Mireille Enos plays Sarah Linden, the stoic, constipated-looking, Nicorette-chewing homicide detective, who's forced to put her wedding plans in sunny Sonoma on hold to solve one last murder. Linden has a Sherlockian knack for solving crimes. In the pilot, she figures out where Rosie's body has been dumped after observing a group of kids with fishing poles headed up a path toward an area of the park the cops had written off. On last night's episode, she spotted an eye-level, quarter-size hole in the school's basement wall leading to the series' most solid lead yet.
Her sidekick is mousey homicide rookie Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), fresh out of the narcotics division. He's the chatty counterpoint to Linden's tight-lipped sleuthing, thinks he's much better looking than he actually is, and earns false trust from schoolkids with the narc division's teaser weed, which looks, smells and tastes like weed, but, apparently, isn't.
"The Killing" shares some plot similarities with David Lynch's surreal ’90s drama "Twin Peaks." Both series take place in Washington state, and both hinge on the mystery behind the murder of a nice, pretty high school girl. At this point "The Killing" promises a much more straightforward approach to answering that looming question of "Who killed Laura Palmer?" I mean, Rosie Larsen. The look and feel of "The Killing," with it's perennially overcast skies, political intrigue, and blue-collar aesthetic is more indicative of gritty, noir-ish crime shows. Which makes sense, considering series creator, executive producer, and writer Veena Sud was a writer and executive producer on the CBS police procedural "Cold Case." But the "The Killing" isn't just a bunch of cop talk. So far the show's maintained a shadow of calculated horror, as in the hypothesis that Rosie's nails came loose (as we saw on her unsheated corpse) after trying to claw her way out of the trunk of a sinking car. It's a thread that so far makes the series more (David) Finchian than Lynchian.
Plus, Linden doesn't appear to have a penchant for diners, coffee and cherry pie (love you Coop!).
That adjournment effectively would kill the bill, because it would not have enough time under legislative rules to win passage in the House and then receive three readings over three separate legislative days in the Senate.
The bombshell development kills for this year any action on a tax revision bill that the legislative leadership had called their most important task of the session.
The bill, which was based on business leaders' recommendations and originally intended for an up-or-down vote, has been nipped and tucked during the legislative session. The most recent version would, among other things, cut the state income tax from 6 percent to 4.6 percent and add sales tax to cell phone and satellite dishes. It was released last night around 8 p.m.
While many Republicans championed the legislation as a boon for manufacturers and taxpayers, others, including Democrats and the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, said the changes would increase the state budget deficit and actually result in higher taxes for the middle class.
No telling what was behind the move. More details to come.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: So says Ralston via the AJC:
Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said he and Republican leaders in the House were not confident in the accuracy of projections provided by the Georgia State University Fiscal Research Center and he did not want to force a vote.
"We're going to call a time out," he said."Tax reform is not dead. Tax reform is delayed."
The legislation could be added to a planned redistricting session this summer or taken up next year.
And Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, released this statement, which is pretty funny when you read it out loud in a defensive tone.
"We believe strongly in the policy and the direction that the Tax Reform Council has laid out. This issue is not over and the Tax Reform Council will remain active. This is a difficult issue and should not be rushed. The Speaker’s leadership on this issue and insistence that we get this right before moving forward is commendable. We will spend our time out of session continuing to look into ways to improve our tax system and put money back into the pockets of our hard working citizens. However, it will not happen until we are confident that the package we have crafted will be a tax cut for Georgians- not an increase. A fair, flatter tax structure is a key component to true tax reform. We are not interested in a political quick fix. What we want is true tax reform that is based on sound and verifiable public policy. Until we are confident of that we will continue to work to get it right.”
Presumably, CBS reporter Jeff Chirico wants to do the right thing. He got one of those automated tickets for running a red light (tsk-tsk), but the system apparently has no record of the citation. Now, he could have done the
smart socially irresponsible thing and just not paid it, but instead he's getting to the bottom of this — for our benefit.
CBS Atlanta posted the following teaser story:
ATLANTA — CBS Atlanta reporter Jeff Chirico has a Tough Question for the city of Atlanta. Why should he pay his ticket for blowing a red light since the city has no record of it?
Chirico received a ticket after cameras at the intersection of Spring St. and North Ave. caught him running a red light on Feb. 23.
The court's computer system has no record of the violation 7 weeks later.
YOU GUYS, what is Jeff Chirico going to do? How will this end? Why would he draw attention to a clerical error that ultimately benefits him? Are chemtrails eventually going to kill us all?
That's me. Asking the Tough Questions. Oh, and tune in to CBS news at 5 and 6 for the gripping conclusion.
We have begun harvesting food from our newest farm site in the Old Fourth Ward. The first downtown Atlanta pickup will be Friday April 15th from 3 - 7 p.m. at 75 Hilliard off of Auburn Avenue. We still continue our Wednesday pickup at 3353 Washington Road in East Point
We hope you will come out and purchase fresh produce from us. This week we will have spinach, turnip greens, beet greens, green onions, green garlic, arugula, chard, broccoli leaves and an assortment of herbs.
Please come early for the best choices. We accept cash and checks, but the most economical way to purchase our produce is through a [community-supported agriculture] subscription.
Adult Swim, the grown-up arm of Atlanta's Cartoon Network, has ordered a new live-action comedy pilot from Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk may be best known for "Mr. Show," the ingenious, cult classic sketch comedy show created in partnership with David Cross. Previously for Adult Swim, Odenkirk served as a producer and comedic patron saint for Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim with their shows "Tom Goes to the Mayor" and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" According to Deadline:
Adult Swim has ordered Regal Productions, a live-action comedy pilot created, directed, produced and starring Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk developed the project with Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, who will co-star in the pilot with him. The comedy, executive produced by management/production company Odenkirk/Provissiero, revolves around Regal Productions, which, in a strip mall in North Hollywood, churns out wedding videos, Internet ads, low-budget infomercials and even feature films for “ancillary” markets.
If only Regal Productions were only in Albuquerque, it could be a strip mall neighbor to the law firm of Saul Goodman, Odenkirk's shyster lawyer/comic relief role on AMC's "Breaking Bad." Incidentally, there's no air date yet for "Breaking Bad's" fourth season, but in January star Bryan Cranston said it would return in July.
Opposition to the bill — which has become increasingly fervent as the legislative session nears its end — has continued to grow. From the AJC:
"[O]n Monday, activists presented [Gov. Nathan] Deal's office with 23,000 petition signatures urging him to stop the measure. Additionally, the head of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta last week sent state lawmakers petitions signed by more than 4,000 Korean Americans from Gwinnett County who are opposed to the legislation."
Last week, human rights groups threatened to boycott Georgia if Deal doesn't veto whatever anti-illegal immigrant legislation that lands on his desk.
The state House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill back in early March.
>> French special forces reportedly detained Ivory Coast's ousted president Laurent Gbagbo today. He had refused to give up his seat when Alassane Ouattara was elected last year. The French mean business these days. (Voice of America)
>> The Egyptian military clashed with protesters in Tahir Square on Saturday morning as demonstrators called for the military council to prosecute former president Hosni Mubarak. This brings Hosni much sadness in his Red Sea resort home. (CNN, the New York Times)
>> Shutdown averted: House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the Obama administration finally reached a budget agreement just 90 minutes before the deadline on Friday night. Thanks Jack White. (the Guardian, YouTube)
>> And finally: Louis J. Marinelli, the National Organization for Marriage's former tour organizer of the last five years, has announced that he now supports gay marriage: "I soon realized that there I was surrounded by hateful people...and I now support full civil marriage equality." Marinelli teaches us it's never too late to stop being a homophobic jerk. (Huffington Post)
This may or may not be the type of thing you're eager to know about the deceased intellectual giant, but it's the type of thing you'll learn reading Sigrid Nunez's new memoir Sempre Susan which details the author's relationship with her famous subject: first as Sontag's assistant, then as the girlfriend of her son, then as her roommate and colleague.
No doubt many readers picking up the book will ascribe ulterior motives to Nunez in writing it: Revenge? Personal jealousy? Professional rivalry? Cashing in on her proximity to a lit-world celebrity? Pettiness? Possibly, but I actually think Nunez's primary motivations are less sinister. Sontag is simply a fascinating subject. It would be impossible for a writer to know her and not write about her. Nunez's Sontag is, by turns, funny, generous, loving, smart, sensitive, selfish, monstrous, crazy, spiteful, foolish, pretentious, cruel. In short, she's too good a subject for any writer to pass up. And the death by a thousand cuts Nunez inflicts here is tempered by a balance of critical distance and empathy. Once started, it's impossible not to finish reading the memoir, which is, in my estimation, among the highest compliments which can be paid to a book.
Yes, it's the final week state lawmakers meet to iron out such issues as Sunday alcohol sales, tax reform and immigration, among others.
But let's direct our attention to more pressing matters: One of the 9,000 attempts over the years to bring Freaknik — if not the massive citywide party, then at least some event with the same name — back to Atlanta. Local Treasure Doug Richards says City Hall has informed one promoter that, if he doesn't have a permit, he needs to stop spreading the word about a Freaknik event scheduled for this weekend in Grant Park.
Meanwhile, one Freaknik party promoter is wondering when City Hall will issue his permit.
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