Detroit mayor headed to jail
A judge sentenced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail Tuesday for a sex-and-text scandal, calling him “arrogant and defiant” and questioning the sincerity of a guilty plea that ended his career at City Hall.
The punishment was part of a plea agreement worked out last month. Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner followed that deal but said Kilpatrick would not get time off for good behavior, potentially up to 20 days in this case.
Kilpatrick, a Democrat, admitted lying while testifying last year in a civil lawsuit filed by former police officers who accused him of illegally demoting or firing them. He and chief of staff Christine Beatty, both 38, were accused of having an affair and denied it, but text messages obtained by a lawyer in the case – and later the Detroit Free Press – clearly contradicted them.
They used their city pagers to arrange trysts and share sexually explicit desires. A fresh batch of messages was released last week, revealing that Kilpatrick, married with three children, likely had other lovers. Associated Press
The Christian Science Monitor said Tuesday it will become the first national newspaper to drop its daily print edition and focus on publishing online, succumbing to the financial pressure squeezing its industry harder than ever. Come April, the Boston-based paper – founded in 1908 and the winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes – will print only a weekend edition after struggling financially for decades, its editor said. Associated Press
Four men were charged Tuesday with capital murder and other felonies for the fatal shootings of two students and wounding of a third near a University of Central Arkansas dormitory. The two murder charges against each defendant carry either the death penalty or a life sentence if convicted. Kawin Brockton, 19, of Conway; Kelsey Perry, 19, of Morrilton; Mario Toney, 20, of Little Rock; and Brandon Wade, 20, of Lake Village, also face eight counts of terroristic threatening, and gun violations. Associated Press
South Korean intelligence indicates that ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has suffered a serious setback and has been hospitalized, a newspaper reported today. The report in the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper cited an unnamed government official in saying intelligence obtained Sunday suggested “a serious problem” with Kim's health. It did not elaborate.
Kim, 66, reportedly suffered a stroke and underwent brain surgery in August. In September he missed a military parade marking North Korea's 60th anniversary then disappeared from view for two months. North Korea denies he is ill. Associated Press
Police say a strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake has killed at least 80 people in southwestern Pakistan.
The quake struck early today in Balochistan, an impoverished province bordering Afghanistan. A geological official says the 6.1 quake was centered 370 miles southwest of Peshawar.