Daily Archive: November 12, 2012

National

Arrest made in rape of woman on LA County bus

by Greg Risling LOS ANGELES (AP)—For 10 agonizing minutes, an 18-year-old mentally disabled woman was raped in the back of a Los Angeles County bus at rush hour as it rolled past a state park, shopping mall and cemetery while no one on board did anything to stop it. SUSPECT IN CUSTODY—This image from video provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a suspect officials say is accused of raping a mentally disabled woman on a city bus. Police say the suspect boarded the bus with the woman in Culver City, followed her to the back of the bus and forced himself on her late Nov. 7. A lone witness tried to alert the bus driver that the rape was happening, but it continued for about 10 minutes until the suspect stopped and exited the bus. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) Surveillance video shot on the bus showed the attack and helped deputies nab a suspect, but it also showed that the driver and all but one of the few passengers aboard didn’t seem to notice what was going on.

Obama-Veterans-Day Broa

National

Obama honors veterans, says more should be done to help them

(CNN)—President Barack Obama says Americans who served abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan should always be able to rely on a robust system of support from the government. In his speech Sunday at a solemn ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, Obama noted it was the first Veterans Day in 10 years that no Americans were serving in Iraq, and pointed to the diminishing U.S. presence in Afghanistan. “After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home,” Obama said to applause at the Memorial Amphitheater.

National

On streets of Athens, racist attacks increase

by Elena Becatoros ATHENS, Greece (AP)—The attack came seemingly out of nowhere. As the 28-year-old Bangladeshi man dug around trash bins one recent afternoon for scrap metal, two women and a man set upon him with a knife. He screamed as he fell. Rushed to the hospital, he was treated for a gash to the back of his thigh. In this Oct. 26, 2012, photo, extreme far-right Golden Dawn party lawmaker Ilias Panagiotaros speaks in his shop in central Athens, explaining his party’s policies and rejects accusations that it has been involved in racist attacks in Greece. On the top left a picture of Serbian warlord Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan is displayed. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) Police are investigating the assault as yet another in a rising wave of extreme-right rage against foreigners as Greece sinks further into economic misery. The details vary, but the cold brutality of each attack is the same: Dark-skinned migrants confronted by thugs, attacked with knives and broken bottles, wooden bats and iron rods.

National

Dozens of White supremacist gang members charged

by Michael Gracyk HOUSTON (AP)—Four top leaders of the White supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are among nearly three dozen alleged gang members charged in a sweeping indictment unsealed Friday that accuses them of crimes ranging from capital murder to drug trafficking. SWEEPING INDICTMENT—Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney’s office Nov. 9, in Houston. Officials announced the arrest of dozens of Texas members of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood gang on federal racketeering charges for crimes including murder, kidnapping, arson, gambling and trafficking in methamphetamine and cocaine. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

National

Final NJ schoolyard slayings defendant convicted

by David Porter NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—The final defendant in a brutal schoolyard attack that killed three college-bound friends and left a fourth seriously wounded was convicted on Friday, marking an end to a five-year odyssey for the victims’ family members who made it their mission to be present for all phases of the criminal cases. FINAL DEFENDANT—In this April 8, 2009 file photo, Gerardo Gomez, a defendant in the schoolyard killing of three college-bound students and injuring another in August 2007, sits in Superior Court in Newark, N.J. for a preliminary hearing. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, Pool) Jurors in state Superior Court convicted Gerardo Gomez on 15 of 17 counts, including murder and attempted murder.

Sports

WSU to review claims Leach was abusive to players

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP)—Washington State President Elson Floyd has called for a review of claims of abusive behavior by coach Mike Leach and his staff toward players by wide receiver Marquess Wilson. The decision by Floyd comes one day after Wilson quit the team. Wilson says he left the program because of the actions of Leach and his staff. Wilson says the new staff has “preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us,” and that included physical abuse. QUITS TEAM—This Nov. 26, 2011 photo shows Washington State’s Marquess Wilson returning a reception for a 38-yard touchdown against Washington, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Opinion

GOP voter suppression fueled Black turnout

by Roland Martin (CNN)—In Florida, Republicans stopped allowing early voting on the Sunday before Election Day, with no explanation as to why. In 2008, black churches marched a massive number of congregants to the polls, led by their slogan, “Souls to the Polls.” The GOP clearly didn’t want to see that happen again. ROLAND MARTIN