WWH/CJE Tuesday News Briefs
MAN KILLED WHILE TRYING TO CREATE BIGFOOT SIGHTING
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A man dressed in a military-style “ghillie” suit and apparently trying to provoke reports of a Bigfoot sighting in northwest Montana was struck by two cars and killed, authorities said.
The man was standing in the right-hand lane of U.S. Highway 93 south of Kalispell on Sunday night when he was hit by the first car, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. A second car hit the man as he lay in the roadway, authorities said.
Flathead County officials identified the man as Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell. Trooper Jim Schneider said motives were ascertained during interviews with friends, and alcohol may have been a factor but investigators were awaiting tests. More…
Isaac eyes Mississippi River, New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Isaac neared hurricane strength early Tuesday as it slowly churned through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to batter Louisiana by evening.
Isaac was forecast to hit land south of New Orleans as a Category 1 hurricane around 7 p.m. CDT (8 p.m. EDT) Tuesday with sustained winds in the 74 mph to 95 mph range, the National Hurricane Center said.
A Tuesday evening strike, if it happens as forecast, would be a day shy of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history that pummeled the region with 145 mph winds and unparalleled flooding that killed more than 1,800 people.
Republican leaders meeting at their party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla., expressed concern to several news organizations that Isaac’s striking around the Katrina anniversary — it is forecast to be over New Orleans on the anniversary — could remind voters of the George W. Bush administration’s response, which party officials admitted was a symbol of collective GOP incompetence they don’t want to revive. More…
Court clears Israeli army over murder of U.S. activist Rachel Corrie
(Reuters) – An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared Israel’s military of any blame for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an army bulldozer during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Gaza.
Corrie’s family had accused Israel of intentionally and unlawfully killing their 23-year-old daughter in March 2003, launching a civil case in the northern city of Haifa after a military investigation found the army was not responsible.
Judge Oded Gershon said the death was a “regrettable accident” and invoked a clause that absolved the army because the incident had happened during a war-time situation.
“She did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done,” he told a packed courtroom.
Corrie, from Olympia, Washington, had joined a small group of international activists trying to stop the Israeli army from demolishing houses in the southern Gaza town of Rafah during the height of a Palestinian uprising. More…