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Sentencing phase opens in 'Grim Sleeper' serial murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:55

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. stands in court during his arraignment in Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe former Los Angeles sanitation worker convicted of murdering nine women and a teenage girl in the "Grim Sleeper" killings returned to court on Thursday for the penalty phase of his trial as prosecutors began making a case that he deserves to be executed. The penalty proceedings in the trial of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, are expected to last about a month, at the end of which jurors will recommend whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. A week ago, the same jury found Franklin guilty on all 10 counts of first-degree murder with which he was charged.


In second act, former Sounder Steve Zakuani finds contentment

NBA - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:54

As impressively as former Sounder player and current broadcaster Steve Zakuani has reinvented himself within the game, he's justifiably as proud of his ability to forge another path outside of it.
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In second act, former Sounder Steve Zakuani finds contentment

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:54

As impressively as former Sounder player and current broadcaster Steve Zakuani has reinvented himself within the game, he's justifiably as proud of his ability to forge another path outside of it.
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In second act, former Sounder Steve Zakuani finds contentment

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:54

As impressively as former Sounder player and current broadcaster Steve Zakuani has reinvented himself within the game, he's justifiably as proud of his ability to forge another path outside of it.

Envoys walk out of Uganda inauguration

BBC World News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:53
Western diplomats walk out of Ugandan President Museveni's inauguration over disparaging comments he made about the International Criminal Court.
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Spring brings invasion of eastern tent caterpillars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:53

Spring brings invasion of eastern tent caterpillarsFrom the city to the suburbs, caterpillars seem to be invading neighborhoods.


Passenger gets probation for placing fake bomb on plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:48
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. passenger who placed a fake bomb in a restroom during an international flight — and then reported it to look like a hero — has avoided a prison term.

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho gear up for possible grizzly hunts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:48

This Aug. 2, 2012 photo provided by Wolves of the Rockies shows a grizzly bear near the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Three states, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, are getting ready for the possible return of grizzly bear hunting in the Rocky Mountains for the first time in four decades. The three states are coordinating their plans. Montana releases an outline for its hunting regulations on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Marc Cooke/Wolves of the Rockies via AP)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hunters soon could be chasing grizzly bears across the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, leaving three states to drum up plans to ensure the iconic species won't be snuffed out soon after recovering from threats to their survival.


'Kurdish rebels' killed in Turkey blast

BBC World News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:44
Four suspected Kurdish rebels are killed while loading explosives in south-eastern Turkey, while several people are hurt in a bomb blast in Istanbul, officials say.
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Fort Campbell soldier dies during training in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:41
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The Army says a 101st Airborne Division soldier has died from injuries suffered during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Prince's autopsy, toxicology tests may resolve uncertainties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:38

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The music icon died last month at his suburban Minneapolis home at age 57. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)Prince's autopsy, particularly the toxicology report, may clarify whether prescription painkillers played any part in his death.


Florida zookeeper broke safety protocols before attack: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:38
The report summarized an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that was performed on Tuesday. It said Stacey Konwiser, 38, a lead tiger keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo, strayed from "established safety procedures" on April 15. Zoo officials have acknowledged that Konwiser entered the enclosure while the tiger was inside, which is prohibited, according to a report published in Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper.

Zimmerman offers gun used to kill Martin on new auction site: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:36

Handout photo of the handgun that was used in the shooting death of Trayvon MartinThe one-day auction of George Zimmerman's pistol initially had been scheduled to start at 11 a.m. EDT, with a minimum price of $5,000. Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel the auction site was not prepared for the web traffic and publicity surrounding the sale. In the earlier auction listing, Zimmerman had described the Kel Tec 9mm pistol as "a piece of American history." He told a local television station it was his to do with as he pleased, despite receiving death threats over his plan to sell it.


Donald Trump’s Former Butler Calls for Obama’s Death; Secret Service to Investigate

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:36
Anthony Senecal admitted writing vulgar, racially tinged Facebook posts attacking the president, Hillary Clinton and others.

Delaware faults police but no charges in shooting of black man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:34
"Although DOJ is not able to pursue criminal charges against Senior Corporal Dellose, it is DOJ's position that Senior Corporal Dellose's conduct in this case was extraordinarily poor police work that endangered both the public and his fellow officers," the report said.

New Mexico jail inmate at large after escaping from clinic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:32

This undated booking photo provided by the Las Cruces Police Department shows Michael Derby. Authorities in southern New Mexico searched Thursday, May 12, 2016, for Derby, a jail inmate who escaped from a medical clinic after he was accused of kidnapping a driver by gunpoint in Texas and twice leading police on car chases. Police in the city of Las Cruces said Derby, is dangerous and urged the public to report tips on his whereabouts after he fled the clinic where he was taken for a medical exam Wednesday night. (Dona Ana County Detention Center/Las Cruces Police Department via AP)LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in southern New Mexico searched Thursday for a jail inmate who escaped from a medical clinic after he was accused of kidnapping a driver by gunpoint in Texas and twice leading police on car chases.


No charges for 4 officers in killing of man in wheelchair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:32
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Criminal charges cannot be brought against four Wilmington police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair, although one officer exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work and should not be allowed to carry a gun in public, the Delaware attorney general's office concluded in a report released Thursday.

The man who helps students to cheat

BBC World News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:31
The Congolese man who charges $3,600 to help students cheat.
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Congress may block DC government from spending its own money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:28

Washington, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, center, flanked by former Greenstein Delorme and Luchs partner Jacques DePuy, left, and former District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan, right, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, prior to testifying before the House Government Operation subcommittee hearing on whether the District of Columbia government truly has the power to spend local tax dollars without approval by Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are working on legislation that would block the District of Columbia government from spending its local tax dollars without approval by Congress, a subcommittee chairman said Thursday.


Edwin Sabuhuro – One Man’s Quest to Save the Mountain Gorilla

E-Town - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:28

One Man’s Quest to Save the Gorilla

By Lauren Price, Katy Canada, Roni Dengler

 

Deep in the Rwandan jungle, a park ranger disguised as a buyer in the illegal market for endangered primates felt tears stinging his eyes the second he spotted a battered, malnourished baby gorilla tied up in a sack.

Well aware that the poachers who escorted him through miles of dense forest would kill him like they did the baby’s parents if they discovered his ruse, Edwin Sabuhoro lied.

I said it was because I was seeing my product for the first time,” he said, looking back on the harrowing experience 16 years later.

That was the first time the 24-year old saved a life. It was a turning point in his mission to protect Rwanda’s mountain gorilla population.

“I felt so good about myself that I had saved a baby gorilla,” Sabuhoro said.

But he regretted the fact that the poachers, who must kill or sell the endangered gorillas to live, were arrested for their actions. They will spend the rest of their days behind bars.

It dawned on Sabuhoro that to protect the highly prized animals, he would have to prove that they’re more valuable alive than dead.

The beginning

Sabuhoro first locked eyes with a mountain gorilla when he was 24. He said it was like looking into the face of a human.

“The first time when I looked at them I got a sense of something that I couldn’t define,” he said. “Seeing them right there looking at me and knowing where they live, I felt something in me that pulled me toward the work that I ended up doing.”

Sabuhoro took a position as a ranger in Volcanoes National Park to learn more about mountain gorillas.

But his enthusiasm for the park was shattered by the discovery of illegal gorilla poaching. That’s how he found himself posing as a gorilla buyer, doing what it took to catch the poachers in the act.

Mountain gorillas roam the jungle with a target on their backs for a number of reasons. They’re sought out by wealthy buyers who want to domesticate the wild primates. A baby gorilla is worth around $2,000 in a country where annual per capita income is $718 dollars.

The gorilla trade is a risky business. Poachers who get caught in the act face severe legal repercussions, ranging from fines to imprisonment. But many have no other choice.

Poachers, who may not actually want to engage in the annihilation of a dwindling species, must choose between watching their families starve and wiping out prized wildlife populations.

“If you don’t provide for your family, then you’re not a man,” he said. “Because of that social pressure from the family, you have to go out and kill wildlife so you can feed your family.”

The cultural and economic realities of surviving in Rwanda, along with habitat loss and widespread disease, have left mountain gorillas critically endangered. Fewer than 900 remain in the world.

The solution

Disenchanted with the realities of poaching in Rwanda’s national parks, Sabuhoro left his post in pursuit of a solution that would reverse the population decline, starting with the people responsible for hunting or selling gorillas.

In trying to understand the poachers’ motives, Sabuhoro conceived a more effective solution, one that both saves the lives of gorillas and supports families that would be devastated if their husbands and fathers were sent to prison.

He started by connecting with the locals who were pigeonholed by an economic burden into the poaching business.

He began teaching poachers and their families useful, nonviolent skills, like crafting, painting and woodworking, which would help them earn money without having to kill. The reformed poachers now sell fruits of their labor to tourists. The more he earned their trust, the more willing they were to step away from a career poaching.

Sabuhoro also funded the education of five ex-hunters, who have now graduated and begun promoting conservation in their own villages.

“We need to take care of local people,” he said. “Then the local people will take care of local wildlife. Until we put it in the hands of people around them, we cannot save [gorillas].”

As a result of his work, he said, many have access to health care and savings of up to $2,000.

“I’ve been able to see a change,” he said. “They’re calling them my gorillas — my pack.”

Looking forward

The number of mountain gorillas in Rwanda has been on the rise since Sabuhoro began his work. The country’s forest canopy welcomes 20 baby gorillas annually.

That doesn’t mean his work is done.

While Sabuhoro pursues a Ph.D. in parks, recreation and tourism at Clemson University, the former poachers he trained to advocate for gorillas and empower communities have stepped in to fill his responsibilities — that way the operation continues to give back to the people driving progress and the animals they protect.

“When I’m not there they run everything,” he said. “So they have the expertise, they know how we started, they know what we have been doing and they can teach others. That’s the contract between them and me.”

Sabuhoro will use his degree to expand his program in Rwanda. He said his model for protecting endangered wildlife can be applied in other communities around Africa to benefit other species, including elephants and rhinos.

“What I’m trying to do now is connect with this kind of work in other regions,” he said. “You can never retire when the threat is still on.”

Nick Forster & Edwin Sabuhuro

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