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November 30, 2008

Wal Mart employee trampled to death

According to an AP article in the Denver Post a temporary worker, Jdimytai Damour, was mowed down as about 2,000 bargain-hunters surged into a Valley Stream, N.Y. Wal Mart during it's Friday's 5 a.m. opening.

At least four other people, including a woman eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or treatment for minor injuries said the article.

The New York Times reported that the front doors of the store shattered, and the mob ran through the entrance to look for holiday bargains.

The New York Times also noted that the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday because it has traditionally marked the point when a throng of shoppers pushes stores into profitability for the year.

November 23, 2008

Three killed in Wisconsin plane crash

Authorities in Wisconsin said a small airplane has crashed in the backyard of a house in Marshfield, killing the three people on board the aircraft said an AP article in the Denver Post.

The AP reported that no one on the ground was hurt.

The three people died behind a house in the 1200 block of West 17th Street at 11 p.m. Saturday, the Marshfield Police Department told the Marshfield News Herald.

The Herald also said that the release of the victims names is pending until positive identification of the bodies can be made.

November 16, 2008

Fires in California

According to the LA Daily News, the Sayre fire grew to more than 10,000 acres on Sunday night after destroying 623 structures in its path from Sylmar to the Santa Clarita Valley.

The fire was 40 percent contained by around 8 p.m. on Sunday night, officials told the LA Daily.

Santa Ana winds that spread the fires on Saturday weakened Sunday morning and allowed firefighters to prevent flames from advancing to hillside neighborhoods by setting backfires, according to an AP article.

Another 1,400 residents have been asked to leave, not including the 26,500 people that have already been asked to evacuate, said the AP.

November 10, 2008

8-year-old boy accused of killing his father

An 8-year-old boy has been charged with killing his father and father's friend on Wednesday in St.Johns, Ariz., according to the White Mountain Independent.

The boy was charged with the two homicides and is currently being held at the Apache County Juvenile Detention Center.

An AP article reported that Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39, were found dead inside Romero's home, one at the entrance and one in an upstairs room.

"Everybody knows them because there's like 100 of them," said Marybeth Ellsworth, who played the piano at Romero's wedding in September. "They're very well-liked in the community." - the AP article said.

October 19, 2008

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.

October 13, 2008

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.

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."

September 28, 2008

Bailout plan agreed on

Congressional leaders and the White House agreed on a $700 billion rescue of the financial industry on Sunday, according to the Denver Post.

This will be the biggest bailout in U.S. history if the vote passes the House on Monday.

"Without this rescue plan, the costs to the American economy could be disastrous," Bush said in a written statement released by the White House given to the Post.

According to the New York Times, the decision faced much resistance from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Bush thought Congressional leaders did a good job and said it was "a very good bill."

The bill will disburse the $700 billion in parts, starting with $250 billion.

"This is something that all of us will swallow hard and go forward with," said Republican presidential nominee John McCain, according to the Denver Post.

September 14, 2008

Rescuers search Ike's path

Thousands of volunteers are searching for victims of Hurricane Ike on the Texas and Louisiana Coast according to an AP story in the Denver Post.

As of Sunday, Sept. 14, authorities have rescued around 2,000 people.

Rescuers are now going door to door to try and find life.

"If we save ONE it's worth it. It doesn't matter to us. We help everybody we come across," Capt. Perry Manuel of the Port Arthur Fire Department told the AP.

According to the New York Times, the death toll has risen to eight.

They also reported more than 140,000 Texans refused orders to evacuate and are now are stranded, waiting for emergency teams.

President Bush will be traveling to Texas on Tuesday to assess the storm's aftermath.

“This is a tough storm, and it’s one that is going to require time for people to recover,? Bush told the New York Times.

Officials are telling residents to not come back until their local officials have declared it safe.