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Woman with spade shuts down Armenia’s Internet

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We’ve heard of hackers shutting down the Internet, but this is ridiculous… A 75-year-old woman from Georgia (the country) unwittingly used a spade to disrupt Internet service to the entire country of Armenia for half a day on March 28. The woman was illegally foraging for copper to sell as scrap when she hacked through [...] [Read More]
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Sexiest woman alive? ‘Madness’ contests reach the finals

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Butler vs. Connecticut is only the start of it. Inspired by March Madness, the nation’s websites are holding more and more contests that use the bracket format. The formula: Pick a topic that excites your audience, select 32 or 64 people, places or things that could have the right stuff, wait till the basketball draw [...] [Read More]

Shaka Smart of VCU the hottest name in coaching (Video)

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Virginia Commonwealth’s shocking 71-61 win over top-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four is drawing a ton of attention to the Richmond school and its 33-year-old coach, Shaka Smart, whose high-energy “havoc” defense left some Jayhawks struggling to catch their breath. Smart’s background has some parallels with Barack Obama’s. He has a black father from [...] [Read More]
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Elizabeth Taylor tribute: ‘The Sandpiper’ filmed at Big Sur (Video)

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If you’re a certain age, you remember the bittersweet love song “The Shadow of Your Smile” — the theme of the 1965 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton movie “The Sandpiper,” set in central California’s Big Sur. The movie wasn’t particularly well received critically. Still, a YouTube video of the Andy Williams’ version of the song provides a [...] [Read More]
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Tiger Woods’ rumored new girlfriend was arrested for DUI

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The biggest soap opera of 2009-10 has a new episode. An obscure DUI arrest last October in Florida is getting attention now that Alyse Lahti Johnston is rumored to be Tiger Woods’ new girlfriend. Terez Owens Online broke the story about Woods’ supposed new girlfriend over the weekend, saying the couple had been dating for [...] [Read More]
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2011 NCAA bracket: Picking by famous alumni

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College alumni love to spend March bragging about our teams in the NCAA basketball tournament. The rest of the year, we casually drop the names of our school’s most famous alumni and pretend we knew them back in freshman dorm. So this year, instead of wasting my time for hours with my annual hopeless bracket, [...] [Read More]
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Can BYU still reach the virgin territory of the Final Four?

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One of the most interesting story lines in the week leading up to Sunday’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament selections is Brigham Young, where a Final Four appearance would be truly virgin territory. A week ago, BYU was cruising with a 27-2 record, ranked No. 3 in the nation and on the bubble for a No. [...] [Read More]
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‘The King’s Speech’ PG-13 version draws curses

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A day after the uplifting “The King’s Speech” triumphed at the Oscars, there’s controversy over a new PG-13 version that will be completely replacing the R-rated version that won Best Picture. The edited version, approved by the MPAA last week, apparently mutes the sound in the pivotal scene where Colin Firth, as the stuttering King [...] [Read More]
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Esperanza Spalding makes a splash as the anti-Bieber (Video)

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Let’s face it, watching Justin Bieber attempt to pull off a dance number ala Michael Jackson at the Grammys last night was painful. Jackson had at least twice the talent at half the age, and Bieber wasn’t even close to Justin Timberlake’s class. So a lot of people were happy when someone with actual musical [...] [Read More]

‘Ultra’ soccer fans at heart of Egyptian protests

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‘”Ultra” soccer fans in Cairo long have had a reputation for street fighting. This past week, they’ve turned their fury from rival clubs and countries to the government. Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian blogger, said in an interview seen on Al Jazeera, “The ultras — the football fan associations — have played a [...] [Read More]
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