Jan 092011

Carlos Castro, 65, from Lisbon was found dead in his room at the InterContinental Hotel in New York’s Times Square on Friday evening.

The celebrity chat show host was visiting the city with 20-year-old Renato Seabra, who shot to fame in his native Portugal after appearing on a television reality show.

The couple had travelled to New York to celebrate New Year’s Eve and to take in some Broadway shows, said Luis Pires, editor of the US-based Portuguese language newspaper Luso-Americano and a long-time friend of Mr Castro’s.

He told reporters that the pair had been a couple for several months, but “I think they were a little bit upset with each other, for jealousy reasons.”

The body was discovered at 7pm on Friday after the wife and daughter of Mr Pires told staff at the hotel they were worried about Mr Castro. They had spoken earlier in the day but alerted hotel staff after he failed to meet them.

Police said the victim suffered serious head trauma and his scrotum had been severed, apparently with a broken wine glass.

Mr Seabra was detained by police within hours of the body being discovered after he sought treatment for wrist wounds at St Luke’s Roosevelt hospital.

A spokesman for the New York Police department said on Saturday that Mr Seabra was undergoing psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue Hospital Centre and no charges had been brought. He was described only as “a person of interest in the case”.

Tributes flowed in Portugal for Mr Castro, who was also a newspaper columnist and author of several books, and had won admiration for his bravery in coming out as a gay man.

“He had a kind of a Liberace style,” said Mr Pires. “Eccentric, but very well-known.”

Mr Seabra was a recent finalist on a Portuguese reality show that searches for the next top model.

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Jan 092011

A big-budget miniseries about John F. Kennedy’s presidency that was criticized over its historical accuracy before it was even filmed will not be shown on the History Channel, the cable network has announced.

“…In December 2009, the History Channel announced that it had ordered “The Kennedys” from the producer Joel Surnow,…”

“…..But last February, “The Kennedys” was criticized by a group of historians who were shown early drafts of the script by Robert Greenwald, a liberal filmmaker who had obtained copies….”

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Jan 082011

Among the victims of Tucson’s horrendous public shooting on Saturday were Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge, and 10 others, according to CNN.

They are really getting good with the plastic surgery huh? She looks white American instead of Jewish.

If no one told you it would be almost impossible to know that is an Israeli. Check out the comparison picture below this one to see how shocking the difference is.

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Jan 072011

The White House says President Barack Obama will name Gene Sperling as his new director of the National Economic Council

Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, will begin work Monday as a new senior White House adviser

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Jan 072011

In the wake of an extensive internal review at National Public Radio, the senior executive who had a key role in the firing of commentator Juan Williams has resigned.

In a lengthy memo, the NPR Board of Directors announced that VP Ellen Weiss has resigned, but gave no further details.

The board also expressed concern over the roll that CEO Vivian Schiller, who famously said Williams should have kept his opinions between him and his shrink, had in the firing. Although it ruled out terminating Schiller’s employment, it said she would not receive a salary bonus for 2010.

Williams was fired by NPR after saying on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” that he gets nervous when he sees people on a plane with clothing that identifies them as Muslim. NPR said his remarks violated its standards of not having on-air personnel giving opinions.

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Jan 012011
The wealthy Jewish lobby in Britain working under the title of the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) has been tipped as the Conservative Party’s paymaster.

The CFI as described by British political analysts is beyond doubt the most well- connected and probably the best funded of all Westminster lobbying groups. It works in support of the interests of the Israeli regime.

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Dec 312010

Steve Rattner, the investment banker and former White House adviser, has agreed to pay $10m (£6.5m) to settle bribery allegations brought by New York’s attorney general, Andrew Cuomo.

Rattner, who as “car tsar” advised the US government on its auto industry bailout, had been facing legal action over allegations he paid kickbacks to help his company land $150m in state pension fund investments in 2004 and 2005. Rattner denied the charges and has admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

Cuomo had initially sought to have Rattner banned from the securities industry for life and have him pay $26m in fines and penalties. But in the settlement Rattner, a founder of private equity firm Quadrangle Group, will pay $10m and be banned from appearing in any capacity before any public pension fund in the state of New York for five years.

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