Teenage Killer Paula Cooper, Sentenced to Death, To Walk Free After Serving 28 Years for Ruth Pelke’s Murder

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Teenage Killer Paula Cooper, Sentenced to Death, To Walk Free After Serving 28 Years for Ruth Pelke’s Murder

Teenage killer Paula Cooper, sentenced to death, to be released from prison after serving 28 years for the murder of Bible school teacher Ruth Pelke. Cooper was only 15, when she and two other teenagers entered Pelke’s home in Gary, Indiana, by telling her they wanted to study the Scriptures. Once inside the home, they viciously attacked the 78-year-old woman, stabbing her 30 times with a kitchen knife.

The Indiana Supreme Court commuted Paula Cooper’s sentence to 60 years in prison in 1988. While in prison, Cooper received a bachelor’s degree, trained companion dogs for the disabled and serve as a counselor to other inmates at the Rockville Correctional Facility.

Bill Pelke, Ruth Pelke’s grandson, who befriended Cooper nearly three decades ago, says he forgives her for her crime. He told the Indianapolis Star that his “main concern is seeing her get settled and find a job.”

When Paula Cooper was sentenced to die by Lake County Judge James Kimbrough in 1986 at age 16, she was the youngest person on death row in the country. At the time of her sentencing, state law allowed for the execution of anyone age 10 and over who was convicted of capital murder. The sentencing sparked outrage from anti-death penalty supporters and even Pope John Paul II pleaded for clemency on her behalf and sent an emissary to visit the prosecutors and beg not to condemn the girl.

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Sam Milby Covers Mega Man August 2013 (Issue 5)

Actor Sam Milby is on the cover of Mega Man August 2013 issue, the magazine’s very first flip cover. Sam wears a bright smile on the cover photo by Cyrus Panganiban with styling by Ryuji Shiomitsu and Rain Dagala.
Mega Man will feature Sam’s journey in his career–from entering a reality competition to being one of the most sought after young matinee idols and a serious actor to watch out for. Also read how the many risks he took helped him get ready for his life ahead.
Sam Milby Covers Mega Man August 2013 Issue
Aside from Sam Milby, Mega Man August 2013 (fifth issue) also have what guys need when travelling. There’s also the list of the most important products you should take on a trip that won’t even weigh down your baggage.
A feature on the youngest governor-elect in the history of the Philippines, Miguel Villafuerte can also be found inside so don’t forget to grab a copy of MEGA MAN August 2013 issue, available in stands nationwide for only P175.
Also check out Iza Calzado as “Lady Mystique” on the cover of MEGA’s August 2013 issue.
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Aldrich Lloyd Talonding Sings ‘Titanium’ (Viral Video)

YouTube sensation Aldrich Lloyd Talonding did a cover of David Guetta’s urban dance hit Titanium and Aldrich’s version instantly became a viral hit in social networking sites.

Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and cousin James Walter Bucong cover Titanium

Aldrich became a sensation after his cover version of Luther Vandross’ Dance With My Father was uploaded on YouTube. His soulful rendition of the said song was also noticed by American TV host Ellen Degeneres and invited the Filipino kid from Gensan to perform live on her show.
Aldrich, whose father recently died of a type of cancer in the blood, is back with his cousin James Walter Bucong (on guitars) to amaze everyone with his heart and music. Watch their version of Titanium below.
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Director of National Intelligence Rebuts CNET’s Bogus Story About NSA Listening to US Calls

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Director of National Intelligence Rebuts CNET’s Bogus Story About NSA Listening to US Calls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Director of National Intelligence issued an official statement rebutting the ridiculous claims made by CNET’s Declan McCullagh:

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Washington, DC 20511

June 16, 2013

ODNI Statement on the Limits of Surveillance Activities

The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress.  Members have been briefed on the implementation of Section 702, that it targets foreigners located overseas for a valid foreign intelligence purpose, and that it cannot be used to target Americans anywhere in the world.

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 Director of National Intelligence Rebuts CNETs Bogus Story About NSA Listening to US Calls

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Daniel Matsunaga ‘Hot Even not Shirtless’ on Men’s Health June 2013 Cover

Brapanese model and actor Daniel Matsunaga is on the cover of Men’s Health June 2013 issue. Daniel is wears that wonderful smile on his black and white cover photo for the said magazine.
Related: Maja Salvador on the cover of Women’s Health June 2013 Issue
Inside Men’s Health June issue, Daniel Matsunaga will share tips on how to reach your goals. The cover photo was kind of unique for someone who has been overly photographed without his shirts on.
Daniel Matsunaga Covers Men's Health PH June 2013 issue
Men’s Health has a free workout poster inside if you want to chisel your core and see the results in less than 10 days. There are also features on bike training, choosing what denim to wear and obesity which is tagged as the “new Pinoy killer.”
Also find 17 sex moves (wet and wild, naughty and nice, and everything you need to rock her world).
Men’s Health Philippines June 2013 issue with Daniel Matsunaga on the cover is now available in stands nationwide for only P125.
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Lee Grane Maranan vs Dan Billano (Video) | The Voice PH Battle Rounds

Check out the video of the battle between Lee Grane Maranan and Dan Billano in The Voice of the Philippines which was aired Sunday, July 28.

Lee Grane versus Dan Billano | The Voice of the Philippines Battle Rounds

Team Bamboo’s Lee Grane Maranan and Dan Billano faced off in U2′s One. Coach Lea said that their version was the sexiest she ever heard of that song and gave the credit to Lee Grane. Their coach, Bamboo eventually picked Lee Grane over Dan, despite a different view from his adviser, Joey Ayala. It was a controversial choice for Bamboo, with several netizens and battle audience believing that Dan outshone Lee Grane.
Here’s the video of Lee Grane versus Dan Billano in The Voice PH Battle Rounds:
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Mitoy Yonting vs Chien Berbana (Video) | The Voice PH Battle Rounds

Check out the video of the battle between Mitoy Yonting and Chien Berbana in The Voice of the Philippines which was aired Sunday, July 28.
Mitoy Yonting vs Chien Berbana | The Voice of the Philippines Battle Rounds
Team Lea’s Chien Berbana and Mitoy Yonting was the last battle and the most-awaited of the night. Chien and Mitoy performed Heart’s Alone. Mitoy and Chien let it all out but despite being both outstanding, coach Lea has to leave one behind. It was a very hard decision for Ms. Lea yet she had to do it, and so Mitoy will continue.
Here’s the video of Mitoy Yonting versus Chien Berbana in The Voice PH Battle Rounds:

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GA State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr. Indicted on Fraud, Tax Charges

TYRONE BROOKS INDICTED:  Georgia State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr. (D-Atlanta) was indicted on fraud and tax charges for allegedly misappropriating nearly $ 1 million in charitable funds from Universal Humanities and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.

Brooks was charged by a federal grand jury in a 30 count indictment including charges of mail, wire and tax fraud. The indictment charges that from the mid 90s through 2012, Brooks solicited contributions from individuals and corporate donors to combat illiteracy and fund other charitable causes, but instead, used the funds to pay personal expenses.  Source

The indictment alleges Tyrone Brooks Sr. substantially underreported his income to the IRS for the years 2007 through 2011. Another black politician bites the dust. Sad way to end a long career in Georgia politics. It’s rather shameful, but he’s presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Here’s an excerpt from the FBI’s press release about the Tyrone Brooks indictment:

Universal Humanities Scheme

The indictment charges two fraud schemes, the first involving a tax-exempt charity, Universal Humanities, Inc., that Brooks established in the early 1990s. From at least 1995 through 2012,Brooks solicited contributions for Universal Humanities from corporate and individual donors purportedly to combat illiteracy in disadvantaged communities in Georgia and across the southeastern United States, eventually raising more than $ 780,000. Donors included the Coca-Cola Company ($ 400,000), Georgia Pacific Company ($ 140,000), Northside Hospital ($ 240,000), and others who gave smaller amounts. Brooks made specific false representations in his written solicitations about the work that Universal Humanities was doing to combat illiteracy and how the donated funds would be used, claiming that Universal Humanities had established literacy programs and was conducting workshops and tutoring and mentoring students. He also falsely claimed that Universal Humanities utilized a staff and operated under the direction of a board of directors.

The indictment alleges that in reality, Brooks did not use the donations to promote and address literacy in Georgia or elsewhere, or to retain a staff, occupy office space, fund workshops, hire instructors, or conduct programs attended by students. Instead, Brooks used the money to pay personal expenses for himself and members of his family, including home repairs, furniture, lawn service, life insurance, entertainment, personal credit card expenses, utility bills, food and clothing, dry cleaning, electronic equipment, jewelry, and payments on personal loans, among other personal expenses.

GABEO Scheme

A second related scheme charged in the indictment alleges that Brooks also diverted charitable donations he solicited on behalf of GABEO and used much of the money to pay personal expenses for himself and his family. GABEO is an organization of state, county, and municipal elected officials that promotes voter registration, crime prevention, literacy and economic empowerment initiatives.

The indictment alleges that Brooks solicited contributions to GABEO from corporations, organizations, and individuals. When Brooks was elected as GABEO’s president in 1993, the organization already maintained an official bank account at a local bank. This account was administered by GABEO’s treasurer, and disbursements required two signatures by GABEO board members. In December 1997, Brooks secretly opened a second GABEO bank account at a different bank. Brooks set himself up as the sole signatory on this account and had the account statements sent to his address rather than the address of the GABEO treasurer. Brooks then deposited the donations he solicited on behalf of GABEO into this undisclosed account, and used much of these funds to pay personal expenses for himself and his relatives.

Between 2002 and 2012, businesses, civic, religious groups, and individuals contributed approximately $ 300,000 to GABEO through Brooks, which he then deposited into the undisclosed GABEO account. The indictment alleges that Brooks misappropriated donations he solicited on behalf of GABEO from corporations, local teacher unions, small business owners, and individual donors—all of whom relied on Brooks’ assurances that the contributions were intended to further GABEO’s community activities. The GABEO board was unaware of this activity and did not approve these transactions. In fact, the indictment alleges that after Brooks began diverting donations, members of GABEO’s board of directors noted the organization’s apparent loss of most of its corporate donations.

 

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Rep. Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Tennessee Lawmaker, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer

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Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Member of Tennessee House, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer (TN.Gov)

RIP: Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, who was the longest serving member of the state House of Representatives, died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.

Lois DeBerry, a Democrat, was first elected in 1972. She was the second black woman to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly. She was the first female speaker pro tempore in the House and was given the title of speaker emeritus by her colleagues. Her support on key legislation was sought by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

 

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Bob Schieffer Slams Edward Snowden: “I Don’t Remember Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks Running Off, Hiding in China”

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Bob Schieffer Slams Edward Snowden: “I Don’t Remember Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks Running Off, Hiding in China”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Veteran broadcaster Bob Schieffer destroyed NSA leaker Edward Snowden on “Face the Nation” saying he’s “no hero.” He also compared Snowden’s actions to civil rights heroes, saying: “For one thing, I don’t remember Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks running off and hiding in China.”

He added, “The people who led the civil rights movement were willing to break the law and suffer the consequences. That’s a little different than putting the nation’s security at risk and running away.”

Bob Schieffer also said:  ”I think what we have in Edward Snowden is just a narcissistic young man who has decided he is smarter than the rest of us. I don’t know what he is beyond that, but he is no hero.” Total evisceration of Edward Snowden in 90 seconds!

 Bob Schieffer Slams Edward Snowden: I Dont Remember Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks Running Off, Hiding in China

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