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Tea Party Is No Way to Commemorate April 19

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Today is the 15 year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. As we reflect back upon the horror of that day, we should simultaneously reflect upon the current threats of domestic terrorism facing our nation.

Why Yes, That Is Wayne Coyne in That Bathtub on Google Street View

NYMag.com | NYMag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eagle-eyed users of Google Maps street view spotted the Flaming Lips leader sitting nude in a bathtub on the lawn outside his Oklahoma City home....

Denver Blogs: Get yourself a Chris "Birdman" Andersen "faux-hawk"

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A short-cut to Denver's corner of the blogosphere. As a bonus to AJ Vicens' analysis of last night's Nuggets win over Oklahoma City, the f...

Okla. gov.'s mansion workers deny rape allegations

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

OKLAHOMA CITY — The former head chef and head groundskeeper at the Oklahoma governor's mansion deny allegations that they raped three female prison inmates who work on the mansion grounds, their attorney said Wednesday.

Defense attorney Tim Henderson said the women have falsely accused Russell Humphries, the former executive chef at the mansion, and Anthony Bobelu, the former groundskeeper supervisor, in hopes of suing the state for money. Both men were fired over the allegations but neither has been charged.

"All they've got to do is say something happened," Henderson said. "There is no physical evidence. It's just, `Trust me.'"

Janet Roloff, an attorney for one of the inmates, said her client is not motivated by a desire for money.

"That's ridiculous," Roloff said. "Nobody would submit themselves to this over false charges."

New York Knicks Lost Sleep At Haunted Hotel

nydailynews.com | By Frank Isola | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

For two days, several New York Knicks players had trouble sleeping because they were convinced that their downtown hotel in Oklahoma City, the Skirvin...

A Happiness Lesson from Actors: Find the "Yes."

The Happiness Project | The Happiness Project | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home

I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone's project will look different, but it's the rare person who can't benefit...

Administration takes aim at distracted driving

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Driving while distracted is a growing peril in a nation reluctant to put down its cell phones and handheld devices even behind the wheel, the Obama administration declared on Wednesday. Officials said Congress and the public must team up to reduce the danger.

Opening a two-day meeting to find ways to reduce drivers' use of mobile devices, the Transportation Department reported that nearly 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured last year in vehicle crashes connected to driver distraction. That includes drivers talking on cell phones and texting.

"To put it plainly, distracted driving is a menace to society," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "Distracted driving is an epidemic and it seems to be getting worse every year."

The meeting gathered experts to examine the potentially deadly mix of driving with cell phones, mobile devices, and other distractions that divert attention from the road. LaHood said he would offer recommendations on Thursday that could lead to new restrictions on the use of the devices behind the wheel.

While the meeting focused on drivers using cell phones and mobile devices, participants noted that distractions could include reaching into the back seat, applying makeup or eating.

Police: Okla. mom accused of abuse has NYC record

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

OKLAHOMA CITY — Investigators looking into a 14-year-old Oklahoma boy's accusations that his mother kept him locked in closets over the last 4 1/2 years say the woman was once convicted in the death of her 2-year-old child in New York.

Oklahoma City police Sgt. Gary Knight said detectives were able to confirm that LaRhonda McCall was arrested in New York in 1995 in connection with the death of her daughter.

He said that at the time she went by the name LaRhonda Pressley. Knight says investigators' interviews with family members confirmed the arrest.

Bronx district attorney's office spokesman Steven Reed said she pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in 1996 and was sentenced to jail and probation. It isn't immediately clear how much jail time she served.

Administration takes aim at distracted driving

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Driving while distracted is a growing peril in a nation reluctant to put down its cell phones and handheld devices even behind the wheel, the Obama administration declared on Wednesday. Officials said Congress and the public must team up to reduce the danger.

Opening a two-day meeting to find ways to reduce drivers' use of mobile devices, the Transportation Department reported that nearly 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured last year in vehicle crashes connected to driver distraction. That includes drivers talking on cell phones and texting.

"To put it plainly, distracted driving is a menace to society," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "Distracted driving is an epidemic and it seems to be getting worse every year."

The meeting gathered experts to examine the potentially deadly mix of driving with cell phones, mobile devices, and other distractions that divert attention from the road. LaHood said he would offer recommendations on Thursday that could lead to new restrictions on the use of the devices behind the wheel.

While the meeting focused on drivers using cell phones and mobile devices, participants noted that distractions could include reaching into the back seat, applying makeup or eating.

Feds probe US Census worker hanging in Kentucky

AP | JEFFREY McMURRAY and ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When Bill Sparkman told retired trooper Gilbert Acciardo that he was going door-to-door collecting census data in rural Kentucky, the former cop drew on years of experience for a warning: "Be careful."

The 51-year-old Sparkman was found this month hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

"Even though he was with the Census Bureau, sometimes people can view someone with any government agency as 'the government.' I just was afraid that he might meet the wrong character along the way up there," said Acciardo, who directs an after-school program at an elementary school where Sparkman was a frequent substitute teacher.

The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, until the investigation is complete, an official said.

The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word on the chest of Sparkman, who was supplementing his income doing Census field work. He was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of Daniel Boone National Forest and an autopsy report is pending.

Area where census worker died has troubled history

AP | JEFFREY McMURRAY and ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When Bill Sparkman told retired trooper Gilbert Acciardo that he was going door-to-door collecting census data in rural Kentucky, the former cop drew on years of experience for a warning: "Be careful."

The 51-year-old Sparkman was found this month hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

"Even though he was with the Census Bureau, sometimes people can view someone with any government agency as 'the government.' I just was afraid that he might meet the wrong character along the way up there," said Acciardo, who directs an after-school program at an elementary school where Sparkman was a frequent substitute teacher.

The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, until the investigation is complete, an official said.

The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word on the chest of Sparkman, who was supplementing his income doing Census field work. He was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of Daniel Boone National Forest and an autopsy report is pending.

Area where census worker died has troubled history

AP | JEFFREY McMURRAY and ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When Bill Sparkman told retired trooper Gilbert Acciardo that he was going door-to-door collecting census data in rural Kentucky, the former cop drawing on years of experience warned: "Be careful."

The 51-year-old Sparkman was found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery and had the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

"Even though he was with the Census Bureau, sometimes people can view someone with any government agency as 'the government.' I just was afraid that he might meet the wrong character along the way up there," said Acciardo, who directs an after-school program at an elementary school where Sparkman was a frequent substitute teacher.

The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, until the investigation is complete, an official said.

The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word on the chest of Sparkman, who was supplementing his income doing Census field work. He was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of Daniel Boone National Forest and an autopsy report is pending.

Guns, Plastic and Guantanamo Detainees

CNN / Anderson Cooper 360° | CNN / Anderson Cooper 360° | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more from Jeffrey Toobin tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET. Jeffrey Toobin CNN Senior Leg...

Insurrectionism Goes "Mainstream"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Far from protecting liberty, insurrectionism deprives American citizens of their freedom.

At least 1 of fires raging over Okla., Texas arson

AP | SEAN MURPHY and SCHUYLER DIXON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Oklahomans and Texans returned home to charred buildings, ruined cars and glowing rock Friday in the wake of several droug...