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WHISNews21 Prayer Line and thoughts for yesterday, today and tomorrow by Marty Martel
Please offer up prayers for the airliner that is still missing with over 200 people on board. Prayer that it will be found and that the families who are waiting for information will be given closure of their loved ones on this flight. Thank you.
THIS DAY BRINGS WITH IT A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY AS JAN HOWARDS CELEBRATES HER SPECIAL DAY: (Nashville, TN-3.13.14) Grand Ole Opry Legend Jan Howard celebrates her birthday today. We wish her a special day today and many more to come in her life. She is one of the Grand Ladies of the Grand Ole Opry, and one of my dearest friends. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAN, from all of us in the country music industry, and all of your fans. My wish for you is that today will be filled with the love of your family, friends, and fans. You have been and still are one of the great legends in country music and I hope that today will be as special as any birthday you have had. Thank you for your gift of music, and most of all your friendship. Enjoy today, because it is all yours.
TODAY’S PRAYER: I will kindle my fire this morning in the presence of the holy angels of heaven; Without malice, without jealousy, without envy, without fear; without terror of any one under the sun, but the Holy Son of God to shield me. God, kindle thou in my heart within a flame of love to my neighbor, to my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all; To the brave, to the coward, to the man in the street, O Son of the loveliest Mary, From the lowliest thing that lives to the Name that is highest of all. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen
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Two Dead As Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd, 23 Injured, 5 Critically
A suspected drunk driver plowed into a crowd outside a club at the SXSW festival in Austin on Thursday morning, killing a man and a woman and injuring nearly two dozen people.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said 23 others were injured, five critically, in the crash that happened around 12:30 a.m. as the driver tried to evade a pursuing police officer. The two people who died were on a moped that the motorist hit. The chief said the man also hit pedestrians in front of a club that was emptying.
Acevedo told reporters during a news conference that the motorist also struck a cab before crashing, jumping out of his car and trying to run. A pursuing officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody.
The man, whose name was not released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.
The driver was transported from the scene and “is currently in custody,” said the APD officer. Information related to the driver blood alcohol level will be released in the coming days.
A tweet from the APD stated , “The names of the deceased will not be released until proper notifications have been made.”
“This is extremely rare,” said the officer of the severity of the accident. “In all the years of [hosting] South By Southwest, we’ve never seen anything like this.”
The incident happened at Red River St & 10th St near two venues: Cheer Up Charlies and Mowhawk. Performers listed on the venue websites included a House of Vans Presents show at Mohawk with Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator, X, the Black Angels and Cities Aviv; at Cheer Up Charlie Yum, Hereticks and Hola Beach were to perform.
The street was full of concert-goers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area because it is a fire lane.
“We had a large crowd,” Acevedo said at a 2:30 a.m. news conference. “I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse.”
Police said the man had pulled into a nearby gas station in a silver Toyota sedan after an officer working a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop him. He wove his way through a series of parked cars, then took off at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street. He took a right turn on Red River Street, crashing through a barricade and narrowly missing a police officer who was standing guard.
Officers had closed off a two-block section of downtown Austin and continued to investigate into the morning. Acevedo said there were no plans to change safety protocols at the festival due to the accident.
“We do these events very well, but you cannot stop a person who rather than face drunk driving charges decides to speed at a high rate of speed, go around a uniformed officer forcing him to run out of the way, then at a high rate of speed show total disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Acevedo said.
Wednesday marked the first full night of the music portion of South By Southwest. Headlining acts performing around town included Jay Z and Kanye West, who teamed up for a Samsung event, Spandau Ballet, who performed their first U.S. show in 28 years and Damon Albarn, who performed as part of the NPR showcase at nearby Stubb’s.
Also not far from the scene of the accident: Lady Gaga, who was spotted taking in a set by Semi Precious Weapons at Rusty’s on 7th Street around midnight.
As word spread, the all-night party atmosphere seems to have subsided. Police have closed down those streets and kept onlookers as far away from the accident as possible.
Article sent in by Keith Bradford
Sprint City of Lights An Animated Short Film – WET TV
Another short animated film for your viewing pleasure, it will just be a short distraction from your stressful life. It may even let you forget about all your troubles for a minute or two and that could certainly be worth the time you spend looking at this video
You can view more “Animation” right here on WET TV
Snow, Snow Everywhere but the Work Has Got To Be Done
I’m looking out from a hotel room, not far from St. Louis. I’m here because I have an appointment to pitch some songs to an advertising agency, first thing tomorrow morning. A friend who worked with me promoting “Thriller” is working on an advertising campaign. She needs music for it. And, some of my songwriter clients have music which might work for her. So, I’m here instead of somewhere much farther South.
Everything I can see is covered with snow and ice including the parking lot. I’m tired of ice, snow, and cold weather. If was less slick and even a bit warmer, I’d be strolling thru one of the several fine parks, St. Louis has.
I like this city during the warm months. Shaw Gardens is one of my favorite places. The flowers & the trees are beautiful, The Japanese carp with their splashes of gold and bright orange swimming lazily as kids throw food from the bridge are wonderful stress reducers. This is a fine city in Spring & Fall. But the winters are cold and messy & the summers remind me of being in a steam room.
I have a long time friend who produces for television (once in a while a movie). Every year in June, him and I and 5 or 6 other entertainment professionals go on a fishing trip. We go to some secluded river in the middle of some national forest.The areas we choose are far removed from civilization. There is no TV reception. Cell phones don’t work. Most of the time the only distraction is watching one of us catch a fish. There was a year when we were distracted by a momma grizzly who wanted to fish the place we were fishing. Of course; we let her have that spot.
We usually have to go in horse back because there are no roads. Once in the Northern Rocky Mountains on the Snake River we went in with a four wheel drive vehicle as far as we could. We unloaded horses and went as far as we could. Then we hiked the rest of the way. Our camping gear was brought in and lifted out by helicopter.
We do some fishing, but it is really for networking and talking about the entertainment business. What’s working and what isn’t. What the new trends are etc.
My friend and I are there every year. We invite different other folks each year. Last year, we had an entertainment attorney, an exec from an International music publishing company, a guy who programs over a hundred country music radio stations, a guy who runs a major record label, a west coast record distributor, and a guy who produces plays on Broadway.
Well, enough daydreaming. I have paperwork which needs done. I detest paperwork almost as much as I do being chained to a desk. But, it must be done and I must be the one who does it.
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Nashville, TN 37229