Tuesday, April 12, 2011

hot off the press

Doing a Google News Search using such phrases as "steampunk" can give one some interesting articles.

Such as this tidbit from the police blotter of the online Affton-Shrewsbury Patch:
Steampunk Parts on the Theft Hot List?
In a daring daylight heist, between noon and 3 p.m. March 30, a brass elevator gear was stolen from the parking lot of a business in Webster Groves.
In Shrewsbury, around March 21, more than $600 worth of fabricated re-bar and more than $500 worth of metal pipe bollards were reported stolen from a construction site at Mackenzie Pointe.
Scrap metal is a hot item for thieves, but probably so it can be melted and sold off rather than recycled for steampunk gear.  Two and a half years ago there were a string of sewer grate and manhole cover thefts in rural areas surrounding Pittsburgh, and more in Philadelphia (read about it here).

In other news, Mesa, AZ. went Victorian sci-fi last Friday during Steampunk Street II, the theme for their April 2011 2nd Friday event.  Restaurants and shops stay open on 2nd Friday, which occurs the second Friday of every month, while street vendors, themed activities, and live entertainment take place on the streets of downtown Mesa. For more information check out their website here.

images source: East Valley Tribune

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