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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jorge Posada Says Farewell

Jorge Posada Says Farewell - You already knew that Jorge Posada wouldn't return to the Yankees for 2012, so his retirement doesn't shake your system the way that, say, Andy Pettitte's did a year ago. Really, there are few baseball ramifications surrounding Posada's decision. Nevertheless, we lost something real and cherished Tuesday, when Posada announced at Yankee Stadium that he had played in his final game. We lost one of baseball's last old-school warriors. You needed only to hear Thurman Munson's widow, Diana, who flew to New York from Ohio to attend the news conference, talk passionately about Posada to appreciate his dying-breed personality. "Jorge is the one who I admired watching as a player . . . I think he and Thurman would've been best buds," Diana Munson said. "He definitely has the 'It factor.' I think the Yankees fans also realize that. And I think they're sad today, as we all are." Munson spoke his mind regularly as the Yankees captain, yet he faced formidable competition in that department from Reggie Jackson to Graig Nettles to Goose Gossage to Lou Piniella. In those pre-Internet times, it was nothing special for players to operate publicly without a filter. In contrast, Posada, who taped a Munson quote (about prioritizing defense over offense) to his locker in both Stadiums, stood out like a dinosaur as he carried his no-spin zone into the Twitter age. "The thing is, we feel the same way," Derek Jeter said of his longtime best friend. "I'm just better at hiding it. We feel the same way inside. I think that's why we got along so well throughout the years." Jeter is the absolute master of moving his lips and saying nothing of substance. His pal Posada seems incapable of uttering an empty word. Jorge Posada Says Farewell

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen

Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen - Despite reports, Lindsay Lohan won't be appearing on the U.K. version of "Celebrity Big Brother." But she will grace America's TV screens on Dec. 15 when she pays a visit to "The Ellen Degeneres Show." It's been a few years since Lohan has appeared on the daytime talk show. The troubled actress has been keeping a low profile when it comes to television due to her recent legal troubles that range from court dates and probation to a brief jail stint. Lohan will soon show off a little bit more of herself in a new Playboy spread, which hits newsstands next month. "The pictorial is absolutely fantastic and very tasteful, and will be accompanied by an interview that will let readers see another side of Lindsay," Lohan's rep told E! News. Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen

Friday, October 7, 2011

Billy Bob Daughter

Billy Bob Daughter - The estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2008 death of a child in her care.

Amanda Brumfield, 32, was convicted of manslaughter earlier this year.

Authorities say Brumfield killed her best friend's daughter during an overnight stay in October 2008.

Brumfield says 1-year-old Olivia Madison Garcia was trying to climb out of a playpen and hit her head. The defense suggested the fall may have aggravated a previous injury, causing her death.

Prosecutors say it's impossible that a fall from that height caused a three-and-a-half inch (9-centimeter) fracture on the back of the girl's skull and the bleeding and swelling found in her brain.

Brumfield's father, Billy Bob Thornton, is best known for the movie "Slingblade" and his marriage to Angelina Jolie.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Obama Weight

Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Obama Weight - Now talk show host Rush Limbaugh is watching Michelle Obama's weight for her -- not that the first lady asked. He says she's a hypocrite for eating ribs and should stick to nuts and berries as part of her healthy eating initiative.

Mrs. Obama, on a skiing trip to Colorado this past weekend with daughters Sasha and Malia, enjoyed a meal of ancho chili short ribs, pickled pumpkin salad and kale, the Vail Daily reported.

That was way too much for Limbaugh, who, like fellow conservatives Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, is on Mrs. Obama's case for her healthy kids/anti-obesity campaign, which some right-wingers see as a sign of a nanny state.

"The problem is, and I dare say this, it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice," Limbaugh said Monday on his syndicated radio program. "And then we hear that she's out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving and 141 grams of fat per serving."

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Monk Smoking Law

Monk Smoking Law - A Buddhist monk could face five years in prison after becoming the first casualty of a stringent anti-smoking law in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which vows to become the first smoke-free nation.

The monk has been charged with consuming and smuggling contraband tobacco under a law that came into force this month, the newspaper Kuensel reported Friday, having been caught in possession of 72 packets of chewing tobacco.

Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one's karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005. But with a thriving smuggling operation from neighboring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact.

The new law has granted police powers to enter homes, threatening jail for shopkeepers selling tobacco and smokers who fail to provide customs receipts for imported cigarettes.

"He can be charged with smuggling of controlled substances, which is a fourth degree felony," a police official from the Narcotic Drug and Law enforcement Unit of Bhutan, who did not want to be identified, told the Bhutan Today newspaper.

A fourth degree felony can carry a sentence of five years.

Monk Smoking Law

Sunday, June 27, 2010

G20 Leaders Meet 2010

Europe's economic policies came under blistering scrutiny as world leaders gathered in Toronto, with the Old Continent being cast by allies as the sick man of the global economy.

Leaders from the Group of 20 top economies huddled in Toronto to discuss policies that might put some heat in a tepid global recovery and turn the page on the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

But Europe -- rocked by a sovereign debt crisis that has threatened the future of the euro and the decades-long movement toward continental integration -- found its prescriptions rejected by global partners.

Even before the landing gears were down on the planes of late-arriving leaders, Europe's biggest hitters were forced to admit their ideas for a global bank tax to moderate financial sector excess had been shot down in flames.

A proposal from Britain, Germany and France to impose levies on banks' liabilities or profits appeared to receive close to no backing from other G20 members.
"Three countries supported this idea. We are a year into the process and there are still three countries which support the idea," a senior G20 official told AFP. "The parrot is not sleeping, it is no more. It's dead."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded defeat. "We have to expect that we will get a negative decision," she said.

"The French president and myself will speak in favor of it tomorrow but unfortunately we ... don't have a consensus, neither on a bank levy nor on a financial tax."

The three countries are now expected to move ahead alone with domestic banking taxes, despite initial fears that it may make their banks less competitive. But worse may be to come.