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December 9, 2007

Peace out news blog (for real this time)

I thought I'd go out with a drunken bang for my final news blog. Some British anti-drinking television ads may actually backfire and glamorize drinking, according to researchers.

A report done by the BBC said that researchers at the University of Bath believe that these young people who see this ad will think that drinking is fun and will drink to assert their social standing. The ads, or adverts as those crazy Britons say, show different drunken incidents like being thrown out of a club or passing out in a doorway. Researchers believe that young people think of incidents like these as being part of a "fun" night out, making these adverts dangerous. The adverts also try to make being incredibly hammered socially unacceptable, while many young people actually believe the opposite.

Now I am finally done blogging for this semester. Praise baby Jesus or Allah or Buddah or any religious symbol out there!

December 2, 2007

LSU vs. Ohio State for College Football Title

The Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers will play The Ohio State University Buckeyes in college football's Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Title Game on Jan. 7 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

According to an AP story on ESPN.com, the Tigers finished second in the final BCS poll, released Sunday, with an 11-2 record, and is the first two loss team to play in the BCS title game. Ohio State was number one in the poll with a record of 11-1. Neither team was ranked one or two going into Saturday's games however. Former number one Missouri Tigers and number two West Virginia Mountaineers both lost Saturday, making room for two new teams to play for college football's national championship. Missouri lost in the Big 12 Conference's title game to the Oklahoma Sooners and West Virgina lost to Pittsburgh.

November 18, 2007

English Police Force Uses Cardboard Cut-Outs

Leave it to the blimey Brits to use cardboard cut-outs to deter shoplifters.

The bobbies in Derbyshire, England placed 10 cardboard cut-outs of a female police officer in stores across the Peak District to deter shoplifting, according to BBC News. This move was also done in the Amber Valley area, but ironically, one of the cut-outs was stolen. The officer used at the cut-out model, Pc Anna Gaskill, said that the use of these cut-outs does not mean that the police force is short in numbers. She told the BBC that they are just being used as an extra deterrent. The police force hopes to use more of these in the future.

November 11, 2007

Packers Beat Down Vikings 34-0

Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes and became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 60,000 yards in his career, as the Packer beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-0.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, the shutout was the first for the Packers in the 94-game series between the two teams dating back to 1961. The Packers are now 8-1 and are tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the best record in the NFC. The Packers running game is finally coming around, according to the report. Running back Ryan Grant ran for 119 yards on 25 carries.

The AP story on ESPN.com reports that the Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson injured his knee in the third quarter of the game. After breaking the NFL single game rushing yards record last week, Peterson was held to 45 yards on 11 carries. Peterson is having an MRI on Monday to examine his knee.

November 4, 2007

Cannabis Grows Like Weeds in Afghan Province

The liberal hippies at the NY Times wrote a feature Sunday about how Afghanistan's war against narcotics has been hailed as a success in the northern province of Balkh to eradicate poppy seeds, but has neglected cannabis growing.

According to the NY Times, Balkh two years ago had about 27,000 acres of opium poppy seeds flourishing in the area. An anti-poppy campaign led by the government caused farmers to abandon the crop, the province was declared poppy-free and was promised millions in development.

However, according to the United Nations, farmers have just switched from opium to cannabis. According to an August report bu the UN, cannabis cultivation in Afghanistan has increased 40 percent from 123,500 acres last year to 173,000 acres this year. According to officials and residents, Balkh has an abundant crop of cannabis in the country. The reporter writes that the crop lines the highways and hashish, the chief byproduct of cannabis, is openly sold at roadside fruit stands and grocery stores.

October 28, 2007

Seven College Students Die in Fire

Seven college students were killed in a house fire Sunday in Ocean Isle, N.C.

According to CNN.com, six of the seven students attended the University of South Carolina and one attended Clemson University. Six other students were injured and they also attend the University of South Carolina according to Dennis Pruitt, the vice president for student affairs. Those students were treated at Brunswick Community Hospital and released.

Reuters reports that police in Ocean Isle received the call about the fire at 7:01 a.m. and when they arrived the entire house was in flames.

October 21, 2007

Dumbledore is Gay??

After never reading a single Harry Potter book ever, I decided to write a blog about how author J.K. Rowling told fans that Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster at Hogwarts Academy and mentor to Potter in the series, is gay.

According to the USA Today, Rowling told a crowd of about 2,000 Harry Potter fans at a reading of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Carnegie Hall Friday that she "always saw Dumbledore as gay." Rowling also told fans that the relationship between Dumbledore and fellow wizard Gellert Grindelwald in book seven was one of love, not just friendship.

The UK Sunday paper, The Observer, reports that the attendance was about 1,600. They also report the way the topic came about was after a 19-year-old from Colorado asked "Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?" Rowling then explained the story of the love affair between Gridelwald and Dumbledore.

If anyone can explain who any of these characters are, that might help me understand what is going on in this messed up world of Harry Potter.

October 14, 2007

Rapper T.I. Arrested on Weapons Charges

Rapper T.I. was arrested on federal gun charges hours before he was about to preform on the BET Hip Hop Awards Saturday.

According to CNN.com, the rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, 27, was arrested at 2:30 p.m.EDT in Atlanta. The arrest comes after a sting operation where his bodyguard-turned-informant brought Harris three machine guns and two silencers, according to a Justice Department statement. Authorities also said that Harris provided the bodyguard with $12,000 to buy weapons that Harris could not own because he is a convicted felon. Harris was convicted on felony drug charges in 1998.

Reuters reports that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives began the undercover investigation on October 2 when ATF agents leaned an individual was looking to buy machine guns without registering them, according to the Justice Department. The individual was Harris' bodyguard who was arrested Wednesday. Harris' College Park, Georgia home and the vehicle he was driving were searched as well. The ATF said they found three other firearms in Harris' car and six firearms in his bedroom closet.

October 7, 2007

Six Dead in Wisconsin Shooting

Six were killed and one other person wounded in a shooting after a sheriff's deputy fired shots in former girlfriend's home early Sunday in Crandon, Wisc.

Forest County Sheriff's Deputy and part-time Crandon Police officer Tyler Peterson, 20, is the suspected shooter, according to the Star Tribune. Peterson was killed by a sniper, according to Crandon Mayor Gary Bradley. There was no clear motive at the time, but some family members of the victims and speculate that Peterson was a jealous boyfriend and went to his ex-girlfriends house and began firing a gun.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that six died at the scene and one was in critical condition. Police responded to a call of gun shots at 2:47 a.m. One friend of the victims and the suspect said that Peterson "was a good kid, likes to hunt and fish, just a normal kid and they were all real good friends."

September 30, 2007

Favre Breaks All-time Touchdown Record

Brett Favre broke Dan Marino's touchdown record of 420 Sunday in the Packers 23-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

According to the Associated Press, Favre threw his record-breaking 421st touchdown pass in the first quarter with a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings with 4:56 left in the quarter. Favre then sprinted to the end zone and hoisted Jennings on this shoulders.

The Vikings then played a video message from former record holder Dan Marino where he said, ""I loved holding the touchdown record for the past 13 years, but if someone was going to break it, I'm glad it was someone like you, who has always competed at the highest level and always played to win."

The Packers moved to 4-0 on the season.

September 23, 2007

Packers First in NFC North

The Green Bay Packers are all alone on top of the NFC North at 3-0 after beating the San Diego Chargers 31-24 Sunday.

According to the AP article posted on ESPN.com, Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre threw his 420th career touchdown pass, which ties Dan Marino's NFL record.

The touchdown also gave the Packers a 24-21 lead with two minutes and three seconds left in the fourth quarter, according to Green Bay Press Gazette's website. They also report that Favre did not really care about the record. "I’m so glad we won. I could care less about the record today," Favre told the Press Gazzette. "There’s no better feeling than winning.?

After throwing the record tying touchdown, both media outlets reported that the Packers got the ball back on the Chargers' 2-yard line and Favre had a chance to break the record, but he personally chose to run the ball. Running back Brandon Jackson ran for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Packers a 31-21 lead. The Chargers then added a field goal to make it 31-24, but it wasn't enough.

September 16, 2007

Student Advocate Busted for DUI

A Pennsylvania college student, who recently said that college students are unfairly portrayed by the media as being irresponsible, was charged with drunken driving last weekend.

CNN.com, reports that Christopher Bevan, 21, was pulled over while driving over 50 mph in a 15-mph zone. Bevan is the president of the student government at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Penn.. They also report that his blood-alcohol level was .147 percent. The legal limit for Pennsylvania is .08 percent.

CNN.com also reports that "Bevan recently wrote a letter to the Press Enterprise of Bloomsburg about media coverage of the central Pennsylvania college's annual Block Party, an event critics have described as rowdy and alcohol-fueled." In the letter he said that the media coverage of the event "painted BU students with a negative brush" and was unfair to the thousands of responsible students on campus.