Archive for May, 2011
Tags: automobile, electric car, green technology, Nissan Leaf, video
Tags: Africa, Best Name Ever, Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria, President, world politics
LAGOS, Nigeria — Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in Sunday for a full four-year term as president of Nigeria and is now faced with the challenge of uniting a country that saw deadly postelection violence despite what observers called the fairest vote in more than a decade.
Tags: Bare Hand Catch, Baseball, Devil Rays, Evan Longoria, MLB, natural ability, skills, Tampa Bay, video
Tags: crime, criminal, Gina Stallis, home invasion, justice, LaSalle Park, Ledale Nathan, life sentence, Missouri, murder, St. Louis
A St. Louis judge sentenced a teenager to 17 life sentences in prison, plus an additional 75 years, for his role in a bloody home invasion that left one woman dead and her family torn apart emotionally. Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Dierker Jr. sentenced Ledale Nathan, 18, this morning. One of the life sentences, for the murder of Gina Stallis, 34, is without the possibility of parole, five of the sentences are to run consecutively and eleven are to run concurrently. On Oct. 5, 2009, Nathan and an accomplice terrorized a family in a home in the 900 block of Hickory Street in the LaSalle Park neighborhood just south of downtown, prosecutors said. Stallis, 34, a nurse and mother of two, was shot to death. Her cousin, off-duty city firefighter Nicholas Koenig, and off-duty city police Officer Isabella Lovadina were wounded. Nathan was found guilty of 26 charges, including first-degree murder, after a trial in April. Today, four of the charges were dismissed because of a technicality.
Tags: Cuba, detention, Gitmo, Guantanamo, International Committee of the Red Cross, Islam, military, Muslim, prison, terrorism, visiting day, war on terror
The Pentagon is considering allowing the families of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to visit them, an unprecedented step to ease the isolation of inmates who in some cases have been held at the U.S. facility for close to a decade, according to congressional aides. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which monitors conditions at the military prison in Cuba and facilitates videoconferences between detainees and their families, has been in serious discussions with the Pentagon about a visitation program, the aides said.
Tags: Apocalypse, atheism, California preacher, charlatan, Christian, Harold Camping, hypocrite, rapture, religion, tax exempt
OAKLAND, Calif. – A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21. Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.”
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction didn’t come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn’t happen then because of a mathematical error. Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, it dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ’s judgment, he said.
So, he is admitting that he’s just making it all up. He now has 5 months to invent another explanation when nothing happens on October 21.