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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 1, 1994
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While most of us were sleeping, Jim Bakker re-entered society.At midnight, one of the world's best-known religious figures was to be released from the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and take his place as a free and private citizen.Make that very private citizen, since the former head of the PTL ministry declined to make himself seen or heard on the occasion of his freedom after five years' custody.Mr. Bakker, 54, who has spent the past four months under house arrest in a private home in the Asheville area, will remain where he is for now. The biggest change in his life comes in now being free to return to the pulpit after his conviction for bilking followers out of $158 million.
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By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services | July 25, 2007
Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and her unlikely best friend, Katie Holmes Cruise, click-clacked their stilettos into the Mondrian Hotel's Asia de Cuba in Hollywood for lunch the other day. Victoria ran her fingers through her hair and her head was thrown back a lot, as the paps snapped. It was all very "aren't-I-fabulous-and-aren't-you-lucky-to-be-here-to-see-me." Katie smiled winsomely, like a human being. But apparently, Mrs. B. forgot to raid her husband David's wallet before she left the house.
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By Dennis McLellan and Dennis McLellan,Los Angeles Times | July 22, 2007
Tammy Faye Messner, the mascara-laden former wife of televangelist Jim Bakker, the charismatic TV preacher with the choir-boy face with whom she appeared on their popular Christian talk-variety show until his downfall amid scandal in the late 1980s, has died. She was 65. Mrs. Messner, who underwent surgery for colon cancer in 1996 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, died Friday, CNN talk-show host Larry King told the network last night. In a letter posted on her Web site in May, Mrs. Messner said that doctors had stopped treating her cancer and that her weight had dropped to 65 pounds.
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By Dennis McLellan and Dennis McLellan,Los Angeles Times | July 22, 2007
Tammy Faye Messner, the mascara-laden former wife of televangelist Jim Bakker, the charismatic TV preacher with the choir-boy face with whom she appeared on their popular Christian talk-variety show until his downfall amid scandal in the late 1980s, has died. She was 65. Mrs. Messner, who underwent surgery for colon cancer in 1996 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, died Friday, CNN talk-show host Larry King told the network last night. In a letter posted on her Web site in May, Mrs. Messner said that doctors had stopped treating her cancer and that her weight had dropped to 65 pounds.
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By Knight-Ridder | August 23, 1991
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jim Bakker was expected to accept responsibility for misleading PTL's faithful today, but it was unclear how far Bakker's admission would go.One of Bakker's attorneys, Alan Dershowitz, said yesterday that the fallen television evangelist planned to "tell the court he feels completelyresponsible . . . and will accept responsibility for his conduct."But when asked yesterday if that meant Bakker would own up to intentionally defrauding PTL partners, Dershowitz said, "He's not going to say something that isn't the case," Dershowitz said, leaving court after the first day of Bakker's two-day resentencing hearing.
BUSINESS
By New York Times | November 19, 1990
NEW YORK -- The roughly 350 partners of Laventhol & Horwath, the nation's seventh-largest accounting firm, voted over the weekend at a hastily arranged emergency meeting to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and disband the firm, former Laventhol partners said last night.Partners of the troubled firm, meeting in Houston over the weekend, rejected a proposal to pump $15 million in funds into the company, according to partners at the meeting.Without the extra money, the firm can't keep operating.
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By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services | July 25, 2007
Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and her unlikely best friend, Katie Holmes Cruise, click-clacked their stilettos into the Mondrian Hotel's Asia de Cuba in Hollywood for lunch the other day. Victoria ran her fingers through her hair and her head was thrown back a lot, as the paps snapped. It was all very "aren't-I-fabulous-and-aren't-you-lucky-to-be-here-to-see-me." Katie smiled winsomely, like a human being. But apparently, Mrs. B. forgot to raid her husband David's wallet before she left the house.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1995
Unless you just don't like puppets, period, it's hard to understand how you could not appreciate the artistry of Jim Henson. Whether on "Sesame Street" or the big screen, few acts have won more friends -- or more accolades -- than the Muppets. So get out your Kermit puppet, watch PBS tonight and enjoy.* "Married With Children" (6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Remember Jessica Hahn? Jim Bakker no doubt wishes you wouldn't. See the woman who helped bring down Jim and Tammy Faye's empire, and try to figure just what Jim was thinking.
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By Kevin Cowherd | November 20, 1991
LET ME BEGIN by saying that I'm not much of a crier myself, although given the right circumstances (bill for a new transmission, "Ol' Yeller" re-runs), I can bawl like a baby.Men first began crying openly in the late '70s, encouraged by the likes of Alan Alda and Phil Donahue, weepy guys with three-pack-a-day Kleenex habits who weren't afraid to show they were sensitive, vulnerable and so forth.Women (at least some of them) seemed to go for this. So pretty soon you had a lot of guys with robin-egg-blue leisure suits sobbing on women's shoulders during everything from foreign film presentations to the hatching of baby chicks.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 25, 2000
Tammy Faye Bakker was one of the most maligned figures of the 1980s, a squeaky-voiced, over-mascarad Imelda Marcos of televangelism. Her fall from grace when her husband, Jim, was convicted for fraud and embezzlement seemed just reward for a life of hubris and greed. But a different portrait emerges in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's documentary about the woman behind the tarantula-leg eyelashes. If that portrait is still maddeningly incomplete by the end of this slight but engrossing film, that's probably a function not of the filmmakers' skills, but of their subject's tenacious lack of self-awareness.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 25, 2000
Tammy Faye Bakker was one of the most maligned figures of the 1980s, a squeaky-voiced, over-mascarad Imelda Marcos of televangelism. Her fall from grace when her husband, Jim, was convicted for fraud and embezzlement seemed just reward for a life of hubris and greed. But a different portrait emerges in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's documentary about the woman behind the tarantula-leg eyelashes. If that portrait is still maddeningly incomplete by the end of this slight but engrossing film, that's probably a function not of the filmmakers' skills, but of their subject's tenacious lack of self-awareness.
FEATURES
June 14, 1999
It's a kind of homecoming for Jim Bakker in North Carolina. After spending a year and a half ministering to the poor in inner-city Los Angeles, the preacher and his wife of nine months, Lori, moved into a log cabin near Charlotte lastweek and is considering another televangelism career."
NEWS
By Barry Rascovar | February 11, 1996
THE PROBLEM with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is that she doesn't remember Gordon Kamka. How could she? She didn't even move to Maryland until three years after Mr. Kamka's controversial reign as prison secretary ended.Yet there is Lieutenant Governor Townsend pushing the same sort of prison ''reform'' that got Maryland in so much trouble.For those too young to remember, Gov. Harry Hughes hired Mr. Kamka in 1979. Instead of constructing more prisons, Mr. Kamka decided ''we can't build our way out of the problem'' of overcrowding.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1995
Unless you just don't like puppets, period, it's hard to understand how you could not appreciate the artistry of Jim Henson. Whether on "Sesame Street" or the big screen, few acts have won more friends -- or more accolades -- than the Muppets. So get out your Kermit puppet, watch PBS tonight and enjoy.* "Married With Children" (6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Remember Jessica Hahn? Jim Bakker no doubt wishes you wouldn't. See the woman who helped bring down Jim and Tammy Faye's empire, and try to figure just what Jim was thinking.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 1, 1994
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While most of us were sleeping, Jim Bakker re-entered society.At midnight, one of the world's best-known religious figures was to be released from the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and take his place as a free and private citizen.Make that very private citizen, since the former head of the PTL ministry declined to make himself seen or heard on the occasion of his freedom after five years' custody.Mr. Bakker, 54, who has spent the past four months under house arrest in a private home in the Asheville area, will remain where he is for now. The biggest change in his life comes in now being free to return to the pulpit after his conviction for bilking followers out of $158 million.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | November 20, 1991
LET ME BEGIN by saying that I'm not much of a crier myself, although given the right circumstances (bill for a new transmission, "Ol' Yeller" re-runs), I can bawl like a baby.Men first began crying openly in the late '70s, encouraged by the likes of Alan Alda and Phil Donahue, weepy guys with three-pack-a-day Kleenex habits who weren't afraid to show they were sensitive, vulnerable and so forth.Women (at least some of them) seemed to go for this. So pretty soon you had a lot of guys with robin-egg-blue leisure suits sobbing on women's shoulders during everything from foreign film presentations to the hatching of baby chicks.
NEWS
By Barry Rascovar | February 11, 1996
THE PROBLEM with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is that she doesn't remember Gordon Kamka. How could she? She didn't even move to Maryland until three years after Mr. Kamka's controversial reign as prison secretary ended.Yet there is Lieutenant Governor Townsend pushing the same sort of prison ''reform'' that got Maryland in so much trouble.For those too young to remember, Gov. Harry Hughes hired Mr. Kamka in 1979. Instead of constructing more prisons, Mr. Kamka decided ''we can't build our way out of the problem'' of overcrowding.
NEWS
August 26, 1991
Jim Bakker, the dapper little evangelist who hornswoggled thousands of television viewers into giving money to his dubious religious causes, managed to get his 45-year prison sentence reduced to 18.That's good news, because the trial judge who initially sentenced Bakker clearly demonstrated a personal prejudice against the TV preacher. But the 18-year sentence, which will make Bakker eligible for parole in 1995, is still wholly out of line with the offense Bakker committed.What makes Bakker's case for release compelling is the considerably shorter sentences given to the perpetrators of the Wall Street financial scandals of the 1980s.
NEWS
August 26, 1991
Jim Bakker, the dapper little evangelist who hornswoggled thousands of television viewers into giving money to his dubious religious causes, managed to get his 45-year prison sentence reduced to 18.That's good news, because the trial judge who initially sentenced Bakker clearly demonstrated a personal prejudice against the TV preacher. But the 18-year sentence, which will make Bakker eligible for parole in 1995, is still wholly out of line with the offense Bakker committed.What makes Bakker's case for release compelling is the considerably shorter sentences given to the perpetrators of the Wall Street financial scandals of the 1980s.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder | August 23, 1991
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jim Bakker was expected to accept responsibility for misleading PTL's faithful today, but it was unclear how far Bakker's admission would go.One of Bakker's attorneys, Alan Dershowitz, said yesterday that the fallen television evangelist planned to "tell the court he feels completelyresponsible . . . and will accept responsibility for his conduct."But when asked yesterday if that meant Bakker would own up to intentionally defrauding PTL partners, Dershowitz said, "He's not going to say something that isn't the case," Dershowitz said, leaving court after the first day of Bakker's two-day resentencing hearing.
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