Android phones have users ‘doing the robot’

In October 2008 a new phone operation system hit the mobile market and changed connectivity as the world knew it forever. It was called Android, personified by a friendly green robot avatar and seemingly endless opportunity. Experts lauded its coming, comparing its technological relevance to the groundbreaking Apple iPhone, and named it one of the top 10 greatest inventions of the 21st century so far.androiddroid

It all started in 2005 when Google acquired Android, Inc., a small start-up company based in Palo Alto, California.This began rumors that Google was planning to enter the mobile phone market, although it was unclear what function it might perform in that market. At Google, a team soon developed a mobile device platform powered by the Linux kernel operating system which they marketed to handset makers and mobile carriers on the premise of providing a flexible, upgradeable system.

“There is tremendous potential in developing smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner’s location and preferences,” Andy Rubin, director of mobile platforms at Google said. “If people are smart, that information starts getting aggregated into consumer products.”

Android phones all have a nice touch screen interface like the iPhone, but that’s only the beginning. There are a couple of features that distinguish the Android phones from other touch screens. One is that Google built Android as an open architecture. That means anyone can create and develop applications and enhancement for the phones, making them infinitely customizable. To date, there are over 10,000 applications in the Android Market.

“One of the reasons why I want to get an Android phone with my next phone update is because they’re very user-friendly and super customizable, so you really feel like its ‘your’ phone in every aspect, ” Siam Greco, a Verizon customer said.

Other touchscreen phones like the iPhone let you add apps, but users can’t really change the core interface. For example, if a user doesn’t really like the way his/her Android phone handles text messages, he or she can download a different text messaging application, which is free.

“If less money is being spent at the Android app store versus Itunes and others, developers must deal with price constraints due to competition. Users do not want to pay for things if they don’t have to, ” Walter Hooper, a Verizon Droid owner said. ” Android users are not forced to use a credit card on their account unlike the iPhone app store. iPhone users have to have a credit card on their account to even be able to use their phones.”

Google predicts there are now or will soon be Android phones on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The phones themselves are manufactured by a variety of companies such as Samsung, Motorola and HTC. The phone units vary in size; some are pure touch screens and others have keyboards as well, but every Android phone will work in a similar way. So in the future, a user will be able to switch phones or carriers and never have to learn a new set of menus.

Android has seen a number of updates since its original release. These updates to the base Operating System typically fix bugs and add new features.
On 30 April 2009, the official 1.5 (Cupcake) update for Android was released.   There were several new features and updates included in version 1.5 including:

  • Ability to record and watch videos with the camcorder mode
  • Uploading videos to YouTube and pictures to Picasa directly from the phone
  • A new soft keyboard with an “Autocomplete” feature
  • Bluetooth A2DP support
  • Ability to automatically connect to a Bluetooth headset within a certain distance
  • New widgets and folders that can populate the desktop
  • Animations between screens
  • Expanded ability of Copy and Paste to include web pages

    A cupcake was placed beside Android at Googleplex to commemorate the 1.5 release of Android.

    A cupcake was placed beside Android at Googleplex to commemorate the 1.5 release of Android.

On 15 September 2009, the 1.6 (Donut) SDK was released. Included in this update:

  • An improved Android Market experience.
  • An integrated camera, camcorder, and gallery interface.
  • Gallery now enables users to select multiple photos for deletion.
  • Updated Voice Search, with faster response and deeper integration with native applications, including the ability to dial contacts.
  • Updated search experience to allow searching bookmarks, history, contacts, and the web from the home screen.
  • Updated Technology support for CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x VPN, Gestures, and a Text-to-speech engine
  • Speed improvements for searching, the camera.

On 26 October 2009 the 2.0 (Eclair)  was released. This is currently the most recent version of Android. Among the changes added were:

  • Optimized hardware speed
  • Support for more screen sizes and resolutions
  • Revamped UI
  • New browser UI and HTML5 support
  • New contact lists
  • Better white/black ratio for backgrounds
  • Improved Google Maps 3.1.2
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Built in flash support for Camera
  • Digital Zoom
  • Improved virtual keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.1

 

The first US marketed Android phone, the G1 was released by T-Mobile

The first US marketed Android phone, the G1 was released by T-Mobile

Google has also participated in the Android Market by offering several applications for its services. These applications include Google Voice for the Google Voice service, Scoreboard for following sports, Sky Map for watching stars, Finance for their finance service, Maps Editor for user’s MyMaps service, Places Directory for their Local Search, Secrets for safely storing passwords and My Tracks, a jogging application.

Android phones that include the ‘Google Experience’ also have Google Search, Google Calendar, Google Maps and Gmail integrated.

With estimates to have several phones on all carriers by this time next year, Android projects to be the #2 phone operating system worldwide by 2010 second only to Nokia’s operating system.

Dr. Elizabeth Gailey Makes Documentary on Local Radio Personality

UTC Associate professor, Dr. Elizabeth Gailey, immortalizes the well-known Chattanooga radio talk host, Jeff Styles on camera.

By Beth Warren The Loop/UTC
Dr. Gailey took a sabbatical from teaching at UTC in Spring 2009 to explore a local paradox: a politically liberal radio personality in a very conservative area of the South.
Mr. Styles is the host of the weekday radio program “F.R.E.D. the Show,” which airs in Chattanooga on Talk 102.3 FM. According to Styles, F.R.E.D. stands for Free Radio Everyday.

Dr. Gailey says she was intrigued by Styles’ success, despite the local political demographic, and decided to probe further.

“As a media studies professor interested in the role of the mass media in participatory democracy and social change, I find the program intriguing,” Dr. Gailey said in a UTC interview. “Why and how is a liberal talk show able to succeed in a bastion of Republican conservatism?”

Dr. Gailey says undertaking the project was enjoyable and edifying. However, it has taken a lot of hard work, which she has yet to complete. The hiatus from teaching at UTC was different than she expected it to be.

“Creating reality out of nothing, which pretty much sums up film making, is more stressful than teaching,” Gailey said, “My original goal was to have the project finished by the end of this year, but at this point, it’s difficult to predict.”

Dr. Gailey says she was happy to return to teaching in August 2009 because she enjoys the company of her students, and is inspired by their ideas and energy.

McPrank: 4 Utah teens cited for McDonald’s rap

Four Utah teenagers have been cited for disorderly conduct after they rapped their order at a McDonald’s drive-through.

The teens say they were imitating a popular video on YouTube. They rapped their order, which begins with, “I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce …” once quickly before repeating it more slowly Tuesday.

Spenser Dauwalder says employees at the restaurant in American Fork told him and his friends they were holding up the line and needed to order or leave.

Dauwalder says nobody was in line. The group left without buying anything.

The teens were later cited by police officers who tracked them to a high school volleyball match.

The Associated Press on Thursday left messages seeking comment with the American Fork police and Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s.

Woman’s torture recantation refuted by supporter

A woman who claims her 2007 kidnapping and torture ordeal was a lie is being manipulated, according to a lawyer who once spoke on her behalf and raised thousands of dollars for her.

Malik Shabazz, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Black Lawyers for Justice, told The Associated Press Thursday he has no doubt Williams, who is black, was really tortured by a group of white people in Logan County in 2007. Shabazz is also national chairman of the New Black Panther Party.

Shabazz said Williams’ recantation would make it harder for women to come forward after being assaulted.

“I think it’s a joke and I stand with the prosecutor and evidence that was presented in this case,” he said.

Seven people pleaded guilty to charges in that case. Six are currently serving lengthy prison terms.

Byron L. Potts, an attorney for Williams, said Wednesday that she fabricated the story to get revenge on an ex-boyfriend and all her wounds except facial bruises were self-inflicted.

“I believe she is being taken advantage of,” Shabazz said. A call to Potts’ office was not immediately returned Thursday.

Brian Abraham, the Logan County prosecutor at the time of the 2007 incident, dismissed Williams’ new story as “absurd,” and said the convictions were based on the defendants’ own statements and physical evidence rather than what Williams said.

“We realized within a day or two that some of what she was saying was embellished and didn’t match what we were finding with the evidence,” he said Wednesday.

Williams had said her captors, including boyfriend Bobby Brewster, beat her, raped her, forced her to drink urine and eat feces, poured hot wax on her and taunted her with racial slurs in a trailer in Logan County, about 50 miles from Charleston. Williams was rescued after a passer-by heard cries from the shed where she was kept and an anonymous caller tipped off sheriff’s deputies.

Shabazz was occasionally at odds with Abraham over the handling of the case. Frequently speaking on behalf of Williams and her family, Shabazz repeatedly urged authorities to pursue hate-crime charges against the accused. Ultimately, one of them, Karen Burton, was convicted on a state hate crimes charge.

Shabazz also organized a march and rallies in Charleston on Williams’ behalf, and said those events and other fundraising earned more than $20,000 for her.

“I love Megan Williams, and I’m embarrassed,” he said. “This case could have a lot of negative consequences for our people and the legal system in West Virginia, and our people who organized and marched through the streets. I must come forward and tell them they were not duped.”

Potts has urged officials to re-evaluate the case, and said Wednesday that Williams wants the six to be released from prison. A statement of recantation through a lawyer isn’t enough to set that in motion, though.

There is no practical legal effect of Wednesday’s announcement, according to Philip Morrison, executive director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.

“She hasn’t recanted,” Morrison said. “A lawyer can’t speak for an individual. The individual has to speak for herself. That’s step one.”

If Williams does give a formal statement, perhaps to investigators, then it’s up to the six convicts to file writs of habeas corpus to have their cases reopened, citing newly discovered evidence, Morrison said.

Lawyers for the six have either not responded to requests for comment or have declined to talk. The Associated Press has asked, via prison officials, to speak with the six. So far, Bobby Brewster has declined comment and the others have not responded.

Whatever the outcome of the legal process, the ripple effects of a high-profile case taking such an unexpected turn may result in future skepticism toward victims of shocking crimes.

“It can cause law enforcement and others to be more skeptical and resort to stereotypes about victims, and that can make it more difficult for victims to come forward,” said Jeff Dion, director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.

The Williams case is especially fraught, because it involved questions of racism and drew in polarizing national figures like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Shabazz.

“There are people who resist this concept of hate crimes anyway, so when they see something like this, there may be a tendency to say, ‘See?, I told you so,’” said James Nolan, a former police officer who now teaches courses on criminology and hate crimes at West Virginia University.

Young Democrats Protest Ann Coulter’s Presence at UTC

Conservative lightning rod Ann Coulter, known for her flashy and highly controversial political commentary, was true to form Oct. 5 during a UTC speech in which she railed against the Obama administration and questioned the intelligence of female voters.

Students protest in downtown Chattanooga

Protesters stood outside UTC’s Fine Arts Center prior to the speech by the controversial  pundit.

“We are here to let Ann Coulter know that her divisive and venomous rhetoric has no place at an institution of higher learning,” said Taylor Thomas, president of the Hamilton County Young Democrats and a student at Chattanooga State Community College. “She feeds off the animosity, bigotry and the shock factor [of what she says]. She has no solutions.”

The protesters were upset because of Ms. Coulter’s hateful, sexist, and racist rhetoric. They stood quietly on a sidewalk with their signs while often being yelled at by passersby.

Conservative Pundit Ann Coulter

Conservative Pundit Ann Coulter

According to Coulter’s opposition, Ms. Coulter  presented a poorly-timed stand-up routine, pausing awkwardly for laughs or applause that often didn’t come. Her “facts” most often called out her opponents while failing to mention similar transgressions of those she supports.

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According to Taylor, the reason Ms. Coulter  received so few questions from “liberals” is because the audience inside the Roland Hayes Concert Hall was made up of her supporters. Very few students or faculty were issued tickets to this University-sponsored event. The swapping of venues and lack of publicity about how to acquire tickets led many on both sides to leave disappointed.

“UTC spent $25,000 for an hour and a half of Ann Coulter’s vitriol then didn’t allow students to be in the same room. That would nearly cover the tuition for five students or the salary for an English lecturer, who could teach hundreds of students, for an entire year. As the University cuts back classes and staff, I hardly think this was a responsible use of funds.”

Report: Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 annually

Beth Warren           The Loop/AP

Increased contraceptive use has led to fewer abortions worldwide, but deaths from unsafe abortion remain a severe problem, killing 70,000 women a year, a research institute reported Tuesday in a major global survey.

More than half the deaths, about 38,000, are in sub-Saharan Africa, which was singled out as the region with by far the lowest rates of contraceptive use and the highest rates of unintended pregnancies.

The report, three years in the making, was compiled by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights and is a leading source of data on abortion-related trends. Researchers examined data from individual countries and multinational organizations.

The institute’s president, Sharon Camp, said she was heartened by the overall trends since Guttmacher conducted a similar survey in 1999, yet expressed concern about the gap revealed in the new report.

“In almost all developed countries, abortion is safe and legal,” she said. “But in much of the developing world, abortion remains highly restricted, and unsafe abortion is common and continues to damage women’s health and threaten their survival.”

The report calls for further easing of developing nations’ abortion laws, a move criticized by Deirdre McQuade, a policy director with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

“We need to be much more creative in assisting women with supportive services so they don’t need to resort to the unnatural act of abortion,” she said.

Guttmacher estimated previously that the number of abortions worldwide fell from 45.5 million in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003 — the latest year for which global figures were available.

A key reason for that drop, the new report said, was that the portion of married women using contraception increased from 54 percent in 1990 to 63 percent in 2003 as availability increased and social mores changed. Guttmacher’s researchers said contraceptive use had increased in every major region, but still lagged badly in Africa — used by only 28 percent of married women there, compared with at least 68 percent in other major regions.

The report notes that abortions worldwide are declining even as more countries liberalize their abortion laws. Since 1997, it said, only three countries — Poland, Nicaragua and El Salvador — substantially increased restrictions on abortion, while laws were eased significantly in 19 countries and regions, including Cambodia, Nepal and Mexico City.

Despite this trend, the report said 40 percent of the world’s women live in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws, virtually all of them in the developing world. This category includes 92 percent of the women in Africa and 97 percent in Latin America, it said.

The survey concluded that abortion occurs at roughly equal rates in countries where it is legal and where it is highly restricted. The key difference, according to the report, is the high rate of deaths and medical complications from unsafe clandestine abortions in the restrictive countries.

“Legal restrictions do not stop abortion from happening. They just make the procedure dangerous,” Camp said. “Too many women are maimed or killed each year because they lack legal abortion access.”

In one example, the report told of a Nigerian woman named Victoria who first tried to induce an abortion by drinking an herbal concoction, then consulted a traditional healer who inserted leaves in her vagina that caused internal injuries.

The report estimated that 19.7 million of the 41.6 million abortions in 2003 were unsafe — either self-induced, performed by unskilled practitioners or carried out in unhygienic surroundings.

“Almost all of them occurred in less developed countries with restrictive abortion laws,” said the report, which estimated that — beyond the tens of thousands of women killed annually from unsafe abortions — another 8 million women suffer complications because of them.

The report makes three major recommendations:

—Expand access to modern contraceptives and improve family planning services.

—Expand access to legal abortion and ensure that safe, legal abortion services are available to women in need.

—Improve the coverage and quality of post-abortion care, which would reduce maternal death and complications from unsafe abortion.

Camp, in an interview, said sub-Saharan Africa is the area of greatest concern to Guttmacher and like-minded groups. The status of women remains low in many of those countries, she said, while political and religious conservatives block efforts to liberalize abortion laws.

Although the Vatican remains officially opposed to use of contraceptives, Camp said her institute had detected a shift in approach.

“The Catholic Church has informally at least stopped fighting against contraception to the degree it once did and put more of its energies into fighting abortion,” she said. “On the ground there are priests and nuns who refer people to family planning services.”

McQuade, of the Catholic Bishops Conference, said any priest or nun making such referrals was veering from church policy. She contended that use of artificial contraception could increase a women’s health risks and said they would fare better using natural family planning methods approved by the church.

Overall, the report is “a good news/bad news story,” said Susan Cohen, the Guttmacher Institute’s director of government affairs, who hailed the decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies.

“The bad news is that where most of the poor women live, throughout the developing world, unsafe abortion remains high, and women are dying as a result of it,” she said. “It’s so preventable, and that’s the tragedy.”

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

Taylor Swift is ‘Fearless’ again in 2010

Beth Warren               The Loop/AP

Taylor Swift isn’t ready for her fairy tale to end, so she’s doing what any other savvy 19-year-old would do — continuing the story.

The country singer says a second leg of her “Fearless” tour will kick off in Australia in February. She’ll also be playing nearly 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“We had so much fun on the ‘Fearless’ tour the first time around that we decided that we had to keep going with it,” she says. “So we will be relaunching the ‘Fearless’ tour in February in Australia, and then coming back and doing a bunch more cities in America.”

The 2010 tour opens Feb. 4 in Brisbane. Swift will do five shows in Australia. She’ll also be playing nearly 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Kellie Pickler and Gloriana will return as the opening acts.

All 52 concerts on the 2009 tour sold out in minutes, including New York’s Madison Square Garden. Swift said she hopes the second go-round will be as successful.

“I always expected to have to do a lot of stressing out about selling tickets. And then I went on my first headlining tour, and everything just sold out,” she said. “I’ve never expected that kind of success. I’ve never just felt entitled to my shows selling out or things like this happening to me, but the fact that they’ve happened to me has been wonderful.”

She said her fans make her feel like she’s “won the lottery of dreams coming true.”

Swift was the first country act to win at the MTV Video Music Awards, beating out Beyonce and other acts to win best female video for her hit “You Belong With Me.” (Kanye West hijacked her acceptance speech, but later apologized.)

Her 2009 tour wraps up this weekend, and for Swift it’s bittersweet.

“It’s going to be so sad knowing that we’re not going to see each other for a while, everybody on the tour from the lighting to the crew, the dancers and the band, and everybody that have just become even more of my family in the last couple of months.”

But she said the last weekend of the tour is also about “elaborate pranking.”

The members of Gloriana might want to watch out. According to Swift, their pranks so far have included sticking an adhesive bandage on someone’s back before the encore. Swift’s message to them: “You don’t even know what’s coming in Minneapolis. It’s going down.”

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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Coulter Causes Controversy at UTC

UPDATED

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) — Ann Coulter spoke to a crowd Monday at UTC. Here is the coverage from a local television station, WRCB.

The  conservative columnist held nothing back as she spokes as part of the Burkett Miller Lecture Series. Coulter took jabs at  Congress, the Obama Administration, homosexuals and then the mainstream media, saying the media is “a watchdog” for the Obama Administration. Coulter also said  the day Obama was elected was the first time she wasn’t proud of her country.

“It’s almost worse than big government; it’s specific government,” said Coulter. “Like Cash for Clunkers, we are going to help the people who sell cars not the people who sell refrigerators.”

While the most applauded her comments, some left the Fine Arts Center saying Coulter’s speech was insulting. 

 UTC professor Dr. Rebecca Jones gave the rebuttal, says public figures like Coulter results in a rejection of politics among college students.

“We are here to say today that it does matter that public figures and commentators offer ethical, thoughtful discourse, because whether they want to or not, they serve as models for young people as how to participate as citizens in America,” said Jones.

 

(UTC/TheLoop)

Chattanooga—Two UTC professors will take on well known political speaker Ann Coulter  in October, and you can see them do it.

Coulter is well known for her strong right wing opinions, and her lecture is expected to be filled with harsh criticism of the current presidential administration.

Dr. Heather Palmer and Dr. Rebecca Jones were asked to make a rebuttal to Coulter’s lecture, and to offer a formal debate. Both are prepared to handle the challenge.

“Dr. Jones will be speaking, because we agreed she could probably keep her cool under fire better than I can. I can get very vocal about politics and we wouldn’t want to cause too much drama up there on stage. While it would be entertaining, we’re trying to avoid a cat fight,” Dr. Palmer says.

Rebecca Jones teaches courses on argumentation studies, rhetorical theory, writing, and gender studies, and coordinates the English department’s internship program. Her current work investigates the connections between individual belief, activist rhetorics, and the role of citizens in an active democracy. Dr. Palmer specializes in ancient and modern rhetorical history and theory, feminist rhetorics and women’s studies, and media and cultural studies.

Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and writes a popular syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate. She is a frequent guest on many TV shows, including:

  • Hannity and Colmes
  • Blitzer Reports
  • The O’Reilly Factor
  • Good Morning America

Coulter has also  been profiled in numerous publications, including:

  • Time
  • The New York Observer
  • National Journal

“Dr. Palmer and I will be offering a balanced argument to Ms. Coulter’s Republican perspective,”  Dr. Rebecca Jones says. “We have been researching this together, but I will be presenting.”

“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” Dr. Heather Palmer says,”Ms.Coulter is a very well known political figure. She’s famous for her very extreme conservative opinion. She’ll be talking about the new presidency and criticizing the kind of change that is on the horizon. Our job is to show the other side of things.”

Palmer says Coulter will lecture for 40 minutes, and then Dr. Jones  will offer their critique for 8 minutes. Afterwards, Coulter will be allowed more time to respond to the critique.

Coulter will speak on “Evaluating the Change in American Government” at noon in the University Center Auditorium on October 5.

Jackson sneak peek screenings sell out in 2 hours

By Beth Warren

LOS ANGELES (The Loop/AP) - Michael Jackson is still playing to sellout crowds. Advance screenings to the music documentary “Michael Jackson: This Is It” sold out within two hours early Sunday as fans who began lining up three days earlier snapped up all 3,000 tickets to the Los Angeles shows.

The King of Pop rehearses for his This Is It tour, days before his death

The King of Pop rehearses for his This Is It tour, days before his death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The documentary opens nationwide Oct. 28, but fans will get a sneak peek the night before in screenings at the new Regal Cinemas Stadium 14. For the theater’s grand opening, the cinema will show “This Is It” on all 14 screens that night.

Directed by longtime Jackson collaborator Kenny Ortega, “This Is It” draws on hundreds of hours of footage as Jackson prepared for a series of London concerts for which he was rehearsing before his death on June 25.

US Singer Stalked by Delusional Fan

Beth Warren                    The Loop/AP

A man accused of stalking singer-songwriter Jewel at her rural Texas ranch said he was on a mission from God, authorities said Tuesday.

Michael Lawrence Kozelka of Townsend, Wis., was arrested last week after he went two consecutive days to the 2,000-acre Stephenville ranch owned by Jewel’s husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant.

After Kozelka was found on the ranch Sept. 14, the landowner warned him not to return, Bryant said. But on Sept. 15 Kozelka was found at the main house with a pocket knife in his clothing and a dog with him, although he did not resist arrest after deputies were called, Bryant said.

“He was not aggressive and was not mad,” Bryant told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “He just said he was on a mission from God, that God told him to come to Stephenville and led him to this ranch.”

Bryant declined to say what Kozelka may have said about Jewel or her husband, and it’s unclear if either was home at the time.

Kozelka, 50, was charged with stalking, a felony that carries a maximum 10-year jail sentence, according to jail records.

He has been jailed in Stephenville, about 75 miles southwest of Fort Worth, on $30,000 bond since his arrest.

His attorney, Michael Nicholls Pugh, declined to comment Tuesday, saying he was appointed to the case that afternoon and had not yet talked to Kozelka.

Attempts to reach Murray, a nine-time world champion rodeo cowboy and past president of Professional Bull Riders, were unsuccessful Tuesday. A publicist for Jewel did not immediately offer a statement.

Vickie Pintsch, co-owner of Pintsch’s Hardware in Townsend, Wis., said Kozelka lived in the area for years, working on construction and helping with repairs and odd jobs. Pintsch said she had not seen him for several months, although he visited her store occasionally.

She said Kozelka attended St. John Lutheran Church in the town of about 1,000 people, about 80 miles northwest of Green Bay.

“He was pleasant to talk to when he came into the store,” Pintsch said. “He has never hurt anyone that I am aware.”

According to Oconto County Circuit Court online records in Wisconsin, Citizens Bank foreclosed on some property Kozelka owned in November and a sheriff’s sale was conducted in August.

William Foshag, an attorney for the bank, did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

Bryant said Murray and Jewel were concerned about publicity over the incident. According to the incident and arrest reports obtained by The AP under the Texas Public Information Act, a pseudonym is used for Jewel, and few details are provided about what happened that day.

The couple have lived quietly for years on the ranch near the dairy community of Stephenville. Jewel, who was born Jewel Kilcher, is working on a second country album — the first, “Perfectly Clear,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s charts last year — as well as a second book of poetry.

In the spring the couple joined the cast of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” but injuries during training forced Jewel to drop out before the competition began.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.