Jul 15, 2011

Things heard on skipwaves you might have missed


KC Man arrested in the random shooting and killing of an 11 year old girl on the Fourth.  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker charged Aaron Sullivan with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the shooting death of 11-year-old Blair Lane. Baker said during a press conference that the gun used in the shooting belongs to Sullivan. No charges have been filed against the other three men who fired the gun.

Jackson County Attorney also wants the BLAIR's LAW (there's always a law named after a child wrongly dies) that would go farther than random firing... but in fact make it illegal to shoot a gun in the city.  (So it'd be legal to own a gun, just not use it.)   More from the Plog...


FBI Investigates MURDOCH News Corp

The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

The official spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.  New York City-based News Corp. has been in crisis mode.


Murdoch Exec Sacrificed.  LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - A major News Corp shareholder said on Thursday that News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks should quit because of a telephone hacking scandal that has engulfed the company.  "For sure she has to go, you bet she has to go," Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told the BBC's Newsnight programme.


Harvard University child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig's recent claim that some parents should lose custody of their severely obese children has sparked outrage among families and professionals across the country.   ABC Video


Obama says Enough is Enough...
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(AP) President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader...
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid new warnings and fresh signs of strain, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are entering a perilous debt-limit endgame. The president, declaring "enough is enough," is demanding that budget negotiators find common ground by week's end even as the Senate's top Republican gained followers for his own last-ditch scheme to avoid a government default.

The continuing impasse was unsettling Wall Street, which up to now had performed as if an increase in the debt ceiling was not in doubt. And the looming Aug. 2 cutoff for action was creating new tensions between the president and Republican leaders.

Moody's Investors Service said Wednesday it will review the government's credit rating, noting there is a small but rising risk that the government will default on its debt. If Moody's were to lower the ratings, the consequences would ripple through the economy, pushing up rates for mortgages, car loans and other debts. A Chinese rating agency, Dagong Global Credit Rating Co., also warned of a possible downgrade.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, addressing lawmakers, warned Wednesday that not increasing the nation's debt ceiling and allowing the nation default on its debt would send "shock waves through the entire financial system."

And in the cauldron of the White House Cabinet Room, Obama and top lawmakers bargained for nearly two hours Wednesday on spending cuts. Obama curtly ended the session when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., urged Obama to accept a short, monthslong increase in debt instead of one that would last through next year's presidential election.

"Enough is enough. ... I'll see you all tomorrow," Obama said, rising from the negotiating table and leaving the room, according to several officials familiar with the session.

The United States hit its current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling in May and the Obama administration says the government will default on its obligations if the debt limit is not increased by Aug. 2. For a new debt ceiling to last to the end of 2012 would require raising it by about $2.4 trillion.

Check your phonebill - has a company crammed phoney charges on it?

Senate investigates practice where companies cram monthly charges on your bill for fake products hoping you won't see them...and will just pay it.  Claire McCaskill is among senators going after the practice, okayed by big telecom!!!  Story on Nightly News

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