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Kent Hovind\’s April 2007 appeal denied

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Kent Hovind’s April 2007 appeal denied

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Kent Hovind’s motion for acquittal was denied on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Hovind, a Pensacola young Earth creationist and operator of Dinosaur Adventure Land, along with his wife, Jo Hovind, were found guilty in November 2006 on 58 federal counts of “willful failure” to payroll taxes, structuring bank withdrawals, and obstructing federal agents.

On January 19, 2007 Kent was sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay US$640,000 in owed funds to the Internal Revenue Service, pay prosecution’s court costs of $7,078, and serve three years parole once released.

In his motion, Hovind had contended that under the rule in a case called United States v. Davenport the crime is not the individual withdrawals, but is instead the total transaction, also known as the “unit of the crime.” Thus, Hovind argued that in his case there was no “unit of the crime” “separate and distinct from the alleged act of withdrawing, and without such a separate amount to be structured [. . .] there could be no crime alleged, and no conviction on any charge in Counts 13 through 57.” The trial court rejected Hovind’s “unit of the crime” argument.

Had the judge ruled in Hovind’s favor his sentence would have reduced Hovind’s prison sentence from ten years to five years.

Jo Hovind sentencing was delayed pending the ruling on the motion. She will be sentenced soon though no date has been set.

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Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake reported in Papua New Guinea

Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake reported in Papua New Guinea

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Seismic hazard map of the earthquake.

According to the USGS, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea. The time of the quake was reported at 5:12 p.m. local time [7:12 a.m. UTC].

The epicenter was 120 kilometers [74 miles] south, south east from Kavieng, New Ireland, in Papua New Guinea and had a depth of 410.4 kilometers [255.0 miles].

So far there are no reports of damage or injuries from the quake. No tsunami warning has been issued.

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Space tourist returns to Earth after 14 day trip

Space tourist returns to Earth after 14 day trip

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Charles Simonyi, a billionaire software engineer born in Hungary, has returned to Earth after a 25 million dollar trip to the International Space Station with mission Soyuz TMA-10. The original mission, planned to last 13 days, was extended to 14 days when landing was made impossible due to “boggy ground”. Mr. Simonyi, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, and American astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria made a successful landing in the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft on the Kazakh steppe in Central Asia on Saturday.

Mr. Simonyi was said to be “ecstatic” after rescuers helped him from the capsule and into a fur-lined chair. His first piece of food back on Earth was an offering to returning space crews landing in Kazakstan – a green apple. The controllers supervising the landing burst into applause along with the families of the space crew as a giant screen displayed “It has landed!” in large red letters.

Simonyi commented “I feel terrific, it was a fantastic trip, it is good to be back,” before relaxing in a special reclining chair. The two other returning men were said to be very tired after their 7-month visit to the ISS. “It is natural that those who spend a quite long period of time [in space] find it harder now,” said Anatoly Grigoryev, head of a Russian biomedical institute responsible for the health of the cosmonauts.

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Blue Angels navy plane crashes in South Carolina

Blue Angels navy plane crashes in South Carolina

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Blue Angel F/A-18’s in a diamond formation

An F/A-18 Hornet jet belonging to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels squadron crashed in Beaufort, South Carolina Saturday. The pilot was killed while flying during an air-show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The jet crashed into a neighborhood, sending debris scattering. Eight injuries and property damage were also reported.

The crash occurred approximately three miles beyond the air station near Pine Grove and White Pine roads, in Beaufort.

According to a Navy news release, the Blue Angels were performing the final maneuver of their routine when the accident occurred. “It was [the pilot’s] second year on the team, and first year as a demonstration pilot.” said the Navy. “The other five Blue Angel jets were not involved in the incident.”

The cause of the accident is under investigation, but no other jets are said to be involved. In a news conference, Lt. Commander Anthony Walley said “Our squadron, and the entire U.S. Navy, are grieving the loss of a great American, a great naval officer, and most of all, a great friend.” The pilot’s name has not officially been released, but it is believed to be Lt. Commander Kevin Davis, 32, from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, as local media reports the number 6 jet was the one that crashed.

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