Category Archives: CNN – US

California man to plead guilty to stealing endangered ring-tailed lemur

A California man has agreed to plead guilty to theft after he admitted taking a critically endangered ring-tailed lemur from the Santa Ana Zoo, according to a Department of Justice news release. Aquinas Kasbar, 19, broke into the zoo and used bolt cutters to access the lemur encampment and steal Isaac, the oldest ring-tailed lemur…MORE

New York might make it illegal to text while walking

Crossing the street here can be challenging any time, and you might be even less likely to notice that honking cab or zooming bicyclist if you’re looking at your phone. Now, it could become illegal to do so. A bill in the New York State Senate seeks to ban pedestrians from using portable electronic devices…MORE

Transgender woman who was attacked in April found dead on Dallas street

A transgender woman whose brutal assault in April was captured on video has been found dead on a Dallas street, police said. Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said. “Upon arrival, officers found the complainant lying…MORE

Lori Lightfoot inaugurated as Chicago’s first black lesbian mayor

Monday marked a historic day in Chicago as the city inaugurated its first African-American lesbian mayor. Lori Lightfoot, a former assistant US attorney, was sworn in at Wintrust Arena in the Near South Side community. “We are a proud city with a proud history,” Lightfoot said. “In this moment, I can’t help but look at…MORE

Tornadoes and flash floods threaten millions from Texas to Missouri

Fears of flash flooding followed a series of potentially life-threatening tornadoes that swept through parts of Texas and Oklahoma Monday night. A total of 14 tornadoes were confirmed in central Oklahoma and western Texas, carrying warnings of “considerable” damage to homes, businesses and vehicles and the possibility of “complete destruction.” At least two of them…MORE

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, is running for political office

Sybrina Fulton, an African-American mother who became a social justice activist after the 2012 fatal shooting of her son, Trayvon Martin, is running for political office in Florida. Fulton formally announced her candidacy Monday for a seat for the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. “At first, I didn’t want to be the voice for…MORE

1 dead and 8 wounded in shooting at Alabama high school graduation party

Celebration and pride turned into tragedy for a small city in Alabama after gunfire erupted during a high school graduation party. One person was killed and eight others were wounded at a community center in Atmore, near the Florida border, early Saturday. Witnesses say a fight broke out between two women during a graduation party…MORE

A house in Indiana exploded, killing one person

A house in southern Indiana exploded early Sunday morning, leaving one person dead and two injured, according to Sgt. Justin Ames with Jeffersonville Fire. Ames told CNN one home in Jeffersonville was obliterated in the explosion and 10-20 other homes in the neighborhood received varying degrees of damage. Photos from the scene show debris from…MORE

Blogs

When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…