Tuesday, April 24, 2007
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A man who spent 25 years in prison for rape was exonerated Monday after a judge threw out his convictions because DNA evidence showed he couldn't have committed the attack.
Jerry Miller smiled and the courtroom erupted into cheers after Cook County Circuit Court Judge Diane G. Cannon read the ruling that cleared him of all charges.
Miller, 48, had been found guilty of rape, robbery, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery even though he testified he was at home watching television at the time of the 1981 attack.
He was paroled in March 2006 and now works two jobs and lives with a family member in a Chicago suburb.
"I want to get on with my life, start a life, have a life," Miller said after the hearing. "I'm just thankful for this day."
Sunday, February 18, 2007
"An ugly duckling has made waves on a farm after being born with four legs.The rest of the story ... BBC NEWS | UK | England | Hampshire | Four-legged duckling shocks owner:
A rare mutation has left eight-day-old Stumpy with two extra legs behind the two he moves around on.
Owner Nicky Janaway, of Warrawee Duck Farm in the New Forest, Hampshire, said she was gobsmacked when she turned Stumpy over to check his sex."
Monday, January 15, 2007
[Ecumenical News International] Church leaders in Jerusalem have warned warring Palestinian factions they could trigger civil war and, offering to play a mediating role, they are urging an end to violence in order for them to focus on the true priority of their people: independence.
"As leaders of the Christian churches in Jerusalem concerned at the present situation in the Palestinian Territories we feel we must voice our anxiety for all our people -- Christian and Muslim alike -- at the deteriorating relations between Fatah and Hamas leaders and the armed forces," they said.
In a statement made available on January 15, 13 church leaders noted that "all kinds of mediation and attempts at reconciliation have so far failed, resulting in a deadlock in the situation." They said the latest accusations and threats made known through the media had triggered "some large-scale fighting which soon will be very difficult to stop."
They warned: "Fighting and kidnapping opponents will not bring down the Separation Wall or end the embargo on the Palestinian people."
News agencies have in recent days reported fighting of an unprecedented ferocity between Fatah and Hamas, the two major Palestinian factions, noting that more than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah and president of the Palestinian Authority, said at the end of 2006 there should be fresh elections.
The church leaders noted: "The threatening language of the last few days by representatives of both movements and other related parties are both unprecedented and very aggressive. Such occurrences can only bring a civil war nearer by the hour. The outcome would be so drastic that it will obscure the real priorities of the whole Palestinian issue."
Among the signatories of the statement are: the most senior Roman Catholic leader in the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah; Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III; Patriarch Torkom II of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church; Anba Abraham of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate; the leader of the Anglican community in the Holy Land, Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal; and Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
"The time has come for an all-out effort to unite our people and so concentrate on working for independence together," they said, to offer "the opportunity for all people in this Holy Land -- Christian, Muslim and Jew -- to know security and peace."
The Jerusalem church heads called for a removal of arms from the street, a government of national unity and an Israeli-Palestinian return to the negotiating table, and they pledged to play their part in ending strife and made an offer of mediation. "Bloodshed and violence will not bring peace; it will only further destroy family life and further endanger the economy of our land," said the church leaders.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
أحسن من خمسة وعشرين
BBC NEWS | Americas | Rumsfeld replaced after poll loss: "US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is standing down, after anger over the war in Iraq led to bruising losses for Republicans in mid-term elections.
President George W Bush said that he and Mr Rumsfeld had agreed that a 'fresh perspective' was needed in Iraq.
Former CIA Director Robert Gates has been nominated to replace Mr Rumsfeld.
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Saturday, September 30, 2006
BEIJING - A new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu killed 985 chickens in China's northern region of Inner Mongolia, a state news agency reported Saturday.
The discovery in a village near the city of Baotou prompted authorities to destroy 8,990 other chickens to prevent the virus from spreading, the Xinhua News Agency said.
A laboratory confirmed Friday that the dead birds had the H5N1 strain of the virus, Xinhua said.
The strain has killed at least 148 people worldwide since it started ravaging poultry stocks in Asia three years ago, according to
World Health Organization figures.
China has reported dozens of H5N1 outbreaks in its vast poultry flocks and has destroyed millions of birds in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
Veterinary experts believe the virus is spread by wild fowl that migrate across China.
Health experts have warned that China is bound to suffer more human cases if it can't stop further outbreaks in poultry.
China has suffered 13 human deaths from bird flu, including a soldier who died in 2003 but whose infection was only confirmed in August this year through genetic testing.
Eight earlier poultry outbreaks were recorded this year in central China and areas of the north, east and southwest, according to Xinhua.
The most recent was in Changsha in the central province of Hunan, when 1,805 ducks were killed, the agency said. It said a quarantine on the area was lifted Sept. 6 after no new cases were found after three weeks."
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Thursday, August 31, 2006
What could that be...
BBC NEWS | Health | Doubt cast over brain 'God spot'
Thursday, August 24, 2006
"Pluto was automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune's.
It will now join a new category of 'dwarf planets'.
Pluto's status has been contested for many years as it is further away and considerably smaller than the eight other 'traditional' planets in our Solar System."
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Pluto loses status as a planet
Monday, August 14, 2006
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Saturday, July 08, 2006
"Some two dozen Egyptian newspapers are suspending publication for a day to protest against a new law they say will prevent them investigating corruption.
The papers will not appear on Sunday and journalists plan to stage a demonstration outside parliament.
President Hosni Mubarak promised two years ago that he would abolish prison sentences for media offences.
But a new draft law makes it a crime punishable by prison to question the financial integrity of individuals.
Editors of the newspapers taking part in the protest are hoping that public opinion will pressure the government into changing its position."
Friday, April 14, 2006
"Good Friday" in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches comes one week after the same holiday in the Western. Even Coptic Catholics follow the Eastern calender.
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Egypt church attacks spark anger:
"One person was killed and several others injured in the attacks on Good Friday Masses."
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Sunday, March 26, 2006
"An anonymous blog by a young woman in war-torn Iraq has been longlisted for BBC Four's Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.
Baghdad Burning, a first-hand account written under the pseudonym Riverbend, is one of 19 books in contention.
Others include Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, a biography of 19th-Century cook and author Mrs Beeton and a study of post-war US-Soviet relations.
The winner of the �30,000 prize will be announced on 14 June.
Professor Robert Winston, chair of the judging panel, said this year's longlist contained 'an exceptionally wide variety of genres'.
'It looks as if finalising a shortlist is going to be excessively difficult,' he said.
Previous winners of the prize include Like a Fiery Elephant, Jonathan Coe's biography of the author BS Johnson, and Stasiland, Anna Funder's chronicle of the hardships endured by people from the former East Germany."
Thursday, March 23, 2006
بيلابي (بوليفيا) - رويترز : أقيم في بوليفيا مهرجان للبطاطا (البطاطس) عرض فيه فلاحون منتجاتهم الصغيرة المتعددة الالوان من الوردي الى الاسود بل حتى الرمادية والذابلة.
وارتدى المئات من القرويين ملابس تقليدية للاحتفال وثيابا وعباءات حمراء في قرية بيلابي التي تقع في الجبال لعرض 32 نوعا من البطاطا والرقص والتنزه.
وقال لينو كوندوري رئيس بلدية تيواناكو التي توجد فيها قرية بيلابي "البطاطا التي أخذها المستعمرون في اوروبا كانت اهم منتج في منطقتنا".
وكان يشير الى اسبانيا التي احتلت مرتفعات الانديز في القرن السادس عشر ونقلت معها الى اوروبا احد اكتشافاتها وهي البطاطا.
ويامل مسئولون محليون ان يصبح المهرجان أحد مصادر الجذب السياحي.
Friday, February 24, 2006
"A bicycle courier in Colombia has been given a four-year jail sentence for grabbing a woman pedestrian's bottom, a TV station has reported."
Saturday, February 11, 2006
"Ms Severe said that the head was to ward off evil sprits, officials said"
Friday, February 03, 2006
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