In case you've been staying awake nights wondering whether New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will ever grant a pardon to Billy the Kid, at least you now have an answer: no. Believe it or not, there has been a movement to pressure Richardson to grant the pardon on the basis of speculation that the Kid had been double-crossed by a New Mexico official who may have promised him a pardon in return for testifying at a murder trial. The Kid did testify but was never granted the pardon. Richardson ruled the historical data was too sketchy to prove the facts of the case. The family of Sheriff Pat Garrett has been lobbying not to grant the pardon on the basis that doing so might undermine Garrett's reputation as the man who brought Billy the Kid to justice by killing him.
The legendary gunman has been the subject of countless films and has been played by such diverse talents as Paul Newman and Bob Dylan. Click here for more
It looks like the professional understanding that theater critics hold off reviewing Broadway shows until the official press performance or opening night is down the drain. Unable to resist jumping the gun on the much-publicized, much-troubled $65 million production of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, critics for Bloomberg News and Newsday published their reviews five weeks before the official opening. The show's producers have been frantically making changes to the production, especially in lieu of a number of high profile accidents and technical flubs that have plagued the cast and crew. Producers were predictably outraged that a work in process was reviewed, even though both critics claim they intend to review it again when it officially opens. Click here for more