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19 Oct 2011 11:07


U.S.: Owner of Ohio exotic wildlife preserve opens cages, commits suicide

  • It’s always been a fear of mine knowing (the preserve’s owner) had all those animals. I have kids.
  • Neighbor Danielle White • Discussing the bizarre incident involving an Ohio wildlife preserve, where numerous animals — lions, tigers and bears, plus more — had to be taken down in shoot-to-kill fashion after the owner opened up the cages housing numerous animals … then reportedly committed suicide, allowing the animals to run free throughout the area and creating a number of challenges for authorities. The preserve had been the subject of many complaints over the past decade. White, for example, once saw a lion escape. Most of the animals have been put down, but nearby schools had to close as a result of the bizarre incident. source

10 Feb 2010 10:11


World: The WWF (not the WWE) wants you to save the wild tigers

  • 100,000 number of wild tigers back in the heady days of 1990
  • 3,200 tigers are left in the wild today; three sub-species are extinct source

09 Sep 2009 10:14


World: India has a lot of tigers, and they kill a lot of cows

  • 1,300 or half the world’s wild tigers, live in India source

24 May 2009 10:54


Politics, World: Sri Lanka needs to deal with the mess it made during the war

Yo, Sri Lanka – see all these Tamil people stuck in displacement camps? This isn’t cool. Take care of this. Now. source

19 May 2009 10:17


Politics, World: Tamils abroad can’t believe the news from Sri Lanka

  • If his death is true, it is devastating news to Tamils. We didn’t have the motivation to stand up but he changed all of that.
  • London businessman G Allesgunaseelan • On the end of the Sri Lankan civil war and the death of Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the iconic leader of the Tamil Tigers. Allesgunaseelan fears that Prabhakaran’s death could spell a removal of Tamil culture from Sri Lankan society. He’s not alone in his fears and concerns about Sri Lanka. • source

11 May 2009 08:31


World: A designated safe zone in Sri Lanka didn’t prevent civilian deaths

  • 1,000+ civilians got caught in the middle source

29 Apr 2009 10:48


World: European countries: Cease-fire? Sri Lanka: *shakes head* NO!

  • They will not give up the fight with Tamil rebels. U.K. and French ministers tried to convince the Sri Lankan military to change its tune, but it continues to not want to budge, for fear of giving the Tamil Tigers time to regroup. The ministers also tried convincing the Tamil Tigers to let civilians leave what’s now described as a two-square-mile area holding up to 50,000 people. Someone has to budge here. source

26 Apr 2009 11:38


World: Tamil Tigers: We want a cease-fire. Sri Lanka: No.

  • cease In response to a severely weakened position as well as for humanitarian reasons, the Tamil Tigers have asked for a unilateral cease-fire. “We are in full agreement that the humanitarian crisis can only be overcome by declaration of an immediate cease- fire,” the group said.
  • surrender Despite thousands of people suffering and criticism from the UN, the Sri Lankan military says the Tigers must surrender. “They were not fighting with us; they were running from us,” Sri Lankan defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, calling the cease-fire offer a “joke.” source

26 Apr 2009 03:10


World: The numbers game continues between Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers

  • 150,000 number of people the Tamil Tigers claim are near starvation in the Sri Lankan warzone
  • 10,000 number of people the Sri Lankan government claims are near starvation; either way, it’s a lot source

31 Mar 2009 20:34


Sports: Thanks U. of Kentucky, you made Memphis really sad. :(

  • John Calipari, a man torn by opportunity. The coach of the perennially-hot Memphis decided to leave for the bluegrass of Kentucky. It was a heart-wrenching decision for both Memphis, which has soared to great heights under Calipari’s helm, and Calipari himself, who will be coaching an iconic college basketball team that’s fallen on hard times. Memphis students and fans begged Calipari not to do it, but it was too late. Peace, brotha. source