Linda Ronstadt was booed off the stage at the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas after she dedicated “Desperado” to Michael Moore; the casino’s management removed Ronstadt from the building and refused to let her return to her hotel room. [BBC]
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a videotape of workers in a chicken factory stomping on live chickens and throwing them against a wall; the undercover investigator who documented the abuse said that he saw hundreds of cruel acts, including squeezing birds till they explode. [New York Times]
The Government Accountability Office said that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are running $12.3 billion over budget this year. [New York Times]
Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, warned doctors that it had “minimized potentially fatal risks, and made misleading claims” about Risperdal, an anti-schizophrenia drug; the drug can cause stroke, diabetes, and other fatal complications, the company said, and contrary to claims on the label it is not safer than similar drugs. It was reported that some boys who were given Risperdal in Florida, where it is used as a “chemical restraint” in state facilities, developed lactating breasts. [Miami Herald] The Bush Administration has decided that consumers should not be able to sue manufacturers of drugs that have been approved by the FDA. [New York Times]
An Italian city banned the practice of keeping goldfish in bowls. [Agence France-Presse]
Here here. And while they’re at it, let’s stop being jerks and keeping siamese fighting fish in coffee mug-sized glasses.
An alligator bit off a landscaper’s arm in Florida. [CNN] It was reported that one of the first lesbian couples to get married in Canada filed for divorce within five days, though Canadian law does not yet recognize same-sex divorce. [Globe and Mail]
Bit of an oversight there….
Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor found wide genetic variations among healthy people; many people lack large sequences of DNA; others have multiple copies. [Newsday] Researchers found that monkeys with good mothers are less likely to be aggressive, even if they have a gene that codes for aggression. [New Scientist]