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July 4th 2008 In the news

RIP Bozo

Bozo, aka Larry Harmon, died Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 83. Harmon turned the character Bozo the Clown into a show business staple that delighted children for more than a half-century.

Although not the original Bozo, Larry Harmon portrayed the popular frizzy-haired clown in countless appearances.

FYI-Pinto Colvig, who provided the voice for Walt Disney's Goofy, was the first Bozo the Clown. Bozo was actually created by writer-producer Alan W. Livingston for a series of children's records in 1946. Livingston said he came up with the name Bozo after polling several people at Capitol Records. Harmon answering a casting call to make personal appearances as a clown to promote the Bozo records. He eventually bought the rights to Bozo.

He Has Given Birth

Pregnant man gives birth to baby girl

Thomas Beatie, the transgender pregnant man, ( born a woman but after surgery and hormone treatment lives as a man), has given birth to a girl at an Oregon hospital.

The baby, conceived through artificial insemination using donor sperm and Beatie's own eggs.
"The only thing different about me is that I can't breast-feed my baby. But a lot of mothers don't," People quoted Beatie as saying.
Doggie must have gotten hungry

An Illinois woman says her beloved miniature dachshund gnawed off her right big toe while she was asleep. The woman told the Alton (Ill.)Telegraph. Unfortunatly, the dog was euthanized because of safety concerns.

The 56-year-old says she has no feeling in her toes because of nerve damage from diabetes. She discovered the toe missing after waking from a nap .A veterinarian says the toe had been bandaged because of a healing hangnail. That might have somehow attracted the dog.

YouTube has been ordered to to disclose who watches which video clips and when.

A federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube has ordered the popular online video-sharing service to disclose who watches which video clips and when.

U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton authorized full access to the YouTube logs after Viacom Inc. and other copyright holders argued that they needed the data to show whether their copyright-protected videos are more heavily watched than amateur clips. to disclose who watches which video clips and when.
Lawyers for Google Inc., which owns YouTube, said producing 12 terabytes of data — equivalent to the text of roughly 12 million books — would be expensive, time-consuming and a threat to users' privacy.

The database includes information on when each video gets played, which can be used to determine how often a clip is viewed.

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