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November 20, 2013

Shocking figures emerge after Algeria tops Burkina Faso in World Cup qualifier

  • 12 people died during the celebrations that followed Algeria’s 1-0 win over Burkina Faso on Tuesday, a win that guaranteed the country I spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Nine of the twelve died in automotive accidents.
  • 240 people have also been confirmed injured in the twenty-four hours since the win, as celebrations persisted throughout heavy rains on Tuesday night. source
18:19 // 9 months ago
April 4, 2013
My newspaper job is my identity.

Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer — Chicago Sun-Times

(More on Roger here)

15:46 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2013

Seton Hill women’s lacrosse bus crashes in Pennsylvania

  • people killed, and 24 hospitalized, following the grisly crash of a bus chartered by the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse team, en route to a game against in-state Millersville University. The crash occurred near Carlisle, Pennsylvania – the driver of the bus was one of the two people killed, while the other death, a passenger, occurred at the hospital. Sadly, this marks the third collegiate sports team bus crash since the 27th of February. source

EDIT: This is Seton Hill, which is based in Pennsylvania, not Seton Hall, which is based in New Jersey. Sorry about that. 

16:06 // 1 year ago
December 14, 2012

27 dead in elementary school shooting, including 18 kids

  • 27 people killed, including 18 children, in the Sandy Hook shooting source
14:44 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012

Clashes between Syrian rebels/regime, airstrikes hit suburb of Damascus

  • 23 people killed by Syrian forces, airstrikes, and shellings in the Damascus suburb of Douma today, according to activists.
  • 30,000+ people killed since the start of the Syrian uprising on March 15th, 2011, as estimated by the United Nations. source
19:26 // 1 year ago
August 20, 2012
Actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller dies at 95
An Icon Passes: A spokesperson has confirmed that actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller has passed away in her Los Angeles home. According to Milton Suchin, her manager for many years, Phyllis “died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face.” She is credited as one of the first successful female nightclub comedians, and also found success on a number of television shows during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Additionally, Diller was the 1992 recipient of the American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is survived by her son and two daughters. (Photo via Ottawa Citizen) source
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An Icon Passes: A spokesperson has confirmed that actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller has passed away in her Los Angeles home. According to Milton Suchin, her manager for many years, Phyllis “died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face.” She is credited as one of the first successful female nightclub comedians, and also found success on a number of television shows during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Additionally, Diller was the 1992 recipient of the American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is survived by her son and two daughters. (Photo via Ottawa Citizen) source

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16:01 // 2 years ago
August 11, 2012

Two quakes rock Iran, causing heavy death toll

  • 180 people killed by dual quakes that struck Iran on Saturday
  • 1,500 people injured by them, measured at 6.4 and 6.3, respectively source

» By no means should the above figures be taken as the final word on the devastating earthquakes that rocked the Iranian northwest, sadly. When following natural disasters like this, it’s important to remember that the full cost in human lives and suffering is rarely if ever able to be quantified so quickly.

19:19 // 2 years ago
March 19, 2012
This earless rabbit was supposed to be a German zoo’s main attraction. The problem is, Tiny Til drew press, specifically a photographer who … um, stepped on him and killed him. Let this be a lesson to photojournalists: Don’t kill your subjects, especially if they’re cute. (Photo by Uwe Meinhold/Associated Press)

This earless rabbit was supposed to be a German zoo’s main attraction. The problem is, Tiny Til drew press, specifically a photographer who … um, stepped on him and killed him. Let this be a lesson to photojournalists: Don’t kill your subjects, especially if they’re cute. (Photo by Uwe Meinhold/Associated Press)

21:08 // 2 years ago
February 28, 2012

UN’s estimate of Syrian death toll increases with recent surge in killing

  • 7,500 killed in Syria since last March, UN says source

» “Indiscriminant bombardment by tank and rocket fire”: Those were the words of the UN’s undersecretary general for political affairs, Lynn Pascoe. The killing in Syria has reached something of a fever pitch in past months, with the bombardment of Homs in particular leading to grim headlines, and truly ghastly footage. The UN currently estimates that over 100 people per day are being killed by Bashar al-Assad’s security forces. Said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Assad as a war criminal: “I think that based on definitions of war criminal and crimes against humanity, there would be an argument to be made that he would fit into that category.”

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15:31 // 2 years ago
December 27, 2011
21:55 // 2 years ago