February 24, 2010

ESPN's Tony Kornheiser in a Storm of Trouble – ends up suspended

Posted: 08:58 AM ET

Now it's Tony Kornheiser who has put his foot in his mouth.

The co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" – known as much for his sarcastic jokes as his sports talk – turned his commentary to ESPN colleague Hannah Storm's outfit on his radio show last week.

According to The Sporting News, Kornheiser called a Storm outfit "horrifying" and described its fit on her as "like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body."

Kornheiser later apologized, saying, "I'm a sarcastic, subversive guy ... I'm a troll, look at me. I have no right to insult what anybody looks like or what anybody wears."

But the damage had been done. Today, ESPN announced Kornheiser's been suspended temporarily.

What do you think? Did the penalty fit the crime?

Filed under: Sports

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February 23, 2010

Larry King Live Tonight!

Posted: 08:11 PM ET

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The latest on the search for the former ‘Growing Pains’ star who has been missing over a week. His sister and a longtime friend sit down with Larry. Do they suspect foul play?

And, last night Larry talked to Shaun White. Tonight he talks to another Olympic champion... Evan Lysacek! He’s the first American to win gold in men’s figure skating in over two decades!

Plus, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Gov. Bill Richardson debate the future of American politics. Can both parties work together to get things done?

Do YOU think our government is broken beyond repair?

Let us know!

Filed under: Larry King Live • Olympics • Politics

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China Reacts to LKL Dalai Lama Interview

Posted: 08:03 PM ET

The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. issued the following statement today, reacting to our interview last night with the Dalai Lama and his visit to the United States.

Statement of Chinese Embassy in the U.S.on Dalai's visit in the United States

What Dalai Lama has said and done in the past decades have fully shown that he is not a pure religious figure, but a political figure in exile who's long engaged in activities to split China and undermine ethnic unity in China under the cover of religion. While claiming that his visits to foreign countries are aimed at spreading religious teachings, he has never stopped defaming the Chinese Government, selling “Tibet independence” proposals and undermining relations between China and other countries. This is well reflected in his remarks during his current visit, including those he made on CNN's Larry King Live.

In addition, the talks between Dalai’s private representatives and the Chinese Government at the end of January have demonstrated once again that the Dalai group is still clinging to their separatist propositions, including the so-called “greater Tibet region” and “meaningful autonomy”, whose ultimate goal is to separate a quarter of Chinese territory from China. This is something that no sovereign country can allow to occur.

As Dalai Lama claimed on Larry King Live, he regards a foreign country other than China or its Tibetan Autonomous Region as his "home", and Tibet is "not much concern" to him. Such a political figure is in no way qualified to represent the Tibetan people as self-claimed by him.

Tibet has never been a country in history, but an inalienable part of China from ancient times. Dalai Lama's repeated calling Tibet a "country" explains nothing but his true mind of splitting Tibet from China. We urge the U.S. side earnestly abide by the U.S. Government's committment [sic] of recognizing Tibet as part of China and not supporting "Tibet independence", take measures to undo the damages caused by Dalai's visit, stop providing convenience or platform for Dalai and pro-Tibet independence forces, take concret [sic] actions to maintain the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations. We sincerely hope American people see through Dalai's true nature as a separatist and his ulterior motive of sabotaging China-U.S. relations, understand and support China's just positions on Tibet-related issues.

Filed under: China • Dalai Lama • Larry King Live

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Aruba prosecutor: TV confession in Holloway case 'not true'

Posted: 01:20 PM ET

A Dutch man once considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway has told a television station he dumped her body in a swamp, Aruba's chief prosecutor told CNN.

However, Joran van der Sloot's claims to Dutch station RTL-5 are "unbelievable," prosecutor Peter Blanken said.

RTL-5 said Tuesday it had "acquired exclusive material containing a statement by Joran van der Sloot" regarding Holloway's disappearance.

"This material was first offered to us in 2009," Remko van Westerloo, the station's director of programming, said in a statement.

"Obviously, our initial response was skeptical," van Westerloo said. "However, we did feel that this interview required thorough research. We've spoken to a variety of experts and several critics. These findings resulted in a TV special which will air this Sunday. It's up to the viewers to form their own opinions on the matter."

The statement did not divulge the contents of van der Sloot's interview. However, Blanken told CNN on Tuesday that van der Sloot says in the interview that he dumped Holloway's body "in a swamp on the north end of the island."

"He was very unspecific," Blanken said.

(read more)

Filed under: International • Justice

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ICYMI: Gold medal winner Shaun White on LKL last night!

Posted: 11:55 AM ET
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Elvis Presley passport exposes security flaw

Posted: 08:41 AM ET

In the name of improved security a hacker showed how a biometric passport issued in the name of long-dead rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley could be cleared through an automated passport scanning system being tested at an international airport.

Using a doctored passport at a self-serve passport machine, the hacker was cleared for travel after just a few seconds and a picture of the King himself appeared on the monitor's display.

Adam Laurie and Jeroen Van Beek, who call themselves "ethical hackers," say the exercise exposed how easy it is to fool a passport scanner with a fraudulent biometric chip.

The Presley test was carried out at Amsterdam's Schipol airport in September 2008 - – by Laurie and Van Beek - to highlight potential security shortcomings.

Passports, and the ability to fake them, are back in the spotlight after the apparent use of false documents during the gang assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai in January.

Van Beek said: "What we did for that chip is create passport content for Elvis Presley and put it on a chip and sign it with our own key for a non-existent country. And a device that was used to read chips didn't check the country's signatures."

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February 22, 2010

Dalai Lama: Who's Tiger Woods?

Posted: 07:28 PM ET

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Not everyone caught that Tiger Woods press conference last week, starting with a major spiritual leader of the faith the golfer may use to help him cope with a sex scandal.

In what was described as a "brief interview," the Dalai Lama told The Associated Press that he had never heard of Woods, who last week said he plans to explore anew the Buddhist teachings from his childhood.

When the matter was explained to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader (who was in Beverly Hills, California, for a speech Saturday), he replied that "all religions have the same idea" about adultery.

"Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important," he said. "Self-discipline with awareness of consequences."

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Filed under: Dalai Lama • Tiger Woods

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Michael Jackson 3-D attraction re-opening at Disney

Posted: 06:38 PM ET

It's been known for awhile now that the higher powers at Disney intend to bring "Captain EO" back. The sudden passing of Michael Jacksonlast summer led to a renewed interest in the 3-D sci-fi movie/theme park attraction. Really, it was inevitable that it would return.

The word straight from the Mouse House is that "EO" will be back on Tuesday, February 23. Yes, that's tomorrow. The 3-D musical will screen in the theme park's Tomorrowland Theater, complete with a shiny new 70mm print and improved sound thanks to "acoustic enhancements made to the theater since the film last played there in 1997."

In case you don't remember it, "EO" is a weird sort of musical sci-fi longer-than-your-average-short short. The story follows EO (played by Jackson) on a journey to deliver a gift to the evil Witch Queen (Anjelica Huston). Thanks to the power of song and MJ magic, the Queen is transformed before she can send EO and his ship crew off to be tortured. It's all very uplifting, but then this is a Disney attraction we're talking about.

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Ex-'Growing Pains' actor missing

Posted: 05:03 PM ET

When former "Growing Pains" actor Andrew Koenig missed his flight home to Los Angeles from Vancouver, British Columbia, last week, his father became worried.

Walter Koenig, an actor known for playing Pavel Chekov in the original "Star Trek" series, had just received a letter from his son that had a "despondent tone," according to a family statement on the father's Web site.

Two days later - on February 18 - the elder Koenig and his wife, Judy Koenig, called Vancouver police to report his 41-year-old son missing, Detective Raymond Payette said.

"Andrew has recently been despondent and his family and friends are concerned for his well-being," a police statement said.

The Koenigs are reaching out for public help, but their son's disappearance is too painful for them to appear on camera to talk about it, Walter Koenig said.

"I tried it once, and it was just too difficult," he said.

His parents last talked on the phone to their son on February 9 - a week before he failed to board his flight home, the family statement said.

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Why Americans love the Dalai Lama – watch him on LKL tonight!

Posted: 01:10 PM ET

He's been decorated with awards and called one of the world's most influential people. He's addressed packed auditoriums and waved to crowds who line streets just to catch a passing glimpse of him. He's shaken the hands of countless global dignitaries and earned a fan base following on Facebook that might rival that of Hollywood stars.

He is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the 74-year-old spiritual leader of Tibet and the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, based in Dharamsala, India. And though he describes himself, according to his Web site, as "a simple Buddhist monk," the love so many Americans and others have for him has, no doubt, bestowed on him iconic status - whether he sees it that way or not.

"I'd love to be in his presence. I'd love to be in an audience where he speaks," said Jerilee Auclair, 55, of Vancouver, Washington, who has yet to have that pleasure. "I yearn for it. I watch his schedule to see if/when he'll be in my area. ... I love what he stands for. His inner peace inspires me to find mine, daily."

She's far from alone in her admiration.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday, the same day the Dalai Lama visited the White House, showed that 56 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of him, putting him "in the same neighborhood as other major religious figures," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Favorable ratings for the pope, at 59 percent, and Billy Graham, at 57 percent, are virtually identical."

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Filed under: Dalai Lama • Larry King Live

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