Monthly Archives: July 2011

Amy Winehouse’s Possible Cause of Death

It has been a week since the death of the young, talented, British singer, Amy Winehouse. Winehouse’s drug use was well known to the public, having been in and out of rehab multiple times. She was also constantly in the tabloids in the U.S. and in the UK for her addiction issues.

At this point in time, the cause of death is fuzzy, but Winehouse’s parents report that her abstinence from alcohol may have been what killed her. Despite her physician’s recommendations to gradually stop abusing alcohol, Winehouse attempted to quit cold turkey. Her body was so used to the constant alcohol abuse that it went into shock after nearly a month of sobriety.

However, famous “Celebrity Rehab” host, Dr. Drew, claims that this may be a bit of a stretch. He was quoted on KROQ Radio saying ,”It can kill you … but it kills you, it sort of … you go down in a ball of fire. You get really really sick and you cease and you become encephalopathic and confused and your heart becomes erratic and it’s not like you just drop dead like her parents are suggesting”.

Many tributes to Amy Winehouse have been lined up, including this recent tribute by longtime friend and musician Mark Ronson.

Peyton Manning Signs $90 Million Deal with Colts

Are You Considering Graduate School? Understand the New GRE

Kelly Rowland Performs on the Tonight Show

House Approves GOP Debt Limit Bill

President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address

Bill O’Reilly Has Words for Republicans

The (Almost) Perfect Crime

It looks like shows such as CSI and Law and Order really can be the helpful learning tools for those itching to pull off the “perfect” crime.

Jerry Ramrattan used to tell people he was a police officer, but really just spent a lot of time watching police dramas on television. In 2009, he deceived the New York Police Department by leaving clues that his ex-girlfriend, Seemona Sumasar (who had formerly accused him of rape), was involved in a string of armed robberies in Long Island and Queens. He created an elaborate story involving an Indian woman dressed as a police officer committing several armed robberies. Not only did Ramrattan leave these clues with police, but he also spoke to alleged “victims” of the robberies and told them information about his ex-girlfriend, such as her license plate number and description, to really make it seem like she was the one involved.

Apparently, Ramrattan learned how to do all of this from watching shows like Law and Order and was known to be somewhat of a television junkie, according to the New York Times. He had framed an innocent woman with absolutely no criminal background, and duped the NYPD into believing him. However, after seven months in jail an anonymous informant on Long Island informed officials that the robberies were made up, and Sumasar was set free.

Sumasar is out of jail, but has lost custody of her young daughter, and now has no home and business.

Ramrattan is being charged for perjury, but has pleaded not guilty to rape and conspiracy, and will have a trial on October 3 of this year.

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This article contains information from Huffington Post Crime.

Former Yankee Pitcher Hideki Irabu Found Dead in California

Japanese native Hideki Irabu, former New York Yankees pitcher, was found dead in Rancho Palos Verdes, a Los Angeles suburb. He was discovered at approximately 4:25 PM local time on Wednesday by a local country sheriff. His death was deemed a suicide by hanging.

In Japan, Irabu was a baseball star and was even called the “Japanese Nolan Ryan”. In 1997, he was sent to Yankees where he pitched in thirteen games with a 7.09 ERA. His best season was the following year, where he went 13-9 with a 4.06 ERA. In his three seasons in New York, he went 29-20 with a 4.80 ERA. It was in his last year that Yankee owner George Steinbrenner referred to Irabu as a “fat toad”.

Hideki Irabu

After being traded to the Expos in December of 1999, Irabu spent two seasons with the Montreal team until he was released in 2001 and was sent to the Texas Rangers. He spent one season in Texas and ended his major league career in 2002. In his professional career in the United States, he went 34-35 with a 5.15 ERA. During his career in Japan, he played for eleven seasons and went 72-69 with a 3.55 ERA.

In August of 2008, Irabu was arrested for assaulting the manager of a bar in Osaka. In May of 2010, he was arrested for driving under the influence in Redondo Beach, California. His teammates on the Yankees remember Irabu as a talented player who was fun to be around.

 

Save Our Schools March Leaders Decline Invite to White House

The Save Our Schools March scheduled for this upcoming Saturday in Washington D.C. is protesting the Obama administration’s education reform policies. The leaders of the march have been planning this event for well over a year.

They have requested meetings with educational advisers of President Obama through blogposts and letters, and have been declined up until this week. The leaders were invited today to meet with the educational advisers, but politely declined stating that they would be willing to meet with them after the march is over.

Here is the response from the executive committee:

“We sincerely appreciate the interest of the White House in the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action. We’d be pleased to host any White House or Department of Education personnel on the Ellipse on Saturday so they can hear firsthand what teachers, students, parents and community members from around the country have to say about public education. Thousands of concerned citizens will be sharing their experiences and their thoughts on the future of our schools. July 30th is your opportunity to listen to us. After the March, we will be open to meeting with White House or Department of Education leaders to further discuss our specific proposals.

The leaders of the march are looking forward to a big turn out for the march this year. Hopefully, the Obama administration will be willing to meet with some of the leaders to discuss education reform in the US.

 

This article contains information from: The Washington Post

 

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