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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cheat Sheet - The Girls Who Were Taken Before Hannah Graham

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September 30, 2014
The case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has revealed a possibly gruesome past of Jesse Matthew, the man charged with abducting Graham. On Monday, police said they had evidence Matthew was linked to the 2009 kidnapping and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Now, Michael Daly reports, police say DNA collected in that investigation connects him to the 2005 rape and choking of another Virginia woman.

The Secret Service agent who tackled an intruder inside the East Room of the White House was not even supposed to be there that night. The Washington Post revealed Tuesday that the agent who tackled Omar J. Gonzalez was off-duty, but happened to see the intruder. Nor was the first family entirely safe: The agent who tackled Gonzalez had seen the family depart via helicopter minutes earlier. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson also revealed that agents recognized Gonzalez on the same day he jumped the fence. During questioning by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Pierson said that officers observed Gonzales for "some time" on Sept. 19, but they did not intervene before he made his way into the White House. Pierson admitted the incident was "unacceptable" and vowed to "make sure that it does not happen again."


A Muslim NFL player was slapped with unsportsmanlike conduct for a religious celebration that has gone unpunished in Christian counterparts like Tim Tebow. The NFL said it was mistake to punish Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs with a 15-yard penalty after he prostrated himself and prayed in the end zone. Referees said his celebration, after intercepting a pass by the New England Patriots' Tom Brady and returning it 39 yards for a touchdown, violated the NFL rule stating: "Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground." The problem is there is an exception for religious expressions, like the famous Tebow kneel. "The officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression," league spokesman Michael Signora said via email, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.

The campaign cycle has reached the time when the wackiest contenders for presidency float their names to the top. And while it would sure be comedic to watch Dov Charney, Donald Sterling, and Jesse Ventura go head-to-head in a national debate, David Freedlander deflates the rumors about these faded stars, who are just using talk of the White House to remain relevant.
The U.S. and Russia are sinking billions into nuclear-capable bombers, missiles, and submarines. And Russia's too-close-for-comfort flyby off the coast of Alaska revealed it had all the necessary weapons for the next Cold War. Bill Sweetman writes that both sides look to be gearing up for Mutually Assured Destruction again.

Vatican Investigates Pedophile Shielder
Bishop was convicted by U.S. authorities.
Hong Kong Exec: 'Stop This' Immediately
Protesters ignore calls to cease.
10K U.S. Troops to Stay in Afghanistan
Thanks to security pact signed today.
CDC: Ebola Looks to Be Over in Nigeria
May be contained in Senegal, too.
Michael Phelps Busted for DUI
Second arrest for drunk driving.

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