Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder
Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder

Friday, March 20, 2009

In the United States, a suspended Pennsylvania state trooper has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Kevin Foley, 43, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for slashing to death John Yelenic, a Blairsville dentist who was in the final stages of divorcing his wife, Michele. Foley’s attorney said he plans to appeal the decision. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Foley previously said he “loathed Dr. Yelenic” and asked another fellow trooper to help kill him. During his testimony, which lasted several hours, Foley claimed he was joking and had no true intention of carrying out the threat, but the Indiana County jury rejected that defense after about six hours of deliberations.

John Yelenic was found dead in his home on April 13, 2006, one day before he was planning on signing his divorce papers. Charges were brought against Foley in September 2007, more than 17 months after the murder.

Foley, who had been on suspension from the Pennsylvania State Police, was himself the final witness to take the stand Wednesday in the trial. Foley insisted he was innocent during his testimony, and even made jokes that the jury laughed at on a few occasions.

“I never made a threat with the intention of carrying it out,” Foley said under cross-examination by the prosecution.

When Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek pressed Foley for what was funny about asking another state trooper to help him kill Yelenic, Foley answered, “There isn’t any joke. It’s just my personality, my behavior (with co-workers).”

Prosecutors said Foley killed Yelenic after going to the dentist’s house to confront him over the terms of the divorce. Prosecutors claim Foley slashed Yelenic several times with a knife and pushed his head through a small window. Yelenic bled to death.

“John has his justice tonight,” Mary Ann Clark, a cousin of Yelenic, told MSNBC. “John deserved this; he was the most wonderful person in the world. He died the most horrible death and tonight, this is his night. The system worked.”

Foley had been living with Michele Yelenic for two years at the time of the homicide. Prosecutors previously said Foley and Michele helped perpetuate rumors that Dr. Yelenic molested their son. John and Michele Yelenic had been separated in 2002. Michele Yelenic stood to collect Dr. Yelenic’s estate and a US$1 million life insurance policy, and could lose about $2,500 a month in support if the divorce was finalized, a Pennsylvania grand jury previously determined.

Michele Yelenic, who has not appeared at the trial, may face legal action herself, media reports indicated. A sentencing hearing for Foley is scheduled for June 1.

Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak
Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak
This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

China urges Obama to cancel Dalai Lama visit
China urges Obama to cancel Dalai Lama visit

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

China has warned the United States that ties between the two countries will be strained if the US President meets the Dalai Lama. This follows the little progress achieved at “sharply divided” talks between China and the representatives of the Dalai Lama in China. Chinese Communist Party official Zhu Weiqun, speaking at a press conference to discuss the five-day visit by the representatives, said that “corresponding action” would be taken if the White House did not step down. He elaborated, stating that “it will seriously undermine the foundations of Sino-US political relations“, and that China would take “corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes.”

We oppose any attempt by foreign forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs using the Dalai Lama as an excuse

He added, “The Dalai Lama is already 75. We hope he will face up to reality, change his stand and make a correct choice for the remainder of his life.” He went on to say that “We oppose any attempt by foreign forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs using the Dalai Lama as an excuse,” referring to the United States.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after an uprising rebelling against China failed in 1959. The talks between the exiled supporters & China follow a conference last month, held by Chinese leaders, to review Tibet policies.

Tibet saw major unrest in March of 2008, and riots and demonstrations are a regular occurrence, although the Chinese Government believes that its policies in Tibet are correct.

This development adds to previous tension between the United States and China, caused by issues over internet censorship and the US-Taiwan arms deal announced last week.

Atlanta Painting Contractors Are The Best When It Comes To Color

Atlanta Painting Contractors are the best when it comes to color


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Every house owner wants to design their home in the desired way to suite all their style tastes. The majority of the house owners often get confused and baffled when it comes to selecting the color tone and color shades for your newly developed house or renovation undergoing apartment. There is no doubt that a fresh patch of color often does miracle and creates a fresh look. A new life gets injected in the ambiance of the house with the touch of the brush of a professional house painter. Only a professional hand knows the amount of color that is required to create the marvel. This requires a good amount of skill and proper training.

If you think that you can yourself make difference by adding some colors to your house that you are totally working. For any job in the world it is best to consult with the experts of that niche. A house is best when it gets the touch of a renovation. The whole thing comprises of a series of procedure. The process starts with contacting well-reputed Atlanta painting contractors

, as they are the authority in this field. They do a thorough analysis of the house on which they are going to apply color. They have different services for various purposes. Every house owner wants to have a house adorned with various vibrant colors, thus they hire the services of a professional painter. Painting contractors are those people who take on the projects of color applying in various parts of the nation and complete those projects within fixed time line maintain top class quality.

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Once you hire the services of Atlanta Painting Contractors

you know that you have contacted the right group of people. They would never apply cheap color on your household and would make sure to do the work in the finest way possible. When it comes to residential color applying services, you get both the exterior and interior portions of the house covered. They take every possible measure to keep the whole process simple and no such problem is created in your daily life while they perform the job in your courtyard.

Atlanta Commercial Painting is another name which needs to be taken in this regard with great respect. It actually deals with the official needs and various other jobs. Any office looking to create a fresh environment of interior and exterior loves to make use of this service. Atlanta house painting offers top quality of painting solutions at a very much affordable price range. This is the reason that throughout the nation more and more people are now opting for their services. There is no doubt that with them in the scene every house and office is looking for a fresh and rejuvenated look of their own. A fresh coating of paint can make a lot of difference in the mind of viewers. Make people once again fall in love with your offices interior and houses exterior. This is the moment when you should create an impression of yours with the right tool.

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Wikinews wanders the Referendum-year Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Wikinews wanders the Referendum-year Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

With many venues reporting sell-out shows, the 68th year of the Edinburgh Festival attracted visitors from around the globe. Wikinews’ Brian McNeil roamed the city for the four weeks of the event, capturing the colour, spectacle, and comedy, in photos.

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Global markets surge in value
Global markets surge in value

Monday, October 13, 2008

Markets worldwide have surged in value following efforts by governments to ease the effect of the ongoing financial crisis, which has recently caused a massive decline in the value of stock markets.

On Sunday, the fifteen countries from the Eurogroup – that is, those countries which use the euro as official currency – had agreed on a joint plan to face the crisis, which would consist in supporting financial institutions and by guaranteeing interbank loans.

The Eurogroup meeting was the last of many which took place during the weekend. The G7 nations had met in Washington at the same time that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank held their Autumn meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is one of the indexes that have done particularly well today, and it closed up 11.08%, well over 9,000 points. General Motors was the best performer in this index, with its value rising by 31.49%. The Nasdaq rose by 11.81%.

The FTSE 100 has today gone up in value by 8,26%, to take the index back over the four thousand mark. TUI Travel was the best performing company in this index. It went up by 41.25 points (21.48%), to take it to a new share price of 233.25. Some shares in the FTSE, however, have continued to fall dramatically. HBOS today dropped in value by 31.48%.

The Brazilian Bovespa index today went up by 14,66%, while the Hang Seng and Singapore Straits Times went up by 10.24% and 6.57% respectively.

Stocks exchanges in Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Toronto were closed due to national holidays.

22:00, Monday, October 13, 2008 (UTC)
  • DJIA
  • 9.387,61 936,42 11,08%
  • Nasdaq
  • 1.844,25 194,74 11.81%
  • S&P 500
  • 228,14 23,30 11,37%
  • S&P TSX
  • 9.065,16 0,00 0.00%
  • IPC
  • 22.095,90 2.190,62 11,01%
  • Merval
  • 1.215,990 0.00 0,00%
  • Bovespa
  • 40.829,13 5,219.63 14,66%
  • FTSE 100
  • 4.256,90 324,84 8,26%
  • DAX
  • 5.062,45 518,14 11,40%
  • CAC 40
  • 3.531,50 355,01 11,18%
  • SMI
  • 5.956,32 609,10 11,39%
  • AEX
  • 285,27 27,22 10,55%
  • BEL20
  • 2.324,80 201,36 9,48%
  • MIBTel
  • 17.125,00 1.687,00 10,93%
  • IBEX 35
  • 9.955,70 958,00 10,65%
  • All Ordinaries
  • 4.141,90 202,40 5,14%
  • Nikkei
  • 8.276,43 0,00 0,00%
  • Hang Seng
  • 16.312,20 1.515,29 10,24%
  • SSE Composite
  • 2.073,57 73,00 3,65%

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    Energy Careers Come In Various Forms

    By Kelley Wilson

    There are many types of positions that one could apply for if they are interested in the various types of energy careers. These can be very rewarding types of paths to take.

    There are positions in areas such as exploration and production, power and utility, refining and marketing, gas gathering, gas transporting, gas transportation, engineering, procurement, construction, service and equipment, chemical and petrochemical engineers, professional services, information technology, renewable energy, business management, financial analysts, energy specialists, program managers, transmission line workers, pipe fitters, customer service representatives, and many more positions.

    Renewable energy careers are on the rise today. This is going to be the future of all types of power that is generated eventually. This is because each country must find a way to become self-sufficient and cut the dependency on foreign types of fuels, such as oil.

    There is a tremendous amount of money and research being poured into these types of greener fuel sources today. This is definitely an area that will continue to grow into the next generation and on. There are even schools forming now that are entirely dedicated to green technology and preparing their students for renewable energy careers.

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    Positions for energy careers can also include communications degrees, community education, marketing support, human resources and law degrees. All of these will be necessary for the upcoming rise of the greener, eco-friendly jobs of the future.

    Solar power, wind power, biofuels and renewable fuel sources are all areas that will become potential energy careers for many of todays children. As technology continues to evolve and innovative processes become more than just ideas, these positions will need to be filled by people who have the training and expertise to make these organizations and businesses that focus on alternative fuel types a success. Biofuels will require the assistance of positions such as agricultural specialists, chemists, microbiologists and biochemists.

    Geothermal power is another area that is gaining a lot of ground as well. This is another emerging science that will be in great need of trained professionals.

    They will help with making it accessible to everyone in an effort to make the transformation complete from other types of power that are used today which burn fossils fuels and emit toxins into the atmosphere. There will be a need in this area for geophysicists, geochemists, geologists, engineers and professional drillers.

    Hydropower is another area that will be increasing in the years to come and again will need professionals to be able to man and operate the facilities needed to make power in the future. In this field there will be a need for biologists, hydrologists and ecologists, as well as wildlife habitat specialists.

    There will be a plethora of environmental type jobs and positions that will need to be filled in the future. Just as medical positions are now almost a guarantee that the individual holding them will find a job; this will also become a fact with those who hold degrees in environmental and renewable resource fuel development. There will be opportunities for this generation that did not exist beforehand, and this is good news.

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    Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients
    Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients

    Monday, March 20, 2006

    Fears of contaminated bone and skin grafts are being felt by unsuspecting patients following the revelation that funeral homes may have been looting corpses.

    Janet Evans of Marion Ohio was told by her surgeon, “The bone grafts you got might have been contaminated”. She reacted with shock, “I was flabbergasted because I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I didn’t know I got a bone graft until I got this call. I just thought they put in screws and rods.”

    The body of Alistair Cooke, the former host of “Masterpiece Theatre,” was supposedly looted along with more than 1,000 others, according to two law enforcement officials close to the case. The tissue taken was typically skin, bone and tendon, which was then sold for use in procedures such as dental implants and hip replacements. According to authorities, millions of dollars were made by selling the body parts to companies for use in operations done at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Canada.

    A New Jersey company, Biomedical Tissue Services, has reportedly been taking body parts from funeral homes across Brooklyn, New York. According to ABC News, they set up rooms like a “surgical suite.” After they took the bones, they replaced them with PVC pipe. This was purportedly done by stealth, without approval of the deceased person or the next of kin. 1,077 bodies were involved, say prosecuters.

    Investagators say a former dentist, Michael Mastromarino, is behind the operation. Biomedical was considered one of the “hottest procurement companies in the country,” raking in close to $5 million. Eventually, people became worried: “Can the donors be trusted?” A tissue processing company called LifeCell answered no, and issued a recall on all their tissue.

    Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, said, “To know his bones were sold was one thing, but to see him standing truncated before me is another entirely.” Now thousands of people around the country are receiving letters warning that they should be tested for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis. On February 23, the Brooklyn District Attorney indicted Mastromarino and three others. They are charged with 122 felony counts, including forgery and bodysnatching.

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    Sarkozy appoints François Fillon as Prime Minister of France
    Sarkozy appoints François Fillon as Prime Minister of France

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    The new President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy has appointed François Fillon to head the new French government. Fillon’s predecessor Dominique de Villepin stepped down yesterday, and formally handed over the post during a ceremony today.

    The nomination did not come as a surprise after the British newspaper the Financial Times had reported on May 8 that Sarkozy had introduced Fillon to Tony Blair in a telephone conversation.

    François Fillon (53) has been the political advisor of Sarkozy in the UMP for the past 2 years, and he was Sarko’s campaign leader during the recent presidential elections. Fillon has experience in negotiating with the trade unions, having undertaken controversial reforms of the 35-hour workweek and the pension system. Sarkozy in his inauguration speech on Wednesday reiterated his plans to reform the French labour and social system, and Fillon will have to oversee these reforms as the new Prime Minister. Sarkozy said he wants to make the economy more flexible and lessen social tensions.

    I expect I’ll end up being the first French premier with a Welsh wife.

    The Guardian reported that Fillon is an Anglophile; his wife Penelope Clarke, with whom he has 5 children, was born in Wales. Ideologically, Fillon is being described as a moderate left-leaning member of the conservative UMP party.

    Fillon had his first experience as a minister in 1993 when he became Minister for the Higher education and Research under PM Édouard Balladur. He later became Minister for the Post office, Telecommunications and Space, then Minister for the social Affairs, Work and Solidarity, and finally Minister for national Education, the Higher education and Research. At the university, he studied public law and political sciences.

    Sarkozy might announce his cabinet of 15 ministers as early as Friday, half of which are going to be women, he said. Fillon will lead the UMP in the parliamentary elections next month. A poll on Wednesday predicted a 1.5% increase in votes for the UMP, up to 40%, compared to 28% status-quo for the allied socialists.

    Reports say that Sarkozy has offered the foreign minister post to Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières, who is seen as being on the left in French politics.

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    Where Can You Get Help For Your Bathroom Cabinets

    Where Can You Get Help For Your Bathroom Cabinets



    Unlike a couple of years ago, people do accord some priority to the designing and overall functioning of their bathrooms. It works almost like a sanctuary for people with hectic life. This is one room where they can pamper themselves and get some relief from the stress due their lifestyle. The trend for the present day master suits is to have a large bedroom that includes a master bath, which is as large as any other bedroom in the house. When the homeowners have an unlimited budget, they have a large variety of bathroom mirrors to choose from, extending their options of choosing from larger range of bathroom cabinets.

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    These are rather expensive but make a good investment for your house as they surely add value to your property and you can expect a better price when you decide to sell the house. They provide enough space for including cabinets and countertops. They are convenient for storage of medicines, toiletries and a lot other items needed in house. Decorating small bathrooms poses its typical challenges. The most difficult and tricky part is its design and layout. It necessitates having a larger storage area. At the same time, you have to have sufficient access to make cleaning possible. Many prefer to buy the complete package, thinking that it works out economical. But others look out for the best items and buy these as individual pieces. Bathroom cabinets designed for UK market that impart larger looks to the bathroom are already there. Despite your best intentions and the measures you may take, steam in any bathroom will sooner or later seep thru the board and disintegrates the same. Ultimately, you save money by opting for a vanity cabinet of good quality that is properly fitted, as it is sure to last for a long time. You just need to sand it to apply a new finish and it continues to look like a new one for long. While remodeling or upgrading your bathroom, you would like to consider buying custom made bathroom cabinets. Since you are going to use it and you realize the kind of relaxation you expect it to provide, you have to make the choices without overlooking your personal hygiene requirements on a daily basis. If you like the bathroom to look neat and organized, you can’t help investing in quality furniture like cabinets and vanity sets for the bathroom. It’s not a difficult proposition and any homeowner can take care of that without hiring the services of a professional. See that the doors, drawers and boxes of the cabinets are not damaged because of water leaking thru any pipes. They add to the dcor and style of your bathroom. When ordering new cabinets online, look for some ultramodern designs. They add to the overall style and looks of the space. While it’s true that you should be looking for designs offering large storage, don’t overlook the fact that you are going to leave some access for cleaning the area around them. Usually, this furniture is made from using MDF board with either the foil wrapped or veneered variety of board. You need to take the precaution of measuring the existing hardware used for the cabinets to ensure that the new one fits there easily. You can get bathroom cabinets suited for UK market with appropriate designs that make the bathroom look large. Custom bathroom cabinets are available over a wide range of prices. Look for accessories that add to the dcor while remaining functional, especially in case of smaller bathrooms. You get bathroom cabinets incorporated with mirrors. They look very stylish and you may have them with a single door or two doors. Bathroom cabinets with two doors come with mirrors fixed inside, thus offering the additional advantage of allowing the user to look at the back of their head, as also the upper part of their body.

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