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May 5, 2008

Girl secretly gives birth, walks to hospital with baby attached

A girl in Long Beach, California secretly gave birth in her home, and then walked four blocks to a nearby hospital, with the baby still attached by its umbilical cord, according to CNN.
The baby boy was normal, Dr. Jose Perez said, director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. (CNN.)
CNN reports that the mother, Xochitl Parra, 17, said "I was just a little nervous," when her labor began.
The baby was 8 pounds, 3 ounces, she named him Alejandro, writes CNN.

April 21, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI visits New York

A crowd of nearly 60,000 people gathered at Yankee Stadium for a Sunday Mass, lead by Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit to the United States since becoming the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, reports the New York Times.
While on his six-day visit to the Untied States, visiting Washington and New York, the pope addressed worls issues, and voiced a deep shame over the child abuse scandal, writes the New York Times.
The pope blessed the site of the World Trade Center where over 2,700 people were killed in a terrorist attack in 2001, according to the New York Times.
CNN reports that the pope concluded his visit with an address, thanking Americans for their hospitality, and discussing worldwide “justice and peaceful coexistence.� (CNN)
"It has been a joy for me to witness the faith and devotion of the Catholic community here," the pontiff told a cheering crowd of more than 3,000 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday night. (CNN)


April 14, 2008

Heavy Security with Olympic Torch

The Olympic torch relay involved heavy security in San Francisco, and the threat of violent protests made officials make dramatic last-minute changes, according to CNN.
The plans involved a waterfront closing ceremony, which was abruptly canceled, writes CNN.
The torch’s path through the city was also changed and shortened to try to minimize the chances that protesters would affect the event, reported CNN.
Anti-Chinese protesters and Beijing supporters crowded the streets on the planned route, before the start of the relay, according to CNN.
The LA Times reports hundreds of protesters and supporters were present in Justin Herman Plaza where the closing ceremonies were scheduled to take place when the announcement was made that the torch would not be stopping at Justin Herman Plaza.
After the announcement was made the crowd groaned and a naked man appeared on the stage but was quickly removed by the police, reports the LA Times.
Many people had traveled as far away as the east coast to see the torch, "We are duped and are mad at the mayor," said Alice, a retired city employee. "They should have told us it was not coming." (LA Times)


April 7, 2008

Clinton's strategist quits

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s chief presidential campaign strategist is quitting his post, reports CNN.
Mark Penn is quitting as there is criticism of his public relations firm’s contacts with the Colombian government over a possible free-trade agreement, according to CNN.\
CNN reports that Penn and his political consulting firm will continue to the New York Senator’s Democratic presidential bid.
"After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as chief strategist of the Clinton campaign," Williams said. (CNN)
The New York Times reports that Penn was widely disliked by Clinton’s fiercest loyalists.
Penn was hired by officials from Colombia to help secure passage of a trade treaty with the United States the Clinton opposes, according to the New York Times.

March 31, 2008

New York Gov. resigns

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer used a high priced call-girl ring service at least eight times in recent months, reports CNN.
Spitzer resigned Wednesday, which will go into effect Monday, after reports of his connection with the Emperors Club VIP became public, says CNN.
Spitzer has not been charged with a crime.
CNN writes that the investigation began when North Fork Bank in New York notified the treasury department about suspicious transfers of money from Spitzer’s bank accounts.
The New York Times reports that Spitzer’s rise to political power was as a “fierce enforcer of ethics in public life.�
Spitzer made a brief appearance with his wife Wednesday, where he offered an apology to his family and to the public, says the New York Times.
Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson will be sworn in to replace Spitzer, according to the New York Times.
“It is now time for Albany to get back to work as the people of this state expect from us,� Paterson said, in a written statement to Spitzer and his family.

March 9, 2008

Favre to retire

Brett Favre, the Packer’s former quarterback said he is retiring because he cannot meet the demands of playing at the level he insists for himself, reports the Star Tribune.
“I just don't think I can give anything else." Favre said at a news conference at Lambeau Field Thursday. (Star Tribune)
Favre struggled emotionally to start, wiping away tears. Favre explained that he found himself no longer enjoying playing. He says he is no longer up to the challenge, and all good things must come to an end, says the Star Tribune.
Favre showed up to the news conference wearing an untucked collared shirt and blue jeans, according to the Associated Press.
After the conference that lasted just over an hour, Farve left the stage with his tearful wife, reports the Associated Press.
Brett Favre was in the league for 17 years, and according to the Washington Post was instantly and unmistakably recognizable.
Favre leaves the league with one Superbowl victory, early on in his career, says the Washington Post.

March 3, 2008

Democratic contests on Tuesday-potential deciding factors

Hilary Clinton had the early support of Ohio’s Democratic Party, with the support of the blue-collar workers, says CNN.
Barack Obama has the resources to outspend Clinton on television advertising here by roughly 2-to-1, reports CNN.
Obama has won the last 11 nominating contests in the U.S. over Hillary Clinton, says NPR.
Obama worked to fend off an attack on his foreign policy credentials, on the way to the potential race deciding showdown on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press in an article on NPR’s website.
Tuesday’s contests appear to be potential deciding factors in the race for the Democratic presidential nominee. Many major news sites and organizations have stories in their top news about the upcoming contests on Tuesday, most importantly in Ohio and Texas.

February 25, 2008

McCain endorsed by former President Bush

Sen. John McCain got an endorsement Monday from former President George Bush, reports the New York Times. Bush called McCain the best candidate to lead the country.
Bush and McCain were on stage with their wives, Barbara and Cindy in Texas.
“His commitment to America is beyond any doubt.� Bush said, “And so I’m very proud to endorse John McCain for the presidency of the United States of America.� (New York Times)
Bush was asked about conservative unease with McCain, he read from the diaries of former President Ronald Reagan who was also assailed for being a “turncoat�, reports the Los Angeles Times.
McCain said that he welcomed Bush’s endorsement and hoped it would help him rally the party behind him, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"We as a party must unite and move forward and attract not only members of our own party but independents and so-called Reagan Democrats," McCain said. (Los Angeles Times)

February 18, 2008

NIU shooter says goodbye to girlfriend

The former girlfriend of the Northern Illinois University’s recent shooting says that he called her to say goodbye, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Jessica Baty, 28, was the former girlfriend of Steven Kazmierczak said that he called her to say goodbye before he opened fire at NIU Thusrday killing five students and then himself, said the Chicago Tribune. Baty described his behavior as normal, although he was quick to get annoyed.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Baty said she was aware that Kazmierczak had bought two guns, but that he told her they were for home security. Baty also said that he stopped taking his medication three weeks ago.
Accoring to CNN Baty said in an interview that Kazmierczak told her that he had obsessive compulsive tendancies, and that his parents had committed him to a teen group home. According to Baty, Kazmierczak had been seeing a psychiatrist and had been on anti-depressants, CNN reports.

February 11, 2008

Obama takes three more

Sen. Barack Obama won victories in Washington, Louisiana and Nebraska Saturday in the race for the Democratic nomination says the New York Times.
The Democratic nominating contests are expected to favor Obama, as his successes continue to help him build a strong advantage over Sen. Hilary Clinton says the New York Times.
These results are expected to do little to settle the delegate race that came as a result of Super Tuesday, where both candidates split up states across the country.
Clinton has 1,100 delegates and Obama has 1,039, according to CNN, where Obama leads the pledged delegates but Clinton leads the superdelegates.
“You will never have to worry that I will be knocked out of the ring,� said Clinton “and I am ready to go toe-to-toe with Sen. McCain whenever and wherever he desires." (CNN)