Thursday morning briefing: Meet an author, a new video game and Il Duce’s demise

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

Author, author

Clovis Community College is hosting a meet and greet with local author Darynda Jones.

Jones is author of “First Grace on the Right” and won the 2009 Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance.

It’s noon Friday in room 103 of the college’s Allied Health Building.

Fast facts

The rainiest year in Clovis history was 1941 when 46.91 inches fell.

Every month produced rain, with 11.87 inches in May, 8.57 inches in June and 6.79 inches in September.

As a comparison, the National Weather Service reports that Clovis has received less than two inches of rain in the last six months.

Quirky quote of the day

“I can resist everything except temptation.” — Oscar Wilde

Video game of the week

The latest from our own Jenna Zamie.

Game: Portal 2

Genre: First-person puzzler

System: PC, Mac, 360, PS3

What is it? An accessible, clever sequel to the first Portal game.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Web site:

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Today in history

On this day in 1945, “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland.

The two were discovered by partisans and shot, their bodies then transported by truck to Milan, where they were hung upside down and displayed publicly for revilement by the masses.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Sunshine and warmer with a high of 76.

Tonight — Clear with a low of 46.

Looking forward — Windy Friday with a 10 percent chance of rain Sunday.