Peter Berdovsky, 27, a freelance video artist from Arlington, Massachusetts, was facing charges of placing a hoax device in a way that results in panic, as well as one count of disorderly conduct, said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. The charge is a felony, she said.
According to his Web site, Berdovsky is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and a founding member of a video artists group called Glitch who goes by the nickname “Zebbler” and sings in a band called “Superfiction.”
Authorities believe Berdovsky was “in the employ of other individuals” as part of the marketing campaign, Coakley said. “How exactly this was executed, we are still investigating.” Berdovsky is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Thursday in Charlestown District Court.
Turner was promoting Adult Swim’s animated television show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” in Boston and nine other cities, according to a statement e-mailed by Shirley Powell, a company spokeswoman.
“Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal law enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards,” the e-mail statement said. “We regret that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger.”
Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement that he was “deeply dismayed” by the “stunt.”
“I understand that Turner Broadcasting has purported to apologize for this,” Patrick said. “I intend nonetheless to consult with the Attorney General and other advisors about what recourse we may have.”
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino also blasted the company.
“I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the response to today’s incidents,” Menino said in a statement. “Boston will look to coordinate our efforts going forward with Cambridge, Somerville and any other affected agencies.”
“Aqua Teen Hunger Force” airs late at night and involves animated characters that are depicted as fast food products, including a ball of ground meat, French fries, and a milk shake.
The objects that had been placed on bridges and other infrastructure across the city are patterns of lighted dots in the shape of boxy characters on the cartoon show. The flashing lights are on black rectangles a little larger than laptops.
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) — Electronic light boards featuring an adult-cartoon character triggered bomb scares around Boston on Wednesday, spurring authorities to close two bridges and a stretch of the Charles River before determining the devices were harmless.
Turner Broadcasting Co., the parent company of CNN, said the devices contained harmless magnetic lights aimed at promoting the Adult Swim network’s late-night cartoon “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” Law enforcement sources said the devices displayed one of the Mooninites, outer-space delinquents who appear frequently on the show, greeting visitors with a raised middle finger.
“While the concern is lessened as a result of the investigation, I’d like to remind citizens to treat any suspicious devices with care and to call 911 if any such device is found,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.
The devices had been placed as part of an “outdoor marketing campaign” in 10 cities, a Turner Broadcasting statement said.
Fun weekend with ryan, went to a Graffiti show in South Boston. Itâ€™s nice to see Boston is getting an underground art scene. We found an Adult Swim LED Ad up on a bridge. So of course I climb up and grab it. It looks like a take on the LED Throwies or Night Writer. Cool stuff though.
There’s also a practical problem. You can’t have your name stricken from the Catholic membership rolls, because there aren’t any such rolls. Sure, some records may be kept at the parish level, and if you’re the determined type I suppose you could get your name crossed off those. But the church maintains no central registry. They figure God can keep track.
Fine, you say, but I still want to get excommunicated. OK, let me get out my–whoops, Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft. Gotta get this library organized. Ah, here we are, the Codex Juris Canonici. As revised in 1983, there are nine grounds for excommunication–physical attack on the pope, “violating the sacred species,” procuring an abortion, etc…. all a little drastic. Your best bet is “apostasy, heresy, or schism,” canon 1364. Probably the simplest thing is to join the Presbyterians. Voila, latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication.
But I think what you’re after is an official pronouncement of excommunication (ferendae sententiae). Apparently the only way to do this nowadays is to make a conspicuous pest of yourself. The ultraconservative French archbishop Marcel LeFebvre did this by consecrating bishops without authorization, which got him excommunicated in 1988. If he could get himself formally kicked out, so can you, though it may require establishing your own schismatic sect.