Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist To Be Stripped Of Medals

A spokesperson for The International Olympic Committee announced that Las Vegas local Isabelle McIntire will be stripped of her medals on grounds of moral turpitude.

by Scott Montgomery | Las Vegas Tribune

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Dangerous curves: A publicity shot of Ms. McIntire

Hans Gruber, spokesman for The International Olympic Committee, announced yesterday that the IOC was going ahead with plans to strip Isabelle McIntire of her gold medals after discovering that she is an exotic dancer at a local gentlemen’s club.

The IOC has complete authority to strip Olympians of their medals. In the past, medals have been stripped as the result of doping or exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct. However, it is not unheard of for the IOC to strip an Olympian of their medal for something else.

In 1968, the entire Pentathlon team from Sweden were stripped of its medals because athlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall was disqualified for drinking two beers before his pistol shooting event. In 1972, swimmer Rick DeMont was stripped of his medal after testing positive for a prohibited substance present in a prescription asthma medication.

McIntire, who won a gold medal in Taekwondo and Gymnastics in last year’s Summer Olympics, was outraged.

“This decision is ludicrous.” McIntire’s legal representative Janice Caulder told this reporter. “My client has never used her successes in any sporting competitions to promote herself. She has won numerous awards solely on the merits of her dancing, most recently the Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year Award in June’s Exotic Dancer’s Awards for the second time in her career.”

McIntire’s only comment was this: “The Committee is in the wrong here and I’ll fight their decision to the bitter end.”

There have been unconfirmed rumors that McIntire might be headed to Hollywood to star in a reboot of the 1990s Lady Dragon film franchise. McIntire’s agent declined to comment.

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“I am very pleased to have made the cut because this is an important flight for all of us: Not just for myself, or even for Ellison Enterprises but for the entire future of manned spaceflight.” Dr. Kumar Singh

Dr. Kumar Singh talks about his upcoming flight on the Ellison Enterprises’ Destiny

by Jan Simmons

I got a chance to talk with Doctor Kumar Singh, who has been selected to join the flight crew of the first commercial spaceliner, The E.E. Destiny, on it’s maiden voyage to the stars. Of course, his reputation preceded him but I was taken aback when I actually met him. Unlike the stereotypical scientist, Dr. Singh was a tall handsome man of obvious Indian ancestry with large brown eyes, rugged good looks and thick black hair.

“So, Dr. Singh, is it true that you are the first Indian—”

“Ms. Simmons, I am not here to promote more division of our planet – I am an American citizen of Indian descent and, yes, I am also a citizen of India but my ethnicity has NOTHING to do with this venture. Pardon my bluntness, but I wish to have irrelevant questions stopped now.”

“Of course. What are your thoughts on the upcoming flight?”

“I am very pleased to have made the cut because this is an important flight for all of us: Not just for myself, or even for Ellison Enterprises but for the entire future of manned spaceflight.”

“Dr. Singh, you are an accomplished academic with doctorates in several fields. What are your areas of specialization?”

“My fields of expertise are astrophysics, engineering, and theoretical physics.”

“I also understand that you have served in the United States Air Force.”

“Yes, for 15 years and I have been certified on a number of commercial and military aircraft though, on this mission, I’ll be responsible for navigation and communications.”

“I’ve heard that the number of qualified applicants vying for a spot on the crew of the Destiny was huge. How exactly were you chosen for this prestigious mission? Do you know what criteria was used to make the selections?”

He chuckled. “You would have to ask the selection committee.”

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Doctor Singh was pivotal in getting SpaceX’s Falcon9 rocket off the drawing board

“Now, Dr. Singh, could you tell me how you met Niles Ellison and Elon Musk?”

“Oh, I met Elon years ago during a test flight. As for Niles, I’d done some engineering for his firm in the past but he actually came to me, personally, to suggest that I throw my hat into the ring for a seat in the cockpit.”

“We understand one of the passengers is an associate of yours, Dr. Piotr Apostolov?”

He nodded, a smile on his faces. “Yes, Piotr and I are colleagues. We bump heads once in a while, but he’s a good man and an outstanding scientist. Although he’s one of the passengers, we might get a chance to discuss a few things – perhaps even agree to collaborate on one or two projects of interest.”

“The passenger list of Destiny’s maiden voyage is a real ‘who’s who’, isn’t it?”

“It is, indeed. Besides Doctor Apostolov, there will be plenty of luminaries from around the world.”

“Why do you think Ellison Enterprises made the inaugural flight an ‘invitation-only’ affair?”

He chuckled. “You’d have to ask Niles but, to be honest, I think he wants to associate Ellison Enterprises with commercial spaceflight among the world’s ‘movers and shakers’. It’s good business. And, by broadcasting and streaming the event live, he guarantees people think of Ellison Enterprises first when they think of space.”

It was unfortunate that our interview was cut short at this point as Dr. Singh was called away. I wish him as well as the passengers and the rest of the crew the best of luck.

Horizons: The Art and Music of the City

In Focus: Grace

The young artist who simply goes by Grace has been causing quite a stir in the local culture.  This up-and-coming twenty-five year old has made quite the splash with her love of multiple media’s, and seeming lack of concern about what the critics think of her works.  Her talents range from photography, to paints, charcoal and even tattoos.  

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One of her first works in mixed media, Grace completed “Recollections” when she was barely thirteen yet showed outstanding promise

The daughter of Henry and Barbara Collins, Grace attended the prestigious Yale University’s School of Art for two years before striking out on her own.  She broke into the scene last year when she was one of the finalists on the popular tattoo contest show Ink’d.  She can often be found watching the events and colorful denizens of such bustling urban centers as Manhattan and Los Angeles from a distance, preparing her next piece.

We had the chance to speak to her during the opening of her display at the Brextal Gallery in Millennium City. The softly spoken artist shared few words with us, instead letting her landscapes, sketches, and painting of the city and it’s rather unique inhabitants speak for her.
“I am just a lens, a camera to capture a moment and pass it on to others.  If someone can capture a look into the truth of this city through my art, that is all I could ever ask for.” she said as she showed us Helter Skelter, a piece showcasing a band of heroes fighting off one of the mechanical monstrosities that was unleashed on our fair city, framed by the iconic skyline of our city.
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“Helter Skelter” is a terse, unflinching character study

Of particular interest to those of us who have lived in the city for a while was the fact that the painting didn’t really detail the valiant defenders of the city, or even the terror they were facing.  All those elements were indistinct, undefined in subtle ways.  The true focus of the piece were the many citizens of the city portrayed in exacting detail, showing the impact of the events that happen here on the most often overlooked of those involved.  The common folk, such as you and I.

We look forward to seeing where this young lady chooses to make an impact next.

Pennie: Liquid Sky EP

Smokin’ hot just got an upgrade

Pennie’s six-track EP redefines Indie rock

One of this year’s true finds, Pennie carries the torch of true Indie rock with her finely-etched songs, smokey vocals and electrifying guitar riffs. Raised in Calgary, Alberta, a stone’s throw away from the Saddledome, her refusal to put up with bullying from school staff once saw her dad, a long haul trucker, hauled off to jail and then-thirteen-year-old Penelope Lane expelled for a week for spitting at a teacher.

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Pennie rivets the audience at last year’s Lollapalooza Music Festival

“If you attract attention, you also attract people who want to take you down,” Pennie says.

Her debut album Liquid Sky released by indie label Mad Dog Records is a must-have. Period. The tracks feature slick golden rhythms, precisely honed melodies, occasional freewheeling and Pennie’s characteristic dirtied, sun-baked vocals that are reminiscent of Bella Donna-era Stevie Nicks.

The eighteen year old could be the face Indie rock desperately needs. She easily holds her ground in the banal sea of unwashed dudes singing about pain, puberty and p***y”. Her jubilant, take-no-shit untamable voice soars with swagger. Songs like “Narcisist” and “Looking for Work” feature Pennie’s bold temperamental octaves, arching over rambling acoustic strums, thumping percussion and harmonized choruses.

It’s been years since a performer has burst onto the music scene with such force and feeling. If Liquid Sky is any indication, Pennie is here to stay.

To Boldly Go… for a Price

Ellison Enterprises is set to make commercial spaceflight a reality

by Paul Kirk | Millennium City Gazette

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar mission, during which three Apollo 8 astronauts orbited the moon and gave the U.S. a decisive lead in its space race against the Soviet Union. These days, with NASA’s milestones receding in the national memory, Russian spaceships are the ones ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). If all goes well, that will soon change.

NASA is counting on commercial efforts to succeed. Even unmanned tests of spaceships “would be a major milestone in getting the U.S. back into launching its own astronauts into space,” says Douglas Messier, managing editor of Parabolic Arc, a commercial-space blog. NASA hasn’t had that capability since it retired the Space Shuttle in 2011.

At the moment, a handful of companies including The Boeing Company and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation have spent billions of dollars and countless man hours working toward commercial spaceflight. Yet it is upstart Ellison Enterprises, owned by Millennium City whiz kid Niles Ellison, that is about to boldly go where NASA used to go.

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Artist’s interpretation of The Destiny in orbit

The maiden voyage of The E.E. Destiny will depart Earth from Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 24. Ellison’s spaceship is the latest in a long line of innovations in space technology the sixteen-year-old prodigy has made over an astonishing career which already spans a decade. It has been rumored that Ellison Enterprises also expect to begin construction of a lunar station in the new year though Ellison has declined to comment.

The Destiny will have a crew compliment of twelve and carry eighty-nine passengers, who were all personally invited by sixteen-year-old Ellison. The passenger manifest reads like an eclectic shopping list of the world’s most talented, most influential and most beautiful people including Hollywood heartthrob George Roundy, acclaimed Russian astrophysicist Piotr Apostolov, best-selling British novelist Cassandra Hastings and Canadian singer-songwriter Pennie.

The entire flight will be broadcast around the world and promises to be the hottest party in history. After the Destiny’s inaugural flight, Ellison says The Destiny will make monthly moon-orbiting flybys beginning in January. Sources in Ellison Enterprises have confirmed that tickets for the first cruise are already sold out. The company won’t say how much the tickets cost but the price is likely to be far more than the $40 million the last private astronaut, Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberté, paid the Russians to reach the ISS almost a decade ago.

Three Bodies Discovered in Westside

MCPD discover the remains of three women “trussed up like Christmas turkeys”

by Charles McNider | Millennium City Gazette

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The Medical Examiner removes the body of one of the women discovered at the scene

The bodies of three women were discovered in an abandoned garage on Orando St. south of Levitz Lane in Westside late last night.

The remains of the three were found at 11:23 p.m. by MCPD officers responding to a 911 call from a man wishing to remain anonymous who claimed that he had seen some “strange goings-on” at the garage.

Officers discovered the bodies of three women dressed in what a source in the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office claimed was “typical of robes worn by practitioners of ceremonial magic”. The bodies had been wrapped in plastic sheeting and left side-by-side on the floor of the garage, indicating that the women had died elsewhere and their bodies had been taken there at a later time. The bodies displayed no visible signs of physical or sexual assault.

One of the women has been identified as Julie Ambercrombie, 29, the owner of Dark Shadows occult bookshop in downtown Millennium City and well-known member of the Wiccan community. The second woman, Galina Belova, 33, of Chicago, Il was believed to be a member of the devil-worshiping cult called DEMON but this has not been corroborated. The identity of the third woman, an African-American female in her early to mid twenties, has yet to be established.

A source in the MCPD revealed that officers canvassing the area were unsuccessful in turning up any leads as to the person or persons responsible for depositing the bodies in the garage.

Autopsies are scheduled for 8 a.m. this morning to determine cause of death.

Early Christianity comes to life at the Natural History Museum

New exhibit highlights the origins of Christianity

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The Secrets of Antioch

31 October – December 30 2016

antiochFounded in 300BC by a former general of Alexander the Great, Antioch was one of the ancient world’s greatest urban centers. The capital of the Seleucid Kingdom until 64AD, it was later one of the Roman Empire’s principle outposts and the place where St Paul essentially founded modern Christianity. At its height, the city was home to half a million people – making it larger than modern-day Atlanta or Miami. Although the location of Antioch was no secret – it was situated just outside Antakya in modern Turkey – little hope was held for every being able to study it.

Located near the mouth of the Orontes River, Antioch was gradually reclaimed by the river and eventually entombed beneath a thick layer of mud. The Imperial Palace and Constantine’s Great Church were thought to be lost forever until an expedition of underwater archaeologists led by the curator of Millennium City’s Natural History Museum, Professor Henry Jones, recently rediscovered them.

The exceptional archaeological discoveries, only made possible through the use of technologies on loan from Harmon Industries, will form the heart of The Secrets of Antioch, a forthcoming exhibit at the Millennium City Museum of Natural History.

Spear of DestinyThe finds from these excavations will be on display for the first time anywhere alongside major objects rarely seen in the US from the early Christian period. The artifact that has attracted the most attention from archaeologists and biblical scholars from around the world is the Spear of Destiny.

The Spear of Destiny, also known as the Holy Lance, the Holy Spear or the Lance of Longinus, is the lance that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross, according to the Gospel of John. Although several churches across the world claimed to possess the genuine Spear of Destiny, the artifact retrieved by Professor Jones and his team has positively been identified by three teams of independent researchers as being the true Spear of Destiny.

The Secrets of Antioch will open to the public on 31 October.