11th Hour IC News October 31st, 2007

(News graphic & background designed by Nysie)









ALEXANDRIA, VA -- WBDE, The Blade, 93.1 FM announces its Second Annual Ghost Tour, with guest host DJ Nyx of The Midnight Hour.

This year's event will be a guided and costumed tour of the John Carlyle House in Alexandria.

The historic Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by Scottish merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, member of one of the most prestigious families in colonial Virginia. Their home quickly became a center of social and political life in Alexandria and gained a foothold in history when British General Braddock made the mansion his headquarters in 1755. Braddock summoned five colonial governors to meet there to plan the early campaigns of the French and Indian War.
On the National Register of Historic Places, Carlyle House is architecturally unique in Alexandria as the only stone, 18th-century Palladian-style house.

Tickets are available through WBDE radio, occult bookstore The Final Word, and Ticketmaster outlets.





SOUTHEAST -- As was to be expected after last years successful event, Dark Asgard is hosting its second, and now rightfully annual, Halloween Masquerade Ball. The ball will held immediately following the other new tradition in spooky Washington, the WBDE Ghost Tour on Halloween Evening
The British-born songwriter/singer came back to the stage on the occasion of last year's ball, after nearly two years of absence following his alleged nervous breakdown.

His performance in 2006 was a surprise, as the only officially-announced act had been The Duchess. But, after an intermission, one of the Duchess's zombie-costumed musicians took center stage and started singing. It turned out to be none other than Loki himself, who moments before had been wearing a different costume.
It doesn't look like there will be a surprise of that caliber this year, but then if it were expected, it would not be a surprise.

A large number of DC's brightest, most beautiful and interesting luminaries are expected to be there, including Loki himself and his current sometimes girlfriend, GWU law student and Final Word Barista, Felicity Duckworth.

Loki, Dark Asgard's owner, is slated as the main act, with newcomer band Ivy League scheduled to open, featuring freshman musicians singer Ivy and drummer Azazel.

General admission tickets are on sale at Dark Asgard and through Ticketron outlets, and VIP invitations have been issued for this event.









NORTHWEST -- Campus Police were called to respond to George Washington University's Melvin Gelman Library at 21st and H Streets, NW, when staffers reported hearing several loud, terrified shrieks from the second floor book stacks, late at night last week.

The library was largely unoccupied, but night crew maintenance and library staff have reported several incidents in the past of strange noises, lights, and even alleged apparitions in the older parts of the library before. One staffer, who refused to file a report or even be identified on record, was overheard saying that a blond man was terrorizing her in the stacks. She did not know his identity, and he soon left the building. 





SOUTHEAST -- The National Arboretum Park Security has reported several incidents of visitors trespassing after the 5:00 pm closing time, especially in the Asian Valley area. No charges have been filed, but security has been increased after hours.

The United States National Arboretum is an arboretum (a botanical garden containing living collections of primarily woody plants intended at least partly for scientific study) in Washington, D.C., operated by the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service as a division of the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. It was established in 1927 by an act of Congress after a campaign by USDA Chief Botanist Frederick Vernon Coville.
It is 1.78 km² (446 acres) in size, and is located 3.5 km (2.2 miles) northeast of the Capitol, with entrances on New York Avenue and R Street near 24th Street.





NORTHWEST -- A strange, humanoid figure was encountered by a Federal Marshal and several trespassers he was questioning after they were discovered while he was nearby the Park, off-duty. Redfeather was strolling near the park on personal time, when he overheard a presence there. After investigating, and initially preparing to escort a couple of harmless trespassing picnickers off premises, the group was approached by what appeared to be a man, but in such a disheveled state as to be unidentifiable. The man appeared to be crazed, and possibly under the influence of something, due to his aggressive and incoherent behavior, as well as his dirty physical condition. He lunged for the group with arms outstretched, as if sleepwalking.

Marshal Redfeather identified himself as an officer of the law, and ordered the man to stay where he was, with no response. The man rushed Redfeather, his skin and clothing slimy and somewhat rotten, and covered in sores. Soon after contact with the creature, Redfeather reported experiencing a sort of temporary paralysis and had to be removed from the scene by a companion. The trespassers fled as well.

CSI Officers returned to the scene the following evening to investigate further.

They have ruled out animals as the largest known to inhabit the Park are deer and occasional cougar. There is no real presence of bear or other larger mammals in the park. Tracks leading from the scene ended in a nearby stream. The investigation is inconclusive at this time.

Rangers have also reported an increase in the number of after-dark trespassers on Park property in the last few weeks, increasing closer to Halloween.





NORTHEAST -- Police were called to respond to a violent disturbance at the Hell or Connaught Irish Pub in Northeast, near the border with Chinatown on 7th Street. Witnesses say an unidentified white male, appearing to be in his 20's, short, wiry, with a vaguely Asian look to his eyes and nose, black hair and eyes, wearing jeans and a black motorcycle jacket with red accents, was taunting other customers, especially staff and any who seemed to respond to anti-Irish epithets. He was heard yelling, "Hey, let's hear it for jolly old England, eh? Long live the Queen!" and .

The man was seen harassing dance therapist Bell Neveu for several minutes, and a heated argument ensued until she flagged down a member of the wait-staff to intervene.

The waiter was told by the man, "Yeah. I called her a self righteous c_nt. You should probably throw me out." The waiter offered to call the man a taxi, but he refused, stating, "That won't be necessary. I think I'll just go insult some other patrons and steal food before I go. How's that sound?"

The man was asked to leave by management, to whom he responded, "I am behaving like an a--hole. Kick me the f_ck out already, you weak-kneed sh_t!" A struggle ensued, disrupting the entire pub and causing extensive damage to the bar area and liquor supplies as the man evaded capture, sometimes moving at what was reported to be super-human speeds. As management forced him to the street, he exclaimed, "Eat sh_t and die, you Irish f_cks!"

The Pub reportedly sustained several thousand dollars worth of interior damage and two broken bones on the bouncer staff, and has closed its doors for business to effect repairs.

Hell or Connaught is named for the ultimatum which Oliver Cromwell gave the displaced native Irish when he colonized the island in the 1600s.





NORTHWEST -- Campus police were called out again to Gelman Library at GWU to investigate a disturbance on the balcony. Witnesses say that there was a heated argument of some kind going on between a group of kids, a couple of student athlete's who were mouthing off to the group, and musician Loki, who was at the library on personal business. Some sexual epithets and threats were exchanged, but the altercation and gathering broke up before Campus Security could arrive. No charges were filed, and other than Loki, none of the group were identified.
















Amy Fisher Sex Tape

NEW YORK CITY -- Before Lindsay Lohan, there was the Original Long Island Lolita, Amy Fisher. Amy was convicted of the 1992 shooting of Mary Jo Buttafuoco, after carrying on a long-running affair with Mary Jo’s husband, Joey, as an underage high school student in Long Island, New York. A sex tape of the one-time teen mistress and her estranged husband, Lou Bellera, has made its way to a Los Angeles porn distributor and could hit the Net in a matter of days.
Lou sold the video to smut house Red Light District Video, who will begin selling the saucy footage next month.
Amy and Lou made the tape earlier this year, according to David Krieff, a TV executive who has produced a currently shelved reality show starring Amy, her ex-lover Joey Buttafuoco, and Buttafuoco’s ex-wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco.

“I was told she was a willing participant at the time it was made, as a private video with her husband,” Krieff said. “She’s disgusted. I’m disgusted by it, too, the whole genre. I can’t believe in the United States of America things like this can be released.”
“I feel bad for Amy and Lou,” Krieff added. “I think they were having a fight and he made a bad decision that’s coming back to haunt them now.”
A spokesman for Red Light was not available for comment last night.








Sex raises the level of a hormone thought to promote new brain cells. This suggests that sex may treat Huntington's disease.


CALGARY -- A hormone stimulated by sex may be used to repair brain damage caused by strokes, suggests breakthrough research at the University of Calgary published today in the prestigious journal Science.
A team of researchers, led by Samuel Weiss with James Cross at the Faculty of Medicine, studied female mice who had recently mated and found the hormone prolactin stimulates the production of new brain cells, called neurogenesis, in a part of the brain responsible for the sense of smell.
The mice didn't have to become pregnant for there to be a surge of prolactin and male mice given the hormone also showed an increased production of new brain cells.
Researchers are exploring if neurogenesis stimulated in one part of the brain can be rerouted to damaged parts to treat stroke victims and those with other brain injuries.










Entertainment and Gossip

From regular columnist

Kitty Whittier 





Boo! It's time to see who's been good little boys and ghouls lately!

Seems like it's time to play musical chairs in love land again. Our favorite creature of the night, Loki the luscious, was seen doing the Monster Mash with La Nouveau herself at his haven of hedonism, Dark Asgard.


Only days later, sources spot his royalness in less scandalous circumstances with the ever-studious and respectable Felicity, actually braving bringing her to his playpen in Southeast, rather than sequester her at the latte machine away from his harem. Just a couple of days after that, the Prince of Ponce was seen shepherding his main lady fair onto a plane to New York for an overnighter, because apparently we have no interesting stores to shop at in Washington. Nor tattoo parlors, I hear.


While the cat was away, however, things continued to remain interesting back home, with the usual social mix and match going on. MizNewVoh was as usual, out on the dance floor in her stark white, kinda hard to miss in the sea of black on black on black that is the uniform of the tragic children. Soon nearby was Ivy, the punky pixie slated to open for Loki this month. After a few minutes, Ivy vacates the floor for the company of some Fabio looking character in a booth, leaving Ma Bell chatting up some tattooed bald guy with an eye patch, over at the bar. Spooky fella too I hear, kinda has that whole "I'm secretly Charles Manson" vibe to him. After a few minutes of this, her and her new chat pal head to Ivy's table, where she proceeds to chat up Ivy's date, and suddenly Ivy leaves the three of them alone, where they seem not to miss her at all for quite some time.


Just a few days later, the pirate punk was seen cavorting around Loki's playpen with Loki's personal Turkish Delight on call (the still mysterious unidentified Middle Eastern woman), and another very exotic looking model we have not seen with the usual suspects before that night. She was a tall, mixed race woman in black sequins, attractive in that almost artificial, too perfect way. They were doing their best to recreate the Lambada out on the dance floor, then went their separate ways. We will have to speak to Arthur Miller's, because apparently dancing is the key to the In Crowd of late.


Come on Angelina! Brad's right--every kid should have a dog! If the National Ledger is to be believed, Angelina's pissed at Brad. And why? Because he wants to get a dog for their children! We all knew Angelina wasn't the warmest person around, but preventing her own children from the enjoying the love and companionship of a pet is simply cruel! According to an insider, "Brad and Angelina have gone around and around about the dog issue. Angelina feels there are too many issues precluding them from getting a pet – they're always traveling, and the household staff would end up caring for the animal." Just so we're clear -- their lifestyle doesn't preclude them from adopting or having a dozen kids, but Angelina thinks a pet is too much!? What kind of parent must she be if she'd treat the kids worse than a dog?


And speaking of dogs... So Deion Sanders published a column in The News-Press on the whole Michael Vick dog trial, that reads like it was written by a 10-year-old with no sense of right or wrong. For example: "What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I." True, a dog to me is a living being with feelings, emotions, and the capacity for great caring. To Michael Vick they're living pieces of meat whose torture, pain, and death are cause for drinking, carousing, and a good time. "Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that. And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street." Just to be clear, Deion believes all of the following fall into the same classification: Kissing dogs on the mouth, eating with dogs, dressing dogs, and slamming a dog to the ground with such force that the dog's skull is crushed and he dies from trauma. "You're probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest." Yes, I believe Vick "loved" the dogs that were the biggest and baddest. The others? He drowned, electrocuted, hung, shot, and crushed to death. But hey, he really, really loved the dogs that lived, so Deion says that's just fine. "It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status." Yes, Deion is now comparing the torture and murder of living creatures to wearing jewelry. Apparently, so long as a man with big muscles, a small penis, and no brain can achieve "status" by electrocuting or shooting a dog, it's okay to Deion. "The reason this is turning into a three-ring circus is that baseball is boring, basketball is months away, football is around the corner and we in the media don't have a thing interesting to write about." No, Deion, the reason this has become a media circus is 1) Michael Vick broke the law, and 2) his actions are so offensive that any human being with a shred of decency is outraged and horrified.

PROTIP, Deion. Stop. Speaking. Now. Clearly you took one too many to the cranium during your already fading career. And Michael... no comment.



Somberly Yours, Kitty.






Monica Garrett


Dear Monica,


I have been married for more than 20 years, and my husband has always been an honest and caring person to our children and me. He works in an office with a woman 15 years his junior. She is divorced; they became friends and spent a lot of time together.
I found cell-phone records showing numerous text messages, some very late at night, including many phone calls to each other. Over time our marriage has changed drastically. His cell-phone bill does not come to our home, and I am supposed to be OK with that.
Of course he denies everything and says she is just his friend. We are still together, but his friendship with her continues. They still talk and work together.
I feel this is wrong. He should be aware of the deep hurt this has caused and walk away from this other relationship. Apparently he doesn't want to do that, because he says she is just a friend and nothing is going on. I feel he has cheated on me "emotionally."

Sometimes I feel like I am the crazy one, but I know I'm not. Is it time for me to move on?

-- Disgusted

Dear Disgusted:


It is time for you to move on -- to a marriage counselor. Where you go after that is up to you. If your husband won't accompany you, then you should go alone.

The fact that your marriage has changed drastically since this "friendship" began shows that the relationship is interfering with your marriage. The "other woman" has become a third party to your relationship with your husband. Your marriage can't go on as long as she is in it.

Don't let your husband convince you that you're "the crazy one." He thinks it's in his best interests to keep you off-kilter. Don't fall for it.

It's time for you to be a more active participant in your marriage; you and your husband should either pull out all the stops to save the marriage (ending this other relationship is absolutely necessary), or you should develop a plan about what you need to do if he refuses.