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Archive for January, 2006

Riot on the Strip

In the first article, they do not even mention the four officers who got hurt that night when the crowd turned on them. It doesn’t mention that two of them had concussions, one a badly sprained ankle and the other a contussion on the right hand…further down you’ll find an updated article from the same website I found the first part (kvbc.com). Kudos to the men and women of LVMPD who responded and did what needed to be done to take control of the situation….Proud to work with all of you….

A small riot broke out on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night in front of the Hawaiian Marketplace on the corner off Harmon and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Police say it started as a fight between two people at a party at one of the bars in the Marketplace. The fight moved into the Marketplace courtyard and that’s when police got involved and the situation escalated. According to police, rioters started turning on them.
Nearly 80 officers from all over the city moved in and shut everything down. Traffic was diverted for about fifteen minutes. In all, 14 people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. Some of those arrested face the additional charge of battery on an officer.

Here is the second article I found:

Twenty people are facing misdemeanor charges ranging from disorderly conduct to battery on a police officer after a weekend brawl at a Las Vegas Strip shopping and entertainment spot.
Police say most of the 19 men and one woman who were arrested in the late Saturday night fracas were freed Sunday from the Clark County jail.
It happened at the Hawaiian Marketplace — an open-air retail and restaurant complex between the Aladdin and MGM Grand hotel-casinos.
Four police officers suffered minor injuries after police say combatants turned on the 80 officers who converged on the scene.
Police say some of the combatants had been drinking before the fighting broke out at a party held to honor US military service members

How do The Outsiders and Multi-Comm go together?

How do those two things go together? I’ll tell you…in 1990, I joined a BBS (bulletin board system – predating chat rooms on the internet)…the BBS was named Multi Comm… everyone had “handles” or nicknames – whichever you choose to call them.. So I had to choose a handle/nickname thing…I started out with Pooky (please remember I was only 19 at the time)…cause I’m a huge Garfield fan and Pooky was my favorite kind of teddy bear… so shortly thereafter (about a month or two) I decided to change over…so I had to decide on something else…I chose Sodapop. In honor of Sodapop Curtis from the Outsiders. The Outsiders was my favorite movie at the time (and is currently one of my all time favorites – wonder if it’s cause of all the eye candy in the movie? hmmm) So….since 1990 – I’ve had the nickname Sodapop….and there you have the story of how the Outsiders and Multi Comm go together!

Until next time….

Have you ever

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if Dr. Martin Luther King had lived?

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if Medgar Evers had lived?

Have you ever wondered where the country would be in the awareness of racism, civil rights and other social issues if these two men had lived?

Have you ever wondered why nicotine is so addictive?

Have you ever wondered why some people can quit smoking just like that (snapping fingers here…imagine it…) while others struggle for years trying to quit?

Have you ever wondered why some people are just mean and evil?

Have you ever wondered why vanilla nut coffe tastes so yummy?

OK now I’m getting silly…my list of have you ever’s is done for now…I may add more later!

Until next time….:)

Coretta Scott King

I read msnbc.com every morning and I’m saddened by the news…at least now, she and her loving husband are together again….my condolences, prayers and thoughts are with the King family today…

ATLANTA – Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband’s assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died. She was 78.

Markel Hutchins, a close family friend of the Kings, told The Associated Press he spoke early this morning with Bernice King, who confirmed her mother’s passing.

Former Mayor Andrew Young said on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Web site that Bernice King found her mother at about 1 a.m.

Young, who was a former civil rights activist and was close to the King family, told NBC’s “Today” show: “I understand that she was asleep last night and her daughter went in to wake her up and she was not able to and so she quietly slipped away. Her spirit will remain with us just as her husband’s has.”

Efforts by The Associated Press to reach the family were unsuccessful. They did not immediately return phone calls, but flags at the King Center were lowered to half-staff Tuesday morning.

King suffered a serious stroke and heart attack in August 2005.

She was a supportive lieutenant to her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., during the most tumultuous days of the American civil rights movement. She had married him in 1953.

Keeping his dream alive
After her husband’s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, she kept his dream alive while also raising their four children.

She worked to keep his ideology of equality for all people at the forefront of the nation’s agenda. She goaded and pulled for more than a decade to have her husband’s birthday observed as a national holiday, then watched with pride in 1983 as President Reagan signed the bill into law. The first federal holiday was celebrated in 1986.

King became a symbol, in her own right, of her husband’s struggle for peace and brotherhood, presiding with a quiet, steady, stoic presence over seminars and conferences on global issues.

“I’m more determined than ever that my husband’s dream will become a reality,” King said soon after his slaying, a demonstration of the strong will that lay beneath the placid calm and dignity of her character.

She was devoted to her children and considered them her first responsibility. But she also wrote a book, “My Life With Martin Luther King Jr.,” and, in 1969, founded the multimillion-dollar Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

King saw to it that the center became deeply involved with the issues she said breed violence — hunger, unemployment, voting rights and racism.

“The center enables us to go out and struggle against the evils in our society,” she often said.

After her stroke, King missed the annual King holiday celebration in Atlanta earlier this month, but she did appear with her children at an awards dinner a couple of days earlier, smiling from her wheelchair but not speaking. The crowd gave her a standing ovation.

At the same time, the King Center’s board of directors was considering selling the site to the National Park Service to let the family focus less on grounds maintenance and more on King’s message. But two of the four children were strongly against such a move.

The early years
Coretta Scott was studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music and planning on a singing career when a friend introduced her to Martin Luther King, a young Baptist minister working toward a Ph.D. at Boston University.

“She said she wanted me to meet a very promising young minister from Atlanta,” King once said, adding with a laugh, “I wasn’t interested in meeting a young minister at that time.”

She recalled that on their first date, he told her, “You know, you have everything I ever wanted in a woman. We ought to get married someday.” Eighteen months later — June 18, 1953 — they did, in the garden of her parents’ home in Marion, Ala.

The couple then moved to Montgomery, Ala., where King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and organized the famed Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. With that campaign, King began enacting his philosophy of direct social action.

The couple’s first child, Yolanda Denise, was born that same year. She was followed by Martin III, born in 1957; Dexter Scott, born in 1961; and Bernice Albertine, born in 1963.

Finest hours
Over the years, King was with her husband in his finest hours. She was at his side as he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Sporting flat-heeled shoes, King marched beside her husband from Selma, Ala., into Montgomery in 1965 for the triumphal climax to his drive for a voting rights law.

Trained in music, she sang in many concerts and narrated civil rights history to raise money for the cause.

Only days after his death, she flew to Memphis with three of her children to lead the march of thousands in honor of her slain husband and to plead for his cause. Her unfaltering composure and controlled grief during those days stirred the hearts of millions.

“I think you rise to the occasion in a crisis,” she once said. “I think the Lord gives you strength when you need it. God was using us — and now he’s using me, too.”

She said her life without her husband, though drastically changed, was immensely fulfilling.

“It’s a fulfilling life in so many ways, in terms of the children, the nonviolent civil rights cause and in the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial center.”

Disappearing History

They are imploding the Bourbon Street Casino..It’s on Flamingo just east of the Strip….I’m a little upset about this….I used to go there all the time to watch a band called Lip Service perform…many a weekend night (OK, yeah sometimes during the week too!) was spent listening, dancing and having a good time all around…I’m a tad upset over this…It’s really just a hole in the wall place- run down and all that but I spent a good few years there off and on…

They have also scheduled the implosions of the Imperial Palace, Stardust and the Boardwalk (most likely not until 2007 or even 2008)….not quite as upset with those as I am with Bourbon St. All these implosions of old hotels…

our history is disappearing…not that Las Vegas really has a “cultural history” to speak of … but still it’s amazing to watch how the history we do have is disappearing with each and every one of these implosions…

Las Vegas has always been a very transient city…lots of people moving in and out of the Valley all the time. More moving in than out. And that’s OK. the more people who move here – the more job security I will have. Unfortunately, with all the movement and transient people (and I don’t mean homeless) in this town – there is not really a good solid foundation for history. The history we can claim is that a gangster started the Flamingo Hilton….We can say that the mob ran this town for years and years and years. We can also say that most of our original casinos/hotels no longer exist due to implosions, expansions, etc etc. The Dunes, The Landmark, The Hacienda, The Showboat (aka The Castaways) and countless others I’m probably forgetting..

I can also say I was the third generation to graduate from Las Vegas High School….and the third generation to work for the police department (grandmother, father, mother, brother, me)….

Until next time…. =)

Welcome to the Soda Stand!!!!!

Hey everyone! Welcome to my new home…this is the Soda Stand! You’ll find all kinds of things here – about me, about life, and possibly about you! hahaha That’s only if I know you and I will use initials, not full names or real names. I respect other people’s privacy and will try to maintain that level of anonymity!

I hope you enjoy this blog, I love the colors and the design, thank you Lisa from BlogsAbout for helping me out with that!! And thank you to Slobokan, the best older brother a girl could have! =)

Thanks for reading this and I’ll be posting again soon!

Sodapop =)