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2009-10-04 13:33:28

Professional dancer Anton Du Beke of the British TV series Strictly Come Dancing says he is not a racist despite calling TV star Laila Rouass a Paki. De Beke admitted to using the term of abuse for a Pakistani in reference to Rouass, known for her role on Footballers' Wives, and said he has since apologized for the remark, The Sunday Telegraph reported. There was no racist intent whatsoever but I accept that it is a term which causes offense and I regret my use of it, which was done without...

2009-10-02 14:58:35

The Texas-based Global Language Monitor said its 2009 Top Politically (in)Correct Words include swine flu, black sheep and politically correct. The Austin-based organization said its sixth annual survey of the English Language picked swine flu as the politically incorrect list-topper due to multiple governments and agencies referring to the virus as H1N1 to protect pork producers from losing business. The list also included saint, which was cited after the Oxford University Press pulled it...

2009-09-30 17:31:17

U.S. singer Mindy McCready is defending Celebrity Rehab roomie Mackenzie Phillips, who recently revealed an incestuous relationship she had with her dad. Phillips, 49, claims in her new book, High on Arrival, that she and her late father, the Mamas and the Papas musician John Phillips, had a consensual sexual relationship off and on from the time she was 19 to 29. While Mackenzie's half-sister, Chynna, has offered her support, her stepmother, Michelle, has categorically denied the...

2009-09-28 14:13:40

A Pennsylvania couple who married nearly 49 years ago said they discovered their wedding was never made official under the law. Frank and Betty Skrout, who married Oct. 6, 1960, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wilmore, said they discovered recently while hunting down documents needed for Betty Skrout's pension plan that Rev. James Feehley failed to file the return of marriage document at the Cambria County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court, The (Johnsontown, Pa.) Tribune Democrat...

2009-09-23 13:57:16

Sexting by minors is a growing problem that the United States has yet to come to grips with, officials of a child advocacy group said. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released a policy statement on sexting -- sending, forwarding or receiving sexually suggestive or nearly nude photographs through text message or e-mail -- which is a product of extensive dialogue with leaders in the field. The statement was developed with the strong involvement of the American Bar...

2009-09-22 13:09:17

Authorities in Florida say they found nothing to back up a couple's claim that firefighters buried a speaker instead of their dog, killed in a mobile home fire. Bay County officials said investigators were unable to find any evidence supporting the contention of Travis and Sheila Davis, who said firefighters promised to bury their 3-year-old Pekingese, Gizmo, after he died in the Aug. 14 fire but instead left his remains in their burned-out home and buried a speaker instead, the Panama City...

2009-09-20 19:29:56

Kristin Chenoweth of Pushing Daisies took the prize for best supporting actress in a comedy at the 61st annual Prime Time Emmy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday. In her acceptance speech, Chenoweth took note of the fact that her show has been canceled. Thank you, she said through tears as she collected her statuette. I'm unemployed now, so I'd like to be on 'Mad Men.' I also like 'The Office' and '24.' I'm shocked. I can't believe it. ... Thank you so much, Academy, for recognizing a show that is...

2009-09-19 07:15:17

The U.S. Justice Department says it wants changes in a tentative agreement between Google Inc., and the authors of books it wants to put online. Google, of Mountain View, Calif., is seeking court approval for the deal, which it plans to use to create the world's largest digital library and bookstore. But Justice Department officials said Friday the agreement as it currently stands doesn't sufficiently protect the rights of authors and publishers, The New York Times reported. As presently...

2009-09-14 13:18:41

New York State Police said reports of a man carrying what appeared to be an unconscious woman toward a wooded area was just a couple playing around. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation said multiple witnesses called authorities at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday to report a man carrying what appeared to be an unconscious woman over his shoulder toward the woods lining the northbound Sagtikos State Parkway in Brentwood, Newsday reported Monday. Multiple witnesses described the incident...

2009-09-11 09:43:41

LaToya Jackson says her younger brother Michael's hair and makeup were beautifully done for his California entombment, which took place 70 days after he died. His June 25 death at the age of 50 has been ruled a homicide, but the circumstances are still under investigation. A private interment ceremony was held for family and friends last week at the Great Mausoleum in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. He was dressed in all white pearl beads going across, draped across. A beautiful big...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.