Saturday, August 27, 2016

Man faces capital murder charges in killings of 2 Mississippi nuns

The slayings did more than shock people and plunge Lexington into mourning. The two 68-year-old nuns leave a gaping hole in what was already a strapped health care system.
This is a smartphone photograph taken and released by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Durant, Miss. on Friday of Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners who were found dead in their Durant house Thursday.  (WARREN STRAIN / AP)  

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS     Associated Press       Saturday, August. 27, 2016
LEXINGTON, MISS.—A man suspected in the slayings of two Mississippi nuns who were found dead inside a residence within the community they served has been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder, Mississippi authorities said.

Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement released late Friday night. Both women were 68.

The bodies of both women were discovered Thursday after they failed to show up for work at a clinic in Lexington, Mississippi, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) from where they lived.

“Sanders was developed as a person of interest early on in the investigation,” Lt. Colonel Jimmy Jordan said in the statement.

Authorities said Sanders was being held in an undisclosed detention centre pending a court appearance.

Meanwhile, in the poverty-stricken Mississippi county where the two nuns were slain, forgiveness for their killer is hard to find, even if forgiveness is what the victims would have wanted.
This undated photo provided by Sisters of Charity of Nazareth shows Sister Paula Merrill. Sister Margaret Held and Merrill were found slain in their home and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, officials said on August 25,2016  (SISTERS OF CHARITY OF NAZARETH/AP)  
Held and Merrill were nurse practitioners who dedicated their lives to providing health care to people in the poorest county in the state. And as authorities sought the killer, many residents wondered how they will fill the hole the women’s deaths have left.

“Right now, I don’t see no forgiveness on my heart,” said Joe Morgan Jr., a 58-year-old former factory worker who has diabetes and was a patient of Merrill’s at the clinic where the two nuns worked.

He said Merrill would want him to forgive whoever killed the women, but he hopes the perpetrator is arrested, convicted and executed.

“She doesn’t deserve to die like this, doing God’s work,” Morgan said, shaking his head. “There’s something wrong with the world.”
This 2015 photo provided by the School Sisters of St. Francis shows Sister Margaret Held, who worked as a nurse and helped the poor in rural Mississippi.  (MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN/AP)  
Both women worked at the clinic, where they gave flu shots, dispensed insulin and provided other medical care for children and adults who couldn’t afford it.

Their stolen car was found abandoned a mile from their home, and there were signs of a break-in, but police haven’t disclosed a motive.

Authorities have not said how the women were killed, but the Rev. Greg Plata of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Lexington, where the nuns had led Bible study for years, said police told him they were stabbed.

The state posted a reward of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Plata said both nuns’ religious communities have asked that people pray for the killer or killers. Asked about people’s struggles to forgive, the priest said: “Forgiveness is at the heart of being a Christian. Look at Jesus on the cross: ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’”

On Friday, a handwritten sign on the front door of Lexington Medical Clinic said it was closed until Monday.

The clinic and the nuns’ home in Durant are in Holmes County, population 18,000. With 44 per cent of its residents living in poverty, Holmes is the seventh-poorest county in America, according to the Census Bureau.
A verse of scripture, a cross, three candles and some faded flowers lay on a tree root across from the Durant, Miss., home of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill on Friday.
The slayings did more than shock people and plunge the county into mourning. They leave a gaping hole in what was already a strapped health care system.

Dr. Elias Abboud, who worked with the sisters for years and helped build the clinic, said it provided about 25 per cent of all medical care in the county.

The two nuns cultivated relationships with drug company representatives, who often left extra free samples, according to clinic manager Lisa Dew.

“This is a poor area, and they dignified those who are poor with outreach and respect for them,” Plata said. “They treated each person as a child of God.”

Merrill’s sister Rosemarie, speaking by telephone from her Stoneham, Massachusetts, home, said her sister had been in Mississippi helping the poor since 1981 and had previously worked in Holly Springs, where she used to ride around on a moped and was instrumental in locating the source of a tuberculosis outbreak.

Merrill was raised in the suburbs of Boston and came from a working-class family, her father a labourer and her mother a bookkeeper, her nephew David said. He said his aunt had worked with Held for many years.

“We always considered Margaret just part of the family,” he said. “The word ‘sister’ has many meanings, and they fulfilled all of them.”

Rosemarie Merrill said she doesn’t know what will happen to the clinic now and worries about the effect on health care in Holmes County. She said her sister and Held would often go into the clinic on Sundays after Mass or on their days off.

“It’s just going to be a disaster,” she said.

Genette Pierce, who works at a home health and hospice business a few doors down from the clinic, said: “Their patients — all of them — they’re going to be lost without them right now.”
The slayings did more than shock people and plunge the county into mourning. They leave a gaping hole in what was already a strapped health care system.

Dr. Elias Abboud, who worked with the sisters for years and helped build the clinic, said it provided about 25 per cent of all medical care in the county.

The two nuns cultivated relationships with drug company representatives, who often left extra free samples, according to clinic manager Lisa Dew.

“This is a poor area, and they dignified those who are poor with outreach and respect for them,” Plata said. “They treated each person as a child of God.”

Merrill’s sister Rosemarie, speaking by telephone from her Stoneham, Massachusetts, home, said her sister had been in Mississippi helping the poor since 1981 and had previously worked in Holly Springs, where she used to ride around on a moped and was instrumental in locating the source of a tuberculosis outbreak.

Merrill was raised in the suburbs of Boston and came from a working-class family, her father a labourer and her mother a bookkeeper, her nephew David said. He said his aunt had worked with Held for many years.

“We always considered Margaret just part of the family,” he said. “The word ‘sister’ has many meanings, and they fulfilled all of them.”

Rosemarie Merrill said she doesn’t know what will happen to the clinic now and worries about the effect on health care in Holmes County. She said her sister and Held would often go into the clinic on Sundays after Mass or on their days off.

“It’s just going to be a disaster,” she said.

Genette Pierce, who works at a home health and hospice business a few doors down from the clinic, said: “Their patients — all of them — they’re going to be lost without them right now.”

RIP Sister Paula Merrill & Sister  Margaret Held
Deepest and heartfelt condolences to  family and friends ... 
The  PICs

Angry 1934 letter from Bonnie and Clyde goes up for auction

August  25th 2016      By: Keri Lumm
Angry 1934 letter from Bonnie and Clyde goes up for auction

Bonnie and Clyde were a couple in love with each other -- and with robbing banks and killing people. It was The Great Depression, and they did their part to make it more depressing.

Now we have this amazing letter, which will be sold to the highest bidder through RR Auctions. The letter was written by Clyde Barrow in April of 1934. Clyde was understandably upset with Raymond Hamilton, a man whom Clyde freed from the Easton Prison Farm.

You would think that would buy some loyalty, but apparently it did not. Clyde didn't hold back his ire from Hamilton after he was arrested again.

He calls the man "yellow," and tells him he has no sympathy for him-- but does hope he can avoid the electric chair.

The letter confirms that things were fine with the Barrow gang until Hamilton fell in love with a prostitute, Mary O'Dare. Bonnie and Clyde were suspicious of her, thinking she was a rat, and as it turns out, she was. The result was Hamilton's arrest and this letter.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, he did not avoid the electric chair, and was executed on May 10, 1935.

But thanks to this letter, written in beautiful cursive, we know that Clyde didn't care.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Roving Reporter :Report: Donald Trump's doctor wrote health letter in 5 minutes

EMILY CAHN                 Aug 26th 2016 

NBC News reported Friday the letter from Donald Trump's doctor that declared Trump would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" was written in five minutes as a limo waited downstairs to collect it.

In an interview from his Park Avenue office, Dr. Harold Bornstein said he hastily wrote the letter, but defended his over-the-top wording, telling NBC News that he "picked up [Trump's] kind of language" as he wrote.

"I thought about it all day, and at the end I get rushed and I get anxious when I get rushed, so I tried to get four or five lines done as fast as possible," Bornstein said of his writing process.

REPORT : Donald Trump's doctor wrote health letter in 5 minutes 
SOURCE:  Donald J. Trump
Bornstein's letter, released to the public in December, has again gained attention in recent days, as Trump and his surrogates have touted conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow asked Trump's new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in an interview earlier this week — after Trump pushed unsubstantiated rumors about Clinton's health — whether Trump should release a more serious health letter.

"As a doctor's letter, it's a little bit absurd. It's a non-serious letter," Maddow said, according to a transcript from MSNBC. "It's full of typos. It's hyperbolic. It's unprofessional. Most of the letter has no medical meaning."

Conway responded with a simple, "perhaps," adding that she did not want to comment on Clinton's health.





The Roving reporter      G.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Obama 'furious'at Malia for appearing to smoke pot

August 19, 2016 |  By Daniel Halper
President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Photo: Getty Images
President Obama is “furious” with daughter Malia for puffing on what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette, according to a report.

“This is the president’s worst nightmare!” said a source, who told RadarOnline that the commander in chief took executive action, confronting his daughter about her alleged antics during the family’s summer vacation. “The end of his term is in sight — and the carefully crafted image of a world-beating family is unraveling right before his eyes!”

Video first emerged of Malia Obama, 18, appearing to puff on ganja at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago last month.

Then, a “rowdy” party Malia attended on the island where her family is vacation — Martha’s Vineyard — was busted up by local cops.

“I’m sure he had some choice words for his daughter during that walk they took,” the source said, referring to a private walk the president and Malia took on Martha’s Vineyard following the publication of the footage.
Malia graduated this year from the exclusive private school Sidwell Friends in Washington, DC, and after a planned year off, intends to begin at Harvard in 2017.

Meanwhile, sister Sasha Obama, 15, has been toiling away at a Martha’s Vineyard fish restaurant, busing tables and prepping for the lunch rush.

Story & photo below ... you be the  judge .

Malia appears to be smoking pot at Lollapalooza --"IS SHE or AIN'T SHE"

 Malia Obama won’t be able to roll her way out of this one.

The 18-year-old first kid was caught smoking what looks like a joint at a concert in a video that emerged Wednesday.

The video, posted by Radar Online, shows Obama puffing away on the cigarette at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago last month.

In the 9-second clip, the elder child of President Obama can be seen in the background smoking as a young girl in the foreground of the video dances and sticks her tongue out.

An eyewitness claimed that Obama was smoking pot, according to the website.

Obama sparked some controversy in July after she skipped out on Hillary Clinton’s historic speech at the Democratic National Convention to rock out at Lollapalooza instead.

Photographs and videos of Obama also surfaced showing her bustin’ a move at the music fest.

Her commander-in-chief dad admitted in his memoir to smoking pot and using “a little blow” in high school and college.

Marijuana was recently decriminalized in the state of Illinois – where Malia was allegedly caught smoking.

State Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law this month that removes criminal penalties for those found in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less.

'SING' Official Teaser Trailer



Universal announces Illumination’s Sing for
December 2016


 Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane,  Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly and Taron Egerton
In a world like ours, but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.
Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.
Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy., Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

PRINCE MEMORIAL Come for the Singer ...STAY FOR HIS GIFT BAGS

Prince's family had guests in tears this weekend honoring the late singer, but at least they got to leave with a bag full o' tchotchkes ... TMZ has learned.

Members of Prince's family gave gift bags to everyone who came to the private memorial Saturday at Paisley Park -- and they were loaded with Prince goodies. A witness tells us mourners got everything from pens to tote bags and more -- all specially marked "The Eternity of Prince." There was even a chain with Prince's famous symbol.

We're told the gathering was small -- with just a small handful of celebs there like Rosario Dawson and Maya Rudolph.

You'd like to think these items don't end up on eBay, but ya know they will. Soon.


Thank TMZ