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April 17, 2007

More thenn 30 lives lost at Virginia Tech

In the wake of the recent massacre at Virginia Tech University many are grieving for the loss of loved ones. Today April 16, 2007 marks the day of the most horrific school shooting.
Siren`s flooded the Virginia Tech campus this Monday morning after a deadly shooting that claimed the lives of 32 people including the gunman and 29 others wounded in the shooting rampage.
According to Fox9The gunman opened fire in a dormitory and a class room at Virginia Tech University during a two-hour span.
The university was struck today with a tragedy of monumental proportions.
According Kare11 the university, situated in Blacksburg, southwest Virginia, will be closed through Tuesday and faculty and staff members were asked to go home effective immediately after the incident.
According to the china View this was the deadliest shooting accident that took place in a campus in the U.S. history. Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in the country took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, in which 17 people, including the gunman, were killed.
After all this many questions are being raised, and many college campuses are wondering what they can do to prevent something like this from happening again.
This is a sad April day, and all my prayers are being sent out to the families, friends and college students at Virginia Tech.

April 16, 2007

BBC reporter still missing

According to CNN The parents of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped last month in Gaza, have appealed for news of his condition after an unknown militant group said it had killed him.
According to CNN the British Broadcasting Corporation said Sunday it was "deeply concerned" about the statement by the Tawad and Jihad Brigades. The Palestinian officials said they have no evidence or information that Johnston, who was apparently abducted at gunpoint on March 12, was killed.http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/04/16/gaza.journalist/index.html

According to BBC thousands of BBC journalists and other employees fell silent across Britain at 2:15 p.m. which was the exact time on March 12, five weeks ago, when he was snatched at gunpoint as he was returning home from his office to his Gaza City. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6559619.stm

According to BBC the 44-year-old joined the BBC World Service in 1991 and has spent eight of the last 16 years as a correspondent, including periods in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. He has lived and worked in Gaza for three years and was the only Western reporter permanently based in the often violent and lawless territory. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6556147.stm

Madonna might adopt another child

According to Post Chronicle Madonna is heading back to Malawi to adopt another child where she adopted a Malawi boy, David Banda last year. It is said that she has fallen for a three-year-old orphan named Grace after seeing video footage of her playing at an African orphanage she helped fund.

According to CNN the singer is expected to visit an orphanage just outside the capital Lilongwe in connection with her charity work in the country as well as travel to the Home of Hope orphanage, where Banda lived before Madonna applied to adopt him.

According to Hindustantimes Madonna hopes to make the adoption permanent following an l8-month evaluation period, imposed by Malawi authorities. Madonna has also pledged 3 million dollars to the impoverished nation through her Raising Malawi fund and is spearheading the construction of an orphanage that will be able to care for up to 4,000 children.

Shooting at Vriginia Tech

According to WCCO A shooting at a Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg has left one person dead and one wounded. The shooting occurred at West Ambler Johnston Hall.

According to CNN the shooting came three days after a bomb threat Friday that forced the cancellation of classes in three buildings. The shooting occurred at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed dormitory that houses 895 students. The dormitory, one of the largest residence halls on campus, is located near the drill field and stadium.
According the Post Chronicle university officials said, the suspect in an early morning shooting is still on the loose, possibly still on campus. It would appear that there were two separate shooting incidents one at around 7:30 a.m. and the other around 10:30 a.m.

26.6 million paid to the families of the astrnauts who died in the sapce shuttle Columbia in 2003

According to WJZ NASA paid $26.6 million to family members of the astronauts who died on the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. Documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel through a federal Freedom of Information Act request show that former FBI Director William Webster helped negotiate out-of-court settlements with the families.

According to WCCO the U.S. space agency had never before disclosed the settlement to protect the privacy of the Columbia families. Also, the Orlando Sentinel reported two astronaut families had ordered preflight insurance policies through NASA, but the agency failed to obtain the additional coverage before the accident. The families then threatened to go public before the agency paid the two families the additional insurance.

A 17-year-old stabbed her newborn baby 135 times

According to KSTP A 17-year-old stabbed her newborn baby 135 times. Nicole Marie Beecroft was charged Thursday with first-degree murder. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Bail was set at $1 million on Friday afternoon. http://www.kstp.com/article/stories/S53980.shtml?cat=1

According to WCCO Beecroft gave birth to a baby girl on the floor of the laundry room in her home around 3 a.m. According to police an autopsy determined the infant had been born alive, but died from the puncture wounds in the chest area. According to police the baby's body was found inside a trash bag in the garbage can outside Beecroft's suburban home. http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_102183113.html

Bubbles fill a Idaho city

According to the Washington Post bubbles spewed from a three-block stretch on the city's east side Thursday after American Linen accidentally released detergent into the municipal sewer lines. The combination of gravity and churning water whipped the soap into sudsy foam.

According to Myfoxtwincities Officials said that the company had a malfunction, in its automated detergent loading device, releasing 167 gallons of detergent. Crews worked during the day to disperse of suds before they reached the treatment facility, then used soft-spray hoses and yard blowers to reduce foam levels.

According CBSnews a witness said "It looked like the texture of something you'd see come out of your washing machine if you overloaded it," said Sue Foster, a student teacher.

April 10, 2007

Rutgers Team agrees to meet with Imus

According to the Boston Herald players from the Rutgers team agreed to have a meeting with Don Imus after he called the Rutgers female basketball players �nappy-headed hos.� The team will be meeting with Imus to get to the bottom of the racial slur, and plan on asking him why he did it and the reasons behind the slur. The girls would like to express their great hurt, and the sadness that he has brought to them. http://thetrack.bostonherald.com/moreTrack/view.bg?articleid=193939

Accodording to CNN MSNBC and CBS Radio, which owns New York's sports-talk station WFAN, announced they were suspending Imus for two weeks, beginning Monday. Imus’S future at MSNBC depends on "his ability to live up to his word," according to a statement from NBC News. http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/10/imus.rutgers/index.html

According to SFgate Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer told press that her team is made up of young ladies of class, distinction. She also said they are articulate, they are gifted. They are God's representatives in every sense of the word. According to SFgate Stringer believes that the remarks that were made by Imus were despicable, racist and sexist. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/04/10/entertainment/e085224D82.DTL

April 9, 2007

Pregnant woman shoots robber

According to the Star Tribune Joe Khalil the owner of the St. Paul Super USA store at 1198 Earl St. stepped out for a few minutes Saturday and his wife Susana Khalil, who is eight months pregnant, took over the counter while her husban stepped out. While she tended to the counter a would-be robber entered, and pretend to be armed with a gun. The female robbery suspect pretended to have a gun concealed in a paper bag, police said, and she got into a scuffle with Susana Khalil..

According to Kare11 Susana was forced to use a gun her husband kept behind the counter. The robbery suspect, who is not named, was shot near the collarbone was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to AHN Joseph Khalil said he kept the gun behind the counter for protection but had never used it in the year they had owned the store. Susana Khalil has not been charged in the shooting and police are reviewing store security video to determine what happened.

April 6, 2007

Paris Hilton could face jail time

This resulted from an investigation into whether Hilton violated terms of her probation by driving last month with a suspended license. Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, feels they have sufficent evidence that her license was revoked and Hilton was fully aware of the suspension, according to wcco.com.

According to CNN City prosecutors said they plan to ask a judge to revoke Paris Hilton's probation in a reckless driving case, a move that could result in jail time for the hotel heiress. Hilton could face up to 90 days in jail if a judge finds her guilty, at the hearing april 17, of violating her probation.

Tubby Smith to the University Of Minnesota

According to kare11Kentucky's Tubby Smith will be the new coach for the University of Minnesota Men's basketball team.

According to kstp Smith led Kentucky to the 1998 national championship in his first season, but failed to make a return to the Final Four.

According to WCCO Smith will be taking over a program that finished 9-22 overall, 3-13 in the conference. The 22 losses were the most in Gopher history.

Peeper leaves a trail

According TwinCities.com a peeping Tom was caught looking in a second floor window and when he was caught by Matt Edgerton the man fled the seen leaving behind his ladder. http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_5608308

According to WCCO the ladder is in the custody of the police and is being investigated. http://wcco.com/crime/local_story_096085043.html

Chocolate machine cuts off womans hand

According to kare 11 a 35-year-old woman, whose name was not released, put her hand inside machine at Debelis Corporation plant in Kenosha and the agitator that mixes the chocolate cut off her hand. http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=250285

According to 8 news she thought she had turned the machine off as she tried to remove a sample. http://www.wric.com/Global/story.asp?S=6329067

According to ABC13 the hand was recovered and rushed to a hospital so doctors could try to reattach it. http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.national/2610fad3-www.wlos.com.shtml

April 5, 2007

FBI agent Killed

According to CBS11 an FBI agent has died following a shooting Thursday in Readington, N.J. The officer was said to be shot by a suspect wanted in connection to multiple bank robberies in the area. Dozens of police, FBI, and Homeland Security vehicles were on the scene of the shooting. http://cbs11tv.com/national/topstories_story_095134731.html

According to ABC the agent was ambushed while tailing a group of bank robbers. A gunfight started in the parking lot of the Arvins Garden Center on Route 22, across the street from the bank PNC.

According to CNN there were two suspects that were captured and one was being sought in nearby woods. The state and local authorities are searching for the suspects with helicopters and dogs and were coordinating the search for the third suspect.

Cruise hits rocks

According to CNN a cruise ship, off the Greek island of Santorini, carrying nearly 1,600 people was evacuated after it struck rocks and began taking on water. Most of the Sea Diamond's passengers and crew were evacuated by a small ferry and other boats to Santorini's main port. All the passengers and crew members got off the ship without injuries. http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/04/05/greece.cruiseship.ap/index.html

According to Mwfaa there was more than a dozen ships that were involved in the rescue, along with six navy rescue helicopters, two military transport planes and four warships. The Merchant Marine Ministry said 1,195 passengers and 391 crew members were on board. Most of the passengers were from the United States. http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/wfaa/latestnews/stories/wfaa070404_mo_greekship.36844af7.html

According to Canada.com Tourism Minister Fani Palli Petralia said arrangements had been made to put the rescued passengers up in Santorini hotels. The passenger’s will be returning on chartered ships to Athens’ main port of Piraeus early Friday. http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=c190797a-152f-497d-b851-6a7776100fba&k=9787

April 4, 2007

Coyote in Quiznos sandwhich shop

According to Kare11 a non aggressive coyote walked through a propped-open front door at a downtown Chicago Quiznos sandwich shop. The door was open due to the warm weather and the coyote just wandered in and settled into the cooler on top of soda drinks. According to Kare11 the restaurant manager Bina Patel said the coyote was not aggressive and was just peeking around.

According CBS42 the coyote is now in the care of Animal Control and it took Animal Control workers just a few minutes to get the coyote out.The coyote is now being cared for at the city's shelter.

According to france24 it was the third coyote caught in Chicago in the past two weeks. About 10 to 15 coyotes are captured every year. They usually stay away from busy areas, living near railroad tracks and big garbage containers.