Archive for September 4th, 2006

Palestinian teachers’ strike hurts boy

Monday, September 4th, 2006

OK, now if the title of this news story is not mis-leading, then nothing is. Check out how the boy got hurt.

NABLUS, West Bank – Masked militants trying to keep students away from school during a politically charged Palestinian teachers’ strike on Sunday shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy.
Palestinian teachers began striking Saturday, the start of the school year, to demand full back pay and regular salaries from the Hamas-led government, which has been financially crippled by six months of international sanctions.
Most schools throughout the West Bank remained closed, some by force, as the strike continued.
At least three masked militants stood outside a school in the northern West Bank city of Nablus and fired in the air to keep children away, witnesses said.
Stray fire hit a 12-year-old boy, Issam Ghannam, in the abdomen, witnesses said.
He was in stable condition after undergoing surgery, doctors said.
“He has passed the danger zone and is now resting in intensive care,” said Dr. Khaled Qadiri, a doctor at Rafidya Hospital in Nablus.
The child’s family, Fatah loyalists, refused to condemn the militants. “There were unknown men with weapons, preventing the students from going to school,” said the boy’s uncle, Ghannam Ibrahim Ghannam. “They fired, and as an unintentional result of the shooting he was hit.”

Talk about using an ax to spank a baby!!

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Report: ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin Killed by Stingray

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Well what a sad thing to happen. Steve Irwin was always a favorite with most children and he will be missed. Pray for his wife and children during this difficult time.

CAIRNS, Australia — Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray while filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.
Irwin was killed by a stingray barb to the heart on Batt Reef, off the remote resort town of Port Douglas in northeastern Queensland state, his wildlife park Australia Zoo said in a statement.
Crew members aboard Irwin’s boat, Croc One, called emergency services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead a short time later, the statement said.

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Happy Labor Day

Monday, September 4th, 2006

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day holiday!!
-Steve