Amish Girl Massacre
One of the five Amish girls who survived last month’s schoolhouse massacre is fully disabled from a severe head wound and unlikely to recover. She’s at home, being cared for by family, who mostly treat her for pain and keep her comfortable. Another girl with a head wound will be hospitalized until December.
One surviving girl’s shoulder joint was so badly damaged she might not recover the use of her arm. Another girl was wounded in the face, but did not suffer brain damage and is recovering “pretty well.” There were also pelvic and hand wounds, according to doctors. I blogged about this here.
Rape and Murder of Abeer Qassim Hamza Janabi and her family
A US soldier charged with raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl last March and helping kill her and three other members of her family pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to testify against four other soldiers involved in the crimes. Spc. James Barker, 23, agreed to the plea in order to avoid the death penalty, according to his civilian lawyer, David Sheldon. He gave a detailed confession Wednesday before a court martial at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I blogged about this here
Seattle second only to San Francisco in number of lesbian/gay people
Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, Seattle is second only to San Francisco in the percentage of residents identifying themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, a new study reports.
A researcher used census and other government statistics to offer an estimate of a segment of the population in cities, metropolitan areas and congressional districts nationwide whose size has only been guessed in the past.
The study reports found that 12.9 percent of Seattle residents — roughly 57,900 people — identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. In San Francisco, 15.4 percent of residents identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Not hunger, “low food security.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported this week that 12 percent of Americans — 35 million people — could not put food on the table at least part of last year. Eleven million of them reported going hungry at times. Beginning this year, the Agriculture Department has determined “very low food security” is a better term than “hunger.”
I am really enjoying God-Des these days.
Listen to “Struggle.”