BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 5 February, 2015


5 February, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1227 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Mark Morford: Did Obama just sucker punch liberals on Keystone XL? (SF Gate)
Maybe I'm reading this incorrectly. Maybe there's more to this than meets the jaundiced media eye. There usually is. And it's usually highly unpleasant. Nevertheless: Behold, this wonderful/terrible collusion of news coming from the House of Obama! Can you make sense of it all? Good luck…

Mark Morford: Religion will be the death of us all (SF Gate)
To be clear: [E.O.] Wilson is not suggesting we're headed for fiery apocalypse. Rather, he shows how we are systematically, methodically wiping out our own habitat, destroying the razor-thin biosphere that holds it all together, casually decimating all the delicate, complex ecosystems that both created us and keeps us alive. "Death by a thousand cuts," he says. What's worse: We can't seem to stop.

Penny Sarchet: Why Do We Ignore Warnings About Earth's Future? (Slate)
"What's dragging us down is religious faith."

Reihan Salam: The Upper Middle Class Is Ruining America (Slate)
And I want it to stop.

John Dickerson: To the Teacher Who Changed My Life (Slate)
Thank you.

Robert Evans, Anonymous: 7 Horrifying Things You Learn as a Lawyer for America's Poor (Cracked)
We've all been there. You headbutted a circus clown, and for some reason police consider that a crime. Under the law, every American is guaranteed representation by a lawyer -- including you. Even though you measure your wealth in the amount of Top Ramen still in your pantry.

Hilary Hanson: Woman Spends A Month In Jail After Cops Mistake SpaghettiOs For Meth (Huffington Post)
A Georgia woman was held in jail for one month after cops mistook sauce from a can of SpaghettiOs for methamphetamine, the Gainesville Times reports.

Caitlin Donovan: 6 Insulting Movie Adaptations of Strong Female Characters (Cracked)
Movies have always had problems representing women as actual complex human beings. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has noted that a disturbing number of female characters in modern stories fail to pass The Sexy Lamp Test. It's a test that asks, "Can a woman in this story be replaced with a sexy lamp, or is she more than just an attractive prop there for the men to fight over?"

Wolverine Publicity (TV Tropes)
I stopped reading X-Men about the same time they started putting Wolverine on the cover of comics in which he didn't actually, technically, appear. - Lore Sjöberg, The Book of Ratings, "Marvel Supervillains (Part I)"

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Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This actor had over-lapping roles as Lumpy Rutherford's father, Fred, and Alan Brady's long-suffering brother-in-law, Mel. What is his name?

      Richard Deacon                                                      Source

Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 - August 8, 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was an American television and motion picture actor.

His best-known roles are milksop Mel Cooley on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) and Fred Rutherford on Leave It to Beaver (1957-1963).        Source

Richard Deacon was the bald, bespectacled character actor most famous for playing television producer Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) from 1961 to 1966. In the first season of that show he also continued to appear on the series he was already appearing on, Leave It to Beaver (1957), playing Lumpy Rutherford's father Fred.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Richard Deacon

Charlie wrote:
   Richard Deacon

Lotus Of Obregon said:
   Hey, that would be Richard Deacon, and here is a rare photo of him playing both roles at the same time! Also, Bonus Picture of Stephen Fry.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Richard Deacon

Adam answered:
   Richard Deacon.

Deborah replied:
   That would be the actor, Richard Deacon (which I had to look up because I had no ideaI). In the 1997 movie "Leave it to Beaver" the actor Alan Rachins played Lumpy's father.
  I didn't mean to miss posting up yesterday's Trivia answer; just got too busy with professional obligations to get back to your page. Sorry, Marty. *hangs head*
  Meanwhile, H3!

Sally said:
   Thought you might like to add a new TV station, this is my new fav (other than COZI when they run "Murder She Wrote.")

Thanks, Sally!
  While looking for Escape locally (it's on channel 46.3 in LA), found another channel,
  Get TV (it's on channel 46.2 in LA).
  Both have been added.

MAM   wrote:
   Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford and Mel Cooley.

Marian replied:
   Mel Cooley

Dave in Tucson answered:
   That would be Richard Deacon.

  Hmmmm, Lumpy Deacon. Is that what you would call someone in the Catholic hierachy finally getting busted for pedophilia?

DJ Useo responded:
   Richard Deacon, & I always enjoyed his appearances.
  I also remember him from The Jack Benny Program, & the Danny Thomas Show.
  In this picture of the Dick Van Dyke Show cast doing the dance "the Twizzle", you can see Mel's wife in a striped shirt. :)
  ( I don't think Richard Deacon ever married )

Pokey Dale of Diamond Springs Norcali said:
   Richard Deacon was "the Lump's" dad. Forget Mel Cooley, he was the father of Clarence. One of my early life mentors was Eddie Haskell. Too bad he turned out to be a chump cop. Wowie Zowie, "the Lump" kicked the bucket on Apr 13, 2013.

  Well, I survived my first ream job ever, (believe it or not!) Guess what? They said I was experiencing too much pain (I don't remember, I was in La La land) so they pulled out and I get to go back and experience the fucking wonderful process again. A lot of you are laughing but I really think I'm going to give birth to a real asshole baby!

Joe S     wrote:
   I don't know, Richard Deacon? I looked up the Google and that's what I came up with, so you know what I always say. " Trust the Google." I don't know about all those relationships in the question but I remember the Beav's friend Lumpy.
  I had a friend named Lumpy. Not a friend really, more of an acquaintance and a Union Brother. He was a raging alcoholic, just couldn't quit. He took antabuse to control his drinking and drank anyway. That would get him really sick. I was the Community Service officer and the Chief Steward so he came to me for help. I tried to set him up with help and he tried too, but he wouldn't stop drinking. His wife died from alcohol poisoning and a short time later he drank himself to death as well. It ain't all fun and games out there people.
  Why is it when some celebrity like a Beach Boy, or someone, has a substance abuse problem they garner all sorts of sympathy. "Oh, poor man. So talented and so troubled. Let's overlook his alcoholism and drug abuse because he's so talented." But if it's just Ward Worker on the shop floor, he's just a fuckin drunk who can't control himself.

Randall replied:
   Sorry for the last couple of days – my email has its head up its ass again...
  I live out here on the great plains and my innernet is basically two tin cans and a string...
  anyway... today’s answer is (hope you get this)

  I had to look it up, though...
  I knew what Alan Brady’s brother-in-law looked like

  and I remembered his name was Mel Cooley,
  but I had totally forgotten the actor’s name.
  And I totally didn’t remember that he was
  ever on Leave it to Beaver. .
  For a rather plain-looking, bald guy,
  Richard Deacon was pretty damned successful in life, I’d say

mj took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Michelle in AZ

The oldest living organism is 2 billion years old -

Study: Mercury levels rising in tuna, other fish - SFGate

States with high gun ownership have more firearm deaths - SFGate
     big duh

This atheist makes $100,000-plus each year selling Bibles; he feels guilty, but the money is too good to stop - SF

Religion will be the death of us all - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Inside MSNBC's Impending Shakeup: Cancellations, Reboots and Chief Phil Griffin

Cary Elwes on The Princess Bride: 'I know what my epitaph will be' | Film | The Guardian

From Thor to Odin: a guide to the Norse gods | World news | The Guardian

If Rob Gronkowksi fights he is funny, if Richard Sherman does he's a thug | Sport | The Guardian

Earth - The oldest society on earth

Review: 'Better Call Saul' : NPR

Arizona teacher raped while administering exam to prisoners. AZ Attorney General: She knew the risks

ISIS Burned a Man Alive. That It is Nothing Compared to the Spectacular Lynchings of Black Americans

Creationist theme park planners to sue state for not giving them free money

The Story of "Clever Hans"

Paul Ryan's First Tax Legislation Adds Nearly $100 Billion To Deficit

Thanks, Michelle!



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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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Another Comment

Re: a minority report

May I toss my opinion of vaccines into the pot? Things have changed a lot since Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine with no interest in personal profit. When asked who owned the patent to it, Salk said, "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"

Today things are run by people who would gladly patent EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE SUN, profit is their motivation, and "people" are designated as "consumers", so you can't blame anyone for being a little suspicious of our modern pharmaceutical/snake oil industry. Why, look at what they're selling in the "supplements". Soylent Green here we come.

I say follow George Carlin's advice: let your children play in raw sewage to build up their immune systems, and let's just take our chances. A little suffering builds character.
Would FDR had been such a great man if he had NOT suffered polio?

Seven billion is too many anyway. The Earth can't take much more, and soon we'll all be screwed, with or without prescription plans.

Lois Of Oregon

Thanks, Lois!
I know I said I was done with this topic, but this link was in the mail, The research linking autism to vaccines is even more bogus than you think - Vox, with a request to use it. They asked nicely, so, OK.



from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Last Night

Foggy night, sunny day, foggy night.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Mom', then a FRESH '2½ Men', followed by a FRESH 'The McCarthys', then a FRESH 'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Martin Short and Bettye Lavette.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged white guy guest host, John Mayer, is Bob Weir.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Blacklist', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist', then the SERIES PREMIERE 'Allegiance'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Will Smith, Rosamund Pike, and Jack White.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are David Duchovny, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, and Brooks Wheelan.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Iliza Shlesinger, King Tuff, and Jonny Weston.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Magic Johnson, Scott Foley, and Magic!

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

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

MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'Casino Royale', followed by the movie 'Young Guns', then the movie 'Young Guns II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 7 - The Enemy
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 8 - The Price
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Eleventh Hour
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Clubway 41
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
 [2:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 5 - Episode 21
 [2:40PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 5 - Episode 22
 [4:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Grasshopper Also
 [5:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 2 - PJ's Steakhouse
 [6:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
 [7:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 11 - Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse
 [8:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Le Deck
 [9:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 3 - La Granada Divino NEW
 [10:00PM]    Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Toronto NEW
 [11:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Le Deck
 [12:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 3 - La Granada Divino
 [1:00AM]    Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Toronto
 [2:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Chiarella's
 [3:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Grasshopper Also
 [4:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 2 - PJ's Steakhouse
 [5:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 3 hours of old 'The Millionaire Matchmaker', followed by a FRESH 'The Millionaire Matchmaker'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Broad City', 'Workaholics', another 'Workaholics', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', and still another 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Bob Odenkirk.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and Mike Phirman.

FX has the movie 'Taken 2', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups', then a FRESH 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.

History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.

IFC  -
 [9:30AM]    CRY-BABY
 [3:30PM]    CRY-BABY
 [5:30PM]    CLERKS II
 [11:00PM]    FLETCH LIVES

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Approval Matrix-Golden Age of TV
 [6:45AM]    The War of the Roses
 [9:15AM]    The River Wild
 [11:30AM]    The Next Three Days
 [2:15PM]    Donnie Brasco
 [5:00PM]    The Happening
 [7:00PM]    The Natural
 [10:00PM]    Babylon-Episode 5
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Charm City
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Sideshow
 [1:00AM]    Babylon-Episode 5
 [2:00AM]    Cool Hand Luke
 [4:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats
 [5:00AM]    Dream School-Jeff Corwin, Soledad O'Brien, David Arquette & Doriana Sanchez    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Z Nation', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH 'Wizard Wars'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jeff Bridges, Lily Collins, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

 [6:00 AM]      Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
 [8:00 AM]      Star Witness (1931)
 [9:30 AM]      Little Caesar (1930)
 [11:00 AM]      Smart Money (1931)
 [12:30 PM]      'G' Men (1935)
 [2:00 PM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [4:00 PM]      Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
 [5:45 PM]      Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 [10:00 PM]      And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
 [12:00 AM]      You Can't Take It With You (1938)
 [2:15 AM]      Four Daughters (1938)
 [4:00 AM]      Boys Town (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  02/06/15

 [6:00 AM]      Captains Courageous (1937)
 [8:00 AM]      Little Women (1949)
 [10:15 AM]      My Life As A Dog (1986)
 [12:00 PM]      The 400 Blows (1959)
 [1:45 PM]      Splendor In The Grass (1961)
 [4:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [6:00 PM]      The Reivers (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      Wuthering Heights (1939)
 [10:00 PM]      Gone With the Wind (1939)
 [2:00 AM]      The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
 [4:00 AM]      Pride And Prejudice (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Recording artist Ric Ocasek, left, honoree Nile Rodgers and musician Nathan East attend the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing 8th Annual Grammy Week Event at The Village Recording Studios on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Rob Latour


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That's Entertainment

Brian Williams

NBC News' Brian Williams was not, as he has previously claimed, aboard a U.S. Air Force helicopter that was hit by two rockets and grounded during the 2003 Iraq invasion.

In what was surely a moment of vindication for those who were actually aboard the grounded aircraft, the Nightly News anchor admitted Wednesday that the harrowing story he and NBC had been perpetuating since 2003 was false.

"I would not have chosen to make this mistake," Williams told the military publication Stars and Stripes, Wednesday. "I don't know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another."

The confession came after Williams reiterated his skewed version of events during a tribute to retired Command Sgt. Major Tim Terpak, who'd provided security for the same grounded helicopters Williams claimed to have been aboard, at a New York Rangers game last week.

Brian Williams


The members of the international jury of the upcoming 65th Berlinale International Film Festival pose for photos in Berlin February 4, 2015. The festival runs from February 5 until 15 in the German capital. The members are (L-R): U.S. screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky, U.S. producer Martha De Laurentiis, U.S. writer and creator Matthew Weiner, German actor Daniel Bruehl, Peruvian director Claudia Llosa, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho and French actress Audrey Tautou.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


Cuts Stake In News Rupert Corp

Prince Al-Waleed

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal's Kingdom Holding has reduced its 6.6% holding in NewsCorp to approximately 1%, selling $188 million worth of class B shares. The Prince, a longtime backer and ally of Rupert Murdoch, has maintained his 6.6% stake in 21st Century Fox, worth approximately $1.7 billion at current market prices. Al-Waleed is the second largest shareholder in Fox.

"The reduction of KHC's holding in NewsCorp has been decided in the context of a general portfolio review," said Prince Al-Waleed in a statement. "We remain firm believers in NewsCorp's competent management, led by CEO Robert Thomson, and are fully supportive of Rupert Murdoch and his family. Our investment in Twenty-First Century Fox, constitutes a solid foundation for our long standing relationship that we expect will endure."

21st Century Fox also maintains a 19% stake in the Prince's own media group Rotana, which he owns separately outside of Kingdom Holding.

He has had a turbulent week with the shuttering of his much-vaunted Al Arab TV channel after only one day on air. The channel officially blamed "technical reasons" for the outage although many commentators in the region believe it was shuttered following political pressure for the royal families in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Prince Al-Waleed


Newhead News


South Dakota Historical Society Press

"Pioneer Girl"

The autobiography of "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder has become a surprise publishing hit in America, with buyers rushing to snap up the candid account of pioneer life.

First published in November by the tiny South Dakota Historical Society Press, "Pioneer Girl" depicts an unglossed view of the 19th century Midwest, a marked departure from the bucolic imagery of the "Little House" series.

The book "is Laura Ingalls' very first draft before it was edited and romanticized," the press's director Nancy Tystad Koupal told AFP.

Whereas the series of 11 volumes paints a fairly innocent picture of pioneer times, Wilder's autobiography bears witness to a less glossy reality.

"Pioneer Girl"


Benjamin Millepied, Dance Director of the Paris Opera, delivers his speech during the presentation of the new 2015-2016 season of the Opera National of Paris at the Opera Bastille, in Paris, France, Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015. The Opera National of Paris, mainly produces operas at its modern 2700-seat theatre Opera Bastille which opened in 1989, and ballets and some classical operas at the older 1970-seat Palais Garnier which opened in 1875.
Photo by Francois Mori


CBS Pulls From Schedule

The McCarthys

CBS has pulled The McCarthys from its schedule sooner than planned, replacing the freshman comedy with Big Bang Theory repeats effectively immediately.

The Futon Critic was first to note the scheduling change.

The McCarthys was always scheduled to go on hiatus before exhausting its 15-episode freshman run, following its Feb. 12 broadcast. (Two and a Half Men's hour-long series finale fills the 9:30 time slot on Feb. 19, and from there on CBS' Thursday sitcom slate is to be as follows: new Big Bang, Odd Couple, Big Bang rerun, Mom.)

Sources tell TVLine The McCarthys technically is not yet cancelled and the four unaired episodes could see the light of day, though there is no plan at this time to broadcast them.

The McCarthys


Wake-up Call


Paris's Bratty Brother Charged

Conrad Hilton

Paris Hilton's youngest brother was charged Tuesday with interfering with a flight crew on a trip from London during which authorities say he called other passengers peasants and made children cry with his death threats and profane tirades.

Conrad Hilton, 20, wearing a dark suit and shirt buttoned to the collar, shuffled into U.S. District Court in ankle chains with his hands manacled at his waist. A judge asked if he understood his rights and the charge, which was filed Monday and could carry a prison term of up to 20 years if Hilton is convicted.

Hilton's trouble on British Airways began moments after Flight 269 left the ground July 31. It continued for almost the entire 10 1/2-hour flight, according to a 17-page affidavit by FBI agent David Gates.

"I could get you all fired in five minutes. I know your boss," Hilton said in one of the document's few quotes that didn't include an expletive. "My father will pay this out, he has done it before. Dad paid $300,000 last time."

According to the affidavit, Hilton acknowledged calling other passengers "peasants" and said he had would have killed one flight attendant if another passenger hadn't calmed him down.

Conrad Hilton


Activists with a model of a "Trojan horse" protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels February 4, 2015.
Photo by Yves Herman


BP Surprise

'Missing Oil'

Up to 10 million gallons (38 million liters) of crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has settled at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where it is threatening wildlife and marine ecosystems, according to a new study.

The finding helps solve the mystery of where the "missing" oil from the spill landed. Its location had eluded both the U.S. government and BP cleanup crews after the April 2010 disaster that caused about 200 million gallons (757 million liters) of crude oil to leak into the Gulf.

"This is going to affect the Gulf for years to come," Jeff Chanton, the study's lead researcher and a professor of chemical oceanography at Florida State University, said in a statement. "Fish will likely ingest contaminants because worms ingest the sediment, and fish eat the worms. It's a conduit for contamination into the food web."

After studying the samples, the researchers made a map of the areas affected by the spill. About 3,243 square miles (8,400 square km) are covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, they found.

'Missing Oil'


Oink. Oink. Oink.

'Sister Wives'

The husband in a household featured on reality show "Sister Wives" has legally divorced one of the four women he lives with and married another, a spokesman for the show said on Wednesday.

Kody Brown and the four women he calls his spouses live in Nevada and have 17 children. Their life has been broadcast on the TLC cable channel since 2010. Legally, Brown is married to only one woman, even though he says all four are his wives.

While previously living in Utah, the family legally challenged the state's ban on consenting adults cohabiting in a marriage-like relationship when they are already legally wedded to someone else.

Brown and the women he calls spouses, Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn, are part of the Apostolic United Brethren, a Utah-based church that follows a plural marriage doctrine. Last season, the program followed their move from Utah to Las Vegas.

'Sister Wives'


Three women are seen through a giant kaleidoscope as they look inside, as the exhibit is on display to demonstrate the geometric effect of filling space with equal triangles at the "Newton Park" interactive museum of science, during preparations for a performance for school children dedicated to the Russian Day of Science at the Museum Centre in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, February 4, 2015. A group of young engineers, scientists and researchers, who specialize in chemistry, applied mathematics and physics, founded an interactive museum of science to conduct experiments aimed at the popularization of the exact sciences for pupils and their parents.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


Former Arctic Priest Sentenced

Eric Dejaeger

A defrocked Arctic priest was sentenced to 19 years in prison for dozens of horrendous sex offences against Inuit children, while his victims received a plea from the sentencing judge.

His crimes, committed between 1978 and 1982, included indecent assault, unlawful confinement, buggery, unlawful sexual intercourse and bestiality.

The victims include 12 boys, 10 girls and one dog. Most were between the ages of eight and 12, although they could have been as young as four and as old as 18.

Dejaeger has already served one five-year sentence on 11 counts of assaulting children in Baker Lake, Nunavut. In 1995, after he had served that sentence, he learned RCMP were about to charge him with the Igloolik offences and fled to his native Belgium.

For 16 years, he lived in homes maintained by the Oblates despite an international warrant for his arrest. Eventually, journalists revealed he was living in Belgium. He was returned to Canada in 2011.

Eric Dejaeger


Sky River To Bust Drought This Week

Northern California

California forecasters are prepping the state's northern cities for a switch from extreme drought to drenching rain and damaging winds starting tomorrow (Feb. 5).

An incoming atmospheric river could deliver at least 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain in coastal and inland mountains, and 5 inches (13 cm) in valley areas, according to the National Weather Service. Atmospheric rivers are narrow currents of warm, moist air that transport huge amounts of water vapor from the tropics toward cooler latitudes. The water is nearly invisible, just concentrated vapor that later condenses into rain and snow. That happens when the current hits land and the air is lifted and cooled over mountains like California's Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada.

The storm arriving Thursday will be one of the most closely watched atmospheric rivers in history, as scientists plan to study the weather pattern from the ocean, in the air and on land.

"This is unprecedented," said Marty Ralph, a meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and a leader of the field campaign. "It's a major effort in our field to understand the processes that provide water in our state."

Northern California


The radiator cap in a Isotta-Fraschini 8A ss cabriolet 1930 during an exhibition, at the Grand Palais in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The Grand Palais is staging an exhibition of vintage cars, to be followed by a sale of historic cars by Bonhams auction house on Thursday.
Photo by Jacques Brinon


Vermont Frugal

Ronald Read

A Vermont man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood also had a knack for picking stocks - a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital.

The investments made by Ronald Read, a former gas station employee and janitor who died in June at age 92, "grew substantially" over the years, said his attorney Laurie Rowell.

"He was unbelievably frugal," Rowell said Wednesday. When Read visited her office, "sometimes he parked so far away so he wouldn't have to pay the meter."

The bequest of $4.8 million to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and $1.2 million to the town's Brooks Memorial Library were the largest each institution has ever received. Read also made a number of smaller bequests.

Ronald Read


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The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. Fleetwood Mac; $1,907,262; $131.05.
    2. Justin Timberlake; $1,582,776; $120.14.
    3. Lady Gaga; $1,329,843; $104.52.
    4. Michael Buble; $1,231,913; $105.74.
    5. Linkin Park; $1,067,186; $72.94.
    6. Usher; $826,967; $88.62.
    7. Andre Rieu; $766,853; $109.27.
    8. Motley Crue; $764,895; $72.84.
    9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $733,006; $56.17.
   10. Cirque du Soleil - "Dralion"; $670,407; $65.96.
   11. Ed Sheeran; $624,588; $44.18.
   12. Eric Church; $584,171; $49.57.
   13. Bryan Adams; $579,871; $67.29.
   14. Bob Dylan; $537,406; $101.47.
   15. James Taylor; $522,677; $79.32.
   16. John Legend; $462,999; $55.46.
   17. The Black Keys; $454,543; $59.26.
   18. Slipknot; $393,387; $50.74.
   19. Kasabian; $392,092; $56.93.
   20. John Fogerty; $317,857; $59.47.

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Sanford Socolow

Sanford Socolow, a longtime CBS News executive who was a right-hand man to anchor Walter Cronkite, has died. The Manhattan resident died at 86 at Lenox Hill Hospital because of complications from a long illness.

Socolow was an executive producer at the "CBS Evening News" when Cronkite was anchor. He was also a Washington bureau chief for CBS News and rose to vice-president there, supervising all hard news programming. He produced coverage of moon landings anchored by Cronkite and much of the network's Vietnam War coverage, including Morley Safer's 1965 report that showed U.S. Marines burning a Vietnamese village.

Socolow, known as "Sandy," was a producer at "60 Minutes" when he retired in the mid-1980s.

He died on Saturday, and is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Sanford Socolow



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