Saturday, June 07, 2008
An attorney for Terrance Taylor said Saturday he was surprised by the sentence and had recommended probation for his client, who was a junior at John Tyler High School in Tyler.
Taylor pleaded guilty Thursday to making a terroristic threat. Don Davidson, the student's attorney, said state District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. used the phrase 'the times we live in' in handing down the sentence.
Police found no weapons belonging to Taylor after he made the call in January. Davidson said another student initiated the call on the bus and that his client was 'gullible' in taking part.
Angela Jenkins, a spokeswoman for the Tyler school district, said that while the sentence was 'severe in this circumstance,' the school takes threats very seriously. She said 'we now live in a time where safety is of paramount concern.'"
McKay is best known for hosting 'ABC's Wide World of Sports' and 12 Olympic Games.
McKay won numerous awards for journalism, including the George Polk Memorial Award and two Emmys -- one for his sports coverage, the other for his news reporting -- for his work at the 1972 Munich Olympics, which were tragically affected by the Black September terrorists' attack on the Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village."
Johnston High School's Final Graduation | Homeroom: "Gabriela Camarilla had scribbled the words across her Columbia blue graduation cap in red paint, a final tribute to her fallen alma mater.
“The school is being renamed and reopened as something new, so Johnston High School is no more, but it will always continue on in the hearts of the students who went there,” she said.
Camarilla began to cry as she mourned the moments that will never be for the troubled school, which was closed down Wednesday for failing to meet state accountability standards for a fifth consecutive year."
Vampirism is a disease. Parasites get into the body and wreak havoc. But not in ever case. Sometimes you're a carrier, like Typhoid Mary, and don't develop all the unpleasant habits, like cannibalism. Cal's a carrier, and he works for the Night Watch, hunting down those who are infected and dangerous.
But some weird stuff is going on. When Cal discovers some ancient evil deep below the streets of New York, he also discovers that the Night Watch knows a lot more than he's been told about what's happening.
My main complaint is that this book is clearly the set-up for the following books in what I suppose is a trilogy. We're headed for the zombie apocalypse, or something like it, and to find out the rest, you have to read the following books. I'm tempted, but I'm not making any promises.
What I said about this book better written than Twilight? That doesn't mean it's perfect: "'Peeps can see in the dark,' I hissed." Well, at least there are a couple of esses in there.
Friday, June 06, 2008
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement : Harvard Magazine: "J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivers her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association."
At least that's the way it seems to Richard Thomas, the British writer and composer who also created Jerry Springer — The Opera.
Thomas plans to turn his talents to the tale of the former Playboy Playmate who died last year of an apparently accidental overdose.
'It's an incredible story,' Thomas said, quoted in the London Independent on Friday. 'It's very operatic and sad. She was quite a smart lady with the tragic flaw that she could not seem to get through life without a vat of prescription painkillers.'"
The cover also lets you know that the book's about a black-and-white detective team. The black member is "Tough" Jackson. He "cared about results, he never protected a narcotics peddler, he was never charged with brutality (officially), he considered himself a good cop."
His partner is Ed Razoni, "who shared his bachelor apartment with a maiden cat, whose virginity he protected like his private phone number."
Did you ever see a movie called Lethal Weapon? You might notice a strong resemblance to the Jackson/Razoni series. Except the books are a lot better. Grittier, tough, and just plain fun to read. Grab 'em if you can find 'em.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
The bus stop, in front of the Benrath Senior Centre in the western city of Dusseldorf, is an exact replica of a standard stop, with one small difference: buses never stop there.
The idea emerged after the centre was forced to rely on police to retrieve patients who wanted to return to their homes and families but had forgotten that in many cases neither existed any longer."
1010 WINS - On-Air, Online, On Demand: "GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) -- Elaine Fulps is thrilled about the prize she won at a minor league baseball game. But she's hoping she doesn't have to collect on it anytime soon. Fulps, 60, won a $10,000 paid funeral at Tuesday night's Grand Prairie AirHogs game.
The prize won't expire until after Fulps does, said Ron Alexander, the sales manager at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, which partnered with the team and Irving's Chapel of Roses Funeral Home to sponsor the event."
Hat tip to Mike McGruff.
Peel an orange, and other things Britons won't do - This Britain, UK - The Independent: "Oranges are declining in popularity, according to Grocer magazine. They were introduced to our larders and kitchens from Asia 1,000 years ago, and their juice is our favourite morning heart-starter – but the actual spherical bomb of vitamin C, fibre, potassium and folate is less appetising with every passing year.
Why? Not because we've gone off the taste, but because we find them too difficult to peel. It's pathetic but true. Compared with the easy-peel, lighter-weight satsuma and tangerine, the noble orange is considered too big, too messy and too inconvenient to denude with your human fingers."
Prices are approximate sale values for new or mint objects in their original packaging – 'carded' in the case of action figures."
Family sues over judge's spanking demands | Metro.co.uk: "A family in Texas are suing a local justice of the peace, alleging that he ordered a father to spank his teenage stepdaughter with a wooden plank in the courtroom - and threatened to convict her of truancy if he didn't."
The artifacts were discovered inside the Taposiris Magna, a large temple in what is now Abusir that was built during the reign of Ptolemy II, which lasted from 282 to 246 B.C."
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show."
The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director has been contracted by Warner Bros Studios to helm a film based on an upcoming comic book about the detective.
Sherlock Holmes, set for a 2010 release, will be based on an as-yet-unpublished graphic novel take on the Arthur Conan Doyle creation by former Warner Bros creative executive Lionel Wigram, who will also produce the film alongside Dan Lin.
Though the plot of Wigram's approach to the 19th century detective remains a secret, it is believed it reimagines Holmes as a more adventurous character, who exploits his pugilistic talents and swordsmanship, according to Variety."
'The general public has no idea what's coming,' said David Sinclair, a Harvard Medical School professor who has made headlines with research into the health benefits of a substance found in red wine called resveratrol."
The annual event will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, with presentations starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Admission is a $2 program fee per person and a $3 park fee per vehicle.
The program will feature an educational presentation about alligators."
Relatives revealed yesterday they honored Fredric Baur's bizarre last wish and buried part of his cremated remains in a Pringles can.
Baur was so proud of the tube-shaped container he patented in 1970 that he wanted one to accompany him to his grave, his children told the Cincinnati Enquirer."
Hat tip to Art Scott.
Naipaul, 75, who won the Booker in 1971 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, is said to have called this year's Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival 'unimportant and meaningless'."
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Thanks to Jeff Meyerson for the link.
Opening Big in Austin - Sony Classics’ ‘Baghead’ - NYTimes.com: "LOS ANGELES — On June 13, Sony Pictures Classics, one of New York’s wilier distributors of independent films, plans to open its little comic thriller “Baghead” with a splash.
But not in New York. And not here.
The movie will show first in Austin, Tex., where its writer-directors, the brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, got their filmmaking careers in gear. Then “Baghead” will probably move on to Dallas, Houston or, maybe, Portland, Ore. — cities that, in the words of Tom Bernard, the co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, “tend to connect with what’s new and different.”"
Breaking Bad sounds good. I should have been watching this one.
The Great Stink is a dark, Dickensian novel, rich in historical detail and smells, It's not for the overly sensitive. At one time, the Thames was an open sewer flowing through the heart of London, and Clark captures that time convincingly. The plot isn't nearly as convincing, relying as it does on numerous coincidences, but that's Dickensian, too. Check it out.
Monday, June 02, 2008
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.
Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.
The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent years he also played for the elder President Bush and President Clinton.
I've added a Bo Diddley song to the ones on the right in tribute to one of the greats.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
|Location:||Regal Arbor @ Great Hills |
9828 Great Hills Trail #800, Austin, TX 78759 US
View Map |
|When:||Monday, June 16, 7:30PM|
|Phone:||512 458 8383|
|Come see the first Texas screening (open to the public) of Z: a Zombie Musical, the first zombie musical. Tickets at the theater are only $5.|
(FYI: the film includes profanity & nudity)
James Lee Burke-Tin Roof Blowdown- Simon and Schuster
Lee Child – Bad Luck and Trouble Delacorte Press
Robert Crais- The Watchman Simon and Schuster
William Kent Krueger-Thunder Bay Atria
Laura Lippman – What the Dead Know William Morrow
Best First Novel:
Sean Chercover- Big City, Bad Blood William Morrow
Tana French- In the Woods Viking Adult
Lisa Lutz-The Spellman Files Simon and Schuster
Craig MacDonald- Head Games Bleak House Books
Marcus Sakey- The Blade Itself St. Martin Minotaur
Best Paperback Original
Megan Abbott- Queenpin Simon and Schuster
Ken Bruen and Jason Starr – Slide Hard Case Crime
David Corbett- Blood of Paradise Ballantine Books
Robert Fate- Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues Capital Crime Press
P.J. Parrish- A Thousand Bones Pocket
Rhys Bowen- Please Watch Your Step- (The Strand Magazine-Spring 07)
Steve Hockensmith-Dear Dr. Watson- (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Toni L. P. Kelner - How Stella Got her Grave Back - (Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner) for Ace Hardcover
Laura Lippman- Hardly Knew Her - (Dead Man’s Hand edited by Otto Penzler) for Harcourt
Daniel Woodrell -Uncle – (A Hell of A Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir edited by Megan Abbott) for Busted Flush Press
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley Penguin
The Essential Mystery Lists Compiled by Roger Sobin Poisoned Pen Press
The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction – Patrick Anderson Random House
Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction- Christiana Gregoriou Palgrave MacMillan
Jon and Ruth Jordan- Crime Spree Magazine
Ali Karim- Shotz Magazine
Maddy Van Hertbruggen- 4MA
Sarah Weinman- Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
Judy Bobalik- for being one of the best friends and supporters of mystery writers anywhere
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind- Sarah Weinman
Rap sheet/January Magazine –J Kingston Pierce
Murderati – A Writer’s Blog
Stop You’re Killing Me- Stan Ulrich & Lucinda Surber
Crime Fiction Dossier- David Montgomery
New research shows that Stonehenge was used for more than 500 years as a cemetery. The burials were initially uncovered in a pit around the edge and in the nearby ditch surrounding the monument.
New radiocarbon dates from human cremation burials among and around the brooding stones on Salisbury Plain in England indicate that the site was used as a cemetery from 3000 B.C. until after the monuments were erected around 2500 B.C., British archaeologists reported Thursday."