April 27, 2009

Violent Attacks Centered around Roma's in Hungary

A Roma man, many know him as a gypsy, was shot returning from his work shift Saturday and some feel it was by the hands of trained officials.

Roma's who are among Europe's most oppressed minority groups have been the targets of violent attacks for years, over seven cases have been reported in the last year, but just recently three cases have seen to be linked.

According to the Star Tribune, the authorities say the attacks may have been carried out by police officers or military personnel, based on the stealth and accuracy with which the victims were killed.

“One thing to remember, the Holocaust did not start at the gas chambers,” said Lajos Korozs, senior state secretary in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, who works on Roma issues for the government.

Jozsef Bencze, Hungary’s national police chief, said in an interview on Friday with the daily newspaper Nepszabadsag that the perpetrators, believed to be a group of four or more men in their 40s, were killing “with hands that are too confident.” Military counterintelligence is taking part in the investigation.

April 13, 2009

Chicago Library Bans Bad Hygiene

Patrons of the Schaumburg Township District Library are no longer to enter the building without checking their bodily odor beforehand.

The library recently added a ban on "offensive bodily odors" to its restrictions list along with loud noises and rowdiness.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Director Stephanie Sarnoff said the aroma would have to be so overpowering that it interfered with others' use of the facility. And while the policy stemmed from complaints about an apparently homeless person, Sarnoff said it would apply just as much to an overuse of perfume as an underuse of soap.

"People who use libraries are usually very understanding about the foibles of others," she said. "So when one or more library users complain that another person's hygiene is of such poor quality that it is prohibiting them from pursuing what they want to do, their problem becomes our problem."

Many in the city fear that this ban is unfair.

April 6, 2009

Nurse Convicted of Killing 5 Patients

A nurse at a clinic in Lufkin, Tex. has been charged with the death of five patients after injecting bleach into their tubes during kidney dialysis.

Kimberly Saenz, 35, was arrested this week due to her direct connection to five deaths last year at DaVita Dialysis Clinic. According to The New York Times, Saenz was fired from the clinic in late April 2008.

Saenz has also been linked to five other patients who survived the doses of bleach. If convicted, Saenz will face the death penalty.

DaVita claims that there was nothing in her medical history that would cause them to think she would be a threat to her patients. The company also claims that there would have been nothing they could do to prevent the attacks.

Some family members of the deceased feel differently.

"I do feel something horrible was happening at DaVita, and the clinic is guilty of not properly supervising its staff,” John Metcalf was quoted as saying in an interview with The Lufkin Daily News.

March 30, 2009

Governing Party Wins in Turkey Elections

The Governing Party led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reportedly won Sunday in the nation-wide municipal elections.

According to The Star Tribune, the CNN-Turk news channel was reporting that Mr. Erdogan’s party, Justice and Development, led with 39.13 percent of the vote, while the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party, had 22.83 percent, and the nationalist People’s Action Party had 16.22 percent.

Violence did occur at the polls. Fights between rival political groups left five people dead and dozens wounded, Anatolia news agency reported.

The elections were seen as a referendum on the performance of Turkey’s politicians, in particular that of Mr. Erdogan, a former Islamist who has pressed for Turkey’s membership in the European Union.

March 16, 2009

The wait on Mauer continues

With Mauer still out of the lineup with an inflamed lower back, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been asked to comment on his list of options.

According to The New York Times, Gardenhire has said to been looking an minor leaguers such as Jose Morales, Drew Butera and Wilson Ramos, but he really wasn't ready to discuss contingency plans.

"We have to see where Joe's at,'' Gardenhire said to the paper. "We are still waiting."

In an interview with, Minnesota general manager Bill Smith said Sunday that he's received no update from the doctors on Mauer.

Mauer was diagnosed with inflammation in the right sacroiliac joint -- where the base of the spine meets the top of the pelvis -- by team doctors following a magnetic resonance arthrogram this week. He's been unable to take part in any team workouts this spring in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

March 9, 2009

Twins Pitch Near No-Hitter Against Orioles

The Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano had a near perfect game Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles during spring training in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Closer Joe Nathan also struck out all three batters near the end of the game helping lead the Twins to a 2-0 victory.

Many speculated as to how Nathan would perform after pulling out of the World Baseball Classic due to a sore arm.

“Everything went as good as it could,” Nathan said in an interview with The Star Tribune. “No discomfort at all. More importantly, I didn’t really think about it out there. I think we can probably put this behind us now and move forward and get into a little rhythm here.”

According to The Baltimore Sun, top prospect Matt Wieters broke up no-hitter with a ground ball single through the middle of the infield to open the ninth inning.

Carlos Gomez also hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning helping to defeat the Orioles.

March 1, 2009

Death and Starvation Strike Kenya

Following the bloodshed that errupted in Kenya over one year ago, troubles have began brewing again.

One major issue affecting residents of Kenya is the massive number of starving families. According to The New York Times, over 10 million Kenyans currently suffer from hunger issues.

The discovery of police death squads also have many United Nations officials on edge.

United Nations investigation revealed that more than 500 people had been killed by police death squads.

"There’s a lot of anger,” said Maina Kiai, the former director of Kenya’s national human rights commission in an interview with The New York TImes. “If we don’t start resolving these issues soon, things could be worse than before. There could be complete collapse.”

The Kenyan Government has rejected the findings of United Nations investigations.

“The government finds it inconceivable that someone who has been in the country for less than 10 days can purport to have conducted comprehensive and accurate research on such a serious matter, as to arrive at the recommendations he made,” government spokesman Alfred Mutua said on

February 9, 2009

108 Dead in Australian Wildfire

A fire that burned through the southern state of Victoria, Australia has caused 108 fatalities with more to be expected.

Experts told The Star Tribune that the damage makes this to be the worst fire in the country’s history.

Nearly 750 homes have been destroyed across two towns, as well as, 770 square miles of forest and farm land. Police have told that media that they suspect some of the flames were set deliberately.

In hopes of determining how the fires were started, crime scenes are being set up around Victoria were the majority of deaths occurred.

“They’re in very early stages of that investigation at the moment,? Sarah Campbell, a police spokeswoman, told The New York Times Monday. “A lot of the fire sites are now too hot to go into.?

According to The Australian, Victorian Government has been advised to prepare for nearly 230 fatalities as fire crews enter the areas that have been hit the hardest.

More than 31 fires are still raging across the state.

February 2, 2009

Olympic Swimmer Micheal Phelps Apologizes for Innappropriate Behavior

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, 23 apologizes for being caught on camera smoking a bong at a University of South Carolina house party in November.

It has not been specified whether the material in the bong was as illegal substance, however, many speculate that a bong is used primarily for smoking marijuana.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the picture first emerged in a low-budget British tabloid titled, News of the World.

As recorded by NSBC Sports, Phelps said "I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,'' Phelps said. "I'm 23 years old and despite the successes I've had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.''

It is not the first time Phelps has been caught engaging in inappropriate behavior. At age 19, Phelps was arrested for drunk driving.

When interviewed, The U.S. Olympic Committee told The Chicago Tribune it was ``disappointed'' in Phelps' behavior and that he ``failed to fulfill responsibilities'' that come with ``setting a positive example for others.''