BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 11 June, 2015

Thursday

11 June, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1353 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Decade Behind (NY Times Blog)
it's almost 10 years since I started writing about the financial crisis and the Great Recession. True, at first I didn't know that that was what I was writing about; it began with the diagnosis of a housing bubble, whose bursting I knew would be bad but had no idea would be this bad. Still, there has been a pretty consistent arc, and I find myself thinking about what I got right and what I got wrong.


Christopher Ingraham: Voldemort is polling better than many Republican presidential candidates (Washington Post)
Only one of the villains - Voldemort, the evil wizard from the Harry Potter series - has a lower favorability rating than some of the candidates. You'll recall that Voldemort killed Harry Potter's parents, fed his enemies to a giant snake, and tortured and killed muggles just for fun. But he's still polling better than Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie and Donald Trump.


Mark Morford: The gods do not like photos of your junk (SF Gate)
The gods say: Keep your pants on, bro.


Mark Morford: The terrifying truth about Costco's organic food (SF Gate)
Doesn't hurt to try and stay positive. After all, companies from Chipotle to McDonald's are improving pay and benefits for employees, due to pressures both political and PR. And Costco has always offered above-average pay and benefits to its employees. What's more, thanks to the godawful SCOTUS and evil trolls like the Koch brothers, the entire country pretty much hates the idea that corporations are now people - and the corporations know it.


Johnny Sharp: "Filthy lucre: what the Sex Pistols can teach us about finance" (Guardian)
The deal to put the band's artwork on credit cards isn't the only connection between cash and the chaos of the Pistols.


Lindy West: What do the politically correct brain police have against venerable man comedians like Jerry Seinfeld? (Guardian)
The vintage observational jokester says killjoys are ruining comedy. But where he sees a threat, I see marginalised voices finally being allowed into the club.


Carolyn Burke: 6 Hidden Dangers Of Being Homeless You Didn't Know Existed (Cracked)
Most of us assume the dangers faced by homeless people are straightforward: You have to stay warm, stay fed, and avoid the myriad falling anvils that you never realized materialize out of the sky when there's not a roof to protect you. And although all of those dangers are true for people who call the sidewalks their home, there are also a ton of underreported traps and scams that no one ever tells you about.



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


What brand of peanut butter did Annette Funicello pitch?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


On the old TV series Batman, what arch-criminal was the alter ego of William McElroy, a timid Yale history professor?


      King Tut (Victor Buono)                                                      Source


Victor Charles Buono (February 3, 1938 - January 1, 1982) was an American actor and comic most famous for playing the villain King Tut on the television series Batman. He was a busy actor from his late teens until his death at age 43, and with his large size and sonorous voice, he made a career of playing men much older than himself.

Buono played King Tut on the series Batman. A Jekyll-and-Hyde character, William McElroy is a timid Yale history professor who, after being hit in the head with a brick at a peace rally, assumes the persona of the charismatic, monomaniacal Egyptian King Tut. When he suffers another blow to the head, the villain recovers his meek academic personality. The role, which proved to be the most frequently featured original villain in the series, was one of Buono's favorites because he was delighted at being able to overact without restraint.        Source

Victor Buono was 28 years old when he portrayed King Tut.

He was also Rev. Jim's dad on Taxi.







mj was first, and correct, with:
   Marvelously played by Victor Buono
  That would be King Tut.




Alan J said:
   King Tut.



Randall wrote:
   Created for the TV series Batman


  and played with ham-fisted gusto by Victor Buono,
  King Tut


  Gratuitous Bat-Babe, Yvonne Craig:


  and then there's Bat-Shit (crazy)




Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   King Tut



Adam answered:
   Um...'Egg Head'.



Marian, replied:
   King Tut



Deborah said:
   Victor Buono played the arch-villain King Tut, the Professor's alter ego.
  I bow to the great Wiki for the answer; had I done my homework yesterday I would've realized I had the wrong answer.
  Rain off and on, cool, cloudy, and humid. My hair is curling again, it's so humid. Could use some more days like this.




Lois Of Oregon answered:
   The answer is King Tut, played by Victor Buono, who was NOT pleasant to look at, and was considered to be freakishly fat at that time, but today, would not stand out shopping at a Walmart, even dressed in costume. Now the Bookworm, man was he CUTE! And don't get me started on the Riddler!





DJ Useo replied:
   Despite my having seen the entire 60's series, I cannot muster the memory circuits to answer you correctly.
  Nicely played, on your part. :D
  My guess is Mr. Freeze, as It seems like you'd need college smarts to build a freeze gun.




MAM   , wrote:
   King Tut ~ The malevolent monarch of crime, portrayed by Victor Buono. When Professor William MacElroy of Egyptology at the Yale University gets a bump on the head, it activates his double personality as King Tut.


  Batman's King Tut




Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Charlie took the day off.
  



Sally is retired, but paying attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  

  June 11 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 11 | Famous Birthdays



  






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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


The terrifying truth about Costco's organic food - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford



The Duggars are Raising a Fresh New Generation of Bigots



Liberal Christian Evangelist Tony Campolo May Cause Gay Fits in the Evangelical World.



Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday



Texas abortion law ruling: Latinas more likely to avoid clinics and self-terminate | US news | The Guardian
     I wonder hooda saw THAT coming?



Jurassic World review - Chris Pratt runs riot in upgraded dino-disaster movie | Film | The Guardian



BBC - Travel - Is this Britain's most bizarre village?



The Self-Help Guide To Wagner : NPR



It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out' : NPR



Hogwarts Hops The Pond: Rowling Reveals U.S. Version Of Wizards' School : The Two-Way : NPR



Climate: 15 scary facts about rising seas (Opinion) - CNN.com



Your cable company doesn't want you to see this.



Fox News Is Unraveling As Their "Objective Witness" To McKinney Pool Party Is A Convicted Felon




Thanks, Michelle!


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David E Suggests

Dental Myths


Dental Myths Debunked (Infographic)



David


Thanks, Dave!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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Reader Comment

Squirrels

The story about the squirrel knocking out power in the Bay Area doesn't surprise me at all. The little f-ers stealing any bird seed you try to put out for birds. Despite that I used to think the rats were cute until I became a homeowner and found it necessary to fight long, expensive fights to get them out of my attic.

That old story about the guy peacefully riding down a street on his motorcycle being taken out by rogue squirrels cracks me up every time I read it. (I have it in a Word document if you want to see it again.)

I'm still mourning the disappearance of the caterpillars after the tree trimming. Here's hoping some of them find their way back this year so we can have cycle of life pictures!

Linda   >^..^<
    We are all only temporarily able bodied.


Thanks, Linda!
I grew up around squirrel eaters. Saw it fried, barbequed, roasted, in stew, and pot pies.
The kind of folk who weren't prone to wasting shot (or much of anything else), and would eat what they killed.
Living off the grid before it became fashionable.
We just saw it as being poor.
And sometimes it's best not to ask what's for supper.



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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


"WIPE YOUR FEET BEFORE YOU WALK ALL OVER ME"

I TRIED TO PULL MYSELF UP BY MY BOOT STRAPS BUT THE BOOTS WERE MADE IN CHINA AND STITCHING CAME LOOSE.

FURTHER PROOF THAT REPUBLICANS ARE STUPID BEYOND COMPREHENSION!

"COLD WAR II."

THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO CREATE A CAPITALIST DICTATORSHIP!

IT'S TIME FOR SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!

THAT SINKING FEELING


THE WHITE COPS' NIGHTMARE!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Nearly 20° cooler and half the humidity. Whew.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN 'Elementary'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'CSI: The Original One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE are David Duchovny, Kit Harington, and Tamia.



NBC begins the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH 'Aquarius', then a FRESH 'Hannibal'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are David Spade, Jennette McCurdy, and A$AP Rocky.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Molly Shannon, T.I., Matt Lucas, and Jon Theodore.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/23/15) are Tony Hale, Caribou, and Krystyna Hutchinson & Corinne Fisher.



ABC fills the night with LIVE '2015 NBA Finals', followed by a FRESH 'Jimmy Kimmel', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Zoe Saldana and Tyler the Creator.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Beauty & The Beast', followed by the FRESH 'iHeart Radio (formerly Clear Channel) Pool Party 2015'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'Wayward Pines'.



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



A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.



AMC fills the night with the movie 'The Green Mile'.



BBC  -   
 [06:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 17 - Bridges NEW
 [7:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 18 - Ruskin NEW
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Kingston Cafe
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Chappy's
 [10:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 2
 [11:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 3
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 18 - Starship Mine
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 19 - Lessons
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Mayfair
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 7 - Levanti's Italian Restaurant
 [4:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Luigi's D'Italia
 [5:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 1 - The Secret Garden
 [6:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Jack's Waterfront
 [7:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
 [8:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Return to Amy's Baking Company
 [9:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Pantaleone's NEW
 [10:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
 [11:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Return to Amy's Baking Company
 [12:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Pantaleone's
 [1:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Mayfair
 [2:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 7 - Levanti's Italian Restaurant
 [3:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Luigi's D'Italia
 [4:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 1 - The Secret Garden
 [5:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Jack's Waterfront    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Kandi's Ski Trip', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Kandi's Ski Trip', followed by a FRESH 'Atlanta Social'.



Comedy Central has 'south Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Couples Retreat'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Mark Ruffalo.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Kyle Kinane, John Hodgman, and Chris Gethard.



FX has the movie 'American Reunion', followed by the movie 'Just Go With It', then a FRESH 'The Comedians', and another 'The Comedians'.



History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Lost In Transmission'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MALCOLM'S JOB
 [6:30AM]    INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
 [8:45AM]    THE MATRIX
 [11:45AM]    THE MATRIX RELOADED
 [2:45PM]    THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
 [5:45PM]    ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
 [7:45PM]    SHAUN OF THE DEAD
 [10:00PM]    MARON-MAD MARC
 [10:31PM]    ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
 [12:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ALISON BRIE
 [1:00AM]    MARON-MAD MARC
 [1:30AM]    THE MATRIX RELOADED
 [4:30AM]    MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MALCOLM VS. REESE
 [5:00AM]    MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MINI-BIKE
 [5:30AM]    MARON-RACEGATE    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Writers' Room-Scandal
 [6:30AM]    Fearless
 [9:00AM]    Brokeback Mountain
 [12:00PM]    The Warriors
 [2:00PM]    Domino
 [4:45PM]    Don't Say a Word
 [7:15PM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [10:00PM]    Kiss the Girls
 [12:30AM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [3:15AM]    Kiss the Girls
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Breakfast    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Jurassic Park III', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then 'Defiance'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Chris Pratt, Eric Dane, and Dawes.



TCM spends the night with actor Richard Dix
 [6:45 AM]      Mr. Arkadin (1955)     [AKA: 'Confidential Report']
 [8:45 AM]      Man of La Mancha (1972)
 [11:00 AM]      Love and Pain and the Whole Damned Thing (1973)
 [1:15 PM]      The Night Heaven Fell (1958)
 [3:00 PM]      The Spanish Gardener (1956)
 [4:45 PM]      The Happy Thieves (1962)
 [6:15 PM]      It Started With A Kiss (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      The Kansan (1943)
 [9:30 PM]      Cimarron (1930)
 [11:45 PM]      The Arizonian (1935)
 [1:15 AM]      Men Against the Sky (1941)
 [2:45 AM]      Ace of Aces (1933)
 [4:15 AM]      The Lost Squadron (1932)
    (ALL TIMES EST)



Friday   -  06/12/15

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      The Glass Key (1942)
 [7:30 AM]      Laura (1944)
 [9:00 AM]      Ministry Of Fear (1944)
 [10:30 AM]      Murder, My Sweet (1944)
 [12:15 PM]      Danger Signal (1945)
 [1:45 PM]      Detour (1945)
 [3:00 PM]      Mildred Pierce (1945)
 [5:00 PM]      Deadline at Dawn (1946)
 [6:30 PM]      Johnny Angel (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Gangster (1947)
 [9:45 PM]      Gun Crazy (1950)
 [11:30 PM]      Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
 [1:15 AM]      Nightmare Alley (1947)
 [3:30 AM]      Night Moves (1975)
 [5:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #7 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)




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Decades TV Network

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Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

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RTV - The Retro Television Network

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Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Mr Holmes in London, Wednesday, 10 June, 2015.
Photo by Joel Ryan

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Selling Sacred Masks

Drouot Auction House

A Paris auction house has drawn widespread condemnation from the U.S. government and others since 2013 for selling off Native American artifacts to buyers from New York to Beijing. Still, it's not backing down.

Instead, the Drouot auction house has multiplied auctions of the items, considered sacred by North American tribes, and is raising millions of dollars from the lucrative business that would be illegal in the U.S. but has repeatedly been ruled lawful by courts in France.

On Wednesday, members from the North American Hopi tribe traveled to Paris from their territory in Arizona to protest against a new auction of eight of the tribe's Kachina masks. The Hopis believe the surreal faces, made from wood, leather, horse hair and feathers, and painted in vivid pigments of color, are the physical embodiment of their ancestors. They say their commercial sale could lead to the demise of their tribe, and want them returned.

Their plight has received support from actor Robert Redford and others. Tribal leaders and Arizona's members of Congress have asked U.S. law enforcement to try to stop the sales, but the U.S. government has no legal authority in France and French officials don't appear interested in changing their laws.

As such, Drouot sees no problem with the auctions, which have made it famous as the premier place globally to sell sacred tribal masks.

Drouot Auction House

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Jimmy Buffett performs at the after party for the premiere of "Jurassic World" in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
Photo by Matt Sayles

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American Pharoah Trainer's Entourage

Burger King

Burger King reportedly shelled out $200,000 to have its mascot appear with Bob Baffert, the trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, at the Belmont Stakes.

The fast-food chain's costumed "King" stood behind Baffert at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Baffert's wife, Jill, told Time that the $200,000 payment would be going to charities for post-career jockeys and racehorses.

Last month, Burger King allegedly spent $1 million to include its mascot in Floyd Mayweather's entourage during his boxing match against Manny Pacquiao.

Burger King

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43 Years In Solitary Confinement

Albert Woodfox

A US prosecutor has blocked the release of a former Black Panther who spent a record 43 years in solitary confinement in a case that has provoked outrage among rights groups.

Louisiana's top prosecutor on Tuesday blocked the release of 68-year-old black prisoner Albert Woodfox, whose conditions of detention -- confined 23 hours a day -- drew outrage from rights activists.

A federal judge had ordered his unconditional release in a strongly-worded ruling Monday that barred any further trial on charges of murdering a prison guard, for which Woodfox received two convictions, both later overturned.

Woodfox's 43 years in solitary confinement are the longest of any US prisoner despite his lengthy court battles to prove his innocence.

Albert Woodfox

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Actor Fred Armisen, left, and actor Carrie Brownstein speak on stage at the SAG Foundation conversations Q&A with the cast of "Portlandia" on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell

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Dethroning Cocaine

'Flakka'

For decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail.

As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.

The drug's popularity, however, is only growing. In 2014, the first year it appeared in the state, authorities in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, recorded 190 incidents involving flakka. By early May of this year, the number of incidents involving the drug had already raced past 275.

Unlike cocaine, flakka, is both cheap and accessible. The drug is widely advertised for sale online by Chinese companies and can be shipped in large quantities to U.S. addresses by established global delivery companies. Once it hits the streets, a single dose can sell for as little as $5.

Flakka, which was placed on the U.S. list of illegal controlled substances in 2014, is chemically designed to mimic cathinone, a natural stimulant found in the leaves of the khat plant, chewed traditionally in the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa.

'Flakka'

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Wake-up Call


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Murder Charges Dropped

Georgia

Georgia prosecutors are dropping a murder charge against a woman who was jailed in the death of her 5 1/2-month-old fetus after she took an abortion-inducing pill, officials said on Wednesday.

Kenlissa Jones, 23, of Albany, Georgia, was released from jail on a reduced charge of possession of a dangerous drug. She was held on Tuesday without bond on charges of murder and possession of a dangerous drug, according to jail records.

But Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards reversed himself and dropped the homicide charge.

"In plain words, under the law, a mother cannot be held responsible for her own actions against her unborn child," Edwards said at a news conference. "I am satisfied, as to malice murder, she is not subject to prosecution."

Edwards said that it is not for his office to agree or disagree with the law, but to enforce it.

Georgia

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Musician Ed Sheeran and actress Emily Blunt attend the American Institute for Stuttering's 9th Annual Freeing Voices Changing Lives Gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on Monday, June 8, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini

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Family Loses Court Battle

Right Of Sepulcher

The family of a New York City teen who died in a car crash had no right to be notified that his brain was removed during an autopsy, New York state's top court ruled, overturning a $600,000 jury verdict awarded to his parents.

The Court of Appeals said on Wednesday that when the New York City medical examiner removed Jesse Shipley's brain for further inspection in 2005, it did not violate his family's right of sepulcher, an old legal provision that gives families the right to possession of a relative's remains.

"It is the act of depriving the next of kin of the body, and not the deprivation of organ or tissue samples within the body, that constitutes a violation of the right of sepulcher," Judge Eugene Pigott wrote for the court.

On a class trip to the medical examiner's office months after the 17-year-old Shipley died from head injuries, his high school classmates spotted a brain in a jar with his name on it and told his family. His brain was later returned and the family held a second burial.

Right Of Sepulcher

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Actor Peter Fonda attends the premiere of "Jurassic World" in Hollywood, California, June 9, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 12.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni

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Photographer Shot In Eye

Xinhua

Israel has barred a Palestinian photographer allegedly shot in the eye by an Israeli soldier from entering east Jerusalem for specialist treatment, he told AFP on Wednesday.

Nidal Shtayyeh, who works for Chinese news agency Xinhua, was wounded while covering a small demonstration at Huwarra checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on May 16.

As he was covering the rally, Shtayyeh was hit in the face by a rubber bullet which entered his eye, causing serious damage, he told AFP.

Shtayyeh was rushed to Rafidiya hospital in Nablus for initial treatment but was prescribed specialist help at St John's eye hospital in annexed east Jerusalem.

As a Palestinian living in the West Bank, Shtayyeh had to apply for an Israeli permit to enter Jerusalem.

Xinhua

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A barrel with 250 liters of Hennessy cognac is delivered for a charity auction during the gala dinner in the honor of the French navy frigate L'Hermione at Mount Vernon, Virginia on June 9, 2015. A replica of the L'Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the U.S. war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original's crossing.
Photo by Mladen Antonov

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Fake Panchen Lama

China

A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, on Wednesday told President Xi Jinping he backed national unity and would strive to meet the Communist Party's expectations.

Although officially atheist, China selected Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995, in a drive to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans.

Tibet's current spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, had announced his own choice of a six-year-old boy, but he was taken away by authorities and has since vanished from public view.

This year marks not only the 20th anniversary of the boy's disappearance, but also the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959 following an abortive uprising against Chinese rule.

It is also the 50th anniversary of the founding of what China calls the Tibet Autonomous Region.

China

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This May 1, 2015 photo shows a 1957 drawing of Don Quixote by Salvador Dali for Walt Disney inside a copy of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," in a collections room at the Disney museum in San Francisco. Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a short-lived partnership and decades-long friendship with surrealistic artist Salvador Dali.
Photo by Jeff Chiu

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Request Denied

Exxon

Officials denied a request Tuesday by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

The move came on the same day that California lawmakers formed a special legislative committee to investigate the May spill that caused as much as at least 101,000 gallons of oil to blacken beaches and create an ocean slick.

Santa Barbara County's Planning and Development director rejected Exxon's emergency permit application, saying it didn't meet the requirements for expedited review. Exxon can apply again through the regular permitting process, officials said.

Exxon normally moves oil from three offshore platforms through more than 10 miles of pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline. The movement has been stopped since the pipe ruptured on May 19, fouling beaches.

Exxon

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A giant swallowtail butterfly feeds on a Duranta flower Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Houston.
Photo by Pat Sullivan

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