|BARRY BONDS CONVICTED|
Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice yesterday, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone. Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days of deliberation, the jury of eight women and four men could reach a unanimous verdict only on one of the four counts against Bonds. US District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on the others, a messy end to a case that put the slugger under a cloud of suspicion for more than three years. Bonds sat stone-faced through the verdict, displaying no emotion. His legal team immediately asked that the guilty verdict be thrown out and Illston did not rule on the request. She set May 20 for a hearing in the case. Federal prosecutors and the Justice Department will have to decide whether to retry Bonds on the unresolved counts. Bonds has acknowledged that he did take steroids but said his trainer misled him into believing they were flaxseed oil and arthritis cream.
|CATHERINE ZETA-JONES TREATED FOR BI-POLAR DISORDER|
Catherine Zeta-Jones sought treatment for bipolar disorder after dealing with the stress of husband Michael Douglas's battle with advanced throat cancer, her representative said on Wednesday. "After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder," the actress's publicist said in a statement. "She's feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films," the statement said. It was not immediately when or where Catherine sought the treatment or when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
|AMERICAN IDIOT: THE MOVIE|
Universal Pictures is negotiating to turn the Green Day's Broadway musical version of American Idiot into a feature film. Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk, is in talks to write the script, and Michael Mayer will direct. Mayer helmed the stage run of the musical, which is closing on Broadway April 24th and launching a tour in the fall. It's expected that Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong will be courted to play the role of the drug dealer St. Jimmy. Each time he did a stint in the role on Broadway, the grosses rose considerably. The band was actively involved in the formation of the musical.
|KOBE BRYANT APOLOGIZES FOR GAY SLUR|
Kobe Bryant not only unleashed a gay slur against an NBA ref Tuesday night, he did so in view of TNT's cameras. After outrage mounted yesterday, the league fined him $100,000 and called his actions "offensive and inexcusable." Bryant got ticked off at referee Bennie Adams when he got a technical foul. After yelling "Bennie!" from the bench, Bryant shook his head and mouthed the words "f**cking f**got," reports TMZ. Gay rights groups issued statements of condemnation today, notes the Los Angeles Times, and Bryant himself responded with an apology: "What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone."
|VALET SUES LEBRON'S MOM|
A lawsuit has been filed against NBA superstar LeBron James' mother by the valet who says she hit him. Rockfeller Sorel filed a lawsuit against Gloria James in Miami for battery on April 12th, claiming that she had no right to strike him last week after an altercation at the posh Fontainbleau Miami Beach hotel. Gloria James was arrested after she allegedly slapped Sorel when she became impatient about how long it was taking to get her SUV from the valet. LeBron spoke to reporters about the incident last week: ""It's very sensitive, because it's your mother, of course... you guys want to ask me anything else about basketball, I'm happy to answer it."
|SEAN WILLIAM SCOTT OUT OF REHAB|
After completing a 30-day stint in a treatment facility, Seann William Scott attended a Knicks basketball game Tuesday night in New York City. Seann voluntarily sought treatment for "health and personal issues" back in March and yesterday a source connected with the actor said, "He completed the 30 days successfully. He's doing great." Reps for Seann confirm he will begin shooting American Pie 4 next month.
|HUGH LAURIE LANDS FILM ROLE|
Hugh Laurie has been cast in the film adaptation of Lloyd Jones' book, Mr. Pip. Laurie will play the title character, the only white man on a foreign island who volunteers to teach school as the natives defend their land from invaders. He reads the students Charles Dickens' classic novel, Great Expectations, connecting especially with a 13-year old girl, Matilda. Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia) will direct.
|JUDGE BACKS 'BOOBIES' BRACELETS|
It's OK for middle school students to wear bracelets proclaiming "I (heart) boobies!"—at least in the context of breast cancer awareness, a federal judge has decided. The popular fundraising bracelets "can reasonably be viewed as speech designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and to reduce stigma associated with openly discussing breast health," the judge wrote, siding with two Pennsylvania students suspended for defying a bracelet ban on their school's Breast Cancer Awareness Day. An injunction was issued preventing the school from banning the bracelets until the girls' case—supported by the ACLU—goes to trial. The district lawyer said he was disappointed by the ruling. "It is inconceivable that the court did not recognize that the bracelets were meant to titillate," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer, adding: "There's no group more distractable than 12- to 14-year-old middle school boys."
|10 'GREEN' CHOICES THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE|
Get A Cool Travel Mug
It's estimated that more than 50 billion paper cups are thrown away every year. Starbucks alone burns through a few bil', and every coffee drinker on the move knows that neither the flat lid nor the dome lid is actually spill-proof or functional. Plus, nobody needs to know where you get your java fix. It's time to upgrade to a stainless steel travel mug. They're leak-proof, durable and retain heat better than paper -- all for about $20.
Your mailbox gets filled with junk you've been complaining about for years. Part of you actually wants the credit card offers and coupons to arrive every day, on schedule, to show that someone out there cares, but all that crap is a burden on the environment and totally unnecessary in the digital age. Cancel the catalogs (except for the Victoria's Secret one), pay your bills online, and opt out of unsolicited credit card offers (you can do this online too). After that, you'll be left with the good stuff: postcards from old friends, wedding invitations and pictorials of beautiful women wearing little else than sexy lingerie and a smile meant only for you.
Switch To Compact Fluorescent Lamps (Instead Of Incandescent)
There used to be a good reason to not use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) -- they flickered and were expensive. But these days, if you're still using incandescent bulbs, you're cooking over an open fire in a windstorm, brother. CFLs have come way down in price, and their performance is on par with or better than incandescent ones in terms of light quality. The biggest advantage is that they use about 70% less energy, which means you'll save good scratch in the long run.
Buy Organic Wine
Maybe more than any other postindustrial movement, organic foods are becoming increasingly mainstream, but do you really need to shell out extra for what some might consider a glorified carton of juice? There's nothing wrong with bringing a bottle of Yellow Tail to the occasional housewarming, but grapes are just like any other crop, requiring pesticides and chemicals to mass produce -- nothing you want to sip by candlelight. Sulfites are a slightly different story. They play an important role in aging, so if the winemaker is farming organically, it's probably nothing to get worked up about.
You hear the word "eco-friendly" enough times, it starts to sound like a fetish you'd find in Craigslist's casual encounters section. There's a catch, in other words, but there is sense in ecotourism -- an alternative to what vacations sometimes turn into: a trip somewhere else to do little more than consume food that costs more than a house in local currency. The idea here is that you should instead go somewhere awesome and volunteer a bit of time to help keep it that way. This could mean using World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) to work and stay for free on an organic farm in Europe, or planting a few trees with the Oracabessa Foundation while staying at the Goldeneye (Ian Fleming's old house) in Jamaica. You'll feel a little better about riding jet skis and catching fish later that afternoon.
Eat Local, Seasonal Food
You ever go into the ski lodge after a day on the slopes, only to plop down by the fireplace and down a huge slab of watermelon with a cool glass of lemonade? It doesn't make any sense, in the same way that wearing two sweaters in 100-degree weather doesn't. Eating local, seasonal foods means your body will be in tune with the environment, you'll often save money buying directly from farmers (especially things like eggs and produce), and you'll be supporting the little guy. Plus, farmers' markets are notorious hangouts for cute single girls.
Adam looked up at the tree and saw nuts growing next to leaves. Free-associating, he picked a leaf, and the original skivs were born. If you think about it, the idea of wrapping your package in cheaply made men's underwear from a factory located who-knows-where is a little disconcerting. Underwear is a good place to start when it comes to eco-friendly fashions, without having to shell out some more serious bones for hemp jeans.
Eat A Meatless Dinner Once A Week
Saying you should give up meat is like saying America is an empire in decline: it may very well happen, but not in your lifetime. Industrial meat production having untoward side effects -- it's inefficient, causes pollution and uses lots of fossil fuels -- is common sense, however. Swap out meat once a week for vegetables or eggs, and you'll help chip away at all the environmental degradation and save yourself the few hours it takes to digest a porterhouse.
Eat Organic Meat
First off, if you're buying prepackaged or frozen ground beef, stop it. Evidence, including a recent New York Times front-page expose, suggests it comes from factories all over the world and is needlessly filthy. The good news is, organic meat is available virtually everywhere. It costs a bit more, and the actual health benefits aren't crystal clear, but you're supporting more sustainable agricultural practices and steering clear of the antibiotics and hormones pumped into mass-produced animals, which can only be a good thing.
Walk Anywhere Under 30 Minutes Away
The benefits of exercise are indisputable. It keeps you looking and feeling younger, prevents disease and, most important, improves your stamina in the sack. No need to be an obsessive gym rat, though. Walking anywhere you can get to in less than a half-hour will make up for the occasional missed workout. It'll also save you money, open your world up to new places and give you time to reflect on life. All great men reflect on life.