ENRON FIDDLED WHILE ROME BURNED
In a new book about Enron, "The Smartest Guys in the Room," there's a passage reminiscent of Nero's fiddling while Rome burns.
The book authors, Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, who also are senior writers at Fortune magazine, describe the time when Enron's stock and broadband business were plummeting, the New York Post reports.
Enron Chairman Ken Lay entered Chief Executive Officer Jeff Skilling's office with fabric swatches for Enron's new $45 million corporate jet and asked: "What interior configuration do you like, Jeff?"
The book will go on sale on Oct. 13 and will get a cover story excerpt in Fortune, the Post says.
NYC REPORTER IN FREAK ACCIDENT
Cable television news reporter Rebecca Spitz, of NY1, remains in critical but stable condition in a New York City hospital following a freak accident.
Spitz had been covering a story Friday in Harlem from the spot where city sanitation workers discovered the body of a newborn baby girl in their garbage truck.
As she was reporting, the mirror of a passing van hit her in the head causing multiple skull fractures.
Her doctors at St. Luke's Hospital tell NY1 that although she had been unconscious they expect her fractures to heal on their own.
LEG IMPLANTS MAKE LEDERHOSEN POSSIBLE
Lederhosen, the Alpine dress dating back to the 17th century that symbolizes male virility, is enjoying a comeback in Germany.
However, some men with legs less than Arnold Schwarzenegger-like have been reluctant to wear the short leather pants in public for fear of being called "Spatzenbein," which means sparrow legs in German, the London Telegraph reports.
A Munich, Germany, lederhosen store owner has come up with a solution. Herbert Lipah had sewn silicon leg implants -- the same ones used in plastic surgery -- into knee socks.
RADICAL CHEERLEADERS CHEER FOR CAUSES
They're called Radical Cheerleaders and they cheer all over the world for causes from the Iraq war to fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and capitalist exploitation.
"Every group does their own thing," says 23-year-old Robin Jacks, who helped start the Dirty Southern Belles in Memphis, Tenn. The Belles cheer for gay pride or protest what they see as patriarchy at a Promise Keepers gathering, Newsweek reports.
At the State University of New York College in New Paltz, N.Y., 20-year-old Wazina Zondon helped found the New Paltz Rads that cheer at anti-war rallies and Take Back the Night protests.
"Crowds love it when we're out there cart-wheeling and screaming in fishnets and combat boots," Zondon says.