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October 19, 2008

Chinese oil workers kidnapped!

Nine Chinese oil workers along with their two Sudanese drivers were abducted in the southern Kordofan state of Sudan on Saturday afternoon according to BBC News.

The kidnappers released one of the drivers with a note saying they wanted a share in the region's oil wealth.

It was the third attack on Chinese targets in the past year said an AP article on Yahoo News.

Powell endorses Obama

Gen. Colin Powell endorsed presidential candidate Barack Obama on Sunday according to the Denver Post.

Powell said that Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate choice was a rightward migration of the Republican Party.

Powell also stressed the nation's need for a "transformative figure."

Both were reasons for him endorsing Obama.

The New York Times reported Powell announced Obama had gained an immense financial edge over Sen. John McCain.

“He is a new generation coming into the world, onto the world stage,? Powell said.

Man who is mentally ill is assulted

A 24-year-old mentally disabled Lakeville named Justin Hamilton was tortured and beaten on two separate days said the Pioneer Press.

Hamilton may need plastic surgery to repair cuts, burns and abrasions across his body and cover initials gouged into his arm.

The Star Tribune said that a 16-year-old girl named Natasha Dahn had lied to her boyfriend and told him that Hamilton had hit her.

Dahn and four men charged in the beating lured Hamilton secluded spot in Dakota County, where he was beaten and tortured.

The group was charged with kidnapping, robbery and other crimes as well.

October 13, 2008

Turkish jets bomb Kurds in Iraq

Turkish warplanes bombed 31 Kurdistan Workers' Party positions in Iraq, according to the Middle East Online.

This was the sixth Turkish air raid in Iraq since October 3, 2008.

According to the BBC, the jets targeted the base that had "a PKK group which included high-level members."

The BBC stated that the PKK is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU and that more than 30,000 people have been killed since thy started their armed campaign in 1984.

McCain vows to whip Obama's 'you know what'

John McCain vowed to "whip" Barack Obama's "you-know-what" at their final televised debate on Wednesday according to the Washington Post.

McCain's top advisers said he is considering new economic proposals to help with the financial crisis.

The Denver Post reported in an AP article that many battleground state polls have shown McCain trailing behind Obama.

The next debate is planned to be in Long Island, N.Y at Hofstra University on Wednesday.

McCain stops at Lakeville

McCain stopped spoke at a Lakeville town hall meeting on Friday according to an AP article in the Pioneer Press.

McCain supporters booed after Sen. McCain said Obama was a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."

According to the Star Tribune, one woman at the town hall meeting called Obama an "Arab" and McCain responded, "No, ma'am. He's a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues."

October 6, 2008

Biden's Mother-in-law dies

The New York Times stated that Bonny Jean Jacobs, the mother-in-law of Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden, died Sunday after a long illness.

Biden canceled all of his Monday and Tuesday campaign appearances to be with his wife according to the New York Times.

The Denver Post had a brief AP article that described Biden's mother-in-law as a "homemaker and avid gardener with a lifelong love of reading."

Fernando Cabada wins Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

The Pioneer Press reported that Fernando Cabada won the 2008 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 5, 2008 with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 32 seconds.

Cabada said he has had poor running performances for the past 14 months.

He told the Pioneer Press that he gave up drinking for two months and said it was well worth it

According to the Star Tribune, Cabada's winning earned him $25,000 and the U.S. men's marathon title and a spot in next summer's world championships.

"I haven't had any glory for the past 22 months, and I missed it. I don't want to ever go back," Cabada told the Star Tribune.