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Montana police: Cable hunting show host shot and killed by jealous husband

Police in Whitefish, Montana said on Friday that Sportsman Channel host Gregory Rodríguez was shot and killed by a friend's jealous husband.

According to KRTV-TV, Rodríguez, host of A Rifleman's Journal and an editor for Guns & Ammo Magazine and other outdoors publications, was visiting the state as part of a business trip when he went to see the woman at her mother's house on Thursday night.

Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said the woman's husband, 41-year-old Wayne Bengston, "came into the house, immediately shot Mr. Rodríguez and killed him almost instantly. Dial also said Bengston beat his wife before leaving the house with her 2-year-old son.

Heart - Black

82-year-old woman dragged off train for allegedly singing too loudly

An 82-year-old Florida woman appears to be preparing for a legal battle against transit officials in Miami after video surfaced online of her being pulled to the ground and out of a local train.

WPLG-TV reported on Friday that an attorney representing Emma Anderson has filed a Freedom of Information Act request against Miami-Dade Transit asking for their policies regarding dealing with elderly passengers.

The request could be the first legal salvo in the wake of a Feb. 20 incident in which Anderson was ejected from a local Metrorail train for allegedly singing a religious song too loudly.

"I was beating my little beads with the bottle and I was singing a song," Anderson told the station on March 6. "[The security guard] came up to me and said, 'Ma'am, you're making too much noise.'"

The video, filmed on a cell phone by another passenger, shows the guard grabbing Anderson's bag by the handle while she held on to the other end. Shortly thereafter, Anderson is seen falling to the ground. Her attorney, Al Carbonell, said the fall caused injuries to her hip and shoulder.

"Right now, physically, she can't walk," Carbonell said. "She can't move around."

Cupcake Choco

Hysterization continues: 9-year-old gets in trouble for bringing cupcakes with Army figures on them to school

On Friday, a 9-year-old boy in Detroit brought cupcakes to Schall Elementary School for his birthday. Pretty innocent, right? You would think so, but no. Both the boy and his parents were reprimanded for a decoration on the cupcakes that the school principal found to be inappropriate - little green Army men.

According to CBS, school principal Susan Wright called the parents and said the cupcakes were insensitive. She then reportedly had the school staff remove the Army men before serving the cupcakes.


Royal Caribbean cruisers ill with apparent norovirus

© AP PhotoOne hundred and five passengers and three crew members fell ill on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship the "Vision of the Seas."
A Royal Caribbean cruise ship has returned to port with more than 100 passengers sickened by a stomach illness thought to be norovirus.

Vision of the Seas returned to Port Everglades, Fla., after an 11-night Caribbean cruise. One hundred five passengers and three crew members fell ill, the cruise line said. There were 1,991 guests and 772 crew members on board.

The ship returned as scheduled and ill passengers responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered on board the ship, Royal Caribbean International said.

The Centers for Disease Control, which tracks norovirus outbreaks on its website, did not yet have a record of the incident.

Arrow Down

Why Bob Geldof is wrong about Africa

By praising Tony Blair's Gleneagles agreement, celebrity economist shows he knows nothing of the absurdity of aid

Bob Geldof
© Rex FeaturesBob Geldof in Ethiopia in 1985
Bob Geldof is a humanitarian activist. He is also an egotist, a celebrity economist, and quite wrong on Africa.

Geldof, the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, sprung to global prominence with his role in Band Aid to raise money for the Ethiopian famine. The single sold nearly 12 million copies; the Live Aid concerts raised £150m. For these efforts Geldof received an honorary knighthood and was elevated to a spokesman for African development.

But the reason for the famine that catapulted him to prominence had less to do with the weather than the Ethiopian government's policy to withhold food shipments to rebel areas and to spend nearly half of its gross domestic product on the military. Aid became a tool of the counter-insurgency strategy, being left to rot or distributed according to political objectives. The same political issues shape African development choices today and these, not external activism on aid, are key to the continent's future.


Social Hysteria: South Dakota school teachers could be allowed to carry guns

Neil Heslin
© Sipa USA/Rex FeaturesNeil Heslin, whose son Jesse was killed in the Newtown massacre, testifies at a Senate hearing on assault weapons, part of a national push for more gun controls.
State votes to allow school districts to decide if they want to arm staff in wake of Newtown shooting massacre

Teachers in schools in South Dakota could be allowed to carry guns after the state voted to allow 152 school districts to decide if they want to arm school staff.

The "school sentinels" bill was introduced after the Newtown shootings in Connecticut. School boards must get approval from local police, and sentinels would have to be trained to carry weapons in the schools. District residents could put the issue to a referendum.

Friday's vote in South Dakota follows a proposal in Georgia to extend the right to carry arms. The Republican-led state house voted 117-56 on Thursday to allow licensed gun owners to take weapons inside some unsecured government buildings where they are currently banned, starting on July 1. They would still be outlawed from college dormitories and sporting events.

Comment: Listen to some interesting fact-based discussion on SOTT Talk Radio regarding Gun Control in the USA: Do Guns Protect Freedoms?


Is it even possible to live a celibate life?

After another sex scandal involving a senior member of the Catholic Church, questions are again being asked about celibacy. Is it realistic for someone to permanently go without sex?

Celibacy does not mean abstinence.

To the purists, celibacy - derived from the Latin for unmarried - means a permanent state of being without sex.

Abstinence can be temporary. And it's possible to be abstinent in a relationship. "True" celibacy means a life without both sex and a spouse or partner. Of course, there are many who give it a looser definition - merely indicating some sort of commitment to be without sex.

The subject is back in the headlines after Cardinal Keith O'Brien admitted that his "sexual conduct" had fallen below the standards expected of him amid allegations of "inappropriate behaviour".

As a Catholic priest he was expected to abstain from all sexual activity and devote himself to God and the Church's followers. Buddhist monks have similar expectation. In both religions, masturbation is regarded as a breach of celibacy.

For non-religious people the institution can be hard to comprehend.

Bad Guys

Egyptian court confirms death sentences on 21 soccer fans

© ReutersSoccer players try to leave the stadium as chaos erupts at a soccer stadium in Port Said city, in Egypt, February 1, 2012.
Two senior senior police officers also jailed for 15 years for their role in the stadium riot in Port Said in February 2012, in which more than 70 people died; fans rampage in Cairo after verdict.

An Egyptian court confirmed on Saturday death sentences handed down to 21 soccer fans for their role in a stadium riot which killed dozens of people in Port Said last year, a case which has provoked violent protests in the Suez Canal city.

The court also jailed two senior police officers for 15 years for their role in the riot in February 2012, in which more than 70 people died.

Seven of nine police officials on trial were acquitted for their role in the disaster.

Unrest has plagued Port Said since the death sentences were first announced on January 26, with local residents who want the fans spared fighting pitched battles with police. At least eight people have been killed this week, including three policemen.

The case has highlighted worsening law and order in much of Egypt since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak two years ago.

Bizarro Earth

Authorities seize 36 chihuahuas at 2 California homes

Three dozen Chihuahuas, some of them 2-week-old puppies, were seized from two Watsonville residences earlier this week and heading to foster care while waiting for permanent homes.

Officials with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter seized the dogs while executing two search warrants, the first Monday at an apartment on the 100 block of East Beach Street, and the second Tuesday at a relative's house on the 0-to-100 block of Alexander Street, said Todd Stosuy, the shelter's field services manager.

"It's a hoarding case first because not only were animals being hoarded, but also objects and possessions," making it difficult for officials to move through the residences, he said. But they're both breeding situations as well, "because the dogs were indiscriminately breeding in the house."


Manchester police officer shot by fellow officer during college lockdown

A lockdown was issued after a student reported seeing a man with a "handgun protruding out from his waistband" Wednesday afternoon.

About 4,000 people were "under a shelter-in-place emergency," while police searched each classroom.

During the lockdown, a Manchester police officer was shot in the foot. However, he did not shoot himself. It was an accidental discharge by another officer.

About 24 hours after the lockdown was lifted at Manchester Community College, the campus seemcidental discharge by another officer.

After about six hours, the lockdown was lifted after no one with a firearm was located on the campus.

"I wasn't really apprehensive," said student Jonathan Taylor. "I think they got everything under control now."

Some students told Eyewitness News that it was hard to come to Manchester Community College Thursday morning.

"My parents actually had to convince me to come back to school today," said student Diana Dunn.

State police told Eyewitness News even though the possible suspect was never found, it believes the call the agency received on the suspect was believable.