By all accounts, the Whitakers were a perfect family living in a community outside of Houston, Texas. That was all shattered on Dec. 10, 2003, when the family of four was gunned down as they entered their home. Tricia Whitaker, a retired teacher, and her 19-year-old son, Kevin, died from their injuries. The dad, Kent, survived as did their son, Bart. "I think, "Oh my God, he shot all four of us,'" Kent Whitaker told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. The investigation into the shooting revealed an intricate plot and a ruthless conspiracy to eliminate three of the four Whitaker family members. The mastermind of the plot? Bart, who hated his family and wanted their money. In 2007 he was tried and convicted of hiring the hit man to kill his family and hurt him, too, to cover up the crime. He was given the death penalty. This is where most cases end; not this one. Since his son was convicted, and to the disbelief of some, Kent Whitaker has fought to save Bart from being executed. … [Read more...] about Texas man targeted by a hitman fights for the life of the person who ordered the murder – his son
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Nikolia Apostolou Special to USA Today Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 1, 2018 ATHENS — Sixteen-year-old Abdul Rashid will attend school for the first time in Greece this month, even though the Afghan refugee has been in the country for almost three years. He says he expects it to be a struggle, especially given the language barrier. “It's very important to learn the language of the country you're living in,” Rashid said in English. “So now I'm learning Greek. But it's very difficult. It's very different from our language.” As parents and kids return to school in Greece, thousands of children who arrived in the Mediterranean country during the refugee crisis that began three years ago have been staying home, whether in an apartment, house or shipping containers in a refugee camp. Four out of 10 children between five and 17 years old weren't enrolled in school in Greece, according to a UNHCR report on refugee children’s education. Sixteen and … [Read more...] about UN says millions of children refugees are not attending school
DeKALB – When asked what she did in school this week, DeKalb High School senior Bethany Billips can say she got to talk to a French diplomat in her top-level honors foreign language class. Billips, 18, of Cortland, said she is a dancer and has already made connections between ballet terms and the French translation. She's thought about getting a minor in French while studying elementary education after high school, but for now, she's enjoying how the French program within the foreign language department at DeKalb High School has been growing over the past few years. On top of that, Billips said, it was enlightening to learn how visiting Consul General Guillaume Lacroix represents France within the Midwest and helps facilitate relations between the U.S. and France. "It was just cool to see that he takes care of the French community here," Billips said. "I didn't even realize that there was a big French community here around the Midwest." About a dozen fourth-year French students … [Read more...] about Bienvenue a DeKalb: French diplomat emphasizes importance of languages to DHS teens
Dennis Wagner Arizona Republic Published 7:55 p.m. UTC Aug 15, 2018 SUPERIOR, Ariz.— A former police commander using a department body camera filmed himself having sex in his office and stored pornography on a work computer, according to court and investigative records that portray a law-enforcement agency dominated by officers previously fired or suspended from other departments. The ex-commander, Anthony Doran, was the target of a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office administrative probe in March. A report from that investigation, obtained by The Arizona Republic, alleges a Superior police secretary discovered the sex video while conducting official business on Doran’s computer. The video, dated April 2017, apparently was stored on a jump drive that resembled a police radio and was attached to Doran's computer. The sheriff's report describes a nearly 4-minute video showing Doran, then the agency's second in … [Read more...] about This police commander kept his body camera on during a questionable time. But it’s not for the reason you think
The young couple set out on a trip in 1987, speeding toward Seattle, Washington, in a gold van, when they crossed paths with a killer. The man raped Tanya Van Cuylenborg and shot her in the head. Jay Cook was beaten and strangled. The killer left a pair of plastic gloves inside their vehicle, a gesture one detective interpreted as a taunt: You'll never catch me. That was true for more than three decades. Investigators spent thousands of hours sifting leads and probing suspects with little to show. But in late April, a former musical theater actor with no background in law enforcement took over the case. CeCe Moore and her team cracked it in three days. Moore put the killer's DNA profile into a public genealogy website to find relatives and then built a family tree that led to a suspect, William Earl Talbott II. The truck driver was charged in Washington state in May. Since the same technique was used to find the suspected Golden State Killer in April, genetic genealogy has led to a … [Read more...] about The unlikely crime-fighter cracking decades-old murders? A genealogist.