Bruce Weber: Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame Catcher for the Yankees, Dies at 90 (NY Times)
Yogi Berra, one of baseball's greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series - but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms- died on Tuesday. He was 90.
Casper the Friendly Ghost is the protagonist of the Famous Studios theatrical animated cartoon series of the same name. As his name indicates, he is a ghost, yet he is quite personable. According to the 1995 feature film Casper, his family name is McFadden, making his "full" name Casper McFadden.
mj was first, and correct, with:
That little fella
Alan J wrote:
Casper, the friendly Ghost.
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Lilting Lois Of The Spirit World replied:
Alas, poor Casper! Eternally trapped between two worlds! Dead but not gone, longing for love and friendship, but amorphous and luckless, he is the ultimate statement of existential solitude. Alone and formless for all eternity, like an asylum inmate confined within his own consciousness, untouchable and without comfort. Fuck. I just depressed the hell out of myself. DAMN YOU CASPER! DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!
1st degree of separation from Nancy Walker: Casper and blood soaked paper towel.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
That is Casper, the friendly ghost.
Oh, an easy one - that's Casper, the friendly ghost.
I wonder what today's jaded youth thinks about those kinds of cartoons (Casper, Little Lulu, Flintstones, etc.) that a couple of generations found entertaining?
Things that make you go "Hmmmm…".
Is Casper the Friendly Ghost from Philly too?
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'The Amazing Race', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE'Hawaii Five-0', then the SEASON PREMIERE'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Malala Yousafzai, Kerry Washington, and the Arcs.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 4/2/15) are Jeff Goldblum, Rick Schwartz, and Beck.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Olivia Wilde, Fred Savage, and Walk the Moon.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 9/8/15) are Tina Fey, Nick Jonas, and Abe Laboriel Jr.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/9/15) are Ed Skrein, Goldroom, and Stephanie Sigman.
ABC opens the night with the SEASON PREMIERE'Last Man Standing', followed by a RERUN'The Muppets', then a FRESH'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 9/15/15) are John Stamos, Jake Tapper, and Cold War Kids.
The CW offers a FRESH'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux has a RERUN'Minority Report', followed by a RERUN'Rosewood'.
MY has 'TMZ Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Day The Earth Stood Still', followed by the movie 'The Matrix'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 37 - Saxby
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 38 - Graham
[8:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 11 - The God Complex
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Closing Time
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: The Robots of Death NEW
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 23 - Rightful Heir
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 24 - Second Chances
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 20 - Journey's End
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 21 - Firstborn
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 22 - Bloodlines
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 23 - Emergence
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 24 - Preemptive Strike
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 25 - All Good Things... (Part 1)
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 26 - All Good Things... (Part 2)
[9:00PM] From Dusk Till Dawn
[11:00PM] From Dusk Till Dawn
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 22 - Bloodlines
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 23 - Emergence
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 24 - Preemptive Strike
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 25 - All Good Things... (Part 1)
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 26 - All Good Things... (Part 2) (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'In Her Shoes', followed by the movie 'A Cinderella Story', followed by the movie 'A Cinderella Story', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Billy Madison', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'Moonbeam City', and 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'The Croods', followed by the movie 'Hotel Transylvania'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-BOOBY DUPES
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-BUSY BUDDIES
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-CACTUS MAKES PERFECT
[7:15AM] THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 3: REVELATIONS
[11:30AM] EVENT HORIZON
[1:45PM] THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN
[6:00PM] JOY RIDE
[1:00AM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[5:15AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 2
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-DAVID CROSS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30AM] Sling Blade
[9:30AM] The Professional
[12:00PM] The Devil's Advocate
[3:00PM] Fight Club
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Monster
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Patsy
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Blood Money
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Sundown
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Loco Parentis
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Collision
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
[4:30AM] Sling Blade (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood', followed by the movie 'Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan', then a FRESH'Z Nation', followed by a FRESH'Continuum'.
A seat for Pope Francis' address to Congress on Thursday was one of the most sought-after tickets in this town's history, with each member of Congress allowed to bring along just one guest.
But in the packed House chamber, there were three noticeable vacancies right in the front row. Supreme Court Justices Antonin "Fat Tony" Scalia, Samuel "That Other One"Alito and Clarence "Slappy" Thomas - all conservative Catholics - took a pass on the opportunity to hear from the leader of their church.
The conspicuous absences were a bit surprising, given that the current Supreme Court is sometimes characterized as the "Catholic court." Six of the nine justices are Catholic - the other three, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor, were in attendance - and the most conservative members of the court have not been shy about identifying with their church.
They have not always agreed with the church, however. Scalia has been particularly candid about his disagreements: In 2002, he bluntly told a Georgetown audience that the church's opposition to the death penalty was simply wrong. "No authority that I know of denies the 2,000-year-old tradition of the church approving capital punishment," said Scalia. "I don't see why there's been a change."
To make room for construction of a 14-acre "Star Wars" themed land, Disneyland Resort officials announced today several popular attractions will close for a year at Disneyland, including the railroad, Fantasmic! and most everything along the Rivers of America.
And, the Big Thunder Ranch, which houses a barbecue restaurant, petting zoo and the Jamboree stage, will close permanently on Jan. 10, Disneyland officials said on their parks blog.
On the same day, all four train stations along the Disneyland Railroad, the nightly Fantasmic! show, the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island will close temporarily. Disneyland officials said work is expected to take a year, but did not set a date for when these attractions will return to action.
Disneyland's expansion is part of a $1 billion investment agreement made with the city of Anaheim in July in exchange for a continued ban on collecting a gate tax. Disneyland officials said it will also build a 5,000-spot parking structure nearby.
As part of the deal, construction must begin no later than the end of 2017, and additions be completed by December 2024.
A sheriff apologized Thursday to a pair of female lawyers who were told they needed to take off their underwire bras at jail to avoid setting off the metal detector if they wanted to talk to their incarcerated clients.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce said he accepts "complete responsibility" for the actions of deputies who spoke with the women. The women refused to comply with the request and left.
Joyce said he didn't give deputies proper guidance on how to handle such a situation. In the future, deputies will resolve similar situations using a metal detecting wand, he said.
There is still an ongoing investigation into how long deputies have been preventing lawyers from entering the jail unless they take off their bras, Joyce said.
Amy Fairfield, one of the two attorneys, said she appreciates the apology but would have preferred it never happened in the first place. She said more than 20 other women have complained to her about unfair treatment by deputies at the metal detector since the story went public.
Italian archaeologists trying to solve the mystery behind one of the world's most famous paintings said Wednesday they had found bits of bone that could have belonged to the 'real' Mona Lisa.
The team is certain that Florentine Lisa Gherardini was the mysterious woman who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's portrait, but after years of research on skeletons unearthed in the Tuscan city, they have just a femur that might match -- but no DNA to test it against.
Born in 1479, Gherardini was the wife of silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. He is believed to have commissioned da Vinci to paint a portrait of her in 1503 -- the one now hanging in the Louvre museum in Paris.
Gherardini lived out her final years as a widow in the now-derelict convent of Saint Ursula in Florence, where two of her children were nuns, and where she died and was likely buried in 1542.
The researchers began exhuming skeletons in 2011 in the hope of finding her remains, unearthing a dozen in the process, according to Giorgio Gruppioni, anthropology professor at the University of Bologna.
Actress Ellen Page poses for photographers during a photocall to promote her film ''Freeheld'', at the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
Photo by Alvaro Barrientos
An Idaho high school is requiring its cheerleaders to wear leggings or sweatpants under their uniforms after finding the short skirts were not suited for stairs or sitting without exposing the buttocks of teen girls, an administrator said on Thursday.
The decision by the school district in the northern Idaho city of Post Falls to seek more modesty for cheerleaders came after teachers at the high school reported some girls' bottoms were sometimes visible when uniforms were worn to class on the day of football games or other sports matches, said Dena Naccarato, director of programs and instruction.
A long-standing policy in the district's dress codes requires skirts no shorter than mid-thigh but that had not been strictly applied to cheerleaders in past because no incidents raising the issue had occurred, she said.
Post Falls is not alone in establishing sartorial standards for its cheerleading squads. Neighboring school districts in Lakeland and Coeur d'Alene have in recent years ordered leggings or athletic pants be paired with abbreviated cheerleading skirts when worn to school.
None of the three districts require leggings or sweatpants while the cheerleaders are performing.
English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist Stephen Fry attends a press conference for the movie "The man who knew infinity" during the opening day of the Zurich Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
Photo by Dominic Steinmann
A 6-year-old boy covered in blood told officers "Joe killed my mommy" when they arrived at a home after a 911 call, police said in a complaint charging the suspect.
Police in DuBois were dispatched after the hang-up call at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday and found 33-year-old Nicole Snyder dead with stab wounds to her neck.
Based on the boy's utterance and other evidence, police obtained a warrant for 35-year-old Joseph Fields. He was captured in some woods at about 6 p.m. Tuesday after a manhunt in Elk and Clearfield counties.
Fields was arraigned Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder, criminal homicide and aggravated assault and was sent to the Clearfield County Prison without bond. In Pennsylvania, judges are not allowed to set bail for first-degree murder and homicide charges in most circumstances.
The 15-hour manhunt for Fields prompted lockdowns at some schools, and afterschool sporting events and other activities were canceled as far away as Kane, about an hour north of where Fields was arrested near Penfield.
A Sotheby's employee holds up the typed and handwritten lyrics to the song "It's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan, at Sotheby's auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Some 650 works from 'Rock & Pop" are on display ahead of an auction to be held on September 29th. The auction includes works and pieces from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones & The Sex Pistols.
Photo by Frank Augstein
A decades-old campaign to wipe dozens of Alaska islands clean of invasive arctic foxes is a step closer to wrapping up with an eradication effort this summer on a large, uninhabited island that's also home to hundreds of feral non-native cattle.
The just-completed work on remote Chirikof Island east of the Aleutian Islands nabbed 236 adult foxes, in addition to six juvenile foxes. That brings to 45 the number of larger Alaska islands where arctic, or red foxes in some cases, have been trapped or shot in an effort to restore the habitat for native species, including migratory birds.
The work was done between May 18 and Sept. 4 by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services. It involved four trappers camping out on the 45.3-square-mile island. With the bulk of that task done, the refuge is closer to concluding an effort that began in 1949 after research showed that the seabird population was in decline on islands where the foxes had been introduced.
"It's a big deal," said Steve Delehanty, manager of the refuge, whose boundaries cover 2,500 islands around Alaska's coast. "It's been a marked success."
Mooncakes bearing umbrella symbols are displayed after being baked by Queenie Wong, 43, an interior designer who took part in last year's Occupy Central or the so-called "umbrella" civil disobedience movement, in Hong Kong, China September 23, 2015. Sept. 28 marks the first anniversary of the movement, the day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, during which mooncakes are served.
Photo by Liau Chung-ren
A $15 million Pablo Picasso painting is back on display in a Paris museum after a long and unusual journey.
"La Coiffeuse" ("The Hairdresser") disappeared from a French storage room more than a decade ago, then turned up in a package from Belgium to New York last year - with a customs label calling it a $37 Christmas gift.
Its recovery is an unusual success story. A top French government minister and the U.S. ambassador attended the unveiling Thursday at the abstract painting's new home at the Pompidou Center museum in Paris.
The investigation into who sent the package and how the painting was stolen is still underway. After the seizure, U.S. authorities said the small artwork, painted in 1911, endured minor damages and need restoring.
In a Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 photo provided by the Oregon Zoo, a female cougar cub, one of three 10-day-old rescued cubs, gets a checkup at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Ore. The cubs, discovered in Washington State by Fish and Wildlife officials recently, arrived in Portland Sept. 18, weighing just a pound and a half each. They have yet to cut their teeth, and their eyes are barely open, still cloudy blue and unable to focus, but they have been eating well and are very vocal.
Photo by Kathleen C. Street
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