Saturday, May 09, 2009
South Carolina Highway Patrol said a 47-year-old man from Savannah hit a Greyhound bus head on while trying to avoid hitting an alligator on the highway.
Levy Fire Chief, Doug Graham, said it was one of the worst wrecks he ever saw."
Douglas Maupin was released a day after The Dallas Morning News brought his plight to the attention of a Collin County judge."
But it now emerges Paris, 27, is no fan of Sarah’s dour hubbie. Asked by Tatler for her views on Gordon Brown Paris pouts: “I don’t really like him.”
And as for her own plans if, God forbid, she ever becomes President? She’d “definitely try and make peace with the countries we are fighting. I’d throw a party so they could all get along and stop the war.” In the words of Ms Hilton: like, as if."
At least three eggs are visible from the outside of the fossil, and Montana State University researchers this week have been studying images taken from a CT scan in search of others inside."
| Oddly Enough
| Reuters: "BEIJING (Reuters) - A rescue team which failed to find a missing visitor at a tourist hotspot in northern China got a nasty surprise when it stumbled upon seven corpses instead.
The team had been scouring the peaks around Taishan Mountain in Shandong province for the Beijing tourist who vanished on April 28, the Qilu Evening Post said.
'We accidentally found seven corpses during our search over the past few days,' the newspaper quoted one of the rescuers as saying."
Friday, May 08, 2009
The social networking site became a sensation overnight after it was praised by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Fry.
Audience figures shot up to seven million unique visitors this February compared to 475,000 the same month a year ago.
But research company Nielsen Online revealed that 60 per cent of users stop using the free website just a month after joining it."
Texas State University : "One of Texas’s most admired writers, Edwin A. “Bud” Shrake, Jr., passed away early the morning of May 8 at St. David’s Hospital in Austin.
Shrake was diagnosed with lung cancer last August, and given only 18-24 months to live, he kept busy with a variety of projects, including his stage play “The Friends of Carlos Monzon” scheduled to be performed in Austin in late May. He also committed himself to working on his latest book, what he called a “caper novel,” which will go unfinished. He was 77.
Shrake, journalist, sportswriter, novelist, biographer and screenwriter, was born in Fort Worth, and he began his career there, covering sports for the Fort Worth Press then the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News, before being hired to write for Sports Illustrated."
'Just think, I am Dr. Dolly!' she said Friday after receiving an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville."
Owner Alison Murphy of Austin isn't sure where Dancer has been but says obedience school is the next stop for her newly recovered pet."
Stierlin, author of a dozen works on Egypt, the Middle East and ancient Islam, says in a just-released book that the bust currently in Berlin's Altes Museum was made on the orders of Germany archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt on site at the digs by an artist named Gerardt Marks."
Thursday, May 07, 2009
| Mail Online: "Asked by lawyers about her calls from the producers, [Paris Hilton] testified: 'With my phone I never know, because I lose it all the time. I probably get a new cellphone, like, every two weeks.'
Shown her mobile phone bill, she responded: 'I've never seen a phone bill of mine in my life.'
The lawyer in the Miami case then asked Hilton if she had a diary for business meetings, and she said she uses the internet to see where she has been.
'I just press my name and Google it and see,' she added."
But now Professor Gerta Kellera, a geologist at Princeton University, New Jersey, says fossilised traces of plants and animals dug out of low lying hills at El Penon in north east Mexico show this event happened 300,000 years after the dinosaurs disappeared.
Prof Keller believes instead that volcanoes might have killed the dinosaurs."
A bank in Texas is bulldozing four brand new homes and twelve nearly finished homes in Victorville city, California, about 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Guaranty Bank of Austin acquired the homes in foreclosure and is destroying them, reportedly, to provide a 'safe environment' for the neighbors."
When I was a kid, I loved science fiction. (I still do, but not in the same way.) I read all the digest magazines in the middle to late '50s, but, as I've probably said before here, I gravitated to the lower-end ones, the ones that published a lot of adventure stuff. I ran across the name Robert Randall there, just as I did in Astounding, and even at the time I knew that the name was a combination of the first names of Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett. I even knew that they were writing under many other names as well and that they were rumored to have written every story in at least one issue of some magazine or other. I just didn't know what the other names were. Now I do, and some of those names, Clyde Mitchell, for example, along with Robert Randall, are in this great short story collection from Crippen & Landru. The stories appeared in Amazing, Fantastic, Future, and Science Fiction Quarterly, among my youthful favorites not only for their stories but for their covers (maybe you can see why from the cover I've used). Many of the stories seem pretty bad on rereading now, but the ones by Silverberg and Garrett generally hold up very well.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Edited by Gerald So with Patrick Shawn Bagley, R. Narvaez, and Anthony Rainone, The Lineup 2 features soulful reflections on crime by Patrick Carrington, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Janis Butler Holm, Jennifer L. Knox, Amy MacLennan, Carol Novack, Deshant Paul, Karen Petersen Manuel Ramos, Stephen D. Rogers, and Christopher Watkins.
'Since poets are by definition metaphysical detectives, this collection makes brilliant sense. The poets never flinch nor do they romanticize. Rather they write tersely and deftly of violence large and small, motives confused and clear, endings bloody and mundane. Collectively, they show how poems are bullets of essence that can pierce some very dark shadows.' —Baron Wormser, former Poet Laureate of Maine"
Since September, the 59-year-old South Charleston woman has won five West Virginia Lottery cash prizes, totaling $167,600.
All of Bailey's winnings came from the Lottery's instant games. Her latest win is her biggest — the $100,000 top prize in the Price is Right game."
Yes, MTV News learned exclusively during a conversation with the director to promote the Blu-ray version of “Sin City” that his “Barbarella” is officially dead."
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
DeLuise, 75, may best be known for his role in 'Fatso' where he played a man constantly struggling with his weight until he meets his dream girl."
Art and design |
The Guardian: "Vincent van Gogh's fame may owe as much to a legendary act of self-harm, as it does to his self-portraits. But, 119 years after his death, the tortured post-Impressionist's bloody ear is at the centre of a new controversy, after two historians suggested that the painter did not hack off his own lobe but was attacked by his friend, the French artist Paul Gauguin.
According to official versions, the disturbed Dutch painter cut off his ear with a razor after a row with Gauguin in 1888. Bleeding heavily, Van Gogh then walked to a brothel and presented the severed ear to an astonished prostitute called Rachel before going home to sleep in a blood-drenched bed.
But two German art historians, who have spent 10 years reviewing the police investigations, witness accounts and the artists' letters, argue that Gauguin, a fencing ace, most likely sliced off the ear with his sword during a fight, and the two artists agreed to hush up the truth."
Monday, May 04, 2009
He bought it for $200, suspecting he could resell it for five times that. Turns out, his inkling about the book's value was more spot on than he knew. The Tulsa, Okla., man eventually discovered the book came from the Waco, Texas, drugstore where Dr Pepper was invented and includes a recipe titled 'D Peppers Pepsin Bitters.'
'I began feeling like I had a national treasure,' said Waters, 59."
The Gong'an county government in Hubei province has ordered its staff to puff their way through 230,000 packs of Hubei-produced cigarette brands a year, the Global Times said."
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
A sold-out benefit concert at Madison Square Garden will celebrate Seeger, the folk singer/songwriter who was banished from commercial TV for 17 years.
Seeger says a party for 15,000 isn't his idea of a birthday celebration, even with more than 40 musicians, including Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder and Arlo Guthrie, whose dad, Woody, taught Seeger how to jump freight trains 60 years ago."
So he took out a handheld stun device and zapped them with 50,000 volts of electricity.
The children, whose ages are not available, reportedly yelped in pain, fell to the ground and grabbed red burn marks on their arms. One was taken to a nearby hospital."
2008 Agatha Winners
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Best First Novel:
Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet (Midnight Ink)
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Perseverance Press)
Best Short Story:
"The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron, Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (Penguin Group)
Best Children's/Young Adult:
*The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Children's Books)