We didn’t plan to comment on the news that Brandon Marshall has gotten engaged at the Pro Bowl because there was nothing juicy about it.

He didn’t, for example, slip on a McDonald’s bag while getting down on one knee. And he didn’t get liquored up later that night and (allegedly) rough up his betrothed.

But we’ve decided to slap together a blurb on this one because there’s evidence that maybe, just maybe, Marshall is maturing.

“What really solidified it for me was coming out here and seeing guys, bachelors at the pool with their girlfriends, and then looking at guys like Peyton Manning and Troy Polamalu and Casey Wiegmann with their families,” Marshall told the Denver Post. “And looking at them, I said those are the guys I want to be. You could see their peace. That’s what so important for me is to have peace. And this is the ultimate step to achieve that.”

So we wish Marshall and his future wife, Michi Nogami, well. And we hope that he becomes the kind of guy to whom we and others can point when the next knucklehead receiver is on the verge of screwing up his career.


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Gasparilla's Usual Suspects

We've seen our share of Gasparillas. As spectators and journalists, we have documented year after year the boisterous behavior of our fellow Tampa Bayites, caught up in the heady throes of the annual spectacle celebrating a pirate invasion that never actually occurred.

So if you want a quick rundown on the sort of person you will see at Gasparilla, you've come to the right place. For good or ill, we've met each and every person in our little lineup.

Mostly ill.
Don't, however, misconstrue our cheekiness as an attempt to dissuade you from going to Gasparilla. We're just having a little fun. If you live in this area, you should experience this party at least once, and quite a few more times if you have an invitation to a private party after the parade or are a member of a krewe.

If you're going, expect road delays and don't think you'll just simply drive away once the parade ends. Doesn't work like that. Take your time and enjoy yourself. And please, whatever you do, don't emulate The Urinator. It's just wrong. Also, illegal.


Fashion Statement: black pants, puffy shirt, bandana and/or skull and crossbones hat, eye patch and scars — many, many scars.

Known Behavior: Stumbles down Bayshore Boulevard inflicting his "arrrrrgh" breath (beer, whiskey and cigars) on unsuspecting paradegoers.


Fashion Statement: Wrinkled khaki shorts, tank top and Hawaiian shirt.

Known Behavior: Often seen pulling Radio Flyer wagon with keg in it. Shows impatience while in line for a Port-O-Let, then stalks off, eventually marking his territory on a tree or by writing his name on a sidewalk.


Fashion Statement: Beads so plentiful around the neck, he or she can't stand up straight.

Known Behavior: Abrasively jockeying for position on the parade route, showing no remorse for snatching 2-cent beads from hands of small children.


Fashion Statement: Men: Starched Bermuda shorts, Tommy Bahama shirt. Women: Lacoste tennis dress. Both: Crocs and a red face.

Known Behavior: Erects temporary orange fence to keep out hordes, while attempting to maim trespassers by ordering their yippy lap dogs to nip at paradegoers' ankles. Also known for opening front door, waving fist in the air while yelling "Get off my lawn!" Arch enemy: The Urinator.


Fashion Statement: Hannah Montana or Ben 10 T-shirt, Heelies and temporary cheek tattoo.

Known Behavior: Unparalleled wailing in reaction to being crushed by crowds and victimized by Bead Hogs.


Fashion Statement: Surgically enhanced bosom adorned in bikini top or cutoff Gators T-shirt.

Known Behavior: Precariously perched on bow of a watercraft baring her soul for the Drunken Pirates aboard the Jose Gasparilla barge.


Fashion Statement: Powder blue conservative suit, Lenscrafter wire-rim glasses and '70s hairdo.

Known Behavior: Annually handing over keys to the city with a smile on her face to miscreants who leave a wake of destruction.

If You're Going

The Gasparilla 2009 Pirate Fest

WHEN: The Pirate Invasion runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the best views on Davis Islands, Harbour Island and the Tampa Bay Convention Center, where the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship docks at 1 p.m.

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates runs from 2 to 5:30 p.m. down Bayshore Boulevard, beginning at Bay to Bay Boulevard. It ends downtown at Jackson and Marion streets. The best views are along Bayshore or on Channelside Drive.

The Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. on Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa between Kennedy Boulevard and Channelside Drive. This is much like a fair midway, with rides, games, music and other amusements. There are stages scattered throughout downtown with live bands.

COST: Free. For information, go to and search events for "Gasparilla."

Which Character Are You?

Take our quiz and find out whether you're a Bawdy Bimbo or a Drunken Pirate. You might be surprised

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John Tesh from the radio shuts down his website

Troubled times began to hit the entertainment industry as the economic slowdown compels artist John Tesh to close its flagship site of emerging social media. However, he plans to continue his blog at the moment because it is hosted by a free online service.

“It’sa very Bummer because I think we have made fantastic progress,” said CAP News Tesh collected during an exclusive phone interview. “We almost doubled the traffic since May last, which does not include all the hits from [wife] Connie [Sellecca].

“My Web statistician is comfortable that we have to hit double digits by the end of this month,” said Tesh.

Tesh social media site was just the latest project by the musician to remain financially solvent as it continues to see its popularity declined after his departure from Entertainment Tonight, there are more than a decade. Other efforts have ranged from a radio show to a daily schedule for free copies of his old CDs that are “just taking up too much space in the hallway upstairs.”

“In two weeks, I will launch a new program called Handyman John Tesh I come to your home and take care of various things,” says Tesh. “And all I ask in return, something along the lines of a sandwich or handful of pirates. A small bite of bread. ”

Tesh said his wife was very supportive of the recent fighting, especially since it does not appear in anything anyone has heard of the show from the hotel in the late 80s. Sellecca was trying to break the record for Melissa Gilbert life for most TV and Movie Appearances is the reward of one of the recent schemes Tesh money, “the kiss of money.”

“But no language,” said Sellecca. “Well, okay, if someone really shows us the money, then the language is a good thing. You want to buy products from skin care? ”

Tesh said he regretted not being able to get its social media site on the ground, but plans to live indirectly through fellow washed-up artist David Hasselhoff, whose social media network now boasts over 17,000 members - most of them in Germany.

“In retrospect, I think I need something catchy, like the Do not Hassle The Hoff thing,” said Tesh. “I should have spent with my original idea to launch a site called

“In this way, we could build buzz around things like, Hello, did you visit today thejohn? Or Sorry I’m late for the meeting, I was busy checking thejohn,” said Tesh. “You know, this sort of thing.”


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Tickets On Sale Saturday For Several Buffett Shows

Tickets go on sale today (Saturday the 7th) for the Atlanta, Tampa, Mansfield, and Cincinnati Jimmy Buffett shows. They are listed below with the TicketMaster purchase links:

Atlanta, GA
Lakewood Amphitheater
Thurs., April 16th
Click here to purchase tickets (on sale at 10 am EST)

Tampa, FL
Ford Amphitheater
Sat., April 25th
Click here to purchase tickets (on sale at 10 am EST)

Mansfield, MA
Comcast Center
Thurs., June 25th
Click here to purchase tickets (on sale at 10 am EST)

Mansfield, MA
Comcast Center
Sat., June 27th
Click here to purchase tickets (on sale at 10 am EST)

Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Amphitheater
Thurs., August 6th
Click here to purchase tickets (on sale at 10 am EST)

Check out all tour dates and on sale dates on our Tour Dates page.


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Other ‘Best’ lists are child’s play compared with Daniel Waters’s annual rankingsBy Dave Read Daniel Water's list A year ago, after the Academy nominated No Country for Old Men as the best film of 2007, a lot of people were left wondering, “Well, OK—but what was the 59th best film of the year? Or the 136th? Or the 289th?” For anyone keeping tabs—and in Los Angeles the only person apparently doing so is a 46-year-old screenwriter, director, and obsessive named Daniel Waters—those winners, respectively, were The Darjeeling Limited, I Am Legend, and The Number 23, the last of which starred Jim Carrey. If you recall the film, things kept creepily adding up to the number 23. Not so, however, on Waters’s list, where the cinematic charms of Romance & Cigarettes landed it safely at—you guessed it—the number 23, beating out by a hair Michael Clayton, the 24th best film of 2007, according to Waters.

Los Angeles magazine, June 2007

THAT TUESDAY AFTERNOON, as Jim Leon steered his red Nissan Maxima into his windswept Lancaster neighborhood, he sighed in relief. No government vehicles were parked in front of his beige clapboard-and-flagstone house. Which meant there was no bad news from Iraq, where his 20-year-old son, Marine Corps corporal Christopher Leon, was serving in Ramadi, one of the country’s most violent cities. During the four months since Chris deployed, this had become Jim’s ritual. Because his job as a lab technician at Quest Diagnostics in Tarzana required him to be at work by 6:30 a.m., he always arrived home early. If anything was wrong, he would at least find out before his wife, Kathi, who kept normal business hours in the billing office of an Antelope Valley urologist.

In all, Waters watched and rated 310 films that year—311, if you count a five-minute short by director Alexander Payne, in Paris, je t’aime, that Waters called a “Once in a Blue Moon Masterpiece.” This placed it 17 slots ahead of No Country for Old Men. Waters has been rigorously watching and ranking films since, as a teenager living in South Bend, Indiana, he picked National Lampoon’s Animal House as the best film of 1978. “Totally embarrassing now,” says Waters, who is pale and as tall as an NBA player, his lanky brown hair tucked behind thick-framed rectangular glasses. “Especially when you realize that Days of Heaven came out the same year.” His viewing habits are not exhaustive; some films pass through the cineplex without Waters’s attention. For instance, he avoids like the plague sequels of movies he hated, meaning you didn’t catch him watching Big Momma’s House 2. Still, as the numbers for 2008 are being crunched, Waters is once again on track to calibrate nearly 300 film releases. Already, a few winners and losers stand out. Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York has handily swept Waters’s annual “Blue Moon Masterpiece” category, while the teen flick College—even allowing for its tag line “Best. Weekend. Ever.”—is Waters’s worst-ranked movie. “Just grueling,” he says with a grimace. “I’d sooner watch a family member die before seeing that again.”

Waters’s filmgoing habits are astounding for any number of reasons, the first being that the screenwriter, who lives in Hollywood in the house Orson Welles died in, does not drive. He rides the bus. “I’m lucky in that I’m in a perfect-storm bus neighborhood,” he says. He will see a new movie in just about any theater by a bus line, though the Directors Guild remains his favorite (“Great projector, great sound, no stadium seating”), and the Beverly Center is his last-ditch choice (“It’s worse than even the Fairfax Three”). Anyone who sees more than 300 movies a year would seem to have time on their hands, but Waters has worked steadily since he moved to L.A. in the late ’80s. Films he has either written or directed are rated best to worst—by Waters—as follows: Heathers, Sex and Death 101, Batman Returns, Demolition Man, Happy Campers, Hudson Hawk, and last, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Like a lot of moviegoers, Waters relies on a 1-to-10 rating system when classifying what he sees, though he takes the practice a step further by systematically describing a 9, like The Dark Knight, as “Truly Excellent,” or a 3, like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as “Painfully Mediocre.”

Waters employs multiple criteria when rating films, most too complex and personal to easily explain. Here, though, are a few rules of thumb. He is a firm supporter of the sleep tax: “If I fall asleep more than five minutes in a movie, then it’s bound to be painful.” He subscribes to the adage that an audience will forgive a film’s first 15 minutes but never the last 15: “That’s why I thought The Heartbreak Kid, with Ben Stiller, which is insufferable, was better than Color Me Kubrick, with John Malkovich—it had a great last 15 minutes.” He’s allergic to perfection: “Wall-E is a perfect film, like a perfect girl. But I ranked Speed Racer higher because it’s a spectacular mess, like a date whom you have amazing sex with because she’s just as messed up as you are.”

In January Waters sends out his list to 50 or so friends. On Super Bowl Sunday everyone drives to the old Welles estate and tapes their top 10 lists to the wall beside Waters’s compendium. A few smarty-pants try strutting their stuff, like A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson, who last year ranked each part of Grindhouse, including the fake trailers. Mostly, however, a lot of good-natured ribbing goes on. One possible hiccup this year will be when Waters’s brother, Mark, who directed both Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, runs down the list looking for his latest movie. “I gave high 8s to those earlier films,” says Waters, “and I believe he thinks The Spiderwick Chronicles will also be an 8. But it’s a 7.”

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Chevy Volt Electric Car Wins at Washington Auto Show

WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2009 (ENS) - The range-extended electric Chevrolet Volt has been named the 2009 Green Car Vision Award winner by the auto magazine "Green Car Journal." The award was presented at a press conference this morning at the Washington Auto Show.

The show opened to the public today at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and runs through Sunday.

Competition for the Green Car Vision Award was keen, with plug-in hybrid, range extended electric, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles all in the running.

"The Chevy Volt offers a bold and far-reaching approach that will bring an exceptionally fuel efficient model to consumers at reasonable cost," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the "Green Car Journal" and editor of

Unlike traditional electric cars, the Chevy Volt has a propulsion system that uses a lithium-ion battery with a gasoline-powered, range-extending engine that drives a generator to provide electric power when drivers go beyond the 40 mile battery range.

"Besides being a great design, the Volt promises exactly what many consumers are asking for - a car capable of driving on zero emission battery power most of the time at pennies per mile, with over 100 mpg possible on longer journeys when electric power from its range extender engine generator is needed," said Cogan.

General Motors is hustling to bring the Volt to market next year. Over 200 engineers and 50 designers are working on the Volt and another 400 are working on related subsystems and electric components, says Tony Posawatz, the vehicle line director at General Motors responsible for the Volt.

The Green Car Vision Award recognizes the most important vehicle in an award year that best envisions the road ahead, but is not yet on sale.

It complements Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year award, which focuses on new vehicle models that lead the field in environmental performance and are now available at new car showrooms. The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was named Green Car of the Year in November, the first time that a clean diesel model has won the title.

The Chevy Volt won the Green Car Vision Award over other innovative models that Cogan says each also promise to share in the future green car market.

Fisker Karma: The brainchild of auto executive and designer Henrik Fisker, the Karma features a plug-in hybrid powertrain by joint venture partner Quantum Technologies. It is launching later this year.

Honda FCX Clarity: The FCX Clarity is a hydrogen fuel cell sedan currently being driven by consumers in an evolving demonstration program.

MINI E: This zero emission vehicle is an electric version of the conventional internal combustion MINI Cooper. About 500 MINI Es now are being leased in three states as a way to gauge the market.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: The i-MiEV is a battery electric city car based on an internal combustion model already popular in Japan. Examples are being tested in a demonstration program with Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

On Monday, Carol Browner, special assistant to President Barack Obama for energy and climate change, got a personal showing of the Chevy Volt from Ed Welburn, the chief designer for General Motors.

"I found the Volt to be very comfortable - and surprisingly simple," Browner wrote on the White House blog. "You plug it in and you can get 40 miles on a single charge! Because nearly 80 percent of Americans commute 40 miles or less a day, this car could potentially provide 80 percent of Americans with a zero-emissions option for their commute."

A former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Clinton administration, Browner was welcomed to the show by Auto Alliance CEO Dave McCurdy, who stressed the importance of green technologies and green jobs in the auto industry.

"This kind of innovation and shift in design is key to the renewed success of the American auto industry," Browner blogged.

"We saw the new Ford Fusion," she wrote. "This is another example of a technology that will benefit from funding for battery investments in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - the kind of forward thinking that we ought to be encouraging and supporting."

Passed by the House of Representatives last week, the Obama administration's multi-billion dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being debated in the Senate, with a vote expected on Friday.

"The technology is there. And the demand is there," blogged Browner. "And now, in the face of our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and a faltering economy, there is urgent need to support the industry and nurture this kind of development. That's why passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is so crucial - because it brings significant resources to develop new and emerging green car technologies as well as tax credits for consumers to purchase new advanced technology vehicles."


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Pennsbury Basketball: Calling out the Bucks County Courier Times

One of the best high school basketball programs (boys') in the Philadelphia area belongs to the Pennsbury Falcons. Alums of Pennsbury include Bucknell guard Jason Vegotsky and Temple center Lavoy Allen. Senior swingman Dalton Pepper is headed to West Virginia. The Falcons' come close to selling out their home games. Coach Frank Sciolla is a renaissance man -- a well-read English teacher who already has won 250 games (he's not even 40 yet).

Sciolla also gives back to the community. He and his players run clinics for young players in local recreational leagues on Saturday mornings. Well over 100 kids attend each Saturday during the season. Moreover, Sciolla encourages these kids to come up to him during the junior varsity games that precede the varsity's contests. If a young kid looks Coach Sciolla in the eye, says hello and tells him what book he's reading, that kid gets to go into the locker room for the pre-game talk and at half-time for the half-time talk. That's a pretty nice reward, isn't it?

And where are the Falcons? In the top 10 in southeastern Pennsylvania. It's an outstanding program.

The team plays most of its games on Tuesday and Friday nights. The team has won most of its games. And yet, it gets almost no (and sometimes no) coverage in the Saturday morning edition of the Bucks County Courier Times, the local paper for communities in what's called Lower Bucks County. How can this be? Now, the Saturday edition is almost a non-edition, a sparse tabloid that testifies to the financial position of the Caulkins Newspaper group more than anything else. Still, it should be covering the best team in the area, shouldn't it?

Why type of grudge is the paper bringing to bear here? Why aren't the Falcons getting top billing on the back-page of the paper? They have a great coach, good kids in the program and a wonderful program.

And they deserve a whole lot better from this paper.


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The PLE is for personal, non-commercial use only, files cannot be exchanged with other PLE users and are not compatible with other versions of Vue, renders may be watermarked and carry a logo.


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Thick As Thieves STV DVDRip XviD-XanaX

XanaX have just released a DVD rip of a fairly unheard of (to me anyway) but decent looking crime movie called “Thick As Thieves” AKA “The Code”. There are some well known actors/actresses in the movie including Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Radha Mitchell.

A veteran thief (Morgan Freeman) recruits a younger crook (Antonio Banderas) to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob and save his god-daughter (Radha Mitchell).

Genre: Crime
IMDB rating: 6.4/10 (9 votes)
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Radha Mitchell

Release Name: Thick.As.Thieves.STV.DVDRip.XviD-XanaX
Quality: DVDrip - XviD 640×272 MP3 - 126kbps
Size: 700MB
Runtime: 104 min

Links: IMDB Trailer
Sample: Video #1 - #2 - #3
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Claire Danes: Engaged to Hugh Dancy!

Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy are getting married, the pair's rep confirms.

Danes, 29, and Dancy, 33, met while filming the movie Evening in Newport, R.I., and have been dating since, for more than a year and a half.

The American actress and her British boyfriend recently stepped out at the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild awards in Los Angeles.
At the Confessions of a Shopaholic World Premiere in New York on Thursday night, Dancy spoke about what he looks for in his perfect girl.

"Someone who's intelligent, somebody who makes me laugh," he said. "I know people always say a good sense of humor, but they're usually lying. What's most important is somebody who kind of has an independent life and ambition."

No word on when he and Claire Danes plan to wed. But congrats!


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Reminder - Krispy Kreme Challenge Saturday

The time has come once again. Time to put down your water bottle and pick up some doughnuts. The Krispy Kreme challenge will crowd the streets and test the stamina of the contestants. Entertainment guaranteed.

The official count of racers is 5,038 so the streets should be packed. I’m still boggled by the fact that people really put their bodies through this. But hey, I guess the economy is bad and ESPN will be there. 15 minutes of fame indeed.

Beginning at the NC State Belltower, each runner runs 2 miles to the Krispy Kreme store located on Peace St. in Raleigh. After downing a full dozen of the famous Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the runner must run the two miles back. All in one hour.
RACE DATE: February 7, 2009
PRE-RACE CHECK IN: February 6, 2009
NCSU Brickyard 2:00-4:30 PM
01.20.09 ESPN at Krispy Kreme Challenge

More Information and make sure to read all the FAQs.

01.20.09 Parking for the race

So we’ve gotten many emails about parking on race day this year. We are avidly working to make parking as easy as possible. We hope to have volunteers pointing the way to the best parking. If you want a heads up, your best bet is Reynolds Coliseum Deck in the middle of campus. Most parking on campus is open during the weekends too, just look for signs.


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Lucia di Lammermoor live from the Met in HD

The next installment in The Met: Live in HD series will be a revival of Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti’s dramatic version of Sir Walter Scott’s novel. Since its premiere in 1835, Lucia has been a favorite of audiences and performers and has a secure spot in the core repertoire. Its sextet and the heroine’s mad scene are among the most popular moments in opera.

Anna Netrebko stars as Lucia, with Mariusz Kwiecien as her brother Enrico. Rolando Villazón had been scheduled to appear as Lucia’s lover Edgardo, but Villazón has become ill, and will be replaced by Polish tenor Piotr Beczala. Director Mary Zimmerman moves the era to the mid-19th century, and her production emphasizes the element of gothic horror in the story. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance.

The live transmission of Lucia di Lammermoor will be on Saturday, February 7, starting at 1:00 pm (ET), with an encore broadcast on Wednesday, February 18, at 7:00 pm (local time). Check your local theater listings for details or check out the Met’s website.

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Somebody please get Elwood a tissue: Super Pet Expo

If you like your pets better than your kids, or even exactly the same as your kids, the Super Pet Expo at the Valley Forge Convention Center is a dream come true. Stop by February 13-15, 2009, to join in with animal lovers from all over the Philadelphia area.

Heck, you can even bring Barney or Fifi along for the day. Yep, pets are welcome as long as they are leashed. Children are also welcome but should be leashed, sedated, handcuffed, and blindfolded. To some, this might seem overly strict. To others, not strict enough. It is a family event, after all, and everyone should feel welcome.

Okay. Down to brass tacks. There is no other event in the entire state of Pennsylvania that delivers more animal education and entertainment in one spot. This family event offers more than 100 exhibitors, and we can only say that some of them are highly unique. How about Ultimate Air Dogs, Elwood, the world’s ugliest dog, reptiles, monkeys, parrots, more.

I know what you’re thinking. How ugly can Elwood really be? There’s some dang ugly dogs just down the block too. I don’t know that it’s so much the sheer ugliness of Elwood as an extraordinary tongue disorder. Check out the video here.

The Valley Forge Convention Center is located is located at 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406. The Super Pet Expo opens Friday at 4 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM. Click here to read more about it.


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Healthcare Info Company Waterfront Media Lays Off 20

Healthcare-related content company Waterfront Media is laying off 20 people, paidContent has learned. The company, which has over 250 employees, confirmed the number and said the cuts are part of efforts to “streamline” its business. But more than just the unstable economy that has been driving so many job cuts lately drove this decision. The Brooklyn, NY-based company is looking to reduce overlaps at its various offices as it tries to speed the integration with former rival Revolution Health. The two companies completed the merger late last year. The value of the combined companies was estimated at $300 million when the two announced the tie-up in October.


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Ash Wednesday Remembered

25 years since Wednesday, but time will not obliterate the memories of the hellish day for people living in Anglesea. The coastal village was destroyed by the fire on 16 February 1983, with about 132 homes in the town was destroyed and many others suffered severe damage.

Three people lost their lives in the Otways and thousands of people, the painful memories. Fire experts said that the projected temperature 44c degrees north winds and severe fire danger worse than Wednesday.

With sparkling turquoise ocean and recreational walking lazily in fish and chip shop for a solid fat at first glance did not show yesterday evening at an Anglesea was also concerned about the resumption of the terrible day. A company in the steep hills behind the city block and that was another story though.

A singlet-clad man is busy cleaning the syringe. So busy that they do not want to discuss. In Jackson St, father of three David Kay says that he and his wife Tina will box the goods later in the afternoon to ensure they are ready if needed to get out quickly.

They have all their children for what to do if things turn bad, and Mom and Dad happen to be away from home.

Mr. Kay Jackson St parents own at home Wednesday after the fire, but remember that we had to wait until the next day to travel from Melbourne to see if their homes had survived for the brand.

He said everyone was “very, very worried” about what might happen today. The Kays have no intention of stabbing around the defense of their property, as flames threatened.

We escape from the safety of shore. In St Harvey, father and son Ian Ben Nancarrow number on their eyes, without having to worry about the prospect of a fire.

We will press for their daughter and sister of marriage and now have more than one reason to hope that meteorologists forecast is wrong. Ian cut the grass and have a bag packed because it is always summer, if needed for a hasty exit. The Nancarrow bought their land in 1984.

The Wednesday after the fire destroyed the previous owner of the house the previous year. Lance Avent lived in the city Wednesday, but the long member of the Anglesea CFA would rather keep the memories of the most devastating day.

“We went to Marsh Quaestors fires and fought there, and Bill Bubb made the call will be home in Anglesea. The day was a mess after that. It scared all of us», said Avent.

K. Avent saw many people lose their homes, but said that was one of the lucky. Fire threatened the home, but lost everything they had fencing, a cubby house and a barn.

We are worried about a repeat of Ash Wednesday. “What worries me is not until Wednesday. The day before Ash Wednesday was really hot at that time was much, much drier … The prognosis is terrible, but on Wednesday at 10 am, we can even breathe. ”

Mr. Avent said Wednesday that he was once in 100 years of fire. “What I am concerned we will not see again in our lives,” he said. Anglesea CFA former captain and member of the brigade for 45 years, was also Mr Bubb quiet yesterday.

Anglesea He was much safer than today, in 1983, thanks to Parks Victoria cutting work had been completed.

The grandfather of 10 said that they were well prepared for danger - had cleaned the syringe filled with water and the drums had a plan in place if something happens, but do not think that conditions would be another Wednesday.

“With a little luck I think they are right, not a lightning round,” he said. Mr Bubb CFA was much better prepared, thanks to great advances in technology and equipment and said that if people took care to ensure they were prepared, had fallen much lower probability of action.

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James Whitmore, Film And TV Actor, Dies

LOS ANGELES — James Whitmore, the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt, died Friday, his son said. He was 87.

The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was diagnosed with lung cancer the week before Thanksgiving and died Friday afternoon at his Malibu home, Steve Whitmore said.

"My father believed that family came before everything, that work was just a vehicle in which to provide for your family," said Whitmore, who works as spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "At the end, and in the last two and a half months of his life, he was surrounded by his family."

His long-running "Give 'em Hell, Harry," tracing the life of the 33rd president, was released as a theatrical movie in 1975. Whitmore was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor, marking the only time in Oscar history that an actor has been nominated for a film in which he was the only cast member. His Teddy Roosevelt portrait, "Bully," was also converted into a movie.

He later became the TV pitchman for Miracle-Gro plant food, and used the product in his large vegetable garden at his Malibu home.

While not known for his politics, Whitmore was an early supporter of President Barack Obama. He stumped for Obama during a 2007 rally at the Gibson Theatre at Universal Studios, telling the crowd that Obama had the wisdom "to deal with a very, very confused and complex country, and the world." Whitmore also appeared in TV commercials in 2008 for the "First Freedom First" campaign, which advocates religious liberty and preserving the separation of church and state.

Whitmore had regularly attended an Oscar night bash, Night of 100 Stars, and had sent in his RSVP for this year, said Edward Lozzi, a spokesman for agent Norby Walters' gala.

Whitmore started both his Broadway and Hollywood careers with acclaimed performances, both as tough-talking sergeants. In 1947, discharged a year from Marine duty, he made his Broadway debut in a taut Air Force drama, "Command Decision." He was awarded a Tony for outstanding performance by a newcomer.

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Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy Engaged (Photos)

Actress Claire Danes and actor Hugh Dancy are engaged to be married. The great looking couple have been dating for a year.

Danes’ rep confirmed the great news to People magazine. The two met on the set while filming Evening in 2007. This will be the first marriage for both.

No further details have been given at this time. We will let you know when the couple firm up their plans for their walk down the aisle.

More photos of the couple below.


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Four reasons why public Facebook status updates won't kill Twitter

Here’s a short post on why I think Facebook allowing you to make your status updates public won’t affect Twitter as much as some might think. (In order to get Facebook statuses, you no longer need to use a session ID to access statuses).

1. Twitter totally changed the model in social networks. Previously the model had been “friend” someone. Facebook requires consent for “following”. Twitter totally switched it to “Follow”. The model was now - at least if your updates were public - opt in, not opt out. That meant that public Twitter accounts could spread much faster than Facebook ones, since Facebook accounts are set to default to closed.

2. Twitter is “mainstreaming” the Follow model faster than Facebook. Facebook’s users are not used to this at all. They may well find Twitter easier to understand than changing the way they use Facebook already. What you do on Facebook is often quite different. Twitter is much more about communication/conversation.

3. Facebook’s business model is predicated on them owning your social graph. You might think you own it, but they do, in effect. Twitter has flourished by giving life to an eco-system of other services which can tell you lots of interesting things about your social graph, via their API. (One of the coolest ones lately is Twittersheep).

4. @replies on Twitter are almost always public. That’s powerful. @replies on Facebook won’t be because so much of your social graph will probably stay closed (that’s my view at least).


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Peanut Corporation of America Ships Out Salmonella-Laced Food

The things people do for a quick buck.

Peanut Corporation of America’s Georgia peanut plant is said to knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products as far back as 2007.

And now with eight death and hundreds affected health-wise nationwide, they foul cry and claim innocence.

The said Georgia peanut plant STILL sent out the tainted products even after the tests confirmed contamination of salmonella bacteria.

The salmonella bacteria attacks the stomach and intestines and attack all age groups and both sexes.

Children and old people are more prone to a serious infection, and in worst case scenario, it can lead to death.

People just to be sure, cook your food well to prevent salmonella related diseases


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Zenni Optical in New York Times

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The presence of Zenni Optical in the New York Times proves that this company can be the right place to buy eyeglasses, especially the cheap ones.

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Pakistan's Nuclear Scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan to be Released

Islamabad (24/7 News Network): The Islamabad High Court has ordered the release of Pakistan's Nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan as per the agreement reached between him and the Pakistani government. The agreement won't be made public, as the court banned the publication of the secret agreement.

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan was put under house arrest in 2004 after he made a confession on the television that he sold nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. It is not immediately known whether Dr. Khan will be allowed to travel abroad or not.

Meanwhile, the United States has expressed concerns over Dr. Qadeer Khan's release. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior US officials believe that Dr. Khan is still a significant "proliferation risk" and it would be "unfortunate" if he would be released from house arrest.


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Ronaldo shows support for Michael Phelps

Brazilian football star Ronaldo has come out in support of Michael Phelps after the Olympic champion was suspended for three months after being photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

The 32-year-old striker sympathised with the swimmer and thinks that he should be left alone after facing up to what he did.

Ronaldo himself was the centre of controversy last year when he was caught in the middle of a drugs and sex scandal with three transvestites after nightclubing in Rio de Janeiro.

Likewise, Phelps was thrust into a media maelstrom last weekend when a picture in British tabloid News of the World showed the winner of eight Olympic gold medals in Beijing using what looked like a glass bong typically used to smoke marijuana.

Rather than hide away and try and deny the story, Phelps admitted that he had been wrong and Ronaldo thinks that he should be commended and not hounded for that.

He told Brazilian reporters: "There is no need to persecute someone that has faced up to what he has done, having been at the Olympic Games and that has won almost everything that he can in his career.

"It is obvious that all sportsmen should set an example to youngsters, but Phelps has asked for forgiveness and faced up to things.

"As he said himself, it was just a moment of weakness."

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Christian Bale apologises for "inexcusable" Terminator rant

CHRISTIAN Bale has described his foul-mouthed tirade against a co-worker on the set of Terminator Salvation as “inexcusable” and has apologised.

The actor made the apology on US alternative radio station KROQ days after his rant was leaked onto the internet and became a tabloid sensation.

Speaking to co-presenters Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter, Bale said he he had “acted like a punk” and had taken things too far in the heat of the moment.

He added: “I was out of order beyond belief. I make no excuses for it.”

Batman star Bale launched into his three-minute tirade on the Terminator set when a crew member in charge of the film’s photography walked into his eye-line during a take.

The outburst included the use of the F-word 35 times and was leaked to gossip website TMZ. It also finds Bale demanding that the offending person be removed from the production, shouting: “You and me, we’re done professionally.”

Terminator distributor Sony Pictures has refused to comment on the scandal that has since erupted, even though directors such as Darren Aronofsky, of The Wrestler fame, have leapt to the star’s defence.

But Bale broke ranks to phone the LA-based radio station himself to apologise, adding: “The thing that disturbs me so much is that I’ve heard a lot of people saying that I seem to think that I’m better than anybody else.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very lucky and that is why I put so much into what I do, and why I care so much about it and why sometimes my enthusiasm just goes awry.”

Terminator Salvation finds Bale playing the main character, John Connor, as he battles to save humanity from robots.

The scene in question involved Bale’s character, John Connor, and Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays his wife, and – according to Bale – involved “trying to convey” the madness his character had inherited from his mother, Sarah Connor.

But he admitted that he “completely mixed up fact and fiction”, explaining: “I’m half John Connor, I’m half Christian there.”

Bale subsequently insisted that his threats about getting the co-worker fired were “hot air” and that the two had since made up.

“That very day we kept working for a number of hours,” he observed. “And we worked together for at least a month after that. There is no problem whatsoever.

“I’ve seen a rough cut of the movie and he has done a wonderful job. It looks fantastic.”

Terminator Salvation, directed by McG, is due to open in UK cinemas on June 5. But is due for a US release in May.


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Google Puts Free Books on iPhones, Androids

If you have an iPhone/iPod Touch or an Android phone you can now access over 1.5 million ebooks for free in your phone's browser since Google has opened and optimized its huge books archive for these mobile devices! All you have to do is head over to: Book Search in your phone's browser and you'll be set to go. A lot of the ebooks are accessible for US users only, but if you're outside of the US you'll still get access to about half a million books!

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Some Republican Senators Will Vote for Stimulus Bill

Two Republican Senators say they will support the economic stimulus plan as it currently is; Democratic leaders agreed to cut some planned spending. The bill went down from approximately $900 billion to $780-$820 billion. That is still an astonishing amount, but significantly lower than the original (which was passed earlier by the House).

Democrats needed the support of at least two Republicans; this would give the bill a filibuster proof majority and enable Democrats to claim that both parties supported the bill. In other words; if Americans disapprove of the bill, they will aim their wrath at both Republicans and Democrats alike.

Smart politics, then, from a Democratic perspective. From a Republican perspective, however, supporting the bill is ludicrous.
The two Republicans breaking ranks are Senator Arlen Specter (Penn.) and Susan Collins (Maine). They are ‘moderate Republicans’ who often prefer working on a bipartisan basis, seemingly even when bipartisanship hurts the country and the Republican Party.

Their support for this crappy bill is pretty much inexcusable. Republicans should have united on this one; it would’ve forced President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to throw the plan into the dust bin and invite Republicans to the table in order to negotiate a new, cheaper and more effective one.

The bill is useless, counterproductive even, overly expensive, and unpopular. Specter and Collins should be derided for their support. Their support for this bill is unwise and very bad indeed for the GOP.


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$780 (plus) Billion Dollar “Deal” Reached In Senate- Live

Senate Democrats reached agreement with key Republicans Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama’s plan for reviving the economy. And we are so screwed.

Some officials put the cost of the measure at $780 billion in tax cuts and new spending combined. No details were immediately available, and there appeared to be some confusion among senators about the final price tag. The cost was down from the $900-plus billion price tag of the original proposal. Whoopee! Major markdown. A full Senate vote on the compromise was expected within days, although there are rumors that Ted Kennedy is being flown in tonight. Key Democrats said they believe they have enough votes to pass the foolery.

What has substituted for “bipartisanship” is essentially 3 turncoat Republicans jumping ship…Arlen Spector Susan Collins, and Olympia Snow.The REAL price right now is about $810 billion, plus Dems are working on a few other multi-billion dollar add-ons and amendments.

Great negotiating, GOP turncoats. Porkulus is now bigger than it was in the House. Usually, the opposite happens to a bill. There is NO bipartisanship, as only 3 Republicans in all of Congress are in support. America, keep up the pressure. We will live and remember this disaster for generations, this is now a full battle against European Socialism.


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