The Daily Word in murder trials, police brutality and devastation in Nepal
A devastating earthquake in Nepal has left the death toll at over 4,000 and rising.
It also sparked an avalanche on Mount Everest.
Other natural disasters around the world this weekend included a giant tornado in Texas, heavy rains and flooding in Pakistan, killing dozens, and volcanic ash blanketing the Chilean town of Ensenada.
McDonald's expects to have closed at least 700 stores by the end of 2015.
The James Holmes murder trial is set to begin today, almost three years after the mass shooting occurred in a Colorado movie theater.
In other Colorado news, mayhem erupted at a carnival in Colorado Springs over the weekend.
DayBird - May 10th
70 – Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, opens a full assault on Jerusalem and attacks the city's Third Wall.
1291 – Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England. Grudgingly.
1863 - Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson died of pneumonia a week after losing his arm when his own troops accidentally fired on him. Maybe if he hadn’t stonewalled them, his troops wouldn’t have shot him. He gave them the cone.
1869 - Peeps from the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a golden spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history.
1893 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit. Don't freak out, the ruling applies only to the interpretation of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, and the court did not purport to reclassify the tomato for botanical or other purpose.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI), he wore a dress to the occasion.
1940 - Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, is called to replace Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister following the latter's resignation after losing a confidence vote in the House of Commons. Diplomacy + the Nazis = didn’t work out.
Also today, ‘Ol Nazi Hess parachuted into Scotland, hoping to negotiate peace with Britain, through the Duke of Hamilton, whom Hess claimed to have met at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Such a peace would have prevented Germany from fighting on two fronts. Instead, he went to the Tower of London, and had the honor of being the last man held there under guard.
1994 – John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer was put down.
1996 – A wicked, awful storm near the summit of Mount Everest kills eight climbers, making this the deadliest day in the mountain's history. Among the dead are experienced climbers Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, both of whom were leading paid expeditions to the summit.
1999 – Shel Silverstein, American poet and composer was eaten by a Boa Constrictor. He narrated it.
2002 – F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for a lot of cash and diamonds.
The Daily Word 4.6.10: Bosque Fire, Topless March, Apple iPad
The massive bosque fire was tended to overnight and is around 30% contained.
25 are dead as an explosion rocks a West Virginia coal mine.
Two dozen women march topless in Portland to protest societal attitudes regarding male and female nudity.
Houston man involved in a $1 million dollar adult diaper scheme.
A 13-year-old from California attempts to shatter a world record and be the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest.
Duke defeats the upstart Butler Bulldogs and their cinderella story 61-59, winning the NCAA men’s championship.
Toyota receives the maximum fine from U.S. regulators for “Sticky Pedalgate” in the form of $16.4 million.
Apple sells 300,000 of its feminine hygiene product-reminiscent iPad in its first day.
APS Superintendent Winston Brooks, who I often confuse with the guy in 1984, proposes how to handle a $43 million budget shortfall not involving teacher layoffs.