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mane in uniform: bronies in the military

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on July 20, 2012

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.

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abandoned and alone: mom leaves disabled teen at bar

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on July 12, 2012

Authorities say they are powerless to take action against an Illinois woman who drove her 19-year-old developmentally disabled daughter to Tennessee and abandoned her in a bar.

The teen, Lynn Cameron, suffers from cerebral palsy and has the mental capacity of a 2- or a 3-year-old. But because she is legally an adult, police in Caryville, Tenn., said they cannot file charges against her mother, Eva Cameron.

Police Chief Johnny Jones told The Daily that the mother, from Algonquin, Ill., admitted dumping her daughter at the Big Orange Bar on June 28.

“To just to push her into a bar, I don’t understand how a mother could do that to her child,” he said. “I don’t understand how anybody could do that to anyone.”

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great scots! ‘brave’ review

Posted in enterainment, the daily by kase on June 22, 2012

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.

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the route of the problem: nebraska and the keystone xl pipeline

Posted in journalism, politics, the daily by kase on June 21, 2012

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.

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no trouble brewing: katie carguilo and the battle of the baristas

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on April 21, 2012

Katie Carguilo aims to please.

“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.

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video game killer: gamers call norway killer’s bluff

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on April 20, 2012

For years, people have been trying to link video games and violence. Yesterday, Norway’s Muslim-hating mass murderer made the connection.

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.

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ganja granny: 73-year-old grandmother busted for multi-state pot ring

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on April 13, 2012

A 73-year-old Oklahoma grandmother has been busted on charges that she ran a lucrative drug operation that supplied marijuana to drug dealers in four states.

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.

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fans get the ‘hunger': first installment of trilogy rakes in ticket sales

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on March 24, 2012

NEW YORK — “The Hunger Games” depicts a dismal vision of the future, but the present is looking mighty rosy for the movie itself.

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.

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iwait, then ibuy: fans flock to apple stores for new ipad

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on March 17, 2012

NEW YORK — A circus atmosphere of enthusiasts and opportunists prevailed at Apple stores nationwide early yesterday morning as the electronics giant launched the latest iteration of the iPad.

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.”

Read more on-scene reporting from the iPad launch behind the cut, or at The Daily, where this article was originally published.  (more…)

the love proctor: ca student shacks up with teacher

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on March 3, 2012

High school sweethearts aren’t usually at the center of a scandal, but when the couple in question is an 18-year-old senior and her 41-year-old computer business teacher, things get very complicated.

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.

Read more, including an exclusive interview with Jordan Powers’ mother, behind the cut, or read at The Daily, where this article was originally published.  (more…)

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