2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Scandalous Behavior
Controversy rocked some of the world's largest institutions—from the military and the NFL to the Secret Service and the BBC. Some seemingly untouchable pillars of their profession were tarnished by the scandals of 2012.
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- Ex-Tyco CEO Kozlowski says he stole out of pure greed
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disgraced ex-Tyco International Ltd chief executive Dennis Kozlowski, who was granted parole this week after serving an eight-year prison sentence, said simple greed had led him to steal more than $150 million from the company, a transcript of a parole board hearing released Thursday showed. "It was greed, pure and simple," the 67-year-old former executive told a New York State parole panel at a December 3 video conference hearing. "I feel horrible ... I can't say how sorry I am and how deeply I regret my actions." The panel granted Kozlowski's parole bid on Tuesday and he is scheduled to be formally released on January 17.
- WTF: Woman Takes Selfie With Suicidal Man on Brooklyn Bridge in Background
Yesterday, a crowd gathered in view of the Brooklyn Bridge when an apparently suicidal man was being coaxed by police into stepping away from the edge. A New York Post photog was on the scene when he caught a woman whipping out her iPhone and getting her selfie on, with the cops and the distraught man in the background (click through for a pic of the selfie enthusiast).
- Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe
By Erik Kirschbaum and Belinda Goldsmith BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years. British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of "the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England". Prime Minister David Cameron called two emergency meetings to discuss strategy. Two people were killed in Britain as the nation's weather office measured winds of up to 225 km per hour (140 mph) when the storm slammed Scotland and parts of England.
- Hyatt opens its first all-inclusive resorts in Mexico
The luxury hotel group is making its first foray into this segment of the travel market with the launch of two distinct all-inclusive resort brands: Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara. Hyatt has already launched the first hotels representing the new brands: the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and the Hyatt Zilara Cancun, both located in Mexico. According to a press release from the hotel group, owner of over 500 luxury hotels worldwide, the new resort brands will give new momentum to the market for all-inclusive vacations and allow Hyatt to become an innovative actor in this segment. Even with the "all-inclusive" package, guests at the new Hyatt hotels will enjoy more flexibility and personalized services than in a typical resort in this category.
- Mummy Mystery: Multiple Tombs Hidden in Egypt's Valley of Kings
Multiple tombs lay hidden in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, where royalty were buried more than 3,000 years ago, awaiting discovery, say researchers working on the most extensive exploration of the area in nearly a century. Egyptian archaeologists excavated the valley, where royalty were buried during the New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.), between 2007 and 2010 and worked with the Glen Dash Foundation for Archaeological Research to conduct ground- penetrating radar studies. The team has already made a number of discoveries in the valley, including a flood control system that the ancient Egyptians created but, mysteriously, failed to maintain. The team collected a huge amount of data that will take a long time to analyze properly, wrote Afifi Ghonim, who was the field director of the project, in an email to LiveScience.
- Dennis Kozlowski's Life After Prison
- The Real Debate Over Jesus’s Economic Plan
George: I see that Pope Francis has touched off a debate on Jesus’s economic teachings, with noted theologian Rush Limbaugh calling the pontiff’s apostolic exhortation “pure Marxism” and Tea Party activist Jonathon Moseley responding that the pope had it wrong and Jesus is a capitalist, “weeping in heaven hearing Christians espouse a socialist philosophy.” Jesus was a capitalist.
- Obama can't have an iPhone. The reason might (not) surprise you!
The subject came up while he was talking about the price of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” He noted that between cable and phone bills many young people are paying more than 100 bucks for connectivity, and that health insurance at the same price is a good deal. Then he said, “Now, I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone,” adding that Sasha and Malia seem to be spending a lot of time on their own presumably Apple-produced mobile communication devices. That means Mr. Obama still uses a government-issue BlackBerry. There’s one customer, Research In Motion! Maybe the troubled Canadian BlackBerry maker can spin that into a holiday ad of some kind, perhaps with Bo the "first dog," if he’s done upsetting White House Christmas parties.