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Top News Stories 2008-04-04 07:01:15

Front Page: Tornado, Prince Philip in Hospital, MLK Jr. Remembered, Zimbabwe Raids

  • A tornado ripped through the Little Rock, AR, area last night. The National Weather Service is reporting an unknown number of injuries. A spokesman for the local sheriff's department says, "there's some structural damage in the city of Little Rock and several areas north of North Little Rock. A lot of trees and power lines are down." The storm decimated a mobile home park leaving 50 trailers on fire. This Winter's weather hasn't been kind to Arkansas. In the last two months, Arkansas has seen a tornado during a storm outbreak that killed 13, a foot of snow, more than a foot of rain, and near-record flooding.
  • Britain's Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth, has been hospitalized. The 86-year-old is being treated for a chest infection. Reports say he's stable, and a spokeswoman says "His Royal Highness's program of engagements for the weekend have been canceled."
  • This day marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was shot and killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, while helping organize a strike by sanitation workers, then some of the poorest of the city's working poor. Dr. King will be remembered today nationwide and with a march through Memphis and the laying of wreaths at the site of King's assassination.
  • Zimbabwe's government staged separate police raids on the main opposition party and foreign journalists. Four journalists, including one from the New York Times, have been taken into custody for violating the country's media laws. Zimbabwe only has one, government-controlled newspaper.
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hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
R.I.P. Rev. On this day forty years ago evening fell upon the life of a great man. An orator unlike the world has ever seen. Whose passion baptized us as his words washed over our consciousness like a million epiphanies stimulating greatness and demanding that each individual live up and own up to the beautiful expressions of love that we are. Martin was a gift and he was here to tell us something but more importantly he wanted us to keep sharing his imparted wisdom. Over the past forty years as our nation and the world recognize the anniversary of his Birthday and death I have noticed something very disappointing. For the young lay person Martin's memory is relegated to the man who gave that speech a long time ago when TV's looked funny and the only thing they can recite is the hook that's played over and over on the local news; "free at last free at last, thank God all mighty we're free at last". If you have never heard Martin's I have a dream speech in it's entirety take a moment this month by yourself and listen from introduction to conclusion. Just sit back close your eyes and listen. Just let it take you away. His passion will roll through you like thunder and his words will wash you like rain but that is all that Martin can do for you. You have to be the stream of wisdom now and pass it down to the collective sea of thought and consciousness so that we all can be as wise as Martin.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
Aaand...this deserves it's own post: Rest in Peace, Dr. King. One of the best men to ever walk this earth :)
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
I'm from Arkansas, and what's been happening here has been pure and utter hell. I'm lucky my family hasn't been hurt, especially since my aunt actually drove through one of the tornadoes that hit back in February. (Yeah, we've been having tornadoes since early February, and the crazy weather hasn't stopped). What pisses me off to no end is that the news doesn't even cover half of what's been going on and most people have no idea how many of the smaller towns have been laid waste to. Gasville, which is a town about 15 minutes or so away from me, or less, depending on how fast you drive, was pretty much torn to shreds. My aunt was there when it hit, and thank God she drives a Cadillac, or I honestly think she wouldn't have made it. It's really heart breaking to drive through there and see what's happened and not being able to do more than donate money and say "I'm sorry". It's been months and the damage is still so severe, they're barely getting their feet back. The one and only funny thing about all of this? I have lilapsophobia (fear of tornadoes & hurricanes), and I live in tornado alley -_-
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
This means Elton John, the Vice Prince, must now step in and take responsibility for that office.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
MLK...this day always makes me think of that line from the U2 song "In the Name of Love." Such an amazing person.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
RIP MLK. I just wonder what the world would have been like if he was still alive.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Jill he is actually a prince and a duke (by birth), he is not in line to be King, so he is a husband. They have a great love story. You should look it up. The Queen has had an interesting life.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
He's called the prince because he isn't in line to be the next ruler of England. It's a silly custom, but alas, it isn't mine to critisize.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
And so it has begun, if there are to be elections in 21 days there will be intolerable levels of violence. here we go.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Wow...I try to stay up on my world news, but I see I have been slacking! I didn't even know the Queen had a husband that was still alive! Why is he called a Prince if he is married to the Queen?
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