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April 26, 2009

Swine Flu: An Emergency Declared In US

A public health emergency involving human swine flu was declared by federal officials to warn Americans about the possible outbreak to occur now or in the future, but officials also asked them to remain calm, reported The Los Angeles Times.

This emergency comes as the 20th confirmed case of swine flue in the US was released by acting head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Richard Besser in a briefing at the White House, reported The LA Times.

He said the cases will become more frequent and we should prepare for more severe cases then the mild ones found in the US currently, according to the LA Times.

As well eight more cases of the swine flu have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in eight New York students according to remarks by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday, reported CNN.

Russia has taken precaution and "slapped rigid curbs" from North and Latin American meat imports, according to Reuters

"Imports of all types of meat that is not treated thermally are banned from Mexico, Texas, California and Kansas because it can be contaminated by infected people working at local slaughter houses or meat factories," Russia's chief veterinary official Nikolai Vlasov told Reuters.

The flu has already taken 81 lives in Mexico on top of the more than thousand infections which have made their way to the US and Canda, reported Reuters.

April 19, 2009

Driver Faces Charges After Car Accident Takes the Lives of 5 Children

Houston police plan to charge a man suspected of being intoxicated when he crashed his car into a flooded ditch on Saturday, drowning five children trapped in the car, reported CBC News.

Chanton Jenkins, 32, failed a field sobriety test after Saturday's accident and three counts of intoxication manslaughter are being prepared against him, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith told CBC News Sunday.

Houston was experiencing major rain storms and "massive flash flooding" at the time of the accident, reported CNN.

The car was found at 7:30 p.m., two hours after the accident, by rescue workers about 30 metres from where Jenkins crashed, Houston assistant fire chief Omero Longoria told the Houston Chronicle newspaper (CBC News).

Three boys, ages 4, 7, 11, were found inside the vehicle, drowned. One girl's body, a 1-year-old, was found but a 3-year-old girls body is still missing. Four of the Five children who died were Jenkin's said Jenkin's brother, who was in the car too, reported CBC News.

They managed to save one girl, 10, from the car wreck before they were unable to open the doors of the car, reported CNN.

April 11, 2009

Sheriff's Fate: TBD

Federal Prosecuters want former Orange County sheriff to serve 9 years in prison for a witness-tampering conviction, reported the Orange County Register.

Former sheriff Mike Carona's defense attorney argued his client's actions fell short of the convicting violation, reported LA News.

Corona was convicted of witness-tampering in January when he was acquitted of conspiracy, mail fraud by depriving the public of the right to honest services and obstruction of justice/witness tampering, according to LA News.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Sagel argued Carona should face more severe punishment because of his position in society, reported The Orange County Register.

"The very reason his actions are so condemnable: that he was a law enforcement officer," Sagel wrote, according to the Orange County Register.

A secretly recorded conversation, with the help of Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, who was the witness, on Aug. 13, 2007 lead to the conviction against Carona, according to LA News.

April 5, 2009

N.Y. Shooter's Frustration

A vietnamese immigrant, frequent local gun purchaser and exchanger. killed 13 people then himself, Friday, at an immigrant services center in Binghamton, N.Y., reported The Associated Press.

Jiverly A. Wong, 41, walked into the American Civic Association in Binghamton, N.Y., where he had been attending English classes till he dropped out a week ago, and killed 13 people, wounded 4 and then shot himself, reported the USA Today.

Wong was often exchanging guns and becoming frustrated with language barriers at Gander Mountain in Johnson City, N.Y., according to Dave Henderson, the outdoor education series coordinator at the store, reported the USA Today.

"He was in there real regular. Everybody knew him," Henderson said, according to the USA Today.

Wong was known to practice target shooting where he lived, at his parent's home in Johnson City, acquaintances told state police according to CNN.

Wong felt he was ridiculed for his English speaking skills at the services center, as well as at Gander Mountain.

"He would get frustrated," Henderson told the USA Today. "There were times I wouldn't even talk to him anymore."

Henderson called the store manager and he confirmed through records Wong had purchased guns at Gander Mountain, according to the USA Today.

March 29, 2009

Six Dead and Three Wounded after Shooting at Nursing Home

Sunday morning witnessed a terrible act at a North Carolina nursing home when a gunman entered and killed six people and wounded three, according to BBC News.

The Pinelake Health and Rehab Center in Carthage N.C., about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh, was victim of a bloody shooting after a gunman entered at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday, according to CBS News.

The gunman was injured in attempt to apprehend him by police, according to The Associated Press.

A police officer was injured during the shooting but was "fine", reported BBC News.

The victims were brought to Moore Regional Hospital in Raleigh and further information would not be released, according to The Associated Press.

Chief of Police at the Carthage Polic Department, Chris McKenzie, only would say the shooter was an "adult male", according to BBC News.

March 15, 2009

Guantanamo Freed Of Label, "Enemy Combatant"

The term "enemy combatant" will no longer be applied to inmates at Guantamo Bay the Obama administration said Friday, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The anti-terrorism termonology of the Bush administration has been reviewed and changed under Obama and the U.S. Justice Department, reported Reuters.

Some believe the government still has not done enough.

"The government may have eliminated the term enemy combatant but it is still claiming the authority to detain people far beyond the traditional norms of humanitarian law," said Devon Chaffee, attorney of the group Human Rights First.

Obama claimed he would put an end to such violations of human rights, but The Center for Constitutional Rights said that the new administration's policy "offers essentially the same definition of 'enemy combatant' without using the term." (Los Angeles Times)

March 8, 2009

Pastor Killed During Church Service

A gunman shot and killed the pastor at a Maryville, Illinois church Sunday then turned knife on himself and others, reported CNN.

Fred Winters, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Maryville, was killed during an 8 a.m. Sunday church service.

Two parishioners suffered knife wounds in the attack as well as the suspect, Illinois state police spokesman Ralph Timmins told CNN.

The gunman's .45-caliber pistol jammed after he shot Winters and he pulled out a knife and turned it on himself, but was "tackled" by two church goers according to ABC news.

"No one can even fathom a motive for the shooting," Jeremy Kohler, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said to ABC news. "No one really seems to recognize [the shooter] as being a member of the church."

March 1, 2009

Republicans Choose Romney

Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governer, was the named the top GOP canidate for the 2012 election in a straw poll by conservative activists on Saturday, reported The New York Times.

This was the third consecutive year that Romney has topped the anual straw poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, reported CNN.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal placed second in the poll followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Romney recieved 20 percent of the vote while Jindal recieved 14 percent; Paul and Palin recieved 13 percent of the vote, reported CNN.

Romney made clear his intentions on running in 2012 and wants to remain a key Republican player in politics he said in a speech Friday.

It was also reported by the New York Times that only 4 percent of those polled at the conference approved of the job President Obama was doing while 95 percent said they disaproved.

Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host, rounded out the CPAC on Saturday with the keynote address. He spoke for an hour and a half and rallied the audience passionatley.

"I want to tell you who conservatives are. We conservatives have not done a good enough job of just laying out basically who we are because we make the mistake of assuming that people know," Limbaugh said (CNN).

February 21, 2009

11-year-old boy charged with murdering pregnant woman

An 11-year-old boy was charged with killing his father's pregnant fianceewith his youth-model shotgun, reported the Daily News Saturday.

The boy shot Kenzie Houk, who was 8 months pregnant with his father's child, at the family's farmhouse in Wampum, Pa. because he was jealous of the unborn child, reported the Daily News.

The boy was charged with criminal homocide and criminal homocide of an unborn child said the Lawrence county police.

Houk's body was found by her 4-year-old daughter who ran out of the house upon discovery and managed to alert tree trimmers who then called 911, reported the Daily News.

The boy is being held in county jail and had been arraigned in district court, police told the Star Tribune.

February 15, 2009

Upstate New York Shootings Kill Four

Four people are dead and one injured after a hospital worker shoots two Saturday outside a Brockport hospital and then continued the slaying in Canandaigua, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

The suspect, Frank Garcia, 34, of Hamlin was charged in Monroe County with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder and ballastic evidence has connected him to both crime scenes, reported CNN.

The shootings continued in Ontario County and Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo told CNN charges of first-degree murder will be presented to a grand jury there as well.

Randall Norman, 41, and Mary Sillman, 23, were the victims of the shooting outside of Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport, where Garcia works as a nurse.

Garcia then left the scene and traveled to another county where he went door to door looking for Christopher Glatz, 45, and his wife, Kim, 38. They were killed "execution-style" and in the presence of their teenage children, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero told CNN.

"He was in fact looking for the residence," Povero told CNN. "He was saying different things to different people, but he was clearly looking for that home."

The homocides were a shock to the communities; it was the first in Brockport in at least 10 years and the first in Canandaigua in two years.

February 8, 2009

Stranded Fishermen's Actions Said "Idiotic" By Sheriff

Ohio Sheriff expressed frustration after nearly 150 fishermen were stranded on Lake Erie and needed a spendy rescue on Saturday, reported CNN.

There was one death during the mad rush to escape the lake after fishermen recieved messages and phone calls of a large crack forming on the lake, reported the USA Today.

Just like a stampede, they all took off," Chuck Hasty told the USA Today.

The man died of a heart attack after his snowmobile fell into the lake. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sheriff Bob Bratton was clearly frustrated and said the rescue was going to cost the taxpayers now. The rescue was said to cost the sheriff's office $25,000 and Bratton estimated it would increase from that.

Bratton also said it was a shame that he couldn't lock up people for the kind of "idiocy" displayed by the fishermen.

The conditions for Saturday were already risky and the sheriff said the fishermen displayed a lack of wisdom by going out.

"I thought we could get away with it for today," Hasty told the USA today. "When you're crazy for fishin' I guess, and the fish are biting, I just couldn't resist it."

January 31, 2009

Illinios Gets Their New Govenor

Thursday, with Democrat Rod Blagojevich impeached from the Illinios Governor seat, the lieutenant governor takes over, reports the New York Times.

Pat Quinn, the new governor, faces much of the same problems Blagojevich faced when he began his term.

A growing deficit and governmental corruption litter the seat and Blagojevich is already expressing dissaproval of Quinn but says Quinm is not one prone to corruption.

But at the same time Blagojevich is saying, "He's going to raise taxes"..."He's going to hurt people." (New York Times)

Officials like Democrat Rep. Jack Franks believe Blagojevich has done "irreparable damage" and many are doubting the ability of Quinn's ability as a Governor. (Yahoo News)

Yahoo News reports Quinn as "sincere but ineffective" being a political outsider, but also reports he uphelds a consensus in his state that their problems need immediate attention.