Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Man found on Marshall Islands spent 16 months lost at sea

Shipwrecked on a stormy sea, by Adam Willaerts. (Image: Found at Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Shipwrecked on a stormy sea, by Adam Willaerts. (Image: Public Domain)

 

 

Jose Ivan was found on a boat in the Pacific Marshall Islands atoll Thursday and said he was lost at sea since Sept. 2012, surviving on birds, fish and turtle blood when no water was available . . .

Click here to read about a man who was lost at sea for 16 months–and survived.

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Michael Bloomberg appointed UN special envoy city, climate change

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed special envoy for city, climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone)

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed special envoy for city, climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday as special envoy for cities and climate change.

Bloomberg retired at the end of December after three terms as mayor, and the special envoy appointment is for two years . . .

Click here to read about the new U.N. special envoy for climate change, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 

Two arrested in NYC smash-and-grab Cartier jewel heist

Thieves stole 16 watches from NYC's 5th Avenue Cartier store, leaving only one. The merchandise was worth $710,000. (Image: New York Post)

Thieves stole 16 watches from NYC’s 5th Avenue Cartier store, leaving only one. The merchandise was worth $710,000. (Image: New York Post)

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, thieves smashed the display case at New York City’s Cartier jewelry store, stealing 16 watches, valued at $710,000. Police said in happened in broad daylight, just after noon.

Police Commissioner William Bratton announced Friday that two suspects have been arrested . . .

Click here to read about a Cartier jewel heist in NYC.

Federal prosecutors seek death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

US Attorney General Eric Holder will decide whether to seek the death penalty against Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Fri.., Jan. 30.

US Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

 

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized federal prosecutors to seek capital punishment for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is charged with multiple federal crimes related to the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 260 . . .

Click here for news on Feds seeking the death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Afghans to release 37 detainees; US objects

Aerial view of Bagram Internment Facility, Autumn 2009. (Image. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Aerial view of Bagram Internment Facility, Autumn 2009. (Image. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who the US says are national security threats has been condemned by the Pentagon Monday.

A special government panel, Afghan Review Board (ARB), ordered that the prisoners be released from the now Afghan supervised detention facility at Bagram Airfield, in the Parwan province of Afghanistan, north of Kabul. In March, the US transferred the prison over to Afghan control…

Click here for news on the pending release of Afghan detainees.

Brain-dead pregnant Texas woman, Marlise Munoz, removed from life support

Marlise Munoz, Erick Munoz, and 15-month-old son, Matteo. (Image: Facebook)

Marlise Munoz, Erick Munoz, and 15-month-old son, Matteo. (Image: Facebook)

 

John Peter Smith Hospital, in Forth Worth, Texas, has removed a brain-dead woman, Marlise Munoz, 33, from life support Sunday per a court order. Texas District Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. informed hospital officials they had until 5 p.m. Monday to comply.

The judge stated in his order: “Mrs. Munoz is dead.” She was declared brain-dead in November, but remained on life support to keep her body functioning for the sake of the fetus…

Click here to read about Erick Munoz’s battle to get his brain-dead pregnant wife removed from life support.

Oliver Stone drops Martin Luther King Jr. biopic; explains on Twitter

Oliver Stone, Oscar-winning filmmaker, dropped Martin Luther King Jr. biopic and explained why on Twitter. (Image: oliverstone.com)

Oliver Stone, Oscar-winning filmmaker, dropped Martin Luther King Jr. biopic and explained why on Twitter. (Image: oliverstone.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Stone, 67, Oscar-winning filmmaker, took to Twitter to explain why he is dropping out of a much-awaited biopic on Martin Luther King Jr. A rewrite of the script, which included King’s alleged adultery, factions within the Civil Rights movement and the icon’s emergence as a radical leader was x-ed by Dream Works, Warner Brothers and the King estate…

Click here to read Oliver Stone’s reasons for dropping the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s true love story

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio on the cover of Jan. 1954 "Now" magazine. (Found at Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio on the cover of Jan. 1954 “Now” magazine. (Found at Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

 

Sixty years ago on Jan. 14, 1954, Marilyn Monroeand Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage lasted nine months and ended with Monroe citing “mental cruelty.”

But the “Yankee Clipper’s” love for Marilyn was an undying one, and he proposed to her again. Unfortunately, the second time never came around, because Marilyn died on Aug. 5, 1962…

Click here to read about Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s true love story.

‘Imitation of Life’ actress Juanita Moore dead at 99

Juanita Moore, in her iconic role as Annie Johnson, in "Imitation of Life," 1959. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Juanita Moore, in her iconic role as Annie Johnson, in “Imitation of Life,” 1959. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Juanita Moore, the third African-American actress to win a “Best Supporting Actress” Academy Award nomination, collapsed and died in her home Wednesday, at age 99. Her iconic role as Annie Johnson in “Imitation of Life” role also won a Golden Globe nomination.

She was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 19, 1914 and began her career at the famous Cotton Club as a dancer before landing bit parts in film and working in theater. She honed her acting skills onstage at the Ebony Showcase Theater…

Click here to read about the life of Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking African-American actress.

Former ‘Sopranos’ actor Lillo Brancato Jr. released from prison after eight years

Lillo Brancato Jr., released from prison on Dec. 31, 2013, after serving eight years for his role in the death of Daniel Enchantengui, an off-duty policeman. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

Lillo Brancato Jr., released from prison on Dec. 31, 2013, after serving eight years for his role in the death of Daniel Enchantengui, an off-duty policeman. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

 

 

 

Lillo Brancato Jr., 37, was released Tuesday from the Hudson Correctional Facility after serving eight years. He was convicted of a burglary in which his accomplice, Steven Armento, killed off-duty policeman, Daniel Enchautegui.

The actor was set for release in July but struck a deal which allowed him to be released early under strict conditions including five years’ parole and a 10 p.m. curfew. He is also barred from drinking and subject to drug testing. If he had waited until July, he would not have been placed on parole.

To read about the discovery, imprisonment and release of actor Lillo Brancato Jr., click here.