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December 8, 2007

Oprah Winfrey Endorses Barak Obama

Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed democratic presidential hopeful, Barak Obama in Des Moines Iowa today, according to MSNBC.

Winfrey discussed how she has voted for just as many Republics as Democrats over the years according to CNN.

"These are dangerous times, you can feel it. We need a leader who shows us how to hope again in America as a force for peace," Winfrey said (courtesy of CNN).

According to MSNBC the Democratic race is very close with Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards all in the lead.

November 28, 2007

Blue Barrel Focus of Search For Missing Illinios Woman

Stacy Peterson, the woman who was last seen on Oct. 28 in Illinois, and who’s husband, Drew Peterson , is a suspect in her disappearance, may be found in a blue barrel, according to MSNBC.

Tim Miller, founder of EquuSearch, said, “"They (Illinois State Police) actually even gave me a picture of what we might be looking for. It was certainly large enough to put her body in, she only weighed about a hundred pounds." (quote courtesy of MSNBC) As of Wednesday the Associated Press had not heard back from Illinois State Police as to why searchers should focus on a blue barrel.

Drew Peterson has denied having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance. He believes she left him for another man and is still alive, according to CNN.

November 18, 2007

Alcohol Found in 6 Beach House Fire Victims

Out of the seven college students that died in the beach house fire last month in Raleigh, North Carolina, six had levels of alcohol in their systems, according to CNN. The levels were between .16 and .29 percent according to Dr. John Butts, the state’s chief medical examiner (courtesy of CNN).

Dr. Butts also said that the amount of alcohol found in the victims bodies would have impaired “their ability to respond,? according to MSNBC.

Rex Gore, Brunswick’s County Attorney denied the idea that alcohol could have contributed to the deaths, bringing up the fact that the 7th victim had no alcohol in their system, according to MSNBC.

November 12, 2007

Soccer Fan is Killed In Italy & Riot Break Out

According to the Associated Press an Italian police officer accidentally shot and killed a soccer fan today. The officer was trying to break up a fight between rival fans, in Rome.

According to the BBC soccer fans started rioting, shortly after the killing. Fans attacked police headquarters, and threw rocks and clubs. The BBC quoted Arezzo police chief, Vincenzo Giacobbe, “It was a tragic error.?

November 4, 2007

Condoleezza Rice Receives a Subpoena

United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has received a subpoena to testify in a criminal trail of two pro-Israel lobbyists, accused of espionage, according to USA Today.

The former lobbyists are Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman and both are denying doing anything criminal, according to USA Today.

According to MSNBC, “The lobbyists are accused of receiving classified information from a now-convicted Pentagon official and relaying it to an Israeli official and the press.?

October 27, 2007

Sen. Larry Craig Still Fighting the Guilty Plea

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig plans on going back to court to argue against his guilty plea of disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis Airport bathroom in June. Craig and his attorney will make a case against Minnesota's disorderly conduct law, stating that it is unconstitutional, namely it is against the First Amendment, guaranteeing United States citizens freedom of speech. The case will be brought to court in December according to MSNBC.

Craig's lawyer Billy Martin is a criminal lawyer from Washington, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

October 14, 2007

California Crash Kills Three

A huge vehicle crash involving 28 commercial vehicles and one passenger vehicle has killed three people and injured 10 others early Sunday morning in Santa Clara California.
The crash happened inside a free way tunnel and has closed the freeway temporarily. The tunnel needs to be inspected by officials to see how many repairs need to be made before it can be deemed safe for driving in. According to Will Kempton, Director of the California Department of Transportation, “"Our goal is to get the roadway open as quickly as possible." (CNN)
The roadway that is closed is interstate 5 between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. The only time this road has been closed this long is by to earthquakes. The cause of the crash is still being investigates according to the Los Angeles Times.

October 1, 2007

Seattle Woman Survives Being Trapped in Car a Week

On September 20, thirty-three-year old Tanya Rider, a Washington Seattle native, drove her Honda Element SUV down a steep ravine in King County Washington, and crashed. She was on her way home from work and was trapped inside of her vehicle after the crash. She claims she made a 911 call and no one answered or came to her rescue. The King County sheriff's department is denying that a phone call was received. Tanya's husband, Tom Rider, contacted the sheriff's office to report his wife missing. Sheriff Sue Rahr, stated they can not take every missing persons case seriously because most missing adults do not want to be found.
Tanya was found in her vehicle on September 27 after police used cell phone tracking technology on her phone. She was alive and still trapped inside. The roof of her vehicle had to be cut open to get to her. She suffered kidney failure, dehydration, a badly injured left leg, a broken collar bone and a deep gash on her forehead, according to the Seattle Times.
Tanya Rider blames her husband, Tom, for not finding her soon enough and Tom blames the King County Sheriff's department for not finding her soon enough. Rahr said, "I want to know if he tried to report this and we made a mistake. If we made a mistake, we're going to address that." (CNN)

September 27, 2007

Iran's President Visits Columbia University

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was invited to speak and participate in a question and answer session with students at Columbia University in New York on September 24. Ahmadinejad accepted the invitation and was introduced by Columbia's president, Lee Bollinger. According to The New York Times, Columbia's campus and Bollinger have been criticized by the public for hosting an event featuring the controversial, Ahmadinejad. In the introduction Bollinger was quoted as saying, "Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator. You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated." (The New York Times)
According to CNN Ahmadinejad began his speech by criticizing Bollinger's remarks calling them "discourteous, intellectually dishonest and inaccurate."
Ahmadinejad then continued to make such statements, according to The New York Times, as, there are no homosexuals in Iran, and that the Holocaust could not be treated as fact but instead theory. These were just a few of the fictionalized facts he said in his speech.
According to the Tehran Times Iran's Expediency Council Chairman, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said, in regards to Bollinger's speech, "Those who insult Iranians would certainly suffer its repercussions."

September 24, 2007

Iran's President in the US

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting the United States and arrived in New York on Sunday, September 23. According to CNN, he is here to communicate Iran's views on regional and global issues. He is scheduled to address the National Assembly and hold a question and answer forum at Columbia University, while here. According to WCCO, before Ahmadinejad's visit he met with the news program 60 Minutes and discussed his feelings on wanting to visit the former Twin Towers in New York. He expressed his disbelief over the fact that Americans would be insulted by him visiting the site.

September 17, 2007

Remembering 9/11 Six Years Later

September 11, 2001 was a day no American will forget. Six years later it is remembered near the site of the former Twin Towers in New York City. The former site is still under construction. According to the New York Times the remembrance ceremony began at 8:40 a.m. and included a children's choir and the New york police department which was followed by bagpipers.
According to the Pioneer Press rememberance ceremonies also commenced at the Pentegon, in Pennsylvania and St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C..