November 29, 2008

Wal-Mart employee trampled to death

In a rush for holiday bargains on Black Friday, a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death in a New York store.

The New York Times reports that county police were called in at 3:30 for crowd control.

At 4:55, about 2000 shoppers couldn’t be held back any longer and they shattered the doors and pushed through the openings.

Jdimytai Damour, 34, was crushed and killed by the stampede.

CNN reports that the union that represents retail workers says that the death could have been prevented.

CNN also reports that the union is calling for an investigation to see that Damour’s family sees justice.

November 16, 2008

Klan group pays $2.5 million to teen

A white supremacist Ku Klux Klan group was ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages to a 16-year-old boy who they mistakenly thought was an illegal Latino immigrant.

The teen was severely beaten in 2006 and the Klansmen served two years in prison.

Friday, an all-white jury found that the Imperial Klans of America and its founder wrongfully targeted Jordan Gruver.

The Southern Poverty Law Center represented Gruver and says that they plan to seize the grand wizard’s, Ron Edwards, property that serves as Klan headquarters.

The International Herald Tribune reports that Edwards plans to appeal the verdict.

reports that the 2006 attack happened at the Meade County Fair in Brandenberg, Kentucky while the Klan was on a recruiting mission.

November 2, 2008

Bush missing from campaign trail

President Bush has been notably out of the limelight when it comes to the campaign trail.

CNN reports that he has no public event scheduled and will be at Camp David from Friday until Monday.

CNN also reports that the White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said he is focusing on other activities like the economy.

The Star Tribune reports that since President Bush endorsed Sen. McCain in March, they’ve only appeared together for a total of 12 minutes.

reports that President Bush’s approval rating is at 28, while the Star Tribune reports his rating at 26.

October 26, 2008

TV anchor dies from attack

An Arkansas TV anchor died Saturday, days after being attacked in her Little Rock home.

Anne Pressly, 26, was found at 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning and “unable to speak and suffering from massive brain swelling,? according to

CNN reports that Pressly’s purse was missing and that she may have been a victim of burglary.

The Telegraph reports that she had been hit repeatedly in the face, head and neck with a blunt instrument.

The Telegraph also reports that on Saturday doctors reduced her sedatives and that the swelling in her brain had improved.

CNN reports that the station Pressly worked for, KATV, has established a $30,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Pressly’s attacker.

October 19, 2008

Senator killed in car crash

A Pennsylvania state senator died Saturday after being injured in a head-on collision Friday.

Sen. James Rhoades, 66, and his wife, Mary, were taken to the hospital after their Cadillac collided head-on with a pickup truck.

The Delaware Online reports that, according to police, the accident happened at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening as Sen. Rhoades and his wife were on their way to a ceremony at a local school district that was honoring him for raising money. reports that Mary Rhoades’ injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

He represented Pennsylvania’s coal country since 1981.

The Delaware Online reports was the longtime chairman of the Senate Education Committee and is partially responsible for every education initiative in recent history and his "passing is a tremendous loss for Pennsylvania."

October 11, 2008

Wildfire threatens California's wine region

A wildfire is threatening homes in California’s Napa Valley.

More than 100 residents have been evacuated and the fire destroyed two structures on Saturday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the fire has burned more than 200 acres. Yet the Star Tribune reports the fire has burned 300 acres.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reports that more than 400 fire personnel are on the scene.

The Star Tribune reports that the 100 residents evacuated have found shelter at St. Helena High School and containment is expected by Sunday.

The Star Tribune also reports that the fire threatens 200 homes and several wineries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 5, 2008

Fannie Mae forgives loan for 90-year-old-woman

Fannie Mae is forgiving a 90-year-old woman’s loan debt after she shot herself in front of officers that were trying to evict her.

The woman, Addie Polk, 90, of Akron, Ohio, is in critical condition at the Akron General Medical Center after shooting herself twice in the chest on Wednesday.

Polk has lived in the 101-year-old house since 1970. MSNBC reports she has been the sole owner of the home since 1995 when her husband died and took loan in 1997 and has refinanced since. reports that Polk took a loan out from Countrywide Home Loan in 2004.

When Countrywide Home Loans foreclosed in 2007, Polk’s home was sold to Fannie Mae. reports that after 2004, Polk missed payments.
also reports that deputies tried over 30 times to give Polk her eviction notice, leaving the note on the door when she wouldn’t answer.

September 28, 2008

Helicopter crash kills 4

A medical evacuation helicopter crashed early Sunday morning on its way to bring accident victims to the trauma center, killing four of the five passengers.

Two police officers, a flight paramedic and a 17-year-old patient all died in the crash. The only survivor is 18-year-old Jordan Wells, another patient who is now in critical condition.

reports that the helicopter was bringing car crash victims to Prince George's Hospital but changed flight plans to avoid bad weather. They planned to land at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, Maryland.

Star Tribune reports that the helicopter lost contact with officials around 12:30 a.m. and almost two hours later officials found the wreckage on a park trail near the base.

"This is a devastating tragedy," Colonel Terrence Sheridan, superintendent of the Maryland State Police said, according to CNN. "We have had crashes before but never with four dead. This is the worst."

September 21, 2008

Ministry raided, 6 children in custody

After police raided an evangelist's compound in Arkansas, 6 minors have been placed into temporary custody.

reports that the children may have been physically and sexually abused at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries near Texarkana, Arkansas. The Star Tribune reports that the children being interviewed seem to be 12-, 13-, and 14-year-olds. The man who runs the ministry says for girls “consent is puberty? when it comes to sex.

"It's a hoax," Tony Alamo, who runs the ministry, said according to CNN. "They're just trying to make our church look evil ... by saying I'm a pornographer. Saying that I rape little children. ... I love children. I don't abuse them. Never have. Never will."

CNN also reports that Alamo compared himself to Christ when asked why authorties were searching the property. "Why were they after Jesus?" he asked. "It's the same reason. Jesus is living within me."

Star Tribune
reports that Tony Alamo’s ministry has been considered a cult by critics.

The children will be interviewed and the courts will decide the children’s status with the ministry.

September 14, 2008

Bill Clinton predicts a victory for Obama reported that democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama visited Bill Clinton at his Harlem office.
"I predict that Sen. Obama will win and win handily," Clinton said.
The two then shared lunch, which Yahoo News reported as pizza and sandwiches at Cosi.
According to CNN, Clinton plans to make regular appearances with Obama and his campaign, “"I've agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do."
Yahoo News said that the meeting of Obama and Clinton drew many people trying to catch a glimpse of the duo which they were graced with – a few waves from both but no hand shakes from either.