A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.
Salon declares a story about an eight-year-old getting botox which caused outrage was a hoax. Kerry Campbell had said she gave her child botox and bikini waxes in order to give her a leg up in the pageantry circuit. Salon calls the hoax attention seeking, much like the balloon boy story of 2009.
A popular story with Daily Beast readers looks at the fight over Zsa Zsa Gabor’s fortune. The 94-year-old star fell into a coma early on Wednesday morning but, the Daily Beast says, her ninth husband and only daughter continue to fight over control of her assets. Her daughter Constance Francesca Hilton claims Frederic von Anhalt, Gabor’s husband, has been leaking stories to the media. These have ranged from pictures of Gabor in a hospice bed after her leg was amputated because of a gangrenous infection to claims Mr von Anhalt wanting Gabor’s body to be preserved and displayed upon her death. He says he "can’t control the media frenzy" and denies being paid by celebrity website TMZ.
Law and order actress Rosie Perez is suing a production company for not getting a stunt woman to film a scene where she was violently shaken according to CNN’s most read article. The scene in Law and Order Special Victims Unit was filmed in 2009. She said an extra playing a school crossing guard "negligently, carelessly, violently and recklessly" pulled and grabbed her. The producers have not commented.
A paramedic died after taking tablets she bought over the internet to help her sleep according to the Daily Mail. The story adds 27-year-old Lorna Lambden had taken four or five Amitriptyline tablets which she’d bought through a foreign website to help her cope with demanding shifts. The drug is an anti-depressant which is sometimes used as a sleeping pill in low doses. Too much can stop the heart.
The New York Times’ most blogged article discusses the angst of allowing your children to have a Facebook account. New York Times editor Bill Keller says when he let his 13-year-old daughter join the social networking site he felt as if he had passed his child "a pipe of crystal meth". He is concerned aboutwhat is being lost in the age of instant distraction from contemplation to "complexity, acuity, patience, wisdom and intimacy".