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January 3, 2011

Cheryl Eckard 60 Minutes Video

A startling report on 60 Minutes last night, as Cheryl Eckard was interviewed about the pharmaceutical industry's alleged unethical practices that may have put the public's health at risk.

Cheryl Eckard was the whistleblower who worked at Glaxo and gave a tip about the insafe practices she saw, that made it possibly or drugs and medicine to be put into the market with unsafe bacteria and other issues.

Said Cheryl about the conditions at the drug company: "All the systems were broken, the facility was broken, the equipment was broken, the processes were broken. It was the worst thing I had run across in my career." The video can be seen at CBS News below, where 60 Minutes reports stories like this every week.

Cheryl Eckard 60 Minutes Video
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You always want to believe your prescription medicine is safe and effective. The pharmaceutical industry says that it follows the highest standards for quality. But in November, we found out just how much could go wrong at one of the world's largest drug makers. A subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to distributing adulterated drugs. There was reason to believe that some of the medications were contaminated with bacteria, others were mislabeled, and some were too strong or not strong enough.

Cheryl Eckard 60 Minutes Video

Kate Moss Album Details

The latest celebrity to try her hand at making an album is Kate Moss, who will share her music with the world in 2011.

Moss will be recording with her latest rock star boyfriend, Jamie Hince from The Kills, and is expected to rock out much like his band does. She has also of course gone out with Pete Doherty of the Babyshambles. She has done a luttle singing for other bands too.

So many unlikely people have had hit records, and so much of making a pop hit is having the right charisma and look and style, there's no reason to think Kate Moss doesn't have a shot at making a hit CD, and even selling lots of concert tickets.

Kate Moss Album Details
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Kate Moss has spent the past three decades making her presence known on the runway and through her fashion forward designs for Topshop, but the star isn't done adding to her resume just yet. The supermodel is currently working on an album with Kills guitarist and boyfriend Jamie Hince. This isn't Moss' first foray into the music world, however -- during her relationship with Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty, Moss co-wrote four songs for the band and performed on one of Doherty's tracks.

Kate Moss Album Details

Lindsay Lohan First Tweet of 2011: Gandhi!

Lindsay Lohan is starting off this new year inside a rehab clinic where she is (hopefully) getting help for her drug addiction and other issues. But that's not stopping the once a-list actress from keeping a positive outlook in 2011!

Lohan's optimistic energy was revealed in her first tweet of 2011, where she quoted none other than Mahatma Gandhi. Lohan is finishing up her stay at the Betty Ford Center on January 3rd, after several months getting their epert treatment and therapy, and hopefully making the most out of it. as she prepares for her release, she said on twitter "Today is the first day of the rest of my life 'The future depends on what we do in the present.' -Mahatma Gandhi... One step at a time...."

Here's hoping she can walk that path!

Lindsay Lohan First Tweet of 2011
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As she counts down the final hours to her long-awaited release from rehab on Jan. 3, Lindsay Lohan (sentenced to court-ordered treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Southern California since October) logged on to Twitter to declare a whole new LiLo mantra for 2011. As recently as late December, the 24-year-old seemed to be in more hot water yet again, when a Betty Ford employee (since terminated) accused Lohan of assault, after the actress returned to the facility from a bar in the wee hours of the morning. No charges have been filed.


Kate Moss Album Details

Hugh Hefner Engagement Ring $90,000

As Hugh Hefner starts up the charade of yet another "marriage" to a beautiful blonde haired woman 1/4th of his age, the Playboy magazine founder has invested deeply in the farce buy buying a $90,000 engagement ring from some lucky jeweler.

The diamond jewelry is sure to bring lots of attention to this latest publicity stunt masquerading as a relationship. The aptly named Crystal Harris showed off her sparkly jewels in a tweet this week, showing her diamond ring with pride for all who care to follow this triviality.

According to one jewelry appraiser, this ring is noatable beacuse "the round center gives the ring a classic style, while micro pave makes it more modern and youthful," After puportedly dating since the beginning 2009 will be Hefner's third marriage, and Crystal's first. Best of luck to them with whatever this is!

hugh hefner engagement ring $90,000
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When Crystal Harris, 24, accepted an engagement proposal from her love, Hugh Hefner, 84, she got a sizable sparkler, too. PHOTOS: More celeb couples with big age differences The 2009 Playmate of the Month showed it off on Twitter on Thursday. "For those of you who have been asking to see my ring here it is," she Tweeted. "My engagement ring from my love." PHOTOS: See what other stars have gotten engaged this year If diamonds are any indication of that love, then it's sizable. Jewelry expert Michael O'Connor tells UsMagazine.com that the ring appears to have a 3 1/2 carat brilliant-cut diamond set in platinum with micro pave diamonds the band.


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"Panda Cow" Born in Colorado

A natural wonder in Larimer County Colorado, as a miniature cow has been born with the rare markings that make up a cow known as a "panda cow."

The calf was named Ben, and has black and white marks that make him resemble a cute little panda bear. This is a rare occurance for a cow and makes him quite a prized farm animal. Reportedly there are less than 25 of these in the entire world.

The owner of Ben the Panda Cow also has a rare miniature Kangaroo on his land, which is a hobby farm and not something he runs as a business. But he will certainly get lots of attention for this rare and beautiful bit of livestock!

"Panda Cow" Born in Colorado
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A rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda bear was born on a farm in northern Colorado. The so-called "panda cow" born in Larimer County is thought to be one of only about 24 in the world. The (Loveland) Reporter-Herald reports the male calf named Ben was born Friday morning. His mother is a Lowline Angus cow. Farmer Chris Jessen raises miniature cattle and also owns a miniature kangaroo on his hobby farm.


"Panda Cow" Born in Colorado

Witchcraft Legal in Romania?

Witchcraft has always been a controversial topic, with many people fearing the practice, and most people not even being clear on what it is exactly. But in the country of Romania witches has taken a great step forward in their civil rights (and employment opportunieis), as the European country of Romania has now ruled that witchcraft is a legal profession to be practiced in their land.

Witches can now join in with astrologists and driving instructors to count in Romania's labot laws as legitimate jobs, which is possibly bad news for those who practice these trades as the new classificatio makes them more susceptible to income tax investigations.

Witchcraft Legal in Romania?
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Probation for killing? After dog pees on prize lawn, justice?

A controversial decision has come in a court case involving the death of a young man in Illinois, who was shot after his dog peed on another man's lawn.

The killer, Charles Clements, is 69 years old and took great pride in his award winning lawn. After the younger man let his dog pee on the lawn, an argument ensued, the details of which have not been reported as far as I have seen, but at one point Clements allegently showed a gun and then put it back in his pocket, after which the young man punched him, and he then redrew his gun and fired.

Clements' lawyers succeeded in getting a second-degree murder conviction that only resulted in probation and not jail time.

Probation for killing after dog pees on prize lawn

Probation for killing, after dog pees on prize lawn

January 4, 2011

Ohio Boy Charged, Killing Mother (UPDATE)

Shock and horror as a ten year old boy is now in police custody, charged with killing his own mother in Big Prairie Ohio.

The mother was found having been shot in the head, and the young son soon confessed to killing her, in a harrowing criminal court case that will have lawyers, judges and child welfare experts struggling over the right thing to do.

The boy is now being held at a juvenile detention center, where he will be assessed by mental health experts and couonselors who will determine how he should be dealt with and what would lead a child to do this to his own mother.


A 10-year-old boy was charged Monday with murder, a crime nearly unheard of at such a young age, after authorities said he told a neighbor about the killing. Paramedics found Deborah McVay, 46, of Big Prairie, lying facedown in her living room Sunday night, dead of a single gunshot wound to her head, Holmes County Sheriff Tim Zimmerly said. Authorities went to the home after a neighbor called a dispatcher to say McVay's son had come to her home and confessed to shooting his mother.

Probation for killing, after dog pees on prize lawn

Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis Split

Sad relationship news for two past and present Hollywood favorites, as Macaulay Culkin and Mila Kunis have reportedly split up, according to the celebrity gossip sources.

The NY Post's infamous Page Six has reported that Kunis and Culkin have split amicablt after a whopping seven years together. According to the sources quoted in the piece, their relationship hit a rough patch because Mila's career has been hitting new heights while Culkin's is relatively dormant, which in addition to the two competing energies means that she is often away from his current home of NYC.

Sorry to the hear the news but hopefully it works out for the best, for both of them. How weird it must be to have your relationship circumstances become news.

Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis Split

Looks like Macaulay Culkin really is home alone. The former child star and "Black Swan" actress Mila Kunis have officially called it quits. "The split was amicable, and they remain close friends," Kunis's rep confirms to the New York Post's Page Six. Golden Globe nominee Kunis, 27, and Culkin, 30, began dating seven years ago, while she was still appearing on the Fox series "That '70s Show." An insider recently told In Touch Weekly that the pair hit a rough patch because of Kunis's skyrocketing career and the fact that she lives in L.A., while Culkin is based in New York.

Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis Split

Angelina Jolie: $2 Million Wildlife Splurge

Angelina Jolie is known for trying to make the world a better place, and she is taking her philanthropy to new heights this year with a gigantic $2 million donation to a sanctuary for threatened animals in Africa.

The sanctuary, in the country of Namibia, is known as the Nannkuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary, in the same country where their daughter Shioh was born. Jolie said about the great work done by the institution, "We continue to be impressed by their hard work and dedication to the people and conservation of the land and wildlife of Namibia."

Angelina and her husband and Brad Pitt have stayed at the top of the A-List for years now, and Jolie's Salt DVD has been a big seller, although The Tourist with Johnny Depp has failed to live up to hopes.

Probation for killing after dog pees on prize lawn

Probation for killing, after dog pees on prize lawn

May 21, 2011: Judgment Day. Seriously.

According to some who have been studying this, the Judgment Day that has always been foretold is soon upon us, as soon as May 21st of 2011 to be exact. Are you ready?

A movement of Christian believers is firmly committed to the belief that less than 6 months from now the world as we know it will end, and they are doing their best to spread the word.

Said one believer in the prophecy, "A lot of people might think, 'The end's coming, let's go party. But we're commanded by God to warn people. I wish I could just be like everybody else, but it's so much better to know that when the end comes, you'll be safe."

So if the world is truly ending in 2011 what are we supposed to do? Party like it's 1999? That part doesn't seem to be clear, at least from the article below. But if you want to see their reasoning in more detail see below!

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January 5, 2011

Couple Weds, Take Chilly Plunge (PICS)

One couple in Philadelphia has found a creative way to make their marriage vows stick, one that no wedding planner would ever come up with: they're saying "I do," then taking a dive into icy cold waters along with the Polar Bear Club.

Their wedding made lots of news, as they got married on a water taxi on the fateful date of 1-1-11, and then diving into the freezing cold water along with hundreds of other Polar Bear Club members who each year engage in the daredevil activity.

Many couples like to do something special for their wedding, or have a very special wedding party, but its not often that people do something that sounds so, well unpleasant! Then again, perhaps this will make their marital bliss that much sweeter!

Couple Weds, Take Chilly Plunge
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A Pennsylvania couple took a frigid plunge to symbolize taking another plunge -- their marriage. Judy Herilla and Adam Lipinski were among hundreds of members of the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club who jumped into the Monongahela River on New Year's Day. Unlike the others, they had just gotten married aboard a water taxi. Herilla, of Springdale, wore a veil and a long purple-and-white tutu with her swimsuit. Lipinski wore a T-shirt with a tuxedo design and shorts.


Probation for killing, after dog pees on prize lawn

Sgt. Matthew Neu and Threat Against the President

A Sergeant in Florida has been suspended and is now being investigated, for what some think was a threat against the president, in the form of a prayer.

The corrections officer, Sgt. Matthew Neu, was suspended by the sheriff's office after he gave a co-worker a highlighted psalm from the Bible, that has apparently become known to some as "The Obama Prayer."

The note allegedly highlighted two verses, "Let his days be few, and let another take his office." and "May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow," which his co-worker took as evidence that Sgt. Neu wishes the President were dead. Certainly a frightening message to be sending, for a presidency that has stirred up so many fears that an assassination attempt could take place.

Sgt. Matthew Neu and Threat Against the President
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A Manatee County corrections officer has been suspended without pay over an incident involving a Bible and a perceived threat against President Obama. Corrections Sgt. Matthew Neu was suspended for 25.8 hours for conduct unbecoming of a deputy or employee, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report said. Neu circled a verse from Psalms that has been called the "Obama Prayer" that he found on the Internet and left the Bible on the desk of another corrections sergeant, Martha Nash, the report said. Nash found the marked Bible and a handwritten note that said "The Obama Prayer" on her desk when she came to work at the Manatee County Jail on Sept. 29.

Sgt. Matthew Neu and Threat Against the President

Oprah Fans Upset to Pay for OWN!

Oprah Winfrey's new TV network is already soarking lots of discussion, but not all of it is positive! There's a growing rebellion among at least some of her fans, as they discover her channel doesn't always come with their basic cable package.

Oprah's OWN net work debuted this weekend, but in many markets is only a part of more premium packages that cost $15 or so more per month to get extra special channels. On Oprah's message boards fans have been raising a stink, complaining that they cannot afford these additional fees.

But as others have pointed out, her fans have always paid for Oprah Winfrey books, Oprah magazine and other such things, so why should they resist paying a bit for her now much expanded tv offering?

Sgt. Matthew Neu and Threat Against the President
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For 25 years, Oprah's fans have gotten her for free. But now that her syndicated network show is coming to an end with the launch of OWN on pay cable, some longtime viewers are saying goodbye to their guru. As reported (though, it seems, overblown) by the New York Post on Sunday, the message board on Oprah.com has several posts by disgruntled fans who claim they can't afford OWN, which took over Discovery Heath's premium-cable spot with a much-publicized launch on Saturday. According to comments, in some cable markets the cable tv package that includes OWN costs up to fifteen dollars extra per month, or around fifty cents per day.

Sgt. Matthew Neu and Threat Against the President

January 6, 2011

Witches Curse: Income Tax Revenge!

Controversy in Romania as new classes of people have now been targeted for income tax collection, including witches and fortune tellers, who perviously had not been considered traditional jobs or professions that had taxable income.

The move comes as Romania continues trying to crack down on income tax evasion in their financially struggling country. Astrology and embalming are two other professions that will now have to seek tax advice.

One representative of the new taxpayers said "This law is foolish. What is there to tax, when we hardly earn anything? The lawmakers don't look at themselves, at how much they make, their tricks; they steal and they come to us asking us to put spells on their enemies."

Witches Curse Income Tax
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Everyone curses the tax man, but Romanian witches angry about having to pay up for the first time are planning to use cat excrement and dead dogs to cast spells on the president and government. Also among Romania's newest taxpayers are fortune tellers. The new law is part of the government's drive to collect more revenue and crack down on tax evasion in a country that is in recession. In the past, the less mainstream professions of witch, astrologer and fortune teller were not listed in the Romanian labor code, as were those of embalmer, valet and driving instructor. Those who worked those jobs used their lack of registration to evade paying income tax.

Sgt. Matthew Neu and Threat Against the President

1 Arrested, Arizona Mall Shooting

A terrible tragedy was barely averted yesterday, as an attempting mall shooting ended with no serious injuries, and the quick arrest of the shooter.

The gunfire that was exchanged between officers and the suspect lasted for some time, but thankfully caused no actual shootings, and authorities were able to apprehend the shooter and reopen the mall soon after. The gunman had entered the Baja Fresh restaurant in the mall, and began shooting,and the food court was immediately evacuated.

Said one witness about the confusion that ensued, "People said they killed somebody, that the guy was down, and then all of a sudden there was another suspect and he was blending in with the crowd. Then they made us evacuate more and we thought he was outside with us,"

1 Arrested Arizona Mall Shooting
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A shootout at an upscale shopping center in suburban Phoenix sent shoppers fleeing and prompted a mall lockdown Wednesday as the suspect who had exchanged gunfire with officers holed up in a fast food restaurant, authorities said. The suspect surrendered Wednesday afternoon and no injuries were reported, officials said. Hours after the noon-hour parking lot gunbattle, authorities reopened the Chandler Fashion Center following a search that had been made to confirm only one suspect was involved in both the shooting and the standoff. "Thankfully, nobody was shot and nobody got hurt," Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo said.

1 Arrested Arizona Mall Shooting

National Bean Day and Jan. 6 (Health News)

Out of all the random made-up holidays, one of the most delightful and tasty is National Bean Day, which happens every Jan 6. Beans are one of the healthiest foods, high in protein, fiber, and lots of other nutrients and amino acids. They are especially a key source of protein for vegetarians.

Beans are also one of the most affordable health food options, costing only cents for a bag of beans to make from scratch, with some brown rice to form the basic healthy meal many can use to improve their diet and their budget.

Not to mention all of the joy that comes from the coffee bean! Everyone's favorite addiction, at least in my household, for tasty and healthy recipes and lots more info on beans, see the link to food.com below.

National Bean Day and Jan. 6
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A random holiday for sure, Wednesday was National Bean Day -- an event that occurs on Jan. 6 of every year and has an origin that is foggy at best. And what is the most fun of all the beans (besides jelly)? The coffee bean, of course. Dry beans, known mostly for their high protein value, are also high in fiber and many vitamins and minerals. When combined with small supplements of grain, such as rice or corn, beans can supply all essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Beans are low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol or sugar. With their high carbohydrate content, they digest slowly, satisfying hunger and energy needs for long periods of time.

National Bean Day and Jan. 6

January 7, 2011

Clooney: 'Excitement' for Sudan Peace

After Decades of horrible strife, The country of Sudan may be close to finding peace, and among the many feeling excitement about this prospect is actor George Clooney, who has worked for years using his celebrity to draw attention to this issue.

Said Clooney bout the hopes for a new era of peace in the war-torn African country, "For the first time since I've been here, there's a real excitement here that there's a feeling that a new nation is going to be formed. It's inevitable and I think everyone is very excited about that. We're all optimistic, I don't think there's many people who thought that the government of South Sudan would be able to put together a coalition of many of their past enemies and to put this together to make it work"

Clooney: 'Excitement' for Sudan Peace
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The "Up in the Air" star has been involved in Sudan for years, having campaigned actively against violence in Darfur, western Sudan. He co-founded a group called Not On Our Watch with actors Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and others. It's devoted to halting atrocities around the world. At the end of December, Clooney also launched a satellite surveillance project in the country to help monitor violence during the January vote. The program will use satellite images to assess the situation on the ground for any signs of conflict, monitor hotspots in real time and post the findings online. "The idea we had is to be one of many tools to monitor specifically troop movements and humanitarian issues along the border where it's really disputed and where the real danger lies," Clooney said.

Clooney: 'Excitement' for Sudan Peace

In a wedding guaranteed to warm the hearts of absolutely nobody, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter are reportedly getting ready to marry this summer, only months after Edwards' longtime wife Elizabeth passed away.

According to the Enquirer, who of course first broke the news of their affair long before anyone else believed it, Edwards and Hunter have been planning a summer wedding for a while now. Critics note that the tabloid made a similar report a year ago of plans that never came to pass, but only time will tell if a wedding planner was brought in to bring these two people together. Whatever happens, they probably need to be together because who else would want to be with either of them?


National Bean Day and Jan. 6
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John Edwards has reportedly asked mistress Rielle Hunter to marry him, according to tabloid magazine The National Enquirer.

The Hollywood Gossip has a screenshot of the latest issue of the Enquirer, the publication that broke the original story about Edwards's liaison with Hunter, his campaign videographer, and predicts that the two might tie the knot this summer, if at all.

While the Enquirer gained some credibility for its coverage of the Edwards affair, it is worth noting that they posted nearly the exact same story regarding an Edwards-Hunter nuptial and a "luxury $3.5 million beachfront home" last year, a report that was later denied.

National Bean Day and Jan. 6

January 9, 2011

Jared Lee Loughner, Shooting Suspect (UPDATES)

Who was this man, Jared Lee Loughner, that allegedly carried out the unthinkable shooting today in Tuscon Arizona?

Details are emerging that portray Loughner as a very unstable 22 year old, who had obsessive political opinions and was emotionally unstable, according to those who knew him especially at the college he attended.

According to the NY Times, Loughner's erratic behavior "prompted school administrators to call in Mr. Loughner's parents and tell them that their son had been suspended and would have to get a mental health evaluation to return to college. Instead, he dropped out in October, a spokesman for the college said." For more info see below, as updates continue coming in.

Jared Lee Loughner, Shooting Suspect
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As more details are revealed about the background of purported 22-year-old shooter Jared Loughner aka Jared Lee Loughner, who is in custody currently for the shooting in Tucson today of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Federal Judge John Rell and a number of others, at least five of whom have died, a number of people are speculating about his possible mental illness. One diagnosis that keeps arising is schizophrenia. It's worth looking into what that might mean.

Jared Lee Loughner, Shooting Suspect

Jared Lee Loughner Youtube Videos

Who is Jared Lee Loughner, the young man who allegedly carried out the unthinkable shooting today in Tuscon Arizona?

Details are emerging that portray Loughner as a very unstable 22 year old, who had obsessive political opinions and was emotionally unstable, according to those who knew him especially at the college he attended. Some of the most disturbing and mysterious clues about this obviously troubled young man can be seen on his youtube page, which is currently still visible under the username "classitup10"

The videos consist only of text, and are basically a series of incoherent rambling, about "grammatical structure," "conscience dreaming" and various things about mind control and the gold standard. Nothing in the videos gives any clear indication that Jared Lee Loughner was on the left or the right in any traditional sense. He seems simply not to be rational, to put it bluntly. You can see more for yourself at the link below.

Jared Lee Loughner Youtube Videos
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As more details are revealed about the background of purported 22-year-old shooter Jared Loughner aka Jared Lee Loughner, who is in custody currently for the shooting in Tucson today of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Federal Judge John Rell and a number of others, at least five of whom have died, a number of people are speculating about his possible mental illness. One diagnosis that keeps arising is schizophrenia. It's worth looking into what that might mean.

Jared Lee Loughner Youtube Videos

January 10, 2011

American Renaissance Denies DHS Affiliation, Shooting Suspect

As America struggles to understand the horrific shooting in Arizona, Fox News has indicated that the DHS might think shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner may have some affiliation to a hate group named the American Renaissance.

The group, whose website is widely categorized as hate speech (it is blocked by the public network I am currently on), has denied that Loughner had any link to them, but a Fox News report suiggested the Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether the young man was a follower of the group or may have been inspired, when he purchased his firearms, a glock from the local sporting goods store, and planned to assassinate the congresswoman.

According to the document, Giffords is "the first Jewish female elected to such a high position in the U.S. government. She was also opposite the group's ideology when it came to immigration debate," and thus could be a likely target in this sort of scenario.

Critics note that it's not clear exactly where this supposed document came from, as Talking Points Memo says: "Fox has walked back its initial description of the memo as coming from the Department of Homeland Security. Now it uses a labored description: "a law enforcement memo based on information provided by DHS."

American Renaissance Denies DHS Affiliation, Shooting Suspect
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The feds are reportedly probing whether shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has ties to an anti-Semitic, anti-government hate group that has ads for tea party organizations on its website. A Department of Homeland Security memo quoted by Fox News says the agency is looking into whether Loughner is "possibly linked" to the fanatical group American Renaissance. The group promotes views that are "anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government), anti-Semitic," the memo says. It's not immediately clear that Loughner is actually a member.

American Renaissance Denies DHS Affiliation, Shooting Suspect

Urban Legends About Celebrities

What are the biggest urban legends about celebrities? There were always lots of urban legends even before the internet, but now that there's so much obsession about celebrities online, urban legends have gone through the roof. Here are some of the most infamous:

1. One of the oldest rumors that persists to this day is the story that Walt Disney had himself cryogenically frozen, so that he could be brought back to live when medical care had improved in the future and they knew how to do this. There is of course no evidence of this, or indication that the technology was available at the time he died, but it sounds cool.

2. Another legend that has been around for decades is that there was once a relationship, or at least a fling, between the two rock superstars Mick Jagger and David Bowie. This story has been spread partly by Bowie's own wife at the time Angela Bowie, but Bowie and the Rolling Stones lead man Jagger still deny it ever happened. And with all the other exploits they admit to, there's no reason for them to deny this urban legend, you'd think.

Urban Legends About Celebrities
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We love celebrities. How boring might our own lives become if we couldn't marvel at their exploits both on screen and off? They tell us stories and pretend to be someone they aren't when they work, and in their private lives. There are times when it's hard to know when our interest is being exploited a bit through exaggeration. It's hard to tell fact from fiction with those who make their living blurring that line. With the wild truths the press uncovers on the lives and deaths of figures like Michel Jackson and David Carradine celebrity life seems bizarre enough to fuel even weirder myths.

Urban Legends About Celebrities

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Bachelor (Sort Of)

TV viewers will know Maksim Chmerkovskiy as one of the sexy dancers from Dancing With The Stars, a former partner of Brandy Norwood and "Scary Spice" Mel B, among others. But now Maksim will be starting a reality show of his very own, when he becomes the leading man in a new season of The Bachelor. There's one catch though: it will be a local version of The Bachelor in his home country, the Ukraine.

Chmerkovskiy said on his website he was actually offered the American version of The Bachelor and turned it down, because "There has never been a show such as this in Ukraine and it makes me think that a first season would be the most 'real' as far as participant's perception of 'what its all about' is concerned. I know it's hard to find someone you can connect to on a project like this, but nothing is impossible. For the sake of the show I can't reveal anything, but I must say I am very pleasantly surprised so far."

So he's hoping he has a better chance of finding a real relationship through this TV show. Umm okay, good luck!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Bachelor
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy The Bachelor UkraineSexy 'Dancing With the Stars' pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has steamed up the dance floor with Brandy Norwood, Erin Andrews and Mel B, but now he's taking his moves to the Ukraine to win the heart of one lucky lady in that country's version of 'The Bachelor.' On his website, Chmerkovskiy wrote that he turned down ABC's American 'Bachelor' (which, if true, means Brad Womack was their third choice, since 'Bachelorette' runner-up Chris Lambton also declined).

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Bachelor

Ed Reed's Brother Missing

A sad and scary story in Louisiana, where the brother of the Baltimore Ravens NFL player Ed Reed is reported missing after he was runnin gfrom police and jumped into the Mississippi River.

According to authorities, "The suspect jumped into the river, went about 15 feet according to the deputy, At some particular point they said he did witness hands and head come up and go under the water and never resurface again."

Ed Reed and his family are said to be distraught, but still hoping for a miracle and striving to go on, as Reed said his brother would want him to go out there and play. His team the Ravens came out with a victory in the playoffs this week. Whatever the reasons, a terrible tragedy for the Reed family.

Ed Reed's Brother Missing
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The 29-year-old brother of Ravens safety Ed Reed is missing after jumping into the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Officers from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office had been pursuing Brian Reed in St. Rose, La., on Friday, WWLTV.com in New Orleans reported. The man was seen jumping into the river at about 10 a.m. Deputies say they saw Brian Reed jump into the river, go underwater and disappear, the website reported.

Ed Reed's Brother Missing

Fake Lawyer Tahir Malik, Busted!

A fake lawyer named Tahir Malik has been arrested and charged with impersonating an Attorney, but not after he successfully conned people into letting him work on over 60 cases in court!

According to authorities Malik learned about the legal system through his own troubles with the law and legal advice he got from his on attorneys. "From his own arrest history, he was familiar enough with the court system to make certain motions and file certain documents in the court."

Also according to hid dad Malik watched a lot of court shows on TV. At the Cook County Courthouse his behavior was found to be suspicious, and they looked into what his credentials are to practice law, and it turned out he was not an attorney at all.

Fake Lawyer Tahir Malik, Busted!
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Tahir Malik, a 47-year-old man from Skokie, Illinois, "walked around the courtroom like he was a hotshot, strutting around," said one of his clients. He tried more than 60 cases, charging between $500 and $4,500 to his clients. He worked on traffic court cases, mortgage foreclosures, and some low-level criminal cases. One problem: Malik never spent a day in law school. Instead, it appears that he learned his lawyering skills from his own criminal background.

Fake Lawyer Tahir Malik, Busted!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Bachelor Ukraine

TV watchers know Maksim Chmerkovskiy as a sexy dancer from Dancing With The Stars, and former partner of Brandy Norwood and "Scary Spice" Mel B, among others like Erin Andrews. But now Maksim will be starring in a reality show of his own, when he becomes the leading man in a new season of The Bachelor. There's one catch though: it will be a local version of The Bachelor in his home country, the Ukraine.

Chmerkovskiy said he was offered the American version of The Bachelor and turned it down, because "There has never been a show such as this in Ukraine and it makes me think that a first season would be the most 'real' as far as participant's perception of 'what its all about' is concerned. I know it's hard to find someone you can connect to on a project like this, but nothing is impossible. For the sake of the show I can't reveal anything, but I must say I am very pleasantly surprised so far." So he's hoping he has a better chance of finding a real relationship through this TV show. Umm well okay, good luck!

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy The Bachelor UkraineSexy 'Dancing With the Stars' pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has steamed up the dance floor with Brandy Norwood, Erin Andrews and Mel B, but now he's taking his moves to the Ukraine to win the heart of one lucky lady in that country's version of 'The Bachelor.' On his website, Chmerkovskiy wrote that he turned down ABC's American 'Bachelor' (which, if true, means Brad Womack was their third choice, since 'Bachelorette' runner-up Chris Lambton also declined).

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Bachelor

Grown man gets Justin Bieber tattoo!? (PHOTO)

Many people get regrettable tattoos when they are younger, but how often do grown men get huge tattoos of tween idol pop stars? At least one man has done that recently, as he got an almost life-size tattoo of Justin Bieber's face as a bonafide permanent tattoo.

The man has a humongous tattoo of Justin Bieber's face on his thigh, and from the expression on his face in this photos the man may have done it "ironically" which I'm not sure if that makes it better or worse. Justin Bieber "Baby" and other hit songs have topped the charts and itunes sales, and Justin Bieber Concert tickets also sell throguh the roof to his adoring fans.

Grown man gets Justin Bieber tattoo!? (PHOTO)

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Grown man gets Justin Bieber tattoo!? (PHOTO)

Marriage Database for China Cheaters!

As many in China worry about what they think is an increase in marital infidelity, the country is taking measure to hold cheaters accountable, including a new marriage database that keeps track of those who cheat!

The database hopes to have a record of everyone who has caused divorce lawyers to be brought in, or marriage counselors, or any of the other ramifications that come from cheating on your spouse. As the economy does better and lots of new wealth comes into China, the same money that lets you by an expensive engagement ring or wedding ring can bring new temptation to pay for a mistress or find other ways to cheat. See below for more.

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China's exploding wealth has created a culture of secret mistresses and second wives. Now officials are putting marriage records online so lovers and spouses can check for cheaters. State media on Wednesday said Beijing and Shanghai will be among the first places to put marriage databases online this year. The plan is to have records for all of China online by 2015. But the Ministry of Civil Affairs a few years ago said such a project would be operational by last year. Officials have not explained the delay, but not all areas have their databases ready yet. Ministry numbers show 23 of the country's 22 provinces, four regions and four municipalities do.


Marriage database: China exploding wealth "created a culture of secret mistresses"

As China worries about an increase in cheating spouses, the country is taking measures to hold cheaters accountable, with a new marriage database that keeps track of those who cheat!

As China's wealth and prosperity has explided, a host of new opportunities and temptations to cheat are said to have popped up as well. The database hopes to have a record of everyone who has caused divorce lawyers to be brought in, or marriage counselors, or any of the other ramifications that come from cheating on your spouse. As the economy does better and lots of new wealth comes into China, the same money that lets you by an expensive engagement ring or wedding ring can bring new temptation to pay for a mistress or find other ways to cheat. See below for more.

Marriage database: China exploding wealth "created a culture of secret mistresses"
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China's exploding wealth has created a culture of secret mistresses and second wives. Now officials are putting marriage records online so lovers and spouses can check for cheaters. State media on Wednesday said Beijing and Shanghai will be among the first places to put marriage databases online this year. The plan is to have records for all of China online by 2015. But the Ministry of Civil Affairs a few years ago said such a project would be operational by last year. Officials have not explained the delay, but not all areas have their databases ready yet. Ministry numbers show 23 of the country's 22 provinces, four regions and four municipalities do.


Brazil brothers charged with burying father alive: father was "a violent man who drank too much and didn't accept their homosexuality"?

In a horrifying story, two brother in Brazil stand accused of killing their father, in an unthinkable tragedy.

The two men are under arrest after allegedly using over the counter sleeping pills to knock their father out, and then burying him alive. Goodness gracious. The two young men confessed, but indicated that their father was abusive, and that he was a violent man especially when drinking too much alcohol, and some anngry outbursts may have been caused by the father not accepting his sons' homosexuality

A terrible story whatever the details turn out to be, hopefully the courts, attorneys and mental health experts will sort it all out and bring some semblance of justice.

Brazil brothers charged with burying father alive: father was "a violent man who drank too much and didn't accept their homosexuality"?
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Two brothers were charged with killing their father, a local Afro-Brazilian religious leader, by knocking him out with sleeping pills and then burying him alive, investigators told a Brazilian news website. Antonio Valente Filho, chief of police of Timon, in Maranhao state, told Globo TV's G1 website that the brothers, ages 18 and 21, confessed this week to planning the murder. They told police their father was a violent man who drank too much and didn't accept their homosexuality, said Filho said. A neighbor was also questioned about whether he helped the brothers dig the hole, Valente Filho told G1. Neither the suspects nor the victim were named.

Brazil brothers charged with burying father alive

Kalamandalam Hemaletha: Guinness Record Dance!

A woman in India named Kalamandalam Hemaletha:has set a new Guinness Record for the longest dance in the history of the world!

The dancer, studied classical dance and trained intensively to build up her cardio and fitness, so she could ultimately dance for 123 consecutive hours. Her goal was to spread awareness of the traditional Indian dance she was performing. Dance is one of the best and healthiest ways to exercise and build up your cardiovascular fitness, as many gym classes are built around it. Dance as exercise is also one of the biggest selling points of the Microsoft Xbox Kinect, including Kinect games like Dance Central.

Kalamandalam Hemaletha: Guinness Record Dance!
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She practiced an Indian classical dance for 10 hours a day and ran for 28 miles (45 kilometers) to build her stamina. Then she danced and danced and danced some more For 123 hours and 15 minutes, Kalamandalam Hemaletha danced the Mohiniyattam. It is one of the eight Indian classical dance forms, a solo recital by women. Her effort earned the 37-year-old mother a Guinness record for the longest dance.

Kalamandalam Hemaletha: Guinness Record Dance!

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Oscars boycott Anne Hathaway?

Apparently Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are not too excited about Anne Hathaway hosting the Oscars this year. In fact they're so offended they might not even attend.

Their beef with Anne stems from her appearance on SNL not too lnog ago, where she appeared in a skit poking fun at Katie Holmes. You'd think they'd be able to take a few friendly lumps, from a show well known for parodying all sorts of celebs, but it seems they are going the Kanye West route and taknig deep offense at the gall.

According toa NY Post source: "Tom and Katie don't want to have to cross paths with Anne," the Mail quoted a source as saying. "They used to be friends and took Anne to a Tina Turner concert in 2008 when Anne split up from her boyfriend Raffaello Follieri. Katie feels they were really supporting at a difficult time so she feels let down that Anne took to national TV to make fun of her,"

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The 83rd Annual Academy Awards is gearing up to be the most star-studded event of the year, but one couple who may be noticeably absent is Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, whose beef with hostess Anne Hathaway may keep them from the show, FOXNews.com reported Monday. According to a report from the UK's Daily Mail, Cruise and Holmes are so furious at Hathaway that they want to avoid any confrontation with her. Hathaway, 28, appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in November and mimicked Holmes in a sketch. She spoke in breathy tones and took long pauses while tucking her hair behind her ear in the parody of Holmes.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Oscars boycott Anne Hathaway?

Jared Loughner Mug Shot

The man arrested for the horrific shooting in Azizona, Jared Loughner, has sparked endless morbid curiosity about what sort of monster could do such a thing, killing six people including a small child and nearly killing a member of congress. Now the public is getting a new chance to see the man himself, with a photo that recently appeared from the authorities that are holding him. For the mug shot and more details see below:

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Federal officials released Loughner's mug shot, showing him smiling into the camera despite hints of a black eye. "Yes, I am Jared Lee Loughner," said Loughner, with a freshly shaved head, when the Judge Lawrence Anderson asked him to confirm his identity. Holding up a financial affidavit, Anderson asked the Loughner, "I can't read your signature. I know how hard it is to sign with handcuffs on. Did you sign this?" Loughner, with a fresh bruise on the side of his head, leaned forward to look at the paper and responded, ""Yes I signed it. Mrs. Clarke did help me out." Mrs. Clarke refers to his court appointed public defender, Judy Clarke. To see his mug shot see here, and continue on for more info.


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January 12, 2011

Shakira, Antonio De La Rua Break Up (VIDEO)

Sad news for Shakira, as the latin pop star is said to be ending her 11-year relationship with Antonio De La Rua.

The Colombian superstar and brainy sex symbol has been selling millons of albums and concert tickets for years, with her beau Antonio by her side, and though they never went to the wedding planners to make it "official" they've had a steady and strong connection all these years.

Now though, they have mutually decided to go their separate ways. A statement explains "We view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives," Best of luck to each of them, hopefully they have friends and support to give them good relationship advice.

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There might be some breakup ballads on Shakira's next album. The 33-year-old Colombian beauty, who is known for her passionate love songs as much as her club-ready dance anthems, has split from her longtime beau, Antonio de la R├║a, after nearly 11 years together. In a joint statement posted on Shakira's website Monday, the couple revealed they "made a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship" in August.

Shakira, Antonio De La Rua Break Up (VIDEO)

One Great Burger beef recall (UPDATE)

A potentially major health issue in the news today, as a huge amount of beef is being recalled after inspections found the meat may pose a serious health risk to anyone who eats it.

The beef may not be an issue for regular consumers, though, as the company that distributes it is primarily a source for food at public institutions like jails and prisons. In fact the company, Onegreat Bugger, says all of the meat in question went to prisons and none is on sale for the general public, so there should not be any medical concerns for regular shoppers. Hopefully it will be easier to keep anyone from eating it since the meat was all sent to facilities that can catch it in time. Prisoners shouldn't be poisoned either!

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More than 200,000 pounds of ground beef products sent to prisons in Oregon and California are being recalled after an inspection found they may be spoiled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says products from One Great Burger in Elizabeth, N.J., were discolored and smelled wrong. The products came in 20 pound boxes of Onegreat Hamburgers, with the item number 02044 and the establishment number 34575. The products have packed-on dates between July and November 2010 and were distributed to institutions in California and Oregon.

One Great Burger beef recall (UPDATE)

Myspace Cut Staff in Half

Tough times for Myspace, as they are cutting half of their staff as they continue trying to stay alive in the post Facebook era.

The website was once the dominant social media destination but has since been eclipsed and practically rendered irrelevant by Facebook. But they have been trying to reinvent themselves as a music and video destination, capitalizing on their continued usage as a home base for musical artists, especially up and coming acts who offer a chance to hear their music on the site.

but since this is a smaller focus it was inevitable that the company would have to make major cuts, and now lots of people will find themselves out on the job market again, looking for employment opportunities in this struggling economy.

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MySpace will reportedly lay off more than half of its employees on Tuesday as the website scales back its social networking ambitions. All Things D reports that the layoffs could extend to 600 people (of the site's current staff of 1,000). MySpace will reportedly spin the news as "restructuring" to shed "legacy" products. After that, News Corp. will set to work on selling the site--perhaps even to Yahoo--All Things D reports. (Although I'm not sure Yahoo is in the position to buy, after it abandoned search in December.) The layoffs aren't all that surprising now that MySpace has given up on competing with Facebook. In October the site announced a redesign that nearly abandoned the format of friend pages and wall posts.

Myspace Cut Staff in Half

Jessica Simpson: $300 Tip!

Jessica Simpson must be extremely happy about the engagement ring she just got, judging by the whopping $300 tip she left this week at a swanky NY restaurant.

Simpson was with her mother and several friends and staff at the restaurant Lavo, and after getting her $500 bill, left an extremely generous $300 tip, along with a very kind note for the waitress. Jessica recently became engaged to be married, and is obviosuly on top of the world and looking to share that joy with the world. And the little bit of publicity that comes with this random act of kindness can't hurt either!

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Jessica Simpson is a generous tipper. The singer, actress and reality TV star recently left an extra 60 per cent on a $500 restaurant bill after dining with her mother, assistant and two other friends at New York Italian restaurant Lavo. As well as leaving a $300 tip for the $500 bill, she also left a positive message to her waitress, telling her "you were amazing and make this world a better place, Love Jess."

Jessica Simpson: $300 Tip!

January 13, 2011

Ghostbusters 3: No Go Without Bill Murray (VIDEO)

Fans have been anxiously awaiting news about the new Ghostbusters 3 sequel, but the Hollywood movie project seems to have hti a snag, with reports that the movie will be a no-go without its iconic star Bill Murray.

The original director Ivan Reitman is ready to be back at the helm, and says the script is even ready, but they just need one more person to agree, and that is Mr. Murray.

Reitman says "All of the actors but one have read [the script] and loved it. We're waiting for one of them to read it and see where we are." If Murray reads the script and likes it, Ghostbusters 3 could be a huge moneymaker for everyone involved, and take the comedy/schi-fi franchise to a whole new generation with vastly improved special effects. imagine the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man they can make with today's technology!

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His latest movie may be called "No Strings Attached," but it seems there are quite a few hitches involved in getting director Ivan Reitman's planned "Ghostbusters" sequel off the ground. "That would be the famous Bill Murray -- Mr. Venkman," Reitman says of the quirky karaoke crasher/funnyman, who starred alongside Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Ghostbusters II" (1989). Reitman, 64, adds that he feels the latest installment is better than the previous two movies. "I'm really jazzed about it," he tells CNN. And if Murray doesn't like it? "We have a very complicated deal," says Reitman. "Let's just put it that way."

Ghostbusters 3: No Go Without Bill Murray (VIDEO)

Hirsch Buyout 450k Suleman's Mortgage

As the Octomom nadya Suleman continues struggling to support her huge family, news comes that film mogul Steve Hirsch will be covering her 450k mortgage for her, if the agreement is settled on by the mortgage holder.

The man who holds the mortgage, has been threatening to kick Suleman out, but now Steve Hirsch who runs the movie company is volunteering to foot the bill and settle the debt, so that Suleman would be able to continue living there and not have to find new real estate brokers to set up a home for her unusual living conditions.

Nadya Suleman has repeatedly reported her refusals to appear in a movie for the mortgage buyer, and there is no indication that she will repay his favor by doing movies for him now, but that is not yet entirely clear. Either way, here's hoping they can keep a roof over the heads of all those kids.

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"Octomom" Nadya Suleman and her 14 children could avoid being evicted from their suburban home if the mortgage holder cuts a deal with a movie kingpin. After giving Suleman repeated warnings to pay the $450,000 that's due or get out, Amer Haddadin said he's now considering an offer from movie studio co-founder Steve Hirsch to foot the bill. Suleman has repeatedly declined Hirsch's offers - $1 million at one point - to appear in one of Hirsch's videos. Haddadin says half a million dollars is nothing to Hirsch, whose company is one of the biggest adult related companies based in California's San Fernando Valley.


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Green Hornet Actor Held by Cops

Edward Furlong, best known for his young appearance in the Terminator movies, is in the news again but not for such happy reasons. Just as he prepares to return to the spotlight in the Green Hornet movie, the actor is in the news for being held by police.

Furlong was allegedly detained for violating a restraining order put in place by his estranged wife, Rachael Kneeland. Furlong's wife filed for divorce last year, and divorce lawyers are battling it out in family court over their irreconcilable differences.

Marital counseling and therapy were apparently not an option, so hopefully they can make the split as amicalbe as possible from here on out, for the sake of their other friends and loves ones.

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"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" actor Edward Furlong has been arrested on Tuesday, for allegedly violating court orders, media reports. "The Green Hornet" actor was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from his wife Rachael Kneeland but the law enforcement officials said that he violated the order, and he was in the court as well for hearing. However, the actor was being held on $75,000 bail. The prosecutors said that "The Green Hornet" star, reportedly broke the orders of the court by coming within 50 yards of his wife, Rachael Kneeland, last month. The attorney added that by doing so, Edward Furlong has done a breach of contract and hence he should face the consequences.

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Hirsch Buyout 450k Suleman's Mortgage (UPDATE)

As the Octomom nadya Suleman continues struggling to support her huge family, news comes that a film mogul will be covering her 450k mortgage for her, if the agreement is settled on by the mortgage holder.

The man who holds the mortgage, named Haddadin, has been threatening to kick Suleman out, but now Steve Hirsch who runs the movie company is volunteering to foot the bill and settle the debt, so that Suleman would be able to continue living there and not have to find new real estate brokers to set up a home for her unusual living conditions.

The producer, Hirsch, has now confirmed he will pay what is due for February and prevent the family from getting evicted, and they are negotiationg a payment of the rest of the $450,000/.

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"Octomom" Nadya Suleman and her 14 children could avoid being evicted from their suburban home if the mortgage holder cuts a deal with a movie kingpin. After giving Suleman repeated warnings to pay the $450,000 that's due or get out, Amer Haddadin said he's now considering an offer from movie studio co-founder to foot the bill. Suleman has repeatedly declined Hirsch's offers - $1 million at one point - to appear in one of his videos. Haddadin says half a million dollars is nothing to Hirsch, whose company is one of the biggest adult related companies based in California's San Fernando Valley.


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January 14, 2011

Famous May-December Couples (VIDEO)

The public is always fascinated by May-December couples, where one partner is, shall we say a bit more mature than the other. But what are the most famous May-December relationships and how often to they work?

The one that's getting the most attention right now is Hugh Hefner's sudden announcement that he bought an engagement ring for his latest supposed girlfriend Crystal Harris. which is bringing mixed feelings from Hefner's last supposed girlfriend Holly Madison.

Madison was supposedly hopnig to have a wedding with Hefner as well so she wil be expressing those totally real not contrived for the media feelings in a televised confrontation with Hefner and his fiance. "I have a lot of different feelings on it. I don't just feel one way. I kind of didn't want to put a generic statement out there like 'Congratulations!' because I felt everyone would see through that,"

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It's not unusual to have mixed feelings about your ex getting married, but when matrimony is the very reason you broke up, well, it can be a little extra uncomfortable. Holly Madison said she was "very surprised" to hear Hugh Hefner recently proposed to his latest gal pal, Crystal Harris, since she and the magazine honcho split in 2008 due to his refusal to wed. Instead, 31-year-old Madison chose to share her thoughts with Hefner in person -- and with the cameras rolling for her upcoming reality show "Holly's World."

Famous May-December Couples

Hugh Hefner Engagement Ring: $90,000! (VIDEO)

As Hugh Hefner enters into his latest supposed magazine founder has invested deeply in the farce, err, relationship, buying a $90,000 engagement ring from some lucky jeweler.

The flamboyant diamond jewelry is sure to bring lots of attention to this charade, err, romance. Crystal Harris showed off her sparkly jewels in a tweet this week, showing her diamond ring with pride for all who care to follow this triviality. According to one jewelry appraiser, this ring is notable because "the round center gives the ring a classic style, while micro pave makes it more modern and youthful," After purportedly dating since the beginning 2009 will be Hefner's third marriage, and Crystal's first. Best of luck to them with whatever this is!

His previous girlfriend Madison was supposedly hoping to have a wedding with Hefner as well so she will be expressing those totally real not contrived for the media feelings in a televised confrontation with Hefner and his fiance about Hugh Hefner buying a $90,000 engagement ring for Crystal.


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It's not unusual to have mixed feelings about your ex getting married, but when matrimony is the very reason you broke up, well, it can be a little extra uncomfortable. Holly Madison said she was "very surprised" to hear Hugh Hefner recently proposed to his latest gal pal, Crystal Harris, since she and the magazine honcho split in 2008 due to his refusal to wed. Instead, 31-year-old Madison chose to share her thoughts with Hefner in person -- and with the cameras rolling for her upcoming reality show "Holly's World."

Famous May-December Couples

Crystal Harris Moved Into Playboy Mansion 2008 (VIDEO)

Hugh Hefner is getting ready to enter a real-life marriage, apparently, and his latest love is a young woman named Crystal Harris. Crystal has been dating Hefner, or making public appearances with him anyway, since 2008, and moved into the Playboy mansion at that time.

And now Hefner has bought Crystal a $90,000 engagement ring from some lucky jeweler. The diamond jewelry was seen in a tweet frgom Harris, and has made lots of news. According to one jewelry appraiser, this ring is notable because "the round center gives the ring a classic style, while micro pave makes it more modern and youthful,"


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It's not unusual to have mixed feelings about your ex getting married, but when matrimony is the very reason you broke up, well, it can be a little extra uncomfortable. Holly Madison said she was "very surprised" to hear Hugh Hefner recently proposed to his latest gal pal, Crystal Harris. Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner celebrated the holidays with his newest plaything - announcing his engagement to bombshell girlfriend Crystal Harris. Hefner, 84, said in a Twitter message from the Playboy Mansion in Hollywood that he'd given a ring to Harris, a 24-year-old former Playmate. It would be the third marriage for the still-dapper Hef. Crystal may Hef's latest blond, but she certainly isn't the only notch on the Playboy founder's belt .

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Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris: Met at Halloween Party (VIDEO)

Hugh Hefner testing everyone's suspension of disbelief once again, with a third marriage to very young "playmate" Crystal Harris. After buying her a $90,000 engagement ring the two are planning to marry this year.

Said Harris of the relationship, that began at a Halloween party in 2008 where they first met, "We were both psychology majors in school, so there was never a dull moment. We always had something to talk about. We go to Vegas and stay at his suite at the Palms, we travel all over, and we've been to Europe. We have movie nights at home with all our friends, and I have a blast with him. He's the one with all the energy!"

They have since been steadily together, and with any luck, umm, they will continue having cordial photo-ops together for years to come! Ahh, the magic of true love.

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The pair met at a Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. The ring is a circle diamond "a little over three karats," says Harris, "and it's on platinum setting and it has diamonds all around the band as well. It's so pretty." Meanwhile, in addition to holiday gifts of an iPhone and a scrapbook of their past year together, Harris gave Hefner a painting she commissioned of her, Hefner and their dog Charlie by former Playmate and Amazing Race contestant Victoria Fuller.


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Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris: 60 year age difference! (VIDEO)

Hugh Hefner is taking "May-December Romances" to a new extreme, with a third marriage to very young "playmate" Crystal Harris. The two have a whopping 60 year age difference, but they both say there is no reason for anyone to question whether the relationship is real. Which is true, since it obviously isn't.

After buying her a $90,000 engagement ring the two are planning to marry this year. Said Harris of the relationship, that began at a Halloween party in 2008 where they first met, "We were both psychology majors in school, so there was never a dull moment. We always had something to talk about. We go to Vegas and stay at his suite at the Palms, we travel all over, and we've been to Europe. We have movie nights at home with all our friends, and I have a blast with him. He's the one with all the energy!"

They have since been steadily together, and with any luck, umm, they will continue having cordial photo-ops together for years to come! Ahh, the magic of true love.

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It wasn't just that Hugh Hefner presented Crystal Harris with an engagement ring on Christmas Eve - it was how he did it that impressed her. "We were up in the bedroom," Harris, 24, tells PEOPLE, "and my favorite movie is The Little Mermaid, so he had the ring in a Little Mermaid box, and that was so special. I opened it and the first thing he said to me was, 'I hope it fits!' " Adds Hefner, 84, "I got her a little music box with the Mermaid theme to it, and it just looked like the perfect size and the perfect place to be the ring box. So when she started unwrapping that gift, I reached over and wound it so it was playing music while she discovered what was inside."


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Rep Gabrielle Giffords Communicating With Family (VIDEO)

Heartwarming news, as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues her miraculous medical recovery, as she receives medical treatment in Arizona's best hospital for her head wounds in the horrible shooting incident last weekend.

At first many people did not think she would make it at all, but now she has made it through the first week and continues making amazing progress, now beign able to open her eyes and communicate in limited ways with her family and loved ones.

Said the doctors, who are giving her the most expert medical care anyone could hope for, "It was probably a combination of the unexpected but familiar that prompted her to open her eyes and caused her to look around. That implies that the part of the brain that let lets us awake from sleeping, the arousal center."

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U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has not only opened her eyes, but she also is communicating with her family, physicians said at a Thursday morning news conference. "Her family has asked her very specific things, and she has used her hand to communicate with them," said Dr. Michael Lemole, a neurosurgeon at Tucson's University Medical Center and one of the surgeons who operated on Giffords after she was shot in the head Saturday morning. That implies that she has a good amount of cognitive functioning.

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Gucci Mane Ice Cream Tattoo (VIDEO)

In a very funny but very sad story, the rapper Gucci Mane continues to exhibit serious mental health issues, as he went straight from getting institutionalized into a tatoo parlor to get a bizarre huge facial tattoo of an ice cream cone with lightning bolts coming out of it.

Gucci Mane has had serious legal troubles for some time, as well as being checked into a mental health facility just this month, but as soon as he got back out he went to get this outlandish tattoo. Fans and bloggers are having a field day making fun of the absurd tattoo, but many who know the situation are saying it's actually not very funny since Gucci really is having real problems, and needs serious help from psychiatric professionals. He probably needs full-time care to get himself back together, and to be out of the spotlight.

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Fresh out of Atlanta's Anchor Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, and after several recent police run-ins, rapper Gucci Mane decided to celebrate his recovery by getting a giant tattoo of an ice cream cone across his face. The tattoo makes excellent use of his favorite catchphrase "Brrr," matches his omnipresent ice cream cone chain, and has a bit of mystery in the lightning bolts that serve as the maraschino cherry in this sartorial sundae.

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Mindy Lawton: Jail Time?

One of the many alleged mistresses in the Tiger Woods marital infidelity scandal, Mindy Lawton, is back in the news for an even worse reason: she might be going to jail. Lawton is being sentenced for a drunk driving arrest, which led to a conviction a year ago.

The accident left another driver with numerous injuries, a very serious situation that everyone should avoid by not driving while drunk. Your car insurance rates will skyrocket, and you will have those injuries, or worse, on your conscience for the rest of your life. Don't do it.

Lawton's attorney's will try to help her as best they can, but it is a very bad situation no matter how you cut it.

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One of Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses, Mindy Lawton, is going to spend the next year in jail. The woman, who gave a detailed account of her relationship with Woods, was sentenced for a drunk driving conviction from about a year ago. The accident, her running a red light and crashing into another car, left the other driver with multiple injuries. While her much-publicized account of the two year affair with Tiger made her famous, she now has her own situation to hang her hat on.

Mindy Lawton Jail

January 16, 2011

1980s Musicians who had Comebacks

They say everything old is new again, and nowhere is that more true than in the world of pop music, where lots of 1980s musicians continue to have big comebacks.

One of the most impressive comebacks from an 80s musician has been Cyndi Lauper, who reclaimed a place in everyone's hearts as a contestant on Donald Trump's infamous reality show The Apprentice. Also Jon Bon Jovi has stayed in the spotlight with his acting and other endeavours.

Another star who used reality TV to regain his place was Bret Michaels, who also competedon the Apprentice as well as starring in his own show on VH1. Bret has had major health problems recently but came back strong and won people's respect even more deeply.

Also worth noting is LL Cool J, who has stayed in the limelight thanks top his acting career after being one of the first crossover rap superstars in the 80s. And sadly, one could say that Michael Jackson, after his death, has had a huge resurgence in interest as well. If only he was around to see it!


1980s Musicians who had Comebacks
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James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968). He has released twelve studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, with his final album being 2008's Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Recordings. He has also appeared in numerous films, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. He now lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and four children.[2]

1980s Musicians who had Comebacks

1980s Musicians Comebacks

Who are the biggest comeback kids of 1980s pop music? They say everything old is new again, and nowhere is that more true than in the world of pop music, where lots of 1980s musicians continue to have big comebacks in show business.

One great comeback story has been Cyndi Lauper, who reclaimed a spot in everyone's hearts on Donald Trump's infamous reality show The Apprentice. Also Jon Bon Jovi has stayed in the spotlight with his acting and other endeavours. Another big star who used reality TV to regain his place was Bret Michaels, who also competedon the Apprentice as well as starring in his own show on VH1. Bret has had major health problems recently but came back strong and won people's respect even more deeply.

LL Cool J is yet another great story, who has stayed in the limelight thanks top his acting career after being one of the first crossover rap superstars in the 80s. And sadly, one could say that Michael Jackson, after his death, has had a huge resurgence in interest as well. If only he was around to see it!


1980s Musicians Comebacks
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Ubisoft's latest foray into the dance genre is a success. According to a press release, "Michael Jackson The Experience is a global holiday hit as it has sold through two million units in total for the Wii(TM) system from Nintendo, the Nintendo DSTM and the Sony PlayStation® Portable in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, according to internal estimates." Michael Jackson will also launch for Move and Kinect during mid-April 2011 with exclusive songs "Blood on the Dance Floor" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".

1980s Musicians Comebacks

January 18, 2011

Sarah Palin Battle Hymn (VIDEO)

Sarah Palin continues to stir up more love AND more hate than ever. Just as liberals continue to persecute her for how she has handled the aftermath of the Arizona shooting and the critiques of her rhetoric in relation to it, Palin's supporters have come out to back her up with a brand new version of Battle Hymn of the Republic, the Sarah Palin Battle Hymn.

The song was posted on youtube this week, a homey performance by a local pair of performers who certainly have a charm to them. Sarah Palin has kept her name at the top of the headlines with her outspoken political activism, her TV shows and her bestselling book, Sarah Palin: Going Rogue. Whether she will run for office again remainds to be seen but she will surely be in the public eye for a long time to come.

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Supporters of Sarah Palin have recorded a tribute song set to the tune of the famous Civil War-era 'Battle Hymn of the Republic.' The 'Sarah Palin Battle Hymn' -- which was posted on YouTube last October but was being passed around Twitter on Monday -- was written by Tom Dempsey and sung by Gary Mcvay, according to credits posted on YouTube. It appears to have been performed in a church.


Sarah Palin Battle Hymn (VIDEO)

Jim Thorpe Released From Prison on Taxes Charge

Golf great Jim Thorpe is hoping to get his life back together after spending a year in jail for failing to pay his income taxes. Thorpe failed to pay over a million dollars in taxes over the last decade, and in addition to his time in jail he will now have to pay over two million including the extra fines and levies assessed.

Thorpe will now enter two years of supervised release, and he also has to complete a full 200 hours of community service, under the deal his tax lawyers and defense attorneys worked out with the IRS for his tax debt and legal punishment..

Many resources for tax help and assistance with tax problems are available, and one can look up countless resources online especially at this time of year when income tax is due to be tallied up and collected.

Jim Thorpe Released From Prison on Taxes Charge
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Jim Thorpe was released from prison today. His release follows a prison term where he failed to pay income taxes. Thorpe was given an early release; originally sentenced to one year in prison. Thorpe pleaded guilty for failing to pay $1.6 million in taxes from 2002 to 2004 in September 2009. In 2000, he had joined the 50-and-older tour but in February 2010, he was suspended from the Champions Tour and sentenced to one year in prison. Due to his failure to pay his income taxes, he will now have to pay $2 million to the IRS plus interest and penalties.

Jim Thorpe Released From Prison on Taxes Charge

Justin Bieber Opi Polish sells out? (SALE!)

Justin Bieber's trademark nail polish, Opi, has been making big news as it seems to sell out everywhere it goes on sale.

Bieber worked with Nicole to design and sell several different colors of nail polish under the Opi brand. They started out on sale exclusively Walmart this December, but are now spreading out to other superstores like Target and Sears, where lots more teenage consumers will pick up the cosmetics and beauty goods endorsed by Justin Bieber himself!

Justin Bieber Opi Polish sells out? (SALE!)
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Justin Bieber has designed a line of nail polishes for Nicole by OPI that are high on the glitter and bright primary color palette ratio. We can already hear the thunderous boom of tween fans stampeding to grab them. Called the One Less Lonely Girl collection, the perfect-for-the-high-school-dance shades are inspired by Bieber hits: One Less Lonely Glitter (lavender), Prized Possession Purple (grape), Give Me The First Dance (silver), Me + Blue (dark blue), OMB! (bright red), and Step 2 the Beat of My Heart (heart-shaped glitter).

Justin Bieber Opi Polish sells out? (SALE!)

Julianne Hough & Christina Aguilera: Golden Globes Fight! (VIDEO)

There was lots of celebrity drama at the Golden Globes, and all of it wasn't on stage. Latest tabloid reports say that Christina Aguilera and Julianne Hough got into quite a fight before the ceremony!

The two co-stars of the movie Burlesque got into a squabble at the SoHo House in Hollywood, where Aguilera accosted Hough and reportedly tried to grab hold of her.

Nobody seems to have details on what they argued over, only backstory of them not getting along on the set of the movie, and Aguilera trying to grab Julianne Hough's arm. Is there really even a story here?

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Drama is brewing between "Burlesque" costars Christina Aguilera and Julianne Hough. According to E! Online, the two were involved in an angry dispute while at a pre-Golden Globes bash Friday at the SoHo House in West Hollywood, Calif. "Christina really got in her face," an onlooker said to E!, sharing that Aguilera reportedly went off on Hough, who is dating "American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. Aguilera even grabbed at the former "Dancing with the Stars" pro, who reportedly snapped, "Don't touch me!" "The whole thing was troubling. People felt bad for Julianne," an eyewitness said.

1980s Musicians Comebacks

Zorilla: Smelliest Animal on Earth (VIDEO)

This week on David Letterman, the infamous Jack Hanna appeared with one of the most intriguing animals he's ever brought out in his long career of talk show dates, a little creature called the Zorilla, whose claim to fame is being the smelliest animal in the world!

The Zorilla is a type of weasel, also known as a polecat, that secretes an odor through it's anal glands similar to a skunk, another animal to which it is closely related. But the zorilla is reputed to have a far worse and stronger stink than even the mighty skunk! Clearly the zorilla is not an animal you can have as pet very easily.


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If you watched the segment with animal magnate Jack Hanna on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night, you were introduced - probably for the first time - to an animal called the zorilla. It's a rare topic of conversation, this zorilla. But today, it's one of the hottest searches on the web. The zorilla is a striped polecat (ictonyx stiatus), and a member of the the weasel family.



Zorilla: Smelliest Animal

January 25, 2011

Ted Williams Leaves Rehab Early (VIDEO)

The story of Ted Williams continues to get more uncomfortable, as the man with e golden voice leaves rehab early against his doctors' recommendations, leaving many wondering if he'll ever be able to get things back together.

After becoming an instant media sensation, the homeless man was bombarded by media offers from good samaritans hoping to make a difference in his life (in font of the cameras of course) but soon it became obviosu that someone who has such serious problems needs a different kind of help than grand media gestures can provide.

Here's hoping Ted Williams will find the support he needs to really do some long hard work on recovery from addiction, and perhaps gets into another drug rehab that he is ready to make the most of.

Ted Williams Leaves Rehab
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Ted Williams has called it quits on rehab. The "Man with the Golden Voice" left the Origins Recovery Center in South Texas against his doctors' advice, TMZ.com reported. Williams became a YouTube sensation after an Ohio reporter filmed him along a roadside waving a handwritten sign to advertise his vocal gifts in the hopes of scoring a job in radio or TV broadcast. Before he won worldwide fame, Williams had long battled alcohol and crack addictions, but claimed he had kicked the habits. Dr. Phil McGraw, as many experts did, cautioned that Williams' journey would be tough even without the drastic life changes he'd experienced in such a short time.

Ted Williams Leaves Rehab

Kate Hudson baby bump? (PICS)

Is Kate Hudson pregnant? Tabloids are screaming about the telltale signs of a baby bump on the darling actress, but they say Hudson is trying her best to keep the secret hidden. Are they making things up or is the stork really on its way?

Kate Hudson was at the New York restaurant Indochine, with some friends, and she raised some eyebrows by conspicuously keeping her coat on at the table while her friends checked theirs. Is it not remarkable that people get paid to keep track of such mundane activities by famous people? And millions of Americans actually take interest in it? She took her coat off, she wore green socks, she wiped her nose with 3 tissues, why do we care? Best of luck to Kate if she is pregnant though!


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Kate Hudson's baby bump is not ready for its closeup! On Monday, two days before Us Weekly broke news of her pregnancy, the actress, 31, grabbed grub with two pals at posh NYC eatery Indochine. Dressed casually for dinner with a male and female friend -- her baby's dad Matt Bellamy wasn't among them -- Hudson took pains to conceal her stomach, an onlooker tells UsMagazine.com. PHOTOS: Hollywood's crazy baby boom! Although her girlfriend checked her coat at the restaurant, "Kate wore her coat to the booth," the observer says. "It's odd!" The witness adds that covered-up Hudson was "upbeat" during the meal. "It was a casual dinner among friends -- lots of smiles!"

Kate Hudson baby bump? (PICS)

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