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http://www.policymic.com/articles/11683/how-daniel-radcliffe-turned-from-harry-potter-star-to-serious-actor

Daniel Radcliffe, the actor famous for playing Harry Potter, turned 23 on Monday.

Starring in the eight film adaptations of the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling, Radcliffe truly brought the title character to life. Since his role as the famous boy wizard, the young actor has forged an unconventional path towards a serious acting career, starring in everything from a twisted psychological play to a romantic comedy.

Radcliffe has embodied and shaped our understanding of Harry Potter. From reading the books, I had always envisioned Harry as stubborn, impulsive, burdened by a Messiah complex, moody when older, yet always courageous and loyal. In the movies, Radcliffe portrays all of these traits, but adds innocent charm to the boy wizard. Harry seems steady, serious, and strong-willed when he battles Voldemort’s incarnations in the first films, but the actor’s wide blue eyes, short stature, delicate cheeks, and circular glasses remind us how young the wizard is. Even in the bleak final film, Radcliffe steps towards Voldemort shakily, hesitantly. The actor physically emphasizes how much Harry is playing everything by ear – an important detail that makes him so relatable and believable as a teenage hero.

Post-Potter, Radcliffe has proven himself to be beyond maturity. Like the overburdened wizard himself, Radcliffe seems to have grown up too fast — he has already forced himself to stop drinking to prevent alcoholism. Yet professionally, he has not become a degenerate child star. On the contrary, Radcliffe has committed himself to a serious acting career. He has strayed from typical teen films; his post-Potter films include horror/thriller The Woman in Black and Beat poetry film Kill Your Darlings. In his theater debut, he won critical praise for the psychological stage drama Equus, in which he portrayed a 17-year old that blinds six horses with a spike and he went completely naked for an episode of religio-erotic worship to a horse. But he is not a fun-killer — he has starred in the comedic musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and will be in the upcoming romantic comedy, F Word. Rather than devising a career strategy, Radcliffe is true to his artistic interests, choosing only quality projects that grab his attention. His creative spirit goes beyond drama — as a bookworm, he spends most of his money on books, he writes poetry, and he publishes short stories; he appreciates underground and punk rock music.

Radcliffe, with his definitive portrayal of Harry Potter, was the heart of the Harry Potter films. While he has yet to separate entirely from the wizard, Radcliffe has proved that he is becoming a serious artistic force.

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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A person of interest was in custody Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a student at Mississippi State University.

Mason Perry Jones was arrested Sunday night at a bus station in Memphis, The Clarion-Ledger reported. He was being held Monday in DeSoto County, Miss., according to WREG-TV.

School officials said 21-year-old John Sanderson, of Madison, Miss., was shot at around 10:00pm Saturday at Evans Hall, a residence for 288 male students on the northwest side of the Starkville campus.

Three male suspects fled the scene, and Sanderson died later Saturday at Oktibbeha County Hospital.

Police are still looking for two men, WREG reported.

A weapon was recovered from the Mississippi State campus after the shooting, according to Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs.

Dr. Mark Keenum, president of the university, said the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.

 

Killer of Florida teen told police he was attacked first

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/26/us-usa-florida-shooting-idUSBRE82O0F820120326

By Barbara Liston

SANFORD, Florida |         Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:58pm EDT

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – The man who shot and killed an unarmed Florida teenager in a case that has sparked widespread public outrage told police the victim had punched him, knocked him down and slammed his head into the pavement repeatedly before he fired the fatal gunshot.

The account of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, was published for the first time on Monday in the online edition of the Orlando Sentinel.

Police in Sanford, Florida, the Orlando suburb where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead on February 26, confirmed that the newspaper report appeared to be based on leaked information from someone inside the police department.

“The information in the article is consistent with the information provided to the State Attorney’s office by the police department,” the police said in a statement.

Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white Hispanic, has been widely criticized for following Martin, who was African American, and ignoring a police request that he stop doing so after calling the 911 emergency number to report that the young man in a “hoodie” hooded sweatshirt looked to be “up to no good.”

But in own his version of events, as outlined in the Sentinel report, Zimmerman had given up the chase and was walking back to his sport utility vehicle when Martin approached him from behind.

The two exchanged words before Martin punched the burly Zimmerman in the nose, sending him reeling to the ground. The teenager then began pummeling him and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, the newspaper said.

At least one witness told police he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman who was calling for help, the newspaper said. It noted, however, that other witnesses had disputed who the cries were coming from.

ABC News quoted a police source as saying that Zimmerman, in a written statement, claimed that Martin also tried to take his gun before the shot was fired.

Zimmerman’s attorney has said his client acted in self-defense. He has not been arrested and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which broadened the legal definition of self-defense when it was passed in 2005, provides people with immunity from detention or arrest if they use deadly force in their own defense without clear evidence of malice.

RAINY EVENING

Whatever happened on that rainy February 28 evening in Sanford it came as Martin returned from a convenience store carrying a bag of Skittles candy and a can of Arizona iced tea.

Florida law enforcement has been under fire for weeks as protests decrying inaction in the case have spread to cities across the country.

More than two million people have signed an online petition calling for justice in the case, prompting Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday to caution against a rush to judgment and say state authorities were still gathering facts.

“Justice will prevail,” Scott said in an interview with Reuters Insider in New York. “That’s what we all want. We want the … facts and we want to know that justice happens.”

Last Thursday, Scott said State Attorney Norman Wolfinger had agreed to remove himself from the investigation. Scott appointed another Florida prosecutor, Angela Corey, to handle the case. He also created a task force to study crime prevention and specifically the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

Asked if the case rose to the level of a possible hate crime, Scott said such a judgment would be premature.

Corey called for patience on Monday as her team of investigators continues looking into Martin’s killing.

“Justifiable use of deadly force has been asserted in this case, will continue to be asserted, which will make our job more difficult,” Corey told CNN, referring to the Stand Your Ground law.

Martin, a Miami high school student, was in Sanford, staying at the home of a friend of his father, because he had been suspended from school shortly before his death.

On Monday, a family spokesman said the 10-day suspension came after school officials discovered marijuana residue in a plastic bag inside Martin’s book bag.

“Regardless of Trayvon’s suspension, it had nothing to do with what happened on February 26,” Ryan Julison, the family spokesman, told reporters.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, suggested in comments at a news conference that the marijuana residue report was aimed at smearing her dead child.

“They’ve killed my son and now they’re trying to kill his reputation,” she said.

(Additional reporting by Edith Honan and Dan Trotta. Editing by Tom Brown and Christopher Wilson)

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example in the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

Michaele SalahiI Take The 5th on Adultery

http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/15/michaele-salahi-neal-schon-tareq-salahi/

Michaele Salahi

will neither confirm nor deny she banged Journey guitarist Neal Schon behind her husband’s back … this according to new legal docs.

Turns out, adultery is a CRIME in Virginia … and if Michaele admits that she slept around with Schon while she was married to Tareq Salahi, she could be punished by the law.

So, instead of responding to the adultery accusations Tareq included in his divorce filing — Michaele has now filed documents in which she “asserts her privilege pursuant to the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution not to respond.”

Additionally, admitting to adultery could put Michaele at a serious disadvantage in her divorce proceedings — because as we first reported, the couple’s pre-nup stipulates … if Michaele commits adultery, she gets zilch for spousal support.

Sources close to Michaele tell TMZ, she’s not concerned — because Michaele was already separated from Tareq when she started dating Neal. The couple celebrated their four-month anniversary on Friday.

For the record — the crime of adultery in Virginia is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a $250 fine.

Duggars Plan to Honor Lost Baby

http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/yahoo-tv/duggars-plan-honor-lost-baby-183611465.html

Reality star Michelle Duggar (TLC)The recent announcement that “19 Kids & Counting” star Michelle Duggar, 45, suffered a miscarriageinspired waves of sadness and sympathy. The miscarriage occurred during the second trimester of her pregnancy. The baby, who was due in April, would have been Michelle and husband Jim Bob’s 20th.

 

The family had been discussing baby names the night before they learned the news. The Duggars have said they plan to choose a name for the baby after they learn if it was to be a boy or a girl. They also plan to hold a funeral.

Michelle says Jim Bob and the children are taking good care of her. “The kids are mothering me now,” she said. “Jill brought me some food and they are taking good care of me.” Daughter Jill is 20 and studying to be a midwife.

According to People magazine, Michelle is resting and recovering at home. Michelle and Jim Bob learned that she’d miscarried while at a routine doctor’s appointment. They’d gone in to see if the doctor could determine the sex of the baby. Instead, the doctor gave them the terrible news that the baby had no heartbeat.

Huge Japanese earthquake cracked open the seafloor

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45583975/ns/technology_and_science-science/

SAN FRANCISCO— The March 2011 megaquake off the coast of Japan opened up fissures as wide as 6 feet (3 meters) in the seafloor, a new study finds.

The fissures now scar the seafloor where peaceful clam beds once lay, according to Takeshi Tsuji, a researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. Along with seismic studies, the fissures, revealed by manned submersible vehicles that investigated the seafloor after the quake, show how the crust around the quake’s epicenter expanded and cracked.

Tsuji and his colleagues had a unique opportunity to see how the seafloor changed after the magnitude-9.0 quake struck on March 11. Before the quake, the researchers had taken video and photographs of the seafloor on the continental side of the Japan Trench, near where the crust would later rupture, generating an enormous tsunami that killed about 20,000 people.

Those videos showed a quiet seafloor broken only by occasional clam beds, Tsuji reported here Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). After the quake, however, the seabed shows evidence of the massive forces released there.

About 10,500 feet to 17,500 feet (3,200 to 5,350-meters) below the ocean’s surface, the researchers saw open fissures in “many places,” Tsuji said. They ranged from around 3- to 6-feet (around 1- to 3-meters) across, though the researchers couldn’t measure how deep these new cracks extended.

By combining their direct observations with seismic surveys of the seafloor, the researchers uncovered a series of complex faults around the zone where the continental crust off the coast of Japan is being forced under the Pacific tectonic plate. They found when the crust ruptured some 12 miles (20 km) below the planet’s surface, it was powerful enough to rip all the way to the surface.

That rupture pushed up a massive amount of seafloor, which in turn triggered the huge tsunami that devastated the coast.

update senior year

Hello everyone. Happy early Christmas. I haven’t done a post in a while so I thought it would be good to do one now. Everything is ok here. My birthday came and went. Thanksgiving was So this blog really isn’t on anything special.(Even though it is an update) The only things going on right now is that I have to take the ACT this Saturday, and of course Christmas is coming too. The only down side is the Christmas parade has been moved to next week so that’s a bummer. 😦 But oh well! Hopefully I’ll get some topics for some more blogs and I’ll get back to ya’ll soon hopefully. Merry Christmas. Later. 🙂

Swapping chicken pox-infected lollipops illegal

http://news.yahoo.com/swapping-chicken-pox-infected-lollipops-illegal-200633795.html

NASHVILLE (Reuters) – A federal prosecutor is warning parents against trading chicken pox-laced lollipops by mail in what authorities describe as misguided attempts to expose their children to the virus to build immunity later in life.

The warning came after media reports surfaced about a multi-state ring of parents, wary of vaccinations that prevent the disease, who were swapping lollipops licked by a sick child in a modern day incarnation of a chicken pox party.

In those so-called parties, parents purposely put sick children together with healthy children in order to spread the ailment and build immunity without having the children vaccinated. This new form of party shares the disease anonymously and long-distance.

“Sending a virus or disease through the U.S. mail (and private carriers) is illegal. It doesn’t matter if it crosses state lines,” said David Boling, public information officer for the Attorney in Nashville.

“Also, it is against federal law to adulterate or tamper with consumer products, such as candy.”

Boling said the issue came to light after a television “news report out of Phoenix that involved a Nashville woman that was shipping and receiving adulterated products.”

Sending chicken pox-infected lollipops, swabs or vials of saliva to parents who want to infect their children and avoid vaccinations is not only illegal, it can be lethal, said Dr. Tim Jones, Tennessee’s state epidemiologist.

“They are putting at risk the people around them,” said Jones, commenting on a controversy that has sparked anger in both the medical and legal communities.

An epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta agrees. “It’s an incredibly bad idea for a variety of reasons,” said Dr. Rafael Harpaz, of the CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases.

The transport and sale of contaminated items has been linked to a Facebook group called “Find a Pox Party in Your Area,” which helps people anonymously arrange for the swapping and sale of contaminated items.

“There are a substantial number of people involved in it,” Boling said, referring to the ring.

Nashville-based U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin has been outspoken on the matter because he wants to warn “folks that want to continue to engage in this kind of activity that they are certainly exposing themselves to criminal prosecution,” said Boling, who would “neither confirm (nor) deny existence of an investigation.”

POX PARTIES

Jones said old-fashioned “pox parties” were bad enough, but shipping items to infect children “is utterly inexcusable. In this case, these are people who are buying and selling infected or contaminated body fluids from complete strangers.”

“There are a bunch of things wrong with this,” he said, adding that parents could also be inadvertently giving their children items contaminated with influenza or hepatitis, in addition to chicken pox.

CDC’s Harpaz said one major issue is that giving children the chicken pox instead of a vaccine could be a fatal mistake.

“Before the vaccine was licensed, there were in the order of 100 kids (in the U.S.) who died of chicken pox per year. Now there are very few among vaccinated children… It’s kind of like playing Russian roulette with your child.”

In addition to exposing children to chicken pox, those who have it are more susceptible to getting shingles later in life than are vaccinated children, Harpaz said.

“The idea that it’s safer to give your kid the infection than it is to immunize them is just wrong, completely misguided and puts your child at unnecessary risk,” said Tennessee epidemiologist Jones.

First of all, he said, the vaccine is safe, while those who give the children the disease “are putting at risk people around them. There may be people they could infect that don’t have a choice, who can’t take the vaccine.”

The CDC’s Harpaz said symptoms of chicken pox aren’t noticeable for “10 days to 21 days when you are exposed.” But that doesn’t mean children aren’t contagious.

Children taking chemotherapy or other medications that affect the immune system are among those who can’t take the vaccine and would be at risk if exposed to infected children.

“You could infect them and kill them,” said Jones. “That’s murder.”

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Jerry Norton)

 

http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-closes-great-pyramid-rumors-rituals-104026490.html

 

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s antiquities authority closed the largest of the Giza pyramids Friday following rumors that groups would try to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11 A.M. on Nov. 11, 2011.

The authority’s head Mustafa Amin said in a statement Friday that the pyramid of Khufu, also known as Cheops, would be closed to visitors until Saturday morning for “necessary maintenance.”

The closure follows a string of unconfirmed reports in local media that unidentified groups would try to hold “Jewish” or “Masonic” rites on the site to take advantage of mysterious powers coming from the pyramid on the rare date.

Amin called all reports of planned ceremonies at the site “completely lacking in truth.”

The complex’s director, Ali al-Asfar, said Friday that an Egyptian company requested permission last month to hold an event called “hug the pyramid,” in which 120 people would join hands around the ancient burial structure.

The authority declined the request a week ago, al-Asfar said, but that did not stop concerned Egyptians from starting internet campaigns to prevent the event from taking place.

“It has been a big cause now on Facebook and Twitter for many people to write about,” al-Asfar said.

The closure was unrelated to the rumors, he said, adding that the pyramid needed maintenance after the large number of visitors during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday last week.

The rest of the complex, which includes two other large pyramids, numerous tombs and the Sphinx, remained open Friday, though security appeared to be heavier than usual.

Dozens of police officers and soldiers were posted throughout the complex. Some patrolled on camel-back. One soldier stood next to his machine gun near a souvenir shop selling miniature pyramids.

Speaking by phone from the pyramids after 11:11 had passed, al-Asfar said he’d seen nothing out of the ordinary.

“Everything is normal,” he said. “The only thing different is the closure of the Khufu pyramid.”

Khufu is credited with building the Giza complex’s largest pyramid, now one of Egypt’s main tourist attractions. Khufu founded the 4th Dynasty around 2680 B.C. and ruled Egypt for 23 years.

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