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CONSTRUCTION APPROVED FOR HART FAMILY PROPERTY, NEW BOOK CHRONICLES RISE OF THE NWA, TERRY GORDY TRIBUTE SONG & MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2006-10-17 11:47:00

The Calgary Sun reported today that the local city council yesterday approved plans to build 13 townhouses for condominiums around the legendary Hart family mansion. Construction will begin this summer with the Hart Mansion also being restored. You can find out more on the decision, including comments from Ross Hart at this link.

Canadian indy wrestler Kurt Lauder, who wrestled for the IWS promotion out of Montreal, was be forced to serve at least 15 years before being eligible for parole, it was ruled last week. Lauder plead guilty last July to second-degree murder in the death of Shanna Poissant, 15, who he murdered after assaulting her with a metal bar, then buried the body in a shallow grave. Lauder had used the nickname "Career Killer" during his indy career.

Techo-pop band The Doleful Lions's latest CD "Song Cyclops Volume 2" features a tribute song to the late Fabulous Freebird Terry Gordy, appropriately titled "Oriental Spike".

A new book looking at the formulative years of the NWA, titled, "National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling" is slated for a November release from author Timothy Hornbaker. The preview for the book reads, "In the 1950s, in Las Vegas, a businessmens conglomerate dominating a $25 million-a-year sports industry hid their illegal practices from the U.S. Department of Justice until they were caught. The sport that privileged cold hard cash over honest competition was professional wrestling, and the conspirators were members of the famed National Wrestling Alliance. National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling examines the NWA promoters overwhelming success, and the relationships to influential politicians and writers that protected their financial interests for over 50 years. Breaking the faade of sports production, it shows how promoters actually twisted arms to edge out their opponents. Hornbaker documents the life of the NWA, from its humble beginnings in the Midwest after World War II, to its worldwide expansion. He chronicles the Department of Justices investigation, providing sports fans with a never-before-told side of wrestlings legacy. The most noteworthy exploits of the National Wrestling Alliance were behind locked doors. Now, the conspiracies of a century-old brand of entertainment will finally be revealed."

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