Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • AP demands George Zimmerman stop sale of his latest painting

    Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow 2 yrs ago

    It’s a case of art imitating life that just might hit too close to home.

    The Associated Press has accused George Zimmerman of copyright infringement, demanding he cease the planned sale of a recent painting of Florida state attorney Angela Corey.

    Corey was the attorney who prosecuted Zimmerman in the trial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin.

    "George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey," AP spokesman Paul Colford said in a written statement posted to the AP site.

    Zimmerman fired back via his Twitter account on Friday, threatening to sue the AP:

    No worries AP, I'll just take whatever U sue me for off your tab when I'm done suing you :-) Or... I could put out how much U offered me 2..

    — George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) January 24, 2014

    In the painting, as in the original photograph, Corey is holding up her left hand in a pinching gesture.

  • CNN’s website and Twitter account hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

    Eric Pfeiffer at Yahoo News 2 yrs ago

    The Twitter account and website for CNN appeared to have been hacked on Thursday by individuals representing the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

    A number of suspicious tweets were posted to CNN’s 11.6 million followers that included allegations that the CIA is behind the al-Qaida network.

    “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here … Stop lying … All your reports are fake!” reads one missive posted to the site.

    All of the tweets purporting to have been from the pro-Assad group were deleted within 10 minutes.

    The company's website also appeared to have been hacked and contained a false message that read:

    "Some of the organization's social media accounts were compromised via a third-party social publishing platform," CNN spokesman Matt Dornic told Yahoo News via email. "We are working with the affected users and vendor to remedy the issue."

    The SEA has successfully orchestrated more than two dozen high-profile hacking efforts going back to July 2011, including on the BBC, National Public Radio, Al-Jazeera and the Washington Post.



  • Student protests high tuition costs by paying in $1 bills

    Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow 2 yrs ago

    The cost of a college education has nearly doubled over the past decade. So, one hard-working student decided to respond with a unique protest by paying for his tuition in $1 bills.

    “I had to pull some serious strings to even get everything to pay for my tuition this semester, and I wanted it to feel worthwhile,” Luq Mughal, 21, told the Daily Utah Chronicle. “I decided that ... I would feel a little better if I did it like that.”

    Mughal already goes to class 10 hours a day during the week and works 16-hour shifts at the local Home Depot during the weekend. And when it came time to pay for school, he and hundreds of other students waited in line for nearly three hours.

    So, he carted in the thousands of $1 bills in a metal carrying case.

    “Everyone was peeking over my shoulder when I opened the chest,” he told the student paper.

    Technically, he was actually forced to include a few $5 bills because the three local banks he visited all eventually ran out of $1 bills.

  • Man posts own wanted poster to Facebook, arrested 45 minutes later

    Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow 2 yrs ago

    The website of the Oxford Dictionaries defines oversharing as to “reveal an inappropriate amount of detail about one’s personal life.”

    And there may be no better recent example of an overshare than that of Anthony James Lescowitch, 35, who posted his own police-wanted photo to his Facebook page, which led to his arrest less than an hour later.

    Lescowitch obtained the photo from the Freeland, Pa., Police Department, according to the Times Leader, and posted it to his Facebook account in order to “taunt” authorities who have charged him with assault and a number of other infractions.

    "Lol i f***ing love it, A**HOLE," he wrote.

    The Freeland police posted Lescowitch's photo just after 9 p.m. on Monday, along with a request asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911. The police noticed that minutes later Lescowitch shared their post with the aforementioned words mocking them. That's when police got an idea.

    Police showed up at the address he provided, and undercover officer T.J. Rentschler took him into custody without incident.

  • Wombat gets hip replacement surgery from Australian doctors

    Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow 2 yrs ago

    A 22-year-old wombat successfully underwent an extremely rare hip replacement surgery in Australia and is expected to make a full recovery.

    “I personally haven’t seen a hip issue in a wombat like this before,” Jenny McLellan, a veterinarian at the Adelaide Zoo,said in a video posted to YouTube by ITN Productions.

    Cue up your best joke about wombats in Australia getting better health care than most people around the world.

    Wanda the wombat is part of the Adelaide Conservation Ark program. The “Wombat Wranglers” team at the zoo seeks to provide researchers with a better understanding of the species, which spends the majority of the day living underground.

    At 22, Wanda has already greatly exceeded the average lifespan of a wombat, which is typically five to 15 years — though there's reportedly a 25-year-old wombat named Chewbacca living in captivity in Japan.

  • Bill Murray answers the big questions: Should pot be legal, best 'SNL' cast ever and accidentally being in 'Garfield'

    Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow 2 yrs ago

    Bill Murray is more than a comedy legend, he’s become something of a mythological figure among fans, with an ever-growing series of tales involving him showing up out of nowhere to interact with unsuspecting strangers in humorous ways.

    But on Friday, Murray showed up in plain sight when Reddit announced he was taking part in its popular “Ask Me Anything” series.

    And over the course of the chat, Murray touched on some interesting topics, including what he thinks of the new “Saturday Night Live” cast, how he tricked himself into doing a critically slammed movie and whether he thinks marijuana should be legal.

    Technically, Murray was doing the chat to promote his forthcoming film, “Monuments Men,” but the majority of questions, and his answers, spanned across more than four decades of work in TV, film and the quintessential daily task of being Bill Murray.

    Some highlights:

    On whether marijuana should be legalized



  • Rand Paul mocks Obama’s NSA comments: 'If you like your privacy, you can keep it'

    Eric Pfeiffer at Yahoo News 2 yrs ago

    Like a stand-up comedian with a political edge, Rand Paul deployed some witty one-liners after President Barack Obama’s comments on Friday about reforming the National Security Agency.

    “What I think I heard is that if you like your privacy, you can keep it,” Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “But in the meantime, we’re going to keep collecting your phone records, your email, your text messages and, likely, your credit card information.”

    In Friday's speech, Obama called for limited reforms on how the NSA collects information, promising that the United States would no longer eavesdrop on world leaders and would rein in the vast collection of Americans' phone data.

    "The reforms I'm proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe," the president said.

    Paul had another snappy response, when noting that Obama referenced American Revolution figure Paul Revere in his remarks.

  • New movie will make NRA ‘wish they weren’t alive,’ says Obama backer Weinstein

    Eric Pfeiffer at Yahoo News 2 yrs ago

    Famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is no stranger to controversy. But Weinstein says he’s turned his sights on his biggest target yet: the National Rifle Association.

    “I shouldn’t say this. I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this issue head-on and they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them,” Weinstein said during an interview with radio host Howard Stern Wednesday.

    “I think the NRA is a disaster area,” Weinstein added, saying, “I don’t think we need guns in this country.”

    Deadline Hollywood says the movie is currently titled “The Senator’s Wife” and will focus on the NRA’s successful attempts to lobby federal lawmakers against voting for gun control legislation.

    Yahoo News has reached out to the NRA, which says it has not yet issued a public statement responding to Weinstein's comments. Yahoo News also reached out to the Weinstein Co. for comment.

    “I think we can do something,” he said.

  • Democratic presidential prospect can’t think of anything positive to say about Obama

    Eric Pfeiffer at Yahoo News 2 yrs ago

    A former Democratic governor who is exploring a possible presidential campaign as the “anti-Hillary,” now says he can’t think of a single nice thing to say about President Barack Obama.

    As former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer explores a possible 2016 campaign for the White House, he has largely targeted his focus on being the “anti-Hillary." That stance certainly makes sense, as any potential rival to Hillary Clinton would face a steep climb against her expected candidacy.

    But Schweitzer has recently unveiled a new fold to his potential presidential run, as an anti-Obama candidate.

    During an interview with MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin, Schweitzer deferred when asked to name one positive accomplishment by the Obama administration.

    “My mother, God rest her soul, told me 'Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,' " Schweitzer said.

    • On the issue of Obama's record on civil liberties, Schweitzer said the NSA revelations were “un-effing-believable."

    • On Obamacare: "It will collapse on its own weight."

  • "Peter Pan" proposes to "Wendy" during live stage performance

    Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow 2 yrs ago

    He’s known as the boy who wouldn’t grow up, but it looks as if Peter Pan is finally getting married. During a stage production of "Peter Pan" in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday the actor playing Peter Pan  proposed publically to the actress playing Wendy Darling during the finale of a live performance.

    “So, ladies and gentlemen, normally this show would continue with Peter Pan watching Wendy and giving her a kiss,” Sandor Sturbl, 28, says as the production comes to a halt. “Although this is not a normal show this evening. It’s not Peter Pan looking at Wendy.”

    Sturbl then goes on to note that he has been dating his co-star, Jane Mary Sullivan, 22, whose stage name is Lilly-Jane Young. Sturbl notes that the performance is taking place in her hometown and that her family is in attendance. (This production of "Peter Pan" is part of a world tour that was in Glasgow Jan. 11-13.)

    “This is not a normal show,” he said. “This is the perfect moment, the perfect place.”