BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 3 February, 2011


3 February, 2011

(Updated Daily)

[1289 days in a row]



The Weekly Veterans Report

Final Rule on (Korean) DMZ Agent Orange Exposure

Due to a final regulation just issued, VA officials will now presume herbicide exposure for any veteran who served between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, in a unit determined by VA and Department of Defense officials to have operated in an area in or near the Korean DMZ...

Agent Orange: Diseases Associated with Agent Orange Exposure - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards

Agent Orange - Herbicide Exposure New Presumptive Conditions (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

(If you are an ailing veteran or a surviving spouse of a veteran exposed to Agent Orange, file a claim! Now! the last link has a 'fast track' online filing option. The list of 'presumptive conditions' is long... Diabetes, heart disease, cancer...)

VA: New Focus on Patient-Centered Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is creating a new office to develop personal, patient-centered models of care for veterans who receive health care services at more than 1,000 VA points of care across the nation. The new VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation began operations on Jan. 17 and is based in Arlington, Va.

(Zounds! Patient-centered care? What a concept! I can hear the insurance companies just a-howlin' that this gots to be some kinda Commie plot, or sumpthin'...)

New VA Genetic Database Project

(No, this is not what you might think... Read on...)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development is launching an unprecedented partnership between the VA and the million veterans expected to volunteer to help build one of the largest databases of genetic, military exposure, and health information through The Million Veteran Program (MVP). By providing a blood sample and health information to help researchers uncover the connections between genetic variations and a wide range of health issues, veterans who volunteer in MVP are making a crucial contribution to genomics research and to an improved understanding of new ways disease might be prevented and treated. For more information about MVP, visit the VA's Million Veteran Program (MVP) webpage

(Note the NIH Certificate of Confidentiality on the web page pertaining to legal subpoenas for personal information at any level. I plan to volunteer...)

Gender Linked to Mental Health Diagnosis

A recent study has found that female Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were more likely to be diagnosed with depression than their male counterparts, who were more likely to be diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The authors of the study noted that these results "contribute to a better understanding of the characteristics of women seeking VA health care as well as how these characteristics may differentially be associated with mental health outcomes." An abstract of the study is available on the American Journal of Public Health (ALPH) website

New DoD PTSD Website

The Department of Defense has launched a website, "Virtual PTSD Experience", that will allow users to explore the causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress in an anonymous setting on the Second Life virtual world platform. Second Life provides T2 a limitless space on the Internet where servicemembers can learn more about PTSD causes, symptoms and resources for information and care...

More information and resources on PTSD

Do not be afraid to seek help...

Life Member - DAV

Thanks, B2tbBob!


Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Only Six More DAYS of Mubarak


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Mark Morford: All your problems, instantly solved (SF Gate)
Generation Facebook is totally bummed, dude. Incoming freshman across the nation report their emotional health is at an all-time low, even though they've barely been on the planet long enough to understand the question, even though they've only been alive about as long as it takes a good single-malt Scotch to reach nirvana.

Froma Harrop: From Psycho To Tourist Draw (Creators Syndicate)
Billy the Kid was a psycho. It took the balm of time and multiple retelling of Old West sagas to turn this killing machine into a folk figure. You may recall former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's causing a fuss when he considered granting the little monster a posthumous pardon. Among the Kid's many victims were officers of the law. Richardson wisely decided to take a pass.

Taylor Clark: It's Not the Job Market (Slate)
The three real reasons why Americans are more anxious than ever before.

Jim Hightower: Obama Inc.
When dancing with the devil, never fool yourself into thinking that you're in the lead.

STANLEY FISH: Race to the Top of What? Obama On Education (New York Times)
Do the president's remarks on education indicate more trouble ahead for the humanities?

Editorial: Mr. Pullman's Compass (New York Times)
The author Philip Pullman eloquently defended public libraries against Britain's harsh deficit-reduction plan.

Andrew Tobias: The Happy Gene
Thanks to all who saw the New York Times obit and e-mailed their condolences. I was so fortunate to have 16 years with this amazing guy. A second listing that follows the Times "paid death notice" format runs today and tomorrow. (At $2 a character it killed me not to abbreviate, but sometimes you just have to go all in.)

Bill Tomson and Ilan Brat: "Dietary Guidelines Call for More Exercise, Less Food" (Wall Street Journal)
Americans need to eat less, eat better and exercise more to break an epidemic of obesity, the USDA said in releasing its dietary guidelines.

20 Questions: Charlie Louvin (Popmatters)
Back in 2009, Charlie Louvin, Country Music Hall of Fame legend and half of the immortal country duo the Louvin Brothers, told PopMatters 20 Questions about the best thing he ever got - for only $3.

Randy Lewis: Other musicians remember Charlie Louvin (Los Angeles Times)
The note Lucinda Williams sent when I asked Wednesday for her reflections about Louvin Brothers singer Charlie Louvin, on getting word of his death at age 83 from pancreatic cancer, was exceptionally touching, and warm and funny.

George Russell: Happy 50th, Henry Rollins (Popmatters)
"As-Salamu Alaykum Fanatics." With this signature greeting Henry Rollins begins his weekly 120-minute hymn to the world's lost, forgotten and overlooked music. At 50, the energy of his younger days doesn't seem to have diminished, only sharpened to a knifepoint. Speaking from his home in Los Angeles he said, "That's why I was brought into KCRW [the LA public radio station that broadcasts his show]. I was told, 'we need someone like you here otherwise we're in danger of everyone sounding the same.'"

Chris Catania: "More Than One Story Out There: An Interview With Henry Rollins" (Popmatters, from 2007)
"I just don't think we know the whole story... and for America that is very dangerous." The seminal hardcore rocker and sage spoken-wordist chats with PopMatters about Iraq, Iran, music and activism, and how contemporary culture profits off those who defy it."

David Bruce has 40 Kindle books on with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $40 you can buy 10,000 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," and "Maximum Cool."


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Trivia Question of the Day

Sherlock Holmes had 2 landladies, Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. ___?___


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What actor suggested the title "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" for the Traffic song of the same name?

   Michael J. Pollard                                                      Source

Michael J. Pollard (born May 30, 1939) is an American actor.
Pollard suggested the title "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" for the Traffic song of the same name. He has continued to work in film and television into this century.         Source

Marian was first, and correct, with:
   Michael J. Pollard

Alan J said:
   Michael J. Pollard

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Michael J. Pollard

BttbB replied:
   Michael J. Pollard... and I love that tune... no... I really love that tune... I still play it from time to time late at night when I'm in a certain mood with all the lights off and a few candles lit... My 6 speaker 100 watt per channel Sony surround sound system does it justice, I'm tellin' ya... I and my close Army pals in '71 went through a 'Traffic' thing. 'Low Spark' was a sort of anthem for us, as it were. That and Steely Dan's 'Do it Again' later... Which I also still play...

Adam answered:
   Michael J. Pollard :-)

Charlie :esponded:
   Michael J. Pollard (I caught this one while looking up yesterdays' answer).
  I was never as enamored of the song or album as most of my friends.

Sally       said:
   I had to think about this question for a while. How about Michael J Pollard for the answer??
  Yeah, I think that will work here.

  Young Pollard

  Old Pollard

MAM   wrote:
   Michael J. Pollard

And, Joe S     answered:
   Michael J. Pollard. I did not know that. I never really cared for Traffic, Carla liked them and later on my sons thought they were Ok, but not me. For some reason, well maybe for no reason at all Steve Winwood just grated on me. Here's a much better song from 1972.
   PS What happened to Warehouse 13?

According to this FaceBook page, production on the new season of Warehouse 13 begins 9 February.
And, this site (Blastr) says the new season starts 13 July.
  ~ marty



Sick Days


From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)


Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Daily Kos: Fox News: Biggest Ratings Loser Of The New Year - Glenn Beck Leads The Way Down

Thanks, Michelle!


Reader Observation

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather predicting groundhog, stands on the shoulder of one of his handlers John Griffiths after the Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and winter has ended on Groundhog Day, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Thanks, Marianne!



Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD




















Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and windier.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Shit My Father Says', then a FRESH 'CSI: The Original One', followed by a FRESH 'The Mentalist'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Howard Stern and Naughty By Nature.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Matt LeBlanc and David Pogue.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Community', followed by a FRESH 'Perfect Couples', then a FRESH 'The Office', followed by a FRESH 'Parks & Recreation', then a RERUN '30 Rock', followed by a FRESH 'Outsourced'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Jeff Bridges, Dianna Agron, and Bobby Long.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Dana Carvey, Minka Kelly, and Ricky Martin.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Nate Corddry, Troupe Vertigo, and Off!.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Wipeout', followed by a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', then a FRESH 'Private Practice'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kim Kardashian, Alex Trebek, and One EskimO.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Nikita'.

Faux has a FRESH 'American Idol', followed by a FRESH 'Bones'.

MY has an old 'Without A Trace', followed by another old 'Without A Trace'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Beyond Scared Straight'.

AMC offers the movie 'Moonstruck', followed by the movie 'Ghost'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00 AM]   BBC World News
 [7:00 AM]   BBC World News
 [8:00 AM]   The Graham Norton Show - Episode 14
 [9:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 2 The Fenwick Arms
 [10:00 AM]   Doctor Who - 2 - The Beast Below
 [11:00 AM]   The X-Files - Ep 23 Roland
 [12:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 7
 [1:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 8 Peter's
 [2:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited - Ep 3 Moore Place
 [3:00 PM]   Torchwood - Ep 10 From Out of the Rain
 [4:00 PM]   The X-Files - Ep 23 Roland
 [5:00 PM]   Doctor Who - 3 - Victory of the Daleks
 [6:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 8
 [7:00 PM]   BBC World News America
 [8:00 PM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 1 Redemption, Part 2
 [9:00 PM]   Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
 [12:00 AM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 1 Redemption, Part 2
 [1:00 AM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 [2:00 AM]   Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
 [5:00 AM]   BBC World News    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', another 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing', and another 'Million Dollar Listing'.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Jon Stewart', last night's 'Colbert Report', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', still another 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', and still another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Adm. Michael Mullen.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Jane McGonigal.

FX has the movie 'Step Brothers', '2½ Men', another '2½ Men', still another '2½ Men', yet another '2½ Men', followed by a FRESH 'Archer', then another 'Archer'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Brad Meltzer's Decoded'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00 AM]   The Grid
 [6:15 AM]   The Dead
 [8:00 AM]   Last Days
 [10:15 AM]   Barton Fink
 [12:45 PM]   The Dead
 [2:30 PM]   Last Days
 [4:45 PM]   Onion News Network
 [5:15 PM]   Barton Fink
 [7:45 PM]   The Grid
 [8:00 PM]   Mr. Show With Bob and David
 [8:35 PM]   Mr. Show With Bob and David
 [9:10 PM]   Mr. Show With Bob and David
 [9:45 PM]   Mr. Show With Bob and David
 [10:20 PM]   Nosebleed
 [10:30 PM]   Hard Candy
 [12:45 AM]   Dancing at the Blue Iguana
 [3:30 AM]   Barton Fink     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:00 AM]   Fighter
 [8:45 AM]   This Is Not A Robbery
 [10:00 AM]   One Week
 [11:35 AM]   Fighter
 [1:20 PM]   This Is Not A Robbery
 [2:35 PM]   One Week
 [4:15 PM]   Fighter
 [6:00 PM]   Lemon Tree
 [7:50 PM]   The Motorcycle Diaries
 [10:00 PM]   Monster
 [11:50 PM]   Trolls
 [12:00 AM]   Lemon Tree
 [1:50 AM]   The Motorcycle Diaries
 [4:00 AM]   Monster
 [5:50 AM]   Short Term 12     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid 2', followed by the movie 'Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Lisa Kudrow, Mike O'Malley, and Interpol.
Scheduled on a FRESH Lopez Tonight are Billy Gardell, Rachel Bilson, and OK Go.

 [6:00 AM]      Witness For The Prosecution (1957)
 [8:00 AM]      Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
 [10:30 AM]      Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
 [12:30 PM]      Johnny Belinda (1948)
 [2:30 PM]      For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)
 [5:30 PM]      A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      The Love Parade (1929)
 [10:00 PM]      All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
 [12:30 AM]      The Big House (1930)
 [2:00 AM]      The Divorcee (1930)
 [3:30 AM]      Disraeli (1929)
 [5:00 AM]      Edward, My Son (1949)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday  -  02/04/11

 [7:00 AM]      Separate Tables (1958)
 [9:00 AM]      The Sundowners (1960)
 [11:30 AM]      The Champ (1931)
 [1:00 PM]      Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1932)
 [2:45 PM]      The Lion In Winter (1968)
 [5:15 PM]      Funny Girl (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      The Heiress (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
 [1:00 AM]      Ryan's Daughter (1970)
 [4:30 AM]      Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Royal Pains', followed by a FRESH 'Fairly Legal'.

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In this Jan. 20, 2011 photo, Mark Volman teaches a class in music management at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Volman, who was a founding memberand manager of the music group The Turtles, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the entertainment industry studies program at Belmont University
Photo by Mark Humphrey


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American Outlet


Al-Jazeera English has temporarily gained a long-sought American television outlet for its coverage of the Egyptian turmoil, an event that the Qatar-based news network hopes is a turning point for its acceptance in the U.S. market.

Link TV, an independent broadcaster seen primarily on the DirecTV and Dish satellite systems, said Wednesday it is simulcasting about 12 hours a day of live Al-Jazeera coverage to about 33 million of the nation's nearly 116 million homes with televisions. Al-Jazeera's in-depth treatment of the story has won praise from journalists and hostility from Egyptian authorities, who closed the channel's Cairo office and briefly detained six of its journalists.

When the story calms down, Al-Jazeera plans go back to cable operators in the U.S. to seek permanent spots on the air, said Al Anstey, the network's managing director.

Link already airs documentaries from Al-Jazeera, includes some of its material in its daily "Mosaic" program about news from the Arab world, and once a week it airs a half-hour Al-Jazeera newscast. It is part of the Link's mission to provide news and information from across the world through difference perspectives, said Kim Spencer, chief content officer of the San Francisco-based network.


YouTube - AlJazeeraEnglish's Channel


This undated photo provided by Warner Bros. shows actor Henry Cavill. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 thatCavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.


Tops Hollywood List

James Cameron

Director James Cameron cashed in on the worldwide box office success of "Avatar" to become the top Hollywood movie earner of 2010, easily outdistancing actor Johnny Depp in second place.

Cameron earned an estimated $257 million last year for writing, producing and directing his 3-D hit "Avatar," based on its worldwide 2010 box-office gross of $1.95 billion, as well as his share of DVD and pay-television sales, according to a Vanity Fair survey released on Wednesday of the top 40 Hollywood earners in 2010.

The 56-year-old director easily beat actor Johnny Depp, who scored the No. 2 spot earning $100 million after collecting paychecks from several 2010 films including "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist," as well as up front payments for the next "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which is due for release in May.

Steven Spielberg earned $80 million for Universal theme-park royalties, as well as consulting fees and for directing and producing the upcoming "War Horse," edging out "Inception" director Christopher Nolan who brought in $71.5 million.

"Inception" star Leonardo DiCaprio earned $62 million to take the No. 5 spot.

James Cameron


Vidiot Speak


'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' Return


"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report," which have been absent from online video service Hulu for almost a year, are back on the free service.

But you'll have to pay $8 a month for the Hulu Plus premium plan to watch shows like "Jersey Shore," "Tosh.0" and "Teen Mom 2." Those shows will be available to paying customers 21 days after they debut on TV.

The new content deal between the owner of Comedy Central, Viacom Inc., and the online venture owned by News Corp., The Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp.'s NBC Universal was announced Wednesday.



A glass engraving of the Oscar statue is shown on the front window at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences offices in Beverly Hills, California February 2, 2011. The Oscars will be presented in Hollywood February 27, 2011.
Photo by Fred Prouser


Hospital News

Sir Peter Jackson

"The Lord of the Rings" director Sir Peter Jackson has left a New Zealand hospital after surgery for a perforated ulcer.

Publicist Melissa Booth says Jackson was discharged from Wellington Hospital on Thursday and would continue his recuperation at home. He had surgery after being admitted Jan. 26 for acute stomach pain.

Booth said a delay on filming of the two-part film "The Hobbit" is expected to be minimal. Jackson is set to start filming the prequel to his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy next month.

Sir Peter Jackson


Wake-up Call


Trouble Ahead?

Rupert Murdoch

The media mogul may be all smiles at Wednesday's launch for his iPad newspaper, The Daily, but he's depressed about his suddenly shaky prospects for gaining total control of something much more important-the $12 billion BSkyB. Howard Kurtz reports.

Controversy swirls around Rupert Murdoch (R-Evil Incarnate) like a cloud, from thunderclaps of overheated rhetoric at Fox News to the phone-hacking scandal at News of the World. But the 79-year-old mogul has a way of getting what he wants.

The journalistic establishment was aghast when Murdoch tried to buy New York magazine in the 1970s, the Times of London and Sunday Times in the 1980s, and The Wall Street Journal four years ago. In each case, the billionaire prevailed.

Murdoch's latest target is total control of British Sky Broadcasting, which would enable him to tighten his grip on the U.K.'s media machinery. But there are signs that he suddenly faces a rocky path, complete with twists and turns suitable for a BBC melodrama.

Murdoch, whose News International conglomerate has called the review process "seriously flawed," recently flew to London to meet with his senior staff, blowing off a scheduled appearance at Davos in the process. Suddenly, what had looked like a slam dunk was anything but.

Rupert Murdoch


Groundhog Club Vice President Mike Johnston (L) reads the annual weather prognostication by famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil who is held by Official Groundhog Handler John Griffith (R) on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 125th Groundhog Day, February 2, 2011. Phil did not see his shadow, signaling an early spring.
Photo by Jason Cohn


Fires Employee

Planned Parenthood

A Planned Parenthood clinic manager has been fired for behavior captured on an undercover video made by an anti-abortion group, a Planned Parenthood spokesman said on Wednesday.

The video recorded at a central New Jersey clinic was made by Live Action, which says it shows Planned Parenthood trying to cover up sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

The footage, recorded January 13, shows the manager discussing abortion, sexually transmitted disease testing and contraception with people posing as a pimp and prostitute and coaching them to lie about their age and other information, according to Live Action.

Planned Parenthood said it notified authorities in New Jersey after the January 13 visit and contacted national authorities after similar unusual visits occurred in at least 12 centers in six states within one week.

Planned Parenthood


Reporters Beaten


Journalists covering protests in Cairo, including CNN's Anderson Cooper and two Associated Press correspondents, have been roughed up in the crowd.

Cooper says he and his crew were attacked by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday. CNN later said no one was seriously hurt.

Two Associated Press correspondents and several other journalists were roughed up during gatherings of Mubarak supporters. European papers reported that a Belgian journalist was also beaten, detained and accused of spying by unidentified people in civilian clothes.

State TV reported Tuesday night that foreigners were caught distributing anti-Mubarak leaflets, apparently trying to depict the movement as foreign-fueled.



Indicted On Gambling Charge

Joe Francis

A grand jury in Las Vegas has indicted "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis on charges that he did not paying a $2.5 million gambling debt.

The Clark County district attorney's office said Wednesday that the producer behind the soft porn empire is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 16.

Francis is accused of signing gambling markers, essentially IOUs, at the Wynn Las Vegas casino in February 2007 without being able to repay.

Francis has said he already paid the debt through prior arrangements and accused casino officials of reneging on agreed discounts.

Gambling debts in Nevada are treated as bad checks. Francis is charged with theft and passing a check without sufficient funds.

Joe Francis


A model presents a creation from Alexandre Herchcovitch's collection during Sao Paulo Fashion week Winter 2011 in Sao Paulo, February 2, 2011.
Photo by Paulo Whitaker


LAPD Investigating

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan is in the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons.

Police got a search warrant Tuesday to look for a $2,500 stolen necklace at the troubled actress' home near Venice Beach, a freewheeling boardwalk known for its mix of performers, tourist shops and seaside gym.

But before detectives could execute the warrant, someone - police wouldn't say who - turned in the necklace.

Now Lohan, who is still on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case, is being investigated for possible grand theft, said Officer Bruce Borihanh on Wednesday.

Lindsay Lohan


Announce Break Up

The White Stripes

The White Stripes are done.

The groundbreaking rock duo, which helped revive and reshape a stale rock scene with their scorching, guitar-fueled, blues-tinged songs, announced Wednesday they are splitting up after more than a decade and six albums together.

Jack and Meg White (who presented themselves as brother and sister but were actually ex-husband and wife) said no "Behind the Music"-type troubles doomed the band.

"The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health," a statement announced. "It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."

The White Stripes


Museum Removes Mummies

Silk Road' Exhibit

A museum in Philadelphia will remove two mummies and more than 100 historical artifacts from a long-awaited exhibit because of objections from Chinese officials.

The exhibit "Secrets of the Silk Road" was to open on Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The main attraction was a nearly 4,000-year-old pristinely preserved mummy from far western China.

Museum spokeswoman Pam Kosty said Wednesday she cannot discuss details of the dispute. The exhibit already has been displayed at museums in Texas and California.

'Silk Road' Exhibit


Devotees of Afro-Brazilian goddess of the sea Iemanja light candles on Iemanja's Day at Ramirez beach in Montevideo February 2, 2011. On this day every year, worshippers light candles at a shrine and throw sweets, alcoholic drinks, fruits and cheap jewellery into the sea as offerings to ask for good health and luck in love and work.
Photo by Andres Stapff


Says Billy Joel Needs Better Rehab

Elton John

British singer Elton John has handed out some tough advice to his longtime friend and tour companion Billy Joel who has spent much of his career battling alcoholism: seek better treatment.

John, who at age 63 recently became a dad with partner David Furnish, reflected on fatherhood and his 40-year career in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine to be released later this week, including canceled tours with "Piano Man" Joel.

"He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they've been light," John told the magazine. "When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love."

"At the end of the day, he's coasting," he told the magazine. "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy's a conundrum. We've had so many canceled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism."

Elton John


Brushes Off Elton John Comment

Billy Joel

Billy Joel's reaction to Elton John's declaration that the Piano Man needs rehab is one big shrug.

In a statement released Wednesday, Joel says: "Elton is just being Elton."

John took his former touring partner to task in an interview for the Feb. 17 edition of Rolling Stone, saying Joel needs to do "something better with his life" and get serious about rehab. He also said that the pair had to cancel many tours because of Joel's illnesses and "alcoholism."

While John predicted Joel would "hate" him for his comments, Joel says he's enjoyed their relationship so much he's not going to let the comments change his affection for him.

Billy Joel


Red Swimsuit Goes To Smithsonian

Farrah Fawcett

The red swimsuit that helped make "Charlie's Angels" actress Farrah Fawcett a 1970s icon became part of the Smithsonian museum's collection Wednesday on what would have been her 64th birthday.

Fawcett's longtime companion Ryan O'Neal presented the swimsuit and other items to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. O'Neal said Fawcett, who died in 2009 after battling anal cancer for several years, always intended to give the suit to the museum.

Fawcett wore the bathing suit for a photo shoot shortly before her debut on Charlie's Angels in 1976. The resulting poster sold millions of copies and became the best selling poster of all time, according to Smithsonian curator Dwight Bowers. Bowers compared the poster to World War II pinups of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth, saying it became a symbol of the 1970s era.

Though fans know the bathing suit as red, it is actually a burnt orange color, possibly due to fading. Before it was donated to the museum, Fawcett framed it herself, and it was stored at a Los Angeles warehouse, O'Neal said.

Farrah Fawcett



5 New Genes Found


Scientists have identified five new genes linked to Parkinson's disease in a large genetic analysis of the illness, according to a new study. After reviewing nearly 8 million possible genetic mutations, researchers pinpointed five genes connected to Parkinson's disease. Previously, six other genes were identified, and experts say there is now increasing proof the degenerative disease is sparked by peoples' genes.

The discovery doesn't mean there are any new treatments just yet, but experts are optimistic they are getting closer.

Scientists analyzed genetic samples from more than 12,000 people with Parkinson's disease and more than 21,000 from the general population in Europe and the U.S. They found people with the highest number of mutations in the 11 genes linked to Parkinson's were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop the disease than people who had the least amount of mutations.

The average person has a 2.5 percent chance of developing Parkinson's disease in their lifetime, and the risk for people whose close relatives have the illness is about six percent.



Male Model?

Mona Lisa

A male apprentice, longtime companion and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci was the main influence and a model for the "Mona Lisa" painting, an Italian researcher said.

But the researcher, Silvano Vinceti, said Wednesday the portrait also represents a synthesis of Leonardo's scientific, artistic and philosophical beliefs. Because the artist worked on it at various intervals for many years, he was subjected to different influences and sources of inspiration, and the canvas is full of hidden symbolic meanings.

The apprentice Gian Giacomo Caprotti, known as Salai, worked with Leonardo for more than two decades starting in 1490. Vinceti described their relationship as "ambiguous," and most art historians agree Salai was a Leonardo lover.

Several Leonardo works, including "St. John the Baptist" and a lesser-known drawing called "Angel Incarnate," were based on Salai, Vinceti told a news conference at the Foreign Press Association. These paintings show a slender, effeminate young man with long auburn curls.

Mona Lisa


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Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Jan. 24-30. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

    1. "Jersey Shore" (Thursday, 10 p.m.), MTV, 6.23 million homes, 8.83 million viewers.
    2. "Pawn Stars" (Monday, 10:30 p.m.), History, 4.98 million homes, 6.98 million viewers.
    3. "Pawn Stars" (Monday, 10 p.m.), History, 4.71 million homes, 6.74 million viewers.
    4. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Saturday, 11 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 4.37 million homes, 6.55 million viewers.
    5. "American Pickers" (Monday, 9 p.m.), History, 4.29 million homes, 6.19 million viewers.
    6. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 4.27 million homes, 6.52 million viewers.
    7. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.937 million homes, 5.76 million viewers.
    8. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.93 million homes, 5.97 million viewers.
    9. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Friday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.83 million homes, 6 million viewers.
   10. "State of the Union: Republican Response" (Tuesday, 10:25 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.76 million homes, 5.28 million viewers.
   11. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Friday, 8:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.75 million homes, 6.05 million viewers.
   12. "State of the Union Analysis" (Tuesday, 10:13 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.74 million homes, 5.44 million viewers.
   13. "State of the Union Analysis" (Tuesday, 10:36 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.43 million homes, 4.8 million viewers.
   14. "State of the Union 2011" (Tuesday, 9:11 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.42 million homes, 4.96 million viewers.
   15. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.41 million homes, 4.96 million viewers.



An European Wildcat is seen at Skanes Djurpark, a zoo in Hoor, southern Sweden January 29, 2011.
Photo by Yves Herman


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