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May 6, 2007

Clemens a Yankee Once Again

Roger Clemens, the flame-throwing pitcher who has been in retirement since the end of last season, announced Sunday that he will play for the New York Yankees, a team he played for from 1998 to 2003. Clemens will likely join the roster in three to four weeks and will be paid $28 million dollars for a one-year contract, the AP reported.

The Yankees have struggled so far this season, starting 14-15, 5 1/2 games behind the rival Boston Red Sox. One of the main reasons that the Yankees have struggled is their pitching. They have used 10 starters so far, a record for the first 30 games. Injuries have played a role, taking out key starters Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, and Chien Ming Wang.

"The Rocket" will join the team with the eighth most wins all time, 348, and the second most strikeouts, 4,604. Clemens made his announcement at Yankee Stadium during their game against Seattle as the crowd chanted his name.

"It feels like coming back home," Clemens said. "You feel like you're welcomed and you know what it's all about."

As for the Yankees rivals, the first-place Red Sox did not seem overly concerned.

When asked by CBS Sportsline about the Yankees signing Clemens, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had this to say:

"Who?"

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said he liked the roster his team had and that changes weren't needed.

"It would have been nice to have him, but we didn't need him. We DON'T need him," Schilling said.

High Winds Take Out Power Lines

Wind gusts that reached up to 40 miles per hour knocked down trees and power lines across the Twin Cities on Sunday morning, reported the Star Tribune. The downed power lines have left thousands of local residents without power.

Excel Energy reported these numbers at 1 p.m. : 1,700 outages in Savage, 1,800 in St.Louis Park, 900 in South St.Paul, and 800 in Minneapolis. Law enforcement officials have reported no severe of widespread damage, however, according to the Star Tribune.

The winds also caused severe fire weather conditions across west central Wisconsin, reported the Star Tribune. Incoming storms later today should help improve the situation there.

Excel Energy notified me over the phone that they had an unusually large amount of emergency calls this afternoon. The power at my apartment building at 1100 Como Ave. went out at around 11 a.m. I was informed that I will have power by noon on Monday. Until then, my blogging will have to be done at the local coffeeshop with free wireless.

Body Found; Believed to be of Missing Little Falls Man

Police found a body Saturday in Foley, Minn. that is believed to be that of a missing Little Falls man. Lewis Wilczek, 21, went missing on April 29,according to both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press. Wilczek was headed to meet someone in St. Cloud when he disappeared, the local sources reported.

Wilczek's mother, Sharon, said that police notified her that the case had switched from a missing-person search to a homicide case, according to the sources. Police have said that the investigation remains open.

Wilczek's red pickup truck was found Wednesday, reported the sources. A who was driving the truck and claiming to be Wilczek was arrested. The man, who's name has been withheld, was brought to Stearns County jail for allegedly providing false information to police and outstanding warrants. His role in the case has not been determined, according to the police.

May 5, 2007

No High-Profile Names Released as Clients of D.C. Prostitution Ring

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a 51-year-old Washington, D.C. woman accused of running a prostitution ring, did not reveal any big name clients during a Friday TV interview. Palfrey appeared on ABC's "20/20" and claimed she was running a legal escort service.

No links could be made between records that Palfrey provided and any members of Congress or The White House, the AP reported. However, some of the records did link to prominent businessmen, NASA officials, and millitary officers, although these names were not released.

ABC decided to take what they called a "conservative" approach, according to a New York Times report.

“Our decision at the end was not to name any names,? said Brian Ross, the news correspondent who presented the segment. “Based on our reporting it turned out not to be as newsworthy as we thought in terms of the names.?

Kenyan Jet Crashes;114 People Missing

A Kenyan Airways jet carrying 114 passengers crashed in southern Cameroon Saturday, according to multiple sources. People in nearby villages reported hearing a loud boom, according to the AP. The jet was headed for Nairobi at the time of its crash.

The plane crash occured in a heavily forrested area, which has made the search for survivors difficult. The AP reported that search planes have been flying over the area, but no wreckage has been found and no survivors have been spotted.

Weather may have played a part in the crash, as the plane departed in torrential downpour, according to Reuters. A local government official told Reuters that a plan is in place to locate any survivors.

"The crisis committee ... has decided to set up several teams made up of villagers to continue the search throughout the night," Placide Ndobo said.

It is still to early to determine the exact cause of crash.

"We need to get information from the technical experts as to whether it was occasioned by the weather or pilot error or mechanical fault,? Ali Chirau Makwere, Kenya's transportation minister, told the AP.