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Illinois sheriff under fire for ‘little fag Jew boy’ comment

An Illinois gay and lesbian advocacy group called for the resignation of Schuyler County Sheriff Don Scheiferdecker Saturday after he jokingly commented on the picture of a co-worker on Facebook, calling him a “little fag Jew boy.” The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reported that the sheriff was new to Facebook and did…

Charlie Sheen keeps fans happy with cheeky tweet

WASHINGTON — Troubled actor Charlie Sheen posted a single tweet on his newly-created Twitter account Tuesday, after over 200,000 people signed up within hours to follow him on the micro-blogging service. The tweeted picture showed Sheen — who let rip in a series of TV interviews on Monday prompting his…

Dodd to be chief lobbyist for motion pictures group

WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) will be the next CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Dodd, 66, will replace current MPAA CEO Dan Glickman as chief of the leading lobbying and trade group for the movies and television industry. Dodd, who…

Mona Lisa model was a male, say Italian researchers

ROME — Italian researchers who specialize in resolving art mysteries said Wednesday they have discovered the disputed identity of the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa — and claimed he was a man. Silvano Vinceti, chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage, said the Florence-born Renaissance artist’s…

Researcher offers scientific evidence people can see into the future

A prominent psychological journal is expected to make history later this year when it publishes what is believed to be the first scientific paper arguing that humans can predict the future. But that doesn’t mean you should rush out to the betting parlors just yet: While the research (PDF) shows…

Florida mom arrested after pic of baby with bong

Florida mother arrested after Facebook picture shows baby posing with bong A central Florida mom who thought it would be funny to post a picture of her baby with a bong on her Facebook page has been arrested. Nineteen-year-old Rachel Stieringer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A Texas…

‘Major motion picture’ Transformers 3 gets to ‘crush’ Coast Guard rules

“With its fascist sensibility, assortment of smutty asides, illiterate gold-tooth-wearing homie robots and the hero’s brainless mother, much of ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ is simply despicable,” Washington Post film critic John Anderson wrote last summer. And that wasn’t even the worst review. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers wrote that…

Man arrested for taking picture of cop in his own home

A Texas man has sued his local police department, saying he was arrested for taking a picture of a police officer when the officer entered his home without permission. According to the lawsuit (PDF), Sgt. Justin Alderete of the Sealy, Texas, police department arrived at the home of Francisco Olvera…

Pentagon complains of ‘negative’ picture of Afghan war

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday said US-led forces are making headway against the Taliban, despite what it called an overly gloomy portrayal of the war shaped by media coverage. US and NATO troops have taken back territory from insurgents over the past year and bolstered security across the country,…

SF mayor calls Obama failure to support gay marriage ‘inexcusable’

Gavin Newsom, the photogenic San Francisco mayor who recently dropped his hat into the California governor’s race and then withdrew, expressed visceral frustration with President Barack Obama in an article published Wednesday. The latest in a string of Obama critiques by gay rights advocates, Newsom’s comments come on the eve…

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