Monday, August 31, 2009
Darin Brooks Wins Younger Actors Award in the movie of Darin Brooks Days of Our Lives . Here Darin Brooks Wins Younger Actors Award which brings a great future for Darin Brooks. Congrats to Darin Brooks for his win as Outstanding Younger Actor and his funny speech! How cute was he with his win and the reaction he had after realizing he made a boo boo?
Brooks became the first Days of Our Lives actor to win Outstanding Younger Actor since Billy Warlock won in 1988. He won out over fellow Days of Our Lives star Blake Berris, All My Children’s Cornelius Smith Jr., Guiding Light’s EJ Bonilla and 2007 Daytime Emmy Younger Actor winner Bryton James (McClure). The irony is that One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Brandon Buddy–both snubbed of nominations this year–presented the award.
Darin Brooks was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, to parents Don and Susan Brooks. He went to school at Kaiser High School, and graduated in 2002. Brooks enjoys surfing, skateboarding, playing baseball, football, and soccer. He also enjoys playing guitar, bass guitar, and drums. He used to play in a rock band in high school. Brooks is of Irish, Polish, Belgian and Norwegian decent.
Marvel Entertainment in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced this morning. Under the terms of the agreement and based on last week’s closing price of Disney, Marvel shareholders would receive a total of $30 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share they own. Based on the closing price of Disney stock on Friday, August 28, the total transaction value is $50 per Marvel share or approximately $4 billion.
Under the deal, which has been approved by the boards of both companies, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its portfolio of over 5,000 Marvel characters. That portfolio includes many familiar names like Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor. Says Disney CEO Robert A. Iger in a statement: “We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation.”
Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s CEO, added: “Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses. This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.” Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel’s properties.
Tiffany Shepherd who allegedly now is also Leah Lust claims a report. Is Leah really Tiffany Shepherd? Fired teacher Tiffany Shepherd allegedly now works as Leah says a Florida report. Tiffany Shepherd was that teacher you may remember from May 2008 that was fired for being a hostess on fishing trips. Shepherd had taught biology at Florida’s Port St. Lucie High School.
Shepherd was covered in press May 2008 as the “bikini hostess” teacher, strangely fired from a teaching job simply because her second job involved serving sandwiches and drinks to patrons on fishing boats. She had taken the innocent job then as a divorcee to support her three son:s I can make $600… in two days’ fishing. That’s a week’s pay for me. You don’t wear jeans or slacks to go fishing…. I wasn’t doing anything wrong.
School officials said Shepherd was let go now because of her second job but because she was missing time at her first job with them! “She just doesn’t come to work. We did not know about her second job until after she received her notice of non-renewal.” Now Shepherd is 31 and turning back to “teaching” as Leah, claims a Florida report. The Sun Sentinel claims: “Since her sacking made national news 15 months ago, Shepherd says she hasn’t been able to find a mainstream job. Even at minimum wage. Even after sending out 2,500 resumes, some as far as Idaho, some to prisons. She’s lost custody of two of her three kids to her ex-husband. And she’s been evicted from two apartments.”
United States Customs agents at Miami International Airport were surprised to find an Ataris Pallidipennis Stal in a shipment of flowers coming in from South Africa. The insects pose a great risk to the delicately balanced ecosystems of the United States and their release could have a domino effect of consequences.
Waldmar Klassen, an expert in entomology at the University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead says that it is a possibility that the bug, that usually eats grass, will wind up eating the saw grass in the everglades but that “It would be premature to say anything about this in terms of a threat”. How Florida decides to deal with this threat will have great consequences in terms of public relations. Obviously they need to think about the safety of their ecosystem, but making too much of a scene over the discovery of a bug (that is potentially harmless) could just make them look crazy.
Ataris Pallidipennis Stal,Hemiptera:Americans remain deeply concerned over troubling issues our country faces. As evidenced by the Google Hot Trends for this morning, here are the top ten issues searched for on Google. Coming in at number 62 and number 100 of the top 100 were inquiries related to the California Station Fire, the only search words pertaining to any real serious issues going on in our country.
Susan Haskell is an actress. She is a Canadian actress. She was born in Canada, in Toronto, Ontario. Recently she was announced as the winner on 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Award. It is a big achievement for her. She got this award for lead in drama series. She was very happy and excited on the stage ceremony. No doubt that, she achieved this award on behave of her hardworking and full time attachment with her profession.
She was very intelligent from her beginning age. She was fully fluent in speaking French when she was only 8 year old. She was very curious about the moderation of the things. She always thought about the new inventions of science. She tried to observe something exceptional by her self. Susan was graduated in 1985 from Tufts University in United States. She entered in the media field in 1992. She won Outstanding Supporting Actress award in 1994. it was her first remember able achievement in the media field. She fall in love with her long time companion ,Thorsten Kaye, during One life to Live. They have two beautiful childes, McKenna and Marlowe
Although she is famous actress and a part of fashion but she is very simple. She is not much caring about her outer beauty. She likes to eat and prefers to live a happy life. She likes natural more than materialistic things. Haskell's Outstanding Lead Actress win is the first in the category from One Life to Live since Erika Slezak. She joins the ranks of notable One Life to Live actresses who have won the award, including: Judith Light, Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak and Hillary B. Smith.
Indian fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander is slated to be sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for sexually assaulting aspiring models. Prosecutors are pushing for the 35-year-old to face the maximum possible sentence; three terms of 53 years and six months to life.
Alexander was convicted last November of 14 counts including forcible rape with victims ranging in age from 14 to 21. According to court documents the fashion designer often found women online, enticed them with promises of a high fashion career along with photo shoots and other modeling work. However his promises of entrance into the glamorous world of high fashion were empty ones and he'd end up fondling or raping them at his Beverly Hills apartment.
Police began investigating the designer in 2007 after a woman reported she had been sexually molested by Alexander at his apartment. At one point Alexander was highly regarded in the fashion industry and was featured on "America's Next Top Model." His professional successes garnered him big name celebrity clients such as hotel heiress Paris Hilton and singer Mary J. Blige.
Afternoon in the Big Brother House and leisurely talk amoung house guests. A 2:42pm BBT, the live feeds came back! The Mystery of the HOH Door is now solved! It was a luxury comp, that could have some consequences.
Natalie said "So it was $10,000 to split between the house, Kev?"
Jordan: (to Jeff) "How much do you think you grabbed?"
Kevin: "I thought the money looked fake at first!"
Jordan: "I grabbed like 5 or 6 $100's. The pool filter had, like.."
Kevin: "That was so much fun!! They said once you make the choice to go in that door...someone grabbed my arm and I screamed like a little bitch! Then they handcuffed me."
It was the mystery door! Kevin said he heard something behind the door. Kevin: "There's a whole room behind that door!!" Kevin said that BB gave him a "choice". Jeff is saying that Natalie was being greedy during the luxury comp. He also said something about "opening Pandora's box". Natalie is out of the Diary Room. Jeff: "What up, SNAKE?!" Natalie: "That was $10 G's in the backyard??? Didn't look like it.." They think something is still up & that Natalie knows something.
The Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 winners were a little surprising last night. The Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 winners had some usual suspects, but the Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 winners had some relatively new names and shows in the mix. At least two of the major Emmy Awards
choices, as the Daytime Emmy Awards put on a big show - even if it ended a little too late for the CW's liking.
choices, as the Daytime Emmy Awards put on a big show - even if it ended a little too late for the CW's liking.
The biggest Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 winner of the night was The Bold and the Beautiful, which won its first Best Drama Series Emmy, and the first for a CBS program in 22 years. However, the Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 were held on the CW, so by the time The Bold and the Beautiful cast and crew got their awards, it was 10 pm EST and the CW stopped their broadcast. The CW didn't have the same patience for late awards show as other networks do - but it blacked out the acceptance speeches of the major Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 winners, nonetheless. The Daytime Emmy Awards are already likely to get lousy ratings for being on the CW, no matter when it ended.
But the actual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 winners hardly cared about ratings. In addition to The Bold and the Beautiful's upset, a major upset took place in the Best Talk Show Host category. Ellen DeGeneres had held that honor for the last four years, but she was dethroned by the ladies of The View - who weren't even in attendance. In addition, Guiding Light had one last Daytime Emmy Award winner, as Jeff Branson tied for the Best Supporting Actor award with Vincent Irizarry of All My Children. Guiding Light was also part of a major tribute from the Daytime Emmy Awards 2009, as its final episode approaches on September 18.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Hurricane Jimena, off mainland Mexico, has intensified overnight and is classified as a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of about 135 mph. At 8 a.m. Sunday its center was located 515 miles south-southeast of Cabo and was tracking to the northwest (see graphic below) at about 9 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicts it will skirt the Baja California peninsula before making landfall Tuesday night in the Magdalena Bay area. It will deliver plenty of much-needed rain, but might also cause extensive flooding.
The region desperately needs rain. Cattle are perishing and some residents in Los Cabos and throughout Baja California Sur are being given running water only once or twice a week. (Running water is not an issue for hotel guests.) The storm might also lead to temporary port closures. Eric Bricston, who runs Gordo Banks Pangas out of San Jose del Cabo, said via e-mail: "This storm does look dangerous and most likely on Monday morning we will have to haul all of the pangas [skiffs] out of the marina docking area up to the houses. A lot of heavy work, but it is better to be safe than sorry."
Jimena was located about 305 miles south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and about 550 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja, California. The storm’s winds increased to near 115 mph (185 kph) with higher gusts. It was moving northwest at 12 mph. Forecasters expected the center of the storm to move parallel to the west coast of Mexico. Hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale are considered “major” and are the most destructive type.
Japan's ruling party conceded a crushing defeat Sunday after 54 years of nearly unbroken rule as voters were poised to hand the opposition a landslide victory in nationwide elections, driven by economic anxiety and a powerful desire for change. The left-of-center Democratic Party of Japan was set to win 300 or more of the 480 seats in the lower house of parliament, ousting the Liberal Democrats, who have governed Japan for all but 11 months since 1955, according to exit polls by all major Japanese TV networks.
"These results are very severe," Prime Minister Taro Aso said in a news conference at party headquarters, conceding his party was headed for a big loss. "There has been a deep dissatisfaction with our party." Aso said he would have to accept responsibility for the results, suggesting that he would resign as party president. Other LDP leaders also said they would step down, though official results were not to be released until early Monday morning.
The loss by the Liberal Democrats – traditionally a pro-business, conservative party – would open the way for the Democratic Party, headed by Yukio Hatoyama, to replace Aso and establish a new Cabinet, possibly within the next few weeks. The vote was seen as a barometer of frustrations over Japan's worst economic slump since World War II and a loss of confidence in the ruling Liberal Democrats' ability to tackle tough problems such as the rising national debt and rapidly aging population. The Democrats have embraced a more populist platform, promising handouts for families with children and farmers, a higher minimum wage, and to rebuild the economy.
Ironman Louisville 2009
Almost 3000 athletes from over 20 different countries are taking on Ironman Louisville 2009 triathlon today. The 2.4 mile swim, followed by the 112 mile bike, followed by the marathon run will test them to the extreme. You can watch the Ironman Louisville 2009 race live HERE and keep up with the athletes HERE. And you can get full results of both the professional and amatuer race HERE as well as track the athletes progress.
Australian Luke McKenzie, a two-time Ironman champ South Africa's Raynard Tissink with five Ironman titles are favorite to win on the men's side. Kramer-Postma Nina Kraft, Fernanda Keller will battle Lisbeth Kristensen as she tries to defend her title on the women's side of the race Well… Getting to this day has been a year long process. I first came here a year ago with my tri friends to cheer on other tri friends as they raced away in Ironman Louisville. The next day 15 of us signed up together.
Little did I even realize how much I would change in a years time. The up’s and down’s in life both personally and professionally all the while I had Ironman as my goal. So as you read this I’m well into the race and I’m really thankful for all your well wishes and prayers. Thank you Randy and Chris Elrod for walking with me through this entire process. Randy… our runs together mean more to me than any other time we have to hang and talk….Well besides all the wine, food and good porch time:) Dan Perkins, who is racing as well in Ironman Louisville, thanks for all the advice and encouragement. This is Dan’s 10th Ironman! Thanks to my co-workers for putting up with me, especially my boss, Steve- not only is he a great boss but his friendship never fails and his guidance is always solid.
Federal prosecutors have decided against dismissing charges against two former Alaska lawmakers who say their corruption convictions in a bribery case resulted from prosecutorial misconduct. In court documents filed Friday in Anchorage, prosecutors and defense attorneys said they couldn't agree on how the cases against former Reps. Pete Kott and Vic Kohring should proceed.
The disagreement leaves U.S. District Judge John Sedwick to decide later this year or in 2010 whether Kott and Kohring should get new trials on charges of taking bribes from an oil-field contractor. Their convictions were challenged because the same team of prosecutors handled a related case against former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, whose conviction for failing to disclose gifts from the contractor was thrown out because evidence was withheld. Attorneys for Kott and Kohring had sought dismissal of all charges based on the failure of prosecutors to turn over favorable evidence.
The U.S. Justice Department asked Sedwick to release Kott and Kohring from prison pending a determination of whether the government's failure to fully disclose information about oil executive Bill Allen and others had tainted the trials. Allen, the founder and former chairman of the now-defunct VECO Corp., was the government's star witness against Stevens, Kott and Kohring in their bribery trials. The charges against Stevens were dismissed but Kott and Kohring have appealed their convictions to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer Videos 2009:Get full news about ufc 102 Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer Video and Fight Results 2009 from here. Chris Tuchscherer and Gabriel Gonzaga video 2009 at the UFC 102 event, didn’t seem to last very long. In fact, according to Chris Tuchscherer and Gabriel Gonzaga video 2009 pro-wrestling.com, the fight between Chris Tuchscherer and Gabriel Gonzaga video 2009 was over within the first round and Gabriel Gonzaga was named the winner.
In Chris Tuchscherer and Gabriel Gonzaga video 2009 Within the first few seconds of the bout, Gonzaga managed to land a devastating left low kick, to the groin of Tuchscherer. And after a bit of a delayed reaction, Tuchscherer then waved to the referee, who then stepped into the ring to stop the action.( gabriel gonzaga vs chris tuchscherer fight video, gabriel gonzaga, gabriel gonzaga vs chris tuchscherer, gonzaga vs tuchscherer video, gabriel gonzaga vs. chris tuchscherer video )
But Chris Tuchscherer and Gabriel Gonzaga video 2009 Tuchscherer then seemed to crumple to the mat, but resist any efforts to treat him. A replay showed that it was a direct hit to the groin. Tuchscherer then got up and appeared ready to continue. But it wasn’t too long before he was down again. Shortly after the restart, Gonzaga landed a head kick to Tuchscherer that drops him. Gonzaga then pounds away with some punches to the head. Gonzaga proved to be too much for Tuchscherer, so the referee stepped in to end the fight at 2:27.
Chicago Triathlon and Hunter Kemper hope to help cities Olympic bid Over 9000 athletes are taking on the 27th annual Chicago Triathlon, once again making it the largest triathlon in the world at least as ranked by the Guinness Book of World Records. The race features a 1.5-kilometer swim along the shoreline in Monroe Harbor, a 40-kilometer bike ride on Lake Shore Drive and a 10-kilometer run along lake Michigan.
When asked what advice he has for athletes racing on today, Hunter Kemper (seen here as he promotes Chicago's Olympic bid at triathlon), and a favorite to win the race said, "Take it all in. This race is unique, unlike any other, the swim is unique, the bike on Lake Shore Drive is beautiful, there aren't many races like this in the country, so make sure to take a moment and enjoy the experience."
I have come home, so to speak, to race in this year's triathlon. In over 10 years of professional Adventure Racing, at least 40 triathlons and untold numerous other endurance events, I have never raced my hometown triathlon. I still get strange looks and cautious comments from the home team..."You're doing what?" ..."How far?" ... "What do you do in a triathlon?" etc. Interesting to note though that my 101-year-old grandmother, who has never lived anywhere else but Chicago, seems to be able to keep track of it all and knows the course.
Jaycee Lee Dugard-Miracles still happen on the earth. It happened with Jaycee Lee Dugard.Jaycee Lee Dugard was found after being kidnapped for 18 years. Today, she has been reunited with her mother and is staying in a motel in Antioch, California. Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in South Lake Tahoe. Her stepfather was said to have been a witness to the abduction. A fact that made him a former suspect for the crime.
Although no one has seen current pictures of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the nation waits anxiously. Her photo had been age progressed using technology currently available. In addition to viewing pictures and photos of Jaycee Lee Dugard, her current photo, compared to the age progression picture could prove enlightening for other missing children cases. The picture of Jaycee Dugard as a child was used by many missing children organizations. Her face, though we haven’t seen how she has aged, has already been familiar to many.
Jaycee Dugard has two children, ages 11 and 15 that were born to her captor, registered sex offender, Phillip Garrido. Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido are expected to be formally charged in the case tomorrow. Jaycee went by the name ‘Alissa’ while she was being held captive and was forced to live in a shed that was secluded in the back of the Garrido home. One of the prevailing questions as this case unfolds is how was a registered sex offender able to live under the radar for 18 years with a child he kidnapped, and then father two children with her.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Victoria Kennedy, greeted family, friends and dignitaries as they arrived for the funeral mass, CNN said. A brief prayer service was held earlier in the morning in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library before an honor guard loaded Kennedy's casket into the hearse for the short trip to the basilica, The Boston Globe reported. Kennedy, 77, died Tuesday of brain cancer.
"Today we say goodbye to the youngest child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy," President Barack Obama said in a eulogy. "The world will long remember their son Edward as the heir to a weighty legacy; a champion for those who had none; the soul of the Democratic Party; and the lion of the U.S. Senate -- a man whose name graces nearly one thousand laws, and who penned more than three hundred himself. " Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and the prime ministers of Ireland and Britain were among the 1,400 guest who filled the basilica.
Friday night, 650 friends, family and colleagues gathered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library for three hours of story-telling and remembrance, The Boston Globe said. Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., spoke of Kennedy's love of sailing and how the day after Kennedy's death was a perfect day for sailing off Massachusetts. Kennedy is now sailing with the members of his family who died before him, Kerry said, choking up. "Sail on, my friend, sail on," Kerry said. Kennedy will be buried Saturday evening in Arlington National Cemetery near the graves of his brothers, Sen. Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.
The telephone rang early Wednesday morning in the hushed rectory of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, the old Catholic church on Mission Hill. Phones are always ringing in old churches in working-class neighborhoods, but this caller, a priest, had a singular request. He said that the Kennedy family — that would be the Kennedys of Hyannis Port, Washington, the world — wondered whether the funeral Mass for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who had died just hours earlier, could be said at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Would that be all right?
The Rev. Philip Dabney, the associate pastor, was stunned. All he had done was answer the phone, and now his life had changed. “I said, ‘Sure,’ ” he recalled. “I was so taken aback. But you knowhow grace works.” Soon Father Dabney was working out the details with the senator’s aides. No air-conditioning? We’ll send over several industrial fans. Unsure about the sound system? ABC, the television network, will be on it. When the priest noted that the sidewalk in front of the church was in the midst of being repaired, one of the aides said, “It’ll be fixed.”
The priests here are Redemptorists — missionaries who built this commanding Romanesque church in 1878. Known locally as the Mission Church, it holds a special place among Boston Catholics because of its shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which is bordered by two vases filled with canes and crutches. According to the church’s official history, these strange but beautiful bouquets “provide testimony to the multitude of cures and graces granted through the intercession of Our Lady.”
Michael Jackson tributes and book-a-zines have generated $55 million in additional newsstand sales for magazine publishers, providing one bright spot, however somber, amid widespread newsstand declines so far this year. "Based on our estimates, we're at about almost $67 million in Michael Jackson product," said Gil Brechtel, president-CEO of the Magazine Information Network, often called MagNet, which tracks data from wholesalers and retailers. "Some of that, of course, is People magazine and all that. But these are mostly specials, like the People tribute, an $11.99 product. The industry was able to produce probably $55 million in additional revenue from Michael Jackson magazines and book-a-zines."
For some context, MagNet projects that magazine retail sales in the U.S. in the first half of 2009 will reach between $1.8 billion and $1.975 billion. Michael Jackson's death last June unleashed a flood of memorial media coverage across media. In print, everyone from Time to Us Weekly to Jet converted regular issues into Michael Jackson specials, rushed special issues to newsstands and published book-a-zine tributes. Time magazine, for example, published a 64-page special extra issue on June 29, which retailed for $5.99, with a special Pepsi ad on the back that read, "You will always be the king of pop."
MagNet's analysis of Michael Jackson's impact includes July, which won't help the approaching circulation report covering January through June that's due Monday from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Early looks at many publishers' results have suggested that subscriptions held up fine over the first half but that newsstand sales suffered some sharp blows from the recession and a dispute with wholesalers.New numbers from Hearst Magazines and Conde Nast are further reinforcing that picture.
2009 Fantasy Football: cheat sheets for your league It's that time of the year again. Time for Fantasy Football. But what is Fantasy Football and what are (printable) Fantasy Football cheat sheets that everyone is going gaga about on the web as of this writing? For this, we have Wikipedia to the rescue with this short overview: "Fantasy football is a fantasy sports game in which participants (called "owners") are arranged into a league. The person who creates the league is called the commissioner, and that person invites other owners into his/her league.
Each team drafts or acquires via auction a team of real-life American football players and then scores points based on thoseplayers' statistical on-the-field performances. A typical fantasy league will employ players from a single football league, such as the NFL or an NCAA division. Leagues can be arranged in which the winner is the team with the most total points at the end of the season, or in a head-to-head format (which mirrors the actual NFL) in which each team plays against a single opponent each week.
In creating the fantasy football teams, "owners" usually look for cheat sheets. What are fantasy football cheat sheets? Here are two examples of fantasy football cheats sheets found on the web for you: example 1 and example 2. If you like this post, then please consider subscribing to my RSS feed. You can also subscribe by email and have new posts sent directly to your inbox. © iNewsCatcher
Kennedy Funeral Schedule
Kennedy Funeral Schedule-The final chapter in the extended emotional farewell to US Senator Edward Kennedy is under way in a basilica in Boston.Saturday as dozens of Congressional colleagues gathered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.Mr Kennedy, who died of brain cancer on Tuesday, will later be buried in Washington near his assassinated brothers, ex-President John and Robert.
An Irish wake-style memorial was held on Friday for Mr Kennedy, who was 77. Earlier, some 50,000 people paid their respects before the Massachusetts senator’s flag-draped coffin during a two-day public viewing at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library. Among the guests invited to Saturday’s Roman Catholic Mass are former Presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as some 80 serving and former senators. A number of international dignitaries are also attending the service. While White House aides would not reveal the content of the US president’s eulogy, Mr Obama was expected to focus on Mr Kennedy’s 47-year political career.
Senator Kennedy’s widow Vicki fought back tears as the coffin was then removed to be taken to the basilica. At the basilica, the flag-draped coffin was then carried into the service by an honour guard of eight servicemen. The senator’s funeral is being concelebrated by some seven priests. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston one of the most senior members of the US Catholic Church, is expected to lead the final prayers of commendation. Mr Kennedy’s coffin is being attended by some 11 pallbearers and 29 honorary pallbearers.
The results of the 8/28/09 mega millions winning numbers are in and according to the official sites there are two jackpot winners. This morning millions of people from Mass to Ohio, from GA to New York and from VA to Michigan are searching the mega millions lottery results and wondering: did anyone win the mega millions last night? The answer is yeas. Not only someone, but actually two people apparently hit the jackpot. Two tickets will split the Mega Million winning numbers of 8/28/09. Two people may become very reach this morning.
The winnings numbers of the 8/28/09 mega millions drawing are 1, 17, 31, 37 and 54 with the Mega Ball 31. Mega Millions official sites this morning released a short information informing that "there were two jackpot-winning tickets in the August 28, 2009, Mega Millions drawing, which had an estimated jackpot of $333 million. The winning tickets, which are now worth an estimated $166.5 million each, were purchased in San Gabriel, California and the Bronx, New York."
The site says they will have further details about who and were the winning numbers were drawn as they become available. Mega Milions payout info is provided at Megamillions.com. The total jackpot was 333 million dollars. According to NY Daily News "After taxes, the cash payout is estimated at $210.4 million." If no winners emerged, the jackpot would have gone up to $430 million - the largest lottery payout ever. But the newspaper also reports that one of the winning tickets of the 8/28/09 mega millions lottery was bought in Brox. So someone, may be moving out of Bronx to a nice Manhattan apartment soon.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was held in the above complex of tents and sheds for 18 years. Dugard was kidnapped when she was just 11 years old and held at this house in Antioch, CA, until just a few days ago. Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped by Phillip Garrido and his wife and then raped over a period of time. She had two daughters by Garrido who were found with her when she was freed. The news about Dugard today is a little odd.
For questions are being asked about how confined Jaycee Lee actually was. There are reports that she did the graphic design work for the printing company that Garrido ran and that she not only met customers but had access to email and possibly other communications methods over the years.
However bizzare this might sound, a kidnap victim having access to the outside world but not using it to tell people of her plight, it is not in fact all that unusual among such victims. It even has a name, Stockholm Syndrome, where a kidnap victim starts to feel a sense of loyalty to those who have kidnapped them. There are various possible explanations of why this happens but that it sometimes does there is no doubt about. Patty Hearst quite famously became loyal to the Symbionese Liberation Army after being kidnapped by them, just as one example.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Yes, according to the website DeathRiskRankings.com, you can find out if you are likely to die in the next 12 months. This tool at DeathRiskRankings.com may actually come in handy when figuring out your long-term plans, or even next summer's vacation plans. No need toDeath Risk Rankings: Will You Die This Year?save money if you're going to die within the next 12 months. Right?
Who created DeathRiskRankings.com?
Who created DeathRiskRankings.com?DeathRiskRankings.com was created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and it uses public data to predict your likelihood of dying in the next year.
How does DeathRiskRankings.com work?
How does DeathRiskRankings.com work?When using the Death Comparison tool, you are asked to select how you would like to compare your chances of dying to others based on 66 causes of death, age, gender, race, US to Europe, regions in the US, and regions in Europe. There is an option for a secondary comparison based on those same variables listed above, plus forecast length, which can be anywhere from one to 30 years. The next step to calculate your death risk ranking is to plug in your personal information.
Shawn Hornbeck was returned to his family, four and a half years after being kidnapped. His parents believe this latest case proves families of missing kids should never give up hope. "It really gives you a big boost because it vindicates everything that we've been saying," said Craig Akers, Hornbeck's stepfather. "That you shouldn't give up hope, that it's possible those kids are out there."
Like Jaycee Dugard, Shawn Hornbeck was also 11-years-old when he was kidnapped. His parents searched, and hoped and prayed for his safe return. Then four and a half years later, he and another boy were found in the home of Michael Devlin. Hornbeck's parents said the child's return is not the end of the ordeal. It's the beginning of the healing process. "The first year Shawn was home was almost as hard as the four and a half years of him being gone," said Hornbeck's mother, Pam Akers.
"When we were put in that situation our thought was, we're not going to ask a lot of questions," Craig said. "When the time comes we'll get our answers." But the Akers said they are living proof that families can be successfully reunited. They say Shawn is doing well, studying hard, and planning for college. "Shawn is a picture of a normal 18-year-old at this point. He still does a lot better than I do at times," Pam said. "It's just...they can become a family, they can become whole once again."
As Jaycee Lee Dugard is found after 18 years, here are other 'captives who came back from the dead' The miracle return of Jaycee Lee Dugard is not the first time a child has reappeared long after they were abducted. Despite the fact almost everyone concerned, even their closest family members, finally accept that a child has died, a rare few are rediscovered years later. Up to 24 years after they were first reported missing, these high-profile disappearances returned to society.
ELIZABETH SMART was found by police in Utah in 2003 a few miles away from the Salt Lake City home from which she had been kidnapped nine months earlier. In June 2002, Elizabeth, then 14, was abducted at knifepoint from her bedroom by a man prosecutors claimed was Brian Mitchell, a drifter and self-styled 'polygamist prophet' who had done oddjobs at her parents' home.
They said Mitchell had forced the girl to live as his wife during her time in captivity. He and his wife, Wanda Barzee, are still in custody but have never been tried because they were ruled mentally incompetent. 'Statistically, everyone said she was dead,' said Elizabeth's father, Ed. 'The not knowing was so horrible.' Elizabeth is now a 21-year-old university student studying music.
Week 8 in the Big Brother house, this week’s HOH winner is….drumroll please….KEVIN! Kevin, the mild mannered, colorful token gay of the house (whom I LOVE by the way) is the new HOH of the Big Brother house. Kevin’s HOH status will most likely flip the house being as he and Natalie have formed a Final 2 pact, and have vowed to evict Jeff (the former HOH) if they got power. Looks like they got their wish. Now will they break their promise to Jeff and put him up this week?
Really, this would be the best move on their part, to evict Jeff, because he is absolutely their strongest competition. By far. Jordan and Michelle are both weak players compared to him. As scary as it is, I am starting to think that Natalie just might win this! Funny thing is, as much as I can’t stand Natalie, I am in a Big Brother “pool” and was drawn her name. So if she wins – I win! I am still surprised Gnat has made it as far as she has in the game. They should have evicted her long ago. She is very good at stirring things up and not getting her hands dirty!
And how about Lydia going into the Jury House with Jessie? Wasn’t that a joke? After she was evicted he talked mad shiz about how she was going to lay into him as soon as she saw him, but that is hardly what happened. She put a little show on for the camera but she was obvious THRILLED to have a week alone with her manboy. Hell, she is probably on her back as we speak!
The 2009 Little League World Series continued yesterday in South Williamsport and the game was between Warner Robins, Georgia and Chula Vista, California. And according to examiner.com, it was the Georgia team that was the favorite going into the game. Chula Vista seemed to get off to a good start, scoring one run in the 2nd inning. And by the third inning, California had a total of 5 runs, with Luke Ramirez and Seth Godfrey both having home runs. But then Georgia took a 10-5 lead in the 4th inning, after scoring 9 runs.
Then in the fourth inning, Kiko Garcia made a 2-run home run for Chula Vista. And the California team carried on with their great performance, winning the game. Georgia has now been eliminated from the Little League World Series and California now go on to play Texas. The team from Chinese Taipei (also known as Taiwan) faced off with the Curacao team in the International semifinal game on Thursday. Curacao had entered the game the number one seed for going through round one of the tournaments undefeated. The strength behind their wins was their hitting.
Day seven of the 2009 Little League World Series was also the last day of the semifinals. The first two games of the semifinals were played on Wednesday with Mexico and San Antonio, Texas winning their games respectively. They will play the winners from Thursday's semifinal games in the division championship games on Saturday to determine the Little League World Series results going into the World Championship game on Sunday.
Kidnapped Girl Found
Jaycee Dugard a kidnapped girl victim in 1991 found 18 years later, Jaycee Dugard is alive (watch video below)! She was found living in tents behind the accused home along with his 2 children. Jaycee Dugard (above photos center) was missing since she was 11 years old, in the police blotter reports Jaycee Dugard is walking leading to her home in South Lake Tahoe when she took off by two people on June 10, 1991. Since then there is no reports of Jaycee Dugard whereabouts. Jaycee Dugard is now 29.
The suspect Phillip Craig Garrido (above photos left) and his wife Nancy Garrido (above photos right) will be charge of by the police in abducting Jaycee Dugard. Phillip Craig Garrido was convicted in 1971 for kidnapping and rape. Watch the Jaycee Dugard police press conference for additional details.A California mom whose 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped 18 years ago got a call she never expected: On the other end was the child she had long thought was dead.
Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was abducted from in front of her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991, was privately reunited with her mom Thursday night. "It's an absolute miracle. Can you imagine this after 18 years?" said Jaycee's stepfather, Carl Probyn. Cops arrested a 58-year-old religious fanatic and convicted rapist, Phillip Garrido, who they say kept Jaycee hidden in a "secret backyard" and fathered two children with her - one the same age as the victim was when she vanished.
Jaycee Lee Dugard photos as well as the press conference video that was held after the kidnapped girl was found years later by showing up unannounced at a police station in northern California. Read her biography, see the pictures and Jaycee Lee Dugard press conference video, and hear the moving story of how she was eventually found in that Antioch backyard.
The name of her (alleged) kidnappers are Phillip Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido, age 58 and 54 respectively. He is a registered sex offender who served prison time during her captivity for an unrelated sex offense. He also had a prior sex offense in the 1970s which reportedly caused his ex-wife to divorce him. The pictures below of Jaycee Lee Dugard are from her childhood and include police enhancements of what she might have looked like at age 20. Read much more here and here and here.
As a biography Jaycee Lee Dugard was born May 3rd, 1980. She was abducted June 10th, 1991 at the age of 11 years old from a bus stop in the sleepy town of South Lake Tahoe near Nevada. At the time she was only 4′6″ tall and weighted 80 pounds. Jaycee spent the next 18 years living in a sound proof shack in the backyard of her abductors, reportedly at Phillip Garrido’s address: 1550 Walnut Avenue, Antioch California, where he lists “Gods Desire” as a church there that he owns. She raised two children of her own in the backyard shanty, adding two more victims to the abductor’s list of heinous crimes.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Anne Heche calls ex Coley Laffoon 'lazy' on 'Late Show with David Letterman' Anne Heche has it in for her ex-husband and let it out last night in an interview with David Letterman. "Oh gosh, can you say 'lazy ass' on television?" Heche asked, referring to Coley Laffoon, the father of her 7-year old son, Homer, to whom she pays monthly child support.
"No, no, no. That's terrible," the 40-year-old actress said on "The Late Show with David Letterman." That the the feud was still on was made clear, when Letterman asked what Laffoon does for a living. "He goes out to the mailbox and he opens up the little mailbox door and goes 'Oh! I got a check from Anne! Oh my God! I got a check from Anne! Yay!' "He wants me to come and watch him run around in his little white shorts playing soccer. Honestly, I don't want to come to rehearsal and watch you run around in your tight shorts like trying to pretend you know how to play soccer. I divorced you! I don't want to hang around with you Thursdays and Saturdays, and maybe on Sunday."
Laffoon, who filed for divorce in February 2007, didn't take his ex's words kindly. "After coming home from showing two different clients two different condominiums, I was disturbed to see Anne taking out her personal frustration on the father of her child on national television," Lafoon, an employee with Los Angeles real estate company Hilton & Hyland, told Usmagazine.com. "I wish Anne Heche could see that public bullying isn't good for the soul or positive for her child. It's mean." During the ex-couple's two-year drag 'em out, Heche said that Laffoon, 35, craved "porn, poker and money." He claimed she want mentally unstable, according to People.com.
Derek Jeter may be winning on the field -- and off. The New York Post claims that Jeter and long-time girlfriend Minka Kelly are secretly engaged and planning a post-season wedding.
Reports the Post,
The Yankee captain and the actress are telling close pals to "save the date" for nuptials in the fall. Jeter has been linked to a string of celebs and models throughout his career, including Jordana Brewster, Mariah Carey, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Alba. Kelly is an actress best known for her role on the show Friday Night Lights.
Could it be true? Has the man that has run thru the who’s who of young Hollywood starlets really ready to settle down? Well according to Page Six he is. “Derek and Minka are secretly engaged,” an insider told Page Six. The Yankee captain and the actress are telling close pals to “save the date” for nuptials in the fall. “The wedding is being planned and will take place after baseball season is over,” said our source.” If this rumor is true, Derek Jeter one ups Alex Rodriguez again.
'X Factor' Star Danyl Johnson Thought His Music Dream 'Had Gone Past' Contestant tells 'Today' show his students encouraged him to try out. Danyl Johnson being dubbed the next Susan Boyle makes about as much sense as calling Heidi Montag the "a modern-day Michael Jackson." Boyle was a Scottish spinster with a love for show tunes when she decided to audition for "Britain's Got Talent." Johnson is a 27-year-old who prefers cargo shorts to house dresses and classic rock to "Les Misérables." But the two singers do have two things in common: instant fame and a dream of becoming a professional recording artist.
On Thursday (August 27), days after Johnson's viral-video-generating cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" on the British talent show "The X Factor," Johnson spoke with the "Today" show about his ambitions. "My dream is to get an album out there, write songs, really enjoy this," he said via satellite during the interview. "That's what I wanted for so long. I've been singing for about 10 years now, and I didn't have that much interest before, and now loads of interest has come in. It's just really amazing. I'm having a really good time. It's so humbling."
Johnson had previously been in boy bands, auditioned for "X Factor" and performed on television with a rock band. But the world had never taken notice, leading "Today" host Ann Curry to wonder where Johnson had been hiding his talent. The singer from Reading, England, said he had no intention of trying out for the show, but his students encouraged him to give it a go and keep pursuing a singing career. "I thought that dream had gone past. And the kids have been so supportive, and they said I should go in for the competition, he explained.
Imus in the Morning
Don Imus will air his last show on Friday on RFD-TV. This will clear the way for Don Imus to work with FOX sources have stated. “Don has done so much to help build the awareness of RFD-TV over the last 20 months for which I will be forever grateful,” said Patrick Gottsch, the founder of RFD.
A spokesman for Don Imus said that his radio broadcasts “will continue to be produced by WABC Radio in New York and heard on 65 affiliates across the country courtesy of Citadel Broadcasting.” Imus is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Fox Business to simulcast his popular radio program. Mr. Imus moved to Citadel and RFD in late 2007 after he was fired from his radio syndicator, CBS Radio, and his TV partner, MSNBC. Imus’ deal with RFD-TV was scheduled in end in three more years.
Clearing the way for the Fox Business Network to simulcast his radio show, Don Imus said Wednesday that he was leaving RFD-TV, the rural television network that has shown "Imus in the Morning" for almost two years.
Danny was gathering strength on Thursday as it nosed towards Cape Cod on the north-eastern coast and possibly Canada, forecasters said, urging locals to stay on their guard. The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said the storm had top winds of 60 mph and could become a hurricane by Saturday. It could potentially make landfall on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts peninsula that houses the Kennedy family compound where Senator Edward Kennedy died this week.
But that path could change, forecasters said.
Located 370 miles east-northeast of Nassau on the Bahamas, and 575 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the storm was expected to gather speed and veer to the north on Friday. “Slow strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days,” the NHC said. Danny previously was used to name a July 1997 hurricane that brought record rain fall for Alabama, at least 36.71 inches on Dauphin Island.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Danny is likely to be formed into the season's second hurricane later in this week. The eye of Tropical Storm Danny was located approximately 445 miles east of Nassau and 775 miles south to southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Currently, the Tropical Storm Danny is at 45 miles per hour. It is not a Category 1 hurricane which requires wind speeds of at 75 miles per hour. Danny was expected to follow a northwesterly track through Thursday, staying north and east of the Bahamas. The storm was then expected to turn north on Friday before curving to the northeast over the weekend, the forecaster AccuWeather.com said, on a similar path of last weekend's first hurricane of the 2009 season, Bill.
Former NRL star Nick Youngquest has now moving his ways and it seemed that he wanted to become one of the hottest gay icons in UK. Nick Youngquest has recently posed ‘Attitude’, a UK Gay Magazine. Since his hot pictures hit the internet, he is making headlines and attracting some popular internet columnist towards himself and one of them is celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Nick Youngquest poses his naked buck for Attitude Magazine. Nick Youngquest, 26, first posed for Naked Rugby League Calendar 2007-2008 and now you can see his ‘hidden talent’ in a UK-Based Gay Magazine’s September issue. The Australian professional Rugby League player, who plays for English Championship team Gateshead Thunder, was born on July 28, 1983 in Sydney (New South Wales). People must have not forgotten Youngquest’s posing naked, although for a very noble cause; Raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation, in 2006. Despite NRL’s backing off the project, Nick did it and served the cause as well as earned the fame through a very much ‘Revealing’ pose. The “tasteful” calendar was shot by non other than celebrity photographer, Pedro Virgil.
Full Back Nick Youngquest’s ‘quest’ for posing naked seems to have taken deeper roots in his heart as he continues to expose his inner a bit more. Let’s see whatever he receives for his ‘Naked Buck’ this time. “Sex Issue” of the magazine, where Nick has posed, includes plenty of various other artists and athletes who are purposefully posing enticing. He has recently married to Kassy Lee, in June whom he met at the Cosmopolitan Galliano 2008 Hottest Bartender of the Year Awards. She was among the contestants of “So You Think You Can Dance Australia.”
Kennedy to lie in repose in Boston for 2 days As Sen. Edward Kennedy's family prepares for his public memorials, people are already visiting the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston to pay their respects. About 20 people were lined up before the library opened at 9 a.m. Thursday. Kennedy's body will travel the 70 miles from Cape Cod to lie in repose at the library he helped develop in tribute to one of his slain brothers.
Austin Howe, a 15-year-old a high school student from Laurel, Md., came with his father to see the museum and pay his respects to the senator, who died Tuesday at age 77 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Howe says Kennedy was "someone who made a difference." Family members will attend a private Mass at Kennedy's Hyannis Port compound at noon Thursday, and the motorcade is scheduled to leave around an hour later.
Kennedy’s body will travel the 70 miles from Cape Cod to lie in repose at the library he helped develop in tribute to one of his slain brothers. Austin Howe, a 15-year-old a high school student from Laurel, Md., came with his father to see the museum and pay his respects to the senator, who died Tuesday at age 77 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Howe says Kennedy was “someone who made a difference.” Family members will attend a private Mass at Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound at noon Thursday, and the motorcade is scheduled to leave around an hour later.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"People know Senator Kennedy as an icon, but what they don't know is what a support he is to his colleagues. There were some rough spots in being the only Democratic woman senator while the nation was in the midst of a generational change. But Senator Kennedy was always encouraging. He was always on my side. He lifted my spirits," said Mikulski, currently recovering from ankle surgery at a rehab hospital in Baltimore. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the oldest of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's 11 children, is among the best known of the family's Maryland members. She served as lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2003 under Gov. Parris N. Glendening and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2002, losing to Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
The Kennedy family, in a public statement, described the senator as "the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply" and "the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives." The Kennedys said that "the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever." Kennedy died only 15 days after his older sister, Eunice, who was married to R. Sargent Shriver Jr. of Maryland and made her home in Potomac. Their son, Mark, served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, from 1995 to 2003.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who defeated Shriver in the 2002 Democratic congressional primary, called Kennedy the Senate's "most gifted legislator" and a "tenacious fighter for working men and women who share the belief that America is the greatest country in the world. His passion and purpose were dedicated to righting wrongs and ensuring that our better days are ahead." Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore described Kennedy as "a real inspiration," not only to himself and others in politics, but to millions of ordinary people as well. The Democrat, who has been active in the House in the faltering effort to overhaul the health care system, said that he and others in Congress would now rededicate themselves on Kennedy's behalf.
Tropical Storm Danny, which formed in the Atlantic Ocean today near the Bahamas, is expected to gain strength as it approaches the United States, according to the Associated Press. Most storm models predict that the storm will avoid the Southeastern coast and head to the Northeast, similar to the path Hurricane Bill followed recently. Yet hurricane trackers stress that tropical storms often change their paths, so Florida natives and travelers to Florida (and other parts of the Southeast) should monitor the storms through the National Hurricane Center Web site.
Tropical Storm Danny could be off Delmarva Saturday That tropical disturbance in the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico has strengthened to tropical storm force and earned the name Danny. Forecasters say it will likely become a hurricane by this weekend, brush the Carolina coast and be off the Delmarva peninsula by Saturday morning. Here's AccuWeather.com's take on the new storm. The fourth named storm of the season was packing top sustained winds of 45 mph, with some slow strengthening expected in the next few days. At 73 mph it would become a Category 1 hurricane, the second of the season.
At 11 a.m. Wednesday the storm's center was reported to be 775 miles south southeast of Cape Hatteras, moving toward the west northwest at 18 mph. The National Hurricane Center's forecast track map takes the storm to a position just off the Outer Banks by early Saturday, where it is expected to be at hurricane strength. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Danny is currently moving to the west-northwest but is expected to move toward the north-northwest Friday. Winds are about 45 miles per hour today but could increase over the next few days.
Mass Lottery and Mega Millions Winning Numbers from last night August 25, 2009. The Mega Millions Winning Numbers prompted state lottery websites to crash last night. Last night’s draw was the third largest in U.S. history: $252 million. The Mega Millions winning lottery numbers : 3, 12, 19, 22 and 40 with the Mega Ball, 2. Additionally, that Powerball last week that went for $260 million yielded one winner - Solomon Jackson Jr., a former South Carolina state employee. Solomon was already enjoying retirement. Now Solomon will REALLY be enjoying retirement.
A rep for the New Jersey told press last night before the draw:
“With jackpots of this size, you start to see people who don’t normally play a game like Mega Millions buying a ticket. They may notice it’s over 100 million, and they’ll say, ‘OK, I’ll take a shot at it.’”
A Georgia official additional said the following:
“Whenever we have a large jackpot, there is always excitement across the state and that translates into additional dollars for the educational programs we fund.”
Victoria Reggie Kennedy as born in Crowley, Louisiana on February 26, 1954. She is the widow of late Ted Kennedy and a lawyer. She was born to Edmund M. Reggie who was a banker and judge of Louisiana and Doris Ann Boustany Reggie who was a national committee woman for the Democrats. She was 2nd of the six children of the couple. Victoria Reggie Kennedy is of Lebanese degeneration as her grandparents were actually from Beirut and were Maronites who settled in Crowley after migrating to the United States.
After completing her education from the law school, Victoria Reggie Kennedy joined Judge Robert A. Sprecher who was the judge in Chicago of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, for a prestigious post. Being an attorney, Victoria got her specialization in banking law. Grier C. Raclin was her first husband who was a telecommunications attorney.
She got married with Grier in a church of Crowley, Louisiana in 1981 in which around 400 guests were invited. Victoria Reggie Kennedy has two children from her first husband Grier C. Raclin. The first meeting between Ted Kennedy and Victoria was when she got a summer internship in the senate office of mailroom the year after completing her graduation. They got engaged in March 1992 and married on 3rd July 1992.
Mary Jo Kopechne was a schoolteacher, secretary, and political campaign worker, who was killed one night forty years ago, in an automobile accident on Chappaquiddick Island at Martha's Vineyard. The driver, a prominent United States senator, claimed to have made several attempts to save her, but did not report the accident until the next morning, when the car and the body were found. The senator pleaded guilty to "leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury." He received a two month suspended sentence. The Kopechne family has never commented publicly on the incident.
The senator went on to a distinguished career in politics, but for a failed attempt at nomination to run for the Presidency. He died early this morning, after a long battle with cancer. The woman who was never able to live as full or as long a life as he, and whose family received little if any justice, can finally rest in peace.
May God have mercy on that senator. May God have mercy on us all.
The “Chappaquiddick incident” refers to circumstances surrounding the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign worker for the assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York. On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick, a small island connected via ferry to the town of Edgartown on the adjoining larger island of Martha’s Vineyard.
The party was a reunion for a group of six women, including Kopechne, known as the “boiler-room girls”,who had served in his brother Robert’s 1968 presidential campaign. Also present were Joseph Gargan (Ted Kennedy’s cousin), Paul Markham (a school friend of Gargan’s who would become United States Attorney for Massachusetts under the patronage of the Kennedys), Charles Tretter (an attorney), Raymond La Rosa and John Crimmins (Ted Kennedy’s part-time driver). Kennedy was also competing in the Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta, a sailing competition which was taking place over several days.
Kopechne’s dead body was discovered inside an overturned car belonging to Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts under water in a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. After the body was found, Kennedy gave a statement to police saying that on the previous night he had taken a wrong turn and accidentally driven his car off a bridge into the water. He pled guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury, and received a suspended sentence. The incident became a national scandal, and may have affected the Senator’s decision not to run for President in 1972.
Ted Kennedy became a Democratic Massachusetts senator in 1962 In his words, as in life, he was a politician unafraid to address issues in a direct and occasionally controversial manner. * "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die" - addressing the Democratic National Convention after pulling out of the presidential race, August 1980.
* "Frankly, I don't mind not being president. I just mind that someone else is" - at Washington Gridiron Club dinner, March 1986. * "Well, here I don't go again" - on not running for president in 1988. * "Ulster is becoming Britain's Vietnam" - on The Troubles in Northern Ireland, October 1971 * "My brother need not be idealised or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it" - eulogy for brother Robert Kennedy, June 1968.
* "I regard as indefensible the fact that I did not report the accident to the police immediately" - during a televised statement after he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in regards to the Chappaquiddick incident, July 1969 * "What we have in the United States is not so much a health-care system as a disease-care system" - on health care reform for which he campaigned throughout his life, 1994 * "With Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion. With Barack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay" - endorsing Barack Obama for president, January 2008.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
High Line Standard Hotel
Standard Hotel New York Has Become A Tourist Attraction: HOTEL bosses are forcing cheeky guests to cover up after their sexy antics became a tourist attraction. The plush Standard Hotel, in New York, is renowned for its huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Naughty … guest towels down But shameless visitors have been using the unique feature to give passers-by an eyeful.
Guests have been spotted romping, drying off, pleasuring themselves and even shooting PORN FILMS in full view of onlookers. The exhibitionists have even launched a Facebook page to brag about their sordid pastime. Now red-faced managers are demanding guests keep their curtains closed after a series of complaints from neighbours. A spokesman for the hotel said: “The hotel has always been sensitive to the concerns of its friends and neighbours. “We will make a concerted effort to remind guests of the transparency of the guest room windows.” Brit Peter Jennett, 49, said: “It would be shocking in London but New York is all about showing off.
There’s something altogether unsavory about including the phrases “Meatpacking District” and “exhibitionism” in the same sentence, but that’s life in the big city. In other words, that’s how they do things in New York - the Big Apple, the land of movie stars, potholes and scores of debt consolidation and debt management customers. Certain people love to do their little turn on that giant catwalk. The Standard Hotel in New York has drawn some controversy for the way some of their guests leave nothing to the imagination of pedestrians walking by. According to the New York Daily News, the windows are floor-to-ceiling and they face the newly opened High Line Park, where foot traffic is high. Certain guests put on shows for passers-by, clothing optional and curtains open wide.
"Working Girl" star Melanie Griffith is in rehab again, her publicist confirmed to Star magazine. Griffith, 52-year, checked into Utah's Cirque Lodge Rehab Facility, the previous temporary home of Lindsay Lohan and Kirsten Dunst. While her publicist cited Griffith's "commitment to stay healthy" as the reason for her admission, FOXNews.com's Pop Tarts learned that she checked herself in part because husband Antonio Banderas, 49, would have no more of her erratic behavior.
One possible example? Someone who had recently worked with her told Pop Tarts that Griffith "had a multitude of crazy demands, including insisting everything around her, from the food to the flowers, be yellow." So that would make her diet lemons, bananas, and ... what else, yellow squash? We're not sure what the color scheme is at Cirque Lodge.
Melanie Griffith has checked into a rehab facility, her rep confirms to PEOPLE. "She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy," says her rep Robin Baum. "This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago."
Shake and Bake Meth Is Meth Made Easier It's not just for chicken anymore. The once famous bread crumb coating for chicken and pork is now being used to describe the faster and easier way to make methamphetamine. Shake and bake meth is all the rage, allowing meth users and makers to produce the drug on the run and in smaller doses thereby bypassing the laws intended to stop the production of this deadly drug.
What one needs to make shake and bake meth almost sounds like an episode of MacGyver: an empty two-liter soda bottle, a few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious household chemicals and you got a mini meth lab in a bottle. Apparently, you have to do Shake the bottle and the volatile chemical reaction produces one of the most addictive drugs in the entire world. While shake and bake meth may be seen as good news by meth users and sellers, it is certainly not good news for the rest of us. Although easier, shake and bake meth is just as dangerous to make as traditional meth.
Shake and bake meth doesn't even require a flame like a traditional meth lab nor does it give off the foul odor normally associated with manufacturing methamphetamine. Shake and bake meth also requires far less pills of decongestant pseudoephedrine (aka cold medicine) which allows for meth users and sellers to fly under the radar as the purchase of this drug is regulated to prevent the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The small amount of cold medicine required to make shake and bake meth doesn't trigger suspicion that someone is making the deadly drug.
Heather Podesta is the striking DC lobbyist who has made a name for herself as one of the toughest sharks in Washington waters. Sometimes with and sometimes against husband and fellow lobbyist Tony Podesta, Heather is having the summer of her life, according to a Washington Post profile. But Heather Podesta is enjoying the heavy workload, with the intersection of health care, economic reform, and environmental reform creating a perfect storm for Washington lobbyists.
The article paints Heather as the ultimate insider, constantly trading in the currencies of power, influence and good old cash. Heather Podesta is high-profile for a lobbyist and earlier this year, she and her husband donated Shepard Fairey's "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama to the National Portrait Gallery. She's also donated more than $48,000 so far this year to various political candidates and groups, and her life consists of nearly non-stop fundraisers.
"This is a very good time to be a Democratic lobbyist ... it's incredibly exciting to be able to engage with Democrats and really see things happen," Podesta told the Post. "It's always a good time to be Heather Podesta." When President Obama began vilifying lobbyists during his campaign, Heather took offense and commissioned a Gothic-style scarlet L, which she wore as a mark of pride. She says the L soon became a hot item and she gave away more than 100 of them.
The Legacy of Thirtysomething It’s been over 20 years since Thirtysomething went on the air and 18 years since it departed and now finally the first season will be released on DVD today. What I find so interesting about the show is how far reaching into TV and films — but mostly TV — that the participants of the show have had on our lives.
In the LA Times, Marshall Herskovitz said that their goal was to make movies and they thought that the show would be something that they did for a little while until they could get their movies made. Hershkovitz and his co-creator Ed Zwick are both incredibly creative men and the show proved to be a training ground for an entire generation of creative people. (Many of the cast members were able to direct episodes) They created two other amazing series, My So-Called Life and Once and Again that were thoroughly underappreciated. (It still makes me angry when I think about it.) They’ve also done some great movies The female writers on the show included Winnie Holzman who co- created My So-Called Life. She also wrote the book for the musical Wicked which is still playing to sold out audiences on Broadway.
But looking at the cast the men and the women shows exactly where women and men stand in the TV business creatively. I’m not saying the women of Thirtysomething haven’t had incredible careers. They have. Patricia Wettig has continued to act and is so good as Holly of Brothers and Sisters. Melanie Mayron still also acts but she is more well known now as a director having worked on shows including: Dawson’s Creek, Tell Me You Love Me, In Treatment among many others. Mel Harris has also been acting over the years but has not had another breakout series. Polly Draper has a huge hit with the creation of the show The Naked Brothers Band which she writes and directs and produces.
The new public service announcement warning teens of the perils of texting while driving is violent, bloody and graphic. Even in a world with increasingly tough and graphic public service announcements on TV about the dangers of such activities as smoking, a recent PSA originating out of Gwent, Wales, breaks new boundaries in the explicit level of its bloody details.
Two teen girls giggle over a text message they are sending while driving along a country road. Distracted, the driver smashes head-on into another car, and while the bloodied girls exchange dazed glances, a third car careens into the passenger side. The driver finds her friend lying dead next to her. Then the camera switches to another smashed vehicle and shows a young child inside, asking why her parents are not waking up.
Produced by the Gwent Police Department, the PSA sends out a horrible visual to illustrate the dangers of texting while driving. But it currently isn’t being aired on U.S. television. For Americans to even view the ad on YouTube, they must assert they are at least 18.
Warning from Wales
A South Wales community of 550,000 that many Americans have never even heard of seems an unlikely place for discussion of the dangers of texting-and-driving to be raised, but a visionary Gwent police department was up to the task. Police locked arms with filmmaker Peter Watkins-Hughes to produce the PSA, titled “COW — The Film That Will Stop You Texting and Driving,” named after the character Cassie Cowan, who unleashes the lethal chain of events by texting behind the wheel.