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Man Returns Dog of Flanders 76 Years Later

Man Returns Dog of Flanders 76 Years Later - An Arizona man has returned a book he checked out of a Michigan library -- 76 years ago.

Mark McKee was just 13 years old when he checked out a copy of "A Dog of Flanders" from a library in Mt. Clemens, Mich., MyFoxDetroit.com reports. The story, which details a young orphaned boy and his dog enduring difficult times during Christmas, was so touching that McKee kept the book for more than seven decades before returning it this month along with a letter.

"I figure the fine for this book at 10 cents a day for 76 years, would be $2,774," McKee wrote. "As I am an old senior citizen on a fixed income, I can only throw myself upon the mercy of the library!"

Man Returns Dog of Flanders 76 Years Later

McKee, who spent time in Michigan as publisher of the Macomb Daily, told MyFoxDetroit.com that his conscience got the best of him and drove him to return the book, which was originally due on May 24, 1934.

"We do get…

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker - CBS unveiled its midseason scheduled today that includes a spinoff of Criminal Minds, two other new series and the first-year dramas Blue Bloods and The Defenders changing nights.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, which will star Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning Feb. 16, following Criminal Minds.

Mad Love, a comedy about four New Yorkers, two of whom are falling in love while the other two despise each other, will premiere Feb. 21.

Mad Love will air in the Monday 8:30-9 p.m. time slot, replacing Rules of Engagement, which will move to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. time slot Feb. 24, replacing $#*! My Dad Says, which will have completed its on-air order for the season.

Blue Bloods, the first-year drama starring Tom Selleck as the patriarch of a police family, will begin a four-week run in the Wednesday 10 p.m. time period Jan. 19.

Forest Whitaker

It will replace the first-year legal drama The Defenders, which will air Fri…

Smokey the Bear

Smokey the Bear - Tonight on Million Dollar Money Drop the couple who was looking to make a million bucks definitely had their hands full tonight. Taking into account the age of the Bear we have come to know and love, Smokey the Bear is what put the couple to the next level. Winning $240 thousand dollars, the couple wagered most of their loot on the famous bear.

Question number 6 on the Million Dollar Money Drop was which one of these advertising icons are the oldest. The answers were three drops that had Ronald McDonald, Smokey Bear and The Trix Rabbit. The answer that was the winner was Smokey the Bear.

Smokey the Bear first was introduced to the public on August 9 1944 on a poster. Over time the Bear ventured out further with live appearances, videos and more print to help prevent forest fires. While the image has changed with the times, it definitely is one of the most recognizable images of the US Forest Service.

Smokey the Bear

Avatar is 2010's Most Pirated Film

Avatar is 2010's Most Pirated Film - Avatar has been named the most pirated movie of 2010.

James Cameron's record-breaking blockbuster was downloaded illegally more than 16 million times, according to website TorrentFreak. The figure is a 33% increase on the 11 million downloads for Star Trek in 2009.

Superhero movie Kick-Ass is second in the 2010 list with 11.4 million downloads, while two Leonardo DiCaprio movies - Inception and Shutter Island - chart at numbers three and four.

Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man 2 is at number five on the list and the actor's other big action movie this year, Sherlock Holmes, is the eighth most downloaded film.

Avatar is 2010's Most Pirated Film

Michael Lohan: 'Lindsay is innocent'

Michael Lohan: 'Lindsay is innocent' - Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has defended his daughter over claims that she physically and verbally attacked a rehab employee.

It was alleged that former Betty Ford technician Dawn Holland received a sprained wrist during a supposed altercation with the Mean Girls star, which occurred after she reportedly refused to be breathalysed.

However, the actress's estranged father Michael has backed the 24-year-old's insistence that she was the real victim, stating that Holland had targeted Lohan since her first day of treatment.

Michael Lohan: 'Lindsay is innocent'

He told BANG Showbiz: "The woman who claims she was attacked in the house had it out for Lindsay since day one. She didn't want her to drive and didn't want to give her any passes to go out."

Of suggestions that his daughter had stayed out partying beyond her curfew, Michael argued: "Lindsay had gone to get her hair done with two girls fr…

Christina Hendricks Wonder Woman

Christina Hendricks Wonder Woman - She is usually flaunting her curves in tailored suits and smart office dresses as her Mad Men character.

But Christina Hendricks has revealed that she would love to try the skin tight lycra outfit of Wonder Woman on for size.

The 35-year-old actress revealed her aspirations to play the sexy superheroine during an interview with U.S. chat show host Rachel Ray.

Although actress quashed speculation that she has been offered the role she was quick to outline that she would be eager to take it on.

Christina Hendricks Wonder Woman

She said: ‘I heard that rumour too – I don’t know where it got started but I love it!,’
‘I've been wanting to wear that outfit my whole life! I'd love to [do it]. That would be such fun! Let's put it out there!’

But with the star's ample bosom the tight fitting outfit may need some adjustment to cater for her curvy figure.

Christina is proud of her womanly curves and showed the chat show just how she maintains…

Lacey Turner Cried Like a Baby Eastenders Exit

Lacey Turner Cried Like a Baby Eastenders Exit - Lacey Turner has admitted she cried like a baby after her EastEnders’ exit. Turner’s exit came after six years with the show, so it’s definitely understandable why she would be left in tears. After awhile on the job, co-workers become more like family, and that surely is what happened with Lacey and the EastEnders cast. Lacey stated after her final shoot for the soap opera she cried like a baby on her way home and was inconsolable.

Turner’s final episode will air on Christmas day, making for a truly dramatic event. EastEnders follows the lives of London’s East End Albert Square residents. Lacey played Stacey Branning.

Speaking about her last episode, Turner said, "It was very sad. I did cry like a baby all the way home! Stacey's big Christmas storyline has little bits of everything she's done over the past six-and-a-half years.”

Lacey Turner Cried Like a Baby Eastenders Exit

Her fans are eager to see what is next for the st…

Stella Apprentice Engaged

Stella Apprentice Engaged - Apprentice winner Stella English is set for a very Merry Christmas after confirming rumours she is to marry her scaffolder boyfriend.

The 31-year-old, who has also just landed a £100,000 job with Lord Alan Sugar via the BBC show, says she will begin planning the big day over Christmas.

Miss English, who has two sons, four-year-old Frank and two-year-old Edward from a previous relationship, has described her fiance Ray Dewar as “a great partner and really supportive”.

“We’re engaged,” the show’s winner announced yesterday.

“We haven’t had time to plan because of the Apprentice. We’ll think about it over Christmas.”

Stella Apprentice Engaged

Former investment banker Stella grew up on the largest council estate in England and left school at age 15 with no qualifications.

“My childhood was a painful one,” Ms English said on the programme’s spin-off show, The Final Five.

“My mother had a lot of problems coping with things. It was quite a lonely, hard time for me…

Jennifer Metcalfe Chemistry

Jennifer Metcalfe Chemistry - She's been tipped as the one to watch on the upcoming new series of Dancing On Ice.

But it would seem that Jennifer Metcalfe has been keeping a close eye on someone else in the competition - her partner.

According to the Sun today, the Hollyoaks actress has grown close to her professional ice skater partner Sylvain Longchambon.

It also said that although the pair have attempted to keep their romance quiet, show sources said they left the contestants' mentors Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean 'open-mouthed' during rehearsals.

An insider said: 'Jennifer and Sylvain's performances set the ice on fire, the chemistry between them is incredible.

'When Torvill and Dean saw them they were left speechless.'

Jennifer Metcalfe Chemistry

Cool Grey 11 Release Date

Cool Grey 11 Release Date - The Cool Grey Air Jordan 11 shoe is set to debut on Thursday, December 23rd. Footlocker plans a midnight release of the latest shoe in the Air Jordan line. The sneaker features a retro design.

While many Michael Jordon fans remember him wearing a pair of OG Air Jordan 1s during his final game as a Bull against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, during the same game Jordan also wore a pair of Cool Greys. The latest Cool Grey line is based on those shoes. The shoes will be priced from $40 to $175, depending on style and size.

Footlocker is planning extra security during their planned midnight sale of the shoe following incidents of looting at some locations during a similar shoe release last year.

Cool Grey 11 Release Date

Laguna Beach Flooding

Laguna Beach Flooding - Laguna Beach city officials are hoping to reopen Coast Highway in downtown Laguna Beach by the peak rush hour Wednesday, police Lt. Jason Kravetz said.

City workers are moving mud and debris off of a section of the highway between Broadway and Laguna Avenue which was inundated by mud and silt due to overnight flooding from Laguna Creek.

After reopening the highway, officials will work to reopen Forest Avenue, Broadway, Ocean Avenue and Beach Street which have been closed since early Wednesday morning due to mud and high water.

Last on the list is Laguna Canyon Road, Kravetz said. The canyon road is filled with abandoned vehicles, debris and downed trees from the storm and floodwaters.

The city’s swift-water rescue team assisted 25 people who were caught behind the rushing waters of normally placid Laguna Creek in the early hours Wednesday, Kravetz said. No one was injured. Some of the rescues were from vehicles and others were from homes along the canyon road.

Jwoww Reveals Diet

Jwoww Reveals Diet - She's really putting the Woww in JWoww in this photo shoot with Us Weekly.

'Jersey Shore' star Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley has always been known for her busty, curvy bod, but she's really kicked herself into high gear -- and, conveniently, is being paid to do so. She's promoting a product called Ab Cuts, which she says has helped her get into shape. Along with exercise, of course.

Farley works out five times a week with her trainer boyfriend, and does her best to diet. "I'll still eat junk food, cheesecake, cheese, pizza, but just lower amounts of it," she told the magazine.

Oh, and she takes her supplement for "overall health and for feeling good about yourself." So, you know, it sounds like a must-buy.

Jwoww Reveals Diet

Larry Brown Steps Down

Larry Brown Steps Down - Paul Silas has reached agreement to take over as the Charlotte Bobcats coach for the rest of the season after Larry Brown resigned Wednesday.

Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson also received strong consideration from Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, who listened to recommendations from Brown before deciding to hire Silas.

Silas still lives in the Charlotte area and is a popular figure among the area’s pro basketball fans. He coached the Charlotte-New Orleans Hornets for 4½ seasons, reaching the playoffs four times.

Larry Brown Steps Down

Michael Jordan and Brown came to a “mutual decision,” Jordan said, to parts ways on Wednesday. The Bobcats have started the season with a disappointing 9-19 record, and Brown’s disenchantment with the job grew more obvious with every loss.

Patrick Ewing, an Orlando Magic assistant coach, was also under consideration, sources said, but Jordan worried about putting his close friend in the difficult position of being an interim…

15th Amendment

15th Amendment - The federal judiciary has had a chip on its shoulder ever since Alexander Hamilton described it as the “weakest of the three departments of power.” From Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland through to its present day progeny, federal judges consistently misinterpret the Constitution and misinterpret the powers assigned to them therein. In fact, for decades the district courts, courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court have gone out of their way to show that they can obliterate the Constitution just as powerfully as their sister branches.

One of the latest examples of the federal courts’ disregard for the black letter of Constitutional law is found in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in the case of Gonzalez v. Arizona (2010). Handed down in October of this year, the reasoning set forth in the majority opinion written by Judge Sandra S. Ikuta is remarkably unsound, especially so in light of the concurrence of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’C…

Skype Outage

Skype Outage - Skype suffered a widespread and lengthy outage today with its internet calling service.

The company said in a post that problems with the Skype network’s “supernodes” are responsible and could take hours more to fix. Skype apologized to users. But the lesson is clear, as GigaOm noted. If you rely as a business on cloud-based communications tools, it pays to have a backup.

Skype spokesman PeterParkes said, “Skype isn’t a network like a conventional phone or IM network. It relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running.” That is, Skype uses a peer-to-peer model in order to connect callers.

The supernodes are like phone directories for Skype, and a number of them failed today. As we speak, Skype isn’t loading for me right now. Lots of people are affected. Skype accounts for 0.57 percent of all internet traffic. For the first six months of 2010, Skype logged 88.4 billion minutes of Skype-to-Skype calls.

Skype Outage

Littlefield AZ Flooding

Littlefield AZ Flooding - Residents in northern Arizona are busy stacking sandbags and building dirt berms to control the flood waters that have swept away four homes in a retirement community.

The Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District Chief Jeff Hunt says none of the wood-framed homes was inhabited, although a man was getting ready to move into 1 of them.

Hunt says about a dozen other homes in the two communities are still in danger of being destroyed by water that has washed away 200 feet of roadway.

Forecasters say a northwestern Arizona weather station recorded at least 10 inches of rain Tuesday, while rainfall ranged from 10 to 14 inches in southwestern Utah.

Emergency orders remain in place in some Utah, Nevada and Arizona counties.

Littlefield AZ Flooding

Eglin Federal Credit Union

Eglin Federal Credit Union - Empower Federal Credit Union announces a $2.5 million ‘give-back’ for 2010. The credit union is paying $2.5 million in ‘give-back’ bonus dividends to reward Empower members for a successful year.

John D. Wakefield, president/CEO of Empower, reports that Empower assets, loans, and net income increased significantly in 2010. According to Wakefield, credit unions are not-for-profit, so any excess profits are returned to the members in the form of better rates and service enhancements. “Despite a challenging economy, 2010 was a strong year for Empower, so we are paying our members a give-back dividend and interest rebate,” says Wakefield. “It’s a way of sharing Empower’s success with its member-owners, and a way to thank them for their membership.” The amount each member receives represents a percentage on savings account dividends earned and a rebate on loan interest paid throughout the year.

Members will see their dividend and interest rebate posted on Decem…

Skype Won't Connect

Skype Won't Connect - Internet telephone service Skype left millions of users out in the cold Wednesday, as a problem with its connection system prevented people from signing in.

The number of users on the service, which spun off from eBay last year, began falling earlier today — something that isn’t “typical or expected,” the company said in an official blog post. Technology blog ReadWriteWeb said the drop was significant: Numbers went from about 21 million to about 10 million.

Skype engineers are working on the problem, the company said. But the fix may take “a few hours,” and advanced features like video calling might not be available until after that.

Skype Won't Connect

Downtime is a potentially huge problem for Internet services like Skype, which have made an effort to convince users that they’re as stable as traditional carriers. The service is known for being relatively reliable, with its last major outage in August 2007, reported Digits colleague Ben Rooney at Tech Eu…

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - After increasing its standards for 2011 models, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 66 vehicles--more than double the 2010 total--rate as best in the industry at protecting passengers from front, side, rollover and rear crashes.

Only 27 vehicles qualified last year after the group, funded by the insurance industry, required that vehicles pass a roof-strength test to earn a good rating, claiming that stronger roofs would reduce the risk of serious or fatal injury by 50 percent in a rollover accident.

The most mentioned carmakers on the 2011 list are Hyundai/Kia and Volkswagen/Audi, both with nine vehicles to get the Top Safety Pick designation. General Motors, Ford/Lincoln and Toyota/Lexus/Scion had eight vehicles on the list, and Subaru was the only manufacturer to win in all the vehicle classes for which it was eligible.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

"Safety is a priority among this crop of winners," IIHS pr…

Chicago Fire Department

Chicago Fire Department - Two firefighters were killed today as they fought a huge blaze in an abandoned building. Not only were two lives lost but also 19 others were injured. This building used to house a laundry but was since left vacant. The Chicago fire department is surely feeling the loss today.

The Chicago fire department did everything they could to put out the blaze quickly and the other firefighters are very upset about the lives lost in the fire. The two firefighters that died were named Edward Stringer and Cory Ankum. When the warning call went out about firefighters being trapped in the blaze over 100 other firefighters came to the scene to help out. The Chicago fire department is overwhelmed with the love and help that has been shown to them.

The Mayor’s secretary is actually the wife of Cory Ankum, one of the firemen that was killed. The Mayor quickly returned from New York to help deal with this horrible tragedy. According to reports all of this started at 7 a.m. this…

Rex Ryan Foot Fetish

Rex Ryan Foot Fetish - Recently a series of videos appeared on the web featuring a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the wife of the Jet’s coach Rex Ryan. Since the videos were released by the sports website Deadspin there has been quite a bit of controversy with many people claiming that she is in fact the wife of the football team’s coach.

There is no doubt that the woman who appears in the video looks very much like Michelle Ryan who has been married to Rex for twenty three years.

The pseudonym that the woman uses online is “Ihaveprettyfeet” and many of her features are similar to that of Rex’s wife but thus far there has been no real confirmation on the story.

Rex Ryan Foot Fetish

Similar to Ryan’s wife, the woman who appears in the videos is a housewife who also has earned a master’s degree and even shares the same birth month.

The details of the woman’s profile bear an uncanny resemblance to that of the coach’s wife and the coach’s commented on the internet discovery wil…

Paula Deen

Paula Deen - The housekeeper responsible for stealing jewelry from celebrity chef Paula Deen has been sentenced to prison. Mary Alice White, who served as the housekeeper for Deen, admitted to stealing jewelry on a regular basis for nine months. Deen informed authorities that she had lost $100,000 worth of jewelry. White was arrested and charged with the crime after she attempted to sell a pair of earrings at a pawn shop.

Deen has appeared on several shows related to cooking. She is a fixture on the Food Network, where she is known for her southern style of cooking. She has also written a series of cookbooks. Deen is one of the most well known chefs in the United States. White was employed in Deen’s home on Wilmington Island. In addition to serving her prison sentence, White will also receive several years of probation for her crimes.

Paula Deen

Antoine Dodson Christmas Bed Intruder

Antoine Dodson Christmas Bed Intruder - Finally, a Christmas song more disturbing than "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer." Everyone's favorite witness, Antoine Dodson, is out with a carol titled "Chimney Intruder" that reimagines Santa as a rather sinister criminal.

Dodson, who found a place in the viral firmament after giving an impassioned speech on the news about the attempted rape of his sister, debuted the song on the place where memes go to die, Lopez Tonight.

While we commend Dodson on his ability to make proverbial lemonade out of life's lemons (with his Gregory Brothers-remixed Billboard Hot 100 jam and his own sex offender app), we really hope this song doesn't make it into the Christmas canon. Somehow attempted rape doesn't quite spell "Happy Holidays," if you ask us.

Antoine Dodson Christmas Bed Intruder

Man Returns Dog of Flanders

Man Returns Dog of Flanders - Mark McKee is lucky a Michigan library isn't charging him a late fee for returning a book 76 years late.

In 1934, the 13-year-old McKee checked out "A Dog of Flanders" by English author Marie Louise de la Ramee from the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Recently, McKee, now 89, said he discovered the book and mailed it to the library.

"I was entranced by the book and kept it with my prized possessions, intending to return it forthwith," McKee wrote in an accompanying letter. "Thus began a 76-year odyssey of missed opportunity and intention."

Man Returns Dog of Flanders

McKee, who is a former publisher of The Macomb Daily, said he found the book among his possessions and wanted to do the right thing.

"My conscience took over," wrote McKee, who is now a winter resident in Chandler, Ariz.

Library Director Donald Worrell Jr. said he was thrilled to get the package from McKee.

"He spent a great amount of time in her…

9/11 Responders Bill

9/11 Responders Bill - Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor.

While supporters said they would try to bring the bill up again, either on its own or as part of other legislation to be considered, the vote Thursday jeopardized the measure's chances for approval in the final weeks of the current congressional session.

9/11 Responders Bill

Skype is Down

Skype is Down - It wasn't exactly a red-letter day for Skype: Users trying to access the service to make calls Wednesday morning had trouble connecting, a problem confirmed by Skype in a Twitter message. The VoIP service continued to update users through the day, saying by 4:00 p.m. EST that service is "now gradually returning to normal--we expect it may take several hours for everyone to be able to sign in again, however."

Skype is Down

The problem, Skype explained on its website, originated among its supernodes, many of which (Skype wouldn't say how many) were "taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype." The site went on to say "Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes' as fast as they can" and referred visitors back to Twitter for status updates.

To add to the ignominy, in a classic cause-equals-effect motion, the number of Skype users complaining about the outage on Twitter likely caused the annoying "fail wha…

WikiLeaks Task Force

WikiLeaks Task Force - The CIA has launched a WikiLeaks Task Force, better known by the agency as the acronym: WTF.

According to a report by the Washington Post, the agency has launched the task force to appraise the impact of thousands of sensitive diplomatic documents and military files hitting the web thanks to WikiLeaks.

Among the task force’s responsibilities is “whether the agency's ability to recruit informants could be damaged by declining confidence in the U.S. government's ability to keep secrets,” the report said.

WikiLeaks Task Force

CIA spokesman George Little told the paper that the panel is being led by the CIA's Counterintelligence Center. It is made up of more than two dozen members from departments across the agency.

"It's just a huge vulnerability," an unnamed former high-ranking CIA officer told the Post. "Nobody could carry out enough paper to do what WikiLeaks has done."

WikiLeaks Task Force

Chicago Firefighters

Chicago Firefighters - Two Chicago firefighters were killed and more than a dozen injured Wednesday after they became trapped in a building while battling a warehouse blaze.

Rescuers dug frantically to free the two, who were among at least four firefighters trapped inside the building. At least 15 other firefighters were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the deaths just before 11 a.m. Eastern time.

"Without warning the roof collapsed trapping four firefighters," Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Huff said at a press conference. "Despite our best efforts at the scene and in the hospitals, two firefighters succumbed to their injuries."

Chicago Firefighters

Hoff identified the dead firemen as Edward Stringer and Cory Ankum. Stringer was a 12-year veteran firefighter.

Ankum, a 38-year-old father of three, was a three-year veteran of the Chicago police force when he switched careers and joined the fir…

Deena Nicole Cortese Jersey Shore

Deena Nicole Cortese Jersey Shore - There's a new face in the "Jersey Shore" house - and she's "exactly like Snooki."

Deena Nicole Cortese is shown making her debut in Seaside Heights, N.J., in the new teaser trailer for the third season of the hit MTV series.

Cortese, Sammi says, is "4 feet tall, short little meatball, exactly like Snooki."

The trailer also shows J-Woww going through a breakup, Snooki's arrest for being drunk and disorderly on the beach ("I'm a good person!" she screams) and Sammi possibly leaving the house for good.

Deena Nicole Cortese Jersey Shore

Ozzy Osbourne Lady Gaga

Ozzy Osbourne Lady Gaga - The Prince of Darknes loves Lady Gaga, but even he feels the Pop Princess should give it a rest for a while. Ozzy Osbourne dished to Us Weekly on his tired feelings for Gaga, saying she needs to play a little hard-to-get with the press.

"I like her, but I'm getting a bit sick of her," Osbourne says. "When I turn on the TV, I see her wearing another lamp shade or whatever. She needs to take a break, I think, for an hour or so."

While Ozzy thinks Gaga could be the next Madonna if "she plays her cards right," the metal god feels she's overworking herself.

Ozzy Osbourne Lady Gaga

"Every day it is something else else. The specialness of her is gonna get killed if she doesn't calm it down. Who manages her? Someone should whisper in her ear and say back off for a couple of months -- let people gain interest back. Let people want you, you know?"

To Ozzy's dismay, Gaga's workload isn't going to slow down …

Douglas Perlitz Sentenced

Douglas Perlitz Sentenced - Fairfield University alumnus Douglas Perlitz was sentenced to 19 years seven months today by a New Haven federal judge for sexually abusing minors in Haiti. The 235 months Perlitz will serve in prison is the maximum desired by the prosecution, and will include 10 years of probation.

Perlitz, an honorary commencement speaker, had been facing anywhere from eight to nineteen years in prison after pleading guilty on August 18, 2010 for one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct to Haiti.

Douglas Perlitz Sentenced

What started as a story of the embodiment of Jesuit ideals and Christian charity ended in catastrophe today with the sentencing of Perlitz. Perlitz, who founded Project Pierre Touissant (PPT) in 1997, ran the project until the Haitian Fund board of directors removed him after allegations of sexual assault surfaced in 2008.

PPT took in children from the streets of Haiti and provided them with meals, sports activity, bas…

Crossbow Cannibal Sentenced to Life

Crossbow Cannibal Sentenced to Life - A 40-year-old man who called himself “the crossbow cannibal” was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday after pleading guilty to the murders of three prostitutes in an 11-month period ending last May. In one of the killings, the victim was killed by a crossbow shot, dismembered and partly eaten before her remains were dumped in a river. The police said they would continue to investigate the possibility that the murderer, Stephen Griffiths, may have been a long-term serial killer. Mr. Griffiths, a Ph.D. student in criminology, told the police he had drawn some of his ideas for his killing rampage from 19th-century murders he had studied.

Crossbow Cannibal Sentenced to Life

Skating with the Stars Finale

Skating with the Stars Finale - Give or take a mystery illness and a bloody injury or two, Skating WIth the Stars has kinda fallen through the cracks.

But despite a pretty icy reception from TV audiences, Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel and All My Children hottie Rebecca Budig twirled into Tuesday's finale with something to prove and one shared goal:

Elate Dick Buttons.

Skating with the Stars Finale

And skate the routine of their lives, of course.

Well, there were no falls, flubs or nervous freakouts this time as Rebecca and pro partner Fred Palascak were named the first-ever (and perhaps only) winners of Skating With the Stars .

"I'm shocked, really I am!," exclaimed Rebecca. "Bethenny and I were talking about it, really…I'm just shocked. I owe all of this to Fred, who is an unbelievable teacher. I've said it a hundred times…I owe it all to you."

Well, we weren't shocked, after she and Fred scored the season's only perfect…