The death of Steve Jobs has inspired a myriad of tributes--none moreso than on Halloween, as countless Apple fanboys and erstwhile iNerds have chosen to dress up as the late tech icon for the holiday, mimicking Jobs' signature jeans and mock turtleneck.Read More »from Steve Jobs dominating 2011 Halloween costumes
- Zachary Roth & Dylan Stableford | The Cutline – Mon, Oct 31, 2011
Bernie Madoff's son will indirectly profit, through his fiancée, from a splashy new tell-all book about the Madoff family--something that might be tough to swallow for thousands of the convicted Ponzi schemer's victims.
The book, "Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family," written by Laurie Sandell and published today by Little Brown, is based largely on interviews with Andrew and Ruth Madoff, who are Bernie's son and wife, as well as with Catherine Hooper, Andrew's fiancee.
Andrew and Ruth Madoff won't directly benefit from the book, according to "60 Minutes," which interviewed both of them for a report that aired Sunday night. But Hooper, who helped spearhead the project and was originally listed as a co-author, will.
"The writer is the primary beneficiary, but I am getting compensated for the work that I did in helping arrange the book," Hooper, the founder of Black Umbrella, an emergency preparedness firm, told Yahoo News.
It's not known how much she'll take in. Hooper referred further questions to Little, Brown, which declined to comment. "As a matter of protocol we never comment on the financial arrangements regarding our books," a spokeswoman for Little, Brown told Yahoo News. Sandell did not respond to a message sent to her Twitter account.
The professional lives of Hooper and Andrew Madoff, 45, have overlapped lately. The Wall Street Journal reported in December that he had taken the title of head of operations at Black Umbrella.Read More »from Fiancée of Madoff son will profit from book about family
"We haven't been involved for years. I would hope that my work would stand for itself."
—Sarah Fenske, managing editor of St. Louis' Riverfront Times and former girlfriend of Village Voice Media owner Michael Lacey, on being named editor-in-chief of L.A. Weekly. Fenske's hiring--announced last week--is drawing criticism not only on the basis of her history with Lacey, but because of her unfamiliarity with L.A. "The question is not so much for her as it is for her bosses," Kevin Roderick of LAObserved observed. "Why did they pick someone that is coming in without any knowledge of Los Angeles?" But Drex Heikes, who resigned as L.A. Weekly's editor-in-chief last week, called Fenske's hire a "smart choice," though he admitted: "There's no question that it's not ideal. She's going to have big eyes for a while."Read More »from Owner’s ex-girlfriend named editor at L.A. Weekly
- RESPONSIBILITY FOR BIRTH CONTROL FALLS ON BOTH MEN AND WOMEN
DEAR ABBY: I am sick to death of hearing about people who have too many kids and the hardship it imposes. Common sense for the women is to use birth control, but why don't men step up to the plate and have a vasectomy? I had one years ago and it has worked well for me. I never hear it mentioned on talk shows or read it in any advice columns, including yours. Men of America, wake up! -- JOSEPH IN LAS VEGAS DEAR JOSEPH: I'm sure the word "vasectomy" has been used in previous Dear Abby columns, but I'm glad to remind my male readers. ...
- Police officer resigns, another is fired after Ferguson incidents
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday. Violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, drawing global attention to the state of race relations in the United States. Police and demonstrators in Ferguson clashed nightly for days after the shooting, with authorities coming under fire for mass arrests and the what critics said were the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear. At a protest on Aug. 19, Ray Albers, a police officer in the neighboring community of St. Ann, pointed his rifle at a Ferguson protester during a heated verbal exchange, an episode that was captured on video and widely circulated on social media.
- Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president
Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment. "It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe," she told reporters in English as she arrived for an EU summit.
- British brain tumour boy found in Spain: police
Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, Spanish police said. "Ashya King was found in a hotel 3 km from de Velez Malaga (southern Spain) and was admitted to a hospital," the National Police force wrote on its Twitter page. British police also confirmed the missing family had been found. "Ashya has been found," said an update on the website of the Hampshire Constabulary.
- Russian gas cut to Ukraine unlikely to hurt Europe: analysts
Moscow's latest warning that Europe could run short of Russian gas this winter lacks credibility, analysts say, as the prospect of new Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis rises. Russia is the EU's top supplier of gas which much of the supplies transiting through Ukraine. The 28-nation bloc depends on energy imports for more than 50 percent of its needs, and roughly 40 percent of supplies come from Russia. Russia in mid-June cut its deliveries for Ukraine after a pro-Western government took power, saying that Kiev had not be paying its bills on time.
- Mazda's new MX-5 among the hottest cars coming this fall
The diminutive drop-top two-seater sportscar will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all-new model, which will be launched simultaneously in Europe and the US on September 3. It may be a common sight on roads all around the world but back in 1989 when Mazda took the wraps off the original MX5 it was more than a little daring. Small, curvaceous, with the engine up front and the power going to the back wheels, it was an homage to the great British roadsters of the past -- the Lotus Elan, the TR 6 or the Austin Healy -- cars that were incredible fun to drive but that technology, reliability and the need for greater practicality had left standing on the hard shoulder -- often with the indicators flashing, the hood up and steam bellowing from the engine bay. So Mazda is pulling out all of the stops when it comes to unveiling the latest generation.
- Joan Rivers remains in medically induced coma
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