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Eric Garner killed by NYPD officer chokehold? Video goes viral and mass outrage. Dutch man cheats death twice missing both flight’s MH370 & MH17. James Garner, star of ‘Maverick’ & “Rockford Files” dies age 86.
Eric Garner had both hands in the air as New York police officers were trying to arrest him. Four NYPD officers bring Eric Garner down — one cop grabbed him in a chokehold and Garner can be heard gasping, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” One of the officers then uses his hands to push the 43-year-old’s face into the sidewalk. He died of an apparent heart attack in the botched arrest that happened Thursday. Garner’s alleged crime? Selling “loosies” – black market, untaxed single cigarettes. Now Garner’s friends and family are furious at what happened, and New York’s mayor says the video is “very troubling.” But a police organization says the officer should be given the benefit of the doubt.
FUNERAL FOR YOUNG LEASIDE GIRL TODAY
The funeral for 6-year-old Georgia Walsh — daughter of John Walsh, president of the Conservative Party of Canada — who was struck and killed at a Leaside intersection last week will be held today. Georgia Walsh was hit by a westbound van near Millwood Road at McRae Drive shortly after 4pm on Wednesday. The young girl was rushed to hospital but died a short time later from her injuries. The funeral will be held at the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s on Bloor Street at 2pm. On Sunday night, residents of Leaside stopped by a growing memorial for the little girl to drop off items and show support for the family.
MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17
Can this situation get any worse? Unfourtunately, yes it can. The families of 298 people whose plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine must now grapple with more terrible news: claims that separatists have looted from the crash scene, tampered with evidence and prevented investigators from getting to the site. On top of that, more than 200 of the bodies currently sit in refrigerated train cars.
DUTCH MAN CHEATED DEATH TWICE
A Dutch man has cheated death twice this year after last minute flight changes, and is risking it again. Maarten de Jonge was scheduled to fly on both downed Malaysia Airlines Flights: MH17 and the still-missing Flight MH370. According to Dutch news outlet RTV Oost, he altered his routes. In a translated statement on his website, de Jonge expressed his sadness for the the victims on Flight MH17 and asked that his story be given no more publicity. “I have my story done and I would like to leave it. How happy I am for myself and my family that I was on this flight did not take the last moment, my story is ultimately nothing compared to the misery in which so many people are paid.” de Jonge still plans to fly toMalaysia later this week to be part of a cycling team. “I have been lucky twice, that’s the third time as well.”
JAMES GARNER DEAD AT 86
James Garner, the American actor who stared in ’Maverick’ and ‘The Rockford Files’, who enjoyed multigenerational success on both the small and big screens, has died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles over the weekend. He was 86.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1980, AC/DC released Back In Black. Back in Black was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who died on 19 February at the age of 33, and was dedicated to him. As of June 2011, the album has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, making it tied for second highest-selling album of all time, the highest-selling album by a band (together with Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon), the best-selling hard rock album of all-time, and the best-selling album ever released by an Australian musical act.