Archive for July 24th, 2011
LAS VEGAS — Authorities say a former Chicago commodities broker who disappeared in 1979 and was declared legally dead has been found living under a false name and working at a casino in Las Vegas.
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles officials say 72-year-old Arthur Gerald Jones was arrested Tuesday on felony identity theft and fraud charges.
DMV and Social Security investigators say Jones has used the name Joseph Richard Sandelli since he was reported missing from Highland Park, Ill.
Jones’ disappearance was called suspicious at the time. Authorities say he may have faced gambling debts and trouble from organized crimes groups.
An Illinois court declared Jones legally dead in 1986, allowing his wife and three children to collect Social Security benefits.
Records show Jones is due in court Aug. 23. His attorney, Stephen Stein, didn’t immediately return a call to his office Friday.
Some guys will do anything for a little attention from the opposite sex.
Take Mark Anthony Richardson Jr. for example. An Oklahoma judge sentenced him to three years in prison for his ruse in which he wore diapers and faked being autistic to get babysitters to take care of him, the Oklahoman reported.
The 21-year-old Richardson must register as a sex offender, because he grabbed the breast of the 18-year-old daughter of one of the two nannies he conned, the Oklahoman said.
Richardson was also guilty of seven counts of public indecency for duping the babysitters into changing his soiled diapers.
Christopher Eccleston left Doctor Who after just 1 series due to ‘politics and bullying’ | Mail Online
When Christopher Eccleston left Doctor Who after just one series, the BBC released a statement saying the actor decided to leave because he feared he was being ‘typecast’.
But now the Salford-born actor has revealed the real reason he left the show – because he hated the ‘politics’ on set and suggested there was bullying by senior staff members.
The actor, 47, made the telling remarks while he was giving an acting masterclass at London’s Theatre Royal on Wednesday.
He told the group: ‘I left Doctor Who because I could not get along with the senior people. I didn’t agree with the way things were being run.”
He added: “I thought to remain, which would have made me a lot of money and given me huge visibility, the price I would have had to pay was to eat a lot of sh*t.’
‘It’s easy to find a job when you’ve got no morals. You can go, ‘Yeah, yeah. That doesn’t matter. That director can bully that prop man and I won’t say anything about it’.’
The acclaimed actor, who has starred in films 28 Days Later and Gone in 60 seconds said he didn’t get on with the senior staff.
He said: ‘I left because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye with them.
‘I didn’t agree with the way things were being run.
‘I didn’t like the culture that had grown up around the series. So I left over a principle.’
But despite the problems he experienced on set Christopher, who was recently acclaimed for his role as John Lennon in BBC drama Lennon Naked, said is still proud of his time as the Doctor.
The role of Doctor Who in 2005 was a brief departure from the conflicted souls the actor usually plays, but he left after one series being replaced with David Tennant.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning polling organization out of North Carolina that likes to make news with flashy headlines, released the results of a survey today that included a question not too often asked by pollsters: “If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its performance?” Fifty-two percent of the 928 respondents approve of the job the Almighty’s done while 9 percent disapprove.So about half the public isn’t too thrilled with the way God is handling, well, everything. These people realize that, if God exists, He knows how they answered, right? Looks like we’ve got a new flood to get ready for.
On the bright side for the Almighty’s re-election chances, God is still more popular than House Speaker John Boehner and both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, all of whom polled at 33 percent in the same poll. News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch fares the worst of everybody at 12 percent. President Obama’s approval rating, which has been taking a beating this year, wasn’t measured in the PPP poll. But the Real Clear Politics average makes it look close to Godliness at 46 percent.
The thing from the survey that stands out to us (besides the curious use of “its” to refer to God) is the approval ratings the pollsters found for God in key areas of his purview. Seventy-one percent of the American public approves of God’s handling of the creation of the universe, 56 percent approve of its (or his? or her?) handling of the animal kingdom, and even 50 percent like the way he manages natural disasters. Believers or not, it seems ridiculous for the public to categorically grade God like this, until you realize that it’s pollsters who asked the questions in the first place.