April 26, 2007

A Survivor

Which female are you?

The Survivor
The Survivor

"I will not give up, I will make it to the top". You are the survivor. Daring, Powerful and strong, you believe you can overcome any fear and you do! You are not the type of girl who will never cry over a man and you know how to move along and find someone else. Even if you stay alone, you're still alive and fascinating.

Opposite : The Angel.

How do you compare?
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April 25, 2007

They Caught The Scum!

A happy ending to this story

4 Arrested In Beating Of Man With Cerebral Palsy

Police Say Accused Assailants Stole Speech-Generating Device

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Authorities arrested four people in the beating of a man who has cerebral palsy, according to officials with the Redlands Police Department.

Investigators said the suspects beat Steven Kile, who uses a wheelchair, and stole a lit-writer -- a speech-generating device. The attack Sunday occurred at Kile's apartment on a street near Interstate 10 in the city of Redlands.

The victim's friend Kathy Sulsona fielded calls Monday from outraged friends, who had just learned the man many simply know as "Steven" was the victim of a ruthless crime. Friends said the 29-year-old Redlands man is extremely intelligent, but is confined to a wheelchair with cerebral palsy and unable to talk.

Sulsona said Kile, who is not able to say 'Who is it?,' opened the door late Sunday night when three masked intruders charged their way inside Kile's tiny apartment on New York Street.

"They punched, kicked and pulled him out of his wheelchair. One of the men was armed with a knife, all three men were wearing ski masks," said Carl Baker with the Redlands Police Department.

The one-bedroom apartment was ransacked for valuables.

"There's nothing here, the computer is about four years old, worth maybe $25 at most. A few cheap cameras, the VCR, the DVD, Direct TV box, none of that is worth anything," said Sulsona.

Police said the intruders took those items and perhaps his most valuable possession, a lit-writer -- a speech-generating device that attaches to his computer.

"He lives on Social Security only. That's all he has, so what he has is what he's worked hard for, scraped together or friends have donated to him so he could live out on his own and feel safe. Obviously, he wasn't," said Sulsona.

Kile used sign language to describe the attack to his brother.

"The first one asked for a cup of sugar," Chris Kile said. "As he turned around, the other three burst in behind him."

Sister Erica Guillian said Kile's face was swollen and bloody when she visited him later that night at a hospital.

"What bothered me most was this whole side of his face had somebody's shoe print imprinted on the side of his face," Guillian said.

Authorities said the attackers met Kile through the Web site Craigslist.com. The site has bulletin boards that can be used for social networking.

Police said two Riverside men and two juveniles were arrested. The adults were identified as 21-year-old Richard Lance McGee and 20-year-old Seyyed Hadi Mirlohi.

"We want him to be able to go back to his apartment, and we want any person with disabilities that make them vulnerable to feel safe in this city," said Capt. Tom Fitzmaurice.

The case was referred to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Hate Crime Division for possible charges in addition to the home invasion robbery charges.

NBC4 reported that Kile is staying with relatives.

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April 24, 2007

Funny Commercial

I know I shouldn't laugh, but this commercial cracks me up. It's not what one expects to happen:

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April 23, 2007

Scum is Too Good a Name For These People

I hope they catch the scumbags who did this. And throw their asses in jail forever.

Article here

Police: Robbers Steal Speech-Generating Device From Disabled Man

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Investigators say robbers stole a lit-writer, a speech-generating device, from a man in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy.

NBC4 reported that the robbers in San Bernardino punched and kicked their helpless victim even after seeing his condition.

The robbery happened at an apartment on a street near Interstate 10 in the city of Redlands.

The victim's friend Kathy Sulsona fielded calls Monday from outraged friends, who had just learned the man many simply know as "Steven" was the victim of a ruthless crime.

Friends said the 29-year-old Redlands man is extremely intelligent, but is confined to a wheelchair with cerebral palsy and unable to talk.

"He cannot speak at all. Everything is with sign or through the communication machine. It's all typing out and the machine talks for him," said Sulsona.

Sulsona said Steven, who is not able to say 'Who is it?,' opened the door late Sunday night when three masked intruders charged their way inside Steven's tiny apartment on New York Street.

"They punched, kicked and pulled him out of his wheelchair. One of the men was armed with a knife, all three men were wearing ski masks," said Carl Baker with the Redlands Police Department.

The one-bedroom apartment was ransacked for valuables.

"There's nothing here, the computer is about four years old, worth maybe $25 at most. A few cheap cameras, the VCR, the DVD, Direct TV box, none of that is worth anything," said Sulsona.

The intruders took it all, but robbed the disabled man of perhaps his most valuable possession, a lit-writer, a speech-generating device that attaches to his computer. It was Steven's connection to the speaking world.

"He lives on Social Security only. That's all he has, so what he has is what he's worked hard for, scraped together or friends have donated to him so he could live out on his own and feel safe and obviously he wasn't," said Sulsona.

NBC4 reported that Steven is staying with relatives. Redlands police said they have little to go on and are asking for the public's help in solving the case.

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Things Are Looking Up

When I went to bed last night, I had a slight headache. I slept in way too late, yesterday morning, and had one of those "too much sleep" headaches that I can't shake all day. I thought I would feel better this morning. Nope. Woke up with my head hurting even worse. The pain was starting to go down my neck into my shoulders. I also felt slightly nauseated. Great. Monday is one of the days I really need to be at work. I debated whether to call in sick anyway. Amanda could cover for me a little bit, but that would mean I would have to drive her out there. Driving seemed out of the question. I also thought of going in without eating, or drinking anything and see if the nausea would go away. But then I thought of all the dogs barking with this headache. If I went in, I would be more of a raving, psychotic bitch than I usually am. The thought of eating anything made my stomach feel even worse. I thought I would try to drink some of my green tea and see if I could keep it down. The tea seemed to settle my stomach and I actually started to feel a little better. I still wanted to eat something though. Ah! Oatmeal! Made myself a bowl and managed to keep it down. I felt even better. Right now, the pain from the headache seems to have gone down some. My stomach is settled enough that I am going to take some Exedrin and see if that makes the pain go away completely. I feel much better now than when I woke up. I will go into work today.

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April 18, 2007

Whale Rider

I could have continued blogging about the Virginia Tech shooter. By now, I am sure that everyone has seen the pictures he took before he went on his rampage. Seen the video and read the rambling letters. I considered even posting some of the pictures that he took of himself. Instead, I am going to post about a movie I caught tonight. It it called Whale Rider. The verdict? It was great! One of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. To give you an idea what it is about, I will post the blurb from Amazon:

One of the most charming and critically acclaimed films of 2003, the New Zealand hit Whale Rider effectively combines Maori tribal tradition with the timely "girl power" of a vibrant new millennium. Despite the discouragement of her gruff and disapproving grandfather (Rawiri Paratene), who nearly disowns her because she is female and therefore traditionally disqualified from tribal leadership, 12-year-old Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is convinced that she is a tribal leader, and sets about to prove it. Rather than inflate this story (from a novel by Witi Ihimaera) with artificial sentiment, writer-director Niki Caro develops very real and turbulent family relationships, intimate and yet torn by a collision between stubborn tradition and changing attitudes. The mythic whale rider--the ultimate symbol of Maori connection to nature--is also the harbinger of Pai's destiny, and the appealing Castle-Hughes gives a luminous, astonishingly powerful performance that won't leave a dry eye in the house. With its fresh take on a familiar tale, Whale Rider is definitely one from the heart. --Jeff Shannon

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April 17, 2007

More Information Comes Out

Virginia Tech shooter ID'd as South Korean student, 23

Police say Cho Seung-Hui was a loner whose "nightmarish, violent" writings alarmed both his professors and classmates.

By Matt Apuzzo
The Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The gunman in the Virginia Tech massacre was a sullen loner who alarmed professors and classmates with his twisted, violence-drenched creative writing and left a rambling note in his dorm room raging against women and rich kids.

A chilling picture emerged Tuesday of Cho Seung-Hui — a 23-year-old senior majoring in English — a day after the bloodbath that left 33 people dead, including Cho, who killed himself as police closed in.
PCH Helicopters

News reports said that he may have been taking medication for depression and that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic.

Despite the many warning signs that came to light in the bloody aftermath, police and university officials offered no clues as to exactly what set Cho off on the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

“He was a loner, and we’re having difficulty finding information about him,” school spokesman Larry Hincker said.

A student who attended Virginia Tech last fall provided obscenity- and violence-laced screenplays that he said Cho wrote as part of a playwriting class they both took. One was about a fight between a stepson and his stepfather, and involved throwing of hammers and attacks with a chainsaw. Another was about students fantasizing about stalking and killing a teacher who sexually molested them.

“When we read Cho’s plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn’t have even thought of,” former classmate Ian McFarlane, now an AOL employee, wrote in a blog posted on an AOL Web site. He said he and other students “were talking to each other with serious worry about whether he could be a school shooter.”

“We always joked we were just waiting for him to do something, waiting to hear about something he did,” said another classmate, Stephanie Derry. “But when I got the call it was Cho who had done this, I started crying, bawling.”

Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university’s English department, said Cho’s writing was so disturbing that he had been referred to the university’s counseling service.

“Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it’s creative or if they’re describing things, if they’re imagining things or just how real it might be,” Rude said. “But we’re all alert to not ignore things like this.”

She said she did not know when he was referred for counseling, or what the outcome was. Rude refused to release any of his writings or his grades, citing privacy laws. The counseling service refused to comment.

Cho — who arrived in the United States as boy from South Korea in 1992 and was raised in suburban Washington, D.C., where his parents worked at a dry cleaners — left a note in his dorm room that was found after the bloodbath.

A government official, who spoke of condition of anonymity because he had not been authorized to discuss details of the case, said the note had been described to him as “anti-woman, anti-rich kid.”

The Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site that the note railed against “rich kids,” “debauchery” and “deceitful charlatans” on campus. ABC, citing law enforcement sources, said that the note, several pages long, explains Cho’s actions and says, “You caused me to do this.”

Col. Steve Flaherty, superintendent of the Virginia State Police, said there was no evidence so far that Cho left a suicide note, but he said authorities were going through a considerable number of writings.

Citing unidentified sources, the Tribune also said Cho had recently set a fire in a dorm room and had stalked some women.

Monday’s rampage consisted of two attacks, more than two hours apart — first at a dormitory, where two people were killed, then inside a classroom building, where 31 people, including Cho, died. Two handguns — a 9 mm and a .22-caliber — were found in the classroom building.

The Washington Post quoted law enforcement sources as saying Cho died with the words “Ismail Ax” in red ink on one of his arms, but they were not sure what that meant.

According to court papers, police found a “bomb threat” note — directed at engineering school buildings — near the victims in the classroom building. In the past three weeks, Virginia Tech was hit with two other bomb threats. Investigators have not connected those earlier threats to Cho.

Cho graduated from Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., in 2003. His family lived in an off-white, two-story townhouse in Centreville, Va.

At least one of those killed in the rampage, Reema Samaha, graduated from Westfield High in 2006. But there was no immediate word from authorities on whether Cho knew the young woman and singled her out.

“He was very quiet, always by himself,” neighbor Abdul Shash said. Shash said Cho spent a lot of his free time playing basketball and would not respond if someone greeted him.

Classmates painted a similar picture. Some said that on the first day of a British literature class last year, the 30 or so students went around and introduced themselves. When it was Cho’s turn, he didn’t speak.

On the sign-in sheet where everyone else had written their names, Cho had written a question mark. “Is your name, ‘Question mark?’” classmate Julie Poole recalled the professor asking. The young man offered little response.

Cho spent much of that class sitting in the back of the room, wearing a hat and seldom participating. In a small department, Cho distinguished himself for being anonymous. “He didn’t reach out to anyone. He never talked,” Poole said.

“We just really knew him as the question mark kid,” Poole said.

One law enforcement official said Cho’s backpack contained a receipt for a March purchase of a Glock 9 mm pistol. Cho held a green card, meaning he was a legal, permanent resident. That meant he was eligible to buy a handgun unless he had been convicted of a felony.

Roanoke Firearms owner John Markell said his shop sold the Glock and a box of practice ammo to Cho 36 days ago for $571.

“He was a nice, clean-cut college kid. We won’t sell a gun if we have any idea at all that a purchase is suspicious,” Markell said.

Investigators stopped short of saying Cho carried out both attacks. But State Police ballistics tests showed one gun was used in both.

And two law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information had not been announced, said Cho’s fingerprints were on both guns, whose serial numbers had been filed off.

Gov. Tim Kaine said he will appoint a panel at the university’s request to review authorities’ handling of the disaster. Parents and students bitterly complained that the university should have locked down the campus immediately after the first burst of gunfire and did not do enough to warn people.

Kaine warned against making snap judgments and said he had “nothing but loathing” for those who take the tragedy and “make it their political hobby horse to ride.”

On Tuesday afternoon, thousands of people gathered in the basketball arena for a memorial service for the victims, with an overflow crowd of thousands watching on a jumbo TV screen in the football stadium. President Bush and the first lady attended.

“As you draw closer to your families in the coming days, I ask you to reach out to those who ache for sons and daughters who are never coming home,” Bush said.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger received a 30-second standing ovation, despite the criticism of the school administration.

With classes canceled for the rest of the week, many students left town in a hurry, lugging pillows, sleeping bags and backpacks down the sidewalks.

Jessie Ferguson, 19, a freshman from Arlington, headed for her car with tears streaming down her cheeks.

“I’m still kind of shaky,” she said. “I had to pump myself up just to kind of come out of the building. I was going to come out, but it took a little bit of ‘OK, it’s going to be all right. There’s lots of cops around.’”

She added: “I just don’t want to be on campus.”

Stories of heroism and ingenuity emerged Tuesday. Liviu Librescu, an Israeli engineering and math lecturer, was killed after he was said to have protected his students’ lives by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the gunman. And one student, an Eagle Scout, probably saved his own life by using an electrical cord as a tourniquet around his bleeding thigh, a doctor reported.

Associated Press writers Stephen Manning in Centreville, Va.; Matt Barakat in Richmond, Va.; Lara Jakes Jordan and Beverley Lumpkin in Washington; and Vicki Smith, Sue Lindsey and Justin Pope in Blacksburg contributed to this report.

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April 16, 2007

More Madness

I was one my way to work, when I first started hearing about this. I felt nauseated and didn't really feel like working today. I had no choice, though:

Article here

Authorities Tentatively ID Va. Tech Gunman

Witness: Gunman 'Normal-Looking'

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Authorities say they've tentatively identified the gunman behind Monday's shooting rampage at Virginia Tech that killed 32 victims, but they're not releasing any information yet.

Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum told reporters that two weapons were recovered, but he declined to describe them.

A witness who survived the shooting described the gunman as "just a normal-looking kid" who was Asian.

Student Erin Sheehan was in a German class attacked by the gunman. She told the student newspaper the gunman had on what she called a "Boy Scout-type outfit," and was wearing a "tan button-up vest" as well as a "black vest."

Another student in the class, Trey Perkins, told The Washington Post the gunman was about 19 years old and had a "very serious but very calm look on his face."

Perkins said the gunman first shot the professor in the head and then fired on the students.

Officials Relay Timeline

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger offered reporters a timeline of Monday's shootings, first at a dormitory, where two people were killed, then at a classroom building, where 30 people plus the gunman died.

Steger said at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time, there was a 911 call reporting a shooting at Norris Hall, the second crime scene.

Steger said when officers arrived there, they found the front doors chained shut from the inside. The officers were able to force their way in. Once inside, they heard gunshots from the second floor. Steger said just as the officers reached the second floor, the gunshots stopped, and the gunman was found dead.

The attack was the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. The gunman was killed, bringing the death toll to 33.

Flinchum said the gunman took his own life.

Bush: Nation Shocked, Saddened

President George W. Bush said in a Monday afternoon statement that the nation was shocked and saddened by the shootings. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier led prayers for the victims in speeches from Congress.

"We hold the victims in our hearts, lift them up in prayers and ask a loving God to comfort those that are suffering today," Bush said.

Motive Unknown

Investigators offered no motive for the attack. It was not immediately known if the gunman was a student.

Some of the dead were students. Flinchum said one student was killed in the first shooting -- at a dormitory -- and the others were killed in an academic building. University officials said the shootings happened at opposite ends of the campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed dorm that houses 895 people. The second shooting was about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

Flinchum has not said if the two shootings were connected.

When questioned why the campus wasn't locked down after the first incident, he said they had reason to believe that the shooting at West Ambler Johnston was isolated.

"We had some reason to believe the shooter was leaving campus, possibly the state," Steger said.

Steger described the events as an incident of "tragic proportions."

"The university is shocked and horrified that this would befall us," Steger said.

Victims' Identities Not Released

The identities of the 32 people killed won't be released just yet because authorities are in the process of notifying relatives. The notifications aren't expected to be completed until Tuesday. He added that grief counselors will be made available for students.

Steger urged parents not to come to the campus. Instead, he has instructed students to contact their parents.

The school has more than 25,000 full-time students.

Response Criticized

Some students complained there were no public-address announcements or other warnings on campus after the first burst of gunfire. They said the first word they received was an e-mail more than two hours into the rampage -- around the time of the second shooting.

Steger said authorities believed the shooting at the dorm was a domestic dispute and mistakenly thought the gunman had fled the campus.

"We had no reason to suspect any other incident was going to occur," Steger said.

The university decided to rely on e-mail and other electronic means of notifying people, but with 11,000 people driving onto campus first thing in the morning, it was difficult to get the word out to everyone," he said.

The shootings spread panic and confusion on campus, with witnesses reporting students jumping out the windows of a classroom building to escape the gunfire. SWAT team members with helmets, flak jackets and assault rifles swarmed over the campus. Students and faculty members carried out some of the wounded themselves, without waiting for ambulances to arrive.

Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, Va., told The Associated Press that the shooting happened on the fourth floor of the dorm, one floor above her room. Kanode said students are "locked in our dorms surfing the Internet trying to figure out what's going on."

According to the school's Web site, the school closed Monday and classes were to be canceled Tuesday. The university was to remain open for administrative operations.

All students, faculty, and staff were required to stay where they are until police execute a planned evacuation. A phased closing was to be in effect Monday; further information was to be forthcoming as soon as police secured the campus.

Tuesday, a university convocation/ceremony at 2 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum is scheduled. The Inn at Virginia Tech has been designated as the site for parents to gather and obtain information.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university in Blacksburg, a small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia.

The university is recognized for its engineering, agriculture and veterinary medicine programs.

Located about 160 miles west of Richmond, the 2,600-acre campus has more than 100 buildings.

The school was founded in 1872 as the all-male Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1896, it changed its name to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, informally shortened to Virginia Tech. It admitted white women for the first time in 1921. The first black man enrolled in 1953, and six black women enrolled in 1966.

Virginia Tech is also known for its powerhouse football team. Notable football alumni include Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his younger brother, Marcus Vick.

It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of a shooting. In August 2006, the opening day of classes was canceled and the campus closed when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff's deputy involved in the manhunt was killed on a trail just off campus. The accused gunman, William Morva, faces capital murder charges.

Cell Phone Video Provides Glimpse Of Rampage

A student's shaky cell phone video with the sound of multiple gunshots has provided the most striking depiction of the horror at Virginia Tech.

The video shot by Jamal Albarghouti appears unremarkable to the eye, with police officers at the end of a parking lot standing, guns drawn, outside a campus building. But the sound of gunfire captured what was going on.

Albarghouti told CNN that at first he believed he had come across the investigation of a bomb threat. There had been several on campus in recent weeks

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April 14, 2007

Bitten By the Cruise Bug

Several years ago, a friend of ours went on a cruise. He raved and raved about how the crew of the ship fawn all over the passengers. He made it sound like every passenger would have 5 people following them around constantly. Fussing over them and catering to their every whim. It really didn't sound that appealing to Mike and I. We were/are into dirt camping and the thought of being pampered constantly, by people who had their hands out for tips didn't sound very fun. Flash forward to a couple of years ago. My parents, and one of my sisters had started to go on cruises. I asked about this phony fawning over they were taken aback. I know my Mom and she wouldn't enjoy something like that. She said it wasn't like that at all. In fact, she, my dad and sister loved going on cruises. So, for out 20th anniversary, Mike and I decided to go on a short cruise to see if it was our cup of tea. We loved it. We are now hooked. Since we took the one cruise, we our on the mailing list of every freaking cruise line out there. And, we want to go on every one that comes our way. We decided that in October of 2008, we are going to take the cruise above to the Mexican Riviera. After that, at some point, we will go to Alaska. If we had Bill Gates money, we would probably spend the rest of our lives cruising. Or cruise until we get absolutely, positively sick of it.

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April 12, 2007

I Felt the Earth Move

I think me, Amanda and Teresa were about the only ones who felt this, this morning. A 2.2 is really insignificant as far as earthquakes go. But, the epicenter was really close to where we live, and so we got quite a shake. I heard a rumble that sounded like a large delivery truck turning up the street. When I felt the floor begin to shake, I had barely got out the word, "Earthquake!", when there was a rather large bump. That was it. It was over. I'm glad it was a small one.

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April 10, 2007

Will The Real Father Please Stand Up?

Well, he has. DNA testing has proved that Larry Birkhead, Anna Nicole's ex-boyfriend is the baby's father (he's kind of cute!):

Article here

DNA Shows Larry Birkhead Is Baby's Dad

Associated Press Writer

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- DNA tests prove it: Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's million-dollar baby.

"I told you so!" the late Playboy Playmate's former boyfriend said Tuesday upon emerging from a closed court hearing. He added: "My baby's going to be coming home pretty soon."

Birkhead, a 34-year-old California photographer, then hugged his rival, Howard K. Stern, who has been caring for baby Dannielynn since Smith's sudden death in February.

The hearing was a pivotal moment in the battle over who gets custody of the girl, who could inherit a fortune from the estate of Smith's late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. Although Birkhead is the father, Stern's name is on the birth certificate. Another custody hearing was scheduled for Friday.

Stern, who was Smith's lawyer and later became her companion, said he wouldn't fight for custody, but a lawyer for Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, indicated she might. The judge scheduled another hearing for Friday in the pink colonial courthouse to discuss who will raise the girl, who could inherit hundreds of millions of dollars.

Stern said he loved the baby despite the DNA results and would support Birkhead.

"I'm obviously very disappointed, but my feelings for Dannielynn have not changed," he said, adding of Birkhead: "I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure he gets sole custody."

Birkhead had been fighting for custody of Dannielynn even before Smith's death.

"Nothing's been determined except parentage and I'm the father," Birkhead said. "It's been a long road and I'm just happy to have this behind me."

A crowd of about 250 people, many of them tourists, cheered from behind police barricades when Birkhead, clutching a piece of paper, announced the DNA test results. The court's DNA expert, Dr. Michael Baird, confirmed it.

"Essentially, he's the biological father," Baird said.

This tropical capital has been transfixed by the Anna Nicole saga since she moved here last year. Smith gave birth to Dannielynn in September, only to see her 20-year-old son Daniel die days later at her bedside from a lethal combination of drugs. Smith died in February at age 39 in Florida.

Many in the crowd took pictures of the impromptu news conference with cameras and cell phones. One man in the crowd wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the handwritten message: "I'm the baby's daddy."

Arthur, who had been estranged from Smith for years, said she wanted to be present in her granddaughter's life, but seemed appeased by the DNA results.

"I'm happy that Dannielynn will know who her real father is," she said.

The baby, whose full name is Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, could inherit millions from Marshall's estate. Smith, a former model, had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon's family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.

The question of who inherits Smith's estate remains unresolved. A 2001 will released after her death in February said her fortune should be held in trust for her son, who died last year. The 19-page will named Stern as her executor but did not say how much Smith was worth. It remains a mystery how much her daughter might get.

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April 09, 2007

Can I Beat This Guy Until My Hand Hurts?

This disgusts me:

Article here

Calif. man gets jail time for abusing puppy

7-month-old Doberman brought to shelter with broken ribs and leg injuries

LOS ANGELES - A man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after bringing a 7-month-old Doberman puppy with broken ribs and leg injuries to a shelter and telling the workers there that his hands hurt from hitting her.

Isaak Gowhari, 34, was sentenced Thursday to 45 days in county jail after entering his plea to the misdemeanor counts. The judge also barred Gowhari from owning an animal for three years.

Gowhari’s telephone number was unlisted and he could not immediately be reached for comment.

Authorities said Gowhari came under investigation after he gave Gracie, the puppy, to an animal shelter.

“Gowhari told the animal shelter workers that he was surrendering the dog because his hands hurt from hitting the animal,” said animal control Officer Ernesto Poblano.

Photos seized by investigators showed Gracie’s snout taped shut and her legs bandaged.

“At times, Gowhari did get Gracie medical care for the injuries he inflicted, but he apparently did not follow up on treatments and the injuries became aggravated and did not heal,” Poblano said.

Gracie recovered from her injuries and has since been adopted.

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April 08, 2007

Easter 2007

I used to make a bunny cake every Easter years ago. Since I started working, it's been a little harder to find the time. Amanda used to go to work on Sunday, and I would go with her to help her so she could leave earlier. Kelly is giving Amanda Easter off now, so I had all day today to cook and clean. So, I made the bunny cake. It's real easy. You make two round cake layers. One layer is the face, and you cut the ears and bow tie out of the other layer with two cuts. You can decorate it anyway you want. I sometimes use colored frosting to make the face, dry spaghetti for whiskers and pink coconut to make the inside of the ears pink. But, since I couldn't find any of those things, I just used plain M&M's to make the facial features. I hope everyone had a nice Easter.

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April 01, 2007

A Beautiful Day For A Drive

I've owned my new car for nearly 4 years and this is the first time I've taken it to the coast. It was a gorgeous day. I drove to the Point Vicente Marine Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes and took this shot. I couldn't get any closer to the lighthouse. It was on United States Coast Guard property and it was all locked up. So may car and I saw how the other half lives. This is located near some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

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