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TALLAHASSEE, FL – The first superhero to start it all, Superman, had his 75th birthday in April. In his hometown of Cleveland, the “Man of Steel” gets a lighting ceremony at City Hall and an official proclamation of Superman Day.
Appearing in the first Action Comics No. 1, the issue released on April 18, 1938.
In Ohio, Plain Dealer Comic Book Critic, Michael Sangiacomo is a huge Superman fan. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading comic books,” said Sangiacomo. “Superman is my favorite. He was the first.”
Sangiacomo owns at around 50,000 comic books at his home.
America’s favorite hero is strong enough to move planets, faster than a speeding bullet, capable of super-freeze breath and laser-heat vision. In one comic book, he was said to have hurled a mountain with one hand.
“The Man of Steel became a Depression-era bootstrap strategy for the Siegel/Shuster team,” according to Case Western Reserve University professor Brad Ricca.
Over the years Superman has been recreated. Starting out in 1938, he didn’t get revamped until 1986, by John Byrne. The latest version of Superman died in 1992, but was revived in 2011 when DC Comics reset its “superhero” clock.
In an article written in The New York Times, George Gene Gustines, talks about the revised “Man of Steel.”
Gustines noted that the later version of Superman had taken an interest to Lois Lane, but hooked up with Wonder Woman. The pairing was made public in 2012 and Wonder Woman makes her own public statement in Issue No. 19, which will be released later this week.
“Government sanctions may prevent others from coming in here, but not us,” said Wonder Woman. “Nothing can stop us.”
Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster also grew up in Cleveland Ohio. They both have been recognized and inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993.
By Brandon Brown
With contributions by The New York Times, DC Comics
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She recently pleaded no contest to reckless driving car crash in 2012. Lohan accepted a plea deal to spend 90 days in rehab instead of jail.
Her first arrest was in 2007 for a DUI (driving under the influence) and felony drug possession, however, she spent only one day in jail.
Last September, Lohan was charged with leaving an accident scene. The “Mean Girls” star was ordered to serve 30 days in a LA county jail, but only spent 5 hours.
After time served – 5 hours – she was kicked out of the mandatory community service program.
“Thankfully, this matter has come to a successful conclusion,” said Mark Jay Heller, Lohan’s New York-based lawyer, after the court hearing in March. “I think the prosecutors treated her fairly. I am very confident you won’t see Lindsay Lohan in any criminal court any time in the future. She has recognized all the issues that need to be addressed. Lindsay Lohan is very happy with the end result.”
Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s father, appeared at her hearing with his own legal team. He allegedly confronted Heller regarding the case.
“Go home,” yelled the alleged Michael Lohan. “You have done enough damage. Leave my family alone and stay out of the press. You are a parasite! Heller, go home to New York!”
The court appearance for that incident disappeared on the calendar. “Prosecutors aren’t moving forward with the case,” law officials said.
Lohan’s longtime spokesperson, Shawn Chapman Holley, left the case earlier this year and was unavailable for comment.
By Brandon Brown
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Archaeologist of the Undead, Max Brooks explains there are many myths about the undead and that there are just as many different definitions for the word “zombie.”
“From a West African Snake God to a West Indian victim of voodoo,” explains Brooks. “We are really talking about a reanimated human corpse that seeks to devour the flesh of living human beings.”
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In the 17th and 18th centuries, life was brutal according to Wilentz. The only option slaves had to escape was death or lan guinée (freedom). The zombie was said to have been a dead person who could not get across to lan guinée.
Dr. Steven Sclozman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said for a human to become a zombie, they would have to have dysfunction in both the frontal lobe and cerebellum.
“For a zombie outbreak to reach a pandemic level, it needs a contagion,” said Dr. Sclozman.
A contagion is the communication of a disease from one person to another by close contact.
The zombie apocalypse outbreak has moved from the big screen into reality. In 2012, Security firm HALO Corp. had 1,000 military personnel, police officials, medical experts and federal workers in training for a possible virus outbreak.
If HALO Corp action isn’t enough to make you feel safe from the hordes of the undead, in Warsaw, Poland, there is a safe house designed by KWK Promes, which is said to be the first zombie-proof house. The 6,092 square foot house was designed in 2004 and 2005 and with years of construction, it was completed in 2009.
It was designed with moveable walls and walls capable of closing themselves at night. These features allow the house to resemble a giant gray block at night, leaving no indications that people are inside.
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The welcoming of the zombie apocalypse has started establishing and solidifying its online presence. The Huffington Post has designated an entire section solely for the zombie apocalypse and zombie lovers alike.
The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention has also jumped on the zombie bandwagon. There is now an Emergency Preparedness and Response section on the CDC website gearing toward the zombie apocalypse. The CDC has even published a graphic novel “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.”
The zombie-themed novella is a new way of teaching readers the importance of being prepared for emergencies, even zombie attacks.
By Brandon Brown
With contributions by The New York Times, Max Brooks, CDC, Huffington Post
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