Somali pirates are natural allies of radical Islam

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy warships supported by helicopter gunships tracked four Somali pirates and their American captive in the Horn of Africa throughout the weekend as American negotiators tried to obtain the release of the hostage. Reports from the region indicated that negotiations had broken down, and on Easter Sunday Navy snipers killed three of the pirates and freed the American, Capt. Richard Phillips, master of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Captain safe on U.S. ship after escape

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. cargo ship captain kidnapped by pirates off the Somali coast was on board the USS Boxer Sunday after his escape from his captors, U.S. officials said.
Sources: U.S. tugboat hijacked by pirates

Sources: U.S. tugboat hijacked by pirates

EYL, Somalia, April 11 (UPI) -- Somali pirates Saturday fired at approaching U.S. sailors intent on rescuing a container ship captain being held by the modern-day buccaneers, CNN reported.
Skipper appears unharmed after escape try

Skipper appears unharmed after escape try

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. captain being held by pirates off Somalia appeared to be unharmed Friday after his unsuccessful attempt to escape, U.S. officials said.

Transvestite booked as woman

ORLANDO, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- A Florida transvestite who stole a female friend's identity fooled police and sheriff's deputies until his fingerprints linked him to his real name.

Child support doubled in stolen sperm case

CHICAGO, March 14 (UPI) -- A judge has doubled the $800 monthly child support payments of a Chicago doctor who claims the mother stole his sperm and impregnated herself.

Suit alleging sperm theft reinstated

CHICAGO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An appeals court has reinstated a suit against a Chicago area doctor accused of secretly stealing her lover's sperm to inseminate herself.
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Richard Phillips
Captain Richard Phillips (L), master of the Maersk Alabama, who was held hostage by Somali pirates last month, greets Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) prior to testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on confronting Piracy, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 30, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Richard Phillips (born 1962), is an artist from the United States of America. He was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts and lives and works in New York City. Phillips is known for his large-scale glossy hyper-realistic paintings, recalling the pictorial style of magazines from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and reflecting traditions of popular image culture. His paintings represent close-up portraits, predominantly of women from fashion and soft porno magazines, but also persons from the fields of pop music and politics. He says "My pictures involve a kind of wasted beauty - that's always been a thread in my work."

In the second season of The CW network's Gossip Girl in the episode "The Serena Also Rises" one of Phillips' pieces is bought and displayed in the home of Bart and Lilly Bass on the stairwell.

Biography at Gagosian Gallery

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