April 21, 2008

Tea in China

In Pu’er China, Yao Kunxue works at a tea plantation, where he grows what he calls industrial tea, but chooses not to drink it, reports the New York Times.
China’s southern Yunnan Province is the birthplace of tea according to anthropologists, it was the first place where humans discovered brewing tea and drinking it could be pleasant, writes the New York Times.
Tea farmers today preside over large plantations, but they prefer their tea leaves from local places, reports the New York Times.
The like it from wild leaves, and from ancient trees in the jungle.
“It has a fragrant smell,? Mr. Yao said of his favorite, harvested from trees at least a century old. “And when you swallow there’s a sweet aftertaste.?

April 14, 2008

Johnny Depp in Wisconsin

Johnny Depp arrived in Oshkosh, Wis. Friday night to begin filming “Public Enemies,? according to the Star Tribune.
In the film Depp stars as bank robber John Dillinger, who was killed by FBI agents in 1935 in Chicago, writes the Star Tribune.
Oshkosh residents waited for hours to catch a glimpse of Depp. Filming was expected to last until morning, officials and actors on the set said it was one of few scenes in the film that needed to be filmed at night, writes the Star Tribune.
Filming is expected to start on Oshkosh’s Main Street area on Monday, and officials say they expect thousands of onlookers, according to the Star Tribune.

April 7, 2008

Charleton Heston dies

Charlton Heston, who appeared in many films in his 60-year acting career but who is remembered especially for his portrayals of Moses and Ben-Hur, died Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 83, according to the New York Times.
A spokesman for the family, Bill Powers, declined to discuss the cause of death, reports the New York Times. In August 2002 however, Heston announced that he had been diagnosed with symptoms “consistent with Alzheimer’s disease.? (New York Times)
Heston’s breakthrough role was in The Ten Commandments when the director Cecil B De Mille cast Heston as Moses, reports the New York Times.
CNN writes that Heston was 84. “Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice.? Heston’s family said in a statement. (CNN)

March 31, 2008

Dith Pran dies

Dith Pran, a Cambodian photojournalist for the New York Times, died in New Brunswick, N.J. on Sunday, from pancreatic cancer.
Dith was involved in an ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia, which was re-created in a 1984 movie. He used the press to fight for his people’s rights, writes the New York Times.
Dith was working as an interpreter for Sydney Schanberg, a New York Times correspondent, in Phnom Penh when the Vietnam War ended in 1975, according to USA Today.
Schanberg helped Dith’s family get out before he was forced to leave Dith behind when the Capital fell to Communist forces. Dith escaped four and a half years later, and eventually resettled in the United States and worked as a photographer for the New York Times, writes USA Today.

March 10, 2008

Delta Gamma found dead in Alabama

Police say they have made no arrests in the case of an Auburn University student who was found dead, according to wsbtv.
A task force, including FBI agents, has been formed and police say investigators are closer to solving the homicide than before, says wsbtv.
Lauren Burk, 18, was found shot on an Alabama highway, and was taken to a medical center where she later died, according to wsbtv.
Shortly after Burk was found, police found her car on fire in a campus parking lot, reports wsbtv.
Gov. Bob Riley’s office is offering a $10,000 reward, according to CBS News.
Burk was a member of Delta Gamma sorority at Auburn University.
"Delta Gammas across the country offer hope and friendship to Lauren's family and all who have been affected by this tragedy," the sorority's national office said in a statement. (CBS News)