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Brigitte Nielsen to ‘Overhaul’ Her Body on German TV June 4, 2008

Filed under: Other Celebrity News,Unbelievable — gervmaine @ 2:09 pm

After a successful stint in rehab last year, Brigitte Nielsen is now focusing on a much-needed makeover.

The 6-ft.-plus Danish-born celebrity is planning on getting reworked from head to toe. “I’m doing a complete overhaul, a basic renovation, facelift, eyelift, facial fat injections with my own fat, liposuction and I need new teeth,” the 45-year-old former wife of Sylvester Stallone tells the Berlin-based magazine B.Z. “It really is as if a horde of craftsmen are getting an old house in top shape.”

And Nielsen is having her this “old house” makeover on TV, saying she’s having work done so publicly because “the secretiveness in Hollywood is annoying. I know that I’m the first celebrity woman in the world who’ll be filmed in the operating room without any taboos…I’m sure this will start a discussion. It’s time that things change. I feel like 30 and I want to look it, too.”

By doing so, that’ll put her closer to the age of her fifth husband, Mattia Dessi. Nielsen married the former Italian model, who is 30, in 2005 — and again in 2006.


6-Year-Old Saves 5-Year-Old Friend From Drowning

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Adults didn’t see a drowning 5-year-old, but his 6-year-old friend did.


Haden Stusak, 6, of Fayetteville is being called a hero after he dived into a pool to investigate a shadow on the bottom that turned out to be his friend.


Josiah Buddah, 5, and Haden are buddies. Haden is a good swimmer, but Josiah can’t swim without his water wings.


On Sunday, Josiah took off his water wings and sank to the bottom of the deep end.


“I was scared, I was scared,” said Josiah.


An adult spotted a shadow in the pool, but couldn’t get to it. No one knew the shadow was Josiah. But Haden got curious and dove down to investigate. He had been practicing diving to the bottom. When he discovered Josiah, he grabbed him and pulled him to the surface.

“Well, I grabbed him like that; he was like unconscious. I grabbed him and I was swimming like this,” said Haden.


“He jumped inside the water; he helped me get back up,” said Josiah.


Two nurses and doctor started CPR.


“They took me to the hospital,” said Josiah. “I was dead and couldn’t breathe.”


It all happened in seconds.


“I could have been burying my baby this week, so just to know that he’s here, No. 1, is amazing, because to see your child lifeless for a few minutes, you think it’s over,” said Josiah’s mother, Judith Buddha.


“So I called ‘Help, help, he drowned,'” said Haden.


Haden’s parents told Channel 2 they ask him not to talk so loudly and to keep his voice down. This is one time they’re glad they heard his screams.


Josiah is doing well and is now swimming with a float suit. He will start lessons in a couple of weeks.


And in true hero fashion, Haden says what he did was no big deal.


“We’re friends. That’s what friends do,” said Haden.


Maine Man Offers $5,000 To Right Woman In Search For Love May 21, 2008

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WELLS, Maine — A 39-year-old man from Wells is looking for love in the classifieds.


Charles Haeberle hasn’t been able to find Miss Right since moving to Maine six years ago, so he’s taken out a newspaper ad offering $5,000 to the woman he marries.


Actually, he said he’ll pay $400 after the fourth date, $1,100 at the engagement and $3,500 at the wedding.


Haeberle manages a hotel in Kennebunk, travels widely and likes to hike, kayak and stay physically active.


He knows his ad sounds silly, but said it costs no more than an online dating service. He hasn’t had much luck with those, so he figures he’s simply cutting out the middleman.


The ad said he already has a 4-carat engagement ring and a one-year anniversary gift.


He put the ad in the York Weekly, and he’s also running it on the Craigslist classified ad Web site.


DUI Deja Vu: Woman Crashes in Same Spot Twice in 5 Months

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TRUCKEE, Calif. – Call it drunken driving deja vu. For the second time in five months, a 23-year-old California woman has been arrested after she allegedly crashed her car while driving under the influence at the exact same spot north of Lake Tahoe.

And to top it off, Truckee Police say that in both cases, her blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.

Police say Melissa Dennison of Truckee crashed at about noon on Sunday on Glenshire Drive just south of the Glenshire Bridge. They say she was extremely intoxicated and had trouble standing or walking. Her blood alcohol level initially was measured at .346. The legal limit is .08.

Sgt. J. Litchie said Dennison also had been charged with a DUI in January when she crashed at the same spot and registered a blood alcohol level of .380.

If convicted of the second offense, she faces up to 10 years in prison and fines in excess of $2,000.


$175 Hamburger on Wall Street May 20, 2008

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NEW YORK (AP)– Despite the economic downturn, a Lower Manhattan restaurant is now offering a $175 (euro112) hamburger.

The opulent and extravagant burger is made of Japanese Kobe beef, topped with gold flakes, black truffles, a thick slab of seared foie gras and aged Gruyere cheese.

Wall Street Burger Shoppe co-owner Heather Tierney thinks of it as “a work of art.”

Tierney says the item attracts Wall Street types who down a few beers and then fork over $175 (euro112) to “show off in front of their friends.”


Jon Lester Throws First No-Hitter of the Season

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The conga line to congratulate Jon Lester on his no-hitter had formed, and one of his Boston Red Sox teammates, caught up in the moment and oblivious to the long-range microphone on the TV broadcast, said what everyone else was thinking.

“Un-(bleeping)-believable,” the teammate said. “Unbelievable.”

As much as that summed up the night on which Lester turned the Kansas City Royals’ bats to swizzle sticks in a 7-0 victory, it applies more appropriately to the past year of his life, where the no-hitter stands out as merely his third-greatest accomplishment.

Which is rather remarkable, because the 24-year-old Lester was great Monday night, his final pitch dashing across the plate at 96 mph, the hardest he threw all evening, Alberto Callaspo nothing more than the patsy to swing and miss. It set off a celebration reminiscent of last October, when the left-handed Lester started Game 4 of the World Series and locked down the Colorado Rockies for five shutout innings, earning the championship-clinching win in his first postseason start.

And still, not even that registers as Lester’s coup de grace. He beat cancer last year. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diagnosed in late 2006 because of a sore back that he thought stemmed from a car crash. Lester fought it into remission and worked himself back into baseball shape. On this day last year, he pitched at Triple-A Pawtucket and threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings. In July, he returned to Boston. By the end of October, he was getting fitted for a World Series ring.

His story is one of perseverance and triumph and everything else that deserves a sappy soundtrack. Most of all, it’s of strength, of Lester building up enough stamina to throw 130 pitches, as many as any starter has thrown since the 2006 season, and saving his best for last.

There were some dandy ones in between, his fastball zipping and his breaking ball dipping. Lester mixed in a few cut fastballs that bore in on right-handed hitters and slithered away from lefties, and the Royals, the American League’s most flaccid lineup, struck out nine times and mustered barely a hard-hit ball.

Oh, Jose Guillen, the AL’s reigning player of the week, looped a line drive into center field that Jacoby Ellsbury dove to snag. And there was a semi-hard-hit ball to first baseman Kevin Youkilis. Otherwise, the Royals’ biggest threat came from two walks, and with how Lester threw, those runners weren’t going anywhere.

“To watch him do that beyond tonight was beyond words,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Enough that Lester couldn’t quite put into perspective the breadth of his evening. He said the boilerplate no-hitter response: that he didn’t think about it until this ninth, and that it was one of the best moments of his life, and that he had never heard Fenway Park so loud when he was pitching.

“I threw a couple in high school,” Lester said following the game at a news conference, “but (this) is a little different.”

Just a little, yeah. After Lester got lost in hugs from each his teammates, catcher Jason Varitek handed him the ball from the final out, which is like being knighted, with Varitek having caught four no-no’s. And then came Francona, who held his face like he was the proudest dad in the world. And finally Fenway, in its elderly glory, saw its denizens stand and serenade their hero for the night.

It was the 18th no-hitter in Red Sox history, and while that sounds like a lot, remember: Curt Schilling has thrown more than 3,000 innings without a no-hitter, and Josh Beckett has won a World Series MVP and not thrown a no-hitter, and Daisuke Matsuzaka was the most dominant pitcher Japan has seen in generations and never threw a no-hitter.

The last person to do so was Lester’s teammate, Clay Buchholz, who spun one in his second major league start last September. As special as that was, and as good a harbinger for the Red Sox, Lester’s might mean more not because of the accomplishment itself but the road traveled to achieve it.

There were signs. On April 29, Lester threw eight one-hit innings against Toronto, Lyle Overbay’s single the lone blemish. And yet the difference between one hit and no hits is a greater divide than it seems. Just ask any pitcher who walks to the mound and knows a bloop, a broken bat, a high chopper – anything – stands between immortality and just another good outing.

Lester earned all of his outs, the toughest ones especially, and it was almost as though he knew when he would throw his last pitch. Lester licked his lips, took a deep breath, reared back and slung the ball, Goliath, on this night, getting one up on David.


Yep. And that made it all the better.


Angry Flight Attendant Charged with Setting Fire on Plane May 19, 2008

Filed under: Unbelievable — gervmaine @ 9:23 am

FARGO, North Dakota (AP) — A flight attendant angry about his work route smuggled a lighter aboard an airplane and set a fire in a bathroom, forcing an emergency landing, authorities said Thursday.

The Compass Airlines flight carrying 72 passengers and four crew members landed safely in Fargo on May 7 after smoke filled the back. No injuries were reported. The plane was flying from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, authorities said.

Eder Rojas, 19, appeared in court Thursday, following his arrest a day earlier in Minneapolis, and was ordered held without bail, prosecutors said. The charge of setting fire aboard a civil aircraft carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

His public defender did not return a phone call seeking comment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim, who is prosecuting the case in Fargo, would not comment.

Court documents said Rojas, of the Twin Cities suburb of Woodbury, told authorities he was upset at the airline for making him work the route. He is accused of taking a lighter with him through the security checkpoint, authorities said.

“Rojas further stated that he was preparing his cart to serve the passengers, he set the cart up, went back to the lavatory and reached in with his right hand and lit the paper towels with the lighter,” court documents said.

Pilot Steve Peterka told authorities that an indicator light came on about 35 minutes into the flight, showing smoke in the rear bathroom.

Peterka called Rojas, who was assigned passengers in the back of the plane, and asked him to check the bathroom, documents said. Rojas, another flight attendant and a passenger were credited with quickly putting out the flames with fire extinguishers, authorities said.

Investigators later found a lighter in one of the overhead bins. Rojas confessed after authorities interviewed him, the complaint said.

Compass is a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines, based in Eagan, Minn. Rojas has been fired, said Northwest spokesman Rob Laughlin. Northwest did not say how long Rojas worked for the airline.

FBI agent Ralph Boelter said Compass Airlines officials showed “extraordinary cooperation” in the investigation.