually, it's a limo every day. Now they're in helicopters. Lord, if they go double-platinum there's no telling what they'll do."
· Update: 100 Bodies Found in Russian Gymnasium. Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding hundreds of hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. More than 100 bodies were reportedly found in the gym where hostages had been held.
· Bush, Kerry Hitting the Road. With the national political conventions over, President Bush and John Kerry are hitting the trail Friday, heading to battleground states that are likely to decide this year's election.
· Canadian's told to cool it with the insults. Canadians who casually insult the United States are putting jobs and the long-term economic health of Canada at risk, Industry Minister David Emerson says.
· Idol Castoff Hung Says He Keeps Getting Better. William Hung, the most famous castoff of popular American reality television program "American Idol," says he can now sing better and soon hopes to fulfil a dream of joining the young millionaires club.
· Actor Tom Sizemore's Probation Revoked. Actor Tom Sizemore's probation in a domestic abuse case involving former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was revoked Thursday because he failed to complete a drug test.
· Scientists Set Internet2 Speed Record. Scientists at Caltech transferred 859 gigabytes of data in less than 17 minutes. It did so at a rate of 6.63 gigabits per second between the CERN facility in Geneva, Switzerland, and Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., a distance of more than 9,800 miles.
Thursday, August 2, 2004
· Four men kidnap mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher. The mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina was kidnapped by four unidentified men disguised as police officers, police said Thursday. The men have not contacted family members.
· Woman retracts Barkley groping complaint. The woman we told you about Tuesday who accused Charles Barkley of groping her at a nightclub withdrew her police complaint. “It’s a noncase. It’s over with,” her lawyer, A. Charles Peruto Jr., said Thursday, adding “everyone is under agreement that this was just a big misunderstanding." [no word yet on what 'agreement' they are under, nor how much, if any, money was paid to have the 'misunderstanding' promptly go away].
· Judge orders city to release anti-GOP demonstrators. A Manhattan judge ordered city officials Thursday to process and release 560 anti-GOP protesters within hours after hearing that the detainees had all spent at least 36 hours in custody since their arrests.
· Man Stopped With Rocket Launchers In Downtown Denver. A man waiting for a Greyhound bus in downtown Denver caught the attention of police Thursday. That's because he was carrying two military rocket launchers.
· Prosecutor's case falls apart - Kobe charges dropped. As predicted, Eagle County prosecutors filed a motion yesterday afternoon to dismiss the sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant, according to sources familiar with the case.
· Was Mike Tyson also innocent of rape? New findings were revealed today about the Mike Tyson rape case of 1992. After being silenced for thirteen years, a relative of the alleged victim, Desiree Washington, has come forward with shocking new information about Ms. Washington's case against Mr. Tyson.
· New Las Vegas Monorail shuts down after wheel falls off. The $650 million Las Vegas Monorail was shut down Wednesday after a mechanical problem caused a wheel to come off one of the cars, a company spokesman said.
· Williams' priorities at Open: Fashion, not forehands. After warming up for what would be a 6-4, 6-3 second-round victory Wednesday against Lindsay Lee-Waters, Serena 'Bubba' Williams approached the chair umpire with an urgent request - could someone get her purse from the locker room? She forgot to put on earrings. [see updated gladiator photo below].
|· Update: who would you pick as a favorite 'Tennis Hottie?' The choices are: Thunderdome gladiator Serena 'Bubba' Williams wearing steel-toed knee-high boots (left); 17-year-old recent Wimbledon winner Maria Sharapova (center); or the now-retired Anna Kournikova. No, Anna's never won a major tennis tournament, but she sure looks nice in a miniskirt.|
· Cops: Peterson made repeated visits to bay during search. Police who trailed Scott Peterson after his wife disappeared testified Wednesday that he repeatedly drove to the bay where her body was found months later and at times appeared to try to shake the police on his tail.
· Jailed Bomber Let Out for Coffee at Starbucks. A Bali bomber serving a life term for his role in the nightclub blasts that killed 202 people was treated by police to an outing at an up-market shopping mall in the Indonesian capital, police admitted Thursday.
· Actor Val Kilmer Loses Tax Case. The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against actor Val Kilmer and his ex-wife, actress Joanne Whalley, in a dispute over a tax refund of more than $300,000 sought by the couple.
· Colleges offering Casino 101. Marvin Phillips is spending a lot of time this summer at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, taking in some poker, roulette and live music. Not for pleasure - for college credit.
· Driver in deadly crash not guilty of driving while under the influence of pot. A young Canadian man was convicted yesterday of dangerous driving causing the deaths of two 16-year-old passengers, but was acquitted of driving under the influence of marijuana.
· Hollywood Sequels Goes Astray. From "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" to "Benji: Off the Leash," the latest sequels, prequels and spin-offs are a waste of moviegoers' time and money, according to some disgruntled fans and media watchers.
· X-rays unmask mummy's face. The face of a man who died and was mummified in Egypt 3,000 years ago has been modeled, using special CAT scans and without unwrapping his bandages, Italian researchers said on Wednesday.
· 2nd boy got $2 million from Jacko. Michael Jackson paid $2 million in hush money to a second boy who accused the King of Pop of fondling him in 1993, according to a new report. California authorities investigating 1993 child molestation charges against the singer found a 12-year-old son of one of Jackson's employees at Neverland who accused Jackson of fondling him through his clothes, according to tomorrow night's "Dateline NBC."
· Judge refuses to lower Jackson's bail. The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case has refused to lower his $3 million bail, citing evidence that the pop star once planned to flee to Brazil with his young accuser's family.
· Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Displays Performance Art. Ford took the occasion of the world's foremost showcase of automotive splendor, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, to unveil the 10-cylinder Ford Shelby GR-1 concept, calling the new sports car a salute to "performance art."
· 2.5 Million Told to Flee Fla. Hurricane. Residents and tourists in cars, trucks and campers clogged highways along the state's Atlantic coast on Thursday, fleeing inland as mighty Hurricane Frances threatened Florida with its second battering in three weeks. About 2.5 million residents were told to clear out - the bigges evacuation request in state history - ahead of what could be the most powerful storm to hit Florida in a decade.
· Paris smitten with Lampoon co-star. Sexy socialite Paris Hilton has got over her traumatic break up with Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter and is now smitten with her National Lampoon's Pledge This co-star, Simon Rex.
· So what does a man really like in a woman? Go figure. In a recent Illinois University study, men who liked women with large breasts, for example, were found to be "outgoing, show-offy, and independent," and "don't care to help other people." Men who preferred women with large buttocks were "orderly, socially dependent, guilty, and self-abasing." And men who liked what the survey called "leggy women" were found to be "socially active and willing to help others."
· Hulk Hogan Involved In Car Accident. Last night on local channel 7 WSVN here in Miami the MTV hoopla was recapped and included a shot of The Hulkster’s limo after it was involved in a crash. The side of the white limo was hit and they had a clip of a seemingly dazed 'Hollywood' dressed in black saying, "We’re ok, brother."
· Semi-truck rolls into restaurant, injuring 3. An 18-wheeler left idling in a parking lot in downtown Memphis rolled into the front of a fast-food restaurant, injuring three people, two of them critically, police said Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
· Judge Dismisses Kobe Bryant Criminal Case. The Kobe Bryant case collapsed Wednesday as prosecutors said they had no choice but to drop the sexual assault charge against the NBA star because the alleged victim did not want to testify.
· Another idiot accepts $200 Bill. Pennsylvania state police aren't laughing about the person who passed some funny money – a $200 bill with President George W. Bush's picture on it – at a women's clothing store.
· Actress Theron hurt on Germany film set. Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was injured while shooting her new Paramount film, "Aeon Flux," in Germany, but her representatives aren't saying how badly she was hurt.
· Nearly 1,000 protesters nabbed in Manhattan havoc. Demonstrators and cops struggled over control of the streets of New York yesterday on a day of chaos and defiance that ended with nearly 1,000 arrests.
· Arnie's fighting words. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger packed a wallop at the GOP convention yesterday, boosting the Bush administration and dissing Democratic critics as "economic girlie men." "America is back," he boomed.
· A Liberal Hollywood Actor Who Speaks Up for Bush. Actor Ron Silver was leaving a cocktail party at the Four Seasons restaurant on Monday evening, headed for Madison Square Garden, when he ran into Henry A. Kissinger, whom he once played in a made-for-television movie. They greeted each other warmly, but as they shook hands, Mr. Kissinger raised a quizzical eyebrow and said, in his distinctive, German-tinted rasp, "What are you doing being a Republican?"
· Furious Kerry orders staff shakeup. Sen. John Kerry is angry at the way his campaign has botched the attacks from the Swift boat veterans and has ordered a shakeup that puts former Clinton aides in top positions.
· Teenager Shoplifts Winning Lottery Ticket. A Swedish teenager who shoplifted a winning lottery ticket that could be worth as much as $1 million has discovered the truth in that old adage 'crime doesn't pay.'
· Florida braces for another hurricane. As Hurricane Frances draws nearer to the Bahamas, it was expected to fluctuate in intensity and could become a Category 5 storm with winds if 156 mph or higher when it hits the Florida coastline, said Jamie Rhome, a meteorologist for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
· 8,000-Foot Burrito Claims Record. It's a brute of a burrito. Take more than 8,200 flour tortillas, ladle on a ton of refried beans, then add truckloads of sour cream, cheese and salsa - and you've got the world's biggest burrito.
· Stunt horror kills Brooklyn biker hero. A legendary motorcyclist whose Brooklyn chopper shop rode to fame on the Discovery Channel has died after a stunt he was performing went awry. Larry Desmedt, 55, known as "Indian Larry," died Monday from injuries he suffered doing one of his signature stunts - standing up on his moving bike - at a show in Charlotte, N.C.
· Attackers Wrapped With Suicide Bomb Belts Seize School In Russia. Attackers wearing suicide-bomb belts seized a school in a Russian region bordering Chechnya on Wednesday and were holding hundreds of hostages, including 200 children. The assault came a day after a suicide bomber killed 10 people in Moscow.