Monday, November 27, 2006

Last Night of Late Night

posted by brad at 9:29 AM
Saturday night was the final performance of our new late night show - imMEDIAte theatre - for 2006. The all improvised show based off of the day's news and top headlines proved very successful in its first year and we'll most likely bring it back in early '07.

For a look at a few of the monumental headlines and "news" stories that made their way into the show this week and received a proper skewering, read below...

All from our favorite source - The Los Angeles Times, Saturday's paper.

From the SCIENCE FILE section
Fruit fly aggression traced to gene
By Karen Kaplan, Times Staff WriterNovember 25, 2006
Gender-bending fruit flies duking it out in a Harvard fight club have helped scientists trace aggressive behavior to their genes. Female flies with a male version of a gene dubbed "fruitless" tended to fight like males, lunging at their opponents and swinging their arms like boxers, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Males with the female "fruitless" gene preferred the shoving and head-butting techniques more commonly associated with female flies.

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National News
Alleged cat slayer says he's martyr for birds
By Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff WriterNovember 25, 2006
GALVESTON, TEXAS - Jim Stevenson says he is not the hate-filled serial cat killer he has been made out to be.But if he was shooting the feral cats that roam the sand dunes of this picturesque Gulf Coast island, argues Stevenson — the founder of the Galveston Ornithological Society - he would be breaking no laws.In his view, he would be performing a public service by saving the lives of beautiful birds at one of the nation's best bird-watching locales. "These birds, virtually all of them, are protected by state and local laws. Do we ignore what is happening with these stray cats, or do we finally stand up and do something about it?" Stevenson said. "Sometimes you get pushed to a point where you can no longer ignore a situation."Click here to read more (free registration required)

From the BUSINESS NEWS section
When the going gets tough before dawn ...Although some tempers are tested, most people take things in stride as they pile into the malls.By Tami Abdollah, Ashley Surdin and Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff WritersNovember 25, 2006
The hunt began before dawn Friday. And it wasn't just the big-screen TVs, Bratz dolls, Hollister hoodies, digital cameras and iPods. Shoppers started early in search for 6 a.m. deep discounts, bargains, gift cards — and pretty much anything on sale. In Costa Mesa, police were called to a Best Buy store about 3 a.m. to calm some 2,000 people, many anxiously awaiting the 5 a.m. opening.At 6 a.m., Alex Fuentes and family arrived at Lakewood Center. It was his first day-after-Thanksgiving sale since moving to Los Angeles 15 years ago. It was unlike anything he experienced growing up in Mexico, he said with a smile. "Not like this."By midmorning, Fuentes was relegated to sitting alone guarding four bags from the Disney Store and two others from Victoria's Secret while his wife Norma pressed on with her shopping. Click here to read more (free registration required)

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