Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
BADEN-BADEN, Germany -- Karl Lotter, a prisoner who worked in the hospital at Mauthausen concentration camp, had no trouble remembering the first time he watched SS doctor Aribert Heim kill a man.
This 1950 file photo released by the State Office of Criminal Investigation, LKA, in Stuttgart, southern Germany, shows suspect Dr. Aribert Heim. [Agencies]
It was 1941, and an 18-year-old Jew had been sent to the clinic with a foot inflammation. Heim asked him about himself and why he was he so fit. The young man said he had been a soccer player and swimmer.
Then, instead of treating the prisoner's foot, Heim anesthetized him, cut him open, castrated him, took apart one kidney and removed the second, Lotter said. The victim's head was removed and the flesh boiled off so that Heim could keep it on display.
"He needed the head because of its perfect teeth," Lotter, a non-Jewish political prisoner, recalled in testimony eight years later that was included in an Austrian warrant for Heim's arrest uncovered by The Associated Press. "Of all the camp doctors in Mauthausen, Dr. Heim was the most horrible."
But Heim managed to avoid prosecution, his American-held file in Germany mysteriously omitting his time at Mauthausen, and today he is the most-wanted suspected Nazi war criminal on a list of hundreds who the Simon Wiesenthal Center estimates are still free.
Heim would be 93 today and "we have good reason to believe he is still alive," said Efraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's top Nazi hunter. He spoke in a telephone interview from Jerusalem ahead of the center's plans to release a most-wanted list Wednesday, and to open a media campaign in South America this summer highlighting the $485,000 reward for Heim's arrest posted by the center along with Germany and Austria.
According to an advance copy of the list obtained by the AP, the most wanted, after Heim, are: John Demjanjuk, fighting deportation from the US, which says he was a guard at several death and forced labor camps; Sandor Kepiro, a Hungarian accused of involvement in the wartime killings of than 1,000 civilians in Serbia; Milivoj Asner, a wartime Croatian police chief now living in Austria and suspected of an active role in deporting hundreds of Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies to their death; and Soeren Kam, a former member of the SS wanted by Denmark for the assassination of a journalist in 1943. His extradition from Germany was blocked in 2007 by a Bavarian court that found insufficient evidence for murder charges.
India heats up war on terror with chile grenade
GAUHATI, India — The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chile.
After tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sizedbhut jolokia,or "ghost chile," to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said Tuesday.
The bhut jolokia was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world's spiciest chile. It is grown and eaten in India's northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat.
It has more than 1 million Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chile's spiciness. Classic Tabasco sauce ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units, while jalapeño peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000.
R.B. Srivastava, who led a defense research laboratory in Assam, said trials are also on to produce bhut jolokia-based aerosol sprays to be used by women against attackers and for the police to control and disperse mobs.
Walton Goggins Breaks Down the Role That Almost Wasn't
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"I said no," Goggins tells TVGuide.com. "I wanted to be very careful about how I was seen on FX again. And I did not want to perpetuate a Southern stereotype. ... I said, 'I want this guy to be one of the smartest guys in the room.'"
That was certainly never true of Detective Shane Vendrell, the character Goggins so memorably played on FX's The Shield. "Boyd Crowder is much smarter than Shane — Boyd's IQ is off the chart," Goggins says. "Boyd is an instigator. He doesn't react to things; he is in control of things. Whereas Shane was constantly coming into the room 30 seconds too late, and spent his life in reaction."
Once Goggins agreed to shoot the pilot, another obstacle arose: His character was supposed to die in the standoff between Boyd and U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Test audiences for the pilot were intrigued by Goggins' character, however, and creator and executive producer Graham Yost made changes to keep Boyd on the show.
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"Walt Goggins is too talented and [it's] too fun a character for him not to play a big part in the show," says Olyphant. Goggins now appears in nine episodes of Season 1.
In Tuesday's episode, Goggins says, viewers will meet a different Boyd — one who has found God after his brush with death. "[We're] doing what amounts to a 180 after the pilot," Goggins says. "That kind of cataclysmic event in a person's life, more often than not, gives them an opportunity to profoundly change their philosophy, their world view, and the way that they live their life. Boyd is no exception. Unfortunately, he may be engaging in the same activities, but his motivations will be different."
At the heart of Boyd's development through the season is his relationship with Raylan. The two grew up together, and, as Goggins notes, "history trumps a lot of things."
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"You're looking at two guys who come from the same milieu," he says. "One went one way, one went the other. One wears a white hat, one wears a black hat. What both these characters are going to find is that they're not so dissimilar. Maybe the hat that they wear is a beige or a gray.
"You're going to see the relationships reverse. Boyd is Raylan's ultimate confidante and ultimate nemesis, and Raylan will become Boyd's ultimate confidante and ultimate nemesis. I don't know the last time I've seen the exploration of two friends that took completely different paths and come back together in a way that allows them to examine where they are in the world."
Some of Boyd and Raylan's closeness may also be tied up in Raylan's troubled history with his father, Goggins says. "All of these bones in Raylan's closet and in Boyd's closet will come tumbling out, and they're much more incestuous than one may think," he says. "These two men are intertwined on many,many different levels.
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Can the new Boyd Crowder be trusted? Goggins advises against snap judgments. "You have to look through his grin. Can you believe it?" he says. "I think everyone should be suspect of Boyd Crowder, yet don't be surprised if you are surprised. As the season progresses, you will be spending a lot more time with Boyd and his family and his world. And again, reserve your judgments until the end of these 13 episodes."
Don't let the finality of that statement or Goggins' initial hesitation to join the show fool you: He says he is on board for the life of the show. "Boyd Crowder is going to be around," he says. "We're going to explore this relationship between Raylan and Boyd for quite some time, if they'll let us. I'm excited to see where that goes."
While MTV News has been following Justin Bieber all around Manhattan as he promotes his new album, My World 2.0, earlier this year, his life was being documented by a camera crew for a new special about him, airing this weekend. On Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be the teen idol in MTV's "The Diary of Justin Bieber."
In one clip from the special, Bieber is lying on his back with his backup singers all around him doing vocal exercises by singing the phrase "I know" over and over again. In another clip, Bieber, his backup singers and Sean Kingston groove and practice their track "Eenie Meenie" before Bieber sings his part all on his own.
In other clips from the show, Bieber is seen on a promotional tour for the album performing for various crowds and even playing a little basketball during his downtime. When asked how he finds inspiration for his love songs, he tells a reporter that anyone can find and experience love at any time.
"It's weird when people say, 'You're only 15,' because I know I am only 15, but at the same time I think at any age you can experience love," he said. "Whether you're 80 or 5, you're always gonna ... I don't know. There's a difference between love and being in love, because you can love someone but not necessarily be in love. So I think I've loved girls, but I don't know — I haven't been in love before."
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Nintendo of Japan has just sent out an announcement with the first details regarding the successor to the Nintendo DS. Tentatively called the 3DS, it is a portable system that can play 3D games without requiring glasses.
London opens ticket process for 2012 Olympics
LONDON – An extra 300,000 tickets will be available for the London Olympics, bringing the total to 8 million, and organizers promise that venues will be "packed to the rafters" in 2012.
While tickets won't go on sale until next year, organizers set up a Web site Monday —http://www.tickets.london2012.com — for fans to indicate which events they would like attend. The information will help organizers gauge the demand and set ticket numbers and prices accordingly.
Tickets will go on sale by lottery in the spring of 2011.
The process got off to a fast start, with 40,000 people registering in the first four hours, reinforcing organizers' hopes that thewill be sold out.
"It's absolutely our ambition to have this full,"said. "It seems to me what we've got on offer here is a spectacular proposition. We're really hoping to get there."
Ticket prices and availability won't be announced until later this year after the sports competition schedules and venues have been set.
Deighton said the London organizing committee, or LOCOG, would uphold its promise of making the games "accessible and affordable."
"We will stand by what we always said: There will be millions of affordable tickets available to the British public," he said in a conference call with reporters. "Our commitment is to have our venues packed to the rafters with sports fans."
After problems with empty seats at the 2008 Beijing Games, London is considering shorter competition sessions and a ticket-return policy similar to that used at the Wimbledon tennis championships.
Along with the extra 300,000 tickets for the Olympics, an additional 500,000 will be made available for the, which will have 2 million tickets available.
Of the total 10 million tickets, organizers said 75 percent will be sold directly to the public in Britain and the European Union.
"Anyone who signs up will be in pole position for our (lottery) of tickets," Deighton said. "We expect people to be more interested in tickets for some events than others. There is no fairer way for people to get in line for those tickets than by public (lottery)."
Of the remaining 25 percent, 13 percent will go to sports federations,and foreign fans; 8 percent to corporate sponsors and rights-holding broadcasters; and 4 percent to hospitality package buyers.
Olympic tickets will be sold for about 630 sessions in 26 sports over 16 days.
Monday's initiative was aimed mainly at the British public, although people from abroad can also register on the Web site. Foreigners can only get into next year's lottery if they are from the European Union.
Most international tickets will be allocated through individual national Olympic committees. Deighton said national committees will put in their applications next fall, with tickets also going on sale in those countries in the spring of 2011.
Some local politicians and media have already raised concerns about how many tickets will be allocated to sponsors, officials and other VIPs.
"The key issue is simple: How many people will be ahead of the average Londoner in the queue for Olympic tickets?", chair of the 's economic development, sport and tourism committee, said last week.
Deighton said fewer than 1 percent of the tickets will go to "prestige hospitality" customers.
LOCOG, which has a private operating budget of $3 billion, has forecast raising $565 million from ticket sales. But Deighton said he considers that figure on the "lower end" and expects to surpass that total.
Extra tickets have been freed up due to modifications at some venues and planned changes in some competition schedules. Beijing, will be broken into more and shorter sessions in , Deighton said., which had single sessions lasting up to five hours in
Monday's ticketing announcement came the day after the close of the Vancouver.in
"We're up next," Deighton said. "We're officially the next Olympic host city. There is nothing in front of us on the runway."
A plot twist has emerged as O'Brien and the Fox network try to hammer out a deal to bring the deposed "Tonight Show" host back to late-night: O'Brien was offered a guest spot on "American Idol's" April 21 charity special, "Idol Gives Back,"The Hollywood Reporter says.
However, it appears Conan can't accept the gig. As part of his nasty divorce from "Tonight" and NBC, he agreed not to appear on the small screen until May 1.
Despite appearances and reports to the contrary, Fox's camp — and O'Brien's — is throwing cold water on the larger implication, that Conan and Fox have in effect sealed a deal. Sources stressed to the Reporter that the "Idol Gives Back" offer was made by "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, not the network.
Until an announcement is made, the saga continues.
Should Conan O'Brien reach a deal to launch a new late-night show on Fox, the timing couldn't be better, The Hollywood Reporter notes. O'Brien could be available to attend Fox's fall upfront presentations to advertisers May 17 — the only free day in O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on TV" tour between May 13 and May 20.
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KT: I noticed you're wearing a bracelet, can we see it?
KT: What does it mean?
TW: It's Buddhist, it's for protection and strength and I certainly need that.
KT: When did you start wearing it?
TW: Before I went into treatment.
KT: Will you be wearing it during the Masters?
KT: For the rest of your life?
(View the interview in its entirety here at The Golf Channel.)
The bracelet itself isn't the big deal; you can pick one of those up at the mall for five bucks (Amazon hashundreds of "Buddhist bracelets" for those who want to be like Tiger.) It's what the bracelet represents -- the idea of remembering one's "core values" -- that makes it significant.
Certainly, it's not uncommon for people embroiled in scandal to suddenly wrap themselves in religion as a way of deflecting criticism. Prisoners and politicians alike often turn to religion when their worldly deeds come crashing down around them. So it's understandable to view Woods' embracing of Buddhism, Sunday and at his Feb. 19 press conference, as a cynical ploy for sympathy.
Thing is, Woods publicly professed his connection to Buddhism long before the scandal broke. In a May 2008 Reuters interview shortly after the birth of his second child, Woods noted that he adhered to tenets of Buddhism such as meditation:
"I practice meditation -- that is something that I do, that my mum [sic] taught me over the years. We also have a thing we do every year, where we go to temple together," he said. "In the Buddhist religion you have to work for it yourself, internally, in order to achieve anything in life and set up the next life. It is all about what you do and you get out of it what you put into it. So you are going to have to work your butt off in every aspect of your life."
And as he admitted Sunday, he's got plenty of work ahead.
Also, the conspiracy-minded -- or those with too much time on their hands -- will note that Woods doesn't have a wedding ring on, and will surely scream that it's the sign of marital apocalypse. Not so, at least not based on that alone. Tiger never wears his wedding ring on the golf course, and as the photo at right shows, he apparently doesn't wear it when he's out with his family, either.
That photo is from last year's Cal-Stanford game, taken just days before the news of his initial affair broke. Tiger got roundly booed at that game, but it was because he was a Stanford alum, not for any other reason. No, the really bad news for Tiger was still a few days away. Hopefully, for the sake of his family and his golf game, the worst days are now behind him.
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As the House was debating the controversial health care bill Sunday, Vicki Kennedy visited Arlington National Cemetery where she said she "spent some time" with her husband. Arlington is the final resting place for Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who made health care reform his passion and lifelong goal.
Biography for Snoop Dogg
Date of Birth20 October 1971, Long Beach, California, USA
Birth NameCordozar Calvin Broadus
Height6' 3½" (1.92 m)
Snoop Dogg got his name from his mother who jokingly remarked that he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy. Snoop is known primarily for his achievements in the music industry, as a gangsta MC. As most successful musicians seem to do at some point, Snoop Dogg has done some work in film. Due to the nature of his music and his related star persona, the primary focus of his film effort has been in urban drama and comedy. Unfortunately, the talented MC has had more than one brush with the law: he served a drug conviction prior to the start of his career as a hip-hop MC, just after he graduated from high school; and in 1993, he was charged with murder but was later found not guilty.Biography By: annom- hiphop-luva
|Shante Taylor||(12 June 1997 - present) 3 children|
Known for using a unique form of doublespeak, adding "-izzle" to the end of words whenever he can.
Wears various braided hairstyles.
Always includes a cover (remake) of an older song on every album.
Wearing barrets on the end of his braids.
Frequently works with Dr. Dre.
Won 2 AVN [Adult Video News] awards for Best Music soundtrack & Top Selling Tape for the X-rated film, Doggystyle (2001) (V).
Former Crips member
Filed for divorce from wife Shanté, citing irreconcilable differences. He is seeking joint custody of their children: Corde, Cordell, and Cori (21 May 2004). Has since reconciled and withdrawn the divorce papers.
Served as the offensive coordinator for his son Corde's team in the Chino Hills Junior All American Football League. He played eight years in Pop Warner and two years at Long Beach Poly High. A cousin, Deshaun Hill, played defensive back for the New York Jets in 2003.
Was good friends with slain rapper Tupac Shakur both before and while the two were label-mates.
Graduated high school from Long Beach Poly in Long Beach, California.
Nephew of Bootsy Collins, legendary funk bassist and member of 'Parliament-Funkadelic'.
Was originally chosen to play the role of L.J. in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), but left the project.
Is a member of Rollin' 20 Crip
A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Often works with Pharrell Williams from The Neptunes.
Born on the same day as Australian pop singer Dannii Minogue.
Diehard fan of USC football.
Is a fan of the band Metallica.
Went to the same high school at the same time as Cameron Diaz.
Attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California.
Natural son of Vernell Varnado (b. Magnolia, MS, 13 Dec 1949) by Beverly Tate (b. McComb, MS, 27 Apr 1951), who later married in Los Angeles, CA, 14 Nov 1970 (div Los Angeles Co., CA, June 1975) Cordozar Calvin Broadus Sr. (b. SC, 10 Dec 1948 and d. Los Angeles Co., CA, 9 Nov 1985), who adopted his stepson.
Ranked #7 on Forbes' "Hip Hop Cash Kings" list with $17 million in earnings. 
He has 2 sons, Corde (b. 1994), Cordell (b. 1997) and a daughter, Cori (b. 2000).
Owns a car he calls his "Snoop de Ville" and a barbecue he calls the "Snoop de Grille".
IQ is 147.
Enjoys watching the Showtime hit TV show "The Tudors" (2007).
[on Eminem's song "Kim"] Every dude thinks about killing his wife. He was just crazy enough to write it all down.
I tell the truth. And I know what I'm talking about. That's why I'm a threat.
[about Tupac Shakur] Sometimes, if you're lucky, someone comes into your life who'll take up a place in your heart that no one else can fill, someone who's tighter than a twin, more with you than your own shadow, who gets deeper under your skin than your own blood and bones.
[answering Conan O'Brien's question of whether or he had kicked his drug habit] It kicked me back.
On MC Hammer: If there was no Hammer, there'd be no Snoop.
Where Are They Now
(November 2006) Released his 8th studio album, 'The Blue Carpet Treatment', on November 21st (US).
(March 2007) Scandinavian tour with P Diddy
(December 2007) Has his own reality show on E! Entertainment Television called "Snoop Dogg's Fatherhood"