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December 8, 2008

Two planes collide in Florida, four killed

According to USA Today, two small planes collided outside of Fort Lauderdale over the Florida Everglades over the weekend, as searches began early Sunday as four passengers are presumed dead.

The Denver Post identified one possible victim as Brian Sax, 37, a Colorado businessman from Basalt, Co., who, according to family, was one of the pilots for one of the ill-fated planes.

Both aircraft, which took off at similar times, were both carrying two passengers aboard, each had one pilot instructing another student during flight training programs that both pilots were involved in.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's department, the pilots were operating under Visual Flight Rules, which insist that the pilots maintain distance from aircraft and operate without any air-traffic assistance.

Sax also has a flight school back in Colorado. Aspen Aero Flight school, which Sax opened along with his wife, Christy, who also operates a local resteraunt.



Ethics code may be instated after New Brighton Prostitution sting

New Brighton City Council Member David Phillips, 59, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor solicitation charges late last month, may be inspiring a new ethics policy for city officials, according to the Star Tribune.

New Brighton Mayor Steve Larson has placed the installation of an ethic policy as a top priority for 2009.

Public outcry aided in the decision, after Phillips, who was elected to city council last year, was arrested in a prostitution sting last winter and plead guilty. Phillips was given one year of probation and fined $858 dollars for his actions.

In spite of the public's disapproval, Phillips has given no indication that he will resign.

"As city residents, you want your leaders to be people of character and moral value," said Pat Montague, a 15-year New Brighton resident who was having lunch Monday at the Bru House, a coffee shop on Silver Lake Road. "I think these decisions have shown him to be neither of those."

City policy states that although Phillips actions were illegal there is no grounds for his removal and Larson not push for a Phillips resignation as a result.



Trash cans burned feverishly into the night as riot police threw tear gas into crowds of rioting young people.

Youth in Athens, Greece continued a second day of rioting in response to the death of a 15-year-old boy at the hands of Athens authorities, according to the New York Times.

Officials were optimistic that the rioting was quelled on Saturday.

"It at first seemed like it was calming down today, but then at 5 p.m. Athens time it kicked off again," according to Joel Brown, a CNN senior press officer visiting Athens. "There are lots of burning bins and debris in the street and a huge amount of tear gas in the air, which we got choked with on the way back to our hotel," he said.

CNN reports, that the officer responsible with the 15year-old's death has been charged with premeditated murder, but that the action has failed to stop the rioting.

The Greek government has grown accustomed to displeasure of the ruling class among the young people of Greece. However, according to the New York Times, the speed and ferocity of the rioting in this instance has taken Greek officials by surprise.

Rioters have used additional media outlets, such as the internet, to organize and coordinate the ritoing, which has involved car burnings and building intrusions.

Ironically, the boy whom the officer is responsible for killing and serves as the catalyst for the current rioting, was shot after a number of demonstrators pelted police vehicles with rocks, the boy included.

Far from warranting the attacks, Greek Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos stated that a backlash is to be expected.

“It is inconceivable for there not to be punishment when a person, let alone a minor, loses their life.? He added: “The loss of life is something that is inconceivable in a democracy.?