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Nevada School Shooting Results in Two Deaths

Police say a staff member at Sparks Middle School and the suspected shooter were killed in the school shooting.

A Nevada school shooting on Monday resulted in the death of a staff member, Michael Landsberry, and the suspected shooter, according to police. The school shooting took place early Monday morning at Sparks Middle School. Police have not determined whether the suspect died of a self-inflicted wound or police fire.

The motivation of the suspect in the Nevada school shooting has yet to be determined. Tom Robinson, Reno Police Dept. Deputy Chief, told CNN, “It’s too early to say whether [the suspect] was targeting specific people or just going on an indiscriminate shooting spree.”

Two students were wounded in the tragic event which occurred just outside of Reno, Nevada. One student suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach and another suffered an injury to the shoulder. Officials were notified of the school shooting at approximately 7:15 a.m. The shooting took place while many students were arriving for school.

One witness, eight grader Kyle Nucum, gave an account of the shooting to the Reno Gazette-Journal, “We were by the basketball court, and we heard a pop, like a loud pop, and everybody was screaming, and then the teacher came to investigate,” the witness continued, “The student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down, and the student fired a shot at the teacher, and the teacher fell, and everybody ran away.”

Students at Sparks Middle School were taken to a nearby high school to meet their parents. The injured students were taken to Renown Medical Center. Sparks Middle School has been closed for the remainder of the week.

Can we Afford Affordable Healthcare?

Republicans claim that Obamacare is unaffordable.

The intended purpose of the Affordable Care Act is clear. The attainability of affordable healthcare is not quite so obvious.

According to an Enquirer rate analysis, costs of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act will vary. Factors which influence the cost of healthcare include age, location, specific plan benefits and whether an individual qualifies for subsidies.
Many Republicans have argued that the act will not succeed in providing healthcare that is affordable. The lowest cost plan will still cost $3,000. However, this doesn’t factor in subsidies and tax credits.

“Those subsidies are what really make the plans affordable,” Lenisa Vangjel Chang, assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, told Mansfield News Journal.
The health care plans include bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The affordability of these plans also ranges, with bronze being the cheapest, covering only 60% of medical bills, and platinum being the most expensive and covering nearly 90% of costs.
The question of affordability is subjective of course. Critics of Obamacare argue that the plans remain unaffordable. However, for many people without healthcare the Affordable Care Act will be exceedingly beneficial.

“For someone with a pre-existing condition, they’ve been forced to pay up to half of their income to have health insurance. Now, health insurance for them will become much more affordable,” Said Chang.

Cressida Bonas may Marry Prince Harry

Will Cressida Bonas marry into the British Royal Family?

The world’s most eligible bachelor may be no more. According to rumors and mass speculation, Prince Harry and his girlfriend Cressida Bonas may tie the knot next year.

“Cressie is going to marry Harry,” a friend of Cressida told The Telegraph.

After much hesitation about marrying into the British Royal Family, Cressida Bonas seems to be warming to the idea of getting hitched to Prince Harry. The partying prince was reportedly charmed by Bonas’ free-spirited ways and has planned to marry the 24 year old dancer for some time.

“Harry never stops talking about marriage and children, and she has now got used to the idea. The wedding is likely to take place next year,” a friend of Cressida told The Telegraph.

Prince Harry expressed his desire for children and ‘settling down’ in an interview with Katie Couric. After some convincing he may finally succeed in getting Cressida Bonas to commit. However, the young socialite has reportedly struggled with the idea of settling down.

“Cressida has been in floods of tears,” her friend told The Telegraph,” Harry is coming on very strong, but she is all over the place. She thinks she is far too young to get married and is scared by all his talk of marriage and settling down.”

Cressida Bonas may fit in well with the royal family. After all ‘Cressie’ is no stranger to royalty. Her mother Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon is the daughter of the 6th Earl Howe, godson of King Edward II. She is also the heir to the Curzon banking fortune.

According to rumors and speculation the world’s most eligible bachelor and the free-spirited socialite will wed. The public will wait with bated breath to see if Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas will actually tie the knot.
 

The Supreme Court will Fight New Voting Laws in North Carolina

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that new voting laws in North Carolina will be challenged.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will proceed with filing charges against electoral laws in North Carolina, claiming that the laws restrict voting rights of minorities.

The Justice Department is currently battling similar electoral laws in Texas. According to Attorney General Holder these laws threaten the democratic process and will work to disenfranchise certain voters.

The electoral law, which will not be enforced until 2016, requires that residents show a photo ID at polling locations prior to voting. It also eliminates the first 7 days of early voting, among other restrictions.

North Carolina officials claim that the new electoral law is meant to protect the dependability of the voting process. Governor Pat McCrory (R) defended the new measures saying they will help ensure that “no one’s vote is disenfranchised by a fraudulent ballot.”

The Supreme Court disagrees with Governor McCory. They will challenging key aspects of North Carolina’s new electoral law. These include the requirement of photo ID, the elimination of the first 7 days of early voting, the elimination of same-day early voting registration and the prohibition of provisional ballots cast by voters inside their home county but outside of their voting district.

Holder spoke passionately about the voting laws being challenged. In his announcement on Monday he said, “Today’s action is about far more than unwarranted voter restrictions. It is about our democracy, and who we are as a nation. I stand here to announce this lawsuit more in sorrow than in anger. It pains me to see the voting rights of my fellow citizens negatively impacted by actions predicated on a rationale that is tenuous at best — and on concerns that we all know are not, in fact, real.”

New Evidence in the Amanda Knox Trial

Amanda Knox and Raffeale Sollecito are charged a second time in the murder of Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox and Raffeale Sollecito are facing their second appeal trial. In 2011 Knox and Sollecito were acquitted of charges that they murdered Meredith Kercher. However, the acquittal has been overturned. The retrial of Knox and Sollecito opened Monday with neither physically present in the courtroom.

While studying abroad in Italy, Knox was accused of the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Kercher, was found dead in Perugia Italy in November 2007. The 21 year old exchange student, was found in the shared apartment with her throat slit.

Knox was taken into custody for the murder in 2007 and spent 4 years in jail. In 2009 Knox was convicted by Italian courts and sentenced to 25 years. Raffeale Sollecito, her boyfriend at the time of the murder, was sentenced to 26 years. The conviction was overturned in 2011 due to “lack of evidence.”

After her acquittal, Amanda Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle. Now 26, Knox still lives in Seattle and is currently a student at the University of Washington.

Though Knox and Sollecito are once again being charged with the murder of Meredith Kercher, neither was in attendance at the opening of the retrial. Italian courts do not require the two be physically present as the trial goes underway. Knox, who expresses concern over returning to Italy where she was detained for 4 years, has decided against being present for the hearing.

New evidence in the case could determine the outcome for Knox and Sollecito. A piece of evidence labeled 36-I has yet to be tested.  This is trace evidence from the blade found in the home of Raffeale Sollecito, the blade which prosecutors claim was used to kill Meredith Kercher. Trace evidence 36-B, deemed in the original trial to be Kercher’s DNA, was found on the knife, but not the victim’s blood.

However, Trace evidence 36-B was thrown out by the appellate court due to unreliable police laboratory testing. At the time, this meant that the knife could not be connected to Meredith Kercher. According to the Italian Supreme Court, trace evidence 36-I has become a decisive factor in the case of Amanda Knox and Raffeale Sollecito.

Judge Alesandro Nencini is presiding over the appeal in Florence Italy. Both defense and prosecution attornies have commented assuredly on the proceedings. A decision is expected to be reached by the end of the year. The trail will resume on Friday when Luciano Aviello, a man who served jail time with Sollecito, will testify.
 

Kaley Cuoco is Engaged

After three months of dating Kaley Cuoco says “He’s the one.”

Kaley Cuoco, star of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is reportedly engaged to her tennis star boyfriend, Ryan Sweeting. The two have decided to tie the knot after only three months of dating.

Cuoco was spotted with a ring on her finger on the set of her new movie, coincidentally called “The Wedding Ringer”.

Ryan Sweeting reportedly proposed to Kaley Cuoco on Wednesday Sept. 25. On Wednesday the actress tweeted, “Flying high, I could literally touch the sky with you…”

Baby Messiah is Allowed to Keep his Name

The baby Messiah born January 9, 2013 can keep his name.

After a battle that began in August, Messiah Deshawn Martin is allowed to keep the name bestowed on him by his parents.

At a hearing in August disputing the child’s surname Cocke County Magistrate, Lu Ann Ballew, ordered that the child’s name be changed from Messiah. The hearing was intended to resolve the issue of the child’s surname between father Jawaan McCullough and mother Jaleesa Martin.

However, Ballew shocked both parents when she ordered that Messiah’s name be changed to Martin Deshawn McCullough. Ballew claimed, “Messiah is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ [and naming him this] places an undo burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill.”

Ballew worried that the name Messiah would offend many Christian residents of Cocke County.

Chancellor Tellford E. Forgety overturned the ruling in a matter of 30 minutes during an appeal hearing on Wednesday. Forgety claimed that the ordered name change violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

After an agreement from the parents, Messiah’s name was changed to Messiah Deshawn McCullough.

Kristi Davis, Martin’s attorney had this to say, “I think it’s truly a recognition by the citizens of our country that when a judge oversteps his or her bounds and infringes on the constitutional rights of the people that come in front of them, it’s something that we don’t like, and it’s something that we pay attention to.”

Some people may still find Messiah an offensive name. However, in this case the parents’ Constitutional right to name their child has been protected. In other cases, the parents were not so lucky. Read up on baby names that have been banned across the globe.
 

Archie Karas Accused of Marking Cards

Archie Karas is facing charges of cheating and burglary.

Archie Karas, the self-proclaimed “King of Gamblers” has been accused by San Diego authorities of cheating in a game of blackjack. Karas was arrested on Friday in Las Vegas, on charges that he marked cards in a game occurring in July of this year.

The 60 year old, Anargyros Karabourniotos, (that’s Kara’s legal name) was arrested for allegedly marking cards at the Barona Casino in San Diego. According to authorities the cheating was caught on camera.

Karas has been accused of marking cards, a method of cheating in which the player marks cards as an indication of their value.

These allegations against Archie Karas have come as a shock due to the gambler’s famous reputation. Karas came to Las Vegas in 1992 with only $50 to his name. He turned that $50 into $40 million in three short years. Karas played pool then poker. When no one would play him anymore he resorted to betting on dice rolls.

In an interview in 2008 Archie Karas is called a “true gambler” by fellow gambler Tony Guoga, commonly known as Tony G.

However, Karas experienced losses along with the wins. His $40 million was lost in only a few weeks. In an interview with ESPN in 2008, Karas said, “I made it. I lost it. And as Frank Sinatra says, I stood tall and I took the punches and I did it my way.”

Karas is facing charges of cheating, burglary and winning by fraudulent means. He won $8,000 in the game of blackjack.

Runaway Blue Line train crashes in Forest Park

Police are investigating the cause of the Blue Line collision.

An out-of-service blue line train is suspected to have been hijacked this morning during rush hour. The runaway train collided with another blue line train at 8 a.m. in Forest Park, resulting in dozens of injuries.

According to Lambrini Lukidis, CTA spokesperson, the out-of-service train crashed into an outbound blue line train at the Harlem station. Robert Kelly of Amalgamated
Transit Union 308 told CBS Chicago that the train was probably traveling at 20-25 mph. The crash sent 33 people to 9 different hospitals with injuries. There were no passengers on the out-of-service train. The number of CTA workers is unknown.

CTA officials have confirmed that the runaway blue line train was on the wrong tracks. They claim that the cause of the accident was probably mechanical malfunction due to the fact that a key would be required to start the train manually. Police, however, are treating the crash sight as a crime scene.

Blue line service has been temporarily suspended between Forest Park and Kedzie. Shuttle buses are being used to supplement transportation needs. However service will be restored soon.

Police and CTA personnel are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

Loose Ends are Tied Up in the Final Episode of 'Breaking Bad'

This article contains spoilers for the last episode of Breaking Bad!

“Breaking Bad” is finally over. The season five finale has come as a relief to some avid “Breaking Bad” fans who feared the show may continue on indefinitely, leaving questions unanswered. However, as promised by Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator, lose ends were tied up in the 75 minute extended finale.

The “Breaking Bad” finale brings Walter White (Bryan Cranston) many victories. His first comes when he blackmails Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz, leaving $10 million in trust to his children.

The chemistry teacher turned criminal is then reunited with his estranged wife Skyler. The two reach a moment of recognition when Walt admits that he didn’t do it for his family. He says, “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it and I felt alive.” After all of Walt’s many deceptions throughout “Breaking Bad”’s history, this moment of truth offers the character a bit of redemption.

Walter White’s search for redemption and closure doesn’t end here. After finding Jesse (Aaron Paul) imprisoned at the compound of the Neo-Nazis, he sets off a rigged machine gun from the trunk of his car. Walt dives on his former partner, saving his life and taking a bullet himself. Walt then slides Jesse his gun, telling him to shoot him. Jesse responds saying, “Do it yourself,” and drives off free.

While the Breaking Bad finale is filled with victories for Walter White, the show’s anti-hero cannot escape his inevitable death. He dies alone among the thing he loves, the meth lab that he and Jesse designed while Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” plays in the background.