Thursday, April 30, 2009


Three people are dead
after a vehicle went
out of control and
slammed into a utility

pole in southeast Missouri.
Randy Williams, the driver,
was 55; the passengers
were Larry McKinney, 65,

and Cynthia Hall, 48. All
died at the scene,
four miles east of
Doniphan. Save on Craftsman.


Source: Associated Press, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009



A bus carrying a
group of tourists skidded
onto its side, ejecting
several, and killing at

least four instantly. The
crash occurred around 3:20
p.m. on U.S. 101.
The bus hit a

center divider on the
four-lane highway in
Soledad, perhaps on an
overpass? Responding to the

accident were more than
a dozen ambulances and
eight helicopters. Without cafeteria
trays, colleges find savings.


source: The New York Times, April 29, 2009
Jesse McKinley, reporting

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Charles Morrow II, 23,
and two other men
were standing near a
taco truck at the

corner of 48th Avenue
and International Boulevard when
someone in a car
opened fire on them

shortly after midnight. The
three were taken by
car to Oakland’s Highland
Hospital, where Morrow was

pronounced dead. Sacramento has
2 more swine flu
Cases, raising the count
in California to 13.


Source:, April 28, 2009
Henry K. Lee, reporting

Monday, April 27, 2009


In order to thwart
possible May Day attacks
police conducted at least
60 raids across Istanbul.

In one early morning
raid on an apartment
block in the Bostanci
area shooting broke out.

A leader of the
“Revolutionary Headquarters” was killed.
A civilian and a
police officer also died.

Some officers were wounded
when the “leftist, separatist,
radicals” threw bombs in
response. A television cameraman

is among the injured.
In Iceland prime minister
Johanna Sigurdardottir claims
victory for leftist coalition.


source: Al Jazeera, April 27, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Six members of Topeka-
based Bikers Against Child
Abuse of Northeast Kansas
were returning home after

visiting children they had
helped (earlier in the
day they had participated
in a ride to

benefit the cause) when
one of the members
was hit by lightning.
The victim, 44, was

alone on his motorcycle.
“Strangest thing,” said Jefferson
County Sheriff Jeff Herrig.
Tokepa Dillons to close.


source: Topeka Capital-Journal, April 26, 2009
Kevin Elliott, reporting

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Joshua Cartwright, 28, of
Fort Walton Beach, Florida,
was being sought for
possible involvement in domestic

abuse. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s
Deputies acted on a
tip that he was
at the Shoal River

Gun Club. When confronted,
Cartwright engaged officers in
a shootout. Deputy Warren
“Skip” York and Deputy

Burt Lopez were both
shot and airlifted to
a trauma center where
they died. Fleeing in

his truck, Cartwright veered
off the highway to
avoid spikes. The truck
flipped over. After more

gunfire, Cartwright was killed
at the scene. In Jackson
County 30 tubers rescued
from flooding Chipola River.


source: WMBB News Dept, Panama City, Florida, April 25, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009


Just after 3 p.m.
Wednesday in a field
near Camp Creek Lake
a gas well blew.

A length of pipe
hit Robert Jost, 38,
in the chest. He
died at St. Joseph

Regional Health Center in
Bryan, Texas. Jost worked
for Express Energy, under
contract to Encana which

owned the well. To
deter camera-shy robbers,
some Houston banks ask
customers to doff hats.


source: Associated Press, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009


At least 75 people were
killed and 120 wounded
in two explosions in
Iraq on Thursday. In

the bombing in Baghdad’s
Karada district, a woman
wearing a suicide belt
exploded herself as dozens

of people lined up
at a food giveaway,
killing 28, including 12
police officers, and wounding

50. The food was
being distributed by members
of the Iraqi police
and the Red Crescent

charity in front of
an apartment building. In
the blast’s aftermath, the
street was littered with

bags of flour and red
apples, and pieces of
human flesh attracted masses
of flies. In the

attack in Muqdadiya in
Diyala Province, a bomb
went off inside a
restaurant where a group

of Iranian tourists were
eating lunch, killing 47 and
wounding 70. Of the
dead all but five

appeared to be Iranians.
Evidence for a suicide
bombing was not clear.
Slump lessens American mobility.


source: The New York Times, April 23, 2009
Timothy Williams, reporting

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Sharon Kelley, 51, of
Kansas City, Kansas, was
killed in Tuesday morning’s
rush-hour crash with

a pickup truck. The
truck, headed north on
North 99th, attempted to
turn left onto Donahoo,

and collided with the
motorcycle headed south on
North. The rider died
at the scene. The

driver of the truck
was unharmed. Vehicle sale
fees in Missouri to
be kept under $200.


source: Kansas City Star, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009



Christopher Wood, 34, discussed
his family's financial problems
in six notes he left
behind after he killed

himself, his wife, and
their three children Friday.
The 5 were discovered by
a relative a day

later. The sheriff of
Frederickson County, Maryland, said
the man struggled with
depression and was $450,000

in debt. After killing
them the man nearly
decaptitated the three children
using a kitchen knife

and saw. A second
home in Florida was
not selling. 24 hour
towing hotline, all makes.


Source: Associated Press, April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009


A standoff with Michael
Batchelor began just before
9 p.m., the Utah County
Sheriff's Office reported. When

called to the scene
officers were told Batchelor
was possibly suicidal and
may have shot himself.

They entered the home
after hearing a crash,
yet Batchelor remained hidden,
calling out threats. A

SWAT team arrived and
began trying to talk,
to convince him to
surrender. They said, instead

he brandished a gun, so
they shot him. Little
Cottonwood Canyon Road reopens
after avalanche debris cleared.


source: The Salt Lake Tribune, April 20, 2009
Jason Bergreen, reporting

Sunday, April 19, 2009


8 Mexican law enforcement officers
were killed Saturday in
an attack on a
police convoy transporting an

important drug suspect in
western Mexico. Of the
eight, four were federal
police officers, two federal

investigative agents and two
prison employees. The attackers
escaped in three trucks.
Prisoners in Mexico are

often transported in convoys
of regular SUVs, pickups
or buses accompanied by
heavily armed officers. Despite

the killings a top
lieutenant of the Beltran-
Leyva cartel named Jeronimo
Gamez, and eight other

suspects were delivered successfully
to a prison in
Tepic. Slash your energy bill
with two solar panels.


source: Associated Press, April 19, 2009
Mark Stevenson, reporting

Saturday, April 18, 2009


A Palestinian, 16, was
fatally shot by Israeli
troops after throwing firebombs
at the gate of

a Jewish settlement in
the West Bank; another, 19,
who was also from
the Jalazoun refugee camp,

was wounded in the
leg. The Israeli military
said the two were
among a group of

Palestinians throwing firebombs at
the Beit El settlement.
See Bible prophets organized
in time, one view.


source: Associated Press, April 18, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009


A Norwegian officer was
killed and another wounded
Friday in an explosion
in northern Afghanistan.

The roadside bomb blast
in Balkh province was
triggered by a suicide
car bomb, an Afghan

official said. The Taliban
claimed credit, identifying the
bomber as Abdul Based.
The Taliban spokesman insisted

that 10 NATO soldiers
were dead and three
tanks destroyed in the
attack. Norwegian Defence Minister

Anne-Grete Strom-Erichsen
told reporters the vehicle
hit was unarmoured. B(l)aby
belt makes womb musical.


source: Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 17, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Edward Denson and Katelen
Blacklaw of Woodland, Washington,
both 15, were hit

by an Amtrak train
at 7:10 Tuesday evening
while standing on the
tracks. The teens were

waiting for a southbound freight
to pass on the
other track. Seemingly, they
did not hear or

see the northbound
train approaching, though there
is no curve in
that segment of railway.

Train safety expert Bob
Boston said many accidents
happen as Tuesday’s did,
one train’s noise drowning

out another. “When one
one train goes by,
they get hit, having
no idea the other’s

coming.” The train’s crew
requested to be taken
off duty. Tax on
cigarettes increases 62 cents.


source: The Daily News Online, April 16, 2009
Greg Garrison, reporting

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


11 police have been killed
and 23 people wounded
in a car bomb
attack in the northern

Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
Those killed had been
protecting an oil installation.
They were travelling through

a southern neighbourhood of
the city when the
bomb, which was planted
in a parked car,

exploded. Many of the
injured were civilians. Kirkuk
is the centre of
northern Iraq's oil industry,

and home to a
volatile mix of Kurds,
Arabs and Turkmen. Survey
finds Iraqis more positive.


source: BBC News

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


In Kinde, Michigan a
41-year-old man
may have been mauled
to death by dogs.

A neighbor found the
man’s body inside a
small camper. The neighbor
also was severely bitten

by three dogs, which
had to be beaten
off by another neighbor.
Film fest schedule announced.


source: Associated Press/Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009


An 18-year-old
man walked into the
Alcoholics Anonymous building at
2015 College St. in

Five Points about 10:48 p.m.
Saturday and demanded money.
“Gimme what you got,”
witnesses quoted the robber

as saying. As one
AA visitor dropped
something on the floor —
possibly his wallet — another

pulled out his own
pistol and shot the
robber “multiple times.” Kayson
Helms, 18, of Edison, New

Jersey, was pronounced dead
at Palmetto Health Richland
at 11:24 p.m. Saturday. An
autopsy showed bullets hit

Helms in the abdomen,
chest and neck. At
twilight Sunday, the center
was deserted. A sign

on the front read,
“No Money Left in
Club Overnight.” LeCorn's injury
sours offense’s strong day.


source: The State [New Jersey], April 13, 2009
John Monk, Rich Glickstein, reporting

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Two ambushes, suspected to
have been carried out
by leftist rebels, left
13 soldiers dead in a

mountainous region of Peru,
Ayacucho Province, a coca-
growing area and the
birthplace of the Maoist

Shining Path guerrilla group.
The rebels used grenades
and dynamite to attack
army patrols as they

passed. One soldier was
killed in the first
attack, while 12 troops
died in the second.

Peru’s government says the
Shining Path has all
but abandoned its fight
from leftist ideological in

favor of running drugs.
Bringing troops home from
Iraq might require Obama
to be like Ike.


source: Reuters (via NYT)

Saturday, April 11, 2009


A suicide bomber driving
a dump truck detonated
a load of explosives
at a police headquarters

in the northern city
of Mosul, killing
five American soldiers and
two Iraqi police officers.

Guards fired at the
vehicle when the driver
disobeyed orders to stop.
The American soldiers "were

just in the vicinity,
passing by" when the
truck detonated. The blast
wounded 22. Sunni insurgents

target Iraqi security forces,
seeing them as loyal to
a Shiite-led government
installed by an occupation

force. Some Mosul residents
felt fresh outrage watching
a video that shows
Shiite National Police officers

taunting a blindfolded and
handcuffed Sunni inmate. It
is on YouTube.
Yellow ribbon magnets personalized.


source: Washington Post, April 11, 2009
Ernesto Londoño, Dlovan Brwari, K.I. Ibrahim, Aziz Alwan and Qais Mizher, reporting

Friday, April 10, 2009


The twister descended quickly
on Mena, Arkansas, shortly
after 8 p.m. Thurman
Allen, 79, said his

charitable group, the Order
of the Eastern Star,
had just sat down
for its twice-monthly

meeting at the Masonic
lodge when the last
siren sounded. Before the
19 attendees could take

cover, the tornado peeled
away the roof with
winds so strong that
some women had their

shoes ripped off their
feet. One woman was
killed by falling debris —
her body recovered after

emergency workers cut part
of the roof away.
A different roof collapse
killed a second person.

The body of the third
was found in her
own front yard. At
Mena Middle School one

portable classroom was destroyed
and part of the auditorium's
roof ripped away. Rick
Lanman, who manages the

Mena Airport, said darkness
fell quickly as the
tornado crossed the Oklahoma
border 10 miles away.

"Me and the dog
ran to the bathroom
when we saw it
on the TV," Lanman

said. "It was here
in less than a
minute." Morning showed century-
old pecan trees leaning --

some strung with pink
insulation. Sioux Falls man
has won National Meat-
Cutter of the Year.


source: Associated Press, April 10, 2009
Jon Gambrell, reporting

Thursday, April 09, 2009


A minivan ran a
red light in Fullerton,
California, striking two cars
and killing three people.

Angels pro-baseball player Nick
Adenhart was among the
dead. Adenhart, 22, had
pitched against the Oakland

A’s a few hours
earlier. The minivan driver
was caught on foot
and is being charged

with felony hit-and-
run. The three who
died were in a
gray Mitsubishi, which slammed

into a light pole
after being struck. Two
died instantly. Adenhart died
later at UC Irvine

Medical Center. A fourth
occupant is in critical
condition. Cindy Crawford on
a Bikini Beach binge.


source: FOX News, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Virginia Montalvo, 71, was
pushing a shopping cart
full of empty bottles
and cans Monday morning

when a van headed
east on Jamaica Avenue
struck her and kept
going. Bags of bottles

and cans remain strewn
along Jamaica Avenue under
the elevated tracks of
the J and Z

trains. Paramedics took Ms
Montalvo to Jamaica Hospital
Medical Center, where she
was pronounced dead at

1:15 a.m. Said Esteban
Cobos, 44, her son-in-law,
“She went and did
her collections to keep

herself busy, so as
not to be bored
sitting at home.” Beatles
albums to be reissued.


source: The New York Times, April 8, 2009
Mathew R. Warren and Al Baker, reporting

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


A car bomb, parked
near a mosque in
a busy area of
the predominantly Shi'ite district

of Kadhimya, killed at
least 8. The explosion also
wounded 18. This is
only the latest in

a string of bombings
in Baghdad’s Shi’ite neighborhoods.
Microsoft delays Stirling to
Better develop behavioral detection.


Source: Middle East News, Apr 7, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009


Central Italy has been
rocked by a powerful
earthquake registering 5.8 on
the Richter scale. At

least 90 people were killed
and hundreds injured. Dozens
are still missing. The quake's
epicentre was in the

mountainous Abruzzo region, northeast
of the capital Rome.
Residents of the regional
capital L'Aquila and surrounding

villages ran into the
streets in panic. Thousands
of houses and other buildings
have collapsed or been

damaged, including a number
of old churches. Thousands
have been left homeless.
Communists win Moldovan election.

source: Radio Netherlands, April 6, 2009

Sunday, April 05, 2009


An ambush that resulted
in the shooting deaths
of three Pittsburgh policemen
was precipitated by an

emergency call from the
gunman's mother over a dog
urinating in the house.
Richard Poplawski and his

mother argued about his
dog's accident Saturday morning,
prompting her to threaten
to evict him and

to call police. When
his mother let the
police into the house,
her son, already armed

and wearing a bulletproof
vest, began firing. Currently
the 23-year-old
Poplawski is recovering in

a local hospital from
gunshot wounds to his
legs. Catholic hierarchy finds
flock not easily led.


source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 5, 2009
Michael Fuoco, reporting

Saturday, April 04, 2009


Two men were killed
in Baghdad's Sadr City
slum after clerics urged
a crackdown on homosexuality.

Conditions are especially dangerous
for gays and lesbians
in Iraq since the U.S.
invasion empowered religious militias.

“Their tribes killed them
to restore family honor,"
said a Sadr City official.
At two Friday prayer

gatherings sermons condemning homosexuality
were proclaimed. Some who
shave their beards and
dress in a more

Western style are now
accused of being gay;
at least one coffee
shop’s a gay hangout.

"This (homosexuality) has spread
because of the absence
of the Mehdi Army,
the spread of satellite

television and a lack of
government surveillance," said Shi’ite
Sheikh Ibrahim al-Gharawi. At
G20 Queen shushes Berlusconi.


source: Reuters, April 4, 2009
Wisam Mohammed, Khalid al-Ansary, Ahmed Rasheed, reporting

Friday, April 03, 2009


Kevin Hernandez-Pinto, 17,
of Central Islip, was
driving a 1994 Toyota
Camry south on Church
Street when he hit

a taxi, a 1999
Ford Crown Victoria being
driven westbound on Suffolk
Avenue by Christopher Jackson,
33, of Central Islip.

A third car, a 2007
Mazda, being driven westbound
on Suffolk Avenue by
Marcia Ledwidge, 46, of
Central Islip, also hit

the Camry. Hernandez-Pinto
died shortly thereafter at
Southside Hospital where he
and his three passengers had

been transported by ambulance.
The three passengers suffered
non-life-threatening injuries. Two are
Central Islip High School

students. Jackson and a
passenger in the taxi
also were transported to
Southside Hospital and were

treated for neck and back
injuries. Ledwidge, however, was
taken to Good Samaritan.
Were you at Woodstock?


source: Newsday, April 3, 2009
John Valenti & Sophia Chang, reporting

Thursday, April 02, 2009


Exxxxx Hxxx Mxxxxx, 74,
was strangled by her
ex-husband, Wxxxxxx, 78. Mr
Mxxxxx had been at

the house to discuss
their daughter, 40. Neighbors
told the police they
heard screaming. Mr Mxxxxx

called his daughter who,
upon arrival, found Mrs
Mxxxxx dead.“The age
of the parties involved

makes it somewhat unusual,”
said Lt Chris Russ
of the Pasadena Police.
Women rescue unwanted bees.


source: LA Times, April 2, 2009
Jia-Rui Chong, reporting

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


A group of suicide
bombers raided a provincial
council building in Kandahar
on Wednesday and killed 11.

One bomber blew himself
up at the gate,
killing the guard, while
three more got inside

and started firing. Police
swiftly moved into the
compound and shot dead
two of the would-be

bombers, but a third
succeeded in blowing up
the explosives attached to
his body. The attackers

were dressed in Afghan
army uniforms, witnesses said.
Sixteen people, including members
of the council, were

wounded. A Taliban leader
said, "Our aim was
to inflict maximum losses."
Crisis hits moon sales.


source: Reuters Wed Apr 1, 2009
Ismail Sameem, reporting from Afghanistan