Thursday, January 26, 2006
HS bathroom peep rap
Ex-custodian nabbed on new video charge
A creepy custodian busted hiding a camera in a pal's bathroom also made hundreds of secret rest room videos at two Brooklyn city schools where he worked, authorities said yesterday.
Michael Conte, 46, of Staten Island was nabbed Tuesday night - just two days after he was charged with planting cameras at a Long Island friend's house.
News that his video library contained as many as 1,000 tapes from Brooklyn Technical and Westinghouse high schools, dating back as far as 10 years, sent a shudder through students and faculty.
"Oh, my God!" said Helene Harris, a social worker at both schools. "I hope I'm not on one of those tapes. That is so sick."
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
"You are a selfish, pathetic excuse for an American, and you can take your big fat ass over to Iraq and get your pig head cut off and stuck on a pig pole. Then, you can have your equally as-fat wife make a documentary about how loudly you squealed while terrorists were cutting through all the blubber and chins to get that 40-pound head off of you."
Anna Benson (baseball wife, political analyst, film critic) in an open letter to documentary filmmaker Michael Moore
Friday, January 20, 2006
Arctic temperatures gripping most of Russia pushed the reported death toll close to 40 on Friday as weather forecasters warned that no major thaw is expected in Moscow before February.
Five people died overnight in the capital, city ambulance service chief Igor Elkis said. The toll in Moscow, locked in a deep freeze since late Monday, is now at least 16 while the nationwide toll is at least 38. But the true number is likely higher because many regions have not reported cold deaths.
At a zoo in Lipetsk, south of Moscow, director Alexander Osipov said monkeys would be given wine three times a day "to protect against colds," the RIA-Novosti news agency reported, while Rossiya television said a circus sea lion was being treated for pneumonia with
brandy body rubs.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Former teen idol Leif Garrett is hooked on heroin, his mom says - and she blames hard-partying rock 'n' roll legends like the Rolling Stones for steering her son toward drugs.
"Leif idolized rock stars ... that whole life of rock 'n' roll and drugs ... the Rolling Stones. He figured if they could do it, so could he," Garrett's distraught mother, Carolyn Stellar, told the Daily News yesterday.
Now 44, pale and stick-thin, Garrett was busted Saturday when he allegedly tried to board an L.A. subway train without paying. Cops said they found heroin in his clothes when they searched him. It was his third heroin-related arrest since 2001, court records show.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Love should not be confused with lust, says Pope
Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical, expected in the next few days, warns believers not to confuse love with lust or degrade it "to mere sex".
The encyclical, a papal letter to bishops that sets out Roman Catholic policy, discusses the relationship between "eros", or erotic love, and "agape", a Greek word referring to unconditional, spiritual and selfless love.'
"It is not totally negative on eros," a Vatican source said. "It argues that eros under the right circumstances is OK."
Friday, January 13, 2006
Man Who Killed Over 'A' On Hat Sentenced To Die
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A man convicted of killing a retired Pensacola police officer has been sentenced to death.
Circuit Judge John Kuder sentenced Ryan Thomas Green to death on Wednesday. In October, a jury convicted Green of first-degree murder for the slaying of James Hallman, attempted murder for shooting a second man and robbery with a firearm.
The jury also recommended 10-2 that Green be put to death for fatally shooting Hallman on Feb. 23, 2003. Green, 22, was also sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for the attempted murder and robbery with a firearm of housepainter Christopher Phipps.
He testified during his trial last year that he fatally shot Hallman because he believed the University of Alabama "A" on the victim's ball cap signified he was the Antichrist.
He also testified that he had set out to take his own life but that a talking bull, religious signs, colors and symbols influenced him to shoot Hallman and Phipps.
Stem cell experts seek rabbit-human embryo
British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos in the lab by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs. If granted consent, the team will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects, in the hope that studying them will help understand the complex mechanisms behind incurable human diseases.
The proposal drew strong criticism from opponents to embryo research who yesterday challenged the ethics of the research and branded the work repugnant.
I ALREADY SAW THE MOVIE
Thursday, January 12, 2006
German cannibal back for retrial
A self-confessed cannibal has returned to court in Germany, two years after a manslaughter conviction for killing and eating an apparently willing victim.
Last year, an appeal court ordered a retrial after state prosecutors argued Armin Meiwes,44, was guilty of murder. Last year, an appeal court ordered a retrial after state prosecutors argued Armin Meiwes,44, was guilty of murder.
The case shocked and fascinated Germans when it emerged that he had found a victim on a cannibal fetish website who volunteered for his fate.
Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs
Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark.
They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.
The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 was released from prison Thursday after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey for the plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish journalist.
To the cheers of nationalist supporters, a white sedan whisked Mehmet Ali Agca — whose attempt to assassinate the pope gained notoriety for himself and shame for his homeland — through the gates of the high-security Kartal Prison as dozens of police officers stood guard. His supporters showered the car with red and yellow flowers.
Agca, 48, wearing a blue sweater and jeans, was freed five years after he was pardoned by Italy and extradited to Turkey. He had served 20 years in prison in Italy.
“We are happy. We endlessly thank the Turkish state,” said his brother, Adnan Agca.
He said one of the first things Agca wanted to do was order a typical Turkish meal of beans and rice at a restaurant overlooking the Bosporus Strait, the narrow waterway that bisects Istanbul and joins the European and Asian continents....
Thousands of Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual during the hajj tripped over luggage Thursday, causing a crush in which at least 345 people were killed, the Interior Ministry said.
Dozens killed in stampede during hajj
Stoning of devil ritual marred by deadly crushes in the past
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - At least 50 people were killed in crowding during the stoning ritual at the hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, witnesses said. The Arab television news station Al-Arabiya reported dozens of pilgrims died.
Reuters journalists counted at least 50 bodies lined up on the ground and covered in white shrouds. Some were being placed on trucks by medics.
The stampede broke out as tens of thousands of pilgrims filed past al-Jamarat, a series of three pillars representing the devil that the faithful pelt with stones to purge themselves of sin.
"Slips have a kind of sophistication, a sexiness that makes you feel more womanly,"
Lauren Martin, psychoanalyst.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
And on the second day, Doubleday shrugged.
Two days after an investigative report published online presented strong evidence that significant portions of James Frey's best-selling memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," were made up, the book's publisher issued a statement saying that, in essence, it did not really matter.
"Memoir is a personal history whose aim is to illuminate, by way of example, events and issues of broader social consequence," said a statement issued by Doubleday and Anchor Books, the divisions of Random House Inc. that published the book in hardcover and paperback, respectively. "By definition, it is highly personal. In the case of Mr. Frey, we decided 'A Million Little Pieces' was his story, told in his own way, and he represented to us that his version of events was true to his recollections.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The Popcorn Palace EconomyThe thirsty moviegoer fuels the business.
By Edward Jay Epstein
Once upon a time, movie studios and movie theaters were in the same business. The studios made films for theater chains that they either owned or controlled, and they harvested almost all their revenue from ticket sales. Then, in 1948, the government forced the studios to divest themselves of the theaters. Nowadays, the two are in very different businesses. Theater chains, in fact, are in three different businesses.
First, they are in the fast-food business, selling popcorn, soda, and other snacks. This is an extremely profitable operation in which the theaters do not split the proceeds with the studios (as they do with ticket sales). Popcorn, for example, because of the immense amount of popped bulk produced from a relatively small amount of kernels—the ratio is as high as 60:1—yields more than 90 cents of profit on every dollar of popcorn sold. It also serves to make customers thirsty for sodas, another high-margin product (supplied to most theater chains by Coca-Cola, which makes lucrative deals with theater owners in return for their exclusive "pouring" of its products).
more of this
Cheney's Standing With Republicans OK
WASHINGTON -- Whether Vice President Dick Cheney is suffering from problems with his foot, his heart or his knees, leading Republicans across the country say they are confident he is fit for office.'
Presidential Power Has Limits, Alito Tells Senators
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 - Judge Samuel A. ALito, Jr. said today that he agreed with the principle that a president does not have "a blank check" in terms of power, especially during wartime.
"The Constitution applies in times of peace and war," President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court said in the first round of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The Bill of Rights applies at all times."
Friday, January 06, 2006
"I wish he was hit by a bomb that would have shredded him to pieces. We have always cursed him and wished him a dramatic end. His end has finally come, and I am looking forward to the day where I will see him crippled. He deserves whatever bad happens to him."
Abu Khaled Khalife, 51, a coffee vendor in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, weighs in on Ariel Sharon.
Corruption Scandal Loosening Mayor Daley's Grip on Chicago
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Tulsa Pastor Arrested In OKC On Lewdness Charge
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel, police said.
Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker said. Latham was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon.
Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to join him in his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested and his 2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Becker said.
[Latham] has also spoken out against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern Baptist Convention directive urging its 42,000 churches to befriend gays and lesbians and try to convince them that they can become heterosexual "if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their 'sinful, destructive lifestyle."'
Loud TV made him kill - cops
Annoyed by a loud television, an irate Brooklyn man strangled his sister after she refused to turn down the volume, police sources said yesterday.
In a typical example of sloppy journalism, we never find out what show she was watching.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Pete Townshend Warns IPod Users
Guitarist Pete Townshend has warned iPod users that they could end up with hearing problems as bad as his own if they don't turn down the volume of the music they are listening to on earphones.
Townshend, 60, guitarist in the 60s band The Who, said his hearing was irreversibly damaged by years of using studio headphones and that he now is forced to take 36-hour breaks between recording sessions to allow his ears to recover.
"I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal components deaf," he said on his Web site. "Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired. If you use an iPod or anything like it, or your child uses one, you MAY be OK ... But my intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead."
Referring to the increasingly popular practice of downloading music from the Internet, Townshend said: "The downside may be that on our computers for privacy, for respect to family and co-workers, and for convenience we use earphones at almost every stage of interaction with sound."