Former NFL Star a Suicide, Near Miss
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Vol. 6, No.101
Breaking: Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, hanged himself with a bed sheet in his prison cell overnight. He was just 27.
Hernandez was convicted of murdering a friend in 2013. Just last week he was acquitted of the murder of two men that occurred after Hernandez got unto an altercation with them over a spilled drink at a Boston nightclub.
It was a dramatic fall for a young man who once owned a 7,000 square foot house. Hernandez had been a college All-American and showed great promise in the NFL. He caught six passes for 101 yards in his second game in the league. The Patriots cut him loose when he was indicted for murder.
Georgia Election: In a warning shot to President Trump and congressional Republicans, Democrat Jon Ossoff came within a hair of winning a traditionally Republican House seat in Georgia. Ossoff won 48.1 percent of the vote in a crowded primary. He needed just over 50 to win the seat outright and avoid what will now be a runoff in June.
Ossoff said, “There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages.”
The seat was vacated by Tom Price, who’s now the secretary of Health and Human Services.
Democrats poured more than $8 million into the race. Trump took a personal interest, recording robo-call messages and tweeting against Ossoff. Last night he wrote, “Just learned that Jon @Ossoff, who is running for Congress in Georgia, doesn’t even live in the district. Republicans, get out and vote!”
Lost at Sea: It turns out that the aircraft carrier group that President Trump declared was a deterrent to North Korea’s missile-muscle flexing was at the time about 3,500 miles away and heading in the opposite direction for joint naval exercise with Australia. But certainly when the carrier Carl Vinson and its escorts get to the Korean peninsula, it will be everything the president promised.
The Gun Beat: A man believed to have gone on a shooting spree, murdering four people in Fresno, Calif., was captured yesterday. Kori Ali Muhammad was reported to have shouted “allahu akbar” when he surrendered.
Muhammad has expressed his hatred for white people on social media. He had a song with a lyric saying, “Demanding justice for the murders of my black kin; Hollow points make a white devil body spin.” All of his victims were white.
In Erie, Penn., a McDonald’s employee at the drive-up window recognized Steve Stephens, the man wanted for randomly murdering an elderly man in Cleveland on Easter Sunday, then posting the shooting on Facebook. After a brief police chase, Stephens shot and killed himself.
Nation: Pedro Hernandez, a former bodega clerk who admitted killing 6-year-old Etan Patz as he walked to the bus in lower Manhattan in 1979, has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. The boy’s disappearance became national news and eventually changed the way missing child cases are handled.
Business and Politics: Ivanka Trump’s fashion company was awarded trademarks in China the same day the first daughter presidential-aide dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida. Ivanka put her business in a trust, but maintains financial control. Presidential aides are barred from activities in government that would benefit their personal finances.
No Spin: Gabriel Sherman writes for New York Magazine that Fox is leaning toward cutting loose their big moneymaker Bill O’Reilly after revelations about his long record of sexual harassment and financial settlements.
Sherman says that Fox boss Rupert Murdoch still wants to keep O’Reilly, but his sons James and Lachlan are leaning toward dumping the host of the popular “The O’Reilly Factor.”
O’Reilly went on what he described as a long-planned vacation and would be expected to be back on air, Monday, April 24. Whatever decision the Murdochs reach, it’s certain to be fair and balanced.