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January 10, 2008

Tanker falls from I-75, explodes in Detroit

Tanker Crashes, Falls, Driver Killed

A tanker crashed into a guardrail on a highway overpass Thursday, plummeting 30 to 40 feet to the ground where it exploded and caught fire near a home. The cab of the tanker got stuck on the barrier and the driver was killed, police said.

The driver was believed to have been hauling liquid propane, fire spokeswoman Katrina Butler said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

"We don't know if he lost control. There was no wet pavement," Butler said.

The tanker fell from Interstate 75 in southwest Detroit. Flames shot dozens of feet in the air. A home near where it landed caught fire as well.

"None of the witnesses said the truck swerved," Michigan State Police Lt. Monica Yesh said. "There are no skid marks, which usually indicates a medical emergency somewhere along the line."

Late Filing Costs Client $1 Million

Law Blog - WSJ.com : A Litigator's Nightmare: Late Filing Costs Client $1 Million

It’s a litigator’s worst dream — costing your client serious money by missing a filing deadline.

That nightmare was a reality for MoFo and another small SoCal firm, which appears to have cost its client Toshiba America $1 million when it was one-minute late — 1 minute! — in filing a motion for attorneys fees. (The nightmare was first reported by the Daily Journal.) A judgment in favor of MoFo’s client was entered on Sept. 26, giving Toshiba’s attorneys 14 days - until Oct. 10 - to file their attorneys-fees motion. Here are the relevant paragraphs straight from Judge Cormac Carney’s opinion. For anyone who has stared in the face of a filing deadline, this might make your choke on your Cheerios

January 09, 2008

Vidoe game companies boycotting EGM after low review scores

Publishers allegedly blackball EGM for negative coverage - Joystiq

In his latest editorial, Electronic Gaming Monthly Editor-in-chief Dan "Shoe" Hsu publicly calls out three companies that are allegedly refusing to work with the magazine due to negative reviews of their games. According to Hsu, the members of Midway's Mortal Kombat team, Sony's sports division and Ubisoft as a whole are refusing to give EGM access to early preview or review builds of their games (in the case of Ubisoft, Hsu specifically says "it seems our coverage of Assassin's Creed was the last straw").

As a result, Hsu says EGM readers will get "little, late, or no coverage" of these companies' games. "We won't treat these products or companies any differently, and we'll just cover them to the best of our own abilities, with or without their support," Hsu writes. "Because, after all, we're writing for you, the reader -- not them."

These types of allegations aren't anything new around the game industry water cooler, and stories of publisher reprisals in the form of pulled advertising or blackballed journalists occasionally bubble up in the game press. But editors are usually reluctant to publicly name names in these situations, for fear of pissing off publishers further. Are we seeing the beginning of a new age in game journalism, where journalists aren't afraid of standing up to publishers that try to push them around?

I really enjoy EGM's reviews. Unlike most other review sites who tend to inflate csores for their advertisers (Gamespot, e.g.) they hit hard and speal truth.

Getting published on Brijit

I'm trying to make some cash writing, starting with summarizing...

January 07, 2008

The most depressing news story of the day

12-year-old beats toddler to death with bat, police say - CNN.com

LAUDERHILL, Florida (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy beat a toddler to death with a baseball bat because she was crying while he was trying to watch TV, authorities said.

The boy, who was not identified, was arrested Saturday on first-degree murder charges, Lauderhill police spokesman Lt. Mike Cochran said.

He was arraigned in juvenile court Sunday and remained in custody, but it was not clear if he had an attorney or if anyone else would be charged in the girl's death.

Cochran said the boy confessed to authorities that he was home alone Friday baby-sitting a 10-year-old girl and the 17-month-old girl and became angry when the toddler began to cry. The relationship between the three was not clear.

The Murder Map of San Francisco

Metroblogging San Francisco: San Francisco murders 2007

Each peg is a murder that occurred in 2007. Almost all of them are east of Van Ness. If you click through to the original map, each peg will give you details about the murder.

January 03, 2008

Links to Us: "Klown Kar Kapers," or, "Why I hate broads."

Q: How many radical feminists does it take to change...

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