Affleck to get honorary doctorate from Brown

Academy Award-winning actor and director Ben Affleck is among six artists, writers, scientists and educators selected to receive honorary degrees from Brown University at next month’s graduation ceremonies. The Ivy League school in Rhode Island says Affleck will receive a doctor of fine arts during commencement exercises May 26. The Massachusetts native directed, produced and starred in “Argo,” which won this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. Others getting honorary doctorates are author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

Boston Marathon bomber's mosque long a lightning rod for criticism

The mosque where at least one of the two suspected Boston Marathon bombers prayed has a controversial history, with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, terror funding and frequent fiery sermons, according to a group that has long monitored the house of worship. “This is a radical mosque,” Dennis Hale, of a Boston-based group called Americans for Peace and Tolerance, said of the Islamic Society of Boston. No one from the law enforcement community has publicly suggested that the mosque, located in the brothers’ Cambridge neighborhood, played any official role in radicalizing either Tamerlan Tsarnaev or his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But Hale, also a professor of political science at Boston College, said there’s reason for concern. The mosque’s founders were in the Muslim Brotherhood and one, Abdurahman Alamoudi, pled guilty in 2004 for conducting illegal transactions with the Libyan government and his partial role in a conspiracy to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, Hale said. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday April 24th

The visitation for Mrs. Linda Kramer, 67, of Philips, South Dakota and formerly Burlington, Iowa will be held this Saturday, April 27th from 10 to 11 a.m. at Elliott Chapel, New London with inurnment of her cremains immediately following at Winfield Scott Cemetery, rural Winfield.  Pastor Chris Roepke will officiate.  In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the American Lung Association.  
There will be a celebration of life at a later date for Mrs. Carol J. Gillette, 72, of Danville, who died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Danville Care Center.  Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge of arrangements. Mary Jane Melland Dailey, 90, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Boise, Idaho. Born Jan. 23, 1923, in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of John Arndt Melland and Jeanne Ann Plouffe Melland. Continue Reading

Calf. judge says combat school must name trainees

A federal judge in California has ordered the government to disclose the names of Latin American military leaders who attended a Defense Department facility where protesters say the U.S. has trained notorious human rights abusers. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) one of the graduates of the Fort Benning, Ga., installation was Roberto d’Aubuisson, a Salvadoran politician accused by opponents of promoting death squads. The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation provides training in combat and counterinsurgency techniques. It was formerly the School of the Americas. The Chronicle says disclosure was ended during the George W. Bush administration. Continue Reading

Florida girl, 2, who lost limbs in lawn mower accident suffers setback

The 2-year-old Florida girl who lost part of both legs in a lawn mower accident earlier this month suffered a setback after her parents say the skin grafts on her right infected, reported. Ireland Nugent had been recovering as planned, but the discovery demanded an unexpected surgery Tuesday and more surgeries in the coming weeks. “With this set back, it will keep her in the hospital for several more days,” the family said in a Facebook update, according to “While this is minor, we are all disappointed, but we remain focused on the incredible news that she is receiving is fantastic care from her doctors and that all of you continue to lift her in your prayers.” A family spokesman told the Tampa Bay Times that the further surgeries are a ‘minor setback.’ Continue Reading

Police: It's possible body is missing RI student

The Rhode Island medical examiner’s office is trying to determine whether a body found in Providence is a Brown University student who went missing last month. City police say members of the Brown crew team found the body Tuesday afternoon in the water off India Point Park. Authorities say the man appeared to be in his 20s. They say it’s possible he may be 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, the Brown student who disappeared March 15. Relatives of the Bryn Mawr, Pa., man have been searching for him. Continue Reading

5 reportedly dead, 1 in custody, in Manchester, Illinois, shooting

Five people were reportedly killed in a shooting in Manchester, Ill., Wednesday morning prompting the closure of three area schools, reports. WLDS, a radio station in the area, reports that the suspect attempted to run from the scene, got into a high-speed chase with police and shots were fired while the suspect was taken into custody. One person was injured in the shooting, but the injuries remain unclear. The suspect, the station reports, is in custody. Police told that they do not believe another suspect is at large. Continue Reading

2 teens charged with murder in Mo. cabin deaths

Two teenagers are accused of escaping from a juvenile rehabilitation camp then fatally beating and stabbing an elderly couple at a vacation cabin in southwest Missouri. Seventeen-year-old Anthony Zarro of Spring, Texas, and 16-year-old Christopher Allen, of Nashville, Tenn., are charged with first-degree murder in the January killing of 70-year-old Paul Brian Brooks and his 69-year-old wife, Margaret. The Brooks, of Baldwin, Mich., were staying in a vacation cabin near Lampe, 50 miles south of Springfield, when they were killed. Circuit Court Judge Alan Blankenship ruled Tuesday that the boys will be tried as adults. The Springfield News-Leader reports ( ) that Blankenship doubted the teens could be rehabilitated. Continue Reading

Newtown Voters Reject Added Security Budget for Schools

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings.  

Voters turned down the $72 million school budget by 482 votes and rejected the $39 million town government budget by 62 votes Tuesday. Nearly 4,500 residents voted on the plans, which would have increased spending by 4.7 percent next fiscal year. Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards to put in each of Newtown’s seven schools. Continue Reading