With some of America´s tastiest, yet unhealthiest food, it´s no wonder that for years, many have deemed people from the South to be amongst the fattest in the nation. [Snip] But a new study from the University of Alabama in Birmingham says that the South is not as fat as the rest of the world would have us believe. The journal Obesity, says that there’s a higher concentration of obese people in the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Kansas and North and South Dakota. The northern region of the country appears to have about 41 percent obesity compared to 31 percent
A former justice of the peace is set to be charged with three murders, including a former Texas district attorney and assistant DA, after he was arrested on Saturday. Eric Williams, 46, has been arrested by authorities investigating the murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, last month and the fatal shooting of assistant DA Mark Hasse in late January. Williams was booked into Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning for making terroristic threats and ´insufficient bond.´ He is being held on a $3 million bond.
Texas Rangers and FBI agents have converged on at least three storage units in Texas, as they continue to investigate the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife and a top prosecutor, the Dallas Morning News reports. According to the report, authorities have parked vehicles around the units and put up a tarp in an apparent attempt to conceal their contents. The search is connected to other searches authorities conducted Friday at the home of a former justice of the peace, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accepted the resignation of his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad despite pleas from the U.S. and the EU that he retain Fayyad. Actually, I am wrong to say “despite.” According to Fatah officials, U.S. pressure on Abbas to keep Fayyad in power proved counterproductive. Let us not probe the merits of Abbas’ decision to accept Fayyad’s resignation or explore the demerits of Fayyad’s tenure as prime minister. PA politics is a cesspool of corruption and ineptitude — always has been and probably always will be. Let us instead
Few Americans can not answer this question: who is the worst domestic mass murderer in United States’ history? Due to the United States media, most are aware that Timothy McVeigh slaughtered 168 people with a bomb in 1995. Most Americans also know the names of our three most monstrous serial killers: “The Green River Killer” Gary Ridgeway, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy. The U.S. media is again responsible for the general awareness of these men; these stories deserved — and received — national attention due to our common interest in personal safety, the rule of law
Progress Kentucky is a super PAC that is acting more like a rogue operation in its efforts to unseat Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell -- sending out racially sensitive tweets and allegedly making a secret recording of the Senate minority leader’s re-election strategy talks. The group has been around only since December, raising about $1,000 and spending $18, compared to the McConnell campaign that has raised $10 million toward 2014 re-election efforts, according to recent Federal Election Commission filings. Kentucky Democrats have over the past week made numerous,
If Tiger Woods feels in need of understanding company as his Masters bid erupts into controversy, then he will surely find it in new girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn. The 28-year-old blonde has supported him throughout the tournament and is a supreme athlete in her own right. She is the greatest female downhill skier of her generation and has been credited with making Woods happy again after the collapse of his marriage to Elin Nordegren. ‘We’d known their secret for some time on the ski circuit,’ said Chemmy Alcott, Britain’s most successful woman skier and a long-time friend of Vonn.
West Hollywood, CA - A potentially deadly strain of meningitis, which has left one resident brain dead, has sent a shiver through the large gay community here, as public health officials have urged residents to be on the lookout for any symptoms of the disease. Although only one case has been confirmed in the area, officials said, the onset follows an outbreak of deadly meningitis in New York City among gay men. At least 22 men have contracted meningitis in New York since 2010, 13 of them this year, and 7 have died. “The lesson we learned 30 years ago in the early days of H.I.V. and AIDS is
Five months after his resounding reelection victory, President Obama is bumping up against the boundaries of his political power in Washington as the core of his second-term legislative agenda moves into a still-divided Congress. His ability to secure the three high- profile legislative items now confronting Congress — gun-control measures, reform of the immigration system and his long-term budget priorities — is likely to determine his domestic legacy. Obama’s plan now is to ensure that as much of his politically challenging agenda as possible is enacted, after months of effort to frame the policies
As he considers a potential mayoral run in the wake of an online sex scandal, former Representative Anthony D. Weiner has won a vote of confidence from a politician who can identify with his predicament: Eliot Spitzer. Mr. Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 as governor of New York amid revelations that he had solicited prostitutes, said in a radio interview that Mr. Weiner “will make it as a serious candidate if he plunges in, as I think he will.” The former governor predicted that after a period of public contrition, Mr. Weiner would “very soon go from being the candidate who had to fight to get in
A Port Canaveral police sergeant was fired Friday after an internal investigation showed he offered other officers a target resembling Trayvon Martin to use for shooting practice. Sgt. Ron King, a two-year veteran of the force of about 35 sworn officers, offered the target of a hoodie-wearing Trayvon at the range near Cocoa on April 4, Rosalind Harvey, a port spokeswoman, said Saturday. The other officers, who were on duty, refused. King led firearms classes at the range, Harvey said. Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh apologized publicly to Trayvon's family Saturday.
At Salon, Alex Seitz-Wald demands to know: On Gosnell “blackout,” where were conservatives before this week? (Snip) The bad news is that the vast ranks of newspaper publishers, TV executives, editors, news producers, radio assignment editors, and reporters somehow reached an instant, near universal consensus that a man who may well be America’s all-time champion mass murderer isn’t a story at all, never mind one to hold the front page for – because they didn’t see him as a murderer; they saw him as a “choice-provider” who got a little out of hand. That’s a dark, disturbing stain
Some of Manhattan’s wealthiest neighborhoods are exploding in a wave of violent crime that hearkens back to the bad old days when people feared going out at night, according to NYPD data obtained by The Post. Chelsea, Gramercy Park, TriBeCa, SoHo and Midtown South all posted a frightening rise in rapes in the first three months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. Felony assaults in the usually peaceful West Village nearly tripled, the new crime statistics show. Greenwich Village’s 6th Precinct tied the Rockaways’ grimy 100th Precinct for the city’s biggest year-to-date overall
The service, due to take place on Wednesday, is to be attended by 2,300 dignitaries and is expected to be the biggest since the death of the Queen Mother in 2002. The choice of the Charles Wesley composition, reflects the wishes of the former prime minister that the faith passed down to her by her father, Alderman Alf Roberts, should be marked at the service on Wednesday. Other pieces of music include John Bunyan’s 1684 hymn To Be a Pilgrim (He Who Would Valiant Be), the patriotic choice I Vow To Thee My Country and Psalm 84,
Tallahassee, FL - Changes under Republican Gov. Rick Scott are making it more difficult for Florida´s former felons to get their voting rights restored, which critics say has suppressed the minority vote and hurt Democratic candidates. (Snip) A disproportionate number of black Floridians are convicted felons - 16.5 percent of Floridians are black, yet black inmates make up 31.5 percent of the state´s prison population - meaning a higher percentage of African-Americans don´t have the right to vote after completing their sentences. And black voters tend to support Democrats.
Albany - The Albany school district has placed on leave a teacher whose persuasive writing assignment was for students to argue that Jews are evil in order to convince a Nazi official of their loyalty. The teacher was not in class at Albany High School on Friday and Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said the district will take some form of disciplinary action. She said it was too early to say exactly what that would be, but it could range from a letter of reprimand to termination. She did not say when the district would allow the teacher back in the classroom and suggested it may not happen
Washington - Last week, the two competing heavyweights in the debate over gun control — the National Rifle Association and Mayors Against Illegal Guns — announced that they will both "score," or grade, members of the Senate on upcoming votes. (Snip) Sen. Susan Collins has a C+ rating from the NRA, which puts her tied for the lowest score among Senate Republicans. Yet she sailed to re-election in 2008 and enjoyed a 66 percent approval rating among Maine Republicans — and 60 percent among Democrats — in a recent poll. On Saturday, Collins threw her support behind a bipartisan
CBS announcer Jim Nantz led off the network´s Masters coverage Saturday by describing what Tiger Woods did the day before on the 15th hole as an "innocent" and "absent-minded" mistake. CBS devoted the first 12 minutes of its broadcast from the Masters entirely to Woods, who was given a two-stroke penalty earlier in the day for a bad drop that led to his signing an incorrect scorecard after his second round. (Snip)Woods was tied for 17th when the third-round broadcast started at 3 p.m. EDT, five shots off the lead. His story dominated the early coverage, and CBS
North Korea, which seemed to be running out of tubs to thump, found a new target for its ire in a propaganda video released Saturday on Uriminzokkiri, a government Web site. To a soundtrack of fervent synthesizers and inspirational light rock, the video announces that North Korea will aim nuclear weapons (that it may, or may not, be able to launch) at Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Honolulu and… Colorado Springs, Co. The unorthodox move — apparently an attempt to target the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or Norad, and the United States Air Force Academy
Los Angeles - Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game Friday night until he felt a searing pain in his left heel. Bryant tore his Achilles’ tendon. His season is over. Although the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant said they would have to continue their playoff chase without him. “M.R.I., surgery and then recovery,” Bryant told reporters. Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, eventually leaving with 3 minutes 6 seconds to play
Barinas, Venezuela - Under the sweltering sun of Venezuela’s Los Llanos, a vast savannah famous for its cowboys and revolutionaries, 60-year-old Adán Chávez speaks passionately to a crowd of red-clad supporters. In his voice and rhetoric trembles a hint of his recently deceased younger brother, Hugo Chávez, the country’s former president. Indeed, a poster above the 60-year-old proclaims that he “is Chávez.” (Snip) Now the family’s grip on Barinas is just a microcosm of Chávez’s larger, profound hold over the nation as a whole. Adán — the “Marxist in the family,” Hugo once quipped
Some journalists are asking why the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor isn’t receiving more coverage. In 2010, police raided Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic, called the Women’s Medical Society, in a low-income neighborhood of West Philadelphia and found what a grand jury report called a “baby charnel house” where illegal and late term abortions were performed under dangerous conditions. Now on trial, Gosnell is charged with the death of one patient and seven babies allegedly born alive during abortion procedures; eight former employees–none of whom were certified
Kaufman, TX - Authorities investigating the death of a Texas district attorney arrested a former justice of the peace and charged him Saturday with making a "terroristic threat" after searching his home. Eric Williams, 46, was admitted to the Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning, jail records show. (Snip) Officials have not named Williams as a suspect in the March 30 shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, or in the late January death of assistant DA Mark Hasse, who was fatally shot as he was leaving work in Kaufman, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas.
Augusta, GA - The subject was the Tiger Woods mess Saturday. Bubba Watson had his own stories to tell about someone watching golf on television and then calling and accusing him of breaking a rule. The first was on the Friday of the 2007 U.S. Open. (Snip) Next was in 2011, after he won the Farmers Insurance Open. A viewer called the next day and said Watson had improved his lie on No. 17. Officials checked. Nothing. "Probably somebody who hates Bubba Watson," he said Saturday. So put Watson down with those who have grown weary of golfers accused of rule violations via calls
A career criminal who stole a truck containing President Obama´s audio equipment was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison. Sentencing guidelines called for a term of about three years, but Eric Brown of Richmond, Va., agreed to the longer sentence to avoid prosecution for 14 similar truck thefts in three localities. However, he could still face charges in Stafford County, which did not join Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties in the agreement. Brown pleaded guilty in January to theft of government property. "The theft of government property is a serious offense,"
According to an ABC News report, senators from the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” pushing immigration reform are expected to drop their bill, estimated at around 1,500 pages, on Tuesday, mere hours before the only scheduled Senate hearing on the topic. “A bipartisan group of senators plans to introduce its long-awaited immigration bill on Tuesday, Senate sources confirmed to ABC News,” Jim Avila and Jordan Fabian wrote on Friday. “Four Democrats and four Republicans, known as the ´Gang of Eight,´ wrapped up months of hard-fought negotiations this week and will put forth a bill that includes a pathway