The skinny

The skinny: Princely lawsuit promises thrills in courtroom

He said, they said

Princely suit holds promise of court thrills

It involves royalty, loyalty, big money, supposedly illicit transactions and life-sized erotic statues. In other words, it's not your average lawsuit. Brunei's notorious "Playboy Prince," Jefri Bolkiah, looked on Tuesday as his legal fight with some former advisers went to trial. Bolkiah, the youngest brother of the sultan of Brunei, says ex-lawyers Thomas and Faith Zaman Derbyshire stole about $7 million from him; they say he owes them $12 million or more in promised payments. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman told jurors Tuesday, "This case is not about sex, although it might have been much more interesting if it was."

Not rocket science

They're scientists, not accountants

In a major "oops" for NASA, the cost of replacing the Hubble Space Telescope shot up by another $1.5 billion, giving new meaning to the word astronomical. NASA's explanation: We're better rocket scientists than accountants. A new internal study released Wednesday says management didn't notice that key costs for the James Webb Space Telescope weren't included during a major program review in July 2008. In the best case scenario, it will now cost about $6.5 billion to launch and run the powerful new telescope. And that can happen only if NASA adds an extra $500 million in the next two years over current budget plans. Before now, the cost of the telescope had already ballooned from $3.5 billion to $5 billion.

Lighting up

A hospital is not that kind of a joint

New dads, here's some advice: The old-fashioned way to celebrate the arrival of your child is with a cigar. Smoking is not good for you, but that's how it has been done for ages. No exceptions, as a father found out after lighting up a marijuana joint to celebrate his child's birth at the Uniontown Hospital in western Pennsylvania. Even though he was really considerate and lit up in a designated smoking area. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said a nurse smelled the marijuana when she took a cigarette break in the same area, and a hospital security guard called police about 3:20 a.m. The man said, "I'm having a baby and wanted to get a buzz" and then pulled a bag of marijuana from his shoe, Uniontown police Sgt. Jonathan Grabiak said.

Crime Stoppers, not 'scorers'

A New York man looking to buy drugs dialed the Erie County sheriff's "Crime Stoppers" line instead. Detective Alan Rozansky got a call around noon Monday and answered with his usual "Crime Stoppers." The caller, perhaps not fully in his senses, said he was looking "to score" drugs. Rozansky told WIVB-TV he was surprised but played along and arranged a meeting. Undercover officers didn't arrest the caller but used him as an informant to lead them to another transaction taking place down the road. There, police arrested a 35-year-old woman trying to sell her prescription painkillers to a Buffalo man. The careless caller is off the hook for now.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Princely lawsuit promises thrills in courtroom 11/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:18pm]

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