Terri Schiavo, getting a kiss from her mother,
had been without food or water since March 18.
(PINELLAS PARK, Fla.) (Reuters) - Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the heart of a wrenching dispute over her fate that drew in the U.S. Congress and President Bush, died on Thursday, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order.
"Terri Schiavo has passed away just a little while ago," said Paul O'Donnell, a Franciscan monk and spiritual adviser to the parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, who fought a bitter seven-year legal battle to keep their daughter alive.
Schiavo, 41, died just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rebuffed yet another last-ditch appeal by her parents for the feeding to be restored.
Schiavo had been in what courts ruled was a "persistent vegetative state" since a cardiac arrest in 1990 deprived her brain of oxygen.
Courts had long sided with her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, in ruling she would not have wanted to live in that condition and should be allowed to die.
Michael Schiavo, estranged from his parents-in-law, was with his wife when she died soon after 9 a.m. at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, where she had been cared for.
There was no word from him or his lawyer, who said earlier this week that she was dying peacefully and with dignity.
But supporters of the parents were bitter.
"This is not only a death with all the sadness that brings. This is a killing," said Frank Pavone, a Roman Catholic priest who visited Schiavo shortly before she died.
"And for that we not only grieve that Terri has passed, but we grieve that our nation has allowed such an atrocity as this, and we pray that it will never happen again,"
The Schindlers were backed by conservative religious activists, anti-abortion campaigners, advocates for the disabled, and by mainly Republican politicians.
A small group of protesters who had kept vigil outside the hospice calling for Schiavo to be kept alive, sobbed and prayed when her death was announced, and then sang hymns in the morning sunshine.
Pavone said Schiavo's blood relatives were sent from her room just 10 or so minutes before she died because her condition was to be assessed and Michael Schiavo was going to visit.
"Bobby Schindler, her brother, said 'We want to be in the room when she dies.' Michael Schiavo said, 'No, you cannot.' So his heartless cruelty continues until this very last moment," Pavone said.
The Schindlers were able to pursue their case further after the U.S. Congress passed a special law giving federal courts jurisdiction in what traditionally has been the domain of state courts and Bush cut short a vacation to sign it.
But the effort, which opinion polls showed was deeply unpopular with most Americans, failed when federal judges refused the parents' requests to order feeding resumed.
The last rebuff, from the U.S. Supreme Court, came late on Wednesday night. The highest U.S. court had repeatedly refused to take on the case.
President Bush expressed his condolences in a White House statement.
"I urge all those who honor Terri Schiavo to continue to work to build a culture of life, where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, especially those who live at the mercy of others," he said.
"The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions the presumption should be in the favor of life."
"I pray for her mother and father, her family, and all those involved in this regrettable loss of life," Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, who helped push the Schiavo legislation through Congress, said in a statement.
The mood outside the hospice was bitter.
"Well they got their way," said a grizzled New York City man who gave his name as "Lifeboat" and knelt clutching a wooden rosary. "We've become barbarians. We've lost our humanity in this country."
"I don't know if anything can stop this evil," said Mary Ann McGuire of Scranton, Pennsylvania, who sat weeping with her 16-month-old son on her lap and said she feared Schiavo's death would open the way for widespread euthanasia. "This can only get worse."
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's brother, also became heavily involved on the side of the parents, but last week courts denied his efforts to have the state welfare agency take custody of Schiavo.
And the governor also failed to persuade the Florida Legislature to push through a new state law to intervene.
"Many across our state and around the world are deeply grieved by the way Terri died," Jeb Bush said.
The Florida Senate held a moment of silence for Schiavo.
"Regardless of your perspective on end-of-life issues this is very sad moment and a very reflective moment for a lot of us," said Senate President Tom Lee.
Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, said on Monday that his client had requested an autopsy to prove the extent of Terri's brain damage and to dispel questions from critics that his plans to cremate his wife's body were aimed at hiding something.
A court has said in the past Michael Schiavo can cremate his wife's body and bury the remains in Pennsylvania, his home state. The Schindlers, who are Roman Catholics, had wanted a full burial.
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Mel Blanc used to practice his voices in the halls of his high school.
The empty halls provided an excellent echo for the aspiring voice actor. Blanc coined the laugh for Woody Woodpecker and provided the voice for many other Looney Tunes characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig.
It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in is 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.
On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation I asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late.
He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him. "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?" He smiled as he patted my hand and said. "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is."
I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life." True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there are some that come along that have an important message, and this is one of those kind. Just had to share it with you all.
Oh, by the way, peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the best of everything that comes along their way."
*Thanks, Auntie 'M'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The "Day of Silence" -- the annual homosexual-themed day involving thousands of public school and college students nationwide -- will have a Christian counterpart this year.
The "Day of Truth" will serve as a counterpart to the "Day of Silence," allowing Christian students to take a stand for their beliefs. It will take place April 14, one day after the Day of Silence.
Day of Truth participants will wear a T-shirt reading, "The Truth Cannot Be Silenced," and also will pass out cards to their classmates expressing their beliefs. The inaugural event is being sponsored by the pro-family legal group Alliance Defense Fund and is being promoted by pro-family groups nationwide.
Its counterpart, the Day of Silence, is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and began in 1996 with students vowing a day of silence as a way to protest what homosexual activists see as discrimination against homosexuals, lesbians and "transsexuals." It has since boomed, and organizers say last year an estimated 100,000 students participated. In some instances, school officials have taken part, creating uncomfortable situations for conservative students.
Joe Infranco, a senior attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, said too many students have heard a "one-sided message" on homosexuality within their schools.
"In one sense [the Day of Truth] is a response to the Day of Silence," Infranco told Baptist Press. "In another sense it's an attempt to break this public school indoctrination in favor of homosexuality."
The Day of Truth is being held the day after the Day of Silence for a reason, Infranco said.
"We wanted to be respectful and permit the other side their day to express their message," he said. "We're not afraid to have the Gospel compete in the marketplace of ideas."
But there also is a legal reason it's being held when it is.
"Any school that permits the Day of Silence will be required to permit the Day of Truth," Infranco said. "For a school to allow the former and not the latter would be viewpoint discrimination, which is impermissible under any circumstances. The courts have unanimously struck down any restrictions based on viewpoint discrimination."
The Alliance Defense Fund has pledged free legal representation to any student who is discriminated against because of their Day of Truth participation, Infranco said.
The Day of Truth was inspired partly by Chase Harper, a San Diego-area high school student who opposed students in his school participating in the Day of Silence. Last year he was suspended after wearing a homemade T-shirt that read on the front, "Be Ashamed" and "Our School Embraced What God Has Condemned," and on the back read, "Homosexuality is Shameful" and "Romans 1:27."
ADF filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Harper, claiming that school officials participated in the Day of Silence and that Harper's religious freedoms were violated. The lawsuit is still pending.
"The school that he attends was getting increasingly active with the Day of Silence," Infranco said. "In fact, they were stretching the events out to nearly a week. They were purposefully setting up the school schedule and events to accommodate the Day of Silence. There was tremendous pressure being exerted on the students to be a part of this and to approve of this."
The card that Day of Truth students will pass out reads: "I am speaking the Truth to break the silence. I believe in equal treatment for all, and not special rights for a few. I believe in loving my neighbor, but part of that love means not condoning detrimental personal and social behavior. I believe that by boldly proclaiming the Truth, hurts will be halted, hearts will be healed, and lives will be saved."
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the Day of Truth is a good way to counter the Day of Silence.
“The Day of Silence is a misnomer, because what is truly being silenced is the truth," Land said. "The Day of Truth is an excellent opportunity for students to influence their classmates from a Christian perspective.”
On the issue of homosexuality, Infranco said, many people feel they "don't have a voice."
"For many people [the Day of Truth] is a point of entry into the debate," he said, "and it's a way that they can respectfully and in a Christ-like manner say, 'We do not approve of this message. We don't approve of the lifestyle. And we think it's important that there be an alternative voice in society.'"
Day of Truth T-shirts and cards can be ordered online at www.telladf.org/truth. The website also has questions and answers about the event, as well as a radio and television advertisement that includes Chase Harper, the high school student who took a stand last year in opposition to his school participating in the Day of Silence.
--Note from The Wizard: The Wizard believes everyone has a right to have their say.
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Set Status Before Logon: See who's online before others know you've logged in by setting your status! Subsequent logons can start you up in stealth mode.
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Works Great with MSN Spaces: Preview a Space from Contact cards with a direct link to view photos, blogs and more. You can even see what music they are listening to. Every time a Space is updated, your Messenger contacts will “gleam” to notify you of the change.
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A man walked into a supermarket with his zipper down. A lady cashier walked up to him and said, "Your barracks door is open." Not a phrase that men normally use, he went on his way looking a bit puzzled.
When he was about done shopping, a man came up and said, Your fly is open." He zipped up and finished his shopping. At the checkout, he intentionally got in the line where the lady was that told him about his "barracks door."
He was planning to have a little fun with her so when he reached the counter he said, "When you saw my barracks door open, did you see a soldier standing in there at attention?"
The lady (naturally smarter than the man) thought for a moment and said, "No, no I didn't. All I saw was a disabled veteran sitting on a couple of old duffel bags.
Dear Wizard of 'OZ',
My mother is always sending me "urgent messages" she gets from her friends. One recent message advised me to forward it to nine friends for a gift certificate. Another, warned me about buying chocolate chip cookies at Nieman Marcus.
Money for nothing
Dear Cookie Monster,
An urban legend may be a story you hear by word of mouth or a text you receive by email or fax. All have certain features in common which can aid in identifying them as urban legends.
Time Required: None
1. Consider the form of the information passed along to you. Is it a narrative — a story with a beginning, middle and end? Does it feature a surprising twist and/or end with a 'punch line' reminiscent of a joke? If so, it may be an urban legend.
2. Urban legends usually toe a fine line between outlandishness and plausibility. Does the story seem a little suspect, yet believable? Was it told to you AS IF it's true? Often the teller of an urban legend will even begin with the statement, 'This is a true story...'
3. Look for statements like 'This really happened to a friend of a friend' (or 'I heard this from the wife of a co-worker,' or 'You won't believe what happened to my brother's housekeeper's son,' etc.).
4. Have you heard the same story more than once from different sources, possibly even with different names and details? If you've heard more than one version, it's probably an urban legend.
5. Consider whether there's evidence to suggest the story you've heard is false, and/or there are commonsense reasons to disbelieve it.
6. Does the story seem too good to be true; too horrible, or too funny to be true? If so, there's a good chance it's an urban legend and NOT true.
7. Check books and Websites about urban legends to see if the story is listed there (see resources below).
8. Research any factual claims in the story to see if there is published evidence to support them. The burden of proof is on the teller of the tale.
Contrary to popular belief, urban legends aren't always false. The key factor is that they are told AS IF true, though no supporting evidence is offered (apart from the solemn word of 'a friend of a friend').
Email versions of urban legends tend to lose some of their story-like qualities, circulating in the form of warnings or alerts instead of personal anecdotes. But they are still urban legends.
Urban Legends (Computer)
Hope this helps.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Walt Disney's 1942 masterpiece, "Bambi," with its circle of life, its precise depiction of the wild, its heroism, tragedy, and message of hope, is already among the most innovative and enduring films of all time. But now, past and future collide as a crack team of computer and animation experts, using state-of-the-art technology, have digitally restored "Bambi"'s 110,000 frames to a new brilliance, one at a time.
SNOW IN THE AIR: The art of "Bambi" is breathtaking.
And that's only the beginning. The Special Edition double DVD set has an equally enhanced soundtrack, so the film's music flows from the speakers with new clarity. Whether you have a fancy home theater or not, you're in for quite a show. Start by watching "Inside Walt's Story Meetings," one of many bonus features (which include deleted scenes, games, and a look back at what was happening the year "Bambi" was released).
Q. What does Flower the skunk name his baby?
A. Flower's offspring is named Bambi, in honor of Flower's best friend.
* Andy Siditsky, senior vice president of DVD productions for Disney, is particularly excited about the story-meeting feature, which uses the copious stenographer notes taken at the time to reenact scenes inside the "Bambi" story room. "Imagine," he says, "sitting in on a story meeting for 'Bambi' with Walt and his team, including two of the famous Nine Old Men." The reenactment by voice actors is played over the running film, and serves as the DVD's audio commentary feature. "[Viewers] will hear how Walt articulated his vision and how the team made decisions -- and then marvel at how close the original vision is to the final product."
Donnie Dunagan, who supplied the voice of the young Bambi, was no stranger to the studio back then. Though only five when "Bambi" was made, Dunagan was already a pro, having appeared in seven movies, such as 1939's "Son of Frankenstein." But The Walt Disney Studio was something special.
Now 70, the retired 25-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps looks back fondly on his time with Walt. "I met Mr. Disney on the second or third day," Dunagan recalls. "I remember the big smile, the gentle voice, but mostly I remember his presence. I got to see him every day with the 'drawing men,' which is what I called the artists who worked on the picture. He was more of a coach than a boss. You paid attention to him, but in a relaxed way. I remember him bouncing his fingers in the air to demonstrate a deer prancing, and then watching the drawing men bring it to life. There was no script to memorize -- they just told me what to say. 'Okay, Donnie, now speak these words like you're afraid. Speak these like you're happy.' Those gentlemen were so much fun to work with, always laughing, playing tricks. I used to smuggle in a water gun -- we all had a blast."
As for the harrowing scene where Bambi loses his mother, the young Dunagan was stunned. "It surprised me. I didn't know it was in the film until I saw it on the screen. So sad," he recalls. "But then Bambi's father steps in, leads him to safety, and I remember thinking, 'Wow, things can get pretty bad but you still pick yourself up and keep going.' You can recover from loss."
NATURE SHOW: After a spring rain interrupts his nap time, Bambi watches a stream pick up speed
Dunagan regrets that after he grew up he did not meet Disney again. "The courage he had, his sensitivity toward animals, the message he gave us in 'Bambi.' I've never forgotten it."
The California grizzly bear is extinct.
It is estimated that the state of California was once home to 10,000 grizzly bears. The bear is even a prominent figure on the state’s flag. Over the years, settlers and explorers hunted the bears, hastening their extinction in that state.
The California Grizzly Bear Is The State Mammal
ABC unveils its new drama Eyes this week and it is welcome relief. Slotted in on Wednesdays, it offers a nice alternative to the politics of West Wing and the slick Law & Order.
Eyes wants nothing more than to entertain. It is pure escapism that is twisted and as fresh as Desperate Housewives - full of risks, bluffs, blackmail and intrigue.
If someone steals $100 from you, call the police. If they steal $100,000, call the FBI. But if you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and your chief financial officer embezzles $100 million on your watch, call Judd Risk Management.
Run by sharp-witted, impulsive Harlan Judd (Tim Daly), Judd Risk Management is a discreet, high-tech firm that handles cases with the highest possible stakes, while operating at the absolute fringe of the law. Along with ruthlessly efficient Nora Gage (Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) and a staff of brilliantly skilled, driven individuals -- some with their own agendas and secrets -- Harlan does whatever it takes to prevail in a world of unsteady alliances and uncertain loyalties.
Jeff McCann (Eric Mabius from "The L Word") is the agent with the dark side and the kind of amorality that allows him to bed his best friend's wife.
Gage isn't what she seems. McCann has all the loyalty of Brutus. And, Chris Didion is gay and a former psychiatric patient.
What I particularly liked here was the way the characters are introduced to us. When we learn that Didion is gay it is done so mater of factly it blends seamlessly into the story line where other shows have made a big issue of the 'coming out episode' - teasing us with tasteless trailers and the must-do cliffhanger before the kiss.
Didion is played by Rick Worthy. It would be nearly impossible for any steady moviegoer to say they have not seen a worthy Worthy performance, as he has established himself as one of the most versatile and busy actors in entertainment, with a varied bodied of work in film, television and theatre.
Among Worthy's recent roles are his portrayal of Ronnie in the blockbuster Collateral Damage, Dietz in Antitrust and Johnny in The Trigger Effect.Other film credits include Star Trek IX, Ritchie Rich and While You Were Sleeping.
On television Worthy has had a series regular role in The Magnificent Seven and has made guest appearances in a number of other series, including CSI: Miami, Enterprise, Boomtown, Dark Angel, Felicity, Star Trek: Voyager and NYPD Blue, to name a few.
Eyes is up against stiff competition in the 10 pm slot with Law & Order on NBC and CSI:NY on CBS - you can't get a tougher competition than that. But while both of those shows depend on realism Eyes is pure escapism and that just could be its ticket.
Freddie Mercury, Gianni Versace and the Queen Mum arrive at the Pearly gates, St Peter explains that only one can get through and that they each have to put forward their case for entry.
Freddie says, "I know I haven't led a perfect life and I've made some mistakes along the way, but I've made some of the most beautiful music in the world. I'll stand at the back of heaven, and serenade everybody with my wondrous songs, making heaven a far happier place to be."
"Pretty good, Fred" said St Peter, "what about you Gianni?"
Versace says, "I make the most beautiful clothes in the world. I will completely redesign the fashions up here, from the archangels to the cherub to the choirboys. As you well know Pete if you look good you will feel good and that will make heaven a much happier place."
"Not bad" says St Peter. "What about you Queen Mum?"
The Queen Mum does not say a word, instead she lifts up her skirt and pulls down her knickers, inserts a full bottle of Evian water into her pussy, lets the water shoot up inside her and then gush out all over the floor.
"Excellent, you're in!" says St Peter.
"Hold on a fucking minute!" says Freddie. "She didn't even say anything!"
"Fred you know the rules," says St Peter, "A royal flush beats a pair of Queens..."
*Thanks, Daryn! :O)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who became a legal superstar after helping clear O.J. Simpson during a sensational murder trial in which he uttered the famous quote "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," died Tuesday. He was 67.
Attorney Johnny Cochran arrives
at Manhattan Supreme Court in
a New York file photo from Jan. 29,...
Cochran died of a brain disorder in Los Angeles, said law partner Randy McMurray.
"Certainly, Johnnie's career will be noted as one marked by celebrity cases and clientele," his family said in a statement. "But he and his family were most proud of the work he did on behalf of those in the community."
With his colorful suits and ties, his gift for courtroom oratory and a knack for coining memorable phrases, Cochran was a vivid addition to the pantheon of great American barristers.
The "if it doesn't fit" phrase would be quoted and parodied for years afterward. It derived from a dramatic moment during which Simpson tried on a pair of bloodstained "murder gloves" to show jurors they did not fit. Some legal experts called it the turning point in the trial.
Soon after, jurors found the Hall of Fame football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
For Cochran, Simpson's acquittal was the crowning achievement in a career notable for victories, often in cases with racial themes. He was a black man known for championing the causes of black defendants. Some of them, like Simpson, were famous, but more often than not they were unknowns.
"The clients I've cared about the most are the No Js, the ones who nobody knows," said Cochran, who proudly displayed copies in his office of the multimillion-dollar checks he won for ordinary citizens who said they were abused by police.
"People in New York and Los Angeles, especially mothers in the African-American community, are more afraid of the police injuring or killing their children than they are of muggers on the corner," he once said.
By the time Simpson called, the byword in the black community for defendants facing serious charges was: "Get Johnnie."
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
A Swedish confectioner invented the ice cream cone.
In 1896 Italo Marchiony, an Italian, produced the first version of this popular treat. Another version was invented around the same time by an ice cream vendor at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, but Marchiony was granted a U.S. patent for his waffle-style cone in 1903, months before the Expo was held.
Waffle Cone invented by Italo Marchiony
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
-- Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude
On a senior citizen bus tour, the driver was surprised. While the passengers were unloading, to do some sightseeing, one elderly lady stopped and whispered in his ear, "Driver, I believe that I was sexually harassed!"
The driver didn't think much of this complaint, but promised he would check into it soon.
Later, that very same day, as the passengers were unloading again, a second little old lady bent down and whispered in his ear, "Sir, I believe I was sexually harassed!"
This time, he knew it had to be taken care of soon. A few passengers had remained on the bus, and he decided to go back and question them, to see if they had any knowledge of what was going on.
He found one little old man crawling along the bus floor underneath the seats and stooped down to question him. "Excuse me, sir, could I help you?"
The elderly man looked up and said, "Well, sonny, you sure can. I've lost my toupee and I'm trying to find it. I thought I'd located it twice, but they were parted in the middle, and mine's parted on the side
Man grows penis on his arm
Doctors have replaced a man's penis with one grown on his forearm.
The 30-year-old Russian, named only as Sergei, has his 2-and-a-half-inch penis removed and attached to his arm.
Using tissue it grew to 6-and-a-half inches and was sewn back on his groin in an 11-hour operation reports The Sun.
A Moscow surgeon said the man will be able to have sex in a few months. He said: "Women will never suspect."
My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.
My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.
My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up their own.
My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.
My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."
My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with.
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
I wish you Big Mud Puddles and Sunny Yellow Dandelions!!!
A dedicated Teamsters union worker was attending a convention in Las Vegas and decided to check out the local brothels. When he got to the first one, he asked the Madam, "Is this a union house?"
"No," she replied, "I'm sorry it isn't."
"Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"
"The house gets $80 and the girls get $20," she answered.
Mightily offended at such unfair dealings, the union man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop.
His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madam responded, "Why yes sir, this is a union house. We observe all union rules."
The man asked, "And if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"
The girls get $80 and the house gets $20."
"That's more like it!" the union man said He handed the Madam 100, looked around the room and pointed to a stunningly attractive blonde.
"I'd like her," he said.
I'm sure you would, sir," said the Madam.
Then she gestured to a 92-year old woman in the corner, "but Ethel here has 67 years seniority and she's next."
Monday, March 28, 2005
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The drummer from popular 1980s Australian rock band Crowded House hanged himself in a park in southern Australia, an emergency services spokeswoman said Monday. Paul Hester, 46, failed to return home after taking his two dogs for a walk on Friday night.
Loss ... Paul Hester, centre, with Nick Seymour and Neil Finn
The drummer's body was later found in a park near his home in the southern city of Melbourne.
Metropolitan Ambulance Service spokeswoman Liraje Memishi said ambulance officers arrived on the scene shortly after midday Saturday and reported that Hester had "attempted suicide" and suffered strangulation.
Officers declared Hester dead more than 20 minutes later, Memishi said.
"They attempted resuscitation but he was dead when they arrived. There was nothing they could do," she said.
Memishi said she could not confirm where Hester's body was found, but reports have suggested he was discovered hanging from a tree.
Hester played in several small bands before joining the New Zealand group Split Enz in 1983. He and Split Enz singer Neil Finn formed Crowded House in 1985 with bass player Nick Seymour.
Crowded House was one of Australia's most successful bands in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with international hits such as "Don't Dream it's Over" and "Weather with You."
Currently touring in London, Finn mourned the loss of his one-time band member.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of a close friend," Finn told The Daily Telegraph.
Hester is survived by his girlfriend Mardi Sommerfield and their two daughters aged 8 and 10.
Jurors in the District of Puerto Rico must be U.S. citizens.
Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States and has a U.S. district court. The United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico is a federal court created under the U.S. Constitution.
Sun Play in Puerto Rico