Bomb scare in Times Square


A Nissan Pathfinder driven onto the corner of 45th and Broadway in New York City caused panic and chaos as police responded to threats of a bomb within the car. Thankfully, the car’s detonator system – alarm clocks connected to firecrackers – failed to ignite, and no lives were lost. The bomber is currently the subject of a manhunt by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the New York Police Department. Fortunately for the estimated 100,000 plus people in Times Square that evening, the bomber mistakenly purchased the wrong fertilizer, opting for a harmless variety instead of the highly explosive ammonium nitrate used by Timothy McVey in the 1996 Oklahoma City bombing. Ballistic expert Kevin Barry of the NYPD said that the bomb was set up to do maximum damage if it had exploded; ignited gas would have turned the propane tanks inside the car and the car itself into a weapon as shrapnel exploded due to the pressure.

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You know who I saw on campus last weekend? Your mom.


Rose-Hulman celebrated Mom’s Day this past Saturday, kicking off with a parents’ association meeting at 8 a.m. and continuing with a number of events throughout the day.

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You can do anything at Rose-Hulman, or so they tell you during Operation Catapult and during the admissions process, no matter how “out there” that something may seem. The Rose-Hulman Triathlon Club, founded last fall by Andrew and Michael Ulrey and Clayton Shotwell, has proven that starting a new activity on campus is not only possible, but can be quite a successful endeavor. This past Wednesday saw competitors in the first annual Rose-Hulman Sprint Triathlon swim, petal, and run their way from the Sports and Recreation Center across the Heritage trail to the finish line on the track. Resulting in Michael Ulrey winning the Men’s Competition and Rachelle Cobb winning the Women’s Competition.

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After their 2008 departure from the dance tunes, “Head First” brings Goldfrapp and Gregory back head first into the wonderful dancy synthpop we all loved on Supernature. With every Goldfrapp album, though, her fans can expect something wholly different than any album previous; in this case we have the ‘80s. Unlike the La Roux ‘80s sound popular last year, we have the anthemic melodies that could have been straight out of ABBA’s song book.

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For those of us that are too cheap to actually buy music and too impatient to put up with advertisements on the radio, we have already found the joys and pleasures of Grooveshark.com. For those of you that are still on Pandora, please upgrade to a real site for your and your bandwidth’s sakes.

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When I hear the name “Clash of the Titans,” I expect an epic movie. I went into this prepared for the long haul, expecting a close to three hour experience. I made sure to use the restroom before hand; I brought some candy and soda in case sustenance became an issue. What I failed to notice before hand, however, was that the movie was a mere 106 minutes, short of even the two hour mark. Even though it was short, it did manage to feel much longer, by being terribly paced and boring.

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