September 27, 2012 |
Need a little motivation to lose those nagging 10 pounds? Or seal the big deal? Or book that beach vacation? Aherk! suggests putting your online rep, well, on the line. The beta website with the goofy name amps up the pressure by asking users to post a goal and deadline. But it doesn't stop there. The user also e-mails Aherk! an embarrassing photo - referred to as "the bomb" on the site. When the deadline hits, Facebook friends vote on whether the goal was achieved. If not, up goes that incriminating pic at the expense of some social media status.
March 19, 2012
ATLANTIC CITY - A former Atlantic City official jailed for his role in a sex-video blackmail scheme has died. State corrections officials said Ronald Callaway, 55, died Saturday at a Trenton hospital. The cause of death was not disclosed. Callaway, also known as Jihad Q. Abdullah, was serving his term at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton. Callaway, his younger brother and a family friend were convicted in the blackmail scheme masterminded by another brother, former City Council President Craig Callaway.
March 19, 2012
ATLANTIC CITY - A former Atlantic City official jailed for his role in a sex-video blackmail scheme has died. State corrections officials said Ronald Callaway, who would have turned 56 this month, died Saturday at a Trenton hospital. The cause of death was not disclosed. Callaway, also known as Jihad Q. Abdullah, was serving his term at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton. It was not clear how long he had been in the hospital. Callaway, his younger brother, and a family friend were convicted in the blackmail scheme mastermind by another brother, former City Council President Craig Callaway.
November 4, 2011 |
THREE FILMS into Dito Montiel's critically dismissed, audience-ignoring moviemaking career, it is becoming clearer why top drawer actors, from Robert Downey Jr. to Al Pacino, Dianne Wiest to Chazz Palminteri, flock to Montiel's movies. And no, it doesn't involve compromising photographs and blackmail. Montiel, of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Fighting" and now, "The Son of No One," writes gritty urban melodramas with big, showy scenes and speeches. Movie stars just eat that up. "The Son of No One," about a cop covering up a dark day from his distant past and the code among cops that helps him do it, drew Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan and Oscar winners Pacino and Juliette Binoche.
December 17, 2010 |
Guy in a trailer park kills his wife, you've got a news story. Rich guy kills his wife, you've got a news story with a book deal. Rich guy kills his wife, then starts wearing women's clothes - now you've got a movie. It's "All Good Things," very loosely based on the unsolved murder of the wife of an heir to a New York real-estate family. "Things" stars Ryan Gosling as David Marks (all names changed), a troubled young man who's never gotten over the suicide of his mother, which he witnessed as a child.
March 6, 2010 |
Vincent Gaudini Sr., a Harcum College alumnus, decided to throw his weight around last month when a debt came due from his alma mater, prosecutors say. Harcum, a two-year school in Bryn Mawr where Gaudini's sons, Vincent Jr. and Michael, also matriculated, was asking for $3,000 for Michael's unpaid dorm fees. Court records indicate the bill was not warmly received. Rather than pay, the elder Gaudini, 55, allegedly fired off an e-mail to Harcum's dean of student life, "respectfully requesting that you present Michael with a zero balance for his short stay at your facility" in exchange for silence about drugs and guns on campus.
December 18, 2009 |
Calling their crimes "despicable and sleazy," a Superior Court judge yesterday sentenced two political operatives in Atlantic City's "sex tape" case to lengthy state prison terms. Judge Albert Garofolo capped a two-hour sentencing hearing by lambasting Floyd Tally and Ronald Callaway for their roles in an attempt to force Atlantic City Councilman Eugene Robinson to resign by secretly videotaping him having sex with a prostitute in a seedy motel. Tally, 39, was sentenced to 12 years with no parole eligibility for six years.
November 11, 2009 |
ROBERT J. "Joe" Halderman, the TV news producer accused of blackmailing David Letterman in exchange for keeping quiet about his sexual affairs, was trying only to sell the late-night comic a screenplay, his defense attorney yesterday. Gerald Shargel, proving again that lawyers will say anything, asked a judge, who amazingly refrained from guffawing, to toss the attempted first-degree grand-larceny case, saying that Halderman had done nothing illegal in slipping Letterman documents alluding to the "Late Show" host's dalliances and taking a $2 million check from Letterman's lawyer.
October 14, 2009 |
Their motel-room encounter didn't last long, a former prostitute said yesterday, and only after it was over did she realize the man she was with was an Atlantic City councilman. "I thought, ' . . . This is way out of my league,' " Kristyn Haino told an Atlantic County Superior Court jury, explaining that the man had given her his business card and said he wanted to see her again. Haino, the prosecution's star witness in the so-called Atlantic City sex-tape trial, spent nearly three hours on the witness stand in Superior Court providing the down-and-dirty details of her tryst with Councilman Eugene Robinson in a seedy White Horse Pike motel back in November 2006.
October 6, 2009 |
DAVID LETTERMAN apologized to his wife on last night's "Late Show," saying that she had been "horribly hurt by my behavior. " The late-night host vowed to repair his relationship with his wife, Regina Lasko, who, ironically, also used to work on Letterman's staff. "Let me tell you, folks, I got my work cut out for me," said Letterman, according to an early transcript of the program released by CBS. Last night's show was the first show taped by Letterman since Thursday, when he disclosed that he had had sexual relationships with women who worked for him, and that he had been the victim of an alleged $2 million blackmail threat.