Betty on The News: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mike Tyson and more

Your top news stories from around the world and internet for June 11, 2009.

Betty on The News

Betty on The News: Top Stories

-The Betty Editors

Sean McGinn1. Someone’s taking this whole online-dating business a tad too seriously. Sean McGinn of Brooklyn has a bone to pick with, and the bone has come in the form of a lawsuit. McGinn is suing the site for failing to remove expired profiles, which caused him “humiliation and disappointment” since he kept sending off e-mails to women who were no longer available (ie: they didn’t return his emails …). Apparently McGinn feels it’s his civic duty to warn others about perils of using the service, before they — and their fragile egos — suffer the same fate. What’s interesting is that McGinn eventually did stumble upon a current profile, and he is no longer single … thanks to! (

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 2. The ugliness of hatred reared its head yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum – a place dedicated to diffusing hate. An 88-year-old gunman described as a white supremist with a “violent and virulently anti-Semitic past” opened fire inside the D.C. museum, killing security guard and true hero, Stephen Tyrone Johns, 39, amid throngs of schoolchildren and tourists. The assailant, James W. von Brunn, was shot by officers and is in critical condition; details of his offenses and his “hard-care neo-Nazi” activities throughout the years are being revealed. A devastating reminder of the evil and ignorance the remains alive in our nation. (Associated Press)

3. Could terrorists have downed the Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic last week? French media reports that two passengers on the plane had ties to Al Qaeda raise questions. French officials were quick to rule out terrorism, but so little is still known. Reports of a “bright white flash” in the sky at the time of the crash and a bomb threat to Air France in Argentina a few days prior are further fueling speculation. Terrorism experts warn about jumping to conclusions either way. The search is on for the elusive black boxes that could hold some answers … that we may not want to hear. (The Christian Science Monitor)

4. Just two weeks after his 4-year-old daughter’s death in a treadmill accident, Mike Tyson got married in Las Vegas. The bride (his third), Lakiha Spicer, is not the child’s mother. Many will be quick to judge the former champ, and let’s face it, it’s hard not to, but unless you’ve walked in someone’s shoes … (Yahoo! Sports)

5.  Thousands of investors were affected by Bernie Madoff‘s $65-billion Ponzi scheme, and so were a half a dozen Hollywood players. Until now, Kevin Bacon, who was among the victims, has kept mum on the violation of trust. Evidently growing tired of the amount of embellished reports popping up every which way, wife Kyra Sedgwick is setting the record straight.

“It’s been really unpleasant and makes you feel really vulnerable. But the fact of the matter is that we did not lose everything,” Kyra recently disclosed during a conference call. “We lost hard-earned money that we worked very hard for that was what we thought in a safe place. It’s painful, but a lot of people lost a lot more. And we have a lot of things to be grateful for in our life, and we never ever forget that.”

A-Listers who actually appreciate the finer things in life? Get out of town! (AP)

6. Both Detroit and GM have been snubbed many times over for being out of touch with all the latest that automobile design has to offer, which makes bringing an inexperienced chairman on board completely illogical. General Motors has introduced their newest chairman, Edward Whitacre, Jr., a former AT&T CEO. The 67-year-old exec didn’t sound too sure about his position, as he stated in an interview that he doesn’t know a thing about cars, before adding, “I’m not that old, and I think the business principles are the same.” He thinks? Way to confirm the public’s fears that the automobile industry is utterly screwed. (Huffington Post)

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0 thoughts on “Betty on The News: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mike Tyson and more

  1. I hope the judge laughs in McGinns face. the stories about terrorists and racism just demonstrates that there is so much hatred in the world…its sad.

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