Monthly Archives: February 2008

Live Blogging Obama in Houston

Matt Stiles of the Houston Chronicle has live updates – at least until he faints:

7:32 p.m.: Security tells us that Obama is in the building, but that he might venture outside the greet the supporters who couldn’t inside the crowded arena.

Tickets are hard to come by.

Fidel Castro Resigns

Soon to be followed by Fidel Castro Dies headlines but does it matter?

In Miami, Florida, the news came as no surprise to Janisset Rivero, the executive director of Cuban Democratic Directorate, a group that works with dissidents in Cuba.

“I think there have been preparations taking place for quite awhile to assure the crowning of Raul Castro,” she told CNN on Tuesday morning. “It doesn’t mean any change to the system. It doesn’t mean there will be freedom for the Cubans. One big dictator is replacing the other.

“It will be big deal when political prisoners are released, when political parties are allowed to organize, when the country stops being ruled by a single party.”

I don’t expect this to bring significant change. The situation will get a little more interesting when the state announces his death.

Shooting on Northern Illinois University Campus

NIU is providing live updates, including hotline numbers for parents, on it’s web site:

3:50 p.m.
It has been confirmed that there has been a shooting on campus and several people have been taken away by ambulance. All classses are cancelled on the DeKalb campus. People are urged not to come to campus. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

3:40 p.m.
All classes on the DeKalb campus are cancelled for tonight.

3:20 p.m.
There has been a report of a possible gunman on campus. Get to a safe area and take precautions until given the all clear. Avoid the King Commons and all buildings in that vicinity.