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Wednesday
Dec192012

Brady Campaign Launches PSAs with Shooting Victims’ Family Members

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The nation’s leading gun-control-advocacy group has launched a new series of YouTube public service announcements as part of a, “long-planned public-awareness campaign” not tied to the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s YouTube series, “We Are Better Than This,” features celebrities speaking straight to camera, some of whom, like Avengers star Mark Ruffalo -- who lost his brother to a gun homicide -- have been personally touched by firearm violence.

Perhaps more significantly, families of mass-shooting victims will appear in the videos.

In the first three videos, Brady staffer and Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard appears, as do Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica Redfield Ghawi was killed in the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting in July.

 

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Wednesday
May162012

Videos Show Susan Powell with Father-in-Law Before Disappearance

Courtesy of the Powell Family(NEW YORK) -- Susan Cox Powell was pleasant and warm toward her father-in-law Steven Powell before she disappeared in 2009, in contrast to allegations that she was very wary of him, according to a new website featuring home videos and songs of the Powell family.

The website, titled West Valley and Pierce County Malfeasance, was released on Tuesday exclusively to ABC News by Steven Powell's daughter, Alina Powell.

It was unveiled on the same day that her father's trial on voyeurism charges went to the jury.  Steven Powell is accused of filming and photographing two girls, ages 8 and 10, as they used the bathroom in the home behind Steven's house.

The site aims to show the Powells' side of a two-and-a-half year feud with Susan's parents, as well as between the Powells and the police departments that investigated Susan's disappearance.

Alina Powell said that the videos on the new website won't affect the outcome of her father's case, but are intended to begin offering another side of the Susan Powell story to those who are interested.

"The trial will conclude [today] one way or another," she said.  "I waited to put things out so as not to interfere with dad's case, but I've long been tired of seeing people say things they don't really know anything about.  (The website) is just kind of to start putting the truth and balance into this stuff."

Steven Powell was arrested in 2011 on charges of voyeurism and child pornography after a police search of his home yielded dozens of computer disks with images of naked women and girls. 

His son, Josh Powell, who was the only named person of interest in Susan's disappearance, later killed himself and his two sons in a fiery home explosion.  The videos released on Tuesday show a rare glimpse of the boys, who were kept out of the public eye while they were alive, laughing and playing with their parents.

Among the images found in Steven Powell's home were voyeuristic pictures of Susan that he had allegedly taken without her knowledge, although those pictures are not included in the charges.  Steve Powell claimed he had a flirtatious relationship before she disappeared.

Members of Susan's family and friends, as well as an estranged daughter of Steven Powell, have said that Susan was "repulsed" by her father-in-law and wanted Josh to sever ties with him.

The Powells' new website, however, claims that Susan was in fact comfortable around Steven, and shows home videos of the family together to prove it.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Feb112012

Whitney Houston Dies: Stars Flood Twitter with Tributes 

Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Soon after the death of Whitney Houston was confirmed Saturday, celebrities, fans and friends of the late singer flooded Twitter with tributes.  At one point, every trending topic on Twitter was Whitney-related.  Here's a roundup of some of the comments about Houston's passing:

Mariah Carey: "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth."

Christina Aguilera: "We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney's family. She will be missed."

Pink: "Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do. 'a few stolen moments is all that we share' RIP."

Nicki Minaj:  "Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time."

Gloria Estefan: "Shocked we've lost the immensely talented Whitney Houston! Sending prayers of peace & solace 2 her family, friends & fans! Such a loss!"

Usher:  "R.I.P Whitney Houston... A true icon of our time. Gone too soon. My heart goes out to the family in their time of distress."

Jennifer Lopez: "Such a loss. One of the greatest voices of our time. Sending out prayers to her family... #R.I.P.Whitney."

Cee Lo Green: "R.I.P. Sister WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!!! We will always love you."

Katy Perry: "So devastating. We will always love you Whitney, R.I.P."

Simon Cowell: "I am so sad to hear about Whitney. We have lost one of the greatest singers of all time."

Queen Latifah: "Oh Dear Lord! Hurting so Bad!!! MY Sister Whitney!!!!!!! Newark please Pray!!! World Please Pray!"

Rihanna: "No words! Just tears #DearWhitney....Feels so strange being at the Grammy rehearsal right now!!"

Bruno Mars: "This is terrible news..I'm sick to my stomach. Nobody sang like Whitney."

Smokey Robinson: "I've known Whitney since she was a little girl and I have always loved her. She was like family to me and I will miss her dearly."

Clay Aiken: “RIP Whitney Houston. The soundtrack of so many lives. I’m sure Heaven reverberates 2nite with the sound of ur voice. It always was angelic.”

Ruben Studdard: "I just can't believe Whitney is gone. What an amazing voice. Rest In Peace Whitney I will Always Love You!!!!!!"

Nickelback: "Rest in Peace Whitney Houston. Thank you for the gift you gave us all."

Chris Daughtry:  "Whitney Houston dead at 48. Wow! I'm speechless."

Justin Bieber: "just heard the news. so crazy. One of the GREATEST VOICES EVER just passed. RIP Whitney Houston. My prayers go out to her friends and family."

Tony Bennett: "It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed."

L.A. Reid:  "I am completely devastated by the loss of the greatest voice of all time! R.I.P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you!"

Chaka Khan: "I'm speechless...I'm in shock right now. Just pray for her and the family."

Toni Braxton: "My heart is weeping...RIP to the Legendary Diva & Icon Whitney Houston!!!!! Such an incredible influence over music as a whole!"

Ricky Martin: "RIP Whitney Houston. Sending my love and deepest condolences to her family and friends. Fly Whitney Fly."

Paris Hilton: "So sad to hear the news about Whitney Houston. :( She was such a beautiful and talented woman. My heart goes out to her family."

Missy Elliott: "This is such a sad moment! I'm speechless I have no words of what I'm feeling right now. Rest in Peace Whitney Houston I love u."

Adam Levine: "Tomorrow night at the Grammys, the only person on our minds will be Whitney Houston."

Glee star Amber Riley: "I had to pull over off the road. RIP Whitney Houston. I'm glad now that I got to meet you and thank you for your beautiful music."

Jessica Simpson: "I found my voice singing Whitney Houston's music. Today I lost my idol."

Slash: "Shattering news about Whitney. RIP."

Bette Midler: "Please, please someone tell me it's not true."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May092011

Experts: Osama Bin Laden Tapes Show His 'Pathetic' Side

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government is running a full court press to prevent Osama bin Laden from becoming a hallowed martyr by using what are essentially out-takes of videos made by bin Laden to paint him instead as a vain, pathetic old man, experts said Monday.

Of the five videos made public by the White House this weekend, perhaps the most remarkable shows bin Laden huddled under a blanket, watching himself on television with a remote control in his hand, changing the channels whenever he sees pictures of president Obama.

"He's always been very careful about controlling his image and here he was nurturing his image, watching himself on television in what was the most revealing, most human, least controlled moment of his entire career," Lawrence Wright, Osama bin Laden expert and author of The Looming Tower, said.

The outtakes reveal bin Laden's fully gray beard, apparently dyed jet black for his on-camera appearances, set behind four different makeshift backgrounds.

"[This is] just a guy who wants to be seen, who wants to be known," Wright said.  "Very pathetic in a way."

In another sequence, there are technical difficulties, as a light goes out and the world's most wanted terrorist loses his concentration.

The release of the videos are "part of the U.S. government's effort to discredit him after his death so... he doesn't become a martyr in the eyes of the Arab youth," said former White House counterterrorism official and ABC News consultant Richard Clarke.

But while the outtake video may be embarrassing, there's nothing funny about the other, much more sinister material gathered in bin Laden's compound, revealing a level of plotting and activity from here that has surprised U.S. officials.

"He was engaged not just in being a symbolic leader of al-Qaeda, but he was involved in the strategic and operational leadership," National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said on ABC News' This Week With Christiane Amanpour.

Experts said the question of who will replace bin Laden is an important one, with some actually hoping it will be his controversial deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.

"Zawahiri is a very polarizing figure," Wright said.  "He ran his own terrorist organization al Jihad into the ground and we should only be so lucky that he would take over al Qaeda." 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan072011

Police Hunt Suspects Who Assaulted Disabled Women on Tape

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Describing the evidence as some of the most "disturbing" images they've ever seen, Los Angeles cops are asking for help in identifying the men seen in more than 100 hours of videotape sexually assaulting severely disabled women, many of whom just "lay there" as they were attacked.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Bureau is looking for at least four men in the brutal attacks on as many as 10 disabled women, many of whom appear to be patients at residential care facilities.

According to Sgt. Daniel Scott, a package of 11 DVDs with more than 100 hours of video on them was left anonymously at the sheriff's office in March. Det. Ron Anderson, charged with viewing the material, quickly found that the material was like nothing he'd ever seen before.

"What he found was one of the most disturbing sets of images he's ever encountered in his long career," said Scott at a press conference late Thursday. "We have multiple suspects assaulting multiple adult female victims between the ages of 20 and 40."

"These victims are severely disabled and many of them appear unable to move and most of them are wearing diapers," said Scott.

A note left with the package said the person had been asked by a "black male in Los Angeles" to clean the hard drive of a computer. While doing the job, the individual found the disturbing images and made copies of them on DVDs, which he then left with authorities, Scott said.

Asked why it took authorities nearly a year to come forward with the case, Scott said that the tapes, which were delivered in March 2010, needed to be enhanced because of their poor quality. 

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Relieved of Command: Navy Removes Capt. Owen Honors from Enterprise

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Navy is set to permanently remove Capt. Owen Honors as commander of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise Tuesday, according to Pentagon sources. Pentagon leaders lost confidence in his ability to lead after raunchy videos he produced as an Enterprise officer in 2007 were leaked to a Virginia newspaper. A replacement commander is expected be named. The ship will still sail in two weeks for a warzone.

Honors is not expected to be kicked out of the Navy, but losing command of the carrier will surely end his career advancement.

Before the series of raunchy videos he produced years ago leaked to a Virginia newspaper over the weekend, Navy Capt. Owen Honors was known within the ranks as a popular officer and a decorated Top Gun aviator.

The videos, produced in 2006-2007 when Honors was the No. 2 officer aboard the Enterprise, show him introducing and starring in often lewd skits about life onboard the mammoth ship. They were broadcast on closed-circuit television ship-wide almost weekly in an attempt to raise morale during long and stressful deployments at sea. The videos appear to have been tolerated by the ship's commanding officer at the time.

In a video obtained by the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Honors is seen griping about individuals who complained about the offensive content in the skits. The paper also reported that official complaints to leaders at the time were brushed aside. A new admiral who took over command of the Enterprise Strike Group in February 2007 had their production halted. 

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Monday
Dec272010

Whistleblower Pilot Wants to 'Come Out of the Shadows'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The airline pilot who spoke out anonymously after he was reprimanded by the TSA for posting videos showing security flaws at a major airport said Sunday he may reveal his identity this week.

The 50-year-old California man told ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento that he hopes he will be able to "safely come out of the shadows."

The pilot's attorney told KXTV that the man still feared retaliation from the Transportation Safety Administration, but he wanted to keep his job as a pilot.

In an interview with ABC's World News last week, the pilot, who asked that his name and the airline he works for not be made public, said it was the "fallacy of the system" that inspired him to post the videos on YouTube.

Late last month, he took a series of videos with his cell phone to show major flaws he says still exist in airport security systems. The videos show how easily ground crews at San Francisco International Airport were able to access secure areas. "As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce. It's only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here," the pilot says on one video.

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