Monday, February 25, 2013

Gazan Rockets Strike Into Israel

Two rockets from Gaza struck Israeli territory, on Tuesday.

One of them hit inside the city of Ashkelon, while the other hit a field outside.

Neither caused any injuries.

They are the first rockets since the ceasefire began in November 2012.

It is also a blatant violation of that ceasefire agreement.

Colorado Man Arrested For Threatening Sponsor of Gun Control Bills

Forty-two year old Franklin Glenn Sain was arrested in Colorado Springs, Monday morning.

Police say he made threats, via voice mail and email, against State Representative Rhonda Fields.

Sain faces charges of harassment, threats, and attempting to influence a public official.

By Monday afternoon he had been released on bail.

State Representative Fields has been a leading opponent of gun rights, in Colorado.

Fields into politics after he son was killed in a 2005 shooting.

She is the sponsor of several extremely controversial gun control bills.

On Sunday, hundreds of Coloradans protested her bills as part of a national day to support gun rights and the Second Amendment.

And The Oscar Goes To...

Sunday night saw the eighty-fifth Academy Awards.

Argo took home the award for best picture.

Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for best actor, for his role in Lincoln.

Jennifer Lawrence's role in Silver Linings Playbook gained her the Oscar for best actress.

Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor for his part in Django Unchained.

Anne Hathaway's performance in Les Miserables gave her the Oscar for best supporting actress.

Brave was given the award for best Animated Feature Film.

The Oscar for cinematography went to Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi.

Costume Design's award went to Jacqueline Durran for her work on Anna Karenina.

Ang Lee won best director for Life of Pi.

Searching for Sugar Man won the best documentary feature.

Documentary short's Oscar went to Inocente.

William Goldenberg took home the award for Editing, for his work on Argo.

Best foreign language film went to Amour, from Austria.

Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell won best makeup and hairstyling for their work in Les Miserables.

The best original score went to Mychael Danna for Life of Pi.

Adele won the Oscar for best original song, with her song Skyfall, from the movie Skyfall

The Oscar for production design and set decoration went to Rick Carter and Jim Erickson for Lincoln.

Paperman gained the Oscar for best short animated film. 

Best short live action film went to Curfew.

The award for sound editing resulted in a tie, going to Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, for Skyfall, and Paul N.J. Ottosson for Zero Dark Thirty.

Sound mixing went to the Les Miserables team of Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes.

Best visual effects was won by Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi.

Argo's Chris Terrio took home the Oscar for writing an adapted screenplay.

Quentin Tarantino won the academy award for writing an original screenplay, for his Django Unchained. 

North Korea Expanding Political Prison Camps

North Korea is expanding it's political prison camps.

According to sources in South Korea's government, satellite imagery shows that more buildings are being built at several of the camps.

This could mean that the North is planning on bringing in a lot more prisoners.

Alternately, they could simply be consolidating their camps, expanding some so that others can be eliminated.

Only time will tell which of those they are planning.

Colorado Senate Passes Immigrant Tuition Bill

Colorado Senate chambers
Colorado's Senate passed a bill, on Monday, that allows for lowered tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants.

It passed with a vote of twenty-three to twelve.

Every Democrat and three Republicans voted for it.

The bill now heads to the House, which is Democrat controlled, so it will likely pass.

Similar bills have passed the Senate before, strictly on party lines, but could not make it pass the previously Republican controlled House.

Under the bill, students are only eligible for in state tuition, if they completed at least three years of high school, in Colorado.

US Marshals Find Missing Sex Offender in Aurora

US Marshals found a man they were looking for, in Colorado.

Forty-six year old Matthew Preston Caulk is a registered sex offender.

He has convictions for sexual assault of a minor in both Colorado and Washington.

Caulk had been staying at a halfway house in Denver, but disappeared on February 13.

Marshals found him, Sunday afternoon, in Aurora, near East Hampden Avenue and South Tower Road.

Caulk is now back in jail, with his parole revoked. 

Raul Castro Names Likely Successor

Fidel Castro, left, Raul Castro, right
On Sunday, President Raul Castro was granted another five year term, by the Cuban parliament.

Eighty-one year old Raul accepted his second term, with his eighty-six year old brother and former president, Fidel, at his side.

Raul stated that this term will be his last and named a vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

At fifty-two Diaz-Canel is seen as one of the rising stars of Cuban politics.

His placement as vice president, suggests he will be the next national leader after Castro.

Since taking power, Raul Castro has put through economic and social reforms, stating that they were necessary not to end Cuban socialism, but to bring into the future.

He plans to continue them during his second term, including age and term limits for politicians.

Protests Continue in Bulgaria

Protests continued in Bulgaria, on Sunday, with over twenty thousand marching through Varna.

Thousands more protested in various cities across the nation.

At least ten thousand marched through the capital of Sofia, and booed the President when he tried to speak to them.

President Rosen Pleveliev offered to meet with leaders of unions and civil rights groups, in order to see a peaceful conclusion to the current circumstances.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Borisov resigned in the face of violent protests against his leadership.

Some protesters are now demanding that the entire government resign.

Anger has been growing for some time over rising costs of living, specifically electrical bills, and frozen wages.

Missing From Kentucky: Kaitlynn Earls, 12

Twelve year old Kaitlynn Earls is missing from Marion, Kentucky.

She was last seen Monday morning, but never made it to school.

Kaitlynn is described as five foot five, one hundred and twenty-five pounds, with burgundy and black hair, and brown eyes.

When last seen, she was wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information should call the Marion Police Department at 270-965-3500.

Missing From England: Karen Simpson, 31

Thirty-one year old Karen Simpson is missing from West Lancashire, England, UK.

She was last seen on Sunday morning.

Karen is described as five foot six, slim, with dark brown or red hair.

When last seen, she was wearing a dark green jacket, blue jeans, maroon grey scarf, and black boots.

Anyone with information should call the police at 101.

Missing From Washington: Nathaniel Davis, 28

Twenty-eight year old Nathaniel Davis is missing from Kitsap, Washington.

He was last seen on February 13.

Concerns are high as he has Asperger syndrome and had been showing signs of paranoia.  According to his family he has no money or driver's license.  He has also been known to abuse methamphetamines at times.

Nathaniel is described as six foot, two hundred pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and multiple tattoos.

Anyone with information should call the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office at 360-337-711. 

Updated by blessinggiver on 11/13/13 at 09:07

Missing From Texas: Rafael Cordero, 55

Fifty-five year old Rafael Cordero is missing from Tomball, Texas.

He was last seen on Friday.

Rafael is described as five foot eight, one hundred and seventy-five pounds, with salt and pepper hair, and brown eyes.

When last seen, he was wearing a black short sleeved polo shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should call the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 at 281-376-3472.

Missing From Montana: Nicole Waller, 31

Thirty-one year old Nicole Waller, of Kalispell, is missing from Fairview, Montana.

She was last seen on February 14.

Her car was found abandoned on February 18.

Nicole is described as five foot, one hundred and sixty-five pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information should call the FBI office in Glasgow at 406-228-2533.

Missing From Missouri: Kayla Campbell, 16

Sixteen year old Kayla Campbell is missing from Pacific, Missouri.

She was last seen on February 14.

Kayla is described as five foot, one hundred and twenty pounds, with black hair, and blue eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Franklin County Sheriff's Department at 636-583-2560 or the
Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 573-526-6178.

Missing From Minnesota: Kira Trevino, 30

Thirty year old Kira Trevino is missing from St. Paul, Minnesota.

She was last seen on Friday.

Her car was found, Monday morning, at the Mall of America where she works, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Kira is described as five foot four, one hundred and ten pounds, with blonde hair, and green eyes.

Anyone with information should call St Paul Police Department at 651-291-1111.

Missing From Georgia: Madison Conner, 15

Fifteen year old Madison Conner is missing from Hawkinsville, Georgia.

She was last seen on Friday.

Madison is described as five foot eight, one hundred and forty-five pounds, with red hair, hazel eyes, braces, and spiral gauged ears.

Anyone with information should call the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office at 478-783-1521.

She was located safe, in Miami, on March 19.

Police there are holding her until her parents can pick her up.