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Police Charge Reality-Show Director With False Imprisonment

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-15 10:01.
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Police in Central Florida said they've arrested a man who allegedly held young women against their will in a house to shoot a reality show called "Pauper to Princess."

Police say four women forced their way out of the Apopka house on Saturday. The show's director is charged with false imprisonment. He was released on $3,000 bail.Executive producer Jim Johnson denies the allegations. He says the women had been allowed to leave the house on recent weekends.

Small firm airs Wal-Mart's unguarded video moments

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-04-10 10:04.
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Wal-Mart's internal meetings are on display in three decades worth of videos made by a Kansas production company scrambling to stay in business after Wal-Mart stopped using the firm.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. dropped longtime contractor Flagler Productions in 2006. In response to losing its biggest customer, the small company has opened its archive, for a fee, to researchers who include plaintiffs' lawyers and union critics seeking clips of unguarded moments at the world's largest retailer.

School bans birthday cake

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-04-07 09:37.
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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Children in a New Zealand school have been banned from bringing cakes to share on their birthdays, due to new government healthy eating guidelines.

Pupils at Oteha Valley primary school north of Auckland have been told they are allowed to celebrate their birthdays, but the cake must stay at home, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported.

The Ministry of Education has been on a fat-busting crusade, introducing sweeping guidelines against unhealthy food in New Zealand schools.

Roommates.com can be sued for violating fair housing laws, court rules

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-04-04 18:45.
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The law may temper the freewheeling nature of the Internet after all.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Thursday that a website may be found liable for violating fair housing laws by matching roommates according to gender, sexual orientation and parenthood.

Federal law protecting websites "was not meant to create a lawless, no-man's land on the Internet," the court in San Francisco said in an 8-3 ruling.

Capitalism That Wasn't

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-03-28 19:38.
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A good flim flam needs a good mountebank and a good mark. Two weeks ago, we pointed out that Wall Street was full of bright cads and dull sharks. Then, last week, we showed that conceited humbuggers run the central banks. Today, it is the politicians we come, not to bury, but to praise. They did their work well; they set up the marks.

The Brits Are Drowning In Debt

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-03-22 09:16.
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At one point, Alexis Hall had more than 50 pairs of designer shoes and handbags. It never occurred to the 39-year-old media relations executive from Glasgow that her £31,500 in debt ($63,000) would be a problem.

“It was so easy to get the loans and the credit that you almost think the goods are a gift from the shop,” she said. “You don’t fully realize that it’s real money you are spending until you actually sit down and consolidate your bills and then it’s a shock.”

A dozen pregnant women wanted - for ballet

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-17 12:07.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Far from being heavy, lumbering and clumsy, pregnant women are often fascinating, beautiful and serene, according to the artistic director of one British ballet company.

And to prove it, Balletlorent is recruiting 12 pregnant women to star in a dance production alongside six professional ballet dancers.

Them French Just Don't Know How To Make Money

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-11 10:12.
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Four years ago, Caroline Sivilia, a Parisian who worked for the ad agency Publicis Groupe, left France to start a magazine for French people living in London.

“I was young, I wanted to create, I came with nothing, no English,” said Ms. Sivilia, 34.

NASCAR fan gets posthumous spin around the track

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-03-06 09:56.
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TALENT, Ore. — Big George Helms had tickets for last weekend's NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but died before he got to use them. He still made it to the track, though.

At 6-foot-5 and 400 pounds, Helms wouldn't have been able to fit into a race car. But after his death from a heart attack Dec. 28, loved ones decided to try to fulfill the 54-year-old's dream of participating in a NASCAR race, and arranged for the former logger's ashes to be driven around the track.

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