MBA Classes in the Future…, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy…, Sports Illustrated releases fangraph…, Cockamamy thief…, Golden Age Green Lantern…, pitchfork to a gunfight…, BBC News confuses Halo’s Space…, Dendrochronology…, Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast…, Sheriff Joe…
Things are getting dire for RIM, which diffidently announced its new BlackBerry 10 platform earlier this month to an internet full of aggressive disinterest. The latest grim tiding? Trading has been halted on RIM’s stock—which is a very bad sign—on the heels of news that its stash of unsold BlackBerry phones and PlayBook tablets has ballooned to a value of just over $1 billion.
Teammates were left shaking their heads as word spread in the visitors’ clubhouse Monday that catcher Jonathan Lucroy had injured his right hand in a bizarre hotel-room accident, the latest in a long line of Brewers to go down. Lucroy will miss 4-6 weeks with what the Brewers termed a “boxer’s fracture” of the right hand. That diagnosis sounded more fearsome that it was; Lucroy said he was reaching under his hotel-room bed Sunday night for a lost sock when his wife shifted a suitcase, which fell on her husband’s hand.
3. Sports Illustrated releases fangraph power rankings for week 7. The Milwaukee Brewers are so bad that they have been renamed the Cleveland Indians
No division in the past few days had as many wild turns of fortune as the AL Central. The Indians looked to take a firm hold on the division with a three game sweep of the Tigers to push the surprising Tribe 3 ½ games up, but then Cleveland got swept by the White Sox over the weekend, while Detroit then swept the Twins to salvage their week and climb back into the race. Entering Monday, the Indians’ lead is down to just a half-game over the White Sox and three over the Tigers, the heavy favorite to repeat as AL Central champions before the year began. As a result the division that looked like it may have been the most one-sided in baseball before the season enters the unofficial start of summer as competitive as any in the game.
The thief pulled off his fowl heist before the rooster had a chance to crow. An Albuquerque man is facing charges after police said he stole chickens from Montessori school children.
5. DC’s new gay character will most likely be the Golden Age Green Lantern. Well, now we know why his weakness has always been wood
The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is reportedly the DC Comics character who will be reintroduced as g*y. Bleeding Cool blogger Rich Johnson reports that after he heard that information from other sources, “a much stronger source” at the Phoenix Comic Con told him it is definitely Alan Scott. Still, Johnson offers the caveat, “I could be wrong.”
A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a pitchfork-wielding man Monday afternoon in North Highlands. Deputies responded to a 2 p.m. call from a woman, who alleged that an argument had taken place with the victim in her yard in the 6800 block of Weddigen Way in North Highlands. She said the victim had assaulted of one of the home’s occupants, said Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Ramos.
BBC News in the U.K. has mistakenly used the logo for Halo’s United Nations Space Command during a serious report about the ongoing conflict in Syria. During the broadcast, which occurred last Thursday, the UNSC logo – more commonly associated with Master Chief than Kofi Annan — was attributed to the United Nations Security Council.
8. If you’ve seen one tree ring dendrochronology, you’ve seen Yamal
Climategate, the 2009 exposure of misconduct at the University of East Anglia, was a terrible blow to the reputation of climatology, and indeed to that of British and American science. Although that story hasn’t been in the news in recent months, new evidence of similar scientific wrongdoing continues to emerge, with a new scandal hitting the climate blogosphere just a few days ago.
9. The best British album of the past 60 years, according to Brits? Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast
Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a radio host today he’s “not impressed” with a letter from the state of Hawaii affirming Barack Obama’s birth there. He wants to see the proof himself.