In this installment: a parrot's fatal mistake, disappearing old folks and a car chase that would make Michael Bay weep.
Curses, Foiled Again
Three women ran from a Waffle House restaurant in Springfield, Mo., without paying their $39 check, but they didn’t get far before one of them returned, asking for the three purses the women had left behind. She fled when the manager told her she’d have to wait, but the purses contained the women’s identification.
San Francisco police needed only nine minutes to track the man they said snatched an Apple iPhone from a woman’s hand and fled on a bicycle. The phone was being used to test a new, real-time GPS tracking application, which led officers to Horatio Toure, 31, whom the victim identified as the thief.
After Lori Shannon Turner, 39, complained loudly at a McDonald’s restaurant in Spartanburg, S.C., that she hadn’t received a sandwich she ordered and demanded another one, a sheriff's deputy who arrived on the scene noticed Turner had a large grease stain on her pants. When a female officer was called to the scene for a search, Turner removed the missing sandwich from her pants.
It's Friday, folks. Perhaps you're heading down the Blackfoot for a weekend of fishing and floating. If so, stop in Trixi's, in Ovando, the subject of this week's Happiest Hour.
The Democratic candidate for sheriff in Missoula County, Brad Giffin, has many "Likes and Interests" listed on his Facebook page, including the Zac Brown Band, Gold's Gym in Missoula, Tea Party Patriots and Sarah Palin.
Wait, what? What's up with those last two?
"Nothing," explained Giffin, who spoke to the Indy while working the Western Montana Fair. "They're on there because I like to follow them. I like to follow a lot of things."
Oh. Okay. But does Giffin consider himself a member of the Tea Party?
"No," he said. "Like I said, I follow many things."
Jason Wiener, chair of the Missoula County Democrats (and a Ward 1 councilman), isn't sure what to make of Giffin's interest in following the Tea Party and Palin.
"I am not a fan of Sarah Palin or the Tea Party," said Wiener. "I do not know any active member of the Missoula Democratic Party that is a fan of Sarah Palin or the Tea Party...I guess I don't know what he would like to follow about them."
Wiener added that if Giffin asks the county Dems for assistance with his campaign, it'd be an issue to discuss with the board.
The Tea Party Patriots — group motto: "ordinary citizens reclaiming America's founding principles" — is currently promoting its "Recycling Government" event, which features Glenn Beck. The Fox News commentator and Palin will be among those at the Lincoln Memorial Aug. 28 to honor "our heroes, our heritage and our future." The Tea Party Patriots list 22 affiliated groups in Montana, including Celebrating Conservatism, Sanders County Patriots for Limited Government and Montana Shrugged.
Giffin's opponents in the November general election are Republican Nick Lisi and Carl Ibsen, who's running as an independent. Lisi has a Facebook page, but he isn't a fan of the Tea Party. Ibsen also has a Facebook page; he's said he's staying away from any party affiliations. Neither Lisi nor Ibsen, by the way, appears to listen to the Zac Brown Band, either.
UPDATE: Sometime over the weekend, Giffin updated his Facebook page. He still likes the Zac Brown Band, but nobody else. Good for Zac Brown?
Here's a cool site that shows how much money politicians receive from the oil, gas and coal industries, and from where the money came. The visuals are pretty cool; the figures pretty high. Make sure to click on the details — each "bubble" provides more info, as does a chart on the side of each politician's page.
You'll see the following from Montana's delegates:
U.S. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus: $529,992 since 1999.
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg: $339,000 since 1999.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester: Just $22,000 since he was elected in 2006.
Hat tip to former U.S. Senate candidate and longtime environmental activist Paul Richards for the link.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): When I studied method acting with David Mamet, he taught us to develop such a vivid imagination that we could taste the pretend coffee that we drank out of an imaginary cup. We’d feel the heft of the cup in our hand and the steamy heat rising. We’d hallucinate the bitterly flavorful smell, and the muscles of our face would move the way they might if we were sipping the real thing. Pop star Lady Gaga didn’t work with Mamet while she was maturing as an actress, but she got similar teachings. Recently, she told New York magazine that she can “feel the rain, when it’s not raining.” And more than that: “I can actually mentally give myself an orgasm.” If you think that you will ever want to have that strong an imagination, Aries, now is a good time to start working toward that goal.
Tonight, Missoula County Public Schools Trustee Nancy Pickhardt will read a prepared statement during the school board's monthly meeting (which starts at 6 p.m.). The statement, emailed to us by Pickhardt late this afternoon, includes an apology to Caroline and Nicholas Pickolick, the targets of a profane voicemail message Pickhardt left on July 28, as well as a request for forgiveness. Here is Pickhardt's statement, in full.
The guiding principles of my life have been twofold: to treat others as I would like to be treated and to show my appreciation for the good things in my own life by making the lives of others better in any way I can.
Two weeks ago, I compromised my own values. I let feelings of anger and frustration dictate my behavior when I left a voice mail message for Nick and Caroline Pickolick that was rude and vulgar. I made a big mistake and I deeply regret my actions. I extend my heartfelt apologies to the Pickolicks.
I take full responsibility for my actions and they should in no way be construed to reflect on the other members of this board or our respected superintendent, Dr. Alex Apostle.
I know that many opinions have been voiced about my actions that, in fairness, have been both critical and disparaging. I have received many other messages from people who have encouraged me to “hang in there” and “don't give up.”
I believe deeply in the power of great public education and, in particular, the vision and direction that this board, along with Dr. Apostle, has worked diligently to create and move towards.
I ask Dr. Apostle, my fellow board members, the employees of the Missoula County Public Schools, and the members of this community for forgiveness for my inappropriate actions and language.
It is my great desire to continue to be a member of this board but ONLY as long as I am able to support and work toward making the Missoula County Public Schools the very best they can be.
The goal of the board of trustees and our superintendent has not and will not waiver: achievement and success for all students, no exceptions. I would like the opportunity to continue to work toward this end.
Nancy L. Pickhardt
August 10, 2010
In this installment: flaming prostheses, quashed confessional sales and the worst laundry day ever.
Curses, Foiled Again
Dallas police said Dwayne Lamont Moten, 20, hired a friend, Jacob Wheeler, 20, to shoot him, intending to blame the crime on his wife’s boyfriend so he could gain custody of his 3-year-old son. Wheeler was only supposed to wound Moten, who “drove a short distance before he realized he was shot a little worse than he had planned and got out of his car and was screaming for help,” then died, according to Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, who noted, “There’s legal ways to get custody of a child, and taking a bullet and ultimately dying is definitely not one of those ways.”
Shawn Martines, 25, flagged down a sheriff’s deputy in Pasco County, Fla., and explained that he let a woman put handcuffs on him, thinking they were fake, but they were real, and the woman didn’t have a key. Martines managed to pick one cuff and wanted the deputy to unlock the other. First, though, the deputy patted down Martines for weapons. When he found a hypodermic needle and nine Xanax pills, he locked the loose cuff on Martines’s free wrist and arrested him on drug charges.
The sun's out, the heat's on and we're chomping at the bit to bust out of the office for a weekend of floating, fishing and drinking. What's new? Well ironically, the crew that helped put together this week's Happiest Hour is heading back to the very same establishment this evening for another round (or, you know, five). Here's why we think you should join us.
This week: The Evaro Bar
Atmosphere: Your typical highway-side Montana bar, complete with Keno machines, pool tables and framed posters of scantly clad Maxim models next to the urinals. Patrons are few on a recent Saturday afternoon, but one semi-comprehensible regular assures us it’s usually packed. Bartender Amy Chalcraft’s tally from one Tuesday eight-ball tournament in July confirms his ramblings: 30 competitors, plus plenty of spectators. They also offer free pool every Sunday and Monday. Just keep the kids away from the X-rated claw machine at the back. Anatomically correct rabbit keychains aren’t a prize for the young’uns.
Ever wonder what that smiling barista is really thinking as he or she hands you your coffee mug and croissant wrapped in wax paper? We do, too. One of the coolest parts of First Friday this evening will be the chance to get a little insight into the creative minds of baristas, bakers and cooks of the neighborhood gathering spot Bernice’s Bakery, when the employees exhibit their own paintings, pottery, photography and fashion art.
After a shot of coffee at Bernice’s we’ll probably head down the block to Betty’s Divine to survey some "rock 'n' roll" piñatas inspired by the upcoming independent three-day rock fest, Total Fest IX. The piñatas are not to be whacked until the "a-buck-a-wack" contest at the Record Swap Saturday, Aug 21., but you can admire them while drinking some wine and beer and listening to some live music by Colin Johnson. Be sure to stop by Taco Del Sol to see a photo retrospective of past Total Fests, plus Total Fest posters by Tom Dewar, which are the bomb. Totally awesome.
Here is another thing we find intriguing: Right in the same neighborhood as Bernice’s and Betty’s is a new gallery called The Gallery at 4th & Oak, which is, not surprisingly, located at 4th and Oak streets. Studio owners Laura Blaker and Nancy Seiler will be there to welcome us with open arms (we hope) and to show off their artwork in the new space, which is upstairs in the old brick building at 615 Oak St.
That’s just the beginning. There’s plenty more art fun to be had across the Higgins Ave. bridge downtown, including on into the Northside at the Ceretana (801 Sherwood) where artists Ladypajama and Josh Ludwick will probably surprise us with kooky drawings of odd characters among other imaginative things. Unlike most art shows tonight that last between 5 and 8 p.m., this one will appeal to night crawlers since it goes until 11 p.m.
The film is a complex story about the way the world perceives disability, as well as what sorts of obstacles and triumphs two people experience working toward an independent life together. De Niro told New York magazine that he was impressed with the film, and ended up choosing it out of three top choices for the win.
You can see it tonight when the Big Sky Film Series screens the film at the Wilma Theatre, at 7:30 p.m.
In the meantime, check out the trailer:
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