Crime Authors Compete for Morgue Honor

Some of the world’s leading crime writers are competing for the honor of having a morgue named after them.Scotland’sUniversityofDundeesaid Monday it will name its new morgue and research facility after whichever writer gets the most votes in an online poll and fundraising effort.

Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Cobden, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid are among the 10 authors taking part in the “Million for a Morgue” campaign. Each person who votes donates 1 pound ($1.60) to a money-raising campaign.

The university says the morgue will be the first inBritainto use the Thiel embalming method, which advocates say better preserves cadavers so they can be studied by forensic scientists.

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World Series Game 7 Draws 25 Million Viewers

Game 7 of the World Series between St. Louis and Texas averaged 25.4 million viewers to make it the most-watched ballgame since 2004.

Before that series, in which the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years in four games, the high mark was another Game 7 — the 2002 World Series between San Francisco and the Los Angeles Angels.

The Cardinals’ Game 7 win on Friday earned a 14.7 fast national rating, bumping up the overall Series rating to 10.0. That’s 19% higher than last season’s series between the Giants and the Rangers.

It also was the highest rated and most watched Friday night telecast on any network since the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Lady Liberty Turns 125

The Statue of Liberty is 125 years old.

The statue was a gift from the French and a symbol of hope and promise for immigrants coming toAmerica.

President Grover Cleveland dedicated her in 1886. “We will care for her, we will celebrate her, and we the people of the United States will continue to perfect her in word and deed.”

At 305 feet, one inch in the air, the statue’s tower of copper and gold leaf is a testament to liberty, and opportunity. Nearly 12 million immigrants passed her to get to Ellis Island. And 125 more became U.S.citizens on Friday in her presence.

The statue is due for a $27 million makeover next year, including safety improvements and an elevator so anyone can reach the observation deck.

Halloween Costume-O-Matic

I saw this today on the New York Times website and just had to share. I love stuff like this and wish I could come up with ideas like this! AH!

Steve Martin Tweets Coming in Book Form

Steve Martin’s tweets are coming out in book form, like it or not.

The comedian tweeted Thursday, “Due to absolutely no demand, soon I’m publishing a book of my tweets.”

The title is long, but under 140 characters: “The Ten, Make that Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make that Ten.” Grand Central Publishing will release the book in June 2012.

And there may indeed be demand: Martin’s Twitter account, @SteveMartinToGo, has more than 1.7 million followers.

According to Martin’s tweet, follower’s replies will be included. Profits will be donated to charity.

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Coroner: Amy Winehouse Drank to Death

Amy Winehouse drank herself to death.  A British coroner says Winehouse had so much alcohol in her blood, it was more than five timesBritain’s drunk driving limit.

Police say three empty bottles of vodka were found in her bedroom.

The coroner says Winehouse had stopped drinking for weeks before she relapsed and her body couldn’t handle the amount of booze she was drinking up until her death.

The 27-year-old singer, who had fought a very public battle with drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed July 23 at her London home. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system or signs of injury.

Pathologist Suhail Baithun told the inquest into the singer’s death that blood and urine samples indicated Winehouse had consumed a “very large quantity of alcohol” prior to her death. The level of alcohol in her blood was 416 milligrams per 100 milliliters, he said – a blood alcohol level of 0.4%.

The British drunk-driving limit is 0.08 percent.

Such levels of alcohol intake could have stopped her breathing and sent her into a coma, Baithun added.

The coroner described it as “death by misadventure.”

Her family says they’re glad to finally know what happened to their daughter.

Winehouse’s breakthrough “Back to Black” album, released in 2006, was recently certified as the best-selling disc inBritainso far during the 21st century. The updated take on old-time soul also earned her five Grammy Awards.

Her last public appearance came three days before her death, when she briefly joined her goddaughter, singer Dionne Bromfield, on stage at The Roundhouse inCamden, near her home.

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According to U2 – ‘From the Sky Down’

The documentary “From the Sky Down” brings back bad memories for U2. It shows them recording “Achtung Baby” 20 years ago at a time when the band nearly broke up.

On a scale of one to ten, Bono says it was “very — very is Irish for 9.” He says they were either great or terrible, and not much in the middle.

Bono says if they’re to survive, they need to get back to the basics of playing “small music, for radio or clubs.”

They did have some fun though, at least some of them did. The group dressed in drag for the video of the song “One.” Bono says Larry Mullen “really didn’t like the idea.” He says The Edge took to it “with a perfectionist’s eye.” The Edge says he thinks he looked like his sister. Bono says Adam Clayton ended up looking like the queen and he resembled Barbara Bush.

The documentary is directed by Davis Guggenheim, who won the Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth” and also directed “Waiting for Superman.”

“From The Sky Down” premieres Saturday on Showtime.

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