Friday, October 24, 2014

Remains Of Hannah Graham Positively Identified

On September 13, University of Virginia student Hannah Graham disappeared after being seen in downtown Charlottesville, VA.  Although a suspect named Jesse Matthew Jr. was arrested and charged with abducting her with intent to defile, her whereabouts and whether she was still alive remained unknown.  Today, human remains were found this past Saturday on an abandoned property in Albemarle County, VA were identified as belonging to Hannah Graham.

As horrible as the above story is, it gets worse.

In 2009, a Virginia Tech student named Morgan Harrington was on the University of Virginia campus, attending a concert at the John Paul Jones Arena.  Afterwards, she went missing.  Her body was found about 5 miles from where Hannah Graham's remains were discovered five years later.  Police reportedly have evidence tying Matthew to Harrington's murder, as well as to a sexual assault which took place in 2005 in the city of Fairfax, VA.  Matthew has been indicted in that case.

Read more at The Roanoke Times, WTVR, WJLA and WDBJ.

Google VP Breaks Skydive Altitude Record

Alan Eustace, a vice president at Google, made a skydive from a balloon earlier today at a record height of 135,908 feet, outdoing the jump from 128,100 feet made by Felix Baumgartner two years ago.  Unlike Baumgartner or Joe Kittinger, who held the record before Baumgartner and who coached Baumgartner during his jump, Eustace did not ride into the stratosphere in a capsule, but dangled underneath his balloon in a spacesuit.

Read the story at The New York Times.

Man Attacks NY Policemen With Hatchet

Yesterday in New York City, a group of four rookie police officers were posing for a photo when they were attacked by a man wielding a hatchet.  The assailant, Zale Thompson, hit one cop in the arm and other on the head, the latter now in critical but stable condition.  The cops fatally shot Thompson, but also hit a female bystander, who was taken to a hospital for surgery.

Read more at CNN, the Daily News, The New York Times, NBC New York and Reuters.

UPDATE: According to the New York Post, Thompson had something in common with the gun-wielding terrorist in Ottawa.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pittsburgh Tributes Canada

Before last night's hockey game in Pittsburgh, in which the Penguins hosted the Philadelphia Flyers, singer Jeff Jimerson performed O Canada as a tribute to fallen Corporal Nathan Cirillo and his country.  Although numerous NHL players are Canadian, the Canadian national anthem is normally performed before a game only when at least one of the two teams hails from a Canadian city.

Some Background On The Ottawa Gunman

The Mail Online has published an extensive article on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian National War Memorial and then stormed into the Canadian Parliament, and on yesterday's events.

A few points:

Zehaf-Bibeau was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Libyan businessman who once owned a restaurant, and Susan Bibeau, who worked for the Immigrant and Refugee Board.  This would most likely mean that although Zehaf-Bibeau was reportedly a convert to Islam, his father is also a Muslim.

Although his last name combined those of his parents, Zehaf-Bibeau was born with the name Michael Joseph Hall.  He had a long criminal record, including marijuana possession, PCP possession, assault, a weapons charge, and robbery.

Zehaf-Bibeau was raised in the Montreal suburb of Laval, recently lived in British Columbia, and traveled to the United States four times.

To travel the short distance between the War Memorial and the Parliament, Zehaf-Bibeau apparently hijacked a car.  This act appears to have been recorded by another motorist's dashboard camera.  After entering the Parliament building, he was fatally shot by their Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.

Read the full article.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Soldier And Security Guard Shot In Ottawa

A few minutes before 10 a.m., a soldier guarding Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot by an unidentified gunman, who then stormed into the Canadian Parliament building and shot a security guard.  The attacker has reported to have been shot and killed, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Read more at The StarFox News and AOL News.

UPDATE: From Breaking 911, Ottawa police are now reporting a third shooting site near the Rideau Centre, a mall close to Parliament Hill, and a second shooter still at large.

UPDATE 2: From CBC News, the gunman who shot the soldier and then entered the Parliament building is now reported to have been killed.  The article includes a small map of the Parliament Hill area.

UPDATE 3: The CBC News link, which no longer includes the map, now indicates that the soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, has died.

UPDATE 4: From the Mail Online, the dead attacker has been identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam, whose passport was revoked when he was designated a "high-risk traveler".  (via Bare Naked Islam)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Links

Some things going on out there:

From Business Insider, two vessels sunk during World War II have been discovered off the coast of North Carolina.

From UPI, a teenager in Ohio who died in a haunted house had a heart condition.

From Fox News, a Florida District Court of Appeals judge has ruled that red-light camera operators cannot legally issue citations.

From Reuters, a French CEO and three others were killed when his private jet crashed into a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

From The Verge, Microsoft has released a new version their Windows 10 preview.

From MyFoxChicago, the CEO of Canadian Pacific says that U.S regulators would approve a merger with CSX.

From CBS Chicago, cops shoot and kill a teenager wielding a knife, on Chicago's South Side.

From the Daily Herald, McDonald's profits drop 30% and five problems they're facing.

From The Hill, travelers from ebola-affected countries to the U.S. will be allowed to enter only through five designated airports.

From ABC News, the FBI has tracked down three teenage American girls in Germany, who were allegedly trying to travel to Syria.

From The Telegraph, while President Obama was voting, some guy teased him by saying "don't touch my girlfriend."  (Personally, I think the man was two presidents too late.)

From The Roanoke Times, the Virginia Creeper Trail has been entered into the Rails To Trails Conservancy's hall of fame.

From The Washington Free Beacon, Democrats in Pennsylvania are angry that localities in the state can be sued for illegally passing gun laws, even though state law forbids localities from passing this very type of law.  (via The Federalist Papers)

And from CNET, a product that makes going to the bathroom more colorful.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Two Countries Declared Free Of Ebola

There appears to be some good news concerning the current outbreak of ebola.  Today, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria to be free of ebola, which follows a recent announcement that Senegal had likewise rid itself of the disease.  Meanwhile in the United States, 43 people who had come into contact with the Liberian Thomas Duncan have completed their monitoring period without showing any symptoms, and thus were cleared.

Read more at CNN, BBC News, ABC News and Yahoo News.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Church Destroyed On 9/11 To Be Rebuilt As Shrine

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only church to be destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, will be rebuilt as a National Shrine overlooking the 9/11 Museum and Memorial.  The old church was adjacent to the South Tower of the World Trade Center and was destroyed when the tower collapsed.

Read the full story at the New York Post.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola 101 For Americans

Over at Somewhere in Texas, Smokie has put up this post, written by our mutual friend from BlogTalkRadio, Sue from NM.  According to Smokie, she "was a nurse and educator for 30 years and researched the information used to write this article."  Smokie and Sue wish the information to be shared with "family, friends and even political opponents".  An excerpt:
Ebola can be transmitted from mammals and rodents to humans.  When Ebola was first discovered there were extensive studies done to see if Ebola was transmitted by mosquitoes.  The studies proved mosquitoes do not carry or transmit the Ebola virus.
Ebola can be transmitted by eating the meat of an animal infected. Meat should be thoroughly cooked and the Ebola virus is killed.
Humans to human transmission is through direct contact with body fluids. Blood, mucous, sputum, feces, urine, vomit, breast milk, eye secretions and semen are the body fluids that can transmit Ebola.
Read the full article at the link above, and then spread the word.