MARIJUANA Man run out of weed. Just say “no, thank you.”
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AMANDA Berry, Michele Knight and Gina DeJesus “were chained in the basement during the first years of their captivity…”
As for their keeper:
”In the note found in [Ariel] Castro’s Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland after his arrest, the former school-bus driver scoffed at the stupidity of his captives for getting into his car on the days they vanished….”
CHARLES Ramsey is a hero. He did the right thing when he heard Amanda Berry hollering and broke down the door to save her, a young child, Michele Knight and Gina DeJesus.
Connor Simpson told his readers:
No one is saying that Charles Ramsey isn’t worthy of the “hero” mantle.
Two days on and they are. Katherine Bindley writes in the HuffPost:
Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who has been hailed as a hero for his role in helping to free three women from the house where police say they were held, has a criminal record that includes a history of domestic violence.
So what? He’s not on trial. The women’s kidnappers and rapists soon will be. Ramsey was just the right man in the right place at the right time. The media made him a star and the internet made him a meme. He’s just being himself.
As praise for Ramsey’s actions continue to surface from media outlets, it remains to be seen how his past will affect the public’s perceptions of his character.
Nice, eh. Mr Ramsey rescues three women from sexual slavery and gets his character questioned by a hack. He’s not standing for public office. He’s not pontificating on the lives of others. He’s a man who did the right thing.
The media has praised Ramsey in recent days in part because he said he thought kidnapping victim Amanda Berry, whom he heard screaming from a neighbour’s house, was a victim of domestic violence when he went to help her.
The media praised him. Does he give a toss what the media thinks of him? Did he give toss what the media would think of him when he kicked in that front door? He did the right thing and then, when questioned by the TV news, spoke candidly. But Bindley sits in judgement in the court of popular opinion. She continues:
However, that fact — coupled with Ramsey’s remarks about how he had been raised to help women in distress — now seems to stand in contrast to his past behavior.
What a hideous, cowardly hatchet job.
The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart updated a flattering article about Ramsey to reflect the new information, but he said it did nothing to change his mind about the man’s status as a hero.
Having questioned Mr Ramsey’s character, Bindley now defers to another writer who made an opinion. Bindley is inviting her readers to debate Ramsey. Revolting.
And then the aforesaid Simpson gets wind of Ramsey’s rap sheet.
Charles Ramsey is still a hero for the good he did. He undeniably helped save three women from a horrific situation that’s straight out of the worst, most exploitive horror movie you can imagine.
But that doesn’t change the reality that he has a history of violence himself.
Send the man down!
MONACO is, like Dubai, a country suffering from small-man syndrome. It wants to be bigger. It’s wearing the flashy gold watch, driving a sports car and attracting celebrity friends but it remains small. Monaco is further damaged by being a very small version of France, that venue for scholastic exchanges, romance, booze cruises, burning sheep and car-b-cues. Monaco’s a foreigner’s view of an al fresco French drawing room, a gilded, gaudy, snooty, ultra-conservative bastion of monied minds, opulence, esoteric watch brands and tackiness.
Maybe it can improve if it can grow? The country is taking bids for a six-hectare (14-acre) development project of land drained of the sea. You have until 23 July to design a new district for Monaco’s new district by 2024.
New Monaco will be environmentally friendly and favour pedestrians and cyclists. Residences will be blocks of flats. Can it be that New Monaco will look like an old Russian slum, the locals all emigres recapturing the mood of Stalin’s Steppes, their heads swaddled in Dr Nip ‘n’ Tuck’s scarves as they affect a look of a housewife taking a Siberian winter full in the face – at least until the stitches mend?
Monaco is seeping into the Med like a sewage outlet of greed. It’s good for the little men, of course.
Come on in, the water’s shallow…
CHARLES Ramsey was raised right. The man who saved Amanda Berry, Michele Knight and Gina DeJesus is a star. “I’m the definition of a man, bro’”. Here he is on the telly:
HOLLY Jacobs is the face of revenge porn. She was just another body in a mucky video until she set about turning the tables on her nemesis. She stepped up and filed a criminal case against a revenge porn distributor. She doesn’t know who that it, but she thinks it’s an ex.
This is her story:
ON a drizzly evening in Tampa in 2006, 23-year-old Holly Jacobs was enjoying a typical date night with Ryan Seay, her boyfriend of a few short months. As the time to head home approached, he walked her to her car and reluctantly kissed her goodbye. She clung dreamily to the sweater Mr. Seay had given her earlier in the evening, when she’d said she was cold. As her car pulled out of Mr. Seay’s driveway, she noticed it: a little heart that he had traced in the raindrops collected on her rear windshield.
IN other news: “Married high school teacher Jennifer Vigil, 31, allegedly pounced on her now 18-year-old victim at Pojoaque Valley High School…”
CHARLES Ramsey, break-out-star of the kidnapping, imprisonment, enslavement and likely rape of three women in Cleveland, Ohio, is now a singer.
WHO stole the bear’s bicycle? The thief struck as the bear was scheduled to perform at a circus in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.
The story goes that Timofei the bear was deeply upset at not being able to cycle around in circles that he stopped eating. Timofei’s trainer is merely “hysterical”.
The steel bicycle is unfit for humans who don’t look like bears.
Edith Crocker’s Teddy Bears ride motorbikes in Harringay, London, back in 1950. Back then bikes were the go-ahead transport. Nowadays, what with global warming and rising fuel costs, bears have turend to push bikes.
Bikes for short bears, London, 1950.
Noel Edmonds’ big break into light entertainments, 1953.
Bears at Peter Storm
During an act of the new clown-owned circus, Hans Grocker shows his high-riding bear during the opening run in Hamburg, Germany on March 27, 1951. “The bear is programmed as the only one in the world which can ride a bicycle as high as this one. He gets on and off with a ladder.”
Good with a ladder, you say? Was the missing bike stored in an upstairs room..?
IN Skills of Defensive Driving, the Australia Department of Transport pops the sex comedy soundtrack into the player and keep your eyes on the road. This was made by Film Australia in 1973:
Episode 2: Easter Time
Episode 3: The Car Behind
Episode 4: The Head On Collision
Great intro. An inspiration for Police Squad.
Episode 5: Cross-roads crash
WHEN you’re faced with someone trying to rob you, it is difficult not to freeze in terror. However, that’s the polar opposite of Joanna Tarnoski’s actions as she dealt with Tyrone Holmwood, who got a little hot-headed.
Tyrone was trying to rob the till at a takeaway shop in Sydney, but it all got a bit too hot to handle for the bozo as he soon found he had a bucket of chilli on his stupid head.
THE story of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus’s escape from a suburban prison is made made relevant to a British audience by the mention of missing child Madeleine McCann, the benchmark of not only missing children but now of all missing teenagers and women, too.
Alison Philips writes in the Mirror:
Inspiring mothers who fought for missing daughters keep hope of Madeleine McCann miracle alive
A miracle is a happening so incredible is must be the work of God.
The discovery of three women held captive in a house for 10 years can only have reignited hope Madeleine may one day be found.
Indeed, Gina DeJesus’s aunt Sandra Ruiz said: “If you don’t believe in miracles, I suggest you think again.”
From the perspective of the missing women’s loved one their reappearance after ten years of nothing must seem like a miracle. But from the victims’ viewpoint, it must be anything but. They endured captivity at the hands of three men.
What happened to Madeleine McCann remains a mystery. When she vanished, the Mirror conjured six theories, none of which involved the supernatural or God. The Mirror’s six theories of what happened to the innocent child were: “PAEDOPHILE GANG”, the “LONE PAEDOPHILE”, the “JEALOUS MOTHER”, “DROWNED”, the “OPPORTUNIST PAEDOPHILE” and the “CHILDLESS COUPLE”.
Alison Philips then watches the parents:
Last weekend Kate McCann boarded a flight alone to return to Portugal where her daughter Madeleine was abducted almost exactly six years ago. She was going back to the spot where she lost her three-year-old daughter and to the moment she last saw her, tucked up in bed with Cuddle Cat.
Kate was also going back to where she lost her own life, the life she had before it became defined by loss forever. The pain of returning to that whitewashed town on the Algarve must be horrific.
And yet friends say Kate does it to feel close to Madeleine.
This is news, how?
Presumably immersing herself in the pain of her loss is preferable to that awful alternative – forgetting about her little girl. And Kate can’t do that. She more than anyone knows that she wasn’t there when her daughter needed her most.
So now she must fight for the rest of her life to ensure that if Madeleine is still alive, she knows her mother is there for her now.
That’s pretty brutal by Philips. isn’t it. She says Kate McCann’s search for her daughter is in part inspired by notions that she let her daughter down. How does that make Kate McCann an “inspiring mother” as the title to Philip’s piece states?
We don’t yet know Amanda Berry, 16, Gina DeJesus, then 14, and Michelle Knight, then 22, were kidnapped. But we do know they were out in public at the time.
Philips then speculates:
Even if she is dead, Kate’s job remains to keep her daughter’s memory alive because while memory remains, so does life.
In appearing to salute Kate McCann, Philips now says the tabloids’ Our Maddie might be dead. Theta’s the very thing the McCanns’ campaign to find her doesn’t want us to think.
Indeed Kate and Gerry said:
“The discovery of these young women reaffirms our hope of finding Madeleine, which has never diminished. Their recovery is also further evidence that children are sometimes abducted and kept for long periods. So we ask the public to remain vigilant in the ongoing search for Madeleine. Our thoughts are with the women in America and their families.”
But this is an opportunistic and wholly shallow article the intent of which is to fill space by linking events on Cleveland to British readers. Philips then writes:
And this week Kate’s pain must be even more acute as the discovery of three women held captive in an American house for 10 years can only have reignited hope that Madeleine may too one day be found.
The tabloids never say how such events give hope to Andrew Gosden’s parents, Charlene Downes’s loved ones or Ben Needham’s mother. The points of reference have been set. Madeleine McCann is the benchmark for all missing children.
Philips ploughs on:
Like Kate McCann, the mothers of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, had fought tirelessly to keep the stories of their missing daughters in the public eye in the hope that one day it might help bring them home.
Amanda Berry’s mother was led up the garden path by psychics. Gina DeJesus’s father campaigned tirelessly, marking the anniversary of her disappearance with a rally. We know next to nothing of Michelle Knight. Philips makes an assumption.
Gina DeJesus’ mother Nancy Ruiz had plastered posters of her missing daughter all around the neighbourhood after she went missing aged 14 as she walked home one day from school. One of the posters somehow made it into the home where she was chained up.
However bad her life must have been in that suburban dungeon – and it must have been horrific – there must have been some crumb of comfort for Gina knowing her mum was still looking for her, waiting for her to return.
Oh, please. The kidnapped teen got a crumb of comfort from a poster that points to what she didn’t have, what was ripped from her? That’s comforting? It sounds more like torture.
Just as Amanda Berry’s mother Louwana Miller scoured the streets for her daughter until she made herself sick and finally died, broken-hearted, seven years ago.
And that is why Kate McCann cannot give up her search, however painful it might be.
Even if it is the remotest chance, she has to ensure if Madeleine is alive she knows her mother is waiting for her.
How does she ensure what Madeleine knows that, then?
These mothers were all extraordinary in their own way in refusing to stop fighting for their missing daughters.
No. They were not ALL extraordinary. They did exactly what any rational, loving mother would be expected to if their child vanished. They are ordinary women thrust into extraordinary circumstances.
But in another way they were totally ordinary – isn’t it what any mother would hope to do in this situation? And that’s what is extraordinary about motherhood – the superhuman strength it gives to women.
Philips has thus managed to make the extraordinary story ordinary. Who dare say tabloids only deal in sensationalism?
“The nightmare is over,” Cleveland FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony said during a press conference yesterday in Ohio. For Kate McCann the nightmare goes on until she either dies herself or Madeleine is found.
Every day she must relive the nightmare for Madeleine, just as the mothers of Amanda, Gina and Michelle did for 10 years. In doing so, these dedicated women are an inspiration to mothers everywhere.
They inspire mothers to be, erm, ordinary?
AMANDA Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus news round-up.
The three women from Cleveland, Ohio, are back with their families. Ariel Castro (52), a former bus driver, and his two brothers, Pedro (54) and Onil (50) have been arrested.
Amanda Berry emerged form the hosue with a six-year-old child.
ABC News: “Cleveland Girl Born in Captivity ‘Smiling,’ Eating Popsicles”
Daily Star (front page): “Sex Slaves Chained For 10 Years in Dungeon”
“They had five babies in shackles”
Daily Mirror (front page): “Five Babies Born in Brothers Grim Dungeon”
NYDaily News: “Three kidnapping victims were repeatedly raped, resulting in 5 pregnancies: sources
What sources? We’re not told. It’s just sources. Still, sex sells…
Police would not say how the women were taken captive or how they were hidden in the neighborhood where they had vanished. Investigators also would not say whether they were kept in restraints inside the house or sexually assaulted.
The Times (front page): “Police praises the courage of women who survived ten years of captivity”
Irish Times: “The son of a Cleveland man suspected of abducting three women interviewed the mother of one of the kidnapped women months after her disappearance, while working as a student journalist.”
In a bizarre twist in the remarkable story of three women freed on Monday after a decade in captivity, it emerged yesterday that the son of Ariel Castro, one of the suspected kidnappers, interviewed the mother of Gina DeJesus, a 14-year-old who went missing in April 2004.
Castro’s son, writing at the time as Ariel Castro but now known as Anthony Castro, interviewed the mother Nancy Ruiz for an article in a local newspaper in 2004, seemingly unaware of his father’s alleged role in the teenager’s disappearance.
Asked by a local news station about his 2004 interview and the events of recent days, Anthony Castro, now 31, said: “This is beyond comprehension . . . I’m truly stunned right now.” The older Ariel Castro (52), a former bus driver, and his two brothers, Pedro (54) and Onil (50) were arrested on Monday after one of the women, Amanda Berry, escaped with help from a neighbour and alerted police.
“Help me, I am Amanda Berry,” the 27-year-old woman told police in a hysterical call to 911 emergency services from a neighbour’s house. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m . . . I’m here, I’m free now.”
Four years ago, in another poverty-stricken part of town, police were heavily criticized following the discovery of 11 women’s bodies in the home and backyard of Anthony Sowell, who was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
The families of Sowell’s victims accused police of failing to properly investigate the disappearances because most of the women were addicted to drugs and poor. For months, the stench of death hung over the house, but it was blamed on a sausage factory next door…
This time, two neighbors said they called police to the Castro house on separate occasions.
Elsie Cintron, who lives three houses away, said her daughter saw a naked woman crawling in the backyard several years ago and called police. “But they didn’t take it seriously,” she said.
Another neighbor, Israel Lugo, said he heard pounding on some of the doors of the house in November 2011. Lugo said officers knocked on the front door, but no one answered. “They walked to side of the house and then left,” he said.
“Everyone in the neighborhood did what they had to do,” said Lupe Collins, who is close to relatives of the women. “The police didn’t do their job.”
There had been signs that something was amiss inside the two-story house with faded paint, which sits on a street packed with small homes with open porches just steps away from a gas station and a Caribbean grocery. Neighbors said that several years ago, a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the back yard, and pounding was heard on the doors in 2011. Police showed up each time but stayed outside, the neighbors said.
The home in a heavily Latino neighborhood was owned by Ariel Castro, 52, a former school bus driver who was arrested along with his brothers, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50.
City officials said children and family services investigators had gone to the home in January 2004, when two of the girls were missing, because Ariel Castro had left a child on a school bus.
Investigators “knocked on the door but were unsuccessful in connection with making any contact with anyone inside that home,” Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson said at a news conference, adding that officials “have no indication that any of the neighbors, bystanders, witnesses or anyone else has ever called regarding any information regarding activity that occurred at that house on Seymour Avenue.’’
That’s not what Charles Ramsey said. The hero of the hour said the Castros were normal guys.
Atlantic Wire: “Charles Ramsey Is an Internet Hero for All the Wrong Reasons”
No one is saying that Charles Ramsey isn’t worthy of the “hero” mantle. He helped save three women who were held captive — brutally — in his Cleveland neighborhood for over a decade. But the Internet’s instant meme-ification of this man — a lower-income black man talking about a horrible crime, played on repeat at the expense of stereotypes and with the blinders fully up about the truth — it’s all a little gross, no?
The Loved Ones:
Gina’s aunt Sandra Ruiz: “If you don’t believe in miracles, I suggest you think again.”
The Telegraph: ”Kidnap experts say it is possible the three women held prisoner in a Cleveland house may have developed a bond with their kidnappers, reports Colin Freeman”
What might seem the most obvious theory, that the house was some kind of cleverly-disguised jail, is not the necessarily the most likely. While police said on Tuesday that they thought the three girls had been tied up, kidnap specialists point out that holding them prisoners against their will would be difficult to do without neighbours becoming suspicious, especially over a long period of time.
ABC: Psychic Who Said Amanda Berry Was Dead Silent After Berry Is Found Alive
PEOPLE in famous pictures presents Monika Pon-su-san, the subject of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s portrait Chinese Girl. Says she of the reassuringly expensive artwork, that helped make the artist “significant”:
“I thought I looked like a monster from a horror film – I pulled an ugly face and said ‘Ugh – green face!’ ”
“I liked him very much. He was a funny man – we always laughed a lot. In all, I was paid six pounds and five shillings for the work. He had a class of about 20 pupils. All the time I was sitting for him they could see me but I was never allowed to see the painting – it always had its back to me.
I would nag him: “What are you going to call it?” He said that a name would come to him later on. It was only at the end of the six or 10 weeks – I can’t remember exactly how long it took – on the night his exhibition opened that he said it was called Chinese Girl. I thought that was very ordinary.
Well, yes. It is. Like the simple name, the picture makes you notice what’s not there.
APOLOGIES if a bit slow to pick this up, but WTF? In attempting to read the story on researchers who ‘printed’ a 3D kidney, I got this message:
BBC Future (international version)
We’re sorry but this site is not accessible from the UK as it is part of our international service and is not funded by the licence fee. It is run commercially by BBC Worldwide, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC, the profits made from it go back to BBC programme-makers to help fund great new BBC programmes. You can find out more about BBC Worldwide and its digital activities at www.bbcworldwide.com.
It’s the BBC. It’s all funded by the bloody licence fee. The BBC have taken our money under pain of law and used it to invest in a business the investors – us|! – are barred from seeing it. That’s just wrong.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which operates in the UK and over 200 countries around the world. The company is self-funded and exists to exploit the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights.
No. It can’t be. It trades off the company we created. It even uses its name to get kudos and trust. It’s called BBC WORLDWIDE LIMITED.
We acquire the commercial rights to great programmes such as Doctor Who, Top Gear and Dancing with the Stars and find ways of earning money from these rights across different media and markets.
Those negotiations to acquire the rights to BBC shows must be bloody brutal, eh.
In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website.
Good-oh. But why can’t we Brits see the stuff you sell?
In April 2009, the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising the company’s substantial growth in earnings over the previous three years.
What a cosy arrangement.
BBC Worldwide operates under the BBC Charter and Agreement, which sets out the following four commercial criteria with which our activities must comply. BBC Worldwide must:
Fit with the BBC’s Public Purposes set out in the Charter
Be commercially efficient
Not jeopardise the good reputation of the BBC or the value of the BBC brands
Comply with the BBC’s Fair Trading Guidelines and avoid distorting the market.
How can the BBC not distort the market? If you’re British and own a telly you have to give the sods money…
OVER in America, they have a funny relationship with the police. Basically, they revere and loathe their force in equal measure. Wait, that’s like every country in the Western world.
One difference is, is that Americans are much better at being wise-asses with their police, and a video of a 12 year old boy confronting a police officer has gone viral.
CHARLES Ramsey was the right man in the right place. When Amanda Berry knocked on the window of 2207 Seymour Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, Charles Ramsey was listening. He kicked in the door and rescued Berry and her six-year-old daughter. And he called the police. Inside Ariel Castro’s home they found Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. All three of the women had been kidnapped around a decade earlier. The child had been born in captivity.
Ramsey was the right man for the job, not only because he had the wherewithal to spring into action, but because he had the wit to call the police and talk to the TV news.
AUGUST 23, 2002: Michelle Knight, 22, disappears.
April 21, 2003: Amanda Berry is 16. On the eve of her 17th birthday she finishes her shift at Burger King and heads home. She never makes it. (Photo above: Berry and her sister and daughter, 6, who was born in captivity.)
August, 2, 2004, Gina DeJesus, 14, vanishes. (Pictured below.)
2004: Gina’s father Felix appealed for help:
Gian’s mother believed her daughter was kidnapped and sold as a prostitute.
November 2004: Amanda Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller (below) speaks to psychic Sylvia Brown on the Montel Williams show. Browne tells Miller that her daughter is dead.
March 2, 2006: Louwana Miller dies age 43.
May 6, 2013: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are rescued from a Cleveland, Ohio, home owned by Ariel Castro. He and his two brothers are under arrest.
Charles Ramsey rescues them:
“I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl runs into black man’s arms” – Charles Ramsey
The house at 2207 Seymour Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio:
MUG shot of the day is Cabrone Deron Brewer, 32, who was arrested for parking his Volkswagen Beetle on train tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Police say he had been drinking…
IN 2002, Michele Knight vanished. She was 21. In 2003, Amanda Berry was working at a branch of Burger King in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 16. Tomorrow would be her 17th birthday. She disappeared. In April 2004, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus vanished on her way home from school. She was just 14.
What happened to them was a mystery.
On November 17, 2004, Amanda’s mother, Louwana Miller, appealed for help on the Montel Williams show. Psychic Sylvia Browne told Miller that Amanda was dead. She saw her “in water“. Miller will see her daughter “on the other side, in Heaven”. Said Browne:
“She’s not alive, honey. Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”
The transcript (not in full):
Montel Williams: My next guest needs to know what happened to her missing daughter. Now, this has been crazy, Sylvia…
Williams: On April 21st, 2003, 16-year-old Amanda Berry left her part-time job never to be seen again.
Louwana Miller: It was the day before her 17th birthday. She had just got off of work, and she was walking home. Then she said, `I got a ride. I’ll call you right back.’
Williams: Amanda never made it home that night. She was last seen getting into a vehicle with three men. Local law enforcement and FBI were immediately called in. The FBI, who had tapped the family’s home phone, discovered that the stranger had called from Amanda’s cell.
Miller: I got a phone call four or five days later, and they said, `Amanda’s with me. She’s fine, and I’ll have her home in a few days.’ And then a few days never came. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve heard anything from my daughter. I need to speak with Sylvia to see if she can help me find out where my daughter is.
Williams: To this day, Amanda Berry has never been found.
Sylvia Browne: Did she know of anybody by the name of…(censored).
Miller: I don’t–I don’t know. That don’t sound familiar.
Browne: Now, what I don’t understand is her jacket was in a dumpster. Because she’s wearing a jacket.
Williams: Was she wearing a jacket?
Miller: She had on a black, hooded jacket, yes.
Williams: Would that give a clue to who–I mean, obviously…
Browne: Oh, yeah.
Williams: …the last witness who saw her said three people?
Browne: Because with the–the “CSI” and everything else we have on now, the forensics–and I’m not trying to knock the police department, because I know they’re overloaded, and I work with a lot of them.
Williams: But did she not say, `I have a ride home,’ as if it was one person?
Miller: Right, she said, `I have a ride.’
Browne: There was only one person.
Miller: Can you tell me if they’ll ever find her? Is she out there?
Browne: She’s–see, I hate this when they’re in water. I just hate this. She’s not alive, honey. And I’ll tell you why, here we go again. Your daughter was not the type that would not have called you.
Browne: Well, there’s got to be somebody that you could track or the police could track.
Miller: He was a young kid? Or…
Browne: He was maybe 21, something like that, 21, 22.
Miller: Does he have…
Browne: Always wore his pants very low, you know?
Miller: So you don’t think I’ll ever get to see her again?
Browne: Yeah, in heaven, on the other side.
Williams: Let me take a little break. We’ll be right back after this.
Miller told the press:
“Please don’t misunderstand me. I still don’t want to believe it. I want to have hope but, after a year and a half, what else is there? It seems like the God-honest truth. My daughter would always call home.”
In 2006, Louwana Miller died. She was just 46.
Here’s Sylvia Browne:
And then Amanda Berry was found.
Charles Ramsey heard shouting from house in Cleveland:
“[I] heard screaming. I’m eating my McDonalds, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house, so I go on the porch and she says: ‘Help me get out, I’ve been here a long time’.” So I figured it was a domestic violence dispute.”
He kicked down the door. The woman told him she was Amanda Berry.
“When she told me it didn’t register. Until I got to call 911. I thought: ‘I’m calling 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead.’ And then she gets on the phone and she says: ‘Yes this is me’…. That girl Amanda told the police: ‘I ain’t just the only one. There’s some more girls up in that house. So they go up there 30 or 40 deep, and when they came out it was just astonishing.”
IN 1967, IMB hired Jim Henson to educate their staff. His Muppets were here to help. Cue the Cookie Monster:
ON Air India flight AI 133 from Bangkok-Delhi flight, First Officer Ravindra Nath and Captain B K Soni decided to take a break from the cockpit. They asked the stewardesses, J Bhatt and Kanika Kala the wheel. At 33,000 feet and with 160 passengers on board, the captain took “a few minutes” to teach the stewardesses how to operate the plane. Then he left and one of the stewardesses turned off the auto-pilot.
Says a source at Air India:
“According to the guidelines it is a standard procedure to ensure the presence of second person in the cockpit so that if the pilot is not able to operate the aircraft for some reason, the other crew member in the cockpit can immediately call for the other pilot. But what actually happened after this made a mockery of air safety. A senior cabin crew member witnessed the entire drama unfold and brought the matter to the notice of the airline’s management. All four were derostered and later suspended for this violation.”
Director General Arun Mishra of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) adds:
”Following a safety violation, the airline has already suspended the people in question. We are conducting a inquiry into the matter.”
Forget it. The stewardess will do fine. It’s easy. Doris Day can do it:
Julie Hagerty can do it:
Lauren Holly can do it:
Flying a plane is easy. Try serving drinks without spilling a drop, captain…
TO Madrid, Iowa, where a man has bitten a dog on the nose to get it to let go of his wife’s nose.
MADELEINE MCCANN: the sixth anniversary of her vanishing looms. The Express and Star lead with the McCanns, ‘Our Maddie’s parents. Kate and Gerry McCann.
The Star leads with the news that April Jones is in their prayers.
Tracey Kandohla reports on the “low-key” church service to remember Madeleine McCann.
Tearful Kate and Gerry spared a thought for the tragic youngster and her family despite their own heartache.