Dec 302010

Brett Favre is fined $50,000 for ‘failure to cooperate’ in Jenn Sterger case

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league ‘could not conclude’ that Favre sent lewd photos to Sterger, a former New York Jets employee. Her lawyer calls the decision disappointing.

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Dec 302010

The city Medical Examiner’s Office officially ruled Wednesday that thirty-three year-old swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay was murdered by strangulation and drowning at the Soho House earlier this month. Her ex-boyfriend Nick Brooks has already been charged with attempted murder and strangulation in connection with her death. Twenty-four year-old Brooks told cops Cachay was alive when he left to get some dinner. He was seen on video repeatedly entering and leaving the room the night of her death

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Dec 302010
Oscar-winning composer, 71, ‘raped 11 women using Craigslist to lure victims with promise of film role’

The Oscar-winning composer behind ‘You Light Up My Life’ raped 11 women he lured to his apartment with the promise of a starring role in a movie, prosecutors said today.

The women read an online ad placed by director, Joseph Brooks, applied for the audition ‘and thought this was their chance to become a big star,’ prosecutor Lisa Friel said.

Instead, once the women were in Brooks’ Manhattan apartment, he plied them with wine and forcibly raped them or used threats and coercive behavior to make them have sex with him, prosecutors said.

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Dec 292010

(The Israeli) Nicolas Sarkozy’s war on illegal downloading has begun in earnest, with the state internet surveillance body dubbed “Big Brother” warning more than 100,000 French internet-users that they have been caught accessing pirate material.

The controversial anti-piracy law is one of Sarkozy’s pet projects, backed by his singer wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The couple argue that artists must be protected from the nation’s massive illegal download culture – France is thought to be the world number one in illegally accessing film and music online.

The internet policing system, known under its acronym Hadopi, investigates specific incidents of illegal downloading reported by music and film companies. It obtains web-users’ details from internet service providers and issues a series of warnings by email and letter. Repeat offenders risk one month’s suspension from all internet access. Those accused of counterfeiting can be fined and cut off from the internet for one year. At least 100,000 warning emails have been sent since early October.

The French left has attacked the law as draconian and against civil liberties. But it is also criticised as ineffective and out of date. The law targets peer-to-peer sites, but not streaming and direct download sites. A study by the University of Rennes earlier this year reported an increase in illegal downloading as web-users turned to new ways of accessing material not covered by the law.

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Dec 262010

With the discovery of an Israeli spy ring in Egypt, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt has unexpectedly left Cairo for Tel Aviv. Yitzhak Levanon, without any prior announcement, left for Tel Aviv with his wife on Wednesday night on an Israeli airline, El Al, following the busting of an Israeli spy ring two days earlier in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Egyptian Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, ordered the referral of the three accused defendants, two Israeli fugitives and a detained Egyptian, to the Emergency State Security Court on charges of spying for Israel and harming the country’s national interests.

The ambassador had neither announced the details for his sudden departure nor the date of his return to Cairo, Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood’s official website reported Thursday.

The country’s state security apparatus is currently investigating the case and interviewing the suspects. Members of the network have created two connected telephones centers in London and Cairo, through which they listened in on phone conversations of high-ranking officials in the Egyptian government, transferring the calls to a third office in Tel Aviv.

Mobinil, Egypt’s leading mobile operator, has denied that one of its employees was involved with the network.

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Dec 252010

Britain’s government will fund extra security for Jewish schools.

The new funds, for security personnel, will be in addition to the security measures already supplied to government-funded parochial schools, the BBC reported Dec. 9. Parents at the Jewish schools until now have been pooling funds to pay for the guards to enhance standard measures, including cameras, fences and gates.

“Faith schools make a fantastic contribution to our education system and none more so than Jewish faith schools,” Education Secretary Michael Gove told the BBC. “Children and staff at these schools should feel safe at school and be able to learn in an environment free from any anti-Semitic or racist threats.”

The government initially will pay the schools about $1 million. It may provide another $3 million a year depending on need.

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