An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 7, 2007

Morning Coffee 5/7/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:46

AP Correspondent Dies in Cameroon Crash

Anthony Mitchell, among the 114 people that an official said were killed in a plane crash over the weekend in Cameroon, was a dogged Associated Press correspondent from Britain with a passion for Africa and for uncovering challenging stories. He had been on assignment to investigate the criminal trade in endangered species for food.

Prayers for all the families.

Houston-area firms steering PAC money to Democrats

Several large Houston-area companies in the Republican-leaning energy industry and other sectors have been shifting federal campaign contributions to Democrats, who are flexing their new power in Congress as they draft legislation on energy and the environment.

Why does this sound like payola to me? I don’t care which party it is, where is that money they’re funneling actually going?

Push for more U.S. courts

After the murder of Prisllena Lopez’s brother Tracy on Ute Mountain Ute land in southwest Colorado in 2005, the killer was to be sentenced in Denver. Lopez and other grieving relatives packed into a van, pitched in for gas and drove seven hours to the federal courthouse – only to find the sentencing had been postponed.

If that is the closest Federal Court, then I’d say there was a real problem. It’s just a building. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just functional.

Kansas families return to town in ruins

Traffic backed up on the roads into town Monday as families who lost almost everything to the country’s most powerful tornado in years returned to what remained of their splintered homes.

I can’t even imagine the emotional upheaval those folks are having to deal with right now. I pray they’ll be able to rebuild their lives, although, nothing is ever going to be the same for them.

Berlin to honor gentiles who helped Jews in Shoah

Sixty-two years after the end of World War II, gentiles who helped Jews escape the Holocaust will be honored with a museum in Berlin, sources said Monday afternoon.

Israel recognized gentiles who helped Jews escape the Holocaust as early as 1963, and honored 443 Germans at the Yad Vashem Memorial as “Righteous among the Nations.” But similar honors have been long delayed at home.

Nice that the Germans are finally recognizing those who defied the norm of that time.

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