Andreas Lubitz: Co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525 ‘wanted to destroy plane in suicide and mass …


Suicide and mass murder by the co-pilot: that explains the deaths of 150 people aboard Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The co-pilot was named as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, who had joined Germanwings last year. Brice Robin, the Marseille public prosecutor, told a press conference that the first officer had locked the captain out of the cockpit and set the controls of the Airbus A320 for a rapid descent and the eventual crash into the French Alps. Immediately beforehand, conversation Read more [...]

Brian Williams wanted to take over for Jay Leno on the ‘Tonight Show,’ but NBC said no


Suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams wanted to switch to a career in late night television, according to an extensive profile on NBC's recent trouble by New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman. Sherman writes that Williams asked his bosses at NBC to take over Jay Leno's spot on the "Tonight Show" when Leno retired, but NBC's CEO Steve Burke denied the request. Later, Williams met with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and asked to take over for David Letterman when Letterman retired from the "Late Show," but Read more [...]

Matthew McConaughey Talks Fatherhood in GQ November 2014: “It’s the One Thing I’ve Always Wanted to Be”


He’s always easy on the eyes, and Matthew McConaughey scored the cover spot for GQ magazine’s November 2014 edition. The “Dazed and Confused” hunk eschewed the typical fake humility and admitted, “I am vain. I think vanity is a good thing. It’s done more good things for me than it has not.” As for his decision to finally marry his longtime love Camila Alves, Matthew explained, “I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do. I wanted to really want to. Read more [...]

Wanted: Vigilante group “TheFUZZ,” for the crime of yarnbombing the Cades Pavilion


It was a crisp, clear July morning at Spalding House—birds were singing, and through the trees Diamond Head was highlighted in a sunbeam. Everyone at the museum felt that it was shaping up to be another perfect day, when we suddenly discovered that we were once again the victims of a yarn bombing! Cades Pavilion was wrapped in a crocheted sheath of greens and browns, ingeniously making it disappear against its background of thick foliage. Psych! The museum had welcomed back with pleasure the TheFUZZ, Read more [...]

Citizen archaeologists wanted to help rediscover the British Bronze Age


Jennifer Wexler, Bronze Age Index Manager, MicroPasts Project, Daniel Pett, ICT Advisor, Portable Antiquities Scheme, and Neil Wilkin, Curator of European Bronze Age collections, British Museum As any museum researcher will tell you, getting used to a new museum is as much about learning about the collections of objects, as chasing down the paper records that accompany them. These can yield vital clues about how and where important finds were made and how their biography unfolded. Last winter the Read more [...]

Mexico’s most wanted drug lord captured, U.S. official says


MEXICO CITY -- Joaquin Guzman, "El Chapo," the most wanted drug lord in Mexico and a multibillionaire fugitive, has been captured, a senior U.S. official said Saturday. Few details were available. But Guzman has long been considered the top prize and most elusive figure in an extensive, ongoing drug war that has left tens of thousands of Mexicans dead. Guzman led the Sinaloa cartel, the most powerful, richest and oldest of the drug-trafficking networks in Mexico. The group is responsible for the Read more [...]

Roger Ebert Wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to Play Him in a Biopic


Sometimes you never know how much you mean to people until you're gone and perhaps this is the case for Philip Seymour Hoffman, as he just received some very high praise from a famous fan. According to his widow, Roger Ebert wanted the Academy Award winner to portray him on the big screen. At the screening of "Life Itself," a documentary about the critic's life, Chaz Ebert shared, "Roger always said, 'If you ever do a movie where you need someone to play me, I want Philip Seymour Hoffman to play Read more [...]