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Bee Gee Robin Gibb wakes from coma

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012


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British singer Robin Gibb in 2011.


Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma more than a week after he lost consciousness and has attempted to communicate with family members at his hospital bedside, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Gibb, 62, has begun to show signs of recovery and has been able to nod and communicate with his family, spokesman Doug Wright was quoted as saying by the BBC. Wright could not immediately be reached to confirm the report.

Gibb’s relatives have said they have been singing to him while he was in a central London hospital, with wife Dwina revealing he had cried when she played him the 1962 song “Crying” by Roy Orbison, the BBC reported.

 Earlier: Robin Gibb’s family, brother singing to him in hopes he’ll wake from coma The singer contracted pneumonia and fell into a coma at a central London hospital earlier this month. He had been receiving treatment for colon and liver cancer.

He founded the Bee Gees with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry in the late 1950s. They have sold an estimated 200 million records during a career spanning more than 50 years.

The group helped to define the disco sound of the 1970s with a string of hits, including “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever” and “Jive Talkin.'” Their distinctive sound was characterized by falsetto vocals, tight harmonies and lush orchestration.

Linda Lovelace died 10 years ago today, at the age of 53.

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Starred in the famous porn movie “Deep Throat”, later was an anti-pornography crusader


Peter Frampton is 62 today

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012


Glen Campbell is 76 today.

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012


Charlotte Rae is 86 today!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012


No laughing matter: Fear of clowns is serious issue

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

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Are you scared right now? Symptoms of coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, can include sweating, nausea, feelings of dread, fast heartbeat, crying or screaming, and anger at being placed in a situation where a clown is present.


By Bill Briggs

For those infected with the panic, the monsters typically pounce with mammoth feet as high-pitched, almost-joyful squeals emanate from their frightful noses. Scarier still, these creatures tend to travel in tight clusters, often arriving in the same manner.

One teeny-tiny car.

Based on responses to a recent story on the about a 95-year-old clown named “Creeky,” many people harbor the heebie-jeebies for men and women who traipse around in greasepaint, frilly orange wigs and gigantic bowties.

Among the 83 people who commented on the Facebook post about the story, 20 used the word “creepy” and many others admitted to being spooked by clowns, posting confessions such as “clowns freak the hell out of me” and “I hate clowns, ever since I watched ‘It’ [the movie based on the Stephen King novel].”

“They just look evil to me!” says Sue Molitor, of Valley Park, Missouri, one of people who commented negatively about clowns.

“I honestly do not remember when I began to dislike clowns,” she added in an email interview. “I’ve never encountered one where I turned around and left because I never put myself close enough to one.”

Molitor says if she had her way, Ronald McDonald would be out of a job.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t scared a few children over the years and now they are in therapy,” she says. “Also, the commercial from the U.S. Postal Service? Priceless!”

 By definition, an irrational fear of clowns is known as coulrophobia, with the prefix “coulro” coming from the ancient Greek word for “one who goes on stilts.” Symptoms of coulrophobia can include sweating, nausea, feelings of dread, fast heartbeat, crying or screaming, and anger at being placed in a situation where a clown is present.

According to Rami Nader, a psychologist and director of the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic in North Vancouver, B.C., the psychological roots of the phobia may be traced to the fact that clowns are basically wearing disguises (albeit funny ones) while displaying artificial emotions (even silly ones) that perhaps hide their true feelings.

“You can’t really tell who they are,” he says. “You can’t really see their face. You don’t really know what that all means behind the mask.”

Nader says he only rarely sees people with the disorder, however, coulrophobia is common enough to warrant at least one study, conducted by the University of Sheffield in England in 2008.

Researchers asked more than 250 children (ages four to 16) what they thought of the idea of using clown imagery to decorate a hospital children’s ward. According to Dr. Penny Curtis, who helped conduct the study, “We found that clowns [were] universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable.”

How do you treat a clown phobia?

The same way you treat any other phobia, says Nader, the psychologist

“What we need to do is gradually come into contact with that thing – whether it’s spiders or heights, whatever you’re afraid of – and learn to cope with the anxiety, learn to recognize that what you’re afraid of won’t actually harm you,” he says. “You won’t lose control, you won’t panic, you won’t embarrass yourself with other people.”

Judy Chessa, LMSW and coordinator at the Anxiety & Phobia Treatment Center in New York’s White Plains Hospital, says she can’t recall ever treating any person with coulrophobia.

“But I wonder if that’s because this isn’t a phobia as much as a fear,” she says. “You can put the suffix ‘phobia’ after pretty much anything and define it as a phobia.

“Most likely, people with this fear can just easily avoid situations where they encounter clowns. So it doesn’t become an issue for them. They don’t see clowns during the day or at their jobs – except, I guess, those poor people who work at the circus.”

Man Arrested For Live Assault On TV Reporter

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Suspect interrupted piece on Myrtle Beach crime rate


APRIL 19–In the midst of a live TV report about a South Carolina  crime crackdown, a 20-year-old man last night shoved a female reporter,  grabbed her microphone, and screamed, “I am that nigger!” into the  camera.

Shortly after bumrushing reporter Ashley Taylor, 23,  during her report on the 11 PM news, Justin Moore, 20, was collared by  Myrtle Beach cops. Taylor, a reporter  with WMBF, an NBC affiliate, was not injured during the incident.

According  to a Myrtle Beach Police Department report, Taylor told cops that “4-5  black males” approached her crew as they prepared for a report. “When  she went live with her report one of the black males pushed her to the  side almost to the ground and ripped the microphone from her hand.”

After  interrupting the broadcast, Moore ran off “laughing and yelling,”  reported police. He was later located by cops–who examined video of Taylor’s report–and apprehended after he attempted to flee. Moore, a  Charlotte, North Carolina resident, was also positively identified by  Taylor.

Moore, pictured in the above mug shot, was charged with  misdemeanor assault and battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting  arrest. He is being held in the Horry County jail in lieu of  $1356  bond.

Before Moore interrupted her broadcast, Taylor was planning  to report on how escalating crime rates were impacting businesses along  Ocean Boulevard, where she had set up with her crew. Immediately after  Moore yelled “I am that nigger,” WMBF cut away from Taylor’s report

Gay Porn Interrupts Canadian Local TV Newscast

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

PUBLISHED: 00:42 EST, 21 April 2012 | UPDATED: 00:43 EST, 21 April 2012

Breakfast in Hamilton, Ontario was interrupted by three minutes of hardcore gay pornography as local CHCH Television’s morning newscast went off-air.

The indecent sex scene was shown around 9.30 a.m on Friday morning as viewers presumably sipped their coffee and led to huge embarrassment at the station said The Hollywood Reporter.

Blaming a botched repair job by a local cable company, CHCH frantically tried to readjust their broadcast but were unsuccessful as roughly three minutes of gay porn was broadcast to the Hamilton area.

Mike Katrycz goes on air to issue an apology to CHCH viewers who had their morning interrupted by three minutes of gay pornMike Katrycz goes on air to issue an apology to CHCH viewers who had their morning interrupted by three minutes of gay porn

‘In the splicing together, unfortunately, some inappropriate content went to air,’ said CHCH vice-president of news Mike Katrycz.

The origin of the problem was apparently with a local cable company which inadvertently inserted the wrong programing after fixing cut cable lines.

Prompting equal amounts of outrage and humour, the station went into overdrive in its attempts to apologise.

‘It felt like an eternity but I think it was on there for about a minute,’ said Katrycz, cutting two minutes off the mistaken broadcast.

‘We discovered through quick investigation that it was not (our station), it was one of the cable companies that had patched it.

The red-faced station blamed a botched repair job by a local cable company for the transmission at around 9.33 a.m on Friday morningThe red-faced station blamed a botched repair job by a local cable company for the transmission at around 9.33 a.m on Friday morning

‘There was nothing wrong with the transmission from (us) was a problem at one of the cable companies that was beyond our control.’

Explaining that this was the first time in his 30-years as a broadcaster that this had happened, Katrycz was extremely apologetic.

‘Of course, we know there are kids out there, there people who don’t want this in their homes and would never invite this in our homes,’ said Katrycz.

The vice-president added that the porn also appeared on air in the capital, Ottawa through a repeat CHCH transmitter.

The broadcast was carried in Hamilton, Ontario, but also made its way into some homes in the capital OttawaThe broadcast was carried in Hamilton, Ontario, but also made its way into some homes in the capital Ottawa

‘This was in no way CHCH’s doing,’ explained Katrycz.

‘We didn’t provide or supply that content, it suddenly appeared on cable and satellite distribution, not on our actual air.’

Twitter was awash with comments about the morning television mix-up.

‘Did I just see what I think I just saw on #chch TV??’ asked Shiona Thompson at the handle @Shionatalk.

‘Thinking about filing a lawsuit with #CHCH for making me question my sexuality,’ wrote Anthony Urciuoli at the handle @AnthonyUrchTLR.



Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder died 16 years ago today, at the age of 76.

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Oddsmaker on sporting events, he appeared on “The NFL Today” TV pre-game show for many years


Charles Grodin is 77 today.

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Comedian, movie actor, talk show host, appeared in the movies “Beethoven” and “Midnight Run”, among others