Thursday, January 04, 2007

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Talking cats? Wow, didn't know this was possible?

Woman gets wrong change, sets Walgreens on fire?

A dispute over spare change may have inspired a woman to set a Walgreens store on fire and she did the deed using a lit cigarette.

Store employees said their night turned from frustrating to scary, Monday. One moment, the customer was angry. The next, she was going up and down the aisles lighting merchandise on fire.

For workers at the Walgreens on South Orange Blossom Trail, Tuesday morning, it was back to business. But after what happened Monday night, business will never quite be the same. "You see flames all over the store, smoke all over the store, it was crazy," said store employee Harry Ambriose.

"She just came into the store and she got pissed off because the change was incorrect or something," Ambriose explained. That's when the anger turned into action. The woman started going down the aisles, employees said, with a lit cigarette and started setting merchandise on fire.

Fire crews swarmed the scene, knocking out the flames and snuffing out the smoke. But before they could get there, the woman ran out the door. For employees, it was like nothing they'd ever seen. "She just started the fire, arson basically, that's all it was, was arson," Ambriose said.

For fire investigators, it leaves them sorting through evidence and working to track down the woman responsible. A Walgreens spokesperson said store managers have been meeting with fire investigators all morning and looking at surveillance video of the incident. Article here.

Just tell it like it is, don't beat around the bush ;)

Kevin Federline tries to hit on Lindsay Lohan?

Kevin Federline doesn’t waste time. On December 22, less than a month after ex Britney Spears partied with Lindsay Lohan, the aspiring rapper, 28, texted the actress, 20, suggesting, “We should hang out.”

But, as reported in the new issue of Us Weekly, the invite went over about as well as K-Fed's debut album. “She was totally grossed out,” a Lohan pal tells Us Magazine. Says another, “She thought it was hilarious.”

However, Federline didn’t appreciate Lohan’s “Why would I hang out with you?” reply. He fired back, calling her a "firecrotch."
Says the source, “She couldn’t believe he was so pathetic. She doesn’t want him using her to make Britney jealous.” Both in Miami to ring in 2007, Lohan avoided Federline at Mansion nightclub on New Year’s Eve, where Federline kissed a mystery blonde named Rebecca at midnight. Source.

Donald Trump vs. Rosie O'Donnell (part 2)

doggy carriage... cool? or cruel?

Cheerleaders gone wild? Real life 'Mean Girls' story

Boozing, bikinis and bullying: how the scandalous behavior of five high-school cheerleaders rocked a bedroom community near Dallas.

The pictures posted on MySpace.com looked like the latest installment of "Girls Gone Wild." In them, cheerleaders from McKinney North High School in Texas exhibited all variety of bawdy behavior. One shot showed a bikini-clad girl sharing a bottle of booze with a friend. Another featured a cheerleader and several other girls in risqué poses offering glimpses of their panties. But the most infamous photo of all was taken in a Condoms To Go store. Five smiling cheerleaders dressed in uniform posed with large candles shaped like penises. At least one of them appeared to be simulating fellatio. "It would be an overstatement to describe any of the photographs as pornographic, but it would be an understatement to describe them as harmless high jinks," wrote Harold Jones, a lawyer hired by the school district to investigate the incident. "Quite frankly, I personally found it 'creepy'."

The photos are at the heart of a scandal that has rocked McKinney, an affluent bedroom community north of Dallas. By many accounts, the group of cheerleaders, known as the "Fab Five," were out of control—an elite social clique that flagrantly flouted school rules but faced few sanctions. In many ways, they seemed like the stereotypical "mean girls" that periodically trigger bouts of consternation among parents. But there's an added wrinkle to their tale: the Fab Five's alleged ringleader was the daughter of McKinney North's principal, Linda Theret. Amid charges that Theret gave the girls preferential treatment, the school district launched a $40,000 investigation conducted by Jones in the fall. His 70-page report, which harshly criticized Theret and assistant principal Richard Brunner, helped prompt Theret's resignation on Dec. 21.
The cheerleaders had reportedly been a menace long before the condom-store episode, according to the report. When one teacher told a squad member to quit chatting on her cell phone in class, the girl replied, "Shut up, I'm talking to my Mom." On a separate occasion, she offered this response to the teacher's reprimand: "Pull your panties out of a wad." "Gang members were nothing compared to these girls," the teacher told Jones. "They believe they cannot be touched." The girls were apparently just as ornery in their cheerleading activities, leading five coaches to quit in the last three years. The principal's daughter flipped off one former coach. But instead of kicking the daughter off the squad, school administrators allowed her to quit so she could try out the following year. After the incident, the coach told Jones, Theret "tried to ruin my life over this. I was called a liar, crazy, on meds."


The problems culminated this fall under the most recent cheerleading coach, Michaela Ward. Though her relationship with the girls started off amicably, things quickly soured. Among the pranks they allegedly pulled on Ward: giving her what the report described as a "chocolate tampon" and sending racy text messages from her cell phone to her husband and another coach. When the condom-store photos hit the Internet, they triggered a firestorm. Now taking a hard line, Theret, according to her attorney, recommended kicking the five girls off the squad. But a committee of administrators from the school and the district recommended 15-day suspensions for the girls in the drinking photo and 30-day suspensions for those in the condom-store snapshot. After parents protested that the latter picture shouldn't be treated more harshly than the former, the superintendent of schools agreed and reduced the penalty for the condom-store photo to 15 days. In the aftermath, Ward warned the cheerleaders that she would kick them off if there were any more incidents. "Good luck with that," one is said to have replied. Not surprisingly, there were more incidents, including the night of the homecoming dance, when some of the cheerleaders arrived in a limo packed with students who had apparently been boozing.
All of this might have remained below the radar had it not been for Ward. In October, she abruptly resigned and recounted her experiences with the girls to the media. In the resulting uproar, the school district called in Jones, whose report makes clear that he was as dismayed by the behavior of the adults as he was by that of the Fab Five. He criticized Ward for abetting the cheerleaders' misconduct. He lambasted school administrators for giving the girls far too many second chances. And he rebuked Theret for failing to balance her dueling obligations as a mother and a principal.

At McKinney North, the tumult is finally beginning to subside. None of the Fab Five remain on the team, according to one of the ousted cheerleaders. Theret recently reached a settlement with the school board, agreeing to resign in exchange for a payment of around $75,000 and a letter of recommendation. In her wake, an interim principal has been named. "We want to move on," says a McKinney schools spokesman. Perhaps now that the reign of the Fab Five is over, they can. Article here.

I thought the Wii was cool... check this out.

Dance party... at Abercrombie, the clothing store?

42 tons of debris removed from Times Square!

The year 2006 is gone. Gone also are 42 tons of confetti, party hats, noisemakers, gloves, wrappers and 2007 souvenir glasses from the huge New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square.

The cleanup occurred in the blink of an eye -- well almost. By 2 p.m. Monday, New Year's Day, the crossroads of the world was returned to its usual condition -- as close to spotless as it gets in this neon-light tourist capital.

On Wednesday, the Department of Sanitation had tallied the tons. People from all over the world poured into the area -- formed by the intersection of Broadway, Seventh Avenue, and 42nd Street -- for the celebration, arriving long before the clock struck midnight to snag prime viewing spots.

With 83 sanitation workers wielding push brooms, 15 mechanic sweepers and seven collection trucks, the mess that included 3.5 tons of confetti was gone 131/2 hours later, said department spokesman Keith Mellis. Seven leaf blowers also were on hand, but weren't needed because it rained after midnight.

The debris collected surpassed last year's 37 tons. In 2000, 50 tons were collected, but the department said it did not know if that was the record.
The 2007 celebration cleanup cost has not yet been tallied. Last year's was $27,648. Article here.

Hmm, $$$ to build the Death Star? Sure thing...

11-year-old attends college? WTF?

Terence Candell Jr. isn't your ordinary college student. The Cal State-East Bay sophomore is a kid. Terence is just 11 years old. He's the youngest student on campus and is interested in mass communications.

Terence was doing high-school level work by age 6 and took his SATs when he was just 9.

While his academic future looks bright, being a kid genius does have some drawbacks. Unlike most of the other Cal State students, Terence needs to call his dad when he wants a ride home. Article here.

Super Mario Animation (450 sheets of paper)

Mobile home owners become instant millionaires?

Joke all you want about living in a mobile home. A group of Floridians in Briny Breezes doing just that may soon be having the last laugh -- all the way to the bank.

Their community sits on oceanfront land just south of Palm Beach. It's the kind of land that makes developers drool -- so much so that an offer is on the table that could make the trailer owners overnight millionaires. The nearly 500 owners have until next week to decide whether to accept or reject a $510 million offer. A two-thirds majority is needed.

Many residents are all for it -- like the guy who paid $37,000 for his trailer nine years ago and would now make about $800,000. But several said they'll be sorry to see their little community go. Article here.