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Call of Shame

Call of Shame
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Call of Shame

An eclectic group to choose from this week.

Take your pick, and vote in the poll below.

NOMINEE #1: CRUEL & USUAL PUNISHMENT

Allen Stanford can't take the heat.

The accused fraudster says 100-degree-plus temperatures in his Texas jail are "oppressive" and he wants to be moved. If he thinks he's in the hot seat now, just wait until the trial.

NOMINEE #2: SO A-LOAN

A former Countrywide executive reportedly tells Congress in secret testimony that Senators Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad knew they were getting special breaks on their mortgagesas "Friends of Angelo".

NOMINEE #3: FRERE SHOCK-A

The French must really have it in for Spain. Alberto Contador wins the Tour de France, but at the awards ceremony, the national anthem played isn't Spanish, it's Danish!

Watch the YouTube video as the mistake dawns on Contador.

NOMINEE #4: SN-APPLE!

A snap of Apple's Steve Jobs, the first image seen since his return to work after transplant surgery, ends up on TMZ.com. A strange, tabloid-like development in a story that's already been strange for investors critical of the way Apple has handled the situation.

NOMINEE #5: A COMI-CON!

Electronic Arts thought it would be funny to hold a contest at ComiCon to promote its new game, Dante's Inferno. The stunt encouraged contestants to "commit acts of lust" at the expo. Young gamers reportedly began harassing pretty models at booths all over the exhibition floor. Complaints poured into Twitter, and EA eventually Tweeted its own apology.

NOMINEE #6: TWITS

Speaking of Twitter, a Chicago apartment company, Horizon Realty Group, threatened to sue a former tenant for defamation after she complains on Twitterthat the place has mold. Best line of the week came from the company's attorney, Jeff Michael: "We're a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization."

He later apologized for "tongue in cheek comments".

NOMINEE #7: NFL HAS NO BARK

The National Football League has cleared Michael Vick to play football again. 'Nuf said.

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