Aug 29, 2009

Iraqi Shoe Thrower Gets Early Release [Freedom]

Remember that shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist who tossed one at Dubya in December? Muntadhar al-Zeidi's being released from prison early, for good behavior. Meanwhile, don't know about newspaper economics in Iraq, but the Baghdad Expos: still need a good splitter. [MSNBC]

Winning MegaMillions Ticket Sold In The Bronx [Lucky]

The South Bronx, the South South Bronx is where one of two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold. The other one was in San Gabriel, California. Each winner receives $166.5M, and neither will invest in a Josh Harris startup. [NYT]

What It's Like To Be Shot In The Head? [Not Afraid To Be Servicey]

Curious about what it's like to be shot in the head? Here you go.

Ted Kennedy's Funeral: Photos, Screengrabs, And Tweets [Funerals]

Ted Kennedy's funeral is underway, and so is the full court press barrage of media. Obama's delivering his remarks now. What do attendees, Twitter, Free Republic, and others have to say?

MSNBC is carrying the live feed of the funeral. [Top photo credit: CJ Gunther/Getty Images]

The nice thing about this photo? Ted Kennedy would've made a great joke about it. [Nice work, Brian Snyder of Getty Images]

Widow Victoria Kennedy, mourning. [Photo credit: Brian Snyder/Getty Images]

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, married to Kennedy's niece, Maria Shriver. He used the same face at the end of Junior. [Photo credit: Brian Snyder/Getty Images]

Jack Nicholson doesn't need your stinkin' fashionably late arrival. He's pictured here wondering if this is as good as it gets. [Photo credit: Brian Snyder/Getty Images]

Nancy Pelosi continues the Democratic powerhouse parade through the funeral. She's pictured here hugging Angela Menino, the wife of Boston's mayor, Thomas Menino. [Photo Credit: Brian Snyder/Getty Images.]

Obama just eulogized Kennedy as the "soul of the democratic party." His complete remarks can be read at Daily Kos. A highlight, after Obama called him the "Greatest Legislator Of Our Time":

Teddy walked into a meeting with a plain manila envelope, and showed only the Chairman that it was filled with the Texan's favorite cigars. When the negotiations were going well, he would inch the envelope closer to the Chairman. When they weren't, he would pull it back. Before long, the deal was done.

Ted Kennedy Jr. spoke about sailing with his father. "My father taught me that even our profound losses are survivable," is going to be the pullquote line from his eulogy. [Photo Credit Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty]

The classy commenters are Free Republic are comparing the Kennedys to the Ku Klux Klan, naturally.

John McCain doesn't seem too upset to be at a funeral. It's his birthday! [Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

Speaking of which, "Columnist for," one Meghan McCain, is in a celebratory mood.

Mediaite noted that coverage is dominating the airwaves. Well, yes.

This is the face of a man who has nothing better to do these days than suppress farts, as he's pictured doing now. [Credit: Brian Snyder/Getty Images]

Good thing there's someone to scold him. [Credit: Brian Snyder/Getty Images]

Kennedy was described as a lover of music. Yo Yo Ma performed, CNN has video.

Aug 28, 2009

DJ AM Found Dead [And Now He's Dead]

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, the nightclub disk jockey who not one year ago narrowly escaped death in a jet crash, was found dead in his New York apartment. He was 36.

Initial reports hint at a drug overdose; anonymous sources tell both the New York Post and TMZ that drug paraphernalia was found next to Goldstein's body in his Lafayette Street apartment.

On September 19, 2008, Goldstein and former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker were critically injured in a Learjet crash in South Carolina. Four other people, including the pilot, copilot and two passengers, died in the incident. Second- and third-degree burns to Goldstein's hands and head required three surgeries. In the weeks after the incident, Goldstein told People magazine he was coping with the trauma one day at a time.

A decade or so earlier, Goldstein had attempted suicide amid a struggle with drug addiction before entering recovery and maintaining a sober life for close to 10 years. He also struggled with obesity from a young age and eventually had gastric bypass surgery.

Press accounts have referenced DJ AM's Twitter stream, where the last entry, dated Tuesday, is a reference to a Grandmaster Flash song, reading, "New York, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain't always what it seems."

Goldstein had an on-again, off-again relationship with singer Mandy Moore and was once engaged to reality TV star Nicole Richie.

(Pic: Goldstein in June, at the launch of the videogame DJ Hero. Getty.)