Man arrested in plot to blow up Federal Reserve bank in New York

17 Oct

This Just In

Editor’s note: Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of planning to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, federal officials said. Authorities say he attempted to detonate what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb. Below are major developments as we received them. Read the full story here.

[Posted at 6:06 p.m. ET] Nafis, wearing street clothes and represented by a public defender, was arraigned a little while ago during a five-minute hearing in a New York courtroom. No bail application has been made. Prosecutors will have 30 days to officially indict him.

The public defender said she would not comment to reporters. Nafis will be held for now at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, U.S. attorneys say.

[Posted at 4:18 p.m. ET] Paul J. Browne, deputy commissioner of the New York City Police Department, released the following statement on…

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Romney’s Knock-Out Punches

17 Oct

Federal Way Conservative

If the presidential debate was a boxing match, then Romney landed quite a few knock-out punches. Obama seemed to put up his guard, and even tried to throw a few punches of his own, but he couldn’t stop the devastating force of Romney’s fury.

The most memorable is Romney’s closing statement. He believes in God. He believes we are all children of that God, and that everyone has a solemn duty to care for one another. After that, he described his missionary service and his service as a pastor, how he cared for and helped the people that he came in contact with in ever walk of life. The message was not so important as the delivery. Here was a sincere man sharing his sincerely held beliefs and his compassion and understanding for every American.

The second most terrible punch was when Romney laid out every failure of the Obama…

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More on Adjectives

17 Oct


Thanks to one of my dear readers (I love you), I came to think about stative verbs working as “participles”. In fact, working as describing attributes but morphologically still as verbs.
I wonder whether I want to just adapt the idea given to me and have them work as if they were abbreviated relative clauses or if I want them to work in some other fancy way. I’ll do some further research on Japanese stative verbs which, I guess, work this way I’m thinking about.

— Blogged from my phone.

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Feature Film “Frankenweenie”

7 Oct

CBS St. Louis

Filmmaker Tim Burton has gone to great creative and production lengths to make the new stop-action, animated black & white film, “Frankenweenie.” It’s a special project for Burton who started his career back in 1984 with a short film of the same title

The plot follows the traditional Frankenstein storyline. A young boy named Victor, voiced by Charlie Tahan, loses his beloved dog Sparky after the animal is hit by a car.

Overwrought by the loss, Victor eventually hatches a plan, spawned by a science experiment with a frog in school, that has him unearthing Sparky after he’s been buried and taking him to his family’s attic where Victor experiments with electricity and brings a stitched up Sparky back to life.

But Victor soon learns that his friends and the rest of the world aren’t really ready for his bit of highly charged science, plus he has to try valiantly to hide the “new” Sparky…

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What is true mobile independent learning?

7 Oct


5 teaching classics I won’t be using next year. 

1. Classroom Projection

Have you ever been to the cinema to watch a kids movie? A multi-million dollar Hollywood budget is not enough to keep every eye on the screen! So why would I bother to use this form of delivery with 30 teenagers? If they all need to see something then like “real” people do in the “real” world, I issue the link and they watch in their own time. Independent learners find it frustrating to be told to stop their schedule for something. Dropbox sharing and Twitter/Facebook Groups have replaced the need for me to project anything except, ironically Hollywood Film clips (copyright) but many can be found on Youtube and your school system might stream video files to the mobile devices…maybe? I don’t use film clips.

2. Homework

Homework is proven to damage family life but really there’s…

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Technology and the 2012 Election

7 Oct

Technology in an Educational Setting

Here we are in the last quarter of 2012, the election for President of the United States is right around the corner, and technology, specifically mobile technology, is being used more and more. For an election, and its candidates, utilizing this technology is important for all levels of political races. There is something about the instant communication people crave that will effect how information is distributed throughout the election season. On the night of a political debate, during a speech or interview of a politician, and in some cases when a scandal surfaces into the public view, social networking websites start to look like open forums of discussion for do-it-yourself political analysts from their homes. This is something that was lacking from the presidential elections in years past. Keep in mind, there has only been three presidents since the internet has been widely accessible and social networking has only been used for…

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a week in review

7 Oct

Keira Lennox

I went into this week with a little anxiety. Chad and I have two employees at our flower shop; both part-time designers, and both on vacation. It’s been a while since we held down the shop all alone, and with season kicking into gear we weren’t sure what to expect…


It ended up being one of the best weeks we’ve had in a long time. I got the opportunity to really challenge my design abilities {and speed!} and we sailed through the week like old pros. We’re a pretty great team, the hubs and I.


We had some fun projects this week! Including a 21st anniversary party for a local ad agency (who also happen to be friends of ours). We drank a lot of wine and bubbly at night to prepare for that project… which may have helped to keep us so relaxed and fancy-free all week, ha!

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