Billy Bob Thornton’s 14-year old son, Willie, (seen in the above picture, right, with his father’s girlfriend) is cooperating with the LAPD sex crime unit after his 22-year old girlfriend’s exboyfriend called the cops on her iin a jealous rage. He called saying that shewas having unlawful sex with a minor. Cops have also interviewed Billy Bob. Stay tuned.
Ling Ling, Japan’s oldest giant panda, a Natioanl favorite and icon at Tokyo’s largest zoo, died Wednesday of heart failure, zookeepers said. Ling Ling’s health problems started in August 2007 due to his old age which was 22 years and seven months, the quivalent to approximately 70 human years. His health issues started when he lost his appetite and strength, ultimately resulting in heart and kidney problems. He was the fifth-oldest male panda in the world, according to experts. After his passing, Ling Ling’s portrait was displayed inside his cage, along with flowerings and his favorite treat of bamboo shoots.
Wednesday marks the 16th consecutive day of record-setting gas prices with the average reaching $3.62 per gallon, according to AAA. The president, John Hoffmeister, of Shell Gas Company, the American division of Royal Dutch Shell, discussed the issue of rising gas prices with John Roberts on “American Morning” on CNN.
Here is a brief excerpt of the interview:
ROBERTS: What do you say to people who are in this budget crunch of trying to fill up the family car?
HOFMEISTER: I say we need more gas to be produced in this country. I’ve been saying that for three years, ever since I took this position [as president of Shell].
If the U.S. set a goal to produce 2 to 3 million barrels more a day in this country, we would send a shock around the world that would immediately say to the speculators, hey, U.S. is serious. President [Bush] said something yesterday about this. I didn’t hear him, but I think that’s good news. But we should set a specific target.
The presidential candidates should be out there on the postings saying let’s increase domestic production by 2 to 3 million barrels a day. That would be something that would put money back into this country, jobs back into this country, and it would bring more supply toward the Americans who need it.
ROBERTS: The president is advocating more drilling on U.S. territory. Isn’t it true that globally we’re starting to reach a peak in production and that within maybe a decade or two oil production will begin to decrease?
HOFMEISTER: Well, I think there is some argument [that] with convenient, easy oil we will peak sometime in the next decade. I think Shell sees that coming, but in terms of total oil supply to the world, we’re a long way from reaching peak oil because it doesn’t take into account unconventional oil.
I think the president brings up a good point in that we could, we have the available domestic supplies off the coast of Alaska as well as [the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge]. Shell has won $2 billion worth of high bids for the Chukchi Sea — that’s a few years off before we could begin production.
But let’s remember there’s more than 100 billion barrels of untouched oil and gas in this country that is subject to a 30-year moratorium. Now, there’s only one body in this country that can set a 30-year moratorium, and that’s the U.S. government.
ROBERTS: Sen. Hillary Clinton wants to slap you with a 50 percent tax on what she calls windfall profit, profit above a certain level. Is that a good idea?
HOFMEISTER: Look at our revenues and our income for the last quarter. If we had made $7.8 million on $114 million of revenue, nobody would call that excessive, because that’s 7½ percent. We made $7.8 billion profit on $114 billion revenue — same 7½ percent. So to me that is not an excessive number when banks and pharmaceuticals and IT companies earn a whole lot more.
ROBERTS: Would it hurt you if she put in place this tax on the windfall profits?
HOFMEISTER: Sure it would. It would slow down investment. Taxing the oil companies was tried in the ’80s. It drove us to do imports, which is exactly the problem we have today.
ROBERTS: Where is the top of all this? How high can the price of a barrel of oil go? How high will the cost of a gallon of gasoline go?
HOFMEISTER: I heard somebody say the other day it’s as long as a piece of string. We don’t know.
ROBERTS: The president of OPEC said $200 a barrel.
HOFMEISTER: Yeah, well, there are some countries out there subsidizing the cost of their energy to their consumers and industries to compete with America — or against America — because they think America won’t solve the problem.
ROBERTS: You’re saying you have no idea where the top is.
HOFMEISTER: We don’t know. But we should produce more oil in this country.
17-year old sister of Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn, has been told by doctors that her due date is June 29th. Sonograms have shown that she is having a little girl. A little girl having a little girl, an appropriate irony for the Spears family, right?
The newspaper carrier had noticed the newspapers piling up outside the house of Blanche and Fred Roberts. Bruce Pitts thought this was odd and worried that something might be wrong with the elderly couple on his paper route.
“It was never like them to leave a newspaper in their tube,” Pitt said Tuesday. “That wonderful, small voice inside me said, `This isn’t right.'”
Having tried knocking and ringing the door numerous times without a response of any kind, Pitts decided to work his way into an unlocked side-door. Upon entry, he noticed the 84-year old Blanche looking back at him while on the floor underneath her husband. Blanche’s 77-yearold husband had apparently passed away of a heart attack after mowing the lawn. Even though she was pinned underneath her husband’s body, she was at peace, and she only requested some water. The saddest part is that she described her husband’s condition as “sleeping”, as if she had not realized or fully grasped that he was gone.
Pitts said, “Blanche would say, `I’ve been praying for you at night whenever the weather’s bad, realizing you’re out in it delivering our papers”. “We’d always say a little prayer back.”
Under terms of a plea agreement, 25-year-old Kasey G. Kazee was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence.
According to police, Kazee went to an Ashland liquor store on August 10th, 2007 with his entire head, except for openings at his eyes and mouth, wrapped in duct tape.
Kazee told a cashier that he had a knife, threatened to harm her if she didn’t give him the money from the cash register, but never actually showed the knife, police said. The worker did as he instructed, and the man left.
Before the “Duct Tape Bandit” could make his getaway, another store employee tackled him in the parking lot, police said. The employee and several other men who came from another store held the suspect until law enforcement arrived.
Known as the father of the LSD and the modern psychadelic experience, Albert Hoffman passed away Tuesday at his home in Burg im Leimental, Switzerland. He was 102 years old. His efforts chemically influenced not only a social movement in 1960’s but millions of people for decades to follow.
The Swiss chemist discovered lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other grains at the Sandoz Pharmaceuticals firm in Basel. He became the first human guinea pig of the drug when a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a laboratory experiment on April 16, 1943. The rest is now history.