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Balfour may walk

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

Jennifer Hudson and Julia King must be nervous.

William Balfour, the only suspect in the Hudson/King slayings may be out of jail Monday.  He’s currently held on paraole violations (still unnamed as far as I can tell) and has a hearing Monday to determine if he did violate terms of parole.  If he didn’t, he could walk a free man from the hearing.

Police would have to formally charge him in the triple homicide at that point to keep him behind bars.  Assuming they have evidence to make such a charge legal.

Of course, if Balfour is found to have violated his parole, he returns to prison.


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Who’s the Biggest Loser here?

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Anthony Badalamenti has been arrested and charged with second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.  The trainer featured on The Biggest Loser has allegedly been beating his girlfriend’s 6 year old boy (she was also arrested).

The landlord, who lived below the family called the police, saying he heard the child’s cries for nearly a month.

He had considered it a private matter until Friday evening when once again he heard the child’s screams:  “The child was pleading for mercy. I said, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore.’ “

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Because Robbers Always Knock First…right?

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

So a 12 year old–TJ Darrisaw–was killed (his father and younger brother injured) on Halloween by a guy with an assault rifle, after the kid made the mistake of doing what people DO on Halloween and knocking on doors.  The guy, Quentin Patrick, had been robbed previously this year, which apparently (in his mind) makes it okay to shoot first ask questions later when someone KNOCKS on his door (because there’s a new breed of robber doing just that, I’m sure).

Twenty nine shots, minimum, BEFORE opening his door.

Yes, we really need assault rifles in our homes, people.  To keep us safe from four foot tall trick or treating robbers.


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Sorry but you can’t stay, your son’s too much of a burden

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

Australia is full of controversial moves in terms of visas and citizenship applications, so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but I think that it’s more disturbing than most.

The Aussie government rejected the request for permanent residence filed by a German doctor, Bernhard Moeller, for himself and his family because his son has Down’s Syndrome.

According to the government, the boy, Lukas, “would pose a burden on taxpayers for his medical care, education and other services.”  Currently, he “attends a mainstream elementary school, where he has an aide, and receives speech therapy.”  Yet he also “plays soccer, cricket, golf and table tennis.” so he isn’t THAT low functioning.

Dr Moeller has said “we are absolutely able to support him, and I don’t want him to rely on any government pension anyway. He’s well looked after. And actually, he can contribute to the community here. He already is contributing to it.” (He didn’t specify how Lukas is contributing).

The doctor was recruited to fill a critically needed internal medicine position (he is currently the only internist in a community of 54,000).

Dr Moeller plans to file appeals.


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Joaquin quitting?

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 October 2008

You can’t get a better source than straight from the horse’s mouth.  Joaquin Phoenix recently told E! TV he was giving up acting!

See the video:

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Gale Harold to go home

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 October 2008

It’s being reported that Gale harold will be released from hospital on halloween!  He’s looking at a 6-8 week recovery time for his shoulder but it looks like all else is good!

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Hudson’s nephew confirmed killed, second person may be involved

Posted by gnn1 on Thursday, 30 October 2008

Police have confirmed that the body of a 7 year old boy found in the vehicle associated with Julian King’s Amber Alert is indeed the nephew of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson.

Police are questioning if William Balfour, being held for parole violations from a 1999 attempted murder conviction and the prime suspect in the triple murders, is the only person involved.

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Hudson IDs her family, Balfour in Custody, nephew still missing

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 26 October 2008

Jennifer Hudson has ID’d her family’s bodies, according to Cook County (Ill) Medical Examiner’s office.  Her mother Darnell and brother Jason were shot and killed for unknown reasons a couple days ago, and her 7 year old nephew Julian King is missing and has been presumed kidnapped.  An Amber Alert was issued, and the FBI are involved (the link goes to Julian’s Amber Alert page and contains a photo and vital information.  If you’re in the Illinois area, PLEASE look).

The prime suspect in the killings, William Balfour, has been taken into custody for undisclosed parole violations, but the investigation is ongoing.

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Cure for the common hangover worse for your liver than the booze?

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 29 September 2007

You go out with your friends or co-workers Friday night, and Saturday morning, you feel the miniature construction crew attempting to split your head open with a jack-hammer.   Most of us have been there.

And most of us make a pot of strong coffee and head for the Tylenol (Paracetamol in UK).  Scientists are now saying “Don’t.”

While it has long been recognised that ingesting large amounts of alcohol whilst taking acetaminophen could cause serious, even potentially fatal, interactions, scientists are just now saying that there could also be problems with taking the painkiller with caffeine.

The findings are preliminary, but scientists are still urging consumers to limit all caffeinated beverage–including energy drinks–whilst using acetaminophen.

People who use certain medications, including certain anti-epileptic medications and St John’s Wort, are more susceptible to negative effects from the combination of alcohol and acetaminophen.


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Pipe bomb explodes outside Sopranos star’s studio

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 September 2007

A pipe bomb exploded outside Studio Dante, owned by Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, around 1 a.m.Tuesday morning.  A van was damaged but there were no serious injuries.

Police are unsure if the studio itself had been targeted.  No threats had been made to Imperioli or the studio.

Source: NY Daily News

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Film director in ‘a very very unfortunate’ car accident

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 25 August 2007

Director John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood) was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident Thursday night (23 Aug).

He was driving in south Los Angeles when a 57 year old woman, Constance Russell, stepped in front of Singleton’s 2001 Lexus SUV.  She was not in a crosswalk, and stepped directly in front of him.

According to police, Singleton waited for police and an ambulance to arrive.  He was not speeding and was not under the influence of any substances.  He was not cited for any violations.

Source: NY Daily News

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Oxygen levels ‘incompatible with life’

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Officials at the Crandall Canyon Mine have conceded that there is little to no chance the six missing miners are alive.  The oxygen reading taken Sunday indicated readings at 12% at the maximum, far too low to support life.

The news has angered familes of the victims, who accuse officials of abandoning their loved ones.

“We feel that they’ve given up and that they are just waiting for the six miners to expire,” said Sonny Olsen, a spokesman for the families…

I can’t begin to imagine how the families feel–and to be honest, I hope I never know.  But it’s time to face a tragic reality.  Fifteen days have passed, with no indication of life.  The mountain frequently shifts and three rescuers have already died.  A cost-benefit analysis comes out on the side of ending rescue operations.

Source: Fox News

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Crandall Canyon Mine: It’s about over…

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Barring any indications that the trapped miners are alive, there will be no more digging for them.  Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials have determined that the mine is too unstable for further digging, the risks are too great.  One of the three rescuers killed in a secondary collapse during rescue operations was an MSHA official.

It’s been 15 days now since the collapse.  If the survivors survived the initial collapse, they would have to contend with lack of food, oxygen-poor air (the percentage of oxygen collected from the area the miners are believed to have been was around 16%, survivable, but much lower than the typical 21%), and an unknown water supply.

Families are understandably upset about the decision to halt digging, pleading with officials to use a top-down method, such as that used at the Quecreek Mine in 2002.  But even that could be too dangerous to risk, without a positive indicator that the trapped men are alive.  The conundrum is, if miners are alive, they may be to weak to provide that positive response.

My heart goes out to their families and friends.  But for the sake of protecting others, I agree that digging should cease.  I hope someday the bodies are recovered to give the families closure.

Source: CNN

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Seven Alarm fire kills 2 NY Firemen

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 19 August 2007

A massive fire, just south of NYC’s Ground Zero has claimed two firemen’s lives. The Deutsche Bank building was damaged heavily on 9/11. The fire took around 250 firefighters nearly 5 hours to extinguish. Its cause wasn’t immediately known.

Both firemen appear to have to suffered cardiac arrest due to inhalation of carbon monoxide. Another ‘five or six’ firefighters were hurt, according to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

One man has been identified as Joseph Graffagnino, 34, who has served for 8 years. The other’s name wasn’t released as family hadn’t been notified. I’ll update when I get it.

Edit: The other fireman’s name is Robert Beddia, 53. I don’t have years of service currently.


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And still more bad news…

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 17 August 2007

A third rescue worker injured in Thursday night’s second collapse in Utah has died.

Source:  CNN

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I just don’t know what to say for once.

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 17 August 2007

I am heartbroken to be writing this. Another collapse in Utah Thursday evening has killed 2 rescuers and injured 7 more.

I had been dreading the thought of having to come on here and tell you there were six dead miners-if that were the case when they were found. But a secondary collapse that killed rescuers never occurred to me as a possibility.

All rescue workers have now been evacuated.

Castleview Hospital in Price, Ut received six of the miners. One has been released, one was airlifted by helicopter to University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. One died, and the remaining three are being treated for injuries-one is in very serious condition and two are in serious condition.

One worker was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Centre directly from the scene. The remaining two were also airlifted directly from the scene, but I don’t know if it was to UVRMC or to Univ of U Hospital.

The cause is said to be a ‘mountain bump’. Fox news is defining that as a common term for

pressure inside the mine that shoots coal from the walls with great force

Some think that the same type of event caused the initial cave in.

Rescue work has been and seemingly will continue to be inhibited by seismic activity and mountain bumps. A coal excavation machine was half-buried Wednesday night by seismic shaking. And there was a mountain bump Thursday morning.

I’ll update as I learn more, later.


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NEW TOY RECALL (63 products)

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Another toy recall has been issued against toys made in China.

The recall affects toys as old as five years in some cases, so please check if you have anything in your home from these lines. The above links take you to Emergency Email’s detail page, which lists specifics including product numbers and descriptions, how to identify if your product is among the recalled, and what to do if it is.

Source: Emergency Email

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Use #1002 for Duct Tape…

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 14 August 2007

I never would’ve thought of this. Kasey Kazee wrapped his face in Duct Tape before attempting to rob a liquor store in Ashland Ky.

He apparently only got a couple rolls of coins. And he only got as far as the car park with his, ahem, loot. An employee, Craig Miller, chased him down and used a choke hold to subdue him until cops arrived.

He’s denied being the robber, but I don’t think that too many men are walking around with faces full of Duct Tape these days.

Bet it hurt like hell when they made him take his make-shift mask off!


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It’s deja vu all over again…

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 14 August 2007

A bridge in China that spanned the Tuo River (Fenghuang County in Hunan Province) has collapsed. The initial death doll is 22, but is expected to climb much higher. So far at least 39 have been determined to be missing.

The bridge was under construction, and was due to be completed this month. This is the second bridge collapse in China this summer–9 people were killed in June in a collapse.

China has undertaken a project to repair more than 6000 bridges deemed dangerous or damaged.

Source: The Age

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I’m never riding a ferris wheel again

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 13 August 2007

Five people from one family died today in South Korea.  They were riding a Ferris wheel and their car ‘unexpectedly overturned’.

So I’m never riding one again.  Hell to the no!  Uh uh no way no how!  (not that I liked riding them to begin with.  I don’t feel safe if I’m not physically restrained).

Source: The Age

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