The jury that was meeting to determine the punishment for Jodi Arias’ murder was not able to come to a verdict today. The judge for the Maricopa County Supreme Court case, Sherry Stephens, is planning to declare a mistrial. The jury deliberated on the case for five days.
When there is a mistrial it automatically means that the death penalty cannot be given. Instead, the judge will decide if Jodi Arias will get life in prison or have the possibility of being released from prison after 25 years. After the conviction, Jodi said she would prefer the death penalty to being sent to life in prison.
Jodi Arias was found guilty of murder in the death of Travis Alexander. Folks at Anastasia Date have read that he was found dead in his home on June 2008 in Mesa, Arizona. He had been shot in the head, had 30 stab wounds, and his throat was slashed from ear to ear. His friends found his body five days later.
The first jury was also deadlocked when it was deliberating her sentence in 2013. After this occurred, a second jury was selected to determine her sentence. Prosecutors pointed out that Alexander was killed because he told Jodi he wanted to date other women. Defense attorneys said she had been abused as a child and by Travis.
Alexander’s family was seen sobbing after the judge revealed that the jury had failed to reach a decision. The family did say that they appreciated the support they have received from the public.
Veronica Roth, author of the recent YA titan Divergent trilogy, has revealed a contract with HarperCollins to write two more books.
This will be Roth’s first dalliance from the Divergent universe – after the original trilogy she released one more book told from the first person perspective of the protagonist’s love interest, then devoted her time to writing and promoting the movie series. According to Timber Creek Capital the first movie, Divergent, was released last year and the second movie, Insurgent, will hit theaters later this year.
J.R.R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin are the most successful epic fantasy writers of all time. J.R.R. Tolkien is the creator of The Hobbit, and The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. George R. R. Martin is the creator of A Game of Thrones, which is the first part of his ‘A Song Of Fire And Ice’ series. Both authors are extremely successful, but who is better?
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit back in the 1930s. The Hobbit was immediately met with positive reviews. After the success of The Hobbit, Tolkien began working on The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The Lord Of The Rings became an instant classic. From 2001-2003, Peter Jackson released the film versions of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. All three films were huge box office successes, and the three films combined won 17 Academy Awards. The Hobbit has also been made into a movie trilogy, and all three films have been huge successes as well according to Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG.
J.R.R Tolkien is the godfather of the epic fantasy genre. However, George R. R. Martin’s series ‘A Song Of Fire And Ice’ is widely popular, and it’s tv series adaptation is among the best of all time. A Game Of Thrones is the most popular show in the history of the HBO network.
J.R.R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin have created masterpieces, but it is Tolkien that created the genre. George R. R Martin would admit that J.R.R Tolkien is the superior author. For more information on J.R.R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin, visit Rollingstone.
On Feb 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified broadband internet as a Title II public utility like telephone service. Doing that gives the FCC more power to regulate it. The FCC will ban paid prioritization in which ISP’s charge additional fees from companies like Netflix that use a lot of bandwidth. It would also prevent ISPs from slowing down “lawful content.”
The ISPs aren’t happy about the reclassification. Verizon has already threatened to sue the FCC if it reclassified the internet, and the FCC’s Chairman, Tom Wheeler, expects there will be more lawsuits. Verizon’s last suit against the FCC had resulted in an appeals court striking down earlier and weaker net neutrality rules. That lawsuit and its results led to the FCC’s decision to reclassify the internet.
Verizon’s legal victory of the previous year also helped spark a lot of activism. Groups like Fight For the Future supported reclassification as did companies like Netflix, Reddit, and Twitter. They backed reclassification because they need unhindered access to internet users. Haidar Barbouti (Houston.culturemap) has read that President Obama, seeing all this, jumped on the bandwagon and proclaimed his own support for reclassification last fall.
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn views the change as something that would ensure equality. She pointed out that many poor Americans rely on their cell phone, which is often their only connection to the internet. She also commented that such people should have as easy a time using the internet as their wealthier fellows.
If you haven’t heard there is a new film in the Ghostbusters series coming out soon, this one featuring an all female main cast. According to the Huffington Post the actresses that have signed up for the project are queens of comedy Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. These four leading ladies are known for their onscreen comedic antics, which is well suited to the popular campy series about a team of ghost hunters. While many fans have doubts about the reboot, the director may be taking the project into a new direction than the ones fans of the series are familiar with.
One of the more interesting facets of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and continuation of the Star Wars movies is the fact that Disney will release a series of standalone movies that are not a part of the primary Star Wars series. The first movie is scheduled to be released in late 2016 and is rumored to take place between Episode III and Episode IV. It might also feature a very famous Star Wars character.
This is not the first time that rumors of a Han Solo film have leaked out. It was suggested early on that one of the initial standalone Star Wars movies would focus on Solo, but it seemed unlikely that it would be the first film. Furthermore, another big rumor floating about is that the very popular bounty hunter Boba Fett might also make an appearance in the film.
The recent explosion of a 100 car line of crude oil tankers in West Virginia has once again brought attention to the transportation of crude oil and whether there are safety issues that need to be addressed. The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster was another unfortunate event regarding crude oil transportation in 2013 and combined with the West Virginia accident these are two of the most recent incidents to prompt a need for further inspection of the underlying transportation issues.
Marcio Alaor BMG has read that several of the tankers were punctured in West Virginia causing a large fire and much damage. The primary question is whether DOT-111 train cars are properly equipped to handle the transportation of such flammable materials. The US National Transportation Safety Board has determined that they are not and have ruled that they are inadequate for the movement of crude oil and ethanol due to the inability to prevent a puncture during a crash. The problem is that that National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations are not legally binding in North America meaning that the rail companies are not forced to follow them.
The CSX Corporation owns the West Virginia tankers that crashed and they were CPC-1232 which are reinforced versions of the suspect DOT-111s primarily on the heat shields on the ends. The question now is whether there is enough reinforcement in a CPC-1232 to safely ride the rails with crude oil and the crash evidence seems to say otherwise.
Hugh Jackman really does deserve a lot of credit. The actor has always shown he loves his role as Wolverine and gives the character and his fans all the respect both deserve. Recently, the actor noted he watched Michael Keaton’s turn in Birdman and said the film provided great inspiration to continue playing Wolverine until, well, “he dies”.
There are a few things to take into consideration here Brian Torchin feels.
Jackman is not likely to ever be typecast as Wolverine. Seeing anyone else fill the iconic shoes would be extremely difficult, but Jackman is not connected to the role so much he would be rejected in other films. Such was the case with the late, great Christopher Reeves and Adam West.
Jackman’s next role is going to be the musical The Greatest Show On Earth. Displaying versatile talents ensures he will have a long and storied career. He is also going to remain gainfully employed thanks to the Wolverine character. In addition to Wolverine 3 slated for 2017, there is another X-Men movie scheduled for 2018. Right now, no one knows if this will include Wolverine but it just might. And who knows? Wolverine might end up in the Marvel Comics Universe outside of the Fox features.
Michael Keaton, sadly, made a huge career move leaving the Batman franchise. He had a huge career in the 1980’s, but his fortunes in the 1990’s were poor. Staying in the Batman role would have kept him an “A list” actor for several more years. Birdman has marked his comeback and he is slated for the new King Kong movie, Skull Island in the near future.
Bruce Levenson and his friend started UCG as a newsletter in an apartment up in Washington D.C. They started this company as a way of getting into the oil and gas industry without purchasing an oil field. They grew their company into a database of information about the oil and gas industry that has become massive. They provide information to all manner of people who need information about investing in oil and gas, and people who are putting their money into the industry.
The two of them took on the task of investing in the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers. The Thrashers were soon sold and moved to Winnipeg because hockey in Atlanta simply does not work. However, Atlanta is a basketball town, and that town needed the best team it could possibly get.
The Atlanta Spirit LLC group was split up by a power grab perpetrated by other members of the ownership group. Bruce had to fight in court to make sure that his ownership stake was honored, and he eventually became the principal owner of the Hawks. He used his controlling interest to change the way the Hawks operated, and he wanted to use his lifelong love of basketball to make changes that would give a team worth watching.
The vision that Bruce had for the team told him to hire a better coaching staff and GM. He was able to bring in better people to coach the team, and he provided better facilities for the team. He wanted the Hawks to have every chance to win possible, and he did so by investing in the future of the team.
The future of the Atlanta Hawks is stable because of the vision of Bruce Levenson and his tenure as the principal owner of the Hawks.
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