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Osbourne Show Provokes Free-Speech Fight in Fla.

He’s not biting off bats’ heads at the moment, but Ozzy Osbourne has once again managed to stir up controversy, even in his autumn years. The flap this time is over “The Osbournes: Reloaded,” his new Fox TV variety show co-starring other members of his clan, which an affiliate in Panama City, Fla., has deemed unfit for viewing.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Bill O’Reilly Boycotting Sean Penn Films

How will Sean Penn sleep at night knowing that Fox News’ own talking points champion, Bill O’Reilly, has declared that he will never see another one of Penn’s movies?

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE

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AP photo / Michel Spingler

Art Dealer Nabbed in $88 Million Swindle

It appears to be game over for Manhattan art dealer and gallery owner Lawrence Salander, who was arrested Thursday morning and accused of stealing $88 million from various art world players, institutions and investors, including tennis champ John McEnroe. Actor Robert De Niro, pictured above next to an image of his artist-father, is accusing Salander of stealing 12 of the senior De Niro’s paintings.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE

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NPR Is Booming

Since the year 2000, National Public Radio has increased its audience by 47 percent, with an 8.7 percent jump in the last year alone. That might have something to do with the collapse of the news media over the same period. While newspapers try to compete with Craigslist, NPR has acquired more foreign bureaus—and a bigger morning audience—than the major network news divisions.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE

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‘Colbert’ Wins NASA Node-Naming Contest

The problem with opening a decision to public input is that you could be stuck with a silly outcome, as NASA has learned after the word Colbert became the runaway winner in a contest to name a new room of NASA’s international space station.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE

AP photo / Ed Andrieski

Small-Town Homophobia, On and Off the Stage

While trying to teach her students about homophobia, Debra Taylor could have done without what appeared to be an illustrative demonstration: The Oklahoma high school teacher was forced to resign in a controversy that grew out of a gay-related project undertaken by her class. Taylor and her students had been working on their own production of “The Laramie Project,” a play and film based on the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE

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CNBC Does Damage Control After Stewart-Cramer Showdown

CNBC and sister cabler MSNBC promoted Jim Cramer’s appearance on “The Daily Show” last week, but that was before he was soundly trounced by Jon Stewart. After the fact, CNBC and its affiliate networks haven’t exactly been playing highlight clips in heavy rotation, and some industry types believe that damage may have been done to the financial network’s reputation.

Posted on Mar 14, 2009 READ MORE

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‘Big Love’ Causes Scene With Mormon Church

Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints got their sacred undergarments in a twist about an upcoming episode of “Big Love” in which secret religious practices and spaces are depicted. HBO has apologized, but, as Salt Lake Tribune columnist Vince Horiuchi wonders, will all this hubbub just serve to draw more attention to Sunday’s installment of the series?

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE

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Recession Chic: Just Another Passing Fad?

As the national economy continues to wreak havoc on many Americans’ lives, even those who remain relatively unscathed by the recession are feeling the need, whether for appearances’ sake or otherwise, to reconsider their spending habits—but will it last?

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE


Filmmaker Turns His Eye on Surveillance Culture

A Canadian filmmaker is combining his love of science fiction with his alarm over the ramped-up surveillance in his native Toronto by putting a specially fitted Web cam into his prosthetic eye—he lost his own in a childhood accident—and filming everything he sees.

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 READ MORE

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