Prior to the recent stepping down in Rome and ultimate election of a new pope -- something that hasn't happened in 600 years (which, I believe, pre-dates Twitter) -- I would have told you that it was not something that could ever happen during Lent. I honestly would have thought that, according to the "Pope Playbook," stepping down was an option, yet not during the all-important 40 days and 40 nights (in case you think I am joking, I refer you to: http://youtu.be/uvUYqWgwgRs ). What can I say -- I have only retained so much from my 12 years of Catholic school education (and two years as an altar boy). Yet, it happened, and we survived. Pope Francis is the 266th pontiff.
I've always been a believer in the "power" of song, that one can render a controversial message more palatable, either via jaw-dropping ivory-tickling or funny bone tickling, or both. Case in point: Justin Timberlake as Elton John reworking "Candle in the Wind" on behalf of the late Hugo Chavez. The only thing missing was a Gibb brother cameo.
In another instance, a live performance can be transformative, transport either the lead singer or the soloist (again, or both) to a place where he or she can shine in such a way that they take the audience with them, where ego and envy dissipate, simply unable to compete with melody and musicianship. Case in point: A college student asks his idol, Billy Joel, if he can accompany him on his favorite song, "New York State of Mind."
Both clips are wholly entertaining and inspiring, and in two totally different ways. As for the latter, many folks are saying the student "stole Billy Joel's thunder." I would contend it was happily lent to the lad.
The Waterbury Superior Court was evacuated because of a bomb threat, according to Waterbury police.
The courthouse is located on Grand Street.
State police said the call was made to a local news organization and also included threats against Hartford and New Haven courts.
Lt. Paul Vance, of Connecticut State Police, said investigators swept courthouses and did not find anything.
Criminal charges will be filed against the person found to be responsible for the threats.
The courts have not yet opened for the day, so those courts have not been evacuated.
Police said they have responded to Manchester Community College for an unconfirmed report of a person being spotted with a gun.
Classes are cancelled and students have been told to leave campus.
The school issued the following alert:
"This is an emergency message from Manchester Community College. An emergency has been declared on campus. Do not attempt to gain access to the campus. An order to shelter-in-place has been issued. Additional information will be broadcast as soon as it is available."