WHO@ Newsletter - April 13, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Why?

Swedish parishioners unveil Lego statue of Jesus

Parishioners at a church in Sweden celebrated Easter on Sunday by unveiling a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) statue of Jesus that they had built out of 30,000 Lego blocks.

It took the 40 volunteers about 18 months to put all the tiny plastic blocks together, and their creation shows a standing Jesus facing forward with his arms outstretched.

The Protestant church was filled to capacity with about 400 worshippers on Sunday when the statue went on display behind the altar, and some of the children in the congregation couldn't help but touch the white art work.

Church spokesman Per Wilder said the statue at the Onsta Gryta church in the central Swedish city of Vasteras is a copy of Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen's "Christus" statue on display in Copenhagen.

He also said that even though the statue is all white on the outside, many of the donated Legos that the church received were of other colors and were placed inside.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Woman battles stalker, courts - 04/13/09
He seemed to be around every corner. Standing near her. Watching her.
"It's unsettling," said Tulsan Stephanie Lewis, who met the man through her work in coordinating a local arm of a national political group.
The man started calling constantly and sent hundreds of e-mails, she said. Every public meeting she led, he was there. He argued with her and tried to take over. Then he copied everything from her political group's Facebook page and put them on his.

Second Worm Made By Brooklyn Teen Hits Twitter Site - 04/13/09
A second worm affecting the social networking site Twitter was created by a teen from Brooklyn who told CNET News that he produced both worms from boredom and wished to bring attention to a flaw on the site.

The Digital Divide among today's families - 04/12/09
In routine fashion, first-year college student Annah Solak went to a computer, signed onto the Internet, and logged into Facebook, a popular social networking site.
The online community is a hub for people to connect with others from around the globe. But on this particular visit, Solak found someone a little too close to home.

Teenager alleges beating after 'sexy' SMS - 04/12/09
A 17-year-old schoolboy, who sent an SMS declaring his love to a girl he met at a party, was allegedly beaten so severely by the girl's father that he had to be admitted to hospital.

OMG!!! Teens and sexting - 04/12/09
Cell phones with photo, video and data capabilities have become a way of life.
However, the technology designed to keep people connected and make life easier comes with an alarming downside -- cell phones can become a parent's worst nightmare as a growing number of teens and young adults use them for sexting.

Feeling sinful? Get SoulWow, available now in NY - 04/12/09
Sinners, take heed: There's a product available now in parts of New York that will leave you with that "almost baptized feeling."
It's called SoulWow ­ with the cleansing power of confession.

Man faces stalking, theft charges in case involving teen's backpack - 04/11/09
A local man who has admitted his attraction to boys' abdomens is accused of stalking a local teenager online and stealing a backpack from another teen at a Portsmouth water park, where he allegedly snapped photos of boys in their bathing suits. Robert G. Slye, 27, of 153 Colby Road, was recently charged with stalking by Danville police after he allegedly sent unsolicited messages through the popular social networking Web site Facebook in June 2008 to a Danville teenager with whom he had been ordered to have no contact.

ISPs Should Lead in Curbing Internet Defamation - 04/10/09
A friend once said to me, “the internet is good for two things: slander and porn.” For those who have been the target of electronic harassment and bullying, that sentiment could not ring truer.

Macon Councilwoman Lucas files complaint against radio host Krok - 04/10/09
Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas filed a police report Wednesday accusing local radio show personality Chris Krok of harassment.
About two weeks ago, Krok posted on his blog a photograph of himself pointing to the personalized license plate on Lucas’ Cadillac Escalade while it was parked at the Cherry Blossom Festival parade. Readers then posted several pages of generally offensive comments about the picture that the councilwoman said caused her to fear for her safety.

Defamation suit ends in favor of ad agency chief - - 04/10/09
The head of a local advertising agency has won $1.8 million in damages after suing an author of a blog - known for its harsh and sometimes crass criticism of elected officials, business leaders and local media - for defamation. Scott Brandon, the head of The Brandon Agency, sued Donald Wizeman, a local businessman who was found by State Law Enforcement Division to be an author of the Myrtle Beach Insider blog, after an article appeared on the blog in June 2007 calling Brandon a "failed lawyer" and criticized one of the firm's advertising campaigns, according to court documents.

Hammer time for cell phone used to run up $5K bill - 04/10/09
A cell phone used by a Wyoming 13-year-old to run up a nearly $5,000 phone bill will text no more thanks to her angry father and his hammer. Dena Christoffersen of Cheyenne sent or received about 20,000 text messages over about a month, and her parents' phone plan didn't cover texting.

Student allegedly made threats on Facebook - 04/10/09
A Knightdale High School student is charged with making threats and cyberstalking.
The accusations come from comments 17-year-old Ahn Nguyen allegedly made on his Facebook web page.

Saudi man divorces wife by text message - 04/09/09
A Saudi man has divorced his wife by text message, a newspaper said on Thursday.
The man was in Iraq when he sent the SMS informing her she was no longer his spouse. He followed up with a telephone call to two of his relatives, the daily Arab News reported.

Players fined over chicken "sex" video - 04/09/09
Two leading Australian Rules players have been fined A$5,000 (2,428 pounds) each for their part in making an offensive video showing a rubber chicken simulating sex with a chicken carcass.

No Bail For Idol Stalker - 04/09/09
An Australian woman charged with cyber-stalking third season “American Idol” contestant Diana DeGarmo must stay behind bars until her next court appearance May 11.

Man charged for using Facebook to find woman - 04/08/09
Cleveland County deputies have arrested a man for cyber-stalking a 38-year-old Kings Mountain woman.
Laurence Barnett, 40, is charged with the crime. Deputies say it appears the Marietta, Ga., man may have used information on Facebook.com to track the woman down at her church.


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