- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Show mocking blacks sparks freeze

SAN DIEGO | The University of California at San Diego has halted funding for student media after a TV segment ridiculed black students outraged by a party mocking Black History Month.

The head of the campus Associated Students froze funding for 33 media outlets after one outlet, the Koala, ran a student TV episode last week calling black students ungrateful and using a derogatory term for blacks.

Associated Students President Utsav Gupta said he wants a timeout until the campus can craft a new policy on student-funded media.

The Koala, which has a reputation for airing offensive material, made fun of reaction to an off-campus fraternity party this month. The “Compton Cookout” urged partygoers to dress as ghetto stereotypes to commemorate Black History Month.


Puppet cleavage a no-no on ads

COLORADO SPRINGS | Puppet cleavage has been ruled out for advertising posters in Colorado Springs bus shelters.

Lamar Advertising rejected posters for a touring production of the Broadway show “Avenue Q” because they show the cleavage of a fuzzy pink puppet.

Lamar account executive Jeff Moore said the company takes a conservative approach in Colorado Springs. The city is known for its political conservatism, and some conservative Christian groups have headquarters in the city.

The poster has been replaced by one showing the face of another puppet.


Kornheiser suspended for comments

BRISTOL | ESPN has suspended host Tony Kornheiser from his television talk show “Pardon the Interruption” for comments he made on the radio last week about SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm’s clothing.

Mr. Kornheiser announced the suspension on his Washington D.C. radio show Tuesday morning, calling his remarks about Miss Storm intemperate and stupid.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz, while confirming the suspension, declined to say when Mr. Kornheiser would be back on the show.

Mr. Kornheiser described an outfit Miss Storm was wearing at ESPN last week as “horrifying,” saying her shirt was too tight and looked “like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body.”

Mr. Kornheiser said he had called Miss Storm to apologize personally for the remarks.

“If you put a live microphone in front of somebody, eventually that person will say something wrong,” Mr. Kornheiser said on his show Tuesday. “This was one of the times I said something wrong.”


Woman pleads guilty to selling children

NEW ORLEANS | A Pitkin woman has pleaded guilty to selling two children for a cockatoo and $175 in what her attorney called an attempt to do a good thing that went wrong.

“It was a really clumsy attempt at an adoption proceeding,” said Steve Sikich, attorney for Donna Louise Greenwell. “She was trying to help the children and get them situated.”

Greenwell, 53, was sentenced Monday to 15 months of hard labor on each of two criminal counts: sale of a minor. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The case centered on a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl in Greenwell’s custody.


Ex-mayor ordered back to court

DETROIT | A judge has ruled that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick must return to court Friday to be arraigned on a probation-violation warrant.

The judge said Tuesday that a warrant will be issued soon for Kilpatrick. He ordered Kilpatrick to appear in his courtroom for failing to make a required $79,000 restitution payment. The former mayor could face jail or prison as a consequence.

Kilpatrick owes $1 million as part of his guilty plea to obstruction of justice in 2008. He has been making monthly payments, but the judge ordered the $79,000 payment due Friday and one for $240,000 due in April after finding Kilpatrick wasn’t honest about his finances.

Defense attorneys say that to prove Kilpatrick violated probation, prosecutors must show he could have paid the $79,000.


Pyrotechnics mishap singes pro wrestler

ST. LOUIS | The pro wrestler known as the Undertaker has suffered minor burns to the chest but escaped serious injury during a pyrotechnics mishap in St. Louis.

World Wrestling Entertainment spokesman Robert Zimmerman said the wrestler, whose real name is Mark Calaway, is fine. He wrestled after being burned Sunday night and was back in the ring for WWE’s “Raw” show on Monday.

The Undertaker enters the ring as fireballs explode. Mr. Zimmerman said there apparently was a timing mistake Sunday and the wrestler’s jacket caught fire.

He threw down the jacket and was evaluated by a ringside physician. Mr. Zimmerman said the Undertaker’s chest was red, as if he had gotten a sunburn, but he was cleared to wrestle.

The pyrotechnics are operated by a company that contracts with WWE.

Fire officials are investigating.


Stocks retreat after disappointing report

NEW YORK | The stock market has fallen sharply after a surprising drop in consumer confidence reminded investors of the fragility of the economic recovery.

The Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 46 in February from 56.5 last month. That was well below the forecast of economists polled by Thomson Reuters. They expected a reading of 55.

The confidence numbers came as investors already were rethinking the more optimistic assessment they had of the economy last week.

According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrials fell 11 points, or 1 percent, to 10,282. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped 13, or 1.2 percent, to 1,094. The Nasdaq composite fell 28, or 1.3 percent, to 2,213.

Volume came to 1.08 billion on the New York Stock Exchange, where losing stocks were ahead of gainers by 2 to 1.


Abortion doctor’s license suspended

PHILADELPHIA | Federal agents raided a clinic where abortions are performed and found “deplorable and unsanitary” conditions, including blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses in jars, according to the state agency that shut it down and suspended the license of the doctor in charge.

In the order suspending Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s license, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Board of Medicine said investigators found numerous health and safety risks at Dr. Gosnell’s abortion and pain-management clinic, including a preoperative and recovery area that consisted of several recliners grouped together.


New dinosaur species found in rock

SALT LAKE CITY | Fossils of a previously undiscovered species of dinosaur have been found in slabs of Utah sandstone that were so hard that explosives had to be used to free some of the remains, scientists said Tuesday.

The bones found at Dinosaur National Monument belonged to a type of sauropod — long-necked plant-eaters that were said to be the largest animals ever to roam land.

The discovery included two complete skulls from other types of sauropods — an extremely rare find, scientists said.

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