PHANTASM TO REMAIN OPEN - OWNERS LOCATED, SELLING OWNERSHIP TO NEW MANAGEMENT YET AGAIN - NORTHWEST -- Police say that they have been contacted and informed that current owners of The Phantasm, Aki Oshii and Louis Delacourt, have merely been on hiatus due to the stress of suddenly managing the club without long term partner and former owner Sean Brennan.
Oshii and Delacourt have decided that they are happier performing than managing and have signed over ownership of the club to a management partnership between Eriond Tekenduis, a former associate of the owners prior to Brennan; Chiana Rayne, daughter of the Hungarian Ambassador and Washington Post correspondent, and acquaintance of Delacourt's; and Jaymes Lovier, an Abercrombie & Fitch model from Texas who is also Oshii's sometimes escort and housemate.
The club remains dark until the transition can be completed and a new performance schedule established. Auditions for new acts will be held in two weeks, time and place to be announced.
D.C. Airspace May Be Restricted for Good
STRANGE PILLAR OF LIGHT STRIKES STREET NEAR OCCULT SHOP - NORTHWEST -- DCPD responded to a call last week of a pillar of hot white light shining down onto the pavement in the 2700 block of Utah Street, right up the block from the well-known curio shop, "The Magic Box." Reports claim a man was running down the street and ran into the light and vanished, but these reports are unconfirmed. No one in the shop or neighboring buildings has further information on the nature of the light or the missing man.
Shinzui Subsidiary Experiences Terrorist Attack - LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA -- Shinzui Corporation of Japan (NIKKEI: SHIN), new owners of Pentex (NYSE: PTX) subsidiary Magadon Pharmaceuticals, reported that one of the first issues they had to deal with in acquiring several new Assets is addressing the highly lax security measures of some facilities, not the least of which was a Magadon lab in Ashburn, Virginia, in an industrial park near MCI and Nextel Headquarters.
Sources say that Magadon security was breeched a couple of weeks ago, but for Homeland Security reasons it was kept out of the media until more information could be determined without undue attention being called to the break-in, that might tip off the perpetrators, who are still at large. Guards claim it was a pack of wild dogs, but the company is claiming heavy casualties of security staff, as well as compromised computer and burglar systems, which point to human assailants. There was also use of guns and other weaponry, which also indicates human attackers, not wildlife.
Magadon is engaged in a joint venture with Developmental Neogenetics Amalgamated of Bethesda, MD, to study and counter the effects of an unnamed but serious genetic mutation discovered last decade. The labs attacked contained patients with the disorder as well as a medical team attempting to find a cure.
Shinzui is also having to contend with allegations that their newly acquired companies paid kickbacks to Senators in exchange for support on key bills on the Hill that supported big business measures from which they benefited financially. Former Senator Campbell is already under indictment in relation to some environmental reforms and regulatory matters he pushed through, that aided Magadon and other Pentex subsidiaries. Campbell, as well as Shinzui, intend to rigorously defend these allegations.
Nextel Exec's Actress Wife Missing After Car Wreck in Western Fairfax County -- Dulles, VA -- Fairfax County police responded to a call from Nextel EVP Jonathan Seaverson that his wife, upcoming actress and model Naomi Silverthorn (Seaverson), was believed to be the driver of his vehicle in a severe car crash along a desolate stretch of Old Ox Road near Dulles Airport last week.
Seaverson's BMW was found totaled, but he was not notified until the plates and VIN plate could be located on the mangled wreck. By this time, the driver had been transported by EMT's and a positive ID could not be made that night. Seaverson was not aware of whether or not his wife had his car, and had reported her missing after she had not come home or kept any of her appointments for a day and a half, without cause.
Authorities need to locate the driver to determine whether the accident is the cause of her being missing. Seaverson is working with local authorities now to determine where the driver has been admitted.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Naomi Seaverson, please notify Fairfax County police at (703) 691-2300.
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continually bless me. -- Gerry Dale K., Dallas, Texas
Seattle Man Catches Fire During Surgery
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle police launched an investigation on Friday to determine how a patient undergoing emergency heart surgery caught on fire at a local hospital in 2003.
The male patient, who was not identified, went up in flames after alcohol poured on his skin was ignited by a surgical instrument.
The patient died after the surgery but that was due to heart failure and not the fire, said Dr. Robert Caplan, medical quality director of Virginia Mason.
Caplan said fires are known to occur in operating rooms although they were extremely rare.
The two-year-old incident became publicly known after an anonymous letter sent to the media mentioned it as a sign of unsafe health care at the hospital, and said the patient burned to death.
Caplan strongly disputed its contents. "That letter is factually incorrect," he said.
Inventor Kurzweil Aiming to Live Forever
Famed Inventor and Computer Scientist Ray Kurzweil Primes Himself for Forever
By JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer
WELLESLEY, Mass. Feb 12, 2005 — Ray Kurzweil doesn't tailgate. A man who plans to live forever doesn't take chances with his health on the highway, or anywhere else.
As part of his daily routine, Kurzweil ingests 250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea. He also periodically tracks 40 to 50 fitness indicators, down to his "tactile sensitivity." Adjustments are made as needed. "I do actually fine-tune my programming," he said.
The famed inventor and computer scientist is serious about his health because if it fails him he might not live long enough to see humanity achieve immortality, a seismic development he predicts in his new book is no more than 20 years away.
It's a blink of an eye in history, but long enough for the 56-year-old Kurzweil to pay close heed to his fitness. He urges others to do the same in "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever."
The book is partly a health guide so people can live to benefit from a coming explosion in technology he predicts will make infinite life spans possible.
Kurzweil writes of millions of blood cell-sized robots, which he calls "nanobots," that will keep us forever young by swarming through the body, repairing bones, muscles, arteries and brain cells. Improvements to our genetic coding will be downloaded via the Internet. We won't even
need a heart.
The claims are fantastic, but Kurzweil is no crank. He's a recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize, which is billed as a sort of Academy Award for inventors, and he won the 1999 National Medal of Technology Award. He has written on the emergence of intelligent machines in
publications ranging from Wired to Time magazine. The Christian Science Monitor has called him a "modern Edison." He was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. Perhaps the MIT graduate's most famous inventions is the first reading machine for the blind that could read any typeface.
During a recent interview in his company offices, Kurzweil sipped green tea and spoke of humanity's coming immortality as if it's as good as done. He sees human intelligence not only conquering its biological limits, including death, but completely mastering the natural world.
George Bush Releases Revised Republican Bible
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — US President George W. Bush has elaborated on his cosmology and his new theory of “intelligent design” which is basically a rehashed version of Old Testament creationism. Bush has rewritten many passages of the Bible to reflect his beliefs, and the White House has just released the official Republican Party version of the Bible.
Here is a sample of the first part of the revised version of Genesis:
“Once there were no stars, no moon, no sun, and not even any Rich People, and not even an Earth! There was not even any twinkle of light. All was dark, and it was so, so cold you could almost feel it, except there was nothing to feel either. Because nothing was out there. All was empty space and it was so empty and lonely that there was not one thing that could bump into another thing. So empty that not even any sound could be heard, not even a whisper. Because no one was out there except the Great God RepublicaYaweh who was very, very rich. And that’s when it all began a long, really long, long time ago...."
Next time you see a star twinkle in the night, stop and think about this: God put a twinkle in the dark so we would remember how very important it is to obey Him just like the stars do.
Big Ben's Silence Baffles Engineers
Shumen, Bulgaria -- In a letter published
in "Verfolgte Christen" ('Persecuted Christians'), pastor
Vesselin Lazarov from Shumen, Bulgaria, thanks the missions
agency AVC for their practical assistance. He reports "God has
performed many miracles in our midst. We recently witnessed a
man raised from the dead. While some Gypsy musicians from our
church were playing at a Turkish wedding, a young man fell to
the ground, dead. People tried to resuscitate him, but without
success. Then a member of our church prayed, commanding the
spirit of death to leave the man, and called him back to life.
The man stood up! The over 100 astonished eyewitnesses shouted
'A miracle! A miracle!'"
Separate Legs of 'mermaid' Baby, Term Risky Surgery a 'true Success'