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PCR #486 (Vol. 10, No. 29). This edition is for the week of July 13--19, 2009.

"Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"  by Mike Smith
Movies and The Mob: part 2  by Terence Nuzum
Movies That Scared Me for Life  by ED Tucker
Summer Memories: Old Forge, NY  by Chris Woods
Birthdays: A Sponge .... A Witch .... A Nap .... And A Gameboy .... .... .... .... by Brandon Jones
16.5% Unemployment ?!?! .... Fuzzy Math .... Quid Pro Quo? .... Fall Of Vader? .... Rattner Who? .... .... .... Giant Leap Turns 40! by Brandon Jones
“the Robbery” .... Back To Sports, Mcnair’s Death .... Obama At The All-star Game .... Rays Win All-star Game (again) .... .... .... .... by Chris Munger
Elvis The Dog .... Happy Birthday .... They Did Something Right .... Reel/real News .... Movie Notes .... Passing On .... .... .... My Favorite Films, Part 2...  by Mike Smith
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“The Robbery”
I would just like to say, that I’m thankful I was working with Nolan! I was there when Nolan had a shotgun shoved in his face, and I was 10 feet away with my back turned, and didn’t even know it was going on until I turned around. I couldn’t believe what was going on, as I chased the robber out of the store, he then backed his 98-2001 Toyota Avalon all the way to the street - preventing me to get his tag, he turned around and sped off, as he turned around I noticed he didn’t have a tag on his vehicle. Tampa Police made it there in seconds, which I praise them for! After it all went down and we were done with the police, I got to ask Nolan if he was alright, and he said yeah, like he wasn’t even shaken from the whole ordeal. If you where lucky enough to see Nolan on the news, you saw how cool he was during the robbery. I will have to chalk this one under another court date that we share together. They ended up catching the bastard after he hit a few more stores, they found him by some sort of new technology the TPD holds. Give that gumshoe a raise!

Back To Sports, McNair’s Death
Overshadowed by the whole Michael Jackson thing, Steve McNair’s shooting death floated under the radar a little bit, but if you were a sports fan, you knew about it. Steve McNair was a great NFL quarterback. He led the Houston Oilers to Tennessee when they became the Tennessee Titans. As they became the Titans, he led them to the Super Bowl during the ‘99 (held in 2000), and came one yard away from beating the Rams. He was a team player during all of his career, and we should see him in the Hall of Fame. Think of all the other players that are in there that you couldn’t name. You could say what you want about his infidelity, but his football career will be his legacy. I had the pleasure of interviewing his older brother, Fred McNair, while I worked in the Arena League. Fred McNair played for the Florida Bobcats, and was the original “Air McNair”. R.I.P. Steve McNair.

Obama At The All-Star Game
The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, threw out the first pitch at the MLB All-Star game this week. If you were watching it on FOX, they didn't show the catcher catch the pitch as it happened. They kept the camera soley on Obama. Normally when a politician (excluding G.W. Bush who knows how to throw a ball) throws a first pitch, it's usually 200 yards to the left of the catcher so this was obviously done to not embarrass Obama in front of the world. His pitch really wasn't bad though. It was a tad short, but it made it. He came out wearing a Chicago White Sox jacket in the middle of the St Louis Cardinals' Stadium, so some fans gave him a boo when he came out.

Rays Win All-Star Game (again)
Last year a Rays player ended the game to win home-field advantage in the World Series for the American League team. Little did they know that the Rays would be that team. Regardless, Carl Crawford stole a home-run that would’ve tied the game Tuesday night to win the game for the American League again. Evan Longoria made it to the All Star game too, but had to sit out because of an infection. Joe Maddon was the coach of the American League also. Now if they can get the rest of the season together they might make sneak into the playoffs, but with Boston and New York playing like they have, that could be a long shot.

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