Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Dallas Cowboys New Stadium On Schedule - Roof Trusses Installed

The World's Largest Pro Football Stadium is on target for completion in 2009. Personally, I can't wait to see it. The photo was taken from the webcam set up to allow fans to see the structure as it's being built.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Construction officials say the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington is about 30% complete -- with a steel arch now being built.

Crews have put the first section of the arch truss in place, as a support for the retractable roof of the one billion dollar complex.

Arlington mayor Robert Cluck was on hand yesterday to give a thumbs-up to the process.

The new home for the Cowboys will open for the 2009 season.

The venue also will host the 2011 Super Bowl.

Swinger Loses Wife, Files Lawsuit, Wins $5,000

Yep. It happened. Check this out

Swinger wins lawsuit against man he let sleep with his wife

July 1, 2007
By Steve Patterson Special to the Daily Southtown
After 10 years of marriage, Arthur Friedman told his wife they needed to spice things up a bit, that their sex life was too boring, she said.

The Northbrook man wanted to begin having sex with other couples and wanted to watch his wife, Natalie, have sex with other men and women, she said.

But along the way, Natalie Friedman, 35, wound up falling for one of the men she had sex with in her effort to please her husband, also 35.

Arthur Friedman decided that was crossing the line. He sued German Blinov under the state's alienation-of-affection law, claiming that the Glenview man stole his wife's love away.

Illinois is one of only eight states where such a case can still be filed. They rarely are, and when they are, they're usually thrown out.

But last week, a Cook County jury heard Friedman's case and awarded him $4,802.87 -- derived from a formula that considered, in part, Natalie's contributions to the household for a period of time. The Friedmans are divorcing. German and his wife, Inessa, have divorced.

"This guy ruined my life; he backstabbed me," Arthur Friedman said. "What he did was wrong. And I did what I had to do to get my point across."

Arthur Friedman denied that he had sex with anyone else, though Natalie Friedman described their trysts in detail -- including four-way sex in a hot tub with Blinov and another woman.

"That's what he said would keep our marriage going," she said in an interview. "That was exciting to him. Then he cries about losing his love? When I'm having sex with another person?"

Blinov doesn't deny having a relationship with Natalie while she was married, but he was stunned to learn that he could be sued for that.

Natalie Friedman said it wasn't Blinov who caused her to stop loving her husband -- it was Arthur Friedman and the humiliating things he made her do in the name of love.

"German was not the cause of this," she said. "I stopped loving Arthur. He made me do all these things. How could he say he loved me? If he'd been such a great husband, wouldn't he protect me instead of making me do these things?"

But Friedman convinced jurors that Blinov was the cause, though jury foreman Eric Heisig, of Palatine, said jurors "way more than once" said "this is stupid."

"The statute is ridiculous," Heisig said.

Katharine K. Baker, an associate dean at Chicago Kent School of Law who has written extensively about family law, said few states allow such cases because the laws they're based on are archaic.

But even where allowed, they're rare because "they assume the main focus of the suit has no decision-making ability. And that's pretty insulting," Baker said.

Friedman had to prove there was love between him and his wife until Blinov took it away. Yet even his attorney, David Shults, conceded that "it's kind of remarkable" that the case wasn't dismissed earlier.

"Oftentimes, it's both people's fault when there's a breakdown in a marriage," Shults said. "There often isn't that one catalyst that we had here."

Blinov was no catalyst, his attorney, Enrico Mirabelli, said, and "this type of lawsuit is not designed to be a vehicle for vengeance or vindication. Sadly, in this case, it was used for both."

But Arthur Friedman said he had no idea his wife was unhappy in their relationship. And when Natalie began working out at the gym owned by Blinov and his now ex-wife, Arthur said, they all quickly became friends.

"German was not a pirate of her affections," Mirabelli said. "Her affections were already adrift."

Jurors disagreed, even though Heisig said many of them wanted to give Arthur Friedman nothing -- or $17.20, the amount they got for each day served.

"This case was never about the money," another of Arthur's attorneys, David Nemeroff, said. "This was about vindicating Arthur for what German did to him and to his family."

Natalie Friedman said hearing dollar values tossed about was humiliating.

"This law allowed him to put a price tag on me," she said. "That hurts more than anything."

Chicago Sun-Times

Marvel Comics' Head Stan Lee Says He Never Gave To Clinton

In this article, we learn that Senator Hillary Clinton had taken almost a million in contributions for her Senate run iilegally, and then denied knowing the person -- Peter Paul -- who gave it. Then she said she knew him, but never talked about his donating anything. Then Senator Clinton's campaign said that Marvel Comics Head Stan Lee, who worked with Paul, gave $100,000. He denies this on video. All of this is a big black eye for Senator Clinton as she runs for President. It sits in vast contrast to the campaign of Senator Barack Obama, who's taken no lobbyist or P.A.C. money and has managed to gain record contributions from a large group of donors giving $127, not several million.

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Hillary Clinton's Stock Going Down - Tom Bevan

In this blog post , Tom Bevan shows a trend where Senator Clinton's stock rating in the presidential campaign is going down, whereas Barack Obama's stock has trended up.