An alleged drunken driver stopped in Connecticut on Thursday blamed the GPS on his cell phone for sending him the wrong way in Interstate 84, according to police.
West Hartford Police Officer Peter Senick was assigned to the DWI patrol when he saw a car go from Park Road onto an off-ramp on around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, driving the wrong way despite the “Wrong Way” signs, police said.
The driver, identified as Robert Howe, 43, of Springfield, Mass., told Officer Senick that he was not from the area and was following the GPS on his phone, which led him to drive the wrong way on I-84, police said.
Howe’s blood alcohol concentration was found to be .101 and .095, according to police.
Well, it would be hard to argue against the idea that Ellen DeGeneres get a huge victory lap after last night’s Oscars. One of the things you want in a host is that ability to make a big room small, and the Oscars are a very big room. DeGeneres just has that knack. When she hosts, the awards almost feel like a party the rest of us are invited to. She didn’t have anything quite as compact and hilarious as she did seven years ago when she ran a vacuum cleaner along the front row, forcing actresses to raise their legs. (“Watch out, Penelope, that is a huge dress.”) But she continued with that notion of treating huge stars as real people, making them dig twenties out of their wallets for the pizza.
But none of that is a surprise. And bring her back next year. Done deal.
The surprise of the night was the Pharrell Williams’ performance. Idina Menzel’s “Let I Go” was the object of unprecedented anticipation, but — possibly knocked off stride by Travolta’s mangling of her name — she never really did what we know Menzel can do. Her rendition felt airless. Meanwhile, Williams and his Smokey Robinson-style song blew the roof off the joint. (I would preferred choreography that was less busy and a little more focused on …something, anything.) Talk about dancing with the stars: he prowled through the audience, swapping moves with leading ladies, especially the adorable Lupita Nyong’o. The cat in the hat provided ghe most electric 2.5 minutes.
We’re doing a show episode on grammar next Tuesday.
Here we have a “fatal” example of a misplaced modifier. I’m fairly certain the judge didn’t do any of those horrible things. (h/t R.R. Cooper)
Hartford Man Sentenced To 50 Years for Murder
The Hartford Courant
6:47 p.m. EST, February 27, 2014
HARTFORD — A year to the day after he wrapped his fingers around Krichindath Sawarie’s neck and strangled her, then slit her throat and stabbed her to make sure she was dead, a Hartford Superior Court judge sentenced Robert White to 50 years in prison.
I didn’t think Brendan Sharkey had something like this in him, but this proposal is a really important idea. And it took some guts and vision to bring it up. Tax-exempt property is one of the things killing cities right now, and it’s time to open the books and take a second look at the whole system.
One test of any non-profit is: what are your compensation packages for top executives? Really, you have people making more than $500,000? More than $1 million? More than $3 million? And you’re a non-profit? (The craziest one is the tax exempt NFL, where Roger Goodell pulls down $44 million.)
In Hartford, roughly $1 billion in public monies went into Adriaen’s Landing, with the expectation that it would eventually spur tax-productive real estate development nearby. Now UConn wants to sit its tax-exempt butt down in the prime spot.
Sharkey’s idea will probably get beaten down, but bravo to him for starting the conversation.
These plants, Brassica oleracea, or wild cabbage, were likely used as a food from Neolithic times. It is the parent and ancestor to a large number of cultivated offspring that are divided into seven or eight groups representing different plant forms. For example, the Capitata Group encompasses the common heading cabbages like savoy, green, red or spring greens varieties, with a terminal bud, botanically speaking. The Acephala Group includes most of the common leafy types like kale and collards, while kohlrabi is a swollen stem of the Gongylodes Group. Additionally cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and Tronchuda (Portuguese kale) each represent a different group. Broccoli is in the Italica Group, which, like cauliflower, is an inflorescence (flower cluster), yet the tissue has a number of single flower buds rather than being condensed into a solid head as it is in cauliflower. Altogether the plants of Brassica oleracea represent thousands of varieties, yet only one species.
I am so happy to find out that somebody else is being driven nuts by this kind of thing.
My Significant Other is all-too-familiar with my muttering during many television shows — but especially “Masters of Sex.” — “They would not have said that then.” I’m amazed they haven’t said “Significant Other.” That’s exactly the kind of mistake they make all the time.
“Steep learning curve?” in the 1950s? Are you kidding? That’s not even close.
And “parenting” on Downton Abbey! I croaked to the S.O. about that one too.
None of this, however, impinges upon my feelings for Liizy Caplan.
This is made somehow worse by the fact that there only six or seven kids, tops, in Sterling.
Days after a great-grandfather brought the wrong boy home from school, the boy’s mother is calling administrators incompetent and demanded that the school take action.
Angela Stone said her 5-year-old son was waiting for the bus at Sterling Community School on Friday when a man walked up to him and mistook the little boy for his own great-grandson and brought the boy to his house.
Only then did he realize he had the wrong child.
“Once the grand great-grandmother sees the boy and removes his hat, she realizes it’s not her great-grandson and calls the school to say the great-grandfather has taken the wrong kid,” Stone said during an emergency Board of Education meeting held in Sterling on Tuesday night.
Not the first time this has happened.
Dan Malloy told CNN he will not run for president in 2016.