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MURDERED gay teenager Larry King’s parents sue school for allowing him to breach dress code:
The family of a gay teenager who was fatally shot in class blames the school district for allowing their son to wear makeup and feminine clothing to school — factors the family claims led to the death.
The parents and brother of 15-year-old Larry King of Oxnard filed a personal injury claim against the Hueneme school district seeking unspecified damages for not enforcing the dress code.
King, an eighth-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School, was shot in February. Classmate Brandon McInerney pleaded not guilty to the shooting last week. He was charged as an adult and also faces a charge of a committing a hate crime.
File under “Only In America”…
GONE a bit quiet on Anorak…
Not a bit of it. We’re planning a bigger, better website. And it’s coming soon.
We’re looking for new writers, too…
If you’re interested contact deatail are here…
STOP the wind turbines. We demand not wind turbines near our kids:
“The medical thing” is new research suggesting that living close to wind turbines, as Eaton and her 60-year old husband, Mike, soon will be doing, can cause sleep disorders, difficulty with equilibrium, headaches, childhood “night terrors” and other health problems.
So. Don’t they want the planet to live? We’re doing it for them. The ungrateful liltte…
LIZ TAYLOR has not been murdered. But she does live in the US so there is some chance she will be:
Rumors that actress Elizabeth Taylor was murdered in her home is the result of E-mail spammers. Fake e-mails titled ‘MSNBC.com – Breaking News’ followed by the headline ‘Elizabeth Taylor Found Murdered at Home’ or ‘McCain Gives Up Fighting for Presidency’ are being sent to millions of e-mail accounts.
The bogus e-mails are designed to install Malware on computers. Anyone who clicks to read the e-mail is infecting their computer with a virus.
Newsflash: Liz Taylor not murdered…
“The Netherlands Nutrition Centre wants the brakes put on the growth of snack bars and fast food restaurants. In neighbourhoods with an abundance of such outlets, it wants local authorities to prevent any more being opened. In areas around schools, its demands are even stricter: it wants a complete ban on any business selling fast food”.
Yeah, that’s right, Holland wants to ban the munchies.
AN lo, did men of England believe in global warming:
Professor Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year and chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, wrote that a lawn mower generated 40 times the emissions of a car, and two-stroke outboard engines were even worse.
Everyone should shave their heads wih electic razors, but think how the polar bears will suffer…
Mr Nicholson is speaking on behalf of one Jamie Harvey, who is partial to giant gobstoppers.
For preservative reasons and in case he should become stranded and be threatened with starvation, Mr Harvey keeps a restorative gobstopper in a sock beneath his car seat.
IN Japan, police have arrested a 20-year-old man who attacked and robbed two people after they stared at his Winnie-the-Pooh costume.
Masayuki Ishikawa was hanging out on a Tokyo street corner after midnight last month while wearing the cuddly costume, accompanied by two friends dressed as a mouse and a panther, when he took offence at being stared at, police said.
“It’s uncommon to see people dressed up like this, so the victims were watching them. Then the perpetrator came up and said ‘What are you staring at?'” a police spokesman said.
Ishikawa and his friends beat up the two victims and stole $160 (84 pounds) from them, the spokesman said, adding the group had apparently donned the unusual garb because they had run out of clean clothes.
I once saw a Stag do fight between Fred Flinstone and a banana…
STAR TREK takes on the web trolls. Beam me up, snotty… Click the image
“HAWKS should peck at you day and night,” screams the Saudi oil baron as he surveys the fuel-efficient Nissan.
Says the voice-over: “It’s clear the oil companies won’t like you.”
It’s a hackneyed joke, an inexpensive stereotypical gag, and not all that funny. But it gets more amusing:
THE MET reports:
“Police in Kingston have issued CCTV images of a man they wish to trace in connection with a serious assault on a bus”.
Writes Liu Jingjing:
Apart from biological weapons and bombing incidents, they are told to keep a lookout for journalists…
Some “student” volunteers who are responsible for receiving Western media gave us a very clear sign: in their eyes, journalists are no different to ‘fierce floods and savage beasts‘.
HOT air powers Sydney:
THE City of Sydney has become Australia’s first “carbon neutral” government. It will spend about $2.5 million a year buying wind power to offset the electricity and fuel used to power council offices and public amenities including street lights, pools and libraries.
How happy the local taxpayers must be…
I’LL have the Chinese kid with the nice teeth an the radio in her head:
Chinese officials have admitted deceiving the public over another highlight of the Olympic opening ceremony: the picture-perfect schoolgirl who sang as the Chinese flag entered the stadium was performing to another girl’s voice.
The girl in the red dress with the pigtails, called Lin Miaoke, 9, and from a Beijing primary school, has become a national sensation since Friday night, giving interviews to all the most popular newspapers.
But the show’s musical designer felt forced to set the record straight. He gave an interview to Beijing radio saying the real singer was a seven-year-old girl who had won a gruelling competition to perform the anthem, a patriotic song called “Hymn to the Motherland”.
At the last moment a member of the Chinese politburo who was watching a rehearsal pronounced that the winner, a girl called Yang Peiyi, might have a perfect voice but was unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth.
It’s like The St Winnifred’s School Choir all over again…
PEACHES Geldof has got married in the US. Can they keep her there?
“The couple tied the knot in a simple low-key ceremony in Las Vegas last week, while holidaying in America. Peaches first met Max, 23, a Harvard graduate in anthropology, two years ago. Max’s band, Chester French, played at the ITV iTunes festival, where Peaches was a co-presenter of the show. The acclaimed new Boston band were signed by Pharrell Williams to his label Star Track, a subsidiary of the giant Interscope Label.”
It’s what you do when you want to be famooooosss…
CREATION Science 101 With Roy Zimmerman:
GAWD bless Georgia – one place Google hasn’t colonised…
TIMOTHY T. Cole, 45, of 16 Walnut St. Batavia, has married the woman he is barred on pain of law from seeing.
Having been called to attend the scene of rowing, police found Cole “in an altercation with a guest over a chair”.
You are listening to RAM-FM, music to rant and rave to. Anorak has long imaged that trad-jaz was the music of lost causes but it turns out to be soft rock.
Why then has RAM-FM closed? The explanation is a lack of funding. As reported:
CLIMATE change. Fact. It’s man made. No arguments. Fact:
Writes The Devil’s Kitchen:
The Harmless Sky blog has discovered that support for the catastrophic global warming case is official BBC policy. Tony quotes a BBC report as follows:
The BBC has held a high-level seminar with some of the best scientific experts, and has come to the view that the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus [on anthropogenic climate change].The details of the seminar are, as one might expect from an organisation like the BBC which holds the public in such contempt, a secret. An FoI request has revealed that uber-warmer, Lord May, was the driver behind the decision, but the rest of the details are only going to be revealed if the Information Commissioner can force them to toe the line.
We have the BBC on conference call now…
SO many CCTV cameras. Who needs photography?
I had a similar experience in St. Paul, MN last week when I took a picture of a famous landmark from the public street. Out came a security guard who informed me that “pointing a camea” at this building was prohibited. I simply stated that his claim was not supported by law. But I also mentioned that I was attending a meeting in the building, so just walking away was not an option. We didn’t discuss the matter further, but as I was signing in for the meeting, I found myself facing the head of security for the building. He pulled me aside and told me, sotto voce, that in any year but this one, photography would not be an issue, but they were being especially careful because of the upcoming Republcan convention. Neither he nor anyone else asked me to delete my photographs or even wanted to see them (and I didn’t offer). I thought things were amicably settled when I turned around to face two police officers from the local constabulary. One was friendly enough; the other scowled threateningly, hiding behind sunglasses to conceal her identity. The friendly cop asked for identification, which I willingly shared. He did not interrogate me in any way, but did take notes and mentioned to the security guard that he’d let him know the “case number.” He also mentioned to the security guards that he had to pay strict attention to detail because his “sargeant” was standing nearby; there was another officer nearby, but not in standard police blue uniform.
With their departure the security guard issued my visitor’s pass, my meeting host showed up and nothing more was said.
What are they scared of?
ONE Slavoj Zizek tells the Guardian:
Q: What makes you depressed?
A: Seeing stupid people happy.
RUSSIA is in Georgia. George Bush has built a built wall around Atlanta. And the West is saying some stong words…
SAYS Mercedes Clemens: “This isn’t just a career for me, it’s my passion,” Clemens said. “If I was independently wealthy and I didn’t need an income, I would do this for nothing. That’s how much I love it.”
Mercedes Clemens is certified to massage humans, but she claims the state of Maryland is keeping her from her first love: Massaging horses.
She shut down her equine massage practice in a Washington suburb after state officials told her state law only allows veterinarians to perform such services.
Now she’s suing two state agencies, saying regulators are unfairly barring registered massage therapists who want to practice on animals.
Animal massage regulations vary from state to state, with some allowing only veterinarians to practice. Clemens’ case is being closely watched by those in the animal massage industry, who say business has grown steadily along with interest in other alternative treatments and pampering for pets.
Equinology, Inc., a Gualala, Calif.-based massage school, says when it began operating about 15 years ago, a couple hundred people took its horse massage therapy courses. Now, almost 900 sign up each year. Company vice president Paul Hougard said there were just a few schools when his company started but estimates there are now about 50 across the country.
The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage plans to start an online exam next month to create credential standards. Among other things, it will test massage techniques, anatomy, ethics, and animal behavior.
Carmen writes: “This decision may well bite the McCann’s on the bum one day…”
A failed private prosecution over an alleged breach of Section 97 of the Children Act 1989 had a curious outcome.
Section 97(2) prohibits publication of any material which is intended, or likely, to identify any child as being involved in proceedings under the Children Act.
A mother involved in such proceedings in relation to her child took part in a protest by campaign group Fathers 4 Justice in front of TV cameras and was named in a subsequent report in the Daily Mail.
She began private prosecutions against editor Paul Dacre and Mail owners Associated Newspapers, claiming the report was likely to identify her child contrary to Section 97(2), but the case was quashed by the Divisional Court as an abuse of process.
Lord Justice Latham said: “The fact that the Daily Mail may have been in breach of Section 97 itself does not mean that she can properly complain.
“It seems to me to be a clear case where the court’s conscience is offended by the fact that the prosecution is brought by a person who by her conduct was likely, if not certain, to identify the child as being the subject of proceedings to which Section 97 applied.”
There was no sign of the Director of Public Prosecutions taking over the prosecution in the public interest.
The result seems to be: Who cares if the media identify children in breach of Section 97, if a publicity-seeking parent has already done so?