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'Natural' Woman Dies

'Natural' Woman Dies, The lady has inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she'd never met into a hotel room with cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing him. After the headlines faded, Ruth Ann Steinhagen did something else just as surprising: She disappeared into obscurity, living a quiet life unnoticed in Chicago until now, more than a half century later, when news broke that she had died three months earlier. Reported Webpronews... The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Friday that Steinhagen passed away of natural causes on December 29, at the age of 83. First reported by the Chicago Tribune last week, her identity was a surprise even to the morgue employees who knew about the 1984 movie ''The Natural,'' in which she was portrayed by actress Barbara Hershey. ''She chose to live in the shadows and she did a good job of it,'' John Theodore, an author who wrot

Natural' woman dies, Barbara Hershey Character

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'Natural' woman dies, The woman who played Barbara Hershey's character was based on in the 1984 movie “The Natural” has died, according to a March 17 report by the Associated Press. Hershey brought baseball groupie Ruth Ann Steinhagen to life in the popular Robert Redford movie about a baseball player whose Major League career hits a major snag when he gets shot by an obsessed female fan. The woman Barbara Hershey's killer character was based on in "The Natural" has died The object of Ruth Ann Steinhagen’s obsession was Eddie Waitkus, the Chicago Cubs' handsome first baseman. In 1949, she lured him into a hotel room and shot him in the chest with a rifle. Waitkus survived and continued to play ball while Steinhagen only served three months in a mental institution for her crime. According to The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, she passed away of natural causes on Dec. 29 at the age of 83 after fading into obscurity. Barbara Hershey’s char

UNHRC set to debate West Bank settlement report

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Council to discuss multiple resolutions filed against Israel after report concludes Israel could be culpable for building beyond the pre-1967 lines before the ICC; UN likely to call on Israel to halt all settlement activity. The United Nations Human Rights Council will on Monday debate a report by its fact-finding mission on West Bank settlements, which concluded that Israel could be culpable for building over the pre-1967 lines before the International Criminal Court, if the Palestinians become party to the Rome Statute. The report was first published in January, but the debate on the document takes place during the council’s 22nd session from February 25 to March 22. Related: UNHRC: Israel could be sent to ICC for settlements Analysis: Settlements still all in Netanyahu's hands On the same day, the council will also debate two other reports and six resolutions on Israeli actions in areas over the pre-1967 lines: east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank. It incl

Brawl On Train

Brawl on train, The New Jersey Transit train was forced to make an unscheduled stop after a large brawl broke out inside one of the cars, leading to the ejection of several passengers. It's not yet clear what sparked the brawl, which broke out shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday on a northbound Bergen/Port Jervis line train. NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that the fight began about 10 minutes after the train departed from Secaucus. The train soon made an unscheduled stop in East Rutherford, and authorities broke up the brawl. Sixteen people were eventually ordered off the train, and two were issued summons for disorderly conduct. One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The train resumed service 20 minutes after the unscheduled stop.

Brawl on train, 16 were Ejected

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An express NJ Transit train Saturday experienced something a bit unusual, when a brawl on the train broke out and eventually 16 people were tossed off in East Rutherford, N.J. NJ.com shared the details on March 16. A brawl on a NJ transit train leaves 16 ejected The NJ Transit train had left Secaucus about 10 minutes before the brawl on the train. The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. on the Bergen/Port Jervis line, and the fight forced the train to stop at the East Rutherford station. Luckily there were no major injuries reported, but 16 passengers were ejected from the train. Two received summons for disorderly conduct and one person received medical care at the scene. The train proceeded about 20 minutes later, and no other trains were impacted by the incident. So far there is no indication what caused the brawl on the train, but The Inquistr notes that this isn't the first time the NJ Transit has had rowdy St. Patrick's Day weekend passengers. Whether this train

Eastwood Daughter Wedding

Eastwood daughter wedding, Eastwood's daughter Alison tied the knot with sculptor Stacy Poitras before a small gathering of family and friends in California, the couple said. The wedding took place Friday at the Saddlepeak Lodge in Calabasas, People reported. "We are thrilled to be surrounded by our family for this very special day and appreciate their love and support as we begin our married life together," the couple told People. Eastwood, a 40-year-old producer and director, and Poitras, of CMT's "Chainsaw Gang," met five years ago when she rode a horse into his studio at the Rustic Canyon General Store and Grill in Agoura, Calif. The two began dating and he proposed two years later. Poistras said he asked Eastwood's father for his permission before the proposal. "He looked at me for four or five seconds, which felt like 15 minutes, and then he said, 'You're going to have to take that up with her,'" Poistras told Westlake Magazi

Eastwood daughter wedding, Gets Married

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Eastwood daughter wedding, Clint Eastwood had stood by daughter Alison as she married Stacey Poltras according to widespread reports on March 17. The father of the bride was in attendance for the big day which took place in Calabasas, California. Clint gave his girl away to the "Chainsaw Gang" star while wearing a Les Habitude gown. The beaded dress was Art Deco inspired and really shined as Alison Eastwood took center stage at her early spring wedding to the man she has been dating for five years and who she has been co-starring with on his CMT reality show. As is tradition, Poltras asked for 40-year-old Alison's hand in marriage from her dynamic dad, Clint. He did so a full three years ago while Stacey enjoyed Thanksgiving with the Eastwood clan at Pepple Beach. Apparently, the man who played "Dirty Harry" didn't say no and now his daughter and her guy are man and wife. By way of background, Alison and Stacey met at

Marathon runner dies

Marathon runner dies, A man in his 30s died and four people were put in medically induced comas on Friday after suffering heat stroke and dehydration while running a half-marathon in Israel. The race was run in temperatures that climbed from the 70s at the 5:45 a.m. (11:45 p.m. Thursday ET) start but approached 90 degrees in less than two hours. City officials and organizers of the Tel Aviv Gillette Marathon last week decided to postpone the full race until March 22 because the forecast called for temperatures approaching 100 degrees. The starting time of Friday's half-marathon was moved 30 minutes earlier. Medical personnel said 60 people were tended to by ambulances and 30 were taken to hospitals. Twelve people were listed in critical condition early Friday, with four in medically induced comas, but the number in critical condition had dropped to two by Friday afternoon. Paul Goldman, an NBC News producer and editor in Tel Aviv, ran the race and said he had no difficulties and w

Marathon runner dies, at 47 of Heart Attack

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Marathon runner dies, Marathon runner had suffered heart attack and died during a Barcelona race, according to a March 17 report from the Associated Press via MSN. That sad situation is trending on Sunday. The 47-year-old athlete passed away after the St Patrick's Day race. This happened while he was being attended to at Clinic Hospital located in the Spanish city. Since this news is just breaking, not much is known about the runner who died, but more information should become available soon and will be updated here. By way of background, the Barcelona Marathon is one of the biggest events held in this lively European city. In fact, tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the metropolis to watch as runners whizzed by. Some course landmarks included Gaudi’s imposing La Pedrera as well as his celebrated Sagrada Familia. The UNESCO site called Hospital de Sant Pau was also spotted as these well rehearsed athletes sped past. That said, the race began in front

Rac Car kills 2, Killed young and Old Man

Race car kills 2, teenage race car driver taking warm-up laps at a California raceway careened off the track and into pit row, killing a 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man, officials said. Six or seven cars were on the track Saturday night when the out of control car ran into the two victims, who were standing side-by-side, Yuba County Sheriff's Capt. Ron Johnson said. He said the two were affiliated with one of the cars or drivers but did not yet know how. Neither the 17-year-old driver nor anyone else was injured, he said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at Marysville Raceway Park some 40 miles north of Sacramento, and the boy was declared dead either at the hospital or in an ambulance, the officer told The Associated Press. The raceway was hosting the California Sprint Car Civil War Series on the opening day of its season. Steven Blakesley, the announcer calling the race from the stands, said the sprint cars were doing so-called "hot laps" about an

Tone Loc collapses

Tone Loc collapses, Singer Rapper Tone Loc had collapsed on the stage this weekend while performing in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Loc, whose real name is Anthony T. Smith, collapsed after finishing a song during a Saturday night concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Three of the newspaper's workers who were at the show said people attended to Loc for several minutes before fans were asked to leave. Loc's condition wasn't immediately clear Sunday. It's not the rapper's first time collapsing on stage. Loc, who is best known for his 1980s hits "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing," collapsed and had a seizure during a 2009 concert in Pensacola, Florida. Authorities said he had apparently overheated. Loc also collapsed in 1995 while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. The reason he collapsed wasn't given.

Tone Loc collapses, While Performing this weekend

Tone Loc collapses, Rapper Tone Loc had collapsed on stage at the time he was performing in Iowa this weekend. Loc, whose real name is Anthony T. Smith, collapsed after finishing a song during a Saturday night concert on a bridge in downtown Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Register ( http://dmreg.co/ZAFc0j ). Three of the newspaper's employees who were at the show said people attended to Loc, 47, for several minutes before fans were asked to leave. Loc's condition wasn't immediately clear Sunday. He wasn't listed publicly as a patient at any Des Moines hospital, and no one answered the phone Sunday morning at the bar that sponsored the concert. Loc's representative did not immediately respond to phone and email messages Sunday. It wasn't the rapper's first time collapsing on stage. Loc, who is best known for his 1980s hits "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing," collapsed and had a seizure during a 2009 concert in Pensacola

Madonna's GLAAD Speech to Anderson Cooper: Material Girl Scout's Honor

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When I heard that Madonna would be presenting the Vito Russo Award to Anderson Cooper at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards, I thought, "Oh. I guess Madonna and Anderson Cooper know each other. From a Vanity Fair Oscar's party or something? Maybe Anderson takes kickboxing classes from Lourdes. Did Madonna owe Andy Cohen a favor? Did Anderson Cooper owe Andy Cohen a favor? People make so many deals with Andy Cohen, it's possible he is literally the devil. Why can't I stop thinking about this?" And then I kept thinking about it. But then I realized what was really going on: This was a marvelous opportunity for Madonna to be Madonna. Sure, her cutesy tribute to Mr. Cooper had its moments, as she called the silver Vanderbilt scion "brave" and a "a bad-ass motherf*cker." But the sheer spectacle of Madonna was the real GLAAD triumph here, as she took to the stage in a Cub Scout uniform to rail against the Boy Scouts' homophobic policy ("T

Bus Crash That Killed Pa. Coach Under Investigation

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Police are investigating what caused a bus carrying a college women's lacrosse team to veer off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crash into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver. Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed Saturday morning. The team was headed to an afternoon game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania. Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg died of her injuries at a hospital, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn son didn't survive. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene. Two victims flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center remained there Sunday, but no information was released about their identities or conditions. A woman was in satisfactory condition at Holy Spirit Hospital in Carlisle in Camp Hill and was expected to be discharged later Sun

Bat-eating spiders, Found Everywhere

Bat-eating spiders, There is the only place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say. Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies. Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding on dead bats in caves of the Caribbean. Cockroaches have been observed feeding on bat pups that have fallen to the floor of caves. Spider-eat-bat world Accidental deaths of bats in spiderwebs were known as well, but were thought to happen very rarely. Still, spiders are known to occasionally dine on a variety of vertebrates — creatures with backbones. For in

Pregnant coach dies

Pregnant coach dies, A road trip by a college women's lacrosse team came to a horrifying end Saturday when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver and injuring numerous others. Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among the 23 people aboard when the bus crashed just before 9 a.m. No other vehicle was involved, and police couldn't immediately say what caused the crash. Coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, was flown to a hospital but died there of her injuries, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn child didn't survive, authorities said. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene. The other passengers were removed from the bus within an hour and taken to hospitals as a precaution. The crash appeared to have shorn away the front left side of the bus, which rested upright about 70 yards fr

Tom Sizemore attack, Steals His Guitars

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Tom Sizemore attack, On Thursday night, A man assaulted allegedly actor Tom Sizemore in his apartment and stole some guitars belonging to the actor. The unnamed man has since been arrested. The man was reportedly the jealous boyfriend of a woman who was with the actor in his South Main Street home at the time. Sizemore and the woman were threatened with a fake gun and the actor was attacked and locked in a bathroom as the thief made off with his property, a police source told the Los Angeles Times. The suspect was quickly apprehended and booked on suspicion of assault. Sizemore's guitars were recovered.

Tom Sizemore attack

Tom Sizemore attack, Thursday night a man allegedly assaulted actor Tom Sizemore in his apartment and stole some guitars belonging to the actor. The unnamed man has since been arrested. The man was reportedly the jealous boyfriend of a woman who was with the actor in his South Main Street home at the time….starpulse. Sizemore and the woman were threatened with a fake gun and the actor was attacked and locked in a bathroom as the thief made off with his property, a police source told the Los Angeles Times. The suspect was quickly apprehended and booked on suspicion of assault. Sizemore’s guitars were recovered.

Race car kills 2

Race car kills 2, Teenage race car driver taking warm-up laps at a California raceway careened off the track and into pit row, killing a 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man, officials said. Six or seven cars were on the track Saturday night when the out of control car ran into the two victims, who were standing side-by-side, Yuba County Sheriff's Capt. Ron Johnson said. He said the two were affiliated with one of the cars or drivers but did not yet know how. Neither the 17-year-old driver nor anyone else was injured, he said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at Marysville Raceway Park some 40 miles north of Sacramento, and the boy was declared dead either at the hospital or in an ambulance, the officer told The Associated Press. The raceway was hosting the California Sprint Car Civil War Series on the opening day of its season. Steven Blakesley, the announcer calling the race from the stands, said the sprint cars were doing so-called "hot laps" about an hour befo

Race car kills 2, at California speedway

Race car kills 2, A race car struck and killed a teenage boy and a man at a northern California speedway during warm-up laps on Saturday, and authorities are investigating what led to the fatal mishap, a sheriff's official said. The 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man were standing in the maintenance pit area alongside the dirt track of a sprint-car race at Marysville Raceway Park, about 100 miles northeast of San Francisco, said Yuba County Sheriff's Captain Ron Johnson. "One of the cars left the track and drove into the pit area," Johnson said, adding that it remained unclear whether the driver exited the track because he was done with his warm-up or lost control of his car due to mechanical problems. The car ended up striking the teenager and the man who were "standing basically next to each other," Johnson said. The man died at the scene and the teenager was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Johnson said. Their names have not been released. A half-do

Bat-eating spiders

Bat-eating spiders, There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say. Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies. Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding on dead bats in caves of the Caribbean. Cockroaches have been observed feeding on bat pups that have fallen to the floor of caves. Spider-eat-bat world Accidental deaths of bats in spiderwebs were known as well, but were thought to happen very rarely. Still, spiders are known to occasionally dine on a variety of vertebrates — creatures with backbones. For

Bat-eating spiders, Most Terrifying Creature

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Bat-eating spiders, A bat’s enemies: owls, hawks, snakes, the Joker, spiders. Spiders? Yes. The incidence of spiders eating bats could be more widespread than initially suspected, reports a study published March 13 in PLoS ONE. To reach this conclusion, the authors spoke with scientists, conducted an extensive scientific literature review, dug through the blogosphere, and looked for pictures of spiders eating bats on Flickr. Adult Proboscis Bat ( Rhynchonycteris naso ) entangled in a web of Argiope savignyi at the La Selva Biological Station, northern Costa Rica (photo by Mirjam Kn√∂rnschild, Ulm, Germany). The search turned up 52 reports of bat-eating spiders, less than half of which had been published before. The authors report that bat-munching spiders live on every continent except Antarctica. Most catch bats in webs, like the giant golden silk orb-weavers (Nephilidae). As adults, these spiders’ leg spans can be 10-15 centimeters across, and they weave webs more tha