Sunday, January 09, 2005


By Stockton

Stewart Loses Contest in Prison
Fri Dec 31, 2004

NEW YORK - Martha Stewart, who built a billion-dollar media empire based on her holiday and home decorating tips, was unable to lead her team to victory in a prison decoration contest, a magazine reported.

Stewart and a team of fellow inmates at a federal prison camp in Alderson, W.Va., crafted paper cranes to be hung from the ceiling, People magazine reported in an article posted on its Web site Wednesday. They lost out to a competing team that built a nativity scene showing "pictures of snow-covered hills and sleds and clouds on the wall," the magazine quoted an inmate as saying.

According to the Prison Newspaper, Pen Life, the theme of the contest was "Peace on Earth". Stewart's teammate, Chantilly Jackson, was upset at the 'Crane' theme chosen by Stewart. "I don't know what the fuck cranes have to do with Christmas," said Jackson. "I told that bitch we should do doves. But no! Ms. 'I had my own t.v. show' was all like, it's doves or you're getting a shiv between your shoulder blades while you're sleeping. Girlfriend is crazy."

Stewart broods over loss

Sing Sing Prison Could Become NY Tourist Draw
Tue Jan 4, 2005

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of America's most notorious prisons, Sing Sing, could do more than lock up dangerous criminals, local officials say.

The institution that saw the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as spies could become a lucrative tourist attraction, according to Westchester County, N.Y., officials.

Local officials are asking the state's help in funding the start-up of a museum in the prison's old power house, which would be connected by tunnel to an original cell block no longer in use, said Westchester County Planning Commissioner Jerry Mulligan on Monday.

If the museum is a success, the county plans on adding a Cell Block Bed & Breakfast where a 'Hard Labor Sodomy Weekend' could go for as much as $2,000.

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