Isaac Toveg used to live next door to DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldstein. And Toveg claims that when he went outside, he’d often find a “gaseous foul odor and/or smell” coming from DJ AM’s yard. Toveg says that along with the horrible smell, he would have trouble breathing and would get sick to his stomach, and was diagnosed with helicobacter pylori. More recently, it was discovered that there was a broken sewer pipe on DJ AM’s property. Keep reading »
Pissed that their uber-expensive tech toys shut down in intense heat and sun, three iPad users are suing Apple for everything from false advertising to breaching consumer protection laws. The three plaintiffs — Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning — have filed their complaint in Oakland, CA, and their lawyer hopes to turn it into a class action suit on behalf of all affected iPad users. With mounting reports of iPads shutting themselves down in high temperatures, we wonder if anything will come of this. Surely that’s an obnoxious defect, but the device’s instruction manual does warn that it won’t function properly above 95 degrees, so maybe Apple has managed to adequately cover its ass on this one. iPad users, have you been having any heat-related issues? [The Telegraph] Keep reading »
When I first saw the cover for Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album, Contra, I thought it was weak. It’s a shadowy Polaroid pic of a redheaded girl donning a light yellow Ralph Lauren polo shirt, collar halfway popped. I assumed they’d snapped the pic recently—since the band has fully embraced preppiness, I guessed that was a random fan or perhaps one of the guy’s girlfriends. After ranting to a friend about this, he looked it up and discovered that, no, the photo wasn’t recent. It was taken in 1983. This made it 200 times cooler—I kind of loved the idea that the 20-something girl in the image was now close to 50 and could basically be anywhere in the country doing anything. I liked that it was a subtle commentary on style, and how something taken so long ago could still look completely current.
But apparently, the woman in the photo—Ann Kirsten Kennis (hello, country-clubbiest name ever)—wasn’t so thrilled with the cover. Keep reading »
A lot of people have trouble letting sleeping dogs lie. Not to call Gary Coleman a dog, but a site called Kikster.com has obtained a clip of the deceased actor flashing the camera, and has packaged it with the headline, “Gary Coleman was Not Little! Exclusive Video of Gary Coleman Exposed.” I think it’s safe to assume that no one wants to see that, regardless of how “not little” he might have been. Reportedly, the clip came from Gary’s role as a porn-mogul in the documentary “Midgets vs. Mascots.” It shows Coleman standing in the shower, trying to break up a fight. Keep reading »
Not that we ever thought particularly good things about the Church of Scientology and their Xenu-fearing ways, but this new report from the St. Petersburg Times
is particularly disturbing. While members of the Sea Org—the highest order of Scientology whose members supposedly sign an employment contract for one billion years—have been allowed to marry each other since 1996, they’ve been banned from having children. Why? Because kids distract from their duties to the church. And thus, women who get pregnant in the elite organization are allegedly pressured into having abortions. In the video above, three former Sea Org women tell their stories of being arm-twisted into abortions. They say that women who continued their pregnancies, and the husbands who stood up for them, were given harsh manual labor and were referred to as “degraded beings.” Keep reading »
Here’s just another reason why condoms are awesome. Stripper Silvia Mena met Washington Redskins star Albert Haynesworth over Super Bowl weekend in Miami and the two allegedly began seeing each other. But then Silvia got pregnant. When she told Albert in late March, she claims he said that he would “emotionally and financially support Silvia.” Only then he supposedly disappeared. Now, Silvia is suing him … for $10 million. Normally, this would seem like an excessive amount, only Albert just signed a new contract with the Redskins for $100 million. “It is very stressful, I cry all the time,” Silvia says. And her lawyer adds, “This man is worth millions. She has had to apply for Medicaid to take care of her pregnancy.” I guess we’ll have to see what happens. [CBS News] Keep reading »