Heidi Klum Releases A Song
Heidi Klum has temporarily morphed into a rock star. The supermodel starred in a “one-off” music video for a single called “Turn Up The Night,” in which she provocatively dances on a pole while wearing a leather harness. Check it out check it outers:
Injured Couple Sue Both Texting Driver and Person Texting Him
In a landmark lawsuit that could set a precedent, a New Jersey couple that was injured in a road accident caused by a texting driver have filed a civil suit not only against the driver but also against his girlfriend, who was texting with him at the time. David and Linda Kubert were riding their motorcycle near their home in September 2009 when a Chevy truck driven by 18-year-old Kyle Best, who was texting, swerved across the center line and slammed into them head-on. Both Kuberts lost a leg. Texting and talking on a cell phone while driving are both banned in New Jersey and Best pleaded guilty to using a handheld device while driving. In explaining why they are also going after Best’s girlfriend, Shannon Colonna, in their civil suit, Linda Kubert told local TV station WCBS, “I believe that if she knew he was driving and answering her back with texts, that she’s partially responsible too.” Colonna said in her deposition that she, quote, “may have known” that Best was driving while he was texting with her.
L.A. City Council Votes to Ban Supermarket Plastic Bags
The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 yesterday (May 24th) to ban the use of supermarket plastic bags, clearing the way for L.A. to become the biggest U.S. city so far to do so. The vote begins a process that will include a four-month environmental review, a second vote to formally adopt an ordinance and a six-month grace period for grocery stores in the city — 12 months for smaller grocers — to phase out plastic bags. Additionally, the measure will impose a 10-cent charge on the use of paper bags one year after the plastic bag ban takes effect. Currently, 45 other California cities have a plastic bag ban in place.
Journalist Says CNN’s Piers Morgan Explained How to Hack Into Cell Phones
One of Britain’s most respected journalists told a judicial inquiry Wednesday (May 23rd) that then-tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan — now a CNN talk show host in the U.S. — showed him in 2002 how to hack into cell phones and listen to their voicemail messages. Jeremy Paxman’s testimony came during an inquiry into the phone hacking scandal in Britain that’s damaged News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch’s reputation and led to the closure of his News of the World newspaper. Paxman said that Morgan had boasted to him during a lunch 10 years ago about how easy it was to access cell phones’ voice messages, stating, “He then explained that the way to get access to people’s messages was to go to the factory default [security] setting and press either 0000 and 1234, and if you didn’t put your own code in, his words, ‘you are a fool.’” Morgan, who’s consistently denied authorizing phone hacking while editor of the Daily Mirror, edited News of the World from 1994 to 1995 and the Mirror from 1995 to 2004. He tweeted yesterday after Paxman’s testimony, “Right — that’s the last time I’m inviting Jeremy Paxman to lunch. Ungrateful little wretch.” Morgan himself spoke before the inquiry in December because he’d written in his published diaries about a, quote, “little trick” for accessing voice mails that he knew about as early as 2001. He told the inquiry that the boasts was just repeating rumors about journalistic, quote, “dark arts.” Morgan has also denied allegations from Paul McCartney’s former wife, Heather Mills, that he’d listened to a hacked voicemail message for her from McCartney. Morgan bragged about hearing the message in a 2006 newspaper column, but has refused to reveal how he had access to it.