Woman in acid attack hoax desperate for attention

Many of us were moved by the story of Bethany Storro, a Washington woman who alleged she was the victim of an acid attack.

On Aug. 30, Storro alleged she was getting something out of her car outside a Starbucks in Vancouver, Wash., when a black woman with a ponytail approached her and splashed a cup of acid in her face.

After catching hearts and headlines nationwide, Storro admitted last night the attack was a hoax. She is now facing arrest as soon as she is released as a hospital, and is expected to be charged with three second-degree felony theft charges over the nearly $28,000 in donations she received.

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Baby steps to a healthier you

When it comes to dieting, many people start off way ahead of themselves and quickly become disappointed, all because they started off with big steps instead of small ones. Just as getting out of shape did not happen overnight, you must be in it for the long haul if you want to get healthy again. Over time, you can change your habits in eating, fitness, and even in life.

Here’s a list to help get you started:

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Satanist group has every right to book Civic Center

On Monday, an organization claiming to be “the only legal satanic church” in Oklahoma announced it will host an 80-person gathering at the Civic Center Music Hall later this year.

The group, called the Church of the IV Majesties, claims the gathering will include “the first ever satanic ritual that will [include] a satanic exorcism.”

On the church’s website, located at www.churchoftheivmajesties.webs.com, the group invites interested parties to “come witness Satan with his balls firmly attached, bitchslap all the oppressive right-hand Gods in the face one by one!”

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The end of great TV or just the summer doldrums?

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that there is not a lot to be excited about in the network’s summer lineups.

Your favorite shows are on hiatus or, worse yet, cancelled. The cancellation of “Party Down” on the Starz network is a particularly egregious travesty that recently happened in the television world. Shows such as AMC’s “Breaking Bad” are not returning until 2011.

So what are we left with? A never-ending cavalcade of mindless reality shows all lurching their way toward a new bottom.

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Is urban sprawl ruining Oklahoma City?

Urban sprawl is the biggest problem with living in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Stu Harvey, Planning and Research executive director, provided me with some worrisome information about the further expansion of OKC.

The most rapidly growing areas in the metro where population is increasing the fastest are the stretches of land north of Edmond and south of Norman. The countryside areas between Norman and Noble, as well as Edmond and Guthrie, are progressively filling up with Wal-Marts, Starbucks and middle-class housing editions with throwaway names like Stony Brook, Oak Meadows, or Maple Grove.

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How low will he go?

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama sparked outrage among many citizens and further incensed his critics when he greeted Japanese Emperor Akihito with a firm handshake… and a deep bow?

Some have labeled Obama’s bow as one of cultural understanding, but I respectfully disagree. As a longtime studier of Japan and its culture, I know for a fact that such a low bow is not one of equality, but rather one of docility: of submission towards a stronger, more powerful being. The last image our country needs right now is that of a weak-looking president, and Obama unintentionally played the part.

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National Epilepsy Month

It seems that every month is a national awareness month for a long list of causes. November has many causes ranging from serious — National Adoption Awareness Month, National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and National Diabetes Awareness Month — to just for fun — National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, National Raisin Bread Month, and National Pomegranate Month.

But as Thanksgiving draws near and we begin thinking about what we are thankful for, I would like to let you know that November also is National Epilepsy Month.

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