A day after reports that a number of letters containing powdery substances were mailed to hotels near the site of tomorrow’s Super Bowl, the NYPD says that New York Mayor Bill De Blasio was also targeted by such a letter. So was former mayor Rudy Giuliani. The powders have been found to be harmless.
You may not know his name, but you know his work: Arthur Rankin Jr., an animator whose credits include the yearly “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” specials aired on TV for decades, has died. He was 89; his partner in the stop-motion endeavors, Jules Bass, is still with us.
In Seattle, the lead suspect in a New Year’s Eve arson attempt at a gay nightclub was arrested on Saturday. Nobody was injured, and the fire put out quickly, but roughly 750 people were evacuated.
“We are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years.” — the words of a UC Berkeley professor on the ongoing drought in California.
What happened to me was scarring and shocking, but in a way it was just a precursor to the kind of cruelty and violence that has become a necessary staple of reality television.Irene McGee, the recipient of the “slap heard ‘round the world” in the seventh season of The Real World • Discussing the societal implications of the slap she received when exiting the pier-based property in Seattle 15 years ago. “It seems naive today, when blatantly manipulated and pre-scripted reality television is a staple of our television diets, but at the time I was shocked by how set up for conflict the Real World environment was,” she said of her experience.
I think bringing the police and courts into something like this can have long-term, devastating consequences for kids,” Webb told The Seattle Times. “I wanted to meet him, talk to his parents and see if there might be another way. I felt that if I could get him to own up to what he’d done and understand there were consequences, it could be a much better outcome.C4SS.ORG: Burglary Victim Finds Thief’s Cellphone, Calls His Mom (via letterstomycountry)