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We begin with the top four headline stories...
TRAFFIC MESS IN DALLAS AS EXPLOSION AT GAS FACILITY CLOSE FREEWAYS
As if the Dallas traffic didn't have problems on a normal day it was further complicated yesterday as a series of explosions occured at a gas facility near downtown. Three people were injured as flaming
debris rained down onto highways and buildings. A half mile area around Southwest Industrial Gases was evacuated and that included interstates 30 and 35 as the explosions continued for over an hour. A check late yesterday showed those heavily traveled freeways were still shut down hours after the blasts which began around 9:30am.
CONYERS AGAIN AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE..COMMITTEE VOTES FOR CONTEMPT
House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers continued the salvo against the White House he has been firing since the election led the way for another take yesterday that may wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Committee voted to issue contempt of Congress charges against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton and former legal counselor Harriet Meiers because they refused to testify over the firings of U.S. Attornies. The White House invoked "executive privilege" and instructed the two not to testify. Conyers said if the subpoenas were ignored Congress would lose its ability to get anyone to testify before any committee including his.
*In Iraq they have Sunnis against Shiites..in this country it's the
White House against Congress.
NO JOY IN IRAQ..CAR BOMBS KILL 50 SOCCER FANS AS THEY CELEBRATE VICTORY
Two suicide car bombs went off in the middle of a celebration of Iraq's victory in the Asian Cup Semifinal match yesterday. At least 50 people were killed and more than 135 wounded by the blasts. The soccer victory over South Korea gave Iraqis a rare chance to celebrate and they took
to the streets..but joy turned into death and sadness as the bombs went off. Iraq is playing Saudi Arabia in the finals on Sunday and Iraqis have been saying it shows the mixed make up of the teams shows the country's rival ethnic and religious factions can united despite years of sectarian violence.
PULLOUT OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ALONG MEXICAN BORDER UNDERWAY
..and illegal immigrant champions are cheering. The number of National guardsman will be reduced from 6,000 to 3,000 nationally as planned. It will drop from 2400 to 1200 along the Arizona/Mexico border. The pullout will be completed by September 1st. One year later the program will withdraw all Guardsmen. Jennifer Allen, director of Border Action Network, a Tucson-based immigrants' rights organization said "We're glad that the number of troops is decreasing, but it would be even better if there were no National Guard on the border." Allen's point was the Guard had forced illegal immigrants to cross in more remote areas. The Guard has helped in building fences, roads and manning stations behind the scenes. They have also had an impact in spotting people trying to illegally cross into the U.S. The Border Patrol has applauded the Guards work..since they arrived more than 8,200 apprehensions were made and 46,849 pounds of narcotics seized as a result of groups spotted by National Guard helicopters, for example.
*It was just too hard on the illegal immigrants not to have sidewalks to walk over, however..
AND EVEN MORE
UCLA STUDY LINKS AIR POLLUTION TO CLOGGED ARTERIES
If you've got high high cholesterol, you might want to stay away from air
pollution. That's the message of a new UCLA study linking diesel exhaust to
atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which significantly increases
one's risk for heart attack and stroke. Published in the July 26th edition of
the online journal Genome Biology, the findings are the first to explain how
fine particles in air pollution conspire with artery-clogging fats to switch on
the genes that cause blood vessel inflammation and lead to cardiovascular
disease. "Diesel particles are coated in chemicals containing free radicals, and
the fatty acids in LDL cholesterol generate free radicals during metabolism in
the cells," said first author Ke Wei Gong, a UCLA cardiology researcher. The
researchers' next step will be to convert the genes' responses to the
pollutant-cholesterol combination into a biomarker that will enable physicians
to easily evaluate air pollution's effect on health, especially cardiovascular
disease. Once a biomarker is developed, a simple blood test can be used to
measure a person's exposure to determine if they require medical intervention.
YOUR FRIENDS COULD BE MAKING YOU FAT...AS IN CONTAGIOUS!?!
New research suggests that obesity is "socially contagious" and your overweight
friends could be making your fat! A study of more than 12,000 people found that
having an obese friend increases the risk of becoming obese by up to 57%. Having
an overweight brother or sister increases the chances by 40% and having a heavy
spouse by 37%. The Harvard Medical School research, published Wednesday in the
New England Journal of Medicine, found that even having a fat friend hundreds of
miles away can affect a person's weight. "It's not that obiese or non-obese
people simply find other similar people to hang out with. Rather, there is a
direct causal link," said Professor Nicholas Christakis, one of the study's
authors. Gender also had a profound effect. People with an obese friend of the
same sex had a 71% increased risk of becoming obese. If a man's brother was
heavy, his chances of becoming obese increased by 44%, while among sisters the
risk rose by 67% Among friends and siblings of opposite genders, there was no
increased risk. Obesity expert Professor Boyd Swinburn, from Deakin University,
said: "There are quite strong correlations in body size between siblings but
it's not just contagious. There's a bit of genetics in there and a bit of common
family environment, so there's lots of other forces that can explain that as
YEAH! PINK TASERS
Taser has released the C2 for sale at retail stores on Monday, a consumer
version of its stun gun. Chairman Tom Smith and president Kathy Hanrahan on
Monday appeared on NBC's Today Show to promote the stun gun that comes in
different colors, including pink, and fires two wires up to 15 feet. The wires
carry 50,000 volts that temporarily incapacitate a person but travel about 20
feet less than the law enforcement version of the weapon.
HOLLYSTAR LATE NIGHT UPDATE
Matt Damon received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on
Wednesday. He's star number 2,343.
Starpulse is reporting that R&B star, Usher, is planning a secret weekend
wedding with pregnant fiancee, Tameka Foster, at music producer Antonio 'L.A.' Reid's Hamptons estate in New York on Saturday. According to a source, the two want to be married before Foster gives birth. The couple announced they were expecting a child together last month.
Kelly Clarkson says she has only ever kissed five boys - because she is scared of catching herpes.
The 25-year-old singer insists she doesn't like smooching because it's too "personal" and she is always worried about what she might catch from potential suitors. She said in an interview with Blender magazine, "I have major trust issues. I don't make out with people. That's a waste of my kisses and my time. And it's so personal - it's, like, my face. Plus I'm afraid of mouth herpes!"
Paris Hilton has added yet another pooch to her brood of pets on Wednesday, a new Chihuahua from Pets of Bel Air in Los Angeles. The store is the same one where Britney Spears bought a $3,000 Yorkie puppy less than two weeks ago. Earlier on Wednesday, rocker Fred Durst and his son came into the store and purchased a Chihuahua as well.
Whoa, turn it down a notch in what is now becoming a public squabble between Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Matt Leinart, and his one time USC college sweetheart and baby mama, Byrnn Cameron. Cameron complained this week that she is doing 99% of the work with their 9 month old son, Cole, while Leinert is taking all the glory. Leinart has now responded to People magazine saying that he has been wanting to spend more time with his son, even seeking help from the courts to do so. "I also really care about his mom and would never say anything disparaging about her" but then ads... "I don't know if Cole's mother is motivated by anger or by financial gain, but it is my sincere hope that one day we will be able to effectively co-parent our son who we both love very much."
"Scary Spice," Melanie Brown, says that the original plan with her then
boyfriend, Eddie Murphy, was to marry after the birth of their now 3-month-old daughter. "This was a completely planned pregnancy," Brown, 32, said in an interview that appears on Essence.com. Brown gave birth to the baby, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, on April 3rd, and always contended that Murphy is the child's father. DNA tests revealed in June that Murphy is indeed the child's father. In the end, though, Brown says she wasn't sure if her and Murphy's lifestyles would have meshed. "There were certain things that went on in his house with his lifestyle that I wasn't prepared to be a part of," she says. Comparing her life to his, she adds, "I have a house where it's about my kids and me. I don't have people knocking on my door at 3 and 4 in the morning."
Britney Spears' behavior at a photo shoot at OK! magazine has everyone's tongues wagging. Word is that those at the shoot were shocked when she wiped her fried chicken-grease-covered hands on a $274 dress and let her puppy poop on a $6,700 Zac Posen gown. The photographers and staff claim Britney allegedly fled the shoot wearing $12,861 worth of jewelry, a $974 Vera Wang dress, $380 Lanvin heels and a $281 Pucci scarf. When the clothes she ruined are added, the total
comes to $21,267. According to insiders, Spears was asking for $1 million as well as control of photographs and editorial content. But since the shoot was canceled, OK! paid her nothing.
If you watch Comedy Central's Roast of Flavor Flav on August 12th, get ready for some language. Although segments of roasters using the N-word (11) were cut, the you will still hear the word "bitch" used 16 times; "pimp," 14 times; "ho," 12 times; "whore," seven times, "crack," five times, and "hookers," three times. Charming...
Actor Luke Wilson had to change his cellphone number this weekend after his friend, Johnny Knoxville hired a plane to fly across LA's beaches trailing a sign that read, "Luke Wilson's phone number 310-500-0082." Apparently, it was his real number. It's now out of service. But Wilson decided not to hang at the beach, probably because he had to deal with all the annoying calls.
Former "Price Is Right" host, Bob Barker called Drew Carey shortly after the announcement that the comedian will be the new host of the long time tv game show. "I'd like to have you take a long vacation, maybe even a month or two before you start, because I'm getting paid for re-runs," Bob joked to Drew on the phone. Carey says he did not audition for the show and hasn't even been on the show's set yet, but adds that he thinks producers made the right choice!
You've got to hand it to Beyonce. She tripped and fell down a flight of stairs at her concert in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday night. But the star barely missed a beat, got up and continued to singer her little heart out! You sure can't keep a good woman down. After she finished the song, Beyonce asked the audience if they would please refrain from posting the incident on YouTube...yeah, we love ya, but ...right.
In case you missed it Tuesday night, Rob Schneider subbed for Lindsey Lohan on Jay Leno.
Dressed in a little black dress, thankfully with bicycle shorts underneath, and a black ankle bracelet that contained a
bottle of booze. Schneider stepped inat the last moment when Lindsey, scheduledto make an appearance, was arrested
early Tuesday morning for her second DUI.