Archive for February, 2013
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a VICE media employee, three Harlem Globe trotters and Dennis Rodman—no, this isn’t the beginning of a walk into a bar” joke—got together Thursday to tape a made-for-TV basketball exhibition in the Hermit Kingdom for an upcoming HBO show.
WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Veteran journalist Bob Woodward, half of The Washington Post’s famous Watergate team, says he received a threatening email from a senior White House aide. In his “Behind the Curtain” column, Woodward, a prolific political author, said Gene Sperling, economic adviser to President Obama, messaged him that he would “regret” questioning the administration’s […]
VATICAN CITY, (UPI) — Benedict XVI officially resigned as pope Thursday evening, leaving the Roman Catholic Church without a pontiff for the time being. The moment was marked at Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles southeast of Rome, where the former pope is now living and plans to reside for the next couple of months. Swiss […]
CHICAGO, (UPI) — An Illinois man who put a noose around the neck of an African-American teenager has been ordered to write an essay about lynching, officials say. Matthew Hermann, 20, had pleaded guilty in October to misdemeanor battery on Joshua Merritt in December 2011, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday. At the time of his […]
Protestors took to cities throughout the Nation Wednesday to denounce “Stand Your Ground” laws as they marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
CHICAGO, (UPI) — Chicago Public Schools is considering a proposal that would begin teaching sex education in kindergarten, the district said. The district’s proposal follows “national sexuality education standards” and also would address sexual orientation and bullying for the first time, FoxNews.com reported Thursday. Under the proposal, students in kindergarten through third grade would learn […]
CARSON CITY, Nev., (UPI) — Recluse Walter Samaszko Jr.’s gold coins, found after his death, brought in more than $3.5 million in a Carson City, Nev., auction. About half the collection, found neatly organized and labeled after the death of Samaszko, 69, in June, was offered in the Tuesday auction, the Carson City Appeal said […]
NAPIERVILLE, Ill., (UPI) — A Shorewood, Ill., man was sentenced to court supervision and community service for crashing his car while driving drunk at 142 mph. Dean Suominen, 37, avoided jail time by pleading guilty Monday to drunken driving and reckless driving charges in the Jan. 10, 2012 accident in Napierville, Ill., the Chicago Sun-Times […]
OAK BROOK, Ill., (UPI) — An Illinois Tooth Fairy poll spokesman said the increased amount given children for lost baby teeth augurs good news for the U.S. economy. The Original Tooth Fairy poll revealed the average Tooth Fairy gift went up from $2.10 in 2011 to $2.42 in 2012, a 15.2 percent gain, Delta Dental […]
GETTYSBURG, Pa., (UPI) — The artist who created a statue of Abraham Lincoln to be erected in Gettysburg, Pa., said he will return annually for the statue’s maintenance. Salt Lake City artist Stanley Watts, who since 2008 has sought a Gettysburg site able to accept the extreme weight of the 7-foot-6-inch-tall statue, will also provide […]