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
- Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan's hopes at Australian Open
A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova Wednesday to set up an Australian Open semi-final with teen Madison Keys, as defending men's champion Stan Wawrinka crushed Japanese hopes. Unlike her earlier sluggish matches, Serena was in the zone from the off against the dangerous Slovak, a steely look in her eyes as she walked onto Rod Laver Arena soon after fellow American Keys knocked out her sister Venus. The unseeded Keys, 19, is the tournament surprise package, fighting hard to beat a resurgent Venus 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and end any chance of the sisters meeting in a Grand Slam semi for the first time since Wimbledon 2000.
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- Sharapova blows away Bouchard to march into semis
By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova showcased all of her canny experience and brutal efficiency as she gave Eugenie Bouchard a 78-minute tennis lesson to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Bouchard reached the last four in Australia and France as well as the Wimbledon final in 2014 but was no match for Sharapova, who showed she was not ready to be usurped by the younger generation just yet in a 6-3 6-2 victory. The 27-year-old has now beaten the Canadian in each of their four meetings, three of which have been at grand slams, and set up a meeting with 10th-seeded compatriot Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the final. "I felt pretty good from the start (and) I kept my focus throughout the whole match," Sharapova told reporters.