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melissa leo on losing ‘hunger games: catching fire’ role

Posted in enterainment, journalism, moviefone by kase on August 6, 2012

The long-awaited “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has its Mags — and it’s not Melissa Leo.

“Lynn Cohen is Mags!” Elizabeth Banks, who plays Capitol crony Effie Trinket in the popular series, crowed on her blog early Monday morning. Lionsgate confirmed Cohen’s casting late last week.

Cohen, whose previous credits include “Sex and the City” and “Munich,” among others, will play the aging former Hunger Games winner who becomes important to heroine Katniss Everdeen over the course of the series’ second installment.

That was news to Leo, who was rumored to be a contender for the role.

Click behind the cut for Leo’s reaction, or read at Moviefone, where this article was originally published. (more…)

abandoned and alone: mom leaves disabled teen at bar

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on July 12, 2012

Authorities say they are powerless to take action against an Illinois woman who drove her 19-year-old developmentally disabled daughter to Tennessee and abandoned her in a bar.

The teen, Lynn Cameron, suffers from cerebral palsy and has the mental capacity of a 2- or a 3-year-old. But because she is legally an adult, police in Caryville, Tenn., said they cannot file charges against her mother, Eva Cameron.

Police Chief Johnny Jones told The Daily that the mother, from Algonquin, Ill., admitted dumping her daughter at the Big Orange Bar on June 28.

“To just to push her into a bar, I don’t understand how a mother could do that to her child,” he said. “I don’t understand how anybody could do that to anyone.”

Read more behind the jump, or at The Daily, where this article was originally published. (more…)

penn. township challenges fracking with ballot initiative

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on September 12, 2011

A small township in western Pennsylvania is fighting back against fracking and attempting to write a ban on the practice into their local Bill of Rights, but they may be thwarted by their own town council.

Peters Township in Washington County, population 21,213, is home to the Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness Group, an activism group formed after residents viewed Josh Fox’s anti-fracking documentary “GasLand.”

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wi senate candidate tammy baldwin: ‘i’m not afraid’

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on September 7, 2011

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) insisted that she did not want her senatorial campaign to revolve around her sexuality but around her capability as a leader.

“The people of Wisconsin are looking for someone who will be a fighter for them,” Baldwin said in the call, which was hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. “I have taken on incredibly tough challenges over the years that I’ve had the privilege of serving in the House…People also will recognize that I’ve got a lifetime commitment to equality for all. They’ll learn that I’m not afraid to stand up to big tough opponents.”

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scott brown slams elizabeth warren in fundraising plea

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on August 17, 2011

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) is shadowboxing his way through the early stages of his 2012 reelection campaign, fundraising against a candidate who isn’t even officially in the race.

Brown’s team Tuesday sent a fundraising message targeting consumer advocate and former Obama adviser Elizabeth Warren, who has not formally entered the race.

According to the fundraising plea posted to Brown’s campaign site, Massachusetts Democrats “are so obsessed with winning this seat back that Washington elitists are trying to push aside local Democrat candidates in favor of Professor Warren from Oklahoma.”

Warren has lived in the Bay State for more than two decades.

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where the article was originally published. (more…)

debt deal could be ‘katrina’ for incumbents in 2012

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on August 10, 2011

Anger at the government is at an all-time high, and voter dissatisfaction over their lawmakers bodes ill for candidates. Though the 15 months until the 2012 election may seem like an eternity to some, the old maxim — those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it — is applicable, according to Robert Blendon, a public opinion and polling expert at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Blendon told Raw Story that if the poll numbers for congressional approval leading up to the 2010 election — which saw the balance of the House change — were lined up alongside today’s numbers, “it would look like the same kind of storm.”

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libyan gang-rape victim: ‘they treat me as a terrorist’

Posted in raw story by kase on April 5, 2011

Eman al-Obeidy, the woman whose saga of abuse, gang-rape and unlawful detention at the hands of pro-Gaddafi militiamen  in Tripoli continues to evolve, has finally surfaced. The Libyan government repeatedly insisted that she had been freed, but there was no sign of her in the media, and her family said they had not seen her either and worried for her safety.

As it turns out, she was eventually released from government custody after being dragged out of the Rixos Hotel, full of foreign journalists, March 26. However, she has been captured and beaten at least three times since then. Still, she is determined to tell her story.

Read more behind the jump, or at The Raw Story, where this piece originally appeared. (more…)

katie couric to leave cbs evening news for new daytime show

Posted in raw story by kase on April 4, 2011

Less than five years after becoming the first woman to helm a weekday nightly news show solo, Katie Couric is rumored to be leaving CBS Evening News. Her contract is set to expire on June 4, 2011.

An unnamed network official told the Associated Press Sunday night that Couric would leave soon, and that she would probably launch a syndicated talk show in 2012.

CBS, however, kept mum when asked about Couric’s fate:

“We’re having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric,” said CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair in a statement Monday, and said the network had “no announcements to make at this time.”

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conservative think-tank foias michigan labor profs

Posted in raw story by kase on March 29, 2011

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a think tank backed by some big-name conservatives, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to professors at labor-centric schools, asking to see any emails containing certain key words, Talking Points Memo reports. The subjects mostly relate to the Wisconsin union protests: “Scott Walker,” “Wisconsin,” “Madison,” and “any other emails dealing with the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin.” There’s one other, outlying subject the think tank would like to see emails about — the FOIA request also seeks emails that mention “Maddow.”

As in, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

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five arrested in connection with libyan woman’s rape

Posted in raw story by kase on March 27, 2011

Stirring stories have been coming out of the non-stop media coverage of Libya for weeks, but perhaps the most shocking of Saturday’s batch was that of Eman al-Obeidy. Five men were arrested Sunday in connection with the incident, which is surrounded with government officials smearing the woman’s name, and reporters wondering whether they are being told the whole truth.

Al-Obeidy burst into a hotel full of foreign reporters in Tripoli Saturday and struggled to tell journalists details of her two-day gang-rape and torture at the hands of 15 men, while hotel staff yelled at her that she was a traitor. She showed reporters cuts and bruises on her face and legs, and wounds from binding around her ankles and wrists, and resisted removal from the hotel for nearly an hour while insisting that the men who raped her were militia men loyal to Gaddafi.

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