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Cheston Catalano is a Kentucky-based journalist whose work has been featured in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. He is a long-time contributor to Liberaland.
James Garner Dies At 86

James Garner Dies At 86

Garner was best known for “The Rockford Files.” He died of natural causes. Garner was one of the first actors to amass success in both television and film … and he starred in a long list of classic films — as well as a co-starring role in the ’94 big screen version of “Maverick” starring [...]

Man Changes Flight Twice, Escapes Death On Both Doomed Planes

A Dutch cyclist changed flights for both of the doomed Malaysian Airline flights on which he was scheduled to fly. Netherlands public broadcaster RTV Oost reported that Maarten de Jonge changed his most recent flight to this weekend. de Jonge, who is a professional cyclist, wrote in a statement on his website that his narrow [...]

Florida Jury Awards $23.6B Verdict In Big Tobacco Lawsuit

That’s the amount the R.J. Reynolds company will have to pay in one of the largest verdicts for a single plaintiff on Florida history. A state jury awarded the punitive damages Friday to the estate of Michael Johnson Sr., who died in 1996 from lung cancer after years of smoking cigarettes, attorney Christopher Chestnut told [...]

Woman Loses Family Members In Both Malaysia Airlines Disasters

Australian Kaylene Mann lost both her brother and sister-in-law in Malaysian flight MH370 in March, and her stepdaughter was killed in MH17. Mann’s brother, Greg Burrows, said, “It’s just brought everyone, everything back. It’s just … ripped our guts again.” Mann’s stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was among the 27 Australians who were killed in yesterday’s attack, [...]

Federal Judge Strikes Down California’s Death Penalty

The California death penalty system is unconstitutional, ruled the judge. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment. “California’s death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out [...]

Minister’s Horrific Suicide Was Intended To Inspire Social Justice

Remember the shocking self-immolation protests of Vietnamese monks during the Vietnam War? They’ve been revived, only this time it happened in Texas and the suicidal protester was a Christian minister: From segregated churches of East Texas to destitute slums of India, the Rev. Charles Moore fought for human rights. He delivered sermons about racism and [...]

Olympic Champion Ian Thorpe Reveals He Is Gay

Thorpe made the revelation to British broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson. The interview, which will air on Sunday night on Channel Ten, has been described by Sir Michael as one he had wanted to do for a long time. “Ian Thorpe has always been near the top of my list to interview. The reasons are obvious. [...]

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart In Fatal N.J. Crash

The June 7 car crash seriously injured Morgan and killed his friend, fellow comedian James McNair. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claims Wal-Mart was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan’s limousine van. The complaint claims the retail giant should have known the driver [...]

UN: Seized Iraq Nuclear Material Is No Risk

The Iraqi government appealed to the United Nations to step in when word came that terrorists had stolen nuclear material from the University of Mosul. The UN says there is no risk here. International Atomic Energy Agency spokesman Gill Tudor [pictured] was responding to a letter from Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim to Secretary-General [...]

Poll: Americans Have Had Enough Of Sarah Palin

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania poll shows that the American public believes Sarah Palin has jumped the shark, with 54% wishing she’d fade into the background. It’s not just Democrats clamoring for her to take more of a back seat — four in 10 Republicans agreed with [...]

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