Tucson shooting….18 shot….6 Dead including a US Federal Judge, and 9 year old…Rep Giffords is alive….
From an earlier Press confrence…..
6 DOA’s…the last one died in University Medical Center…
US Federal Judge John Roll is among the deceased…
The suspect is 22 Year old Jared Loughner…A white male
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is out of surgery for a gun shot wound to the head that passed thru….
She is sedated….The Hospital will wait 24 hours…But believes she has a ‘good chance’ for recovery….
The Investigation is being handled by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI….
[Major and minor updates from Arizona:]
Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2011 11:16 am [MountainStandard Time]
(some emphasis added by me)
U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot point blank in the head on Saturday in a shooting at a northwest side grocery store this morning, but surgeons say they are “very optimistic” about her recovery.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is confirming federal judge John Roll[nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in 1991 by Pres. Geo. H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1991] was among the dead.
Sheriffs authorities said there were six dead, including a child, as well as 18 wounded.
Giffords, who is in critical condition, is out of surgery at University Medical Center, said Dr. Peter Rhee at University Medical Center.
The shooting occurred at a Safeway supermarket where Giffords was holding one of her regular “Congress on Your Corner” events, which allows her to speak directly with constituents in her district.
The gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner, according to the Associated Press.
Giffords has held several events since first taking office in January 2007. At one such event in 2009, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell on the supermarket floor.
This was her first event since her re-election to a third term in November.
Giffords, 40, was talking to a couple in the store when a gunman rushed her,shouting as he fired his weapon.
The gunman fired at people in line and got within 4 to 5 feet of the congresswoman, said Mark Kimble, a former Tucson newspaper executive who is now on her staff.
The gunman fired at Giffords then ran out, continuing to shoot.
Members of Giffords’ staff were among the wounded. District director Ron Barber remained in surgery, but his life was not expected to be in danger.
Individuals at the event tackled the man after the shooting, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department Bureau Chief Richard Kastigar.
Last March, Giffords’ Tucson office was vandalized after the House vote overhauling the nation’s health care system.
Giffords had just started the congressional session. She tweeted welcomes to new Republican congressman David Schweikert and had just sponsored legislation, with Republican Congressman Ron Paul, to cut congressional salaries.
U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, Giffords’ seatmate from Southern Arizona, said, “It’s horrific. It’s heartbreaking. It’s very frightening. I hope she comes out of it. This is not what public service is all about.”
The heated rhetoric and civil discord creates an environment for something like this to happen.
He lamented a series of incidents demonstrating the buildup that leads to something like this, including envelope of white powder sent to his Tucson office as well as a shot fired at his Yuma office.
“Gabby’s contributions were all in the future. Her career was all in the future.”
Washington D.C. authorities have spoken with his staff to “stay put.”
His family in Tucson now has security, but he doesn’t know yet whether he will have a secret service detail in the future….
Backround from DSD….
…The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Giffords in the head first.”
Giffords’s Tuscon constituency office was vandalised last March after she voted in favour of Barack Obama’s controversial health bill, which has been bitterly opposed by the American right. Giffords had been named as a political campaign target for conservatives in November’s elections by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin for her strong support of Obama’s reforms. Palin had published a “target map” on her website using images of gun sights to identify 20 House Democrats, including Giffords, for backing the new health care law. At an event in 2009 which was similar to the one Giffords was holding today, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell to the supermarket floor.
Giffords, who was born in Tucson and has two children, took office in January 2007 supporting immigration control, embryonic stem-cell research and the right to abortion. While the motive for today’s shooting was not immediately clear, Giffords was one of 10 Democrat members of Congress who were the subject of harassment over their support for the healthcare overhaul. Although a Democrat, Giffords was a strong supporter of the right to bear arms and was re-elected to her third term last November in congressional elections, edging out the Tea Party favourite Jesse Kelly.
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Tiger Woods isn’t the only one…….. January 2010
Starting Saturday, two of the new health care law’s most significant reforms take effect — or at least begin to take effect.
The first will dramatically clamp down on insurance industry waste, abuse, and excesses. Starting on New Year’s Day, insurance companies will have to spend at least 80 percent of the revenues they receive from premiums on actual health care. Not on salaries or overhead.
Official Press Release:
San Francisco has been selected as the host venue for the 34th America’s Cup. An official celebration event will be hosted in San Francisco on January 5th, event location details to be announced.
“We sought a venue that fulfills our promise – to showcase the best sailors in the world competing on the fastest boats,” said Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority. “And hosting the America’s Cup in San Francisco will realize that promise.“
“We thank Mayor Newsom, Board President Chiu, Supervisor Mirkarimi and all of the Board of Supervisors, the staff at City Hall and the Port Authority, Mark Buell and San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee, and all who have worked so diligently on securing the bid,” Worth continued. “We look forward to working closely with City of San Francisco over the coming months to create a world-class America’s Cup event, and a large and lasting beneficial impact on the City.”
The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America’s Cup Finals and the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America’s Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America’s Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.
“Today is one of great celebration, with San Francisco winning the right to host the America’s Cup, and all of the economic benefit, jobs and excitement that comes with it,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “San Francisco is the best place on Earth to host an event of this stature, and we could not be more proud to be the city that brings the America’s Cup back home to the United States.”
Independent studies show that the America’s Cup delivers the third largest economic impact in sport to host countries, behind the Olympic Games and soccer’s World Cup. The 34th America’s Cup is projected to pump an estimated $1.4 billion dollars into the San Francisco region.
“As a native San Franciscan, I grew up sailing in front of the City. Racing for the America’s Cup in San Francisco is something I have dreamt of my whole life,” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Sweden’s Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 34th America’s Cup. ”By hosting sailing’s most important event in the Bay, the world will see sailing as it never has before. As a team, Artemis Racing is particularly looking forward to competing in San Francisco.”
Racing will be held on the iconic San Francisco Cityfront and be visible from world-renown tourist destinations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, the Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf. An influx of millions of tourists is expected for the Challenger Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Finals in late 2013.
“My support for San Francisco hosting the America’s Cup goes beyond the opportunity to see our team competing on home waters,” said Russell Coutts, CEO, ORACLE Racing, the current America’s Cup defending team. “We are excited to sail for our sport’s greatest trophy, on a stretch of water legendary among sailors worldwide.”
The Race Village will be constructed on Piers 19 and 29, with the team bases at and around Pier 30/32. As part of the plan, the America’s Cup Event Authority will redevelop these piers as well as the surrounding infrastructure to support the racing, while rehabilitating the piers for the enjoyment of generations of San Franciscans to come.
With a goal of creating the most dynamic America’s Cup in history for fans and participants, changes have been introduced to the 34th edition. Enhancements include the introduction of groundbreaking new 72’ wing-sailed catamarans capable of speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour, new race formats and rules, and a transformed media and online broadcasting approach to enable an interactive viewer experience.
In the summer of 2011, America’s Cup teams will commence racing in the new America’s Cup World Series in the new wing-sailed AC45 catamaran. The America’s Cup World Series calendar of events will be published in early 2011.
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