MONDAY, JUNE 1 The week kicks off with a tragic mystery that will span the week and beyond: the disappearance of Air France Flight 447, which left Rio de Janeiro en route for Paris last night and was announced officially missing today. Details will surface throughout the week, from tomorrow's discovery of an oil slick and debris floating 700 miles off the coast of Brazil (which turned out be standard, non-crash-related ocean garbage) to the weekend's even grimmer discovery of 17 bodies and a briefcase containing a telltale plane ticket in the same general Atlantic Ocean area. Onboard the flight were 228 passengers hailing from over 30 countries, including 61 French citizens, 58 Brazilians, 26 Germans, and 2 Americans. As for the cause of the crash: Next Monday, the Associated Press will report, "So far, the best clues as to what happened come from the plane's own computer, which sent 10 automatic messages to Air France maintenance indicating a problem, including some sort of electrical failure, before the plane disappeared." Condolences to all.
TUESDAY, JUNE 2 Speaking of bad news: The week continues with a horrifying story out of Lakewood, Washington, where tonight, Kurt Husted—a 39-year-old Tacoma man working as a guard for the armored-car service Loomis—was making a routine pickup at Wal-Mart when he was fatally shot in the face, with the shooters making off with the money bag Husted was transporting. By end of day tomorrow, four suspects will be in custody. On Thursday, each will be charged with first-degree murder, along with a variety of robbery and assault charges (the bullet that killed Husted also hit and nonfatally wounded a Wal-Mart shopper). Further specifics come from KOMO, which identifies the suspects as 37-year-old Calvin Finley (who police believe fired the fatal shot), 20-year-old Marshawn Turpin (who police believe made off with the money bag), 42-year-old Tonie Williams-Irby (a Wal-Mart employee believed to have helped plan the robbery), and 41-year-old Odies Walker (Williams-Irby's boyfriend and the alleged driver of the getaway car). On Thursday, Pierce County Police will arrest a fifth suspect—the girlfriend of one of the earlier arrestees, who stands accused of helping with the crime and lying to police. All suspects have pleaded not guilty to all charges. As for Husted: He'll receive an impromptu memorial on Thursday, when his fiancée will phone STAR 101.5 FM to request a song—Duran Duran's "Ordinary World"—in his memory. "I'm not saying this because he's gone," the woman identified only as "Deborah" will tell DJ Jill Taylor. "He was the nicest guy I've ever dated, and he treated me better than any guy I've ever been with. He was just the nicest man in the whole world."
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 In much better news: Today, New Hampshire became the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, with Governor John Lynch—a Democrat who "personally opposes gay marriage," according to the Associated Press—signing the equal-rights-bestowing legislation this afternoon. "Today we are standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples by making clear that they will receive the same rights, responsibilities—and respect—under New Hampshire law," said Governor Lynch, who'd previously threatened to veto the new legislation if it failed to include language protecting the rights of religious organizations fearful of being forced to perform gay weddings against their will. Such language was added, the legislation was signed, and the law takes effect January 1. Congratulations to the Granite State, which has earned its in-your-face license-plate motto "Live Free or Die."
THURSDAY, JUNE 4 Meanwhile in opposite marriage: Today, a 25-year-old North Carolina man was jailed on $200,000 bond after allegedly arranging via Craigslist for a man to rape his wife. As the Associated Press reports, the saga began on Sunday, when the woman called 911 to report that she'd just been raped by a knife-wielding man in the bedroom of her Kannapolis home. While the woman was treated and released at a hospital, investigators became increasingly suspicious of the husband, whose statements "didn't add up" and whose home showed no signs of forcible entry. Eventually, police came to suspect the husband found the attacker by searching through Craigslist's "erotic services" ads. "Police said the husband was in the room at the time of the attack," reports the AP, adding this horrifying kicker: "Authorities said the couple's two young children were at home but unaware of what was happening." Today, the as-yet-unnamed-to-protect-the-identity-of-his-sexually-assaulted-wife man was jailed on a variety of charges, including first-degree rape. As for the attacker: Police are pursuing a suspect. "It's a strong lead," said Captain Chuck Adams to the AP. "I feel like we will eventually identify the perpetrator who came to the residence."
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 Meanwhile, in opposite-opposite marriage, today brings the tale of the two gay penguins raising an abandoned chick in a German zoo. Details come from the Associated Press, which reports the chick was abandoned by its parents when still but an egg. In late April, this egg was placed with the two male penguins—Z and Vielpunkt, identified as "one of three same-sex pairs among the zoo's 20 Humboldt penguins that have attempted to mate," who incubated the egg for 30 days before it hatched. Since then, they've continued to care for the chick, with the funky family inspiring notable quotes from the Associated Press ("Homosexual behavior has been documented in many animal species") and Bremerhaven zoo officials ("Sex and coupling in our world don't always have something to do with reproduction").
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 The week continues with a pair of unrelated but noteworthy memorials. First up: Dennis Moyers, Washington State's first medical-marijuana patient and most passionate medical-marijuana activist, who passed away on May 11 and whose life was commemorated today at Renton's Cross and Crown Lutheran Church. Second: Dr. George Tiller, one of America's few late-term abortion providers, who was slain last Sunday while handing out programs at church and memorialized today in Wichita, Kansas. RIP, Mr. Moyers and Dr. Tiller.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 Nothing happened today, unless you count the psychotic bleating of the man accused of murdering Dr. George Tiller—51-year-old Scott Roeder, who took time out of his busy waiting-around-jail-while-charged-with-first-degree-murder schedule to phone the Associated Press with threats of ongoing violence against the nation's abortion providers. "I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal," said Roeder to the AP, which reports the Justice Department is taking the threat seriously and upping protection at family-planning clinics across the country. Still, not even Roeder's would-be ideological peers can stomach his psycho bullshit, with Troy Newman, president of the abortion-hating Operation Rescue, dismissing Roeder as "a fruit and a lunatic." Glad we can agree on something.
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