Morning Jolt: JK Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ out today
Happening today: “The Casual Vacancy,” JK Rowling’s first adult book, hits shelves (and e-readers) today. Rowling is author of the wildly popular “Harry Potter” series. Here’s a description of “The Casual Vacancy” from Little, Brown and Company: “When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … . Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, ‘The Casual Vacancy’ is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.”
Opening bell: The Dow Jones opened at 13,413.51 after finishing down 44.04 points Wednesday.
Motivational quote: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” - John Quincy Adams
Watercooler talk: Man pulled over for reckless driving, says squirrel was eating him
Warren Thomas Michael was arrested for driving under the influence in Jacksonville, Fla. The officer knew something was up after Warren said that he had a squirrel under his shirt that was eating him. While he did actually have a squirrel under his shirt, his speech was allegedly slurred and his eyes bloodshot. Patrick Jones has the rest.
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