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We love each other, says Paris of old flame August 1, 2006

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Paris Hilton has confirmed she is back with ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos.

The hotel heiress revealed she reunited with the 21-year-old Greek shipping heir while partying at rapper Diddy’s Unforgettable 50 event in St Tropez on Monday.

She gushed: “We love each other. We’re together now here.”

Paris’ friend, Carolina D’Amore, added: “They love each other very much.”

The confirmation comes after Paris, 25, was spotted pole dancing for Stavros at the exclusive VIP Room nightclub, in the South of France, on Saturday night, and kissing him at another club the night before.

The couple – who dated for seven months after she broke off her engagement to another Greek shipping heir, Paris Latsis – split in May.

Meanwhile, Paris is being inundated with fan mail from besotted prisoners desperate to secure her hand in marriage.

The Simple Life star said: “I get a lot of letters from guys in prison who send their paintings of me and I get a few rings from guys who want to marry me, but I have a team of people who send them back a picture of me, and yes, the rings get sent back, too.”

Baseball is not all Greek for Kottaras August 1, 2006

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The late-blooming catcher climbs the Padres’ ladder, and will join the Beavers after the All-Star break.

If he weren’t a Canadian who once left the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wizards to play for Greece in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, this would be one of the tougher itineraries for catcher George Kottaras.

Kottaras played in the All-Star Futures Game at PNC Park on Sunday. From here, he will go to Montgomery, Ala., for today’s Southern League All-Star Game, then to Portland on Wednesday, where he will be one step away from the San Diego Padres on the organizational ladder.

Not bad for a guy who didn’t play baseball until he was 15 and wasn’t drafted until the 20th round.

Kottaras, 23, ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Padres system, will begin the second half of the season with the Beavers, who begin a four-game series against Tacoma on Thursday at PGE Park. This will give Portland fans another look at a top prospect in 2006, following pitchers Cesar Carrillo (although he threw only 22/3 innings before elbow trouble) and Jared Wells.

“I’m just going to try to carry it over,” said Kottaras, who hit .276 with eight home runs and a .394 on-base percentage for the Double A Mobile (Ala.) Bay Bears. “Just have fun with it — that’s what you have to do in baseball, you can’t overanalyze.”

Kottaras had fun Sunday, going 2 for 2 with a home run and a double and two runs scored in his 31/2 innings for the World team in a 8-5 loss to the U.S. team.

“My first at-bat, I had so much adrenaline and was so far out of my normal self,” said Kottaras, who was facing upper-90s “hairy” fastballs from the U.S. staff. “I just told myself to relax and do what I could do. And I did well.” (more…)

He’s one sexy Greek crooner August 1, 2006

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Before you can even ask a question, Constantine Maroulis is talking. About how he’s so excited to have Richmond as his first audience on tour. About how this city will be the first to hear his new material. About how this benefit for VSA Arts of Virginia popped up, so it just made sense to kick off his two-week run here.

His slick professionalism shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who watched “American Idol” last season, you know, back when that Yamin guy was still working at Westbury Pharmacy. Though he finished sixth on the show, Maroulis remains one of the show’s most memorable characters, a sexy Greek crooner who injected his theatrical background into every smoldering performance, especially his unforgettable version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Now, he’s pursing the inevitable solo career after quitting his band, Pray For the Soul of Betty, this year. And there’s the MTV show starting in the fall, he’s a “singing judge” on “The Little Talent Show.” And the possible return to acting, he was invited to check out a play last weekend for possible future involvement. And it’s all grounded by Maroulis’ dedicated work ethic.

“When I toured with ‘Rent’ playing Roger in 2003, I did over 300 performances and never missed a show. I never missed an ‘Idol’ performance. That’s just how I am. Sometimes you spread yourself a little too thin, but I can’t help it. I like to do a little of this and a little of that. I’m just blessed to have a job. It wasn’t too long ago that I didn’t have a gig. I was waiting tables,” he said last week from his New York apartment.

Maroulis, 30, recently released his first single, “Girl Like You,” a catchy, Ricky Martin-esque thumper, which is being promoted on the “American Idol” homepage. He’s working on an album expected to be released this fall, but smoothly deflected any questions as to who is releasing it.

“I’m not answering questions about that today,” he said before segueing with, “but the fans have been very responsive to the song.” Though he’s been out of the “Idol” glare for more than a year, Maroulis admitted to feeling a tinge of nostalgia at the start of this year’s competition.

“At first, it’s a little, ‘oooooh.’ But I’m so happy for all of them. I think they’re all really talented. There’s room for everybody. I clearly made my mark. I’m part of ‘Idol’ history, which is the biggest show on TV.”

Maroulis also retuned to the ‘Idol’ fray a few months ago when pictures of him and this year’s cutesy blonde candidate, Kellie Pickler, hit the tabloids. Though never quite confirming that they dated, “I’m pretty sure she’s not single,” he said, Maroulis pulled out the “we’re definitely friends” line when describing their current state.

“She’s a sweet kid. I enjoy her, she’s very likeable. But look, she’s busy, I’m busy. I wish her all the best,” he said.

His next whirlwind starts tonight at Have a Nice Day Café, where he and his six-member band will play new songs and “Idol” favorites to benefit VSA Arts of Virginia, which promotes the arts and education for children and adults with disabilities.

No doubt Maroulis’ natural charm will ooze within seconds of taking the stage, and it’s a role he’s perfected from nearly half his life. “I feel like the last 12 years I’ve been training,” he said, “and this is what I’m supposed to do.”

IF YOU GO > WHAT: Constantine Maroulis WHEN: 8 tonight, doors open at 7 WHERE: Have a Nice Day Café, 11 S. 18th St. TICKETS: $35. All ages permitted. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult INFO: (804) 771-1700

Nova Arts Project gives ancient Greek theatre new look August 1, 2006

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Oedipus3
August 4 to 19, 2006

Freely adapted from Sophocles’ plays Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, the Nova Arts Production, re-titled Oedipus3, is an experiment to breathe new life into a theatre standard. Each play has been assigned to a different director, and each director is charged to develop their own 30-minute cutting of their play. One cast of six actors will work on each, with no actor playing the same role from play to play…

“We first envisioned this project as an aesthetic experiment in theatricality that would be both fun and an opportunity to show Houston what this company is about and the level of work we intend to create,” says Clinton Hopper, Nova Arts Project co-Artistic Director and director of The Gods Are Big Poop Heads: An Adaptation of Oedipus at Colonus. “I’m exited to see my vision come to life alongside two other radically divergent concepts.”

Nova Board President Jenni Rebecca Stephenson joins the fun as director for Antigone. Stephenson says about her adaptation, “the question that immediately presents itself in Antigone is ‘who or what is the ultimate authority?’ This is a question our society is dealing with on a multitude of levels today, and one of the most politically charged discussions is centered on the topic of homosexuality. I am endeavoring to approach not so much the story, but the central conflict of Antigone through this lens, while also exploring the themes of disillusionment and irreverence, as well as our notions of femininity and civil obedience.”

Bernardo Cubria, founder of Houston’s Unheard Voices Theatre Company, rounds out the production, taking on the big kahuna of Greek plays, Oedipus Rex. “After being involved in professional theatre for five years it’s wonderful to be allowed to create something in the environment of a playground rather than in the environment of a corporate office. This is not the snooty avant-garde theatre of hipsters and intellectuals; this is the avant-garde theatre that rewards its audience for being there.”

Nova Arts Project is a Houston-based, not-for-profit performing arts organization. We seek to recreate classics and inspiring new works in a fearlessly theatrical way.

Nova Arts Project, formed in 2005 with a vision of an avant-garde theatre for the new century, is always challenging and never boring. We are attracted to those aesthetic experiments that capitalize on the visceral nature of live theatre.

Dates & Times: August 4 – 19, 2006, Fridays & Saturdays 8pm

Ticket Info: Tickets are $5-$10 and reservations can be made by calling the Nova Arts Project office at 713-623-4033

Location: Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston Street in Houston.
Visit Nova Arts’ Site > http://www.novaartsproject.com/home.html

Britons arrested for streaking in Malia, Crete August 1, 2006

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Three British men were sentenced to a month in prison and fined $1,000 each on Tuesday for stripping outdoors at a rowdy holiday resort on the island of Crete, court authorities said.

A court found the three men guilty of disturbing the peace and making a display of public nudity. The three men can pay the fine in lieu of jail time, under a Greek law concerning petty offenses.

The incident occurred early Monday at the seaside resort of Malia, near the island’s capital, Iraklio, where several disturbances involving British tourists have been reported this summer.

Last month, 10 British men were arrested following a brawl involving some 50 people that occurred in Malia and continued at the local health clinic where some of the men were being treated for injuries.

The 10 suspects were due to appear in court Tuesday on assault charges, but the trial was postponed, court officials said, without offering further details.

The Legacy of the Athens Olympics August 1, 2006

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August 13th, 2004.

It was a Friday and it was the 13th day of the month.

In Athens.

In Greece.

It was the day when the whole of the Greek Nation Welcomed the World to the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It was the date when, we, the modern Greeks Welcomed the Olympics Back Home.

The Editor of this blog, had the honor to serve the noble Olympic Ideal, by being one of the thousands Olympic Games Volunteers. Along with thousands of Greeks, young and old, all united under one scope, has served his Nation and carries much proud for this.

2004 – 2006. Two years since then.

The legacy of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is literally “heavy”. Not only financially, but in many other ways. We have seen Greece and Athens, drastically changing for the better. We hope and look forward to a better quality of life. To a better future. Many things have been accomplished. Still many other have to be coped with.

In order to commemorate those wonderful days, we all, Greeks and the World, lived together back in 2004, HomeboyMediaNews and its Editor, will be digging deep into their personal archives and will be bringing back to light articles related to the Athens 2004 Games. All such articles are dated back to the year 2004, so we will not edit them but leave them in their original text. Posting will be done at random, thus it will be a mix of articles, however we shall do our best to keep them in an order.

For this reason, we shall be filing them under a NEW blog category, titled “ATHENS 2004”. Join us in celebrating again!

Food for thought II August 1, 2006

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“The perfect human being is all human beings put together, it is a collective, it is all of us together that make perfection.” – Socrates, a Greek philosopher.