March 2011 Archives

Libyan woman accused she was raped by 15 men

A Libyan woman burst into the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday morning and attempted to tell the foreign journalist that she was raped by 15 men beaten by members of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's militia, however, she was took away by security forces brutally.
According to the CNN, the woman gave her name as Eman al-Obeidy. She told the journalist in the hotel that she was a native of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. She had been stopped by Qaddafi militia on the outskirts of Tripoli and being held for about two days. During two days, she was tied up, and the militia defecated and urinated on her.
CNN reported that al-Obeidy showed the journalist a broad bruise on her face, a large scar on her upper thigh, several narrow and deep scratch marks lower on her leg, and marks from binding around her hands and feet. She was raped by 15 men.
However, when the journalist wanted to interview with her, the security forces quickly closed to throttle her, the New York Times reported. The security forces also attacked the journalist and destroyed their equipments. Two members of the hotel staff took table knives to threaten al-Obeidy and the journalists.
The official forces finally arrest the woman and the woman yelled that they were taking her to jail, according to the New York Times.
A government spokesman told the journalist in the new conference that this case was a criminal one, not a political case, the CNN reported. And he later said the woman was a sane person and they would bring criminal charges against her attackers.
According to the New York Times, Khaled Kaim, the Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister, promised that the woman would be treated in accordance with the law.

Thousands people from different industries with their supporters marched together in Downtown Los Angeles Saturday morning to fight for better jobs and higher wages.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police estimate 5,000 to 8,000 teachers, nurses, Teamsters, electricians, actors attended the protest and it ended in a packed rally at Pershing Square. The protest was response to the Wisconsin Legislature's approval of a bill this month that curtails the collective bargaining rights of many unions.
Mahlon Mitchell, the president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, shouted in the protest that the similar policies will be introduced by politicians in California soon and it struggle for an estimated $26-billion deficit. This is an injury for all of them, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Maria Elena Durazo, the head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, hoped the march and rally reinforced their message that "we have a broad, strong, powerful coalition that supports collective bargaining. She called it was the only way get the worker's voice be heard, according to the Huffington Post.
The Los Angeles Times reported one protester ,Ruben Najara, 49, saying the Wisconsin law will cause that the union collective bargaining power will be steadily eroded throughout the country.
According to the Huffington Post, the LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO coordinated the event and plans to organize more throughout the country.

Gas leak in St. Paul evacuated hundreds from 12 businesses

A gas leak on the Central Corridor in St. Paul Thursday caused hundreds were evacuated from 12 buildings, road closed, and about 1,200 customers with no gas service.
Tom Hoento, Xcel Energy spokesperson, told the City Pages that Xcel Energy crews were working on a gas main along the Central Corridor in relation to the light rail construction. However, a cap on the end of the pipe came off and created "blowing gas".
The workers discovered the gas was blowing immediately. The odor of gas wafted in the air along University Avenue. The City Pages reported that the fire marshal evacuated 12 buildings near the corner of University and Snelling Avenues. The street also shut down. After the gas was shut off, about 1,200 customers had no gas service.
In this incident, no one was injured, but many were affected. According the Star Tribune, workers from the businesses waited in the parking lot, on a bus or some restaurants near the area. Also, some could not use their own car, so they took cabs home.
Babak Oskoui told the Start Tribune that he felt light-headed as he evacuated the Spruce Tree Center about 11 a.m. and Misty Becken said she was worried because she's pregnant.
Steve Roalstad, the other Xcel spokesman, told the Star Tribune that they were not sure how the cap came off and the investigation could take days to determine.
According the Star Tribune, some extra crews from Xcel went door to door of their customers to check appliances and then relight pilot lights.

A man who was not wearing seat belt died in four car crash

A Chevy Suburban was driving on Highway 5 near the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Thursday and it crossed the median that crashed on another three cars that lead one dead and eight injuries.
The State Patrol told the Star Tribune that the man who killed in the accident was Twamar T. Terry of Maplewood. He and the 25-year-old Suburban's driver, Michael J. Brown, were not wearing the seat belt while driving.
The City Pages reported that Brown was driving down Highway 5 when he crossed into the median. The car collided head on with a Lincoln Navigator, and then hit a minivan and a Volkswagen Phaeton.
Brown was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment. Also, four people suffered minor injuries and four had non-life threatening injuries, according to the City Pages.
The State Patrol, Lt. Eric Roeske, told the Star Tribune that the highway was dry when the accident happened. However, Brown told the state trooper that he couldn't remember anything that lead the crash. Roeske also said that Brown showed "no obvious signs" of being intoxicated and the result of a blood-alcohol test still not available at this time.
According to the Star Tribune, this Friday would have been Terry's 31st birthday.

Seven main members of the Jimmy John's Workers Union workers were fired on Tuesday shortly after they requested the paid sick days.
After the firing, the workers created a poster that claimed eating at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches will put the public in health risk since the sandwiches is made by sick food workers, according to the City Pages.
David Boehnke, who was fired in this incident, told the Minnesota Daily that they were fired for saying they want better working conditions and he said the firing was outrageous.
However, franchise owner Mike Mulligan of MikLin Enterprises disagreed for their claim. The City Pages reported that Mulligan denied the accusation from the poster and didn't agree that the worker were not allowed to call in sick.
The Minnesota Daily also reported the statement from MikLin saying the posters disparaged the company's reputation and showed "extreme disloyalty and malicious intent to damage" the company.
Jimmy John's has four-point system. Workers are deducted one point for missing work without finding a replacement and half a point for coming to work 10 minutes late, according to the Minnesota Daily.
Brittany Koppy, who works in at the Dinkytown Jimmy John's, told the Minnesota Daily, the system was a new attempt by management to aid the stringent policy.
Erik Forman, who was fired by Jimmy John's, told the City Pages that the company could not fire workers for organizing activities. They were also filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
According to the City Pages, Forman also said that they didn't worry about what they said was defamatory and they have the right to communicate with the public about health concerns.

14 passengers were killed in bus crash in NYC

On Saturday night, a serious bus crash killed 14 people when the bus was returning to Manhattan's Chinatown after a quick overnight trip to the Mohegan Sun casino.
According to the Huffington Post, the official said the passengers said they didn't feel anything hit on them and they didn't see the bus get hit either. The driver Ophadell Williams remained hospitalized in stable condition Sunday and about 20 passengers were treated at hospitals at St. Barnabas Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center. Most of them were in critical condition.
The New York Times reported the driver told the authorities that his bus was clipped by a passing tractor-trailer, which sped away, but police assert that it was under investigation. Many of victims are older Asian and Hispanic people. Some of the 31 passengers were still asleep when the bus crashed.
The crash had a devastating effect in the Chinese community in New York. They said if they did not know someone on the bus, they feared that they did, the New York Times reported.

Leeban Simeso, a 25-year-old resident in Stadium View apartment, had assaulted three women when they were sleeping in their apartment, and Simeso was charged with criminal sexual conduct.
According to the Minnesota Daily, Simeso is alleged to have raped one woman on Oct. 8 and fondled two others on Oct. 16. He remains in jail and faces three felony charges of criminal conduct for rape and molestation.
The Minnesota Daily quoted the police report saying that the victim was awakened about 6 a.m. when the suspect fondling her on Oct. 16. But the suspect left after she screamed.
Police told the KSTP TV that even though Simeso was not a student, he still claimed he was a college student when he lived in the apartment. The manager of the apartment told the KSTP TV that they will kick out Simeso from the apartment after he is being charged.

The community shocked by two shot in Cedar-Riverside

Two men were shot on Jan. 25 evening outside the community center in South Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, but both of them were survived.
Tony Wagner, president of Pillsbury United Communities, told the Star Tribune, that the two men were standing near the entrance of the community center and a car just drove by and shot them.
Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer told the Minnesota Daily that the two men were sent to Hennepin County Medical Center. One was shit in torso, and the other was shot in the leg. But they are both expected to live.
The Star Tribune reported that the police had made an arrest at the late evening.
This security of this community is a concern since it is not a first time having a shoot incident. According to the Star Tribune, on Sept. 22, 2008, Ahmed Nur Ali, a 20-year-old student at Augsburg College who had been volunteering at Brian Coyle, was shot and killed.
The Star Tribune reported that after the shooting, about 25 people gathered across the street to watch police work. Mahboub, who was in the area when the shooting occurred, told the Minnesota Daily that security is something they are going to demand.

Gay marriage bill in Maryland failed

The gay marriage bill had failed in Maryland and but the Democrats swore that they would try again next year to pass legislation of gay marriage.
According to the Star Tribune, homosexual marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia. This time Maryland failed to become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Star Tribune reported that the Democratic legislators failed to cooperate together to gain enough votes to passed the law. The opposition of this bill is Republicans and some religious groups, including the Catholic church and many black communities.
According to the New York Times, the Democrats hold 98 of the House's 141 seats. The vote should be enough to overcome the Republican opposition. However, about a third of all Democrats turned out to oppose it.
Delegate Anne Kaiser, D-Montgomery, one of the chamber's openly gay members, said that many people had promised them the votes but ultimately changed their mind, the Star Tribune reported.
Don H. Dwyer Jr., a Republican delegate, told the New York Times that the victory would not be successful without the cooperation of the Democrats who also want to against the bill.
However, the bill's supporter will not give up. Michael E. Busch, the speaker of Maryland's Democratic-controlled House of Delegates, said that they will come back next year and takes a strong look at it, the New York Times reported.

Japan faces a nuclear crisis after the massive earthquake

The magnitude-8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan Friday initiated a serious nuclear power plant leakage and explosion.
In the massive earthquake, the cooling system of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant was damaged and the government had to evacuate more than 45,000 residents within a 10-kilometre radius, the Asian Age reported.
The Asian Age reported that if the cooling system could not cool the fuel rods, it would become exposed and release radioactivity and finally it would be leading to a meltdown.
The official then decided to vent radioactive steam from a severely overheated reactor vessel but it caused a hydrogen explosion finally, the Star Tribune reported.
The Japanese broadcaster had quoted Tokyo University professor Naoto Sekimura said that there was a portion of the fuel may have melted but the reactor had already been stopped and is being cooled, the Asian Age reported.
However, if the temperature inside the Fukushima reactor vessel continued to rise, the potential risk still exists. The Star Tribune reported that some experts, who were interviewed by The Associated Press, saying any melted fuel would create the uranium and dangerous byproducts. Since the melted fuel will corrode the bottom of the reactor vessel and the floor of the already-damaged containment building, those byproducts then would start discharging into the environment.
According to the Star Tribune, another expert also said that the result of meltdown is the neighboring land would be unavailable for a period of time and a lot of first responders would die.

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