December 16, 2009
A Rainbow in the Night The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa Dominique Lapierre Da Capo Press: 288 pp., $26
November 6, 2009 |
After a four-month internal investigation, the Fort Worth Police Department announced Thursday that it has suspended a sergeant and two officers in connection to a summer raid on a gay bar in which authorities clashed with hundreds of bar patrons. Though the investigation found that the officers had violated numerous department policies, the agency cleared them of allegations that they had used excessive force. The officers' suspensions ranged from one to three days. The Rainbow Lounge raid was conducted by Fort Worth police officers and agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on June 28, on the 40th anniversary of the police raid on New York's Stonewall Inn, an event often regarded as the launch of the modern gay rights movement.
September 15, 2009 |
It's official. Microsoft has no shame. None. They should just stop paying rent on that storage unit where they keep their shame because they, as I said, have none. The new TV ad campaign for Windows 7 (Crispin Porter & Bogusky) kicked off this week with a masterpiece of emotional manipulation that brings back Kylie, the precocious 4-year-old girl from the "I'm a PC" series. The slightly lispy Kylie -- who pronounces the product as "Windows Theben" -- is sitting at a table in front of a PC. "My name's Kylie, and I found these happy words all over my dad's computer.
August 29, 2009 |
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said today it has fired the two agents, as well as their supervisor, who took part in this summer's raid of a Fort Worth gay bar that resulted in law enforcement clashing with hundreds of patrons and leaving one man hospitalized with a serious head injury. Christopher Aller, who had been with the agency for five years, and Jason Chapman, who joined the Texas ABC less than five months ago, were terminated as of today over the raid at the Rainbow Lounge.
August 7, 2009 |
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released a report Thursday that said three of its employees had violated numerous agency procedures in connection with a police raid on a Fort Worth gay bar in which authorities clashed with hundreds of bar patrons. Commission officials said that disciplinary actions were pending against Agent Christopher Aller, agent trainee Jason Chapman and their supervisor, Sgt. Terry Parsons, over the raid at the Rainbow Lounge.
May 10, 2009 |
Finding Oz How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story Evan I. Schwartz Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 400 pp., $28 Cheek by Jowl Talks & Essays on How & Why Fantasy Matters Ursula K. Le Guin Aqueduct Press: 150 pp., $16 paper -- In classic fairy-tale tropes, L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" impresses its vision upon the reader. A girl left with no biological parents is banished from home.
April 21, 2009 |
Dozens of Western diplomats walked out of a United Nations conference on racism Monday when Iran's hard-line president called Israel the "most cruel and repressive racist regime." The United States, which is boycotting the conference, called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks hateful -- injecting new tension into a relationship that had been warming after President Obama sought to engage Iran in talks on its nuclear program and other issues.