Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Britain's Youngest Grandfather

Britain's Youngest Grandfather - A 29-year-old man, who became a father at the age of 14, is set to create a record by becoming Britain's youngest grandfather, after his 14-year-old daughter has become pregnant.

"It's history repeating itself . I like the idea of being the youngest grandad in Britain, but at the same time I'm fuming that she (daughter) is pregnant. I know myself how tough it is being a teenage parent and now she has to go through the same thing. However, we're all going to stand by her and we will welcome the little one into the family. She is very young, but she was determined to keep the child.

"We're not going to force her into doing anything else. We don't want her to hate us," the'Daily Mail quoted the man as saying without revealing his identity to protect his young daughter.

The man's daughter became pregnant by her 15-yearold boyfriend and is expected to give birth in August. The couple study at the same comprehensive school.

Britain's Youngest Grandfather

Troy Aikman Divorce

Troy Aikman Divorce - According to recent reports, Troy Aikman and wife Rhonda are throwing in the towel after 10 years of marriage.

Troy released the following statement today : “This has been a difficult decision for Rhonda and me, but after 10 years of marriage we have decided to separate. We remain deeply committed to our children.”

Aikman is a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Aikman was once named the most eligible bachelor in Dallas by Texas Monthly. He dated Lorrie Morgan and he is rumored to have dated stars, Sandra Bullock and Janine Turner.

Aikman married Rhonda Worthey, a Texas publicist. They have two children together.

Michele Bachmann State of the Union

Michele Bachmann State of the Union - Rep. Michele Bachmann will take aim at President Obama tonight after his State of the Union Address, chiding him for failing to find solutions to help the ailing economy.

In excerpts of remarks the Minnesota Republican will deliver to the Tea Party Express, Bachmann will also thank supporters of the small-government, anti-tax movement who "voted out big-spending politicians."

In Obama's first two years in the White House, Bachmann will say, "we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt ... unlike anything we've seen in the history of our country."

Bachmann, who is considering running for president next year, will offer her own suggestions to Obama on how to fix the economy and create jobs.

First Tweet Rep Giffords Birthday Wishes Intern Daniel Hernandez

First Tweet Rep Giffords Birthday Wishes Intern Daniel Hernandez - Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's Twitter account lit up Tuesday for the first time since her near-fatal shooting.

In a message marked as "From the entire Giffords team," the account offered a message for her most famous intern.

"Happy 21st Birthday Daniel Hernandez! Sounds like you have fun plans tonight :)"

Hernandez has been heralded for running to the side of the Arizona Democrat during the Jan. 8 shooting and helping to staunch her bleeding.

He will be a guest of honor sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. His father will also be present.

President Barack Obama mentioned Hernandez in his remarks at a memorial service after the shooting.

State of Union 2011 Full Text

State of Union 2011 Full Text - Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague – and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

It's no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that's a good thing. That's what a robust democracy demands. That's what helps set us apart as a nation.

But there's a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.

We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.

Now, by itself, this simple recognition won't usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.

I believe we can. I believe we must. That's what the people who sent us here expect of us. With.... ...their votes, they've determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It's whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It's whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.

We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.

That's the project the American people want us to work on. Together.

We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans' paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of the new investments they make this year. These steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year.

But we have more work to do. The steps we've taken over the last two years may have broken the back of this recession – but to win the future, we'll need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making.

Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn't always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you'd have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe you'd even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.

That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I've seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. I've heard it in the frustrations of Americans who've seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear – proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

They're right. The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work with 100. Today, just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there's an internet connection.

Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world. And so they started educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science. They're investing in research and new technologies. Just recently, China became home to the world's largest private solar research facility, and the world's fastest computer.

Kristen Bell Neutrogena

Kristen Bell Neutrogena - "Burlesque" babe Kristen Bell is scoring a $500K paycheck for her celebrity endorsement of Neutrogena. The face brand signed Bell to rep their latest line, Neutrogena Naturals.

According to reports, the 30-year-old Michigan native has already shot commercial spots - including TV, print and online ads - and raked in a half a million for the total deal.

Bell joins other celebrity endorsers of Neutrogena including Jennifer Garner, Vanessa Hudgens and Hayden Panettiere.

With no further news from Neutrogena on when the campaign will launch or exactly how much Bell was paid, E! says that she was the perfect match for the brand.

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Kristen Bell goes all natural for Neutrogena...for $500K, of course - National Celebrity in Media | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/celebrity-fitness-and-health-in-national/kristen-bell-goes-natural-for-neutrogena#ixzz1C6gYz2sY

Consumer Freedom and Lead and Shopping Bags

Consumer Freedom and Lead and Shopping Bags - The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has released evidence that several major retailers are distributing reusable bags containing levels of lead above acceptable limits.

CCF tested bags from 44 retailers and found that 16 contained more than 100 parts per million of lead, the level at which many states set the limit for heavy metals in packaging. Among these retailers were several national chains such as CVS, Safeway, Bloom, and Walgreens. The highest level of lead, 697ppm, was found in CVS bags, which has since been recalled. All the reusable bags tested were constructed from nonwoven polypropylene, the most commonly used material in reusable grocery bags, production of which can include heavy metals.

CCF senior research analyst J Justin Wilson said, “Across the country legislators are proposing bills to ban or tax paper and plastic bags, but the unintended consequence of such legislation is that people are using reusable bags, which independent testing shows can often contain excessive levels of lead."

Singer Monica Weds

Singer Monica Weds - "The Boy is Mine" singer slam-dunked herself a husband. Monica has joined Khloe Kardashian in an elite group of Lakers wives. She secretly wed Shannon Brown last year.

The star exclusively told HipHollwood.com, "This is a very special time in my life. I am blessed to have married the man that God sent me. He's loving, compassionate, strong and supportive of my children, family and career. I look forward to our lives together."

The couple celebrated their nuptials at their Los Angeles home on November 22. They plan to renew their vows in a more elaborate ceremony this summer and may expand their family in the near future.

Woman Confesses to 1987 Kidnapping

Woman Confesses to 1987 Kidnapping - A woman who raised a child who went missing from a New York hospital 23 years ago was ordered detained on Monday on kidnapping charges, a day after she confessed to snatching the baby and turned herself in.

According to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. federal court in Manhattan, Ann Pettway admitted to taking the victim from a Harlem hospital and bringing her to Connecticut. She is charged with one count of kidnapping.

Pettway, 49, was ordered detained and did not apply for bail at a brief hearing on Monday. Dressed in a dark blue jail smock, she did not enter a plea.

She faces up to life in prison if convicted and is due back in court on February 7.

Pettway told investigators she had been dealing with the stress of several miscarriages.

"She's pretty upset," said Robert Baum, her attorney. "She understands the gravity of the charges."

Authorities had been looking for Ann Pettway ever since news broke last week that Carlina White, who was raised by Pettway, had been reunited with her biological family in New York. Pettway turned herself in to authorities on Sunday.

Woman Survives 23 Story Fall in Argentina

Woman Survives 23 Story Fall in Argentina - A young woman who fell 23 stories from a Buenos Aires hotel survived by hitting the roof of a taxi, the BBC reports.

The driver had stepped out of his cab only seconds after noticing a police officer looking up. The impact crushed the roof of the taxi and shattered the windshield.

The BBC reports that a witness saw the woman climb over a safety barrier and leap from a restaurant at the top of the Hotel Crown Plaza Panamericano.

The woman, who is reported to be an Argentine in her 20s, was hospitalized with multiple injuries, the BBC says.

Kate Hudson Pregnant Baby Bump

Kate Hudson Pregnant Baby Bump - Hollywood actress Kate Hudson's family is secretly hoping she is expecting a baby girl with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, according to her stepfather Kurt Russell.

The 31-year-old actress who confirmed earlier this month she is pregnant with her first child with current boyfriend Matt Bellamy has delighted her mother Goldie Hawn and stepfather Kurt Russell with the news, but they would be even happier if she gives them a granddaughter, reports people.

"It's fun having babies once again. And it's fun to watch them grow. It's fun to see what they're grasping. I think secretly we're all hoping for a girl," said Russell.

Goldie, 65, admitted she is "excited" about the latest addition to their family.

"I'm excited, it's exciting. You know, we're just all very happy... happy for them both. What's more to say?" she said.

Post Office Closing Thousands of Locations in 2011

Post Office Closing Thousands of Locations in 2011 - The money-losing U.S. Postal Service is planning to shut down thousands of stations and branches to try and ward off its fiscal woes.

The Postal Service has set a goal of closing 2,000 stations and branches in 2011, said Postal Service spokeswoman Joanne Veto. That's in addition to the 491 closures that are already underway, she said.

The Postal Service is not planning to close any post offices, she said, noting that the law prevents the closure of post offices for solely economic reasons. She described stations and branches as being smaller than post offices, with no mail processing, and sometimes no mail carriers.

Mail volume, the main source of income for the Postal Service, has plunged in tandem with the recession. Not only is it competing with the Internet as a means of communication, but businesses have been spending less money to send out advertisements, a form of mail that is not-so-affectionately known as junk mail.

Keith Olbermann to Run for Senate

Keith Olbermann to Run for Senate - A bid to draft Keith Olbermann to run for Joe Lieberman's Senate seat in Connecticut has been launched.

On the liberal Daily Kos website, someone going by the handle Stranded Wind says he (or she) and some friends started an online bid to get the recently departed MSNBC host to run for the office. They have launched a Draft Olbermann for Senate page on Facebook.

The blogger who goes by Stranded Wind said Olbermann is "just old enough, smart enough, polished enough, and has all of the other attributes that would make him a darned good senator for the state of Connecticut."