November 18, 2007

Man dies after being tasered

A 20-year-old Maryland man died after a police officer used a Taser on him, according to an Associated Press article on

The police officer has been suspended with pay for an investigation.

CNN is reporting that, according to Amnesty International, more than 150 people have died in the United States after stun guns were used on them. Coroners have linked 30 of the deaths to the stun guns.

Taser International, the company that makes the Tasers claims that the media has unfairly represented these deaths because there are many other factors that the deaths can be attributed to, according to CNN.

November 4, 2007

Woman trained for marathon rigourously while pregnant

A 33-year-old woman from Britain trained at intense levels during her pregnancy that runners who are not pregnant would see as daunting, according to the New York Times.

Paula Radcliffe was running right up until the day before she gave birth to her healthy baby in January, and was running only 12 days later. She arrived in New York on Thursday to compete in the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

"As far as I know, no one has ever done what she's done," James Pivarnik, director of the Human Energy Research Laboratory at Michigan State University, said.

There is little research on the effects of pregnancy on athletes performances because many are unwilling to participate in studies because of possible danger to babies, according to the New York Times.

Radcliffe won her second New York City Marathon Sunday, according to BBC.

Radcliffe holds the world record at 2 hrs 23 mins 9 secs.

October 21, 2007

Gopher's lose to lower division Bison

The Gopher football team lost to NDSU's Bison on Saturday. A loss is not surprising, given the Gophers record of 1-7, but the Star Tribune claims the loss will go down as one of the lowest points in Gopher football history.

Losing 27-21 to a team who brought just as many fans from North Dakota as the Gophers brought from a couple blocks away left new coach Tim Brewster saying, "I wish I knew," according to the Pioneer Press.

The Bison, a rival of the Gophers are classified one division lower and have, until Saturday, never beaten the Gophers before.

October 14, 2007

Turkish General Warns Against Resolution

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is urging congress to recognize the Armenian killings, from the World War I era, a genocide, according to CNN. The U.S. would be the 24th country to recognize the killings as a genocide.

A Turkish official warned the U.S. that if the resolution passed major logistical support would be lost from Turkey, who is a major port hub for the United States.

President Bush said that it was the wrong response to the killings and also warns that we would lose important support from Turkey for the war in Iraq because 70 percent of cargo headed to Iraq goes through Turkey, as well as 30 percent of the fuel we send to our troops in Iraq, according to CNN.

The Bush administration is continuing intense efforts to prevent the passage of the resolution, according to the New York Times.

If the killings were condemned by the United States, "Our military relations with the U.S. would never be as they were in the past," the armed forces chief from Turkey said, "The U.S., in that respect, has shot itself in the foot." He was quoted in the Milliyet, a Turkish newspaper.

September 30, 2007

Peacekeeping Base Attacked in Darfur

About 1,000 rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army attacked a peace keeping base amid efforts by the United Nations to encourage countries to commit troops to create a bigger peacekeeping force, according to the New York Times. This attack may deter other countries from helping in the peacekeeping efforts.

Killing 10 people, this attack was the deadliest since the African Union set up the base in Darfur with peacekeeping intentions in 2004, according to the Washington Post. Dozens are missing and the remaining peacekeepers were evacuated under the protection of Sudan's army. The violence that began in 2003 has left about 200,000 dead and many more forced from their homes as the violence continues to escalate against peacekeeping missions.

Some of the attackers have been associated with some different rebel groups that did not sign a peace agreement in 2006, according to CNN.

There was only one rebel group who signed the peace agreement where now "the conflict has morphed from a rebellion and brutal counterinsurgency into a free-for-all between dozens of armed groups," according to the New York Times.

September 16, 2007

Warren Jeffs on Trial

Warren Jeffs, a religious leader of a polygamist community in Utah, went on trial Thursday charged with rape as an accomplice.

The prosecutions main witness is a woman who they are referring to as Jane Doe. The woman was married at age 14 to her 19-year-old cousin in a religious ceremony preformed by Jeffs in 2001.

The defense attorney, Tara Isaacson, told the jury that there was no evidence that Jane Doe was raped by her husband, who has not been charged with anything. Isaacson also said that Jeffs had nothing to do with the couples sexual conduct, according to the New York Times.
"We would forfeit our chance at the afterlife" by disobeying religious leaders who are regarded as "gods on earth" by the followers of this religious sect.

After the marriage the woman locked herself in the bathroom and "cried and cried and cried," she said after Jeffs told them to go forth and replenish the earth.

Later in the marriage she became depressed and went to Jeffs for counsel, he told her to repent and "go home. Give yourself mind body and soul to your husband." She testified that she was "petrified" of sex and would avoid and often hide from her husband, according to CNN.

Jane Doe tried to file a civil suit against Jeffs before he was criminally charged.

Just how much control Jeffs had over the young woman is a big factor in the case. The trial is expected to last two weeks.