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2009-04-28 18:34:56

Paris police say they do not believe the thieves who stole a laptop and digital camera knew they were loaded with pictures of Carla Bruni with a former lover. Bruni, now the wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, lived for several years with Raphael Enthoven, a photographer, and bore him a son, Aurelien. The computer and camera loaded with photos of Enthoven, Bruni and Aurelien, were taken during a burglary at the apartment of Enthoven's brother, The Daily Telegraph reported. It was a banal...

2008-10-14 09:00:45

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- United Way of Central Indiana's (UWCI) progress toward its $40 million goal received a boost today with the announcement of the annual campaign's largest individual pledge so far from WellPoint, Inc., president and CEO Angela F. Braly and her husband, Doug. The Bralys will give $100,000 a year for three years as part of United Way's plan to increase membership in its two fastest-growing giving groups: The Tocqueville Society, whose members commit to...

2008-09-20 12:00:39

Text of report by prominent Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color website on 19 September [Report: "The Executive Branch Proposes Greater Participation of Private Sector"] During a meeting held last night at the Mburuvicha Roga Presidential Residence between President Fernando Lugo and Finance Minister Dionisio Borda, they revealed the administration's economic and social strategic plans for the 2008-2013 period to business, manufacturing, and union leaders. On the occasion, representatives...

2008-09-13 00:00:21

More Monty Python than Monte Carlo, Torbay's first seriously funny comedy festival is about to begin. The inaugural English Riviera International Comedy Film Festival kicks off on September 25 with a host of events to get those chuckle muscles working. Highlights include: Reels On Wheels The drive-in movie screening of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery at Broadsands car park on September 26 has really caught people's imagination. It's the first time that such an event has...

2008-09-10 09:00:28

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ralph Lauren Fragrances has announced that French model and actress Laetitia Casta will be the face of Notorious, Ralph Lauren's newest women's fragrance. Notorious debuts in the U.S. this month with a print campaign starring Casta, photographed by renowned photographer Michael Thompson, plus a Notorious commercial film, directed by renowned Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080910/NY32581 ) Casta was...

2008-08-11 21:00:34

By Fredric Koeppel; Bob Mehr; John Beifuss A painting by French artist Edgar Degas that fetched $8.44million at Sotheby's auction house in May will hang at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens through Aug. 20. "Three Dancers in Pink" is on loan from Diane B. "Dede" Wilsey, a San Francisco art collector . Wilsey bought the piece, painted in 1886, at the Sotheby's auction in New York on May 7. Dixon director Kevin Sharp said the idea for the loan came from John Buchanan, who was director of the...

2008-07-29 03:00:00

By Anonymous The Mexican Cultural Institute-the only building in Washington, D.C. with murals painted by one of Diego Rivera's disciples, Roberta Cueva del Rio-was the site for a dinner hosted by Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's ambassador to the United States. He opened the evening by acknowledging that Latin America and the United States are at a significant crossroads. The next American president will have to contend with the challenging issue of immigration, a topic that will certainly be a...

2008-07-24 18:00:43

A New York lawyer has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Delta Airlines, saying he has been waiting months to be reimbursed for a canceled flight from Paris. Thomas Mullaney told the New York Daily News that he and his girlfriend were booked on a flight on Oct. 28 that was canceled because of a strike at Charles de Gaulle Airport. He said the return tickets cost $2,500. I just wanted to be reimbursed for the ticket -- and they wouldn't do it, Mullaney said. I should not have to accept...

2008-07-15 12:00:32

BOSTON - Colleagues praised Marybeth Brady of Braintree, Gov. Deval Patrick's nominee for clerk magistrate in Malden District Court, during a hearing Wednesday before a State House panel. Judge Margaret Hinkle, a regional administrative justice for Suffolk County, said Brady has proven herself a "consummate, dedicated public servant" in her 25-year career. Patrick nominated Brady last week to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Joseph Croken in December. A vote on her nomination is...

2008-07-05 09:00:10

World News IN BRIEF *PARIS The freed hostage Ingrid Betancourt received a hero's welcome in France, led by President Nicolas Sarkozy. Ms Betancourt, who has dual Colombian and French citizenship, was held by Colombian rebels for six years. "I have cried a lot during this time from pain and indignation," she said. "Today, I am crying from joy." (c) 2008 Independent, The; London (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'