BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 13 September, 2011


13 September, 2011

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[1511 days in a row]



Veterans Report - Important Medical Info!

VA Lists Ships Exposed to Agent Orange

Veterans who served aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships operating on the waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, may be eligible to receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation for 14 medical conditions associated with presumptive exposure to Agent Orange. An updated list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships confirmed to have operated on Vietnam's inland waterways, docked on shore, or had crew members sent ashore, has been posted at the VA Public Health Agent Orange webpage to assist Vietnam veterans in determining potential eligibility for compensation benefits...

Attention Vietnam Veterans (and/or spouses and surviving spouses)!

If you believe you or your spouse were exposed to Agent Orange, I urge you to go this link and read it. You may be eligible for significant compensation if you suffer from any of the 'presumptive conditions'. Surviving spouses are also eligible. The VA is working very hard to help Vietnam Vets with medical care and compensation that were exposed and now have significant health issues. If in doubt, find a service officer from any veteran's organization, e.g. DAV, VFW, American Legion etc, and FILE A CLAIM!

Treatment for Gulf War Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Hull in England believe they have found a treatment for people with Gulf War Syndrome. Dr. Stephen Atkins and his team at the Hull York Medical School are pioneering the treatment. Of the 11 veterans with Gulf War Syndrome sent to the infirmary, "nine were diagnosed with a rare problem with their pituitary gland which led to a deficiency of certain hormones, such as testosterone and thyroxin.

VA Compensated Work Therapy

Compensated Work Therapy is a program that provides employment counseling, training and assistance to veterans who qualify.

I was involved in this program 13 years ago and it can be very helpful. It was for me. I worked in the medical supply department at the VAMC in Battle Creek for 6 months before my health worsened and I was officially 'retired' due to my service-connected medical conditions. The VAMC's in Ann Arbor and Saginaw where I currently receive treatment both have active CWT programs. I urge unemployed veterans to look into this successful VA program...

Do not be afraid to seek help...

Life Member - DAV

Thanks, B2tbBob!


Michael Dare

Humor plus Time equals Tragedy

You are cordially invited to check out my new blog, Humor plus Time equals Tragedy, a collection of ten year old humor about 9/11.


The Satirical Political Report


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

The Ultimate Trick (YouTube)
Michel and Sven do a trick in 14 seconds.

We're especially fond of the "Pull Up Your Pants," which is now reaching epidemic proportions with the advent of skinny jeans and the "Clean Up After Your Horse," a direct challenge to the NYPD and their habit of not policing their own poop.

According to Section 161.03 of the NYC Health Code, "A person who owns, possesses or controls a dog, cat or other animal shall not permit the animal to commit a nuisance on a sidewalk of any public place, on a floor, wall, stairway or roof…" Somehow, this doesn't apply to NYPD horses…

Ben's Game: Fight Cancer (Make-a-Wish)
Ben's Game was launched on the Make-A-Wish website in May, 2004. After a whirlwind of press coverage, Ben and Eric were approached by many new friends from around the globe to translate Ben's Game into various languages. Thanks to the generosity of Ben's Game enthusiasts worldwide, players can now enjoy the game in 9 languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish!

Matt Culkin: The 8 Most Badass Make-A-Wish Foundation Wishes (Cracked)
Since its inception in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been responsible for granting the wishes of thousands of children with life threatening illnesses all across the United States. While the vast majority of wishes involve taking vacations, meeting celebrities or going to Disneyland, occasionally kids go off-prompter, and things get awesome. For example ...

9/11 anniversary: Comic strips remember the heroes, victims (LA Weekly)
Sept. 11 seems an unlikely topic for the newspaper funny pages, but cartoonist Brian Walker might be considered an expert in finding the positive.

Paul Krugman's Column: An Impeccable Disaster (New York Times)
On Thursday Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank or E.C.B. - Europe's equivalent to Ben Bernanke - lost his sang-froid. In response to a question about whether the E.C.B. is becoming a "bad bank" thanks to its purchases of troubled nations' debt, Mr. Trichet, his voice rising, insisted that his institution has performed "impeccably, impeccably!" as a guardian of price stability. Indeed it has. And that's why the euro is now at risk of collapse.

Marc Dion: Big Government Finds Me: An American Financial Crisis (Creators Syndicate)
I wrote a check to the government today. By "the government," I mean the big, mysterious government, as represented by the Internal Revenue Service, not the small, lazy government, as represented by your buddy Rudy who is a grade-school custodian.

David Bruce has 42 Kindle books on with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $42 you can buy 10,500 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," "Maximum Cool," and "Resist Psychic Death."


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Trivia Question of the Day

It is known as lucerne in the UK, France, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, and lucerne grass in south Asia. What do we call it in the US?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

With what instrument would you perfect a paradiddle?

   (Snare) Drum                                                      Source

In percussion music, a rudiment is one of the basic patterns used in rudimental drumming. These patterns of drum strokes can be combined in many ways to create music.

single stroke - A stroke performs a single percussive note.

double stroke - A double stroke consists of two single strokes played by the same hand.

diddle - A diddle is a double stroke played at the current prevailing speed of the piece.

paradiddle - A paradiddle consists of two single strokes followed by a double stroke. When multiple paradiddles are played in succession, the first note always alternates between right and left. Paradiddles are often used to switch hands.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Snare Drum

mj wrote:
   Learned this working on my high school newspaper
  One of the columnists used to use pencils on the desk top to practice his paradiddle. He played durms. Snare drum in particular.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   drum strokes

Harry M responded:

Charlie replied:
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Adam answered:
   A drum.
  Didn't read the news turn my radio on all weekend (except for half an episode of 'Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me'). I'm so tired of hearing the corpse of '9/11' getting f*cked any more.

MAG in TN wrote:
   Oh Marty that's easy, you have to have a drum and drumsticks to do paradiddles and flamadiddles. I was a music major in college, and percussion was one of the toughest classes we had.

Sally said:
   Paradiddles are an essential drum skill to master for any would-be Drummer.

  PS: Well, we survived 9/11 and all of the hoopla connected with it. Can anyone please tell me what purpose is served by the 'reading of the names' (with the gong/bell accompaniment) every year. Year one, understandable - year 10, too much. How can the families heal with the public display of what? I just don't get it. I have lost a son, and would not find that any help at all...

Marian responded:

BttbB answered:
   Well, Hmmm... I know! "Hey, Paradiddle, the cat beat on a fiddle, and the cow gave us all a 'moon'....'' What?... No?... OK, then... It's a snare drum... How boring...

MAM   wrote:

And, Joe S     answered:
   Drum. I'm a drummer from way back, back to the 5th grade when my mother bought me my first drum set from a neighbor down the road. She came to regret it. Two snares, one trap, one bass, two cymbals and two wooden tone blocks. There was a triangle included but I lost it or misplaced it, I think my sister stole it.
  I haven't been very interested in the quiz lately, Carla has been in the hospital for a week and we don't know what's wrong. Ah, the "Golden Years."



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Reader Suggestions

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Sick Days


From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)


Reader Question

A Warning?

This ole Vet sees something that bugs me. Using my mouse to open repugs or controversial pages, I get a clicking sound and a gold or warning star on my pointer arrow, and many time it appears two and three times before the page opens, almost like a warning "stay away". Have to click to open or open in another setting? Is it my problem? I like reading Bartcope entertainment and have been for years.

Ole Vet

Thanks, Ole Vet!
Hate to admit this, but my computer hasn't had audio in a couple of years. Fhe only noise that comes out of it is the dial-up tones.
OTOH, bet there're some readers out there who probably do know.



Selected Readings

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Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Beginning to feel like fall.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 2nd One', then another RERUN 'NCIS: The 2nd One'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 9/1/11) are Julianna Margulies, Joe Wong, and Lady Antebellum.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are James Woods and Kathryn Hahn.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'It's Worth What?', followed by a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', then the SEASON PREMIERE 'Parenthood'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Harper, and Cobra Starship.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Will Arnett, Richard Branson, Girls, and John Pizzarelli.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/15/11) are Lykke Li, Grace Potter, and School of Seven Bells.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Wipeout', followed by a FRESH 'ABC News Special: Jackie Kennedy In Her Own Worlds'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Judge Judy Sheindlin, Emily VanCamp, and Staind.

The CW offers a RERUN '90210', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE 'Ringer'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Glee', followed by a RERUN 'Raising Hope', then another RERUN 'Raising Hope'.

MY has 'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?', followed by another 'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?', then 'Don't Forget The Lyrics', and another 'Don't Forget The Lyrics'.

A&E has 3 hours of 'Billy The Exterminator', followed by a FRESH 'Billy The Exterminator', and another 'Billy The Exterminator'.

AMC offers the movie 'Rocky II', followed by the movie 'Rocky III', then the movie 'Rocky III', again.

BBC  -   
 6:00 AM]   BBC World News
 7:00 AM]   BBC World News
 8:00 AM]   The Graham Norton Show - Ep 9 - Tom Hanks, Nicole Sherzinger, Simon Pegg
 9:00 AM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 9
 10:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 5 J Willy's
 11:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 8 La Gondola
 12:00 PM]   Doctor Who - Ep 2 The Fires of Pompeii
 1:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 1
 2:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 9 Fiesta Sunrise
 3:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 2 - PJ's
 4:00 PM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 13 The Wounded
 5:00 PM]   Doctor Who - Ep 6 The Lazarus Experiment
 6:00 PM]   Doctor Who - Ep 7 42
 7:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 11
 8:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 6
 9:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 10:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 11
 11:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 12
 12:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
 1:00 AM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 11
 2:00 AM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 12
 3:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
 4:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 9 Fiesta Sunrise
 5:00 AM]   BBC World News    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', 'Flipping Out', followed by a FRESH 'Flipping Out', then a FRESH 'Rachel Zoe Project'.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Jon Stewart', last night's 'Colbert Report', 'Kevin James: Sweat The Small Stuff', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0',, still another 'Tosh.0', and 'Workaholics'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Jim Lehrer.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Al Gore.

FX has the movie 'Iron Man', followed by a FRESH 'Sons Of Anarchy'.

History has 'Modern Marvels', 'TBA', 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Top Shot'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]   A Prairie Home Companion
 [8:15AM]   Diminished Capacity
 [10AM - 11AM]   Paid Programming
 [10:30AM]   Freaks and Geeks - Pilot
 [11:30AM]   Choose Me
 [1:45PM]   A Prairie Home Companion
 [4:00PM]   Diminished Capacity
 [6:00PM]   Arrested Development - Sad Sack
 [6:30PM]   Arrested Development - Afternoon Delight
 [7:00PM]   Whisker Wars - Reindeer Games
 [7:30PM]   Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings - Cats & Dogs
 [8:00PM]   The Order
 [10:15PM]   Alone in the Dark
 [12:15AM]   Superstition
 [2:15AM]   The Order
 [4:30AM]   Arrested Development - Sad Sack
 [5:00AM]   Arrested Development - Afternoon Delight
 [5:30AM]   Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings - Cats & Dogs     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -    tue  [6:00 AM]   Visual Acoustics
 [7:30 AM]   Wendy & Lucy
 [9:00 AM]   UNLEASHED BY GARO: Can I Pull You a Little Tighter? (Episode 1, Season 1)
 [10:00 AM]   ALL ON THE LINE - Julia Alarcon (Episode 8, Season 1)
 [11:00 AM]   LUDO BITES AMERICA: Omaha (Episode 2, Season 1)
 [12:00 PM]   MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Dancing in the Dark (Episode 2, Season 1)
 [1:00 PM]   Lemon Tree
 [2:55 PM]   Eclipse
 [3:05 PM]   Visual Acoustics
 [4:35 PM]   Wendy & Lucy
 [6:30 PM]   THE DAY BEFORE - Versace
 [7:00 PM]   THE DAY BEFORE - Alexander Wang
 [7:30 PM]   THE DAY BEFORE - Narciso Rodriguez
 [8:00 PM]   Love Lust & the Bikini
 [9:00 PM]   QUIRKY: Love You, Love Your Product (Episode 2, Season 1)
 [10:00 PM]   QUIRKY: Sacrifice for Sex Appeal (Episode 3, Season 1)
 [11:00 PM]   ALL ON THE LINE - Dana-Maxx (Episode 5, Season 1)
 [12:00 AM]   UNLEASHED BY GARO: Can I Pull You a Little Tighter? (Episode 1, Season 1)
 [1:00 AM]   QUIRKY: Sacrifice for Sex Appeal (Episode 3, Season 1)
 [2:00 AM]   PLEASURE FOR SALE (Episode 2)
 [2:30 AM]   À l'aventure
 [4:20 AM]   Wendy & Lucy
 [5:45 AM]   The Wednesdays
 [6:00 AM]   Brief Interviews With Hideous Men     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Ultimatum'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Roseanne Barr, Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio, and Baron Vaughn.

 [6:00 AM]      Merton Of The Movies (1947)
 [7:45 AM]      Dance, Charlie, Dance (1937)
 [9:00 AM]      An Angel From Texas (1940)
 [10:15 AM]      Three Sailors and a Girl (1953)
 [12:00 PM]      The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
 [2:00 PM]      You Can't Take It With You (1938)
 [4:15 PM]      George Washington Slept Here (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      Act One (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Young Man With a Horn (1950)
 [10:00 PM]      Ace In the Hole (1951)
 [12:00 AM]      The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
 [2:15 AM]      The Big Sky (1952)
 [4:45 AM]      The Big Trees (1952)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday  -  09/14/11

 [6:30 AM]      Top Secret Affair (1957)
 [8:15 AM]      The Actress (1953)
 [10:00 AM]      Friendly Persuasion (1956)
 [12:30 PM]      Tall Story (1960)
 [2:15 PM]      Now Playing September (2011) (2011)
 [2:45 PM]      The Burning Hills (1956)
 [4:30 PM]      The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
 [6:15 PM]      The Golden Arrow     [AKA: 'Jin jian meng'] (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
 [9:15 PM]      The Mating Season (1951)
 [11:00 PM]      Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
 [1:15 AM]      The Hoodlum (1951)
 [2:30 AM]      The Hoodlum Priest (1961)
 [4:15 AM]      Boys' Town (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actress Andrea Riseborough, from left, director-singer-actress Madonna and actress Abbie Cornish participate in a press conference for the film "W.E." during the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 in Toronto.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Vidiot Speak


1st Interview To Diane Sawyer

Gabrielle Giffords

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will give her first TV interview since being shot in January to Diane Sawyer (R-Nixon's Girl) of ABC News.

She'll sit down for the interview with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. The extent of her participation will depend on how well she's recovered by then.

ABC said Monday the discussion will air as part of a prime-time special Nov. 14. That's the night before a book by Giffords and her husband will be published. It's titled "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope."

Gabrielle Giffords


Actor Woody Harrelson smiles during the news conference for the film "Rampart" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival September 11, 2011.
Photo by Mike Cassese


Marathon Swim Along Thames

David Walliams

Actor David Walliams has battled diarrhea, polluted waters and strong tides to complete a 140 mile (225 kilometers) charity swim along the River Thames.

Walliams, best known for his role in the television comedy show "Little Britain," raised more than one million pounds ($1.58 million) for the charity Sport Relief with his grueling, eight-day challenge.

The 40-year-old started at the source of the Thames in Gloucestershire last week, and finished at the Big Ben clock tower in London at dusk Monday.

It saw him brave strong and unpredictable currents, busy river traffic, and sewage-polluted waters. He also endured vomiting and diarrhea along the way.

David Walliams


Wake-up Call


Killer Bull Fame Spreads


With more than 3,000 fans cheering, a hulking, black-and-white fighting bull named "Mouse" chased one daredevil runner after another, trying to flip them airborne and skewer them as he did a month ago in a fatal goring that enshrined his reputation as Spain's most feared and famous beast.

Mouse was greeted in the southeastern farm town of Sueca like a rock star: Everyone stood up at 2 a.m. Sunday in the bull ring's grandstands as he charged across the sand after loudspeakers introduced him with the eerie strains of the soundtrack to "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," the 1960s spaghetti western film starring a young Clint Eastwood.

The 550-kilogram (1,213-pound) bull didn't claim any more victims this time, but tried his hardest to gore runners. And he captured intense media coverage in what could be his last appearance before retirement amid the controversy he has generated about Spain's summertime tradition of bull versus human runs, a pastime that plays out in rings, narrow streets and plazas across the nation.

Mouse's owner now fends off as many as 60 cell phone calls daily from reporters. Facebook pages dedicated to him include comments from some people praising him for taking revenge against humans in a country where slews of bulls are slain every year in bullfights by matadors.



Actor Emily Blunt poses for a photo with Guillermo, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police character from the television show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," outside the Ryerson Theatre during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 11, 2011. Blunt was arriving for the premiere of the movie "Your Sister's Sister."
Photo by Fred Thornhill


Goes Retro


It was among the most exciting periods of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's life, so what could be better in a bad economy than to retrace the 1960s' good times and give readers a break on the price of his magazine?

Hefner is slashing the cost of Playboy's October issue, which hits newsstands this Friday, to 60 cents. His editors have styled the men's magazine with retro look matching 1961, when the first Playboy Club was founded, and linked it to the debut of TV show "The Playboy Club" by putting star Laura Benanti on the cover -- and inside the pages.

The octogenarian known as "Hef" who embodies a stylish life of posh nightclubs, wild parties, men's fashion, free speech and, of course, naked women, said that six years after he founded the magazine in 1953, his life changed quickly.

The magazine that made its biggest splash publishing nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe was, by that time, being read by millions. From late 1959 through 1960, he held his first jazz festival, hosted his first TV show and opened his initial Playboy Mansion in Chicago.



The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Sues Universities

Authors Guild

Authors and authors' groups in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom sued the University of Michigan and four other universities Monday, seeking to stop the creation of online libraries made up of as many as 7 million copyright-protected books they say were scanned without authorization.

The Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors and the Union Des Ecrivaines et des Ecrivains Quebecois, or UNEQ, joined eight individual authors to file the copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University and Cornell University.

The lawsuit accuses the University of Michigan of creating a repository known as HathiTrust where unlimited downloads could be accessed by students and faculty members of so-called orphan works, which are out-of-print books whose writers could not be located.

The authors said they obtained from Google Inc. the unauthorized scans of an estimated 7 million copyright-protected books. They said the schools had pooled the unauthorized files at Michigan.

The lawsuit was filed just days before lawyers for authors and publishers are scheduled to tell a judge whether they have reached a new deal with the Mountain View, Calif.-based Google to create a massive online library.

Authors Guild


Director and actor Ralph Fiennes (L) and actor Gerard Butler attend the news conference for the film "Coriolanus" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 12, 2011.
Photo by Fred Thornhill


CA Dems Hit

Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday that her campaign fund was "wiped out," making her campaign another alleged victim of a campaign treasurer accused of fraud.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, told Politico that the losses from her fund are likely to be in the hundreds of thousands, if not more than $1 million. "I was wiped out too, we don't know how much," she told the news site.

Kinde Durkee was arrested on a federal fraud charge this month. She is accused of taking thousands of dollars from the campaigns of various elected officials.

Although many Democratic insiders expressed shock at Durkee's arrest, it wasn't the first sign of trouble. When the FBI started investigating Durkee in January, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the state Fair Political Practices Commission were already looking at her use of campaign funds.

Several local officials, including U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, have said they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party reported that more than $200,000 had been taken from its fund.

Dianne Feinstein


Mixed Martial Artist Takes Plea

"Iron Mike" Whitehead

A mixed martial arts fighter once featured in Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" series has pleaded an equivalent of no contest in Las Vegas to attempted sexual assault in an April 2010 attack on a woman at his home.

The Las Vegas Sun reports ( ) that 30-year-old Michael Whitehead acknowledged Monday he could face two to 20 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 19 and will have to register as a sex offender.

Whitehead had faced sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and lewdness charges after a 32-year-old woman accused him of attacking her while she slept at his home following a party.

Whitehead competes as "Iron Mike" Whitehead. He has a record of 26 wins and seven losses.

"Iron Mike" Whitehead


Actress Glenn Close (L) and her daughter Annie Starke pose at the gala presentation for the film "Albert Nobbs" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival September 11, 2011.
Photo by Mike Cassese


Stolen Work Intrigues Art World


On the surface it looked like an open-and-shut case: A pair of thieves drop by an art exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton and, while one distracts a curator, the other snatches a valuable, centuries-old Rembrandt drawing and bolts with it.

Apparently finding the small pen-and-ink work by the Dutch master too hot to fence, the thieves have second thoughts. They abandon it, undamaged, at a church on the other side of town.

Then the real mystery begins.

Three weeks after recovering the framed, 11-by-6 inch drawing called "The Judgment," authorities aren't sure whether it really is a Rembrandt or if it even belongs to the art dealer that displayed it with other works at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.

Officials with the Linearis Institute, which says it owns the work that it values at $250,000, did not respond to phone calls and email messages.



Visitors To Prisons Hit With $25 Fee


PJ Longoni has shelled out hundreds of dollars to pay for toiletries, a television and legal fees for family and friends locked up in Arizona prisons. When she learned she'd have to pay a one-time $25 background check fee to visit her son, she was angry.

Under a new state law, some adults who want to visit incarcerated inmates must pay the fee, with the money raised going toward maintaining 10 state-run prisons.

"For me, it is not the $25 fee that is an issue," she said. "It is when it is combined with the other costs of caring for an inmate, then it becomes a burden to me."

A prison reform group sued the corrections department, saying the fee was arbitrary, unconstitutional and amounted to a tax on an already vulnerable segment of residents. Corrections officials say the fees will ensure inmates are safe.

Since the law went into effect July 20, there has been confusion, with potential visitors wondering whether they would have to pay and why a fee for a background check would go toward building repairs. Some worried that the fee would reduce the number of visitors, essentially eliminating the kinds of family contact with prisoners that could improve the chances for rehabilitation.



Director Francis Ford Coppola participates in a news conference for the film "Twixt" during the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Toronto.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Offically Out At AOL

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington is officially out at AOL, per a statement issued Monday:

"The TechCrunch acquisition has been a success for AOL and for our shareholders, and we are very excited about its future. Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch has decided to move on from TechCrunch and AOL to his newly formed venture fund. Michael is a world-class entrepreneur and we look forward to supporting his new endeavor through our investment in his venture fund. Erick Schonfeld has been named the editor of TechCrunch. TechCrunch will be expanding its editorial leadership in the coming months."

This ends more than a week of speculation about what place Arrington, who founded TechCrunch and was its editor-in-chief, held at AOL, which purchased the site for $25 million last week. Arrington announced earlier this month that he would launching a $20 million venture fund, which AOL invested $10 million in, sparking a media maelstrom due to the apparent conflict of interest.

AOL's position on what Arrington's role was seemed ill-defined while Arrington and several of his devotees at TechCrunch were outspoken about the need to maintain the site's editorial integrity, a condition to AOL's $25 million purchase last year.

AOL seems to have tried to push out Arrington and keep the site's employees happy at the same time. Erick Schonfeld, previously Arrington's second in command, has been promoted to the top spot, satisfying the demand of those at TechCrunch that the next editor come from within.

Michael Arrington


City: Says Venue Safe

Red Rocks

Denver officials insisted Monday that the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater is safe after rocks fell on concertgoers, injuring seven people and sending four of them to the hospital.

Witnesses told KMGH-TV ( ) that rocks rained down on people sitting near the front left side of the stage during a concert, injuring some severely on Sunday. A spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue said the names of the victims and extent of the injuries were not immediately available.

The naturally formed amphitheater tucked in the foothills west of Denver has two, 300-foot sandstone monoliths, dubbed Ship Rock and Creation Rock. A half dozen or more rocks fell from Creation Rock on the north side of the theater.

Denver cultural affairs spokeswoman Kristin Rust said investigators may never know what caused rocks to fall on spectators around 1 a.m. Sunday during the last segment of a concert by the band Sound Tribe Sector 9. Some witnesses reported seeing people climbing on the rocks before the incident.

Red Rocks



In Memory

Mary Fickett

Mary Fickett, who played compassionate nurse Ruth Martin on ABC's "All My Children," has died at age 83.

Fickett was an original cast member of "All My Children," which premiered in 1970, and for decades she appeared alongside Ray MacDonnell, who played her on-screen husband, Dr. Joe Martin, in the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pa. She retired from the show in 2000.

In 1973, she became the first performer to receive an Emmy for work on a daytime soap opera. As the mother of a young man who was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, Ruth Martin gave an impassioned anti-war speech that won Fickett the award.

A native of Bronxville, N.Y., she was a seasoned stage, film and TV actress before "All My Children."

Her first feature was "Man on Fire" with Bing Crosby in 1957. In 1958, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway role as Eleanor Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello."

And in a departure from drama, she co-hosted the early 1960s CBS morning news-and-features program "Calendar" with Harry Reasoner.

Fickett is survived by a daughter and a son and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

ABC plans to dedicate the Sept. 21 episode of "All My Children" to Fickett. Two days later, the series will end its long network run.

Mary Fickett



An artist gets his body painted to perform for the annual 'Pulikali' or Tiger Dance in Thrissur, southern Kerala state, India, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Men with their bodies painted to resemble tigers and leopards roam the streets during this festival which falls on the fourth day of the harvest festival 'Onam'.


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