- - Sunday, December 26, 2010


Bombs found in phone store

ENGLEWOOD — Police in the Denver suburb of Englewood say 10 unexploded homemade bombs were found in a cell-phone store after they were thrown through the windows.

Police say the bombs were found in the CTG Wireless store in a strip mall on Friday. No injuries were reported.

The Denver Post reported that nearby stores were evacuated while the Arapahoe County bomb squad gathered the devices.

Authorities declined to release details about the explosives, citing the ongoing investigation.


Hefner engaged to Playmate again

CHICAGO — Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner says he is engaged again.

Mr. Hefner said in a Twitter message early Sunday that he had given a ring to girlfriend and Playmate Crystal Harris and that she had burst into tears.

“This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory,” he wrote.

To clear up confusion over whether the ring was simply a Christmas gift, Mr. Hefner later tweeted: “Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring. I didn’t mean to make a mystery out of it. A very merry Christmas to all.”

This would be the third marriage for the 84-year-old, star of E! reality series “The Girls Next Door,” which chronicles Mr. Hefner’s life at the Playboy Mansion. He divorced Playmate Kimberly Conrad last year.

Miss Harris is 23, according to her online biography by E!


Dead woman had heart condition

HUNTLEIGH — The former husband of a 27-year-old woman who died at the home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV said she had a rare heart condition.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday that Dr. Kevin Martin diagnosed his then-wife with a heart rhythm disorder called Long QT syndrome in 2002. But, he said, Adrienne Martin did not go to a cardiologist in connection with that diagnosis.

Mrs. Martin was found dead Dec. 19 at Mr. Busch’s mansion in suburban St. Louis. The newspaper also cited information from officials in saying it took someone at the home more than 40 minutes to call 911 after Mrs. Martin was found dead.

Officials said an initial autopsy was inconclusive and didn’t reveal signs of trauma to her body or obvious natural causes of death.


Spider-Man actor up after surgery

NEW YORK — The stunt actor who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway is walking again, and his father said he can’t wait to return to the role.

Christopher Tierney’s father said the actor walked Friday for the first time since his fall during Monday’s performance of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

Tim Tierney said Christmas morning from his home in Portsmouth, N.H., his son was spending the holiday with his mother and brother in the hospital while recovering from back surgery. He said director Julie Taymor went to visit his son in the hospital on Christmas Eve.

“Spider-Man” is the most expensive Broadway show ever. It had to cancel two preview performances after the actor’s fall. It had a scheduled night off on Friday but returned to the stage Christmas night.


Temple shooter killed by police

SOUTH JORDAN — A man armed with a shotgun outside a Mormon temple near Salt Lake City was fatally shot by police Christmas Day, a television station reported Saturday.

The man had been in an altercation with another man in the parking lot outside the Oquirrh Mountain Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Jordan, according to Fox13 TV.

The confrontation began about 12:30 p.m. Police arrived shortly afterward and repeatedly ordered the shotgun-toting man to drop the weapon, South Jordan police Lt. Dan Starks said.

When he refused, one officer opened fire, Lt. Starks said.

“Officers obviously wanted him to stop. They were fearing for their own safety as well as the safety of those individuals that were here on site already,” Lt. Starks told the television station. “He failed to comply with that so he was shot. Unfortunately, it killed him.”

Officers found numerous weapons, including guns, swords and ammunition, inside the dead man’s car, Lt. Starks said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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