Monthly Archives: November, 2013

US citizen detained in North Korea issues ‘apology’ for alleged war crimes

KCNA handout shows U.S. citizen Newman putting his thumbprint on a piece of paper at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Photo: KCNA/Reuters)

KCNA handout shows U.S. citizen Newman putting his thumbprint on a piece of paper at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Photo: KCNA/Reuters)

 

 

Merrill E. Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. citizen detained in North Korea for more than a month, has delivered an ‘apology,’ for allegedly killing troops and civilians during the Korean War.

The apology which was dated Nov. 9 could not be confirmed, but North Korean officials released a video of Newman reading it . . .

Click here for more information on “apology” from Merrill E. Newman, the US citizen detained in North Korea.

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Man pepper sprayed, arrested in shopping incident at Wal-Mart

Black Friday customers at a Wal-Mart in 2012. (Photo: Walmart.com)

Black Friday customers at a Wal-Mart in 2012. (Photo: Walmart.com)

Richard Ramos, a 23-year-old man, was pepper sprayed and arrested at a Garfield, N.J., Wal-Mart. The argument, allegedly, began over a dispute with management over a television.

Reportedly, police in Bergen County, where the Wal-Mart is located had a plan to control the crowd and keep the peace. Police were already in the area to provide around-the-clock protection for Wal-Mart and other stores because thousands of shoppers were expected for “Black Friday” deals Thursday and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend . . .

Click here to read about a Black Friday shopping-rage incident.

 

 

Despite cancer, Valerie Harper says she is feeling ‘pretty good’

Valerie Harper at Screen Actors Guild Foundation Brunch, in 2007. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Valerie Harper at Screen Actors Guild Foundation Brunch, in 2007. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Harper, 74, appeared on the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars” this week. Earlier this year, she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, but despite this says, “I’m feeling pretty good.”

In 2009, Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer and shared in March that she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition in which cancer spreads to the membranes surrounding the brain . . .

Click here to read about the optimistic Valerie Harper’s fight against terminal brain cancer.

Three girls imprisoned in Tucson home for two years

3 girls imprisoned in Tucson home for 2 years. Their mother and stepfather have been arrested and charged with child abuse. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Three girls imprisoned in Tucson home for two years. Their mother and stepfather have been arrested and charged with child abuse. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Three girls, ages 12, 13 and 17, were reportedly imprisoned in a Tucson, Ariz. home for two years. The mother, Sophia Richter, 32, and stepfather, Fernando Richter, 34, have both been arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail.

Charges against the stepfather include kidnapping, sexual abuse of a minor and physical and emotional child abuse. The mother has been charged with kidnapping, as well as physical and emotional child abuse . . .

Click here to read about how imprisoned girls escaped.

O.J. Simpson to remain in prison; judge denies new trial

O. J. Simpson sits for the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas on May 14. (Photo: Reuters)

O. J. Simpson sits for the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas on May 14. (Photo: Reuters)

On Tuesday, Clark County Judge Linda Marie Bell denied former NFL star O.J. Simpson’s request, that a conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping be dismissed. Simpson, 66, won’t be eligible for parole until age 70.

In July, Simpson received parole for some–but not all–of the crimes he committed. The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners agreed that Simpson had been a “model prisoner,” and the parole decision became effective on Oct. 2, but Simpson remains imprisoned for other crimes . . .

Click here to read about the latest O.J. Simpson legal saga.

Summary of Sandy Hook investigation released, killer’s motive remains mystery

 White House staff, including (left to right) Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer; Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; President Barack Obama; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; and Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President as they paused for a moment of silence on Dec. 21, 2012 to remember Sandy Hook School; Newtown, Conn. victims. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

White House staff, including (left to right) Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer; Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; President Barack Obama; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; and Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President as they paused for a moment of silence on Dec. 21, 2012 to remember Sandy Hook School; Newtown, Conn. victims. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

On Monday, a report of the Sandy Hook criminal investigation was released by Connecticut State’s attorney, Stephen J. Sedensky, III.

The final report of the horrific mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, which left 20 children and six adults dead, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., will reportedly be thousands of pages . . .

Click here to read about the report on Sandy Hook.

Conrad Murray interview shares intimate details of Michael Jackson’s medical care

 Conrad Murray, physician convicted for manslaughter of Michael Jackson, released from prison and gives details on Jackson's medical care. (Photo: Biography.com)

Conrad Murray, physician convicted for manslaughter of Michael Jackson, released from prison and gives details on Jackson’s medical care. (Photo: Biography.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conrad Murray, the physician who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the untimely death of pop icon, Michael Jackson, was recently released from jail after serving two years in prison. Murray gave a bizarre interview to London’s Daily Mail, sharing intimate details of Jackson’s medical care . . .

Click here for details of Conrad Murray’s bizarre interview with the London Daily Mail.

Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose has torn meniscus, out indefinitely

An MRI has confirmed Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus which will require surgery. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison)

An MRI has confirmed Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus, surgery is required. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison)

 

 

 

 

 

The Chicago Bulls confirmed Saturday that an MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear to Derrick Rose’s right knee. His injury requires a surgical repair, and he’ll be out indefinitely.

Rose was taken to the locker room near the end of the third quarter of Friday night’s game where the Bulls lost, 98-95, against the Portland Trailblazers . . .

Click here to read about Derrick Rose, his injury, and how it affects the Bulls.

France warns tourists to avoid south, west sides of Chicago

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

 

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site warns potential Chicago visitors against visiting the South and West sides of Chicago with this caveat: “éviter le West Side et le sud de la ville après la 59ème rue.” Roughly translated this means, “Stay away from the West side and any where south of 59th Street” . . .

Click here to read about the French Ministry’s tourist warning to steer clear of South, West sides of Chicago.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donates $3 million to boost Nepal’s tiger population

 The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation awarded a $3 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund to help save tigers in Nepal. (Photo of DiCaprio: leonardiocaprio.com)

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation awarded a $3 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund to help save tigers in Nepal. (Photo of DiCaprio: leonardiocaprio.com)

 

 

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated $3 million to the World Wildlife Fund to help double the number of tigers in Nepal within the next nine years.

Leonardo DiCaprio, 39, remains a major player in Hollywood, and is using his celebrity to raise money for global causes . . .

Click here to read more about the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.