December 14, 2012 |
Mormon feminists have hit on fashion to promote demands for a larger say in church affairs: This Sunday is “Wear Pants to Church Day," intended as a show of solidarity for women's religious rights. Their sartorial flair has triggered some support - along with some bitter anger. The event, which was being promoted on a special Facebook page, had drawn more than 1,200 supporters, a relative handful compared with the 6 million practicing Mormons nationwide. But by Thursday evening, the original page had been taken down and a new one posted, with this note: “The event page got taken down due to the death threats.
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October 13, 2012 |
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so it's fitting that I share a tale that makes me believe that we still - despite decades of tough talk - don't treat domestic violence as the serious crime it is. Megan Shamburg worries every day that she'll become a headline, a statistic, a murder that could have been prevented. The 27-year-old woman has an 8-month-old daughter, a 7-month-old restraining order and a violent ex-boyfriend who'll be out of a jail in a month. Shamburg called 911 last March.
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September 20, 2012 |
An actress who starred in "Innocence of Muslims" has sued the film's producer and YouTube, charging that clips from the controversial anti-Islam movie have lead to death threats against her. In a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court that alleges fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Cindy Lee Garcia said that after scenes from "Innocence of Muslims" posted on YouTube sparked Middle East protests...
September 19, 2012 |
An actress who starred in “Innocence of Muslims” has sued the film's producer and YouTube, claiming that clips from the controversial anti-Islam movie have lead to death threats against her. In a complaint alleging fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Cindy Lee Garcia said that after scenes from “Innocence of Muslims” posted on YouTube sparked Middle East protests early...
September 18, 2012 |
It looks as though Missy, the mountain-climbing dog from Colorado who was left to die by her owner on a Colorado peak last month, is going to a new family: A rescuer who saved the animal after it went eight days without water, food or medical care. Meanwhile, Anthony Ortolani, the owner of the German shepherd mix, has received death threats for leaving the dog to die, his lawyer told the Los Angeles Times. “He's gotten letters and calls that he's cruel and has no right to the animal,” said Denver lawyer Jennifer Edwards, who represents Ortolani.
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September 16, 2012 |
Despite a provocative title, Gabriel Vahanian's book "The Death of God" caused no public stir when it was published in 1961. By the middle of the decade, however, a massive upheaval was underway in American society and Vahanian, a little-known Syracuse University professor of religion, found himself at the center of a furious national debate. The French-born academic entered the spotlight in 1965 when Time magazine's Easter week cover posed the question that Vahanian and other radical theologians had raised: "Is God Dead?"
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September 12, 2012 |
In 2010, "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis first accused casino mogul Steve Wynn of threatening to kill him and bury him in the desert. That accusation, which Francis repeated publicly at least twice more, could end up costing him $40 million. A Los Angeles jury this week awarded Wynn that amount in his slander suit against Francis, an outcome Wynn lauded as a strike against an "unbelievably reckless human being. " "Thank God for the justice system that finally sent a message: If you think you're taking a cheap shot, it may be a lot more expensive than you had imagined," Wynn said Tuesday in a statement.
August 24, 2012
As part of its ongoing efforts to get more people watching on weekends, CNN has announced that "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock will be getting his own series, starting in April. Spurlock's show, "Inside Man," will take the adventurous documentarian inside such subcultures as gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers and end-of-life caregivers. "Inside Man" will be paired with globe-trotting chef Anthony Bourdain's untitled new show to use their celebrity to combat the news network's ratings woes.
August 23, 2012 |
Federal agents have arrested a man suspected of issuing death threats to a slew of business titans, including film mogul Harvey Weinstein, and demanding that they send millions to an offshore bank account. The news was first reported by The Smoking Gun website . The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Vivek Shah, an actor living in West Hollywood, was arrested on Aug. 10 at his parents' house in Illinois. According to a sworn affidavit from Postal Inspector Joshua Mehall, Shah had been sending threatening letters to Weinstein -- co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. -- and four other moguls, in June and July.
August 15, 2012 |
MOSCOW - When she picked up the phone last week in her new apartment, Maria Baronova heard a cold, metallic voice: "We know that you have moved to a new place, but you won't get away from us. " Two weeks earlier, the same recorded voice told her she needn't bother with her daily routine much longer. "You will die in three weeks," it said. Tall and blond in a blood-red dress, Baronova was easy to spot among several dozen young protesters Aug. 8 outside a court in central Moscow.