March 25th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter: The New York Democrat has had to add security to her office after receiving threats following the passage of health care legislation, WHAM-TV reports.

Slaughter posted this statement on her congressional Web site: “There were two events in my district during the last week that were alarming to me and I have reported them to the proper authorities. There was a brick thrown through my Niagara Falls district office and a voice mail referencing snipers that was left on the answering machine of my campaign office.”

According to the Rochester, New York, TV station, her staff members discovered the recorded message. “ 'Assassinate' was the word they used for the children of members who voted yes. ... It's a very nasty time. It was hard here this weekend. Members of my party were assaulted,” Slaughter, chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, told the station. “It's not the America we want it to be.”

More than 10 Democrats have reported incidents since the weekend vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.

WHAM-TV: Slaughter's office adds security

CNN: House Democrats report increased threats since health care vote

Slaughter's office: Statement on recent threatening incidents

Steve Donahue and John Calipari: Cornell meets Kentucky in the East Regional NCAA semifinal at Syracuse on Thursday night, and sportswriters are having a fine time comparing and contrasting the two teams.

Among the observations by Gannett’s Mike Lopresti in USA Today: “Cornell's Steve Donahue was once a high school junior varsity coach. Kentucky's John Calipari once coached two different schools to the Final Four. Kentucky averages more than 24,000 at home games, with probably 4,473 people in the concession line at halftime. A sellout Cornell crowd is 4,473. Kentucky has a freshman, John Wall, who can take over a game in under three minutes. Cornell has a freshman, Eitan Chemerinski, who can solve a Rubik's Cube in under three minutes. As of 2009, 13 former Kentucky Wildcats owned NBA championship rings. As of 2009, three Cornell alums owned professional sports franchises. The Kentucky players would just as soon people stop calling them the tournament favorite. The Cornell players would just as soon people stop calling them Cinderella.”

USA Today: Compare and contrast Cornell, Kentucky

Amanda Rose: The Canadian writer and activist created Twestival - or Twitter Festival. Thursday’s Twestival will involve local charity events in hundreds of cities around the world to raise funds for the estimated 72 million children who have no opportunity to go to school.

In February 2009, the first Twestival Global was held in 202 international cities to support the one in six people in the world who don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. More than 1,000 volunteers and 10,000 donors raised $250,000.

Twestival Web site

Stuart Craig: Thursday is the day Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Studios are scheduled to reveal the date that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will have its grand opening in Orlando, Florida.

The Leaky Cauldron Web site is reporting June 18. Warner Bros. had announced that Craig, the 67-year-old production designer on all the "Harry Potter" movies, would lead the development of the 20-acre, multimillion-dollar theme park. The park will contain the village of Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Express, the Forbidden Forest and Hogwarts Castle, among other attractions based on the books by J.K Rowling and the movies that followed.

Ollivanders Wand Shop, according to news releases, promises to be “an incredible interactive experience where the wand chooses the wizard,” and a few hundred fan Web sites report that Craig designed the wands with Rowling’s approval.

Craig has won three Academy Awards: for “Gandhi” (1982), “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) and “The English Patient” (1996).

Time Warner is the parent company of Warner Bros. and CNN.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Resort: Details about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Leaky Cauldron: Wizarding World opening June 18

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Not only are these, and, I'm sure, future incidents pathetic and unwarranted, but they don't help the international image of America that has improved dramatically since the previous administration. Rather than resorting to violence to "voice" their opinions, these people should be staging protests, writing/calling their Representatives and Senators, and exercising their fundamental right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    Not only are they breaking the law by throwing bricks through the windows of elected officials and sending threats, but should they be convicted of a felony, they may have just given up their right to vote. So when election time rolls around, these same people can't change anything because they can't vote.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Barbara Taylor

    It is very sad that we have stooped to these levels of acting out. I am very disappointment how people are responding .... there's got to be a better way ..threats against family is a pretty serious thing if the table were turned how would the people feel.. What is becoming of America?

    March 25, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. vicki countz

    There is No right ring conspiracy and there are NO code words by Republicans.
    The reactions by We the People (the majority of American citizens) were created by
    the power moves of Congress (because they can). If Congress will behave and do the
    right thing so will the American people. Did Democrats think we would all just lay down?

    March 25, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |