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7-year-old steals car to skip church - watch video

>> Thursday, July 30, 2009

Unbelievable what a 7-year old is capable of doing these days. What a parent's nightmare. Watch video.

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Toyota's new baby, a smart car

Could this be a threat to Smart car?
Timing is everything, and it appears that Canadians will be getting Toyota’s hip, young Scion brand just before its coolest car comes to market. The iQ micro-car is expected to arrive as a 2011 model late next year, or as a 2012, the year after, says Motor Trend magazine.

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Big change in Madonna's biceps

>> Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Microsoft and Yahoo finally teaming up

Microsoft and Yahoo are finally teaming up on a search partnership in an effort to take on Google with Microsoft's Bing. The Wall Street Journal says Microsoft, which last year tried to takeover Yahoo, "wins what it wanted most from the Internet pioneer -- huge volumes of queries that run through Yahoo's search engine." Get more facts and opinions here and here.

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Baby girl with two heads born in Manila

A tricycle driver's wife gave birth to a two-headed baby girl at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, Tuesday night.

Salvador Arganda, tricycle driver and resident of Mutinlupa City, said his wife, Chaterian, gave birth to "Baby Girl Arciaga" around 8:45 p.m. He said he last saw their baby around midnight at the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit.

Arganda said they had suspicions that Chaterian was carrying two babies because both sides of their families have twin members.

He said their suspicion was erased after being told that there was only one baby inside Chaterian’s womb, based on her initial ultrasound.

On Saturday, Chaterian went back to the hospital for another ultrasound session and they were told that the baby would come out of her womb head first and that she would have to give birth by caesarean section.

Arganda said they were surprised when doctors told them that Chaterian gave birth to a baby with two heads.

The tricycle driver said he and his wife are praying for the baby to live.

"Sana mabuhay ang bata. Kakayanin naming mag-asawa iyon," he said when asked how will they take care of the child with his meager pay as a tricycle driver.

Dr. Ruben Flores, Fabella hospital's director, said the baby's case is called dicephaly monozygotic conjoined twins, which, he said, is a very rare occurrence.

Flores said they will use the hospital's resources to sustain the baby's life.

Dr. Melissa Juico of the hospital's newborn unit, meanwhile, said they will subject the baby to 2-D (two-dimensional) echocardiogram to determine if the child has only one heart.

Juico said the "twins" would not be able to live long enough with only one heart or if they are sharing vital organs.

A radio dzMM report said the baby was crying a lot and was very responsive.

The baby's grandmother, Celestina, told radio dzMM that their family would need financial assistance for the baby's medical expenses.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has pledged to help the baby's family and Bantay Bata 163, ABS-CBN Foundation's child welfare program has started extending assistance to the baby's family.

For those who would want to help Baby Girl Arciaga dial 163 or phone number 415-2272 local 5674.

[Source: abs-cbn News]

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Snakes in Man's Pockets Caused Connecticut Car Crash, Police Say

>> Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HARTFORD, Conn. — Police say two pet baby snakes escaped from a 20-year-old man's pants pockets as he was driving, leading to a car crash in Hartford, Connecticut.

Angel Rolon, of New Britain, allegedly lost control of his sport utility vehicle on Monday when the snakes slithered near the gas and brake pedals and he and a passenger tried to catch them.

The SUV veered into some parked cars and overturned, according to authorities.

Rolon was treated at a hospital for unknown injuries. Police say they gave him a summons for reckless driving and other charges.

There is no public telephone listing for Rolon and it was unclear if he has a lawyer.

Police are unsure why the snakes were in Rolon's pockets or what kind of snakes they were. Animal control officers caught the animals.
[Fox News]

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The 103rd floor skydeck of the Sears Tower opens

Visitors enjoy the view from the Ledge, a new glass cube that juts out from the 103rd floor skydeck of the Sears Tower, on July 1 in Chicago. The 1,353-foot-high observatory is open to the public.

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Man beaten to death in lot outside Phillies' park after game trouble

>> Monday, July 27, 2009

A man is dead because of some boys who cannot accept defeat. Yes, they have to have the mind of boy who would go tantrum at anything. In fairness, there are some real boys who acts and thinks like a real man. It's sad to lose one's life just because.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man who was attending a bachelor party at a bar next to the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark has been beaten to death during a melee outside.
Police say a group from the bachelor party got into a fight with other patrons at a sports bar and restaurant in the Citizens Bank Park complex Saturday night. The trouble started during the closing innings of a game between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The groups were told to leave McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, and the dispute moved outside to a parking lot.
Police say 22-year-old Lansdale resident David Sale was assaulted there and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The World Series champion Phillies say they won't comment until arrests are announced.

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G-Force defeats Harry Potter 6

>> Sunday, July 26, 2009

Two time Oscar-winning visual effects artist Hoyt Yeatman makes his feature directorial debut with this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced family film following a group of highly trained guinea pigs on their mission to prevent an evil billionaire from taking over the world. Beginning in the Civil War -- when carrier pigeons delivered messages from the front lines -- the American government has been covertly training animals to work in espionage. The latest government program is a clandestine espionage team known as "G-Force," which includes a team of ultra-intelligent guinea pigs who share 98.7 percent of their DNA with humans. Comprised of unpredictable weapons expert Blaster (voice of Tracy Morgan), alluring martial arts expert Juarez (voice of Penélope Cruz), stealthy reconnaissance expert Mooch, and a star-nosed mole named Speckles (voice of Nicolas Cage), who specializes in computers, this crack team of agents is fronted by heroic squad leader Darwin (voice of Sam Rockwell). When a deranged billionaire hatches a plan to control the entire planet through common household appliances, the G-Force leaps into action on a mission to ensure that he does not succeed.

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Katie Holmes tribute to Judy Garland dance video


Katie Holmes performed a tribute to Judy Garland on the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance Thursday night.

Holmes, 30, danced to and sang Garland's classic "Get Happy" in a tux jacket and tights to promote her Dizzy Feet Foundation, which provide scholarships and assistance to kids who want to become professional dancers and will also help dance instruction nationwide.

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One early morning at Seal Beach

A day of relaxation here at Seal Beach, California. I loved it even though it's a little foggy this morning. We usually come here before the break of dawn and would leave by nine o'clock when the sun is not that hot yet.

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When Losing a Home Means Finding Happiness

>> Friday, July 24, 2009

Here is an inspiring story of a couple who found happiness after losing practically everything they got for about 20 years. I picked this story because this is the story of recession that most of us can relate to. When you go through hardships, you wonder if there are anybody out there who can feel your feelings, and how affected they are with what is happening these days to America and around the world. This is an interesting story as it also gives you an idea what you can do to find peace and contentment after losing what you've lived for. This is reality that we have fallen into and we need to wake up and get up now.

"I went from living in a 4900-square-foot house to living in this 29-foot trailer," Michael Babins tells me as we're chatting in the living room slash kitchen slash dining area of the Prowler Regal he has called home for the past nine months. "And to tell you the truth, I am totally content right now."
Until their move to the Hi-Ho RV Park in Glenn Heights, Texas, Michael and his wife Lisa had lived in Las Vegas for eighteen years. The couple bought a house in the late 1990s for $155,000. With two incomes, two kids, five dogs, and a beautiful home, the Babins led an ostensibly idyllic life.One day almost five years ago, Michael started chatting with his next door neighbor--a man planning a host of home improvements with money he had just received by refinancing his mortgage. The Babins could scarcely believe that their neighbor's nearly identical property had been assessed at more than $350,000, until they got their own comparable estimate. Suddenly, dozens of refinancing invitations arriving in the mail every week no longer looked like junk. Each one could hold a passport to financial freedom. The Babins could not see the financial enslavement lurking just behind the glossy brochures and fast-talking mortgage brokers. It was as if the noxious gases inflating the housing bubble had seeped into the couple's rational mind, infecting them with a Panglossian outlook."We never thought the price of our house would come down," Michael admits sheepishly. "We just didn't see an end to the market."One finance company offered them a 110% return on their equity with a three-year fixed interest rate that was 4% lower than that on their original loan. The broker insisted they could always come back to refinance again if interest rates spiked after the arrangement shifted to its adjustable phase. So they signed the papers, increasing the burden of their debt to $300,000. Michael just shakes his head in resignation while recounting those fevered days in Vegas, when it seemed like mortgage brokers handed out six-figure loans as flippantly as casinos did free cocktails. "When you dangle a carrot in front of a donkey's nose, he's gonna follow it. That's what happened to us," he explains. He freely admits they should have proceeded more cautiously in refinancing, but still can't shake the feeling that lax regulations permitted unscrupulous brokers to lure them into a kind of legal scam. "We never should have qualified for a loan that high with how much we made. We shouldn't have been offered it. But also, we shouldn't have taken it." Michael and Lisa devoted most of the money to home improvements, never imagining they would end up simply walking away from the investment within a few years. Fortunately, the extra money also financed the purchase of a 29-foot Prowler Regal they now call home.In late 2007, an oppressive shroud of recession began to settle over their lives, tightening the noose they had walked into so blindly. With the refinancing funds already depleted, the Babins felt the full burden of their monthly mortgage payment just as rising energy prices had utilities and gasoline consuming a larger portion of their budget. Interest rates were going up; property values were going down. There were no refinancing options available as their mortgage approached the shift to an adjustable rate. The home refinanced at its peak market value had dropped back down to its purchase price from the late 1990s. As the mirage vanished, they could finally see that the luxurious $350,000+ house they had reveled in was actually little more than a cosmetically-adorned version of the $155,000 place they bought a decade ago. And they still owed more than a quarter million dollars on it. The choking crush of reality grew almost unbearable.By this point their kids had grown and moved out to start their own lives, so Michael and Lisa had been considering relocation closer to their native Oklahoma. Forty-seven homes displayed foreclosure signs within a three-block radius, so they clearly couldn't sell their house and make a calculated move. But when Michael received an offer for a managerial position at a Dave and Buster's in Dallas, Texas, they didn't have to consider so much as they had to start planning.The Babins had resigned themselves to becoming renters instead of homeowners, until Michael happened across an online forum of people discussing the benefits of RV living. "I didn't actually know that people lived in RVs and traveled around," he admits. Further research sparked a revelation that they already had a second home sitting parked in the driveway. So they both resigned from their Vegas jobs: Michael as manager for a gaming company and Lisa as manager of a floral and hospitality service. They sold whatever people would buy in a yard sale, packed everything they could into the RV and a U-Haul--abandoning anything that wouldn't fit. They locked the door of their home for the last time and simply drove away. They left behind furniture, appliances, tools, a house, a quarter million dollar mortgage, and the only life they'd known for nearly twenty years. I surmise that moment of departure felt something akin to having a cancerous tumor removed without the benefit of anesthesia. But as the lights of Las Vegas faded in the rearview mirror, the burden of that life began to lighten. "We could have kept our house, could have kept paying for it," Michael says. "But it would have been a mistake. Leaving took a big weight off." He knows the bank has foreclosed on it by now, though he hasn't seen it listed in any public database yet. Making that decision to uproot their lives and abandon their community, home, and possessions felt excruciating, but now Michael seems almost ecstatically grateful for the new perspective it has given him. "It's like this gave me a whole new light on life and retirement."A few years ago, Michael thought they were happy. But looking back, he seems to realize they'd just grown a high tolerance for struggle. They both worked constantly to keep feeding a parasite assuming the form of a beautiful home. Between the mortgage payment and utilities, the Babins's monthly living expenses used to average around $3500. With their travel trailer now parked under the shade of maple trees in the Hi-Ho RV Park, those expenses have dropped to $550. "I used to think I would buy a house, pay it off, then retire in it. Now I wouldn't even consider buying another house. I watched my father become a prisoner to his house." Michael recalls that even after his father's retirement, his parents couldn't travel because they spent too much on property taxes, home repairs, utilities, and upkeep. "My father worked his whole life to pay for his own prison. I don't want that."Lisa used to earn the bigger paycheck, but now she doesn't even have to work. When Michael is not at Dave and Buster's, they can just hang out. He says he feels so closely bonded to his wife of 25 years that the tiny quarters do not feel cramped at all, no matter how many times they bump into each other. In fact, he says the trailer feels huge and empty on the day I come knocking on his door. Lisa had to drive to Oklahoma City to take care of some family business, and he misses her.Some may view buying a house as putting down roots, but Michael now sees it as accepting chains of bondage. Living in a RV park grants a kind of freedom. The Babins can walk out the front door one morning to a picturesque view of a lake. The next day it could be mountains. Most of the RV living community Michael has met so far seems full of genial and generous people, but if he ever didn't like the neighbors, he could relocate within an hour. When he is done working, he plans to become a nomadic retiree. The only white picket fences appearing in this revised American Dream would be the quaint scenery he passes while driving down a long open road with the travel trailer hitched to his truck. Even though he lost his home, Michael would never accept pity from someone thinking he was down on his luck. On the contrary, he feels privileged for having the opportunity to learn such a valuable lesson. "Everyone I know is living from one paycheck to another, and worrying about losing their job. I could lose my job, work part-time, and we'd still be fine.""Life used to be a rat race," he says. "Now things have slowed down and we can just relax. [The Atlantic]

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Vilma Santos has no plans to run for vice presidency

>> Thursday, July 23, 2009

The star for all seasons, Vilma Santos, said in an interview that she will not run for any national position. She repeatedly said that her focus is Batangas and that she has many plans for Batangas. Watch out for her coming television appearance in August.

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A Eucharistic miracle in Buenos Aires

I believe because I believe in the power of God to perform miracles.

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A parent's nightmare - watch video

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Pope praying for Cory Aquino

MANILA - Like many Filipinos, Pope Benedict XVI is one in praying for former President Corazon Aquino, who is suffering from colon cancer.

The Pope expressed his “spiritual closeness” to Aquino through a communiqué issued by the Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, had updated the Pope on Aquino’s health conditition.

“The Holy Father has asked that you be informed that he is remembering you in his prayers,” Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams told Aquino.

Former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Henrietta de Villa delivered the letter to Mrs. Aquino Wednesday at the Makati Medical Center where the former president is confined. De Villa said a grandson of Aquino read the message to her.

“She (Mrs. Aquino) was deeply consoled,” said de Villa, who also chairs the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). “Nakakatuwa noong binasa sa kanya ‘yung message…she smiled.”

De Villa added that the Holy Father is very much concerned about Aquino’s well-being that he regularly gets an update on her condition.

“The Holy Father is very interested about her condition…ina-update naman siya ng [Papal] Nuncio kaya nakakapadala ng message agad-agad. And to think that the Holy Father is not so well himself, yet, early Monday morning, may e-mail na kay Archbishop Adams,” she told ANC on Thursday.

Peaceful but powerful

A mass, said by Fr. Catalino Arevalo, was also held inside Mrs. Aquino’s room at the hospital together with her immediate family.

“The Mass is her sustaining comfort now. It was such a privilege sharing the Eucharist in her presence. Even in her sick bed, looking so incredibly weak, she exuded an aura of a peaceful yet powerful presence – the presence of the simplicity of absolute goodness,” de Villa said.

Aquino’s daughter, Kris, said on Sunday that her mother’s condition has deteriorated.

"She is in pain already, so please pray for her so that it could be lessened," Kris said over the weekend.

"We don't know how many more hours, days and weeks God will give her, but please help us pray that my Mom won't suffer too much pain," she said.

A spokeswoman for the family earlier said Aquino, 76, had given up all medical intervention, including chemotherapy, and was leaving her fate to God.
[ABS-CBN News]

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iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending July 20, 2009

>> Tuesday, July 21, 2009

iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending July 20, 2009:
Singles:
1. "I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
2. "Fire Burning," Sean Kingston
3. "You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift
4. "Boom Boom Pow," Black Eyed Peas
5. "Best I Ever Had," Drake
6. "Good Girlks Go Bad (feat, Leighton Meester)," Cobra Starship
7. "He Could Be the One," Hannah Montana
8. "Here We Go Again," Demi Lovato
9. "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon
10. "LoveGame," Lady GaGa
Albums:
1. "Leave This Town," Daughtry
2. "Ocean Eyes," Owl City
3. "Horehound," The Dead Weather
4. "The Essential Michael Jackson," Michael Jackson
5. "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)," Black Eyed Peas
6. "High Hopes & Heartbreak," Brooke White
7. "BLACKsummers'night," Maxwell
8. "Only By the Night," Kings of Leon
9. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)," Nicholas Hooper
10. "Signature," Joe

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Amazing story of a puppy that survived having a barbecue fork stuck in his head for two days!

>> Monday, July 20, 2009

The X-ray is startling. A four-pound Chihuahua has a sharp barbeque fork lodged in his brain.

A backyard family gathering took a terrifying turn when a giant fork snapped in half, flew through the air and stabbed the three-month-old puppy in the head. Smokey the Chihuahua ran off into the woods and was lost there for two days before his owner found him.

Dr. Keaton Smith of the Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital spoke with INSIDE EDITION about the little pooch’s scary injury. "I wasn't really sure that there was anything that I could do for him, and we considered euthanasia."

However, the doctor decided that the brave puppy deserved a chance, so he sedated Smokey and pulled the fork out.

Miraculously, Smokey survived. Though his right eye is weak, he's expected to make a full recovery.

[Inside Edition)

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A documentary chronicling Michael Jackson's final days under negotiation

Sony Pictures is negotiating to pony up a whopping $50 million to concert promoter AEG Live to release a feature-film documentary chronicling Michael Jackson's final days.

Kenny Ortega, the acclaimed director and
choreographer behind the High School Musical flicks who was mounting the King of Pop's "This Is It" megaresidency set for London's O2 Arena before the latter's sudden death, is said to be hard at work cutting the behind-the-scenes together.

But the good news for AEG is that with O2 gigs now scuttled, Ortega now has plenty of time to edit the highly anticipated concert film before he beats it to work on a big-screen redo of Footloose.

An insider privy to the confidential negotiations tells E! News that talks are ongoing but stressed that Sony is up against several rival studios—including Universal, Fox, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures—also bidding for distribution rights. A winner could be announced as early as this week.
[eOnline]

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I Love You Beth Cooper - watch the movie trailer

>> Sunday, July 19, 2009

When my husband and I went to see a movie today, we couldn't decide which one to watch so we just went to see "I Love U Beth Cooper" without knowing what it was all about and who the actors were. What a pleasant surprise! We loved it. The movie was funny, actually, very funny and romantic. There was no boring moment or anything at all. It was enjoyable to watch from beginning to end.

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Look at Susan Boyle now


Susan Boyle has a new and improved look and she does looks fabulous now doesn't she?
She has an interview with Meredith Vieira which is scheduled to air on the Today show on Wednesday.

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Madonna's Stage Collapses, One Dead

>> Thursday, July 16, 2009

Madonna's stage collapsed, two workers critically injured and one dead. The collapse occurred at the Velodrome stadium where Madonna was going to perform on July 19. TMZ reported that according to he Marseille fire officials, the top of the stage collapsed on a crane -- which, in turn, fell on top of the workers. French papers say the concert has been canceled.

UPDATE: Madonna has issued the following statement: "I am devastated to have just received this tragic news. My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heartbreaking news."

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Nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009

Nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

DRAMA SERIES:
"Big Love," HBO
"Breaking Bad," AMC
"Damages," FX
"Dexter," Showtime
"House," Fox
"Lost," ABC
"Mad Men," AMC

COMEDY SERIES:
"Entourage," HBO
"Family Guy," Fox
"How I Met Your Mother," CBS
"Flight of the Conchords," HBO
"The Office," NBC
"30 Rock," NBC
"Weeds," Showtime

ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"
Sarah Silverman, "The Sarah Silverman Program"

ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Jemaine Clement, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"
Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock"
Rainn Wilson, "The Office"

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Christian Clemenson, "Boston Legal"
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
William Hurt, "Damages"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Hope Davis, "In Treatment"
Cherry Jones, "24"
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies"
Amy Poehler, "Saturday Night Live"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds"
Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"

REALITY HOST:
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With The Stars"
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race"
Heidi Klum, "Project Runway"
Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, "Top Chef"
Jeff Probst, "Survivor"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM:
"The Amazing Race," CBS
"American Idol," FOX
"Dancing With The Stars," ABC
"Project Runway," Bravo
"Top Chef," Bravo

REALITY PROGRAM:
"Antiques Roadshow," PBS
"Dirty Jobs," Discovery Channel
"Dog Whisperer," National Geographic
"Intervention," A&E
"Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List," Bravo
"Mythbusters," Discovery

MINISERIES:
"Generation Kill," HBO
"Little Dorrit," PBS

ACTOR, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance"
Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander: One Step Behind"
Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm"
Kevin Kline, "Cyrano de Bergerac"
Ian McKellen, "King Lear"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24: Redemption"

ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens"
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens"
Shirley MacLaine, "Coco Chanel"
Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby"
Chandra Wilson, "Accidental Friendship"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Shohreh Aghdashloo, "House of Saddam"
Marcia Gay Harden, "The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler"
Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Grey Gardens"
Cicely Tyson, "Relative Stranger"

SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Len Cariou, "Into the Storm"
Tom Courtenay, "Little Dorrit"
Ken Howard, "Grey Gardens"
Bob Newhart, "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice"
Andy Serkis, "Little Dorrit"

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Alan Alda, "30 Rock"
Beau Bridges, "Desperate Housewives"
Jon Hamm, "30 Rock"
Steve Martin, "30 Rock"
Justin Timberlake, "Saturday Night Live"

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Edward Asner, "CSI: NY"
Ernest Borgnine, "ER"
Ted Danson, "Damages"
Michael J. Fox, "Rescue Me"
Jimmy Smits, "Dexter"

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Jennifer Aniston, "30 Rock"
Christine Baranski, "The Big Bang Theory"
Tina Fey, "Saturday Night Live"
Gena Rowlands, "Monk"
Elaine Stritch, "30 Rock"
Betty White, "My Name Is Earl"

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Brenda Blethyn, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Carol Burnett, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Ellen Burstyn, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Sharon Lawrence, "Grey's Anatomy"
CCH Pounder, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL :
Andrew Davies, "Little Dorrit"
Lt. Col Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) and Ross Katz, "Taking Chance"
Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, "Grey Gardens"
David Simon, "Generation Kill"
Hugh Whitemore, "Into the Storm"

DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL:
Susanna White, "Generation Kill"
Michael Sucsy, "Grey Gardens"
Thaddeus O'Sullivan, "Into the Storm"
Dearbhla Walsh, "Little Dorrit"
Ross Katz, "Taking Chance"
Philip Martin, "Wallander: One Step Behind"

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE:
"Prayers for Bobby," Lifetime
"Coco Chanel," Lifetime
"Grey Gardens," HBO
"Into the Storm," HBO
"Taking Chance," HBO

DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL:
Roger Goodman, "81st Annual Academy Awards"
Bucky Gunts, "Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony"
Don Mischer, "Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Halftime Show"
Glenn Weiss, "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration"
Marty Callner, "Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America"

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES:
James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Matt Hubbard, "30 Rock"
Ron Weiner, "30 Rock"

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES:
Julian Farino, "Entourage"
James Bobin, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jeff Blitz, "The Office"
Millicent Shelton, "30 Rock"
Beth McCarthy, "30 Rock"
Todd Holland, "30 Rock"

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES:
"The Colbert Report," Comedy Central
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central
"Late Show With David Letterman," CBS
"Real Time With Bill Maher," HBO
"Saturday Night Live," NBC

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL:
"Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger," HBO
"Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch," Bravo
"The Kennedy Center Honors," CBS
"Ricky Gervais: Out of England," HBO
"Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America," HBO

ART DIRECTION FOR A MINISERIES, OR MOVIE:
Luciana Arrighi, Paul Ghirardani, Ian Whittaker, "Into the Storm"
Rob Harris, Mickey Lennon, Emelia Weavind, "Generation Kill"
Kalina Ivanov, Brandt Gordon, Norma Jean Sanders, "Grey Gardens"
Dan Leigh, James Donahue, Ron Von Blomberg, "Taking Chance"
James Merifield, Paul Ghirardani, Deborah Wilson, "Little Dorrit"

CASTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES:
"Californication"
"30 Rock"
"The office"
"United States of Tara"
"Weeds"

CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES:
"Damages"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Mad Men"
"True Blood"
"The Tudors"

CASTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL:
"Generation Kill"
"Grey Gardens"
"House of Saddam"
"Into the Storm"
"Little Dorrit"

CHOREOGRAPHY:
"81st Annual Academy Awards" Musicals Are Back
"Dancing with the Stars" Jive/Great Balls of Fire
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: Bleeding Love
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: Mercy
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: Adam and Eve
"So You Think You Can Dance" Routine: A Los Amigos

CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A HALF-HOUR SERIES:
George Mooradian, "According To Jim"
Michael Weaver, "Californication"
Mark Doering-Powell, "Everybody Hates Chris"
Matthew Clark, "30 Rock"
Michael Trim, "Weeds"

CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A ONE-HOUR SERIES:
Michael Slovis, "Breaking Bad"
James L. Carter, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Kramer Morgenthau, "Life on Mars"
Christopher Manley, "Mad Men" Ousama Rawi, "The Tudors"

CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
Ivan Strasburg, "Generation Kill"
John Aronson, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story"
Mike Eley, "Grey Gardens"
Michael Amathieu, "Into the Storm"
Lukas Strebel, "Little Dorrit"

CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING:
Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations"
"Deadliest Catch"
"Expedition Africa"
Adam Beckman, "This American Life"
Robert C. Case, "Whale Wars"

CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR REALITY PROGRAMMING:
"The Amazing Race ⢠Don't Let a Cheese Hit Me," CBS
"Intervention ⢠Chad," A&E
"Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment ⢠What Did I Sign Up For?," Discover Channel
"Survivor ⢠The Camp is Cursed," CBS
"Top Chef ⢠The Last Supper," Bravo

COMMERCIAL:
"Airport Lounge" - Amex/Platinum Card
"Alec in Huluwood" - Hulu
"Bottled Courage" - Nike
"Circus" - Anheuser-Busch Budweiser
"Heist" - Coca-Cola "Magazine Buyer" - Anheuser-Busch Bud Light
"Tips" - Career Builder
"Wedding" - Sprint Nextel


COSTUMES FOR A SERIES:
"Mad Men"
"No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency"
"Pushing Daisies"
"The Tudors"
"Ugly Betty"

COSTUMES FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL:
"Grey Gardens"
"House of Saddam," Part 1
"Into the Storm,"
"The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice,"
"Little Dorrit," Part 3

DIRECTING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING:
Bertram van Munster, "The Amazing Race"
Paul Starkman, "Project Runway"
Marina Zenovich, "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired"
Christopher Wilcha, Adam Beckman, "This American Life"
Steve Hrynewicz, "Top Chef"

SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES:
Julius Ramsay, Andrew Seklir, Michael O'Halloran, "Battlestar Galactica"
Lynne Willingham, "Breaking Bad"
Mark Goldman, Stephen Semel, Chris Nelson, "Lost"
Cindy Mollo, "Mad Men"
Scott Powell, "24"

SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES:
Sue Federman, "How I Met Your Mother"
Stuart Bass, "The Office"
Claire Scanlon, "The Office"
David Rogers and Dean Holland, "The Office"
Ken Eluto, "30 Rock"

OUTSANDING VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE:
Hank Azaria, "The Simpsons"Fox
Dan Castellaneta, "The Simpsons"Fox
Seth Green, "Robot Chicken"Cartoon Network
Seth MacFarlane, "Family Guy"Fox
Ron Rifkin, "American Masters"PBS
Harry Shearer, "The Simpsons"Fox

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Arnel Pineda, Gabby and son Gab reacts to Freddie Aguilar's remarks

>> Wednesday, July 15, 2009

MANILA - Arnel Pineda, the Filipino front man of the famed American rock band “Journey,” on Thursday lashed out at folk music icon Freddie Aguilar for reportedly comparing him and international singing sensation Charice to monkeys.

Pineda reminded Aguilar that he should be “tactful” when making such statement. He pointed out that the “Anak” singer went “overboard” when he used the word “monkey” to refer to them.

“Sana lang next time maging tactful lang siya doon sa pagsabi niya about unggoy kasi... Filipino din siya. I think medyo nag-overboard siya when he said the word ‘monkey’ kasi kapwa niya kami Filipino. So, hindi niya kailangang mag-name ng ganoon," Pineda said during the launching of “My Backyard,” the environmental protection campaign of computer manufacturer HP Philippines.

Aguilar was reportedly not impressed by Charice and Pineda’s achievements abroad. Aguilar reportedly noted that the two only proved what international singer Mariah Carey had said about Filipinos.

Carey had reportedly likened Filipinos to monkeys because they would only mimic the styles and songs of other international artists.

Pineda, however, has a different view. The “Journey” vocalist said he believes that they still make Filipinos proud although they only belt out American songs. He also pointed out that singing “Journey” songs doesn’t make him less patriotic.

“If he's not proud of what we have achieved, me and Charice, desisyon na niya iyan. I believe na kung kinakanta ko man ay puro English and hindi iyong sarili nating salita, I still make Filipino proud of what I have achieved,” he said.

He said he could not change Aguilar’s “mindset” but he hopes he would refrain from saying bad things about his fellow Filipino artists.

"I hope na next time you will never say that again kasi you know kapwa mo kami Filipino. We are only trying our best para maging kapaki-pakinabang din para sa bansa at sa kababayan natin," Pineda said.

‘Mr. Pure Energy’ speaks up

Gary Valenciano also disagreed with Aguilar’s opinion.
“In that case, then I'm one because in my concerts I don't always do Gary Valenciano. I think we stand up there (on stage) to also pay respect to the artists that inspired [us]," he said.

He added: “Iyong mga kinakanta ni Charice, nai-inspire lang siya at ang nangyayari kay Charice, especially kay Charice as an example, nabibigyan na siya ng pagkakataon na kumanta ng sarili niyang mga kanta.” [ABS-CBN]

Read Gab Valenciano's reactions.

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Charice reacts to Ka Freddie's remark

MANILA – International singing sensation Charice defended herself from criticisms hurled against her by "Bayan Ko" singer Freddie Aguilar.

In an e-mail sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com, 17-year-old Charice said she would not be where she is right now if she did not sing Whitney Houston and Celine Dion’s hits when she was still a struggling singer.

She also noted that American Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most influential people, would not have noticed her if she sang Filipino songs.

"Madi-discover po ba ako kung hindi ko po kinanta ang kanta ni Ms.Whitney? ni Ms.Celine? Kung kakanta po ako ng Tagalog sa [The Oprah Winfrey Show], maiintindihan po ba ni Ms.Oprah?” she said.

She said that Winfrey might probably like to hear Filipino songs but she disclosed that usually it is not up to her to decide what songs to sing in her shows abroad.

“Sila rin naman po namimili ng mga kakantahin ko po. At wala po akong magagawa doon. Dahil kahit sila po mismo, English po ang pinakakanta nila sa akin... and siyempre po iyon po ang papatok sa Amerika," Charice said.

She said in her heart she remains a Filipino whether or not she sings Tagalog songs. Charice also boasted that the world even knows her as “the artist from the Philippines.”

"Kahit naman po hindi ako kumanta ng Tagalog sa puso ko Filipino pa rin po ako," Charice said.

Charice said she also believes that, even if she copies the styles of other international artists, no one has the right to compare her and other Filipino singers who made it in the international music arena to monkeys.

"Hindi naman po sa [dahil magaling sa] panggagaya matatawag na po tayong unggoy. Para po sa akin [ang panggagaya] ay isa iyon talento na hindi magagawa ng ibang lahi ng basta basta po," Charice added.

Despite the controversial remark of the "Anak" singer, she holds no grudge against Aguilar. She said she still admires him and respects his opinion.

Meanwhile, the teen singer, who is now in the US to complete her first international album, is also grateful to Gary Valenciano for defending her. [ABS-CBN]

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Paying girls not to get pregnant

Paying girls not to get pregnant
HigherEd by Carin Ford
Posted in: Enrollment, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Student Life
The University of North Carolina’s come up with an unusual incentive in hopes of encouraging teen girls not to get pregnant.

In an attempt to reduce the number of teen pregnancies, UNC at Greensboro is providing classes in abstinence and the use of contraceptives to girls ages 12 to 18 — and paying them a dollar a day not to get pregnant.

Girls who attend the 90-minute weekly meetings - and who don’t get pregnant - collect $7 at the end of each week. The money is put aside and can be collected when the girls enter college.

But is it ethical to pay girls not to have babies? Or is this a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures?

The teen birth rate is on the rise these past two years, with 7.2 pregnancies for every 1,000 teenage girls.

Although a handful of girls enrolled in College Bound Sisters have gotten pregnant since it began more than 10 years ago, there are also success stories. This fall, in fact, four graduates will begin college with the help of the money - in some cases, $3,000 - they’ve earned in the program.

Good idea or bad incentive for staying baby-free? Let us know what you think in the

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Car stolen with 2 kids inside - found

>> Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The father went to a dry cleaner for a quick drop off. He left his car, a blue Scion, with engine running and with his 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter who were watching video inside the car. The windows were tinted so you can't see the inside. The father was only gone for about 2 minutes but when he returned to his car, it was gone as in stolen, including the two kids. Police made a huge search for the kids and luckily, about 3 hours later, someone reported that the car was spotted on a street south of Los Angeles. The kids were fine but distraught.

I am calling and begging all parents, please never leave your children alone in the car. Not even for a second. Because they either die from the heat or get kidnapped. Don't take chances, don't risk your children's lives. So many children are being abducted, please take precautions and be pro-active. Think ahead and always make sure your priority is their safety.

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Evolution of Dance, still an all-time YouTube favorite

>> Sunday, July 12, 2009


Judson Laipply’s comedic interpretive dance classic the “Evolution of Dance” is one of the few videos on YouTube in the exclusive 100 million views club. It has become an all-time favorite. Check out his website.

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My favorite dish, Black Cod Miso

>> Saturday, July 11, 2009

I'm a fish lover and this is one of my favorites. It's called Black Cod Miso. Tokyo Lobby, a favorite Japanese restaurant, makes it with Rock Cod and Sea Bass and it's the best! I tell you. I crave for this dish and I always want to have it everytime I think of it. Rasa Malaysia is the best so far when it comes to this recipe. I will try it one of these days but in the meantime, it's very convenient for me and my husband to make a stop at Tokyo Lobby in Alhambra for this extremely delicious dish. By the way, the meal comes with a Miso soup, fresh salad, assorted tempura, rice, and Orange fruit.

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Paksiw Na Pata

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This is my husband's favorite. I know how to cook this but for health reasons, I won't cook it anymore. But once in a great while, when we feel like having this forbidden dish, we would just go to our favorite Filipino restaurant. But if you have no problem having high cholesterol or high blood pressure and can still enjoy food like this, this site will teach you how to make this dish.

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Growing old together

I love collecting dolls of couples like this one. This dolls represents growing old together in marriage. This is what I pray and wish for all the newly wed couples. There's a lot of challenges in a marriage but can always be survived if both has the willingness to work it out.

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Learn how to do the moonwalk

>> Friday, July 10, 2009

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President Obama's gift to the Pope

>> Thursday, July 9, 2009

What do you get for a man who already possesses leadership over one-sixth of the world's population not to mention the highest earthly authority in the church?
When President Obama's staff went searching for the perfect gift for Pope Benedict XVI, they called Louis DiCocco, owner of a religious gift shop in Philadelphia, for advice. [Read Full Article]

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