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Here's some of Martin Shrikeli's jury selection transcript. Excellent reading - Juror no. 10: The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to.
Illinois man booked a prostitute – and she turned out to be his wife - do you like pina coladas? and getting caught in the rain...
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AUSTIN, TX — Police on Thursday released video footage showing a car plunging seven stories from a downtown Austin garage last month.
The footage is cringe-worthy, showing the moment the car hits the pavement below and ends up upturned. On its way down, the vehicle clips another car seemingly exiting the garage. Within seconds, passersby are shown rushing to the wreckage in an attempt to aid the driver.
The motorist, a woman in her 30s, was rushed by medics to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries.
Austin-Travis County EMS medics transported the woman to Dell Seton Medical Center after the July 13 incident that occurred at 508 Brazos St. at around 8:30 a.m.
Police said at the time that the car broke through a barrier on the 7th floor before falling into an alley below.
The incident marked the second time a car had broken through protective barriers fronting a parking spot in less than a year. Another motorist broke through the barrier in September 2016, leaving his car dangling from the top floor of the garage for several hours.
The male motorist in the first incident escaped the incident unscathed. Police Release Footage of Car Plunging 7 Sotries in Downtown Austin
The term "opaline" in current times refers to many forms of opaque and colored glass. In France the term opaline is used to refer to multiple types of glass and not specifically antique colored crystal or semi-crystal. The idea that the term opaline is strictly antique French crystal is incorrect. For instance when shopping in France you may see a piece of American slag glass for sale labeled opaline in reference to the color of glass and not the age, origin or content of the glass.
Opaline glass is also a decorative style of glass made in France from 1800 to the 1890s, though it reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Napoleon III in the 1850s and 1860s. The glass is opaque or slightly translucent, and can appear either white or brightly colored in shades of green, blue, pink, black, lavender and yellow. The glass has a high lead content which defined it as "demi-crystal" or semi-crystal. The primary influences on this style of glass were 16th century Venetian milk glass, and English white glass produced in 18th century Bristol.
Many different pieces were produced in opaline glass, including vases, bowls, cups, coupes, decanters, perfume bottles, boxes, clocks and other implements. The popularity of Opaline glass began during the reign of Napoleon. Cities involved in the production included Le Creusot, Baccarat, and Saint-Louis, Réunion, as well as various locations in England.
All opaline glass is hand-blown and has a rough or polished pontil on the bottom. There are no seams and no machine engraving. Many pieces of opaline glass are decorated with gilding. Some with handpainted flowers or birds. Several have bronze ormolu mounts, rims, hinges or holders. Real opaline glass was produced only in France. In the 20th century Italy produced a similar glass and called it opaline veritable. [wiki]
Made in 1947 by the U.S. War Department. Important that people learn from the past so they don't repeat it. Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers." "Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' -- let's think about us!" In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.