BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 30 October, 2014


30 October, 2014

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Mark Morford: Don't believe women are endlessly harassed? Watch this (SF Gate)
It's a little surprising someone didn't think of this before. But here it is: hard evidence, irrefutable proof, upwards of 100 undeniable examples revealing just what kinds of casual, routine harassment await any young, "normal" American woman strolling around the city by herself, in a single day.

10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman (YouTube)
Walking alone.

Andrew Tobias: Ebola Update
The Republican agenda these past six years has been to block - and then vote 52 times to repeal - access to affordable health care . . . reject federal dollars to expand Medicaid . . . block investments in infrastructure . . . shut down the government . . . make it harder for people to vote (decried now even by a famously conservative judge who once ruled in their favor) . . . and block the right of women and their doctors to make reproductive health care decisions without government interference and mandated vaginal probes.
But we can change all that Tuesday.

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz, Lillian Sharrow, Alexander Kraft: 4 Horrifying Realities of Working at a Haunted House (Cracked)
If you haven't been to a haunted house recently, you're missing out on something truly unexpected: At some point they actually became scary. This isn't the dangling plastic skeleton and "Jello mold shaped like a brain" shit they put on for the kids. This is an intense form of full-contact live theater intended to make the customer piss their pants (and we mean literally: they have to clean up piss from their floor).

Gavin Edwards: Being Bill Murray (Rolling Stone)
When you're one of the most beloved stars in the world, you can get away with almost anything. So what's that kind of freedom like?

Patrick Collinson: Payday loan brokers regularly raid bank accounts of poor customers (Guardian)
Natwest receives hundreds of complaints daily from vulnerable people who have unexpectedly had money taken from accounts.

Kieron Monks: Are obese crash test dummies the key to preventing road deaths? (CNN)
"Obese people are 78% more likely to die in a crash," says O' Connor. "The reason is the way we get fat. We get fat in our middle range. And we get out of position in a typical seat."

Our Maisie wakes up dancing to Ed Sheeran's "Don't" (YouTube)
"Maisie is asleep in her carseat until the music starts. Once she hears the beat, she springs from sleep into action. Even wiping the sleep out of her eyes becomes a dance move. Maisie is a role model for dancing babies everywhere. There's no sleep for the rhythmic." - Neatorama

My Manager Quits (YouTube)
yea..... My manager quitting his job.... back in '07/'08 I can't remember.

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Trivia Question of the Day

According to Warren Zevon, if you see a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, what city are you in?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984, staying there for three weeks. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You". What is the title of this earworm?

      Ghostbusters                                                      Source

"Ghostbusters" is a 1984 song recorded by Ray Parker, Jr. as the theme to the film of the same name starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd. Bowing at #68 on June 16, 1984, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984, staying there for three weeks, and at number two on the UK Singles Chart on September 16, 1984, staying there for three weeks.

It was nominated at the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You".        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:
  With few exceptions, I normally don't care for songs or films which might encourage or reinforce belief in anything supernatural, or the reality of alien visits, etc. -- but I let that one slide.

  I didn't like the original version of "Spirit in the Sky" either, though it certainly had a catchy beat -- I knew too many people who took it seriously, I prefer this version.
  Another exception is The Allman Brothers' "Revival."

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:

Marian said:

Deborah responded:
   Ah, I sense a theme. (c:
  Earworm is right.

Kevin K in Washington, DC replied:
   Well, without even cheating by googling the tubes of the internets, I recall
  that Phil Collins was quite publically and verbally P.O.'d when Stevie got
  the Oscar for his little telephone jingle, which hadn't even really been
  written for the forgettable Gene Wilder movie it won for. Phil believed his
  "Against All Odds" would have won if the Oscar voters weren't so
  provincially pro-American and pro-Stevie.

Alan J answered:

Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norboocali said:
   "Ghostbusters" and ghost girls

MAM   wrote:
   'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker, Jr.

DJ Useo replied:
   I lived in Houston when I started seeing billboards of the ghost with the circle/slash.
  We wondered for quite a while what the sneck it meant!
  When the Ray Parker, jr song came on radio, we loved it, & also the movie version.
  Hear the Ghostbusters theme vs MJ's Thriller here

Joe S     took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.

BttbBob   is semi-retired.

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Don't believe women are endlessly harassed? Watch this - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

White Christian Extremist Threatens "Sh*tstorm" if High School World History Class Mentions Islam

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GOP to Kick 7 Million from Voter Rolls in 27 States

Big Tent indeed. Arizona GOP officials to be punished for endorsing Dems

How racist policy paved the 100-year road to Ferguson's slum

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CONAN: Bob Odenkirk as Presidential Candidate, Reads From His Book

Bob Odenkirk Reads From His Book A Load Of Hooey

Bob imagines a world where a politician calls a press conference to come clean on his many, many, many sins.
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Reader Comment

World Series

I'm not a baseball fan - would rather play than watch, and would rather clean my gutters than be short-stop - but tonight's game was amazing. That pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, aka MadBum (I hope I never have one), was amazingly consistent and focused. It was a nail-biter of a game. And that's what made it fun to watch: People excelling at what they do, vs. people phoning it in. The Royals definitely showed up but the Giants dominated.

A few years ago the Giants were in the World Series with the Phillys. I was in Delran, NJ, close enough to my birthplace to appreciate the Home Team passion. We were riding our bikes around where I grew up and hanging with my sister. Went into an Irish pub mere minutes before the first pitch. I wanted so badly to cheer for SF; my husband talked me down. It was probably for the best.

The Giants won the game and a Muni bus was set afire during the "celebration" - I don't get the destruction as part of a celebration - my son had to bike-commute 5 miles out of his way to avoid the insanity. I'm glad he was safe.

I guess my point, a few tangents later, is that we saw history made tonight, from the comfort of our home, and were impressed by the Giants' team skills again.

So can we have official football season now?


Thanks, Deborah!
Thanks to, or because of, trivia, every time Madison Bumgarner's name was mentioned, I wondered if he's related to James Garner ( born James Scott Bumgarner).
I gotta get a hobby.   ; )



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Last Night

Still sunny.

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 Brian Williams and Perfume Genius.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Cedric the Entertainer and Jayma Mays.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Biggest Loser', followed by a FRESH 'Bad Judge', then a FRESH 'A To Z', followed by a FRESH 'Parenthood'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Gordon Ramsay and Little Big Town.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Zooey Deschanel, Ken Marino, and Brad Meltzer.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Dan Gilroy, Broods, and Grant Cotter.

ABC starts the night with the chestnut 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Scott Foley, Smokey Robinson featuring Aloe Blacc and JC Chasez.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'Gracepoint'.

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 'Dead Again'.

AMC offers the movie 'Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers', followed by the movie 'Halloween'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Age Of Steel
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 7 - The Idiot's Lantern
 [10:00AM]    Atlantis - Season 1 - Episode 4
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 23 - The Host
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 24 - The Mind's Eye
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Piccolo Teatro
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 2 - La Galleria 33, Part 2
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
 [4:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Clubway 41
 [5:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite
 [6:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Hannah & Mason's
 [7:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
 [8:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 1 - La Galleria 33, Part
 [19:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 2 - La Galleria 33, Part 2
 [10:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Mama Maria's
 [11:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 1 - La Galleria 33, Part 1
 [12:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 2 - La Galleria 33, Part 2
 [1:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Mama Maria's
 [2:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Hannah & Mason's
 [3:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Night Terrors
 [4:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
 [5:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 11 - The God Complex    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Benched', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', another 'Real Housewives Of NJ', still another 'Real Housewives Of NJ', and yet another 'Real Housewives Of NJ'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Jeff Dunham: Minding The Monsters', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', again.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Spoon.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is David Miliband.

FX has 3 hours of old 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'.

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', another 'Pawn Stars', and still another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:30AM]    MISERY
 [9:00AM]    INSIDIOUS
 [11:15AM]    ALIEN 3
 [1:45PM]    MISERY
 [4:15PM]    SAW
 [6:30PM]    SAW III
 [9:00PM]    SAW IV
 [11:00PM]    SAW V     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Donald the Normal
 [7:00AM]    Groundhog Day
 [9:15AM]    The Blues Brothers
 [12:15PM]    Escape From New York
 [2:15PM]    Aliens
 [5:15PM]    They Live
 [7:15PM]    Conan the Barbarian
 [10:00PM]    Three Kings
 [12:30AM]    Three Kings
 [3:00AM]    The Blues Brothers    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Spartacus: Vengeance', another 'Spartacus: Vengeance', followed by the movie 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jake Gyllenhaal, Judy Greer, and the War on Drugs.

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #32 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
 [8:00 AM]      Darby's Rangers (1958)
 [10:15 AM]      Fort Dobbs (1958)
 [12:00 PM]      The Hanging Tree (1959)
 [2:00 PM]      Yellowstone Kelly (1959)
 [3:45 PM]      I Was a Communist For the FBI (1951)
 [5:15 PM]      First Yank Into Tokyo (1945)
 [6:45 PM]      A Night of Adventure (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      House On Haunted Hill (1958)
 [9:30 PM]      The Legend of Hell House (1973)
 [11:15 PM]      13 Ghosts (1960)
 [1:00 AM]      The Haunting (1963)
 [3:00 AM]      Burnt Offerings (1976)
 [5:00 AM]      Hollywood My Hometown (1965)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  10/31/14

 [6:00 AM]      London After Midnight (1927)     SILENT 
 [7:00 AM]      Mark Of The Vampire (1935)
 [8:15 AM]      The Devil-Doll (1936)
 [9:45 AM]      I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
 [11:00 AM]      Cat People (1942)
 [12:15 PM]      The Tingler (1959)
 [1:45 PM]      Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
 [3:15 PM]      Dementia 13 (1963)
 [4:45 PM]      Carnival of Souls (1962)
 [6:15 PM]      Repulsion (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Night of the Living Dead (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      Curse of the Demon (1958)
 [11:45 PM]      House Of Wax (1953)
 [1:30 AM]      Poltergeist (1982)
 [3:30 AM]      Strait-Jacket (1964)
 [5:15 AM]      Eyes Without a Face (1959)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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From left, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar attend the ceremony honoring Cuoco with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Mystery Money


The most mysterious force in Kentucky's pivotal U.S. Senate race is a ghost that dwells in a hole in a wall.

Hunt for the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, and one finds no grassroots army, no canvassing operation, no office or headquarters at all - just a scuffed U.S. Postal Service box nestled inside a suburban shopping plaza about 10 miles from downtown Louisville.

About the only thing nearby that smacks of politics is an adjacent pop-up Halloween costume store. There, among monsters, ghouls and evil clowns, a vinyl President Barack Obama mask sells for $24.99 - the "scariest one of them all," one shopper mused.

Corporeal or not, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition has nevertheless capitalized on such anti-Obama sentiment, and the freedom to largely operate with anonymity, to haunt Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in her increasingly unlikely bid to unseat incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

About one in every seven of TV ads in Kentucky's Senate race - about 12,000 of the more than 79,000 ads that have aired through Monday - has been sponsored by Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, which operates as a "social welfare" nonprofit organization that, by law, is prohibited from making the influencing of elections its primary purpose.



In this picture taken Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 British musician Elvis Costello performs on stage in Basel, Switzerland.
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Viewers Down

Al Jazeera America

The winner and loser of the lawsuit between Al Jazeera America and former Current TV CEO Al Gore is yet to be determined, but ratings comparisons between the two show a clear winner.

After buying Current TV in early 2013, and debuting over the summer that year, Al Jazeera has lost almost half of Current TV's audience.

Current TV's run with progressive news programming lasted from December, 2011 to August, 2013. In that timespan, the network ran programs like "The Young Turks," "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm," "Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer," and "Joy Behar: Say Anything." Upon being bought by Al Jazeera, Current was in 60 million American homes.

Al Jazeera America was born as the opposite of Current TV, possessing no political point of view and no opinion program in favor of hard news and in-depth reporting. It hired veteran news anchors and reporters from previous networks, including former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler; former CNN anchors Tony Harris and Ali Velshi; former CNN correspondent Joi Chen; former MSNBC anchor David Shuster; former NBC News White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira, former PBS journalist Ray Suarez, and several other veteran TV news personalities.

Its lineup of journalists hasn't translated to ratings. When comparing Al Jazeera America's ratings to date to Current TV's ratings from December, 2011 to August, 2013, the numbers show significant losses. In total day, AJAM is down 44 percent compared to Current TV; in the 25-54 demo, the channel is down 55 percent. In primetime viewers, AJAM is down 49 percent compared to Current TV; in the primetime demo, down 54 percent.

Al Jazeera America


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Final Film May Finally Be Released

Orson Welles

Orson Welles's last film may finally be nearing release after decades as one of cinema's most storied unfinished creations.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that a Los Angeles-based production company, Royal Road Entertainment, has agreed to buy the rights to Welles' largely unseen "The Other Side of the Wind." Producers are planning to unveil the film in time for the centennial anniversary of Welles' birth on May 6.

The semi-autobiographical film is about a movie director, played by John Huston, feuding with Hollywood over an ambitious film. Welles shot the movie in 1971 and spent the rest of his life editing it, before dying in 1985.

Director Peter Bogdanovich, who appears in the film, will help edit the footage, which includes a roughly 45-minute edited print.

Orson Welles


Actor Michael Caine and wife Shakira arrive for the European premiere of "Interstellar" in Leicester Square in London October 29, 2014.
Photo by Luke MacGregor


Metallica's Weeklong Residency

Craig Ferguson

With Craig Ferguson's final broadcast as host of The Late Late Show approaching, Metallica have booked a weeklong residency on the program to play him out in style. The band will sit for an interview with the Scottish comedian on November 17th and perform a song on the show every night that week. The group's appearance on the show coincides with the 10-year anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, which will come out on November 24th, as well as a Record Store Day vinyl pressing of their new song "Lords of Summer," due out Black Friday.

"What better way to celebrate Craig's awesome tenure at CBS than to come and shake the rafters for a whole week," Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "Nothing to sell, nothing to promote (except a reissue DVD)...purely hanging at Craig's personal request. Bring it!"

After a decade as host of The Late Late Show, Ferguson announced his decision to step down as host of the program this past April, a few weeks after David Letterman revealed that he would be retiring as host of The Late Show. The Scot's final broadcast will take place on an as yet unspecified date in December. After that, British actor and comedian James Corden will take over the show.

Craig Ferguson


Wake-up Call


President Vetoes Language-Fluency Changes


The president of the nation's largest Indian reservation stood behind a tribal law that requires people seeking the top elected post to be fluent in the Navajo language, dealing what could be a final blow to a candidate who had been criticized for his speaking skills.

The issue of fluency has deeply divided Navajos on and off the vast reservation that, while known internationally for its picturesque rock formations, struggles with high rates of unemployment, poor housing and a lack of electricity and running water.

At stake is the bigger question of how tribal leaders maintain ties to the language. More than half of the Navajo Nation's estimated 300,000 members speak the language, but knowledge of it fades among younger generations.

Navajo President Ben Shelly vetoed legislation Tuesday that would let voters decide whether presidential hopefuls are proficient in the Navajo language, prompting Chris Deschene to cease his campaign. In his veto message, Shelly said the requirements for president should be addressed through a reservation-wide vote, not by tribal lawmakers in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 general election.

"Every society has an obligation to hold on to their traditions," Shelly wrote. "If we lose our language and culture, who are we?"



Shirley MacLaine and Director Michael Radford attend the premiere of 'Elsa & Fred' at the Sundance Cinema on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Todd Williamson


Racial Profiling


A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday ordered a controversial Arizona sheriff to undergo the same training as his deputies to prevent racial profiling and unlawful detention in the wake of the lawman's recent comments.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow criticized sheriff Joe Arpaio (R-Pink Panties) during a hearing in Phoenix for telling a reporter he would have no problem conducting an immigration sweep like one performed in the town of Guadalupe in 2008, which was later declared unconstitutional.

The judge ruled in May 2013 that Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff," violated the rights of Latino drivers with his crackdown on illegal immigration and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.

Snow said Arpaio's recent comments undermined his office's efforts to comply with the ruling.



The Dean of Drag, Lady Bunny, performs as part of The Scene By Stoli Project to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Pyramid Club in New York's East Village, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.
Photo by Diane Bondareff


Fake News Site


The FBI has come under fire from media organizations following disclosures that it created a fake news website to track down a suspect in a bomb threat case.

Documents revealed the FBI created a fake Associated Press news article that appeared to be in the Seattle Times, to trick the suspect to install malware that would reveal his location.

The incident dates back to 2007, but the documents surfaced this week after a security research for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a link to the case file on Monday.

"The FBI impersonating the press is just as irresponsible as the CIA running fake immunization programs. Completely unacceptable," said ACLU researcher Christopher Soghoian in revealing the documents.

The Associated Press and Seattle Times also reacted angrily to the news.



Models present creations for Ordifen Cup China Lingerie Design Contest during China Fashion Week in Beijing, China Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
Photo by Andy Wong


Impersonated Repairmen


Federal agents turned off Internet access to three luxury villas used by Asian gamblers at a Las Vegas hotel then impersonated repair technicians to surreptitiously get inside and collect evidence in an investigation of online sports betting, according to defense lawyers challenging the practice.

The FBI employed the ruse against the recommendation of an assistant U.S. attorney, Kimberly Frayn, according to lawyers for four of eight men charged in the case. They filed a motion late Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas to dismiss evidence in the case. According to a conversation recorded by an investigator for the hotel, the prosecutor told FBI agents "it was a consent issue," the lawyers said.

Under U.S. law, a person whose property is inspected generally must waive his constitutional protections against unreasonable searches unless authorities obtain a warrant. Evidence collected improperly is not supposed to be used at trial.

The FBI in Las Vegas referred questions about the practice to the U.S. Attorney's Office there. Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, said prosecutors were aware of the allegations being made by defense lawyers but declined to comment, citing a pending trial.



Rain covered ceramic poppies that form part of the art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" are seen at the Tower of London in London October 29, 2014. The evolving art installation will be completed on November 11 when the 888,246th poppy will be planted. Each poppy represents a soldier killed during the First World War.
Photo by Peter Nicholls


International Survey

Modern Life

Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or Muslims and what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant.

Swedes and Germans do best, although even they consistently get things wrong, according to a survey of 14 industrialized countries released on Wednesday.

The analysis by market research organization Ipsos MORI shows how far perceptions stray from reality across a range of issues as people struggle to get a precise handle on aspects of society that are seen as risks or worries.

Levels of immigration -- a hot-button topic in many developed countries -- are overestimated everywhere but the United States veers further from reality than most, with an average guess that 32 percent of the population are immigrants when the reality is 13 percent.

Americans think 24 percent of girls aged 15 to 19 give birth each year, when the real figure is just 3 percent, and even the sensible Swedes are badly out, believing the annual teenage pregnancy rate is 8 percent compared to the actual 0.7 percent.

Modern Life



In Memory

Elizabeth Norment

Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey's hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards," has died. She was 61 years old.

Norment appeared as a guest in many other TV shows, including "Doogie Howser, MD," 'ER', "Party of Five" and "Law & Order." She also appeared in the movie comedies "The Woman in Red" and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."

She was born in Washington, lived in Japan and Germany while growing up, and graduated from Yale University.

Elizabeth Norment



A model of a dinosaur stands at the exhibition 'World of Dinosaurs' in front of a bucket-wheel excavator in a former lignite surface mine area in Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The exposition shows more than 50 exhibits of different species of dinosaurs until Nov. 30, 2014.
Photo by Jens Meyer



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