Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lindsay Lohan To Be Charged

BREAKING NEWS...Lindsay Lohan will be charged Wednesday with felony grand theft.
The charge stems from allegations that Lohan, 24, took a necklace from a Venice, California jewelry shop last month.  Deputy District attorney John Lynch said that she will be arraigned on the charge at 1:30 Wednesday. 
The District Attorney's office released a statement stating the actress "allegedly walked out of the store with the necklace on January 22.  The owner reported the theft to the Los Angeles Police Department, which investigated the allegation and presented evidence to the D.A.'s office last week."
The necklace in question is valued at $2500 and has been handed over to police before they searched Lohan's Venice, CA appartment with a search warant last week. 
Lohan's lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley said Saturday, "We vehemently deny these allegations and, if charges are filed, we will fight them in court, not in the press."
This latest run in with the law comes five weeks after shw was released fom a court ordered rehabilitation and weeks before her next court appearance to free her of supervised probation for a 2007 drunk driving conviction.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Omar Suleiman Named Vice President

BREAKING NEWS...Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak named Omar Suleiman Vice President Saturday.
Suleiman is the first vice president of Egypt since Mubarak gained power in 1981.  This move by Mubarak is a clear step in grooming a successor, which is in response to the thousands upon thousands of anti-government protesters causing havoc in Egypt.  Mubarak hopes the appointment of Suleiman will help regain order.
Suleiman has been working behind the scenes in the Egyptian government for nearly two decades as a the nation's powerful intelligence chief.  He is well respected by the Egyptian military and is credited for defeating the Islamic insurgency in the 1990's.  After the defeat, western intelligence leaders relied on him for information about the regions terrorist groups. 
The question still remains, who will succeed Hosni Mubarak as President of Egypt, his son, Omar Suleiman or someone else?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Terror Attack in Moscow

BREAKING NEWS...A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in  Moscow's busiest airport Monday.
The blast occurred at 4:30 p.m. at the entrance of international flight arrivals of Domodedovo Airport.  Russian Anti-Terrorist Committee said the explosion killed 35 people and wounded 152 people. 
President Dmitry Medvedev called the bombing a terrorist attack and increased security at all airports and transportation hubs. 
Russian authorities said the explosion was a result of a suicide bomber who detonated a homemade bomb.  The bomb was stuffed with small metal objects making it more deadly.  The bomber activated the device in a crowded area where people were waiting for arriving flights. 
An airport employee said Domodedovo Airport is functioning normally except incoming international flights are being routed through the domestic terminal, located on the other end of the airport.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Giffords Transferred To Houston

BREAKING NEWS...Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been released from the Tuscon, Arizona hospital that has been treating her since the January 9 shooting.
Rep. Giffords has been taken by a police escorted ambulance to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base where she boarded a plane for Houston to continue her rehab. 
Instead of heading directly to a rehabilitation facility, she will go to Memorial Hermann Hospital's trauma center for further treatment and evaluation.  Dr. Dong Kim, a neurosurgeon, said, ""She's not quite ready for rehabilitation yet."  The hospital said she will be transferred to the rehab facility, TIRR Memorial Hermann, when her health allows.
On Thursday, Rep. Giffords was taken outside for the first time since the shooting to get some fresh air, sunshine and do her rehab.  In addition to going outside, she is able to stand with assistance, but not walk or take steps. 
Giffords' husband, US Navy Captain Mark Kelly, described his wife's progress as "remarkable" and hopes she will make a full recovery.  He said that she's a fighter like nobody else that he knows.   

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Teresa Scanlan Crowned Miss America

BREAKING NEWS...Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan has been crowned Miss America 2011  in Las Vegas's Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort.
The 17 year old from Nebraska becomes the youngest Miss America winner in the 90 years of the pageant.  Teresa Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and a year long rein with the crown of Miss America.  She beat out 52 other contestants at the pageant that consisted of a evening gown competition, swim wear competition, a talent competition and a question and answer round.  She performed on the piano during her talent competition. 
Teresa beat out first runner-up Miss Arkansas Alyse Aedy, who won $25,000, and third runner-up Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier, who won $20,000.
Miss Nebraska succeeds Caressa Cameron of Virginia as Miss America.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pope John Paul II Closer to Sainthood

NEWS FROM THE VATICAN...Pope John Paul II took a step closer to become a saint on Friday.
The Vatican announced that Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1.  Pope Benedict XVI will lead the ceremony that is expected to draw hundreds of thousands faithful to ST. Peter's Square.  After the ceremony he will be know as "The Blessed John Paul II".
His beatification comes after he is credited for healing Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre of Parkinson's Disease after she prayed to him after his death.  This is the first miracle that Pope John Paul II is credited with.  In order for him to be fully canonized it must be confirmed that he performed a second miracle.
The beatification process of Pope John Paul II is occurring extremely fast.  After his death in April 2005, Pope Benedict XVI waived the normal five year waiting period to be beatified and canonized.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Congresswoman Giffords In Stable Condition

NEWS FROM TUCSON, ARIZONA...Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona remains in critical, but stable condition two days after being shot in the head during an assassination attempt. 
Doctors from Tucson University Medical Center have seen many encouraging signs Sunday and Monday.  Rep. Giffords has given the thumbs up sign and has grabbed for her breathing tube while sedated.  Dr. Peter Rhee said that grabbing for her breathing tube is a "purposeful movement" and a "great thing". 
The doctors said that her brain remains swollen, but the pressure isn't increasing which is a good sign in the her recovery.  Doctors also said that the path of the bullet stayed on one side of her brain not hitting the "eloquent areas" in the brain's center where a wound would have been fatal.
As Rep. Giffords recovers in the hospital, her alleged assassin Jared Lee Loughner, 22, will appear in court Monday afternoon for the first time. 
Loughner is the accused of opening fire at a rally hosted by Griffords outside a Tucson supermarket. After the bullets stopped six people were killed, including a federal judge and a nine year old girl, and 14 were wounded.  Including Griffords, eight still remain hospitalized at Tucson University Medical Center. 
President Obama led the nation today, at 11:00 a.m., in a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Arizona shooting.