Saturday, February 19, 2011
It's a whole 'nother thing to make off with their pricey, custom birthday cake!
But that's what happened to Paris Hilton during the first of her multiple 30th birthday bashes in L.A. on Tuesday night..."
'H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series' will be released April 12 in both a regular three-disc set and a special collector's edition, which comes with an exclusive H.R. Pufnstuf bobblehead."
Edward Carlos St. Mary, a former standout quarterback at MacArthur High School and cadet at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, is being detained in Goma, a city of 500,000 near the border with Rwanda, along with two Nigerians and a French citizen. The U.S. State Department confirmed the men are being held along with the flight crew that brought them on a chartered Gulfstream. At least one crew member, Kelly Shannon, also is from Houston. The group was detained Feb. 3, reportedly after a car chase. The businessmen are being held under close guard, and the flight crew is under house arrest at a hotel. The cash was seized by the government and the plane, owned by Dallas-based Southlake Aviation and apparently leased for the trip, was impounded."
One New Jersey woman is going all the way to court, suing Century 21 for $5 million for allegedly depriving her of 80 cents on a coupon, The New York Post reported.
The department store 'unjustly enriched' itself with the coupon, Tova Gerson alleges in a class-action suit filed in federal court in Manhattan."
Critics say the new system is a nightmare for anyone trying to find a specific book that doesn't fit into an obvious category. Supporters counter that the system does what libraries should be doing: encourage people to read more books."
Friday, February 18, 2011
Measuring 1.17 million on the Scoville Scale - an official measure of spicy heat - the Infinity chilli is so hot that it carries a health warning."
That's what artist Drew Friedman wants you to do in his new book, 'Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks' (Blast Books), featuring full-color paintings of 50 unique individuals from the sideshow world. Each includes a brief biography on the subject."
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Fortunately, she was not trying to catch a bus. Escorted by an entourage of girlfriends and police officers, Ms. Hilton came to attend a lunch party organized by the United Service Organizations, the private nonprofit providing support and recreational services to members of the American military and their families, which has an office in the terminal’s north wing.
By the time Ms. Hilton, who turned 30 today, showed up, several Homeland Security officers had already gone back to work, and many of the sandwiches and potato chips had been consumed."
Larry Birkhead, the father of Smith's only surviving child Dannielynn, told Reuters that the Royal Opera House had never tried to contact the Anna Nicole estate about the show."
Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard (Ballantine)
Drive Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Mira)
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (St. Martin's Paperbacks)
Best First Novel:
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames (Berkley)
Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden (Signet)
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower (Five Star/Gale)
Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill (Wildside Press)
Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff (Midnight Ink)
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum (Penguin)
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran (Harper)
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Stephen Doyle & David A. Crowder (For Dummies)
Have Faith in Your Kitchen by Katherine Hall Page (Orchises Press)
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Best Short Story:
"Swing Shift" by Dana Cameron, Crimes by Moonlight (Berkley)
"Size Matters" by Sheila Connolly, Thin Ice (Level Best Books)
"Volunteer of the Year" by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: They Had it Comin' (Wildside Press)
"So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - Sept./Oct. 2010
"The Green Cross" by Liz Zelvin, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - August 2010
Best Children's/Young Adult:
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (Dutton Children's)
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R. L. LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)
The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee (Candlewick)
Virals by Kathy Reichs (Razorbill)
The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith (Atheneum)
WBAL-TV 11 reports that a police officer who tragically died in a car accident 'signed' those 2,000 tickets months after he passed away. That's a big problem, because each red light camera citation is supposed to be reviewed by an officer of the law before getting sent out."
The British writer went from a single mum on benefits to an author worth over £500million after writing the hit book series.
She will be portrayed by Poppy Montgomery, who plays FBI agent Samantha Spade in the US show Without a Trace, in the new film of her life."
Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet."
Alfonso Scannapieco insists that he could whup the guy who took his money, and that being nearly 100 wouldn't stop him from teaching the punk a lesson."
These skulls-turned-goblets may have been used as vessels for blood, food or potent drinks during rituals performed thousands of years ago."
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The New York-born star appeared in 15 episodes of Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld's eccentric, shop-lifting uncle, always producing a loud 'Hello!' when he saw his nephew."
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Trading standards said some people were threatened with fines, 'green taxes' and even a death threat."
They believe the performance could involve the use of magnets and therefore harm the fish."
Three hundred people attended, including rapper Lil Wayne, comedienne Kathy Griffin, and sister Nicky, at a 1920s-themed party in the Hollywood Hills."
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Crocodile in the clouds: One of nature's beautiful creations captured on camera | Mail Online: "With its long snout and arching neck this cloud formation is unmistakably shaped just like a crocodile.
Photographed at 40,000ft in the skies above China, this is just one of Rob Millenaar's amateur collection of unusual cloud formations."
You may have iPhone. You may have an iPad. If you have both, you understand that one is basically the extension of the other, and both can be tuned in to the other and locate the other. Apparently, that can really come in handy if you're robbed in your driveway.
It happened Monday morning on Nottingham Street. A woman placing her child in her car was robbed at gunpoint. Her jewelry, along with her iPhone, was taken.
But the tool she had was her iPad, which was synched with the phone. That gave a precise address in southeast Houston where 46-year-old Charles E. Hall and the iPhone were found. West University police arrested him less than two hours after the robbery."
He has made more than $550,000 for not working."
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No word yet on the topic, but it’s refreshing that she has a sense of humor about her recent troubles. Letterman’s guest that night will be Paris Hilton."
The 40-year-old company plans to close about 200 of its 642 stores over the next few weeks. All of the stores closed will be superstores, Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis said. The company also operates smaller Waldenbooks and Borders Express stores.
Borders Group Inc. President Mike Edwards said in a written statement that cautious consumer spending, negotiations with publishers and other vendors and a lack of liquidity made it clear Borders 'does not have the capital resources it needs to be a viable competitor.'"
Ms. Siegel was married to Shuster’s partner and Superman co-creator, the writer Jerry Siegel. Their daughter, Laura Siegel Larson, confirmed her death."
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
According to sheriff's officials, the condom contained: 17 round blue pills, one cigarette, six matches, one flint, one empty syringe with an eraser over the needle, one lip balm container, one additional unused condom, a receipt from CVS pharmacy and a paper coupon."
The only official written copy is supposedly held in a U.S. bank vault and only two company employees at any one time are said to know the whole formula that gives the fizzy drink its distinctive flavour.
But now, 125 years of near-total secrecy look to be over, as a website claims to have uncovered a list showing the ingredients and quantities used to make the drink."
The toes date back more than 2,000 years and were found in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, according to research published in the journal Lancet."
On an episode of 'JS' Ronnie bragged he knocked him out with 'one shot.'"
But scientists now believe the proof of its existence has already been gathered by a Nasa space telescope, Wise, and is just waiting to be analysed."
Monday, February 14, 2011
The application, if granted, leaves open the possibility that we may one day have to pay a licensing fee to lock lips with the ones we covet.
Don't start worrying yet. Harlequin, which releases 110 novels a month and publishes in 115 countries around the world, said it would keep any patented kisses in the public domain."
'Blood Feast,' directed by Friedman's frequent collaborator, Herschell Gordon Lewis, depicted the dismemberment of attractive women, and the 1963 film is considered one of the first gore movies.
Costing just $24,500 to make, the film netted a $6.5 million profit, Friedman's niece, Bridgett Everett, told the AP."
He was 75. In a statement Monday, Mars family said the actor died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Grenada Hills. In Brooks' 1968 romp 'The Producers,' Mars co-starred as Franz Liebkind, a Nazi enthusiast whose play, 'Springtime for Hitler,' is the basis for a scheme by two conniving showmen (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) to bilk investors by putting on a surefire Broadway flop.
Brooks cast Mars again in 1974's 'Young Frankenstein' as the constable poking around the castle grounds on the trail of mad scientist Wilder's monster. In both films, the Chicago-born Mars demonstrated his talent for vocal farce, lending over-the-top German accents to the characters.
Mars' nearly 50-year career included a long list of voice credits, including 'The Little Mermaid,' 'The Jetsons' and the 'The Land Before Time' movies and TV series."
On Friday the city declared a truce in this Brooklyn battle.
Homeowners on Monitor Street will not see their fences and front stoops ripped up — at least not anytime soon, . . ."
After all the couple had been dating since they met in a Bristol cafe three months earlier.
But little can he have imagined that 70 years on, not only would he still be happily married to Doris, but that every year she would present him with the very same card he gave her at the railway station that Valentine's day."
A 'grid of streets' on the seabed at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis has been spotted on Google Ocean."
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The prototype could be the answer to the dreams of millions of men - and women who struggle at times in removing their own bra - if it went into production, Metro in the UK reported."
The actress was in good health until Friday, having taught her musical comedy class at Los Angeles' Theater West on Wednesday, but was taken to Los Angeles' Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with heart trouble on Friday. She died the following morning with her family at her side.
Garrett rose to fame in MGM musicals, starring alongside Frank Sinatra in Busby Berkeley's 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' and later in 'On the Town,' in which she sang the memorably racy tune 'Come Up to My Place.'"
'They had a lot of colors over the years, such as bright green and red,' he said. 'You can tell what era a cartridge comes from by the color -- and, of course, collectors want them all.'"
The international media uproar amazed Chikosa Silungwe, a lawyer with the Malawi Law Commission, the country’s independent law reform organization. “There’s nothing like that happening in Malawi. There’s no farting law being introduced in our Parliament and there has never been a farting law in Malawi,” Silungwe says."
Also among the 19 defendants in the federal lawsuit brought this week by Tracy Hottenstein's parents are the owners of two bars she was at on the night she died and the couple who invited her to dinner at their home that evening. Also named is the hospital where she died and the doctor who pronounced her dead, as well as the Sea Isle City Police Department and individual officers who — the suit claims — did not allow rescue workers to perform lifesaving treatment for hypothermia after they discovered Hottenstein had no pulse."
'We have sensed an increasingly inappropriate style of dancing at our recent dances, and we were approached, in addition to our own observations, we were approached by a group of students who expressed to us they were extremely uncomfortable with the style of dancing that was becoming popular,' Principal Tom Rogers said."