Daily Archive: December 24, 2012


AP poll: Mass shootings voted top 2012 news story

by David McCraryAP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The horrific massacre of 26 children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, along with other mass shootings, was the top news story of 2012, narrowly edging out the U.S. election, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. INTERFAITH VIGIL–President Barack Obama pauses as he delivers a speech during an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Douglas wins AP female athlete of the year honors

by Nancy ArmourAP National Writer When Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of being the Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate. Maybe she’d make an appearance here and there. “I didn’t think it was going to be crazy,” Douglas said, laughing. “I love it. But I realized my perspective was going to have to change.” FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR–Gabrielle Douglas of the United States displays her gold medal in the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Douglas, who became the first African-American gymnast to win the all-around Olympic title, is The Associated Press’ 2012 female athlete of the year. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)


Study: Solo stars at higher death risk than bands

by Jill LawlessAssociated Press LONDON (AP) — Rock ‘n’ roll will never die — but it’s a hazardous occupation. An academic study published Dec. 20 confirms that rock and pop musicians are more likely to die prematurely than the general population, and finds that solo artists are twice as likely to die young as members of bands. LEGENDARY GUITARIST—In this 1970 file photo, Jimi Hendrix performs on the Isle of Wight in England. Rock ‘n’ roll will never die, but it’s a hazardous occupation. (AP Photo/file)


Hearing to admit video tape in Ford shooting postponed

A hearing for a motion regarding the release of a police videotape from a traffic stop that resulted in the shooting of a 19-year-old East Liberty teen by a Pittsburgh police officer has been postponed until January 2013 in Judge Jeffrey Manning’s court. Leon Ford Jr. was shot in the chest by Pittsburgh police officer David Derbish when he was pulled over for a traffic violation at the intersection of Stanton Avenue and Farragut Street in Highland Park. LEON FORD JR.


Seeking the truth about Jesus

by Jay PariniSpecial to CNN (CNN) — At Christmas, the name of Jesus resounds everywhere in homes, churches, in hauntingly gorgeous carols, even casual conversations. Yet Christians didn’t settle on December 25 as Christmas day until the fourth century, and this choice probably had something to do with its proximity to the winter solstice or its position as the final day of the Roman Saturnalia. Black Jesus


NRA’s vision of ‘genuine monsters’

by Kristin A. Goss (CNN) — With Friday’s defiant statement, the National Rifle Association massed its troops along familiar fronts in the culture war — and even opened some new battle lines. But it also squandered an opportunity to participate in reasonable dialogue with an America that has begun losing its appetite for political extremism. PROTESTERS SAY “NRA KILLS KIDS”–The National Rifle Association (NRA) delivers statements on Dec. 21, in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. During his comments to the press, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, was interrupted by protesters. The NRA billed the event as a news conference, but speakers took no questions.