This week has started pretty well for poor-planning lawbreakers. First, a man in Italy called in a bomb threat to an airport in an attempt to avoid missing his plane. As you can imagine, he missed the plane after all. Then, today we find out a man in Australia tried to escape from police by turning right—into the ocean. And because of Internet, 7News captured the not-quite-Bond moment for all of us to enjoy. Of course, while the ethics of auto theft are pretty questionable, the vision for a high-speed car chase on the ocean floor is actually impressive. So, A for effort, mate.
The organization Christian Aid Mission has released a disturbing report, recounting how 11 Christian workers and one of their children were captured by militants from the radical Islamic group ISIS and publicly executed after they refused to denounce their faith. All 12 were from the area of near Aleppo, Syria. The details are horrifying. According to their report and accounts from family members and co-workers, the group, which included a 12-year-old boy, was captured in early August. The boy was then tortured in front of a large crowd, and after he and three men, including his own father, refused to renounce their Christianity, they were crucified. Not long after, two women were raped and then beheaded with the other members of the group. Since their rise to prominence in Syria and nearby parts of Iraq, ISIS has killed thousands, including Christians as well as many fellow Muslims in their efforts to establish a caliphate. Discuss
Kids today, with their video games, and junk food and shark punching. Yes, shark punching. Proving that he is the master of his domain, one hardcore 14-year-old surfer did just that … and lived to tell the tale. The unnamed Floridian managed to free himself from what’s believed to be a blacktip shark—four or five feet long—with a well-timed counterpunch. He escaped with “significant lacerations” to his hand and ligament damage. The shark, however, is reported to have irreparable self-esteem issues. Discuss
“Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…” Wait, no. Wrong Will Smith era. Fun fact: Before the Fresh Prince taught us all about the dangers about playing b-ball after school, he was part of a music duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Well, the two may be back. According to an interview Smith gave recently on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio, the two are plotting an album and tour for next year. Sure, this will be a first for both of them, but Smith says he’s “pretty certain” it could happen. Hopefully, this time, parents of the world will finally understand. Check out the interview below.
Assisted suicide is one more step closer to becoming legal in the state of California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill which will allow doctors in the state to prescribe drugs that can be given to end of lives of terminally patients. The End of Life Option Act, which won’t go into effect until three months after the Legislature holds a special health care session, would legally allow physicians to provide lethal amounts of drugs to patients who have been given less than six months to live, and want to end their lives early. Gov. Brown is actually a former student of a Jesuit seminary, and said that he struggled on whether or not to sign the measure. He wrote,
In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death. I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.
The bill faced strong opposition from pro-life advocates and many religious groups in the state. Discuss
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury not only revived his basketball career in China, he’s also now bringing one of his old businesses back to life. Back in 2006, the point guard partnered with the retail chain Steve and Barry’s to release a line of “Starbury” signature basketball shoes that would only cost $15. Early on, he said the idea of offering a low-cost shoe stemmed from growing up without the ability to pay for the latest, expensive brand-named shoe. When the Steve and Barry’s retail chain closed its doors in 2009, the shoes were discontinued. But now, Marbury, who has become a superstar athlete playing professional basketball in China, has said that he is relaunching the line and is taking some jabs at competitors in the process.
Marbury claims that the same factory that makes Air Jordans for Nike (which can cost north of $200), will make his new shoes, which will cost just $15 for customers. Marbury says both types of the shoes are made for just $5 in Chinese factories. He also hasn’t been shy on Twitter about challenging the traditional shoe industry, calling it “greedy.” He tweeted, “I'm just trying to create access for all.” Discuss
Home boy your paying 200 for Jordan's and they make them for 5 dollars. The shoes are made in China in the same places. Stay calm we coming!