Boston rocker to pay paper
The founder of rock band Boston has been ordered to pay a newspaper US$132,000 for the court costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit. Musician Tom Scholz claimed the Boston Herald and two reporters blamed him for the 2007 suicide of lead singer Brad Delp. A Superior Court judge dismissed his lawsuit in March, saying it was impossible to know why Delp killed himself. Scholz’s attorneys said he should not have to pay court costs. The judge said court rules require it and such costs could have a chilling effect on “free expression of ideas and opinions by media defendants.” Herald publisher Pat Purcell said on Friday that the decision is a reminder of “the harmful impact” such lawsuits can have.
Pre-Inca mummies found
Polish and Peruvian archaeologists have discovered a royal burial chamber with 60 mummies and about 1,200 gold, silver and ceramic objects from more than 1,000 years ago in Peru. The mummies — including three princesses — and other items date back to a pre-Inca culture called the Wari, who peaked between the seventh and 11th centuries, researchers said. The find, made in an area known as El Castillo about 300km north of Lima, follows two earlier finds by the team in 2010. The chamber was discovered 2m underground and covered with 33 tonnes of gravel. The tombs of the princesses — apparently wives of Wari chiefs — were at one end of the 17m2 chamber. Most of the mummies were women, buried in an upright position, a sign of rank, according to the researchers. They were adorned in silver and gold jewelry, and buried with ceramic vessels and baskets filled with more jewelry.
Facebook to fix ad bugs
Facebook will tomorrow tighten its review process to spare advertisers the embarrassment of having their ads pop up on pages containing porn or violent imagery. “Our goal is to both preserve the freedoms of sharing on Facebook, but also protect people and brands from certain types of content,” the leading social network said on Friday in a blog post. “For example, we will now seek to restrict ads from appearing next to pages and groups that contain any violent, graphic or sexual content.” The move appeared aimed at calming advertisers’ concerns about brands being tarnished by appearing on Facebook pages with offensive content. “Prior to this change, a page selling adult products was eligible to have ads appear on its right-hand side; now there will not be ads displayed next to this type of content,” Facebook said.
Abductions probe continues
Police have detained the presumed owner of a Mexico City bar where 12 young people were brazenly kidnapped in broad daylight last month, authorities said on Friday. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office said Ernesto Espinosa Lobo was detained along with eight others in Coyoacan in an anti-drug operation and was in possession of “toxic substances.” Two bar workers and a woman had already been detained in the case that shocked the capital, which has been a relative oasis from the wave of drug-related violence plaguing many parts of the country. Mexico City authorities have offered a US$7,500 reward for information on the missing people. Rodolfo Rios, Mexico City’s top prosecutor, said the kidnapping may be related to a dispute between two gangs: La Union and Tepis, who deal drugs in Tepito, a rough neighborhood where the abductees are from.