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No Sweatshops for Shakira

Monday, 13 May 2002 12:00 AM

During a promotional appearance at a shopping center in Sydney, Australia, someone attempted to interrupt

A bag of cement powder was thrown in the direction of the Colombian pop star. The bag split open and covered more than 20 people with dust.

Police arrested a 19-year-old man. He was later charged with offensive behavior, assaulting police and resisting arrest.

This incident came on the heels of a lawsuit against a sweater factory that produced clothing modeled by Shakira.

The suit for unfair labor practices was brought by the U.S. Department of Labor. It claims the factory's owners forced employees to work overtime without pay. It also accuses the company of record-keeping violations.

Shakira said she did not know about the problems with the teen clothing line until it was reported in the Daily News.

"I would never knowingly wear any clothes or support any company who produced clothing with alleged wage and labor violations," Shakira said in an issued statement.

The Left Coast Report is still trying to figure out how Shakira-style sweaters could possibly involve overtime.

Sometimes real news events can throw a wrench in the wheels of creativity.

TV Guide reported that a new Stallone-produced show called "Lefty" was scheduled to start this fall on CBS. Now the show is in jeopardy.

It seems that the main character of the show is a priest. Father Lefty is an activist in a collar who helps those in need.

It's unfortunate that what could have been a wholesome family show has run into some really bad timing.

Still, the Left Coast Report feels compelled to root for a character named "Lefty." It gives some hope that someday there might be a character named "Righty."

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Apparently, Britney's pastor, former teacher and even some of her fans were angered at her dance with the tobacco devil.

The Rev. David Kelly, pastor of the Louisiana church Spears attended in the past, told Heat magazine, "Smoking and drinking isn't what Christ wanted. It is disobedient."

Juanetta Green, a senior at Brooklyn's High School Redirection in Brownsville, told the New York Post, "This is bad. Britney has a lot of young fans and they are going to follow her example."

And Britney's teacher Jennifer Browne grumbled to the Post, "It's horrible. Britney should be a role model. She should know that smoking leads to heart disease and emphysema."

Apparently, the anti-smoking folks have done one heck of a job convincing people that tobacco is evil.

The Left Coast Report wonders, though, whether the pastor, teacher and fans are so caught up with Britney's smoking that they don't seem to notice her main activity – parading around half naked on stage.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) knows exactly how to motivate Hollywood stars. Give 'em an award.

Two of the hottest summer film stars,

Also in the running were India Arie, Chelsea Clinton, Ian McKellen, and last year's winner, Shania Twain.

One of the reasons vegetarians give for foregoing meat is that animals have a right to live, just like humans.

But Professor Stephen Davis' research for the animal science department at Oregon State University has revealed a surprising truth - vegetarianism kills animals.

Davis points out that in the process of preparing land for growing crops, animals lose their lives.

The creatures extinguished are the less visible kind such as mice, moles, rabbits and other animals, which end up being run over by tractors or robbed of their habitats.

The Left Coast Report questions how some people can justify the killing of animals for the fries but not for the burger.

Last January at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, hundreds of U.S. Marines paid their respects to a little-known hero.

Staff Sgt. Dwight J. Morgan, a helicopter mechanic, volunteered to go to Afghanistan in mid-November. He left on the day before his wife's birthday, telling his mom that he was just doing his job.

On Jan. 20, Morgan was flying aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter when it crashed outside Kabul due to mechanical failure. Five aboard survived. Morgan and Staff Sgt. Walter "Trae" Cohee of Mardela Springs, Md., did not.

Morgan's real family appears in the "7th Heaven" memorial, as do some real members of his Miramar-based helicopter squadron.

Series creator Brenda Hampton uses the episode to honor the more than three dozen members of the armed services who have died in the war against terrorism. Names of those killed in Operation Enduring Freedom scroll across the screen at the end of the episode.

The Left Coast Report joins Hampton in a giant salute to all who sacrifice for the cause of liberty. We will never forget.


But somebody's finally striking back. It's none other than techno-rocker

In his new single "Without Me," Eminem says Moby is too old and that "nobody listens to techno."

According to the New York Post, Moby hit back by calling Eminem's work "misogynistic and homophobic."

The Left Coast Report notes that Eminem has managed to offend women, gays, blacks and fellow performers. He is a product of our time - an equal opportunity annoyer.


Christina Scheier, longtime friend of Bonnie Lee Bakley, says she has photos, letters and postcards providing motives for the murder.

In a related TV moment, the brother of actor Robert Blake's slain wife may regret ever having appeared on ABC's "20/20" program.

It seems the interview got Joseph Bakley arrested for a Florida parole violation after authorities there saw him on TV. San Diego police arrested Bakley on charges of violating a court parole order stemming from a Florida conviction on drug and grand theft charges.

Meanwhile, Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash rejected Robert Blake's impassioned plea to be released from jail on $2 million bail. The judge did leave the door open, though, to reconsider the matter after he hears the evidence against Blake at the upcoming preliminary hearing.

Blake told the judge that he is so severely dyslexic he cannot read any of the legal documents and would have to have them read to him.

The Left Coast Report acknowledges that dyslexia is a real condition that sometimes causes reverse perception. But Blake has to be careful. The prosecution may use his dyslexia to explain its own theory that the accused actor took the victim to dinner, shot her and then went back to the restaurant to get his gun.

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