Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Donate Your Vehicle To KXCI


KXCI's Auto Donation Program is a simple and easy way to get rid of your unwanted old vehicle, while supporting Community Radio!


A free call to 1-877-KXCI-123 starts the process. Answer a few quick questions, and you'll be set up for a free tow.


Auto donations to KXCI Community Radio are tax deductible; paperwork will be provided at the time the vehicle is picked up.


Thank you for supporting Community Radio!


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Monday, September 29, 2008

Ben Kweller & Ra Ra Riot - Live In-Studio at KXCI Tuesday 9/30


Two great young acts will be stopping by KXCI's Studio 2A for performances on The Homestretch this Tuesday, September 30th.

Ben Kweller will be perform at Club Congress in a KXCI Presents show this Tuesday, 8pm. Kweller’s music has been described as ranging from “delicate folk-pop to full-on rock freak-outs.” His three full length albums on ATO Records have all caught the attention of KXCI DJ's and feature his quirky, witty and fun songs. Tune for a Live@5 solo performance 5pm.

Ra Ra Riot's debut full length release, The Rhumb Line, came out a little while ago on Barsuk Records. Bob Girth, host of KXCI's new indie show The Hub, selected it as his Pick of the Week and called the debut "pop like Vampire Weekend with the emotional subtlety of The Shins, both bubbly and bittersweet". I love the depth that the violin and cello bring to this indie pop rock. Tune in around 4:30 for Ra Ra Riot's performance on The Homestretch. They will be at Plush Tuesday night, the show starts at 9:30.


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Friday, September 26, 2008

LIVE FOR 5 / Friday, September 26th

In celebration of our history of supporting live music in Tucson, from both local and national acts, KXCI on Friday will present "Live For Five," a 5-hour special programming event on Friday, September 26th from 1 to 5pm.

The five hours of nothing-but-live-music will include concert performances from artists ranging from Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and Elvis to Built To Spill, U2 and Warren Zevon. We'll pull from our extensive Live In Studio 2A archives to bring you songs from artists like Patty Griffin, Michelle Shocked, G. Love, Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle and Josh Rouse, all recorded in our studios on Fourth Avenue. And we'll even bring you never-before-broadcast live music from past KXCI benefit concerts (see schedule below)!

The day even includes a scheduled live in studio performance by Sea Wolf at 5pm.

"Live For Five" is part of KXCI's fall membership drive. In keeping with the theme, we'll have chances for you to pick up live recordings, both CDs and DVDs, as well as tickets to upcoming concerts, as part of your pledge of support to Community Radio!

Benefit Concert performances:

3:30pm
Salvador Duran, Naim Amor, Marianne Dissard
From the December 2007 Calexico and Friends Benefit Concert

4:30pm
Calexico and Friends (including Victoria Williams and Tom Walbank)
From the December 2007 Calexico and Friends Benefit Concert

5:00pm
Sea Wolf, live in Studio 2A

5:30pm
Howe Gelb and Kate Maki
From the April 2008 KXCI Benefit Concert at St. Phillips


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Morphine SuperSet on Friday Morning Music Mix

Once upon a time in a beantown called Boston, Chris Ballew was a street busker/musician who was befriended by a tall guy named Mark Sandman. They became friends and were roommates for six months. They played once a week at the Plough and Stars. They named their weekly gig Supergroup.  The whole idea behind Supergroup was that they would come up with the song names while having a beer before the gig. Then they would make up the songs onstage during their show.  Occasionally Mark or Chris would call out a Super Challenge- i.e. shout out words on stage and the other one had to make up a song on the spot using those words.  Sometime during my show I am going to squeeze in some Supergroup.  Mark's birthday was this past Wednesday, 9/24.  He would have been 56. Oh and Chris Ballew... he moved back to Seattle and formed the Presidents of the United States of America and their first album went platinum.  Chris said the most fun he ever had was up on stage with Supergroup.  Words commonly used to describe Mark Sandman on stage are "completely fearless."   Also delved through the Crebnart vinyl collection for a commentary on the current finanacial debacle. The more things change the more they stay the same..... in vinyl for y'all. 


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Greg Brown on Half Time at the Apocalypse, Thursday 9/25


Tune in Thursday evening around 9pm for an intimate interview between Halftime Jeff and Greg Brown.

Jeff Rogers- "I first met him about 18 years ago when Rainer was opening for him. He was watching Rainer from the back of the auditorium and I went up and requested a song..." hear more on Half Time at the Apocalypse.

Greg Brown's smoky baritone conjures images of family, home and the natural world, against a backdrop of Gospel, Blues, Country and Jazz. One of the most awarded artists in Folk music, The New Yorker wrote, "Brown's music is fixed in American mythology", and Rolling Stone called him, "A wickedly sharp observer of the human condition."

His conversational poetics and blues-inflected instrumentation bring to mind Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, and Leadbelly. Flat out political folk songs carry on the tradition of Pete Seeger, while his growling vocals seem to channel Howling Wolf.

Now hear this sly Folk master with his longtime accompanist Bo Ramsey at the intimate Berger Center in a KXCI Presents show.

When: This Friday, Sept. 26 @ 7:30pm
Where: Berger Performing Arts Center, ASDB
1200 W. Speedway, 1/2 mile west of I-10
Tickets available online here or at:
Antigone Books - 411 N. 4th Ave.
Plaza Liquors - 2642 N. Campbell
Enchanted Earthworks in Plaza Palomino - Swan & Ft. Lowell


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Marianne Dissard - Live@5 - Thursday 9/24


Marianne Dissard is from France but she's a longtime resident of Tucson. She put together a documentary on Giant Sand and has performed on stage and album with Calexico. Now Marianne has a beautiful new record recorded and released right here in the Old Pueblo. It is called L'Entredeux and Joey Burns, of Calexico, produces, plays and co-writes. With the Joey influence and John Convertino playing drums, it can't help but have that Calexico sound but from a French Cafe perspective. The vocals are all in French and there are gorgeous strings as well as bursts of gypsy jazz. The CD Release Party takes place at Plush on Saturday, Sept. 27th. Will Elliott, Mike Wise, Acoustic Terror, and Courtney Marie Andrews open the show.

Tune in Thursday to The Homestretch at 5pm for a Live@5 performance, culled from her recent appearance on KXCI's Locals Only.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Downtown Saturday Night

Join us downtown for an evening of free arts and entertainment, this Saturday night (Sept. 27th) in Tucson!

Take a stroll down Congress Street and experience live music, DJs, street performers, vendors, multi-media visuals, gallery openings and more. It’s all happening downtown this Saturday night.

Musical performers on Congress include:

6:00-7:00pm - Tender Strings
6.30-7.30pm - Low Ones
7:00-8:00pm - Carlos Solorzano
7:00-9:00pm - Stefan George
7.30-9.30pm - Beatnik Dream Vacation
8:00-9:00pm - Leila Lopez
9:00-10:00pm - Cassette Culture

Learn more about all of the Downtown Saturday Night events from our partners at the Downtown Tucson Partnership, http://www.downtowntucson.org/


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Friday, September 19, 2008

Charges Dropped Against Democracy Now! Journalists

Charges Dropped Against Democracy Now! Journalists

Thanks for your support.


The St. Paul City Attorney's office announced Friday it will not prosecute Democracy Now! journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also issued a statement Friday tharce at an unlawful assembly for journalists arrested during the Republican National Convention.”

Both announcements come two weeks after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention where over 40 journalists were arrested while reporting on protests taking place outside the convention center.

Upon learning of the news, Democracy Now! Host, Amy Goodman said, “It's good that these false charges have finally been dropped, but we never should have been arrested to begin with. These violent and unlawful arrests disrupted our work and had a chilling effect on the reporting of dissent. Freedom of the press is also about the public's right to know what is happening on their streets. There needs to be a full investigation of law enforcement activities during the convention.”

Goodman was arrested while asking police to release Kouddous and Salazar who had been violently arrested while reporting on street demonstrations. After being handcuffed and pushed to the ground, Goodman reiterated that she was was a credentialed reporter. Secret Service then ripped the credential from around her neck.

During demonstrations on the first day of the convention police used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were arrested, as was a photographer for the Associated Press.

John Lundquist, attorney for the Democracy Now! journalists, said, “The most notable lapse by law enforcement during the RNC was the record-breaking number of journalists indiscriminately arrested and detained for doing nothing more than performing in the best tradition of reporters who gather the news.”

In the weeks after the journalist arrests, tens of thousands of members of the public contacted St. Paul officials to protest the unlawful arrests of working journalists. Goodman said, “We were deeply moved by the outpouring of support. We thank everyone who called and wrote first to have us freed and then to have the charges dropped. We thank everyone who stood up for press freedom and the First Amendment.”

The YouTube video of Goodman's arrest was the most watched YouTube video during the convention week. It has now been viewed over 830,000 times. Salazar's video of her own violent arrest is also available on YouTube.

Donate to Democracy Now!
Video of DN! Arrests & Online Update
Media Coverage of Journalist Arrests at RNC


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KXCI BENEFIT CONCERT


KXCI BENEFIT CONCERT
2nd Annual "Shorty Stubbs" Memorial Concert
Celebrating the life of a dedicated Tucson DJ, Musician and Friend
Chris "Shorty Stubbs" Jones
1957-2007

The Hut, 305 N. 4th Avenue, on Sunday, September 28, from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Over 21 only.

One year ago Tucson mourned the loss of Chris "Shorty Stubbs" Jones, a country-music loving man who was larger than life. A first-rate musician, he lived in Benson, worked at Raytheon and was a volunteer at Tucson's community radio station KXCI 91.3FM, on the air with his show, "Country Fringe". "Shorty" had a passion for all things country and could be found out and about almost any night enjoying the twanging happenings in Tucson. He was a great supporter of local musicians and music-oriented organizations.

On Friday, September 14, 2007, Chris "Shorty Stubbs" Jones passed away at his home in Benson. Shortly after, nearly 300 people attended a memorial concert featuring over 60 musicians in a tribute to Shorty. His generous heart and smiling face is still sorely missed by friends, family and our community.

Shorty is gone, but never forgotten: the 2nd annual celebration of Shorty's life will feature many local musicians including: Gary Alan Durrenberger, Cadillac Mountain, Wayback Machine, Determined Luddites, Al Perry, Cochise County Allstars and headliners Last Call Girls (www.thelastcallgirls.com) at a memorial concert at The Hut, 305 N. 4th Avenue, on Sunday, September 28, from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Over 21 only.

$5.00 donation at the door benefits KXCI, 91.3FM, Tucson's Community Radio Station.

For more information, please contact Dan Hostetler at 520-982-0894 or bgaloot@qwest. com.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Liam Finn - Live@5 and KXCI Presents - Thursday


Tune in to Live@5 on The Homestretch Thursday, September 18th, for an in-studio performance with Liam Finn. Liam is touring behind his solo debut "I'll Be Lightning" on Yep Roc Records. I was released in January and has been a favorite down here at KXCI. Liam is the son of Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House) and the knack for hooks and memorable pop songs seems to run in the family. Liam's live show is something to see but it all comes down to the songs and these stand up.

Liam's unique live performances with back up singer E-J Barnes, involve him looping guitar parts, bass lines, even theremin to create bombastic walls of sound. These loops bubble beautifully under his honest songs and reach points of such intensity that Liam even thrashes away on a drumkit like a man possessed.
"No two shows are the same" Liam says. "It has been constantly evolving all year and it's so enjoyable to let the spontaneous moments guide the show... absolutely anything can happen".

Liam Finn and The Veils will be appearing at Plush Thursday night in a KXCI Presents show, doors open at 9pm.

***update*** The Veils will be stopping by for a chat on The Homestretch around 4:45 prior to the Liam Finn Live@5!


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UPDATE on Charges against Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar

Drop the Charges Now!

This is an update on the charges against Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Sharif and Nicole were violently arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Amy was arrested requesting their release.

The Ramsey County Attorney has issued the following statement:

"Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested for probable cause riot and later released pending further investigation. The St. Paul Police Department has stated those cases will not be presented to the County Attorney’s Office for consideration of possible felony charges. Instead, the Police Department will submit the cases to the St. Paul City Attorney’s Office for consideration of possible non-felony charges."

While the felony charges have been dropped, Sharif and Nicole still face misdemeanor charges. Sharif and Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films were also issued a citation for unlawful assembly after being arrested for covering a separate protest on the final day of the RNC.

The St. Paul police have issued a citation to Amy Goodman charging her with misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a peace officer. She was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Sharif and Nicole on the first day of the convention.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has hired two former Republican federal prosecutors – former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger and former assistant U.S. Attorney Andy Luger – to review the city’s security plan for the RNC. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "the independent review will not be a fact-finding mission to explore allegations of police wrongdoing or violations of people's rights, Heffelfinger said."

Contact St. Paul City Attorney and Mayor by all means possible to demand that all charges be dismissed immediately.

St. Paul City Attorney John Choi
john.choi at ci.stpaul.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
(651) 266-8710

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
mayor at ci.stpaul.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
(651) 266-8510

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, as was a photographer for the Associated Press.

Donate to Democracy Now!
Video of DN! Arrests & Online Update
Media Coverage of Journalist Arrests at RNC


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

KXCI Board Meeting and Agenda Sept. 18th

KXCI Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6:00pm Please note new time
Armory Park Center, 220 South Fifth Avenue

I. Call To Order
II. Attendance, Schedule Next Meeting
III. Review and Adoption of August 21, 2008 minutes
IV. Board Resignation
V. Committee Reports
a) Bylaws
b) Finance
c) Board Development
d) Personnel
e) Election
f) Fundraising/Events
g) Strategic Plan Implementation
h) CAB Development
VI. CAB and Volunteer Representative Reports
VII. GM Report
a) Development
b) Operations, including Programming
VIII.Old Business
IX. New Business
a) Budget for Next Fiscal Year
X. Call To Audience
XI. Executive Session
XII. Adjournment

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Monday, September 15, 2008

17th Street Band plays KXCI Benefit, Tuesday, September 16, 7-9pm

Hey folks, it's that time of the month again...every 3rd Tuesday of
the month, the generous folks from the 17th Street Band perform at the
Barrio Brewing Company 800 East 16th St. (520) 791-BREW (2739).

The band goes on at 7:oopm and the entire 5 dollar cover goes to support
KXCI. Locally brewed beers, cocktails, soft drinks and meals are available.

Thanks for supporting your Community Radio Station, 91.3 KXCI!


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Fall Membership Drive Update, Part 2

It's Monday night and with almost four days down on the membership drive, we're at $23,453, on our way to $91,300.

A good start, but not a great start. You can help us pick up a little momentum by picking up the phone right now: 520-623-1000.

You can also always pledge online by clicking the KXCI Store button at KXCI.org.

It takes about $71 on average to run the station for an hour. Can you buy the next hour?


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Dr. Dog and Delta Spirit double bill - KXCI Presents and Live@5





There is a great double bill happening Tuesday, September 16th, both on the air during The Homestretch for Live@5 and in a KXCI Presents show at Club Congress. Tune in around 4:30 for an in-studio with Delta Spirit then listen after 5pm for another live performance from Dr. Dog.
Delta Spirit are a new band from San Diego. Their sound has been described as "americana-soul" although I would add some indie rock swagger in the vein of Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah to that mix. They have a great new release, Ode To Sunshine, out on Rounder Records.
Dr. Dog are a Philly indie band with several albums and tours under their belt. We have featured several releases here at KXCI and their most recent one, Fate on Park The Van Records, was a Homestretch Pick o' the Week. Still holding to their indie and DIY aesthetic, Dr. Dog create songs that are lush and lo-fi at the same time while calling to mind the classic roots sounds of The Band.
Both bands perform Tuesday night at Club Congress in an all ages show, doors open at 8pm.


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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fall Membership Drive Update

Our fall membership campaign is off to a very good start, with more than $12,000 raised in early gifts and calls during the first day and a half of on-air effort.

You can add your gift to the station by pledging right now at 520-623-1000, or by pledging online over our secured server at https://www.kxci.org/store/ and click on the membership area.

It costs about $1700 a day to operate KXCI - you can pay part of that bill by taking responsibility for our Community Radio today! Thanks in advance for your supporting gift.


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Friday, September 12, 2008

KXCI Presents - Ratatat - Saturdaday 9/13


Ratatat performs Saturday night, September 13th, at Club Congress in a KXCI Presents show. Ratatat make instrumental music that melds electronica with rock guitar into songs that sound like highly compelling video game soundtracks. Imagine the sound of Tommy Guerrero playing Super Mario with the Chemical Brothers cheering on! They are on a world tour behind their latest release “LP3”, on XL Recordings. Doors open at 7pm for this 18 and over show, with Panther in the starting slot.


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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Adam Marsland - Live@5 - Friday 9/12


Tune in to The Homestretch Friday for a Live@5 in-studio performance with Adam Marsland.

Marsland cut his teeth touring with pop/rock band Cockeyed Ghost, who between 1996 and 2001 released five records (four studio records and a rarities collection), and in 2001, after disbanding Cockeyed Ghost, Marsland hit the road and began touring heavily as a solo act, culminating in the release of his debut solo album, 2002's live record, "232 Days on the Road".

Adam
is currently on a 2 month long national tour in support of "Daylight Kissing Night". He will be playing at O'Malley's on Fourth (247 N 4th Ave) on Friday, September 12 at 9 pm.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kristin Hersh - Live@5 - Thursday 9/11


Kristin Hersh performs Thursday on the The Homestretch for Live@5. She is playing Thursday 9/11 at Solar Culture as The Shady Circle (see below). The Willard Grant Conspiracy opens this KXCI Present's all ages show at 9pm.

Kristin Hersh from Throwing Muses performs "The Shady Circle," a new live show dedicated to traditional material and Appalachian folksongs she learned throughout her childhood on Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain, as well as tunes she picked up along the way through more than 20 years as a driving force in indie music.

Visit this Solar Culture link for directions.


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Monday, September 08, 2008

Greg Morton Live on KXCI Sunday, Sept. 14 10am-noon

Tune in to the American Traditions show this Sunday, September 14th from 10 till noon. John, your host, will be interviewing Greg Morton for the long anticipated released of Greg’s newest CD, “When Pigs Fly”. Greg and the rest of the String Figures will be in Studio 2A to talk about the album and play a couple of tunes.

The CD release party is being held at Old Towne Artisans on Saturday September 20th, starting at 6:30. Admission is free. More information about the CD and the release party at Old Towne Artisans can be found on the Events Page at KXCI.org and also at gregmorton.net. That’s this Sunday on the American Traditions Show.


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Humane Society Chow Down For Hounds, Sept. 24th

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona teams up with Tucson Originals to help animals in our community at the Chow Down For Hounds, Wednesday, September 24th.

Dine out September 24th from 5 to 10pm at participating Tucson Originals restaurants (see below) and they’ll donate part of your bill to the Humane Society. Some restaurants will also have adoptable pets that night.

Participating restaurants include:
Pastiche, Barrio, Lodge on the Desert
Papagayo, Vila Thai, Jonathan's
Acacia, Ric's Cafe, Elle
Roma Caffe, Frankies, Dakota Cafe


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Featured Albums of the Week

Featured Albums of the Week for the week of September 8, 2008

Two long-time KXCI favorites are back with new albums. Follow the links below to purchase through Amazon.com, where each purchase can support Your Community Radio...

Your Morning Brew, Featured Album of the Week 8:20am
The Verve, Forth
"Something happens when the Verve are together that none of them experience when they are apart. Individually, the Verve are all highly-accomplished players... however, when they are together a chemistry takes hold that transcends the four people onstage to blast the Verve somewhere else entirely and this chemistry and spontaneity has survived an absence of almost a decade." -Amazon.com review

The Home Stretch, Pick of the Week 4:00pm
NEW HOST: CATHY RIVERS

The Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete
Releases in October, hear it on KXCI first
"Think of this long awaited studio album as if it were the first Pretenders record: musical turf that's defined by attitude, lyrical and melodic mastery, and the unexpected...and Chrissie Hynde's voice as you've always known it... an authentic slice of rock Americana, ranging from blistering punk to the most delicate storytelling as told by the queen of rock royalty herself." -Amazon.com review





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Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge:


A little T.V. history. It was on this date in 1966 that Star Trek debuted on NBC, running for 80 episodes before it's Season Three cancellation. In honor of the show, today's One Cup challenge: For season two, producers added Ensign Pavel Chekov to the cast, to attract more teenage females. Walter Koenig, the actor cast as Chekov, was picked in part because of his resemblance to another teen star of that era. Your One Cup question today: who is that other star?





Answer:


Davy Jones of the Monkees.





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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Thursday's One Cup Of Java Challenge


Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge:

The film Easy Rider was released on this date in 1969, starring Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, who also wrote the movie. Hopper plays Billy, Fonda starred as Captain America – a character whose real name is only used once in the film, at the campfire scene near the end of the movie. That’s your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – what was the first name of Peter Fonda’s character in Easy Rider?

Answer:

Wyatt


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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

DROP THE CHARGES - DEMOCRACY NOW! ACTION ALERT

DROP THE CHARGES - DEMOCRACY NOW! ACTION ALERT - FORWARD WIDELY

September 03, 2008

Call to Action On Behalf of DN! Journalists Facing Charges for Reporting on the Republican National Convention

Today it is critical that you make your voice heard in the the Ramsey County Attorney and St. Paul City Attorney offices. Demand that they drop all pending and current charges against journalists arrested while reporting on protests outside the Republican National Conventions.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office is in the process of deciding whether or not to press felony P.C. (probable cause) riot charges against Democracy Now! Producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Please contact Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner by all means possible to demand that her office not press charges against Kouddous and Salazar.

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
RCA at co.ramsey.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
651-266-3222

Susan Gaertner for Governor
info at susangaertner.com (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
(612) 978-8625
(612)804-6156

The St. Paul City Attorney’s office has already charged Amy Goodman with misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a peace officer. Contact St. Paul City Attorney John Choi by all means possible to demand that the charges against Goodman be dropped immediately.

St. Paul City Attorney John Choi
john.choi at ci.stpaul.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org) (651) 266-8710

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, as was a photographer for the Associated Press.

IMPORTANT

Be sure to cc: dropthecharges@democracynow.org on all emails so that our team can deliver print outs of your messages to the St. Paul City Attorney and Ramsey County Attorney offices.


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Happy bDay to ebay: Wednesday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge:
Today’s One Cup question asks you to name the company, founded on this date in 1995, that has had a role in selling a broken laser pointer, brussel sprouts, a MIG-21 fighter jet, the Pope’s Volkswagen, the town of Bridgeville, California, the original Hollywood sign, and yes, more than a few PEZ dispensers. Based on those clues, name this now 13 year old company, which had more than $7.5 billion dollars in revenue last year.

Answer:
eBay. That broken laser pointer was their first item sold.

Recent controversies over eBay policies, including significant increases in seller fees, have spawned several new auction-based websites, including the Arizona-based fee free site http://artfire.com/, which specializes in handmade art.


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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge:
Just like we did once last week during the Democratic convention, today in honor of the Republican’s we have a little presidential trivia for you today, asking you to name the Republican president who holds the honor of being the first U.S. president to visit all 50 states. One clue: in his last election, he won the vote in 49 of those 50 states.

Answer:
Richard Nixon


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Monday, September 01, 2008

Amy Goodman and Producers released from Custody

Be sure to tune in for Democracy Now! from noon to two for extensive coverage on Monday's protests and arrests.


UPDATE

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC

Goodman Charged with Obstruction; Felony Riot Charges Pending Against Kouddous and Salazar

ST. PAUL--Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.

All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar’s violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, “I’m Press! Press!,” resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman’s arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.

On Tuesday, Democracy Now! will broadcast video of these arrests, as well as the broader police action. These will also be available on: www.democracynow.org

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a felony. While the three have been released, they all still face charges stemming from their unlawful arrest. Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a “peace officer.”

Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped.

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities’ law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, including a photographer for the Associated Press.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism’s top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and the subsequent criminal charges and threat of charges are a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists.

Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

Video of Amy Goodman’s Arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

Free Speech Radio News Producer Aura Bogado interviews the recently released Amy Goodman Monday night for Pacifica radio. Listen here.
http://election411.org/article/id/3601163/amy-goodman-just-after-release-jail


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Amy Goodman has now been release, sources say.

Update: According to several sources, Amy Goodman has now been released from the Ramsey County Jail, though Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar are still being held.

Democracy Now producer Anjali Kamat provides us with an update of the dozens of arrests that happened today after tens of thousands of people flooded the streets.

Today there have been a lot of protests around the city - an IVAW march this morning, then an anti-war rally that become a large march, with break-off marches. Democracy Now is in st. Paul to document what's happening on the streets.

According to Anjali: After a while, the anti-war protest started to get a little crazy and police started to use more and more violence. They used pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets - including on DN journalists covering the demonstrations. Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were filming as people were being arrested. Police moved in and they were thrown against a wall. Amy Goodman tried to negotiate their release. Sharif, Nicole, and Amy had their press passes prominently displayed and were explaining that they were covering this event as journalists. Police then detained and arrested Amy Goodman and carted all three to the Ramsey County Jail.

Listen to the audio for the full report and analysis at Pacifica's http://election411.org/.


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Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC with Two DN! Producers!

September 1, 2008

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Dennis Moynihan 917-549-5000
Mike Burke 646-552-5107

ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman’s office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0).

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amenmdent rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism’s top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar is a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists from the nation’s leading independent news outlet.

Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

Video of Amy Goodman’s Arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ


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