Members of the Sam Houston Trail Ride made their way down a highway in Tomball, Texas on Tuesday, heading for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston Friday for the event. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday.
Harper Lee, the elusive author of best-seller “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died Friday, Feb. 19, according to her publisher Harper Collins. She was 89. A private funeral service was held for Lee on Saturday.
NASA and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory this week released “Visions of the Future” posters, which its website called “images of imaginative travel destinations.” All photos are courtesy of NASA.
Jackie Treehorn’s pad is becoming part of an art museum? “Far out,” we hear The Dude gasping. The living room that the film “The Big Lebowski” set in Malibu is, in real life, in the hills, not by the beach. Now, the convention- and gravity-defying home its part of, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple John Lautner, is being donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which plans to use it for fundraisers, exhibitions, conferences, and collaborations with other museums, the L.A. Times reports. In a Times column, the museum’s director called it “one of the most important houses in all of L.A.” and “one of the most L.A. houses.”
Six weeks after her arrival at Rikers Island, an argument over who should clean a jailhouse shower sent Candie Hailey to solitary confinement — known as “the bing.”
It was the first time, but it would not be the last.
A month later, records show, she cursed and spit at a guard and resisted when she was put in a hold. Ninety-five days in the bing. She later got 70 days for cursing at an officer, splashing the guard with toilet water and refusing to stop. She was handed 60 days after breaking the light fixture in her cell and using the shards to cut her wrist. Among other infractions: fighting (40 days), disrespect of staff (30 days) and blocking her cell window (15 days).
Of her first 29 months in jail, Hailey served about 27 alone in a 6-by-10-foot cell, with a bed, a toilet and a few books to pass the time. When she did go outside, it was just for one hour in 24. And she had yet to be tried for any crime, let alone convicted.
At least eight times in the course of her more than three-year incarceration, she would be taken to the hospital after suicide attempts in solitary that included trying to swallow hair remover product, pills and the chemicals inside an instant ice pack, banging her head on a wall and trying to electrocute herself by putting a phone cord in her cell’s toilet.
Hailey could not abide solitary confinement. But that was the only place her jailers felt they could put her.
New York Fashion Week began on Thursday, February 11 and runs through February 18. The first day was highlighted by the launch of Kanye West’s new album, “The Life of Pablo,” and his unveiling of the third season of his Yeezy shoe and clothing line.
Lucha Va Voom is the mixture of elements of Lucha libre, or masked Mexican professional wrestling, with comedy and striptease. Since 2002, the company has toured the U.S. For the annual Cinco De Mayo show, they have added some more traditional Mexican elements like Folklorico dancers, mariachis, Aztec dancers, tequila, and something called tamales from outer space.