February 2, 2013 |
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. - Midland City is a place where things have always gone more or less according to plan. There was that time the Beck house burned down, but even then two Bibles and a picture of Christ remained untouched. So the current crisis - a little boy kidnapped and held prisoner underground for days - has left people here struggling to find a purpose behind it. They have found none on their televisions or in local newspapers, because authorities have released little information.
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January 30, 2013 |
A key prosecution witness in the Bell corruption case testified Wednesday that signatures on city contracts, minutes for council meetings, agendas and even resolutions were forged. Bell City Clerk Rebecca Valdez's testimony could bolster the defense's argument that record-keeping in Bell was so sloppy that it would be difficult to prove that six former council members inflated their annual salaries to nearly $100,000 by serving on boards and commissions that met for a few minutes, if ever.
January 29, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg has launched a talent and literary agency dubbed Resolution, with backing from an Arizona private investment firm. Berg, who served for nearly three decades as chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, will be chairman of the new agency. He will be joined by Jeff Franklin, a film and television producer and music agent, who will serve as chief operating officer. Franklin and his former agency, ATI, represented such artists as Neil Young, AC/DC, Marvin Gaye, Ozzy Osbourne and the Beach Boys.
January 24, 2013 |
Horror movies can often be so rote in their mercenary trajectory to scare/shock/disgust that it's unnerving sometimes to encounter any different approach. The simmering DIY oddity that is "Resolution," from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, does just that, offering up a strangely tense and humorous meta-narrative about two friends experiencing weird goings-on at a remote cabin. Level-headed Mike (Peter Cilella) has shown up alone and unannounced to force his paranoid, drug addict bestie Chris (Vinny Curran)
January 3, 2013 |
I'm not a huge believer in New Year's resolutions -- they seem designed to make you feel terrible about yourself. But cats acting out common New Year's resolutions? Now that's an idea I can get behind! The one-minute video, above, shows 10 popular New Year's resolutions like "learn something new" and "get organized" and "spend more time with friends and family" as illustrated by cute cat videos on YouTube. The video was made by Jeff Wysaski, who runs the humor blog Pleated-Jeans . I like it because it is short and funny and cute and sweet.
January 3, 2013 |
It's the first week of the new year and everyone everywhere is already struggling to keep new year's resolutions. People will promise themselves to spend less money, be more positive, be more active ... but the most popular resolution? To eat better and lose weight. Sounds good in theory, but is it just me, or is it harder to grab an apple after a season full of eating sweets, heavy cream and all the butter you could pack into that last piece of pie? For a little more incentive, here are 10 recipes for healthful meals that will help you keep on track.
January 2, 2013 |
If you are having trouble getting back into the swing of work today (hello, friend!) then consider spending a few moments in front of Google's interactive resolutions map, where you can see the new year's resolutions of people around the world. It's nothing too fancy, just a black-and-grey zoomable map of the world with colored dots on it, indicating the different types of new year's resolutions that users have concocted for themselves. For example, red dots are resolutions that have to do with love; yellow dots relate to health.
January 2, 2013 |
My first resolution for 2013 is one many bibliophiles make. And it's also the resolution I'm least likely to complete to my satisfaction this year: I'm going to organize my book collection. The other things on my list are easy: Finish a book? I've got just a few chapters left on the one I'm writing now, my fourth. Keep off the weight I lost last year? With a little will power and lots of tofu and vegetables, that'll be a piece of cake. The status of my book collection, however, is a very nearly unfixable disaster.
January 1, 2013 |
I'd like to start this by resolving that this will be my last cheap resolutions post. At least until I'm desperate for material to start the next year. Otherwise, here are some 2013 new year's resolutions for the Boys in Blue: Juan Uribe: Eat three meals a day. To eat only three meals a day. Andre Ethier: To remember how I hit .279 against left-handers in 2007. Magic Johnson: Not to be found sitting next to Frank McCourt at next season's opener. Luis Cruz: To remember walks really are allowed.
January 1, 2013 |
The sun has risen on a new year, a time for (once the hangover has subsided) fulfilling all the resolutions we made last night. Getting more exercise. Writing thank-you notes. Flossing. Or maybe not. Jeremy Dean, founder of Psyblog and author of “ Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick ” knows that New Year's resolutions rarely last. He explains how we might have a chance of sticking to our New Year's resolutions -- and why bad habits are so darn hard to break.