Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona representative who was shot a year ago during a brutal killer’s rampage, has announced that she will step down from Congress. In a video on her YouTube page, Giffords spoke to her constituents directly, explaining: “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.” Giffords is much improved from the weeks and months following the shooting, when it was questionable whether she would survive the bullet wound directly to her head. Her life is no longer in danger, and she assured the public that she is “getting better every day. [Her] spirit is high.” “I will return and we will together for Arizona and this great country,” she said. The massacre took place on January 8, 2011, and left six dead, including a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge.
A dismembered head was found in the area surrounding the Hollywood sign on Tuesday. The horrifying discovery was made by a dog walker whose furry friend ran off and began playing with a plastic bag… soon enough, a human head rolled out of it. Since then, the sawed-off hands and feet of the same man were found close by after a massive search involving more than 120 police officers, firefighters and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. Using fingerprints, the man has been identified as Hervey Medellin, a 66-year-old retired Mexicana Airlines employee. Los Angeles is obsessed with the mystery, and I wouldn’t be surprised if movie/book/tv show is already in the works. Brad Pitt was even questioned by authorities… Could he be a suspect?? Probably not, he just lives in the surrounding area.
President Obama rejected the Keystone XL deal, which would have built a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Texas to Canada. Environmentalists were against it, saying it would spill crude oil into the Midwest, but Big Oil companies and Canada were for it. Obama probably would have delayed any discussion until after the 2012 election, had the Republicans added a Feb. 21 deadline to last year’s payroll-tax deal. Of course, he didn’t make the decision they wanted. But it won’t help his case, either. The Republican presidential candidates are sure to point out how many jobs (still the number 1 issue) would have been created by the deal. The company behind the project, TransCanada, will surely reapply for a permit ASAP, so the issue isn’t totally behind us yet.
A number of websites went dark on Wednesday to protest two anti-piracy laws, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act). Wikipedia was down (but you knew that), as was Reddit, Imgur, and WordPress.org, leaving internet-addicts with nothing to do but read for a day (gasp!). The laws would have made it illegal for any site to stream pirated content, and much easier for enforcement officials to take such sites down. In similar news, the popular file sharing site Megaupload.com has been shut down and it’s founder is being held by authorities. Well… you’ll always have CollegeCandy!
Pic o’ the Week:
The world has been obsessed with the story of the cruise-ship that capsized off the Italian coast. 11 died, and about 2 dozen are still missing. The real question is whether the captain, who abandoned the ship before all the passengers were safe and has been arrested for manslaughter, was in the wrong. Hello, didn’t he watch Titanic?