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Some Real Winners Here [Jul. 16th, 2007|01:03 pm]
Michael's MySpace
Iana's MySpace (With plenty of "Happy Mother's Day" ani gifs.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect.

The children of Michael and Iana Straw, a boy age 22 months and a girl age 11 months, were severely malnourished and near death last month when doctors saw them after social workers took them to a hospital, authorities said. Both children are doing well and gaining weight in foster care, prosecutor Kelli Ann Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Michael Straw, 25, and Iana Straw, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts each of child neglect. Each faces a maximum 12-year prison sentence.

Viloria said the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing "Dungeons & Dragons" series, to give their children proper care.

"They had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games," Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration.

Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking, investigators said.

The Straws have been given public defenders. Jeremy Bosler, head of the county public defender's office, declined to comment to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Michael Straw is an unemployed cashier, and his wife worked for a temporary staffing agency doing warehouse work, according to court records. He received a $50,000 inheritance that he spent on computer equipment and a large plasma television, authorities said.

While child abuse because of drug addiction is common, abuse rooted in video game addiction is rare, Viloria said.

Last month, experts at an American Medical Association meeting backed away from a proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder, saying it had to be studied further. Some said the issue is like alcoholism, while others said there was no concrete evidence it's a psychological disease.

Patrick Killen, spokesman for Nevada Child Abuse Prevention, said video game addiction's correlation to child abuse is "a new spin on an old problem."

"As we become more technologically advanced, there's more distractions," Killen said. "It's easy for someone to get addicted to something and neglect their children. Whether it's video games or meth, it's a serious issue, and (we) need to become more aware of it."
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Yes I heard [Feb. 8th, 2007|04:24 pm]


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Want [Dec. 1st, 2006|02:38 pm]

Does anyone have one of these yet? Apparently it's the most fun ever. All the tech kids who work for me keep calling in sick this week to stay home and play it.

Second, have you actually seen a store that had one in stock?
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Now updating my resume [Oct. 31st, 2006|08:28 pm]

BREAKING: Barker to Retire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bob Barker is heading toward his last showcase, his final "Come on down." The silver-haired daytime-TV icon is retiring in June, he told The Associated Press Tuesday....

I want his job.
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Courtesy of some gay at the NYT [Oct. 26th, 2006|05:15 pm]
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New Orleans Halloween [Oct. 18th, 2006|05:24 pm]
I think the guy standing up is the one who did it, but I wouldn't want to be in a dark alley with the guy sitting down either.
A suicide note in the pocket of a man who jumped off the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel late Tuesday led police to the grisly scene of his girlfriend’s murder, where they found her charred head in a pot on the stove, her legs and feet baked in the oven and the rest of her dismembered body in trash bag in the refrigerator, according to police and the couple’s landlord.


Shortly after Oct. 1, the couple had rented an apartment together at 826 N. Rampart Street above a voodoo shop, said their landlord, Leo Watermeier, who recently ran a campaign for mayor.

The couple seemed happy at first, he said, though that would soon break down.

“He may have in retrospect seemed a little troubled,” Watermeier said in an interview early Wednesday morning, shortly after he led investigators to the gruesome scene inside the apartment.
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RSS or Google Calendar Nerds.... [Oct. 2nd, 2006|03:54 pm]
I've posted the Mary's events calendar onto , which also makes the events available as XML, ICAL, and regular old HTML.

I'm not exactly sure what all this stuff is for either, but it seemed like a good idea since the a Google public calendar is searchable via Google, which should add some hits.
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I only talk about Mary's [Sep. 27th, 2006|03:06 pm]
Mary's won Creative Loafing's Best of 2006 Reader's Choice for Best Karaoke and Best Gay Bar this year! We've gotten best karaoke several times before, but never best gay bar.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and if you haven't already, how about voting for Mary's on the Citysearch</> poll?
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20 minutes and counting [Sep. 15th, 2006|04:35 pm]
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Success [Sep. 5th, 2006|09:09 am]
I can only imagine how bad I'm going to be when I am truly old, and not just middle aged as I am now. I recently got very pissed off when I went to Boneheads at Atlantic Station and complained via email. I received the following reply over the weekend:

Dear Mr. Overall,

I am so very sorry about your poor experience. There is absolutely no excuse for it. I assure you that we take your feedback VERY seriously.

At Boneheads, our policy has always been that we will serve guests that come to our restaurant not only right up until the posted closing time but even people that show up 5 or 10 minutes later. It's obvious that the employees and even manager of the Atlantic Station location need a very strong reminder of our policy.

I have forwarded your email to the owner of that location so that he and his team can address it with the management and staff to ensure that no other guests get the same poor service and treatment that you and other did on Thursday night.

Please accept my most sincere apology and please allow me to send you a couple of free entrée cards that you can use at Atlantic Station or any other Boneheads in the city. Please send me your address so I can send the cards out to you.

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about this and thank you for your business.

Seth Salzman

Senior Vice President
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