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Top News Stories 2008-06-10 07:00:24

Front Page: Austria Cellar Daughter Awake, China Drains Quake Lake, TV Crew Abducted

  • Austria Cellar Daughter Awake: Kerstin Fritzl, the 19-year-old woman, and the oldest daughter kept in the cellar in Austria, has regained consciousness. Her illness in April tipped Austria's authorities to the incest scandal. Kerstin is the oldest of seven children fathered by Josef Fritzl, her grandfather, during the 24 years he kept his daughter Elisabeth in his cellar, captive while raping her repeatedly. Doctors say Kerstin still requires intensive medical care. Let out of the cellar because of her illness, Kerstin has been unconscious and in intensive care since then.
  • China Drains Quake Lake: China declared victory today over the brimming lake formed by landslides from the massive earthquake, threatening to flood downstream communities. Sichuan province's top official claimed a "decisive victory" over the potential crisis. A manmade channel caused the water to pour out and into the mostly evacuated town of Qinglian, a resident who remained in the area said. More than 250,000 people downstream had moved to high ground due to fear that the lake could breach its banks entirely. About 1.3 million people total live downstream.
  • Phillipine's TV Crew Captured: A TV news team from the Philippines’s largest network along with one of the country’s most famous journalists is believed to have been abducted by members of the militant group Abu Sayyaf. The journalist, a cameraman, and driver were on their way to meet with Abu Sayyaf when they were intercepted on Sunday by armed men in a province where Abu Sayyaf, which is fighting for a separate Muslim state in the southern Philippines, are known to operate. Abu Sayyaf is notorious for its kidnap-for-ransom activities and has terrorized Filipinos and foreigners alike. The militants have been blamed for several major terrorist attacks across the Philippines in recent years. The abductors have not yet made contact.
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AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
We're in a world of hurt - in more ways than one. Sad stories.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
So now you're comparing Bill Engvall to Hitler? Where are his gas chambers? Where is his anti-(whomever) rhetoric? Where is his "MasterPlan"? If you don't like the guy, don't watch him. I don't like Stephen Colbert, but I don't want him "destroyed like an ugly weed."
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
Thank you Minday for letting me know. I'm glad to see that there might be a positive outcome.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
That's like saying we should have done nothing to prevent Hitler from coming to power, UnDave. Bill Engvall needs to be rooted out and destroyed like an ugly weed. That goes for the cast and crew too. You're too lenient.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Rac - that's just mean. If you don't like a show, don't watch it. Don't wish the people harm.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
With the incest case - I know that the rest of the family was reunited. The mother/grandmother and the kids she was raising and their siblings that were imprisoned were together for a while, but I think they are in a rehab type center to help them adjust. Doctors seemed pretty optimistic that they would be ok from a health standpoint.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Why couldn't it have been the crew from the Bill Engvall Show?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I have no idea about the status of the family. I'm wondering what else is going to go wrong in China. Do we have alternate sites for the olympic games?
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
The first headline is so sad. Does anyone know what happened to all members of the family? Whether the grandfather/father was charged and imprisoned, and the status of the rest of the children? Are they going to be okay? :(
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