The unexplainable


Silvio Berlusconi: Battered, bruised, aging, under siege, and still kicking. When I tell my fellow university students I’m Italian, I almost always get two questions: “Can you teach me how to cook pasta properly?” and “How come you Italians still vote for Berlusconi?” I’ll try to answer the second question here, though it’s far fromContinue reading “The unexplainable”

No rights for tenants in Arkansas


Study panel wants landlords to fix properties, end retaliatory eviction. In early October, Petrice Howard noticed hundreds of tiny water droplets beading the ceiling of her daughters’ bedroom in her rented Baring Cross home. Soon after, black mold spread across the walls, ceiling and baseboards of the bedroom and then spread to the bathroom andContinue reading “No rights for tenants in Arkansas”

Delhi unsafe for women, police to blame


Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit New Delhi A day after a man shoved an iron rod down a young woman’s throat when she resisted his attempts to rape her, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit trained her guns on the police again saying women do not feel safe in the national capital. “Women don’t feel safe in Delhi. ThereContinue reading “Delhi unsafe for women, police to blame”

‘Sex in cab’ pair take case to Dubai Court of Appeal


Two expats accused of having sex in the back of a Dubai taxi have taken their case to the appeal court. Brit Rebecca Blake and her co-defendant, an Irishman, were handed three- month jail terms in November by Dubai Misdemeanours Court after being found guilty of having an illegal affair. They were also fined Dhs3,000Continue reading “‘Sex in cab’ pair take case to Dubai Court of Appeal”

Michael Lyon Prominent Millionaire: Quickly Forks over 2.5 mil to settle suit


Before the jurors were questioned.   Before all the plaintiff‘s and witnesses were seated.    Michael Lyon settled.   The plaintiffs: former nannies, family members and friends video recorded in bedrooms, bathrooms and showers in Lyons homes in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.,saved the humiliation of reliving events surrounding  the tapings.  2.5 million dollars and a public apology willContinue reading “Michael Lyon Prominent Millionaire: Quickly Forks over 2.5 mil to settle suit”

The Best Soap Opera in San Francisco: ” The Sheriff and the Soap Star” The Final Chapter Ross Mirkarimi is still Sheriff


t Time to close the book, turn off the lights on the Best Soap Opera in San Francisco “The Sheriff and the Soap Star“.  After a year of international coverage, with more twist and turns than Lombard Street we have reached the end, or have we? Last year former San Francisco Board of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi wasContinue reading “The Best Soap Opera in San Francisco: ” The Sheriff and the Soap Star” The Final Chapter Ross Mirkarimi is still Sheriff”

Iowa family rebuilds life after immigration raid


  Four years after a federal immigration raid upended an Iowa town, one reunited family aims to make a new life for itself in Postville. Above: Rosa Zamora and Fermin Loyes relax with their daughters, Merlin, 10, and Ilvana, 5. The family was split up after the 2008 federal immigration raid in Postville, but haveContinue reading “Iowa family rebuilds life after immigration raid”

Umbrella self-defense case going to trial


It’s self-defense with a dangerous bodega umbrella. A celebrity jeweler — accused of thwacking a stranger with her $2 umbrella during a fight over a Christopher Street parking spot this summer — is promising she’ll go to trial to insist she only swung to protect herself. Pretty Dawnelle Yager — whose jewelry has been wornContinue reading “Umbrella self-defense case going to trial”

Former Grammer School Student is suing, seeking damages after she failed to qualify for her preferred university course


  Rose Ashton-Weir, now 18, and her mother Elizabeth Weir are suing the prestigious Geelong private school after she began failing badly in maths in years 9 and 10 and later missed out on enrolment in law at the University of Sydney. But the grammar school is defending the civil lawsuit before VCAT, arguing it wasContinue reading “Former Grammer School Student is suing, seeking damages after she failed to qualify for her preferred university course”