January 3, 2005 |
Has there ever been a political party so prone to adolescent crises of insecurity as the Democrats? After every dispiriting election, the Democrats turn themselves into a desperate high school suitor, begging a would-be prom date: "Tell me who you want me to be. I promise I'll change."
March 8, 2001 |
Voter.com, a popular political Web site that folded last month, is trying to raise cash by auctioning its consumer database, including the e-mail addresses, party affiliations and political interests of about 170,000 subscribers. The defunct Internet site is the latest to raise privacy hackles by peddling data about its users. A similar move last year by bankrupt Toysmart.com prompted a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission.
January 19, 2011 |
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they had charged two men with stealing e-mail addresses and other information from about 120,000 Apple iPad tablet users. Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco and Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., each were accused last week of conspiring to hack into AT&T Inc.'s servers and possessing subscriber data from those servers, according to the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey, where the case is being prosecuted. Prosecutors said the criminal charges stem from a "brute force" hacking spree that took place over several days last June.
March 6, 1999 |
As Evander Holyfield flipped through the pages of a children's book with his daughter in the back of a stretch limo, en route to an appointment with a documentary film maker in Hollywood, the people traveling with the heavyweight champion were earning their pay in crisis management. Did Jack Nicholson, as rumored, have flu, they asked via their cell phones. If so, did he still plan to attend Friday night's Laker game against Seattle?
April 28, 2001 |
Sheriff Joe Arpaio turned off one of his "jail cams" that showed female inmates using a toilet, a view that could be accessed via the Internet. The decision followed complaints from inmate rights groups and the state attorney general. Donna Hamm, director of Middle Ground, an inmate-rights group in Tempe, said Thursday that the camera exploited the women and was linked to pornographic sites on the Internet. She asked the Justice Department to investigate for civil rights violations.
April 9, 1999 |
Duck, Duck Goose: The laws of physics are so mysterious. We always assumed that if we were traveling 73 mph and collided with, say, a small bowling ball, we'd be dead. So how is it that Fabio--while riding a 73-mph roller coaster during a publicity stunt in Virginia--survived an assassination attempt by a low-flying goose? According to various press accounts, the hunky supermodel was coming down the first drop when a 10-pound bird flew into his face. The goose was killed.
March 28, 2012 |
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND : Walt Whitman once said, "I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us. " Susan Sarandon's character in Bull Durham , Annie Savoy, has a fascinating personality. She is a follower of the "Church of Baseball," and every year she chooses one player on the Minor League Durham Bulls to be her lover and her student for the season. Annie is extremely cultured and literate. When speaking about the way she treats her choice, she states, "You see, there's a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys.
July 25, 2004 |
A small wooden cabinet went up for auction on EBay. Inside were two locks of hair, one granite slab, one dried rosebud, one goblet, two wheat pennies, one candlestick and, allegedly, one "dibbuk," a kind of spirit popular in Yiddish folklore. The seller, a Missouri college student named Iosif Nietzke, described the container as a "haunted Jewish wine cabinet box" that had plagued several owners with rotten luck and a spate of bizarre paranormal stunts.
March 14, 2012 |
BASKETBALL URBAN LEGEND : An NBA team drafted a female player. Today, if you are a talented female basketball player, you can possibly play professionally in the WNBA and even if you did not make the pros, women's basketball is a thriving sport in colleges all over the country (last year, eleven different women's basketball programs drew over 100,000 in attendance), with female players setting themselves up for success later in life with athletic scholarships to colleges.