Sunday, November 13, 2005

Area Headlines

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VA Medical System Dealing With More Injured Than Planned from Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

This one bothers me...A LOT. We should not be there any longer. A good friend of mine lost her son in Iraq. Her only son. What a waste. W needs to swallow his pride and bring our guys and gals HOME.

Local man wins post in Ethiopia, later is jailed
VIRGINIA BEACH — When the government in Ethiopia announced its first open elections in May, Yacob Hailemariam knew what he had to do.

“It was time to go serve the motherland,” said his friend, Berhanu Mengistu, a professor at Old Dominion University. “He ran away from Ethiopia, but his heart was always in Ethiopia.”

Hailemariam, a business professor at Norfolk State University for nearly 20 years, retired early; moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and ran for a seat in parliament.

Like several other champions of democracy, he won decisively. The victory quickly evaporated.

The ruling party tried to limit the power of the opposition. The newcomers refused to take their seats in the parliament and demanded reform first. Negotiations broke down.

On Oct. 31, two dozen opposition leaders, including Hailemariam, were jailed. They were accused of fomenting violence and seeking to overthrow the government. Thousands more have been detained and nearly 50 people killed in clashes between demonstrators and government forces since then.

Where's the Bush administration when it comes to a lack of Democrocy in African countries? mmmmmm.

Norfolk concert raises $29,000 for veterans hurt in Iraq, Afghanistan

We shouldn't have to hold concerts for veterans hurt in Iraq. We shouldn't be in Iraq. Thankfully, we have citizens who care.

Three months pass, but not dad’s devotion

VIRGINIA BEACH — Mary Rachel Carson had often passed through these doors – the Bow Creek Recreation Center, where she and her father swam together ; the Burger King restaurant on Rosemont Road, where she worked to make a little cash ; and the 7-Eleven on the fringe of her Kings Grant neighborhood, where she tried to buy a pack of cigarettes the morning she was killed.

Now, the teenager’s photo is taped to the electric doors and glass windows of some of the places she used to spend time. Printed across the top in block letters is the word “Reward.”

The signs have been posted in earnest by Bill Carson, Mary Rachel’s father. For him, they are a painful reminder that nearly three months after his daughter was killed, the case has not been solved.

The retired schoolteacher runs the Professional Association of Teachers, but hunting for leads about his daughter’s killer has become a full-time occupation.

“This is my No. 1 job now,” said Carson, 64. “Almost every minute of the day, I think about this.”

Thankfully, our local newspaper is keeping this story alive. I can't imagine how painful it is for this girl's parents to have to ride by the spot where her body was found, within walking distance from her home. How sad.

So, what's headlining in your area?

dena at 6:34 AM

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at 7:25 AM Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Good post Dena, full of fine points.

Here in England, there are stories about Prince Charles not liking the undemocratic Chinese and the Paris riots.

Michele sent me here.

 
at 10:01 AM Blogger Captain Typho said...

The headline on the New York Post is about the cops closing in on a man wanted for raping a woman on Halloween. The man, a former co-worker of the victim, started a fire in the woman's building and was able to force entry into her apartment because he was dressed as a fireman.

It's a very scary case. All of his female former co-workers are terrified that he's coming after them next.

Here from Michele's.

 
at 10:55 AM Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

Very good post Dena. This time I'm here via Michele's.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

 
at 11:10 AM Blogger Carmi said...

Hi Dena. I like your idea....very thought-provoking.

Here in sleepy London, the Sunday paper has the usual roundup of boneheaded stick-up attempts, fraud artists, and news of the university's open house that's drawing legions of spoiled rich kids from all over the region.

It's almost as if Sunday is the one day off from real news and issues. I rather like it!

Guess who sent me - this time, that is...

 
at 11:11 AM Blogger Marcia said...

Hi, Michele sent me!

interesting news stories - I wouldn't have seen them if it weren't for you!

 
at 4:51 PM Blogger aka_monty said...

Hello, Michele sent me! First time visitor, so please don't mind me as I take a look around. :)

 
at 9:41 PM Blogger Dak-Ind said...

Hello, Michelle sent me. A quick comment on the VA medical system... the were horrible before, but now with the overload of combat wounded veterans coming into the system, it is becoming nearly impossible to wend thru the system. when the clinic doctor believed my husband had a heart attack and had to have tests done, it took over 6 weeks to get into the lab for testing. i hope he never has anthing life threatening because vthe VA medical system would just let him die in the waiting room.

 

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