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2009-06-09 21:14:54

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild announced Tuesday its members have voted overwhelmingly to approve its TV/theatrical contracts. The vote was 78 percent in favor and 22 percent against. The two-year successor agreement covers film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions, SAG said in a statement posted on its Web site. The contracts provide more than $105 million in wages, increased pension contributions, and other gains and establishes a template for SAG...

2009-06-03 19:12:58

A new theory on friendships challenges the traditional explanation for human friendship that focused on wealth, popularity or similarity, U.S. researchers say. University of Pennsylvania psychologists Peter DeScioli and Robert Kurzban say people -- and nations -- call on friends for help in a variety of disputes, ranging from trivial arguments to violent fights, the researchers say. The Alliance Hypothesis for Human Friendship suggests that people have specialized decision processes that...

2009-05-18 15:38:35

An Ohio father called police on his 28-year-old son, who serves on the local school board, because the younger man refused to clean his room, the family said. Andrew Mizsak Sr., 63, told police who arrived at his Bedford home Thursday he dialed 911 because his son, also named Andrew, threw a plate of food across the room and balled up his fist when he was told to clean his room, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday. The police report said Mizsak told officers that Andrew is 270 pounds...

2009-04-17 18:56:31

Officials in the British town of Monks Brook are using cows to keep youths and motorcycle riders off land. Sky News reported Friday that officials have put eight of the hoofed animals on property they said was being ruined by youths on motorbikes. We had a number of complaints from residents about kids breaking in with motorbikes so we decided to move eight cows onto the land, said a spokeswoman for the Hampshire County Council. Not everyone in the town is happy with the arrangement. They are...

2009-04-15 22:19:55

Aging U.S. pro wrestler Hulk Hogan says he could totally understand how O.J. Simpson could have been driven to kill his wife. E! News reported the 55-year-old Hogan, real name Terry Gene Bollea, said during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine that his unpleasant divorce from his wife Linda, who he thinks has been intimate with a friend of her teenage son, left him seeing red. I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like O.J., cutting everybody's throat, he reportedly told...

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2009-04-13 14:26:23

Turner Classic Movies has named Psycho, Star Wars, The Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind to its list of the most influential films of all time. Also included on the roster are Battleship Potemkin, Metropolis, 42nd Street, It Happened One Night, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Stagecoach, Citizen Kane, The Searchers, Bicycle Thieves, Rashomon and Breathless. There were some great debates over which movies to include, longtime TCM host Robert Osborne said in a statement. It's tough to...

2009-04-08 21:52:38

U.S. actress Allison Scagliotti has signed up for a role in Warehouse 13, a new one-hour dramedy adventure series, Sci Fi Channel said Wednesday. Scagliotti, best known for her work on TV's Drake & Josh, joins the previously announced cast members Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek and CCH Pounder. Warehouse 13 is about two Secret Service agents who find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret South Dakota storage facility, which houses every strange artifact,...

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2009-04-08 10:26:06

About 15,000 people hard hit by the economy attended Jay Leno's free show Tuesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. God bless, Detroit, the Detroit News quoted Leno as telling the crowd, which consisted of unemployed, underemployed or retired people and their families, during his 80-minute act, You guys created the middle class. Because of your unions, you could buy the products you made. The show was the first of Leno's two-night Comedy Stimulus Plan gig at The Palace and...

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2009-03-05 17:38:07

The troublesome right hip of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be handled with a conservative approach, MLB.com reported late Thursday. The news followed an ESPN Deportes report earlier in the day where A-Rod's brother, Joe, said during a telephone interview that the third baseman had been scheduled for surgery on a cyst on his right hip next Monday in Colorado, and likely would require a 10-week rehabilitation period. I think we're collectively trying to figure out what's best to...

2009-02-24 18:16:17

A Welsh Web site said a survey of Britons discovered residents with smile-inducing names, including Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Anna Sasin. TheBabyWebsite.com said its monthlong online survey discovered several other Britons with double-meaning names, such as Stan Still, Mary Christmas, Paige Turner, Chris Cross, Barry Cade, Sonny Day, Rose Bush and Pearl Button, The Sun reported Tuesday. Other mirth-inducing monikers found by the Web site include Tim Burr, Max Power, Doug Hole, Terry Bull,...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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