Archive for January, 2012

‘Dance’ choreographer gets 10 years for rape and assault (Reuters)

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Jan 27 (TheWrap.com) ? Alex Da Silva, a former choreographer for Fox reality competition “So You Think You Can Dance,” was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for raping a former dance student and assaulting another, TMZ reports.

Da Silva, 43, was arrested in 2009 and charged with multiple counts of raping and sexually assaulting four women, all of whom had been his students.

A jury found him guilty on one count of rape and one count of assault with intent to commit rape. It deadlocked on other charges, which were dismissed.

Da Silva had appeared on the first four seasons of the series.

This isn’t the first scandal to be associated with “So You Think You Can Dance”; in August 2011, Shane Sparks, who had also appeared as a choreographer on the show, was charged with eight counts of felony child molestation in 2009. He pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 in August 2011, and received 270 days in jail.

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Playing for bragging rights

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

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updated 5:13 p.m. ET Jan. 28, 2012

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Abby Wambach and Christine Sinclair have spent the last two weeks chasing each other, chasing history and chasing a place in the London Olympics.

Part three has been accomplished. Wambach and the U.S. women’s soccer team qualified for the Summer Games on Friday night by beating Costa Rica. Sinclair and the Canadians punched their ticket a couple of hours later with a win over Mexico.

Now for a little competitive fun. The United States and Canada play each other Sunday in the championship game of the qualifying tournament. With the Olympic berths settled, the game is essentially for bragging rights between neighboring rivals.

“You try telling the players it’s a glorified friendly when they play against the U.S.,” Canada coach John Herdman said. “Nah. The sleeves are off straightaway.”

The teams feature the two most prolific active goal-scorers in the world, and they have been putting on a show at BC Place.

Wambach and Sinclair played on alternate nights during the group phase of the tournament, and it almost seemed as if one was trying to top the other. Sinclair opened with four goals against Haiti; Wambach followed with a pair against the Dominican Republic. Sinclair got one against Cuba; Wambach notched two against Guatemala.

Wambach then went silent ? scoreless against Mexico and Costa Rica ? while Sinclair added two more against both teams.

Where do they stand now? It’s a tie. They have 129 career goals apiece. They’ve both passed Germany’s Birgit Prinz to move into third place all-time, one behind Kristine Lilly and still quite a few behind Mia Hamm’s world-record 158.

“I think it’s just going to be a matter of time whenever Sincy or I end up breaking Mia’s record,” Wambach said. “Obviously we want to stay healthy and contribute to goals scored for our team. But, quite honestly, I’ve said this from the beginning ? I’d give away every record, individual, that I’ve ever won for a world championship, and I think that Sincy would probably say the same thing.

“But it’s cool, it’s amazing to be alongside such a fantastic soccer player like her. She’s the essence of the blue-collar worker, coming from a country who generally speaking hasn’t competed well in the world championships.”

Wambach didn’t stop there. She also called Sinclair “the most underrated player in the whole world” and “probably the best all-around player.”

This is a goal-scoring race flush with mutual respect.

“I actually think that mostly likely neither of us think about it too much,” Sinclair said. “We both play on successful national teams, and we both play forward for that team, and we’re expected to score goals. Usually when the U.S. or Canada is winning, it involves us scoring.”

They have different playing styles. Wambach is always hanging around the goal, and has the best header in the women’s game. Sinclair has been playing a more withdrawn position to give her more versatility on the attack.

Their personalities are different as well. Wambach has the gift of gab, while Sinclair is more of a reluctant star. For many years, she was just about the only reason to watch the Canadian women’s team, although the talent around her has improved considerably in recent years.

“Canada is a very good side ? with the exception of Sinclair,” Mexico coach Leonardo Cuellar said. “She’s in another world.”

It seemed out of character when Sinclair appeared on a scoreboard video throughout the tournament proclaiming: “Some say I’m one of the best. But to be the best, you have to win something big.”

She didn’t write that script ? it was a video promoting Canadian soccer ? but she doesn’t argue with the second sentence. Canada has been to World Cups and Olympic Games, but its best finish is a fourth at the 2003 World Cup.

“This is a team sport, where, yeah, individuals can do some great things and score some goals, but until your team actually wins or gets on the podium on whatever the case may be, it’s hard to say that you’re the best,” Sinclair said. “It’s at the point where we’re all done with the participation, and we want to get something out of it.”

First comes Sunday’s little tussle with the Americans. This will be the 51st meeting between the countries. Canada has won only three. Five have been draws.

The rest? Well, suffice it to say the Americans have a world power for more than two decades, while Canada has been trying to catch up.

“They don’t frighten us,” Herdman said. “But they’re a team that we’d love to tip over on home side. They don’t come up here very often, and I hope the whole of Vancouver rock on and give us a hand beating the Americans.”


Joseph White can be reached at http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

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Grape seed extract kills head and neck cancer cells, leaves healthy cells unharmed

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2012) ? Nearly 12,000 people will die of head and neck cancer in the United States this year and worldwide cases will exceed half a million.

A study published this week in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that in both cell lines and mouse models, grape seed extract (GSE) kills head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

“It’s a rather dramatic effect,” says Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

It depends in large part, says Agarwal, on a healthy cell’s ability to wait out damage.

“Cancer cells are fast-growing cells,” Agarwal says. “Not only that, but they are necessarily fast growing. When conditions exist in which they can’t grow, they die.”

Grape seed extract creates these conditions that are unfavorable to growth. Specifically, the paper shows that grape seed extract both damages cancer cells’ DNA (via increased reactive oxygen species) and stops the pathways that allow repair (as seen by decreased levels of the DNA repair molecules Brca1 and Rad51 and DNA repair foci).

“Yet we saw absolutely no toxicity to the mice, themselves,” Agarwal says.

Again, the grape seed extract killed the cancer cells but not the healthy cells.

“I think the whole point is that cancer cells have a lot of defective pathways and they are very vulnerable if you target those pathways. The same is not true of healthy cells,” Agarwal says.

The Agarwal Lab hopes to move in the direction of clinical trials of grape seed extract, potentially as an addition to second-line therapies that target head and neck squamous cell carcinoma that has failed a first treatment.?

This work was supported by the R01 grants AT003623 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and CA91883 from the National Cancer Institute, NIH.

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  1. S. Shrotriya, G. Deep, M. Gu, M. Kaur, A. K. Jain, S. Inturi, R. Agarwal, C. Agarwal. Generation of reactive oxygen species by grape seed extract causes irreparable DNA damage leading to G2/M arrest and apoptosis selectively in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells. Carcinogenesis, 2012; DOI: 10.1093/carcin/bgs019

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Gingrich tags Romney with ‘liberal’ label (AP)

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

LUTZ, Fla. ? Newt Gingrich on Sunday called GOP president rival Mitt Romney a “pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase liberal.”

Gingrich made the comments outside a megachurch in Lutz, Fla., two days before the pivotal presidential primary.

Gingrich is trailing Romney in Florida and has been labeling the former governor a Massachusetts moderate. Now Gingrich is moving his 2012 rival even further left.

He also criticized Romney’s campaign tactics during two television interviews Sunday morning, decrying his opponent’s “basic policy of carpet-bombing his opponent.”

One of the ads being run by Romney suggests that Gingrich is exaggerating his ties to Ronald Reagan. Gingrich chafed at that, noting that the former president’s son Michael was joining him on the campaign trail Monday “to prove to everybody that I am the heir to the Reagan movement, not some liberal from Massachusetts.”

Former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain, a tea party favorite, will also appear with Gingrich on Monday.

At a large rally Sunday at The Villages, a sprawling retirement community in central Florida, Gingrich accused Democratic President Barack Obama of coddling foreign leaders like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“I believe we need to be stronger than our potential enemies,” Gingrich told the crowd. “The president lives in a fantasy world where there are no enemies, there are just misguided people with whom he has not yet had coffee.”

He said Chavez “deliberately, cynically and insultingly gave him an anti-American book and Obama didn’t have a clue that he’d been insulted.”

He said the Obama administration should be focused on Ahmadinejad’s “pledge to wipe out Israel and drive America out of the Middle East.”

“But if I were a left-wing Harvard law graduate surrounded by really clever left-wing academics I would know that this was really a sign that (Ahmadinejad) probably had a bad childhood,” Gingrich said.

He described Obama’s approach to Ahmadinejad as, “If only we could unblock him we could be closer to him and we could be friends together.”

Gingrich, who served in the House for two decades, also made a populist pitch as a Washington outsider. He said the GOP’s “old establishment” is trying to block his path to nomination.

“It’s time that someone stood up for hard-working, taxpaying Americans and said, `Enough,’” Gingrich said. “And if that makes the old order uncomfortable, my answer is, `Good.’”

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‘Jersey Shore’ High Five: Operation Rescue Vinny!

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

Plus, the Situation is hungover and the girls wear bunny suits in this week’s episode.
By Jim Cantiello

Mike “The Situation” on Thursday’s Episode of “Jersey Shore”
Photo: MTV

The Situation’s back and he got a Hugh Hefner-themed surprise party, what with the strippers and the wheelchairs. Here now, my five favorite moments from this week’s “Jersey Shore.”

5. Hungover Situation
You can’t get any more DTF than a stripper, right? Wrong. Just ask the Situation, who brought home one of his party favors.

“I don’t even remember her name. It might as well be A-nita because all night she was saying ‘I need a cigarette. I need French toast.’ Well I need you to get the hell out of my house!”

I think Hungover Situation is my favorite Situation. On the other hand, dude, she’s a stripper who never actually took her clothes off. That’s like being mad at your anorexic friend for giving you a crappy restaurant recommendation.

4. Old Man
With Vinny gone, Danny the T-shirt guy is looking to find a new employee/housemate and made J-Woww write up a “Help Wanted” sign after she tore down the first one.

J-Woww says, “What should the sign say, because Danny’s being a douche …”

“You should write, ‘See old man inside for details!’ ” the Situation laughs.

The Situation – 1, Danny – 0.

The Situation walks away, and J-Woww says under her breath, “But then people would think they should talk to you.”

The Situation – 1, J-Woww – 1,000,000!!

3. Operation Rescue Vinny!
What better way to help a guy with anxiety than to crowd him, shout loud things in his ear and bum-rush him in the comfort of his own home?!

Um … get better Vinny!

2. Crack Is Wack!
In all seriousness, Vinny was happy to jump in the car and return to Seaside with his roomies. Too bad they nearly died on the way back …

[They moon each other. Snooki sees "a ball." They all scream.]

Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Don’t try to blind people with your ugly-ass ass and drive.

1. Funny Bunnies
Gotta hand it to MTV. Always looking to lure in new audiences for their programming. This week they dedicated a segment entirely to furries!

Snooki and Deena hump each other in giant bunny costumes. Later, Snooki uses her new bunny costume for evil when she scares J-Woww.

Amazing. Let’s just hope she doesn’t pull that on Vinny for a few days.

For continuing “Jersey Shore” coverage, be sure to check in with MTV’s Remote Control blog.

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Obama’s State of the Union: An Optimistic President Talks to a Pessimistic Nation (Time.com)

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

Bristling with optimism and a can-do pep, President Obama asked for his pessimistic nation’s attention on Tuesday night to announce he would not stand the naysayers any longer. “Anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” he said from the biggest lectern in the land on Tuesday night, during his annual State of the Union Address.

It was a startlingly blunt statement, even for a speech invariably laced with optimistic bromides. Polls throughout 2011 showed that huge majorities of the American people had come to the opposite conclusion; more than 2 out of every 3 voters in one October survey saw the country in decline. Yet the President was not willing to let this stand. He came out swinging, with positive data, happy anecdotes and an energy that he rarely displays these days when he’s off the campaign trail. (See photos of the State of the Union.)

“The state of our union is getting stronger,” he said, sounding like a football coach after a tough home loss. “We’ve come too far to turn back now.” In the face of national dissatisfaction, he focused on the silver lining: The killing of Osama bin Laden, the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, the resurrection of the American auto industry. He even promised things he could never deliver, like a return to uninterrupted American labor dominance in a globalized world. “If the playing field is level, I promise you: America will always win,” he said.

As a piece of performance, it was uplifting. But the performance only went so far, given his audience. The President offered more than a dozen new proposals, from more money for infrastructure repairs, to increased investments in alternative energy, to corporate tax reforms and new limits on tuition increases. He spoke of the American spirit after World War II, and told the stories of two unemployed workers who had found new careers. But few of his legislative proposals had any hope of serious consideration in Congress, let alone passage in this election year.

A year ago, during the same address before the same body of lawmakers, Obama announced plans to spend the year “winning the future.” The months that followed were mostly characterized by loss, with economic troubles at home and abroad, new depths of legislative dysfunction, and a political climate that surprised even the most hardened cynics. (See photos of special guests at State of the Union Addresses throughout the years.)

The residue of this funk set the scene Tuesday, as Republicans and Democrats scattered through the room failed more often than not to rise in applause with unity. As Obama spoke, House Speaker John Boehner looked on respectfully behind him, while his staff bombarded reporters with e-mail press releases that effectively accused the President of misleading the American people while embracing “a political gimmick.”

Almost as soon as Obama had finished speaking, the Republican National Committee released a video called “Familiar Rhetoric, Failed Record” that highlighted nearly identical language in the 2011 and 2012 speeches. Afterwards, Utah Senator Mike Lee, one of the Republican freshmen, said he felt the President was trying to divide the nation and belittle its residents. “He’s insulting the American people,” Lee said. “He’s saying, ‘I’m going to do everything for you because you obviously can’t do anything for yourselves.’”

If the speech has any lasting impact, it will likely be political. Between the exhortations of American greatness, the President laid out the central argument of his re-election campaign, a twist on Harry Truman’s 1949 appeal for fairness. “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules,” Obama said.

Some of those different rules, he later explained, had to do with taxation. He called for eliminating certain deductions for those making more than $1 million, and for a new minimum tax on the same group, a change in the law that would directly impact his biggest primary rival, Mitt Romney, who pays a low percentage of his income in taxes because it comes from investment gains. Under Obama’s new proposal, anyone making more than $1 million a year would have to pay at least 30% of the gross income in federal taxes. This proposal, as well, is essentially dead on arrival in Congress.

At one point, Obama seemed to directly address Romney’s charge that the White House encourages class envy. “When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich,” Obama said. “It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference — like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right.”

In other ways, Obama seemed to claim the rhetoric of Republicans as his own. Just as “winning the future” had been the title of a Newt Gingrich book, Obama proposed an “all of the above” energy strategy, stealing a campaign line from Texas governor Rick Perry. He spoke of “nation building right here at home,” a line that had become a standard feature of Jon Huntsman’s stump speech. Both Huntsman and Perry have since bowed out of the Republican race.

Obama, by contrast, is just beginning to publicly engage in his re-election campaign. He has settled on his optimistic message. Now he must hope that circumstances improve enough that the American people are ready to hear it.

Additional reporting by Katy Steinmetz

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Man rescued after being stuck in NM mud for 3 days (AP)

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ? A homeless man who was stuck in thick mud near the Rio Grande river in Albuquerque for three days was rescued Saturday after some high school students on a field trip heard him yelling for help, authorities said.

However, the man’s newfound freedom wasn’t going to last. Police said he was wanted on a felony warrant, and they planned to arrest him after he was treated at a local hospital.

A group of La Cueva High School students and their biology teacher heard the man yelling Saturday morning from a marshy wetlands area in the Oxbow Open Space Preserve, the Albuquerque Fire Department and police officials said.

The students were in the area ? about two miles north of Interstate 40 in Albuquerque ? doing a school project. They called authorities and told them that the man said he’d been stuck in the river for three days and could not move, according to a police report.

Fire crews and preserve officers responded and found a “male subject stuck on a reed island about a hundred yards from the west bank of the river,” the report said.

Crews deployed an air boat and used a pulley system to lift the man from the mud and water, and up a hill.

Police later identified the man as Clayton Senn, a transient who’d been living near the river.

Authorities said they discovered a warrant for Senn’s arrest on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. Senn was taken to an Albuquerque hospital for treatment and was to be booked on the warrant upon his release, police said.

Details on Senn’s condition were not immediately available.

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Tight-fisted mortgage lenders pressure home sales

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

By John W. Schoen, Senior Producer

Home prices have fallen by a third since 2006, creating tremendous bargains for home buyers. Mortgage rates are at rock-bottom lows, making houses more affordable than they have been in decades. Yet home sales last year fell to the lowest levels since the government began keeping records in 1963.

One big reason: mortgage bankers have gotten a lot choosier about approving loans, according to a report by Goldman Sachs economists Hui Shan and Jari Stehn. By some measures, they’re pickier than they were before the housing boom took off.?

With anecdotal evidence showing that home mortgages are harder to get, the economists crunched Federal Reserve data to show just how much tighter lending standards have become. Using the results of the Fed’s survey of loan officers, the report found that lending standards rose sharply after the mortgage market collapsed and the financial system imploded in 2008. Since the recession ended in 2009, lenders haven?t eased their tight grip on mortgage money.

Part of the reason is that there?s less money available to lend. During the housing boom, as brokers produced a flood of new mortgages, Wall Street bankers churned out a torrent of mortgage-backed bonds for investors waiting to snap them up. That market has all but vanished; 90 percent of new mortgages written today are backed by the government. ??

The new mortgage pipeline also has slowed because it is clogged with paperwork. These days, you?ll have to fill out many more forms and produce a lot more documentation, on average, just to get your loan considered.

The percent of loans that required ?full documentation? declined steadily from 2000 through 2006, hitting a low of less than 60 percent. Those ?no-doc? loans were a big part of the reason mortgage bankers made the bad underwriting decisions that created the mortgage mess. Today, nearly 90 percent of mortgage applications require full documentation. That?s much higher than the pre-bubble level.

You?ll also have to show a much higher credit score than you did in the go-go days of the housing boom. In a separate report, Mortgage Marvel, an online mortgage-shopping website, analyzed data from more than 700,000 mortgage applications filed last year and found that the average FICO score was 730. That?s a significant jump from the days when borrowers with scores in the high 500s were routinely steered to high-cost subprime loans.

Applications with highest credit scores concentrated in California, Oregon, Wisconsin, District of Columbia and Hawaii, the company said. The states with the lowest credit scores were Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Louisiana? and Oklahoma.

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No crowing from Donovan after win against Dempsey

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey

updated 9:38 a.m. ET Jan. 28, 2012

LIVERPOOL, England – There was no crowing from Landon Donovan after he led his Everton side to victory over Clint Dempsey’s Fulham in England’s FA Cup.

After all, the U.S. teammates will be on the same side again soon enough.

Donovan set up both Everton goals in Friday night’s 2-1 win but says Dempsey is still the American success story in this season’s Premier League.

The former New England Revolution forward has scored 15 goals for Fulham since August and Donovan says “in my opinion, he’s been one of the players of the season in the Premier League.”

United States international Tim Howard was in goal for Everton and Donovan says the match was “a little bit of an American invasion.”

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Abby Wambach and Christine Sinclair have spent the last two weeks chasing each other, chasing history and chasing a place in the London Olympics.

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Researchers shed light on magnetic mystery of graphite

Posted by aifkod on January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

The physical property of magnetism has historically been associated with metals such as iron, nickel and cobalt; however, graphite ? an organic mineral made up of stacks of individual carbon sheets ? has baffled researchers in recent years by showing weak signs of magnetism.

The hunt for an explanation has not been without controversy, with several research groups proposing different theories. The most recent suggestion, published today, 27 January, in the journal EPL (Europhysics Letters), has been put forward by a research group from the University of Manchester that includes Nobel prize-winning scientist Professor Sir Andre Geim.

The research group, led by Dr Irina Grigorieva, found that magnetism in many commercially available graphite crystals is down to micron-sized clusters of predominantly iron that would usually be difficult to find unless the right instruments were used in a particular way.

Finding the way to make graphite magnetic could be the first step to utilising it as a bio-compatible magnet for use in medicine and biology as effective biosensors.

To arrive at their conclusions, the researchers firstly cut up a piece of commercially-available graphite into four sections and measured the magnetisation of each piece. Surprisingly, they found significant variations in the magnetism of each sample. It was reasonable for them to conclude that the magnetic response had to be caused by external factors, such as small impurities of another material.

To check this hypothesis, the researchers peered deep into the structure of the samples using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) ? a very powerful microscope that images samples by scanning it with a beam of electrons ? and found that there were unusually heavy particles positioned deep under the surface.

The majority of these particles were confirmed to be iron and titanium, using a technique known as X-ray microanalysis. As oxygen was also present, the particles were likely to be either magnetite or titanomagnetite, both of which are magnetic.

The researchers were also able to deduce how many magnetic particles would be needed, and how far apart they would need to be spaced in order to create the originally observed magnetism. The observations from their experiments agreed with their estimations, meaning the visualised magnetic particles could account for the whole magnetic signal in the sample.

Dr Grigorieva, said: “The excitement around the findings of ferromagnetism in graphite, i.e. pure carbon, is due to the fact that magnetism is not normally found in organic matter. If we can learn to create and control magnetism in carbon-based materials, especially graphene, this will be an important development for sensors and spintronics.”


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