Illinois Governor Pat Quinn strongly opposed the plan for concealed carry in the state, but that didn’t stop the Illinois House from approving it today. The bill, which is now being passed on to the Illinois Senate, would allow qualified gun owners to carry their weapons in public. Quinn is upset because he believes the bill would wipe out Chicago’s ban on assault weapons and other local gun ordinances. The governor vows to do all he can to keep the bill from getting approval in the Senate. Illinois is the only state in the nation without a concealed-carry law. Continue Reading
The jury foreman in Jodi Arias’ murder trial says the 18 days she spent on the witness stand didn’t do her any good. William Zervakos says the jury began the case presuming innocence, but Arias told many contradictory stories while testifying, some of it during a prosecutor’s aggressive cross-examination. Zervakos was interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday, a day after the judge declared a mistrial when the jury couldn’t decide whether to sentence her to death or to life in prison. The jury previously convicted Arias of first-degree murder in the killing of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Zervakos says he believed Alexander mentally and verbally abused Arias. Continue Reading
New Jersey rolled out some of its big guns Friday to proclaim that the shore is back following Superstorm Sandy, using Gov. Chris Christie and the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” to tell a national audience the state is ready for summer fun. In fact, they even hired fun. — the rock band whose anthem “We Are Young” captures the spirit of this blue-collar oceanfront playground that was devastated by the Oct. 29 storm and has been furiously rebuilding ever since. The band played a free concert on the beach. Continue Reading
A South Texas police officer has been put on administrative leave after being charged with shooting an arrow into a neighbor’s cat. Police in Boerne say Officer Lance Deleon was not on duty when the cat named Bobby was wounded. Police Chief Jim Kohler says the cat was shot using a crossbow. Officials with South Texas Veterinary Specialists say the 2-year-old male cat has been treated for a punctured lung and broken front right leg. Vets say Bobby is expected to recover after being shot Tuesday. Continue Reading
After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over. The Scouts’ longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders — as well as gay-rights groups — plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA’s top officials aren’t ready for that step. Meanwhile, many conservatives within the Scouts are distraught at the outcome of the vote and some are threatening to defect. A meeting is planned for next month to discuss the formation of a new organization for boys. The vote was conducted by secret ballot Thursday during the National Council’s annual meeting at conference center not far from Boy Scout headquarters in suburban Dallas. Continue Reading
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ An explosion has sent smoke rising over the heart of
Afghanistan’s capital. The strong blast was felt several kilometers (miles)
An Associated Press cameraman who witnessed Friday’s blast said it was near a
hospital for the National Security Directorate, the state intelligence service. He said the blast collapsed a building wall, but was not clear if there were any
casualties. Police quickly cordoned off the area, which also houses buildings
used by international aid agencies. Continue Reading
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama is off to the U.S. Naval Academy today
where he’ll speak to newly commissioned officers.
The remarks come a day after Obama laid out his counterterrorism vision.
The academy says 16 presidents have addressed graduates and Obama is the sixth
president to do so twice. His first address there was four years ago.
Yesterday at the National Defense University, Obama defended his controversial
drone strikes program and renewed his push to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
detention facility. Continue Reading
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) _ The Washington State Patrol chief says the Interstate 5 bridge collapse into the Skagit River at Mount Vernon was caused by an oversize truck. Chief John Batiste told an overnight news conference that the truck hit an overhead span. The truck made it off the bridge and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Two other vehicles went into the water Thursday evening as the bridge collapsed. Continue Reading
A RUN-SCORING SINGLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH INNING LAST(THUR) NITE SPELLED DOOM FOR THE BURLINGTON BEES. THEIR 3-GAME WINNING STREAK CAME TO AN END IN CLINTON, AS THE LUMBER-KINGS BEAT THEM 6 TO 5 AT ASHFORD UNIVERSITY FIELD.
THE SERIES IS NOW TIED AT A GAME APIECE AND THE RUBBER GAME WILL BE PLAYED TONITE(FRI) AND YOU CAN HEAR IT ON KBUR, BEGINNING WITH THE BRANDON MARCUS PREGAME SHOW AT 6:10.
IN GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER…
BURLINGTON 4, KEOKUK 2 (2A REGION-8 QUARTERFINAL GAME — 3 GOALS AND AN ASSIST FOR BHS FRESHMAN ELYSE HUBER)
DAVENPORT NORTH 1, HOLY TRINITY 0 (2A REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL)
SO BHS PLAYS AT MT. PLEASANT NEXT TUESDAY AT 5 PM, WHILE DAVENPORT NORTH TAKES ON NORTH SCOTT IN ELDRIDGE IN THE 2A REGION-8 SEMIFINALS.
IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL…
WB 17, WINFIELD-MT.UNION 2
WAPELLO 11, DANVILLE 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois legislation allowing public possession of
concealed guns has passed the House Judiciary Committee. It was a compromise
backed by Speaker Michael Madigan.
The measure was endorsed Thursday 13-3 and goes to the full House Friday. It
comes two weeks before a June 9 deadline set by a federal appeals court for
Illinois to abandon its prohibition on the public possession of weapons. Continue Reading