Saturday, June 06, 2009
'She's an amazing girl and a great businesswoman. She's the sweetest, most humble, hardworking girl. I'm very proud of her.’"
Carradine's brother Keith met Friday with the FBI and filed reports that could lead to the agency opening its own inquiry, said Geragos, who represents Keith Carradine. Once the body is back in Los Angeles, the family will also seek a private autopsy by famed forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to determine whether another person could have been involved, Geragos said."
The description came from debriefing the jet’s pilot and copilot who spotted a rocket with a long white vapor trail headed directly toward their cockpit at 16,000 feet shortly after they took off from George Bush Intercontinental Airport about 8 p.m. on May 29, authorities said. The flight was carrying 23 passengers to Greenville, S.C.
This is the second time in little over a year that a Continental plane has encountered a rocket-like object in its air space shortly after taking off from Houston Intercontinental.
The first incident occurred last year on Memorial Day. It involved a Continental plane which was only a minute away from colliding with a rocket that shot past the cockpit window. The plane, which was carrying 148 passengers to Cleveland, was much lower in the sky — about 4,750 feet — than the Express jet."
Now U.S. law enforcement officials say that more than a third of the cocaine smuggled into the United States from Colombia travels in submersibles.
An experimental oddity just two years ago, these strange semi-submarines are the cutting edge of drug trafficking today. They ferry hundreds of tons of cocaine for powerful Mexican cartels that are taking over the Pacific Ocean route for most northbound shipments, according to the Colombian navy."
The polka album nod has been eliminated."
Friday, June 05, 2009
The British actress - who had been the frontrunner to play the lead in the erotic sci-fi film - is devastated at learning movie bosses are now lining up 'Grindhouse' beauty Rose McGowan to play the sexy superhero.
A source said: 'It seemed Kate had got the part but nothing was signed and sealed. Now the word is she's going to lose out to Rose.'
Beckinsale, 35, reportedly had her heart set on playing the title character - originally portrayed by Jane Fonda in the 1968 cult classic - and can't believe the role is going to someone else."
A municipal jury found 48-year-old Joseph Loflin not guilty."
The list includes stylish visionary Frank Borzage, who helmed 'Seventh Heaven,' sci-fi director Jack Arnold, whose credits include 'The Incredible Shrinking Man,' the prolific Allan Dwan, who headed up 'Sands of Iwo Jima,' Disney stalwart Robert Stevenson, who gave the world 'Mary Poppins,' screwball-comedy director Gregory La Cava, of 'My Man Godfrey' fame and blacklisted filmmaker Robert Rossen, who shot 'All the King's Men.'
The list also includes Clarence Brown, John Cromwell, John Farrow, Edmund Goulding, Henry King, Mitchell Leisen, Fred Niblo, W.S. Van Dyke and Sam Wood."
I don't really know if this is a forgotten book(s)or not, but I thought I'd mention it. I believe it was originally published in one volume, but it was divided into three for paperback publication. If you can read the blurbs, you can see that each book is called "The Definitive Book of American Crime." That's pretty much accurate, at least up to the time the book was published. Volume three ends with Charles Manson, so there are plenty of bloodletters and badmen to be written about in a future volume. Or maybe there's already another volume that I don't know about.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Series creator Alan Ball told reporters Wednesday that though he and Harris don't talk much about the direction of the show, they keep in touch.
'She actually is going to come out and do a cameo probably in the last episode of the season,' said Ball. 'But I do think it's best to just respect that boundary. Maybe I'm just being chicken because I don't want to hear that she hates this or she hates that.'"
The fame-loving heiress is about to make her first trip to Dubai. The city, located in the United Arab Emirates, will be the location for an upcoming edition of her reality series 'Paris Hilton's My New BFF.'"
KENS5.com: "Twenty-one year-old Victoria Rogers says she wishes she could change the past.
The local mother has been a fugitive since January -- wanted by authorities in Killeen, Texas.
'I apologized and said I didn't mean to,' Rogers said.
Out of fear of being picked up for her outstanding warrant, Rogers says she refuses to drive or apply for a job.
If only she had returned that library book to the Killeen Public Library, this would not be an issue."
A Kentucky pastor is encouraging people to attend a service with guns in holsters, enter a raffle to win a free handgun, and be sermonized by operators of gun stores and firing ranges.
In what's being called an 'Open Carry Church Service,' Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church in Louisville (Yes this is actually happening in the state's most metropolitan city and not somewhere in Appalachia!) says that he's just trying to 'think outside the box' to grow his flock."
Thai police told the BBC the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and body on Thursday morning.
The US star was in Thailand filming his latest film Stretch, according to his personal manager Chuck Binder."
Her death came less than four weeks after her last performance, at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, where she collected her record 29th Blues Music Award. She had surgery May 19 and appeared to be recovering until taking a turn Wednesday morning, and was with friends and family when she died."
Critterfest '09 will be in Lubbock June 18th thru the 21st, which is the perfect place to take dad on Father's day weekend.
Two exciting shows will be returning this year to *CritterFest ‘09*.
Terranova's Big Cats and Crocodile Encounters will headline the always popular animal entertainment. Terranova's Big Cats show features five trained Bengal and Sumatran tigers, and was the very first big cat show to perform at CritterFest eight years ago. Crocodile Encounters is an educational reptile show that will introduce you to live American Alligators and Nile Crocodiles. The Big Cat Shows are at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. daily, and Crocodile Encounters is at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily."
Officers said Blue Ash police went to a building near Central and Wyoming avenues to execute a search warrant in a stolen goods investigation.
Police said they found $50,000 in stolen items, in addition to explosives and a 3-foot-long alligator."
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Sister Carol Anne O'Marie wrote 11 mystery novels featuring sleuth Sister Mary Helen, a gray-haired, crime-solving nun. O'Marie said her San Francisco-based character was based on the principal of a grammar school where she had taught, and she used people and situations she experienced during her life in her novels, even going to the Calistoga mud baths for 'research'-a bit out of the 'order.'"
Cesar Flores, 34, was arrested about 8 a.m. Monday at the school at 19601 Texas 6, near Texas 288, after his students alerted campus police that he appeared intoxicated and had kissed a young woman in class, said Shirley Brothers, spokeswoman for the Alvin Independent School District."
The action-adventure film will be the first released under Universal and Hasbro's six-year partnership. It is slated to hit theaters April 15, 2011."
Mr. Eddings introduced many people to fantasy literature, himself inspired to do so by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Eddings, who bore the distinction of always writing his books out long hand, was quite frank about the position of his books - there to make reading fun for people. He noted in an interview with Reed Magazine that once readers were no longer challenged by his books that they were free to then move onto “somebody important like Homer or Milton.”"
But the folks at Chimes Textbook Exchange in New Orleans suspected something more than an extraordinary class schedule or personal library after the ladies began cashing in books almost every day between January and March, sometimes twice a day.
Authorities say Vatter, 33, of Metairie, and Tabora, 23, of Kenner, have admitted to stealing books from at least seven Barnes & Nobles stores in Louisiana and Mississippi - an estimated 4,000 books worth $325,000 since August, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office incident and arrest reports. The two took their stolen tomes to Chimes, where they received 30 to 50 percent of the cover price."
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| Dallas News on Yahoo! | The Dallas Morning News: "Some kids will do anything for money.
Last week at Shepton High School in Plano, a ninth-grader agreed to eat parts of a fetal pig – and not just any parts – for $50.
The second-period biology class was wrapping up a third session on dissection when a couple of students proposed the dare.
'What was I eating?' the boy recalled asking.
Testicles, the students replied."
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
A pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that at about 8:15 p.m. Friday, an object passed within 150 feet beneath the aircraft, sheriff’s officials said."
The lawsuit said the right to create a sequel to The Catcher in the Rye or to use the character 'Holden Caulfield' belongs only to Salinger. The lawsuit says Salinger has 'decidedly chosen not to exercise that right.'"
While cleaning out the men's bathroom Tuesday morning, the owner found a live, 4-foot alligator that had taken shelter in the flooded restaurant."
I asked Lisa Sweetingham to do a guest post here on the blog about her book Chemical Cowboys. I think you'll find it interesting reading, and you'll probably want to read the book, too.
It took about four years of reporting, writing, and editing to finish “Chemical Cowboys,” but the spark of the idea originated in 2000, when I was a journalism student at Columbia University. At the time, I was interested in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn that were using genetic testing to prevent the matchmaking of couples who were carriers for specific genetic-linked disorders. While doing basic research on Hasidim in New York, I stumbled across a completely different topic: an article in The New York Times about Hasidic teens who had been arrested at JFK trying to smuggle thousands of Ecstasy pills in their suitcases.
Fast forward about five years later, when I was a reporter for Court TV online. A source who knew my interests and my writing encouraged me to dig deeper into the Ecstasy trade. So I spent a couple of years just getting to know the undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents in New York who had specialized in club drugs. One agent in particular, Robert Gagne, had lived through such compelling personal and professional challenges—and his casework provided such unimaginable twists and turns—that I knew I had to write this book. The back stories behind that one article had never been told and they were rich and cinematic. I drew from all of my interviews and research to put together a 40-page book proposal and chapter outline. I spent months revising the proposal and plotted out the book’s structure. Once DEA agreed to cooperate, my agent struck a deal with Random House and I got to work.
A substantial portion of the four years I took to complete “Chemical Cowboys” was spent interviewing sources, reading through case files and court documents, and traveling to Western and Eastern Europe to follow the same paths that the traffickers and drug cops took. The last eight months or so was devoted almost entirely to writing and editing, although I did a lot of follow-up reporting and took a final research trip to Israel to meet with the police officers who helped American investigators take down the Ecstasy networks. I’d say there were about three months where I did nothing but write, day after day. I didn’t see friends or family. I skipped out on holidays and birthdays. I marked the passing of time with a whine from my dog that it was time for a walk. I was living with the subjects of my book—in my mind, of course. And I was obsessed with making deadline. Sometimes, I needed a little inspiration to keep up the pace.
A lot of times people will ask what authors I turn to for inspiration, and while there are many writers whose work I admire, the truth is that when I’m writing, it’s music that helps get me through tough passages. For instance, when I was writing about Gagne and his partner, Matthew Germanowski, going undercover in the nightclubs of Manhattan disguised as ravers, I listened to ‘90s techno and electronica, old Moby cuts, and DJ Cam. I also asked the agents to dig back and think about the music they listened to when they were sitting in their undercover cars, surveilling a suspect. I discovered that they had argued constantly over this very topic and it became a colorful detail. (Gagne liked country and classic rock; Germanowski preferred metal.) Germanowski made me a CD of his favorite B-side metal and I’d listen to it while I was writing passages that dealt with his perspective of certain moments in the story.
I’ve been a journalist for almost a decade, but “Chemical Cowboys” is my first book and I’ve learned a lot about the logistics of book publishing in the last four years. I’m currently researching ideas for future books. It’s possible that I’ll delve into non-fiction genres beyond crime and international investigations, but I don’t think I’d do anything different in terms of how I approached the reporting and writing process. Some stories just take years to unfold. Hopefully, the next book will reveal itself a little sooner!
Author of “Chemical Cowboys: The DEA’s Secret Mission to Hunt Down a Notorious Ecstasy Kingpin.”
Journalist Lisa Sweetingham spent four years following in the footsteps of DEA agents and Ecstasy traffickers to bring CHEMICAL COWBOYS to life. Previously, she covered high-profile murder trials and Supreme Court nomination hearings for Court TV online. Sweetingham is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Parade, Spin, Time Out New York, Health Affairs, and many other publications. She resides in Los Angeles. CHEMICAL COWBOYS is her first book.
By determining the fraction of a type, or isotope, of carbon in bone fragments and charcoal, the specimens were found to be 17,500 to 18,300 years old.
[. . . .]
The Yuchanyan cave was the site where the oldest kernels of rice were found in 2005, and it is viewed as an important link between cave-dwelling hunter-gatherer peoples and the farmers that arose later in the basin of the nearby Yangtze River."
Monday, June 01, 2009
Police say 51-year-old Cynthia White Roberson coached some of the four boys and three men who were charged with her. The suspects are accused of at least 20 armed robberies in Phoenix and Glendale since late April.
Police say Roberson lost her job six weeks ago and guilted her sons and some of the others into committing the robberies to pay for rent and a car loan."
The survey tracks our national driving IQ from year to year, and also ranks the passing rates of drivers from all 50 states.
Texas, I’m somewhat happy to report, ranks right in the middle, at No. 24. The most knowledgeable drivers are from Idaho and Wisconsin; they tied for first place. New York drivers scored the lowest out of all states, followed by New Jersey drivers. As someone who has lived and driven in both those states, I can’t say I’m too surprised.
But before we Texans get too smugly complacent, let’s look more closely. More than 23 percent of Texans still failed the written test. And we did worse than last year, when we were No. 18."
At a cancer conference Sunday, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers presented data from two late-stage trials demonstrating that injections that stimulate the immune system to attack tumors benefitted patients with lymphoma and advanced melanoma, two deadly cancers with limited treatment options.
“These results should open the door for more work with vaccines, for both blood cancers and solid tumors,” said Dr. Larry Kwak, chairman of M.D. Anderson’s department of lymphoma and myeloma and the lymphoma trial’s principal investigator. “We’re finally at the point where the promise is beginning to be realized.”"
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The Texas Film Commission’s director, Bob Hudgins, said the movie would not be eligible for a state rebate of up to 15 percent on in-state production costs because the movie doesn’t “accurately portray Texans.” In language creating the stipend, lawmakers specified that Film Commission grants should be denied movies that distort facts to make Texas look bad."