September 22, 2012 |
Demi Lovato has been up-front about the troubles that have haunted her since childhood, some of them stemming from the abuse she suffered at the hands of bullies. The 20-year-old "Don't Forget" singer, who did a spell in a treatment facility in 2000, has been chosen as an ambassador for the Secret Mean Stinks ( www.facebook.com/meanstinks ) anti-bullying campaign. Lovato announced her ambassadorship with a surprise visit Thursday to the New York City Young Women's Leadership School.
September 21, 2012 |
SOME DAYS, scouring the Internet like a Loofah to get the truth on some rumor - so you don't have to - gives Tattle a headache. Take Monica Lewinsky . Please. The newsroom was a titter (or perhaps a Twitter) Thursday when stories started to pop up everywhere - like moles in a game of Whac-a-Mole - that Monica was going to receive many, many dollars for a tell-all book on her affair with then-President Bill Clinton and his insatiable desire for three-way sex. Newsday said Monica was shopping a "top-secret" book.
November 18, 2005 |
In the pantheon of softly psychedelic artists new (Espers) and old (Vashti Bunyan), Gary Higgins is an oddity. The fragile-sounding singer-guitarist created one lovely record in 1973's Red Hash. Rather than merely eschew materialism, Hash talks about desires for big money ("Thicker Than a Smokey") along with wind-blowing etherealism ("Telegraph Tower") through pastoral atmospheres. But the news isn't just in the elegance of Higgins' vocals, the winsomeness of his words, or the folky woe of the arrangements.
December 14, 2001 |
From the evidence of the eccentric documentary Cool and Crazy, not only does music have charms to soothe the savage breast, but also warmth to melt the endless Norwegian winter. Pride of the fishing village where Isak Dinesen set her novella Babette's Feast, the Berlevag Male Choir are working-class guys - most of them filleters in a cod factory - who happen to be artists. Like the chorus in a Wagner opera, their sound is that of nature with the volume turned up. On a clear day they can see the North Pole.
November 26, 1994 |
DUTCH POLICE FLAG DOWN 'HASH TAXI' SERVICE Police in Oss, Netherlands, have arrested a "taxi" driver and charged him with taking his customers to the wrong state - the state of altered consciousness. The driver allegedly operated a "hash taxi," the nickname for services that deliver marijuana and hashish to customers' homes. Although the Netherlands has one of the world's most relaxed drug policies, police decided the service went a little too far. Hundreds of "coffee shops" in the country are licensed to sell up to 30 grams of marijuana or hashish, and the law allows people to cultivate small cannabis crops for their personal use. Police said that the delivery service was unlicensed and that the proprietor was growing amounts that exceeded the regulations.
May 19, 1994 |
MONTREAL 26.5 TONS OF HASHISH SEIZED Canadian officials yesterday said they seized 26.5 tons of hashish from a freighter arriving from South Africa. "This seizure is one of the largest ever in North America," Ren Lapierre of Revenue Canada Customs told a news conference, putting the drug's street value at about $261 million. The provincial Surete du Quebec said an investigation was continuing. There were no arrests. The hashish was found in three containers on board the Thor I, owned by Christensen Canadian African Lines.
April 3, 1994 |
A Harleysville man who was literally found holding the bag - one filled with marijuana and hashish - got a break Wednesday when he was sentenced to 30 days in the county Correctional Facility. Eric Thierer, 23, could have been given a six- to 12-month prison sentence. Thierer, who pleaded guilty in November to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, will serve out the sentence on 15 consecutive weekends beginning this month. Thierer was arrested in his Montgomery Woods apartment in December 1992 after the Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET)
November 25, 1993 |
As a particularly rich harvest season for hashish and marijuana in Jamaica comes to a close, U.S. Customs inspectors at the Philadelphia International Airport are staying on full alert as flights arrive from the island country. Yesterday, four people were held for trial following preliminary hearings in Folcroft District Court on charges they smuggled drugs into the United States on three Air Jamaica flights to Philadelphia. About 65 people have been arrested after arriving at the airport with drugs this year, said David Warren, special agent in charge of U.S. Customs there.
June 3, 1992 |
CRAWLING OUR WAY Forget killer bees - fire ants are coming! For years, it was thought that the ants, which sting like a hot needle and whose bite can kill the 1 percent of people allergic to them, could not live outside their native South because of the cold winters. But now, they've worked their way as far north as Maryland, and an entomologist in that state's Department of Agriculture says, "I'm now convinced they can survive as far north as Philadelphia. " NO PREGNANT PAUSE Pregnant, poor urban women who learned they were infected with the AIDS virus were not deterred from getting pregnant and giving birth again, researchers report in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
September 4, 1989 |
Customs agents seized 25 tons of hashish worth an estimated $156 million Saturday and arrested seven men aboard a converted oil rig supply vessel near here, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs Service said. The hashish, which agents believe originated in Pakistan, was stored in a false compartment on board the vessel Lady Brigid, spokesman Jim Laughton said. Laughton said the arrests were made as the hashish, which was contained in several 55-gallon drums, was being loaded onto a flatbed truck at Columbia City, 45 miles northwest of Portland.