Hostage situation

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Police closed off a large segment of Palatine Road during the standoff. / PHOTO BY ALEX V. HERNANDEZ

 

Police set up a perimeter, blocked off a large stretch of Palatine Road and tried to talk Anderson into peacefully surrendering. Meanwhile, news media and neighbors stood in the bitter cold watching the standoff while news helicopters hovered overhead. -via The Bugle

Around 8:50 p.m. Thursday night I got a bulletin that read: “Arlington Heights police officer shot & wounded, possible hostage situation for shooter.” I was at a family function when I found out the officer was reportedly shot in the neck and was taken nearby to Advocate Lutheran in Park Ridge (one of the suburbs I cover). A few seconds later my editor texted asking if I was following the hostage situation. I was going to have to bail on my family and haul ass to the burbs.

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Q & A with Matthew Hoffman on new Pickwick Theater Classic Film Series

Originally appearing at buglenewspapers.com on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Pickwick Theatre in downtown Park Ridge, I...

The Pickwick Theatre in downtown Park Ridge, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Alex V. Hernandez | Staff Reporter | @The AVHernandez

This fall the Pickwick Theatre will debut an all-new classic film series at the art deco movie palace in Park Ridge. The Pickwick opened in 1928 as a vaudeville stage and movie theatre and was designed by architects Roscoe Harold Zook, William F. McCaughey and Alfonso Iannelli. The main auditorium is built to resemble an Aztec or Mayan temple and seats up to 1,400 people. Additionally film fans were already familiar with the theater, as “Siskel & Ebert & the Movies” featured the Pickwick’s marquee and 100-foot tower in the opening credits of their legendary television series.

Now Matthew Hoffman is hoping to make the Pickwick a destination for cinephiles interested in classic films. He’s currently the assistant circulation manager at the Park Ridge Library and also its resident film historian. Previously he studied film at Columbia College before focusing on becoming a writer. After college, he was charged with hosting the LaSalle Theatre’s Saturday Night Classic Film Festival.

At LaSalle he oversaw a revival of classic and rare cinema screenings, some of which aren’t easily available via retailers. He got the job after his Columbia College professor Scott Marks, who was running the LaSalle film festival prior to Hoffman, was hired to be Film Critic and Big Screen blogger at the San Diego Reader.

Hoffman continued the festival until he decided to pursue his Masters degree. Then five years ago, the Park Ridge Library asked him to start a classic film series that has now expanded to the Pickwick. The Bugle talked to Hoffman about his plans for the Pickwick series and his love of cinema. Continue reading

Pop culture’s got 99 problems but Kevin Wada’s X-Men cover ain’t one

Feminist Media Criticism Problems

While was perusing the web mindlessly due to the weird vampire hours my journalism job sometimes requires, I came across the art of Alyssa Korea. She’s an art student who does a comic strip for The Daily Texan in Austin, TX. As I was admiring the work on her blog work I came across a post that really captured my caffeine fueled interest:

Tumbling over the past year and a half has made me see the problems of gender roles that exist in media, but sometimes it gets to the point where I over analyze every single piece of television or film that I come across. (However this in no way means that I think feminist media criticism is wrong, or should be avoided!) Mostly I just over think everything.

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