BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 30 August, 2013


30 August, 2013

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Suzanne Moore: The death of the middle class will undermine our democracy (Guardian)
The squeezed middle yelps. Indeed, on the latest statistics, it is gasping for air. Will they riot, or form an orderly queue to loot Debenhams?

Andrew Tobias: And In Case We DO Live Forever
(Yesterday's advice: "Invest for the long-term.") I would add: (1) floss (2) moisturize (3) avoid buying stock in companies that write annuities But the main thing?

Matthew Yglesias: Life Expectancy Is a Terrible Way to Judge America's Health Care System (Slate)
If we raised the taxes on alcohol and gasoline and then spent all the revenue on a pointless bridge in Alaska, American life expectency would go up. Not because our health care system would become more efficient, but because fewer people would die in car wrecks and murders. And as it happens, raising those taxes would be a good idea. Fewer people would die in car wrecks and murders!

Adam Gopnik: WHY TEACH ENGLISH? (New Yorker)
Whence, and where, and why the English major? The subject is in every mouth-or, at least, is getting kicked around agitatedly in columns and reviews and Op-Ed pieces. The English major is vanishing from our colleges as the Latin prerequisite vanished before it, we're told, a dying choice bound to a dead subject.

Ben Orlin: You're Not Stupid. You're Slow (Slate)
Teachers use a variety of words to describe failure. Here's what they all mean.

Aisha Harris: You Need Songza in Your Life (Slate)
Songza is free of those automated playlists that pick and choose at random songs that may "sound like" an artist or song, but often don't. There are no audible commercial interruptions-ever. (There are ads displayed on the site, but they are easy to ignore, especially since the service is free.) What you'll get when you arrive at Songza's website is a "music concierge" tailored to suit your life at any given moment.

Eddie Deezen: Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas (Neatorama)
Elvis met Ann-Margret on the set at rehearsals and greeted her with "I hear you're the female me." (Ann was being touted as "the Female Elvis Presley" at the time.) By all accounts, the incredible chemistry between the two superstars existed offscreen as well as on. It became apparent to all of Elvis' closest friends that he had fallen head over heels in love with his beautiful, sexy, young co-star.

Rob Bricken: Well, the new Carrie trailer just showed off the whole damn movie (io9)
To be fair, since Carrie is remake of a 1976 movie based on a book published in 1974, saying this new trailer "spoils" the movie probably isn't quite right. But still, maybe they shouldn't have reminded us about every single major event in the book in chronological order? ... What do I know? I'm no Hollywood movie executive. For starters, I don't have a crippling cocaine addiction.

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Because of her uncredited dubbing work in film, who did Time magazine call "The Ghostess with the Mostest"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Thank You for Being a Friend" was the theme song for what TV series?

      The Golden Girls                                                      Source

"Thank You for Being a Friend" is a song written by Andrew Gold, who recorded it for his third album, All This and Heaven Too. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.

The song was later re-recorded by Cynthia Fee to serve as the theme song for the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, and recorded again for the series' CBS spin-off The Golden Palace.        Source

mj was first, and correct, with:
   There's only one left
  Betty White. The other Golden Girls are having a post-life reunion.

Charlie wrote:
   The Golden Girls

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Golden Girls

Adam answered:
   The Golden Girls.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Golden Girls." It was my mother's favorite show.

Marian replied:
   Golden Girls

Sally said:
   "Thank You for Being a Friend" was the theme song for the NBC sitcom, "The Golden Girls" TV series.

  The only one I liked on the show was Betty White.
  Still love her...
  PS: Shout out to B2BB, enjoy your day!!
  PPS: Went to see, "The Butler" yesterday. It is a long movie, but very good (with an underlining sadness throughout the story). Oprah was great, I think we sometimes forget what a superb actress is she...
  It really brought to mind the turbulent years in which I lived through as well.

Dale Diamond Springs, Norcali, responded:
   Golden Girls - Check out this mash-up.
  Of course you know what's coming next: Bea and Betty!!

Alan J answered:
   The Golden Girls

MAM   wrote:
   'The Golden Girls'

  Golden Girls Theme Song

BttbBob   replied:
   "The Golden Girls"... It follows some of the "Frasier" episodes I view, so I hear the start of the song until I change the channel. See, despite all the accolades and awards, I could never warm to the program. Why? I can't put a finger on it, but there it is. I don't think I've ever watched an episode of it to completion.
  Happy Birthday this day to:

Cameron Diaz
  (40) There's something about her...

Peggy Lipton
  (65) A teenage dream of mine...

Michael Chiklis
  (49) The most Bad-Azz Cop ever... Seriously... I-am-not-kiddin'...

Jean-Claude Killy
  (69) Jean Claude Killy from France. Won Gold at Grenoble in '68 in all three Alpine events. Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill. A personal hero of mine in my teens as I was a skier... and we shared a birthday.

  (60) Me... Late November '80, standing 'Lookout' on the port Bridge Wing aboard the USCGC Bramble somewhere out on Lake Huron... No land in sight and only the occasional freighter to be seen. Rotated with another Seaman on the helm every half hour in damn'd cold weather like this... I miss it. It's the French 'Voyageur' and Ojibwe DNA in me that yearns for the "mishigamaa"...

  Born this day:

Fred MacMurray
  (1908-1991) People remember him for a lot of roles. I remember him most for being that weasel, Lt. Keefer in "The Caine Mutiny"... Keefer deserved that drink in the face by Lt. Greenwald (Jose Ferrer) after the trial...

Shirley Booth
  (1898-1992) What a sweetheart...

Joan Crawford
  (1906-1979) Joan was rather risque in 1933, eh?

  Geoffrey Beene (1924-2004) Fashion designer for women (and men) - I gladly bought his shirts. Still do, occasionally. Became the first American in 1976 to show in Milan. Glenn Close and Faye Dunaway were clients...

  Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Author of "Frankenstein"... It still amazes me that a woman wrote that. Particularly in the age she did.

August 30 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 30 | Famous Birthdays

Randall answered:
   The Golden Girls
  It made TV stars of Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan Most already knew Bea (Maude) Arthur and the always wonderful Betty White.
  Personally, I don't believe The Golden Girls would have been the hit it was without Betty White.

And, Joe S     took the day off.



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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

This picture was taken early afternoon, August 28, 2013, between Primm & Las Vegas, NV, on I-15.
See all the greenery?
This time of year, it should look like a chip-chart of browns, not like it's decked out for a St. Patrick's day parade.
That's just not right.



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Last Night

Hot. Humid. Unpleasant.

Hey - BadtotheboneBob's birthday is today! HB, Robert!

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Undercover Boss', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 7/29/13) are Denzel Washington and James McCartney.
On a RERUN Craig (from 2/3/13) are Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Julie Chen, Neil Patrick Harris, Nikki Reed, and Drew Brees.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers', followed by another RERUN 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Sen. John McCain, Diablo Cody, and Booker T. Jones with Mayer Hawthorne.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 8/2/13) are Bryan Cranston, Common, Miranda Hart, and Robin Thicke.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/2/13) are Pete Wentz, "No Place on Earth", and Tift Merritt.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Last Man Standing', followed by a RERUN 'The Neighbors', then a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by a '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 8/13/13) are Josh Duhamel, Adam Perry Lang, and Luke Bryan.

The CW fills the night with LIVE 'NFL Preseason Football'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bones', followed by a RERUN 'The Following'.

MY has an old 'Monk', followed by another old 'Monk'.

A&E has 'Storage Wars New York', another 'Storage Wars New York', 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', and, yes, yet another 'Storage Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'Next Of Kin', followed by the movie 'The Green Mile'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]    MASTERCHEF UK: THE PROFESSIONALS - Season 5 - Episode 15
 [9:00AM]    MASTERCHEF UK: THE PROFESSIONALS - Season 5 - Episode 16
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 4 - Ep 26 - Redemption, Part 1
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Redemption, Part 2
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Darmok
 [1:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 12 - Charlie's
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Fenwick Arms
 [3:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Peter's
 [4:00PM]    MASTERCHEF UK: THE PROFESSIONALS - Season 5 - Episode 15
 [5:00PM]    MASTERCHEF UK: THE PROFESSIONALS - Season 5 - Episode 16
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Man of the People
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Relics
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Schisms
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 6 - True Q
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - season 6 - Ep 3 - Man of the People
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Relics
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Schisms
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 6 - True Q
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Man of the People    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Panic room', followed by the movie 'Scary Movie'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Idiocracy', followed by the movie 'National Lampoon's Van Wilder', 'Tosh.0', and another 'Tosh.0'.

FX has the movie 'Alvin & the Chipmunks', followed by the movie 'Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel'.

History has all 'American Restoration' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Watching the Baby
 [6:30AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Goodbye Kitty
 [7:00AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Thanksgiving
 [7:30AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Malcolm Films Reese
 [8:00AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Malcolm's Job
 [8:30AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Christmas Trees
 [9:00AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Block Party
 [9:30AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Dirty Magazine
 [10:00AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Hot Tub
 [10:30AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Ida's Boyfriend
 [11:00AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Softball
 [11:30AM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Lois' Sister
 [12:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Malcolm Dates a Family
 [12:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Reese's Apartment
 [1:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Malcolm Visits College
 [1:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Polly in the Middle
 [2:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Experiment
 [2:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Dewey's Special Class
 [3:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Victor's Other Family
 [3:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Reese Joins the Army
 [4:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Reese Joins the Army
 [4:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Reese Comes Home
 [5:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Buseys Run Away
 [5:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Standee
 [6:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Pearl Harbor
 [6:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Kitty's Back
 [7:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Hal's Christmas Gift
 [7:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Hal Sleepwalks
 [8:00PM]    The Transporter
 [10:00PM]    Comedy Bang! Bang!-Sarah Silverman Wears a Black Dress with a White collar
 [10:30PM]    Arrested Development-Forget Me Now
 [11:00PM]    Arrested Development-Notap...
 [11:30PM]    Arrested Development-Mr. F
 [12:00AM]    Arrested Development-The Ocean Walker
 [12:30AM]    Arrested Development-Prison Break-In
 [1:00AM]    Comedy Bang! Bang!-Sarah Silverman Wears a Black Dress with a White collar
 [1:30AM]    House of the Dead
 [3:30AM]    Dance of the Dead
 [5:15AM]    Whitest Kids U'Know
 [5:30AM]    Bunk    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Dog Day Afternoon
 [8:15AM]    Marathon Man
 [10:30AM]    The Killing Fields
 [1:30PM]    Dog Day Afternoon
 [3:45PM]    A'mare
 [4:00PM]    Dead Man Walking
 [6:00PM]    Roxanne
 [8:00PM]    Moulin Rouge
 [10:15PM]    Love Actually
 [12:45AM]    Moulin Rouge
 [3:00AM]    Love Actually
 [5:30AM]    Man Shops Globe-UK    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Continuum', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH 'Continuum'.

TCM spends 24 hours with Kirk Douglas.
 [6:00 AM]      Out of the Past (1947)
 [8:00 AM]      Young Man With a Horn (1950)
 [10:00 AM]      The Big Trees (1952)
 [11:30 AM]      Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)
 [1:30 PM]      Town Without Pity (1962)
 [3:30 PM]      The Hook (1963)
 [5:30 PM]      The Way West (1967)
 [7:45 PM]      Carson on TCM: Kirk Douglas (8/31/88) (2013)
 [8:00 PM]      Paths Of Glory (1957)
 [9:45 PM]      Act of Love (1953)
 [11:45 PM]      Lust For Life (1956)
 [2:00 AM]      The Big Sky (1952)
 [4:30 AM]      Along the Great Divide (1951)

Saturday   -  09/01/13

TCM spends 24 hours with Rex Harrison.
 [6:00 AM]      Men Are Not Gods (1936)
 [7:45 AM]      Storm in a Teacup (1937)
 [9:30 AM]      The Citadel (1938)
 [11:30 AM]      Over the Moon (1940)
 [1:00 PM]      King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
 [3:00 PM]      Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
 [5:00 PM]      My Fair Lady (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Anna And The King Of Siam (1946)
 [10:30 PM]      St. Martin's Lane (1938)    [AKA: '']
 [12:00 AM]      The Foxes of Harrow (1947)
 [2:15 AM]      The Rake's Progress (1945)    [AKA: '']
 [4:15 AM]      The Long Dark Hall (1951)

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Singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter waves to fans as she sits inside a car on the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel while filming a video on Coney Island in New York August 29, 2013.
Photo by Carlo Allegri


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Governors Award - 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

June Foray

She voiced a flying squirrel and a Russian femme fatale, among countless other beloved characters, and now here's something you'll really like: June Foray is getting an honorary Emmy for her 60 years of behind-the-scenes service. Foray, who is 95, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Governors Award, which she'll receive at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Often referred to as "The First Lady of Cartoon Voices," Foray has lent her skills to such animation icons as Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on The Bullwinkle Show, Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Granny, the old woman oblivious to Tweety and Sylvester's ongoing warfare, on The Bugs Bunny Show. Foray also voiced Looney Tunes' Witch Hazel and was the voice of Jokey Smurf on The Smurfs.

Born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Mass., in 1917, Foray got into voice-over work at the age of 12, performing in a local radio drama. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 and quickly established herself as a popular radio actress on national broadcasts like Lux Radio Theater and The Jimmy Durante Show. Her first major animation role came in 1950, playing Lucifer the Cat in Walt Disney's Cinderella. Among her more unusual gigs, Foray provided the voice of the original Chatty Cathy doll, and later played the Talky Tina doll it inspired in a terrifying chapter of The Twilight Zone.

Foray has never stopped working in Hollywood, moving between TV and film, animation and live action. (She voiced several boys in 1975's Jaws, for example.) But it wasn't until 2012 that Foray received her first Emmy nomination, in the category of outstanding performer in an animated program for her work as Mrs. Cauldron on The Garfield Show. She won.

June Foray


Mumford & Sons band members, from left, Ben Lovett and Marcus Mumford perform on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at the West Side Tennis Club in the Forest Hills neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Ross' Gold

Ross Rebagliati

We all remember Ross Rebagliati, right?

He was the happy-go-lucky fellow who, at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, was briefly stripped of the gold medal in snowboarding for having traces of marijuana in his system.

Well, he eventually got his medal back and is now - 15 years later - looking to cash-in on the infamous incident.

Rebagliati is launching a new company that hopes to sell Ross' Gold branded marijuana cigarettes - and other pot-related products - in Washington and Colorado, the two states that recently voted to end pot prohibition.

The Vancouver-native also intends to set-up medical marijuana dispensaries in Canada, once new rules are implemented in early 2014.

Ross Rebagliati


Newhead News


Vegas Mansion Sold


A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer.

The buyer - Martyn Ravenhill - closed the deal on Aug. 23 for $29,000 below its list price and about $3 million less than it was sold for seven years ago.

The two-bedroom, 10-bathroom home was built in 1962 and sits on a half-acre lot in an aging neighborhood near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Surrounding homes are small and sell for $80,000 to $150,000, which dragged down the value of the home, said real estate agent Brad Wolfe, who represented Ravenhill in the deal.

It features touches reminiscent of Liberace, including chandeliers, a mirror bar etched with his signature, and a room with tile piano keys in the floor.

Liberace's former home does need a little TLC. It doesn't have a working kitchen and is in a state of "functional obsolescence," said Wolfe, adding that a previous owner converted the space into a commercial kitchen but later left it without appliances.



Former Pink Floyd co-founder and bass guitarist Roger Waters performs with a Romanian children choir during "The Wall" tour live concert in Bucharest August 28, 2013.
Photo by Radu Sigheti


Baby News

Axl Jack Duhamel

Fergie is a proud mother. A representative for the singer says she gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel on Thursday.

Axl Jack is Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel's first child. The 38-year-old singer married the 40-year-old actor in 2009. She officially changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel this month.

Fergie is one-fourth of the Black Eyed Peas. She released her solo debut, "The Dutchess," in 2006. The album launched five big hits, including "Fergalicious" and "Big Girls Don't Cry."

Duhamel has appeared on television shows including ABC's "All My Children" and in movies such as "Transformers."

Axl Jack Duhamel


Wake-up Call


Artist Seeks Asylum

Konstantin Altunin

A Russian artist said Thursday he has fled to France and is applying for asylum after police seized his painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear.

Police on Tuesday raided an exhibition in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, which next week hosts the G20 summit, and confiscated works including a painting of Putin in a strappy nightie and Medvedev in a bra and skimpy knickers.

The artist, Konstantin Altunin, 45, said by telephone from Paris that he had requested political asylum and was now gathering the necessary documents.

Altunin said he flew out of Russia as soon as he heard that the exhibition had been shut down on Tuesday evening and the organisers had been detained by police and questioned into the night.

He said that the police had described the exhibition at the newly opened Museum of the Authorities as extremist and he feared criminal charges.

Konstantin Altunin


Director William Friedkin takes a picture as he poses during a photocall during the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice August 29, 2013. Friedkin received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 2013 at the Venice Film Festival.
Photo by Alessandro Bianchi


Veterans Benefits

Title 38

The Supreme Court may have recently struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, seemingly clearing the way for federal recognition of gay and lesbian marriages, but the battle for marriage equality on the federal level rages on-particularly in the military.

According to an August 14, letter from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, obtained by the Washington Blade, gay and lesbian military veteran married couples are not eligible to receive federal marriage benefits because of an obscure government code called "Title 38."

"Certain provisions in title 38, United States Code, define 'spouse' and 'surviving spouse' to refer only to a person of the opposite-sex. Under these provisions, a same-sex marriage recognized by a State would not confer spousal status for purposes of eligibility of VA benefits. Although the title 38 definition of 'spouse' and 'surviving spouse' are similar to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) provision at issue in United States v. Windsor, no court has yet held the title 38 definitions to be unconstitutional."

Shinseki's letter on Title 38 made it clear that both the VA and the Obama Administration are supportive of the Charlie Morgan Act. Title 38 could also be struck down in court, as was DOMA.

Title 38


Pleads Guilty To Perjury

Zimmerman's Wife

The wife of George Zimmerman pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a reduced charge of perjury for lying in a 2012 Florida court proceeding concerning her husband's arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, according to court records.

Circuit Judge Marlene Alva in Sanford accepted a deal in which Shellie Zimmerman agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor perjury rather than the original charge of felony perjury in an official proceeding.

Zimmerman was ordered to serve one year of probation, perform 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester, in whose court the perjury occurred.

George Zimmerman was acquitted in July of murder in Martin's death, but his wife still faced the perjury charge for telling Lester that they had no money at a bond hearing. At the time, the couple had accumulated $135,000 from donors to an online legal defense fund.

The Zimmerman's family credit union accounts showed that Shellie Zimmerman had transferred more than $74,000 from her husband's account to her own during the five days before the bond hearing, an investigator with the state attorney's office wrote in an affidavit supporting her arrest.

Zimmerman's Wife


Revellers battle with tomatoes during the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in the Mediterranean village of Bunol, near Valencia August 28, 2013. The origin of the tomato fight is disputed - everyone in Bunol seems to have a favourite story - but most agree it started around 1940, in the early years of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
Photo by Heino Kalis


Vegas Casino Seeks Free Publicity

The Act

The Palazzo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is trying to evict a 10-month-old nightclub for shows it says are so raunchy that they violate obscenity laws. It says actors - some nearly naked - toss condoms into the crowd and simulate sex acts and bestiality on stage.

The club is seeking a restraining order to halt the closure, arguing that simulated sex acts don't constitute obscenity.

Casino officials "were well aware of our brand," said Sean Dunn, special events director at The Act, in an email statement, adding that representatives of the hotel-casino have frequently attended shows and did not complain.

The Act remains open for business while a district judge considers its fate, but the fight over its future has exposed an underlying reality in Vegas: While the city sells itself as a racy, no-holds-barred destination, there are limits.

"I think there's the perception that anything goes in Vegas - there's no boundaries, no lines," said Lynn Comella, a professor of sexuality and women's studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "In reality, nothing could be further from the truth."

The Act


Ban Upheld

3-0 Ruling

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the nation's first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the state's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

The activities of pastors and lay counselors who are unlicensed but provide such therapy through church programs would not be covered under the law.

The case before the appeals court was brought by professionals who practice sexual-orientation change therapy, two families who say their teenage sons benefited from it, and a national association of Christian mental health counselors. They argued the ban infringes on their free speech and freedom of association and religious rights. The counselors also argue it jeopardizes their livelihoods.

However, in a 3-0 ruling, the court panel held that California has the power to prohibit licensed mental health providers from administering therapies deemed harmful, and the fact that speech may be used to carry out those therapies does not turn such bans into prohibitions of speech.

3-0 Ruling


Melitina Staniouta of Belarus performs during the individual ribbon competition final at the 32nd Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kiev August 29, 2013.
Photo by Gleb Garanich


Weight Gain


Nervous nibbles alone do not explain the weight that people tend to gain when they give up smoking, Swiss researchers said Thursday, turning the spotlight instead on a bacterial shift in the intestines.

Studies have shown that quitting smoking leads to an average weight gain of four to five kilogrammes (nine to 11 pounds) in the first year.

But according to researchers at Zurich University Hospital, former smokers who bulk up may not be eating more than before they kissed their cigarettes goodbye.

Noting that even people who cut back on calorie intake after quitting smoking tend to gain weight, Professor Gerhard Rogler said he and his colleagues had discovered another potential explanation: a change in the composition of the intestinal flora among smokers who kick the habit.

Their study, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and published in peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS One, found that when a person stops smoking, the diversity of bacterial strains in their intestines shifts. It more resembles the gut flora found in people with obesity.



Ride For Peace

New Zealand Bikers

Five motorcyclists from New Zealand made a rare crossing of the world's most militarized border on Thursday as part of a ride for peace from the top of North Korea at Mount Baekdu to the South Korean island of Jeju.

On a journey home from Russia's Far East, the bikers were allowed by the two Koreas to cross along a corridor near the west coast that has been cleared of landmines and is used by South Koreans visiting the jointly run Kaesong factory zone.

"Korea really is one country. The issue we all face is how do we get back to that?" he said after crossing into the South on the trip that his group calls "The Long Drop."

Morgan said earlier the group had "an amazing amount of cooperation" from the North. Foreign visitors to the reclusive North are rarely allowed access to parts of the country without government minders tailing them.

New Zealand Bikers



An Eastern black rhinoceros calf is seen at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois in this handout photo taken August 28, 2013. The calf was born to mother Kapuki on August 26 and weighed 60 lbs (27.21 kgs) at birth. The Eastern black rhinoceros calf, a critically endangered species, was the first to be born in 24 years, officials said on Thursday.
Photo by Todd Rosenberg


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