Controversy is raging over whether there is room in the military for adult male fans of the kiddie cartoon show “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” after photos emerged on the Internet of service members wearing pony-themed rainbow patches on their uniforms.
While members of all military branches participate in the kooky pop culture phenomenon, which was created for children but whose messages of friendship and kindness have surprisingly resonated with an older male demographic, a National Guard soldier caused a furor after he was photographed at BronyCon, the fans’ largest gathering, in Secaucus, N.J., last month wearing a rainbow patch velcroed to his sleeve.
Even if “brave” doesn’t necessarily describe any of the characters in Pixar’s most recent offering, the film’s existence itself is courageous. Imagine this: a story about a princess, with no princes and no pink, nary a ballgown to be found! Such is the case with “Brave,” directed first by Brenda Chapman, then by Mark Andrews (and written by both of them), and co-directed by Steve Purcell.
In the long-stretching debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline project, Nebraska lies at the heart. Pipeline developer TransCanada has proposed a new route to alleviate environmental concerns in the state — a path environmentalists say is just as destructive as the original plan.
“My favorite drink to make is whatever is going to make the person who’s going to drink it the happiest,” she told The Daily. “If somebody really likes strong coffee, I’ll make them a French press. I’m in the business of making people happy. I’m not trying to force what I like onto them.”
The 28-year-old barista’s easygoing answer may not surprise the casual observer — after all, serving coffee isn’t usually viewed as a demanding or controversial profession — but Carguilo has an array of awards under her belt that certify her as a Grade A coffee snob, most recently capturing the title of Northeastern Regional Champion in the country’s most prestigious barista competition. At the end of April, she will head to Portland, Ore., to compete for the national title.
Anders Behring Breivik, on trial for last summer’s bombings in Oslo and shooting massacre on an island summer camp that killed 77 people, testified that he used an edition of the first-person shooting game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to train for his heinous crime.
During the fourth day of his trial, Breivik also boasted of spending 16 hours a day playing World of Warcraft online for months at a time.
Breivik said a holographic aiming device used in Modern Warfare helped him develop skills with a real gun. “You develop target acquisition,” he said.
Police said they found about 4 pounds of pot, a semiautomatic pistol and a revolver, and more than $276,000 in cash when they raided Darlene Mayes’ home in rural Craig County.
Investigators say the elderly woman supplied about 40 percent of the pot circulating in the area, including the city of Tulsa and parts of nearby Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
“That was quite a surprise,” Bobby Floyd, police chief for the city of Vinita, told The Daily yesterday.
The movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ immensely popular young adult novel blazed into theaters at midnight yesterday, netting $19.7 million in ticket sales on 2,565 screens nationwide. It was the seventh-highest all-time gross for a midnight premiere and the highest gross for the midnight release of a non-sequel film.
Lines for a midnight showing at a theater near New York City’s Union Square stretched three blocks, packed with women wearing the signature side-braid sported by heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the film.
The next tidal wave of fans rushed theaters at around 3 p.m. yesterday, as soon as school let out.
Some were in line simply for the joy of being one of the first to own the new device, like Christopher DiBella, ninth in line at the Apple flagship store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. He was in town from Denver on business and couldn’t wait until he was home to have the gadget.
“I upgrade every time,” he said. “I love it, and I love these launches.”
Jordan Powers, who turned 18 last September, moved out of her mother’s house in Modesto, Calif., last week and into an apartment with James Hooker, who left his wife and three children and resigned from his teaching position. Jordan dropped out of school.