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December 9, 2007

Ice storm in midwest

According to MSNBC, An ice storm slickened the road, cut power lines of tens of thousand homes, and shut down airways Sunday from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes and colder weather was expected to come.

Ice storm warnings are stretching from Pennsylvania to Texas and are supposed to continue into mid-week.

"Tomorrow may be even more of a dilemma than today because we're going to get even a little bit more colder," said John Pike, a meteorologist in the Weather Service's office in Norman, Okla.

Three deaths occurred in Oklahoma and icy roads are to blame.

Some communities in Missouri reported ice as thick as three-quarters of an inch, the National Weather Service said.

According to CNN, Five traffic deaths were blamed on icy roads in Oklahoma and more than 130,000 homes lost power in Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois and Kansas.

One of the busiest airports, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, canceled more than 400 flights.

December 1, 2007

Hostages in Clinton's office

According to CNN, the man who held hostages Friday in one of the offices of Sen. Hillary Clinton claimed that he was raped by a parish priest.

Leeland Eisenberg, 46, claimed he had a bomb strapped to his chest, but police later said they were road flares that were taped together.

Five people were held inside by Eisenberg, including a small child. All hostages were released and unharmed by the time the event had ended.

Eisenberg, who is from Somersworth, complained about being unable to get mental health treatment before the incident ended.

He had filed a lawsuit back in 2002 against the Boston Archdiocese, claiming that the then Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law had molested and raped him.

After the lawsuit went public, Law resigned from his position.

According to the lawsuit, Eisenberg then 21, went looking for housing at the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria. He was homeless and lived in cars in a junkyard in Massachusetts.

He was hired as painter at the church and was provided with room and board. Eisenberg claims Law showed him pornography and molested him.

He also said that Law raped him after he had passed out drunk one night. He had awoke to find Law engaging in sexual intercourse.

According to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22043358/MSNBC, Clinton traveled to New Hampshire Friday to talk with the hostages and their families.

Eisenberg requested to speak with Clinton amid the incident but his request was denied.

“I need to speak to Hillary Clinton,? CNN quoted him as saying. “Something’s got to change. Ordinary people need help? with their insurance

“He was someone that was not known to my campaign headquarters until he walked in the door today,? Clinton said at a late-night news conference in Portsmouth. “It appears that he is someone who is in need of help and sought attention in absolutely the wrong way.?

Three days prior to Friday, Eisenberg's wife had filed for divorce and was supposed to be in court one hour before he held people hostage. He was due in court for a domestic abuse hearing.

Reese Witherspoon Top-paid Actress

According to CNN, Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon asks for $15 to $20 million a picture, making her the top-paid actress in Hollywood. Althought the 31-year-old actress's latest movie release "Rendition" was a flop, the business still agrees that she is a moneymaker.

She topped The Hollywood Reporter's annual list for 2007 beating out Angelina Jolie who is now ranked second. Jolie asks for $15 million per picture and only received $8 million for the animated movie "Beowulf."

Nicole Kidman dropped two places this year and Cameron Diaz came in third. Other big time actresses like Renee Zellwegger and Sandra Bullock were also among the top ten, earning $10 to $15 million paychecks.

According to MSNBC, the top-paid male actors like Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson earn $30 million a picture and also receive a portion of the movie's profits.

Actors like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio can earn up to 20 percent of the film's profits.

“Men traditionally command a higher salary than the women,? Michelle Grabicki, an executive features editor at the trade publication, said. “It’s a newer trend, women getting a percentage of the back end. Cameron Diaz is catching up with the men.?

The salary list appears in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment: Power 100? issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

November 14, 2007

O.J. Simpson forced to stand trial

According to MSNBC, O.J. Simpson was ordered to stand trial Wednesday facing charges of kidnapping, robbery and other charges from the suspected sports memorabilia heist on Sept. 13.

Defense attorneys argued in a preliminary hearing and asked that the charges be dropped.

Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure ruled all charges would remain against Simpson and co-defendants Clarence “C.J.? Stewart and Charles “Charlie? Ehrlich.

“This is what we expected,? Simpson told The Associated Press before he left the courtroom. “If I have any disappointment it’s that I wish a jury was here. As always, I rely on the jury system.?

Kidnapping charges a life sentence in prison without parole and armed robbery charges could face defendents with years in prison as well.

The charges are in relation to the Sept. 13 sports memorabilia heist and Simpson claims he just wanted what was stolen from him previously like the suit he was wearing the day he was aquited of murder in the slaying of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

According to CNN, Simpson's lawyer was not at all surprised with the Justice of the Peace Joseph Bonaventure decision to stand trial.

Simpson is pleading not guilty to the 12 criminal counts is set to appear November 28 before Eighth District Judge Jackie Glass for a felony arraignment.

The charges he is faced with also involve coercion and assault with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors say Simpson and five other men held two memorabilia dealers, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong, against their will at a room in the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas. It was reported that at least one gun had been shown.

November 11, 2007

Oil spill in San Francisco Bay worst ever in decades

According to CNN, an oil spill in San Fransisco Bay is said to be cause of human error, not mechanical error, according to the Coast Guard investigation, making this the worst oil spill in the area in decades.

The ship, Cosco Busan, side-swiped a support on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and caused a 100 foot long gash in the side of the 926 foot long vessel.

Over 58,000 gallons of fuel spilled into the bay Wednesday from the vessel two fuel tanks, killing sea birds and caused closings of over two dozen beaches and piers.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency.

Almost 20,000 gallons of oily liquid was sucked up by Saturday and 770 workers are trying to recover the area and clean-up the spilll as best they can. Officials say it may take months to clean up, but workers still willl not be able to recover most of the oil.

The oil will eventually dissolve in the water causing environmental damage.

Rescuers raced to the bay to try and rescue sea birds covered in thick oil and over 60 were found dead. Over 200 were rescued and taken to a rehibilitation center.

Coast guard officials have not yet determined an exact person or details of the cause yet, but the spill is linked to matters of communication between crew members, the one driving the vessel, and the Vessel Traffic Service, the Coast Guard station that monitors the bay's shipping traffic.

The fact that they hit a fixed object indicates it was cause for mis-communication.

According to MSNBC, officials are looking in to see whether the speed of the vessel could be another cause of the oil spill. Due to the foggy weather conditions, the vessel maybe should not have been going at the rate that it was, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Brendan McPherson.

The National Transportation Safety Board began their own investigation Sunday and could take up to a year before the investigation closes. The agency will look at everything from how fatigued the ship’s crew and captain were to any mechanical or weather issues that may have been involved in the accident, said Debbie Hersman, an NTSB spokeswoman.

November 9, 2007

9-year-old girl found dead in cave, two suspects arrested

According to MSNBC, a 9-year-old girl was found dead in a cave in southwest Missouri Friday and two suspects have been arrested.

Rowan Ford was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 3 and police authorities are 99 percent sure the body they found was Rowan's.

The names of the two suspects in custody have not yet been released but both are said to be in their mid-20s.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said the names have not been released because charges have not yet been filed.

The girl's body was found on private property just 10 miles south of her hometown Stella, which has a population of about 200.

Authorities have yet to figure out how the girl died. "We do know it was a homicide, " Copeland said.

The girl's stepfather, David Spears and two of his friends were with the girl the night she was reported missing. Spears had left the girl at their home until midnight and didn't check on her.

According to the Star Tribune, authorities believe the girl was killed in Barry County and then taken to nearby McDonald County.

The McDonald County Deputy found the girl after he had stopped by on his way to work after recalling there was a cavern there. FBI authorities began collecting evidence at the scene.

November 4, 2007

Teacher and student affair

According to the New York Times, a teacher ,who ran away with one of her former students, was arrested in Mexico on Saturday.

Kelsey Peterson, 25, is a sixth-grade mathematics teacher, was arrested on the California border in Mexicali, Mexico and the boy was released to nearby relatives.

Peterson was turned over to the FBI and was transported back to the United States.

The boy who is not identified is an eighth-grade student, but was in Peterson's math class in sixth-grade.

School officials said the two fled after an investigation began to determine whether or not they were engaging in a romantic relationship.

The boy was last seen on Oct. 26.

Peterson was charged on Monday with kidnapping, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Federal charges could surface as well.

According to CNN, the boy was an illegal immigrant and may be forced to stay in his native country, Mexico to not return to his current residence in Nebraska.

Police conducted an international search for Fernando Rodriguez when Peterson's vehicle was spotted crossing the border.

"They didn't have a very well-defined plan, it was basically to continue driving into Mexico to hide," said Alfredo Arenas, the Baja California state police official who detained Peterson. "This was a mutual agreement to flee after the story came out that they were having sex."

Superintendant Todd Chessmore said he placed Peterson on paid administrative leave on Oct. 25.

A Million Little Pieces

According to the New York Times, only 1,729 people asked for their money back after buying James Frey's, "A Million Little Pieces," a memoir that contained fabricated content.

A judge granted the 1,700 disgruntled customers their wish Friday in Federal Court in Manhattan after a lawyer, Larry D. Drury convinced a judge, Richard J. Holwell to offer a refund to anybody who bought the book before Frey's falsehoods were made public.

The book earned Frey over $4 million dollars.

In January 2006, the website www.thesmokinggun.com, accused Frey of including false information in his best-selling book.

Random House received $2.35 million to cover their costs, but the reimbursement to the customers only totaled $27,348.

Another $783,000 will be paid for legal fees, and another $432,000 will go towards publicizing and carrying out other parts of the settlement.

According to CNN, the book became a huge success after Oprah Winfrey included it in her famous book club.

Drury noted that 93,738 copies of the book were sold in the seven months after the controversy began.

He also said the proportion of people who made a claim and demanded reimbursement was significantly lower than in similar cases in the past. Only 7.2 percent took advantage of the settlement, while usually more than 20 percent do.

James Frey is currently working on another novel, "Bright Shiny Morning," scheduled to be released in the summer 2008.

October 28, 2007

Fire kills 7 students at beach house

According to MSNBC, a fire too wild for immediate rescue killed seven college students and injured six others Sunday at a beach house in North Carolina and left only the frame and stilts the home was built on.

Six of the seven that died attended University of South Carolina in Columbia and the other attended Clemson University, according to officials. The other six that were injured and released from the hospital also attend USC.

It’s a very sad day for the University of South Carolina family,? said Dennis Pruitt, dean of students. “We’re deeply saddened by this.?

The newspaper delivery guy spotted smoke coming from the home and called 911.

The home, which was privately owned, was being occupied by the owner's daughter and her friends.

The fire broke out sometimes before 7 a.m. and had completely burned through the first and second floor. "The house was at a complete loss," Mayor Debbie Smith said.

Four other homes within a block were also filled with college students. Neighbor Jeff Newsome said the students were going back and forth between the houses all weekend long.

The victim's bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but an investigation is taking place.

According to CNN, the USC students were members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, but the dean is making sure to note that the weekend gathering was not a Greek activity.

"We suffered a terrible tragedy at Ocean Isle this morning," Smith said in a news conference. "Nothing like this has ever happened at Ocean Isle Beach, and we hope it never will again."

Smith said the names of the victims have not yet been released.

Ocean Isle Beach is located on the southern coast of North Carolina is a string of seven islands.


October 26, 2007

Court orders to free Genarlow Wilson

According to MSNBC, the Supreme Court of Georgia ordered Friday that a young man who has been in prison for over two years for having consensual oral sex with a teenage girl, be released because they believe he has served his time.

Genarlow Wilson was sentenced to ten years in jail and the court ruled 4-3 saying Wilson has received cruel and unusual punishment.

Wilson's lawyer, B.J. Bernstein, said she could expect him to be released Friday afternoon.

Wilson, 21, was convicted of aggravated child molestation after he was videotaped at a New Year's Eve party in 2003, receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl. He was 17 at the time.

According to CNN, the aggravated child molestation charge Wilson was convicted of was a felony which results to a mandatory 10-year sentence.

For the law to punish Wilson as it would an adult, with the extraordinarily harsh punishment of 10 years in prison without the possibility of probation or parole, appears to be grossly disproportionate to his crime," the majority opinion said.

The judge ruled that Wilson would not have to register as a sex offender and reduced his sentence to one year in jail.


October 20, 2007

David Copperfield under investigation for sexual assault accusations

According to CNN, illusionist David Copperfield is under investigation after a Seatlle woman accused him of sexual assault Friday.

The FBI raided Copperfield's warehouse in Las Vegas Wednesday as well as the Las Vegas hotel that he performs at on a regular basis.

A lawyer representing the magician is denying all accusations.

Attorney David Chesnoff said Mr. Copperfield's reputation precedes him as an impeccable gentleman. "So we're obviously disturbed that those kind of allegations are being made, but we believe that that's a common event now, unfortunately, for celebrated people to be to be falsely accused," he said.

Although the name of the woman has not yet been released, authorities have said the assault took place over the summer in the Bahamas.

A dozen FBI agents raided the warehouse confiscating a computer hard drive, a memory chip from a digital computer, and $2 million in cash that was stored in a safe.

Copperfield earned $57 million in 2004 and 2005, according to Forbes Magazine.

According to the USA Today, Copperfield apparently stores magic tricks and memorabilia from all around the world in his Las Vegas warehouse.

Seattle FBI agent Robbie Burroughs said the investigation is related to a Seattle case. "The Seattle case is pending and that means we can't say anything about it," he said.

Copperfield, 51, has been performing a long time at the Hollywood Theater located in the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel working 6-8 weeks at a time, several times a year.

October 19, 2007

18-year-old boy found after being lost in the woods for 4 days

According to CNN, an 18-year-old autistic boy was found Thursday after being reported missing in the wilderness of West Virginia,

Rescuers found Jacob Allen, sleeping in a clearing, and was hungry and weak, but seemed to be in good condition. They gave him sandwiches and candy bars before bringing him down the mountain and bringing him to the hospital.

The teen is nonverbal and the Associated Press reports that he has the mental capacity of a 3- or 4-year-old boy, making the search for Jacob complicated.

He was reported missing after he had veered away from his parents while they were on a hike.

According to MSNBC, they were hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness area of the Monongahela National Forest.

“Jacob’s doing amazingly well,? Karen Allen, Jacob's mother, said. “I just spent the night with him across the street in the hospital. I didn’t get much sleep. He was alert, asking for food, walking around. I spent most of the night trying to keep him in bed.?

His father Jim, and a team of seven others, found Jacob. His physician was also there.

October 14, 2007

3 found in cave in Texas

According to CNN, three students were found safe in Airman's cave in Texas after they were reported missing Sunday morning.

The University of Texas students entered the cave on Saturday and were still not heard from 24 hours later. A friend called 911 and reported them missing, according to officials.

Their names have not yet been released.

Airman's cave, located in Austin, is a popular attraction to experienced cave explorers. It can take 12 hours to get through. Its "keyhole" entrance measures fewer than 18 inches in diameter, and it's impossible to stand up inside the cave, forcing explorers to crawl on their hands and knees.

According to MSNBC, the students had gone into the cave early Saturday morning and had told friends to call for help if they hadn't heard from them by midnight that night.

“The victims are uninjured, our crews are safe; it doesn’t get any better than this,? said Frank Urias, division commander of Austin-Travis County emergency medical services.

October 13, 2007

Tunnel accident is fatal killing 2, injuring 10

According to USA Today, two people are dead and at least ten are injured Friday after a 15-truck pile-up evolved inside an interstate tunnel that leads into Los Angeles.

The accident occurred after two big-rig trucks collided into one another and several other cars crashed into them. The trucks exploded and the fire quickly spread to the surrounding vehicles.

"It looked like a bomb went off," said Los Angeles County firefighter Scott Clark, who arrived along with about 300 other firefighters soon after the 11 p.m. crash. He and most of the others stayed well past dawn to battle the flames, which reached as high as 100 feet into the sky.

Twenty people escaped the tunnel, including the ten that were injured. Most people had only minor injuries and a couple received moderate injuries. Two were found dead inside the tunnel.

"We're going to have to do a very methodical search," Deputy Chief John Tripp had said earlier. "There could be, unfortunately, more people that were not able to escape."


According to CNN, the tunnel is 550 feet long and is designated towards big-rig trucks but cars are allowed to pass through as well. Five to six trucks were in the tunnel when the accident occurred.

The fire had burned intensely up to four hours. Fire officials have entered the first 50 feet of the tunnel, and only moving ten feet in at at time and taking extreme caution.

Officials have not yet identified the two fatalities and the tunnel is expected to open again by Tuesday morning.

October 6, 2007

Sex offender arrested after luring 15-year-old girl off the internet

According to CNN, authorities arrested a registered sex offender that lured a 15-year-old Florida girl to run away with him.

William Joe MItchell, 46, was arrested Saturday at a truck stop just outside of Westminster, Virginia, authorities said.
Police received a tip from someone claiming to have seen Mitchell.

Some of the girl's personal belongings were found in Mitchell's car.

The two met on MySpace.com and had been communicating for quiite some time and Mitchell was claiming to be a 24 year-old young man.

The girl, Alyssa Frank, was found earlier this week, the day after her disappearance, at local Wal-Mart store in DeFuniak Springs, Florida where Mitchell apparently let her go.

It is believed that Frank left her house late Monday to meet Mitchell and they headed to Alabama.

According to MSNBC, Mitchell is being held without bond at the Frederick County regional jail, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

Mitchell has an extensive criminal history with 14 arrests ranging from burglarly to bomb threats.

Frank apparently had told friends that she was in love with Mitchell and that she was planning to run away. She believed him to be in his 20s.

The day of Frank's disappearance, a new Flordia law took effect making the state’s sex predator penalties some of the toughest in the nation.

Mitchell is being held without bond at the Frederick County regional jail, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

October 3, 2007

5 workers dead during fire on site

According to the New York Times, five workers died in Colorado Tuesday from a chemical fire that broke out over 1500 feet below ground.

The workers were working in a water tunnel outside Georgetown, Colorado when a fire started and trapped them underground. They did gain radio contact shortly before they died and had indicated that everyone was unharmed and okay. But afterward contact was lost, and rescue teams from the nearby Henderson Mine discovered the bodies.

Kathleen Gaubatz, the director of emergency management for Clear Creek County said the wokers were towards the bottom of a 3,000-foot-long tunnel that carries water to the hydroelectric plant from a reservoir. They were coating the four-foot-wide tunnel with epoxy sealant when the fire broke out, she said.

Four other workers were able to escape with one being flown in a helicopter to a nearby hospital. The nature of his injuries have not been announced.

The bodies are to be recovered Tuesday night to determine the cause of death, Gaubatz said.

According to CNN, plans to recover the bodies were delayed until Wednesday because of conditions inside the empty water tunnel hundreds of feet underground where the fire broke out.

Clear Creek County Undersheriff Stu Nay said recovery times with experience working in confined spaces will go in for the bodies once the air quality in the tunnel is adequate enough.

The victim's next of kin have not been notified yet, but authorities said they will be once the bodies can be formally identified.

The contractors were employees of RPI Coating of Santa Fe Springs, California, but the plant belonged to Xcel Energy.

Tim Taylor, president and CEO of Xcel's Public Service Co. of Colorado, said Tuesday the firm was saddened by the deaths and "certainly we'll be working closely with the authorities to investigate what happened."

September 30, 2007

Expanded beef recall

According to the New York Times, the Topps Meat Co. has expanded their recall to 21.7 pounds of beef patties saying the meat may be contaminated with E. Coli that has made more than a dozen people sick throughout the country.

The number of pounds has significantly increased, as it was 332,000 announced on Tuesday. The beef is distributed to thousands of retail chain stores in the United States and the meat company said all meat has been USDA established and included a "sell by this date" sticker marked on the package.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it had suspended the grinding of raw products at the Topps plant after inspectors found inadequate safety measures at the Topps plant. The USDA declined to detail the inadequate safety measures.

According to MSNBC, the USDA also have proven three cases in which victims have been diagnosed with being affected by E. coli and over 22 more cases have already been filed in multiple states.

E. coli causes intestinal illness that generally clears up within a week for adults but can be deadly for the very young, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms can include severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and, in extreme cases, kidney failure.

Rape-tape suspect wanted in Las Vegas

According to the USA TODAY, there has been a shift in the suspect regarding videotape that featured a 3-year-old girl being molested. The investigation has been switched from a rural county to Las Vegas where Arthur Stiles, the suspect, was last seen two weeks ago. He is also registered to be a resident of the city.

Photographs and information of the now 7-year-old, which are usually not disclosed, were released Friday and has helped to locate the child. The girl's mother said she was unaware of any of this and is deeply saddened to hear of the news.

According to MSNBC, Stiles, 34, has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1999 that included assault, battery, resisting a police officer, auto theft, leaving the scene of an accident and contempt of court.

The mother said she did recognize Stiles in the video saying the face is familiar as well as furniture that was in the background.

September 25, 2007

Vick, indicted by grand jury

According to CNN, a grand jury indicted Atlanta Falcolns Quarterback Michael Vick Tuesday on dogfighting charges, prosecutors announced.

The grand jury brought two separate charges on the football star: one for killing dogs, and one for promoting dogfights.

Arraignment for Vick is scheduled for October 3.

Vick and three associates -- Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia -- have pleaded guilty to the federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Surry County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter said he plans to bring more than 10 indictments to Vick and his co-defendants.

Vick, 27, could face up to 18 months in jail and the National Football League has suspended him indefinitely without pay.

According to the Star Tribune, the grand jury passed on indicting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and two co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty, which would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted.

Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned Oct. 3 and requested that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. None of the defendants nor their lawyers were in court.


*Note to GG: This entry did not meet Sunday's deadline due to technological problems but I added it anyway per our conversation 9/25


Vick alone could face up to five years in prison and has been dropped from all his major sponsors.

September 23, 2007

Bush vows to veto kids' health insurance bill

According to MSNBC, "Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed," Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. "Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point."

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said that if Bush doesn't sign the bill, more than 15 states won't have any funding left in the program.

The Children's Health Insurance Program that subsidizes health coverage mostly for children in lower income families that can't afford insurance but make too much money to be qualified for MedicAid. The program already hs 6.6 million people and the proposal that was announced Friday would include $35 billion dollars over the next five years which will add four million more to the program.

The money provided will come from cigarette taxes increasing from 61 cents to $1 per pack.

According to CNN, a vote is scheduled for Tuesday and is heavily supported by the Democratic party with support from the Republican party as well. Bush has planned for a veto saying the issue is too costly and doesn't move children's healthcare forward.

"Our goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage -- not to move children who already have private health insurance to government coverage," Bush said.

Many governors want the bill to pass and some say that if it doesn't, thousands of chldren will lose health coverage.

September 16, 2007

O.J. Simpson arrested for possible armed robbery charges

According to CNN.com, O.J. Simpson was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas as a suspect into an alleged armed robbery is in process. Simpson was taken into custody in his room at the Palm Casino Resort and Hotel. Walter Alexander, another suspect was arrested Saturday along with two handguns that were possibly related to the robbery.

The investigation regards numerous sports memorabilia that were taken from collectors at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. Simpson claims the items belonged to him.

According to MSNBC.com, there may be as five other suspects in this case. Police got search warrants and searched two properties, with evidence being collected from the first home. Police Leutenant Clint Nichols said, "And I believe we recovered some clothing that the individual was wearing in the commission of the robbery.?

Simpson told The Associated Press that he never bothered to file a report when he suspected the items were stolen because he claims police authorities have not been responsive ever since the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.

“The police, since my trouble, have not worked out for me,? he said, noting that whenever he has called the police “It just becomes a story about O.J.?


September 14, 2007

Bush brings soldiers home as the war makes progress

According to the Star Tribune, President Bush ordered troop reductions Thursday and is allowing for soldiers to come home due to the progress our country is making in the war. He made the announcement during an Oval Office address, but Democrats believe his actions to be "unacceptable."

While Bush seeks out a sense of togetherness from his country and proceeds to carry-on with the war, Democrats are disappointed. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a former Army Ranger who delivered the Democratic response, said that "once again, the president failed to provide either a plan to successfully end the war or a convincing rationale to continue it."

The New York Times says Bush will send 5,700 marines and soldiers home with the intention of them not being replaced. Bush won't offer specific numbers on how many soldiers will be home next summer, but said that more certainly will be. Currently, there are about 160,000 United States troops in Iraq.