John Schuster, the Weekly's intrepid Media Watch guy, reported in this week's issue that the Arizona Daily Star management issued an internal memo about clamping down on avoidable errors in stories, such as misspelled names. You can imagine my surprise, then, when I found a Nov. 26 article on Bookmans that was replete with so-called avoidable errors. You see, the store doesn't have an apostrophe in its name, yet Rob O'Dell's piece had it spelled "Bookman's" 13 times -- including once in the headline. (Fourteen times, if you include the "Bookman's" in the cutline for the accompanying art.) It was also spelled incorrectly in a Nov. 27 letter to the editor about the story.
A quick visit to the store's Web site shows no apostrophe anywhere, but just to be sure, I called their corporate office. Sheila Kressler-Crowley, who handles community relations, confirmed that the name is apostrophe-free. She also noted that the article referred to them as "Bookman's Used Books, Music and Software," when the actual title is "Bookmans Entertainment Exchange."
Tsk, tsk. Maybe it's time to send out another memo.
According to a post-deadline e-mail from Patrick Cavanaugh, in Supervisor Ann Day's office, the Rosemont mine item on the Board's agenda has been continued until Dec. 12. That gives you an extra week to make your opinions on the issue heard. But don't wait. Go to the phones now!
This website brings new meaning to "Screw the country, W!"
Is anyone else out there watching Veronica Mars? It's no Buffy the Vampire Slayer (especially with lack of vamps and demons and stuff), but it's still clever, clever stuff about a plucky detective who cracks all manner of strange cases. (My UA students, by the way, consider me nuts for being so preoccupied with Veronica, but I think they could learn a thing or two from her. If nothing else, she's a very fashionable dresser.)
The first two seasons--available on DVD, so go on down to Casa Video this weekend!--were just great: witty dialogue, smart plot twists and solid perfomances from the entire cast.
This season, which has seen the young Miss Mars move on to college, has had a few disappointing moments, but last night's episode, which wrapped the storyline we'd been following for the first half of the season and launched a new mystery, was a crackling good time full of suspense and surprises.
If you're not watching this, the next episode will be a great jumping-on point. Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW, which is Channel 58 here in the Old Pueblo.
It's almost that time of year again: We're kicking people out of town! Even though they never really leave!
Our fourth annual Get Out of Town! issue hits the streets Dec. 14. But, hey, blog readers: Is there anyone or anything YOU would like to kick out? If so, have at it in the comments section. If any of the comments are particularly special, perhaps we'll run them as part of the Get Out of Town package! Isn't that just spiffy?!?
The comments section is yours, fair citizens. Now get to the hatin'!
If all goes according to plan, the County Board of Supervisors next week—on Tuesday, Dec. 5—will vote again on a motion from Supervisor Ray Carroll to oppose a proposed mine for the Santa Rita Mountains.
The Republican supervisor has been the sole voter for such resolutions in the past. The other county supes are being total wusses and are saying there's nothing they can do, that this mining company—with the support of legendary land speculator Don Diamond's family—has the right to rape the environment with an open pit mine.
The meeting's slated for 9 a.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 5. Go. Speak out. If you can't go, call your supervisor and tell them to quit being such idiots (unless you're in Sugar Ray's district; if you are, call him and say thanks).
UPDATE: According to Patrick Cavanaugh, in Supervisor Ann Day's office, the Rosemont mine item has been continued until Dec. 12. An extra week to save the Santa Ritas!
The Rialto Theatre recently updated its online photo gallery to include every show from September to October, and it's pretty neato. If you were there, maybe you're in one of those photos? If you weren't there, you can at least pretend you were.
Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror. Did we miss anything?
A Tucson Pastorela, presenting a timely satire by the Pastorela Ghostwriters, opens Thursday, Dec. 19, and continues… More