7-year-old steals car to skip church - watch video

Unbelievable what a 7-year old is capable of doing these days. What a parent's nightmare. Watch video.


Toyota's new baby, a smart car

Could this be a threat to Smart car?
Timing is everything, and it appears that Canadians will be getting Toyota’s hip, young Scion brand just before its coolest car comes to market. The iQ micro-car is expected to arrive as a 2011 model late next year, or as a 2012, the year after, says Motor Trend magazine.


Bruce Rossmeyer, largest Harley dealer struck by an RV, killed

Bruce Rossmeyer, the owner of what is billed as the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in the world, was killed today in Wyoming while riding with friends from the Harley dealer meetings in Colorado to Sturgis, South Dakota, the site of the Sturgis Rally, according to the Daytona News Journal.

Rossmeyer was 64 years old.

The Journal is reporting that a family friend of Rossmeyer's said he was riding in a group of several motorcyclists when they pulled out to pass a recreational vehicle. Rossmeyer was the last in line and was killed when the RV strayed into his lane and struck his motorcycle.

After a career in the automobile business, Rossmeyer opened Daytona Harley-Davidson in January of 1994 and he followed that up with New Smyrna Harley-Davidson in 1997, Grand Junction Harley-Davidson in 1997, Ft. Lauderdale Harley-Davidson in 1998, Harley-Davidson of Pompano in 2002, and Aspen Valley Harley Davidson in 2002. In 2006, he opened another South Florida dealership, Sunrise Harley-Davidson, and Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson in Horn Lake, Mississippi.

Rossmeyer also is the developer of Destination Daytona and co-owner of two area auto dealerships in South Florida. His biggest dealership is also a sponsor of the Buell team that currently fields Danny Eslick in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class.

He is survived by his wife, five children and seven grandchildren.

The following is from Richie Morris...

It is with heavy hearts and great regret that Richie Morris Racing announces the passing of long time friend and sponsor Bruce Rossmeyer. Rossmeyer died today while riding his motorcycle on the way to the Sturgis Rally and Races from the Harley-Davidson/Buell Summer Dealer Meeting in Denver.

"Bruce was first and foremost my friend," said Richie Morris. "He stood by me through the good and bad years. We have been partners in racing since 1994. The racing community just lost a loyal supporter and he will be greatly missed."
[Cycle News]


Big change in Madonna's biceps


Poll: Nearly 80% Support Palin 2012 Run

An Internet poll sponsored by Newsmax.com reveals that nearly four out of five respondents would support Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee for president in 2012.

A slightly larger majority believe the then-Alaska governor helped John McCain in the 2008 presidential race — while only 31 percent think McCain did a good job running for president.

The poll drew more than 600,000 responses, and Newsmax will provide the results to major media and share them with radio talk show hosts across the country.

Here are the poll questions and results:

1) What is your opinion of Sarah Palin?
Favorable: 83 percent
Unfavorable: 17 percent

2) Do you believe Sarah Palin as a running mate helped or hurt John McCain?
Helped: 80 percent
Hurt: 20 percent

3) In the election between McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden, who did you vote for?
McCain-Palin: 81 percent
Obama-Biden: 16 percent
Other: 3 percent

4) Would you support Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee for president in 2012?
Yes: 78 percent
No: 22 percent

5) Do you believe McCain did a good job running for president?
Good Job: 31 percent
Bad Job: 69 percent

6) Do you believe Barack Obama "bought" the White House by outspending McCain?
Yes: 72 percent
No: 28 percent

You Can Still Vote in the Newsmax Poll on Sarah Palin - Click Here Now

[Jim Meyers/Newsmax]


Microsoft and Yahoo finally teaming up

Microsoft and Yahoo are finally teaming up on a search partnership in an effort to take on Google with Microsoft's Bing. The Wall Street Journal says Microsoft, which last year tried to takeover Yahoo, "wins what it wanted most from the Internet pioneer -- huge volumes of queries that run through Yahoo's search engine." Get more facts and opinions here and here.


Michael Jackson's personal chef speaks out what she saw on Michael's last day

LOS ANGELES — On the day Michael Jackson died, his personal chef says her first hint of something amiss was when his doctor didn't come downstairs to get the juices and granola he routinely brought the King of Pop for breakfast each morning.

Kai Chase, a professionally trained chef hired by Jackson to maintain a healthy food regimen, recalled in an interview with The Associated Press the singer's final days. She also spoke about the role of his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who is now the focus of a manslaughter investigation.

Chase said Tuesday that she had gotten used to seeing Murray coming and going from the mansion. The doctor usually arrived about 9 or 9:30 p.m. and would go upstairs to Jackson's room, and she said she would not see him again before she left — sometimes late in the evening — but understood he was staying the night.

In the morning, when she arrived for work, Chase said she would see the doctor coming down the steps carrying oxygen tanks. When Murray didn't come downstairs the morning of June 25, "I thought maybe Mr. Jackson is sleeping late," Chase said.

"I started preparing the lunch and then I looked at my cell phone and it was noon. About 12:05 or 12:10 Dr. Murray runs down the steps and screams, 'Go get Prince!' He's screaming very loud. I run into the den where the kids are playing. Prince (Jackson's oldest son) runs to meet Dr. Murray and from that point on you could feel the energy in the house change.

"I walked into the hall and I saw the children there. The daughter was crying. I saw paramedics running up the stairs."

At that point, Chase said, the small group that was gathered — the children, their nanny, a housekeeper and Chase — held hands and began to pray. As paramedics raced up to the room, Chase recalls, "We were all praying, 'Help Mr. Jackson be O.K.'

"Then everyone was very quiet."

At about 1:30 p.m. she said security guards told her and other staff to leave the property because "Mr. Jackson was being taken to the hospital."

When she came outside, she said, ambulances were in the courtyard and a crowd had gathered.

Chase, 37, who has cooked for other celebrities and comes from a show-business family, was hired by Jackson in March, let go in May, then returned on June 2. She said the pop star's focus was on fresh, healthy food for him and the children.

She said she prepared meals for the family and occasionally for Murray. She said Jackson was in training for his upcoming shows in London and told her: "You have to take care of me."

On most days, she said, Murray would bring Jackson the special fruit juice drinks Chase prepared for him, followed by granola with almond milk. For lunch, Jackson would eat with the children from a menu that included such things as spinach salad and chicken.

Murray sometimes joined them for dinner, which might be a seared ahi tuna. She said the doctor conferred with her about the 50-year-old pop singer's food and made sure that he ate.

The only oddity was the oxygen tanks. Chase said she never asked about the purpose of the oxygen and she saw no sign that Jackson was on drugs or was in failing health.

"Normally in the morning, he would bring oxygen tanks from upstairs downstairs, one in each hand," she said.

Authorities searched Murray's Las Vegas home and medical office Tuesday as part of an investigation that included raids last week of his clinic and storage in Houston.

With toxicology reports pending, investigators are working under the theory that the powerful anesthetic propofol caused Jackson's heart to stop, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Murray told investigators he regularly administered the drug to help Jackson sleep, and had done so sometime in the early morning of June 25, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Propofol is supposed to be administered only in monitored medical settings by trained personnel; the official told AP that Murray left the bedroom and returned to find the star unresponsive. Police have said Murray is cooperating and have not labeled him a suspect, and his lawyer, Edward Chernoff, has said the doctor "didn't prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson."

Like Murray, Chase said she was hired to accompany Jackson to London for his comeback concerts and the request was personally made to her by his 12-year-old son, Prince Michael II.

"Prince said, 'Daddy wants me to tell you he wants you to go to London with us,'" she recalled. "I said, 'Tell your daddy that I'm pleased and honored."

She said she had already filled out paperwork and submitted a copy of her passport to the Jackson staff and expected to leave for London on July 3.

On June 23, she said Jackson told her: "I'm packed and I'm ready to go." Two days later, he was dead.

It was the end of her dream job and an idyllic time in Chase's life, a time that had begun in March with a call from Jackson's assistant, Michael Williams. She was told that "a client" wanted her services as personal chef but she was not told the client was Jackson until she was hired.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I asked him if I was on 'Candid Camera.' I said, 'Am I being punked?'"

She said Jackson had seen her resume which included jobs cooking for Macy Gray and Jamie Fox as well as catering a fund raiser for President Barack Obama. She said he also knew she was from a multiracial background and her godfather was Redd Foxx.

But before she started she had to pass muster with three other people: the Jackson children.

"I came to the house and the first people I met were the kids. They started interviewing me," she said. "They told me: 'We're into healthy eating."

When they approved her, she went to work and "We developed a really great bond."

Most days, she said, Jackson made a point of having both lunch and dinner with the children, Prince, 11-year-old Paris; and 7-year-old Prince Michael II, known as Blanket, and each meal was preceded by Paris saying grace. After weeks of healthy food, she said she wrote Jackson a note with a suggestion:

"I said, 'What about doing comfort-food Saturdays? We could do barbecued chicken and corn on the cob, maybe Mexican food or soul food.'" She said he loved the idea, but as the concerts approached, healthy eating returned full time.

"He said, 'I'm a dancer,' and he wanted food that would not make him cramp up while he was dancing."

She now treasures little notes she received from the children and from Jackson and a present he gave her.

"One day he handed me a little gift bag and said, 'This is for you from me and the children.' He had given me an iPod Touch because the children told him I still had a Walkman. It had the 25th anniversary 'Thriller' album loaded on it."

She said she has visited with the children since Jackson's death and they are doing well. "They have so many cousins to play with."

As for Chase's future, she said Jackson encouraged her to write a cookbook and she has written one tentatively titled, "Fit for a King." It includes recipes she cooked for Jackson and the story of the time she worked for him.

"He was an inspiration to me," she said.


A woman filled, fetus removed from womb

Who would do such a horrible crime to a 23-year old woman identified as Darlene Haynes who was about eight months pregnant. Detectives are searching for the fetus that was cut from her womb but was not recovered at the scene. The fetus, according to medical personnel could survive if given immediate medical attention. It was her landlod who found her body Monday when checking on a strong odor coming from Hayne's apartment. Her body was wrapped in bedding and was placed in a closet and apparently, she's been dead for several days. The exact cause of death had not been determined pending toxicology results, but Worcester police Detective Capt. Edward McGinn Jr. said the autopsy determined Haynes suffered head injuries. Police also were awaiting dental records so the woman could be positively identified.

Similarly, only last month, a woman named Korena Elaine Roberts was charged in Oregon with a similar crime, cutting open Heather Snively so as to take her baby and killing her in the process. And just over a year ago, Pittsburgh, a similar case happened to a poor unfortunate called Kia Johnson.


Baby girl with two heads born in Manila

A tricycle driver's wife gave birth to a two-headed baby girl at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, Tuesday night.

Salvador Arganda, tricycle driver and resident of Mutinlupa City, said his wife, Chaterian, gave birth to "Baby Girl Arciaga" around 8:45 p.m. He said he last saw their baby around midnight at the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit.

Arganda said they had suspicions that Chaterian was carrying two babies because both sides of their families have twin members.

He said their suspicion was erased after being told that there was only one baby inside Chaterian’s womb, based on her initial ultrasound.

On Saturday, Chaterian went back to the hospital for another ultrasound session and they were told that the baby would come out of her womb head first and that she would have to give birth by caesarean section.

Arganda said they were surprised when doctors told them that Chaterian gave birth to a baby with two heads.

The tricycle driver said he and his wife are praying for the baby to live.

"Sana mabuhay ang bata. Kakayanin naming mag-asawa iyon," he said when asked how will they take care of the child with his meager pay as a tricycle driver.

Dr. Ruben Flores, Fabella hospital's director, said the baby's case is called dicephaly monozygotic conjoined twins, which, he said, is a very rare occurrence.

Flores said they will use the hospital's resources to sustain the baby's life.

Dr. Melissa Juico of the hospital's newborn unit, meanwhile, said they will subject the baby to 2-D (two-dimensional) echocardiogram to determine if the child has only one heart.

Juico said the "twins" would not be able to live long enough with only one heart or if they are sharing vital organs.

A radio dzMM report said the baby was crying a lot and was very responsive.

The baby's grandmother, Celestina, told radio dzMM that their family would need financial assistance for the baby's medical expenses.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has pledged to help the baby's family and Bantay Bata 163, ABS-CBN Foundation's child welfare program has started extending assistance to the baby's family.

For those who would want to help Baby Girl Arciaga dial 163 or phone number 415-2272 local 5674.

[Source: abs-cbn News]


Mom decapitated own baby and ate part of brain


Glenn Beck's opinion of Pres. Obama, a racist


Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush breaking up

Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend of two years, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, are going their separate ways, the reality star's rep confirms to PEOPLE.

The pair, who recently returned from a charity trip to Africa with Kardashian's sister Khloe, just last May talked about "heading" toward marriage, but sources tell PEOPLE their relationship suffered from the time they spent apart ­with yet another separation looming with the upcoming NFL season.

"They never get to see each other, ever," the source says.

"It's been a long time coming. They still love each other and are part of their lives, but Reggie spends six months out of the year in New Orleans, so it's tough."

Kardashian, 28, the star of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," had been dating Bush, 24, since 2007.

The couple were seen as the perfect Hollywood pair, stepping out on red carpets and posing for a GQ spread together. People.com: Hollywood's best & worst boyfriends

"They were the cutest couple," another source tells PEOPLE. "They loved each other so much but they hardly saw each other. He starts his football training camp this week and she starts filming Keeping up with the Kardashians this week. They just need a break right now."


Snakes in Man's Pockets Caused Connecticut Car Crash, Police Say

HARTFORD, Conn. — Police say two pet baby snakes escaped from a 20-year-old man's pants pockets as he was driving, leading to a car crash in Hartford, Connecticut.

Angel Rolon, of New Britain, allegedly lost control of his sport utility vehicle on Monday when the snakes slithered near the gas and brake pedals and he and a passenger tried to catch them.

The SUV veered into some parked cars and overturned, according to authorities.

Rolon was treated at a hospital for unknown injuries. Police say they gave him a summons for reckless driving and other charges.

There is no public telephone listing for Rolon and it was unclear if he has a lawyer.

Police are unsure why the snakes were in Rolon's pockets or what kind of snakes they were. Animal control officers caught the animals.
[Fox News]


The 103rd floor skydeck of the Sears Tower opens

Visitors enjoy the view from the Ledge, a new glass cube that juts out from the 103rd floor skydeck of the Sears Tower, on July 1 in Chicago. The 1,353-foot-high observatory is open to the public.


Farrah Fawcett left most of inheritance to troubled son

As reported by DailyMall today, Farrah Fawcett left most of her inheritance to her troubled son Redmond who has battled alcohol addiction for most of his ife and is currently in a Los Angeles prison for drugs offences.

In the will, which is due to be released in the next fortnight, Miss Fawcett asked that her son’s inheritance be placed in a trust fund controlled by two executors, who will give him a monthly allowance and money to buy his own home.A source said: ‘Farrah appointed two trustees to make sure the money supports her son’s journey into sobriety rather than giving him the means to destroy himself. Redmond’s inheritance will be tightly controlled.’
Mr O’Neal, 68, has also vowed to help their son overcome his demons.

In an interview last week, he said: ‘I loved her so very, very much. Redmond is in the fight of his life but is doing well. I will do everything that is in my power to honour her memory and to protect our son.’


Sarah Palin vows to fight harder

As Sarah Palin handed over the Alaska governorship this weekend, the wear, tear and resentments of a year on the big stage were evident for the former GOP vice presidential candidate.

Sarah Palin on Sunday says she'll continue to fight "for what is right, and for truth."

Her parting words Sunday included a parting shot at the media:

"So how about in honor of the American soldier, you quit making up things. And don't underestimate the wisdom of the people. And one other thing for the media -- our new governor has a very nice family, too, so leave his kids alone," she said as she handed off power to Sean Parnell, the lieutenant governor.

Palin's farewell to the governor's office was a three-day rolling picnic, from Wasilla to Anchorage to Fairbanks. Palin, a mother of five, was surrounded by friends and supporters.

"I will tell you one thing -- if we get a woman president, let it be her. She is a real woman. She knows what a woman is supposed to be. She is pro-life. She is pro-family. She is pro-woman," said Jon Eric Thompson, who attended the Sunday picnic in Fairbanks. [CNN]


Man beaten to death in lot outside Phillies' park after game trouble

A man is dead because of some boys who cannot accept defeat. Yes, they have to have the mind of boy who would go tantrum at anything. In fairness, there are some real boys who acts and thinks like a real man. It's sad to lose one's life just because.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man who was attending a bachelor party at a bar next to the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark has been beaten to death during a melee outside.
Police say a group from the bachelor party got into a fight with other patrons at a sports bar and restaurant in the Citizens Bank Park complex Saturday night. The trouble started during the closing innings of a game between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The groups were told to leave McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, and the dispute moved outside to a parking lot.
Police say 22-year-old Lansdale resident David Sale was assaulted there and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The World Series champion Phillies say they won't comment until arrests are announced.


G-Force defeats Harry Potter 6

Two time Oscar-winning visual effects artist Hoyt Yeatman makes his feature directorial debut with this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced family film following a group of highly trained guinea pigs on their mission to prevent an evil billionaire from taking over the world. Beginning in the Civil War -- when carrier pigeons delivered messages from the front lines -- the American government has been covertly training animals to work in espionage. The latest government program is a clandestine espionage team known as "G-Force," which includes a team of ultra-intelligent guinea pigs who share 98.7 percent of their DNA with humans. Comprised of unpredictable weapons expert Blaster (voice of Tracy Morgan), alluring martial arts expert Juarez (voice of Penélope Cruz), stealthy reconnaissance expert Mooch, and a star-nosed mole named Speckles (voice of Nicolas Cage), who specializes in computers, this crack team of agents is fronted by heroic squad leader Darwin (voice of Sam Rockwell). When a deranged billionaire hatches a plan to control the entire planet through common household appliances, the G-Force leaps into action on a mission to ensure that he does not succeed.


Katie Holmes tribute to Judy Garland dance video

Katie Holmes performed a tribute to Judy Garland on the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance Thursday night.

Holmes, 30, danced to and sang Garland's classic "Get Happy" in a tux jacket and tights to promote her Dizzy Feet Foundation, which provide scholarships and assistance to kids who want to become professional dancers and will also help dance instruction nationwide.


When Losing a Home Means Finding Happiness

Here is an inspiring story of a couple who found happiness after losing practically everything they got for about 20 years. I picked this story because this is the story of recession that most of us can relate to. When you go through hardships, you wonder if there are anybody out there who can feel your feelings, and how affected they are with what is happening these days to America and around the world. This is an interesting story as it also gives you an idea what you can do to find peace and contentment after losing what you've lived for. This is reality that we have fallen into and we need to wake up and get up now.

"I went from living in a 4900-square-foot house to living in this 29-foot trailer," Michael Babins tells me as we're chatting in the living room slash kitchen slash dining area of the Prowler Regal he has called home for the past nine months. "And to tell you the truth, I am totally content right now."
Until their move to the Hi-Ho RV Park in Glenn Heights, Texas, Michael and his wife Lisa had lived in Las Vegas for eighteen years. The couple bought a house in the late 1990s for $155,000. With two incomes, two kids, five dogs, and a beautiful home, the Babins led an ostensibly idyllic life.One day almost five years ago, Michael started chatting with his next door neighbor--a man planning a host of home improvements with money he had just received by refinancing his mortgage. The Babins could scarcely believe that their neighbor's nearly identical property had been assessed at more than $350,000, until they got their own comparable estimate. Suddenly, dozens of refinancing invitations arriving in the mail every week no longer looked like junk. Each one could hold a passport to financial freedom. The Babins could not see the financial enslavement lurking just behind the glossy brochures and fast-talking mortgage brokers. It was as if the noxious gases inflating the housing bubble had seeped into the couple's rational mind, infecting them with a Panglossian outlook."We never thought the price of our house would come down," Michael admits sheepishly. "We just didn't see an end to the market."One finance company offered them a 110% return on their equity with a three-year fixed interest rate that was 4% lower than that on their original loan. The broker insisted they could always come back to refinance again if interest rates spiked after the arrangement shifted to its adjustable phase. So they signed the papers, increasing the burden of their debt to $300,000. Michael just shakes his head in resignation while recounting those fevered days in Vegas, when it seemed like mortgage brokers handed out six-figure loans as flippantly as casinos did free cocktails. "When you dangle a carrot in front of a donkey's nose, he's gonna follow it. That's what happened to us," he explains. He freely admits they should have proceeded more cautiously in refinancing, but still can't shake the feeling that lax regulations permitted unscrupulous brokers to lure them into a kind of legal scam. "We never should have qualified for a loan that high with how much we made. We shouldn't have been offered it. But also, we shouldn't have taken it." Michael and Lisa devoted most of the money to home improvements, never imagining they would end up simply walking away from the investment within a few years. Fortunately, the extra money also financed the purchase of a 29-foot Prowler Regal they now call home.In late 2007, an oppressive shroud of recession began to settle over their lives, tightening the noose they had walked into so blindly. With the refinancing funds already depleted, the Babins felt the full burden of their monthly mortgage payment just as rising energy prices had utilities and gasoline consuming a larger portion of their budget. Interest rates were going up; property values were going down. There were no refinancing options available as their mortgage approached the shift to an adjustable rate. The home refinanced at its peak market value had dropped back down to its purchase price from the late 1990s. As the mirage vanished, they could finally see that the luxurious $350,000+ house they had reveled in was actually little more than a cosmetically-adorned version of the $155,000 place they bought a decade ago. And they still owed more than a quarter million dollars on it. The choking crush of reality grew almost unbearable.By this point their kids had grown and moved out to start their own lives, so Michael and Lisa had been considering relocation closer to their native Oklahoma. Forty-seven homes displayed foreclosure signs within a three-block radius, so they clearly couldn't sell their house and make a calculated move. But when Michael received an offer for a managerial position at a Dave and Buster's in Dallas, Texas, they didn't have to consider so much as they had to start planning.The Babins had resigned themselves to becoming renters instead of homeowners, until Michael happened across an online forum of people discussing the benefits of RV living. "I didn't actually know that people lived in RVs and traveled around," he admits. Further research sparked a revelation that they already had a second home sitting parked in the driveway. So they both resigned from their Vegas jobs: Michael as manager for a gaming company and Lisa as manager of a floral and hospitality service. They sold whatever people would buy in a yard sale, packed everything they could into the RV and a U-Haul--abandoning anything that wouldn't fit. They locked the door of their home for the last time and simply drove away. They left behind furniture, appliances, tools, a house, a quarter million dollar mortgage, and the only life they'd known for nearly twenty years. I surmise that moment of departure felt something akin to having a cancerous tumor removed without the benefit of anesthesia. But as the lights of Las Vegas faded in the rearview mirror, the burden of that life began to lighten. "We could have kept our house, could have kept paying for it," Michael says. "But it would have been a mistake. Leaving took a big weight off." He knows the bank has foreclosed on it by now, though he hasn't seen it listed in any public database yet. Making that decision to uproot their lives and abandon their community, home, and possessions felt excruciating, but now Michael seems almost ecstatically grateful for the new perspective it has given him. "It's like this gave me a whole new light on life and retirement."A few years ago, Michael thought they were happy. But looking back, he seems to realize they'd just grown a high tolerance for struggle. They both worked constantly to keep feeding a parasite assuming the form of a beautiful home. Between the mortgage payment and utilities, the Babins's monthly living expenses used to average around $3500. With their travel trailer now parked under the shade of maple trees in the Hi-Ho RV Park, those expenses have dropped to $550. "I used to think I would buy a house, pay it off, then retire in it. Now I wouldn't even consider buying another house. I watched my father become a prisoner to his house." Michael recalls that even after his father's retirement, his parents couldn't travel because they spent too much on property taxes, home repairs, utilities, and upkeep. "My father worked his whole life to pay for his own prison. I don't want that."Lisa used to earn the bigger paycheck, but now she doesn't even have to work. When Michael is not at Dave and Buster's, they can just hang out. He says he feels so closely bonded to his wife of 25 years that the tiny quarters do not feel cramped at all, no matter how many times they bump into each other. In fact, he says the trailer feels huge and empty on the day I come knocking on his door. Lisa had to drive to Oklahoma City to take care of some family business, and he misses her.Some may view buying a house as putting down roots, but Michael now sees it as accepting chains of bondage. Living in a RV park grants a kind of freedom. The Babins can walk out the front door one morning to a picturesque view of a lake. The next day it could be mountains. Most of the RV living community Michael has met so far seems full of genial and generous people, but if he ever didn't like the neighbors, he could relocate within an hour. When he is done working, he plans to become a nomadic retiree. The only white picket fences appearing in this revised American Dream would be the quaint scenery he passes while driving down a long open road with the travel trailer hitched to his truck. Even though he lost his home, Michael would never accept pity from someone thinking he was down on his luck. On the contrary, he feels privileged for having the opportunity to learn such a valuable lesson. "Everyone I know is living from one paycheck to another, and worrying about losing their job. I could lose my job, work part-time, and we'd still be fine.""Life used to be a rat race," he says. "Now things have slowed down and we can just relax. [The Atlantic]


Vilma Santos has no plans to run for vice presidency

The star for all seasons, Vilma Santos, said in an interview that she will not run for any national position. She repeatedly said that her focus is Batangas and that she has many plans for Batangas. Watch out for her coming television appearance in August.


Omer Bhatti, Michael Jackson's secret love child?

The guy would like to prove he is Michael Jackson's son through a DNA test. Why not. DNA testing would be the best proof and will also discourage those who are planning to do the same claim sine they would have to undergo the same test. So let's all wait for the results.

British reports claim that Bhatti was the result of a one night stand that took place back in 1984 with a woman by the name of Pia Bhatti. Sources say that Pia use to be one of Michaels nurses and that Omer had lived at the Neverland Ranch in the 1990s. However, there have been other unconfirmed reports that Michael did not meet Pia until 1996. It turns out that Mr. Bhatti, who is 25 years old, is presently seeking a DNA test to prove that he is really Jackson's son.
Watch this video of Omer and see for yourself if there's a chance DNA will match too.


The controversy on Erin Andrews' nude videos continues

This time it's the blame game and the plan that Erin Andrews might sue the person who took the videos.
The New York Post on Thursday defended its publication of photos from an illicitly filmed Internet video showing ESPN reporter Erin Andrews naked in a hotel room by accusing the sports network of having outed her.

ESPN on Wednesday said it was banning Post reporters from appearing on the company's programs because the newspaper published three photos from the video.

A newspaper spokeswoman declined to comment on the ban. She referred The Associated Press to an item on the Post's gossip page published Thursday that takes ESPN to task for allegedly outing Andrews.

"No one would have known that a sick voyeur had secretly videotaped ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room, if the Mickey Mouse sports network hadn't sent a letter to an obscure Web site demanding that it take down its link to a fuzzy video of an unidentified blonde," the Post said in its popular "Page 6" column.

The Post quoted ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca as saying the network is acting "in concert with Erin and her team." A spokesman for the Bristol, Conn.-based company, which is owned by the Walt Disney Co., declined further comment Thursday.

ESPN last week sent a letter to a Web site demanding that the video be removed. The person who posted the video didn't identify the nude woman, but her attorney has confirmed the video was of the 31-year-old reporter.

The Post was one of several TV networks and newspapers that aired or published images from the video, which Andrews' attorney says was shot without her knowledge. Andrews plans to seek criminal charges and file civil lawsuits against the person who shot the video and anyone who publishes the material, attorney Marshall Grossman said.

Grossman previously told the AP that Andrews decided to confirm it was her "to put an end to rumor and speculation and to put the perpetrator and those who are complicit on notice that they act at their peril."

Post reporters, including columnists Lenn Robbins, Kevin Kernan, Joel Sherman and Mark Cannizzaro, are regular guests on ESPN shows.

Andrews, a former University of Florida dance team member, was an Internet sensation even before the video's circulation. Some Web sites have referred to her as "Erin Pageviews" because of the traffic she can generate, and Playboy magazine named her "sexiest sportscaster" in both 2008 and 2009. She has covered numerous sports for the network since 2004, often as a sideline reporter.


The fashion for holiday season this year at Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic

New York – The coming holiday season this year at Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic will be clothing centered around cozy, indoor activities; intimate, casual at-home parties and a focus on eye-catching, but affordable gifts.

At a preview for the three Gap Inc. brands in New York on Thursday, July 16, simple winter basics - from cheerful flannel pajamas at Old Navy, to lumberjack plaid shirts and jackets at Gap and a touch of holiday party bling at Banana Republic - will be the main story at the stores come fall, when their holiday-themed products hit shelves.

Old Navy's holiday offerings emphasized bright, neon flannel, cozy moccasin slippers with Scandinavian-style knit patterns and thick rainbow-hued socks. For a casual yet dressy look, there were loose tent dresses or denim peasant dresses with embroidered bibs.

Gap collections for men, women and children all stayed true to that fall and winter staple of recent seasons, plaid. Flannel shirts were layered with chunky wool sweaters and scarves and winter white denim provided a counterpoint to the usual dark denim fare. Glam fleece-lined fabric covered platform boots looked well-suited to a dry disco floor, but probably wouldn’t be sufficient for tromping around the snowy sidewalks of Aspen.

On the highest end of the Gap Inc. spectrum, Banana Republic riffed off downtown chic accessories - most retailing for under $100 - like multi-strand chain necklaces, quilted fabric bib and ribbon tie necklaces, popularized in recent seasons by designers like Subversive Jewelry, Lanvin and Vera Wang. Everyday classics like cashmere sweaters could be dressed up with the oversized crystal embellishments that adorned clutch bags and ballet flats. Basic military coats were juxtaposed with statement tops in pleated or ruffled silk or with collars made from folded ribbons of felt.

[Remata Espinosa]


iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending July 20, 2009

iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending July 20, 2009:
1. "I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
2. "Fire Burning," Sean Kingston
3. "You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift
4. "Boom Boom Pow," Black Eyed Peas
5. "Best I Ever Had," Drake
6. "Good Girlks Go Bad (feat, Leighton Meester)," Cobra Starship
7. "He Could Be the One," Hannah Montana
8. "Here We Go Again," Demi Lovato
9. "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon
10. "LoveGame," Lady GaGa
1. "Leave This Town," Daughtry
2. "Ocean Eyes," Owl City
3. "Horehound," The Dead Weather
4. "The Essential Michael Jackson," Michael Jackson
5. "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)," Black Eyed Peas
6. "High Hopes & Heartbreak," Brooke White
7. "BLACKsummers'night," Maxwell
8. "Only By the Night," Kings of Leon
9. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)," Nicholas Hooper
10. "Signature," Joe


Amazing story of a puppy that survived having a barbecue fork stuck in his head for two days!

The X-ray is startling. A four-pound Chihuahua has a sharp barbeque fork lodged in his brain.

A backyard family gathering took a terrifying turn when a giant fork snapped in half, flew through the air and stabbed the three-month-old puppy in the head. Smokey the Chihuahua ran off into the woods and was lost there for two days before his owner found him.

Dr. Keaton Smith of the Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital spoke with INSIDE EDITION about the little pooch’s scary injury. "I wasn't really sure that there was anything that I could do for him, and we considered euthanasia."

However, the doctor decided that the brave puppy deserved a chance, so he sedated Smokey and pulled the fork out.

Miraculously, Smokey survived. Though his right eye is weak, he's expected to make a full recovery.

[Inside Edition)


One very foggy morning at the beach

My husband and I went to the Seal beach at 6:30 in the morning today and the plan was to get ourselves situated nicely at one of the benches to watch the break of dawn and to relax. I also planned to take a lot of pictures since there was also a huge surfing event going on but unfortunately, it was a very foggy day and the surfers are not happy that there were not a lot of waves in the ocean and most of them were already looking kind of bored. Anyway, I still took some pictures to share. The photos looks better in full size, so click on photos to enlarge.


A documentary chronicling Michael Jackson's final days under negotiation

Sony Pictures is negotiating to pony up a whopping $50 million to concert promoter AEG Live to release a feature-film documentary chronicling Michael Jackson's final days.

Kenny Ortega, the acclaimed director and
choreographer behind the High School Musical flicks who was mounting the King of Pop's "This Is It" megaresidency set for London's O2 Arena before the latter's sudden death, is said to be hard at work cutting the behind-the-scenes together.

But the good news for AEG is that with O2 gigs now scuttled, Ortega now has plenty of time to edit the highly anticipated concert film before he beats it to work on a big-screen redo of Footloose.

An insider privy to the confidential negotiations tells E! News that talks are ongoing but stressed that Sony is up against several rival studios—including Universal, Fox, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures—also bidding for distribution rights. A winner could be announced as early as this week.


For the first time, Chris Brown's public apology video

Chris, like everyone else, needs a second chance. Apology should be accepted.


I Love You Beth Cooper - watch the movie trailer

When my husband and I went to see a movie today, we couldn't decide which one to watch so we just went to see "I Love U Beth Cooper" without knowing what it was all about and who the actors were. What a pleasant surprise! We loved it. The movie was funny, actually, very funny and romantic. There was no boring moment or anything at all. It was enjoyable to watch from beginning to end.


Look at Susan Boyle now

Susan Boyle has a new and improved look and she does looks fabulous now doesn't she?
She has an interview with Meredith Vieira which is scheduled to air on the Today show on Wednesday.


Madonna's Stage Collapses, One Dead

Madonna's stage collapsed, two workers critically injured and one dead. The collapse occurred at the Velodrome stadium where Madonna was going to perform on July 19. TMZ reported that according to he Marseille fire officials, the top of the stage collapsed on a crane -- which, in turn, fell on top of the workers. French papers say the concert has been canceled.

UPDATE: Madonna has issued the following statement: "I am devastated to have just received this tragic news. My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heartbreaking news."


Teen Cheyene Cherry unrepentant in killing a kitten

A heartless kitty killer hissed angrily at animal rights activists Wednesday, grinning widely as she took credit for stuffing the helpless pet into a 500-degree oven.

"It's dead, bitch!" snapped an unrepentant Cheyenne Cherry, sticking her tongue out after a plea bargain that will put her behind bars for a year in the May 6 killing of tiny Tiger Lily.

Cherry, 17, was confronted after her guilty plea in Bronx Supreme Court to charges of animal cruelty and attempted burglary in the May 6 killing at her former roommate's apartment.

Tiger Lily was left to die inside the blistering oven after Cherry and a 14-year-old friend trashed the apartment of Valerie Hernandez, destroying furniture before stealing DVDs and food.

After her arrest, Cherry told police the cat killing was "just a joke."

In court Wednesday, Cherry admitted to Judge Margaret Clancy that the younger girl put the cat in the oven - and "I didn't let the cat out."

The pair fled the apartment because they didn't want to hear the dying cat's cries or desperate scratching at the oven door, authorities said.

The second girl is facing trial in Family Court because of her age. Prosecutor Jennifer Troiano said Cherry was granted a plea deal because her cohort was "more culpable" for the crimes.

Under the agreement, Cherry pleaded guilty to two charges in a six-count indictment. She waived her right to appeal and agreed not to keep a pet for the next three years. Cherry, jailed on a probation violation, faces formal sentencing July 31.

As she exited the courtroom, she passed a row of animal rights activists outraged by her crime.

"Justice for Tiger Lily," read one sign held by the demonstrators.

Sharon Tuerlings, 43, of Levittown, L.I., extended both her middle fingers and kissed them. Cherry grinned widely, stuck out her tongue and responded with her profane retort.

Cherry is not new to animal crimes.

She was busted last year for using a BB gun to dog-nap a teacup Yorkie with her boyfriend. She was also arrested for robbing a man of his iPod at gunpoint.

The dozen animal lovers who attended the hearing said they represented more than 20,000 people who signed an online petition supporting harsh punishment for Cherry.

They were thrilled by the deal that guaranteed Cherry would do time for the cruel killing. "She is dangerous," said Brooklyn cat owner Josie Marrero. "A very dangerous young lady."

Tuerlings said she wanted to get a glimpse of the monster behind the cat execution. "It felt so good to look at her ugly face," she said. "Those evil eyes that she has." [Daily News]


Nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009

Nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

"Big Love," HBO
"Breaking Bad," AMC
"Damages," FX
"Dexter," Showtime
"House," Fox
"Lost," ABC
"Mad Men," AMC

"Entourage," HBO
"Family Guy," Fox
"How I Met Your Mother," CBS
"Flight of the Conchords," HBO
"The Office," NBC
"30 Rock," NBC
"Weeds," Showtime

Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

Glenn Close, "Damages"
Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"
Sarah Silverman, "The Sarah Silverman Program"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Jemaine Clement, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"

Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"
Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock"
Rainn Wilson, "The Office"

Christian Clemenson, "Boston Legal"
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
William Hurt, "Damages"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"

Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Hope Davis, "In Treatment"
Cherry Jones, "24"
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"

Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies"
Amy Poehler, "Saturday Night Live"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds"
Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"

Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With The Stars"
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race"
Heidi Klum, "Project Runway"
Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, "Top Chef"
Jeff Probst, "Survivor"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"

"The Amazing Race," CBS
"American Idol," FOX
"Dancing With The Stars," ABC
"Project Runway," Bravo
"Top Chef," Bravo

"Antiques Roadshow," PBS
"Dirty Jobs," Discovery Channel
"Dog Whisperer," National Geographic
"Intervention," A&E
"Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List," Bravo
"Mythbusters," Discovery

"Generation Kill," HBO
"Little Dorrit," PBS

Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance"
Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander: One Step Behind"
Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm"
Kevin Kline, "Cyrano de Bergerac"
Ian McKellen, "King Lear"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24: Redemption"

Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens"
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens"
Shirley MacLaine, "Coco Chanel"
Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby"
Chandra Wilson, "Accidental Friendship"

Shohreh Aghdashloo, "House of Saddam"
Marcia Gay Harden, "The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler"
Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Grey Gardens"
Cicely Tyson, "Relative Stranger"

Len Cariou, "Into the Storm"
Tom Courtenay, "Little Dorrit"
Ken Howard, "Grey Gardens"
Bob Newhart, "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice"
Andy Serkis, "Little Dorrit"

Alan Alda, "30 Rock"
Beau Bridges, "Desperate Housewives"
Jon Hamm, "30 Rock"
Steve Martin, "30 Rock"
Justin Timberlake, "Saturday Night Live"

Edward Asner, "CSI: NY"
Ernest Borgnine, "ER"
Ted Danson, "Damages"
Michael J. Fox, "Rescue Me"
Jimmy Smits, "Dexter"

Jennifer Aniston, "30 Rock"
Christine Baranski, "The Big Bang Theory"
Tina Fey, "Saturday Night Live"
Gena Rowlands, "Monk"
Elaine Stritch, "30 Rock"
Betty White, "My Name Is Earl"

Brenda Blethyn, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Carol Burnett, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Ellen Burstyn, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Sharon Lawrence, "Grey's Anatomy"
CCH Pounder, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

Andrew Davies, "Little Dorrit"
Lt. Col Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) and Ross Katz, "Taking Chance"
Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, "Grey Gardens"
David Simon, "Generation Kill"
Hugh Whitemore, "Into the Storm"

Susanna White, "Generation Kill"
Michael Sucsy, "Grey Gardens"
Thaddeus O'Sullivan, "Into the Storm"
Dearbhla Walsh, "Little Dorrit"
Ross Katz, "Taking Chance"
Philip Martin, "Wallander: One Step Behind"

"Prayers for Bobby," Lifetime
"Coco Chanel," Lifetime
"Grey Gardens," HBO
"Into the Storm," HBO
"Taking Chance," HBO

Roger Goodman, "81st Annual Academy Awards"
Bucky Gunts, "Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony"
Don Mischer, "Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Halftime Show"
Glenn Weiss, "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration"
Marty Callner, "Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America"

James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Matt Hubbard, "30 Rock"
Ron Weiner, "30 Rock"

Julian Farino, "Entourage"
James Bobin, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jeff Blitz, "The Office"
Millicent Shelton, "30 Rock"
Beth McCarthy, "30 Rock"
Todd Holland, "30 Rock"

"The Colbert Report," Comedy Central
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central
"Late Show With David Letterman," CBS
"Real Time With Bill Maher," HBO
"Saturday Night Live," NBC

"Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger," HBO
"Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch," Bravo
"The Kennedy Center Honors," CBS
"Ricky Gervais: Out of England," HBO
"Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America," HBO

Luciana Arrighi, Paul Ghirardani, Ian Whittaker, "Into the Storm"
Rob Harris, Mickey Lennon, Emelia Weavind, "Generation Kill"
Kalina Ivanov, Brandt Gordon, Norma Jean Sanders, "Grey Gardens"
Dan Leigh, James Donahue, Ron Von Blomberg, "Taking Chance"
James Merifield, Paul Ghirardani, Deborah Wilson, "Little Dorrit"

"30 Rock"
"The office"
"United States of Tara"

"Friday Night Lights"
"Mad Men"
"True Blood"
"The Tudors"

"Generation Kill"
"Grey Gardens"
"House of Saddam"
"Into the Storm"
"Little Dorrit"

"81st Annual Academy Awards" Musicals Are Back
"Dancing with the Stars" Jive/Great Balls of Fire
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: Bleeding Love
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: Mercy
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: Adam and Eve
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: A Los Amigos

George Mooradian, "According To Jim"
Michael Weaver, "Californication"
Mark Doering-Powell, "Everybody Hates Chris"
Matthew Clark, "30 Rock"
Michael Trim, "Weeds"

Michael Slovis, "Breaking Bad"
James L. Carter, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Kramer Morgenthau, "Life on Mars"
Christopher Manley, "Mad Men" Ousama Rawi, "The Tudors"

Ivan Strasburg, "Generation Kill"
John Aronson, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story"
Mike Eley, "Grey Gardens"
Michael Amathieu, "Into the Storm"
Lukas Strebel, "Little Dorrit"

Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations"
"Deadliest Catch"
"Expedition Africa"
Adam Beckman, "This American Life"
Robert C. Case, "Whale Wars"

"The Amazing Race ⢠Don't Let a Cheese Hit Me," CBS
"Intervention ⢠Chad," A&E
"Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment ⢠What Did I Sign Up For?," Discover Channel
"Survivor ⢠The Camp is Cursed," CBS
"Top Chef ⢠The Last Supper," Bravo

"Airport Lounge" - Amex/Platinum Card
"Alec in Huluwood" - Hulu
"Bottled Courage" - Nike
"Circus" - Anheuser-Busch Budweiser
"Heist" - Coca-Cola "Magazine Buyer" - Anheuser-Busch Bud Light
"Tips" - Career Builder
"Wedding" - Sprint Nextel

"Mad Men"
"No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency"
"Pushing Daisies"
"The Tudors"
"Ugly Betty"

"Grey Gardens"
"House of Saddam," Part 1
"Into the Storm,"
"The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice,"
"Little Dorrit," Part 3

Bertram van Munster, "The Amazing Race"
Paul Starkman, "Project Runway"
Marina Zenovich, "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired"
Christopher Wilcha, Adam Beckman, "This American Life"
Steve Hrynewicz, "Top Chef"

Julius Ramsay, Andrew Seklir, Michael O'Halloran, "Battlestar Galactica"
Lynne Willingham, "Breaking Bad"
Mark Goldman, Stephen Semel, Chris Nelson, "Lost"
Cindy Mollo, "Mad Men"
Scott Powell, "24"

Sue Federman, "How I Met Your Mother"
Stuart Bass, "The Office"
Claire Scanlon, "The Office"
David Rogers and Dean Holland, "The Office"
Ken Eluto, "30 Rock"

Hank Azaria, "The Simpsons"Fox
Dan Castellaneta, "The Simpsons"Fox
Seth Green, "Robot Chicken"Cartoon Network
Seth MacFarlane, "Family Guy"Fox
Ron Rifkin, "American Masters"PBS
Harry Shearer, "The Simpsons"Fox


A movie about the creation of Facebook in the works

And the Oscar goes to … Facebook?

Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Tech News
Guess who’s going to Hollywood? Yes, it’s none other than your favorite social networking site.

A movie dealing with the creation of Facebook is currently in the works.

Aaron Sorkin, the man behind “The West Wing,” has been signed as the writer. And it looks like David Fincher - “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” - may be tapped to direct it.

You probably know by now that Facebook came about when Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the school’s computers, and used a bunch of girls’ photos to put together a “Hot or Not?” page. Facemash - as he called it - was launched in October 2003.

We can skip over the part where Zuckerberg faced expulsion for breaching security, violating copyrights and violating individual privacy. (The charges were eventually dropped).

What matters, of course, is that Facemash became Facebook by the following year - and it’s now the biggest social networking site in the world.

No word so far on when work will begin on the movie. But we’ll keep you posted - or you can just look it up on Facebook.

Are you interested in seeing the movie? Let us know in the comments section below.
[HigherEd by Carin Ford]


Arnel Pineda, Gabby and son Gab reacts to Freddie Aguilar's remarks

MANILA - Arnel Pineda, the Filipino front man of the famed American rock band “Journey,” on Thursday lashed out at folk music icon Freddie Aguilar for reportedly comparing him and international singing sensation Charice to monkeys.

Pineda reminded Aguilar that he should be “tactful” when making such statement. He pointed out that the “Anak” singer went “overboard” when he used the word “monkey” to refer to them.

“Sana lang next time maging tactful lang siya doon sa pagsabi niya about unggoy kasi... Filipino din siya. I think medyo nag-overboard siya when he said the word ‘monkey’ kasi kapwa niya kami Filipino. So, hindi niya kailangang mag-name ng ganoon," Pineda said during the launching of “My Backyard,” the environmental protection campaign of computer manufacturer HP Philippines.

Aguilar was reportedly not impressed by Charice and Pineda’s achievements abroad. Aguilar reportedly noted that the two only proved what international singer Mariah Carey had said about Filipinos.

Carey had reportedly likened Filipinos to monkeys because they would only mimic the styles and songs of other international artists.

Pineda, however, has a different view. The “Journey” vocalist said he believes that they still make Filipinos proud although they only belt out American songs. He also pointed out that singing “Journey” songs doesn’t make him less patriotic.

“If he's not proud of what we have achieved, me and Charice, desisyon na niya iyan. I believe na kung kinakanta ko man ay puro English and hindi iyong sarili nating salita, I still make Filipino proud of what I have achieved,” he said.

He said he could not change Aguilar’s “mindset” but he hopes he would refrain from saying bad things about his fellow Filipino artists.

"I hope na next time you will never say that again kasi you know kapwa mo kami Filipino. We are only trying our best para maging kapaki-pakinabang din para sa bansa at sa kababayan natin," Pineda said.

‘Mr. Pure Energy’ speaks up

Gary Valenciano also disagreed with Aguilar’s opinion.
“In that case, then I'm one because in my concerts I don't always do Gary Valenciano. I think we stand up there (on stage) to also pay respect to the artists that inspired [us]," he said.

He added: “Iyong mga kinakanta ni Charice, nai-inspire lang siya at ang nangyayari kay Charice, especially kay Charice as an example, nabibigyan na siya ng pagkakataon na kumanta ng sarili niyang mga kanta.” [ABS-CBN]

Read Gab Valenciano's reactions.


Charice reacts to Ka Freddie's remark

MANILA – International singing sensation Charice defended herself from criticisms hurled against her by "Bayan Ko" singer Freddie Aguilar.

In an e-mail sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com, 17-year-old Charice said she would not be where she is right now if she did not sing Whitney Houston and Celine Dion’s hits when she was still a struggling singer.

She also noted that American Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most influential people, would not have noticed her if she sang Filipino songs.

"Madi-discover po ba ako kung hindi ko po kinanta ang kanta ni Ms.Whitney? ni Ms.Celine? Kung kakanta po ako ng Tagalog sa [The Oprah Winfrey Show], maiintindihan po ba ni Ms.Oprah?” she said.

She said that Winfrey might probably like to hear Filipino songs but she disclosed that usually it is not up to her to decide what songs to sing in her shows abroad.

“Sila rin naman po namimili ng mga kakantahin ko po. At wala po akong magagawa doon. Dahil kahit sila po mismo, English po ang pinakakanta nila sa akin... and siyempre po iyon po ang papatok sa Amerika," Charice said.

She said in her heart she remains a Filipino whether or not she sings Tagalog songs. Charice also boasted that the world even knows her as “the artist from the Philippines.”

"Kahit naman po hindi ako kumanta ng Tagalog sa puso ko Filipino pa rin po ako," Charice said.

Charice said she also believes that, even if she copies the styles of other international artists, no one has the right to compare her and other Filipino singers who made it in the international music arena to monkeys.

"Hindi naman po sa [dahil magaling sa] panggagaya matatawag na po tayong unggoy. Para po sa akin [ang panggagaya] ay isa iyon talento na hindi magagawa ng ibang lahi ng basta basta po," Charice added.

Despite the controversial remark of the "Anak" singer, she holds no grudge against Aguilar. She said she still admires him and respects his opinion.

Meanwhile, the teen singer, who is now in the US to complete her first international album, is also grateful to Gary Valenciano for defending her. [ABS-CBN]


Oprah Winfrey, #1 most influential woman in global media

With an estimated net worth of over $1 billion, an Academy Award nomination, an Emmy-winning hit talk show, an XM satellite radio show, successful magazines (O, The Oprah Magazine, along with O at Home), and a cable channel (Oxygen Media, which she co-founded), Winfrey is an international media phenomenon. But even Winfrey, whom some considered so powerful that her campaigning for President Obama sealed him the election, has been vulnerable as of late. First, her school for girls in South Africa was hit with the second sexual harassment scandal in two years. Then she took a drubbing in Newsweek for supposedly giving a platform to dicey new age medicines. And, over the years, her ratings, though still the highest on daytime TV, continue to dwindle. Nevertheless, Oprah is still considered one of the most powerful forces in television--and the world.[Forbes.com]


Paying girls not to get pregnant

Paying girls not to get pregnant
HigherEd by Carin Ford
Posted in: Enrollment, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Student Life
The University of North Carolina’s come up with an unusual incentive in hopes of encouraging teen girls not to get pregnant.

In an attempt to reduce the number of teen pregnancies, UNC at Greensboro is providing classes in abstinence and the use of contraceptives to girls ages 12 to 18 — and paying them a dollar a day not to get pregnant.

Girls who attend the 90-minute weekly meetings - and who don’t get pregnant - collect $7 at the end of each week. The money is put aside and can be collected when the girls enter college.

But is it ethical to pay girls not to have babies? Or is this a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures?

The teen birth rate is on the rise these past two years, with 7.2 pregnancies for every 1,000 teenage girls.

Although a handful of girls enrolled in College Bound Sisters have gotten pregnant since it began more than 10 years ago, there are also success stories. This fall, in fact, four graduates will begin college with the help of the money - in some cases, $3,000 - they’ve earned in the program.

Good idea or bad incentive for staying baby-free? Let us know what you think in the


Car stolen with 2 kids inside - found

The father went to a dry cleaner for a quick drop off. He left his car, a blue Scion, with engine running and with his 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter who were watching video inside the car. The windows were tinted so you can't see the inside. The father was only gone for about 2 minutes but when he returned to his car, it was gone as in stolen, including the two kids. Police made a huge search for the kids and luckily, about 3 hours later, someone reported that the car was spotted on a street south of Los Angeles. The kids were fine but distraught.

I am calling and begging all parents, please never leave your children alone in the car. Not even for a second. Because they either die from the heat or get kidnapped. Don't take chances, don't risk your children's lives. So many children are being abducted, please take precautions and be pro-active. Think ahead and always make sure your priority is their safety.


What I've learned from my grandma

For me, my grandma has the most positive approach to life because she lived a very simple life – no dramas, no stress, no issues, and no debt. In my entire life, I’ve never heard that she had an enemy. I should know because my grandma lived with us when I was growing up and told me so many stories about her life and life itself. My grandpa was the exact opposite, that’s probably why he lived a shorter life. He died when he was in his mid-fifty. But my grandma was different. I admired her a lot. It was always a pleasure to be with her.

Here are a few things about my grandma that I will never forget:

She gargled with her first urine in the morning and she tried to encourage us to do the same. She said it will make our teeth healthy and strong. Our response to her was a loud “eeww”, and then we would ran away from her while she gargled. She really believed in this practice so I guess it was true for her because she never lost any of her tooth until she passed away later at 94.

She stopped wearing panty and she would just lift her skirt up a little bit and then spread her legs wide enough for her to urinate while standing up. My friends told me their lolas did the same thing so I guess it’s normal.

I’ve never seen her angry, I mean really angry. When she got upset about something she would just say ” hay kayek”, a Zambal expression. I think it meant “oh my goodness” which I also adapted saying later.

She ate raw eggs with rice every morning. She also loved eating bananas.

She was always smiling and humming.

I’ve never heard her say bad words, cursed or cussed. Not even when one of her great grandsons closed the door on her causing her fingers to get caught in between. Ouch! Yes, that was painful but not an angry word came out of her mouth.

She’s beautiful and peaceful inside and out. I always felt good whenever she’s around.

She’s been my source of inspiration ever since I can remember.

Bottom line, what I really learned from my grandma is this: Life is short and problems will always come go - but if you learn to accept everything that comes your way, learn to laugh at yourself, and understand the reason to everything that happens to you, you will learn to appreciate life and others more.

My grandma was in perfect health when she died at the age of 94. Her only complaint was her eyesight. She did not die from any form of illnesses. My mother found her lifeless in the bathroom while still sitting down in the toilet bowl. She died a natural death. I missed her so much.


Evolution of Dance, still an all-time YouTube favorite

Judson Laipply’s comedic interpretive dance classic the “Evolution of Dance” is one of the few videos on YouTube in the exclusive 100 million views club. It has become an all-time favorite. Check out his website.


What the First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the Vatican visit

First Lady Michelle Obama wore a black dress with a matching black veil in their visit to the Vatican. I think it's a nice gesture of respect to the Pope and the Catholic Church.

[Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images]


My favorite dish, Black Cod Miso

I'm a fish lover and this is one of my favorites. It's called Black Cod Miso. Tokyo Lobby, a favorite Japanese restaurant, makes it with Rock Cod and Sea Bass and it's the best! I tell you. I crave for this dish and I always want to have it everytime I think of it. Rasa Malaysia is the best so far when it comes to this recipe. I will try it one of these days but in the meantime, it's very convenient for me and my husband to make a stop at Tokyo Lobby in Alhambra for this extremely delicious dish. By the way, the meal comes with a Miso soup, fresh salad, assorted tempura, rice, and Orange fruit.


Paksiw Na Pata

This is my husband's favorite. I know how to cook this but for health reasons, I won't cook it anymore. But once in a great while, when we feel like having this forbidden dish, we would just go to our favorite Filipino restaurant. But if you have no problem having high cholesterol or high blood pressure and can still enjoy food like this, this site will teach you how.


Growing old together

I love collecting dolls of couples like this one. This dolls represents growing old together in marriage. This is what I pray and wish for all the newly wed couples. There's a lot of challenges in a marriage but can always be survived if both has the willingness to work it out.


The breakfast buffet I can enjoy and stay healthy

I love heavy breakfast which means having a big breakfast at Soup Plantation at least once a week. Yes, they are the best for me since they serve their food healthy style. Here is a picture I took one Sunday morning at Soup Plantation and I’m showing what I had that morning: Waffles with blueberry, yogurt with fresh sliced banana French toast with strawberry jam, fresh grapes, oatmeal with milk, different kinds of bread and pastries, fresh green salads, pasta, potatoes, omelet, scrambled eggs and egg quiche, plus juice or coffee. There's a lot more like soup, desserts, fruits but I only got a little of everything I like.


Wonder Mom, excellent show about parenting

Parenting is fun but is really a tough job as you are actually on your own. Do you really have the proper and effective skills? Well, you are probably raising your children the best way you can and knowhow, but are you really doing it right? It's true that there is no manual for parents, and whether you like it or not, you will be raising your children exactly how you were raised by your own parents. In an interview, Whoopi Goldberg once said that when she was young, she vowed never to follow her mom's footsteps in raising children. So how did she raise her own children? You guess it right. It's exactly how she was raised by her mom. I guess because that's the only way she knew how. Her mom's ways have become hers. Can you relate to that? It's the same with all of us. But nowadays, there are many books and shows about parenting, and one show that I've been watching regularly is the weekly "Wonder Mom" with Karen Davila. This is one show that I can highly recommend. Karen gives us many parenting tips based on the many experiences that she has gathered and collected from many other successful parents. It is a very interesting and educational show and you are guaranteed to learn a lot every week.


Nicole Kidman's coming up movie a best-seller

Nicole Kidman is my number one favorite celebrity. I've seen most of her films and I'm always looking forward for more and now, according to Variety, Nicole Kidman has come aboard to topline Little Bee, an adaptation of Chris Cleave's best-seller for BBC Films, which she'll also produce. The drama centers on the relationship between a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-to-do British couple she meets after they've strayed outside their vacation resort on an African beach.

Will keep you posted.


Learn how to do the moonwalk


President Obama's gift to the Pope

What do you get for a man who already possesses leadership over one-sixth of the world's population not to mention the highest earthly authority in the church?
When President Obama's staff went searching for the perfect gift for Pope Benedict XVI, they called Louis DiCocco, owner of a religious gift shop in Philadelphia, for advice. [Read Full Article]


Google blocks abortion ads

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Search engine giant Google is apparently disallowing advertisements for abortion businesses in several nations, some of which prohibit abortions and some of which don't. There appears to be little rhyme or reason for the Google decision, which abortion advocates are blasting.

Pro-abortion activist Lori Adelman corresponded with a staff member at Google who confirmed the denial of abortion advertising.

While ads for abortion are allowed in many nations, such as the United States, Google appears to have banned them in countries such as Brazil, France, Mexico, Poland, and Taiwan.

While nations like Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Poland protect women and children, others such as France and Taiwan allow abortions.

"Last September, we reviewed our abortion ads policy in order to make sure it was fair, up to date and consistent with local customs and practices," the staffer told Adelman. "We decided to disallow ads for abortion services, such as abortion clinics, in the following markets: Germany, Poland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, France, Italy and Spain."

"However, general, factual ads on abortion continued to be allowed and we also enabled religious associations to place ads on abortion in a factual way," the Google staffer said.

The latter comment appears to be a response to concerns from pro-life advocates in England and elsewhere that their ads were facing denial from Google.

Asked for further clarification from Adelman why the specific countries were selected for disallowing ads for abortions, the Google staffer did not provide a specific answer.

"I can share that we conducted the review and made the change to ensure our policy was fair, up-to-date, consistent with local laws and codes of practice," the staffer said.

That frustrated Adelman, who wrote on the pro-abortion blog Feministing that she "Never thought I'd be taking sides in the war of the search engines."

"Google's rationale behind disallowing ads in these particular countries ... is shrouded in mystery: the spokeswoman deftly avoided answering my question about how the countries were chosen," she lamented.

"Regardless of the reason, I'm pretty disturbed by Google's ability to withhold information about reproductive health services [sic abortion] in these countries without justification or accountability," she said.

ACTION: Contact Google and thank it for not running ads for abortions in these countries. Call 650-253-0000, fax 650-253-0001, or go to http://www.google.com/intl/en/contact


This picture must make Michelle Obama proud

This photo must make the First Lady Michelle Obama proud of her husband, President Obama. Look at the reaction of the others - while getting ready for the official G8 picture -when a female assistant accidentally drops some papers.