Boston Strangler case takes a new twist: DNA

The 50 year-old Boston Strangler case took on a new, dare I say, twist this week when DNA from alleged strangler Albert DeSalvo’s nephew matched that of Mary Sullivan, the last of his victims. During the early 1960s eleven women were strangled, many of them were also sexually assaulted. The perpetrator came to be known as theContinue reading “Boston Strangler case takes a new twist: DNA”

Lac-Mégantic and Asiana Airlines: Public Relations 101

We have recently seen two tragic transportation events unfold and two very different ways the companies in question reacted. On July 6th Asiana Airlines flight 214, while attempting to land at San Francisco International airport, clipped the ground causing the tail to become dislodged. According to witnesses the Boeing 777 cartwheeled and burst into flames.Continue reading “Lac-Mégantic and Asiana Airlines: Public Relations 101”

Chairman of railway company to visit Lac Megantic; make it short then start signing checks

Apparently no longer fearing for his life, Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Inc. (MMA) Chairman Edward Burkhardt is on his way to Lac Megantic to see the devastation there after one of his company’s trains exploded in the downtown area. If he’s wise he’ll take a car and not one of his trains. The oil-car fueledContinue reading “Chairman of railway company to visit Lac Megantic; make it short then start signing checks”

Lac Megantic: CBCNEWS leads with Toronto rainstorm

The railroad built this city, a train almost killed it The heart-wrenching tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec has taken a backseat on CBCNEWS to Toronto’s morning commute after yesterday’s floods. God forbid the trek to work should be hampered. Never mind that dozens of people are still missing in the aftermath of the huge trainContinue reading “Lac Megantic: CBCNEWS leads with Toronto rainstorm”

Pope Francis fast-tracks saints

This week the Weekly Writing Challenge calls for humor. Having already commented on the rumor of a Papal recall, I thought I’d take on the latest news from the Vatican! Now just a gosh darn moment. According to the New York Times, Pope Francis “has sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood”.  Pope John Paul IIContinue reading “Pope Francis fast-tracks saints”

Pamplona’s running of the bulls: Go Bulls!

It’s that time of year again when the city of Pamplona, Spain hosts the annual running of the bulls. Originally this was a means of getting the bulls to the arena but has become a challenge in itself to many brave (or stupid) people who try to outrun the beasts on their way. Some, notContinue reading “Pamplona’s running of the bulls: Go Bulls!”

Justin Timberlake, YouTube and artistic nudity

It would appear as though the people who oversee YouTube caved. Long has the video viewing site had a strict “no nudity” policy but when Justin Timberlake’s new single Tunnel Vision was released, lo and behold the video is wall-to-wall nudity. Women in the altogether are neatly interspersed with shots of Timberlake singing. … lo andContinue reading “Justin Timberlake, YouTube and artistic nudity”

Pope Francis fast-tracks saints

Now just a gosh darn moment. According to the New York Times, Pope Francis “has sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood”.  Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have been fast-tracked for sainthood. Why? Because Francis liked them. Geez Louise, so much for being a man of the common folk. I wonder how FrancisContinue reading “Pope Francis fast-tracks saints”

Nelson Mandela’s passing should be solemn not circus

I hope he will be remembered for the great things he accomplished, and not for the circus his last days have become The headlines about former South African President Nelson Mandela range from the respectful to the lurid: Nelson Mandela on life support, court documents show – USA Today Source: Nelson Mandela on dialysis, butContinue reading “Nelson Mandela’s passing should be solemn not circus”

Victoria, B.C. terrorist bombing attempt thwarted; Canadian media keep things in perspective

Congratulations to all involved in snuffing out this attempt to disrupt, maim and kill, and kudos to Canadian media outlets for taking a big story and providing information, not sensationalism. I’ve never been there, but they say Victoria, British Columbia is a beautiful city. Without the work of several police forces that could have changedContinue reading “Victoria, B.C. terrorist bombing attempt thwarted; Canadian media keep things in perspective”