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  • Singer Michael says cannabis keeps him sane - TV

    10/20/2006 2:33:32 PM PDT · by Panerai · 18 replies · 516+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/20/2006
    LONDON (Reuters) - Pop star George Michael said smoking cannabis kept him "sane and happy" and appeared to light up a joint during an interview on ITV news channel, ITV said on Friday. The comments have landed the former Wham! frontman in hot water with mental health groups and drug charities concerned about the message Michael's comments will send to young people. "All drugs have potential to harm and that is the principal message we need to get across," William Butler, spokesman for the Addaction drugs charity, told the Evening Standard. A spokeswoman for the 43-year-old singer, who recently embarked...
  • 'Anatomy' star T.R. Knight says he's gay

    10/20/2006 2:30:24 PM PDT · by Panerai · 12 replies · 1,258+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/2006
    NEW YORK - "Grey's Anatomy" star T.R. Knight says he's gay, but hopes people don't consider that "the most interesting part of me." The 33-year-old actor addressed rumors of his sexuality in a statement to People magazine Thursday. "I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I'd like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there," Knight's statement read. "While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me." Knight plays Dr. George O'Malley on the popular ABC drama. A former...
  • Kerry returns to state where he began presidential run

    10/20/2006 2:24:06 PM PDT · by Panerai · 27 replies · 497+ views ^ | 10/20/2006
    CHARLESTON, S.C. --Sen. John Kerry, returning to the state where he began his quest for the presidency, thanked supporters Friday and said he has no problem campaigning in heavily Republican South Carolina. "You just bled and worked your hearts out, notwithstanding how red some people may think South Carolina is," the Massachusetts Democrat told about 75 people at a rally for Randy Maatta, a Democrat running in the state's 1st Congressional District. "We came within one state. We came within 59,000 votes of setting this country on a better track," said Kerry, recalling how he opened his presidential campaign across...
  • Romney defends plan to form network of Mormon supporters

    10/20/2006 7:56:37 AM PDT · by Panerai · 11 replies · 598+ views / AP ^ | 10/20/2006
    BOSTON --Political operatives for Gov. Mitt Romney have consulted with leaders of the Mormon church about building a nationwide network of supporters, should the Massachusetts Republican move ahead with plans to run for president in 2008. Among the ideas under consideration was tapping alumni chapters across the country from Brigham Young University's business school, The Boston Globe reported. The drive has been dubbed "MVP," for "Mutual Values and Priorities," since Romney himself is a Mormon. On Tuesday, one of Romney's top aides, Spencer Zwick, told the Globe that the national network program had been abandoned. Romney on Thursday defended the...
  • Apple patent hints at satellite radio

    10/20/2006 5:47:55 AM PDT · by Panerai · 212+ views
    MacNN ^ | 10/20/2006
    A recently discovered patent application from Apple hints at the company's exploration into satellite radio technology. The filing -- published on October 19th and originally filed in August of 2005 -- refers to two distinct methods of integrating the iPod with satellite services. The first aspect of the patent describes the ability to tune "into a wireless signal (e.g., AM/FM radio, digital radio, or Wi-Fi)" using an iPod-style player with "the capability to accept accessories to add the necessary functionality." While this may refer to Apple's Radio Remote released late in 2005, the patent's explicit mention of support well beyond...
  • ‘South Park’ and conspiracy theorists

    10/19/2006 12:45:54 PM PDT · by Panerai · 30 replies · 974+ views
    The Daily O'Collegian ^ | 10/19/2006 | Brent Battle
    “South Park” has evolved like most memorable TV shows in American pop culture. Since its 1997 debut, the show known for mocking every topic imaginable has become a beacon of social and political commentary. The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have critiqued Tom Cruise, the issue of censorship and other topics most shows dare not touch. At the end of each episode, one of the show’s main characters, a fourth grader, often offers a moral statement reminiscent of one of Aesop’s fables. But Oct. 11’s social commentary came without a moral lesson. “The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce”...
  • First security flaw signaled in IE7

    10/19/2006 12:39:54 PM PDT · by Panerai · 15 replies · 653+ views
    IDG News Service ^ | 10/19/2006 | Peter Sayer
    Less than 24 hours after the launch of Internet Explorer 7, security researchers are poking holes in the new browser. Danish security company Secunia ApS reported Thursday that IE7 contains an information disclosure vulnerability, the same one it reported in IE6 in April. The vulnerability affects the final version of IE7 running on Windows XP with Service Pack 2. If a surfer uses IE7 to visit a maliciously crafted Web site, that site could exploit the security flaw to read information from a separate, secure site to which the surfer is logged in. That could enable an attacker to read...
  • New Healey ad links Patrick record to women's fears of rape

    10/18/2006 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Panerai · 3 replies · 467+ views / AP ^ | 10/18/2006 | Steve LeBlanc
    Kerry Healey, struggling to close a gender gap with Democratic rival Deval Patrick, is unveiling a scathing new television ad linking Patrick's past efforts to seek parole for a convicted rapist with womens' fears of being attacked. The ad is drawing fire from women who support Patrick and victim advocates who said the Republican candidate for governor is pandering to women's fears in an attempt to draw votes and is ignoring the fact that the vast number of sexual assaults are committed by relatives or acquaintances, not strangers. The ad, set to begin airing on Thursday, features grainy images of...
  • FBI director wants ISPs to track users

    10/17/2006 10:08:05 PM PDT · by Panerai · 73 replies · 1,821+ views
    Cnet ^ | 10/17/2006 | Declan McCullagh
    FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year. "Terrorists coordinate their plans cloaked in the anonymity of the Internet, as do violent sexual predators prowling chat rooms," Mueller said in a speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Boston. "All too often, we find that before we can catch these offenders, Internet service providers have unwittingly deleted the very records that would help us identify these offenders and protect future victims,"...
  • "South Park" touches on something new

    10/17/2006 9:54:57 PM PDT · by Panerai · 2 replies · 621+ views
    Recordonline ^ | 10/17/2006 | Germain Lussier
    Mel Gibson? Check. Saddam Hussein? Check. Scientology? Check. In fact, there are few controversial topics that “South Park” has not beat up on in its 10-year run. Tomorrrow (Oct. 18) at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central however, they’re touching something that maybe shouldn’t be touched. Pun intended. In “Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy,” (yes, you read that right) new hall monitor Eric Cartman uses his authority to help Kyle turn in a teacher who is having sex with a student. And in case you were wondering, the South Park boys are still in elementary school. The episode replays at midnight...
  • Jennifer Aniston's sick of sexist Hollywood

    10/15/2006 4:32:06 PM PDT · by Panerai · 31 replies · 1,469+ views
    Life Style Extra ^ | 10/12/2006
    Jennifer Aniston is sick of sexist Hollywood scriptwriters. The former 'Friends' actress is keen to star in more comedy films after the success of her movie 'The Break-Up', in which she appeared with now ex-boyfriend Vince Vaughn. However, Jennifer insists comedies are never written with a female lead character and she thinks it is time for Tinseltown to have a major rethink. She said: "There is not a lot out there. Comedies with male leads are such one-man shows. FiView the profile for Ben Stiller on Celebrity Spotlightlms just don't come along very often with equal female funniness." In her...
  • Jobs on iPod, iTunes and Zune

    10/15/2006 2:25:36 PM PDT · by Panerai · 3 replies · 503+ views ^ | 10/15/2006
    With the 5th anniversary of the iPod, Newsweek spoke with Steve Jobs about the iPod, iTunes Store and Zune as a potential threat. According to Jobs, one major reason for the iPod's success was its relative simplicity: Look at the design of a lot of consumer products—they're really complicated surfaces. We tried make something much more holistic and simple.Meanwhile, courting the music studios to distribute music through iTunes was an 18 month process, with them gradually coming over. During the negotiations, the initial limited distribution to the Mac platform only was seen as a positive feature. "If we're completely wrong...
  • Friendly advice to a pol/pal: Hang it up, Christy

    10/15/2006 6:10:09 AM PDT · by Panerai · 38 replies · 1,066+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 10/15/2006 | Howie Carr
    Christy, it’s time to quit the governor’s race. Let me be blunt: You are a straw for Deval Patrick. Of course you deny it, but there’s an old saying that the best straw is the one who doesn’t even know he’s a straw. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a straw is a candidate in a fight who drains off votes from the main challenger. Basically, a straw splits the anti-vote, so that even if a majority are against a particularly odious candidate, he still slides in. Christy is playing Ross Perot to Deval’s Clinton. But this campaign is not...
  • Moonbats grill Deval at Scondras barbecue

    10/12/2006 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Panerai · 3 replies · 552+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 10/13/2006 | Howie Carr
    Memo to Dave Scondras: Stop e-mailing little boys. Start e-mailing Gov. Patrick. Dave Scondras is an accused sex offender and a Deval Patrick supporter - but I repeat myself. I tried to reach out to the accused pedophile yesterday, for old times sake, but “Toppdadd” - that’s the screen name he allegedly used to set up a “date” with a 15-year-old boy - hung up on me. I guess Scondras was too busy working on his “nonprofit,” which is called “Search for Cure,” meaning AIDS. It’s an odd career choice, considering that in his spare time he’s trolling the Internet,...
  • South Park: Mystery of the Urinal Deuce

    10/11/2006 11:00:43 PM PDT · by Panerai · 3 replies · 854+ views
    TV Squad ^ | 10/12/2006 | Adam Finley
    (S10E09) Almost immediately after the events of 9/11, conspiracy theories began to crop up, and probably faster than ever before now that we had the internet and a way to instantaneously transmit gross misinformation and conclusions rife with logical fallacies. I think Cartman best summed up this episode with a line from his song about finding the truth behind 9/11: "I can't base my logic on proof." While Mr. Macke tries to find out which boy took a crap in one of the urinals, Cartman decides to finally get to the bottom of 9/11. He presents his finding in class,...
  • Stargate SG-1 movies coming to DVD

    10/11/2006 8:40:52 PM PDT · by Panerai · 10 replies · 441+ views
    Gateworld ^ | 10/11/2006
    What's the future of Stargate SG-1? Fans have been wondering and rumors have been flying for weeks since the long-running SCI FI Channel series was cancelled in August (story). Now, at least the first part of that answer is here. MGM has given a green light for the show's creators to produce two direct-to-DVD movies based on SG-1. Executive producer Brad Wright let TV Guide in on the news this week. "It's the climax of the Ori story line," Wright said of the first film. The movie will tie up the loose ends from the show's tenth season, which is...
  • Republican invokes Chappaquiddick against Democratic rival

    10/11/2006 3:08:34 PM PDT · by Panerai · 95 replies · 2,763+ views ^ | 10/11/2006 | Andrew Miga
    HARTFORD, Conn. --Republican Rep. Christopher Shays defended the House speaker's handling of a congressional page scandal, saying no one died like at Chappaquiddick in 1969 when Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy was involved. "I know the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water, and then have a press conference the next day," the embattled Connecticut congressman told The Hartford Courant in remarks published Wednesday. "Dennis Hastert didn't kill anybody," he added. Shays' comments recalled the Chappaquiddick incident, when Kennedy's car ran off a Massachusetts bridge, killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy did not...
  • Jessica Alba: 'I Don't Do Nudity' ( to the horror of men everywhere)

    10/11/2006 10:52:22 AM PDT · by Panerai · 26 replies · 1,258+ views
    People ^ | 10/11/2006 | Stephen M. Silverman
    It's nerves over nakedness, as far as Jessica Alba is concerned. The 25-year-old actress tells Elle magazine in its November issue that when she was playing a stripper in 2005's Sin City, directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez offered her the option to bare all – but she said no way. "I don't do nudity. I just don't," says Alba, who is currently shooting the movie farce Good Luck Chuck with Dane Cook. "Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won't get hired in some things. But I have too much anxiety." Of the 2005 flare-up in which...
  • Romania – EU: Who Needs Who?

    10/09/2006 7:17:56 PM PDT · by Panerai · 4 replies · 381+ views
    Jurnal ^ | 10/10/2006 | Ilie Serbanescu
    Apparently, the officials of the West-European states don’t take into account the opinions of the people in their countries (which form the actual electorate) as far as the Romanian adherence is concerned, despite the fact that the polls show an extraordinary reluctance of these people towards the Romanians and the Bulgarians. It seems that the West-European leaders put the Romanians in front of their electorate. Nothing falser! Actually, the West-European leaders take the interest of their countries very seriously. The thing is they see the long-term consequences, but not the immediate effect. The Romanians are not a threat for the...
  • Listeners’ IQs bring Severin back to Boston (not poor ratings in syndication)

    10/09/2006 8:50:04 AM PDT · by Panerai · 15 replies · 969+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 10/09/2006 | Jessica Heslam
    He wasn’t canned and his syndicated radio show didn’t bomb. Jay Severin says he missed the energy and “IQ” of his Boston audience and yukking it up during the afternoon commute. Starting tomorrow at 3 p.m., Severin returns solely to Boston radio, back to his afternoon drive-time gig at Greater Media Inc.’s WTKK-FM (96.9), after a near nine-month run in syndication. The controversial host reportedly inked a seven-year deal worth more than a million a year with Greater Media, making him one of the highest paid - if not the highest - local radio hosts in the country. In an...