10 things you need to know today: April 16, 2014

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Rescue helicopters fly over the sinking ferry. Rescue helicopters fly over the sinking ferry. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

The Week

A South Korean ferry sinks, a bomb scare disrupts the Boston Marathon bombing anniversary, and more

1. Ferry sinks off South Korean coast
At least four people died and 295 were missing Wednesday after a South Korean passenger ferry carrying 450 people capsized and sank off the country’s south coast. About 320 of the people on board were high-school students traveling with teachers to the resort island of Jeju. Search vessels and helicopters hurried to the scene to pluck people from the stricken ship. Authorities said they could not immediately determine what went wrong. [CNNThe Guardian]


2. Boston Marathon finish line evacuated over bomb scare
Police evacuated the finish line of next week’s Boston Marathon on Tuesday, the anniversary of the bombing at the race’s finish last year, when a man chanting “Boston strong!”…

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  1. Sending my prayers and sympathy for the families of the Korean passengers:



  2. This is beyond sad.


  3. /large


    • They are geniuses when it comes to hacking, but not so smart when it comes to not getting caught. They should be the first to understand that all internet access leaves a trail to a server.


  4. “Violent Chester police confrontation caught on video”
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014



  5. Explosion at Tennessee ammunition factory kills one, injures three others”



  6. “Michael Bloomberg Will Spend $50 Million To Fight The N.R.A.”


    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is refocusing his efforts at curbing guns in America, pledging at least $50 million on a new voter network dedicated to passing stronger background-check rules.

    The former New York mayor, who even from his current position outside of City Hall still ranks 29th on FORBES’ list of Powerful People, has tried in the past to start a national campaign against guns without success. Now, Bloomberg will simplify the structure to his operation, according to The New York Times, bringing what was a collection of smaller groups (Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America) under one centralized command called Everytown for Gun Safety.

    Everytown for Gun Safety will focus on background checks rather than gun bans, a wise move considering how bans have failed to find a place in federal policymaking. And instead of negative TV attack ads, the funds will establish a grass-roots operation dedicated to ensuring anti-gun voters reach the polls.

    That’s a page lifted straight from the N.R.A. playbook. The N.R.A. has acted like a well-oiled machine in getting out voters to put their displeasure with pro-gun politicians into action.

    What the N.R.A. doesn’t have is Bloomberg’s coffers. Forbes estimates Bloomberg is the 29th richest person in the world with a $31.2 billion fortune (rooted in his eponymous financial-information business). When Bloomberg spoke with The New York Times about his idea, he threw out the $50 million figure “as if he were describing the tip he left on a restaurant check.” The N.R.A. typically spends less than half that figure … in an entire year: around $20 million…………

    ………Two things are clear: Bloomberg can put more money into his anti-gun plan–make that into any plan–and the N.R.A. has probably never faced a better-funded adversary.


    • I like this. When I first heard of Moms Demand Action, then heard of other groups, I thought it would be best if all came together. Bloomberg’s idea will make that possible. IMO, he’s also fighting it the right way by focusing on background checks.


  7. “Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He’s Being Bullied”
    The teen sought proof that school administrators were ignoring his plight. So they had him arrested.



    • Having authority, and still being human, does not always co-exist. In most cases of LE brutality, it could have been prevented had the cop only listened instead of acting first. So, we have adults on the outside carrying guns who say they shot teens in fear, and LE on the inside who use tasers and pepper spray who say that teens did not obey them.


  8. Only one lift raft from that ferry was deployed and reports have the crew telling people to stay where they are at. How sad, but once again one of the first rescued was the Captain himself.


    • towerflower,
      Yeah, I caught that on CNN of an interview where the passenger said they were told to stay where they were. I asked then what about life rafts. You’ve now answered that for me. Thanks.

      I guess that Captains don’t go down with their ships any more.


  9. They are now reporting that the vice-principal of the high school committed suicide. He was also rescued in the beginning. Arrest warrants were out for the Captain and some of the crew.


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