Friday, September 01, 2006

Spell-casting, Squatters, -and- Brainwashed

Spell-casting - Harry Potter "satanic" says Pope's exorcist
Squatters - ravers seize $19 million house for drug-fueled parties
Brainwashed - doctor facing kidnap charges for deprogramming attempt

On this day in history: September 1, 1956 - Elvis Presley buys his mama a pink Cadillac.

Born on this day in history: September 1, 1958 - Gloria Estefan (1958-). Born Gloria Fajardo in Havana, singer Gloria Estefan fled Cuba when Castro gained power. In 1978, she married keyboardist Emilio Estefan, and their first Miami Sound Machine disco hit was "Dr. Beat," in 1980. In 1990, Estefan suffered a broken back in a car accident and had to make a grueling recovery.

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Some said the deal was too good to be true, and in the end, they were right. After a week of giving away free iced coffee, Starbucks has canceled the coupons. It started last Wednesday with an email to some employees in the Southeast. They were encouraged to forward friends and family a coupon for a free grande iced beverage. Within a week, the coupon had made the rounds on email, blogs, and Web sites such as Tuesday night, the Seattle-based coffee giant issued a news release canceling the offer immediately, even though the coupons carry a September 30 expiration date. The release said the offer had been "redistributed beyond the original intent and modified beyond Starbucks' control."