A BIT OF WHATEV
Things that tickle me in one way or another!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Mo. students face punishment for `Hit a Jew Day'
Oct 24, 5:18 AM (ET)
By JIM SALTER
ST. LOUIS (AP) - At least four students from a suburban St. Louis middle school face punishment for allegedly hitting Jewish classmates during what they called "Hit a Jew Day."
The incident happened last week at Parkway West Middle School in Chesterfield.
District officials said Thursday they believe that fewer than 10 children of the district's 35 Jewish students were struck.
District spokesman Paul Tandy said that in most cases, the students were hit on the back of their shoulders but one student was slapped in the face.
It began with an unofficial "Spirit Week" among sixth-graders that started harmlessly enough with a "Hug a Friend Day." Then there was "High Five Day."
Soon, though, the days moved from friendly to silly. Next there was "Hit a Tall Person Day" and, finally, "Hit a Jew Day."
District officials believe a handful of children were directly involved. Those who actually struck classmates could face suspension and required counseling, Tandy said. Others who weren't directly involved but taunted Jewish students or egged on classmates could face lesser penalties.
"There is a mix of sadness and outrage," Tandy said. "The concern is a lot of kids knew about it and they didn't take action or say anything."
Karen Aroesty, St. Louis regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said this was more than a case of bullying. Officials from the group will meet Friday with district leaders to discuss the matter.
SHE MADE IT UP! DUH!
Police: McCain volunteer made up robbery story
Oct 24 03:06 PM US/Eastern
By JOE MANDAK
Associated Press Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter "B" scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack, police said Friday.
Ashley Todd, 20-year-old college student from College Station, Texas, admitted Friday that the story was false and was being charged with making a false report to police, said Maurita Bryant, the assistant chief of the police department's investigations division. Police doubted her story from the start, Bryant said.
Todd, who is white, told police she was attacked by a 6-foot-4 black man Wednesday night.
She now can't explain why she invented the story, Bryant said. Todd also told police she believes she cut the backward "B" onto her own cheek, but did not provide an explanation of how or why, Bryant said.
Todd initially told investigators she was attempting to use a bank branch ATM when the man approached her from behind, put a knife with a 4- to 5-inch blade to her throat and demanded money. She told police she handed the assailant $60 and walked away.
Todd told investigators that she suspected the man then noticed a John McCain sticker on her car, became angry and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground and telling her "you are going to be a Barack supporter," police said.
She said he continued to punch and kick her while threatening "to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter," police said. She said he then sat on her chest, pinned her hands down with his knees and scratched a backward letter "B" into her face with a dull knife.
Todd told police she didn't seek medical attention, but instead went to a friend's apartment nearby and called police about 45 minutes later.
The Associated Press could not immediately locate Todd's family.
Bryant said somebody charged with making a false report would typically be cited and sent a summons. But because police have concerns about Todd's mental health, they are consulting with the Allegheny County District Attorney. She remained in custody and was awaiting arraignment.
Todd worked in New York for the College Republican National Committee before moving two weeks ago to Pennsylvania, where her duties included recruiting college students, the committee's executive director, Ethan Eilon, has said.
Eilon declined to comment on the investigation Friday or to help The Associated Press contact Todd.
Earlier Friday, police said they had found inconsistencies in Todd's story. They gave her a lie-detector test, but wouldn't release the polygraph results. Investigators also said bank surveillance photos did not back up the woman's initial story of being attacked at an ATM.
Police interviewed Todd after she contacted police Wednesday night and again on Thursday, Bryant said. They asked her to come back Friday, ostensibly to help police put together a sketch of the man. Instead, detectives began interviewing her.
"They just started talking to her and she just opened up and said she wanted to tell the truth," Bryant said.
Bryant said it doesn't appear that anyone else put the woman up to the false report.
Police suspected all along that Todd might not be telling the truth, starting with the fact that the "B" was backward, Bryant said.
"We have robbers here in Pittsburgh, but they don't generally mutilate someone's face like that," Bryant said. "They just take the money and run."
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Facebook Brings Old Park Slopers Back Together
In friday's NY times there was a great article about a facebook group called Thirty Something and Grew Up in Park Slope. I did not grow up there but I did spend a lot of time working and hanging there from the mid 1980's thru the 1990s and had a bunch of friends who grew up there and in brooklyn heights. I checked out the article (GREAT) and then the group on face book and of course instantly found old friends I had lost contact with. I guess I am writing about it 'cause I am totally obsessed with my past (I think I lived a lot of different lives over the years) and trying to find links to it thru the internet and pictures of it and people from it. I guess it's my way of dealing with growing old. Anyways- thru the NY times article I found my dear crazy friend Stephen Veal's brothers and sister and it made me really happy. Read the times article and check out the facebook group- tons of amazing pictures and stories. Good thing to do when the death of the community and the neighborhood is happening all around us.
Husband hacked wife to death with meat cleaver after she changed Facebook status to single
You better be careful with those relationship status parts of myspace and facebook.... read it all here
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
MOTHER"S COOKIES HAS GONE BANKRUPT
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Vintage Cigarette Ad Exhibit
After his mother died from cancer, Dr. Robert Jackler of Stanford University worked through his grief by searching out print tobacco ads from the '20s through the '50s. Appearing in publications like Life and the Saturday Evening Post, the ads featured such cigarette-smoking luminaries as Rock Hudson, John Wayne, Joe DiMaggio, Ronald Reagan, and Santa Claus. And of course there were plenty of models hired to pose as doctors and dentists for ads with slogans like, "38,381 Dentists Say, ‘Smoke Viceroys.' They can never stain your teeth." Because if it was only, say, 38,300 dentists, nobody would have bought it.
Now Dr. Jackler's vast digitally restored collection is on display through December at a free exhibit called Not a Cough in a Car Load: Images Used by Tobacco Companies to Hide the Hazards of Smoking. At turns hilarious and dismaying, the exhibit is open through December 26th at The New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library's Healy Hall (188 Madison Avenue). And there are a lot more from Dr. Jackler's collection online here. All in all, it makes for a fitting compliment to our current Mad Men fascination.
SAD GUYS ON TRADING FLOORS
check out the photoblog SAD GUYS ON TRADING FLOORS
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
YIPPEE!!! O. J. Simpson Found Guilty in Robbery Trial !!! on all counts!
LAS VEGAS — A jury here Friday night found O. J. Simpson guilty on all counts in his robbery and kidnapping trial, a verdict that came 13 years to the day (AMAZING!!!) after Mr. Simpson was acquitted in the highly publicized murders of his ex-wife and her friend.Read the rest here!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Music To Sell Valves By
Thursday, October 2, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Rosh Hashana, 1954
Rabbi Julian Feingold of University Synagogue of Brentwood sounds the shofar as Cantor Samuel G. Broude, Sigmund Lample and Sanford Barbas watch in a photo published Sept. 26, 1954. The girl in the photo was unidentified. Feingold, the synagogue's first full-time rabbi, retired in 1963, according to "The American Synagogue."
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
"Jesus use me"