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Oscar Grant Verdict | BART Verdict: Mehserle Involuntary Manslaughter

Oscar Grant Verdict | BART Verdict: Mehserle Involuntary Manslaughter

The Oakland Oscar Grant verdict has finally come out and here's the verdict. Former Bay Area Transit officer, Johannes Mehserle has been found guilty in the 2009 shooting which resulted to the death of Oscar J. Grant III.

Oscar Grant, 22, was shot in the back with one bullet from Mehserle's gun while the two struggled on a BART platform. Oscar Grant was face down on the platform when he was shot and killed. But on video of the incident, Johannes Mehserle was reportedly heard saying, "Oh my God!" several times, adding to the evidence that he had no intention of shooting Oscar Grant.

Hundreds of people that have gathered in downtown Oakland near 14th Street and Broadway were angered by the verdict involuntary manslaughter instead of a more severe second-degree murder conviction. But the jury believes that Johannes Mehserle did not intend to kill Oscar Grant but acted negligently. The verdict of involuntary manslaughter may result in a four to fifteen year prison term for Mehserle.

Here's what the mother of Oscar Grant had said after the verdict was read:
“The system has let us down, but God will never, ever let us down. Though the system has failed us, though we fight continually, but one thing I know but the race is not given to the swift or to the strong, but to the one who endures until the end. As a family and as a nation of African-American people, we will continue to fight for our equal rights in this society. My son was murdered. He was murdered. He was murdered. He was murdered.”

Lebron James to Miami

Lebron James to Miami Heat

Rumors of Lebron James going to Knicks has been put to an end because Lebron James had decided to be with the Miami Heat. The two-time MVP announced from Greenwich Connecticut that he’s decided to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami Heat and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers after an unsuccessful seven-year quest for the championship he covets. Lebron James said he wants to win and he wants it now!
“You have to put yourself in the right situation to able to compete,” Lebron said.
Well, get ready NBA!

Laptop Coolers | Notebook Coolers

I was using my laptop for 3 hours when it started to feel hot. I guess it's normal for LAPTOPS and NOTEBOOKS to get hot since it uses energy. But then, I don't want my hands to end up shaky because I have a bad habit of washing my hands every now and then. I'm just glad that there are laptop coolers as well as notebook coolers that are now available for many users.

There are many kinds of laptop and notebook coolers that suits your style and budget. Let's take a look at some of those available in the market.

Thermaltake Xaser S1000 laptop cooler
Laptop Coolers | Thermaltake Xaser S1000 laptop cooler
The Thermaltake Xaser S1000 laptop cooler is designed to accommodate laptops from 12 to 15 inches, the Xaser S1000 laptop cooler features a sleek black aluminum design with a pair of 70mm blue LED fans. The Xaser S1000 laptop cooler's design pulls air from dual suction vents and directs it toward the base of the laptop, quickly cooling it down when things get hot to improve your laptop's performance. The adjustable-speed fans run quietly, and are powered via your laptop's USB.
Antec NoteBook Cooler
notebook cooler | Antec NoteBook Cooler
  • Protect your valuable investment and reduce heat-related instability
  • USB-powered cooler with pass-through connector included. Draw power from any USB port without losing use of the USB port
  • 2 quiet double ball-bearing fans for reliable extremely quiet operation
  • Low power consumption
  • No batteries or power adapter needed
  • Light weight (easy to carry)

The QuadCooler Laptop Cooler

laptop cooler | QuadCooler Laptop Cooler
At quadcooler.com, you can avail it at a lower price of $29.95. But you must hurry because the price is good until July 31, 2010 only.
  • It has 4 Fans (most coolers only have 2 fans)
  • Balanced Cooling
  • Powered by Your Laptop
  • Strong yet Lightweight
  • Compatible with Most Laptops
  • Uses Any Type of USB Port
  • Protect your laptop from carpet!

Lindsay Lohan sentenced 90 days in jail

Lindsay Lohan sentenced 90 days in jail

Actress Lindsay Lohan had not learned her lessons well. In violating the terms of her probation in a 2007 drug case (i.e. failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes), Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel ruled out a 90 days sentence in jail and an inpatient rehab program for Lindsay Lohan on Tuesday, according to AP.

Lohan immediately burst into tears after the ruling. But she was not immediately taken into custody. Lohan was given a chance to settle her affairs before she will surrender herself on July 20. She will have to wear an ankle alcohol monitor until then.

Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

The Last Airbender 2010: Cartoons vs Live-Action

The Last Airbender 2010

Photo: Paramount Pictures
I have watched Nickelodeon's "The Last Airbender" also called "Avatar: The Legend of Aang" in its cartoon version. I really love the story of friendship and heroism as well as the awesome effects used in the animated series. And now, Nickelodeon Movies teamed up with Paramount Pictures to give us another breath-taking live-action version of our favorite little hero Aang. The The Last Airbender 2010 movie had its wide release last July 1st. The movie earned different reactions both positive and negative from fans around the world.

Watch the trailers of the The Last Airbender 2010 below.

Boston Pops 4th of July 2010 - Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular | Boston Pops 4th of July 2010

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is the nation's premier 4th of July celebration. It is proudly presented by Liberty Mutual. Here's a brief review about the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular as provided by their official website:
The event was founded in 1974 when David Mugar suggested to famed Boston Pops Conductor, Arthur Fiedler, that in order to revive the diminishing Esplanade concert series it might be a good idea to play Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with a few extras. For the next Fourth of July, howitzer cannons, fireworks and church bells were added to the concert so that, in Arthur Fiedler’s own words, “All Hell could break loose.” For the first time, a July Fourth fireworks display took place over the Charles River.
And this year, the 37th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular has already started with concerts but no fireworks on July 3rd. Here's the schedule of events for July 4th including the concerts and fireworks.

9:00am Oval opens
12:00pm Recorded music begins in Boston
4:30pm Recorded music begins in Cambridge
7:00pm WBZ News Radio 1030 simulcast begins
8:00pm Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast begins on WBZ-TV Boston
8:30pm Boston Pops concert begins with the National Anthem and flyover
9:30pm "1812 Overture" is played
10:00pm CBS Network national broadcast begins
10:30pm Fireworks begin
11:00pm Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends

The Boston Pops 4th of July 2010 guest artist Toby Keith will perform along with other featured performers like Renese King, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums, Will LeBow, Jack Williams & Lisa Hughes, and Jeremiah Kissel.

Red White and Boom 2010

Are you ready for the Red White and Boom 2010? It is independence day for whole of America on July 4th. A time to commemorate America’s declaration of separation from Great Britain that was made on July 4, 1776. And so it means there will be feast, celebrations, food, parties, fireworks and many more.

But what is Red, White & Boom? For those who don't know yet, Red White & Boom is the name of a number of annual fireworks shows in the United States, held on or near July 4 to celebrate the nation's Independence Day.

The Red, White & Boom 2010 will be celebrated in Columbus, OH on Friday, July 2, 2010. Below is the schedule of the Red, White & Boom 2010 activity highlights as provided by the Red White & Boom website:

3pm: Taste of Boom
5pm: NBC 4 BOOM! Central presented by Columbus Blue Jackets opens on the north end of the Midway at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Boulevard
6pm: AEP Independence Day parade
7pm: Columbus Children's Choir. Long Street Boom Stage
8:3pm: The Divide, Genoa Park Stage
10pm: FIREWORKS! with the Grand Finale presented by Marathon

Check out this video of an awesome Red, White and Boom 2009 celebration:

Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts lyrics

Singer/songwriter Christina Perri had her song Jar of Hearts featured on So You Think You Can Dance performance in Billy and Kathryn’s routine. Here's the Jar of Hearts lyrics by Christina Perri:

Jar of Hearts Lyrics

i know i can’t take one more step towards you
cause all that's waiting is regret
don’t you know i’m not your ghost anymore
you lost the love i loved the most

i learned to live, half alive
and now you want me one more time

who do you think you are?
runnin’ ’round leaving scars
collecting a jar of hearts
tearing love apart
you’re gonna catch a cold
from the ice inside your soul
don’t come back for me
who do you think you are?

i hear you’re asking all around
if i am anywhere to be found
but i have grown too strong
to ever fall back in your arms

i've learned to live, half alive
and now you want me one more time

and who do you think you are?
runnin’ ’round leaving scars
collecting a jar of hearts
and tearing love apart
you’re gonna catch a cold
from the ice inside your soul
so don’t come back for me
who do you think you are?

it took so long just to feel alright
remember how to put back the light in my eyes
i wish i had missed the first time that we kissed
cause you broke all your promises
and now you’re back
you don’t get to get me back

who do you think you are?
running around leaving scars
collecting a jar of hearts
and tearing love apart
you’re gonna catch a cold
from the ice inside your soul
so don’t come back for me
don't come back at all

who do you think you are?
who do you think you are?
who do you think you are?

Tiger Woods Divorce

Tiger Woods Divorce

Image: Wife Elin and Woods before the controversy

Reports are roaming around that the Tiger Woods' divorce is on its finality with only a filing in Orlando County Court by Wife Elin remaining. Elin is reportedly asking for a $750 million divorce settlement.

Reports from The Sun and The Herald argue that while Tiger's fear is Elin's speaking out, her fear is protection of the children against Tiger's "womanzing".

So what made the two to agree on the settlement?

Considered to be the biggest pay-out of a celebrity divorce ever, there are conditions, however.
  1. For Elin: Her eternal silence. "No interviews, tell-all books, or TV appearances about this for the rest of her life - even if Tiger dies first - or she'll lose the lot."
  2. For Woods:Tiger may not bring any other females around their children.
  3. Elin gets full physical custody of the kids but they share legal custody. That means Tiger will share decisions about the kids. He will be able to visit his kids up to half a week per week but without the company of any woman that isn’t related to Woods as a spouse or fiancĂ©e.
Is $750 million just right to shut Elin up, making way for the rebuilt of Woods' damaged reputation?

New Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

After so many years, 69 in exact since her debut in 1941, Wonder Woman is about to have a costume make-over. According to www.nytimes.com, the new Wonder Woman costume was designed by artist Jim Lee (who in February was named co-publisher of DC) to fit her into the 21st century crimefighting. The new Wonder Woman will appear in the publication of Issue No. 600 of her monthly series. Here's the new Wonder Woman in her less revealing but tougher look costume.
New Wonder Woman
Hmmm, I think I like the new Wonder Woman.