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New York EMT Accused Serial Rapist

New York EMT Accused Serial Rapist
New York EMT Accused Serial Rapist
The arrest of one of New York's finest has shaken up the Big Apple! Angus Pascall, an FDNY EMT, was arrested on July 21, 2010 and charged with at least five counts of armed sexual assault, which includes sodomy. It appears that when he's on the clock he saves lives, and on his personal time he ruins them.

Brooklyn neighbors can now breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to one of the victims, an 11 year old, who provided the police with this sketch.

The 11 year old victim says after returning from walking her dog, she was approached in her Brooklyn apartment building, on the elevator, and sodomized by Angus Pascall.

There was another break in the case when another victim came forward and provided police with a license plate number of her attacker, when she was raped.

Pascall was a paramedic, working in Canarsie, which is not to far from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn where he resides. This just so happens to be the same vicinity that all of the alleged sex crimes took place.

The string of alleged crimes began:

1. In 2001, in her Flatbush home, a 22 year old woman stated that the alleged suspect, Angus Pascall, entered her home armed with a gun and raped her.

Texas Mother Kills Her Autistic Children - 911 Call Confession

Texas Mother Kills Her Autistic Children - 911 Call Confession
Texas Mother Kills Her Autistic Children - 911 Call Confession
Saiqa Akhter, a 30 year old mother, places a 911 call with a shocking confession. As you'll hear from the video added below, Ms. Akhter placed a call from her Irving, Texas home and openly admitted killing her two children. She states that the cause of death was strangulation.

The 911 operator remained calm and asked the proper questions paying close attention to detail. The mother calmly explained in detail all that transpired. In the conversation, she told the 911 operator, " They are blue and their heart is not beating!"

The 911 operator asked key questions as to "How did she kill them and why?"

 Saiqa Akhter remained calm, saying that she feels nothing. Her reason for killing her children was, in her own words, "Because they are autistic. I don't want kids like that! I want normal kids!"

 

Shirley Sherrod Fired From White House

Shirley Sherrod Fired From White House
Shirley Sherrod Fired From White House
When we think of the Internet, we admire the advancements in technology and how life has been made so much easier. We surf the web with ease because in this Information Age, everything is just a click away. It's had advantages and disadvantages. Many have gained employment and shared good information. Unfortunately for Shirley Sherrod that wasn't the case.

Recently, Shirley Sherrod, former USDA State Director, overseeing the rural development in Georgia, lost her job fueled by misinformation. A snippet of a speech she had delivered in previous months, spitefully surfaced and was misconstrued as racist.

The Obama Administration denounced Sherrod and within 48 hours became apologetic along with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak.

Lindsay Lohan Goes To Jail

Lindsay Lohan Goes To Jail
Lindsay Lohan Goes To Jail

Lindsay Lohan has recently begun a 90 day jail sentence, stemming from a July 6, 2010 Probation Revocation Hearing. The sentence also includes a 90 day rehab stay, after her release.

The once child fashion model has made a great career for herself throughtout the years. Her debut, at the age of eleven, in the Disney film, Parent Trap was only the beginning.

The model, actress, pop-singer and song-writer has accomplished performances between 2003-2005 in films such as: Mean Girls, Herbie Fully Loaded, and Freaky Friday. She also appeared in a few independent films: Emilio Estevez's "Bobby" and Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion".

Flooding In China Claims Over 450 Lives

china_floods_0801Throughout  several provinces in the southern and central provinces of China, torrential summer rains have caused severe flooding, claiming the lives of over 450 people.

It has been reported today, as you'll see in the clip below, that  several thousand of people were forced to head for high ground, evacuating their homes across the country. The soldiers assisted residents with loading their belongs, racing against time, before the floods reach them.

Heavy equipment that was brought in to repair a broken dyke caused the ground to give way, toppling the large machinery. Landslides have claimed over 15 lives today, July 13, 2010, alone. There are dozens missing throughout the provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Chongqing City, China.

NY Yankees Owner Steinbrenner Dies At 80

baseballThe Yankees principal owner and partner in management, George Steinbrenner dies at 80. In his Tampa, Florida home he succumbed to a heart attack this morning, July 13, 2010.

Rita and George Henry Steinbrenner had something to celebrate besides Independence Day. "The Boss" was born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio. He earned his nickname from the day to day involvement with the team. Although an executive, Steinbrenner made decisions daily especially the hiring and firing. As we look back at such a legacy, he also was known for rehiring some of the same people he fired.

"The Boss" became owner of the Yankees in 1973, making it the longest ownership in club history. During his reign, the Yankees won 11 pennants and 7 World Series Championships.

Barefoot Bandit

bare_footColton Harris-Moore, dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" was apprehended early Sunday morning, in the Bahamas. His arrest has ended a 2 year run, whereas he's been allegedly evading police on his continuous crime spree that reached global proportions.

As usual, the police where tipped off that the "Barefoot Bandit" was on a small tourist island in the Bahamas. Shots were fired by police, during a boat chase, before taking him into police custody. At this time, it's uncertain if Mr. Moore had a weapon. The pictures you'll see in the video appears that the boat engine was fired upon to disable the engine during the chase.

According to Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, Colton Harris-Moore has been flown to Nassau, which is the capitol city of the Bahamas, under tight police escort. His charges will stem from : Crash landing a stolen Plane and several break -ins in the Bahamas.

 

Oil Spill or Not?

740237_oil_spillIt has been reported that BP is still trying to cap off the oil leak in the Gulf. Despite their efforts, the oil has continued to leak. Eric Holder (U.S. Attorney General) stated in an interview that an investigation is being done, but did not elaborate on who is being investigated. Greater than 340 million gallons of oil is suspected to have leaked into the gulf as of last week. Some young scientists are testing the waters and have found several plumes of oil in the gulf.

The question that remains in the minds of the citizens in the U.S. is, “What does this mean for us?” The oil has traveled to Alabama and Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour (MS Governor) stated that the oil spill in the Petit Bois Island (near Pascagoula, MS) was not as bad as he thought. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill was detected on April 20, 2010 and continues to spill out into the Gulf. Other questions come to mind is, “Are we breathing in any fumes from the spill?”

 

Community Fest At The Vine

 

67fbWhat is growing on the vine of your life? We have all heard the nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Well, I don’t know what Mary is growing in her garden, but I know it depends on what Mary is sowing.

Today, I saw seeds of praise and fellowship being sown as community churches (Truevine M.B. Church, Evergreen United Methodist, Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church & Saint Hill C.O.G.I.C.), all of Brandon, MS, assembled together at Truevine M.B. Church to offer their best praises to God. These churches get together yearly for two days of fellowship and praise.

Crime Victims - A Closer Look At The Victims

ffb4What is it in us that cause us to kill? What makes us feel that we have the right to take something as precious as another person's life? The Crime Victims’ Group of Jackson, MS is still searching for the answers to these questions. The truth is that God is the giver of life and no one has the right to take it away. Nevertheless, many people lose their lives daily based on someone else's disregard for human life. I had the pleasure of being invited to this Crime Victims Group meeting by one of my dearest friends, Mary Bernice Barnes. She along with the other members of this group has a family member that was the victim of a murder.

I really came to this meeting to support Mrs. Bernice and to observe but ended up being their special guest for the evening. As I sat at the table, I took a closer look at the victims. I listened as Larry Nelson, Sr., the president of this organization, asked each victim how their cases were going. No one at the table had any results from the legal system. Several cases are still pending and some cases are not even being investigated. Just sitting at the table with them, I could see the void and the lack of closure in their lives but they are still determined to seek justice and to continue to support each other. They are receiving some support from City Councilman Kenneth Stokes, Mayor Harvey Johnson, District Attorney Robert Shula Smith, and from some investigators. However, many of the cases are nowhere near being solved. My heart ached for each member of this group. Their group needs our support because they are people with a purpose and they are working towards positive goals. 

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