Posts Tagged ‘ television ’

A Letter From the Scientific Front- Mind Games

A Letter From the Scientific Front- Mind Games

A vague new academic discipline creates a bonafide new-media star. When Jack Arkush was a child, he would sometimes accompany his father downtown, where William Arkush was a mid-level advertising executive for the Kenner Agency. “He worked on campaigns for sporting goods, for eyewear,” Arkush says. “General-interest stuff that didn’t interest me.” What interested the…

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Friday Facts: That Which Rests On One’s Shoulders

Friday Facts: That Which Rests On One’s Shoulders

:: Number of police districts which accounted for 65% of the city’s violent crimes in 2007, according to a report released this week: 7 :: Total number of police districts in the city: 21 :: Channel 8 weather report reader Destiny Edwards returns on Monday morning’s program, which will also feature the winner of the…

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Friday Facts: Light the Tree, Sell the Books

Friday Facts: Light the Tree, Sell the Books

:: Number of variations on “LED” used by various speakers during Thursday’s municipal Holiday Fest tree-lighting ceremony at Old City Hall: 7 (“LDE,” “LDD,” “LLD,” “Lead,” “DL,” “Leed,” and “Magic bulbs.”) :: Number of killowatt hours saved by the widely-touted switching of the tree’s lights to energy-efficient LEDs: 1,000/day :: And what of the old…

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Friday Facts: 311 is Not a Joke

Friday Facts: 311 is Not a Joke

:: Today, at 5pm, the city’s Office for Information and Complaints hotline will shut down after 33 years of service. It will be subsumed into the city’s new 311 information service. :: Number of staffers for the hotline in 1974: 1 :: Number today: 28 :: Number to be staffing the new 311 line: 35…

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Friday Facts: “Bleeping Kids, Bleeping Bleep Ducks”

Friday Facts: “Bleeping Kids, Bleeping Bleep Ducks”

:: Number of times that there have been cited (by the FCC) instances of accidental profanity on local newscasts- 31 :: Number of these which have resulted in the firing of a local anchor/reporter- 1 (Arthur Stevens, in what has come to be known as the “4-H Incident,” 1983) :: Advertising on public transit, by…

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At Home With… Carla Perry

At Home With… Carla Perry

The City Desk introduces a new feature which gives you a glimpse into the domestic side of our city’s movers and shakers. What happens when they leave the council chambers, newsroom, office, stadium, community center, playhouse, studio, or classroom? What do they do to unwind? What are their passions? We’ll show you how these luminaries…

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Friday Facts: Slaughterhouse, Partridge, Megatron

Friday Facts: Slaughterhouse, Partridge, Megatron

:: On Monday, Chief Health Commissioner Rudolph “Guy” Fenimore sent a press release reminding hungry citizens that the city’s three-year long ban on open air barbecue restaurants ends this Saturday. Blowout celebrations are currently planned at Roy’s BBQ, Captain Jack’s Rib Shack, Shiney’s, the Thai Barbecue House (which will be removing its temporary tarpaulin after…

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Urban Legends: Kiddie TV Murder, Satanists in the City

Urban Legends: Kiddie TV Murder, Satanists in the City

Here is an overview of some of the most well-known urban legends to haunt our city—none are true, but they reflect the fears and excitement of bygone times. Kiddie TV Murder (1957) Mystery has long swirled around the death of children’s TV personality Samantha Smith, who was found murdered in her home on June 28th,…

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Something that you should watch

Invisible City (Supermasterpiece.com) A 5-minute black and white noir-ish television program about a city in which everyone is invisible. Sadly, it only lasted two episodes. Of course (as we’re always looking on the bright side at The City Desk), this means it won’t take you very long to see how wonderful it was. “Fun” Fact:…

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More Christmastime in the City

More Christmastime in the City

:: Friday night saw the lighting of the annual Energonistics (formerly Municipal Gas Works) “Eternaflame” menorah, a ten-foot tall structure which consists of a stainless steel set of nine candles, each topped with what will be a constantly burning gas flame as each is lighted over the next week. It joins the “Eternaflame” Christmas tree…

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