Daily Archives: February 11, 2017

Judy Garland Was ‘Groped By the Munchkins’ On the Set of Wizard of Oz

ACTRESS Judy Garland was groped by the munchkins on the set of The Wizard of Oz when she was a teenager, her ex-husband claimed.The late star was just 16 when she took on the iconic role of Dorothy in the 1939 classic movie.An unfinished book written by her ex Sid Luft, discovered in his archives a year ago, has now been published, according to The Sun. Luft died in 2005.

In Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, Luft claimed the actors who played the munchkins sexually harassed Garland.“They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small. They would make Judy’s life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress. The men were forty or more years old,” he wrote.Garland — who was married to Luft for 13 years from 1952 — became a Hollywood icon after the movie.

Source: Judy Garland Was ‘Groped By the Munchkins’ On the Set of Wizard of Oz|Heat Street

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Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents | The State

HANAHAN, S.C. No one seems to know why there’s an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston.Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. Or maybe it’s a fan of the Clemson Tigers, who are known for their orange colors.Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they’ve seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times.Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood.Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe.Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon.

Source: Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents | The State

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BBC Pulls Sports Video Mocking the English After Claims of Racism | Heat Street

The BBC has pulled a promo video which mocked England after it was accused of stoking racism.The Corporation axed a video meant to psyche up fans in Wales ahead of a major sports fixture between the neighbouring UK regions.

The 20-second clip, highlighting a game of rugby in the major Six Nations championship, barely included any words.Instead it was a series of Welsh fans responding to the question “What’s good about England?”

Source: BBC Pulls Sports Video Mocking the English After Claims of Racism | Heat Street

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How To Delete Facebook Search History All At Once?

Facebook is mainly about news feed and selfies. But Facebook Search is great option to find people rather than searching them in your friend list. And sometimes we also bump into the names of the older mates whose memories are on the verge of diminishes.Over the years, Facebook Search has transformed from a simple people and page search feature to a full-fledged search engine. Now, it allows us to type search queries in a natural way. However, everything you type in the Facebook search bar safely rests in the search history.Just like Google, Facebook also uses this history to refine your search results. You can find you Facebook search history in the Activity Log. And you have all the power to delete it whenever you want.

Source: How To Delete Facebook Search History All At Once? | Clear People From Facebook Search Bar

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Was Buffalo mom jailed over homeschooling decision? 

Single mother Kiarre Harris started researching homeschooling last November. She says her two elementary school aged children weren’t excelling at their failing Buffalo Public Schools. “I felt that the district was failing my children and that’s when I made the decision to homeschool,” she said. UPDATE: Buffalo City Councilman calls arrest “unacceptable” Harris says she filed documents at Buffalo City Hall, following all the steps, informing the district of her intent to homeschool her children. According to documents she provided to 7 Eyewitness News, they’re dated December 7th and the district says it received her paperwork. “I spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school.”

Source: Was Buffalo mom jailed over homeschooling decision? – Story

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Quebec funeral directors trying to curtail ‘funeral selfies’ 

Funeral directors in Quebec are discussing how to educate people that taking selfies over a corpse and posting it to social media may be considered disrespectful in some families.The president of the corporation of funeral directors of Quebec, Denis Desrochers, said the act of taking photos at a funeral isn’t new, but sharing those photos on social media is.”There won’t be a ‘selfie police,'” he told Radio-Canada’s Gravel le Matin, but said that among Quebec funeral directors there is a debate over how to educate people about what is respectful behaviour at a funeral parlour.”In many funeral parlours we have very clear rules around limiting selfies. Or we tell the public that the families don’t want selfies,” he said.

Source: Quebec funeral directors trying to curtail ‘funeral selfies’ – Montreal – CBC News

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Man’s Pacemaker Used to Track and Charge Him with Crime

(ANTIMEDIA) Hamilton, OH — An Ohio man pleaded not guilty to arson charges Tuesday after police arrested him, in part, based on information obtained from the man’s pacemaker. According to officials, 59-year-old Ross Compton stands accused of burning his home down on September 15 and faces charges of aggravated arson and insurance fraud.Police say they obtained a warrant to search all electronic information stored on Compton’s pacemaker when he gave statements that were not consistent with the evidence found at the fire.

He told authorities that “he packed belongings when he saw the fire, threw them out of a window and carried them to his car.”  According to court documents, a cardiologist who reviewed the data on the pacemaker determined “it is highly improbable Mr. Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, exit his bedroom window and carry numerous large and heavy items to the front of his residence during the short period of time he has indicated due to his medical conditions.

”The case raises the issue of privacy rights with regard to sensitive medical data. Electronic Frontier Foundation Criminal Defense Staff Attorney Stephanie Lacambra is concerned that technological advancements will lead to a loss of individual privacy, with this case setting a dangerous precedent.“Cases like this could be the canary in the coal mine concerning the larger privacy implications of using a person’s medical data,” she told SC Media.

Source: Man’s Pacemaker Used to Track and Charge Him with Crime

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Pennsylvania Court Shrugs Off Microsoft Decision; Says Google Must Turn Over Emails Stored At Overseas Data Centers 

Just south of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal’s district, a Pennsylvania (3rd Circuit) federal judge has come to (nearly) the opposite conclusion on law enforcement’s access to emails stored overseas. This case deals with two FBI SCA (Stored Communications Act) warrants seeking emails that Google says aren’t stored in the United States. Google, however, also says the sought emails could be at any of its data storage sites — which would include those in the US. It all depends on when it’s asked to retrieve the communications.And there’s where this decision parts ways with the Second Circuit, which found that emails stored in an Irish data center weren’t subject to US-issued warrants.

The court explains [PDF] Google’s process for handling user data, which is built for efficiency, rather than what’s central to the FBI’s demands: efficiency of retrieval in response to law enforcement requests.Google stores user data in various locations, some of which are in the United States and some of which are in countries outside the United States. Some user files may be broken into component parts, and different parts of a single file may be stored in different locations (and, accordingly, different countries) at the same time. Google operates a state-of-the-art intelligent network that, with respect to some types of data, including some of the data at issue in this case, automatically moves data from one location on Google’s network to another as frequently as needed to optimize for performance, reliability, and other efficiencies.

Source: Pennsylvania Court Shrugs Off Microsoft Decision; Says Google Must Turn Over Emails Stored At Overseas Data Centers | Techdirt

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