New York, Apr 27 (ANI): American actress Jamie Lynn Spears’ baby’s father, Casey Aldridge, has been hospitalised for a fractured skull after his pickup veered off the road and flipped./pp
The incident happened during a Louisiana bachelor-party outing, and Aldridge, 19, has been charged with careless driving after the crash near Lake Bruin in Tensas Parish, La./pp
As per People magazine, Jamie Lynn Spears, 18, was at Aldridge’s bedside on April 26 at the Riverland Medical Center in Vidalia, La, and a family source revealed the young dad has been in and out of consciousness./pp
It’s not as serious as we thought at first, the New York Daily News quoted the source as saying./pp
The source also said Aldridge had been attending a cousin’s bachelor party, when he and some friends decided to go crabbing./pp
Cops said there was no indication alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident. (ANI)/p
Washington, April 23 (ANI): Actress Evan Rachel Wood has signed on to star as a 500-year-old bloodsucking vampire in a hit U.S. TV drama.
The ‘Wrestler’ star will portray Sophie-Anne, the vampire Queen of Louisiana, in the upcoming second season of ‘True Blood’, which debuted last year (08).
According to Website EW.com, she will appear in a two-episode arc at the end of the new season, reports Contactmusic.
Meanwhile, rumours are abuzz that Manson and Rachel Woods have rekindled their romance.
The couple, who ended their two-year relationship in October last year, have reportedly reunited. (ANI)
Washington, April 20 (ANI): Chewing Extra sugar-free gum may help control appetite, decrease calorie intake and reduce cravings for sweet snacks, a new study has found.
Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Louisiana State University found that chewing Extra sugar-free gum significantly reduced intake of an afternoon snack by 40 calories.
They also found that chewing gum specifically reduced sweet snack intake by 60 calories.
During the study, researchers found that when participants chewed gum, hunger, desire to eat and sweet snack cravings were significantly suppressed between lunch and an afternoon snack as compared to when they did not chew gum.
When participants chewed gum, they researchers found that their energy levels were maintained between lunch and an afternoon snack, and were significantly less drowsy as compared to when they did not chew gum during this same timeframe.
Overall, this study has shown the role of chewing gum in helping to decrease calorie intake from an afternoon snack, controlling appetite and reducing snack cravings.
This study backs the role of chewing sugar-free gum as an easy, practical tool for helping to manage snack intake and reducing sweet snack cravings. (ANI)
Baton Rouge (Louisiana, US), Apr.17 (ANI): Louisiana’s Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal has suggested that former Vice President Dick Cheney should tone down his criticism of President Barack Obama.
Cheney has repeatedly criticized Obama’s national security policy, saying recently on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Obama’s decisions “raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”
Asked to respond to Cheney’s remark during an interview ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Jindal said: “I don’t think we should question President Obama’s patriotism or his intentions.”
“I think Democrat or Republican, we should all agree that our current president, our former president would obviously want to do everything they could to keep us safe,” he said. “Let’s give the new administration a chance. Let’s not question their intentions. Let’s have a real debate on their policies,” Politico quoted Jindal, as saying.
The Republican governor praised Obama for “showing more flexibility when it comes to Iraq than maybe some of the campaign rhetoric suggested.”
“I am, quite honestly, pleasantly surprised. That’s the kind of pragmatism, listening to the commanders on the ground, I think is very important,” Jindal said. (ANI)
Melbourne, March 10 (ANI): A pink dolphin has been pulling in crowds in Louisiana after being spotted in Lake Calcasieu.
“Pinky”, thought to be the world’s only pink dolphin, was said to have reddish eyes and was usually seen with its dark grey mother.
Boat captain Erik Rue, aged 42, had first spotted the unique bottlenose in 2007, and claims it “looks like it just came out of a paint booth”.
The albino dolphin had created a stir amongst tourists who were pouring in to catch a glimpse of the rare mammal.
“I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter. It was absolutely stunningly pink,” News.com.au quoted Rue as telling London’s Telegraph newspaper.
“The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating its albinism. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws.
“As time has passed the young mammal has grown and sometimes ventures away from its mother to feed and play but always remains in the vicinity of the pod.
“Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod.” (ANI)
Louisiana (US), Feb.24 (ANI): Fast-talking Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal plans to rehearse the Republican Party’s response to President Barack Obama’s address to Congress with a teleprompter today before delivering it live from the governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge.
According to the Washington Post, this is the grandest opportunity of Jindal’s young political life, and he is banking on impressing Americans just as he wowed the Rhodes panel when seeking its scholarship as a 20-year-old.
Then, it took the panel a mere 30 seconds to pencil in Jindal’s name, as he stood out on the long roster of Louisiana’s high achievers with his intelligence and eloquence.
The judges took another 45 minutes to settle in on the second finalist.
Jindal has been anointed the boy wonder of a Republican Party that was left battered by the 2008 election and hungry for new leadership.
His audition on the national stage is tonight, and at 37, he was still working last night on the 10-minute speech.
Aides said he is writing it himself, although he has received input from party leaders.
In his star moment, Jindal is being anything but cautious.
Leading up to his speech, Jindal has voiced withering criticism of Obama’s 787 billion dollar economic recovery package, becoming the most prominent of a handful of Republican governors from Southern states to say they will reject some federal funds in the stimulus plan.
Jindal’s gamble is being widely regarded by GOP strategists as an attempt to burnish his fiscal conservative credentials in expectation of a presidential bid, perhaps as early as 2012.
The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal is the first non-white governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction and offers the GOP an attractive rival to Obama.
“Look, I think every American is incredibly proud by the president’s personal story, the fact that we will be seeing him addressing his first joint session of Congress tomorrow night, and I have been selected and honored to give . . . the Republican response,” Jindal said yesterday.
In picking a governor to deliver tonight’s speech, GOP leaders are acknowledging that without a majority in Congress, the big ideas necessary to rebuild their party are likely to come from state capitols.
Jindal is among several GOP governors harboring national ambitions, a group that includes Florida’s Charlie Crist, Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty, South Carolina’s Mark Sanford and Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Jr.
In Jindal, the GOP has chosen a charismatic spokesman with intellectual heft. (ANI)
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): Analysis of the chemical composition of 635-million-year-old rocks from the Norwegian island chain of Svalbard has revealed oxygen trapped inside the rocks, which suggests ancient Earth once had an alien atmosphere that might have helped melt millions of years’ worth of deep freeze.
According to a report in National Geographic News, the analysis shows a surprisingly low amount of a particular type, or isotope, of oxygen.
Reduced levels of this isotope are linked to high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the new data suggest ancient Earth might have had 300 to 1,000 times more CO2 than current levels.
An atmosphere so rich in CO2 would still be breathable by modern standards, but it would place limits on the growth of life as we know it.
“The numbers indicate a very, very different world” than scientists had previously assumed, said study leader Huiming Bao of Louisiana State University.
Bao and colleagues think their finding supports the “snowball Earth” theory, which says that snow and ice accumulation worldwide once reached a threshold that caused the entire planet to stay frozen for millions of years.
Most scientists believe Earth could only emerge from such a state after ten million years or more, after atmospheric CO2 built up enough to finally trigger melting and lead to a rapid thaw.
Bao and colleagues analyzed a compound called sulfate from rocks dated to the Neoproterozoic era, which lasted from a billion to 542 million years ago.
Sulfate forms when a charged sulfur atom binds with four oxygen atoms. The complete molecule is highly stable, which makes sulfate a useful tool for studying what types of oxygen atoms were present when the sulfate formed.
In the Svalbard study, Bao and colleagues looked at the sulfate-containing mineral carbonate and found very low levels of an oxygen isotope called O-17.
Previously, Bao and a different set of co-authors had examined sulfate in another mineral called barite in samples from south China and West Africa dated to roughly the same time period.
Those rocks had also shown a low amount of O-17.
Given that the abnormal isotope ratios occurred in several locales, University of California, San Diego, chemist Mark Thiemens beleives the results are associated with a widespread phenomenon.
The atmospheric effects were, “if not global, at least equatorial,” said Thiemens.
According to geophysicist Raymond Pierrehumbert, of the University of Chicago, the result “underscores what I call ‘Neoproterozoic weirdness,’ namely that there are a lot of strange geochemical signatures that indicate that the climate is doing something radically different from what it was doing before or since.” (ANI)
London, Feb 13 (ANI): Legendary singer Aretha Franklin has decided to take a break from her career.
The 66-year-old soul queen has pulled out of an appearance at a U.S. jazz festival, scheduled to take place in Louisiana during April and May, insisting that she is planning a hiatus from singing.
“She decided not to do any more work for a while,” the Daily Star quoted organiser Quint Davis as saying.
However, Franklin has to continue to support the annual festival.
“She’s made it clear that New Orleans and the festival are important and that she would like to be a part of this and raising the spirit of New Orleans,” Davis added. (ANI)
London, Feb 10 (ANI): An American porn actress is considering running against a disgraced politician, whose phone number was found in the records of a notorious Washington madam, for the Senate seat.
Stormy Daniels has said that she is ready to challenge Louisiana Senator David Vitter, if the Republican incumbent refuses a face-to-face debate over the issues.
Vitter, who co-sponsored a Marriage Protection Amendment last year, previously faced public humiliation after his details were published on a list of phone call records kept by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called DC Madam.
In May 2008, Palfrey was found dead following an apparent suicide after being found guilty of running a prostitution ring.
Vitter is currently fund-raising for the 2010-midterm elections.
However, he may face a challenger from Daniels who is being pressurized by an Internet campaign for her to stand.
The Draft Stormy campaign has said that it wants the adult entertainer to stand because of her “honesty, passion and strength of character”.
“I am honoured and admittedly surprised by the encouragement that I am receiving to enter the race for the United States Senate from Louisiana,” the Telegraph quoted Stormy, as saying.
“I realise that an undertaking of this sort is something that one should not enter into lightly. Therefore over the next days and weeks I will be discussing this prospect with my family and friends and will also continue to listen to the people of Louisiana for their thoughts and insights. Only after careful consideration, will I decide whether to pursue this unique opportunity,” she added.
In an interview with news website The Daily Beast, Daniels said: “I have never been involved in politics before but apparently they are calling me to duty and if that is what it takes, that is what I will do.” (ANI)
Washington, Feb 10 (ANI): A new study has shown that exercise improves quality of life in postmenopausal women regardless of whether they lose weight.
For the study, Corby K. Martin, Ph.D., of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Louisiana State University System, Baton Rouge and colleagues studied the effect of 50 percent, 100 percent and 150 percent of current public health physical activity recommendations on quality of life in 430 sedentary postmenopausal women (average age 57.4).
Participants were randomly assigned to a non-exercise control group (n=92) or one of three exercise groups: exercise energy expenditure of 4 kilocalories per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight per week (4-KKW) (n=147), 8-KKW (n=96) or 12-KKW (n=95).
A short health survey was used to measure physical and mental aspects of quality of life at the beginning of the study and six months later.
“Adherence to exercise was 95.4 percent, 88.1 percent and 93.7 percent for the 4-, 8- and 12-KKW groups, respectively, and each group spent 73.9, 138.3 and 183.6 minutes per week exercising,” the authors said.
The average weight loss in the control, 4-KKW, 8-KKW and 12-KKW groups was 0.94 kilograms (2.07 pounds), 1.34 kilograms (2.95 pounds), 1.86 kilograms (4.10 pounds) and 1.34 kilograms (2.95 pounds), respectively.
“A dose-response effect of exercise on quality of life was noted for all aspects of quality of life except bodily pain,” the authors said.
“In addition, the 4-KKW group had significantly improved general health perception, vitality and mental health compared with the control group. All three exercise groups had significantly improved social functioning compared with the control group.
“Our results indicate that improved quality of life can be added to the list of exercise benefits and that these improvements are dose dependent and independent of weight loss, at least among people similar to this study’s sample.
“The exercise doses are easily obtainable and were well tolerated by sedentary women, resulting in confidence that the exercise doses used in this study can be achieved by women in the community,” they added.
The study is published in February 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.(ANI)
Washington, Jan 17 (ANI): It seems that pop diva Britney Spears is getting over her troubled past.
The 27-year-old singer showed off her toned body in the photographs of her Circus tour rehearsals on her website, reports The Sun.
She was dressed in black tracksuit pants and a cropped T-shirt, showing off her regained the killer body she was once so famous for.
It has also been revealed that Britney’s 44-date tour will depict her much-publicized meltdown, and subsequent recovery.
The tour will kick off in her home state of Louisiana on March 3 and move to the rest of the U.S., Canada and London, with plans to expand to the rest of Europe.
She will perform six gigs in London’s O2 arena between June 3-14. (ANI)
Washington, Jan 15 (ANI): President George W. Bush has revealed that the lowest point of his presidency was “being called a racist” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In the days following the disaster caused by Katrina, Bush was criticized for what most say was a slow federal response to aiding victims, especially in the heavily African-American, Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans.
“I think being called a racist because of Katrina was a low point,” Politico.com quoted Bush as telling CNN’s Larry King.
Added to the comments was one from entertainer Kanye West, who said during a live hurricane relief fundraiser on network television that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
“In fact, the truth of the matter is the response was pretty darn quick,” Bush said.
“If you think about the fact that the Coast Guard and a lot of brave kids were pulling 30,000 people off of roofs as soon as the storm passed, as soon as they found people on those roofs,” he stated.
When King pointed out that a lot of mistakes were made in the days following the hurricane, Bush said: “Well, yes, at all levels of government, absolutely.”
“And that’s a good thing about government. By the way, we have had, that I know of, sitting right here, eight hurricanes, major hurricanes, and seven and a half were dealt with the way everybody expected them to be dealt with,” Bush further said.
“The Mississippi part of Katrina was dealt with well, even though it was a really horrible hurricane.
“My brother was governor of Florida, and seven major hurricanes hit there. And the response was always pretty good. It’s the response out of New Orleans and Louisiana which was not as good as we would have liked,” he added. (ANI)
London, Jan 6 (ANI): Pop princess Britney Spears has gone back to preparing for her North America tour after she took a short break for her brother”s wedding.
The Womanizer singer was spotted arriving at a studio after she returned to LA from her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, where her brother Bryan had tied the knot with her sister Jamie Lynn”s manager.
Spears, 27, had taken her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James along with her, though she did not have an escort.
The Toxic singer is rumoured to currently be involved with Bollywood dancer who choreographed her Womanizer video, Sandip Soparrkar. (ANI)