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Will “Breaking Bad” end in a tighty-whitey package?

Bryan Cranston portrays Walter White in AMC's "Breaking Bad."

Bryan Cranston portrays Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”

By Amanda Shaffer

Sept. 29 is going to be a sad day for many television viewers. The show that has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards and named No. 13 in the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America is coming to an end.

The series finale of “Breaking Bad” is upon us.

“Breaking Bad” debuted on January 20, 2008, and ran only seven episodes the first season. The series will end with 62 episodes.

“Breaking Bad” depicts Walter “Walt” White (Bryan Cranston), a regular high school chemistry teacher whose life is turned into a life of crime after being diagnosed with stage-three terminal lung cancer. With a pregnant wife at home and a son who has cerebral palsy, White knows that if he dies he will leave his family with debts.

In order to make enough money for his cancer treatments and to leave his family a small fortune, White seeks help from one of his former students, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Pinkman and White partnered up to make methamphetamine to sell to local dealers in their New Mexico community.

White’s chemistry knowledge allows him to produce a pristine product to the dealers, which amazes many of them.

At the end of the first season, White decides to change his name in the drug world to “Heisenburg” in order to protect his family.

Each episode consists of the dangers and adventures that White and Pinkman have together fleeing from drug dealers; drug enforcement agents and random enemies.

The show has built up to Pinkman being taken hostage by Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons), an exterminator for a fumigation company that Pinkman and White used to sell meth after antagonist Gus Fring’s death.

Jack Welker (Michael Bowen) killed Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), White’s brother-in-law. After killing Schrader, Welker took six of the seven barrels that had been hiding White’s money, about $69 millions worth.

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After asking Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), White’s shady lawyer, to make White a new identity, he is moved to a remote cabin in New Hampshire. The episode ends with White fleeing the cabin saying, “What I do is for my family. I will kill Jack and his crew, get my money back and give it to my children. Only them am I finished.”

Meanwhile, Pinkman picks the lock on his handcuffs and escapes Todd and Jack, but only for a while.

Welker and Alquist caught Pinkman at the property fence. After being captured again, the trio drove to Pinkman’s old girlfriend’s house, where they shoot and kill her in front of Pinkman.

All of the pieces are aligned for next week’s finale. The real question is- Who will be left alive?

From the beginning shot of White standing in a desert in his underwear, to an edge-of-your-seat second to last episode cliffhanger, “Breaking Bad” has caught the attention of millions, with the third to last episode bringing in 6.37 million U.S. viewers.

Now we wait for the final unveiling of whether Walter White will die from cancer, or drug dealers.


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Don’t call it a comeback with RadioLive

By Antonio Jones

Music Lovers have been enjoying RadioLive performances for 25 years. The show returns Sept. 5

Music Lovers have been enjoying RadioLive performances for 25 years. The show returns Sept. 5

Get ready to jam to some great music because RadioLive is live again on WUWF Public Media after a two-year hiatus.

RadioLive was around for 20 years before repeated budget cuts put it to rest. Now thanks to the Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond and Stackhouse law firm, RadioLive will be back Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. to bring many more  musicians.

“Our firm is committed to improving the quality of life in the Panhandle for our clients, employees and the community,” Scott Remington, president of the law firm, said in a WUWF press release. “Furthermore, we wholeheartedly support WUWF’s mission of enhancing the vibrancy and the arts in Downtown Pensacola.”

Lynne Marshal, the director of Promotions and Outreach for WUWF, said CPH Law are contributors in the communities, and they really enjoy WUWF’s programming.

“It was just a way to give back to the community,” Marshal said. “Right now it’s for a season and they will be the main sponsors for that year.”

This comeback also marks the 25th anniversary of RadioLive’s first live broadcast and will feature musical guests Grant Peeples, Smithfield Fair and Callaghan.

“I think I do a total of six songs, and that is one of the things that is really interesting about how Pat Crawford produces this show, it’s one of the most interestingly produced shows I have ever played,” Peeples said. “In other words he’s got three acts,  and each act plays a total of six songs. Every night I have ever played, the room as been packed, I mean wall-to-wall people, and I can only assume that it is going to be that way this time and that it will continue to be that way.”

Anyone who has attended RadioLive in the past will remember these guests Marshal said. She went on to say it is not just artists who are known in the area,  but some even come from out of state.

“Just come out and have a good time,” Marshal said “As far as I am concerned there is nothing that can beat live music and being in the audience.”

People can also bring canned goods to help support  Manna Food Pantries and RadioLive has generated four to five thousand pounds of food for Manna Food Pantries every year.

WUWF FM has been around for more than 30 years and has converted the televised performances to high definition. RadioLive is not the only showcase  on WUWF. They also have its own television station, which launched in 2003, which is streamed on wuwf.org, where you can find more information about RadioLive and WUWF programs.

“Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t stop and ask me at a restaurant or the supermarket when we will be able to bring RadioLive back,” Pat Crawford, WUWF executive director and RadioLive host said in  the press release. “Now I can say, thanks to the generous and community-minded firm of CPH Law, RadioLive will be coming back in September 2013.”

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