Friday, February 09, 2007

Man convicted for conducting fake interviews

A 36-year-old Omaha man accused of luring women to his home and taking urine samples when they thought they were applying for a job was found guilty Thursday of two counts of criminal impersonation.

Victims told police Kevin Oliver said he worked for cell phone company T-Mobile and was interviewing them for jobs. Prosecutors said there never were any jobs.

"To this day, we don't know what his ultimate goal was but whatever it was it was deceptive, it was damaging and it was protracted," said Omaha city prosecutor Marty Conboy. "This went on for 18 months that we know of."

After three searches of Oliver's home, authorities came up with no other signs of criminal activity. With credit for time already served, Oliver will spend eight days in jail and 18 months on probation.


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Recycled Coffins

Environment lovers can now take their passion to the grave.

An Australian funeral company is offering coffins made of recycled paper and cardboard as part of a move towards more environmentally friendly funerals.

Funeral director Rob James said the coffins were made from wood fibre, 90 per cent of which came from the 1.6 million tonnes of paper and cardboard recycled in Australia each year.

"The innovative use of natural glues also acts to curb emissions released, with cardboard coffins producing no toxic pollution upon burial or cremation," James told Australian Associated Press on Friday.

He said the company Simplicity Funerals would supply the special cardboard coffins at its Sydney funeral homes, in response to high public demand.

He said the coffins had "a natural, smooth look," but would cost about the same as other coffins.

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A Kiss Is A Kiss?

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters Life!) - There's the flicking kiss, the ice-cream kiss, the vacuum kiss, the Hollywood kiss and another 50 or so smoochy variations.

Who said a kiss was just a kiss?

For everyone who's ever wanted to pucker up like a movie star, French kiss like Johnny Depp, or simply add variety to their love life, help is at hand.

"In our culture, movies are a major way of transmitting romantic ideas and a lot of people get their romantic notions about kissing from love scenes in movies," said William Cane, author of "Kiss Like a Star."

"More kisses are being invented all the time. People kept asking me, can you put some pictures in so I can see how to do it? That is why movies are so good because you can watch them and get a whole bunch of ideas that you can try out with your partner."

Cane uses close-up sequences from movies ranging from "Casablanca" to "Top Gun" and "Dirty Dancing" to illustrate in detail the techniques of more than 60 kisses.

Some, like the passionate, sweep-her-back embrace between Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in "Gone with the Wind" are already famous.

One of the newer varieties -- the "ice-cream kiss" from "The Notebook" in which Canadian actress Rachel McAdams pushes an ice-cream cone into the face of co-star Ryan Gosling and then kisses it off -- won a 2005 MTV best kiss award.

And, some, like the "vacuum kiss" as seen in the little-known 1993 comedy "Coneheads," need a bit of practice.

Yet teens, who might seem like the target audience for crucial tips on how to avoid bumping noses on that angst-ridden first kiss, are the least likely to be buying the book, said Cane, which is the pen name of former English professor Michael Christian who began writing about kissing 15 years ago.

His first book, "The Art of Kissing," was released in 1991 and he has also written "The Art of Hugging."

"A lot of young people are afraid to get my books because they don't want their parents to see they are interested in kissing," said Cane, who tours the United States speaking at college and universities about how, who and when to kiss.

Although practice, variety and imagination make perfect, Cane says you don't need a partner to brush up your smooching skills.

"Make a little mouth with your left hand. Take your right thumb and put it through. You can actually practice a French kiss on your hand," he said.

Or you can rent the 1990 movie "Cry-Baby," and freeze frame Johnny Depp doing it.

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