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Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder

Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder

Friday, March 20, 2009

In the United States, a suspended Pennsylvania state trooper has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Kevin Foley, 43, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for slashing to death John Yelenic, a Blairsville dentist who was in the final stages of divorcing his wife, Michele. Foley’s attorney said he plans to appeal the decision. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Foley previously said he “loathed Dr. Yelenic” and asked another fellow trooper to help kill him. During his testimony, which lasted several hours, Foley claimed he was joking and had no true intention of carrying out the threat, but the Indiana County jury rejected that defense after about six hours of deliberations.

John Yelenic was found dead in his home on April 13, 2006, one day before he was planning on signing his divorce papers. Charges were brought against Foley in September 2007, more than 17 months after the murder.

Foley, who had been on suspension from the Pennsylvania State Police, was himself the final witness to take the stand Wednesday in the trial. Foley insisted he was innocent during his testimony, and even made jokes that the jury laughed at on a few occasions.

“I never made a threat with the intention of carrying it out,” Foley said under cross-examination by the prosecution.

When Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek pressed Foley for what was funny about asking another state trooper to help him kill Yelenic, Foley answered, “There isn’t any joke. It’s just my personality, my behavior (with co-workers).”

Prosecutors said Foley killed Yelenic after going to the dentist’s house to confront him over the terms of the divorce. Prosecutors claim Foley slashed Yelenic several times with a knife and pushed his head through a small window. Yelenic bled to death.

“John has his justice tonight,” Mary Ann Clark, a cousin of Yelenic, told MSNBC. “John deserved this; he was the most wonderful person in the world. He died the most horrible death and tonight, this is his night. The system worked.”

Foley had been living with Michele Yelenic for two years at the time of the homicide. Prosecutors previously said Foley and Michele helped perpetuate rumors that Dr. Yelenic molested their son. John and Michele Yelenic had been separated in 2002. Michele Yelenic stood to collect Dr. Yelenic’s estate and a US$1 million life insurance policy, and could lose about $2,500 a month in support if the divorce was finalized, a Pennsylvania grand jury previously determined.

Michele Yelenic, who has not appeared at the trial, may face legal action herself, media reports indicated. A sentencing hearing for Foley is scheduled for June 1.

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Kitchen Interior Design How To Choose A New Kitchen Sink On A Budget

By Josh Neumann

Your kitchen sink is crucial to the overall layout of your kitchen. The rest of your kitchen can be designed exactly the way you want it, but if your sink doesnt match the overall theme, it just wont fly. Should you decide to purchase a new sink, here are some tips on how to pick out the right one.

First of all, before you even begin redesigning your kitchen, set a budget and stick with it. There is nothing worse than getting to the middle of your kitchen redesign project and realizing you wont have the funds to complete the job.

You need to shop around at all your local home improvement stores to find the right sink at an affordable price. Be careful during this process-even thought you may find the perfect kitchen sink right off the bat, if it is out of your price range, dont even consider it.

Also, another great source for finding the perfect kitchen sink is the internet. Quite simply, you can find a lot of great deals on the internet that you simply wont find offline. Be patient as you shop around, compare prices, and wait until you find the right sink within your budget.

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Another very important consideration before you begin shopping around is the size of the sink you need. Attempting to install a sink that is too large for your kitchen can be disastrous. Again, it is extremely important that you determine this before you begin shopping.

You will also need to determine the style of sink you want. The two popular options are one and two basin sinks. The majority of sinks come with two basins, but there are some available with only one. If you do not have a dishwasher, for instance, it is crucial that you get a two basin sink for doing your dishes by hand.

However, if you do have a dishwasher, you may find that one basin sinks are more stylish and trendy. Therefore, this decision is based on largely on your kitchens overall design and needs.

Another very important consideration is the color of your sink. You absolutely need to make sure that this matches the rest of your kitchens interior, or else you wont get the affect you are looking for.

While the kitchen sink may seem like a minor consideration compared to the cabinets, counter tops, or the walls, it still is a big contributor to the overall atmosphere of the kitchen. Dont take this decision lightly-it could determine the overall success of your kitchen redesigning process.

These are just a few simple yet very effective tips to help you choose the right kitchen sink at an affordable price. Remember, there are always going to be more sinks to choose from. Dont fall in love with the first one you see. You may find, after just a little time spent searching, that you can find a very similar sink at a much better price.

Again, determine the type of kitchen interior design you want, find the sink that will match that, and then make sure the price is right. Follow these guidelines, and watch your kitchen blossom before your eyes.

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Highway bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses

Highway bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Interstate 35W Mississippi River eight-lane bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota has collapsed on both sides of the highway over the Mississippi River during rush hour.

Previous reports indicated at least nine people had died, but Minneapolis police revised this to four during a 7:30 a.m. (local time) press conference. Tim Dolan, the Minneapolis Police Chief later stated that “several [adding to the four] people are confirmed dead at the scene,” but would not elaborate on how many. At least 79 have been injured and at least 8 are still missing, still believed to be in the rubble.

The road was busy with bumper-to-bumper traffic in four lanes when the entire 1907 foot (581 m) steel arch bridge collapsed. At least 50 cars were traveling on the bridge, including a school bus. The Red Cross said that 60 children were aboard a school bus, and that ten of those were admitted to a hospital.

The entire length of the bridge over the river collapsed at 6:05 p.m. CDT (UTC-5). The bridge, built in 1967, cleared the water level by 64 feet; the deck surface and pavement were considerably higher.

Reports say that people may be trapped in the water. Further, “many voids may contain survivors, but we cannot search those voids until it’s safe,” said Jim Clack, Minneapolis Fire Chief, during a press conference.

“One has died from drowning,” said a doctor from the medical center during an 8:00 pm press conference, who also said that so far 22 are in “yellow condition” and at least six are in “critical condition.”

Minneapolis officials have stated during an earlier press conference that “people are being sent downtown and all survivors are off the bridge. We are seeking help from the Red Cross.” and “[…]at least 60 children are receiving trauma care some with severe injures, some with minor injuries.”

Most of the injured have been received by Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis for medical treatment. Area hospitals are requesting all off duty staff and all Minneapolis ambulances to report. Residents are being encouraged to stay away from the area to let emergency crews do their work.

It is not known what caused the collapse, but there was construction being performed on the bridge’s road surface which included the use of jackhammers and the FBI has ruled out terrorism.

“Although it is much too early to make any determination of the cause, we have no reason at this time to believe there is any nexus to terrorism,” said Paul McCabe, an FBI spokesman.

In 2001 a stress inspection was done and Minnesota Department of Transportation stated that the bridge “should not have any problems with fatigue cracking in the foreseeable future.”

Typically an eight-lane bridge, the bridge was reduced to four lanes (two in each direction) during the current construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) had just announced overnight lane reductions on the bridge to one lane in each direction for the late evening hours of July 31 and August 1.

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Wikinews interviews Democratic candidate for the Texas 6th congressional district special election Daryl Eddings, Sr’s campaign manager

Wikinews interviews Democratic candidate for the Texas 6th congressional district special election Daryl Eddings, Sr’s campaign manager

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Wikinews extended invitations by e-mail on March 23 to multiple candidates running in the Texas’ 6th congressional district special election of May 1 to fill a vacancy left upon the death of Republican congressman Ron Wright. Of them, the office of Democrat Daryl Eddings, Sr. agreed to answer some questions by phone March 30 about their campaigns and policies. The following is the interview with Ms Chatham on behalf of Mr Eddings, Sr.

Eddings is a federal law enforcement officer and senior non-commissioned officer in the US military. His experience as operations officer of an aviation unit in the California National Guard includes working in Los Angeles to control riots sparked by the O. J. Simpson murder case and the police handling of Rodney King, working with drug interdiction teams in Panama and Central America and fighting in the Middle East. He is the founder of Operation Battle Buddy, which has under his leadership kept in touch with over 20 thousand veterans and their families. He was born in California, but moved to Midlothian, Texas. He endeavours to bring “good government, not no government”. Campaign manager Faith Chatham spoke to Wikinews on matters ranging from healthcare to housing.

An Inside Elections poll published on March 18 shows Republican candidate Susan Wright, the widow of Ron Wright, is ahead by 21% followed by Democrat Jana Sanchez with 17% and Republican Jake Ellzey with 8% with a 4.6% margin of error among 450 likely voters. The district is considered “lean Republican” by Inside Elections and voted 51% in favour of Donald Trump in last year’s US presidential election. This is down from 54% for Trump in 2016’s presidential election, the same poll stated.

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FBI begins widespread financial probe of 26 firms

FBI begins widespread financial probe of 26 firms

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The FBI is investigating 26 firms and 1,400 individuals involved in the US financial crisis for fraud and “sub-prime lending practices”. Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae and AIG are among the firms being scrutinized after recently receiving federal bailouts.

Investigators, who are cooperating with the IRS, Postal Office, and other federal offices to complete their investigation, are concerned that major corporations may have also forced or bribed ratings agencies to favor them.

The probe, which is in early stages, began eight months ago when the FBI began taking a close look at the mortgage industry and widespread irresponsible loaning practices. At least one corporation has been raided, but so far no evidence of fraud has been found.

The FBI has questioned executives of each of the firms closely, and arrested two in June. An anonymous source told The Times that the firms had been ordered to “hold all papers and e-mails under lock and key” as the FBI scours the finances of each firm.

Many of the companies and individuals being investigated are at the center of the nationwide financial crisis and controversial bailout plans, and have been widely blamed for the country’s financial crisis. The investigation has come at a time when the eyes of many in the US and around the world are turned towards the financial markets, as Congress and politicians scramble to fix the crisis while the election date looms closer.

Officials told CNN that it would be a long time before the investigations were finished, adding a warning: “Don’t expect indictments tomorrow or next week or next month”.

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3 Quick Tips To Save Money On Patio Furniture

By Brandon Hopkins

High quality patio furniture can be downright expensive. Depending on the style, materials and quality you could easily pay $2,000 for a nice patio set with a patio cover, patio chairs and a patio table.

Considering this price range, most people buy cheap patio sets that will wear out within a few years. The other option is to buy that same high quality patio furniture, but at a discount by utilizing these three easy tips.

Most people fail to realize that using just a few well thought out ideas can save you thousands of dollars not just on patio furniture, but just about every purchase you make. Before buying something expensive think about these things. Is now the best time to buy? Is everything clamoring over the same item? Is this time of year going to be more expensive? Can I buy it cheaper online? Is there a particular model or style that is less expensive this year? Can I buy last years model at a discounted price? Do I want to just buy cheaper discounted patio furniture?

1. Buy when nobody else is buying.

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Everyone wants to update their patio when spring comes. This is the perfect time because then you’re able to enjoy your patio furniture all during summer and even into the warm fall nights. This makes sense because you will have more time to enjoy that discount patio furniture.

This however is absolutely the worst time to buy. Everyone wants patio furniture at this time and businesses know that. Why would they give you 50% off if the guy behind you will pay full price? This is simply supply and demand. If the seller has 10 buyers willing to pay full price and 10 items in stock, you probably will not be getting any kind of discount patio furniture.

Instead, consider buying at the end of the summer season when that same business is trying to get rid of their summer supplies. This may not be ideal because the time to enjoy your new patio furniture has passed, but next year you’ll have a $2,000 patio set that you only paid $1,000 for, and it will last for many years!

2. Buy where stock is high.

If a business sells 3 patio sets per year, there is a good chance they don’t get much of a price break from the manufacturer or distributor. Somewhere like Costco that sells 30,000 or more patio sets per year probably gets a much better price than the guy who buys 3 patio sets to sell. Where do you think the savings will show up?

3. Get a good warranty.

If the business selling your patio furniture says the warranty is 30 days, or the furniture is being sold “As-Is”, turn around and walk out.

Patio furniture is notorious for fading, cracking and just falling apart. If you spend a good deal of money on your patio furniture and it falls apart, you’ll want to take it back. Odds are your 30 day warranty has already ran out.

When shopping for high quality patio furniture, keep these three easy tips in mind and save some money!

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Candle knocked over during voodoo sex ritual causes apartment fire

Candle knocked over during voodoo sex ritual causes apartment fire

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An elderly Brooklyn, New York woman was found dead yesterday after a fire triggered by a voodoo ceremony caused a blaze in an apartment that left dozens homeless. The details of the ceremony were not clear, but sources say it led to sex.

An unidentified woman hired a Voodoo priest for $300, identified as Nelson (Pepe) Pierre, to perform a mystic ceremony meant to bring her good luck. The woman went to Pierre’s apartment, where she ended up in bed surrounded by lit candles which were mistakenly knocked over, setting the bedsheets on fire. In an effort to suppress the flames, Pierre splashed water from the bathroom sink on the sheets while his roommate, who was ironing at the time, opened a window for air. However, according to the New York Fire Department, wind gusting through the open window created a “blowtorch effect” which caused the fire to spread to the 4th floor hallway and into the 5th and 6th floors. The blaze killed one woman, three others were severely injured, and at least 20 firefighters were left with burn wounds.

Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented … hopefully others will learn from this tragedy

In an NYFD statement, Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said, “Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented. This fire had so many of those elements … hopefully others will learn from this tragedy.” It took hours for hundreds of firemen from dozens of companies to bring the raging fire under control.

Pierre, a man in his 60s, did not call 911 right away, but attempted to quell the fire using water from the bathroom sink. A source in law enforcement said, “Nobody sees a crime right now. It was an accident. Maybe they weren’t careful, but they did try to put it out.”

Mary Feagin, a 64-year old retired teacher, died in the blaze.

The New York Police Department is currently investigating the incident.

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Canberra’s Sophie Lavers crowned Miss World Australia

Canberra’s Sophie Lavers crowned Miss World Australia

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sophie Lavers, a 24-year-old woman from Canberra, has been crowned Miss World Australia in Sydney. She defeated nineteen other finalists to take the prize and will represent Australia at the Miss World event in South Africa.

The entrants were judged based on several categories including best talent, healthy body image, sports and fitness and beauty with a purpose. An aspiring actress, she is completing an acting course and hopes to build a career in film and television. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and has worked as a Kings Cross waitress.

She has been described in the media as having an “amazing figure” and it has been rumoured that she has used this for modelling work. However, Lavers has said that her body has only been modelled for a good cause: “Some do think that, but I have only ever modelled for charity.”

She also doubts much will change for her, at least in the near future. “I’ll still get up and probably have peanut butter on toast for breakfast but after that I’m not sure what’s happening. I guess I won’t be going to work tomorrow.”

She explained that all the girls who entered were dedicated to making a difference. “I just think it’s like having little angels out there through the country helping in all different areas whether it’s with children, or blind people, or the homeless.” Lavers also complained that non-stop smiling for the event has left here mouth sore. “I’m not used to smiling for hours on end.”

Lavers is now set to head to Johannesburg for the December 12 global competition. “I’ve got to get a month of outfits ready and get a talent and another speech and everything. Oh goodness.”

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Open source game developer Perttu Ahola talks about Minetest with Wikinews

Open source game developer Perttu Ahola talks about Minetest with Wikinews

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Recently, Finnish open-source video game developer Perttu Ahola discussed Minetest, his “longest ever project”, with Wikinews.

Started in October 2010, Minetest was an attempt by Ahola to create a sandbox game similar to Minecraft. Minecraft is a multi-platform commercial game, which was in alpha version when Ahola challenged himself to create something similar to it from scratch, he told Wikinews.

Minetest is an open-source game, which is free for anyone to download and play. It is written in the C++ programming language, and the source code is available on code-hosting site GitHub. According to Ahola, Minetest attempts to run on older hardware, with limited graphics, but to be accessible to more people: those who have outdated technology, and making it available for no cost. Minecraft, on the other hand, is a paid game, currently costing USD 26.95 for its computer version. Minecraft is currently owned by Microsoft, and performs poorly on older hardware.

A correspondent from French Wikinews contacted Perttu Ahola via Internet Relay Chat a few weeks ago, discussing Minecraft. This interview is built on top of the previous interview, as we take a deeper dive into knowing more about this free game which is about to turn ten years old in a few months.

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Types Of Online Bets

Betting Online may be the word today, butnot everyone is acquainted with all the keywords and the type of bets one canplace online. Online Betting is done through Sportsbooks (US) or Bookmakers(UK) sites that accept bets. You can bet on the outcome of several sportingevents, such as; Baseball, Basketball, Football, Tennis, Hockey, Snooker andSoccer games. To start with you need to state what you are betting on by makinga selection, the type of bet and the amount you are wagering. Differentbookmakers offer different betting varieties and combinations. Some commontypes of bets which any avid player must be aware of are: Straight bet or SingleThis is the simplest and most common bet. You bet on a winner at given odds.Point SpreadThe Point Spread is the number of pointsallocated and is shown with a + sign for the favorite and a – sign for theunderdog. The favorite has to win by more than the Point Spread for you to win,otherwise you lose your bet even if the team wins.

The Money LineThe money line establishes the odds for each team and is indicated by a + forthe underdog and a – sign for the favorite.

TotalA bet for the number of points scored in the game by both teams combined,including points scored in overtime.Over/UnderA bet that the combined number of points scored by the two teams in the gamewill be Over or Under the total set by the oddsmaker.Parlay or AccumulatorThis is an example of a multiple bet. It lets you make simultaneous selectionson two or more games with the intent of pressing the winnings of the first winon the bet of the following game selected, and so on. All the selections mademust win for you to win the parlay. A parlay bet can yield huge dividends ifwon.TeaserIt is like a parlay, but with the option to add or subtract points (called’moving the line’) from one or more Spread bets. When betting a teaseradditional points are either added to the underdog or subtracted from thefavorite. However, teasers odds are usually worse than the parlays.If-wager and Open-wagerIf-wager allows the bettor to make a second wager, up to an equal amount, pendinga win on the first selection, where as open wagers allow the bettor to playteasers or parlays making a selection at different times and even differentdays.FutureThis is a bet on a future event. At the start of each season, the sportsbooksgive out odds for teams to win a certain championship. The odds change as thegame date approaches and in most cases get shorter, but if you win you get paidat the original odds that you took. This is possibly one of the most profitablebets if you are the one confident about your knowledge of the sports and theplayers you are betting on.Exotic BetsSometimes, betting is allowed on a wide variety of other sports related eventsand activities or just about anything you can think of.

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