["Jack Valenti, a former presidential aide who became Hollywood's emissary to Washington and developer of the U.S. movie rating system, died on Thursday at age 85, his longtime spokesman, Warren Cowan, said."]
["The vote "moves us one step closer to the American promise to all its citizens of equality under the law," Robinson said."]
3."Penis pump judge faces stiff sentence": In response to yesterday's Captain America/burrito link, a House reader points out that this story, from 2006, is still the, um, hands down champion. I figured Dead Man on Campus was good for something.
["A retired US judge is himself before the beak in Bristow, Oklahoma, "on charges he used a penis pump on himself in the courtroom while sitting in judgment of others", AP reports. The trial of Donald D Thompson, 59, has reportedly provoked much courtroom merriment as the jury has been entertained by both a defence attorney and prosecutor indulging in "pantomime masturbation" and a former juror in Thompson's court identifying the sound of the pump because "he had seen such devices in Austin Powers and Dead Man on Campus"."]
["My first viewing of Tomorrow Never Dies was at the Screen on Baker Street Cinema in London. The film premiered in the UK a week before the U.S. and I was lucky enough to be there that week. Being an American, these circumstances were ideal for viewing a Bond flick, and as a result my view's slightly colored: Dies has always been my favorite Brosnan flick...which isn't saying much since I'm not wild about the quadrilogy in the first place. Having not seen the movie for several years, I was curious as to whether or not it would hold up."]
["For just a few seconds Hawking floated free, unrestricted by his paralyzed muscles and wheelchair, hovering weightless on a zero gravity flight provided by space tourism company Zero Gravity Corp. "I have wanted to fly in space all of my life," Hawking said. "For someone like me whose muscles don't work very well, it will be bliss to be weightless.""]
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