Friday, June 24, 2011

18 Month Old Overdoses On Cocaine

Police say an 18-month-old Oakland girl has been released from the hospital after she overdosed on cocaine.Capt. Rick Stubbert with the Oakland Police Department said Jillian Jones, 21, called 911 Thursday morning to say that her baby wasn't breathing.

By the time police arrived, the child was conscious and alert.Stubbert said Jones was sleeping in the same room as the child and that the father, Justin Currier, 30, was not paying close enough attention to the child when she swallowed some cocaine that was in the room.

Stubbert said a "considerable amount of time had passed" from the time the child ingested the cocaine to when Jones called for help.Currier was jailed on a probation violation and Jones was released on bail.Stubbert said Jones seemed genuinely upset by what happened, but that Currier did not.

No Child Left Behind? High School Valedictorian and 10 Other Students Told They Didn't Graduate High School

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- School leaders admitted they dropped the ball.

A principal has resigned and almost a dozen Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who thought they had graduated, just found out - they didn't.

They walked with their class at graduation, collected diplomas, and thought high school was behind them.

But CMS leaders admitted the folks in charge at Garinger High School messed up big time, and now 11 students are learning they didn't have enough credits to graduate. Among them - the valedictorian. She’s now in summer school trying to complete her credits.

Karen Thomas is the Executive Director for Support Services at CMS and oversees all school guidance counselors. She told us, “What should have happened did not happen. This was an unfortunate incident for every student that was involved. This is not the way we want to do business in CMS.”

This past school year, Garinger High was divided into five smaller schools.

The guidance counselor at the Leadership and Public Service school left in May, and soon after, the district looked into whether all seniors had the right credits to graduate.

“Upon completing the graduation credit analysis we realized there were students who were not eligible to graduate,” Thomas said.

But Thomas said the principal at the Leadership and Public Service school did nothing about it. That principal just resigned.

“There was an awareness. The communication that should have occurred between the school and the home did not occur,” said Thomas.

That is why it wasn't until summer school started this week that some of the 11 students found out they had not actually graduated.

And the valedictorian found out she actually is not.

“We will have to look at where the rankings are for all of the students and as I said, the valedictorian is the number one student in the class of graduates at the time,” said Thomas.

She said they’ll have to re-run the numbers to determine all of the students revised rankings.

CMS leaders told us they have individualized plans for each of the 11 students involved to help them earn the proper credits.

But even with that, the valedictorian will lose her status as first in class.

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Radicalized U.S Marine Reservist Charged In Shooting Of Military Buildings Near Nation's Capital

The 22-year-old Marine reservist charged Thursday with shooting at military buildings near the nation's capital radicalized himself through the Internet, but there is no indication he was planning to harm individuals, sources told Fox News.

After laying low for months, Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria, Va., was arrested early Friday morning at Arlington National Cemetery, which was closed at the time.

He allegedly possessed a backpack containing bomb-making materials, spray paint, and a notebook with references to Usama bin Laden, Al Qaeda and other "jihadist" materials, according to Neil MacBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. The incident shut down major highways around the Pentagon for much of Friday.

Melaku was charged Thursday with two counts of willfully injuring property of the United States, and two counts of knowingly carrying and discharging a firearm. MacBride wouldn't say whether prosecutors plan to file terrorism-related charges against Melaku, but he said such charges "are possible."

Melaku is currently in state custody on unrelated charges in Virginia, though he is expected to be transferred to federal custody.

Melaku allegedly frequented sites such as YouTube, where he watched videos outlining atrocities in the Muslim world and accusing the United States of victimizing Muslims, according to the sources familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity. After arresting Melaku Friday, authorities specifically asked him whether he was inspired by the radical, U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has been linked to several recent attacks on the United States, but Melaku denied any such inspiration.

Authorities believe Melaku wanted to launch "symbolic" strikes, and there is no evidence he intended to harm individuals, according to a source familiar with the investigation. In addition, there is no evidence his alleged actions Friday had anything to do with the death of bin Laden, which has put U.S. officials on alert for possible retaliatory attacks.

At a press conference Thursday in Washington, the head of the FBI's Washington Field Office, James McJunkin, said "the evidence suggests" Melaku's intentions at Arlington National Cemetery were "at least vandalism, but we don't know exactly what his intent is, and we can't really speculate on that."

New Mexico's Largest Emergency Shelter "Joy Junction" To Release Android Phone App

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 24, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency shelter, in collaboration with Dezine Studios, has released an app for Android devices.

Joy Junction Founder and CEO Dr. Jeremy Reynalds said he is very excited about the new app, because it provides yet another way for Joy Junction to tell the homeless story, an avenue to which Reynalds is passionately committed.

"We live in a technological age, and we are making every attempt to harness that technology to let people know the plight of the ever increasing number of homeless people," Reynalds said.

Some of the app features include: general information about Joy Junction, the ability to make Paypal donations to the shelter, Dollar Days wish list ordering, a direct number dial to Joy Junction's main office, GPS location feature to map directions and links to external resources.

Dezine Studios, which gifted the app to Joy Junction, said, "Helping to expand the reach of Joy Junction via a mobile application strengthens their ability to provide services to a growing, under-represented population. We are proud to help them in this endeavor."

Reynalds added, "I am so grateful for the generosity of Dezine Studios and what this app allows us to do. By leveraging the rapidly expanding Android market, we are making it easier for our supporters to help us continue our mission of mercy and better provide for a those who are often overlooked."

Dezine Studios has committed to produce an iPhone application for Joy Junction, due out in the coming months.

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Hezbollah Preparing For War Against Israel

Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group is preparing for a possible war with Israel to relieve perceived Western pressure to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, its guardian ally, sources close to the movement say.

The radical Shi'ite group, which has a powerful militia armed by Damascus and Iran, is watching the unrest in neighboring Syria with alarm and is determined to prevent the West from exploiting popular protests to bring down Assad.

Hezbollah supported pro-democracy movements that toppled Western-backed leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, but officials say it will not stand idly by as international pressure mounts on Assad to yield to protesters.

It is committed to do whatever it takes politically to help deflect what it sees as a foreign campaign against Damascus, but it is also readying for a possible war with Israel if Assad is weakened.

"Hezbollah will never intervene in Syria. This is an internal issue for President Bashar to tackle. But when it sees the West gearing up to bring him down, it will not just watch," a Lebanese official close to the group's thinking told Reuters.

"This is a battle for existence for the group and it is time to return the favor (of Syria's support). It will do that by fending off some of the international pressure," he added.

The militant group, established nearly 30 years ago to confront Israel's occupation of south Lebanon, fought an inconclusive 34-day war with Israel in 2006.

Hezbollah and Syria have both denied that the group has sent fighters to support a military crackdown on the wave of protests against Assad's rule.

Hezbollah believes the West is working to reshape the Middle East by replacing Assad with a ruler friendly to Israel and hostile to itself.
"The region now is at war, a war between what is good and what is backed by Washington... Syria is the good," said a Lebanon-based Arab official close to Syria.

He said the United States, which lost an ally when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February, "wants to shift the crisis" by supporting protests against its adversary.

"For us this will be confronted in the best possible way," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Analysts rule out the possibility of a full-scale regional war involving Syria, Iran and Lebanon on one side against Israel backed by the U.S. A war pitting Hezbollah against Israel was more likely, they said.

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Obama's unauthorized war on Libya costs $9,421,000 a day

(LA TIMES)--The Obama administration is spending almost $9.5 million every single day to blow things up in Libya because the president has determined that is in the country's national interest, this country's national interest, not Libya's.

You may not have noticed the $392,542 flowing out of the national treasury every hour, day and night, since those first $1.5 million Tomahawks flashed from the launch tubes back on March 19.

But Libya's dictator Moammar Kadafi has. Not enough to quit, mind you, because he can hide while his troops do the dying and killing.

Kadafi's military might has been degraded sufficiently by allied missiles and bombs to perhaps create a long-lasting stalemate with rebel forces in the desert conflict that Obama initially promised House members would last a matter of days, not weeks.Kadafi greets Obama 2009

Thirteen weeks later Obama, who was elected running against the war in Iraq, finds himself also embroiled in an escalating constitutional conflict at home over another war that he started while touring South America with his family in March.

You may recall that nine days later the Real Good Talker did what he usually does when attacked; he gave a speech to address the outcry over the sudden conflict without meaningful congressional consultation.

"When our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act," the Democrat declared. The president made the case that Kadafi was a ruthless ruler, who vowed "no mercy" on his own protesting countrymen. Obama added:

We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi – a city nearly the size of Charlotte – could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world. It was not in our national interest to let that happen. I refused to let that happen.

The trouble is that numerous bad guys are killing their own people all the time around the world. Syria comes immediately to mind as a place where government security....

....forces didn't even bother vowing "no mercy." They've just killed an estimated 1,000 protestors in recent weeks. Obama has "warned" Syria many times and frozen bank assets.

How could the Nobel Peace Prize winner order a military intervention over a possible civilian massacre in Libya, which was not attacking the United States, but do nothing over an actual civilian massacre in Syria? And how exactly is avoiding a stain on the world conscience in the vital national interests of the United States?

Additionally, Capitol Hill and many Americans have the notion that Congress is responsible for declaring war. They cite the War Powers Act of 1973, a legislative legacy of the divisive Vietnam War, which was also prosecuted by a Democratic president.

That act, passed by a veto-beating two-thirds majority, sets numerous requirements for any president involving the U.S. military without congressional authorization or a declaration of war: There must be an "attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces."

The president must notify Congress within 48 hours. And the White House has a total of 90 days to prosecute the conflict and withdraw without a declaration of war or legislative authorization.

Sunday is Day 90 of the Libyan war.

As Congress prepares to debate the new fiscal year's defense budget, House Speaker John Boehner warned the president this week he would be in violation on Sunday and mentioned cutting off funds for the mission. Cutting funds to troops, however, is extremely risky politically and unlikely.

Boehner added:

The ongoing, deeply divisive debate originated with a lack of genuine consultation prior to commencement of operations and has been further exacerbated by the lack of visibility and leadership from you and your administration.

On Wednesday, Reps. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, and Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, both staunch war critics, sued the administration in federal court over what they call its unconstitutional prosecution of a war.

On the same day the administration delivered a package of materials to Congress maintaining basically that the conflict, which will have cost $1.1 billion by late September, is so limited and inconsequential that Obama does not need congressional authorization.

Lawyers for Obama, who is not the first president to ignore the War Powers Act, argued the Libyan operation is not so much war as normal military operations that sometimes might involve hostilities:

U.S. forces are playing a constrained and supporting role in a multinational coalition, whose operations are both legitimated by and limited to the terms of a United Nations Security Council Resolution that authorizes the use of force solely to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under attack or threat of attack and to enforce a no-fly zone and an arms embargo.

A Boehner spokesman called the White House response "creative arguments" requiring further study and ongoing consultations.

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Montana Churches Fix 800 Bicycles To Help Kids

BILLINGS Montana- A church on the south side of Billings started fixing bikes six years ago and today, the event has expanded to other places in Billings.
Living Water Church hosted its seventh Bike Clinic.
The clinic fixes bikes, serves lunch and provides games and entertainment for kids.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is one of 40 sponsors and encouraged Living Water to make it a city-wide event.
1st Lutheran Church held a clinic at North Park and City Church put on a clinic at Lutheran Park in the Heights.
This year, the three churches expect to help about 800 kids.
"It's been awesome to see the kids come up and say thank you appreciate the bike," said Pastor Fred Rodda, of Living Water Church. "The idea is for us as a church to be the hands and feet of jesus to the community. As a pastor it's a blessing for the kids to come up and say thank you for the bike."
Pastor Rodda hopes to travel to Brazil in the fall, to bring this same Bike Clinic program to a church in Sao Paulo.
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Doomsday Preacher Harold Camping's Radio Show Cancelled

Doomsday preacher Harold Camping, who is recovering from a mild stroke, will stop airing his Open Forum show at the end of this month.

Camping took questions live from listeners every weeknight on Family Radio's Open Forum program. Ever since the 89-year-old broadcaster suffered a stroke on June 9, Family Radio has been airing re-runs of his 90-minute program. Family Radio will air pre-recorded segments of the Open Forum program from Camping's May 23 to June 9 broadcasts to fill up the schedule until the end of June then wrap up the show, according to the Oakland Tribune.

"When those are completed, we will have other programming that is scheduled to run in that time slot," Family Radio's program department secretary Judi Rathbone wrote in an e-mail.

Camping, whose speech was reportedly affected by the stroke, was recently moved from a local hospital in the Oakland, Calif., area to a nursing facility to recover.

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