Archive for January, 2011

Nathan Woods Dies in Practice Crash

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Nathan Woods died today while he was preparing for the opening round of the World Off-Road Championship Series this weekend.

The two-time WORCS champion, who had recently signed with Stillwell Performance for the 2011 season, was preparing for this weekend’s round when he reportedly crashed over a jump.

Initially it was reported that he died of head injuries but they are now saying that he suffered internal injuries. Woods was airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


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Mother Kills Her Two Teenage Children for Back Chat!

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

(AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Bryan Thomas)

As Tampa Police officer escorted Julie Powers Schenecker to Orient Road Jail on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 in Tampa, we are all left wondering what could possess someone who outwardly seemed so normal to shoot and kill her two teenage children.

The family appeared to be happy, at least according to friends — and they appeared to glow in photos posted online. The two teens were described as well-mannered by family friends. In several family portraits on Parker Schenecker’s Facebook page, the four posed, smiling and relaxed.

Police say she admitted the slayings giving her reasons that they “talked back” and were “mouthy.”   The officers found her covered in blood on the back porch of her home Friday morning.

Schenecker’s mother had apparently called police from Texas because she was unable to reach her daughter.  She described her as  depressed and said she had been complaining about her children.

Schenecker  failed to appear in court Saturday because she was hospitalized and reportedly in intensive care with an unspecified condition.

Authorities say she also planned to commit suicide after the murder of her 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son with a .38-caliber pistol. Calyx, the girl, was 16 and a cross country running star at her high school.  The 13-year-old son, Beau, was in eighth grade.

Schenecker is married to Army Col. Parker Schenecker.  He was in the Middle East when the tragic event took place at their home on Thursday.

A second court date has been set for Sunday. It is yet unclear whether Schenecker will appear at the hearing.

She has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

The Florida woman who admitted to murdering her children because they “talked back” and were “mouthy,”  failed to appear in court Saturday because she was hospitalized and reportedly in intensive care with an unspecified condition.

Police say Julie Schenecker, 50, admitted to killing her 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son with a .38-caliber pistol. Authorities say she also planned to commit suicide.

Schenecker is the wife of Army Col. Parker Schenecker, who was in the Middle East when his wife opened fire on the couple’s teenage children on Thursday.

A second court date has been set for Sunday. It is not clear whether Schenecker will be able to appear.

She has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.


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Bob Seger Promises ‘Thunderous’ Rock

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Bob Seger will kick off his North American tour in March, he announced Thursday on his official website.

Fans will have to wait some time for links to dates, venues and tickets as all we have so far is a brief press release promising “thunderous rock ‘n’ roll” from Seger and his longtime group, the Silver Bullet Band.

The release also promises previews from a forthcoming release that would be Seger’s first since 2006’s ‘Face the Promise.’  Seger has been relatively quiet over the past few years, with his most notable recent performance coming on the piano as a guest star on Kid Rock‘s latest record, ‘Born Free.’


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Tatsuya Ichihashi wishes Lindsay Ann Hawker would ‘come back to life’

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32, who is awaiting trial for raping and then killing British teacher Lindsay Hawker, 22, claims in his book that he wished his victim “could come back to life.”

Hawker’s naked body was found buried in a bath tub on the balcony of his Tokyo apartment.

Ichihashi wrote the book Titled “Until I Was Arrested,” in the 14 months since he was apprehended.

He spent two years and seven months on the run and the book details his journey across Japan by train and ferry.  During that time Ichihashi repeatedly tried to change his appearance by using knives and scissors on his face.  The book also goes into his feelings of “contrition” for Hawker’s death.

Mr Ichihashi’s 240-page book reveals how barefoot he managed to evade the eight officers searching the property and after making his escape spent some weeks in Tokyo while the police were looking for  him.

During this journey, Mr Ichihashi said he wished that Hawker could “come back to life.”

Often living rough he was able to catch and cook over an open fire and even eating snakes.He tried to change his looks by removing two distinctive moles from his cheek with a box cutter and sliced off part of his lower lip with a pair of scissors to make it appear thinner and changing the shape of his nose by sewing it with a needle and thread.

He picked up labouring jobs on construction sites in Osaka and Kobe and earned close to Y1 million (£7,705) over a period of two years, which he spent on cosmetic surgery.

He was eventually caught in Nov 2009 while waiting trying to board a ferry for Okinawa.

There is no explanation of the killing of Hawker in the book or his motives, but it does include an apology.  He said the book was “a gesture of contrition for the crime I committed” and that royalties from the book would be given from Ms Hawker’s family.

In a statement issued through their legal representative in London, Bill and Linda Hawker say they have no intention of accepting the money and only want to see justice for their daughter.


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Cheryl Burke Reveals She Was Molested as a Child

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

According to a report from People Magazine, twice “Dancing with the Stars” champ Cheryl Burke, reveals in her new book “Dancing Lessons” that she was molested as a child.

People Magazine reveals that the professional dancer was molested by a family friend.  The incidents began when she was as young as 5 years old.

Burke, who is now 26, testified against the retired mailman, helping to send him to prison for two decades.

“I’m telling my story,” Burke told the magazine. “They’re not secrets. There’s no shame.”

Burke who sadly like many other victims of such crime said she felt “guilty” after the abuse.  She said that she later recovered when the perpetrator was sent to prison and she received therapy.

“If I can help just one person,” Burke said, “for me that’s all that matters.”

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‘Top Chef’ Star Padma Lakshmi in Custody Battle for Daughter

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Top Chef Star Padma Lakshmi has been hit with a custody case by her ex.  According to reports Adam Dell (brother of the computer Dell) filed papers in Manhattan for full custody of their 11 month old baby daugher Krishna Thea Lakshmi.

Under an out-of-court agreement, Adam has visitation rights to see his  daughter, 9 days a month. The agreement is said to be in effect until February 20, when Krishna turns 1.

Now negotiations for new visitation agreements have fallen apart as the two have since fallen out over that and the name Padma chose for the baby.  Adam is said to have gone to the hospital and launched into a 4-hour tirade over the name.

Adam who had an on/off relationship with Padma also complaining he was only allowed to see the baby 7 hours a month, though sources connected with Padma say she has never denied him a day of visitation.

Apparently Padma has made it clear to Adam she wants nothing to do with him other than raising the baby.  She is said to feel that this is Adam’s way of forcing a relationship.

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Jimmy Buffett Hospitalized With Head Injury After Concert Fall

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

As horrified fans looked on, Jimmy Buffet, 64, took a nasty fall from the front of the stage during a concert in Sydney on Tuesday.

The entertainer was taken to a hospital with a head injury, according to reports.

“The doctors say he is doing well and will be released tomorrow,” his rep said in a statement. “More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!”

The singer’s “Welcome to Fin Land” tour was scheduled to continue on Saturday in New Zealand.  It is due to resume in the States this April.

We wish him a speedy recovery.

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Paris Hilton’s Sex Tape can get you Sued.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Downloading the infamous sex tape that features Paris Hilton can lead you in to a whole lot of trouble.  The tape that was recorded with then boyfriend Rick Solomon in 2004 is causing a stir once more but for a different reason.

The company that owns the rights to the seedy offering, 1 Night in Paris has filed a lawsuit against 843 individuals.

Allegedly some rather bored group of individuals have managed to swipe the hardcore content without paying.  This has reportedly happened between 2010 and 2011.

The movie catapulted Hilton to stardom.

Still one would wonder which party should be doing the suing!

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Troy & Rhonda Aikman to divorce after 10 years of marriage

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

After ten years of marriage, Troy and Rhonda Aikman, have decided to divorce.

Aikman a former Dallas Cowboy confirmed the split to the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday (Jan. 25).  The couple has reportedly been separated since November when Rhonda purchased a house in North Dallas.

Aikerman states, “This has been a difficult decision for Rhonda and me, but after 10 years of marriage we have decided to separate. We remain deeply committed to our children.”

They couple have two daughters together and Rhonda has another daughter from a previous marriage.

Photo/Video credit: Getty Images


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Oprah’s Lost Family, Half-Sister Revealed

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

On Monday Oprah Winfrey announced on her television talk show that she has a half sister and that she only found out about her relation last year.

“In the past 25 years, the Oprah Show has reunited a lot of people. I thought I’d seen it all, but this is the miracle of all miracles,” Winfrey said on the show, which brought her together with the half-sister her mother put up for adoption almost 50 years ago.

Winfrey said she was “literally shaken to the core.” by the revelation that she had a long lost sister.

The two women met for the first time on Thanksgiving at their mother’s home.

Patricia, was born in Wisconsin in 1963 while Winfrey then eight years old was living with her father in Tennessee.

Patricia whose last name was not revealed lived in foster homes until the age of seven before being adopted. She had a child at 17 and a second child six years later and as a single mother had to work two jobs to support herself and her children.

Two years ago Patricia discovered that she and Oprah were related, but the famous television host only found out about her sister last year. She had tried for some time to reach Oprah, but was unable to get to her directly.

“Family business should be handled by family,” Patricia told Winfrey and millions of viewers. “It couldn’t be handled by anyone else. That is not fair. It wouldn’t be fair to you.”

Patricia said she had not considered selling her story, instead preferring to tell her sibling herself.

It seems that having principals runs in the family.

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