DALLAS (AP) — A man charged with killing 22 women in the Dallas area is set to be tried in the death of one of them after being convicted of capital murder in the death of another earlier this year. The capital murder trial of Billy Chemirmir, 49, in the death of 87-year-old Mary Brooks is scheduled to begin Monday in Dallas. He received a sentence of life in prison without parole after being found guilty in April in the smothering death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris. If convicted in Brooks' death, he'll receive a second sentence of life in prison without parole. He maintains his innocence. His first trial in Harris’ death ended in a mistrial last November when the jury deadlocked. In the years following his arrest in 2018, police across the Dallas area reexamined the deaths of other older people that had been considered natural — even though families raised alarm bells about missing jewelry. Four indictments were added this summer. In a video interview with police, Chemirmir … [Read more...] about Suspect in killings of 22 elderly Texans goes on trial again
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Two young rowers have died after lightning appeared to strike a lake in Florida. Gavin Christman and Langston Rodriguez-Sane, aged 12 and 13, were rowing with three other children when their boat capsized in Lake Fairview, Orlando earlier this month. Police are still investigating but it is believed a lightning strike may have been behind the tragedy. Three of the youngsters were treated at the scene, although 13-year-old Gavin was missing after the incident. His body was found a day later by the emergency services. Meanwhile, Langston, 12, was rushed to A&E but sadly died in hospital, officials confirmed yesterday. A GoFundMe page set up for Gavin and Langston's families said: "The world lost two of its brightest lights as Gavin Christman and Langston Rodriguez-Sane were involved in a tragic lightning strike accident in Orlando, Florida, on September 15, 2022. Langston was rushed to A&E but later died in hospital ( Image: gofundme) "During a … [Read more...] about Two boys, 12 and 13, killed after ‘lightning strike’ at lake capsizes their rowboat
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The deadly wildfires that have ravaged Northern California over the past week - killing dozens and forcing thousands to flee their homes - continued to burn Sunday, as officials hoped lighter winds would help fire suppression efforts. The National Weather Service said wind gusts north of San Francisco would gradually decrease Sunday, though "warm and very dry conditions" would persist. A red flag warning remained in place in the region through Sunday morning. Overnight Saturday, stronger winds of 35 to 45 mph had prompted a new round of mandatory evacuations for thousands of residents in parts of the Sonoma Valley and eastern Santa Rosa, for fear that a blaze in the area, dubbed the Nuns Fire, would spread more rapidly under heightened fire conditions. In neighboring Napa County, to the east, officials expressed cautious optimism Saturday. "Sonoma County has had a very tough morning with the winds that have surfaced over there. We're not out of the woods … [Read more...] about Death toll continues to rise as California wildfires burn on
LAGOS, Portugal — The Bam Bam Beach Bitcoin bar, on an uncrowded beach in southwestern Portugal, is the meeting place. To get there, you drive past a boat harbor, oceanside hotels and apartment buildings, then park near a sleepy seafood restaurant and walk down a wooden path that cuts through a sand dune. Yellow Bitcoin flags blow in the wind. The conversations about cryptocurrencies and a decentralized future flow. “People always doubt when to buy, when to sell,” said Didi Taihuttu, a Dutch investor who moved to town this summer and is one of Bam Bam’s owners. “We solve that by being all in.” Sitting in the sand nearby, another bar regular, Katherin Bestandig, said, “Everything is possible if you’re brave.” The bar and community of about 150 crypto supporters around the town of Lagos are a bubble of optimism amid what has become known as the “crypto winter.” This summer, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether melted down , and crypto companies like … [Read more...] about On Portugal’s ‘Bitcoin Beach,’ Crypto Optimism Still Reigns
This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series , which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve. When walking on the High Line, it’s tough to look more lost than some of the tourists, but I did a pretty good job of it last month when I tripped on a curb while looking at art. (I caught myself before falling, but still.) I was taking in an exhibition from Aery, a new augmented reality platform tailored to digital art exhibitions. Looking up to the heavens through an iPad, and not at my feet, I was using a loaner tablet to get an artwork by Richard Humann to magically appear. But it worked: On the iPad, a constellation of a rose appeared, at an angle in the sky and topped by a crown, as Mr. Humann intended. A couple of out-of-towners who were watching me seemed mightily impressed when they looked over my shoulder at the screen. The technologies known as augmented reality and virtual reality (AR and VR, … [Read more...] about A Walk on the Frontier of Art, Where the Sky Is the Limit
Prince William and Kate's camp was not happy that Meghan overshadowed them by speaking about her mental health struggles during a royal tour, it has been claimed. The now Prince and Princess of Wales were on the final day of a tour in Pakistan in October 2019 when the Duchess of Sussex's comments stole the headlines. She looked vulnerable and almost teary when - while in South Africa with Prince Harry - she told ITV's Tom Bradby she had found it hard acclimatising to life in the Firm. Meghan added: "Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I'm OK. Prince William and Kate's teams were upset at Meghan for overshadowing their tour, an author claims ( Image: AFP via Getty Images) "But it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes." Reflecting on this moment, royal author Valentine Low, in his new book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, said the timing of the comments didn't go down well. A preview of Mr Bradby's … [Read more...] about William and Kate ‘not happy’ after Meghan opened up about mental health on royal tour
Nonagenarian Rangappa had a toothy grin all day after spending time with Rahul Gandhi and several Congress leaders who visited the Badanavalu Khadi Gram Udyog centre in Karnataka’s Nanjangud on October 2. Badanavalu, a quaint village where Mahatma Gandhi inspired men and women to take up weaving Khadi, has a spinning centre that was established in 1927 by Tagadur Ramachandra Rao, an ardent follower of the Mahatma. Located on a nine-acre campus with spinning wheels and units for weaving, paper-making, bleaching, and handloom, the Khadi centre played host to the Congress which camped at the premises for half-a-day as part of the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The centre also owes its glorious past to being the first such initiative that began operating with four Dalit women with an aim to uplift the community’s economic condition. Rangappa still vividly remembers watching Mahatama Gandhi use the spinning wheel when he visited the centre twice — once in 1927 and then in 1932. “I was this tall … [Read more...] about Cherished by Gandhi-ji, This Khadi Village’s Future Hangs by a Thread. Can It Still Weave Magic for Rahul?