The hunt is on for Christodoulos Xiros, 55, a Greek terrorist who escaped during a New Year’s leave.
I don’t know what’s more shocking – that Greece allows day passes for prisoners or that Xiros actually came back the last 6 times he was allowed out. Xiros was convicted in 2003 and had served 10 years of his term for involvement in a string of shootings and bombings while he was part of the deadly November 17 guerrilla organization. After Xiros failed to check in on Monday at a police station in northern Greece, he became the target on a nationwide search. The incident has also prompted Greek officials to take a closer look at its prison furlough system – because I don’t think allowing convicted terrorists vacations from prison is really working. ABC News
The first rule of South America is: never stop driving – especially at night and especially on a dangerous road. A telenovela star and former Miss Venezuela was murdered while trying to fend off carjackers in Venezuela. Monica Spear, 29, and her husband Thomas Henry Berry, 39, were both shot to death after armed men tried to rob them on a very sketchy road on Monday night. According to police, when their car hit a “sharp object that had been placed on the highway” and that’s when the thieves/murderers made their move. The couple, who were travelling with their 5-year-old daughter, family locked themselves into the car but the hijackers fired at least six shots into the vehicle. The 5-year-old girl survived the attack, but ended up with a bullet wound in her leg. Meanwhile, Venezuelan authorities arrested five people in connection with the murder. Chicago Tribune
A gun is not a toy and it’s definitely not a sex toy. The ex-wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy was arrested Saturday after allegedly whipping a gun out of her vagina and threatening her boyfriend. After having some kinky sex involving a silver handgun and a scared vagina, the pair got into a heated argument over space aliens (???) and McCarthy pulled the gun out of her vagina while shouting “Who is crazy, you or me?” The answer: both. The boyfriend told police he wrestled the gun away from her and, fearing for his life, threw it in the toilet – presumably to rinse it off. McCarthy, a self-proclaimed artist, was then arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault on a household member. Maybe it was just performance art? Daily Mail
Not so fast gay Mormons – Utah Governor Bob Herbert announced on Wednesday that the state would not recognize the more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed over the last two weeks. After a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage, there was a wedding boom – until the Supreme Court issued a stay that put a temporary hold on the ruling until a final court decision is issued. So if you’re one of the hundreds of newly married gay couples living in Utah, don’t even think about filing joint tax returns this year and definitely don’t think about adding your spouse to your healthcare plan – because it ain’t legal. Yet… New York Times
Canadians are dropping like birds – well, only one is – after contracting the bird flu. Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose has confirmed the first known fatal case of the H5N1 avian influenza strain in North America. The infected person, an Alberta resident who recently travelled to Beijing, China, died January 3 after experiencing symptoms on the flight back to Canada. Officials emphasized that this is not a disease transmitted between humans, so if you were onboard that Dec 27 flight, don’t freak out just yet. Calling the death an “isolated case”, Ambrose repeatedly emphasized the risk to the general population was low. Ok now it’s time to FREAK OUT!!! CBC News