Archive for March 31, 2013

This undated photo taken from the Kaufman County, Texas, website shows Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. McLelland and his wife were found killed in their house, Saturday, March 30, 2013, two months after one of his assistants was gunned down near their office, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kaufman County)

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — Two months after one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down, a north Texas district attorney and his wife were found killed in their home, authorities said.

The bodies of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found in their home Saturday, Kaufman County sheriff’s Lt. Justin Lewis said. Authorities would not comment on a motive.

“Everybody’s a little on edge and a little shocked,” Forney Mayor Darren Rozell told The Associated Press on Sunday. “It appears this was not a random act.”

Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death in a parking lot a block from his office on Jan. 31. No arrests have been made in his death.

Lewis declined to say how the couple died or whether authorities believe their deaths are linked to Hasse’s. Police, FBI agents, Texas Rangers and deputies were all part of the investigation.

Rozell said what’s so shocking is that the attack occurred at the district attorney’s home, an unincorporated area just outside Forney, which has 15,000 residents within the city limits and about 40,000 in the area. Kaufman County is 33 miles southeast of Dallas.

Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told The Dallas Morning News that the McLellands had been shot in their home, and although investigators didn’t know if their deaths were related to Hasse’s killing, they couldn’t discount it.

“It was a shock with Mark Hasse, and now you can just imagine the double shock and until we know what happened, I really can’t confirm that it’s related but you always have to assume until it’s proven otherwise,” Aulbaugh told the newspaper.

Sam Rosander, who lives in the same unincorporated area of Kaufman County as the McLellands, told the AP on Saturday that sheriff’s deputies were parked in the district attorney’s driveway for about a month after Hasse was killed.

Aulbaugh said recently that the FBI was checking to see if Hasse’s killing could be related to the March 19 killing of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, who was gunned down after answering the doorbell at his home.

Evan Spencer Ebel, a former Colorado inmate and white supremacist who authorities believe killed Clements and a pizza deliveryman two days earlier, was killed in a March 21 shootout with Texas deputies about 100 miles from Kaufman.

Hasse was chief of the organized crime unit when he was an assistant prosecutor in Dallas County in the 1980s, and he handled similar cases in Kaufman County.

“Anything anybody can think of, we’re looking through,” McLelland said after Hasse’s death.

McLelland graduated from the University of Texas before a 23-year career in the Army, according to the website for the district attorney’s office. He later earned his law degree from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law.

He and his wife have two daughters and three sons. One son is a police officer in Dallas.

McLelland and his wife had moved into the home within the past few years ago, Rozell said.

“Real friendly, became part of our community quickly,” Rozell said. “They were a really pleasant happy couple.”

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Associated Press writer Michael Graczyk in Houston contributed to this report.

Collected from-http://news.yahoo.com/mayor-deaths-texas-da-wife-not-random-act-155206177.html

A letter from a “lost” Marilyn Monroe to mentor Lee Strasberg and one from an irritated John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney are among hundreds of historical objects set to be auctioned on May 30.

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It is part of the second in a series of auctions intended to sell about 3,000 artifacts from an anonymous collector.

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The first auction was a “blockbuster sale,” with a Vincent van Gogh letter selling for $336,000 and a Thomas Jefferson letter that sold for $300,000, according a news release announcing the latest auction. The auctions are being run by Profiles in History.

The upcoming auction includes letters and manuscripts from historical figures including George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ernest Hemingway.

One of the letters already garnering buzz is a despair-filled letter on Hotel Bel-Air stationary from Marilyn Monroe to her mentor and legendary acting coach, Lee Strasberg.

The letter began, “Dear Lee, I’m embarrassed to start this, but thank you for understanding and having changed my life. Even though you changed it I still am lost. I mean I can’t get myself together.”

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“You once said the first time I heard you talk at the actors studio that ‘There is only concentration between the actor and suiside [sic],” she wrote.

“My will is weak but I can’t stand anything. I sound crazy but I think I’m going crazy,” she added. “It’s just that I get before a camera and my concentration and everything I’m trying to learn leaves me. Then I feel like I’m not existing in the human race at all.”

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Another letter on the block is an angry and sarcastic letter from John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney.

“I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it. I resisted looking at the last page to find out,” Lennon wrote. He ventured a few guesses and then wrote, “What the hell – it’s Linda?”

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The Lennon letterhead has a circular image of Lennon and Yoko Ono almost touching lips.

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The Lennon letter is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000 and the Monroe letter is expected to take in between $30,000 and $50,000.

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Some of the items from the auction will be on display at Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue Gallery from April 8-16. The online auction will take place May 30.

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Every time you go to a new doctor or dentist and they give you a clipboard brimming with documents to fill out and sign, notice how they always ask for your Social Security number? Do you dutifully give it up? Did you ever wonder if they really need it?

I once asked a doctor why he wanted it. His response: “I don’t really know. I guess it’s because we’ve always asked for it.” (In actuality, most doctors ask in case your insurance doesn’t pay the entire invoice and/or to fill out a death certificate if you die. Offer a next of kin who knows the number instead, and your phone number for billing issues.)

Almost every day somebody asks for your Social Security Number and, like the Grand Marshal of a parade throwing rose petals or candy to the crowd, you probably give it up without giving it a second thought — because that’s what you’ve always done.

So, the next time someone asks you for your Social Security number, reflect on this: In December, the Army announced that hackers stole the Social Security numbers of 36,000 visitors to Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, including intelligence officers. Cyber activists took control of the CIA’s website. The private information, including some Social Security numbers, of celebrities and political leaders including FBI Director Robert Mueller and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were exposed.

The sensitive data of First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder, recently were posted on a website for the world to see. (more…)

Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a gay bar, it has been claimed.

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Princess Diana … secret night out revealed

PRINCESS Diana dressed as a man and was smuggled into a gay bar by Queen star Freddie Mercury and comic Kenny Everett, it emerged yesterday.

Fun-loving Di was decked out in camp gear like the Village People for the prank.

TV’s busty Cleo Rocos, who went with the People’s Princess, said Di looked like a male model and added: “She loved it.”

Princess Diana

Well suited … Princess Diana in tux at posh do in 80s

Indeed, disguised Di was delighted when she was served in the bar without being recognised. (more…)

Former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell has complained to the IPCC over ‘Plebgate’

Former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell has complained to the IPCC over ‘Plebgate’

The former government minister who lost his job over “Plebgate” has lodged a formal complaint against Scotland Yard.

Andrew Mitchell, the coalition government’s former chief whip, has written to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) accusing the Metropolitan Police of a continued campaign to “destroy” his career.

Mr Mitchell took the action after newspaper reports suggested a police file passed to the Crown Prosecution Service contained no evidence that officers lied about his behaviour. (more…)

BEIJING (AP) — Two Shanghai men have died from a little-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain. Chinese authorities said Sunday that it wasn’t clear how the men were infected, but that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu and was in critical condition, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website. (more…)

March 31, 2013: Pope Francis, holding the pastoral staff, celebrates the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP)

March 31, 2013: Pope Francis, holding the pastoral staff, celebrates the Easter mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (AP)

Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter’s Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers.

Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy.

Faithful had already filled the square hours before the Mass began in mid-morning, and throughout the service streams of people kept flocking there for his speech and blessing, traditionally delivered after the Mass from the central balcony of the basilica.

By mid-ceremony, some 250,000 people had turned out, the Vatican said. (more…)