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Judges overturn libel verdict over bad review given Irish pizzeria

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-03-12 11:04.
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DUBLIN, Ireland - The decision was bound to leave a bad taste in somebody's mouth.

In this case it's the owner of Belfast pizzeria whose unprecedented libel verdict has been overturned by a Northern Ireland appeals court.

Owner Ciaran Convery successfully sued a Belfast newspaper over a review that deemed his Goodfellas restaurant smoky, sloppy and unappetizing.

But Northern Ireland Chief Justice Brian Kerr ruled that a Belfast jury erred in law last year when it awarded Convery $50,000 in damages.

Overdosed! Requiem for a Departing Economic System

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-03-12 08:37.
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Continued US Fed liquidity injections like the Fed's previous "Term Auction Facility" (TAF) and today's novel "Term Securities Lending Facility" (TSLF) will only serve to overdose the economy with exactly what ails it: too much credit. This will further boost the price of everything - and in particular, of gold and silver.

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Are Smart People Drawn To The Arts Or Does Arts Training Make People Smarter?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-11 12:36.

Learning, Arts, and the Brain, a study three years in the making, is the result of research by cognitive neuroscientists from seven leading universities across the United States. In the Dana Consortium study, researchers grappled with a fundamental question: Are smart people drawn to the arts or does arts training make people smarter?

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.

Compulsive Gambler Files $20M Suit Against Casinos

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-10 11:17.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) ? She was an ambitious lawyer and TV commentator who starting going to Atlantic City casinos to relax, and soon was getting high-roller treatment that included limousines whisking her to the resort.

Arelia Margarita Taveras says she was even allowed to bring her dog, Sasha, to the blackjack tables, sitting in her purse.

Oops! Bank Mistakenly Starts Foreclosure Process On Wrong House.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-10 10:47.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A Kissimmee homeowner was in England when he learned a Florida bank had mistakenly started foreclosure proceedings on his house.

As it turns out, Denroy Bell didn't even have a mortgage with the bank, Citi-Residential. The bank admitted that it's dealing with so many foreclosures in Central Florida that it made a mistake.

Bell's neighbor called him when she saw the locks being changed and the pool empty.

"It was like the army came up and took over the house," Esther Goshop, a neighbor, said.

Stylist Shot Complaining Client

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-09 11:44.
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A Pennsylvania hairstylist is behind bars this morning after officials say a complaint about a haircut allegedly prompted a shooting.

Officials say it happened Thursday night inside an apartment in Washington, Pa., reports CBS station KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

Police say Monique Reed, 38, is facing charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Reed is accused of shooting Lauren Newton, 28, according to officials.

Security Changes Man's Marriage Proposal

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-09 11:20.
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A man in Prince George, British Columbia, thought he had the perfect way to propose to his high school sweetheart. Instead of popping the question on a moonlit Caribbean beach this week, though, Aaron Tkachuk, 24, wound up popping the question to Jennifer Rubadeau, also 24, at an airport security screening station.

A screener at the Prince George airport, Adam Buhler, insisted on having a closer look at the contents of a small box in the toe of a sock. Inside the box was a white gold, diamond and ruby ring.

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.

An Iranian court orders a man to give his wife 124,000 roses

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-04 11:57.

An Iranian court has ordered a man to give his wife the 124,000 roses that he promised in her dowry, after she filed a complaint to claim it, reports say.

The woman said she was claiming the dowry because her "very stingy husband" would not even pay for a cup of coffee, according to the E'temad newspaper.

The court has seized the man's flat until he produces all of the roses.

Under Iranian law, a woman can claim her dowry, or mahr, at any time during a marriage or when getting divorced.


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