Monday, April 27, 2009

Graham Harrell

Graham Harrell signed with the Cowboys, but that isn't correct. Harrell will participate in the Browns' rookie minicamp, according to his agent, Chad Speck. Speck said he had some contact with the Cowboys, but an offer didn't come from Valley Ranch. The Cowboys selected their developmental quarterback when they took Texas A&M's Stephen McGee with the first pick of the fourth round.
McGee spent most of his senior season as a backup, but his stock soared after an impressive showing at the scouting combine. Ennis' Harrell spent his senior season as a Heisman Trophy contender, but his stock dipped after a rough showing in the Senior Bowl, seemingly cementing the dreaded "system quarterback" knock on him. Chase Daniel, the Southlake Carroll product who had a spectacular career at Missouri, is a short "system quarterback" who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins.
When I chatted with Tech coach Mike Leach late in the draft, he laughed when I asked for his thoughts about Harrell still being available. Leach, who reiterated his stance that Harrell was the best quarterback in the draft, said he was no more surprised than when Tom Brady slipped to the sixth round."The truth of the matter is that the NFL drafts quarterbacks notoriously bad," said Leach, pointing to all the late-round and undrafted quarterbacks that have become elite players. "That's indisputable.

Anna Soderstrom

Anna Soderstrom is due to give birth in the autumn, according to the Daily Mail. Jones’s relationship with Miss Soderstrom soured his 35-year “open” marriage to Alison Telfer, a London biochemist. She reportedly threw the comedian out of their family home after hearing of his attachment to the student, even though the couple had agreed that would be allowed to see other people.
A friend of his estranged wife said: “He doesn’t seem fazed by it, but everyone else is. If anything it’s a classic case of male pride taking over. Getting a young filly pregnant shows there’s life in the old dog yet,” they told the Daily Mail newspaper. “Alison and the kids are a different proposition. For them it’s devastating and humiliating. They’ll never speak about it because they’ve got far too much dignity for that.”
Jones met 26-year-old Soderstrom at a book signing in 2004 at Oxford University where she was an undergraduate - and he subsequently split from Telfer, who he married in 1970. But the news of the baby, which is due in the autumn (09), hasn't been welcomed by everyone - Jones' children are upset at the announcement, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper. A source tells the publication, "He doesn't seem fazed by it, but everyone else is. If anything it's a classic case of male pride taking over. Getting a young filly (girl) pregnant shows there's life in the old dog yet.

Jayson Williams

Yes, it's the Jayson Williams you're thinking of. The former New Jersey Net was arrested and hospitalized this morning after tearing up a hotel room and acting "violent" and "suicidal." So he's not doing well? Police were called to a Manhattan hotel at 4:00 a.m. after Williams trashed his room and then barricaded himself inside.
Oh and here's a fun fact that you may have forgotten about—Williams never actually served time for accidentally shooting his limo driver and then trying to cover up it. Neat, huh? (He still faces a re-trial on manslaughter and the obstruction charges, but the shooting took place over seven years ago. So no rush!) You would think that not going to prison even though you killed a guy would leave a man pretty chipper, but I guess the heart works in mysterious ways.
Jayson Williams was Tasered by police Monday morning in his Manhattan hotel room after the troubled former hoopster became suicidal and violent, police sources said. Williams, a charismatic New Jersey Nets center who stood trial for shooting his chauffeur, was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, sources said. Police were called to the Hilton Battery Park City at 4 a.m. after hotel officials described a disturbance in Williams' room, the sources said. An aggressive Williams, 41, trashed his room, forcing Emergency Service Unit officers to subdue the former All-Star with a Taser gun, sources said.

NASCAR crash

NASCAR crash investigators will examine the major wrecks to determine if any change or improvements to the sport's safety plan should be implemented. It was the third time in Talladega track history the retaining fence played a role in a major crash here. In 1987, Bobby Allison hit the fence coming out of the tri-oval near the start-finish line in an incident that led to the institution of restrictor plates for superspeedway cars. And in 1993, Neil Bonnett hit the fence coming through the tri-oval.
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"The retaining fence did its job," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "Safety is our No. 1 priority, and always will be. We have certainly made strides in that area, but the job is never done. We've got a research and development center and they won it every day." The retaining fence that caught Edwards' car kept the vehicle from careening into the seating area. Another portion of the fence had to be repaired during a caution period following a 14-car wreck early in the race.

Talladega Wreck

Talladega wreck uncharacteristically early. Lap 7 early. "I saw an opening, went for it and it closed up in a hurry," Gordon said. "I think somebody got into Matt Kenseth. He came up and I had nowhere to go." Kenseth made it through and has been running in the top 10 ever since, but Mark Martin, David Gilliland, Scott Riggs and Jamie McMurray ended their days on that wreck.
"I'm fine," Martin said, smiling. "I told you I wasn't racing for points. I got a win last weekend. I'm fine. Maybe we'll go do that again at Richmond." Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, A.J. Allmendinger, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne's cars got banged up but were not ruled out of ther race right away. Bowyer's was eventually. "Hopefully it's wrecked bad enough to where we can't drive it anymore," an angry Harvick said afterward.
The garage immediately following the wreck looked like the end of a race with crew members from all the teams running furiously in case they had to get to work. I heard an angry curse shouted from inside the 33's garage. A dumbfounded Todd Berrier walked in a daze back toward pit road as he waited for the 29 car to be towed into the garage. Some drivers criticized making a move so early in the race. Kasey Kahne took a different attitude.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton broken foot – One of the latest buzz news on the Web is that Michael Keaton has a broken foot. I’ve tried to find some more info about this story online, but so far there isn’t too much information. On Twitter you can find come comments about this. Like for example this one.
Michael Keaton talked to David Letterman on the Late Show with David Letterman, on CBS this evening about his broken foot and saving orphans.You can watch the video after the jump. For grins, next time you're in the mood for a movie, go rent "The Paper" with Michael Keaton and Glenn Close. Released in 1994, it involves a day in the life of a New York City tabloid newspaper.
It's a bit like a denizen of the year 1909 trying to fathom the relevance of what went on behind the scenes of 1894's cutthroat horse and buggy industry while Henry Ford's factories roll out Model T after Model T, dramatically changing the world's landscape -- for better and worse -- in ways we're still dealing with here in the 21st century. Recently, someone asked me about the last time I'd picked up a newspaper, and I couldn't honestly remember when that was.

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford, the Georgia quarterback whose agent was negotiating with the Detroit Lions to make him the first pick on Saturday. As Stafford waited for a phone call from his agent, Tom Condon, he tried his best to avoid the rumor-go-round that marks the final hours before the draft. Late Friday night, Stafford indeed was entrusted to turn the Lions’ franchise around. The Associated Press reported that Stafford agreed to a six-year contract worth $41.7 million in guarantees and as much as $78 million.
He turned away from television and radio. He tried not to read newspapers. The Web was off limits. He had already consulted with the former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman about what it was like to turn a franchise around. That was an indicator that he expected to be the Lions’ latest choice in their quest to finally find a successor to Bobby Layne — who attended the same Texas high school as Stafford.
The day before the draft is the N.F.L. green room writ large, 24 hours of wondering and waiting for the future to arrive. This draft is particularly unsettled because there is no consensus on who the St. Louis Rams will take second — or on who else will go in the top 10. Stafford is now the name at the top of the draft order, but his University of Southern California counterpart Mark Sanchez, who elected to spend draft day at home in California instead of in New York, could be the player on whom the top half of the draft hinges.

Stacey Castor

Stacey Castor was charged with the murder of her husband and attempted murder of her 20-year-old daughter. The bizarre story began four years earlier, in August 2005, when Stacey Castor was at work waiting for her husband, David, to arrive. Stacey Castor, now 41, worked as an office manager at her husband’s business, Liverpool Heating and Air Conditioning.
Just days after the apparent suicide death of her second husband, 48-year-old David Castor, in 2005, Stacey Castor buried him in a rural cemetery in upstate New York. Lying next to him in the neighboring plot was Stacey Castor’s first husband, Michael Wallace, who had died five years earlier, at age 38, of an apparent heart attack. Will she be tried for murder yet again? Stacey Castor was convicted of killing her first husband and attempting to kill her daughter.
With less evidence and several years since Michael Wallace’s death, Cayuga County needs to work a bit harder in their effort to prosecute Stacey Castor for murder. So they need every bit of information they can get. Cayuga County Sheriff Dave Gould realizes requesting the grand jury transcript, which are rarely opened after a trial, could be a tough grab.

Nashville Marathon

It's Marathon Saturday in Music City. This morning, seven thousand five hundred marathon runners, and twenty five thousand half marathon runners, take to the streets of Nashville, on a course that runs through downtown Nashville, with a finish line at LP Field. A hundred thousand cheering fans line the streets as 2009 Country Music Marathon participants pass by, making their way through Nashville, with 50 musical bands playing on 27 entertainment stages along the way. Hundreds of high school cheerleaders motivate marathon participants to the finish line, and a post race country music concert follows Saturday night.
This is the 10th annual Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, with runners kicking off at Centennial Park and running past Nashville's many scenic sights. Along with other healthcare professionals, Nashville Chiropractors have their hands full, providing chiropractic care and volunteering services to scores of folks in the country music city.
Country Music Marathon Map -- There's an excellent Gif Format Course Map for the 2009 Marathon, you can view or download it here (cmm_09_course.gif). Both the Marathon & Half Marathon start at 7:00 am. Watch 2009 Nashville Marathon -- The 2009 Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is featured on a 1 hour national broadcast on Fox Sports Net and a one hour national broadcast on FSN, with a one hour regional show on Comcast Sports Southeast.

Chelsea Stone

Chelsea stone, who worked at ABC since 1997, was suddenly fired after she had reported the sexual harassment incident with Henry Ian Cusick that occurred in October 2007. Stone says that Cusick grabbed her butt and breasts while making moaning sounds. Stone immediately reported the molestation to her supervisor and was fired around 12 days later in what she claims was a retaliation for reporting the incident.
There is no news as to how much money Chelsea Stone is looking to get, let’s hope that justice gets served. That’s the news on Henry Ian Cusick Sued by Chelsea Stone. Desmond on the show Lost, who is Henry Ian Cusick in real life, is being sued by Chelsea Stone for sexual harassment. According to Stone, Cusick "placed his face on top of [her] breasts, moving his face from side to side." He then squeezed her breasts with his hands. ABC and Grass Skirt Productions are also named as defendants in this case. Stone is seeking unspecified damages.
Henry Ian Cusick Sued by Chelsea Stone - Henry Ian Cusick, a well known actor on the TV series LOST is facing a lawsuit against him in which Chelsea Stone accuses him of sexual harassment. Chelsea stone, who worked at ABC since 1997, was suddenly fired after she had reported the sexual harassment incident with Henry.

Henry Ian Cusick

Henry Ian Cusick is being sued for sexual harassment. According to TMZ.com, a young lady named Chelsea Stone claims Cusick touched her inappropriately while she was working on the set of "Lost." The kicker: Chelsea says she was fired about two weeks after the situation occurred. The lawsuit also names ABC and Grass Skirt Productions as defendants. She is seeking unspecified damages.
Stone told police that Cusick placed his hand on her butt and caressed the back of her body while making moaning sounds. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, also says Cusick "placed his face on top of [her] breasts, moving his face from side to side." A woman who claims she was sexually harassed then fired from the TV show "Lost" is suing ABC and actor Henry Ian Cusick.
Henry Ian Cusick, who plays Desmond on the show “Lost,” is being sued for sexual harassment. According to a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Chelsea Stone claims that while working on the show, Cusick placed his hand on her buttocks and caressed the back of her body while making moaning sounds. - from TM

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sidney Korshak

Sidney Korshak whom the FBI once called "the most powerful lawyer in the world": Korshak started out in Chicago and moved to Beverly Hills, where he was the "fixer" for Chicago mobsters doing business there, labor bosses and politicians, and good friends with men like Lew Wasserman, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Barron Hilton and Hugh Hefner. "He was the godfathers' godfather, and he was my godfather," Evans told Page Six.
Within months of opening his law practice, according to extensive research conducted by Seymour M. Hersh and Jeff Gerth for The New York Times in 1976, he was defending members of the Al Capone crime syndicate. His reputation was made in 1943 when a mobster on trial for extorting millions of dollars from Hollywood movie companies testified that when he had been introduced to Mr. Korshak by a high-ranking Capone mobster, he had been told, "Sidney is our man."
Mr. Korshak, who sometimes boasted that he had paid off judges, solidified his standing among Chicago's business, civic and social leaders by giving ribald late-night parties featuring some of Chicago's most beautiful and willing showgirls. * * * He added to his reputation and his usefulness when it became known that he could arrange loans of millions of dollars from the teamsters' infamous Central States Pension Fund, which, among other things, helped finance the growth of the Las Vegas casino industry, often with Mr. Korshak serving as the intermediary and sometimes as silent partner.

Baby Shaker

Baby Shaker users are presented with a series of baby images. As the baby begins to cry, players are supposed to shake their iPhones until a pair of X's appear over the baby's eyes. The App was released on Monday, but appears to have been taken down. (I found a "Bible Shaker" "Salt Shaker" and "Stress Shaker," but no "Baby Shaker.") Apple confirmed, via email, that it has removed the application.
According to the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, a non-profit group, the App starts up with these words: "On a plane, on the bus, in a theater. Babies are everywhere you don't want them to be! They're always distracting you from preparing for that big presentation at work with their incessant crying. Before Baby Shaker there was nothing you could do about it." A developer called Sikalosoft is listed as the App's creator.
Probably a good thing that Apple took the thing down. The company has been playing up the fact that it is about to hit the billion download mark for its App Store. Seems like it would be a bit embarrassing for the company to have to tell the world that download number 1,000,000,000 was something called, ummm, "Baby Shaker."

Atlanta Steam

The Atlanta Steam is part of the Lingerie Football League – a full contact, seven-on-seven sport played on a 50-yard field. Players wear tight shorts, bikini tops, helmets and shoulder pads. The team is moving to Charlotte after multiple Atlanta-area venues declined to host games, the Journal-Constitution reported. “Charlotte, however, is glad to welcome the team,” the story read.
Atlanta may have its fair share of strip clubs, but it wasn’t ready for lingerie-clad ladies playing football. The Atlanta Steam —- the city’s first lingerie-wearing women’s football team —- is moving to Charlotte after failure to find a stadium in Georgia. League officials said they submitted bids to multiple venues in Fulton and Gwinnett counties, but were denied a place to play. They declined to identify the venues.
“We checked out everything. No stone was left unturned,” said Jennifer Colter, a spokeswoman for the Lingerie Football League. “There was a little bit of friction and hesitation with certain venues not wanting that type of entertainment. The Steam will announce their new stadium later this week, Colter said. The Steam were scheduled to start training camps here this week and kick off the first season in September against the New England Euphoria.

Dave Ramsey

Tonight personal finance guru Dave Ramsey will host Town Hall for Hope, nation-wide town hall meeting to discuss “what’s happening with the economy, how we got here and where we’re going.” “The minute you decide to start fixing what isn’t working, your situation gets better. Even if it takes you a while to get the numbers moving, the mere fact that you are taking a different approach is a huge step, “says Ramsey.
Dave Ramsey offers life-changing financial advice as host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by nearly 4 million listeners each week on more than 400 radio stations throughout the United States. Ramsey is hosting a nationwide town hall meeting where he will discuss what’s happening with the economy, how we got here, and where we’re going. Plus, Dave will answer your questions live throughout the event!
Tired of hearing the fear, doom and gloom that’s filling the airwaves? Join us for this free event April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, San Saba as we stand together to reignite the fire of hope! God has given us over 800 scriptures about money, showing us how to handle our finances His way. The Bible has a lot of interesting things to say about money, debt and personal finance.

Madonna Constantine

Madonna Constantine whose lawsuit against Columbia’s Teacher College for $200 million following the noose incident is back in the headlines. Constantine gained national attention after a noose was allegedly found on the former teachers’ desk at LALATE’S own Columbia. Reports say the noose was found during an ongoing investigation about plagiarism.
After 18 months of investigation Columbia reportedly ruled Madonna had “numerous instances in which she used others’ work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals over the past five years.” By summer 2008 she was fired. “This was a scheme cooked up between the head of the department and former faculty. We had evidence of her original writing that dates back to the 1990s, but it was altered or dismissed.”
Madonna Constantine, the Teachers College professor at Columbia who plagiarized from her own students--and who just happened to find a noose hanging from her office door as the report on her malfeasance was to come out--is suing the school for firing her. The "Black Ward Churchill" line is from one of the comments to the piece, but the parallels--the charges, the countercharges, the school's incompetence and hypocrisy (though they did have the sense to hire an outside law firm to vet her work), and Constantine's amazing arrogance, among others--are instructive.

Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith, who couldn't look happier after his arrest yesterday on multiple drug charges. Smith was booked into a J-Ville facility yesterday on five charges, including felony possession of cocaine, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana and "felony possession/sell of a controlled substance." Former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith was pulled over Wednesday afternoon and found with crack cocaine and marijuana in his car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Smith, who played 10 seasons for Jacksonville, was pulled over on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville for excessive window tint on his 2009 Mercedes Benz, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said. The trooper reported that the inside of the car smelled like burnt marijuana. During a search, the trooper found crack cocaine, marijuana and a business card with powder cocaine residue in the car's center console.
Smith faces multiple drug charges, plus a charge of driving with a suspended license. He was being held at the Duval County Jail with no bond set. Smith retired from the Jaguars in 2006 after playing from 1995 to 2005. He finished with 862 receptions and 12,287 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. In 2001, he had three operations to remove scar tissue from his abdomen. Some questioned whether he would play again, but he caught 112 passes for 1,373 yards — despite being arrested in November that year for suspicion of drunken driving. Tests later revealed he had cocaine in his system. He vehemently denied using the drug.

Myrtle Beach Fires

Myrtle Beach Fires destroy dozens of homes. Wildfires have destroyed Myrtle Beach homes causing evacuations in the thousands. A wildfire along the coast of South Carolina has ripped through Myrtle Beach. Dozens of homes in Myrtle Beach are destroyed with no reported injuries. Hardest hit includes the Barefoot Landing development. Fires were already blazing shortly after midnight.
Adding to the problem were heavily vegetated patches called Carolina Bays that caught fire and fueled the blaze. Tropical downpours are often needed to extinguish such fires, said state Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins.”Once you get a fire in a bay, it’s very, very hard to put out,” he said. Myrtle Beach is currently experiencing some of the worst fires that we've seen in a while on the East Coast; the damage caused by the quickly spreading flames has become so bad that authorities are discussing the possibility of the fire "moving to North Myrtle Beach."
According to the Charlotte Observer, 40 homes have already burnt down, between 8,000 and 9,000 acres in Horry County have been torched and 2,500 residents (or visitors) have been forced into emergency shelters. For now, our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone down in the Myrtle Beach area that might be in danger; we'll have more as this story develops.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

David Kellermann

David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of money-losing mortgage giant Freddie Mac was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide. The Fairfax County police responded to a 911-call at 4:48 a.m. at the suburban Virginia home Kellermann shared with his wife. The police would not release the cause of death or say if a suicide note was found.
Paul Unger, who lives across the street from the Kellermanns, called the family a "solid, salt-of-the-earth kind of family" that hosted the neighborhood's Halloween party. "He was just a nice guy ... You cannot imagine what kind of pressures he must have been under," Unger said. Kellermann worked for Freddie Mac for the past 16 years and was named acting chief financial officer last September when the government seized control of the company to keep it from failing. Freddie Mac lost more than $50 billion last year, and the government has pumped in $45 billion to keep the company afloat.
The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department have been questioning executives about Freddie’s accounting practices, according to company filings. McLean, Virginia-based Freddie and Washington-based Fannie Mae, the mortgage-finance companies seized last year by U.S. regulators, reported in September that they were under investigation. “Freddie Mac knows of no connection between this terrible personal tragedy and the ongoing regulatory inquiries discussed in our SEC filings,” said Doug Duvall, a company spokesman.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lisa Renna

Lisa Rinna has proven the hype was all worth it! Pictures from her nude photo shoot made their way to the internet yesterday, sparking renewed interest in an actress who has appeared to be sliding down the alphabet of celebrity status in recent years। Looking sleek, steamy and ultra sexy, Rinna captures the vibe of the late sixties with a Mrs Robinson-esque layout featuring classic styles and poses befitting of a true Hollywood starlet।
Be sure to pick up the May 2009 issue of Playboy magazine and check her out for yourself – we promise it will be worth the money! Or, if you just can’t wait for the May issue to hit the stands, check out some X-rated sneak previews here। Lisa Rinna also posed for Playboy in 1998 (photo below). Take a look at both photos and let us know if you think Lisa looked better then or now।
Lisa Renna is in this month’s issue of Playboy।Oh, and when you’re breakin out the Jergens and Kleenex, just remember that she’s old enough to be your nana. Words likely never to be spoken aloud again: “I totally get why O।J. did what he did.” I always had a thing for redheads. Primarily because I secretly think they are all witches who use their powers to place sexy love spells on me. Evan Rachel Wood…it worked.

Daniel Andreas San Diego

Daniel Andreas San Diego, who has become the first American to top the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list। No, 31-year-old San Diego did not organize the mass murder of Americans, but he did bomb two California office buildings in 2003। Those buildings homed biotechnology firm Chiron Corp। and Shaklee Corp., a nutrition and cosmetics company, the Contra Costa Times reports.
It will be interesting to see how the announcement, which will likely be made today, will reverberate across the political world। Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano came under fire last week after the press reported on an internal document warning law enforcement agencies to beware of "right-wing extremists." San Diego’s politics definitely come from the left.
Daniel Andreas San Diego, a 31-year-old computer specialist from Berkeley, Calif।, is wanted for the 2003 bombings of two corporate offices in California. Authorities describe San Diego as an animal rights activist who turned to bomb attacks and say he has tattoo that proclaims, "It only takes a spark।" A law enforcement official said the FBI was to announce Tuesday that San Diego was being added to the "Most Wanted" terrorist list.

Julie Chen

Julie Chen of CBS' The Early Show is pregnant। On Tuesday's show, she announced that she and husband, CBS Corporation President and CEO Les Moonves, are expecting their first child together। Rubbing her tummy, Chen, 39, joked, "So it wasn't a big Sunday at the buffet table। I'm starting to show now! And my due date is Oct। 4. So, fingers crossed."
She also said she won't be "taking maternity leave" from hosting CBS' reality show Big Brother। Said Chen, "I e-mailed my boss over there this weekend and I said, 'Don't worry। I can still do the show!"' (She kidded that the headlines could read, "'Big Brother Gives Birth. Medical Miracle!'") Chen is 39 and Moonves is 60। He has three children from his first marriage. Chen's due date is Oct. 4. And she told viewers that she doesn't plan on taking maternity leave from "Big Brother."
What kind of a newswoman is Julie Chen? She got scooped on her very own headline -- Chen is expecting her first child with CBS President Les Moonves -- by the New York Post। After the Post printed the news in Tuesday's paper, Chen 'fessed up a little later that morning on air, holding her belly and saying, "It wasn't a big Sunday at the buffet table."

Philip Markoff wedding

Philip Markoff wedding was due to take place in August this year। His finacee Megan McAllister has claimed that Philip is "a beautiful person inside and out" and any such charges against him are not correct. The Craiglist suspect Philip Markoff has been charged for the death of Julissa Brisman and the robbery of another woman at two Boston luxury hotels।
Police also believes that Philip may be involved in other crimes related to women which they may not be knowing about। Since the reasons are not known yet, speculation is rife that Philip may a misogynist that is a person who hates women for no apparent reason. On the other hand, marriage plans are clearly evident and Megan McAllister is waiting for his prince charming.
We don’t know yet but hopefully things will be more clear once Philip will be arraigned and Police will provide more evidence for their belief। Meanwhile it has been also reported that Philip has no criminal record. Markoff stands accused of murdering masseuse Julissa Brisman and the robbery of another woman who both advertised their services on Craigslist। Boston University medical student Philip Markoff has been arrested by Boston Police on suspicion of being the “Craigslist Killer.”

Megan McAllister

Megan McAllister and Philip Markoff will be getting married this August 14,2009। According to the police Phil Markoff killed Julissa Brisman, 26, last Tuesday inside a Boston hotel during an alleged robbery. Markoff was from northern New York state, now resides in Quincy near Boston. He will be graduated this year but as of now he will suspended.
Megan McAllister, says that Philip Markoff "could not hurt a fly।" She says he's "a beautiful person inside and out." McAllister and Markoff are scheduled to be married this August 14, 2009. The police says that Markoff, a clean-cut medical student, robbed and killed Julissa Brisman, a 26-year old who had advertised exotic services on Craigslist, , last Tuesday inside a Boston hotel. Markoff has also allegedly attacked another female in a separate incident. The police believes that his motive in the crimes was to pay off gambling debts.
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye (born August 6, 1976) is an American actress, director and screenwriter। Frye is best known for her childhood role as the title character in Punky Brewster, a television sitcom. Born in Glendora, California, Frye's father is actor Virgil Frye, and her mother is talent agent Sondra Peluce Londy। She has two half-brothers, Sean Frye and Meeno Peluce, both former child actors.[1] "Soleil" (pronounced /soʊˈleɪ/) is French for "sun".
Frye made her acting debut in the 1982 television movie Missing Children: A Mother's Story। At the age of eight, she starred in the title role of Punky Brewster, a sitcom that aired on NBC and in syndication from 1984 to 1986। She also voiced the lead role in the animated series It's Punky Brewster. After the series ended in 1986, Frye landed the lead role in the short lived 1988 sitcom Cadets. During the 1990s, she guest starred on several television series including The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, and Friends, and voiced characters for the animated series Tiny Toon Adventures and The Cartoon Cartoon Show.
Frye directed her second film, Sonny Boy, in 2004. The documentary film chronicles a two week trip Frye took with her father, Virgil, who has Alzheimer's disease. Sonny Boy was chosen as an official selection at the 27th Starz Denver International Film Festival[4] and won Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival. In 2006, she provided the voice for Jade in the animated series Bratz.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler worked to save from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II was among the 400 people attending the premier of a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about Sendler। Renata Zajdman, one of about 2,500 Jewish children Sendler helped rescue in Poland in the 1940s, saw the film, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler," last week at its world premier in Fort Scott।
The movie, which was scheduled to air Sunday night, is based on Sendler's life। Sendler, a social worker in Poland during World War II, led an effort to smuggle more than 2,500 of Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto. The children were given new identities and placed with Polish families and in convents.
In 1999, Sendler's story also led to the creation of the "Life in a Jar" project by a group of students from nearby Uniontown (Kan।) High School. The project is a stage play designed by the students telling Sendler's story. The play has been performed in the United States and around the world. "But this is unusual, let's face it," Conard said. "It's to the credit of the great story of Irena Sendler, it's to the credit of these young people."

Fortune 500

It was a rough year for the Fortune 500। America's 500 biggest companies earned 85% less than they did last year--from $642.2 billion to just $98.9 billion. Twice as many companies on the list had losses this year. If there are any winners in this year's Fortune 500 list, it is the oil companies। Exxon Mobil replaced Wal-Mart Stores and four of the top five on the list are in the oil/energy business।

Fortune reports that there's some good news for women in this year's Fortune 500। Fifteen Fortune 500 companies are now led by women, compared to 12 the prior year। Archer Daniels Midland, whose chief executive is Patricia Woertz, is largest of them all, at No. 27 on the list. Other high-ranking women include Angela Braly, CEO of No. 32 WellPoint; Lynn Elsenhans, CEO of No. 41 Sunoco; Indra Nooyi, head of No. 52 PepsiCo; and Irene Rosenfeld, chief of No. 53 Kraft Foods.
Wal-Mart, which reigned as No. 1 on the Fortune 500 the past two years, slipped to second place. The recession was a boon for Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500): As cash-strapped customers crowded its discount stores, the retailer's sales grew 7% to more than $406 billion. But that wasn't enough to keep up with oil-rich Exxon.

Karen Sypher

Karen Sypher of Louisville, who may or may not be the same Karen Sypher of Louisville at the center of the alleged extortion attempt against Rick Pitino। "There is a federal investigation going on, and there may be criminal charges placed against her as a result of what coach Pitino has brought to the attention of the FBI," Clay said। "। . . There are no counter allegations, and as far as I am concerned this criminal investigation is going to proceed to a logical conclusion and I hope that we can put this matter behind us as quickly as possible."
Louisville's Fox 41 has identified Sypher, whose husband, Tim, is Louisville's basketball equipment manager, as the woman in question। Details are scarce, so feel free to speculate wildly. In a statement yesterday, Pitino offered little beyond that his family had reported the alleged attempt to the FBI. He vowed to "vigorously defend my reputation and the character of my family against any criminal scheme to extort money."
It would appear that a signficant scandal is brewing at Louisville, with Rick Pitino having reported an extortion attempt to the FBI. Here’s what we know now: Fox’s Jeff Goodman reported that the alleged extorter is a woman named Karen Sypher, who is married to the Louisville equipment manager, Tim Sypher.

Hallmark Hall of Fame

I am looking forward to seeing Anna Paquin on Hallmark Hall of Fame tonight at 9pm on CBS। “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” is based upon the true story a Polish Catholic social worker in the early 1940s who is credited with saving the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during World War II। Check the local listings for your area। This is on the CBS network, not the Hallmark Channel.
Anna Paquin stars in “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler,” airing at 8 CT tonight on KCTV-5 as the 236th presentation of the “Hallmark Hall of Fame।” It’s a straightforward and earnest account, adapted from the book by Anna Mieszkowska, of an unfailingly moral and caring person who spirited hundreds, then thousands of children across Nazi checkpoints into the waiting arms of Catholic families.
It is easy to take the Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise for granted. After all, this is the 236th presentation. But few TV franchises have presented such consistently fine and socially-conscious movies over the the years. The Courageous Heart is no exception in its harrowing and sensitive look at a young Polish social worker (Paquin) who defied the Nazi authorities to smuggle Jewish children out of thr Warsaw ghetto during World War II.

Cute Things Falling Asleep

Cute things falling asleep would be the sportsbooks। “Big Red” is a major figure and pioneer in offshore betting। He has unique access to professional oddsmakers and gamblers. All his bets are based on consulting with elite handicappers, pro bettors and linesmakers. These are linesmakers who spend 50-70 hours a week making the lines and elite sports handicappers with years of experience beating those betting odds. He has one that rises to the level of a Special Release on the Jazz/Lakers as the LateInfo goes to 18-5 the last 23 years.
The top baseball handicapper GodsTips led by Grandmaster sports handicapper Joe Duffy is doing yet again winning with underdogs and small favorites। They are 6-2 this weekend with MLB plays, four underdog winners, three Dandy Dogs. Dandy dogs are moneyline dogs of 140 or more (includes runline getting back 140 or more). Today’s card is loaded in the NBA and MLB.
The Cubs will host the Cardinals in baseball's Sunday nighter, with St. Louis righthander Todd Wellemeyer (1-1, 4.50 ERA) taking on Chicago lefthander Ted Lilly (2-0, 3.86 ERA). Lilly is coming off a stellar outing against the Rockies in which he tossed 6 2-3 shutout innings, allowing one hit and fanning eight. Wellemeyer gave up one run in seven innings against the D-Backs last time out.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Joe Queenan

Joe Queenan has been avoiding indulging in self-pity his entire life। He doesn't know any other way of being; for this tough guy, it has been his survival mechanism - and for the most part, it has worked pretty well. Queenan was blessed with a sheer force of will and a ferocious desire to be noticed that prompted him to find a way out। He found other paternal and maternal figures to show him the way: teachers, nuns, uncles, priests and local merchants who let him work in their stores.
Queenan, 59, has spent decades cultivating a successful career as an author and somewhat cantankerous cultural critic, known for his scathing mockeries of figures as diverse as Madonna and Prince and Hillary Rodham Clinton। A few years ago, overwhelmed by a momentarily lapse of Irish guilt, he set up a Web site to apologize to everyone whom he had mercilessly parodied, except for Geraldo Rivera, whom he deemed beyond forgiveness, but soon abandoned the project.
Queenan bravely but cautiously drops the cool, sarcastic, funnyman persona in this shocking new memoir and looks back on his horrific childhood in Philadelphia. He was often beaten senseless by his tyrannical drunken father, who used to pull the boy from his bed at night and make him sit and listen to him rant about everything from the passing of the era of Kennedy's "Camelot" to the new dictates of the Catholic Church.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

John Madden

John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and the most honored broadcaster in sports television history, has decided to retire from broadcasting। "It’s time. I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly
It’s been such a great ride… the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion – it still is। I appreciate all of the people who are and were such an important part of the most enjoyable, most fun anyone could have… that great life with the teams, the players, the coaches, the owners, the League… my broadcasting partners Pat and Al… the production people and the fans …is still great… it’s still fun and that’s what it makes it hard and that’s why it took me a few months to make a decision।
John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and the most honored NFL broadcaster of all time, has served as the game analyst for “NBC Sunday Night Football” since 2006. Madden, who has won an unprecedented 16 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Analyst/Personality, is renowned by football fans nationwide for his ability to analyze the details of the game with wit, candor and an inimitable style.

JP Morgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase reported better-than-expected quarterly profits after a record performance at its investment bank। It joined rival Goldman Sachs in saying it was ready to repay emergency bailout money received from the government last year. Increased losses from credit cards and other consumer debt have forced JP Morgan to set aside more money to cover bad debts in its consumer banking business।
JP Morgan made a profit of $2।1bn (£1.41bn), or $0.40 a share, in the first three months of the year. Although that was lower than the $2.4bn result achieved a year ago, it beat analysts' consensus forecast of a profit of $0.30 a share. Revenues climbed 50% to $29.9bn. At the start of the week, Goldman raised $5bn from investors in an effort to become the first major US institution to pay back its $10bn slice of the emergency government bailout।
However, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive, said the bank had enough cash to return the $25bn in taxpayer funds it received in October. "We could pay it back tomorrow," he said, adding that he was waiting for guidance from the government on when it could do so. He said money received under the troubled asset relief program (Tarp) had become a "scarlet letter" for banks.

Melrose

Melrose native enjoyed a 14-year professional hockey career that included four seasons with the Boston Bruins from 1988-92। He retired in 1996 with NHL career totals of 222 points in 285 NHL games (82 goals, 140 assists) with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Boston and Winnipeg. The son of a Malden firefighter, Brickley was raised on Laurel Street in Melrose, the middle child of seven brothers and sisters।
After hanging up the skates, the player turned commentator। Brickley first began broadcasting on radio, providing color commentary for Bruins games in 1996. After just one year, he was recruited to television by UPN38, where he served as color analyst for two seasons, ultimately joining the NESN team in 2000.
Although he currently resides in Hingham with his wife, Diane, and daughters, Jenna and Michaela, Brickley’s roots remain firmly embedded in Melrose। His mother still lives in the same Laurel Street home he grew up in. His brothers George, Quinton and sister Raina, also reside in their hometown keeping the family’s legacy alive. “The Common was my backyard,” said Brickley, a Melrose High graduate in 1979.

Kaseem Penn

Kaseem Penn who stars in Keshia and Kaseem on Oxygen with girlfriend Keshia Knight Pulliam (Cosby Show’s Rudy) as LALATE broke first earlier today। Who is Kaseem Penn? Kaseem explains that age 3 he was severely burned and scared during a house fire। Former Cosby kid Keshia Knight Pulliam (”Rudy”) and her entrepreneur boyfriend and business partner, Kaseem Penn, learn first-hand how the trivial turns epic when newly cohabitating।
At the age of three, life as a child turned near tragic when Kaseem, his mother, sister and brother were severely burned in a house fire। After months of vigorous operations, therapy and rehabilitation, Kaseem and the rest of his family members were released to face the world with a new uniqueness of which only the immediate four could relate. As most would become self conscious and depressed, Kaseem had a different mindset. Knowing early on that his scars would create involuntary attention, Kaseem embraced his life, his scars and learned quickly how to use his uniqueness to his advantage.
Together for almost two years, Keshia has recently forsaken her Atlanta home, spending most of her time at Kaseem’s place in the exclusive Cascades community of Atlanta. Between Keshia’s exploding television and movie career, and Kaseem’s many business endeavors, the relationship questions loom… Is it possible to have a successful union without the ceremony? This docu-series follows the ups and downs of being young, rich, single… AND living together.

JPM

JPM Chase & Co। on Thursday said first quarter profit fell 10% as the banking giant boosted reserves for bad loans by more than $4 billion. The company added a total of $4।2 billion to credit reserves, raising its aggregate provision to $28 billion, representing 4।53% of assets, the company said.
Among other closely watched metrics, the New York-based bank said its Tier 1 capital level was 11।3% during the quarter, or 9.2% if the calculation excludes capital the bank got under the government's TARP investment plan. Tangible common equity, or the value of the company minus its liabilities, was $87.2 billion. Analysts at Thomson Reuters had, on average, expected the company to post a profit of 32 cents a share।
"It is reasonable to expect additional increases to credit reserves if the economic environment worsens। Yet, we are confident that even a highly adverse economic scenario would not compromise our overall strength and stability -- or our ability to enhance our franchises," Dimon added. Net revenue rose to $25.3 billion compared to $16.89 billion a year ago. The bank saw provision for credit losses soar 94%, reaching $8.6 billion.

Carlie Christine

Meet Carlie Christine, the Playboy cheerleader coach who was fired for naughty poses. See her photos, biography and a very special video of Playboy cheerleaders kissing. Ms. Christine was fired from her cheerleader coach job at Casa Robles High School in Orangeville California for her Playboy photos. She was the Cyber Girl of the Week during the second week of February 2009.
Apparently some of the girls who got cut from the squad were feeling a little bitchy. The pics ended up in the principal’s office and our favorite coach ended up on the street. Rather than feel sorry for her we feel confident that she will land on her feet or back gainfully employed elsewhere. Her work assignments include catalogs and ATV off-road racing where she posed in a sexy see-through shirt as “Miss Scene Girl” November 2008. Rounding out her biography, Carlie Christine happens to be a licensed Esthetician.
Our sexy Playboy cheerleader is only 20 years old from Sacramento California, born May 28th 1988. She is willing to travel for modeling assignments if expenses are paid which leaves us with a lot of questions. She has four tattoos that are usually airbrushed for modeling photos, including a gorgeous one in her lower back right above that piece of Playboy cheerleader ass.

General Growth Properties

General Growth Properties, one of the largest mall operators in the nation, filed for bankruptcy early Thursday morning in one of the biggest commercial real estate collapses in United States history. “Our operational model is sound,” Thomas H. Nolan Jr., the company’s president and chief operating officer, said on a conference call early Thursday morning, citing “the unprecedented disruption in the real estate financing markets and the need to extend maturing debt” as the reason the company filed.
Despite bargaining for months with its creditors, General Growth faced dwindling options for handling its more than $25 billion in debt, largely in the form of short-term mortgages that will come due by next year. The company has been severely wounded by the recession, which has wreaked havoc upon the retailers who inhabit its more than 200 malls in 44 states. Many stores have shuttered, depriving mall operators like General Growth of revenue.
As the second-biggest operator of malls in the nation, behind only the Simon Property Group, General Growth’s troubles have been closely watched by the real estate and retail industry for months. Founded in 1954 and expanded through a series of acquisitions — topped by a $12.6 billion deal for the Rouse Company in 2004 — the company has a huge retail presence that has served as a barometer for the troubles bedeviling the American retail market.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Naltrexone

Naltrexone really helps kleptomania, imagine how people would steal for this drug. The promising results for Naltrexone come in the new issue of Biological Psychiatry that reports Naltrexone, which has helped alcoholism, could also reduce cravings to steal. The study find Naltrexone should be categorized as opioid antagonists because it haleps “stealing-related excitement and cravings”.
Kleptomania appears to share many…similarities to substance use disorders: urges or cravings, tolerances, withdrawal, repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut back or stop, and impairment in areas of life functioning,” Dr. Jon E. Grant and colleagues at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, point out.
Naltrexone, a drug commonly used to treat alcoholism and drug addiction, reduces stealing urges and associated behavior in individuals with kleptomania, according to study results published in the current issue of Biologic New generation of anti-addiction drugs effective, some experts say Drugs seem to block release of brain chemicals linked to pleasure, excitement Established rehab programs slow to adopt the use of medication.

Tea Party

Tea Party tomorrow evening at the State Capitol in St. Paul from 5 to 8. It promises to be a fun event, one of many such that will take place around the country to protest the federal government's excessive and wasteful spending, endless bailouts, tax increases, and the crushing debt that the administration intends to run up for years to come. I'll be covering the event for Power Line and Pajamas Media and will post photos and video when it's over.
Today’s the day! It’s Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party day, and Michelle Malkin’s going to be in the thick of things all day. Make sure you check in at her blog often for updates on the goings on all across the country, including pix, video, etc. And don’t forget the official site for the Tax Day Tea Party, which will have updates all day as well. You can also visit that site to see if a Party will be held in your area, for those who decide at the last minute that they’d like to attend. Fellow North Carolinians, click here to find out where Tea Parties are being held in NC.
And so it goes with today's Tax Day Tea Parties, which harken back to the Boston Tea Party when Americans rebelled against British rule. Then, the impetus for the protest was for unfair taxation. Now, the cause is what protesters say is wasteful federal spending, such as the bailout money offered to companies such as A.I.G. and G.M.

Ota Benga

Ota Benga was a Congolese man caged in the Bronx Zoo’s monkey cage in 1906. Ota Benga was “exhibited” in New York’s Bronx zoo monkey cage in 1906 to “address” human evolution. The New York Times editorial said of the display at the time: We do not quite understand all the emotion which others are expressing in the matter… It is absurd to make moan over the imagined humiliation and degradation Benga is suffering.
Benga was thereafter allowed to roam the grounds of the zoo as a sort of interactive exhibit. In response to his general situation and to verbal and physical prods from the crowds, his behavior became at first mischievous and then somewhat violent. The pygmies…are very low in the human scale, and the suggestion that Benga should be in a school instead of a cage ignores the high probability that school would be a place…from which he could draw no advantage whatever
The person responsible for this exhibition degrades himself as much as he does the African,” said Rev. Dr. R. MacArthur of Calvary Baptist Church. “Instead of making a beast of this little fellow, he should be put in school for the development of such powers as God gave to him. It is too bad that there is not some society like the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. We send our missionaries to Africa to Christianize the people, and then we bring one here to brutalize him.

Tax Day Freebies

Tax day freebies, special discount deals and even free food. I don't know where this tradition of tax day freebies and deals is coming from, but the fact is that it's here. Let's take a look at some of the tax day freebies and deals and see what they entail in their essence.
According to Roanoke.com some local restaurants are offering tax day free food. "MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery: Win a free single scoop serving of ice cream today, which the chain calls its "e-cone-omic ice cream stimulus package." Seattlepi.com lists the following tax day freebies and discount deals.
"T.G.I. Friday's: Diners today will receive $5 Bonus Bites gift cards to be used for beverage and food purchases, excluding alcohol, valued at $15 to $25. Those who spend more than $25 will receive $10 gift cards. Members of the restaurant chain's frequent customer program also will get double points this month." Seattlest.com in its yesterday's issue writes about today's tax day freebies and discount deals pointing to Taco Del Mar that will be offering up a free taco to anyone who goes to their website and fills out the form to get a coupon via email.

HAVA Titanium HD TV Streamer with Wi-Fi

HAVA Titanium HD TV Streamer with Wi-Fi only allows you to watch your TV program and record TV to your computer or external USB hard drive . HAVA Titanium HD TV Streamer includes a wireless (Wi-Fi) 802.11g USB dongle that connects to one of two available USB ports allowing to incorporate the HAVA Titanium HD into any home or office wireless network.
It’s a shame, then, that we’re only just now offering the Monsoon Hava Titanium WiFi TV Streamer. If we’d sold this to you a few months ago, you could have been recording your favorite shows to a PC (not included), USB hard disk (not included), or DVD burner (wait, we’ll check… wait… hang on, just a second… yeah, that’s not included either.) But there’s no going back. So maybe you’ll enjoy using the Monsoon Hava Titanium WiFi TV Streamer to send your TV signal anywhere at anytime.
Speaking of which, the Monsoon Hava Titanium WiFi TV Streamer has the ability to timeshift live TV, letting you enjoy any particularly exciting moment right away, without waiting. And Monsoon Hava Titanium WiFi TV got one eye on the future! The included 802.11g wireless dongle means you’ll be able to upgrade your wireless later, if you so choose. That’s something you can’t do with other TV streamers. Plus it’s fun to say dongle. Try it now. Dongle. See? That never gets old.

Tamara Hofmann

Tamara Hofmann as a former math teacher at Marcos de Niza High School, then El Dorado High School. It is at El Dorado that Hofmann met Samuel Valdivia Now police believe that because of a love triangle Balbuena stabbed Valdivia to death last Friday after he allegedly found Hofmann and Valdivia in bed together.
According to court documents, Balbuena was on leave from the Navy when he arrived at Hofmann’s home in the 2500 block of West Ironwood Drive about 2 a.m. and called her to let her know he was outside. There was no answer so Balbuena let himself in, heard noises from the bedroom and thought something was wrong. He grabbed a knife from the kitchen and entered the bedroom, where he saw a man run into the bathroom.
Oh my god another sick woman. What is with these women who are having love affairs with their students? Now a boy is dead because of jealousy between two male students. Sixto Balbuena, 20, killed Samuel Valdivia, 18. Balbuena let himself into Tamara Hofmann's home and ran into Samuel Valdivia in the bathroom. Balbuena knew that Hofmann had been with Valdivia. Balbuena assaulted Valdivia and used a knife to stab him.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Julia Allison

Julia Allison reportedly left a Chicago nightclub with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. But we do know the fameball was "standing between his thighs, touching them" before she left. That's per Page Six. Per the oversharing queen's Twitter, we know Allison was showing the new QB her headband at 2 am in one tweet, and then not posting again until 7:35 am the next morning (see below left).
"Jay is one of the top 10 quaterbacks in the NFL," she wrote a friend. "I didn't know who he was until last night." It's rough time for the Allison's "lifecasting" startup NonSociety; one of her three co-founders just split and an option to expand a reality show deal with Bravo expired at the end of February. A little tabloid-fueled traffic bump could come in hand right about now, if only for morale-raising purposes: Allison, it goes without saying, thrives on attention.
The question is whether Allison would allow herself to be called "gross" in order to plant an item like this on Page Six. Not normally. But she kind of needs a "Hail Mary" right now, apparently in more ways than one. Lil' Kim nearly had a big wardrobe malfunction on "Dancing With the Stars." This week's front-runner on the ABC dance competition had some trouble with her top at the end of a jive with partner Derek Hough on Monday night.

Dendreon

Dendreon is a company that's really been through it, as have their investors. Many will remember the upheaval back in 2007, when the company showed what they felt were impressive results for their autologous prostate cancer immunotherapy Provenge, got a favorable reception from the FDA's advisory panel, but were then hit with an "approvable" letter asking for more data. (Here are three posts on that: before, during, and after).
Dendreon’s long-awaited big news is coming tomorrow morning. The Seattle biotech company (NASDAQ: DNDN) said it will hold a conference call before stock trading opens tomorrow morning to discuss the final results of a clinical trial that will show whether its immune-stimulating drug for prostate cancer, Provenge, can help men live longer.
The company’s conference call will start at 9 am Eastern time/6 am Pacific, about a half-hour before trading opens. The company didn’t tip its hand one way or another in its statement today, but it’s important enough that trading was halted in the stock prior to the announcement. Plenty of people are already betting big that Dendreon is going to have positive results from this trial, called Impact, of 500 with terminal prostate cancer. Shares climbed 16 percent today to close at $7.30, on about quadruple the average trading volume.

10th amendment

10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the US Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.” "Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has joined with state lawmakers in supporting a resolution reaffirming states' rights under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reports said Tuesday. "Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, D.C. trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas," Perry said in a speech supporting House Concurrent Resolution 50. "I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union," he said.
"I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion inton the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state," he continued. "That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm states' rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Texas proposal also calls for prohibiting or repealing all federal legislation imposed on the state that requires compliance under penalty of civil or criminal action.

GM Recalls

GM recalls of cars due to fire risk. General Motors' 1.5 million units of recall due to a engine risk is a serious matter and cannot go unnoticed. "General Motors Corp is recalling nearly 1.5 million Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac mid-sized cars due to a potential leak of engine oil that could cause an engine fire.
The recall applies to the 1997-2003 Buick Regal; 1998-2003 Chevrolet Lumina, Monte Carlo and Impala; 1998-99 Oldsmobile Intrigue; and 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix, GM said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 1,497,516 vehicles, all equipped with a 3.8 liter engine, are involved in the recall." In fact yesterday a top Wall Street analyst warned today that a bankruptcy filing by General Motors Corp. seems more likely in part because the government may have to take some losses on its own loans to the automaker.
What is interesting is that at this moment on Tuesday morning there is no information about the GM recall in its investor's relation or News section of the General Motors' website. We do know that GM and the U.S. automakers were hurting. My question is that how much will this GM recall further hurt the automaker. I found an interesting comment about the GM Recall by the blogger of INTJ who writes the following: "If this was a truly serious risk... Fires would have been reported already, which makes me wonder about the validity of this claim.

William Hurt

William Hurt is likely one of the last big names joining Ridley Scott's revision of the Robin Hood (current title) legend. HR reports that Hurt has joined the cast to play the Earl of Pembroke, William Marshall, a historical jouster of the era. He would be joining the feature cast which includes Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Strong, Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand, Alan Doyle, Oscar Isaacs and Lea Seydoux.
Actress Marlee Matlin has written a new book in which she claims she was once in a physically abusive relationship with actor William Hurt. The pair co-starred in the film "Children of a Lesser God," for which Matlin won an Oscar in 1987 - she was the first deaf actress to win the award. Matlin and Hurt met while making the film and began a romantic relationship.
In her book, "I'll Scream Later," Matlin describes a turbulent and violent courtship and one abusive fight in which she claims Hurt threw her on a bed and ripped her clothes off while she sobbed, "No, no, no. Please Bill, no." In an interview on Access Hollywood, Matlin told host Nancy O'Dell, "I was always afraid ... of him, but i loved him." The two dated for two years. Matlin told O'Dell she had new bruises every day.

Provenge

Provenge, an immune therapy for certain forms of prostate cancer, provides statistically significant survival benefits for patients. We have actually known this for almost two years, but the last time around the FDA decided to ask for a larger study to verify the earlier results.
The new study, a Phase III trial named IMPACT, enrolled 512 patients with metastatic androgen-independent prostate cancer, a late-stage cancer than usually kills men in a few months. The trial showed that on average men lived over 20% longer when they had received the Provenge treatment. The exact statistical results will be presented at a medical conference shortly.
This is going to have a major impact on the entire biotechnology industry. If the FDA now approves Provenge, as expected, it will be the first approved immunotherapy. Immunotherapy research has been stifled by lack of funds because the FDA had never approved a therapy. When sales of Provenge begin, Dendreon should have the funds to both improve its therapy for prostate cancer and to create therapies for other forms of cancer.