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Give Us Cat's Blood!

It's springtime. As high-rise residents open their windows to let in fresh air, cats invariably fall out.
Louise Murray, director of medicine at the Berg Memorial Animal Hospital says that the number of injured cats goes way up putting a strain on one of the most perishable supplies at animal hospitals: cat blood.
Large companies supply the stuff & charge up to $180 per unit. Murray says that cat blood can be on back order for weeks. It's like being on a list for an organ.
Cat blood can only be stored for 30 days at the longest & comes in 2 types, A & B. Tranfusing the wrong kind is almost always fatal.
To have enough of each type on hand, hospital encourages local pet owners to bring in their pets in a public donation program.
Felines can only donate small quantities - 4 tablespoons. It's only enough to save one cat life.
The blood bank coordinator looks for young, fat, lethargic indoor cats. After a battery of blood tests to ensure a feline is free of anemia, bacteria, other viruses like FIV (Feline AIDS) a cat is approved & put on the donor list. Berg only has 12 regular donors; the hospital wants more.
Animal Medical Center also has problems stying stocked, but keeps its own suply of donors on hand, 20 cats, allabandoned by former owners.
The cats give blood once every six weeks. After 2 years of service, the hospital puts the felines up for adoption.
Besides a nice little shaved square on the neck, the badge of honor, donor cats get some other perks. They get something yummy and fishy when they wake up. pet parents get incentives too; Donor cats at Bergh get free check-ups, vaccinations, blood tests. owners can also get their cats microchipped, to help locate them if they run away. some cat owners like knowing that their cat has done something good for other felinekind.
The process only takes an hour from strart to finish, with the cat knocked out cold from a light dose of anesthesia. The effects wear off quickly.
As spring temperatures continue to rise outside & inside the hospital, there is only one satchel of cat blood left in the basement-level cooler. Hospital's running low on its stores...


jumel morris
"200 years ago it was only place with such view. George Washington was here two times..." said architect Pinto Heitor from Brazil. He found info about this house in old books. Ken Moss served as Director of the Morris-Jumel mansion Museum since 1999. He has felt the strain of maintaining Museum's interesting events, which are both whimsical & intellectual. Manhattam's oldest house suffered the effects of economic falloff after 9/11. Any way Ken looks to the future making the Morris-jumel Mansion & Museum better known in the city and the world. Built in 1765 mansion is a private non-for-profit corporation dedicated to operating the Morris-Jumel mansion as a museum. Mansion owned by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trusr on New York City. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. The house's situation & large size made it ideal s military headquarters during the Revolution. It was occupied successively by general George Washington, general Sir henry Clinton, Hessian General Baron von Knyphausen. Colonel Morris was the son of the famous English architect Roger Morris. Features of the mansion are extremely innovative such as the large portico, unprecedented in American architecture, & the rear wing which may have been the 1st 2-storied octagonal structure built in the Colonies. As the Morrises were loyal to britan during the Revolution, their property was seized & sold after its conclusion. In 1790 Washington returned for a cabinet dinner at which he entertained Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, & Henry Knox, among others.... Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum welcomes visitors. Programs for public are made possible, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs... Museum welcomes to join its friendly and knowledgeable docents every Saturday on a guided tour. Last saturday of each month pay what you wish.

Music

When E. Dimenstein first approached C. Oberst with the idea of playing 7 shows at Town Hall, Mr. Oberst blanched. (Conor Oberst the politically outspoken indie rock star better known as Bright Eyes, performing in Royal Oak, Mich.) Mr. Oberst said, he thought he was a little crazy, he didn’t think it would sell all the tickets. To persuade him, Mr. Dimenste in offered a deal: If the run didn’t sell out, he wouldn’t take a commission. Mr. Oberst agreed. Eric’s a big dreamer, he said. The dreamer got paid. 2 weeks after the shows were announced, all 10,465 tickets had been sold. Oberst & his band begin the weeklongst and tomorrow. Oberst, 27, has a particularly obsessive fan base. Though the band has more than 143,000 MySpace friends & nearly 3 million profile views. Oberst has never seemed like a flavor of the month, Mr. Dimenste in said. He added, that he came up before the MySpace blog hype kind of thing, which sometimes takes bands up pretty quick & then takes them down pretty quick. Mr. Oberst’s shows have a reputation for variety, whether it’s an all-female backing band or the surprise guests that he has planned for Town Hall. Mr. Dimenste in said that he’s an ever-changing entity. An Omaha native, Mr. Oberst was branded a prodigy by the time he began touring at 19. A plaintive lyricism, personal openness have made him the poster boy for sensitive rocker types. His big eyes, shaggy-hair look doesn’t hurt either. He’s prolific. In in 2005 he released 2acclaimed albums, “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn” & “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning,” simultaneously. His record “Cassadaga”, which was released last month & made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart with58,000 copies sold, is named for a Florida town that boasts a large number of psychics. Mr. Oberst traveled there & met with an adviser. He said in a phone interview before a show in Toronto that essentially she told him that he's more or less moving in conjunction with the universe in the cosmic sense... That explainst his grandly ambitious tour, his most elaborate to date:a dozen musicians on stage, including 2 drummers; a dramatic video backdrop; & for the 1st time, uniforms. The band wears all white, or close to it. Oberst wears a Prada suit.He said that he wasgoing for this just-stepped-off-the-yacht sort of vibe. If Puff Daddy ever invites him to any of his parties, he’ll be totally prepared. The Town Hall residency underscores a vogue among budding artists for multinight runs at one smallish place, rather than asingle large club show. Rufus Wainwright'll perform 4 nights at the Blender Theater at Gramercy in June, & the Brooklyn act the National'll play 5 shows at the Bowery Ballroom, starting on Monday. The 2005 single “When the President Talks to God,” which Oberst performed on “The Tonight Show” takes great glee in its anti-Bush stance. But “Cassadaga,” which Oberst intended as a record about finding peace of mind, is less pointed. Despite fan requests, “President” hasbeen retired for this tour. He said that In the past he’s been too concerned with making sure the listener knows what he meant when he wrote something, but now he really like the idea that the song doesn’t really exist until it goes into someone’s mind & interacts with alltheir ideas. In a few weeks, Oberst'll interact with fans in Japan & Europe as he plays summer festivals there. Now he is looking forward to commuting to work via taxi & subway instead of tour bus, & returning to theEast Village apartment he has shared with 2 roommates since 2003. He splits his time between New York and a new home in Omaha. A chief concern for his Town Hall shows's figuring out where to party afterward. He said that that’s going to be probably the biggest challenge, making sure he get to bed early enough.

George W. Bush

Bush used declassified intelligence about Osama bin Laden Wednesday to defend his Iraq war policy. During a commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy, Bush mentioned declassified intelligence that said bin Laden discussed sending a top lieutenant in 2005 to Iraq to set up a base from which to launch attacks in the USA. Bush said, that there's a reason bin Laden sent one of his most experienced paramilitary leaders to Iraq, and added that he believes that if al Qaeda can drive out, they can establish Iraq as a new terrorist sanctuary. The president Bush acknowledged that critics question whether the fight in Iraq's part of the war on terror. He said that the best way to protect people is to take the fight to the enemy so "we do not have to face them at home." The president said, that there are many differences between the two conflicts (Vietnam and Iraq), but one stands out above all. The enemy in Vietnam had neither the intent nor the capability to strike our homeland. The enemy in Iraq does. Bush said that in January 2006 bin Laden warned the American people that operations're under preparation & they'll see them on their own ground once they're finished. Bush listed other alleged al Qaeda plots foiled since 9/11: In December 2001, an operative was captured who had been trained in the use of poisons at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan & sent to the United States prior to 9/11 to serve as a sleeper agent ready for follow-on attacks, Bush said. Bush added, that the agent had been ordered to the USA by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who's now in U.S. custody. Bush said, that intelligence community believes that Mohammed brought the operative to meet Osama bin Laden, where he pledged his loyalty to the al Qaeda leader & offered himself up as a martyr. Bush said that among the potential targets the intelligence community believes the man discussed with Mohammed were water reservoirs, the U.S. Stock Exchange and military academies. Bush also said that, in 2005, bin Laden was working to set up a unit inside Iraq from which to launch attacks in other countries. Bush credited bold action at home & abroad with foiling the plans. Although the White House rejected suggestions that the revelations were timed for political purposes, Bush's address coincided with a push by Democrats in Congress to force an end to the U.S. military presence in the region. During May, 81 U.S. military personnel have died in the Iraq war, bringing the total to 3,432.
President Bush vetoed a war-spending bill last month that included a timetable for withdrawing troops. Timetables have been dropped from revised war-spending legislation, substituting benchmarks with consequences for Iraqi leaders. Both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory Wednesday as revised war spending legislation moved forward. On Tuesday, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said bin Laden and a top lieutenant Abu Faraj al-Libbi planned to form a terror cell in Iraq in order to launch attacks against the U.S. Johndroe said Al-Libbi was a senior al Qaeda manager who in 2005 suggested to bin Laden that bin Laden send Egyptian-born Hamza Rabia to Iraq to help plan attacks on American soil. Johndroe noted that bin Laden later suggested to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, then leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, that USA should be his top priority. Johndroe said that was followed in the spring of 2005 with bin Laden's ordering Rabia to brief al-Zarqawi on plans to attack the United States. Johndroe said the intelligence indicates al-Libbi later suggested Rabia should be sent to Iraq to carry out those operations. But al-Libbi was captured in Pakistan & taken into CIA custody in May 2005. After al-Libbi's capture, the CIA's former acting director, John McLaughlin, described him as bin Laden's chief operating officer, the No. 3 man in al Qaeda. McLaughlin said that catching terrorists is sometimes like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle without seeing the picture on the box. This is a guy who knows the picture on the box. He knows what the big picture is. Al-Libbi is a Libyan who joined al Qaeda in the 1990s and fled to Pakistan after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001. U.S. officials say al-Libbi was in contact with & directing alleged al Qaeda members in England who were planning attacks there & in the U.S. Rabia took over al-Libbi's position in the organization but was killed in in the North Waziristan tribal area of Pakistan near the Afghan border in December 2005. Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi was killed by a U.S. airstrike north of Baghdad in June 2006...


Lady Liberty
May 19, Elías Ramírez weighed the hurdles of what could be the biggest overhaul in immigration law in two decades.
To become fully legal residents, under a compromise Senate leaders announced Thursday, Mr. Ramírez & other illegal immigrants would have to pay a total of $5,000 in fines, more than 14 times the typical weekly earnings on the streets here, return to their home countries at least once, & wait as long as 8 years.
During the wait, they would have limited possibilities to bring other family members. Mr. Ramírez said, that it sounds difficult, but not impossible, 24, a native of Chiapas, Mexico, who has been here a year. “I would like to be here legally in the future, so these things are what I might have to do.” Another man among the group of job-seekers gathered outside a church that serves as a hiring site for day laborers overheard Mr. Ramírez & approached with disdain. “It’s almost impossible to bring your family,” he said, rattling off information he had gleaned from a Spanish-language newspaper. “You have to go back first, & what're you going to do in Mexico while you're there & there is no work? I’ve been here 20 years & I still work & support my family, so why would I do any of these things?” The compromise bill has offered a glimmer of hope to illegal immigrants here, 60 miles from the border. But they through news reports and lawyers, are just now learning the fine print. Advocacy groups said they'd lobby lawmakers to reject the bill, saying it would place onerous restrictions on illegal workers who want to win legal status & also hurt efforts to unify immigrant families. Isabel Garcia, a lawyer, chairwoman of Derechos Humanos, an advocacy group said, that this is an unprecedented shift from family unity being the cornerstone of our immigration policy. Ms. Garcia also objected to what she called “insurmountable” obstacles in the bill. The compromise Senate bill portends a major shift in the values and priorities of American immigration. It would gradually change a system based primarily on family ties, in place since 1965, into one that favors high-skilled & highly educated workers who want to become permanent residents. In the future, low-skilled workers would largely be channeled to a vast new temporary program, where they would be allowed to work in the United States for 3 stints of 2 years each, broken up by one-year stays in their homeland. This is a different architecture, said Doris Meissner, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1993 to 2000. Illegal workers already here would gain a provisional legal status, known as a Z visa. But to become permanent residents they'd have to pay the big fines & get in an eight-year line behind others who have already applied legally for green cards, as permanent resident visas are known. Still, despite the outcry from immigrant advocates, a reading of the details of the legislation suggests important benefits for relatives of legal immigrants & naturalized American citizens who have been waiting for green cards for as long as 22 years in some cases. A first step is to eliminate, within eight years, the backlog of 4 million people who have applied to come legally to the United States, allotting 440,000 visas a year for that purpose.


Russia. Rolling Back?
Home - NeoPopRealism JournalA group of Russian political activists bound for an anti-Kremlin demonstration on the sidelines of a major Russia-European Union summit were prevented from traveling by Moscow airport officials. Members of political opposition parties, including former chess world champion Garry Kasparov, were among those whose passports & tickets're confiscated by Sheremetyevo Airport authorities as they were due to fly to the southeastern city of Samara, human rights activist & Kasparov aide Marina Litvinovich said. Speaking at a press conference following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel -German Chancellor- voiced concerns over the incident, saying that he hopes they'll be given an opportunity to express their opinion. Mr. Kasparov & his supporters blame president Putin for rolling back democratic reforms in Russia & persecuting his political opponents. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Friday that it was critically important for all European countries to ensure full respect for values & principles, adding that a partnership between EU & Russia needed to be built on democracy, human rights & the rule of law. Russian & Western journalists booked to fly to Samara on Friday also had their tickets & passports confiscated. An airport spokesman said officials confiscated documents belonging to political activists L. Ponomaryov, Kasparov & E. Limonov as the three prepared to board their flight to Samara, about 500 miles southeast of Moscow. Boarding's over & the airplane's preparing for takeoff, the official was quoted as saying. Litvinovich told the authorities never explained why they had confiscated those documents. The next Samara-bound flight was scheduled to leave hours later but Litvinovich told she suspected even if they bought tickets the officials'd be obstructed by officials, causing them to miss the planned demonstration. Kasparov & his supporters blame Mr. Putin for rolling back democratic reforms & persecuting his political opponents. The opposition has been trying to build support around the country ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled later this year & presidential elections set for next year by voicing opposition. The great majority of Russians support President Putin, who is credited with bringing stability & relative economic prosperity to Russia. Mr. Kasparov was arrested in early April after he tried to lead a procession of dozens of anti-Kremlin protesters from Pushkin Square in the central city to another park where an approved rally was to be held. The March was cut short when thousands of police and security forces moved in & took Kasparov & dozens of others away.


The UK's top general says, that Britain's Prince Harry will not serve in Iraq as a troop commander because of "a number of specific threats" against him. A spokesperson for the 22-year-old prince says that he is very disappointed by this decision. Chief of the general staff Sir Richard Dannatt said Wednesday, that he has decided today that Prince Harry'll not deploy as a troop commander with his squadron. He came to this final decision following a further & wide round of consultation, including his visit to Iraq by at the end of last week, Dannatt said. "There have been a number of specific threats, some reported & some not reported. These threats exposed him & those around him to a degree of risk I considered unacceptable," he said. Wednesday's announcement reverses a statement made in February by the royal family & the Ministry of Defence, which said that Harry would be sent to Iraq with his regiment. Dannatt commended the prince on his determination. "He has proved himself both at Sandhurst & in command of his troop during their training. I commend him for his determination and his undoubted talent - & I do not say that lightly. His soldiers will miss his leadership in Iraq, although I know his commanding officer will provide a highly capable substitute troop leader." A statement issued by a spokesperson for the prince said that Prince Harry is very disappointed that he'll not be able to go to Iraq with his troop on this deployment, as he had hoped. He fully understands & accepts General Dannatt's difficult decision, & remains committed to his army career. Prince Harry's thoughts're with his troop & the rest of the Battle Group in Iraq. Harry would have led a troop of 12 men in 4 Scimitar armored reconnaissance vehicles, each with a crew of 3, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Prince Harry is a 2006 graduate of Britain's prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he has been actively seeking the posting in Iraq. Harry said that he wants to be deployed with his men, but ministry officials have expressed concern that he could become a target for Iraqi insurgents, endangering himself & those serving under him. Royal commentator Robert Jobson said that it'd be a "disaster" for the British Army if Harry was targeted by militants. Harry'd have been the first member of the British royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands conflict with Argentina in 1982. Jobson said he didn't believe Harry would quit the army, despite being kept out of Iraq.
May, 2007
Philip Johnson was the founding curator of MoMA’s architecture department, and it might have seemed challenge enough for Barry Bergdoll, who took on the position in January. Barry also had to contend with a weighty anniversary: 75 years. A retrospective recently opened on the museum’s third floor. Mr. Bergdoll said. that he doesn’t want to send the signal that they’re going to start a cycle of celebrating MoMA’s past. But it allowed him to play with the permanent collection. It allowed him to think about his predecessors & take them on in a certain way.His choices're likely to draw broad attention in the art & architecture world, given the tepid critical response to some of the department’s exhibitions. Mr. Bergdoll said, that he doesn’t in any way intend this to be a manifesto of what he is going to do, or a platform on what the department should do.The Museum of Modern Art’s director Glenn D. Lowry welcomed Mr. Bergdoll’s irreverent first effort. It’s both a celebration of the creation of the department & a kind of querying of the decisions the department has made —he thinks in a very positive and healthy way, Mr. Lowry said. With drawings, models & wall text, the exhibition traces the department’s collecting over 75 years. It subtly challenges the thinking of some of Mr. Bergdoll’s illustrious predecessors.
Marginalized or ignored were 1920s and ’30s Expressionism and Organicism, whose swirling or biomorphic forms have influenced modern architecture up to the present day, Mr. Bergdoll contends. There're things outside their field of vision in 1932 that're fundamental now — and fundamental to the collection..., Mr. Bergdoll said.

May, 2007
Hip-Hop

Hip hop as a culture was further defined in 1983, when former Black Spades gang member Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force released a track called "Planet Rock". Despite over a decade of engagement, many would argue that the images of women in hip-hop have become progressively and destructively more negative than at any other time in history. Lyrics that were at one time merely suggestive provocative are now blatant and overtly obscene. Music videos have become machismo fairy tales and have more "ogre and ass" scenes than the Shrek trilogy. These images attempt to pass off the objectification of black women specifically as "true beauty" in the name of entertainment. These lyrics & images, while acceptable for adults, are targeted to a demographic made upof young people ages 12 to 16. These images, and more importantly these lyrics, play a role in how young people view themselves and process sex and relationships. Teen girls states that they're not satisfied with how they look because they want to be like the girls in the videos. reason: the boys want to be with girls in the videos. Boys thinks the girls in the videos're cool to sleep with, but not to take home. We get a sense of the negative impact that these sexist and misogynistic images have on hip-hop's biggest fans. With allthis evidence, can we place the blame entirely on hip-hop? "No." Hip-hop must accept a level of responsibility for the destructive reality played out in the lives of many young people as a result of the music. Hip-hop's one of the most vocal and visible delivery mechanisms for the language & imagery of sexism & misogyny. Many politicians, haters and demonize pundits the art form, and more importantly, the young people that're a part of it, without putting the issue in its proper context. The culture, art form, music or hip-hop's a product of the black and Latino community. With that, it has inherited many of the cultural issues passed down from previous generations. Within the African-American community, there has been a pervasive sexism that has existed even within the upper echelons of leadership for generations. The black church barred women from the pulpit, but not from ensuring that many congregations remained served by the multitude of sister servants. The civil rights movement, which has been justifiably praised for its ability to change the social and political fabric of America for the better, was overwhelmingly sexist. There were more women than men who did theday-to-day work of the movement, yet only men served as spokespersons. Sectors of the black power movement were marred by a misogynistic culture that led to the torture of several sisters who wereas willing to give their lives to the movement as their male counterparts. The young men & women who have embraced hip-hop have inherited a culture of sexism and misogyny that has never been effectively admitted to or addressed by the previous generation, leaving young people to bear the brunt of the blame. But to hold accountable the black community without indicting a broader western culture that is sexist would be irresponsible. The soft porn we see on many cable networks, the access to all forms of porn via the Internet, and Madison Avenue's continued recognition that sex sells have desensitized an entire generation to the objectification of women. If we're to honestly deal with the real issues of sexism and misogyny in hip-hop, we cannot start and stop with hip-hop. Let's challenge the industry to be responsible for the images it produces and distributes, but simultaneously deal with the far-reaching and pervasive social & cultural deficiencies America has related to the protection of women.

May, 2007

Cinton Has Increased Her Lead...

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research, Sen. Hillary Clinton has increased her lead over the Democratic field in the race for the presidential nomination. In the past month, Hillary's support among Democrats rose to 38 percent, while support for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, dropped to 24 percent. Former Vice President Al Gore continues to draw strong support even though he has not announced plans to seek his party nomination. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina and Al Gore, each received 12 percent. Democrats appeared to be happy with heir field of candidates, with 38 percent declaring themselves 'very satisfied'; 46 percent 'fairly satisfied'; 10 percent 'not very satisfied'; and 4 percent 'not satisfied at all.' Three percent had no opinion. The CNN Opinion Research Corporation telephone poll was carried out Friday through Sunday & included 454 voters who described themselves as Democrats or as independents who lean Democratic. The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 % points. Full Results:
Clinton 38%
Obama 24%
Gore 12%
Edwards 12%
Richardson 5%
Biden 2%
Dodd 2%
Kucinich 1%
Gravel *
No opinion 6%
House Democratic leaders're preparing a new version of the Iraq war funding bill that would pay for the war in two stages. The first stage'd give the Bush administration about half of the $95.5 billion it seeks for U.S. troops & military operations. Congress'd vote on authorizing the 2nd half of the funds in July, but only after it reviews a report from Bush on a series of benchmarksmeasuring the Iraqi government's progress. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the new draft bill was floated by House leaders last week as a way to appeal to the various factions in the House Democratic caucus. A vote on the bill could be scheduled as early as the end of this week. Leaders hope to move swiftly in order to mesh the House proposal with the Senate's bill before the Memorial Day holiday. This proposal does not include dates for withdrawal, one leadership aide maintains it still demands accountability from President Bush because "it doesn't just give him another $100 billion with no questions asked." The aide said that by "fencing off" the second installment of war funding, Congress'd get more detailed information about how the money'd be spent, how much more is needed. The aide described the plan as "being responsive to concerns of members who really want us to keep the pressure on Bush, and at the same time we are making sure we're funding the troops and making members comfortable with that."
ParisHilton

A judge sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail Friday, April 4 for violating her probation, putting the brakes on the paris Hilton famous high life.She, who parlayed her name and relentless partying into worldwide notoriety, must go to jail on June 5-th. She will be allowed no furloughs, no work release, no use of an alternative jail, no electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing. Paris Hilton had arrived for the hearing ten minutes late in the back of a black sport utility vehicle, swept into the Metropolitan Courthouse with few men in suits, ignoring screams of photographers lining the route into a rear entrance.She was wearing a gray jacket and white shirt over black slacks and with a black headband and appeared serious.Prosecutors announced earlier they were asking the judge to sentence Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation for an alcohol-related reckless driving conviction.Prosecutors were seeking to have Hilton ordered to avoid alcohol for 90 days, wear a monitoring device that would chart whether she complies, and have the suspension of her drivers license extended for an additional 4 months.This case brought an unusual scene to the austere courthouse south of downtown in a commercial area. Dozens of photographers and reporters lined up at the rear entrance. Police tape substituted for velvet ropes.Helicopter hovered overhead. TV trucks were parked nearby to beam the news worldwide and a .Hilton pleaded no contest in January to reckless driving stemming from a September 7 arrest in Hollywood. Police said she appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. Paris had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent, the level at which an adult driver is in violation of the law.She was sentenced to 36 months' probation, $1,500 in fines and alcohol education.
January 15, Paris Hilton was pulled over by California Highway Patrol. Officers informed her that she was driving on a suspended license. She signed a document acknowledging that she was not to drive, according to papers filed in Superior Court.
LA County sheriff's deputies stopped Paris on February 27. He charged her with violating her probation. Police said she was pulled over at about 11 p.m. after authorities saw the car speeding with its headlights off.Hilton's spokesman, Elliot Mintz, said at the time Hilton wasn't aware her license was suspended. A copy of the document Ms. Hilton signed on January 15 was found in the car's glove compartment, court papers say.Mintz had no comment Thursday.Hilton was also required to enroll in an alcohol education program by February 12. As of April 17, she had not enrolled, prosecutors said.Hilton first gained notoriety for her hard partying as a teen. paris attracted wide attention when a sex tape she made with a boyfriend was released on the Internet.She stars in the "The Simple Life," reality-TV series, now in its fifth season, with N. Richie. She appeared in the 2005 film, "House of Wax" and recently Paris finished filming "The Hottie and the Nottie."

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Rosie O'Donnell raised both the profile and ratings of “The View” this season by using it as a forum for her rants on the Iraq war, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey and even her own castmates. She'll leave the show in June after failing to reach a contract extension, she announced on the program this morning. “I have decided that we couldn’t come to terms with my deal with ABC so next year I’m not going to be on ‘The View,’ “ Ms O'Donnell said on today’s show, after it began broadcasting live at 11 a.m. eastern time. She said, that she expected to return to the program as a guest host sometime next year, including to preside over one-hour special episodes about depression and autism.
Ms. O’Donnell said that ABC had wanted her to sign a three-year extension, while she had only wanted to commit to a year. On today’s program, Ms. Walters said, “We have had, to say the least, an interesting year.” She said, that the experience of having Ms. O’Donnell aboard had been “exciting, fun-filled and provocative.” An ABC executive confirmed Ms. O’Donnell’s account, but said that there had also been a wide difference between the salary she was seeking and what the network was willing to pay. What was not immediately clear was whether the many public feuds Ms. O’Donnell engaged in from her seat on “The View” — most famously with Mr. Trump — played any role in her departure. On Wednesday, The New York Post described in its “Page Six” gossip column how Ms. O’Donnell’s crude taunts about Mr. Trump in a speech this week at an annual luncheon honoring women in communications had prompted Barbara Walters, the co-host and co-owner of “The View,” to bury her face in her hands on the dais. Last year, the insults hurled between Mr. Trump and Ms. O’Donnell had ultimately, and uncharacteristically, drawn in Ms. Walters. She was prompted to label him a “poor, pathetic man” on “The View” after he asserted that Ms. Walters had privately told him she regretted the hiring of Ms O'Donnell. Ms. Walters, who splits ownership of “The View” with ABC, nonetheless sought to distance herself from Ms. O’Donnell’s departure, telling the viewers and audience,” I would like to make one thing perfectly clear: I do not participate in the negotiations for Rosie. It’s ABC Daytime.” “It was between your representative and ABC Daytime,” Ms. Walters reiterated, turning toward Ms. O’Donnell. “This is not my doing or my choice.” Nearly a year ago, Ms. Walters had used similar language in an interview, in seeking to keep herself at arm’s length from what she characterized as ABC’s decision not to renew the contract of another outspoken “View” co-host, Star Jones. Still, Ms. Walters had acknowledged in an interview last fall that she had her eyes wide open when she invited Ms. O’Donnell to join the cast. In effect, Ms. Walters got what she paid for: a resurgence in ratings and attention for a show that had been at risk of lurching toward irrelevance on the eve of this, its 10th season. Ms. O’Donnell encouraged viewers to seek her out on her blog after she leaves “The View.” She might someday will try to return to television in a reprise of her own talk show, which preceded her tenure on “The View.” “That’s showbiz,” Ms. O’Donnell said of her looming departure. “But it’s not sad.”
NeoPopRealism

Art develops along with society. We cannot stop its evolutionary movement whether we want to or not. Art always reflects people’s lives, their economic and cultural achievements, and technical progress. Bursting energy of NeoPopRealism does not shock Western world any more (read article 'Nadia Russ: NeoPopRealism' in NY Arts Magazine), but still not understood by the East. NeoPopRealist's ten commandments suppose to bring peace and harmony to the world, they bring joy to civilize humans souls and minds: Nadia Russ, "My Pink City" Collection of Museum of Young Art (MOYA), Vienna, Austria 1. Be beautiful. 2. Be creative & productive, never stop studying & learning. 3. Be peace-loving, positive-minded. 4. Do not accept communistic philosophy. 5. Be free-minded, do the best you can to move the world to peace and harmony. 6. Be family oriented, self-disciplined. 7. Be free-spirited. Follow your dreams, if they are not destructive, but constructive. 8. Believe in GOD. God is one. 9. Be supportive to those who need you, be generous. 10. Create your life as a great adventurous story.
NeoPopRealist idea came to boost positive energy and humour, creativity and understanding, love to arts and humanity...
At the end of 2006 and beginning 2007 several Ukrainian art museum such as Simferopol Art Museum, Sumy Museum of Art, Lebedyn Art Museum and D. Burliuk Foundation had collected NeoPopRealist works (2001 -2006) by its creator Nadia Russ. For Ukrainian art lovers her works are challenge, even as we know she born in small Ukrainian town of Konotop... Sumy newspaper "Panorama" wrote "...her art is new and extraordinary..."

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