Popular soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’ celebrates 35 years on the air

Popular soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’ celebrates 35 years on the air
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The popular American soap opera The Young and the Restless, currently the reigning Emmy Award-winner for best daytime drama, celebrated 35 years on the air Wednesday.

The 35th anniversary also comes after the series, known colloquially as Y&R, marked its 1,000th straight week as the highest-rated soap opera in a daytime slot. In addition to keeping the #1 spot every week since December 1988, Y&R has also been the top-rated soap in the African-American demographic since 1991.

A trend-setter since the beginning, Y&R relied on character-driven storytelling, accentuated with understated sexuality from its cast, which at that time was mostly young, in order to bring in teenage and twentysomething viewers who were ignored by soap producers and networks up to that time. These traits immediately set Y&R apart from other soap operas, and other soaps have since mimicked Y&R’s formulaic approach to offering something for everyone, especially younger viewers.

Since premiering on March 26, 1973, Y&R has become a worldwide cultural institution in its own right, racking up an impressive 100 Emmy Awards between the writers, producers, cast and crew since 1974. The show has aired in over 100 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, and Turkey, and reaches a worldwide audience of ten million daily. So far-reaching was Y&R’s appeal that Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci chose the serial’s theme song as accompanying music to her floor exercises at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In Australia, where Y&R has aired since 1974, the show was canceled by the original network that aired it in 2007, prompting a widespread fan backlash in that country. It was quickly moved to a pay channel.

Over the past 35 years, countless characters, marriages, divorces, births, deaths, and every joy and trauma in between have visited the residents of Genoa City, where Y&R is set. To commemorate the milestone, Mike Halterman from Wikinews interviewed three actresses who have played long-running characters on Y&R, and asked them to share their memories. All three responded to questions about what being on Y&R means to them, what their favorite storylines were, what they perhaps would have wanted to do all over again, and what they’d love to tell their fans directly.

Below are portions of all three interviews.


  • 1 Wikinews interviews Y&R cast members
    • 1.1 Questions asked to all three
    • 1.2 Questions asked to Melody Thomas Scott
    • 1.3 Questions asked to Michelle Stafford
    • 1.4 Questions asked to Tricia Cast
  • 2 Sources
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News briefs:January 11, 2008

News briefs:January 11, 2008
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  • 1 Wikinews News Brief 01-11-2008 01:20 UTC
  • 2 Introduction
  • 3 Events of worldwide notability, military action, disasters etc.
    • 3.1 At least 24 killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan
    • 3.2 Alabama father throws children in river
    • 3.3 British troops may have received contaminated blood from American donors
    • 3.4 George Bush arrives in Middle East
    • 3.5 Pentagon releases video of incident involving Iranian ships in Persian Gulf
    • 3.6 China has plan to obtain North Korea’s nuclear weapons
    • 3.7 Hezbollah network Al-Manar available to wider international audience
  • 4 Non-disastrous local events with notable impact and dead celebrities
    • 4.1 Moderate earthquake strikes off the Oregon coast, US
    • 4.2 Hollywood “Mayor” Johnny Grant dead at 84
    • 4.3 China bans free plastic bags
    • 4.4 John McCain and Hillary Clinton win New Hampshire primaries
    • 4.5 Canupa Gluha Mani speaks about Lakota Oyate, Lakota freedom
  • 5 Business, commerce and academia
    • 5.1 Singapore Airlines bid for China Eastern Airlines unsuccessful
    • 5.2 Apple to lower UK iTunes prices
  • 6 Arts and culture
    • 6.1 Global premiere of Lordi horror movie Dark Floors next month in Oulu, Finland
  • 7 Frivolities and trivia
    • 7.1 Fourteen days left to send National Geographic your shoe for world record
    • 7.2 Dr. Phil’s consultation meant to be private: Spears family
  • 8 Footer


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Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire

Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Buffalo, New York — A woman in Buffalo, New York in the United States is in critical condition tonight at Sisters Of Charity Hospital after she accidentally set herself on fire.

The unnamed elderly woman was receiving oxygen for medical problems in her home and lit a cigarette, and the oxygen coming from her mask facilitated the ignition of her clothing, setting her on fire.

Despite her “severe” burns as described by firefighters on radio communications, she was still able to dial the emergency line in the U.S., 911.

In the U.S. only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials in 2002. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.

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Historic crossing of Korean border

Historic crossing of Korean border
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

For the first time in 56 years, two passenger trains crossed the border between North Korea and South Korea. Before today, no trains made the trip between the north and the south since the Korean War divided the once-unified Korea.

Riding on rails built by South Korea several years ago, the train traveled from Munsan in the south to Kaesong in the north. The train was granted access to the demilitarized zone since 1951, the heavily guarded border between North and South Korea. Meanwhile, from the north a train traveled from Kumgang to Jejin. Each train carried 150 specially invited passengers.

“Today the heart of the Korean peninsula will start beating again,” South Korean Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung said.

Although largely symbolic, the rail connection is seen as an important step in thawing relations. To date, North Korea has approved only this one trial run of the trains.

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How To Shop On A Limited Income!}

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How to Shop on A Limited Income!


Jill Black

With the holidays just around the corner, everyone is trying to figure out how to save money. Along with holiday shopping, we still have to do our every day shopping, which can make it really hard to get that holiday list finished.

With just a few changes in the way you shop, you can save hundreds of dollars. Who knows, you might find that perfect gift in the most unexpected place!

Goodwill Stores

People may not realize that goodwill stores are open to the public. They carry a variety of new and used items from clothes to house ware to furniture. This is perfect for the college student or someone who just wants to save a few bucks! What’s really great about shopping at Goodwill is that about 85% of the revenue they receive goes back into the community for education and career services as well as other programs.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is similar to Goodwill. They carry a variety of new and used items, ranging from furniture to toys. They take the revenues they collect and help the community by giving back to the unfortunate. So not only are you finding great items at a bargain, you’re helping people in need.

Thrift Stores

What an awesome place to find some really nice things, especially clothes! Most the clothes in thrift stores are brand new, with the tags still on the garment! There are many thrift stores throughout the Austin area, many of which have great sales. Some have what is called a “Grab Bag” sale; Customers go into the store, get a bag and what ever they can fit into the bag is only $10.00, that’s $10.00 for the entire bag, not each item! What a deal!

Garage Sales

You’ve heard the saying, “Someone else’s garbage is your treasure.” Spring cleaning means spring shopping! Check out your local paper and look for listings for garage sales, especially estate or moving sales. You can find some really good bargains this way. Anything from priceless antiques to simple collectables; many people just want to get rid of the items before they move or are just simply making room for newer things. Don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price on an item you really like! Many people having garage sales will offer an “Everything for one price” deal. You’re bound to find some unique treasures by hunting at garage sales.

Church Bazaar’s

Everyone loves bazaars! Check your church’s bulletin and other church’s in your area for their bazaar. You can find some very unique and wonderful items at bazaars. Most of the items are usually hand made with much love and time. You can find blankets, afghans, quilts and much, much more. There are usually homemade baked goods also. So not only are you finding a cool quilt, you might even get a homemade cake or some cookies!

Store Sales

Watch your television or newspapers for store sales. You can find some really good bargains, especially for closeout sales.

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Nokia 5140i: Mobile Phone For Sports}

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Nokia 5140i: mobile phone for sports



Nokia have always given special attention to niche markets instead of overtly emphasizing on mainstream markets. Various mobile phones from this Finnish global leader are launched to target a specific audience. On the same lines, Nokia have launched the Nokia 5140i a sport centric mobile phone to carter to the sports enthusiasts. The handset’s solid casing gives an impression of its robustness and anyone can make out that the Nokia 5140i is designed to withstand the wear and tear of outdoor life.

The Nokia 5140i is a simple candy bar mobile phone available in three choices of colours black, orange and dark green. The handset sports a very compact dimension that easily slides into any pocket and feels solid at just a shade above 100 grams. The Nokia 5140i is fitted with a CSTN based, 65k coloured display. This 27×27 mm screen boasts of adjustable display brightness for an optimum viewing experience in all types of lighting condition.

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This sports centric mobile phone features many applications designed for active people. The Nokia 5140i features a unique Fitness Coach and Sports Menu applications. Moreover, one can download sports themes to give the Nokia 5140i a more sporty outlook. The handset features Push to Talk technology wherein one can use the Nokia 5140i as a walkie talkie. The handset has the ability to send and receive flash messages apart from regular texts. Moreover, if you’re too busy to write messages, you can record what you have to say and send it as a voice message.

The Nokia 5140i has a built in VGA camera with maximum photo resolution of 640×480 pixels. One can shoot stills with various effects or even videos to have an audio-video record of any event. The handset has an internal memory pool of 3.5 Mb of which a small part is used by the pre-installed Java applications. The handset even features a FM radio so that you can enjoy your favourite music station while you work out.

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Man is waiting for 139 days in front of theater for “Star Wars” movie

Man is waiting for 139 days in front of theater for “Star Wars” movie
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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Jeff Tweiten, a 27-year-old graphic artist, is encamped in front of the Cinerama Theatre, on a blue sofa, in the northwest city of Seattle, Washington. Tweiten plans to wait 139 days for the premiere of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” which opens May 19, 2005.

He has received help from a community of friends and local business people who have supplied changes of clothes, coffee, food, and a nearby restroom.

City authorities have chosen not to enforce vagrancy laws that would force Tweiten to move between the hours of 7AM and 9PM local time.

Tweiten also camped out for the previous two episodes of the Star Wars movies, “Episode I” and “Episode II”.

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Trademark Selection Investigate Before Launching Your Brand

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Submitted by: Cheryl Hodgson

Growing and protecting the value of your company’s brand begins with proper investigation prior to making a final selection. Investigation and Selection are the first two steps on the path to building a strong brand and managing long term risks. Rome was not built in a day and neither were global brands such as NIKE or STARBUCKS. Starting a new business is exciting, but does not come with an insurance policy.

However, a prudent business owner can minimize risks by learning and following the six simple steps to a strong brand, namely the INSURE Brand Protect Sequence. This article discusses the first two steps in those sequences, which are often overlooked by new companies. Managing risks to brands begins with the basics, including proper investigation before selection and use of a term to launch a branded product or service Trademark lawsuits often result because someone begins selling a product or service without knowing if the chosen one, the brand name, is available for use as well as legal protection.

Proper selection of a trademark to serve as a legally protectable “brand” is important. Every business owner hopes to create brand equity from the moment the product or service is introduced to the public and the marks selected can be pivotal. Brand equity is the set of beliefs developed by customers and the public about products and services which are sold under a specific trademark. Brand equity is also the measurable value of your company’s worth that can be assigned to the brand. Companies are routinely valued at far more than the value of their tangible assets, because of the care they took to develop their intangible asset, the brand.

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In order to make a wise selection, there are a few investigative steps one should take to insure that the name is available and advisable to use. A simplified Trademark Office search is a good staring point, but is limited to existing and pending federal registrations. In the case of a new product line where use has not yet commenced, a full search is recommended which will cover all U.S. pending and registered trademarks, all 50 states, common law and trade names directories, and domain names.

A search is also helpful since it can serve as a guide to navigate potential conflicts that may exist in the competitive landscape for your product or service. The search will also reveal whether there are any identical or potentially confusing marks already registered, or in use for the same goods or services you seek to protect. Moreover, a search can be vital to protect yourself if sued for infringement later down the road. In trademark infringement cases, failure to conduct a proper trademark investigation before selection can be used as evidence of bad faith in a later lawsuit. In short, if you fail to search and are later sued, do not count on claiming you did not know about someone else’s use to prove innocence.

In addition to providing a useful blue print to analyze your legal rights, a search will help determine whether the intended brand is or contains a term which is in overuse. Terms which are in over use are not easily registered or legally enforced when third parties infringe upon your rights. The goal is to stand out from the crowd, not be one of many just like you!

This means your brand should be distinctive and memorable to the consumer. The fact that a term is in common use may be an indication that the term is a bad choice, and so weak that it will never be strong and protectable. Investing precious marketing and advertising dollars into a term that is not distinctive and legally defensible is like starting out with one arm tied behind your back. An investigation is the first step in the INSURE brand protect sequence, essential in order to make a wise selection

In short, don’t fumble around in the dark, then stumble and fall before you start. Turn on the lights in the “brand space” in which you intend to operate and see who else is in the room with you. Ideally, you’ll be alone. However, if you are not, you’ll have the facts needed to step over potential landmines along the path to building valuable intellectual property.

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Cuban funds tied to Lula campaign, Brazilian magazine alleges

Cuban funds tied to Lula campaign, Brazilian magazine alleges
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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Brazil — Former advisors to Brazilian Minister of Finance Antonio Palocci have claimed that three million US dollars from Cuba were used in the 2002 political campaign of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The accusation was printed by the Brazilian magazine Veja in its issue circulating this week.

According to Veja, Rogério Buratti, Palocci’s secretary in the early 1990s during the period when Palocci was mayor, claims that Ralf Barquete (another advisor to Palocci) had asked him to find a way to bring money from Cuba.

Another source, economist Vladmir Poleto who had also worked for Palocci, claimed to have brought the three million from Brasília to Campinas by plane. He stated the money was hidden in whiskey boxes: Johnnie Walker Red Label and Black Label and Havana Club (a Cuban brand of rum). Barquete received the money at the Campinas airport Viracopos. Afterwards he claims the money was transferred by car to São Paulo and delivered to Workers’ Party treasurer Delubio Soares.

Workers’ Party President Ricardo Berzoini has responded saying that the accusation is false. And Lula’s aide Gilberto Carvalho has said the story is “absurd”.

According to the blog of Folha de S. Paulo reporter Josias de Souza, Palocci and Lula are worried about the interviews being aired on Brazilian television.

The president of the PPS, federal deputy Roberto Freire (Pernambuco state), has stated that his party will ask the Electoral Justice investigatory agency and the Public Ministry to begin a investigation into the charge. The parties PFL and PSDB are also considering demanding an investigation.

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