June 10, 2018

NY Times, AP More Concerned About Backlash Than Details of German Girl’s Murder

Ali Bashar, a 20 year-old Iraqi who sought and was rejected for asylum in Germany, has been arrested after fleeing to Kurdistan, and has now reportedly admitted to raping and killing 14 year-old Susanna Feldman in Wiesbaden in May. A New York Times report posted before that reported admission, as well as Associated Press items appearing both before and after it, betray a clear reluctance to acknowledge key facts in the case, and an overriding concern that opponents of Germany’s permissive migration policy might gain political traction from this horrific crime.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061018)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: 7-year-old has joyous meeting with bone marrow donor who helped saved her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From (video at link):

June 1, 2018

There were tears when Adriana Aviles and Mike Laureano met, but they were tears of joy and gratitude.

Aviles, now 7, was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just 4 years old. She needed a bone marrow transplant, and Laureano, now 29, had signed up to be a bone marrow donor during a drive at his university. “I was a healthy individual living my life, so if I could help allow someone else to do the same then I, as a human being, have an obligation to do so,” he told Inside Edition.

The Be the Match organization lets donors and recipients meet a year after the donation is made, and Aviles decided that she was ready to connect with Laureano. When he arrived, she ran into his arms and started to sob, telling him, “Thank you so much.” Her mother, Jessy Aviles, told Inside Edition that her daughter “might only be 7 years old, but her heart and mind are wise — she knows how incredible this gift of life was.” Now, she said, “we have a bond with him that will last forever.”

Adriana is the daughter of Major League Baseball player Mike Aviles.