September 11, 2012
Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, 28 years old, was on duty in Afghanistan on October of 2010 when he slipped down an embankment and landed on a buried bomb. He lost both legs and his right arm due to the explosion.
Dominguez spent months undergoing multiple surgeries and physical therapy sessions since October when the incident occurred. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and partner Gary Sinise Foundation are donating a new “smart home” to Dominguez and his wife to aid in his recovery.
“I consider this foundation like part of my family. They’ve taken great care of me, with no strings attached, and I couldn’t have asked for more,” Dominguez said.
The home is in Reserve at Paseo del Sol community in Temecula, California. It was specially built to help Dominguez lead an independent life. The home has shelves and kitchen cabinets that lower for easy access to items, an elevator, and doors that open as part of an electronic-sensor system run from an iPad.
“Our team has worked with our subcontractors and vendors to create an exceptional home for an extremely deserving American hero,” said manager for Standard Pacific Homes, Marty Langpap.
Dominguez is from New Mexico but chose to live in Temecula after he fell in love with the city during the many visits he had. It is close to San Diego where he receives his outpatient care. Temecula eagerly anticipated his transfer and welcomed him with American flags on the morning of his arrival. Temecula police and firefighters, representatives from the foundations, city officials, city residents and actor Gary Sinise were there to celebrate as Dominguez accepted his new house.
Ned Wallace, president of Wallace Air Cargo Group Inc., donated a whopping $450,000 for Dominguez’s $600,000 “smart home.” The rest of the money was raised through fundraisers which included a benefit concert starring Sinise and his band. The furnishings for the home were donated by Shubert Design Furniture in St. Louis.
August 14, 2012
Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History examined a 164.5-pound, 17.5-foot pregnant Burmese python carcass on Friday after it was brought there from the Everglades National Park. They found a record of 87 eggs inside the python which gave them important clues about the reproductive capability of the species. Scientists say exploring the snake’s biology is essential in understanding how to stop the python’s spread around the world.
“I think one of the important facts about this animal is its reproductive capability. There are not many records of how many eggs a large female snake carries in the wild. This shows they’re a really reproductive animal, which aids in their invasiveness,” said park wildlife biologist Skip Snow.
Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are working with other agencies on the Burmese python problem. The Burmese python is a non-native but established species in Florida that is one of the deadliest, most competitive predators in the southern part of the state, according to the university. The snakes have no known predator and population range from the thousands to hundreds of thousands. The Burmese python was first found in the Everglades in 1979 yet it is native to Southeast Asia.
State laws prohibit people from owning Burmese pythons as pets or taking them across state lines without a federal permit. Florida has the world’s most awful problem with amphibians and invasive reptiles, the university said. The journal Zootaxa, Krysko published a study last year which found that 137 non-native species were introduced to Florida between 1863 and 2010. Pet trade was determined as the number one cause.
July 20, 2012
In Aurora, Colorado citizens were at a theater for the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie when a greatly armed gunman attacked. He tossed tear gas at the audience before opening fire on them, killing 12 and wounding 38, authorities said.
Batman fans waited for the movie to begin in the darkened theater when all of a sudden the shooting began. Chaos broke out as the black clad gunman who wore a gas mask randomly shot at the screaming moviegoers as he walked up the theater’s steps, said witnesses.
The gunman had gone to the back door of the theater and tossed a canister in before starting the shooting, according to federal law enforcement. A few people in the audience thought the thick smoke and gunfire were a special effect accompanying the movie. The smoke smelled like a Fourth of July firework, said reporter Adam Witt. After a few gunshots he figured out what was really going on.
“I hit the floor and hid behind the seats in front of me, pulling my wife down to hide with me,” Witt said. “It was the longest minute of my life. The gunshots just kept coming. I knew it could be over any second. I knew my wife could be gone any second. It was absolutely surreal. I felt something hit my left arm and my first thought was, ‘At least it’s just my arm.’”
Witt and his wife got up and began to run. He said he held his wife’s hand as they rushed out of the theater. “There was a moment where I lost her hand, but I grabbed her shirt,” he said. “We didn’t let go of each other.”
As police officers swarmed the theater they encountered bloody victims rushing out. Other victims remained inside with gruesome injuries according to the emergency calls with dispatchers.
Police officers rushed many of the wounded victims to hospitals in their patrol cars. Police first said 14 people had died but changed the death toll to 12 later Friday morning, according to Aurora Police Lt. Jad Lanigan. Several people remained in critical condition at the hospitals. The victims being treated ranged from a 3 month old to a 45 year old, the hospital said.
“I don’t know how else to explain it, it’s horrific,” said Tracy Lauzon, director of EMS and trauma services at Aurora Medical Center.
The shooter was identified by two federal law enforcement officers as 24 year old James Holmes from Aurora. Holmes had tear gas, an “AK type” rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, said a federal law enforcement official.
Police arrested Holmes shortly after the shooting had ended in the parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman said. “He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” he said.
The perpetrator is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, although no formal charges have been filed yet, according to the Colorado Office of the State Court Administrator.
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July 18, 2012
Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary suspected of Nazi war crimes has been arrested in Hungary. The Simon Wiesenthal Center found Csizsik-Csatary as part of its Last Chance project, said Efraim Zuroff, director of the center’s Israel office. He is accused of sending more than 15,000 Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said. They consider him their most-wanted Nazi war criminal.
“We found eyewitnesses on three different continents,” Zuroff said. Those witnesses told the center about Csizsik-Csatary’s brutality to Jewish detainees and his role in deportations.
A 1941 Ukraine deportations witness had nine family members that were deported. Csizsik-Csatary had four of them brought back from labor with the Hungarian army so they would be deported and killed, according to Zuroff.
Csizsik-Csatary served as a senior Hungarian police officer in the city of Kosice, the center said. Csizsik-Csatary was involved in the deportation of 15,700 Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, witnesses have told the center. He also played a role in “deportations to the Ukraine to be killed,” Zuroff said.
In 1949 Csizsik-Csatary arrived in Canada and told immigration officials he was Yugoslavian, according to The Toronto Star newspaper. Sometime after his arrival the Canadian authorities investigated allegations that he had lied to immigration authorities about his past when he first arrived. Canada revoked his citizenship in 1997 and began an investigation. As deportation proceedings were under way, Csizsik-Csatary voluntarily left Canada. Csizsik-Csatary then returned to Hungary.
“Hungarian authorities knew that he was back,” said Zuroff.
Authorities in Hungary started an investigation in September 2011 after receiving information from Zuroff regarding Csizsik-Csatary’s residence in Budapest and his role in the Auschwitz deportations, the center said. This later led to the arrest of Csizsik- Csatary.
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July 11, 2012
On June 28, Eva Cameron drove to Tennessee with her daughter. She stopped at the Big Orange Bar in Caryville, Tennessee to let her daughter Lynn use the restroom. Cameron then abandoned mentally disabled Lynn, 19, by the side of the road and returned to her home in Illinois as if nothing was wrong.
“Lynn didn’t know her age, she didn’t know her address, she didn’t know her phone number and she didn’t even know her name,” Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith said.
A picture and request for information on Lynn’s identity was released to the public. The Caryville police later received an anonymous tip on her identity. Investigators ultimately learned the young woman was from Illinois and they tracked her mother down. At their request, Eva Cameron had a brief meeting with Caryville police the following day. She signed a statement that said Lynn Cameron was now a ward of Tennessee, officials said.
“She basically said, ‘I don’t want her and I don’t want to take her.’ Then she got in her car and she left,” Smith said.
Eva Cameron later stated, “We understand she lost her ID card and that’s how the situation has turned into what happened. She’s already an adult. I just have to leave it at that.”
“As terrible as it is, unfortunately there is nothing we can do,” Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith said. “There is no doubt we need a law for mental health rights, but pending this investigation, we just don’t know what else to do.”
Authorities took Lynn to a hospital and discovered she only had a basic vocabulary of 30-40 words, according to Smith. A Campbell County Chancery Court order in the case described Lynn Cameron as a “severely disabled adult, suffering from profound mental deficits, and is unable to care for herself or her personal needs.” According to the court, the mother stated “she could not and would not care for Lynn Cameron.” Eva Cameron said that she has another child she cares for who is also disabled and caring for both was too much to handle.
Police in Caryville said Lynn has no assigned legal guardian. Lynn is being cared for at a facility in Roane County. When asked how the Lynn was doing, Smith replied, “Lynn is doing fantastic.”
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