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WHOOPSIE: DN Runs Pro-Pitbull Cover The Day After Woman Was Mauled To Death By…Wait For It…Pitbulls

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

pitbulllady.JPGASSOCIATED PRESS: BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — A pack of pit bulls surrounded a woman [NOT pictured] and mauled her to death, authorities said Wednesday. Police found Kelly Caldwell, 45, lying in the street around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and took her to a hospital, where she later died, the San Bernardino County sheriff’s department said.After the mauling, the dogs ran to a nearby house. Deputies shot one dog to death when it returned to the scene and acted aggressively as paramedics were trying to save Caldwell’s life, authorities said.A second dog was shot to death Wednesday morning when it, too, returned. Deputies said it became aggressive as an animal control officer tried to capture it. MORE

DAILY NEWS: The thought of city officials’ banning dogs like Baxter, Howie and Carla Lou drove Geurin [pictured] to invest hundreds of her own dollars to create her calendars.”They’re not the monsters that they’re made out to be,” Geurin said. Even pit bulls made vicious by dogfighting should not be demonized, because their trainers and owners are responsible for their violent behavior, Geurin added. “I want to be a voice for the voiceless and say that dogs are the victims here.” MORE

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BREAKING: Death of the ‘Peoples’ Prime Minister’

Thursday, December 27th, 2007


NEW YORK TIMES: RAWALPINDI, Islamabad — An attack on a political rally killed the Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto near the capital, Islamabad, Thursday. Witnesses said Ms. Bhutto was fired upon before the blast, and an official from her party said Ms. Bhutto was further injured by the explosion, which was apparently caused by a suicide attacker.

At least a dozen more people were killed. “At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Ms. Bhutto’s party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack, according to The Associated Press.

Hundreds of supporters had gathered at the rally, which was being held at Liaqut Bagh, a park that is a common venue for political rallies and speeches, in Rawalpindi, the garrison city adjacent to the capital. Amid the confusion after the explosion, the site was littered with pools of blood. Shoes and caps of party workers were lying on the asphalt, and shards of glass were strewn about the ground. MORE


DAILY MAIL: Benazir Bhutto moments before she was assassinated
RELATED: Arlen Specter is in Pakistan, was scheduled to meet with Ms. Bhutto tonight

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DISINHERITED: Paris Hilton Is Broke

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

parisuseless.jpgFORTUNE: NEW YORK — The Hilton family patriarch, Barron Hilton, will pass on the $1.2 billion windfall from the sale of Hilton Hotels Corporation – not to his famous progeny, but to his family’s philanthropic foundation, Fortune has learned. Barron Hilton’s donation will effectively double the size of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, named after Barron’s father, the man who built Hilton Hotels from scratch and great-grandfather of celebutantes Paris and Nicky Hilton. In a statement e-mailed to Fortune, Barron Hilton wrote: “My personal net worth today, including created trusts, is approximately $2.3 billion, and what ever value it is upon my passing, it is my intent to contribute 97% of my estate to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, following in my father’s footsteps.” MORE

NEW YORK POST: There was no immediate comment from Paris. But family expert Jerry Oppenheimer, author of “House of Hilton,” has told The Post that Paris has been an “embarrassment” for the bluebloods, sullying the family name with her vacuous antics. MORE

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FUNNY PAPERS: When Having Fun Is Job Number One

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007


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Wednesday, December 26th, 2007


deeneythumbnail1.jpgBY JEFF DEENEY

TODAY I SAW a crowd of boys and girls playing with their Christmas toys in front of a dingy brown brick three-story low rise at the Bartram Village projects in the southwest. A couple of the little boys got remote control monster trucks and were making them zip along the concrete path that winds between the clusters of apartment buildings. One boy in a brown parka with a fur lined hood made his truck duck under the low railing made from black-painted metal pipes that follows the entire length of the path. The truck wildly bounded along the patchy grass beyond the railing, rolling over discarded coke baggies and bouncing off empty Olde English cans while the boy’s friends cried out ‘Cool! Cool!’

A slightly older girl, maybe twelve, was playing by the dumpsters that were overflowing with torn gift wrap, colorful ribbons and ripped open toy boxes that were piled up on the ground next to it. She got a running start before hopping up on her right heel and rolling down the street on the wheel embedded in her sneaker. The main road into Bartram Village is set on a hill so she was able to steady herself with the toe of her left foot placed against the back of her right and glide for a good twenty feet before coming to a stop. The she ran a ways back up the hill and did it again.

A police van cruised into the middle of the scene, parking near the crowd of boys and their remote controlled trucks. A stern faced white man and Latin woman both in full uniform climbed from the truck and drew nightsticks as they did. There was another boy, little more than a toddler, watching the others playing from an open third story window and as the police approached his friends called up to him, “cops is comin’.” The little boy disappeared from the window and went to spread the news.

There were groups of older boys in hooded jackets and baggy jeans in the distance, in nearly every direction. They all slowly receded into buildings or around corners and out of sight. By the time the cops got to the door of the building they were looking for Bartram Village was a ghost town.

The cops didn’t stay long; they must not have gotten a very serious call as they were back in the van and pulling out only a couple minutes later. An older boy in a white sweat jacket with its hood up peeked around the corner of another building and as he saw the van fading into the distance he emerged and slowly but steadily walked to the middle of the street so he could keep an eye on the van, making sure it pulled out of the main entrance and onto Woodland Avenue.

When the van was gone the older boys reappeared and the little ones went back to piloting their trucks. A brand new jet black Dodge Charger — with windows tinted impenetrably black and rims like chrome wagon wheels — pulled around the corner and cruised by slowly. Turns out the older boy in the white hoodie who was so concerned about the cops was driving the car. He gave me a hard stare overtop his half lowered window when he pulled past where I was parked.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeff Deeney is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in PW, City Paper and the Inquirer. He focuses on issues of urban poverty and drug culture.

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MASH-UP: Winnie The Pooh/Apocalypse Now

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Most excellent.

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NEWS CLUES: It’s Like Adderall For Your Eyeballs

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

CLARIFICATION: Adolf Hitler NOT ‘Good’, Says Will Smith

hitlerllama.gifLOS ANGELES — Will Smith is angry over celebrity gossip Web site articles that he said misinterpreted a recent remark he made in a Scottish newspaper about Adolf Hitler. In a story published Saturday in the Daily Record, Smith was quoted saying: “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today.’ I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good.'” The quote was preceded by the writer’s observation: “Remarkably, Will believes everyone is basically good.” Over the weekend, dozens of celebrity gossip Web sites posted articles about the comment, many saying that Smith believed that Hitler was a “good” person. “It is an awful and disgusting lie,” Smith said in a statement Monday provided by his publicist. “It speaks to the dangerous power of an ignorant person with a pen. I am incensed and infuriated to have to respond to such ludicrous misinterpretation…Adolf Hitler was a vile, heinous vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet,” read the statement. [via ASSOCIATED PRESS]


NO MAS: Jay- Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

jzfinalcropped_1.jpgAfter an unusual three-year turn in the corporate suite, Jay-Z, the rap superstar, said Monday that he would step down from his post as president of Def Jam Recordings, one of the world’s best-known record labels. Jay-Z made the announcement with Def Jam’s parent, Universal Music Group, as his employment contract was expiring. Under a separate long-term recording contract with Def Jam, Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, still owes the company one or more albums. Jay-Z’s exit from the executive role comes after Universal, a division of Vivendi, declined to renew the contract under more lucrative terms he sought, according to people briefed on the talks, who requested anonymity because the negotiations were confidential. Under the deal that is expiring, Universal was to pay Jay-Z in the range of $10 million over the course of the contract, if he hit certain financial targets. Jay-Z offered no hints at his future plans. “It’s time for me to take on new challenges,” he said in a statement. [via NEW YORK TIMES]


EXPERT: One In Six Americans Have Worms

roundworm.jpgWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday. Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.Writing in the journal, Hotez said these parasitic infections had been ignored by most health experts in the United States. He noted a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented in November, found that almost 14 percent of the U.S. population is infected with Toxocara roundworms, which dogs and cats can pass to people. “Urban playgrounds in the United States have recently been shown to be a particularly rich source of Toxocara eggs and inner-city children are at high risk of acquiring the infection,” Hotez wrote, adding that this might be partly behind the rise in asthma cases in the country. Up to 23 percent of urban black children may be infected, he said. [via ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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ANIMAL INTIFADA: S.F. Tiger Escapes, Kills 1, Maims 2

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007


SAN FRANCISCO - Investigators trying to determine how a tiger escaped its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo , killing one visitor and mauling two others on Christmas , planned a thorough sweep of the zoo grounds Wednesday to look for clues. The two injured men were listed in stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. John Brown, an emergency room physician, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday they suffered deep bites and claw cuts to their heads, necks, arms and hands. “These injuries are severe injuries, but they are very treatable,” Brown said, “and these two gentlemen seem to be in good health, so I think they have a good chance.” MORE

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Some maulings and other incidents involving captive animals in the United States:


Dec. 25, 2007: A Siberian tiger named Tatiana escapes from its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo,tiger.gif killing one man and mauling two others, before being shot dead.


Feb. 24, 2007: A 140-pound jaguar named Jorge fatally mauls a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo before being fatally shot. Zoo officials said later that zookeeper Ashlee Pfaff had violated the rules by opening the door to the animal’s cage.tiger.gif


Dec. 22, 2006: Tatiana reaches through her cage’s iron bars and mauls a female zookeeper during a public feeding at the San Francisco Zoo.


Dec. 22, 2006: The National Zoo in Washington is briefly shut down after a clouded leopard boltstiger.gif from a wire-mesh enclosure. It is found snoozing just outside the exhibit 30 minutes later.


Sept. 10, 2005: Three chimpanzees from Zoo Nebraska are shot and killed after they escape from their enclosure and could not be captured. A padlock on the cage was not completely closed after being cleaned, officials at the zoo in Royal, Neb., said.


March 3, 2005: Two chimpanzees at the Animal Ranch wildlife sanctuary near Bakersfield, Calif., attack a man and his wife, maiming the man, before being shot to death.tiger.gif


July 13, 2004: A state wildlife officer fatally shoots a 600 pound tiger that escaped from the property of former Tarzan actor Steve Sipek in Loxahatchee, Fla.


March 18, 2004: A 340-pound gorilla named Jabari breaks out of its enclosure at the Wilds of Africa exhibit at the Dallas Zoo and goes on a 40-minute rampage through a forest, snatching up a toddler with his teeth and attacking three other people before being shot to death by officers.


Oct. 3, 2003: Illusionist Roy Horn is severely mauled by a tiger during the Siegfried & Roy nightlytiger.gif show at The Mirage casino in Las Vegas, biting him in the neck and dragging him off stage.


Sept. 28, 2003: A 300-pound gorilla named Little Joe escapes from its enclosure at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo, attacking a 2-year-old girl and a teen-age zoo employee, before being tranquilized. It was the second time in two months that the animal escaped. [via KYW]




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Wednesday, December 26th, 2007


Phawker reader Jack Quinn sent in this pic of the Keith Moon starter kit Santa left behind. Rock on, duderino!

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KILLADELPHIA: Two More Dead Since U Went To Bed

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

skeleton-running.gifINQUIRER: A man was found shot to death in West Philadelphia on Christmas night, police said.The body of Shawn McKnight, 35, was found dead between a car and a cherry-picker truck in the 400 block of North 60th Street near Haverford Avenue last night. He had been shot multiple times in the chest.

McKnight was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m., police said.

Police believe that McNight may have been a victim of an attempted robbery gone awry.


skeleton-running.gif A North Philadelphia man was fatally shot last night in the 2300 block of Oakdale Street.

The 43-year-old victim had at least five gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on arrival at Temple University Hospital. The shooting happened around 10 p.m.

Police are not sure what motivated the shooting and have made no arrests. MORE


NBC10: A gunman shot a 19-year-old man shot inside a Philadelphia home and continued to fire at the victim as he tried to escape the area in a vehicle, police said. The shooting happened on Bouvier Street in Philadelphia at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The victim eventually crashed in the 2200 block of Cleveland Street. Medics found him there and took him Temple Hospital, where he was in stable condition.

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THIS JUST IN: Merry Christmas To All

Monday, December 24th, 2007


And to all a good night and good luck!

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DECLASSIFIED: FBI Plan To Suspend Habeas Corpus & Detain 12,000 ‘Disloyal’ Americans In Military Prisons

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007


NEW YORK TIMES: A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty.

Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons.

Hoover wanted President Harry S. Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to “protect thegitmo-camp-x-ray-devlin-cha.jpg country against treason, espionage and sabotage.” The F.B.I would “apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous” to national security, Hoover’s proposal said. The arrests would be carried out under “a master warrant attached to a list of names” provided by the bureau.

The names were part of an index that Hoover had been compiling for years. “The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven per cent are citizens of the United States,” he wrote.

“In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus,” it said.

Hoover’s plan called for “the permanent detention” of the roughly 12,000 suspects at military bases as well as in federal prisons. The F.B.I., he said, had found that the arrests it proposed in New York and California would cause the prisons there to overflow.

So the bureau had arranged for “detention in military facilities of the individuals apprehended” in those states, he wrote. MORE

RELATED: CLARKSBURG, W. Va. — The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.

hooverdrag.thumbnail.jpgSTRAIGHT DOPE: “The alleged transvestitism of John Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972, has never been established, and reputable historians say it’s an urban legend. The story probably got its start because of much more plausible rumors that J. Edgar was gay. He and his right-hand man, Clyde Tolson, were constant companions for more than 40 years, even vacationing together, and both remained lifelong bachelors. (Hoover lived with his mom until she died in 1938.) They say Richard Nixon, on hearing ofhoovertolson.jpg Hoover’s death, exclaimed with his customary delicacy, “Jesus Christ! That old cocksucker!”

Which brings us back to Tolson, and to Hoover’s rumored homosexuality. There were hints about this throughout the FBI boss’s career, some of them admittedly a little silly. A 1930s magazine article describes Hoover’s mincing step. He was a bit dandyish, favoring white linen suits as a young man; he had classical statues of male nudes at his home, and one of his hobbies was antique collecting. On the more serious side, many people sensed that his long relationship with Tolson was more than a friendship–the pair never lived together, but they’re buried side by side. Today some gay activists include Hoover and Tolson in their pantheons of famous gay couples. But appearances notwithstanding, no one has found concrete evidence that the two men were anything other than buds. Given Hoover’s ability to cover his tracks–his associates, with Tolson’s help, destroyed many of his files upon his death–it’s unlikely anyone ever will.”

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TAO OF EVA: Japan-dy Warhol

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Hey Boss,

I’ve got a slew of funny/random/stupid video commercials i can send you from this japanese land.

heres the first one.

Andy Warhol for DTK TV. Ironic at all?



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