Saturday, January 19, 2008
A man dressed in black and wearing a balaclava marched into the liquor store, near 167 Street and 100 Avenue in Calgary, Alberta about 5:30 p.m. yesterday. The shop is just across the street from city police's west-end station.
The man demanded money from a clerk, who refused, according to police. He fled on foot and the clerk called cops.
Several officers were in the station's parking lot, preparing for their shift, when they were dispatched to the call.
They walked about 100 metres to the liquor store parking lot and arrested the man as he tried to make good his escape.
UPDATE: My mistake, took place in Edmonton not Calgary.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Well she hasn't been looking as good of late. So hanging around cadavers may be appropriate. And I also noticed that cable is pushing her movie bomb I Know Who Killed Me. I think it might kill you if you watched it.
Dhaliwal and his brother Kulbir, 24, were severely injured when the tiger crawled up the wall of its enclosure and mauled them. Their friend, 17-year-old Carlos Sousa, Jr., was killed.
Zoo officials have acknowledged the 12 ½ feet tall wall surrounding the tiger pen was four feet lower than recommended by the national zoo accrediting organization. Police found a partial shoe print that matched Paul Dhaliwal's on top of the railing.
Toxicology results for Paul Dhaliwal showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.16 —twice the legal threshold for drunkenness— according to the affidavit. Kulbir Dhaliwal's blood alcohol level was 0.04 percent and Sousa's was 0.02 percent. All three also had marijuana in their systems. Kulbir Dhaliwal told police the three had smoked pot and each had "a couple shots of vodka" before leaving San Jose for the zoo Dec. 25, the affidavit said.
Who knows how long it will be available on Youtube because lawyers for the Church of Scientology have been chasing after them to get it off the net.
Under the heading, "Possible Torture/Abuse Cases," the manual lists Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Guantanamo Bay, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United States. The manual was inadvertently released to lawyers working on a lawsuit involving abuse of Afghanistan detainees by Canadians.
The manual appears to contradict the public stance of Canada’s Conservative government, which accepts assurances from the United States that it does not mistreat prisoners, including those at Guantanamo Bay. I doubt this will make Prime Minister Haper's friends in the White House happy.
At least six shots were exchanged overall but neither of the triggermen was hit. But a man believed to be in his 40s wasn't as lucky. Both shooters took off and no one even has an idea why there were shooting at each other.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Mathew Kowald pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge. Kowald paid a fine of almost $200 and was released while all that was going on.
Kowald, said the incident started as a joke. His son challenged him by saying he wouldn't root for the Packers. When he tied the boy up, the youngster was laughing while his wife took pictures (so he says). He claimed it lasted all of one minute.
Kowald's wife placed a restraining order against him. She showed police pictures she took of the incident on her cell phone camera. This may come as a shocker but she also indicated that he was drunk at the time.
It sounds sort of funny but it's not. Police say this is not the family's first domestic issue.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I'm not much of a talker so I guess I'll just stalk her.
James Lewis claims to have a unique voice, compares himself to Paul Robeson or Eddie Vedder and says he's good at anything low. He sounds like a recording played at slow speed as he sings "Go Down Moses." Paula and Randy lose it completely. He thinks it was just a bad song selection.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Since he entered the NHL, he has been the league's most prolific goal scorer. Mirtle points out that only two modern players, for instance, sit ahead of his .632 career goals-per-game average (Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux). And the fact he's notched 252 points in his first 207 NHL games. But Ovechkin's 13-year contract expires when he turns 35. It's a risky contract because the history of the NHL suggests that 50 goal scorers do not remain as elite players for that long of a period.
Only 87 players in NHL history have scored 50 goals in a season, and that's a group that includes the majority of the game's top-producing players of all time. If you eliminate the 18 that are still active the number falls to 69. Here are some interesting stats:
1. Over half had their last 30-goal season before turning 31.
2. 78% had their last 40-goal season before turning 31.
3. Eleven of the 69 played their last 60-game season before turning 30.
4. Average age they last played 60 games in a season: 33.3
5. Average age they last scored 40 goals in a season: 28.5
6. Average age they last scored 30 goals in a season: 30.5
There is no way of knowing when Ovechkin's production will drop off. Brett Hull and Marcel Dionne were productive for a long time. Mike Bossy and Cam Neely did not last nearly as long. But they were all great players.
The contract has no risk for the player and lots for the team.
Bowman is a no brainer. He is the most knowledgeable hockey person on the planet (including myself). Some will argue that Bowman at 75 is too old and that his success has been as a coach not as a manager. The value of bringing Bowman into the organization is that he gives the Leafs instant credibility. There are many hockey people that are not interested in working here because it is so dysfunctional. That perception changes once Bowman is in charge. He will not need to be around for a long time, only to rebuild the organization from top to bottom. He is the best judge of hockey talent in the league and will be able to evaluate what assets to keep and which ones to move out. Bowman could be enticed to come to Toronto but not until the off season. He is committed to Detroit until June.
2. Ken Holland
Holland is recognized as the best manager in the NHL. The Red Wings consistently win. They know which players to draft, trade or sign. Detroit is really the only big market team that seemed to transition into the salary cap world without any bumps. That has not been the case for the other big spenders New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Colorado and St. Louis. I doubt Holland would want to leave the great Red Wing environment. I get the feeling even money might not entice him.
3. Brian Burke
Burke is quite the blustery individual and like Pat Quinn tough enough to deal with the Toronto media frenzy. Burke has plenty of experience as a player agent, manager and NHL executive. He showed a lot of savvy in building a Stanley Cup team in Anaheim so quickly. But Anaheim is on the west coast so Burke lured to Toronto because of its location and history.
4. Darcy Regier
I love what Regier has been doing in Buffalo. He has always kept his team stocked with young, good, cheap talent before there was a salary cap. His only misstep was the loss of Drury and Briere in the summer. It's hard to know if there was anything he could have done to retain them and trading them at the deadline was never a consideration when you have a shot at the Cup. On Buffalo players are held accountable for their performance. In Toronto that has never been the case which is why the Leafs are a great team to play for unless you want to win. You wonder if Regier would be interested in coming to Toronto. When the franchise was brankrupt and in trouble, I would have said definitely yes. But maybe not any more.
5. Lou Lamoriello
New Jersey is the only franchise that can match Detroit's success over the past 10 to 15 years. Lamoriello is a big reason they have all those Stanley Cups during that period. Now he has had some help over that period since his team owned the greatest goalie in the game (Martin Brodeur). Lou had enough sense to hang on to Brodeur unlike Mike Millbury who traded away Roberto Luongo who has taken over from Brodeur as the NHL's best goalie. The only reason Lamoriello would leave the Devils is for the challenge in turning around the Leafs.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Please let it be true. The latest rumour of pop singer Britney Spears possibly converting to Islam and moving to Pakistan with her companion Adnan Ghalib has set off a debate among women in the Mulsim country.
The grapevine is abuzz with twice-divorced singer Spear's romance with little known Ghalib, a man of Pakistani origin. Spears, according to Britain's Sun newspaper, wanted to fake her death and embrace Islam and move to Pakistan and start a new life!
Ghalib, 35, who works for a photo agency, is being described as "a gold digger" whom the "lonely" and "vulnerable" Spears cannot do without.
I'm sure it's just celebrity gossip, but it would sure be a great turn of events if it happened. She would look really good wearing a burqa.
I'm not sure why the urgency. The season is lost and so is next season at the very least. But opportunities are lost by not acting right now? Well, as I see it only trading Mat Sundin. He is a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season so no trade is possible during the off season. But no trade is possible now since he has a no-trade contract. Sundin has clearly stated he intends on staying but it doesn't stop the media from speculating that he would go. Other than Sundin all assets are locked in for next season and could be traded during the off season as long as they don't have a no-trade contract and there is a buyer out there.
The argument against making a move is that the list of possible candidates is larger during the off season. Some teams will allow you to approach personnel under contract during the summer but will not provide permission during the hockey season. So right now the list of candidates for manager and coach is quite small - ie., hockey people not working in hockey (mostly on radio and TV). More knee jerk reactions is not what this team needs. They need a solid plan devised by the best manager that is available out there.
It's also interesting how the Scotty Bowman story exploded over the weekend. The media search for the next Leaf GM or President (the media provides this service for free) landed on Bowman's doorstep. He was interviewed by Hockey Night in Canada and revealed his involvement in the Leafs' abandoned search for a consultant over the summer. This actually is not a new revelation. Bowman is a guest analyst every Tuesday morning on The Fan 590. He has been asked about the search on numerous occasions. He always indicated on The Fan that he wasn't very eager to leave the Red Wings and never indicated he would have taken the position of President if it had been offered. He was clear he never would have taken the consultant's position.