August 10, 2008

News of the Day: August 9 and 10

Posted in News tagged , , , , , at 9:06 pm by Katharine Lackey

  • An 8 pound, 8 ounce baby was born at 8:08 am on 8/08/08, according to a local Fergus Falls, Minnesota CBS affiliate. What if the baby girl was born at 8:08.08 — now that would have been freaky.
  • A Tennessee official has won the position of constable of Hancock County, Texas by one vote — her own, the Associated Press reports. So if she screws something up, everyone actually can blame her.
  • Runaway cows in Orrington, Maine are causing quite the ruckus, the local news reports. They must be mad cows? Did you tip them over too much?
  • Batman is apparently taking hold of his ‘Dark’ side as he robbed a Tulsa, Oklahoma grocery store, according to news reports. A brave shopped attacked the Batman, removing his mask. Oh noes!

July 29, 2008

News of the Day: July 29

Posted in News, Offbeat tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:42 pm by Katharine Lackey

  • An Israeli student has apologized for taking Obama’s prayer, which was published in a paper, Religous News Service reports. I updated my previous blog on the subject earlier.
  • Olympic horses are being treated like rock-stars aboard their flight to Beijing, the New York Times reports. “The horses fly with an entourage — team grooms, veterinarians and at least one ‘flying groom,’ an equine flight attendant whose job is to make the horse as comfortable as possible,” Times reports
  • Officials at an animal shelter in Camden County, NJ, were surprised to receive a 44-pound cat who appears to have escaped from its house, the Courier-Post reports. Nicknamed Princess Chunk, it is unclear how the cat escaped its rightful owner, “She’s built like a quarterback,” said one shelter volunteer. “I mean, how do you lose a 44-pound cat?!”
  • A British family has fulfilled its quest of visiting all 50 states (plus D.C.) in the U.S., the Hattiesburg American reports. “People in America don’t realize what history they do have,” the wife and mother says. Yes, because our history only dates back 300 years, whereas England’s goes back many more centuries.
  • A New Zealand inventor has created a jetpack that he plans to market next year at $100,000 a piece, the New York Times reports. “There is nothing that even comes close to the dream that the jetpack allows you to achieve,” one man says.
  • Two groups in St. Louis are holding prayers at gasoline pumps to ask God for lower prices, The News & Observer reports. The group thinks their prayers are being answered as gas prices have lowered in the past two weeks. What happens when they go back up again?
  • A phony Joker was arrested in Michigan after he attempted to steal items related to “The Dark Knight” movie from a local theater in Three Rivers, the Detroit Free Press reports. “…police officers who were dispatched early Sunday to the Three Rivers 6 theater arrived to find employees restraining a man wearing a purple suit, a green wig and face paint in the style of Batman’s nemesis in ‘The Dark Knight.'”

July 22, 2008

Christian Bale arrested for alleged assault

Posted in Entertainment tagged , , at 8:25 pm by Katharine Lackey

In one of the most talked about stories of the day, Christian Bale turned himself into police this morning after his mother and sister went to a police station last night alleging that the famous Batman star had assaulted them, says People.com.

Bale’s attorneys released a statement denying the allegations against the actor:

“Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister,” the star’s lawyers said in the statement. “Mr. Bale who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police. At this time, there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale.”

There doesn’t seem to be much out there from Bale’s accusers although one newspaper is quoting his sister:

“There was an incident but the police are dealing with it,” Sharon told the Telegraph newspaper in the U.K. “It is an extremely sensitive situation. There is nothing more I can say.”

The Telegraph reports that sources are saying Bale allegedly lashed out at his family members, pushing one of them during an argument over a long-running family dispute.

Bale has always held his private life dear so we may never know exactly what happened, or why his own family would report him — it seems as though the police believed the alleged assault to be minor.