Saturday, February 20

Bookish: Mixed Focus (5#) -

in which a novelist is accused of murder . . .

University of Alabama shooting suspect
Amy Bishop is also a novelist, Jason Boog
reports (with links) at Galley Cat.

# Jeff VanderMeer explores the
2009 Nebula Award finalists at Shelfari.

# Travel writer Paul Theroux has
turned his hand to craft an exotic Mystery
novel which has received mixed reviews:
A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta.

# Nicholas Wroe interviews
Henning Mankell, creator of the Swedish
detective Kurt Wallander, at The Guardian.


Friday, February 19

The Fifth X Batch (5#) -

British real-life X-Files . . .

The UK's Ministry of Defence has just
declassified and released another batch of
formerly top-secret UFO files for public perusal. [bbc]

A precocious nine-year-old UFO spotter told his mom "the aliens are coming!" as he snapped some photos of flying saucers on his mobile phone.

:: Nick Pope :: on ::Cif::

:: Tgraph ::


Wednesday, February 17

Texas Pipe Bomb Gal (2#) -

A Federal magistrate has denied Kimberly "Asma" Al-Homsi bond and ordered her to remain in custody as a danger to herself or others, pending a grand jury investigation.

On Saturday evening, three pipe bombs were found in Al-Homsi's pickup truck, according to an ATF agent. The devices were safely removed by the Fort Worth bomb squad.

Dressed in camouflage fatigues as she appeared before the judge, Al-Homsi was assigned a public defender.

:: Nathaniel Jones :: FW Star-Telegram ::

:: Jason Trahan :: Dallas Morning News ::


Volatile Disputes (3#) -

Responding to a 911 call reporting a road rage encounter on Saturday evening, Texas police allege they found some suspected incendiary devices in a woman's vehicle after she led them on a chase.

Kimberly "Asma" Al-Homsi, 45, is in custody
at the Arlington jail with her bail set at $210,000.

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A controversial pair of giant sculpted arches shaped like hijabs has been proposed for installation at both ends of Brick Lane in London.

Some protest "hijab gates" for Brick Lane.


Tuesday, February 16

Mullah Omar's Deputy Seized (8#) -

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been captured.

He is considered second in the command hierarchy of the Taliban to chief Mullah Omar and is believed to be close to Osama bin Laden, Jack Bremer reports at TFP.

Baradar is thought to be about 42 years old and a member of the Afghan Popalzai tribe, according to the DPA, which was citing Interpol sources.

"We strongly reject the reports of his arrest," Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

:: BBC :: - - - :: Interpol ::

# How some Afghans see Operation Moshtarak:

:: A Cif piece with links by Nushin Arbabzadah.

# A couple of young Singaporean fellows who are Mass Communication students recently did an internship in Pakistan. They share their impressions at the Dawn Blog.

# Two burqa-swathed gunmen robbed a Paris post office last Saturday. The French police are investigating.


Media: Press Notes (3#) -

Anonymous online posters
can be outed, but should they be?

"It's technologically simple to track
the source of a comment; the more
difficult question is when it should be done."

An excellent piece by Georgia Garvey
and William Lee at the Chicago Tribune.

# A history of media technology scares, from
the printing press to Facebook by Vaughan Bell.

# Found: A British satirical
online newspaper. :: The Daily Mash ::


Monday, February 15

SoFlo: Keyboards at Dawn -

Rick at SFDB, who keeps tabs on all things local,
spotlights a local blogging competition being
sponsored by the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

If you feel enterprising, you can follow
the link he provides and comment there, too.

:: SFDB ::


Int'l TV: Vanished
Visitor in Germany (4#)

What kind of cases
does the Cologne Homicide Dept investigate?

Last night we got a look into one of their creepier cases in the International Mysteries TV series presented by MHz Worldview, which is carried locally here in SoFlo over Channel 17.2, in The Last Visitor (Ghost Town).

Budgetary constraints may be keeping the TV program guides at local newspapers in the pre-digital era, making it difficult to access the schedule for some of the newer offerings.

By happenstance, I had already watched a Wallander and a Maigret before watching last night's Tatort. It then took a lot of digging to unearth more information.

If you're a Mystery fan,
you may find it worthwhile to look into this TV series.