Browsing Archive: July, 2010

Rumors Fly Over American Idol Judges

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 30, 2010, In : Television 
It's been a tough time for "American Idol" judges over the summer, making it hard to tell rumors from facts.  The rumors have been numerous about who the new judges will be, and some big names have been popping up, such as Jennifer Lopez (pictured), Bret Michaels, Harry Connick Jr., Donald Trump, Chris Isaak, and the latest one, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.  What are facts, though, is that Simon left to host an American version of "The X Factor" on Fox; Ellen DeGeneres quit the show to concentra...
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Black Eyed Peas Set New Record

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 30, 2010, In : Music 
The Black Eyed Peas just keep rolling along and setting new records.  It was announced on July 30, and confirmed by Neilsen SoundScan, that their hit #1 song "I Gotta Feeling" has officially sold 6 million downloads, the first track to ever reach that milestone.  The now iconic feel-good song, said band frontman will.i.am, was successful because it gave people hope in a time of downturn.  He further stated that what's more impressive about this event is that only legal downloads are counted b...
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Store Chain Sued Over Pricing

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 30, 2010, In : Business 
Discount store chain 99 Cents Only announced a price hike in September of 2008 to 99.99 cents per item, and now a class action suit has been filed against them.  The suit claims that the price hike means that people are unaware that they are paying one dollar per item instead of 99 cents.  This is patently untrue because the chain spent a fortune in advertising the new price, and even today, their ads and in-store signage clearly states the price of 99.99 cents.  It makes me wonder why these ...
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Anne Rice Renounces Christianity

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 30, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Popular writer Anne Rice, most famous for her book "Interview With A Vampire", announced in a posting on her Facebook page that she is no longer a Christian.  The post, worded like a prayer and ending with "amen", confirmed her growing feelings of doubt with Christianity.  Rice, who lives near Palm Springs, California and is 68 years old, says she has begun to doubt the church in the wake of the sex scandals and its lack of action about them.  In addition, she says that she is shocked that a ...
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Pakistani Airliner Crashes

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, In : Disasters 
A Pakistani Airblue plane crashed into a hillside early this morning as it was coming in for a landing, killing all 152 people aboard.  The plane, an AirbusA321, was ending a two-hour flight between Karachi and Islamabad in rainy, foggy weather when the control tower lost contact with it.  Local residents say the plane's flight was erratic before it crashed into a hillside, strewing plane and human body parts all over the area.  Red Crescent rescue workers were able to recover enough body par...
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"America's Toughest Sheriff" Says He'll Arrest Protesters

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, In : Politics 
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his tough enforcement will continue when the new Arizona anti-illegal immigration law goes into effect on July 29.  He says he will arrest any protesters who disrupt the community and throw them in jail.  Arpaio is famous for keeping inmates under rough but not inhumane conditions.  There is no air conditioning for inmates his department holds captive, most of them living in tents.  He also has those inmates dress in pink outfits to make them stand out ...
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Arizona Immigration Law Working Ahead of Implementation

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 26, 2010, In : Politics 
Even before the new Arizona immigration law goes into effect, it's having the desired results.  It's estimated that over 100,000 illegal immigrants have fled the state over the last few weeks.  This past weekend, Hispanic residents in Phoenix and Tuscon were holding sidewalk sales to turn their belongings into cash that they intend to use to leave Arizona.  Unfortunately for California, a large portion of illegals say they intend to move to San Francisco and Orange County's Santa Ana, both kn...
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Concert Cancelled By Pigeons

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 26, 2010, In : Music 
The rock band Kings of Leon was forced off the stage last Friday in St. Louis, but it wasn't because they sounded bad.  That city's Verizon Wireless Theater had some unannounced guests who weren't music lovers.  A horde of pigeons was camped in the rafters and spent its time pooping on the band.  By the time the Kings were into their third song, bass player Jared Followill almost ate a dropping as he was struck in the face near his mouth, so the band walked off stage.  Their publicist release...
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Giant Rat Discovered

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 26, 2010, In : Animals 
Scientists announced on July 24 that they have discovered the remains of the largest rat that ever lived in a cave in Southeast Asia's East Timor.  Carbon dating shows that the animal lived as recently as 1,000 years ago.  The most likely cause of its demise is overclearing of the rain forest for agricultural projects, although rat is still a staple of the human diet in this part of the world, and a rat that's larger than a house cat would have been a welcome treat to hunters.  It's believed ...
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India Reveals Low Price Computer

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Technology 
India continues to be the leader in low price technology.  The country known for $2000 open heart surgery and the $2100 Nano car is adding a new feather in its cap.  In 2005, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed a prototype computer that it said could be sold for $100 and would be a boon to developing countries.  India, whose low wages have caused companies in the United States to migrate there, said that this price was too high, especially when the proposed MIT unit turned out ...
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North Korea Threatens Again

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Politics 
Statements by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought a harsh response from North Korea.  Clinton urged Asian nations to impose new, stronger sanctions against North Korea in the wake of that country's sinking of a South Korean warship in March.  The North countered with a statement that such a move would draw a "physical response" against a joint U.S.-South Korea military drill.  The United States wants to curb North Korea's nuclear development because any nation with nuclear capabilities...
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Al Jarreau Hospitalized in France

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Music 
Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau was rushed to the hospital before a concert in France today when he began having problems breathing.  Mr. Jarreau's British agent blamed the high altitude of Barcelonnette, in the Alps, for the 70-year old's condition.  He was rushed to a hospital with an intensive care unit in nearby Gap and was listed in critical condition, although by press time he had been taken off assisted breathing and was showing some improvement.  Doctors were still unsure of the...
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Over 100 People Hurt By One Jellyfish

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Animals 
Over 100 people appear to have been stung by the same jellyfish this week in New Hampshire.  While biologists say such an event is rare, they say that the suspected specimen, a lion's mane jellyfish, which was caught dead Wallis State Beach in Rye, is very capable of doing this much damage because it has tremendously long tentacles that sometimes fragment to cover large areas.  The recovered animal had a 40-pound head close to three feet in diameter.  Scientists put its body in a large plasti...
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Romantic Comedies Harmful, Survey Says

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, In : Movies 
Romantic comedies are harmful to your marriage, at least according to an Australian survey.  The poll, released by Warner Home Video to mark the release of the film "Valentine's Day" on DVD, states that almost half the people who took the survey said that the happy endings in romantic comedies have ruined their view of an ideal relationship.  One in four people said they are now expected to know what their partner is thinking.  One in five said these movies made their partners expect gifts an...
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TV Cop Arrested In New York City

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, In : Television 
Ice T, who has played NYPD detective Fin Tutuola on NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" was himself arrested on July 20 by New York cops.  He was stopped at the intersection of West 40th Street and 11th Avenue because he wasn't wearing a seat belt while driving a 2009 Cadillac.  Police say that when they ran a check, they discovered his license was suspended.  The rapper/actor was ticketed and then released, but he used his Twitter account to deny the claim, stating he has a valid New...
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The Latest Name In the Hunt For Simon's Spot

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, In : Music 
There's another new name in the search for a replacement for Simon Cowell's spot on the panel of American Idol judges.  Chris Isaak has met twice with show executives about the gig, The Hollywood Reporter announced on July 20, and some sources say he has the inside track in a lineup that has included Harry Connick Jr, Donald Trump, and Bret Michaels.  Bret said in a CNN Headline News interview last week that he would love to do the show, but it appears that Idol has passed him by.  It should ...
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Train Crash in India Kills Scores of People

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 19, 2010, In : Disasters 
About 2 A.M. local time, two trains slammed together July 19 at a station in Sainthia as one was pulling out and another sped in.  The impact was so horrific that part of one train wound up on an overpass above the tracks.  As of press time, at least 61 people are known dead and 125 injured.  Shortly after the crash, local residents rushed over to begin pulling out survivors with their bare hands.  Government rescuers arrived about three hours later, according to residents, although the gover...
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Two Dinosaurs May Be Same Animal

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 19, 2010, In : Paleontology 
Two paleontologists have concluded a 10-year study of two ceratopsians (horned dinosaurs) and reached a startling conclusion.  John Scannella and Jack Horner have been poring over in excess of 50 specimens of Triceratops and the lesser known Torosaurus and revealed that Torosaurus, rather than being a different dinosaur, was actually the adult stage of Triceratops.  The scientists pointed out that skull changes as ceratopsians got older is normal, and the skulls of Triceratops and Torosaurus ...
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Animal Believed Extinct Is Still Alive

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 19, 2010, In : Animals 
Scientists from the Zoological Society of London exploring in Sri Lanka have encountered an animal so rare it was thought to be extinct.  The Horton Plains Slender Loris was first discovered on the island nation in 1937 and only seen four times since then, the last time in 2002.  The loris was, according to a report filed with Agence France Presse, photographed and actually captured by the scientists, who performed a complete physical examination of it before releasing it back in the wild.  T...
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Extinct Marsupial Fossils Found In Outback

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Paleontology 
After thoroughly studying the site for several years, paleontologists in Australia revealed yesterday that they have found a large cave in the Outback filled with a rare find.  Fossilized remains, many of them complete skeletons of 15-million-year old marsupials known as Nimbadons, were recovered.  Nimbadons were a sheep-sized animal with many features similar to wombats, such as large claws most likely used to climb trees.  The highlight of the fossil find was that quite a few of them showed...
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Pink Injured in Concert Mishap

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Music 
Pink, whose concert tour is now in Germany, was injured Thursday night when a stunt went wrong.  While performing her hit "So What", she attempted to get in a harness that would lift her over the crowd, as she did on the Grammy Awards show.  She was improperly secured and the harness catapulted her offstage and into a barrier.  As seen in a YouTube video posted by someone at the concert, she climbed back on stage, but the show was prudently stopped so she could be taken to a nearby hospital f...
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Aerosmith's Joe Perry In Accident

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was injured Thursday afternoon when he was rear-ended in Middleborough, Massachusetts.  He was riding his 2009 Ducati Monster 696 motorcycle when he was struck from behind by an automobile drived by 62-year old Linda O'Brien.  Damage to both vehicles was minimal because both were moving at slow speeds, but Ms. O'brien was cited for following too closely.  Perry was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released within two hours.  Hospital officials ...
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Quake Rattles D.C.

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Earthquakes 
It wasn't the shakeup many people want to happen in the nation's capital, but a moderate earthquake struck Washington D.C. at 5:04 Friday morning.  The quake was a 3.6 and was centered in Rockville, Maryland at a depth of 3.1 miles.  It was the strongest event recorded in the area since records started being kept in 1974.  People reported feeling it as far away as Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the Web site of the United States Geological Survey stated that because of geological conditio...
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England Denies Entry to Native American Lacrosse Team

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 15, 2010, In : Native Americans 
Great Britain is getting set to become a "great humiliation", according to a New York state representative.  The European nation is hosting a lacrosse world championship competition, but they are refusing to let the Iroquois Nationals Team enter the country to compete.  This is because, the British government says, their Iroquois Confederacy passports lack the security measures of those of other nations, and they say that the Nationals won't be allowed in unless they get either a U.S. or Cana...
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Piers Morgan May Get CNN Gig

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 15, 2010, In : Television 
If you watch America's Got Talent, there's no denying the impact of Piers Morgan, who plays the requisite British judge on the show.  You may be seeing a lot more of him soon, as he is going through "almost done" negotiations to take the place of Larry King at 9 PM nightly on CNN.  The cable network says that he would still be able to do his NBC judging duties, and in fact are even willing to give that priority over the CNN program.  Speculation about the deal, as reported on the Mohawk Radio...
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Arizona Law Gets Support From Other States

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 15, 2010, In : Politics 
The new Arizona immigration law that President Obama is trying to squash is gaining support by leaps and bounds.  Cities and counties across the U.S. are voting to back the western desert state, much to the chagrin of those who are here illegally, and now a powerful group of entire states is lining up in Arizona's corner.  Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox filed a legal brief on July 14 on behalf of his state and partners Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota...
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Oracle Paul Retires

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 12, 2010, In : Sports 
World famous oracle Paul is retiring from the prediction game in spite of a perfect record.  As you should know, Paul is an octopus at the Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium, and he correctly picked the results of Germany's World Cup team games by eating food from one of two containers bearing the German flag and those of ts opponents.  He capped this feat off by choosing Spain over Holland in the World Cup final game on July 11.  Officials at the aquarium failed to say if this decision had anythin...
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Roman Polanski A Free Man

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 12, 2010, In : People 
The Swiss government freed Academy Award winning director Roman Polanski on June 12 after deciding that the United States failed to provide confidential testimony relating to the charge that he had sex with a minor in 1977.  Probably just as important to this decision is the fact that the then 13-year old girl has refused to testify, saying that this event was in the past and she doesn't want to pursue the case.  This will probably kill the United States' efforts to have Polanski extradited t...
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Jon Bon Jovi Injures Himself at Concert

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 12, 2010, In : Music 
New Jersey rock legend Jon Bon Jovi suffered a leg injury during his concert Friday night at East Rutherford's New Meadowlands arena.  The injury happened during the band's cover of the Dave Clark Five hit "Glad All Over".  Jon informed the crowd by saying "I just blew out a calf muscle", then adding as he leaned on a microphone stand for support "I got another leg.  I don't need this one".  He then finished the full set while hobbling across the stage, then came back out for an encore of "Li...
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New Dinosaur Named During Beer Drinking

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Paleontology 
What do you name a new dinosaur unlike anything else ever seen before?  Usually, dinos are named after some trait of their body or their discoverer with a handle that's hard to say.  Nicholas Longrich, a paleontologist at Yale University, found a new species in Canada and wanted a unique name to match the creature's unusual feature, so he met a few fellow scientists over a few beers and they bantered possibilities.  Longrich jokingly mentioned "mojoceratops" and all conversation stopped as th...
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Georgia Lady Said To Be World's Oldest Person

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : People 
The former Soviet republic of Georgia has a long history of claiming a large number of old people, and that trend continued yesterday as the Associated Press filed a story about Antisa Khvichiva of Sachire, Georgia, who is said to be 130 years old, born on July 8, 1880.  Unfortunately, a lot of documents were lost in that country because of revolutions and the civil war that raged when the Russian Empire collapsed.  Antisa's working papers have survived, however, and they show she retired fro...
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Obama Clueless About What Americans Want

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Politics 
President Obama has no idea what his country wants, and that has never been more clearly revealed than by his stance about Arizona's proposed immigration enfoecement law.  That law, due to become effective later this month, makes it a crime to be in Arizona if you are an illegal immigrant, which is a federal law anyway.  Obama's administration is filing suit against Arizona to block implementation of that law despite the fact that across the country there is growing support for the state's st...
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Southern California Tossed By Quake

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 8, 2010, In : Earthquakes 
It was a warm afternoon and an idyllic setting, but the quiet was shattered on Wednesday in Southern California by a moderately strong earthquake that was felt in most of the area.  The temblor hit at 4:53 PM, and most people reported a similar experience.  A rumbling  was heard, followed by a wavy motion which lasted ten to fifteen seconds.  The event was centered about 28 miles south of Palm Springs, near the San Diego County town of Borrego Springs.  The US Geological Survey initially repo...
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American Idol Tour Scraps Dates

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 8, 2010, In : Television 
The American Idol summer tour is suffering from the same malaise that the TV show has had over the last few years: lost audiences.  While Live Nation, the tour organizer's spokesperson, Liz Morentin declined to give a reason for the cancellation of seven shows, Mohawk Radio sources managed to get a look at the ticket sale reports for the tour, and in the places where the shows were cancelled, American Idol was being outsold by local events at a rate of as much as two to one.  In one venue, le...
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iPhone4 Has More Problems

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 8, 2010, In : Communications 
More problems have surfaced for the expected Messiah of cell phones, the iPhone4, which in the two weeks since its release has had more defects than Toyota.  Who can forget the biggest hitch in that product, the fact that when the phone is held in a certain manner, you cut yourself off from your call?  Detractors, which are legion, had a field day with that and jokingly called it "The Death Grip".  Apple countered by saying that any phone with a built-in antenna will do that.  Funny, but my f...
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Latest Twilight Film Loses Series Momentum

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : Movies 

Summit Entertainment is a bit disappointed at the performance of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" after the July 4th weekend.  It pulled in $82.5 million to lock in the #1 spot, but studio officials were hoping that the weekend run would be the equal of what the film made since its opening on Wednesday.

Last November, when "New Moon" opened, it took in $142.8 million.  Summit, in ever-popular studio excuse mode, stated that this is not due to "Twilight fatigue", but rather a result of families par...


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Bobby Fischer's Body Dug Up For Paternity Suit

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : Celebrities 
There's no rest for the dead, apparently, in some cases.  Bobby Fischer, the American chess champion who died in 2008 at age 64, is involved in a paternity suit and authorities in Iceland exhumed his body to get DNA samples early on June 5. 
Marilyn Young, who lives in the Philippines, says that she was in a relationship with Fischer and that her 9-year old daughter, Jinky, is a product of that relationship.  If she expects to get money out of this, she may have a very long wait.

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Original Disney Cinderella Dies

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : Entertainment 
The lady who became the original voice of Disney Studios' Cinderella in 1950 passed away on July 1 at a nursing home in Canoga Park, California, her husband announced on July 3.  Ed Shaughnessy revealed that his wife, Ilene Woods, expired from complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 81.  Woods was a young radio singer in 1948 when she cut a demo for an upcoming Disney production.  Two days later she was called in personally by Walt Disney to audition for him, and he signed her on the spot...
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Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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