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May 4, 2008

Years to Recover-- imagine that.

The Australian woman and children held captive in a cellar for years by their incestuous father will take years to recover from their disturbing ordeal, doctors warned Wednesday as the family at the center of the case remained in psychiatric care, but were in good condition considering the senerio, reported CNN April 30.

The exact condition, JosefFritzl, kept his daughter Elisabeth was revealed in an article by the Daily Mail, which was highlighted on The Drudge Report today.

Elisabeth Fritzl was forced to help build the dungeon where she was kept by her sadistic father Josef, it emerged yesterday, the article reported.

One of the chambers, she was forced to dug by hand, was used as a punishment area and Fritzl would take his daughter there and rape her.

Elisabeth gave birth to 6 of Joseph children. Kerstin, 19, Stefan, 18, and six-year- old Felix, lived underground with her. Their siblings Lisa, 16, Monika, 14 and 12-year-old Alexander lived a 'normal' life upstairs, the article said.

The article also reports Josef, now 73, could escape justice by pleading insanity. A team of psychiatrists are due to examine him today at St Poelten Prison, after which he is expected to be officially sectioned.

Fritzl is facing charges of rape, incest and kidnap, according to the report.

To see the entire article on Elisabeth captivity click here.

April 20, 2008

Chelsea Clinton Gets Rave Review During Gay Bar Crawl

Chelsea Clinton won rave reviews from members of the gay community Friday night, reported msnbc.

Clinton was reported to have been mobbed by local gays and lesbians in Philadelphia during a bar crawl, who hugged an kissed Clinton, with some exclaiming they loved her. Getting from one event to another during the night proved difficult at times, as she was constantly stopped by admirers while walking down the sidewalk, reported msnbc.

“I grabbed her ass,� one young woman exclaimed to her friends after snapping a picture with Clinton, reported msnbc.

Msnbc also reported even Obama supporters at a bar stop tried to snap pictures of the former first daughter.

In all, she visited four bars in Center City, concluding her tour at Woody’s, the city’s most famous gay bar.

April 13, 2008

Pregnant Teens Drink Spiked with Abortion Pill

A Pennsylvania teenage girl was the victim of an attempt of forced abortion when her drink was spiked with a drug normally used to abort pregnancies in cows reported a Pennsylvania local paper and the website LifeNews.com.

Both medias reported whoever tainted the drink between 7 a.m. and 4p.m. March 31 at Williamsburg High School is still at large, and both state and local officials are looking for the culprit.

Authorities are considering the crime an aggravated assault against both the girl and her unborn child reported the website and Pennsylvania's Centre Daily Times.

Officials told the news agency a drug and syringe were reported stolen from a farm in Huston Township, according to both medias.

The investigation was still ongoing as of Sunday, reported the Centre Daily Times.

April 6, 2008

Wheelchair bandit gets away

A man in a wheelchair robs a bank. Sounds like a bizarre plot in a comedy- but it's true.

The Associated Press reported police from a Palo Alto, Calif. are looking for a bank robber who's getaway vehicle was an electric wheelchair. According to the AP police said an elderly man with gray hair and a beard held up a Wachovia Bank Branch at a local shopping center Thursday afternoon armed with a black handgun.

The man was last seen wheeling down a street and headed toards a major thoroughfare said the AP.

Reports on witness accounts indicated the man's leg were wrapped in bandages and his right leg was sticking straight out when he left. It was unclear investigators told the AP as of Friday if the wheelchair was a prop or whether the suspect is truely disabled.

A van may have been involved.

A local paper, The Mercury News, reported today the search for the "wheelchair bandit" is still ongoing and a police sketch has been released.

March 30, 2008

Newspapers losing money

Editor & Publisher, America's oldest journal covering the newspaper industry, reported the industry has expierenced the worst drop in advertising revenue in more than 50 years.

According to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America, total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunged 9.4% to $42 billion compared to 2006 -- the most severe percent decline since the association started measuring advertising expenditures in 1950. The article goes on to included the figures and how revenue is decreasing.

"Even with the near-term challenges posed to print media by a more fragmented information environment and the economic headwinds facing all advertising media, newspapers publishers are continuing to drive strong revenue growth from their increasingly robust Web platforms," the journal reported John Sturm, president and CEO of the NAA, said in a statement.


March 16, 2008

Proxy Weddings: both spouses not necessary

Montana is the only state to permit double-proxy wedding, wherein the presence of heither the bride or groom is required and has had it on their books for several decades perhaps to accomodate soldiers during World War II reported the New York Times.

The article goes on to describe the indifferent proxies of the day, such as Sarah Knapton, 22, who is a college student and professional proxy.

The cost to the real bride and groom: $900, $50 apiece to the proxies, $100 to the judge, $150 to the lawyer (and witness); $53 for court fees; $14 for two certified copies of the marriage certificate; and the rest to a Pennsylvania couple who run a business facilitating proxy marriages the paper reported.

The Times article also goes on to discuss the couples taking advantage of the quick minute weddings (mostly for reasons of war) and the people behind the nuptials.

To see the article click here

March 9, 2008

Advance

Analysis entry on event coverage Find a news report that advances some event – an exhibit, a movie opening, a festival. What are the sources used in the story? What is the angle of the story? How has the reporter crafted something more than a listing?

On Friday, The Minnesota Daily advanced the Gopher hockey games vs. the Duluth Bulldogs (The series occured this past weekend) in their article "Minnesota seniors looking for win No. 102."

The article uses the fact the gopher seniors on the team have won 100 games, but would like to make the number 102 because sweeping the series would give Minnesota a chance at home ice in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

The sources used in the article are the coach, Don Lucia, and two senior players, Tom Pohl and Ben Gordon. They are used to advance the what they want to accomplish this weekend, a reflection of their season, and the competition tghey are up against.

This article is more than a listing because it gives the more new worthy elements of the even, what would winning over the weekend mean to the team, as well as students at the U. The sporting event, is used as a base for information an the Gophers attitudes, overall season, and the upcoming Frozen Four. Hockey is big in Minnesota and students at the U want to know the news behind the stats and action.

I Love Caribou!

Caribou Coffee in Minnesota is thriving, beating out Starbucks in earnings for the state, but unfortunetly Caribou's stock values tell a different story of success nationally.

The Star Tribune's Sunday article "Caribou stock: Half full or half empty" Caribou remains largely a Minnesota" reported that the coffeehouse remaind largely a Minnesotan phenomenom and accorrding to stocks failing to outmuscle Starbucks in any state but it's own. In fact, caribou hasn't turned a profit since 2002.

However, the paper questions whether Caribou is really doing as poorly as the numbers suggest. The stock originated at $14 a share when the company went public in September of 2005, but on Friday closed at a amount far off from it's strting value: $2.61. It is rare for a compny to trade below book value.

Caribou still has 51 cents of cash value per share, meaning buyers must pay just over $2 for the stock once that cash value is subtracted and owning equity with book value $3.06 per share.

The Star Tribune goes on to ask if this is a classic deep-value play, or yet another trap in a free-faliing market.

The paper reported the answer seems unclear because Caribou has been reluctant to provide guidance and have only said a long-term plan is being created in recent month. In addition two top executives resigned during this time.

Their is alot of uncertainty around the company's business model and long term prospects and Caribou needs to pick a leader and move ahead, in addition to their recent liscensing and franchise deals and increased sales through commercial customers, said David E. Tarantino, an analyst with Robert W Baird & Co. Inc., an international firm based in Milwaukee.

Caribou is hoping to improve business by focusing on their stores that are successful and closing the weaker links. The company has closed 28 stores in the last year and a similiar number of closures are planned for this year, said the Star Tribune.

"We're going to have a healthier store base," said the investor relations spokeswoman Kathleen Heaney to the Star Tribune. "We want to focus on the states we're already in."

This pan is expected to eventually help limit Caribou's losses the paper reported. In 2007 the comapny had an estimated loss of 71 cents per share, but it is expected to be narrowed down to 37 cents per share in 2009.

Alfred Marcus, a professor of strategic management at the Carlson School of Management at the Univerisity of Minnesota told the paper Caribou is not doomed just because it is a smaller competitor up against the giant, Starbucks and that dominating a regional can be a very power position, but Caribou must strive to differentiate themselves from Starbucks.

March 2, 2008

"Starving Themselves, Cocktail in Hand"

Anorexia is an ongoing issue popping up on Web sites, blogs, on television and in newspaper article. The medical disorder has spawned many subcategories and buzzwords including- manorexia, orthorexia, and bing eating dosorder, claims the article "Starving Themselves, Cocktail in Hand."

The New York Times reported Sunday the newest buzzword to be linked to food related ills is drunkorexia. They reported the term, which is not an official medical term, is shorthand for the disturbing blend of behaviors, which combines self-imposed starvation or pingeing and purging with alcohol abuse.

Although the NY Times reported anorexics usually avoid alchohol and its heavy calories, some drink to cam down before eating or use alcohol as their only sustenance.

College-age binge drinkers, typically women, are among those described as drunkorexic because they have a tendency to starve themselves all day to offset the calories in alcohol they consume, the NY Times said.

"There are women who are afraid to put a grape in their mouth but have no problem drinking a beer, said Douglas Bunnell, the director of outpatient clinical services for the Renfrew Center, based in Philadelphia.

Bunnell also told the NY Times said the obsession with being skinny and social acceptance of drinking and using drugs contribute to the problem because they glorify and reinforce the behaviors.

To see the entire article on drunkorexia, including nformation related to other anorexic buzzwords click here.

February 24, 2008

What Do Men and Shoes Have in Common?

"I imagine myself trying on this pair of shoes [Miu Miu's] and walking deftly out the door, a woman who knows how to pull off a fashion statement and never, ever falls for a heel in a suit and tie." -from "Heel, Girl! by Daphne Merkin

The New York Times Style Magazine printed a insightful, yet hilarious, article on the parallels between jerks and shoes. Daphne Merkin has the answers to why women are allured both to high heels (as in the shoes) and male heels (as in the jerks).

Heels, in the male sense, are not poseurs. Heels understand women and like the footwear they resemble they have elevated proportions of initial appeal, they suggest endless foreplay, and they make you feel good. Unfortunately for both, the initial appeal tends to wear out with the wearing.

To see Daphne Merkin's quirky article click here.

February 16, 2008

Job Cuts!!!!

Newsroom cuts have been plaguing the newspaper industry and the industry's economic picure is worsening. In the last week two major newspaper, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, have announced job cuts.

The NY Times reported their executive editors said Thursday that after years of resisting cuts due to financial strain the will be eliminating about 100 newsroom jobs.

Their editor, Bill Keller said that the cuts will be made quickly by not filling vacant jobs, offering buyouts, and if necessary layoffs. He said the more people who accept buyouts the less layoffs there will be. However, he said The NY Times should brace themselves for some layoffs.

The NY Times currently employs 1,332 newsroom employees, a number larger than all other American newsrooms.

Significants cuts had been made in some of The NY Times other properties, including The Boston Globe and other nonnews operations.

The NY Times stock an profits have been decreasing. Exact numbers concerning stock and profits can be found in The NY Times news report.

The New York Observer reported Wednesday that the L.A. Times will be eliminating 100-150 newsroom jobs. They will also be ending opening positions and laying off some workers.

Sam Zell and publisher David Hiller are divided over who should run the L.A. Times and this was some of the dirty work they must do before the decision is made.

Zell wrote in an e-mail that he wants to add staff some day, but: "Unfortunately, I can't turn this ship from its course of the past 10 years within just a few months." Zell said there will be job cuts at all Tribune papers.

You can see both Zell and Hiller's memos here.

The NY Times reported in addition to their cuts other large papers have made much bigger cuts, proportionally. Some newsrooms are more than 20 percent smaller than they were early in the decade.

The Wall Street Journal, which was acquired by the News Corporation in December is faring better than the two newspapers. The NY Times reported Rupert Murdoch, the News Corporation’s chairman, is calling for The Journal to become an alternative to The NY Times.

The Journal has about 750 newsroom personnel, a figure that does not include some of the support staff that most newspapers include in the tally. That is the largest the number has ever been, and executives have said they expect it to grow.

February 9, 2008

Bride Dies During Wedding's First Dance

A Florida bride’s perfect wedding turned tragic when she died during her wedding's first dance, less than an hour after exchanging vows.

The Associated Press reported while Kim Sjostrom and Teddy Efkarpides were dancing to a Greek song meaning "Love Me" the bride complained of being lightheaded and collapsed in her husband’s arms.

Efkarpides thought his wife, who was diabetic, needed sugar.

Wedding guests, paramedics and doctors at a nearby hospital were unable to revive her.

Sjostrom was dead at 38, after her own desired "Big Fat Greek Wedding" from heart disease.

Sjostrom, who had a previous cardiac episode in her 20's, and Efkarpides celebrated their marriage exactly three years after their first meeting.

On Jan. 19 Sjostrom wed the 43-year-old carpenter in a gown provided by Davie Elementary School, where she taught first grade. The school also provided the decorations, minister, and flowers.

The bride had the Greek wedding she had wanted.

"It was perfect for her," said Dominic Church, the minister and friend.

Efkarpides, now widowed, consoles himself of his loss by reading the list Sjostrom gave him after their first Christmas together. The list consisted of 101 reasons why she loved him.

No. 98 is now hard for Efkarpides. It reads, "You're the one I want to grow old with."


February 1, 2008

Aussie Actor Heath Ledger Dead at 28.

Heath Ledger, actor, father, Oscar nominee and Aussie heartthrob, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 22, according to the New York Police Department. He was 28.

Ledger was found dead in his SOHO apartment at around 3:30 p.m. He was found nude laying in his bed when his housekeeper came to wake him for a massage appointment. When she shook him and got no response she called 911. Ledger was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m.

Police did not suspect foul play but did find medications near the body, including perscription sleeping pill, prescribed in Ledger's name. Authorities found six different types of European prescription drugs including pills to treat insomnia and anxiety and an antihistamine.

The Autopsy on Wednesday, January 23 was inconclusive. A cause-of-death determination is expected later this week.

Ledger is remembered by his fans, family, and friends. His friends included many collegues and co-stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred with him in Brokeback Mountain, the film about a tragic love affair between two cowboys, which earned Ledger an Oscar nomination.

The reasons for Ledge's death have been widely speculated to the diapproval of some, including Star Jones. Jones believed the reporting done on Ledger was disrespectful to the dead.

Entertainment Tonight and The Insider planned on airing a video allegedly of Ledger at a Hollywood drug party. They announced Thursday they would not be airing the clip out of respect for the family. The Insider aired a long teaser just the day before, featuring Ledger speaking of past drug use and stating his girlfriend would be angry.

Ledger's publisist called the drug allegations "heinous lies."

Michelle Williams, Ledgers ex-girlfriend and co-star in Brokeback Mountain, rep denies accusations that their relationship ended over Ledger's drug use.

His family and friends say his death was not a suicide.

Ledger is survived by his daughter with Williams Matilda Rose, 2.

He has two movies coming out later this year, including The Dark Knight, part of the Batman series. Ledger plays the Joker.