Thursday, March 1, 2007

Anna Is Going To Get A Funeral

The Bush Administration is moving away from some of its claims that North Korea had an active nuclear weapons program. While there was high confidence that North Korea had the materials to create a weapons program, but there is less confidence that the country has done so. This stands in sharp contrast to the certainty the administration had about the weapons program it was accusing North Korea of having. Further it can only cast more doubt on the pressure the administration is putting on the country of Iran, which the administration has also claimed to have a developed or developing nuclear program.

On Wednesday Night John McCain announced his intentions to run for president, this will be his second attempt for the White House. McCain made his announcement on the David Letterman show, telling him, "I am announcing that I will be a candidate for the president of the United States". McCain enters into a crowed field on both side of the party divide, with a history of being a centrist, and working across party lines.

Critics are now coming forward against the claims by James Cameron that he found the true body of Jesus Christ. Critics are calling into question not only the interpretation of the data, but the foundation of the claim. Among points that were made against the claim; Mary Magdalene was called "Maria" by the church in the first and second centuries, but never by the name "Mariamene" as found in the tomb. According to critics, Jesus was not called "Jesus son of Joseph", again as the name is found in the tomb. Further they question how this could have been kept a secret for so long, when the location of the tomb was known to others. It would have had to have been a secret location in order for the believe of the resurrection to maintained. Some other points include that Jesus would not have been afforded such a rich tomb, that DNA is impossible to prove a connection with and the lack of religious symbols in the tomb.

Even in Rehab Britney Spears is making news, it is being reported that in an effort to secure her privacy that she has booked an entire wing of the facility. She reportedly wanted to avoid interacting with other patients out of fears that pictures of videos might be taken and leaked out to the press, or the internet. On this account she seems more than justified in fearing for her privacy, photo agencies would be more than happy to purchase pictures taken of her by fellow patients. It is being reported that Spears is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for rehab, a price that I am sure is well worth it. I am a journalist, and I would defend the right of photographers to their pictures, but I think that there are some places where privacy should be honored, and this is one area. when someone is making an effort to do something good for themselves like this, they need support, not people taking from them.

On Wednesday a federal appeals court upheld the ruling of the court that Anna Nicole Smith's body be buried in the Bahamas. Smith's family has said that she would not appeal this ruling, clearing the way for Smith's body to be buried as soon as Friday. TMZ is now reporting that her funeral is scheduled to take place tomorrow in the Bahamas. TMZ also has a copy of her death certificate, here.

Allenna Williams Ward, a middle school teacher in Clinton, South Carolina, is being accused of having sex with 5 underage males, some of which were her students. The encounters with the 14-year-old and 15-year-old students took place at a number of locations, including the school, a motel and behind a restaurant. She was arrested by authorities on Wednesday.

Michael Devlin, the man arrested for the kidnappings of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby, is having federal charges added to his sentence. The charges relating to one victim, only identified by the letter "S" are, four felony counts of child pornography and two felony counts of transportation of a minor for sexual activity. The indictment alleges that the activities of sexual abuse took place between October of 2002, through till 2007.

There is a war breaking out between celebrity gossip rags, the New York Post, and The feud began when a writer for Gawker published a story about one of the Posts new hire had caused a scene at a party, using the much abused line, "don't you know who I am". The reporter for the post was fired in connection to the incident. The Post is returning the favor by publishing reports that Heather Snodgrass, assistant editor at Gawker, has been going to events, getting drunk, belligerent and amorous with guests at parties she was covering.

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