Welcome, Spike! Mike Myers is a dad

Thursday, September 29th 2011, 3:46 PM

Mike Meyers and Kelly Tisdale welcomed baby Spike into their family two weeks ago.

Yeah, baby!

Austin Powers” star Mike Myers, 47, and wife Kelly Tisdale have welcomed a baby boy into the world, Life Style magazine reports.

“The baby is named Spike and was born two weeks ago,” a source revealed to the mag.


No other details about the birth have yet been made public.

Meyers and Tisdale, who co-owns a trendy Manhattan tea shop and café with ex-boyfriend Moby, began dating in 2006 after Meyers ended his 12-year marriage to actress Robin Ruzan.

Last year, the couple wed in a secret ceremony with family and friends.


Baby Spike isn’t the only development for Meyers. After nearly a decade, he’s reportedly signed onto a fourth “Austin Powers” movie.

“Things are on track,” Myers told Life Style, referring to the sequel that’s set to be released in 2013.

World News: Gunman shoots pregnant woman dead inside church

But emergency crews performed a Caesarean section on the woman inside the church and saved the baby boy, a police spokesman said.

Another woman sitting near the victim was wounded by a stray bullet in the shooting, which occurred just before a Mas

s at St Mary’s Church in an affluent neighbourhood of Madrid, the National Police spokesman said.

The pregnant woman was just days away from giving birth.

The official said preliminary investigations indicated there was no relation between the 34-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman he killed.

Neither the man nor the woman were named and the motive for the attack was not immediately known.

But reports said the man knelt before the altar of the church before he shot himself in the head and that he used to be the woman’s boyfriend.

It was not clear if the baby boy was his child.

Witnesses said the shooting occurred as dozens of people were getting ready for the evening Mass.

Pension chief blasts Murdochs
An Australian pension fund advocate said today Rupert Murdoch’s sons James, pictured, and Lachlan should be voted off the News Corp board.

The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors said pension fund members with News Corp shares should reject their reappointment.

Man survives 200ft plunge
One person was found dead and another alive in two cars that plunged 200 feet off a windy mountain road in California.

Los Angeles fire captain Mark Savage said family members found the survivor, a man, at the scene of the crash off Lake Hughes Road in the Angeles National Forest yesterday, after conducting their own search.

Captain Savage said officials at the scene were told the man may have been stranded in the vehicle for up to six days.

Oil refinery fire extinguished
A FIRE that engulfed parts of Royal Dutch Shell’s 500,000 barrel-a-day oil refinery in Singapore for two days has been extinguished, the company said.

With traces of fuel vapour still present, Shell said would it would continue to monitor the situation with the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

One killed as trains collide
Two commuter trains collided in a tunnel outside Caracas, Venezuela, killing one person, injuring about 30 and leaving frightened passengers gasping for air in the dark.

One train suddenly braked due to an apparent malfunction and another crashed into it from behind.

Canadian ice shelves found to be melting
Two ice shelves that existed before Canada was settled by Europeans diminished significantly this summer, one nearly disappearing altogether, new research reveals.<!—
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Interpreting a News Story About Salon


(With apologies to Stephen E.F. Brown for stealing his article this week in the San Francisco Business Times. My comments are in parentheses.)


Salon.com, the erstwhile darling of Internet news sites (like Newt Gingrich, the Internet abandoned its erstwhile darling when it got deathly ill), brought back David Talbot, who started the business, as CEO. (No, David, you’re supposed to jump OFF the sinking ship, not on!)

San Francisco-based Salon Media Group Inc.  (OTCBB: SLNM) (remember that symbol so you don’t accidentally buy their stock) hailed Talbot’s rehiring as an “aggressive bid to change the national conversation.” (but Tea Partiers will still applaud and boo at inappropriate times)    

Salon said it plans to change its website to feature a banner saying “American Spring.” (The only time it should use the word “spring” is if it’s followed by “a leak.”)


“Salon is dedicating itself to an American revival,” said Talbot. (Like ABC’s revival of “Charlie’s Angels,” it will feature a lot of empty-headed jiggling.) He said the site will take a more populist editorial tone with a focus on investigative pieces. (Mary Elizabeth Williams, cub reporter!)  “Democratic and Republican targets will be fair game, since both parties are increasingly under the control of the same corporate forces,” Talbot said. (Yeah, fuck the corporate forces! Unless they’re willing to lend us money.)


“It’s 2000 all over again,” said a former employee who worked at the company during the Internet boom years. (2000 again?  Great! My stock options will finally be worth more than my toilet paper.  Oh wait, that means eight years of a Texan President.  Abort, abort!)


Although Salon has long punched above its weight in the news world, it has never been able to make any money. (Duh.) As of the end of June, Salon Media Group had accumulated a deficit of $109,109,000. (That’s not a typo! Even Democrats are saying, Holy crap, that’s a lot of debt!) That’s how much money it has lost or written off since it started in 1995. The business has had to take injections of  (heroin)  cash from investors and sugar daddies to keep going. (Hey, there are some people over here on Open who need a sugar daddy too.)


Over the years, Salon has frequently borrowed money from Bill Hambrecht (May he never sober up!), an investment banker and father of Elizabeth Hambrecht, who was once Salon’s CEO. (Until she said, “Daddy, can’t you just give me a timeout instead?”) Its latest reported loan from him was in April.


Over the summer, Richard Gingras, Salon’s previous CEO, left to take a job at Mountain View-based Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), where he’s running its news site. (Note to David Talbot: THAT’S the career path you’re supposed to take.)


Google News doesn’t write any stories of its own, but it is the 3,000-pound gorilla of news aggregator sites. (Does that make Salon a hamster by comparison?)


Salon said it plans to hire more well known journalists — Jefferson Morley, who used to work at the Washington Post, for example — in the near future.  (Hey, I hear Andy Rooney is looking for a new job.)


Talbot will start a video talk show series with Kerry Lauerman (Anderson Cooper is trembling at the competition), Salon’s editor in chief, with their first interview set to be with Bill Moyers. (Did Moyers lose a bet?)  The show will focus on “the future of the country.” (The future? I thought we just went back to 2000?)


Other changes to come include more focus on cultural stories, particularly about musicians. (Take that, Rolling Stone!) Salon has focused in the past on celebrity news and gossip. (Really? I hadn’t noticed.)


Salon also plans to hold community events “in barber shops and salons across the country, to discuss what’s wrong with America and how to fix it.” (When I want answers, I always head to the barber shop. That’s where Rick Perry gets his.) 



Now, aren’t you feeling more confident about the future?  Why do I have a sudden desire to watch “Titanic?”



Geronimo: Southwest Favorites In New Haven

Geronimo Tequila Bar Southwest Grill

271 Crown Street, New Haven

203-777-7700 and http://www.geronimobarandgrill.com

Among New Haven’s numerous Mexican and Spanish restaurants, Geronimo offers a Southwestern palette with diverse influences. With cozy seating, a backlit bar, and a sizeable patio, it’s good for a meal or just a cocktail. Geronimo occasionally offers events such as tequila tastings and regularly takes part in Restaurant Week and other community happenings.

THE VIBE: Geronimo is stylish but not showy. The dark but inviting interior is comfortable, with seating at both chairs and booths. The space is divided to create smaller, more intimate seating areas, and a spiral staircase winds downward to event space.

The large patio, overlooking the bustle of Crown Street, invites patrons to linger on summer evenings. It’s split into bar and dining areas, and as the days turn cool they keep it toasty with heat lamps.

THE FOOD: The flavors are Southwestern, with spicy twists on American staples like burgers and macaroni and cheese.

The tacos and tamales come from Mexico, the gazpacho and ceviche from Spain. Geronimo transforms them into ideas like portobello tacos and watermelon-sweetened gazpacho. Yucca fries or cumin-dusted potato fries accompany burgers.

Geronimo is also a tequila bar, and the cocktail list includes numerous margaritas as well as other Mexican- and Southwestern-influenced beverages. Enjoy the balance of hot and cool in the cool pepper margarita ($9), made with cucumber-infused tequila, or the spicy passion fruit margarita ($9), whose tequila is infused with jalapeños. Those with a sweet tooth might enjoy the raspberry mojito ($8).

Sandwich options range from the Gringo Burger (with just lettuce and tomato, $9.50) to the Poblano Burger (with cheddar and roasted poblano peppers, $10.50) to the Apache BLT (chile and brown sugar-cured bacon, avocado, pico de galllo, and chipotle aioli, $10.50).

My dining companion is a fan of the chipotle chicken ranch salad ($9), with romaine, avocado, and cherry tomatoes spiced up with a creamy poblano ranch dressing. The prickly pear cactus gazpacho ($8) boasts the sweetness of watermelon and the kick of habanero.

A few appetizers can easily take the place of dinner, with the Three Sister Tamale ($5) offering one of the best bargains. The tamales, which come in pairs, are filled with roasted corn, black beans, butternut squash, and oaxaca cheese.

With a rich but not overwhelming blend of cheddar, chihuahua, and gruyere cheese, the macaroni and cheese with hatch green chile (appetizer, $8) is delicious, with a savory drizzle of Mexican corn “truffle” oil. The dinner menu offers an even more decadent version with lobster and chorizo ($25).

The Trio of Tacos ($9–$10) provides soft tortillas, cilantro-flecked cabbage, thin slices of radish, and fresh filling (mahi, portobello and poblano, or pork); assemble your own. The seared mahi ($10) arrived in its own miniature cast-iron pan, next to the crunchy vegetables, and a drizzle of mango salsa offered a fruity contrast.

Sides may not be strictly necessary, but the deep-fried onion and jalapeño straw ($7) is hard to resist.

THE BILL: Appetizers are $5 to $11 and offer a good amount of food for the price. The guacamole, made tableside to your specifications, is delectable but no bargain at $15. Salads are $7 to $11, and most are big enough to fill an empty stomach.

At $14–$25, Platos (entrees) range from lobster-and-chorizo macaroni and cheese or lobster enchiladas at the high end, with the mid-range including grilled hangar steak skewer and chicken mole. Bocadillos (burgers) range from $9.50 to $11.50 and include fries or a salad. It’s $2 extra for a buffalo burger instead of beef.

An entrée like the vegetarian bounty plate gives you the veggie tamale or quinoa relleño ($5 or $9 a la carte, respectively) plus any two sides for a total of $15, a bargain if you’re hungry and fond of variety. On their own, sides are $4 to $7. The taco trios are $9 or $10 and are also easy to share.

THE PARTICULARS: Geronimo is open for lunch every day except Sunday from noon until 4 pm. Dinner begins at 4 and is served until 10 pm Sundays, 11 pm weeknights, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. If a drink is what you’re after, the bar is open 5 pm to 1 am Sunday, noon to 1 am Monday through Thursday, and noon until 2 am Friday and Saturday.

The patio fills up fast on summer nights, so call ahead to make a reservation or be willing to take a table inside. Service is friendly and usually, if not infallibly, efficient.

There are both metered parking spots and paid lots along Crown Street.

THE VERDICT: With flavorful drinks and hearty food, not to mention an expanse of patio and a cozy interior, Geronimo lets you enjoy a broad palette of flavors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Mike Myers Welcomes Baby Boy

Mike Myers can finally relieve Verne Troyer of his Mini-Me duties because the comedian has found someone more qualified for the part: his son! Life Style reports that Myers and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, welcomed a baby boy two weeks ago and they named the little guy Spike. After dating since 2006 and enjoying a quiet life while co-habitating in Myers’ surely glorious SoHo apartment, the couple married in late 2010 in what was quite possibly one of the most secretive celebrity weddings of the year because we only found out about it in March of this year. And so enjoying their son for the first two weeks of his life without telling anyone about his arrival doesn’t seem too out of character for the pair, and at a day and age where Kim Kardashian is so exposed that we even have x-rays of her butt, Myers and Tisdale’s decision is much more than a teensie weensie bit sweet.

Click the photo below to view more pictures of Mike Myers!

Source: Life Style, NYP, Us

Could tourism be the answer to Cuba’s economic woes?

Years of isolation from the United States have left Cuba on the brink of economic ruin.

Now President Raul Castro is bringing in some huge changes which allow Cubans to work for themselves in almost 200 approved activities, hire employees and rent out rooms and cars.

Fahima Khail reports from Cuba on the attempts to heal Cuba’s economic problems.

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Pet Insurance – PurinaCare Pet Insurance Goes Nationwide

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Approval in Florida Expands PurinaCare Pet insurance to all 50 States and District of Columbia

PurinaCare® Insurance Services Inc., provider of PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance, is now approved to offer its products in the state of Florida and can now help pet owners provide a Lifetime of Care® for dogs and cats in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“We believe no pet owner should have to choose between cost and the well-being of their pet”

PurinaCare launched just over two years ago with an unparalleled understanding of pet care, an intense passion for pet wellness and a commitment to help ease the burden of rising veterinary bills.

PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance offers peace of mind with the freedom to choose any veterinarian nationwide and select from a variety of plans to fit your pet’s health care needs and your budget.

“We believe no pet owner should have to choose between cost and the well-being of their pet,”

said David Goodnight, DVM, president and chief operating officer of PurinaCare Insurance Services, Inc. “Today’s approval in Florida allows us to provide that peace of mind to pet owners from coast to coast.”

Research by the American Pet Products Association projects pet owners will spend $47.7 billion dollars on their pets in 2010.

pet insuranceThe estimated 469,000 dogs and 529,000 cats in Florida can join the growing number of beloved pets in the PurinaCare family who enjoy a Lifetime of Care® with the first pet health insurance under the Purina brand.
Some examples include:

Bella – Border Collie – PurinaCare reimbursed $4,900 due to elbow dysplasia

Goose Maverick – Golden Retrievers – PurinaCare reimbursed $5,500 due to knee related injuries

Winston – Ragdoll – PurinaCare reimbursed over $1,500 due to congestive heart failure

Katie – Labrador Retriever – PurinaCare reimbursed $14,400 due to a rare bleeding disorder

Pet owners in Florida can now join the rest of the nation and gain peace of mind from PurinaCare, under the Purina name, one of the most trusted names in pet care.
About PurinaCare Insurance Services Inc.
PurinaCare Insurance Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, is dedicated to providing pet owners with a Lifetime of Care® for their dogs and cats.

PurinaCare is committed to promoting responsible pet care, providing humane education, supporting community pet involvement, and fostering the positive bond between people and their pets.

PurinaCare® Pet Health Insurance is offered to dog and cat owners in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is underwritten by Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc

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Internet fails to dethrone TV news (so far)

Television news may still be the most popular local-news source for most people in the US, but it’s losing ground to internet news and social networking, and in some cases even failing to outpace traditional newspapers.

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, although 74 per cent of people turn on the boobtube at least once a week for local news, a full 55 per cent get their information from what the survey refers to as “old-fashioned word of mouth”. Around half use local radio or newspapers and 47 per cent use the internet.

On the face of it, these figures look rather good for local TV, but the study also looked into what type of news people use different sources for. There the situation looks a lot worse for the television stations. Local TV is primarily used for breaking news and weather, and ties with radio for traffic reports.

But for news about local services such as restaurants, the internet is the clear winner. Meanwhile, newspapers are still the most-used source for local events, crime reports, cultural events, and tax and local government news, and tie with TV as the top source for local politics. Furthermore, the websites of TV news stations get very little attention.

Local newspapers, while still important, aren’t as loved as they’d like to be. Overall, 69 per cent of respondents said they would see little or no loss in not having a local dead tree publication, and that figure rises with younger users and those with broadband. Those aged 40 or over still seem to be sticking to old media such as newspapers and TV, but among those yet to break the big four-oh, the internet is deemed the most-used source of information in almost all areas, narrowly losing out to TV for weather by three percentage points.

The data from 2,251 adults showed that consumers have become very savvy about the number of news sources to use when trying to find out information about their local communities. Nearly two thirds of people surveyed used at least three primary sources for weekly local news, and 15 per cent used at least six per week. ®

A.M. Entertainment News Links: The curse of ‘Men’? Ashton Kutcher accused of cheating on wife, Demi Moore

ashton-kutcher.jpgAshton Kutcher.

The morning’s top entertainment news and links from The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com.

The curse of ‘Men’? Ashton Kutcher accused of cheating on wife, Demi Moore (NY Post)

Fox has picked up Zooey Deschanel’s new sitcom, New Girl,’ for full season (hdroom.com)

Tony Bennett, 85, achieves first No. 1 album on Billboard 200 (Billboard)

Scarlett Johansson speaks out about privacy for first time since nude photos leak (The Telegraph)

Kelly Cutrone is the newest judge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ (A.M. New York)

Heather Locklear turned 50, shows off bikini body (BuzzFeed)

10 things that make Andy Rooney cranky (Flavorwire)

Unpaid interns who worked on ‘Black Swan’ file lawsuit (NY Times)

‘Men’ gets X-rated: Kutcher bares all on set

Adam Rose / Warner Bros.

Ashton Kutcher’s character on “Men,” Walden Schmidt,” will be showing off his body quite a bit, according to a show source.

New “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher made a big splash Sept. 19 when the hit CBS sitcom returned sans Charlie Sheen — and sans clothes for Kutcher too.

The actor’s debut on the show ended with him revealing he was buying the newly deceased Charlie Harper’s home, while in nothing but his birthday suit. (Hey, the posters did tease that “all will be revealed …” during the premiere!) 

Now, a source with ties to “Men” has revealed to Life Style that the actor really was revealing everything on set. “Actors usually wear underwear in front of the studio audience, but not Ashton,” the source told the magazine, which hits newsstands Friday. “He walked around buck naked take after take.”

But the nudity wasn’t a one time deal. The source pointed out to Life Style that the story line for Kutcher’s character, heartbroken Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, calls for quite a bit of nakedness. “Now everyone in Hollywood is clamoring for tickets to the tapings,” the source said.

“Two and a Half Men” airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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