Friday, July 22, 2011
In the statement, his parents say, "While it has been a very scary week, Christopher is surrounded by his family and friends. He is a brave boy and is expected to make a full recovery."
His parents also extend their gratitude to the first responders and those providing their son's care.
"On behalf of our entire family, we want to sincerely thank the paramedics and lifeguards who responded so swiftly as well as the doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital staff who have cared for our son," the statement continues.
"They have been extraordinary to him and to us. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and ask for respect and privacy for Christopher and our family."
Casey Anthony's lawyer Jose Baez has been holed up in New York City hotel room with a bunch of networks who are vying for her story. According to sources, "NBC looks like the frontrunner so far, but ABC is in the game. We're told CBS "is a distant third." We're told NBC is paying for Baez's hotel room."
- Julia Stiles looks super happy with her Between Us co-star/boyfriend David Harbour. [JustJared]
- Mila Kunis explains why she wanted a butt double for Friends With Benefits. [HuffPo]
- What is the real reason (if any) why Sharon Osbourne decided to leave The Talk? [E!]
- Jenny McCarthy tweets a phot of her at 211 pounds during her pregnancy. [Radar]
- Cee Lo prepares for his stint in Vegas. [ContactMusic]
- Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo vacation in St. Barts. [ContactMusic]
- Season three of Vampire Diaries is coming for you. Watch the teaser here so you'll be prepared. [TVGuide]
Most of the world's banana crop is the Cavendish variety of the fruit, which replaced the previous type, Gros Michel, after that strain was wiped out by Panama disease, a fungal infection that infests banana trees. Now the Cavendish variety is succumbing to the same malady, which has decimated banana trees in Asia and Australia. It has yet to spread to South America, where most of the bananas sold in Canada are grown, but plant biologists say it's inevitable. However, the disease does make the tree sprout purple stripes, which sounds like it might be an attractive—if deadly—addition to your garden.
Between this outbreak and the fact that most banana trees are pretty much sterile, your hopes of having something yellow in a handy peel to carry in your gym bag in 2015 are pretty much shot. Does this mean we're going to have to start eating mangos or something? Damn.
[Image via Getty]
“This video is deticated to the love of my life, Freyja. She broke up with me a couple of days ago because she wanted a new direction in her life and the feelings for me were burned out. I wanted to let her know that whatever that direction is, I want to be a part of it. And those feelings she had, they can return. The footage has been shot random over the years on times we spent with each other. Hopefully I can get through the hard shell she has nowadays and prove to her that the time we had was wonderful and can continue. Let's hope I can get some new footage soon with her. Forever hers.”
You can view the official video here; while there, read some of the comments.
Police said the investigation dates back to the summer of 2007, when officers first interviewed complainants in the Chatham-Kent area, about 300 km southwest of Toronto. Police said the man worked as an accountant and built relationships with the complainants, some of which entrusted him with their financial affairs for several decades. Through the 1990s and into the early 2000s, it is alleged the man entered into agreements with the complainants stating he could provide them with an investment that would give them a better rate of return on their money than the banks. The people invested money with him. Police said in September of 2007, the complainants learned that the man had allegedly spent their money and was unable to repay what they invested.
After interviewing a number of alleged victims, the police went to arrest the man and learned he had relocated to the United States in late 2007. A warrant was taken out for his arrest and extradition proceedings were commenced. Thursday, acting on an anonymous tip that he had returned to Chatham, police located the man and arrested him. He was held for a bail hearing. His name hasn't been released.
Yes, it seems the lad was out on a determined candy mission, but was, as so often happens in our difficult lives, sadly thwarted. Sigh. But he was almost there, the little bastard! He'd almost made it to the promised land, to his candy. And some days, most days, aren't we all this child? Driving through the dark of the night, mad with desire, chasing after some big general want, if not candy then "love" or "success" or elusive fame and fortune. But then of course the poles and police of this world intervene and we're taken back home and put to bed, where all we can do is close our eyes and dream. [El Paso Times; image via Shutterstock]
A man disguised as a police officer began shooting where prime minister Jens Stoltenberg was attending a Labour party conference at Utoya, Stoltenberg has just confirmed.
He said there is a 'critical and serious situation' where he is (but he is safe).
Police believe the bombing and the shooting are related, which would suggest a coordinated terrorist attack. The Atlantic has a good run down of why peaceful, good-natured Norway could be a target for Islamist terrorists. (In fact three men with alleged ties to al-Qaeda were arrested in Norway and Germany for plotting terrorist attacks about a year ago.) In short, it could be retaliation for Norway's role in occupying Afghanistan, or because some extremists are still possibly upset about that stupid Prophet Muhammad cartoon from 2006 (let it go, guys). Or they could be pissed off about Norway trying to deport an Kurdish Islamist leader, Mulla Krekar, back to Iraq.
Meanwhile, seven people have been confirmed dead and 15 were injured in the Oslo blast.
According to Jihadi-watcher Will McCants, a group named the "Helpers of Global Jihad" are claiming responsibility on a Jihadist forum "in response to occupation of Afghanistan and insults to Prophet." Of course, anyone could claim responsibility right now.
The bomber is foreign, according to police. The shooter, however, doesn't appear to be your typical Mulsim extremist: He's reportedly Nordic in appearance, more than six feet tall, with blond hair. A SWAT team shot him, and his condition is unknown. (But he's presumably alive and under arrest.)
The death toll from the shooting has yet to be reported, but here is a horrifying hint, tweeted by Norwegien journalist Ketil B. StensrudL
Eye-witness on Utøya LIVE on NRK just said that he saw 20-30 dead youths floating by the shore. Shocking
Some pictures of the scene in Oslo today are below.
Click any image to view full-size.
[Images via AP]
The paper spoke with customs officials in Beijing, who said North Korea in the past year spent $7.5 million on Marlboros and Mild Sevens, as well as $2.4 million on Hennessy and Japanese beer. Kim's spending on cigarettes alone is up 117 percent from last year. These latest revelations are a little disappointing. Aside from the fact that a million of North Koreans are starving, Kim Jong-il is known for his expensive taste in everything from whiskey to seafood. And now we're learning that he's ordering McDonald's on a daily basis? If he's going to sink that low, at least he could kidnap an entire McDonald's staff and open up a franchise at his palace.