LOS ANGELES — The U.S. attorney's office says a verdict is to be read in the MySpace cyber-bullying trial of a Missouri mother.
A statement issued by the prosecutors' office said the verdict would be read Wednesday morning.
Edit at 1:57 p.m.:Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- A Missouri woman was found guilty of misdemeanor computer fraud for posing as a teenage boy on News Corp.’s MySpace social-networking Web site and acquitted of more serious charges she did so to harm a 13-year-old girl. A federal jury in Los Angeles today found Lori Drew, 49, not guilty of felony charges of unauthorized computer access to inflict emotional distress on the girl, who later killed herself. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on one count of conspiracy. Drew could be sentenced to as long as one year in prison for each of the three misdemeanor convictions.
- I don't think I 'm sick, but I woke up last night with chills. Shaking chills. I turned the heat up, snuggled under the covers, and woke up two hours later dripping in sweat (I know, appealing visual.) I guess that's progress.
- Had a dream about an old high school girlfriend. She kept whispering absolutely innocent things in my ear why her husband just glared at me. Very tense.
- All the news mentions on days like this is how busy the airport will be on the day before a holiday. One year I was right by DFW airport with absolutely nothing to do when I heard that report, so I ducked into the airport to watch some family reunions amongst the crowds. (This was when you could go inside the gates without a ticket.) There was no one there. Absolutely desolate. I've been skeptical of local news ever since.
- And I'm two days away from my biggest news beat down of the year: The day after Thanksgiving shopping reports live from the mall. (Let me guess: People arrived early. They looked for specials more than in years before. Money is tight. Retailers are slashing prices to move inventory.)
- More and more, I'm turning down potential clients if I think they are going to be nothing but trouble. Those hypothetical individuals arrested for DWI, admit they were drunk, and tell me they expect me to make the case go away. I'm a lawyer, not a miracle worker, and I don't need the hassle.
- The older I get, the more rapid fire these holidays seem to come around every year.
- Fox 4's Megan Henderson had her hair in a ponytail this morning. Very good look.
- Local homebuilder D.R. Horton announced last quarter losses of $800 million yesterday and it's stock price went up 38% because it wasn't as bad as expected. Odd world we live in when losing almost a billion dollars is good news.
- I had to leave early from Thanksgiving lunch one time when I went to the Cowboys game (they played Pittsburgh). My mom wasn't pleased. I've never tried to pull that stunt again.
- Thanksgiving parades don't interest me. Parades in general don't interest me. A parade involving spider monkeys on floats would interest me.
- If I feel well enough, and I expect to, I'll run in the eight mile Dallas Turkey Trot tomorrow. It is always a scene, and I bet I've done it 8 out of the last 10 years. When I first started, I ran the 3K course and was scared I wouldn't make it.
- I wonder if my nemesis Barron Green will be there? (Back story here and here.)
- In the run, which consists of thousands, I always see this very healthy guy wearing nothing but a a speedo with turkey feathers on his butt and carrying a huge American flag on a pole. Good times.
- Ugh, I might be getting sick. When that happens, the only thing I care about is good health.
- I took an Advil Cold and Sinus which is great for colds and making meth. And I bought a jug of Gatorade and downed it like nobody's business this morning.
- I didn't follow the Holy Land trial all that closely (it ended yesterday with convictions) but it seems wrong that a defendant can be retried after a hung jury. The government should have one bite at the apple. That's it.
- Dogs like me very quickly.
- The Dallas Morning News' twitter page is written by a sixth grader, I think.
- Bush issued a bunch of pardons yesterday and that's fine with me. Pardon away. But many of them are for penny-ante crimes that occurred years ago which resulted in a short probation.
- Funny line from a lady at the courthouse the other day: "We love you, Barry. There's a lot of people that love you . . . . (insert awkward pause) . . . But there's a lot of people that hate you, too."
- Under the radar: A Texas state trooper was arrested after picking up two suitcases of cocaine.
- I wish the Messenger would print the cause of death in it's funeral announcements. At least when it's obvious it was not a natural death. There was a lady a little younger than me who grew up in Chico that died last week, and I want to know what happened. But I don't know if that's morbid or not.
- Obscure beat down: I lost my fantasy football game this week 87.75-87.45 because I had a receiver in last night's game who threw an interception after I had the game won. It looks like that coveted fantasy football Super Bowl ring will elude me yet again.
- Someone chewed me out in the comments below the Indoor Practice Facility post for allowing anonymous comments. But he or she didn't sign her name.
- I'm pretty sure a 27 year old Sunday School teacher should not be sending topless pics of herself to a 14 year old male student. It's in the Bible. But we definitely need a face pic of her so we can judge the magnitude of this sin.
- If I wanted to take all my money and convert it all to Euros, can I? I guess that would be possible and easy. That sounds crazy, but if a person were to believe that inflation is about to go through the roof and a dollar is going to be almost worthless, that sounds like a good idea.
- That was some economic Crazy Talk.
- Alan Colmes is leaving Hannity and Colmes? That's not news. It's been the Sean "Look At Me" Hannity show for years. Colmes was just a prop.
- In New Jersey, you are not allowed to post your own gas. And the price was under $1.70.
- Sports Scenario: Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State sending Tech to the Big 12 Championship game where they beat Missouri to win the Big 12 title. But the Evil Empire is ranked higher in the BCS and goes to the National Championship game. Could happen.
- Tiger Woods' hot wife and cute kid.
- People seem to slowly walk into the courthouse but hurry out of there. I understand that.
- I've got some pictures that I'll try to post tonight.
- I look forward to cold weather as much as anyone, but after walking around in 31 degree temperature for three days, I'll take warm any day.
- There are a lot of people in this world.
- The Coyote Ugly bar (which I didn't really want to go to since I figured it would be a tourist trap) is frighteningly authentic. (At least until the tour bus arrived carrying a group of folks that I labeled "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Goes Out Once Night A Year" arrived.)
- St. Patrick's Cathedral may be one of my favorite places ever to walk into. But it's awkward in that everyone is walking around flashing pictures in a place that seems very holy.
- The Christmas tree and ice rink at Rockefeller Center is surprisingly small. (And all I could think about was when Meredith Viera busted her head skating with Will Ferrell.)
- No general rudeness at all. Heard "excuse me" more often there than I do when I'm at home.
- Funny line heard when after arriving at La Guardia and seeing most of the airport stores and restaurant shut down: "For a city that never sleeps, there sure are a lot of things closed."
- Had and Arabic speaking cab driver that one on a long anti-George Bush rant. Had another one take us to his favorite pizza-by-the-slice place in order to avoid "those that sell cardboard."
- Had a cab driver who owned his own cab tell us it now costs "250" to get a medallion that authorizes a cab driver to do what he does. I haven't looked it up yet, but I bet he meant $250,000.
- Saw a cab crash into the side of a limo in downtown Manhattan which gave rise to a very tense standoff between the two drivers. And I saw an older couple just get out of the cab and get lost in the crowd.
- Didn't realize cabs now have a GPS screen in the back to show you where you are.
- One establishment, later at night, frisked ladies before they were allowed to enter but guys weren't searched at all. Odd.
- I managed to watch the first half of the Tech/OU game. What a disaster.
- Ordered a "sandwich" and it came out of as a bagel.
- Those menus aren't very health conscience up there. But they also walk everywhere.
- Stayed one night at the Affinia hotel. Nice.
- If you worked in Manhattan but lived outside of Manhattan, your life would be one big beating.
- I saw what had to be the equivalent of a bullet train going through New Jersey, and I was told it could be heading to a place like D.C. and travels over 100 mph. I had no idea we had those in this country.
- Overhead a guy on cell phone on a train say he was heading into the city because: "I gotta see about a girl."
- Overheard two other guys talking about the virtues of baseball player Mark Teixeira with amazing detail even though he's never played for a New York area team.They do like their baseball in the northeast.
- Walked by the Nasdaq building in Times Square and, inside, they were filming a group of people cheering the closing bell on a set that made it look like they were overlooking the trading floor. We've been lied to!!!
- Airports were more fun when you got to see friends and family waiting for other people inside the terminals. When I was in high school, Saturday Night Live did a touching (yes, touching) short film of nothing but airport greetings as the song "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkle played in the background. I've never forgotten it.
- I played Rock Band 2 (the bass guitar part) for the first ever this weekend. What a time wast but what incredible fun.