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In Dexter’s fourth episode of season 7 titled “Run,” Deb is consumed with Dexter's dark passenger. She keeps thinking about Rita and starts demanding answers. Then, as if they shouldn't have the rift about it two episodes ago, the writers have Deb insist Harrison head to Orlando to be with his grandparents. Dexter agrees only to a short term visit after he's seen by Speltzer in Speltzer’s RV (the one suspenseful moment of the episode.)
At Miami Metro, the team is called to an alleged suicide scene because the victim is the bartender at the strip club they've been investigating since Detective Anderson's homicide. Quinn feels relieved to 'close' the case, continues dating the stripper he met at the club and keep his own dark passenger at bay- (Did you catch the line I'm the club where Quinn was offered a shot and some blow to chill out!?). Quinn didn't like it, and it looks like there might be some foreshadowing into what happens with him this season.
The episode ended with Dexter getting his kill (Speltzer), but instead of the usual scene and butcher block, he killed him right in the crematorium at the cemetery. In a strange twist, he called Deb to pick him up. As they sat in her car, he pointed to the smoke and told her it was Speltzer. Odd and awkward as ever, she asked Dexter if he did it for her. And of course, he said no!


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Dexter's third episode “Buck the System" is a set up show with less excitement but plenty of foreshadowing.

Dexter has had enough of living under Deb's nose and being policed by her. He warns her he needs some space, loses his cool on a suspect when he goes in to get DNA and finally tries showing her his code. He starts observing his next kill and brings her to the bar where he's "observing" to show her how the system failed.

In true Deb fashion, she freaks out and then later decides the police can look at this guy again and keep tabs on him. Dexter's not satisfied and continues doing his side due diligence. Eventually Deb decides to conduct some surveillance herself and ends up finding herself in a bad spot when she sees how right Dexter was and has a brush with death in the process.

Later she decides maybe Dexter has a point about the code.

Meanwhile, at Miami Metro PD, Louis gets fired when Masuka gets the ice truck hand delivered. Then life gets even worse for Louis when he gets home and Jamie dumps him after someone mails her the DVD of him with a hooker. But it doesn't stop there- Louis decides to get even and ends up getting killed on Dexter's boat by the mob that was involved in Anderdon's shooting in episode1. This can't be good for Dexter, since the blood splattered and the mob believes he killed their missing man.


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At some point in time, we’re all in the market to effectively build and expand our “brand name”, whether it’s for ourselves (building our name recognition and reputation for a job interview), or your small business (marketing all you offer to the public), or perhaps an organization we’re devoted to (gardening club, sports team, you get the point).  Many are under the impression that “effective” marketing and branding are synonymous with “expensive” – not the case!  Read on for highly-effective strategies that will get the word out about all you offer at zero cost to you!Photo: theinstargroup.com

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In the second episode of the season, Dexter has taken a turn that will never let us see him the same again. His sister is keeping him under 24-7 watch to help "rehabilitate" him and make sure he doesn't kill again...was anyone else wondering why Harrison didn't stay at Deb's, too?
Meanwhile at Miami Metro, LaGuerta inched closer to outing Dexter by asking the FBI to send over the Bay Harbor Butcher evidence, while separately sending the glass blood side out for a confidential screen.
Quinn and Angel continued investigating their fellow officer's homicide at the strip club. When Quinn tried getting one of the girls to break, he may have gotten more than he asked for...she called him for a ride home because her car broke down. He accepted the opportunity, thinking she'd offer some details into the investigation, but she had nothing to share. It's clear this won't end well for one or both of them.
BUT the biggest plot to thicken was the relationship between Dexter and Louis- that pain of an intern Masuka has!  What does Louis know or want? Dexter realized Louis has been messing with him and confronted him in his apartment. Louis acted scared, and despite Dexter's demands that Louis stay away from Jamie and Harrison, Dexter came home to find Louis in the apartment, on Dexter's side, no fear.

That made Dex's blood boil and he was ready to kill him, but Louis hasn't met the code, and Deb has been watching him close. So, he drugged her and Louis to sleep, and left him on a park bench passed out.


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Season 6 of ‘Dexter’ ended with a bang and the writers kept on keeping on the hamster wheel to start season 7 off right. Unlike the disappointment many fans felt when season 5 started (after Rita) this episode had non-stop drama, foreshadowing and excitement!

The episode started with Dexter en route to the airport with his getaway bag. Fans were tricked into believing he was headed out of the country to escape Deb and whatever aftermath could be coming. Instead, it turned out that he was at the airport for a kill, which fans saw later in the episode.

Deb helped him stage a fire at the scene where detectives start assuming that Travis may have killed himself. Until LaGuerta takes a blood slide (one of Dexter’s collection) from the scene, and Detective Anderson calls Deb to ask where Travis’ car might be. Deb starts to ponder this and it looks bad for Dexter, but all works in his favor- as Anderson stops on the highway to help someone with a flat and gets killed when he finds a body in the person’s trunk. Turns out, it is someone from the Ukranian mob, and that is who Dexter ends up killing for a fix later in the show. Obviously, having the Ukranina mob after him will add to the suspense the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Deb continues to question things as she thinks about what just happened. The way Travis body was wrapped in plastic is eerily familiar to what happened to her with the ice truck killer. She starts wondering where Dexter goes and even calls Jamie (the babysitter) to check in and find out he isn’t home.

When Dexter is home, Jamie’s boyfriend Louis’ (the odd and entertaining intern) is on Dexter’s side of the apartment and Dexter lets him know that’s not acceptable! Later, LaGuerta asks Masuka about how/why the lab collects these blood slides. When Masuka tells her the late Doakes was the only one to do so, she pockets the evidence. Uh oh, Dexter… this doesn’t look good for you!

The episode ends with Deb inside Dexter’s apartment, having torn the place apart and finding his knives, blood slides and more. She asks him if he’s a serial killer, and he says yes.

Is it real? Is it a dream? What do you think? We’ll find out soon!

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It’s just about time for Dexter’s Season 7 premiere. For those of you who don’t know,  it’s tonight: Sunday, September 30, 2012!

If you haven’t seen the previous seasons and plan to do so, stop reading now. Otherwise, here is a little recap…

Season 6 ended with a jaw-dropping, cliff hanging bang, but we’ll get to that in a bit. It started with Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) getting a nice promotion to captain, thanks to her blackmailing of Deputy Matthews (Geoff Pierson)….she had proof he was with a prostitute in town. The drama for Miami Metro didn’t stop there, as Masuka (C.S. Lee) took on an intern and had to later fire her (Brea Grant) for stealing evidence …aka the ice truck killer hand… and selling it on an auction site. When Masuka brings on a new intern, Louis (Josh Cooke), he thinks Louis fixed the problem but that remains to be sured up.

Batista (David Zayas) is now divorced from lieutenant (aka Captain LaGuerta) and gets overlooked in the department when Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) is promoted to lieutenant! Batista and Quinn (Desmond Harrington) end up partners in the field, and after Deb turns down Quinn’s marriage proposal, he turns to alcohol as a vice. Batista tires of looking out for Quinn and gets put in awkward situations because of Quinn’s behavior all too often this season.

As if the internal drama for Miami Metro PD wasn’t enough, season 6 revolves around the Doomsday Killers: James Gellar (Edward James Olmos) and Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks) using religion (specifically The Book of Revelation) to bring forth the end of the world through the Apocalypse. Through elaborate murder scenes based on the book, they re-enact or depict the Four Horseman and more! While visually stunning, season 6, much like season 5, failed to live up to the first four seasons of the show.  In the end, Gellar was a ghost and his student, Marshall was the one doing all the killing because of his disturbed nature. Of course, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) was able to figure this all out, despite having plenty of his own drama- including a reference to Trinity when his wife and daughter showed up dead in Nebraska, a vision of the ice truck killer and more.

The season ended with the second best cliffhanger in series history, second only to the end of the Trinity season. After much therapy, Deb realized she may love her brother. When she rushed to tell him, she walked in to find him killing Travis!  End!

Where will this season pick up? How will the writers take this in season 7? It’s hard to say. They did a poor job (in my opinion) doing the first episodes after Rita, they had so many options. Will Deb keep the secret, will she think it was in self defense? Could she join him in the killings moving forward?

What do you hope happens?

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The Duke AvatarIt's been over a year since "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn tragically died in a fiery car crash on Route 322 in West Goshen Township. He along with his friend Zachary Hartwell were killed instantly when Dunn lost control of his Porsche, flying over a guardrail, and crashing into a tree.

The car bursted into flames and was turned into a mangled mess of charred metal and plastic. It was estimated that Dunn had been driving over 130 miles per hour at the time and he was heavily intoxicated.

Now, the parents of Hartwell are suing Ryan Dunn's estate and the bar (Barnaby's in West Chester), which served Dunn that evening.

Ryan Dunn before car accident

There are a few problems with this. It's clearly a money grab for them to sue Dunn's estate. Keep in mind that Hartwell made the decision to get in a car with Ryan Dunn that evening who he knew was drunk. He also had to have known that Ryan Dunn was a fast driver. Everyone in his circle of friends including his family repeatedly warned him about his lead foot.

The parents are well within their rights to sue the bar which served Dunn. They knew he was heavily intoxicated well into the evening, despite their claims to the contrary. And, since he was a frequent customer they had to know they were serving alcohol to a man who had a propensity for driving fast. 

Nonetheless, it's wrong for Hartwell's parents to go after Dunn's estate.

In the end, Hartwell's parents are looking to profit from a tragedy and it won't do a damn thing to bring him back. What's done is done.

But, this is the sue-happy society we live in. Some people will look to make a buck any way they can, even at the expense of a loved one who died.

The Hartwell's claim Dunn along with Barnaby's were negligient. It's unspecified how much they are seeking in their lawsuit.

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Michael Hagan absolutely loved the city of Philadelphia, and his murder in the early hours of July 1st in Society Hill furthermore reinforces the fact that the city’s homicide rate is out of control.

As of July 8th, there have been 189 murders on record in Philadelphia- a 13% increase from this time last year (168 at this point in 2011).
Philadelphia Police still need your help solving Michael Hagan’s senseless murder. Photo: guncrisis.com
For Michael’s mother, Carol Hagan, the fact that her son met an untimely and violent end on the streets of a city he loved so much is unfathomable.

“We are devastated,” says Mrs. Hagan.

“We are just going through the motions to get through each day. There is an emptiness inside of us. Michael's death was just so senseless. Michael graduated from Drexel University in 2003. He bought a home in Fishtown, renovated it and loved being a part of the revitalization of that area. He stayed apprised of things going on in the city by visiting Philly planning websites and attending meetings, when he could. He loved trying new restaurants in the area, shopped locally, and was environmentally conscious. He loved the city. Michael was exactly the type of person the city is trying to entice.”

Despite this story being featured prominently on the local news, there is virtually no evidence that the Philadelphia Police Department can work with to help bring Hagan’s killer to justice- and Carol Hagan doesn’t believe much progress has been made despite the efforts of police.

“No, not that we are aware of,” says Mrs. Hagan. “If anyone has any surveillance video of the area please give it to police. This is a wealthy neighborhood. I'm sure there must be some neighbors in the area with surveillance cameras, even if you think it isn't anything, just turn the tapes into police and let them take a look.  There is a $40,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this murder.”  

During the past month, the Hagan family has received an outpouring of emotion and support from many who knew Michael. Although some knew him for a shorter time than others, they are all in agreement that their lives are better for having known him.

“Right now it's so hard to even think that something this horrible could result in anything good...but I guess if everyone was just a little more like Michael the world would be a much better place,” Mrs. Hagan says. “He was such a gentle, kind, intelligent and compassionate person who touched so many people in such a positive way that he will always be remembered.”

Information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Michael Hagan can be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline: (215)-546-TIPS or Philadelphia Police Tipline at: 215-686-TIPS (Anonymity Protected)

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WHAT: Glenda Watson Hyatt, an author and blogger who has cerebral palsy, will fulfill a dream on her bucket list by climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the assistance of Wish Upon a Hero and Rocky Spirit #RockywishWish Upon a Hero

WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 2012
9:30 – 10:30am
10am climb up steps begins

WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art,Steps
Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Glenda Watson Hyatt -- author, blogger

Dave Girgenti, founder, Wish Upon a Hero (www.wishuponahero.com)

Chuck Wepner, boxing champ and heavyweight contender who went the distance 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali

Felice Cantatore, author of Rocky Spirit, the Rocky Balboa connection to success

30 Caped volunteers

Rocky Impersonator, Mike Kunda, author of Cue the Rocky Music

CONTACT: Carol Lunger, Star Group Public Relations


Glenda Watson Hyatt, author of 'I’ll Do It Myself,' and known as the ‘Left Thumb Blogger,’ has cerebral palsy. She has dreamed of climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art just as Sylvester Stallone did in the movie Rocky. Summiting the steps has become symbolic of overcoming obstacles of all kinds. For Glenda, who is unable to walk without support, the climb will be a mental AND physical accomplishment.
Below is the wish she posted on social helping website Wish Upon a Hero (see wish here):

'My wish is to climb the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts in the spirit of Rocky Balboa - like in the movie "Rocky.” I will need assistance in accomplishing this feat. A team of one makes this adventure possible; a team of two would be better support when summiting the stairs; a team of three means a Scooter Wrangler to drive my scooter around to the top of the stairs; a team of four means an Official Photographer and Social Media Liaison.'

From Glenda’s wish posting two authors of Rocky themed books answered her call for onsite support, Felice Cantatore, of Rocky Spirit, the Rocky Balboa connection to Success and Mike Kunda, Cue the Rocky Music. Kunda is a Rocky Balboa impersonator.

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