Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lazy blog

Can’t think right now, and I spent my subway ride indulging in one of my guilty pleasures, reading the New York Post. Now, don’t knock it. I know it’s a biased, right-wing rag, but it’s got the best headlines AND Sudoku (easy AND hard Sudoku!) So, my “blog” today is simply a potpourri of news I found interesting.

Holy Hoofer!
Adam West may be busting a move on "Dancing With the Stars." The original "Batman," now almost 80, is being considered for a spot on the next "Dancing" season. "Adam is in outstanding shape," said a source. "He works out an hour a day and walks with his big dog on his farm in Sun Valley, Idaho."
(Sandy comment: Oh, walking your dog qualifies you for Dancing With the Stars? I can’t wait…)
A rep for West said that he is "not definite yet, but is one of the people they are seriously looking at. They will decide on everyone on Aug. 25."

Death from the Skies! Glass Panel Falls 50 Floors
Two people were hurt yesterday when a glass panel being installed near the top of a Midtown skyscraper fell more than 50 stories, authorities said.
… The department closed Sixth Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets…
(Sandy comment: THIS IS RIGHT WHERE I WAIT FOR MY BUS HOME!! I’ve watched this building going up, and have had fears of glass falling as the windows were being installed across the street. There have been a LOT of construction accidents lately in New York…)

Good news from the Police Blotter!
Thugs in a wolf pack brutally beat a woman walking to work in the West Village... Carlton Eaglen, 17, Emira Beskovic, 18, and three juveniles repeatedly punched the 26-year-old woman in the face at Barrow and Hudson streets at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday .... One suspect hit the woman's coffee cup, causing the steaming java to splash up in her face, cops said. The suspects then allegedly demanded the woman's purse, but she refused. Good Samaritans helped the woman and called cops, who arrested all five thugs.
(Sandy comment: But wait, there’s more! A story from Monday...)

A wolf pack of at least 30 thugs viciously attacked two hero ex-Marines in Brooklyn after they rescued a teenage girl who was being assaulted, police and witnesses said yesterday.
(Sandy comment: What the hell is going on in NYC? The only redeeming factor about both these stories is the good Samaritan element. At least people aren’t turning their heads and looking the other way. But that didn’t work out so well for the Coney Island Marines...)

In “Weird But True”:
A man posing as a "porn inspector" tried to get the owners of an X-rated shop in Colorado to give him free videos, claiming he had to make sure the performers weren't underage. Of course, the local police don't have a porn inspector.

(Sandy comment: This last one’s not a Post story, but an AP story. Glad to see Arkansas residents are so well-protected:)
Crime-ridden Arkansas town expands 24-hour curfew
“… some infringement on constitutional rights is OK,” says Helena-West Helena, Arkansas Mayor James Valley.
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. - Officers armed with military rifles have been stopping and questioning passers-by in a neighborhood plagued by violence that's been under a 24-hour curfew for a week.
… officers … only questioned people about why they were outside. Those without good answers or acting nervously get additional attention, Police Chief Fred Fielder said.
… such stops likely violate residents' constitutional rights to freely assemble and protections against unreasonable police searches…
…"As far as I'm concerned, at 3 o'clock in the morning, nobody has any business being on the street, except the law," Councilman Eugene "Red" Johnson said.

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