Daily Archives: January 13, 2012

On This Day…

In 1990, Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.

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BREAKING: MLK Quote on New Monument to Change

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An inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial that has faced criticism will be changed.

The memorial in Washington was unveiled in August and has many of King’s quotes on it. Critics said one paraphrased inscription wrongly made King seem arrogant.

The inscription reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”

Dr. King’s words were from a 1968 sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta:

If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he has given the National Park Service thirty days to change the quote.

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BREAKING: S&P Lowers Credit Ratings of 9 Countries

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Standard & Poor’s has lowered the credit ratings of nine eurozone countries, including France, Italy and Spain.

It cut France’s top AAA credit rating one notch to AA+. It lowered Italy’s A rating two notches to BBB+ and cut Spain’s two notches to A from AA-.

It’s not clear how these downgrades will affect world markets. Investors have anticipated them, but the debt markets in Europe stay on edge.

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Romney Leads the Pack in New Poll

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is extending his lead over the rest of the GOP field vying for their party’s presidential nomination.

Mr. Romney, who won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday and the Iowa caucuses last week, garnered 34% support in a recent national poll, up from 28% in December.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was second, with 18%. Representative Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum were tied at 15%, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in at 9% and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had 4% support.

The sampling error for the poll, conducted January 11-12, was +/- 4.5%.

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Edwards Trial Delayed Because of “Life-Threatening” Heart Condition

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A federal judge disclosed that former presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening heart condition.

Edwards had sought a delay in his criminal corruption trial, scheduled to begin later this month.

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Van Der Sloot Sentenced to 28 Years

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Joran van der Sloot, a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, has been sentenced to twenty-eight years in prison for the May 2010 murder of Stephany Flores.

The 24-year-old Dutch national confessed to the charges of “qualified murder” and simple robbery in Ms. Flores’ death.

Investigators said they believed Mr. van der Sloot killed the Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room after she found something related to the Holloway case on his computer.

Mr. Van der Sloot was among the last people seen with Ms. Holloway in Aruba. He was detained twice, but never charged, in the Alabama teenager’s disappearance. Her body has never been found, but an Alabama judge signed an order Thursday declaring her dead.

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