Over the several months that I spent last year researching Scientology and its detractors, I learned that there is no shortage of former church members who are eager to speak with reporters. Whereas journalists (from what I understand) used to have difficulty convincing subjects to speak out against former fellow believers (and, more specifically, leaders), they’re now eager to detonate public bombshells.
Peter Tork, one of The Monkees, is using social networking sites to spread the word about his illness and raise awareness about his rare form of cancer, adenoid cystic cancer.
Ed McMahon diesHe was 86. [USA Today]
Train crash in DCSeven killed, dozens wounded [NY Times]
June has been cloudyCloudiest June in Boston since 1903. [Globe]
Iran struggle continuesAnnulment ruled out. [BBC]
More Nixon tapes to be releasedHope you like swearing! [LA Times]
Chris Brown makes a deal
like, desperate. We use to tell people to watch it, and no one would.”
Iran: Britain getting involved?Iranian lawmakers looking in to it [CNN]
DiMasi to challenge lawClaims "honest services" statute misused against him [Globe]
New York's State House is also messed upPaterson calling for special session to resolve deadlock [Albany Times Union]
Video for MC Mr. Napkins' (aka Zach Sherwin) rap, "Spelling Bee," brought to you by the same soda that gave Michael Ian Black a chance to un-Ed himself for mainstream TV watchers.
My friends and I have a running game called “Shoney,” in which one person says something that is dangerously false, and insists upon the point until other people get annoyed by the instigator’s ignorance. Then, right when people start screaming “Busta Rhymes and LeAnn Rimes are not related, you moron,” the joker shouts “Shoney,” and everybody else feels dumb for getting worked up over the ruse.
Fraud ruled out in Iranian electionsThis is definitely not over. [LA Times]
Stanford arrestedFuck this guy. [WaPo]
Pilot dies on trans-continental flightFlight lands safely, but still. [WaPo]
Four teams in on PedroCubs, Rays, Angels, and (sigh) Yankees [Ken Rosenthal]
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From the line around the block at CONCEPTS in Harvard Square, it appears the BLUE LOBSTER is winning.The yellow lobster, as we all learned last week, is a one-in-30-million phenomenon.
Roxbury rabblerouser Jamarhl Crawford is the first source who reporters call when they need a quote that bitch slaps City Hall and its inhabitants. In addition to his position as the National Minister of Information for the New Black Panther Party, Crawford - also known as Uno the Prophet - is committed to scrapping for minority justice against mighty odds.
Kyle MacLachlan, the man who will forever have a place in the hearts of many for his iconic role as Special Agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks, told a reporter he's interested in reviving the show as a series of webisodes. David Lynch, who co-created the show, won't be involved (he's more involved with transcendental meditation and writing and performing music these days).
Protests in Iran continueFraud investigation continues as well [Wasington Post]
Ensign steps downAfter admitting to extra-marital affair [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Obama's approval ratings downOnly slightly at this point [LA Times]
Climate report: bad news for EnglandCould look like Spain in the future [BBC]
Lexington High alum Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal, who were on an acclaimed HBO series together, will be doing standup together as well at the Wilbur Theatre later this month. Here, they interview each other, with predictably enjoyable results. Show info is after the jump.