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Alec Baldwin Interested in Political Run

January 5, 2011

Actor Alec Baldwin says he is interested in running for political office in the future but the thought of leaving his acting career is “extremely painful.”

From CNN:

The “30 Rock” star made the comments in an interview to air Wednesday on CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”

Knowing Baldwin’s long-running interest in politics, Eliot Spitzer asked him if he was ready to “get into this game.”

“The answer is: Yes, it’s something that I am very, very interested in,” Baldwin said. “People would say to me all the time, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ And sometimes I don’t want to do it because to leave what I am doing now would be extremely painful.”


Car Bomb Found in Times Square

May 1, 2010

Police have discovered a car bomb in a Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of New York City this evening. The discovery soon led to the evacuation of Times Square.

At this time, not much else is known but all of the top news stations in the country have gone to breaking news coverage. Conflicting reports of a man who was possibly seen fleeing the scene. Seems those reports are false.

I’m sure there’s more to come, including a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg. Stay tuned!

From the Associated Press:

Police evacuated buildings and cleared streets of thousands of tourists around New York City’s Times Square after finding an apparent car bomb in a parked SUV.

New York City police say a mounted police officer noticed smoke coming from the SUV at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that bomb investigators found propane tanks, powder and an apparent timing device inside the vehicle. The official wasn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police evacuated several residential and commercial buildings and cleared several streets of thousands of tourists milling around on a warm Saturday night.

From CNN:

Several blocks around New York’s Times Square were closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic Saturday night after a police officer saw smoke emanating from a box inside a parked car, according to authorities.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told CNN that the shutdown began after a foot patrol officer passed by a Nissan Pathfinder with Connecticut plates on 45th Street between and 7th and 8th Avenues. Browne said the officer noticed a box inside the car with smoke coming out.

Browne said officials at the scene were using a robot to search inside the car. The police department’s public information office said the box and other items found in the search are not confirmed at this time to be a bomb.

From ABC News:

The incident began around 6:35 p.m., when the Fire Department of New York responded to a car fire in the vicinity of 45th Street and 7th Avenue, and because of suspicious characteristics of the vehicle, the police department ESU was notified.

The car was identified as a Nissan Pathfinder with a Connecticut or unmatched license plate.

Bomb techs from the FBI’s New York office were on scene with the NYPD Bomb Squad to aid in the investigation.

Inside the SUV, investigators found three propane cylinders, two five-gallon jerry cans of gasoline, a canister of powder, electrical components and an alarm clock.

From the New York Times:

“It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth” Avenues on 45th Street, said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.

The device, he said, contained “explosive elements” that included “propane tanks, some kind of powder, gasoline and a timing device.”

“This is very much an active investigation,” he said.

The police would not say whether they had any suspects, and did not say if they had determined what might have been behind the event.

My Celebrity Encounter with Dylan Bruno (Numb3rs)

January 17, 2010

They always say when you go to Los Angeles, you’ll run into celebrities just about anywhere. We lived in LA for 2 years, and I used to meet quite a few when I worked for Hertz at Rusnake Westlake in Westlake Village, California. Well, we hadn’t been in LA for more than 30 minutes this time when we had out first!

Our favorite restaurant in Southern California (anywhere actually), is Dinah’s Family Restaurant near Culver City. What a great place for fried chicken, mashed potatoes and especially RIBS!

So as we walk into the restaurant, my wife looks over to the left and says “Hey, isn’t that the guy from Numb3rs”. I looked quickly and was like “I think so”. And it was. His name is Dylan Bruno and he plays Colby Granger on the show.

What’s even better is that we ended up being seated at the table next to him. We both thought that it was pretty cool because we are both HUGE fans of the show dating back to season one. Haven’t missed an episode!

He was there with his kids and I believe a friend. We talked to him a few times because his 7 month old son was quite the chatterbox! Not to mention cute as can be.

To make a long story short, Mr. Bruno was very down to Earth and friendly. I don’t know if he knew that we knew who he was. It’s hard not to get excited and say “Oh…I love you on Numb3rs” because I feel that celebrities should have their space too, especially when they are out with their families. I think that we see too much where celebrities can’t live their own lives in public without being attacked by the paparazzi or fans for pictures and autographs.

Sure…both my wife and I would have loved to have gotten our picture taken with him, or asked for his autograph. But, sometimes it’s just better to have a nice conversation with a celebrity just like normal people do.

He was a very nice guy and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with him, if even just for a few moments. As big fans of the show, it was the highlight of our weekend trip to LA.

UPDATE: So we went to the Pacific Diner today and sitting next to us was Petros Papadakis. He’s a former team captain and tailback for the USC Trojans.  Now, he’s known for calling games on Fox Sports and Comcast Sports here on the West Coast and for his radio broadcasting.

Very nice guy who seems like a lot of fun!

Casey Anthony: CBS News Interview With Mommy’s Little Girl Author

November 9, 2009

Good synopsis of the new book “Mommy’s Little Girl” on the CBS News Web site today.

The article includes details about the book and a transcript of an interview conducted by Barry Leibowitz of 48 Hours Mystery interview with author Diane Fanning. Lots of good questions and some insight into the authors thought process.

Has anyone had the opportunity to read the book? I’ve thought about whether or not I want to but haven’t actually gone out and made the purchase. Any thoughts?

From the article:

What’s the most fascinating forensic aspect of the case that needs answers?

Fanning: What has fascinated me the most is the odor analysis in the back of the car that indicated little Caylee’s body was stashed for some time in the trunk. There is a lot of skepticism about the strength of the science behind this forensic technique. On the one hand, you have highly regarded scientists examining this evidence and presenting it as fact. On the other, the cynics peer at it suspiciously suspecting junk science where data is twisted to prove a point rather than leading to a conclusion through scientific method. If the science behind it could be demonstrated to be sound through its presentation in this trial, it could have huge implications for future courtroom confrontations.

I, personally, maintain a querulous pose on the issue but, also find it, in my mind, to be irrelevant. I was far more moved by the anecdotal evidence. Not only did trained dogs hit on the trunk, but experienced investigators and other observers recognized the smell of decomposing human flesh. They all assure us that it is an odor never forgotten and never mistaken. To me, that is compelling evidence.

Did you uncover anything that may prove more important than most people realize?

Fanning: The exquisite ease of making chloroform at home, to my thinking, is a critical part of this story. Not only is it easier than I would have believed possible but, apparently, in some circles, it is the preferred method employed by some date rapists.

The state knows that Casey Anthony researched this subject. If the prosecutors believe she employed it to eliminate her child, a courtroom presentation of this process could prove to be the most dramatic moment in the trial.

Is there an element of the case you think is still to be unraveled?

Fanning: Yes — Who is Caylee’s father?

It is not clear that even Casey Anthony knows the real answer to that question. She’s admitted to at least one sexual encounter with a man whose last name she never knew—there could be many more.

Will someone step forward before the trial? Will some young man quietly submit to DNA testing and when paternity is confirmed, reveal himself as a champion for justice for the daughter he never knew?

It sounds too melodramatic to happen. But all along, this story has been filled with those unexpected, jaw-dropping, head-scratching moments that no one saw coming. Could the appearance of Caylee’s biological father be another one of them?

Casey Anthony: CBS Paid $20,000 For Family Participation

October 17, 2009

Cindy Anthony has told prosecutors that her and her husband were paid $20,000 by CBS for participating in a show focusing on their granddaughter, Caylee Anthony.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

On Friday, their attorney, Brad Conway, confirmed he negotiated that amount in a licensing fee for videos and pictures of the Anthony family taken in happier times.

At 10 tonight, 48 Hours Mystery will dedicate an hour to the case. Anthony’s defense team, friends and her parents — George and Cindy Anthony — were interviewed for the program that will air on WKMG-Channel 6.

Prosecutors asked Cindy Anthony if she has made any money for selling pictures of Caylee.

She talked about getting money from 48 Hours Mystery. At that point, the couple had only received $10,000 and expected to receive another $10,000. She said $3,000 went toward Conway for negotiating the deal.

“I received a check for the first time,” Cindy Anthony said.

A CBS News spokeswoman said the couple were not paid for interviews.

David Letterman Issues Apology

October 6, 2009

David Letterman apologized on the air during his broadcast last night to his wife, Regina, for his revelation last week of his sexual relationships with staff members.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Letterman made the remarks at the start of the taping of his Monday night show on CBS. They were his first public comments since last Thursday when he revealed details of an apparent extortion attempt tied to sexual relationships with his staff members.

The comedian also apologized to his staff, saying, “I’m terribly sorry that I put the staff in that position.” He labeled his mistake as inadvertent because “I just wasn’t thinking ahead.” He thanked the staff for being supportive and for “putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in.”

In his monologue, a rueful Mr. Letterman told several jokes related to the incident and the critical reaction to it.

“I got into my car this morning,” Mr. Letterman said, “and even the navigation lady wasn’t speaking to me.”

60 Minutes Creator Dies

August 19, 2009

“60 Minutes” creater Don Hewitt has died today at the age of 86. I was not aware of this but earlier this year, Hewitt was diagnosed with a small, contained tumor.

I believe that Hewitt was also a pallbearer at Walter Cronkite’s funeral just this past month. He created a great show which has stood the test of time. RIP Don Hewitt.

From CBS:

Hewitt was already a veteran CBS newsman in 1968 when he created “60 Minutes,” pioneering the TV newsmagazine format. He served as executive producer of the program until his retirement in 2004.

Hewitt has been honored with the second annual Lifetime Achievement Emmy presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1995, he was awarded the Founders Emmy by the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

From CNN:

The winner of eight Emmy and two Peabody awards, Hewitt began working for CBS News as an associate director in 1948. He was executive producer of “60 Minutes” when it premiered on CBS on September 24, 1968.

Hewitt stepped down in June 2004, but the program remains on the air and is the No. 1 news program, according to CBS News’ Web site.

As recently as 2007, Hewitt was executive producer for the first-ever network television special coverage of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show on NBC.