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Vanessa Hudgens Pays Up for Defacing Rock

She admitted to carving her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock

(Newser) - Vanessa Hudgens has paid a $1,000 after she was caught having carved her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock near Sedona, Arizona, TMZ reports. According to the Guardian , the actress had been facing up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail for damaging a... More »

Vanessa Hudgens, Beau Carve Names in the Wrong Place

They're now under investigation in Sedona, Arizona

(Newser) - It's one thing to carve your initials into a tree trunk. It's another thing entirely to carve your names into the protected red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, which is what Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend, Austin Butler, appear to have done over Valentine's Day weekend. Hudgens, who... More »

McDonald's Forced to Turn Golden Arches Turquoise

Sedona officials say new color better matches red desert rocks

(Newser) - Nearly every American will recognize this famous symbol— the golden arches of fast food, aka McDonald's. Those golden arches turned to turquoise, however, at one McDonalds in Arizona. Apparently, gold doesn't match the cityscape well enough and clashes with Sedona city regulations that prevent buildings from ruining views... More »

Sweat Lodge Deaths Ruled Accidental

Prolonged heat exposure triggered tragedy

(Newser) - The deaths of 3 people in a sweat lodge ceremony have been ruled accidental by an Arizona coroner as the new age guru who arranged the ritual faces manslaughter charges. Two of the participants died of heat stroke the day of the ritual, while the third died of multiple system... More »

Guru Twittered About Sweat Lodge Death

But a source close to James Arthur Ray says this is common imagery

(Newser) - James Arthur Ray, who yesterday canceled his upcoming appearances to devote all his "physical and emotional energies" to the fallout from the sweat lodge tragedy, talked a lot about death in the days leading up to the ceremony. His Twitter feed was full of posts that have since been... More »

Survivor: Days of Fasting Before Sweat Lodge Disaster

Self-help guru James Arthur Ray ignored pleas to help those collapsing

(Newser) - Participants in the fatal Oct. 8 sweat-lodge ceremony had already been through five days of fasting and sleep deprivation, a survivor says—and the self-help guru leading the proceedings saw their gasping, vomiting and fainting as signs of weakness and urged them to push on through it. No charges have... More »

Third Sweat-Lodge Victim Dies

Minnesota woman was longtime follower of self-help guru

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman became the third fatality yesterday in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony that hospitalized nearly two dozen people. Liz Neuman, 49, died at a Flagstaff hospital after suffering multiple organ damage during the Oct. 8 ceremony at a resort near Sedona. Authorities were treating all three deaths as... More »

Sweat-Lodge Deaths Seen as Homicide

Self-help expert James Arthur Ray now 'person of interest' in investigation

(Newser) - Authorities are now treating as homicide the two deaths during a sweat-lodge ritual in Arizona last week, with the self-help guru who was in charge of the proceedings being called a “person of interest.” Investigators have found “indications” the deaths weren’t accidental, but wouldn’t explain.... More »

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