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Evangelical Dismissed Amid Sex Scandal
Nov 4, 2006
By KIM NGUYEN
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The Rev. Ted Haggard was dismissed
Saturday as leader of the megachurch he founded after a board
determined the influential evangelist had committed "sexually
immoral conduct," the church said Saturday.
Haggard had resigned two days earlier as president of the National
Association of Evangelicals, where he held sway in Washington and
condemned homosexuality, after a Denver man named Mike Jones claimed
to have had drug-fueled trysts with him. He also had placed himself
on administrative leave from the New Life Church, but its Overseer
Board took the stronger action Saturday.
"Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have
proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral
conduct," the independent board said in a statement.
Haggard was "informed of this decision," the statement said, and
he "agreed as well that he should be dismissed."
Haggard, 50, on Friday acknowledged paying Jones for a massage and
for methamphetamine, but said he did not have sex with him and did
not take the drug.
The statement from the 14,000-member church said the investigation
would continue, to determine how extensive Haggard's misconduct was.
The Rev. Mike Ware of Victory Church in Westminster, a member of the
board, declined to characterize what investigators found.
Haggard did not answer his home or mobile phones Saturday, and
neither phone was accepting messages. Jones did not return a phone
message seeking comment.
The Rev. Ross Parsley will lead the church until a permanent
replacement for Haggard is chosen by the end of the year, the
statement said. A letter explaining Haggard's removal and an apology
from him will be read at Sunday services.
Haggard's situation is a disappointment to Christian conservatives,
whom President Bush and other Republicans are courting heavily in
the run-up to Tuesday's election.
Many of them were already disheartened with the president and the
Republican-controlled Congress over their failure to deliver big
gains on social issues even before the sex scandal broke involving
former GOP Rep. Mark Foley.
Haggard, who had been president of the evangelical association since
2003, has participated in conference calls with White House staffers
and lobbied Congress last year on Supreme Court nominees.
Haggard visited the White House once or twice, Deputy Press
Secretary Tony Fratto said Friday.
Richard Cizik, the evangelical association's vice president for
governmental affairs, called Haggard's ouster "heartbreaking and
"He is a man who has done a lot of good and who hopefully after a
period of repentence and counsel and spiritual restoration will have
a future ministry at some point," Cizik said.
The board's decision cuts Haggard off from the massive church he
founded in the mid-1980s. He held New Life's first services in the
unfinished basement of his Colorado Springs home.
James Groesbeck, a church elder, said he was glad the investigative
board acted quickly.
"I'm saddened by what came out, but I think they've done their job,"
Groesbeck said by telephone. Church members are drawing strength
from one another and are caught up in the activity, but that likely
will change, he said.
"I think it's going to be really difficult in a week or two,"
Jones, who said he is gay, said he was upset when he discovered who
Haggard was and found out that the New Life Church had publicly
opposed same-sex marriage - a key issue in Colorado, with a pair of
issues on Tuesday's ballot.
"It made me angry that here's someone preaching about gay marriage
and going behind the scenes having gay sex," Jones said.
Jones also said Haggard snorted methamphetamine before their sexual
encounters to heighten his experience but has denied selling drugs.
He agreed to take a lie-detector test Friday; the administrator of
the test said the answers about his sex allegations "indicated
Haggard told reporters he bought meth but never used it; he said he
received a massage from Jones after being referred to him by a
Denver hotel. Jones said that no hotel referred Haggard and that he
advertises only in gay publications.
In a TV interview this week, Haggard said: "Never had a gay
relationship with anybody, and I'm steady with my wife, I'm faithful
to my wife."
Church member Christine Rayes, 47, said the congregation had hoped
the allegations "were all lies."
"We all have to move forward now," she said. "This doesn't make what
Ted accomplished here any less. The farther up you are, the more you
are a target for Satan."
Associated Press writer Judith Kohler contributed to this report.
EXCLUSIVE: Neil Patrick Harris Tells PEOPLE He Is Gay
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 03, 2006
Neil Patrick Harris is gay and wants to quell recent reports that
he had denied it. The actor tells PEOPLE exclusively:
"The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I
have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is
speculation and interest in my private life and relationships.
"So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions
without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or
misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content
gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be
working with wonderful people in the business I love."
Harris, 33, currently stars in the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother.
He shot to fame in 1989 at age 16 when he played a teen-prodigy
doctor on the hit Doogie Howser, M.D. "It was a very fast but
wonderful education," he told PEOPLE in 1998.
After the show went off the air in 1993, he shook off his teen image
with roles in the musicals Rent and Assassins and a wild turn as an
unhinged version himself in the 2004 movie Harold & Kumar Go to
"I'm enjoying my 30s," he told PEOPLE in 2004. "I feel like I know
where I'm going. And I like where I'm going."
Overfishing May Harm Seafood Population
Nov 2, 2006
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
WASHINGTON (AP) - Clambakes, crabcakes, swordfish steaks and even
humble fish sticks could be little more than a fond memory in a few
decades. If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue,
the populations of just about all seafood face collapse by 2048, a
team of ecologists and economists warns in a report in Friday's
issue of the journal Science.
"Whether we looked at tide pools or studies over the entire world's
ocean, we saw the same picture emerging. In losing species we lose
the productivity and stability of entire ecosystems," said the lead
author Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"I was shocked and disturbed by how consistent these trends are -
beyond anything we suspected," Worm said.
While the study focused on the oceans, concerns have been expressed
by ecologists about threats to fish in the Great Lakes and other
lakes, rivers and freshwaters, too.
Worm and an international team spent four years analyzing 32
controlled experiments, other studies from 48 marine protected areas
and global catch data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture
Organization's database of all fish and invertebrates worldwide from
1950 to 2003.
The scientists also looked at a 1,000-year time series for 12
coastal regions, drawing on data from archives, fishery records,
sediment cores and archaeological data.
"At this point 29 percent of fish and seafood species have
collapsed - that is, their catch has declined by 90 percent. It is a
very clear trend, and it is accelerating," Worm said. "If the long-
term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to
collapse within my lifetime - by 2048."
"It looks grim and the projection of the trend into the future looks
even grimmer," he said. "But it's not too late to turn this around.
It can be done, but it must be done soon. We need a shift from
single species management to ecosystem management. It just requires
a big chunk of political will to do it."
The researchers called for new marine reserves, better management to
prevent overfishing and tighter controls on pollution.
In the 48 areas worldwide that have been protected to improve marine
biodiversity, they found, "diversity of species recovered
dramatically, and with it the ecosystem's productivity and
While seafood forms a crucial concern in their study, the
researchers were analyzing overall biodiversity of the oceans. The
more species in the oceans, the better each can handle exploitation.
"Even bugs and weeds make clear, measurable contributions to
ecosystems," said co-author J. Emmett Duffy of the Virginia
Institute of Marine Sciences.
The National Fisheries Institute, a trade association for the
seafood industry, does not share the researchers alarm.
"Fish stocks naturally fluctuate in population," the institute said
in a statement. "By developing new technologies that capture target
species more efficiently and result in less impact on other species
or the environment, we are helping to ensure our industry does not
adversely affect surrounding ecosystems or damage native species.
Seafood has become a growing part of Americans' diet in recent
years. Consumption totaled 16.6 pounds per person in 2004, the most
recent data available, according to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. That compares with 15.2 pounds in 2000.
Joshua Reichert, head of the private Pew Charitable Trusts'
environment program, pointed out that worldwide fishing provides $80
billion in revenue and 200 million people depend on it for their
livelihoods. For more than 1 billion people, many of whom are poor,
fish is their main source of protein, he said.
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation's
National Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis.
Associated Press Writer John Heilprin contributed to this report.
On the Net:
Strong yet sensitive, introducing the Bond that bleeds
By Stephanie Condron and Sinclair McKay
For decades, the debate among 007 fans has been who is the best
Bond Sean Connery or Roger Moore.
Now a new contender has arrived, in the shape of Daniel Craig the
blond 38-year-old, who despite being a cold-blooded killer, manages
to fall in love with his Bond girl and show emotional vulnerability.
The critics were struggling to contain their excitement last night,
ahead of the first British screening of the 21st Bond film, Casino
Royale. And when they came out of the showing, they were thrilled.
The £57 million production is perhaps the most eagerly-awaited Bond
film ever. The film begins in black and white, but then the credits
roll and amazing technicolour returns.
The excitement has been building for more than a year, since Craig,
wearing a Savile Row suite and lifejacket, was escorted down the
Thames in a dinghy by the Royal Marines after it was announced he
had won the part.
advertisementIt was not the best of starts. As he got out of the
boat Craig admitted the ride had scared him. During filming in the
Czech Republic, he also chipped a tooth.
Connery played the first Bond in 1962 and he played him sexy and
tough. Moore, with his trademark arching eyebrow movement and
knowing glances, was sexy and humorous.
But last night, there were no doubts Craig who has been
romantically linked to Sienna Miller and Kate Moss possesses the
hard-man credentials which might make him many millions more fans.
"It's terrific," said one critic. "This is going to be the prequel
to all other Bonds. There are a lot of fans who prefer either Moore
or Connery but Craig could be better.
"This will make Craig a worldwide star. The James Bond films are
watched absolutely everywhere."
"Casino Royale is the story of how Bond got started, before he
became 007," he said. "Daniel Craig is such a good actor. He plays
him as strong but emotionally vulnerable. For the first time you see
Bond's sensitive side."
There is no sexual innuendo in this film; Craig's Bond is more
sophisticated than that. And the film makers have been sure to show
the consequences of violence he bleeds.
Ian Fleming introduced the fictional British spy in 1952 with Casino
Royale, which was the first Bond novel.
Craig depicts a character who is tough and gritty and while the plot
of good versus evil is the same, there is no Miss Moneypenny.
If Bond has been a role-model for playboys across the generations,
Craig's 007 is not only interested in seduction. He falls deeply in
love with his Vesper Lynd.
The Treasury agent is played by Eva Green, an actress who starred in
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers to critical praise.
Green, 26, said recently of her latest role: "I am not just a bimbo
in a bikini."
New documentary shows another side of Orson Welles
By Kirk Honeycutt
Mon Nov 6, 2006
Apparently we are entering a season of Orson Welles discoveries. Two
major biographies have hit bookstores, Joseph McBride's "What Ever
Happened to Orson Welles?" and Simon Callow's second volume of his
three-book work on Welles.
At AFI Fest in Los Angeles, Peter Bogdanovich is reprising his
Sacred Monsters monologue about his legendary Hollywood friends
including Welles. Also at AFI is the world premiere of "Searching
for Orson," a documentary by Croatian filmmakers Jakov and Dominik
The Croatian connection is no surprise to Welles scholars and
admirers who know that Welles spent his declining years -- despite
being married to another woman -- with a beautiful, exotic and much
younger Croatian actress-sculptress-writer, Oja Kodar, who helped
write many of his scripts and appeared in his films.
Naturally, Kodar gave her fellow countrymen access to her Welles
film archives and herself for an interview. The Sedlars return the
favor by never mentioning Welles' wife or the battles Kodar has had
with one of Welles' surviving daughters over the ownership of his
most legendary unfinished film, "The Other Side of the Wind."
"Orson" devotes much of its running time to this love affair,
ignoring nearly all of Welles' early life and career. By default
then, this is a film about Welles' late life and the saga of "Other
Side." In an interview, Bogdanovich insists that "Other Side" is the
one film of Welles' many unfinished projects that could be completed
without the master and indeed that Welles once asked him to do so
after his death. (Bogdanovich plays dual roles in this film as its
narrator and an interviewer, which confuses the issue of the film's
point of view.)
At the first screening Thursday night, Dominik Sedlar claimed that
Showtime is poised to sign documents to fund completion of the film
by Bogdanovich but was vague about the ownership of the footage. But
hope springs eternal. "Orson" contains much tantalizing footage
from "Other Side," originally shot about 36 years ago, but it
appears in a disjointed manner, making any critical judgment
The film's other "revelation" is that Welles had a grandson he never
knew existed. Daughter Rebecca Welles Manning, who died in 2004,
apparently had an illegitimate son, Marc, she gave up for adoption.
This fact actually does appear in McBride's book but isn't given as
much weight as it is in this film. Marc appears onscreen, his face
unmistakably reminiscent of his grandfather's. Tragically, a car
crash has impaired his mental facilities.
Of the talking heads, Steven Spielberg offers the most cogent and
articulate assessment of Welles' greatness and his influence on
current image-makers. Paul Mazursky and cameraman Gary Graver, among
others, supply amusing anecdotes but never fully put their finger on
what made him great.
The film mentions things like Welles' belief that he was Jewish
despite all evidence to the contrary but never follows up. Nor does
it get to the heart of why so many projects were left unrealized.
Nevertheless, "Orson" is often fascinating. Nothing about Welles was
ordinary, and this film does capture the love and admiration so many
people still maintain for this Renaissance man, who was so adept in
radio, stage, film, art and the art of living.
Directors: Jakov Sedlar, Dominik Sedlar; Screenwriter: Dominik
Sedlar; Producer: Jakov Sedlar; Executive producers: Richard Weiner,
Stephen Ollendorff; Directors of photography: Gary Graver, Zeljko
Gubervic, Igor Sunara; Editor: Zdravko Borko.
Ortega appears to win Nicaragua election
By TRACI CARL, Associated Press Writer
Daniel Ortega, the revolutionary Marxist who battled a U.S.-backed
Contra insurgency in the 1980s, was closing in on Nicaragua's
presidency, appearing Monday to have defeated four opponents with
promises that he was a changed man.
Electoral officials had yet to release final results from Sunday's
vote, but preliminary results and two of the country's top electoral
watchdog groups all gave Ortega about 40 percent of the vote.
That was more than enough to avoid a runoff against Harvard-educated
banker Eduardo Montealegre, who trailed by at least seven percentage
Former Contra rebel and last-place presidential candidate Eden
Pastora admitted defeat Monday. But the other three candidates
refused to recognize Ortega's victory, saying they would wait until
all the votes had been counted.
"This isn't over until the last vote has been counted," Montealegre
The United States, which has threatened to pull aid from an Ortega
government, also said it was too soon to declare the Sandinista
leader a winner.
In an interview released Monday by the State Department, Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice said Washington would respect the decision
of the Nicaraguan people and wait and see what policies the next
government follows before making decisions about future relations.
The comments were made before Sunday's election.
If his victory is confirmed, the Cold War icon would join a growing
number of leftist Latin American rulers, led by Venezuela's Hugo
Chavez, who has tried to help his Nicaraguan ally by shipping cheap
oil to the poor, energy-starved nation.
"This is good for the people of Nicaragua and for the integration of
Latin America," Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque told The
Associated Press Monday.
Ortega's supporters celebrated in the streets Monday, with caravans
of hundreds of cars filing into the capital, honking, waving party
flags and blasting the Sandinista campaign song, set to the tune of
John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance."
Ortega met Monday evening with former President Jimmy Carter, who
served as an election observer. But Ortega did not declare victory,
saying "no one wins until the electoral council says so."
Herberto Jose Lopez, who earns about $235 a month selling CDs from a
kiosk, said Monday he voted for Ortega in hopes that he would help
"I've got a wife and kid and I'm lucky because I have a job, but
most people will tell you the same thing: The current administration
just governs for the guys in ties," said the 32-year-old Lopez.
Some Nicaraguans worried that an Ortega win would drive away the
country's business leaders and elite, as they did the first time he
came to power.
"We're just trying to figure out which country to go to," said 27-
year-old Karen Sandoval, a Coca-Cola marketer shopping with a friend
at an upscale Managua mall. "This sets the country back 20 years."
Ortega, who served as president from 1985-90, toned down his once
fiery rhetoric during the campaign, promising to support the Central
American Free Trade Agreement and even maintain good relations with
The balding, 60-year-old leftist often appears more preacher than
revolutionary, calling for peace and reconciliation and urging his
supporters to pray.
He says he has changed profoundly since he befriended Soviet
leaders, expropriated land and fought Contra rebels in a war that
left 30,000 dead and the economy in shambles.
An Ortega victory would cap a 16-year quest to return to his old
job. Ortega lost the presidency in 1990, ending Sandinista rule and
the Contra war. He has run for president in every election since.
Ortega's vote percentage was similar to what he received in his last
two failed presidential bids, but the right was divided this time
between Montealegre and ruling party candidate Jose Rizo. The
constitution allowed him to win on the first round with only 35
percent of the vote and a lead of five percentage points over his
With more than 60 percent of the vote counted, Ortega had 39 percent
to Montealegre's 31 percent. Three other candidates trailed: Rizo,
Sandinista dissident Edmundo Jarquin and Pastora. Statistical
surveys of votes conducted by two respected Nicaraguan electoral
watchdog groups also gave Ortega a similar margin.
Many Nicaraguans who fled the country for the U.S. during Sandinista
rule, and even those who left later, said they feared an Ortega
victory would mean a return to the chaos the country suffered during
the 1980s. But Nicaraguans in the U.S. said they hoped Ortega's
election would be a wake-up call to the country's opposition to
better respond to the needs of Nicaraguans.
"They are talking that there will be more problems again, more
violence, but you have to hope that that won't happen. You have to
hope that there will be a change," said Managuan native Josefa
Ortega, 49, as she sold avocados and fruit outside a shopping center
Electoral observers have said the vote was mostly peaceful and
orderly, despite long lines and angry confrontations by people who
said polling stations closed before they could vote. Observers from
the Organization of American States said 2 percent of potential
voters weren't able to cast a ballot, and they estimated turnout
around 70 percent.
The race generated intense international interest, including a visit
by Oliver North, the former White House aide at the heart of the
Iran-Contra controversy, which created a huge scandal when it
emerged that Washington secretly sold arms to Iran and used the
money to arm the Contras.
These days, U.S. money is flowing to Nicaragua in the form of
investments by foreign companies drawn by the country's cheap labor,
low crime rates and recent decision to join the Central American
Free Trade Agreement.
Nicaraguan presidents cannot serve consecutive terms, and President
Enrique Bolanos steps down Jan. 10.