Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty… And Other News

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Today was the first pubic appearance for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since the April 19 shootout with police that killed his older brother Tamerlan and ended with him hiding out in a boat.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the Boston bombing brothers appeared in federal court Wednesday and pleaded “not guilty” to 30 charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction – which could carry the death penalty. Really? Not guilty? Perhaps his alibi was that he was out boating all day… The trial is expected to take three or four months. Perhaps longer, depending on how the boating defence pans out. BBC News

George W. Bush Speaks At Naturalization Ceremony At Bush Presidential CenterFormer President George W. Bush took a quick break from painting naked selfies to speak out on immigration reform. During a speech to newly-naturalized citizens, Bush criticized U.S. immigration policy and urged lawmakers to find a “positive resolution”. “I hope during the debate we keep a benevolent spirit in mind and we understand the contributions immigrants make to our country,” said Bush during the naturalization ceremony in Dallas. Thankfully, he didn’t pull a Jeb Bush and make an awkward comment about their fertility. ABC News

China RainRain rain go away. First Toronto, now China! Rainstorms have flooded China’s Sichuan province, killing dozens in the process. The rain is thought to be the worst in five decades and is causing massive flooding, setting off landslides, and washing away bridges. So far the heavy rains have killed more than 50 people across China and disrupted two million lives. Ok, this may be slightly worse than the situation in Toronto… New York Times 

Pilot ErrorAll signs point to… PILOT ERROR! The pilots aboard the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco were totally cruise controlling when the plane crashed. The pilots turned on the old auto-throttle system, spaced out, and failed to realize the plane was flying too slowly until it was just 200 feet above the ground. And by that time it was a little too late.  Another sketchy detail: the South Korean airline’s flight crew members were not tested for drugs or alcohol after the crash. The flight killed two Chinese teenagers and injured more than 180 other people, including two flight attendants who were ejected from the plane and found injured on the runway. Chicago Tribune

Heinz Doing BetterAn emotional Secretary of State John Kerry announced his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is doing better after being hospitalized for seizure like symptoms on Sunday. “Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and we hope improving,” Kerry said during the opening Wednesday of a U.S.-China economic summit in Washington. It must have been Glenn Beck’s loving words of support that helped her heal so quickly. USA Today

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