Archive for June, 2015

(CNN)Several people were killed in a shooting at an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, a source close to the investigation told CNN. The shooter is still at large. The shooting took place Wednesday evening at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South. Police haven’t said how many people have been shot. But the source who spoke to CNN said several bodies were in the church that were yet to be identified. “It’s really bad. It’s a very bad scene,” local pastor Thomas Dixon said. “Apparently the person just entered the church and opened fire. That part has not been fully articulated on what happened yet … they are still looking for the suspect.”

via Charleston church shooting: Multiple deaths reported – CNN.com.

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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman who was drunk when she killed a friend with a slow cooker during an argument over presidential politics was sentenced Monday to at least 23 years in prison.

A judge followed the recommended sentence in a plea deal between prosecutors and Tewana Sullivan, who has a history of bipolar disorder but was declared competent to go to trial.

Sullivan, 51, beat Cheryl Livy, 66, with a slow cooker at the victim’s Livonia apartment in October. At the time, Sullivan’s blood-alcohol level was 0.41 — five times the level for drunken driving in Michigan, defense attorney John McWilliams said.

“I didn’t take my medication like I was supposed to, so I did mess up,” Sullivan told Wayne County Judge Michael Hathaway. “Without me taking my medication, that was the worst thing I could ever have done.”

McWilliams said the two were arguing about the 2016 race for president.

“One was for one major political party and the other was for the other major political party,” he said.

via 23-year prison sentence for woman in slow cooker death – US News.

A defense attorney for a 20-year-old Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage is scheduled to begin presenting evidence to jurors.

Testimony resumes Tuesday in the trial of Matthew Lane Durham. He faces 17 charges, including aggravated sexual abuse and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Durham has pleaded not guilty. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

via Defense Begins in Sex Abuse Trial Involving Kenyan Orphans – ABC News.

Massachusetts man is being held on $10,000 bail after authorities say he threatened to cut off his neighbor’s head with a machete unless he turned down his music.

The Sun ( http://bit.ly/1CaU4F6 ) reports that Michael Leone pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including threat to commit a crime and assault with a dangerous weapon over Sunday’s confrontation.

Police responded to a call from a man who said his machete-brandishing neighbor had threatened to cut off someone’s head unless he turned down his music.

Police: Man Threatened to Decapitate Neighbor With Machete – ABC News.

When people think of the Allied bombing of Germany, “Dresden” automatically springs to mind, surely not Wesel, Nürnberg or Würzburg or the hundreds of other obliterated German towns and cities. While people uselessly debate the death toll at Dresden, attention is diverted from the 45,000 to 50,000 civilians murdered in the bombing of Hamburg, the 10,000 people intentionally burned alive in Kassel, the fact that 20% of Nordhausen’s civilian population was killed in a mere fifteen minute attack or that one out of three Pforzheimers was murdered and thousands more hideously injured from an unnecessary bombing based on nothing more that a rumor.

We were led to believe that a campaign which dropped environmentally catastrophic bombs with the force of major earthquakes, bombs which actually changed weather patterns, endangered whole species of birds and insects and altered the shape of the map were all within the normal range of warfare and implemented for the “greater good” and carried out only in cases of sheer necessity to “shorten the war.” We accepted the faulty premise that the carefully planned incineration of thousands of innocent women and children was justified. We accepted the preposterous notion that there was only one villain in this conflict, one supreme face of evil which absolved all others of any wrongdoing.

via The Allied Terror-Bombing of German Cities During World War II.

It’s the biggest reveal of 2015 for sure … Bruce Jenner as a woman, and the pic is dramatic.

The name’s now Caitlyn. She posed for the cover of Vanity Fair’s July issue and it was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz.

It’s interesting the name is spelled with a C and not a K … possibly a break from the Kardashian Klan.

In the Diane Sawyer interview Bruce made it clear he was saying farewell to his male persona. This pic is a full reveal of the transformation.

Caitlyn just opened a Twitter account, saying, “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”

via Bruce Jenner — Call Me Caitlyn … First Photo as a Woman | TMZ.com.

In court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Griner says she has NO biological connection to the baby … and she doesn’t know any of the key details about Johnson’s pregnancy.

In short, it seems like Griner is suggesting they were not on the same page when it came to the pregnancy.

Griner also says the marriage to Johnson is based on “fraud and duress” — because Griner was “pressured into marriage under duress by [Johnson’s] threatening statements.”

Griner does not specify the nature of the threats.

Griner also says there was fraud — but does not say why. It seems to be related to the pregnancy.

As for the fetus, Griner does not say if she wants to have any type of parenting arrangement with the child.

via Brittney Griner — OUR MARRIAGE IS OVER … Files for Annulment (Update) | TMZ.com.