Site Meter entertainment splash: February 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Google's Temporary Suspension Of Services

Here's an ugly word that has infiltrated itself into everyday discourse: "outage". Its etymology is a bit opaque, but it's clearly modelled on "shortage". Until last year it meant "a temporary suspension of operation, especially of electrical power supply"...

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Chinese e-Cigs Safety Concerns

BEIJING - With its slim white body and glowing amber tip, it easily can pass as a regular cigarette. It even emits what look like curlicues of white smoke...

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Paul Harvey, dies at 90, For The Rest Of The Story..

Legendary radio commentator Paul Harvey died today at a hospital in Phoenix. He was 90. Known for his distinct staccato delivery, dramatic pauses, and folksy intonations, Harvey's broadcasts were heard on over 1,200 radio stations and 400 Armed Forces networks...

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Friday, February 27, 2009

American Idol, Group 2 Simon Says...

Jasmine Murray drew the first slot of the night. She chose to sing "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles. Kara and Paula both said they were disappointed, and that she had pitch issues. Simon said he was very disappointed also. He really seemed to have wanted her to do well,...

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Next Move For Lindsay Lohan Maybe With Beatty

Lindsay Lohan could land a role in Warren Beatty's new film - if she agrees to live with him. Warren is keen to cast Lindsay as his daughter but is...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obama's Budget Unvieled

President Obama today unveiled a proposed $3.55 trillion budget for the coming fiscal year that he said discards "dishonest" accounting practices of the past and makes "a historic commitment to comprehensive health care reform."

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oscar Parties 2009

Hollywood's finest headed to a selection of glamourous post-Oscar parties once the formalities of the show were wrapped up. The infamous Vanity Fair party was slightly scaled back but an impressive line-up of stars including Madonna, Mick Jagger,...

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Posthumously, Ledger Wins Best Supporting-Actor

LOS ANGELES - Heath Ledger won the supporting-actor Academy Award on Sunday for his demented reinvention of Batman villain the Joker in "The Dark Knight," becoming only the second actor to win an Oscar posthumously. Penelope Cruz claimed the evening's first prize, supporting actress, for her role as a tempestuous artist in Woody Allen's Spanish romance "Vicky Cristina Barcelona,"

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"Slumdog" Wins 8 Oscars, Best Picture

The other top winners: Kate Winslet, best actress for the Holocaust-themed drama "The Reader"; Sean Penn, best actor for the title role of "Milk"; Heath Ledger, supporting actor for "The Dark Knight"; and Penelope Cruz, supporting actress for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." A story of hope amid squalor in Mumbai, India, "Slumdog Millionaire"...

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

"The Reader" Wnslet's Sixth Time A Charm For Oscar

HOLLYWOOD -- After five previous nominations and five defeats, Kate Winslet says she has perfected her losing smile on Oscar night. But sixth time may be the charm for the British actress at Sunday’s 81st Academy Awards, where she finds herself in familiar territory once more....

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Hugh Jackman To Hosts Oscars The Austrailian Way

Sunday night's Oscars host, Hugh Jackman, is sure to shake things up. For one thing, he's not a professional comedian like most previous hosts. For another, he tells CNN that he plans to do the entire show naked and inebriated...

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

West Africa: Cocaine Smuggling Dramatically On The Rise

VIENNA - Cocaine smuggling to Europe is dramatically increasing through West Africa, posing a substantial threat to the stability of a region already troubled by war and poverty, an international watchdog warned Thursday. The independent International Narcotics Control Board called on the U.N. and other donors to provide money and expertise to help fight smuggling, particularly in West African countries like Guinea-Bissau. "(If European nations want) to stop the cocaine coming to them, it is in...

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Scores High For "Slumdog Millionaire" To Take Oscar

Can anything stop "Slumdog Millionaire"?

Director Danny Boyle's heralded rags-to-riches tale is poised to continue its winning streak through Sunday's Oscar ceremony. The film boasts no stars and no explosions, and Boyle's last film, "Sunshine," was an outright flop. So how did this little film become one of 2008's leading Oscar contenders?...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pelosi- Instincts of an Experienced Street Fighter; Soothing Tones of Bipartisanship

In person, Pelosi is warmer than the sharp-edged patrician familiar from the nightly news. Despite the pending vote, she seems relaxed in a gray pinstriped suit accented with a necklace of gray and white pearls the size of jawbreakers....

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Kiss Secret Ingredient: Saliva

CHICAGO — Go ahead. Kiss the girl. And you might make it a wet one, because scientists who are starting to understand the biochemistry of kisses say that saliva increases sex drive...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

SI Airbrushes Danika's Tattoo

In this years Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue publishers decided to digitally remove Danica Patrick American Flag tattoo. What is the deal with that, they show nipples through shear bikini tops and painted on bikinis, but NOT an American Flag tattoo?...

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American Idol: Tatiana Freak-Out

Spoilers for the first "American Idol" results show of the season coming up in a hurry so I can start watching "Lost"...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A-Rod Press Conference, McLovin's Thoughts

This is just my take and does not represent the view of Dan Patrick. -- McLovin'

Alex Rodriguez is a liar and his press conference in Tampa did nothing to change my opinion on that....

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Monday, February 16, 2009

16 year old Girl Dead, Soldier Questioned, No Arrests

SEATTLE, Washington -- A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another girl was found unconscious in an Army barracks at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington, during the weekend, a base spokesman said Monday ...

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Antiterrorism In Europe

THE MEN and women involved with antiterrorism have a reputation of being among the best in Europe. They can often be found in super-modern offices tucked into beautiful buildings of considerable antiquity. They usually ask that their names remain secret....

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Source:Boston Globe

Sunday, February 15, 2009

We're All Sisters To End Violence Againist Women

Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Kerry Washington and other prominent names gathered Friday to join forces to end violence against women the world over – and Rihanna was not far from anyone's minds....

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World's richest countries pledge to fix economy

The world's richest countries committed to "any further action that may prove necessary" to restore confidence in the global financial system, their finance ministers said as they wrapped up a two-day meeting in Rome...

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Airline Crew Didn’t Have Time to Warn Passengers

“It was just a sudden catastrophic event that took place, and 30 seconds later they hit the ground,” said National Transportation Safety Board Member Steven Chealander at a press briefing yesterday in Amherst, New York...

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World Economy To Stay In Slump

The Group of Seven, whose finance chiefs convene this weekend in Rome, is ceding its traditional power to rebuild the world economy to a broader body of governments that now wield greater sway over global growth...

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