October 7, 2013 |
With the drumbeats building for the release of the second movie in the "Hunger Games" franchise -- "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens Nov. 22 -- it seems reasonable for the film's cast to be shaping up their future plans. Star Jennifer Lawrence will soon be seen in "American Hustle," which reteams her with director David O. Russell and costar Bradley Cooper from "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won a lead actress Oscar. The 23-year-old could likely have her pick of pretty much any project and filmmaker pairing she wants, and it now looks as if she will be reteaming with Gary Ross, director of the first "Hunger Games" (but not the sequel)
September 14, 2013 |
In life and in death, the man known as Fortune was treated as nothing more than a thing owned by others. Fortune was a slave in Waterbury in east-central Connecticut, purchased by a doctor and bonesetter, Preserved Porter. When Fortune died in 1798, Porter flayed Fortune's corpse and boiled the bones. The bones were used for more than 100 years by Porter's descendants to learn anatomy and become doctors. In 1933, one of Porter's descendants donated Fortune's bones to the Mattatuck Museum in town.
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June 21, 2013 |
Community members are hoping to fund a proper burial for the body of a man found Wednesday wrapped in trash bags under the earth of his own backyard, neighbors said. The man's wife buried her husband behind their porch in Apple Valley weeks ago, contending she could not afford to pay for a formal burial, San Bernardino County authorities said. When the woman's neighbor, Colin Wilson, heard the news Wednesday, he and his sister set up an online fundraising page. By Friday afternoon, $1,500 of their $3,000 goal had been raised, according to the page.
June 19, 2013 |
The FBI on Wednesday closed its latest search for the remains of former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, ending a dig in a rural field near Detroit where investigators failed to find a trace of the man who has been missing for almost 40 years. The latest effort to locate some trace of Hoffa officially ended Wednesday morning, according to Robert Foley, head of the FBI office in Detroit. He made the announcement hours after officials had resumed digging in the field in Oakland Township, the Detroit area where the union boss had his power base and was last seen.
May 17, 2013 |
If you don't believe in souls or an afterlife, then a corpse is just a body - potentially a teaching tool, a source of life-saving organs, but little more. In 1829, taking such thinking to the extreme, a radical British pamphleteer named Peter Baume specified that after his death, his skeleton was to be donated for medical education or, failing that, his bones made into knife handles and buttons; his skin was to be tanned to make a chair cover, and his soft body parts used as fertilizer for roses.
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May 10, 2013 |
A Pico Rivera man convicted of fatally shooting a 19-year-old gang member and burying the body in his backyard has had his murder conviction reduced to voluntary manslaughter, authorities said. Robert Charles Redd, 53, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison rather than the mandatory 40-years-to-life term he would have received for second-degree murder with the use of a firearm, said Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Brandon K. Wong. Wong said Superior Court Judge Raul A. Sahagun reduced the conviction, saying he disagreed with the murder verdict that Norwalk jurors reached in April and believed that Redd shot Joseph Rubalcaba while in fear for his life, but that his fear was unreasonable.