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2008-06-19 06:00:20

By Claudia Puig The Love Guru (**) is enraptured by bathroom humor that doesn't even reach sophomoric standards. It's more on the level of preschool. This send-up of feel-good, inspirational wisdom with a decidedly Indian flavor might have made a clever Saturday Night Live sketch. But as a movie, it's a silly spoof that is occasionally funny but grows tedious with excessive mugging and bad punning. Mike Myers is Guru Pitka, a famous, and ridiculous, spiritual adviser who lives in...

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2008-06-15 21:00:00

By Bob Strauss It's taken five years and a couple of "Shreks" for Mike Myers to take on a new role. Forget the green ogre. "The Love Guru" is here (it opens in theaters on Friday). Guru Pitka, an American-born, India-raised, spiritual self-promoter, is definitely a labor of love. Created around the same time that Myers first cooked up Austin Powers, Pitka was perfected and refined for more than a dozen years at daily writing sessions and comedy club performances. Well, maybe refined isn't...

2006-08-18 01:17:15

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo court on Friday upheld the death sentence for a top member of the doomsday cult charged with a nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway trains in 1995 that killed 12, sickened thousands and shattered Japan's myth of public safety. The Tokyo High Court rejected an appeal by Masami Tsuchiya, a top chemist in the cult, against a lower court ruling in January 2004 sentencing him to hang. The courts said Tsuchiya had played a key role in producing sarin nerve gas and...

2006-08-01 13:44:27

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a California county acted improperly in blocking a Sikh group from building a temple in a residential or agricultural area. A county planning board twice denied the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Yuba City, north of the state capital Sacramento, permission to build a Sikh temple on what was zoned as agricultural or residential land. In upholding a lower court ruling on the dispute, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of...

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2006-05-11 19:14:45

LOS ANGELES -- Nintendo's legendary video game maker Shigeru Miyamoto never imagined that he would become a cultural icon or the godfather to a burgeoning industry when he created an arcade game called "Donkey Kong" in 1981. A quarter century later, Donkey Kong and other famous Miyamoto creations like Mario carried video games from the arcade to living rooms around the world. Now Miyamoto has a new mission: re-inject fun back into an industry obsessed with high-definition graphics and...

2006-02-21 03:19:40

TOKYO (Reuters) - A defense lawyer for the former leader of a Japanese doomsday cult on Tuesday disputed a report by a court-appointed psychiatrist that said his client was competent to stand an appeals trial. The report, based on a psychiatric evaluation, found that Shoko Asahara, sentenced to hang for his role in masterminding a 1995 subway gas attack on the Tokyo subway, was mentally capable of standing trial. Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, was found guilty of...

2006-02-20 03:47:20

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - The former leader of a Japanese doomsday cult sentenced to hang for masterminding a 1995 fatal gas attack on Tokyo subways has been found to be mentally fit to continue his appeal, a Japanese court official said on Monday, quoting a report by a court-appointed psychiatrist. Lawyers for Shoko Asahara had argued that the 50-year-old ex-head of Aum Shinri Kyo (Supreme Truth Sect) was incompetent and had requested that the case be suspended. Asahara,...

2006-02-20 02:53:25

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - The former leader of a Japanese doomsday cult sentenced to hang for masterminding a 1995 fatal gas attack on Tokyo subways has been found to be mentally fit to continue his appeal, Japanese media said on Monday, quoting a report by a court-appointed psychiatrist. Lawyers for Shoko Asahara had argued that the 50-year-old ex-head of Aum Shinri Kyo (Supreme Truth Sect) was incompetent and had requested that the case be suspended. Asahara, whose real...

2005-11-11 09:05:00

By George Nishiyama TOKYO -- The ex-leader of Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinri Kyo, sentenced to hang for masterminding the fatal gas attack on Tokyo subway trains 10 years ago, is mentally ill and his appeals trial should be suspended, his lawyers said on Friday. Shoko Asahara, 50, was found guilty of responsibility for the 1995 gassing that killed 12 and sickened thousands, and sentenced to death by a Tokyo court in February last year. He has appealed the sentence, but his lawyers said...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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