A third person in the U.S. has died from the swine flu. The latest victim, a man in his 30s from Washington state, had underlying heart conditions. Other countries that have reported deaths are Mexico, 48 dead, and one deceased in both Canada and Cuba. 40 percent of those affected by the flu in the U.S. are between the ages of 11 to 18, but the deaths have not happened in that age range, MSNBC.
The German government have announced that they plan to outlaw paintball and other games that simulate violence, including laser tag. This comes after a school shooting in the country earlier this year that left sixteen dead, BBC News.
As reported this afternoon, sources confirm that the body found earlier outside of Athens, Ga, was indeed that of former UGA professor George Zinkhan. He murdered three people exactly two weeks ago and seemingly disappeared after the shooting. Police found his car abandoned in the woods last week, and his body was found a mile away from the vehicle. Police say he partially buried himself in the woods before committing suicide, possibly to make it harder to find his body, USA Today.
President Obama entertained tonight at the White House Correspondents Dinner with 3,000 journalists and celebrities in attendance. Of Dick Cheney, the President said the former VP was busy writing his memoir, “How to shoot friends and interrogate people,” MSNBC.
The manhunt for George Zinkhan has possibly ended.
Two weeks since he went missing after shooting his wife and two others at a fundraiser for the Town and Gown Players at the Athens Community Theatre in Athens, Ga, University of Georgia marketing professor George Zinkhan’s body has believed to be found not far from his abandoned Jeep in a wooded area in Clarke County, Red & Black.
The body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Sate Crime Lab for definitive identification that it is Zinkhan, so officials are still urging caution.
The shooting, which happened in downtown Athens not far from the UGA campus, did not close the university, but students and staff were warned to be on guard in case Zinkhan returned.
Update: Read the Red & Black’s Twitter for updates on the press conference. They say: “Zinkhan press conference: ACC Police Chief Jack Lumpkin says Zinkhan’s body was put in the earth and something was pulled over it.”
See CDB’s earlier coverage of the tragic event:
On April 25, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief brought you live coverage of the tragic shooting at Athens Community Theatre in Athens, Georgia. It was quickly revealed that the shooter was University of Georgia marketing professor George Zinkhan who opened fire on his wife and two others during a fundraising event for the local theater troupe, the Town and Gown Players.
Zinkhan has not been seen since he dropped his two children off at a neighbor’s immediately after the shooting. Zinkhan is featured on the website for the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Zinkhan had a plane ticket to Amsterdam where he has a second home, but he has not used his passport or credit cards since the shooting and officials believe him to be still in the US. He will be featured on America’s Most Wanted May 16th broadcast.
This morning, Georgia authorities found George Zinkhan’s jeep in northwestern Clarke County and put one nearby school on lockdown, but the search for the former UGA professor in the area has been called off. Investigators believe the car had been abandoned days ago. Police now believe the crime was more calculated than previously thought and not just a crime of passion, AJC.
Officials tell BNO News that the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, the second largest hotel in the world, was robbed this morning. A sole gunman robbed the casino and fled on foot, presumably not taking a huge chunk of the famous hotel’s worth. More details as they emerge, BNO.
Take a look at BBC News’ worldwide map showing what countries have been affected by the swine flu and how many cases they have.
The UN reports that hundreds of thousands of people still need help after last year’s cyclone in Burma that killed about 140,000 people. The UN and Burma have asked for $700m in relief, but have only received $100m. Most foreign journalists are banned from the Asian country, possibly a cause of why there is so much less interest and help given to the victims than in recent tsunamis in other Asian countries, BBC News.
Obama walked unannounced into today’s White House press briefing to announce Justice Souter’s retirement. Watch:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting UGA professor George Zinkhan’s jeep has been found in northwestern Clarke County (which contains the city of Athens). There is no sign of Zinkhan and authorities say they believe the murder was more calculated than previously thought, AJC.
UGA sent out this e-mail to the university community:
“This is a message from the UGA Alert emergency notification system. Overnight in northwestern Clarke County, Athens-Clarke Police located the vehicle belonging to George Zinkhan, the former UGA professor wanted in the killing of three people.
Until he is located by police, as stated previously, please continue to use caution. Do not call 911 or the UGA Police unless there is an emergency or you have sighted George Zinkhan.”
BREAKING: Cleveland Road Elementary in Bogart, GA is on lockdown and police are searching for George Zinkhan.
The driver who killed 5 people yesterday in Apeldoorn, Holland has died. The man’s name has not yet been released, CNN. Update: BNO confirms a sixth person has died from injuries sustained during yesterday’s crash.
Worldwide, workers are marching on this May Day to protest how their governments have handled the economic crisis. Violence has already erupted in Germany and Turkey. In Germany, at least 12 were arrested and around 30 injured when protesters clashed with police. Tear gas was fired in Istanbul and a “large number” were arrested. At least 300 rallies are expected in France alone and dozens of other countries are set to participate. We’ll update as the protests go on, BBC News.
In some happy sports news (unless you’re a Celtics fan), the Chicago Bulls took the Boston Celtics to triple overtime in last night’s 128-127 win in game 6 of the NBA playoffs, evening the series. Celtics’ player Ray Allen scored 51 points, the second highest number of playoff points in a single game in Celtics history, but Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose’s block in the final seconds cemented the Bulls win. The teams will play game 7 in Boston on Saturday night, Suite101 profile on Rose.
Reports have emerged that Professor George Zinkhan’s wife, whom he killed last Saturday along with two others in Athens, GA, wanted a divorce. The UGA professor is still on the loose and the authorities have admitted that they have no leads on where he has gone, although some police believe he has committed suicide, AJC.
Five U.S. Congressmen were arrested in D.C. today for civil disobedience at a protest against the genocide in Darfur. Those arrested were Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.). They were all released a few hours after the arrest and will have to pay a $100 fine. Congressman Lewis is a noted civil rights activist who spoke at the March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 and is credited with helping end segregation, AJC.
The World Heath Organization has raised the pandemic alert level to a level 4, meaning the swine flu “is capable of significant human-to-human transmission.” Reports say 149 people have died from the strain in Mexico (the only country reporting deaths) and there are 81 confirmed cases worldwide, although all the cases in other countries appear to be mild. However, according to an official WHO report, only around 20 deaths in Mexico can be attributed to the virus, CNN.
After a relatively quiet month in Madagascar, soldiers have stormed the country’s constitutional court and arrested the head of security in the capital city of Antananarivo. Reports say the event was an attempt to scare those who ousted former President Marc Ravalomanana from power last month, BBC News.
FBI reports say Professor George Zinkhan, who murdered three people in Athens, GA on Saturday, bought a plane ticket to Amsterdam for May 2nd, but before he commited the crime. Zinkhan has a house in the city and police are working with authorites in the European country. Classes resumed as normal on the UGA campus, although security has been heightened, despite UGA’s police chief saying he believes Zinkhan is not still in the city, CNN.
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Swine flu warnings reach Europe. The EU has advised caution in travel to the U.S. and Mexico, BBC News. The U.S. has called the warning unwarranted, EU Business.
USA Today on the differences between Presidents Obama and Bush in the first 100 days of the Obama presidency.
Torture Debate: The FBI says leads on catching the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks were obtained without the use of torture. The FBI learned from prisoner Abu Zubaydah that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks and FBI agents familiar with the case said they got that information by bonding with the prisoner as he recovered from a gunshot wound- not by torturing him. In some ways this is a conflict between the FBI, who used traditional law enforcement techniques to get information and the CIA, who used tactics such as waterboarding unsuccessfully. The CIA waterboarded Khalid Sheik Mohammed 183 times but never got any concrete information on Osama bin Laden. President Obama has rescinded White House approval to use techniques that violate the Geneva Conventions. The Justice Department is investigating Bush era officials who approved torture, NPR.
Interesting Op-Ed in the New York Times calling for the end of university education as we know it. Mark Taylor, chair of the religion department at Columbia, argues that graduate degrees are “the Detroit of higher learning,” putting students massively in debt for degrees that are not actually in demand.
George Zinkhan still at large. Police have few leads. Classes continues on schedule at the University of Georgia, Athens Online. See our previous coverage of the tragedy for more information.
Still little information on the Parente murder-suicide. We now know that William Parente’s wife and two daughters died by blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. William Parente cut himself and bled to death on the bathroom floor of the Towson Sheraton hotel room where the family was stying. The FBI has opened an investigation into Parente’s financial dealings, WBAL. Our previous update on the Parente murder-suicide.