Category Archives: CNN – US

This officer has saved five lives, including a missing toddler, in rural Michigan

This officer has saved five lives, including a missing toddler, in rural Michigan

When a toddler went missing in rural Michigan in October 2013, residents and law enforcement officials quickly mobilized a massive search party. Volunteers searched for 2-year-old Amber Smith on foot, horseback and on off-road vehicles in and around the western Michigan town of Newaygo. As day turned to night and temperatures dropped, many feared the…MORE

Massachusetts lawmakers to debate ‘Conrad’s Law’ to make coerced suicide a crime

Massachusetts lawmakers to debate ‘Conrad’s Law’ to make coerced suicide a crime

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are set to debate “Conrad’s Law,” a bill spurred by Michelle Carter’s manslaughter trial that would make coerced suicide a crime. The proposed law is named after Conrad Roy III, the 18-year-old who died by suicide in 2014 after Carter, his then-17-year-old girlfriend, sent him numerous text messages encouraging him to kill…MORE

A bright meteor streaks through the Midwest sky

A bright meteor streaks through the Midwest sky

A blazing meteor lit up the night sky in St. Louis, Missouri, and was caught on video by excited residents, security cameras and doorbell cams. The American Meteor Society says it has received over 120 reports from eight states from people who say they spotted the streaking meteor on Monday night. Most sightings were reported…MORE

The first African-American mayor in the history of Montgomery takes office today

The first African-American mayor in the history of Montgomery takes office today

Alabama’s capital city, a hub of the civil rights movement decades ago, is about to gain the first African-American mayor in its 200-year history. Steven Reed will be inaugurated as mayor of Montgomery in a ceremony late Tuesday morning at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Reed, a Montgomery County probate judge, won an October runoff…MORE

A San Diego State University student died after a fraternity event. The university suspended 14 fraternities

A San Diego State University student died after a fraternity event. The university suspended 14 fraternities

A San Diego State University student died after attending a fraternity event, the university president said Monday. Dylan Hernandez, 19, was hospitalized Thursday, the morning after the fraternity event, the university announced. A day later, president Adela de la Torre suspended 14 fraternities under the Interfraternity Council (IFC). She also said police had uncovered information…MORE

Family of Texas man set to be executed next week not giving up hope

Family of Texas man set to be executed next week not giving up hope

The family of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, who is scheduled to be executed November 20, told NBC Nightly News they’ll keep fighting for him “until the end.” “I’m hoping that we get a fair and just judge, and my baby will be home,” Reed’s mother, Sandra Reed, told the network in an interview.…MORE

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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…