It took jurors four hours today to convict Lisa Montgomery of cutting a baby from Bobbie Jo Stinnett's stomach. The jury rejected Montgomery's insanity claim and apparently believed proseuctors, who -- in calling her post-traumatic stress defense "voodoo science" -- came up with perhaps the best catchphrase of 2007. -- Eric Barton
Last Wednesday, Johnson County District Attorney filed 107 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park clinic. Blah, blah, blah.
You probably already know the score, even though the usually loudmouthed Kline is conspicuously tight-lipped. But something seemed a bit odd about a quote in last Thursday’s Kansas City Star. The paper quoted Pat Adair, the president of the Kansas chapter of Women Influencing the Nation.
Adair claimed waiting these 10 months for Kline to file charges had made her “very impatient.” The Star didn’t mention if Adair was nagging Kline at the dinner table or the first of every month when he drops off his rent check. Yep, the Star neglected to mention Adair is Kline’s landlord.
Better Than: America’s Most Smartest Model
Review and Photos by Richard Gintowt
Rogue Wave’s jump to Brushfire Records (home of Jack Johnson and G. Love & Special Sauce) made me reconsider a band I had always heard as contemporaries of the Shins and Band of Horses. Had I given them too much credit? Were they mere fodder for The O.C.? Did they enjoy playing music and surfing?
My skepticism was partially assuaged by the band’s new record Asleep at Heaven’s Gate, which has a couple absolute gems in “Like I Needed” and “Lake Michigan.” The entire record doesn’t live up to the promise of those two songs – and the band has yet to release a consistently great album – but I was intrigued enough to make the trip to Lawrence and catch ‘em at the Bottleneck.
Around lunchtime today, I walked past the Phoenix Jazz Bar, which has been closed since sometime in July, and saw a slip of paper taped to the outside of the door that read
"Coming Soon: Regan's Donut Shoppe"
Underneath that, someone had written in ballpoint pen: "16 October 2007 I was here and you weren't. WAMY!?"
To which I respond: WTF!?
A chagrinned musician, perhaps? Or maybe a donut-machine installer? Googling the acronym WAMY yields mostly the World Assembly of Muslim Youth. "Regan," though, is an Irish name.
Most important, will they have jazz in this donut shop? I think that would actually be a really good idea. Ack, the speculation's killing me!
BY ANDY VIHSTADT
THE LESSON PLAN
Even if you don’t recognize Steven “Steinski” Stein by name, it’s impossible not to feel the impact he’s made on DJ culture. Steinski and Double Dee’s Lessons releases are the Holy Grail for crate diggers, but soon they will be available on CD, courtesy of Illegal Art Records. Here’s what he told us via email, “Details at this moment are a bit hazy. Working title is What Does it All Mean? Multitrack Recordings by Steinski and Several Other People. Includes the Lessons.”
Steinski was also nice enough to hook us up with a couple hour-long cut-and-paste mixes that come highly recommended.
Steinski: Live From the Basement MP3
Steinski: Stop & Shop MP3
More fix after the jump.
Over the weekend, E!’s The Soup featured this Nancy Grace snippet as its “Clip of the Week.” It’s taken from Nancy’s eponymous show, in which she discussed the Lisa Montgomery case in her usual screeching-banshee way. Despite the crappy video quality (I shot it off the TV with my digital camera), the flabbergasted look on Nancy’s face is awesome.
In case you’re interested in reading the interview in its full context, check out this CNN transcript. – Jen Chen
After publishing this blog entry on Wednesday about the famous Miss Douglas, Stacy Hedger, I got an e-mail from a Richard Dean of Austin, Texas. Dean, it seems, had done his homework on Miss Douglas. He found an entry for her on classmates.com from Douglas High School in Douglas, Arizona.
So I called the only Hedger in the book in Douglas, Arizona. Turns out it’s her dad. He gave me Stacy’s cell phone number. When I called on Thursday, she hadn’t seen the video or heard that it was making the rounds on the Web. Since then, she googled herself and learned that the video has appeared everywhere from VH1 to Jimmy Kimmel Live.
After her research, we talked by phone. Turns out the video doesn’t have a Kansas City connection. Still, because there are probably a few people out there who are curious about the real Stacy Hedger, I recorded this interview above. I agreed to leave off her married name from this article, mainly because she’s this sweet mother of two from this small border town down in Arizona who doesn’t need any more harassment. Beyond the harassment she’s already gotten from her relatives. – Eric Barton
It's been a crazy few days for the two founders of the Pitch's parent company. First, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin faced criminal charges for running a story in the Pitch's sister paper in Phoenix. Then, faced with public outcry, prosecutors dismissed the charges and admitted mistakes had been made. Read more here, on the blog of the Phoenix New Times, which features a video of the top prosecutor eating crow. -- Eric Barton
It might be a while before Royals fans really get to know new manager Trey Hillman. But if you want to know how the Lord works through him, check out this video above, produced by truthwork.com.
There's more of Hillman on the net.
There are so many things wrong with this video. First of all, there's the out-of-tune keyboard turning this monster classic into a sonic nightmare. Then there's Wolfgang clomping about instead of Michael Anthony* (read next week's Pitch for more on that). Then, there's DLR bouncing on a giant inflatable microphone. At the same time, the dudes did keep going and tried to look like nothing was wrong, which is usually the best course of action when your fly's down and you're hangin' wang in front of God 'n errybody. [Original post at RW370]
In other video madness, check out Stampa Med Leroy, so you can pick up some moves to impress Joakim and also learn how to have autoerotic sex without using your hands and while using a suit. (May be offensive to victims of Chernobyl, their family and friends.)
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