Archive for January, 2013

Lego gun fiend

A five-year-old boy received a disciplinary warning from school officials after building a gun out of Lego, reports the New York Daily News.

Joseph Cardosa’s parents received the letter from Hyannis West Elementary School officials after their son built the “gun” during an after-school program. If it happened again, the letter said, Joseph would be suspended..

Beware of the killer cats

He may look cute as a button when he’s curled up on your sofa – but your pussy cat is a ruthless killer.

A new study estimates that domesticated and feral cats are responsible for about 3.7 billion bird deaths each year. That’s much higher than previous estimates, which put the death toll in the hundreds of millions.

USA Today says that’s in addition to the small mammals cats prey on, anywhere from 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion a year. Stunned wildlife experts say the voracious appetite of the country’s cats could impact the survival of certain species.

Apple no longer the world’s most valuable company

Apple can no longer boast it is the world’s most valuable company, reports USA Today. That mantle has been passed on to Exxon Mobile after a week where Apple saw its stock price crash by 12 percent. Under the new pecking order, Exxon is worth around $418.2 billion while Apple is worth $413.1 billion.

Divorcing couple in ice cream war

A bitter divorce battle between the co-owners of a popular vegan Manhattan ice cream shop could lead to the store closing, the New York Post reports.

Derek Hackett and ex-wife Blythe Boyd, both of Manhattan, opened East Village store Lula’s Apothecary in 2008 while still married — quickly establishing a loyal following that included Paul McCartney’s ex, Heather Mills.

But the couple got divorced in 2012 — and earlier this month, Hackett filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court demanding the business be dissolved because Boyd is hoarding the profits for herself.

Hackett claims that his ex-wife has completely frozen him out of the business despite their equal ownership and that profits are tanking, court papers show.

“Boyd controls the operations and has looted, wasted or diverted for non-corporate purposes all assets,” he claimed in court papers.

“Boyd has substantially cut the hours of the retail location during the busiest season, the late spring and summer months, and as such continues to operate to the detriment of the shareholders.”

As a result, Hackett claims he’s on the edge of bankruptcy and wants the business shut down so he’s no longer liable for financial mismanagement, court papers show.

His filing also suggests that she is trying to force him out of the business in order to find a new investor, court records show.

But Boyd, 37, countered that she did all the work — and that Hackett just reaped the profits and used them to pay his rent.

Police discover cat hoarding woman

A New York woman kept 67 dead cats in clear plastic bags in her freezer and had another 99 felines living in crates stacked floor-to-ceiling in unsanitary conditions.

Authorities found Irene Vandyke, 50, with cats in feces-filled crates stacked from floor to the ceiling throughout her home.

But it was the 67 dead felines stuffed inside plastic bags and crammed in her freezer that shocked police..

Officers were called to the house, near Albany, N.Y., last week after receiving reports of the building’s deteriorated condition. When they arrived, the woman refused to give up any of the cats to animal shelters and rejected referrals to mental health services.

Dad of three becomes New York’s first married Catholic priest

He may be married with three daughters but that hasn’t stopped John Cornelius becoming a Catholic priest.

Cornelius took a vow of chastity on Saturday and became New York’s first married Catholic priest in a traditional ordination ceremony as his family watched proudly from the pews.

“It’s wonderful. I feel like I’ve been working my whole life to answer God’s call and here I am,” the former Episcopal priest told the New York Daily News.

Bawdy Sundance party shocks guests

Hollywood’s powerful Creative Arts Agency has built up an enviable reputation in Tinseltown.

But the party it threw at the Sundance Film Festival this week left some revellers with a nasty taste in their mouths.

Reports the LA Times, guests mingled with lingerie-clad women pretending to snort prop cocaine, erotic dancers outfitted with sex toys and an Alice in Wonderland look-alike performing a simulated sex act on a man in a rabbit costume.


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