Two Pembroke teenagers have been charged in connection with a series of playing cards that were defaced with threatening writing and left at stores in Christiansburg and Pearisburg -- a gesture police said the teens admitted had been inspired by this summer's Batman movie, "The Dark Knight."
Justin Colby Dirico and Bryan Eugene Stafford, both 18, admitted to leaving cards that bore handwritten messages inside the Pearisburg Wal-Mart, according to police Chief J.C. Martin.
Both were charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.
Dirico and Stafford are being held at the New River Regional Jail without bond.
IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR SAID LICENSE Under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. [...] the Department having approved issuing of the license; the license is issued immediately. CERTIFICATE. It is hereby certified that on August 14, 2008, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control adopted the foregoing as its order in the proceeding therein described.
We just got the certified letter today, so now it's real. How about that!
Our first all ages show is now on sale: Sun, Sep 7: Rebelution.
Here are the answers to the flood of questions that has already begun:
- No, this does not mean that all of our events will be all ages. In general, live shows will be all ages, and dance nights will be 21+. There may be exceptions, but they will be just that, exceptions.
- Yes, we have the permit now, and would legally be allowed to admit people under 21 today. But we're not going to do that before Sep 7 for a number of reasons, most importantly, that half our staff is about to leave for Burning Man and we need to have some meetings and do some training first to make this happen right.
- No, we're not going to make an exception for your friend who's turning 21 in a week. Until further notice, DNA Lounge is still 21+. Be patient. It won't be long now.
To ensure that only the companies that pay millions of dollars to be official Olympic sponsors enjoy the benefits of exposure in Olympic venues, organizers have covered the trademarks of nonsponsors with thousands of little swatches of tape.
In media centers, dormitories and arena bathrooms, pieces of tape cover logos of fire extinguishers, light switches, thermostats, bedroom night tables, soap dispensers and urinals. The Taiden Industrial translation headsets in a large conference room have had their logos covered, as have the American Standard faucets in the bathrooms nearby, and the ThyssenKrupp escalators down the hall.
The International Olympic Committee says that such "brand protection" is essential for the Games to raise the corporate money that keeps them going and growing. The Games get 40% of their revenue from sponsors, with the rest coming from broadcast rights, ticketing and licensing. Sponsors of China's Games, believed to be the most lucrative ever, have contributed some $1.5 billion in cash, goods and services, estimates sports-marketing group Octagon.
The IOC says the brand-protection practices here in Beijing are consistent with procedures at past Olympics. Actual enforcement of IOC sponsorship-protection rules falls mostly to whichever city is hosting the Games, however, and by some indications no host has taken that role more seriously than China. In many cases, even products that don't compete with anything made by official sponsors are having their logos covered.