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the world’s first performance basketball shoes, the Converse All Star.

or a fashion statement. The history of Converse shoes spans the

In 1918, Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor, a basketball player for the

history of 20th century America and the evolution of basketball.

Akron Firestones, acquires his first pair of All Star basketball

Converse shoes revolutionized the sport of basketball and

shoes and backed by Converse, he introduces the game of

witnessed the birth of rock and roll. Sixty percent of all American

basketball to Americans across the country; all while wearing

own or have owned at least one pair of Converse sneakers. In

his Converse All Stars. Chuck Taylor officially joined Converse

1908, Marquis M. Converse, in his late 30’s and previously a

in 1921 as America’s first player endorser, and in 1923 after

respected manager at a footwear manufacturing firm, opened

publishing a retrospective on the first 60 years of basketball

the Converse Rubber Shoe Company for business in Malden,

and teaching his first basketball clinic at North Carolina State

Massachusetts and begins providing winterized rubber soled

University, his signature was added to the All Star patch.

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“We’re “We’reinindeep deeptrouble,â€? trouble,â€?said saidRep. Rep.John JohnLewis, Lewis,a aGeorgia Georgia Democrat Democratand andleader leaderininthe thecivil civilrights rightsmovement, movement,ononthe the Today Today show show onon NBC. NBC. “We’ve “We’vegot gottotoget getour oureconomy economyout outofofthe theditch, ditch,end endthe the war warininIraq Iraqand andbring bringour ouryoung youngmen menand andwomen womenhome, home, provide providehealth healthcare careforforallallour ourcitizens,â€? citizens,â€?Mr. Mr.Lewis Lewissaid. said.“And “And he’s he’sgoing goingtotocall callononus,us,I believe, I believe,totosacriďŹ ce. sacriďŹ ce.We Weallallmust must give give up up something.â€? something.â€? Mr. Mr. McCain McCain delivered delivered hishis concession concession speech speech under under clear clear skies skies onon the the lush lush lawn lawn ofof the the Arizona Arizona Biltmore, Biltmore, inin Phoenix, Phoenix, where where hehe and andhishiswife wifehad hadheld heldtheir theirwedding weddingreception. reception.The Thecrowd crowd reacted reacted with with scattered scattered boos boos asas hehe offered offered hishis congratulations congratulations totoMr. Mr.Obama Obamaand andsaluted salutedthe thehistorical historicalsignificance significanceofof the the moment. moment. “This “Thisis isa ahistoric historicelection, election,and andI recognize I recognizethe thesigniďŹ cance signiďŹ canceit it has has forfor African-Americans African-Americans and and forfor the the special special pride pride that that must must be be theirs theirs tonight,â€? tonight,â€? Mr. Mr. McCain McCain said, said, adding, adding, “We “We both both realize realize that that we we have have come come aa long long way way from from the the injustices injustices that that once once stained stained our our nation’s nation’s reputation.â€? reputation.â€? Not Not only only did did Mr. Mr. Obama Obama capture capture the the presidency, presidency, but but hehe led led hishisparty partytotosharp sharpgains gainsininCongress. Congress.This Thisputs putsDemocrats Democratsinin control control ofof the the House, House, the the Senate Senate and and the the White White House House forfor the the ďŹ rst ďŹ rst time time since since 1995, 1995, when when BillBill Clinton Clinton was was inin ofďŹ ce. ofďŹ ce. The Theday dayshimmered shimmeredwith withhistory historyasasvoters votersbegan beganlining liningup up before beforedawn, dawn,hours hoursbefore beforepolls pollsopened, opened,tototake takepart partininthe the culmination culmination ofof aa campaign campaign that that over over the the course course ofof two two years years commanded commanded an an extraordinary extraordinary amount amount ofof attention attention from from the the American American public. public. AsAsthe thereturns returnsbecame becameknown, known,and andMr. Mr.Obama Obamapassed passed milestone milestoneafter aftermilestone milestone—Ohio, —Ohio,Florida, Florida,Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,New NewHampshire, Hampshire,Iowa Iowaand andNew NewMexico Mexico—— people people rolled rolled spontaneously spontaneously into into the the streets streets toto celebrate celebrate what what many many described, described, with with perhaps perhaps overstated overstated if understandable if understandable exhilaration, exhilaration, aa new new era era inin aa country country where where just just 143 143 years years ago, ago, Mr. Mr.Obama, Obama,asasa ablack blackman, man,could couldhave havebeen beenowned ownedasas a aslave. slave.

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FIELDS This album has earned a spot on our makeshift altar, draped in crushed velvet, alongside our mushroom candles, J.R.R. Tolkien compendium, Dungeon Masters Guide and amethyst runes. Part prog and part majestic shoe-gaze, Fields’ swirling space-rock exists somewhere on the same plane as My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and latter-day King Crimson.

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them comparisons to Arcade Fire and the Cure. But with coed harmonies and snatches of R&B, Black Kids have a more classic pop sound than your typical indierock band — and they’re more humble. Songs like “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With Youâ€? come from times Youngblood has had to keep his ego in check. “I’ve often had great chemistry with a girl on the dance oor,â€? he says. “And then she’d leave with her at-footed boyfriend.â€? KEY TRACK “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With Youâ€? This danceable tune mixes arch lyrics with Cure-like vocals and a megacatchy chorus that exudes warmth.

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ELECTRELANE We like ying in invisible planes like Wonder Woman. It’s empowering. Girl pop is empowering too and Electrelane bring the ruckus with soaring guitars, hopeful melodies and breathy vocal harmonies reminiscent of Stereolab circa 1994.

SOUND That excuse no longer works, since Black Kids have gathered so much blog buzz over the past few months that they’re already playing sold-out gigs for fans such as the Beastie Boys’ Mike D. That acclaim is due mostly to the freewheeling indie-rock songs they posted on MySpace, earning

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BATTLES In short, Battles play relentlessly technical mathrock. Blackbelts in the art of building and releasing tension, their skittering rhythms and zen-like repetition of phrases will have you scrambling for some mid-period King Crimson as well (Discipline anyone?).

When you call your band Black Kids, fans remember your name. “We like that ‘Black Kids’ seems subversive,� says Reggie Youngblood, the Jacksonville, Florida, group’s lead singer and one of its two black members. (His younger sister, Ali, is the other.) But Youngblood admits the name is trickier for the quintet’s white kids. “For a while, when a stranger asked about the band, they’d just say, ‘Oh, you haven’t heard of us.’�

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BJORK Bjork is the female Tom Waits. OK, slow down now, don’t scoff; just consider the following: 1. Esoteric arrangements. 2. Far-ung instrumentation (c’mon, foghorns?!?). 3. Vocals delivered in whispers and growls. 4. Ballads and bangers. 5. A deliberate lack of melody. All this in mind, we think Volta would be her

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wearing one of her shirt in Georgia led to another

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tanks, t-shirts and hoodies. Parts of the proďŹ ts

contract with Blue Ridge and Trail in Atlanta. “ A

college Ali noticed the vulgarities in words on

goes to No More Tears,her recently formed

few apprehensive people said it wouldn’t work

t-shirts worn by fellow students and got the idea

organization to build schools, women’s shelters

but it has been completely the opposite,�

for her business, So-Me Designs. “If there’s a

and clinics in impoverished locations around

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market for stupid t-shirts, I thought there was a

the world.

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market for intellectual, smart and sexy t-shirts,�

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her global perspective. Born in Pakistan, this

she says.

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beautiful Muslim woman moved with her family

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one shirt bearing the words “Human Being,� Ali

to the United States when she was eight years

business, she directed a series of documentaries.

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old. At sixteen she left the country to act in

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on the web months ago.

Indian movies. “I did ten ďŹ lms in Bollywood,â€? she

for Hilary Rodham Clinton.

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Ambitious, talented and opinionated, she has

like “we need ďŹ ve anti-war designs,â€? Ali runs the

experience.�

no patience for people who place too much

business solo. By leaving postcards in Dunkin

Returning to Florida in 1998, she earned a

emphasis on looks or who are apathetic about

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bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nova

issues. Her role model is Gandhi. “There’s a lot

Designs was picked up by Rag Trade Happy

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Clothing, a wholesale line in Miami. A costumer

journalism at the University of Miami and

year. Then I want to get into politics,� says Ali.

Stephanie at Rag Trade Happy Clothing Co. has contacted us

because we have the sweetest collection.

regarding their grand opening this weekend. In fact, we even

Owner of Rag Trade, Stephanie Spiegel, is a recent college grad

got to stop by the store “pre-opening� to meet her and check

with big ideas. Expect to see cool things come from her - she really

it out. The concept is simple, it’s like a vintage or second-hand

is trying to make Miami a greener place. Make sure you meet her

store, except that you can bring clothes to trade (or for cash). Rag

when you stop by the store.

Trade is your clothing store of funk & more! You and your friends

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can bring in your awesome clothes and Rag Trade will buy them

All of the price tags are actually promotional yers that were

from you while you shop for something new. Rag Trade believes

destined for the trash. The prices are super affordable. The location

in it’s ongoing recycling project, saving the environment one pant

is great, but the entrance is tough to ďŹ nd. Parking and entrance

leg at a time.

(2nd oor, #6) are in the rear of the building. Finally, when you go,

Rag Trade feels like going thru your best friend’s closets.

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• Woman Sues After Getting Transplanted Kidney With HIV and Hepatitis C A 33-year-old woman is suing a Chicago hospital after she contracted Hepatitis C and HIV from a transplanted kidney. The organ has been removed and the woman is undergoing dialysis again. The organs tested negative, suggesting that the infections were acquired not long before the donor, who was apparently gay, died in a car accident. Three other organ recipients have also been infected. Under federal law hospitals are required to notify organ donor recipients if their organs come from a homosexual donor due to higher risk of infections. The woman claims she would have refused the organ had she known this was the case

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• 45-year-old Woman Accused of Bumping Uglies with 16-year-old Boy

Joplin, Missouri resident Jana Carter, 45, has turned herself in to the local authorities amid charges that she had consensual sex with a 16-year-old youth while working as a supervisor at the Scott Greening Dependency Center in Joplin. Carter is now charged with statutory rape. The offenses allegedly occurred from from October 10th through October 19th. The center where the incidents allegedly occurred houses all males and has no video surveillance. Director Larry Black told the media, “She came in very clean in terms of references and background checks,� noting that she no longer is employed at the facility. Carter is being investigated for similar incidents involving three others as well. Posted at 07:32 pm | Leave a comment at cinco.com

• Students Warned Not to Participate in ‘Kick a Redhead’ Day Canada: St Peter’s Junior High School principal Tony Stack has issued a strong warning against participating in a kick a redhead day. His warning was echoed by Constable Kevin Foley who indicated the police were prepared to investigate incidents. Stack was tipped off that some students were planning the day in imitation of a South Park episode in which November 20 is “Kick a Ginger Dayâ€? and all redheads seen by the children are kicked. The controversial show’s satire has poked fun at many sensitive social issues. According to Stack sometimes students don’t separate the satire from reality. “These types of things can occur in a school-age population.â€?

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• George Bush: Least Popular President

With just a few days left in ofďŹ ce, George Bush has set a new record for being the most unpopular American President ever, according to data released by CNN. His approval rating is 24% and his disapproval rating is now 76%. A list of other disapproval ratings include: Clinton 54% (SEP 94), GW Bush 60% (JUL 92), Reagan 56% (Jan 83), Carter 59% (Jun 79), Ford 46% (DEC 75), Nixon 66% (AUG 74), Johnson 52% (AUG 68), Kennedy 30% (NOV 63), Eisenhower 36% (MAR 58). The closest any president has come to matching George Bush’s disapproval rating was Truman who registered a 67% disapproval rating in January of 52. Posted at 07:05 am | Leave a comment at cinco.com

• Mailman Who Hoarded 7 Years of His Route’s Junk Mail Evades Prison

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DEC. 17, 2008 • Suri Cruise Tops Forbes List

• Once Extinct Penguin Rediscovered after 500 Years

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• 14-Year-Old Lives 118 Days With No Heart Florida: 14-year-old D’Zhana Simmons has been released from hospital after spending 118 days without a heart. D’Zhana had a failed heart transplant and was placed on a pumping machine until a second transplant could be done almost four months later. During that time D’Zhana was able to take the occasional walk with the assistance of people to support her and push the machine which rivals a photocopier in size. Doctors say that with anti-rejection drugs she should lead a relatively normal life but may need another heart before age 30. Posted at 08:20 am | Leave a comment at cinco.com

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Stay veg and tell your friends!

•The One in a Million Two Faced Cat

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AN EVER-EVOLVING GUIDE TO VEGETARIAN + VEGAN DINING OPTIONS THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA

Our secondary purpose, is to call out the behind-the-times restaurants who’ve yet to realize that there are thousands of vegetarians in South Florida with good taste (and money to spend). We like eating out, we all have meat-eating friends, and we’d like to eat with them at places where we can all be satisďŹ ed. Serving a little tofu or meat substitutes wouldn’t bankrupt you...

While in New Zealand studying the rare yellow-eyed penguin, researchers accidentally rediscovered a lost species of penguin thought to have gone extinct 500 years ago when Polynesians ďŹ rst settled New Zealand. Waitaha penguin was initially identiďŹ ed by its DNA when researchers began testing the bones of yellow-eyed penguins, long associated with human settlement. That’s when they noticed that prior to humans, there was a totally different species present. Philip Seddon of Otago University, while testing the penguin bones, also noticed that there was a gap from 1200 to 1500. It was assumed that during that time the Waitaha became extinct, allowing the yellow-eyed penguin to get a foothold.

Vets in Perth, Western Australia, were assisting with an awkward, but otherwise normal birth of healthy kittens. The vets were astonished when one of the new born that popped out was a little double faced kitty. Nurse Louisa Burgess, who delivered the kitten along with vet George Huber, said she had never seen a two-faced cat in 12 years of working in animal health.� I have seen cats with two tails and extra legs, but not this,� she said. The kitten meows alternatively out of both mouths but only eats from the one. According to an Australian website, his owners have a couple of ideas as to a name, Mr. Men or

MEATLESS MIAMI

Meatless Miami is all about spreading the gospel about how easy it is to ďŹ nd delicious, gourmet vegetarian cuisine in South Florida. There are loads of exceptional, progressive restaurants that cater to vegetarian and vegan palates, and MM intends to list as many of them as possible.

Steven “Mailman Steveâ€? Padgett walked away with a $3,000 ďŹ ne and community service after it was discovered that he buried and hoarded in his garage hundreds of thousands of pieces of junk mail from his postal delivery route for at least seven years. The North Carolina postal worker was found out after a utility worker saw all the mail. Not one complaint was ever received, and even when hundreds of residents were notiďŹ ed, there was only one response - and it was to honor Padgett for what he did. “Mr. Padgett did not mean harm to any person, rather he overcompensated by doing his job better than anyone,â€? said the letter. The Direct Marketing Assn. disagreed, saying 80% of the “direct advertising mailâ€? is looked over by recipients.

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s toddler child Suri has topped Forbes. com’s “Hollywood’s 10 Hottest Totsâ€? list, compiled using various news sources and online blogs. Three Jolie-Pitt children, Shiloh, Zahara and Pax, as well as Tiger Woods’s daughter Sam rounded out the top ďŹ ve. Included in the bottom ďŹ ve are Cruz Beckham, Matilda Ledger, Madonna’s son David Banda, Sean Preston Federline and Sam Sheen. Over 50 Hollywood tots were considered for the Forbes list, with it gradually being narrowed down in conjunction with polling company E-Poll Market Research. Consumer appeal rankings for the tots’ parents were also included.

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A new page has been added to USA history. Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive. The election of Mr. Obama amounted to a national catharsis — a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Mr. Obama’s call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country. But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago. Mr. Obama, 47, a first-term senator from Illinois, defeated Senator John McCain of Arizona, 72, a former prisoner of war who was making his second bid for the presidency. To the very end, Mr. McCain’s campaign was eclipsed by an opponent who was nothing short of a phenomenon, drawing huge crowds epitomized by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to hear Mr. Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park in Chicago. Mr. McCain also fought the headwinds of a relentlessly hostile political environment, weighted down with the baggage left to him by President Bush and an economic collapse that took place in the middle of the general election campaign. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” said Mr. Obama, standing before a huge wooden lectern with a row of American flags at his back, casting his eyes to a crowd that stretched far into the Chicago night. “It’s been a long time coming,” the president-elect added, “but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America.” The focus shifted quickly on Wednesday to the daunting challenges facing the president-elect, with his supporters offering sober reflections of what lies ahead.

The plantation resident creates socially conscious

wearing one of her shirt in Georgia led to another

filmmaking in New York and Connecticut. At

tanks, t-shirts and hoodies. Parts of the profits

contract with Blue Ridge and Trail in Atlanta. “ A

college Ali noticed the vulgarities in words on

goes to No More Tears,her recently formed

few apprehensive people said it wouldn’t work

t-shirts worn by fellow students and got the idea

organization to build schools, women’s shelters

but it has been completely the opposite,”

for her business, So-Me Designs. “If there’s a

and clinics in impoverished locations around

she says.

market for stupid t-shirts, I thought there was a

the world.

Ali’s colorful background may account for

market for intellectual, smart and sexy t-shirts,”

Combining different religious symbols for

her global perspective. Born in Pakistan, this

she says.

Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism on

beautiful Muslim woman moved with her family

Before she could get started in her design

one shirt bearing the words “Human Being,” Ali

to the United States when she was eight years

business, she directed a series of documentaries.

created her best seller on the line she launched

old. At sixteen she left the country to act in

Her film “I Can Survive” was shown at a benefit

on the web months ago.

Indian movies. “I did ten films in Bollywood,” she

for Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Apart from artist Ryan who executes her requests

says of her Asian movie career. “It was quite an

Ambitious, talented and opinionated, she has

like “we need five anti-war designs,” Ali runs the

experience.”

no patience for people who place too much

business solo. By leaving postcards in Dunkin

Returning to Florida in 1998, she earned a

emphasis on looks or who are apathetic about

Donuts shops in Plantation and Miami, So-Me

bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nova

issues. Her role model is Gandhi. “There’s a lot

Designs was picked up by Rag Trade Happy

Southeastern University. She also studied

I want to accomplish. I become a citizen next

Clothing, a wholesale line in Miami. A costumer

journalism at the University of Miami and

year. Then I want to get into politics,” says Ali.

Stephanie at Rag Trade Happy Clothing Co. has contacted us

because we have the sweetest collection.

regarding their grand opening this weekend. In fact, we even

Owner of Rag Trade, Stephanie Spiegel, is a recent college grad

got to stop by the store “pre-opening” to meet her and check

with big ideas. Expect to see cool things come from her - she really

it out. The concept is simple, it’s like a vintage or second-hand

is trying to make Miami a greener place. Make sure you meet her

store, except that you can bring clothes to trade (or for cash). Rag

when you stop by the store.

Trade is your clothing store of funk & more! You and your friends

Remember!

can bring in your awesome clothes and Rag Trade will buy them

All of the price tags are actually promotional flyers that were

from you while you shop for something new. Rag Trade believes

destined for the trash. The prices are super affordable. The location

in it’s ongoing recycling project, saving the environment one pant

is great, but the entrance is tough to find. Parking and entrance

leg at a time.

(2nd floor, #6) are in the rear of the building. Finally, when you go,

Rag Trade feels like going thru your best friend’s closets.

bring a bag of clothes to trade! Clothes should be clean and free

Rag Trade saves you the sifting you do at thrift stores,

of holes and sketchy stains.

“We’re in deep trouble,” said Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and leader in the civil rights movement, on the Today show on NBC. “We’ve got to get our economy out of the ditch, end the war in Iraq and bring our young men and women home, provide health care for all our citizens,” Mr. Lewis said. “And he’s going to call on us, I believe, to sacrifice. We all must give up something.” Mr. McCain delivered his concession speech under clear skies on the lush lawn of the Arizona Biltmore, in Phoenix, where he and his wife had held their wedding reception. The crowd reacted with scattered boos as he offered his congratulations to Mr. Obama and saluted the historical significance of the moment. “This is a historic election, and I recognize the significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight,” Mr. McCain said, adding, “We both realize that we have come a long way from the injustices that once stained our nation’s reputation.” Not only did Mr. Obama capture the presidency, but he led his party to sharp gains in Congress. This puts Democrats in control of the House, the Senate and the White House for the first time since 1995, when Bill Clinton was in office. The day shimmered with history as voters began lining up before dawn, hours before polls opened, to take part in the culmination of a campaign that over the course of two years commanded an extraordinary amount of attention from the American public. As the returns became known, and Mr. Obama passed milestone after milestone —Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa and New Mexico — people rolled spontaneously into the streets to celebrate what many described, with perhaps overstated if understandable exhilaration, a new era in a country where just 143 years ago, Mr. Obama, as a black man, could have been owned as a slave.

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DECEMBER 2-7, 2008

THE ART

DISTRICTS OF

A guide to Miami’s galleries, art fairs, museums, collections & events.

“I try to get in touch with every aspect of the environnement.”

My name is Julien Vallée and I am a graphic designer

Julien Vallee will be exhibiting his work in Miami

based in Montréal, Canada. I am working on a range

Covention Center.

of projects including art direction, motion graphics,

This groundbreaking exhibition features 70

print design, art installation and video + design for the music industry.

important works by Vallee presented in series, revealing the artist’s creative process. The show

I try to get in touch with every aspect of the

includes some of his most recent and elegant

environnement. I like to use manual art well endorsed

works including, “The MTV One”, which was

by the various technological tools available in order to

completed only weeks.

make the bridge between manual and virtual art.

For more information about this event visit: www.artbasel.com/julienvallee

Provided by www.julienvalle.com

illustration by Juan C. Rodriguez

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DEC. 16, 2008

• Woman Sues After Getting Transplanted Kidney With HIV and Hepatitis C A 33-year-old woman is suing a Chicago hospital after she contracted Hepatitis C and HIV from a transplanted kidney. The organ has been removed and the woman is undergoing dialysis again. The organs tested negative, suggesting that the infections were acquired not long before the donor, who was apparently gay, died in a car accident. Three other organ recipients have also been infected. Under federal law hospitals are required to notify organ donor recipients if their organs come from a homosexual donor due to higher risk of infections. The woman claims she would have refused the organ had she known this was the case

DEC. 18, 2008

• 45-year-old Woman Accused of Bumping Uglies with 16-year-old Boy

Joplin, Missouri resident Jana Carter, 45, has turned herself in to the local authorities amid charges that she had consensual sex with a 16-year-old youth while working as a supervisor at the Scott Greening Dependency Center in Joplin. Carter is now charged with statutory rape. The offenses allegedly occurred from from October 10th through October 19th. The center where the incidents allegedly occurred houses all males and has no video surveillance. Director Larry Black told the media, “She came in very clean in terms of references and background checks,” noting that she no longer is employed at the facility. Carter is being investigated for similar incidents involving three others as well. Posted at 07:32 pm | Leave a comment at cinco.com

• Students Warned Not to Participate in ‘Kick a Redhead’ Day Canada: St Peter’s Junior High School principal Tony Stack has issued a strong warning against participating in a kick a redhead day. His warning was echoed by Constable Kevin Foley who indicated the police were prepared to investigate incidents. Stack was tipped off that some students were planning the day in imitation of a South Park episode in which November 20 is “Kick a Ginger Day” and all redheads seen by the children are kicked. The controversial show’s satire has poked fun at many sensitive social issues. According to Stack sometimes students don’t separate the satire from reality. “These types of things can occur in a school-age population.”

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With just a few days left in office, George Bush has set a new record for being the most unpopular American President ever, according to data released by CNN. His approval rating is 24% and his disapproval rating is now 76%. A list of other disapproval ratings include: Clinton 54% (SEP 94), GW Bush 60% (JUL 92), Reagan 56% (Jan 83), Carter 59% (Jun 79), Ford 46% (DEC 75), Nixon 66% (AUG 74), Johnson 52% (AUG 68), Kennedy 30% (NOV 63), Eisenhower 36% (MAR 58). The closest any president has come to matching George Bush’s disapproval rating was Truman who registered a 67% disapproval rating in January of 52. Posted at 07:05 am | Leave a comment at cinco.com

DEC. 15, 2008

• Mailman Who Hoarded 7 Years of His Route’s Junk Mail Evades Prison Steven “Mailman Steve” Padgett walked away with a $3,000 fine and community service after it was discovered that he buried and hoarded in his garage hundreds of thousands of pieces of junk mail from his postal delivery route for at least seven years. The North Carolina postal worker was found out after a utility worker saw all the mail. Not one complaint was ever received, and even when hundreds of residents were notified, there was only one response - and it was to honor Padgett for what he did. “Mr. Padgett did not mean harm to any person, rather he overcompensated by doing his job better than anyone,” said the letter. The Direct Marketing Assn. disagreed, saying 80% of the “direct advertising mail” is looked over by recipients.

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DEC. 17, 2008 • Suri Cruise Tops Forbes List

• Once Extinct Penguin Rediscovered after 500 Years

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s toddler child Suri has topped Forbes. com’s “Hollywood’s 10 Hottest Tots” list, compiled using various news sources and online blogs. Three Jolie-Pitt children, Shiloh, Zahara and Pax, as well as Tiger Woods’s daughter Sam rounded out the top five. Included in the bottom five are Cruz Beckham, Matilda Ledger, Madonna’s son David Banda, Sean Preston Federline and Sam Sheen. Over 50 Hollywood tots were considered for the Forbes list, with it gradually being narrowed down in conjunction with polling company E-Poll Market Research. Consumer appeal rankings for the tots’ parents were also included. Posted at 11:45 am | Leave a comment at cinco.com

• 14-Year-Old Lives 118 Days With No Heart Florida: 14-year-old D’Zhana Simmons has been released from hospital after spending 118 days without a heart. D’Zhana had a failed heart transplant and was placed on a pumping machine until a second transplant could be done almost four months later. During that time D’Zhana was able to take the occasional walk with the assistance of people to support her and push the machine which rivals a photocopier in size. Doctors say that with anti-rejection drugs she should lead a relatively normal life but may need another heart before age 30. Posted at 08:20 am | Leave a comment at cinco.com

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• George Bush: Least Popular President

While in New Zealand studying the rare yellow-eyed penguin, researchers accidentally rediscovered a lost species of penguin thought to have gone extinct 500 years ago when Polynesians first settled New Zealand. Waitaha penguin was initially identified by its DNA when researchers began testing the bones of yellow-eyed penguins, long associated with human settlement. That’s when they noticed that prior to humans, there was a totally different species present. Philip Seddon of Otago University, while testing the penguin bones, also noticed that there was a gap from 1200 to 1500. It was assumed that during that time the Waitaha became extinct, allowing the yellow-eyed penguin to get a foothold. Posted at 02:16 pm | Leave a comment at cinco.com

•The One in a Million Two Faced Cat

Vets in Perth, Western Australia, were assisting with an awkward, but otherwise normal birth of healthy kittens. The vets were astonished when one of the new born that popped out was a little double faced kitty. Nurse Louisa Burgess, who delivered the kitten along with vet George Huber, said she had never seen a two-faced cat in 12 years of working in animal health.” I have seen cats with two tails and extra legs, but not this,” she said. The kitten meows alternatively out of both mouths but only eats from the one. According to an Australian website, his owners have a couple of ideas as to a name, Mr. Men or Quasi Modo. Posted at 8:55 am | Leave a comment at cinco.com

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Juan C. Rodriguez jcr@thejohncharles.com 787.420.2751

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