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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com Evangelical Dismissed Amid Sex Scandal Nov 4,
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      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist

      Evangelical Dismissed Amid Sex Scandal
      Nov 4, 2006

      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,"
      Groesbeck said.

      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
      White Castle.

      "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

      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:

      Science: http://www.sciencemag.org



      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.

      Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


      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
      Nicaragua's poor.

      "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
      closest rival.

      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
      in Miami.

      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.
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