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Morning Brew: April 15, 2008

Posted by Sisi / April 15, 2008

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Photo: "Cocoa Locale - Valrhona spicy brownie," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler VincciWincci.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, April 15th, 2008:

Would you take Leopold Stokowski over Mick Jagger? Do you admire Kent Nagano's full head o' hair? Now you can channel your favorite conductor with UBS Virtual Maestro, a Guitar Hero knock-off that simulates the classical orchestra experience. Wave your baton too slow and you get Mozart "at a crawl," wave your baton too fast and you get Mozart on crack. Virtual Maestro exhibits have been cropping up at concert hall lobbies all over the States. The company behind the game is UBS, a Swiss banking giant that often sponsors classical music concerts and events. For now, the game can only be played on tour; it's uncertain whether a commercial version will appear. Despite its flaws, Virtual Maestro did help spark interest in conducting; at a weekend event for children, more than 100 people lined up to play.

When I was a cashier at Réno-Dépôt a long, long time ago, a man paid me $50 worth of plumbing material in dime rolls, which he gave to me in a cigar box. Let's hope the Cape Breton courthouse felt better disposed towards anti-sealing activist Peter Watson yesterday than I did towards that man. Watson used a "brimming bag" of toonies to pay off part of the $10,000 bail for 2 members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The chief officer and captain of the Farley Mowat were accused of taking their ship too close to the seal hunt. They were arrested on Saturday in the Gulf of St. Laurent when "Mounties armed with submachine-guns stormed the vessel." (Epic!) Watson accused the government of piracy since the Mounties boarded the ship in international waters. He chose to make bail partly in toonies because he said that's how pirates prefer to be paid. The bond money came from the author Farley Mowat himself. The arrested crew members are due back in court on May 1st to face additional charges under the Fisheries Act.

Michel Veillette, the Quebec-born man who set fire to his house in Ohio and killed his family, was found dead in his cell this morning. A press release from the Warren County Ohio Sheriff's Office said that Veillette hung himself with a sheet. His body was found at 1:39 a.m. when a prison guard was doing his rounds. Veillette was transferred to a hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. His lawyer said he was taken off suicide watch and seemed to be in good spirits over the last few weeks. Veillette, 34, was accused of stabbing his wife and killing their four children at their Mason, Ohio home.

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8 Comments

Vincci / April 15, 2008 at 09:34 pm
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Thanks for featuring my photo! As a news editor of a campus paper, you don't know how many times Morning Brew has saved my ass.
Jenny / April 18, 2008 at 12:05 am
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Oh, thanks a lot for the photo, Sisi. Do you have the slightest clue how hungry you've just made me? Grrr. Why must all the fun things in life be either criminal, immoral, or lead to obesity?!!
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