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· Do your part to let the judge know how you feel about his ruling against the national telemarketing Do-Not-Call list.
(he won't mind - he apparently likes unsolicited calls).
The Honorable Lee R. West
Senior United States District Judge
Western District of Oklahoma
200 N.W. Fourth St. Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Rm 3001, Courtroom 303, Third Floor
Chambers Telephone: 405-609-5140
Chambers Facsimile: 405-609-5151
· Federal Court Rules Against Do-Not-Call List. Hold the phone - the national do-not-call list could be in some legal trouble. The Honorable Lee R. West has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority when it created a national do-not-call list against telemarketers.
· Calif. enacts nation's toughest anti-spam bill. Imposing fines of up to $1 million, the new legislation targets not only the firms that package and send spam to consumers, but also the companies whose products and services are being advertised.
· Steroid tests rise - baseball home runs fall. Baseball’s biggest sluggers look as if they’ve lost a little pop in their bats. For the first full season since 1993, it appears neither Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa nor any of the game’s top power hitters will reach 50 home runs.
· Airline defends 'young, pretty' policy. Passengers want to be served by "young, demure and pretty stewardesses" a top Malaysian Airlines official said in defence of the grounding of female cabin crew aged over 40, according to a new report.
· Leno Hosts the Calif. Recall Losers. Weeks after helping Arnold Schwarzenegger launch his gubernatorial bid, late night TV host Jay Leno on Monday made good on his pledge to give equal time to California's lesser known recall candidates, turning their quest for attention into a theater of the absurd. [Photo]
· Army Admits Using JetBlue Data. Millions of JetBlue passenger records were used in a military effort whose methods closely resemble those employed in the notorious Terrorism Information Awareness program, the Army confirmed.
· Man Charged With Soliciting Murder of Kobe's Accuser. Prosecutors charged a Swiss bodybuilder Monday with solicitation of murder for allegedly offering to kill the woman who accused Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant of rape.
· Woman arrested for cruise ship threats sentenced to two years. A California woman who pleaded guilty to planting notes threatening to kill Americans aboard a Hawaii-bound cruise ship, forcing the ship to be diverted, was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison.
· Schwarzenegger Backs the Rock in Film. In the new Hollywood action flick "The Rundown," the California gubernatorial hopeful walks by the pro-wrestling superstar's character and advises him to have fun - a symbolic passing of the action-hero torch.
· High School Club for Caucasians stirs up NAACP. Her logic was simple: If there is a Black Student Union for African Americans, a Latinos Unidos for Latin Americans and an ALOHA Club for Asian Americans, then why is there such a big problem having a Caucasian Club at her school?
· New York plans smoking ban in your own car. Smoking even in the privacy of your own car could be banned under one of at least five state bills introduced in the past year to limit where a person can light up.
· Chicks to break with country scene. Violinist Martie Maguire told Spiegel magazine: "We don't feel part of the country scene any longer, it can't be our home any more," adding her disappointment that other country singers didn't back them up in their criticism of George W Bush's politics on Iraq.
· Shark doesn't ignore idiot practicing yoga. A 350lb bull shark attacked a man convinced yoga would protect him from one of nature's most dangerous predators. The shark's razor-sharp teeth tore a chunk out of the idiot's leg as he stood in waters off a Bahamian beach that had been heavily baited with fish parts.
· JetBlue Announces New Services - Snitch for the Pentagon. JetBlue Airways has apologized for disclosing 5 million of its passenger records to a Pentagon contractor, raising fears among privacy advocates that the incident may be linked to a controversial passenger-screening system the government plans to launch next summer.
· Peterson talked of a kidnap, witness. A Fresno County Jail inmate under a polygraph test, says accused murderer Scott Peterson broached the idea of kidnapping his wife while meeting with two members of a neo-Nazi gang about a month before a pregnant Laci Peterson disappeared.
· Police conclude Spector shot actress. Police investigating the death of actress Lana Clarkson say they have concluded that legendary record producer Phil Spector was responsible for her shooting. They have submitted their findings to prosecutors.
· Man Arrested for Allegedly Plotting to Murder Kobe's Accuser. Authorities arrested a Swiss bodybuilding coach they said made a $3 million offer to kill the woman who has accused Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant of sexual assault.
· Students wear garbage bags after breaking dress code. When two sixth-graders showed up to the Bronx Preparatory Charter School wearing jeans instead of their uniforms, Principal Marina Bernard Damiba created makeshift skirts out of garbage bags and made the two wear them to class.
· Driver's test goes bad. The 81-year-old has failed her driver’s test five times in the past. During the sixth time yesterday, while backing out of a handicap parking spot with the driver's examiner, the woman went a few yards too far and went over a steep embankment into the McIntyre River. [how 'bout a 3-strikes law?]
· Blaine's Stunt Prompts Anti-U.S. Displays in Britain. If there's no such thing as bad publicity, then magician David Blaine's stunt of starving himself in a clear plastic box in London has been a smashing success.
· REAL LOSER: Man Fails in Uncontested School Board Race. Carl Miner of Blytheville, Arkansas has gotten a very important lesson on why voters should go to the polls. Miner was on Tuesday's ballot, unopposed for a school board seat in south Mississippi County. No one voted for him - not even the candidate himself!
· Pastor arrested crossing border with girl in car trunk. An Illinois youth pastor faces sex and pornography charges after customs agents found a 16-year-old girl in the trunk of his car as he tried to cross into Canada.
· How to get away with a hit and run, and a DUI charge...
Be Rutgers president. Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick's eyes were "extremely glassy," "a strong odor of alcohol" was on his breath and he was "unstable when he walked and stood," according to the Rutgers' police report, which was released by university officials. No charges were filed.
· Government spends $53 million to promote new $20 bill you'll use anyway. The Department of the Treasury will spend $53 million over the next five years on a public relations campaign to market the new money, and it has signed up a few of Hollywood's leading image makers to do the job.
· Another Woman Sues A Former UW Football Player. Attornies for the alleged victims say the university knew or should have known the player was a danger because "student athletes commit a disproportionate number of sexual assaults on university campuses."
· Show stays, will kill off Ritter character. ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" will continue despite star John Ritter's death and will show the TV family coping with his character's loss, the network said Tuesday.
· Cops Raid Wrong Home, Taser Man. County sheriff's deputies seeking a person on outstanding warrants broke down the door to the wrong home and then jolted a man with a Taser in front of his wife and child.
· Man prepares for hurricane; burns house down. A man preparing for Hurricane Isabel burned down his home when the electrical generator he was testing malfunctioned and caught fire, sending flames and gutting his one-story home.
· Slot machine cheat bilked casinos with ingenious gadgets. Authorities have anointed him one of the best, a master inventor who conspired with an elite group of thieves to steal millions from casino slot machines.
· ABC wins interview with Jessica Lynch. ABC News' Diane Sawyer was chosen Monday for the first television news interview with Jessica Lynch, considered the year's most highly sought-after broadcast "get."
· HP execs get reward for red ink. What does a company bleeding red ink in the cutthroat PC industry do with spare cash that it nets from laying off its employees and outsourcing the jobs to India? Buy TWO $30 million Gulfstream V private jets, of course.
· Groundswell of sympathy for starving illusionist. Yesterday was Blaine's ninth day of self-imposed starvation, an experiment he is calling his toughest endurance feat yet. He has 35 days to go until he can leave his Perspex cell where he has only a diary, some Wet-Ones and an endless supply of water to entertain him.
· World's smallest dictionary. ONE of the world's smallest dictionaries has returned to its Australian makers more than 110 years after it was printed. The Smallest English Dictionary in the World measures about 1" in length.
· Appeals Court Postpones Oct. 7 Calif. Recall Vote. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the vote can't proceed as scheduled - because some of the votes would be cast using outdated punch-card ballot machines.
· MIT Students Break the Bank in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, the house always wins — unless you're a math whiz from MIT. The students realized that blackjack was the only beatable game in casino gambling — and beat it they did. By the 1990s, the team — whose membership rotated over the years — was making regular trips to Las Vegas and winning $millions.
· BenLo are NoMore. They said it wouldn't last - and it didn't. Tinseltown's most overexposed twosome, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, have split up on what was to have been their star-studded wedding day in Santa Barbara, People magazine reports.
· 12 Injured In Fight For $10K Launched Into Mall Crowd. Twelve people were injured at a shopping mall as hundreds jostled and fought over almost $10,000 being launched into the air by a real estate investor.
· Oldest Williams sister fatally shot in L.A. ghetto. Yetunde Price, the eldest sister and personal assistant to tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, was fatally shot early Sunday, a publicist for Serena Williams told CNN.
· Taco Bell Dog Bill Hiked By $11.8M. A federal judge has ordered Taco Bell to pay an extra $11.8 million in interest to two men who claim the chain stole their idea for an ad campaign featuring a talking Chihuahua.
· TV's new $1 billion give-a-way. A monkey could give away $1 billion dollars, in a live, two-hour broadcast originating from Orlando, Fla., with Drew Carey as host. Kendall the chimpanzee stars as "Mr. Moneybags" in the WB's "Pepsi Play For A Billion."
· John Ritter Inspired Colleagues, Friends. John Ritter, the sitcom star who died suddenly of an undetected heart problem, is being remembered by colleagues as an inspiration for his ability to coax big laughs out of pratfalls and punchlines.
· Ahnold happy... California Man Arrested in Hummer Arson Case. Federal agents arrested a 25-year-old member of a co-op dedicated to peace and environmentalism in connection with arson fires and vandalism that did $1 million in damage to a Hummer dealership.
· Police issue surveillance shot of bank customer. Charleston police hoped a surveillance camera photo would help investigators catch a man who robbed a Wachovia bank branch in June. The problem was that the photo they released was of a customer, not the robber.
· Better AIDS Treatment Boosts Risky Sex. Advances in the treatment of AIDS are contributing to higher levels of unsafe sex among intravenous drug users in Baltimore, with many users reporting they've "grown tired of engaging in safer sex."
· DJ, music networks offer to pay girl's settlement. Several Internet music services and a disc jockey have offered to reimburse a New York woman who paid $2,000 to settle charges that her 12-year-old daughter illegally copied music online.
· Homeowner faces foreclosure for flying U.S. flag. Defiant flag flier George Andres once again is facing the prospect of losing his Jupiter home after a Palm Beach County judge ruled Wednesday that his homeowners association could go forward with a foreclosure sale next month to collect legal fees.
· Actor John Ritter Dies at Age 54. John Ritter, whose portrayal of the bumbling but lovable Jack Tripper helped make the madcap comedy series "Three's Company" a smash hit in the 1970s, has died, his publicist and longtime assistant said Friday. He was 54.
· Woman files ‘peep show’ lawsuit against Abercrombie and Fitch. A 20-year-old Midland woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Abercrombie and Fitch, saying a manager and employee of the store took pictures of her while she changed in a dressing room.
· Bail in Diaz Photo Case Set at $250,000. A photographer accused of trying to extort $3.3 million from Cameron Diaz for pictures taken before she became famous must stay jailed or pay a high bail amount.
· Disney tourist wins $668,000 for hot coffee spilled in lap. A tourist from South Florida who had a pot of 180-degree coffee spilled into his lap while at a Disney character breakfast has been awarded $668,000 by an Orange County jury.
· Chong's Bongs Get Him Sentenced to Nine Months in Prison. Tommy Chong, who played one half of the dope-smoking duo in the Cheech and Chong movies, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 Thursday for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet.
· Amy Fisher ties the knot. Somebody has made an honest woman of the Long Island Lolita. Amy Fisher - who gained fame as a teenager for shooting the wife of her older lover, Joey Buttafuoco - has tied the knot.
· Lawyers defend one-third cut of $85M. Attorneys in the Catholic Church sexual abuse settlement yesterday defended their one-third share of the $85 million accord, saying "we certainly didn't make money on it."
· Prosecutor's expose alleged victim in Kobe case. Prosecutors prepping for a preliminary hearing in the Kobe Bryant rape case plan to present a videotaped interview with the alleged victim and photographs of the 19-year-old woman's injuries.
· Scary: Customs Fails to Detect Depleted Uranium — Again. For a second year, U.S. government screeners have failed to detect a shipment of depleted uranium in a container sent by ABCNEWS from overseas as part of a test of security at American ports.
· Man hit by train charged with DUI. A 48-year-old Smyrna man was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence after police said he drove his lawn tractor across railroad tracks and was hit by a 21-car freight train.
· Surprise Lopez wedding postponed. AS CELEBRITY REPORTERS from around the globe prepared to trek to the Santa Barbara area this weekend to stake out the ceremony, word trickled down Wednesday that Ben and J.Lo — a romantic phenomenon the gossip columnists have dubbed “Bennifer” — have decided to delay the event.
· Black Hole Strikes Deepest Musical Note Ever. Astronomers have detected the deepest note ever generated in the cosmos, a B-flat flying through space like a ripple on an invisible pond. No human will actually hear the note, because it is 57 octaves below the keys in the middle of a piano.
· Music industry hails $2,000 win over child. Mitch Bainwol, the RIAA's chairman and chief executive officer, heralded Brianna's settlement as "the first of [Monday's] announced lawsuits" and added that "this case illustrates parents' need to be aware of what their children are doing on their computers."
· Don't bother Cameron Diaz for an autograph! The 31-year-old star of the Charlie's Angels films: "She might be an Angel for Charlie, but Cameron is nothing short of a witch ... when it comes to signing autographs."
· Live grenade found in NY. Police and emergency crews were called to the scene when a live grenade was found Tuesday afternoon in Colonie. David Rubino was trimming some bushes in his neighbor's backyard off Van Buren Avenue when he found the device.
· One man cleared in pizza man case. Investigators have questioned and cleared one man seen acting suspiciously on the day that a pizza deliveryman died in a bomb blast after robbing a bank but are continuing to seek a second person, it was reported Wednesday.
· Payment as phony as, well, a $200 bill. Police are searching for a man who paid for $150 in groceries at a Food Lion grocery store with a $200 bill. The man walked out of the store with his groceries and $50 in change before the fake bill was discovered.
· Girl, 12, Settles Piracy Suit for $2,000. A 12-year-old girl in New York who was among the first to be sued by the record industry for sharing music over the Internet is off the hook after her mother agreed to pay $2,000 to settle the lawsuit, apologizing and admitting that her daughter's actions violated U.S. copyright laws.
· CDC-Funded Sex Ed Programs Draw Fire. Taxpayer funds are being used for school sexuality education programs that target children as young as 9 years old with lessons on masturbation, condom use and homosexuality.
· Christina upset that Britney is trying to be a bigger slut than she is. Raunchy singer Christina Aguilera has angrily confronted pop princess Britney Spears over their controversial kisses with Madonna.
· Spoke too soon: Dixie Chicks pick on Schwarzenegger. Emily Robison, currently touring Europe with the rest of the band, has now said: "He is a great film star. But I find his idea to run for governor absolutely insane." She told German paper Abendzeitung: "America should be governed by people who have a clue."
· (Yesterday) Dixie Chicks sing for a change. Instead of Natalie Maines using her big mouth to slam the President, the Chick's latest European tour seems to be focused on their music instead of political rhetoric.
· Kobe's alleged victim subpoenaed for hearing. Prosecutors plan a counterstrike against Kobe Bryant's attorneys, who are trying to force the basketball star's alleged sexual assault victim to testify at his preliminary hearing Oct. 9.
· 12 year-old girl among 261 sued by record industry. A shy Manhattan schoolgirl who gets a kick out of nursery songs and TV themes was among 261 people sued yesterday for downloading music from the Internet.
· Magician David Blaine pelted with eggs. Everybody's favorite magician is being treated like a human piñata as he hangs suspended over the Thames in a Plexiglas coffin for what he says will be 44 days without food.
· FBI: Pizza man probably not alone. The FBI said Monday the pizza deliveryman who robbed an Erie, Pa., bank with a bomb locked around his neck probably was not acting alone - but it was unclear whether he was involved in the plot or was its victim.
· Mark Wahlberg Becomes Dad on Same Day Sister Dies. Actor Mark Wahlberg and his longtime girlfriend, model Rhea Durham, became the parents of a baby girl on the same day one of his sisters died at a Boston area hospital.
· Toymaker Sues Paramount Over 'Dickie Roberts.' Wham-O Inc.'s famous outdoor water toy, Slip 'N Slide, figures prominently in Paramount Pictures' newly released film comedy starring David Spade, but the toy maker is not amused.
· California Crowd Hostile to Schwarzenegger's Wife. A crowd at a mall in California's capital greeted Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver with hostility on Monday as she made her first solo appearance in the unpredictable gubernatorial campaign.
· Spoke too soon: Dixie Chicks pick on Schwarzenegger. Emily Robison, currently touring Europe with the rest of the band, has now said: "He is a great film star. But I find his idea to run for governor absolutely insane." She told German paper Abendzeitung: "America should be governed by people who have a clue.
· Guantanamo inmates will talk for burgers. American interrogators here have come up with a few new weapons as they try to pry loose the secrets of prisoners captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan. "It could be cupcakes, it could be Twinkies, it could even be a McDonald's hamburger," says Warrant Officer James Kluck.
· This is the law ... hello! Indian judges hoping to make an example of a man by jailing him for not switching off his mobile telephone in court got a rude awakening when a policeman's cellphone rang just as they were passing out the punishment.
· Lawyer: New Evidence Will Clear Skakel. A defense lawyer for convicted killer Michael Skakel said Saturday her client will seek a new trial based on what attorneys say is new evidence they believe will clear the Kennedy cousin in the 1975 beating death of Martha Moxley.
· Rare Tape of WTC Attack Surfaces. The only videotape known to have captured both planes slamming into the World Trade Center, and only the second image of the first strike, has surfaced days before the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
· Papa John's fills soldier's unusual order: 40 pizzas to Iraq. The company's research and development team devised special packaging to insure that the pizzas would arrive at their destination without spoilage.
· Diff’rent Strokes Syndrome - David Spade’s Dickie Roberts Lampoons Troubled Ex-Child Stars. Everybody talks about the so-called Diff'rent Strokes Syndrome — and certainly the kids from that show have had their problems. But how then do you explain Oscar-winning director Ron Howard?
· Fla. Telemarketer Sued for Violating 'Do Not Call' List. State officials have sued a Sarasota investment company and its owner for allegedly violating Florida's "Do Not Call" list, seeking penalties of up to $730,000.
· Ronald's Happy: Judge Throws Out Obesity Suit Against McDonalds. A federal judge on Thursday threw out a revised lawsuit against McDonald's Corp . that accused the fast food restaurant of using misleading advertising to lure children into eating unhealthy foods that make them fat.
· Deliveryman had walking cane-gun. A cane-shaped device capable of firing like a gun was found in the possession of a Pennsylvania pizza deliveryman who was killed by a bomb clamped around his neck, a source confirmed
· Chicago's finest. Chicago police Detective Janice R. Govern was walking into a Dominick's store to buy some water when two people warned her about a robbery inside.
But all she did was tell a security guard in the store and motion for someone to call 911 - then continued shopping, police investigators say. When officers showed up, she was still standing in the check-out line.
· 7-Foot Python Gets Loose In UPS Truck. A 7-foot python that was improperly shipped to New Jersey on a UPS truck escaped from its box Wednesday and slithered around the vehicle before it was captured, officials said.
· New California Governor's mansion may be a teepee.
Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, the only prominent Democrat running to replace Gov. Gray Davis in the recall election, nearly doubled his war chest Tuesday with a controversial $2 million pledge from a powerful Indian tribe flush with casino profits.
· Ever wonder how much a cloud weighs? About 100 Elephants. "The water in a small cumulus cloud weighs about 550 tons," the scientist said. Or if you want to convert it to something that might be a little more meaningful, "about 100 elephants."
· Will Scientology Celebs Sign 'Spiritual' Contract? The wording of the agreement is shocking, to say the least. If a member of the church becomes what we might call "mentally incompetent," he automatically agrees to be placed in the care of Scientology counselors, potentially barring family, friends or anyone else from interceding, including doctors and psychiatrists.
· Stripes are back in style in U.S. jails. Striped jail uniforms are becoming more common because authorities think solid orange uniforms are too easily confused with clothes worn by trendy teens or highway and electrical workers.
· Born in U.S.A.? Not in Miami. Florida's Miami-Dade county is the only county in the country where more than half the residents are foreign-born, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released today.
· Johnny Depp Says U.S. Is Like a Stupid Puppy. Hollywood star Johnny Depp said on Wednesday the United States was a stupid, aggressive puppy and he would not live there until the political climate changed.
· Jessica Lynch's $1 million Story - Too thin to read? The new book, "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story," is due on bookstore shelves by mid-November, but many are expecting a pretty thin book if the Pentagon's version of Jessica's capture - and her resulting amnesia - is to be believed.
· Bryant's Lawyers Ask for Accuser's Medical Records. Kobe Bryant's lawyers have subpoenaed a Colorado hospital to see his accuser's medical records - the first indication they might make her mental health an issue if the sexual assault case against the basketball star goes to trial.
· TV's New 'Whoopi' Takes on Race, Terror and Bush. Whoopi Goldberg's new NBC sitcom features an Iranian immigrant unhinged by terror alerts, a conservative black lawyer with a hip-hop-talking white girlfriend and jokes about President Bush mispronouncing "nuclear."
· Student claims moving violation: College kid says she was locked in van. The brouhaha started when the movers pulled up to her new apartment yesterday morning, with their truck full of her furniture, and demanded $600 before they would unload it - $150 more than the written contract they had agreed to.
· Prosecutors to use DNA against Peterson in delayed preliminary hearing. Prosecutors plan to use DNA to link Scott Peterson to the murder of his wife and unborn son, but they will have to wait seven more weeks to do so.
· Feud Erupts Over Laci Peterson's Funeral. In an exchange of emails, the mother of Scott Peterson - who is accused of killing his wife and unborn child - begged Laci Peterson's mother to delay the funeral of her daughter-in-law and unborn grandchild. Those pleas were ignored, igniting a bitter dispute between the two families.
Jackie Peterson wrote: "We are writing with an appeal to your heart... we ask you to postpone the service until such times Scott is exonerated and we all join together as a family to mourn your daughter, Scott's wife, our and yours grandson and Scott's son who has been taken from all of us so cruelly."
· Horses can't dance! Some idiot decided to ride his horse through an area where people were dancing. In the congestion, the horse stepped on a woman's leg - breaking her ankle - and people near her responded by striking the man and pulling him off the horse, police said. It just kept getting worse from there, said Police Chief Donald Shaw. "It just turned into a melee."
· Iowa Student Faces Federal Court Hearing for Allegedly Threatening Kobe's Accuser. A college student arrested on a charge of threatening Kobe Bryant's accuser is a "sports fanatic" who had been drinking all day at a golf tournament, a friend says.
· Hollywood Celebrities Keep Mum on California Recall. Celebrities, even those who normally aren't shy about speaking out when it comes to politics, have so far kept quiet about the highest-profile movie star to enter a California governor's race since Ronald Reagan.
· Action Star Charles Bronson Dies at 81. Charles Bronson, the Pennsylvania coal miner who drifted into films as a villain and became a hard-faced action star, notably in the popular "Death Wish" vengeance movies, has died.
· Investigators Probe Bizarre Bomb Death of Pizza Deliveryman. A pizza deliveryman told police he had been forced to rob a bank and asked authorities to help him minutes before a bomb strapped to his chest exploded and killed him.
· Capitol Dome May Be Home to Hookers. The Capitol Dome is the grandest feature of the Washington, D.C., skyline, and beneath that dome lies an awe-inspiring work of art called "The Apotheosis of George Washington".
· NASA Plans Light Craft for Space Travel. In just five years, astronauts may journey to the International Space Station in a stripped-down four-seater instead of the mammoth — and aging — space shuttle. In effect, NASA hopes to commute to orbit in a sleek sedan instead of an 18-wheeler.
· Pittsburgh Steelers' All-Pro Linebacker Shot Outside Bar. Gunfire outside a bar after a college football game left one man dead and wounded five other people - including Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter.
· Ouch! Driver racks up 2 DWI charges in single night. A Raleigh man was arrested twice Friday morning on charges of drunken driving - once after an accident and again three hours later after returning to his car and driving it away from where it was parked.
· Probe into Diana's death set to finally start. Hearings will be held in Britain into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, it was revealed on Friday, six years after a car crash killed the couple in Paris.
· FBI agent pays fine in hotel shooting. An FBI agent who fired two rounds into a walk-in cooler at a Strip hotel in May has paid the Barbary Coast $12,517 for the damage and paid a $105 fine after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge, authorities said.
· Fed burglar causes no trouble. A level-headed 81-year-old woman surprised a burglar entering through her bathroom window. Two hours later the intruder left well-fed and could later be picked up by police.
· Laci's Baby Was Born, Then Slain. Disturbing new evidence in the Laci Peterson murder case suggests she gave birth to son Conner — who was alive before he was killed and his body trussed in a plastic bag, it was reported.
· Video Music Awards Celebrate 20 Years of Trash. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera writhed on stage wearing bridal veils and singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” as a tribute to the past at the 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards, Thursday.
· "Neighbor from hell" goes to court as hate crime. Steve Hallock has called the police and code enforcement officers dozens of times complaining about such things as his neighbor's wind chimes being too loud and her failing to pick up her dog's droppings.
· MTV Awards - Another excuse to get dressed up. The entertainment world is overwhelmed with awards shows. There are the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tonys; the People's Choice Awards, American Music Awards and the Golden Globes; the ESPYs, Razzies and Doozies.
· Airline Settles With Wellstone Crash Victims' Families. Family members of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and five other passengers killed in an October plane crash have reached a $25 million insurance settlement with the air charter company that operated the flight.