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April 26, 2009

"Chewing gum may raise math grades in teens"

As reported by Yahoo! News, "chewing gum may boost academic performance in teenagers," according to a study, funded by Wrigley, released Wednesday by U.S. researchers.

Craig Johnston and his group from Houston's Baylor College of Medicine found that "students who chewed gum during math class had higher scores on standardized math test after 14 weeks and better grades at the end of the term than student in the class who did not chew gum."

The research team studied 108 math students, ages 13 to 16 years. The students attended a charter school in Houston, Texas.

Approximately half of the students were given Wrigley's sugar-free gum to chew during class, tests and homework. The other half of students were given nothing.

Gil Leveille, executive director of the Wrigley Science Institute, said he thinks "chewing gum helps reduce stress so students can do their best work."

April 19, 2009

"Man Jailed for Peeing on Woman on Plane"

According to AOL News, a man was sentenced to three weeks in jail for urinating on a 66-year-old woman during a flight last month.

Jerome Kenneth Kingzio, 28, was charged with assault Tuesday after pleading guilty to urinating on the woman during the flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Kingzio stood up and urinated on the woman during the flight. As reported by AOL News, "the victim was headed to Hawaii on March 21 for a scuba diving vacation and was watching an in-flight movie."

The woman is still suffering emotionally, U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. said.

April 11, 2009

"Court fines mother for phoning son too much"

As published on Yahoo News, a 73-year-old Austrian woman was fined by a court for stalking her son with numerous phone calls.

The unidentified woman, from Klagenfurt, called her son up to 49 times per day over two-and-a-half years. She was fined 360 euros by the city's court.

According to Kleine Zeitung, an Austrian newspaper, the woman said she "just wanted to talk to him."

"I've never seen my grandchild -- who is already 15-years-old."

April 5, 2009

2010 Golden Globes To Broadcast Live Nationwide

According to Access Hollywood, the Golden Globe Awards will broadcast live for the first time next year.

The 67th annual awards ceremony will be live on both coasts instead of the typical tape-delay. The goal of this is to "combat the speed of internet news," which can display winners before the delayed broadcast.

Jorge Camara, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the news and the reasons behind it April 2.

As reported by goldenglobes.org, "In this age when news is disseminated with increasing rapidity, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to announce that this year's Golden Glove Awards telecast will be air live nationwide," said Camara.

The 67th Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC on January 17, 2010. Check local listings for times.

March 29, 2009

"Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens Talk Zac’s Grown-Up Photoshoot"

Zac Efron's image of wholesome teen idol got dirtier earlier this month with a photo shoot for Interview Magazine.

According to Access Hollywood, "going from 'High School Musical' to posing with a nude model was 'pretty crazy' even by his standards.

Efron said that the model he worked with was very professional, and he enjoyed doing the shoot.

"I had a great time," he said. "It was a refreshing kind of change."

Efron's image has had some recent changes while his career is expanding. He told Access Hollywood that he's "looking froward to going in a different direction."

Vanessa Hudgens, Efron's girlfriend, is also admiring the way he is branching out. When asked about the photos, Hudgen's told Access Hollwood, "They're sexy."

March 15, 2009

"Dying Woman Wants Plastic Surgery"

According to AOL.com, a British woman dying of cancer plans to have plastic surgery to make herself resemble Demi Moore.

Lisa Connell, 29, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2007.

"People think I'm crazy for wanting to do this, but I know it will make my last months or years happier," she told London's Daily Mirror. "I want to die beautiful. This is my way of getting the control back in my life."

Angela Connell, Lisa's mother, will pay for Lisa's surgery with money she saved for her wedding. Although she disagrees with the procedure, Angela said she wants her daughter to be happy.

"She is my daughter, I love her and I want to bring joy to her life for however long she may have left," she said.

As written by AOL.com, Lisa's surgery will include liposuction, an eyebrow lift, a breast enhancement and work on her skin and teeth.

March 8, 2009

Barbie's Dream House is Now a Reality

For her 50th birthday, Barbie's Malibu Dream House was created in a 3,500-square-foot home by Jonathan Adler.

The home, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, was decorated by Adler for Monday's party honoring the birthday girl. According to The Huffington Post, the mansion is "frequently rented for film and photography shoots" and took Adler six months to plan and a few weeks to install.

Adler, who has served as a head judge on Bravo's "Top Design," was commissioned by Mattel Inc. to decorate the property. The company gave him access to countless Barbie archives for references.

Every inch of the home has been personalized for Barbie. Her bedroom is floored with pink carpeting with her initial. Adler also filled her closet with 50 pairs of pink peep-toe heels, included an in-house vintage Barbie doll museum and parked a pink Volkswagen New Beetle - complete with a pop-up vanity in the trunk - in her garage.

"Barbie was a dream client," Adler said. "She exists as fantasy and is the perfect client because she's always happy and fun and loves everything. I thought to myself, 'How would Barbie live?' She would have a house that is glamorous, kittenish, chic, colorful and happy - as well as functional."

After Monday's party, Barbie's custom furnishings will be shipped to the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. They will be used to furnish a special pink-tinted Barbie Suite that will be available for event bookings.

March 1, 2009

"Siegfried and Roy stage comeback for charity"

According to Yahoo News, illusionists Siegfried and Roy will take their "final bow" in a one-night-only charity performance in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The Keep Memory Alive Foundation will be hosting the event during which Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischabacher will perform a single illusion. The promoters wouldn't say if tigers would be involved, and that the act "was expected to last no more than 15 minutes."

The performance will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and will be held at the Bellagio hotel-casino.

In October 2003 Horn, now 64, was attacked by one of the duo's Bengal tigers during a live performance. The tiger "sank its teeth into Horn's neck...and dragged him offstage," leaving him partially paralyzed with a damaged neck artery and a crushed windpipe.

After performing together for 45 years, "Siegfried and Roy" came to an immediate close.

The center that their Saturday performance will benefit is where brain disorders similar to Horn's are treated. It "is set to open later this year in a building designed by architect Frank Gehry," as reported by Yahoo News.

The performance will air in a one-hour special on ABC's "20/20" on March 6.

February 22, 2009

"'Slumdog' dominates Oscars with best-picture win"

"Slumdog Millionaire" took home eight Oscars tonight, including best picture and best director.

According to Yahoo News, the film also won adapted screenplay, editing, original score, cinematography and original song.

Other winners from this year's Oscars include Kate Winslet for best actress in "The Reader", Sean Penn for best actor in "Milk", Penelope Cruz for best supporting actress in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," and Heath Ledger for best supporting actor in "the Dark Knight."

Danny Boyle, director of "Slumdog Millionaire," was thrilled with the film's recognition this evening, thanking his wonderful cast and crew and the people of Mumbai.

February 15, 2009

Singer Chris Brown, 'sorry and saddened'

Chris Brown, R&B singer-songwriter, said he was "sorry and saddened" by his arrest last week for alleged domestic violence.

According to Yahoo News, a statement by Brown said, "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired."

Brown said he is seeking counseling from his pastor, family and friends.

Brown, 19, turned himself in to police on February 8 after allegedly beating pop singer Rihanna, his girlfriend. Brown was released on bail, and both performers canceled their performances at the Grammy Awards that evening.

According to reports, Rihanna, 20, went back to her home in Barbados with her family. Her face, arms, and neck were covered in wounds and bruises.

February 8, 2009

"Swedes Investigate Police Racism"

Sweden's police chief "has promised" an investigation in to racist labels used in training exercises, according to BBC.com.

In Malmo, souther Sweden, 50 members of police training exercise exhibited "shocking and unacceptable" behavior, said police commissioner Bengt Svensson.

As reported by BBC.com, complaints by some of the course participants did not amount to anything. Svensson said that an "independent person, or people," will be chosen to investigate this matter and help police to "work on values."

Three police officers, also from Skaane, were caught on tape using racist insults during a riot in December. Sweden's chief prosecutor "decided not to press charges" last week.

As stated by BBC. com, Swedish Justic Minister Beatrice Ask was "very concerned and upset" with these reports of police racism.


February 1, 2009

Nadal Wins 2009 Australian Open

Nadal beat Federer in a five set match to win the Australian Open Sunday.

As reported by The Huffington Post, the battle between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer lasted for four hours and 22 minutes. Nadal won the battle 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2.

Federer, who had trouble containing his emotion at the awards ceremony, was "disappointed," "shocked" and "sad," with his loss.

"The problem is you can't go in the lcoker room and just take it easy and take a cold shower. You're stuck out there. It's the worst feeling. ... It's rough," he said.

As the first Spanish man to win the tournament, Nadal, 22, now has the chance to follow in Rod Laver's footsteps for 2009. By winning the next three major tournaments of the year, Nadal will earn a Grand Slam title.