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after wreck claims two popular brothers

January 24, 2015

Coming into town, these are the first signs that something has happened, that someone is gone.

The something would be the crash. On the night of Dec. 22, police say a drunk driver crossed the center line of a two-lane blacktop. His SUV hit a Jeep Cherokee head on.

The someone would be 26-year-old Christopher "Critter" Waddell, who was coming home from Christmas shopping when he died that night. Eight days later, Waddell's 17-year-old brother Miles became the second victim, succumbing to his injuries from the wreck.

People who knew the brothers say those eight days are about as long as they could stand to be apart.

"Those two guys were as close as any two brothers I've ever known in my life," said Damon Kempski, the Loris Parks and Recreation Department director who worked with both brothers. "If Christopher was there, Miles was with him."

The brothers were also close to the town. As the middle and youngest sons of Tommy Waddell and Myra Gore, they grew up in the Loris Drug Store, where their father has long been the pharmacist. They spent many Sunday mornings sitting in the balcony of the Loris First Baptist Church. They served as umpires in the youth leagues of the city's rec department and they had a regular corner booth at Shorty's Grill, where Miles Waddell's name is still listed as the high scorer on one of the arcade games.

A month after the wreck, the town continues to mourn.

Ask the people in the diners or the downtown stores. They gush about the brothers. Look at the signs on country churches and at the rec department. Pray for the Waddells, they say.

For many folks, the memorials and anecdotes help shift the conversation from the way the brothers died to the manner in which they lived. They don't want Christopher and Miles Waddell to be another anonymous statistic in a state that was recently ranked as the worst in the country for drunk driving deaths.

So they make signs and stickers and share stories. Next week, Miles Waddell's friends plan to place a cross at parking space No. 139, the one that belonged, no, still belongs to him.

"We're just trying to keep him alive, honestly," said Brianna Gerald, who calls Miles Waddell her best friend. "Doing more stuff helps all of us heal a little bit better."

'The biggest heart'

When they returned from Christmas break, Loris High students didn't know how to react.

There was a moment of silence, which was fitting. They couldn't bring themselves to talk about their classmate in the past tense.

"On the first day, I believe that's probably the roughest for everybody," said Matt Stevens, a junior who grew up with Miles Waddell. "Whenever you walk into the class and see nothing but balloons on his desk, that hits you kind of hard."

Everyone knew what had happened because everyone knew Miles Waddell.

Although he stood just a haircut over five feet tall, the junior lived with the swagger of a giant.

He wanted to eat the biggest steaks, wrestle his friends' fathers and let folks know about his black belt in karate. He lived by Gamecock football and always had a few Starburst candies in his pocket.

"He had like four packs a day," Gerald said. "He would eat them in color coordination: He'd eat yellow, then orange, then pink, then red. He did it from the Cheap Prada Sunglasses China ones he disliked the most to the ones he liked the most. ... He was a picky little thing."

Miles Waddell teased his friends in a good-natured way, and they never missed a chance to respond.

"We were always saying crap to each other," said fellow junior Mayson Cox, who often chided Miles Waddell about his stature, which earned him Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses the nickname Fake Oakley sunglasses Lil' Waddell.

"I didn't really have any room to talk," she said. "We were the same height for the longest time. He kept growing. I didn't."

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This act of terrorism is outrageous

January 24, 2015

aturday's posting, came four Cheap Prada Sunglasses China days after an ISIS video demanded that the Japanese government pay $200 million within 72 hours for the hostages' release.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged the post.

"This act of terrorism is outrageous and unforgivable violence. I feel strong anger and firmly condemn it," Abe told reporters Saturday, adding that he demands Goto be released immediately.

Played over Saturday's picture, the voice of a person claiming to be Goto says in English that Abe is to blame for Yukawa's death.

"You were given a deadline, and so my captives acted upon their words," he says.

The voice then relays the alleged new demand from ISIS -- the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman arrested in Jordan in 2005 on suspicion of trying to take part in an attack Fake Oakley sunglasses in which others killed dozens at Jordanian hotels.

"They no longer want money, so you don't need to worry about funding terrorists," the voice says. "They are just demanding the release of their imprisoned sister Sajida al-Rishawi."

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Abe talked by phone on Saturday, according Jordanian state news agency Petra.

The news agency did not detail what the two discussed beyond saying they "reviewed the latest developments in the Middle East."

Condemnation from allies

President Barack Obama condemned the purported murder of Yukawa by ISIS.

In a White House statement, the President expressed condolences to the people of Japan and said the United States will work with its ally "to bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice and will continue to take decisive action to degrade and ultimately defeat" ISIS.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said Japan was right not to bow to the terrorists' demand for ransom.

"Britain strongly supports the firm stance Prime Minister Abe and his Government have taken and we will continue to work with Japan and other partners around the world to promote peace and to build a safer, more secure future for our citizens," Cameron said in a statement.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is grieving with Yukawa's family. "America has known this pain and horror ourselves, and we stand with Japan not just in sadness, but in solidarity and strength," he said in a statement.

The U.S. National Security Council has seen Saturday's post, and the "intelligence community is working to confirm its authenticity," NSC deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

Goto, 47, and Yukawa, 42, had gone to the Middle East for different reasons, the former an experienced freelance journalist covering the conflict in Iraq and Syria, and the latter an aspiring security contractor who felt at home in the war-torn region. They ended up in the hands of ISIS in recent months.

On Tuesday, ISIS released a photo showing a black-clad masked man standing over Goto and Yukawa. The man made a demand: Either Japan pay $200 million -- the same amount that Abe has proposed to Cheap Oakley Sunglasses help those affected by the ISIS campaign, money his government says is for humanitarian rather than military purposes -- within 72 hours, or both men would die

Johansen Gets Help in Winning NHL Breakaway Skills Challenge

January 24, 2015

Patrick Kane Fake Oakley sunglasses of the Blackhawks had the fastest time in the accuracy shooting, and Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin was the fastest skater.

Team Foligno will meet Team Toews on Sunday in the 60th All-Star game.

Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin — who stole the show at Friday night's draft by pleading to be picked last so he would win a new car — led the hardest-shot competition with a pair of 101.4 mph drives. But Weber stepped into his final shot to win the event.

The breakaway challenge proved to be the most innovative of any of the light-hearted, head-to-head competitions.

Johansen pulled Blue Jackets trainer Mike Vogt's 7-year-old son, Cole, out of the stands to score a goal to the delight of the crowd. The center also endeared himself to Ohio State fans by pulling off his Blue Jackets sweater to reveal a No. 5 Ohio State football jersey — similar to one worn by injured star quarterback Braxton Miller — on his first shot.

Johansen also employed a star-laden V-formation to the net on Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses his third and final attempt.

Moments Cheap Real Oakley sunglasses later, Philadelphia's Jake Voracek did exactly what Johansen did — except instead of a little boy he grabbed diminutive Calgary rookie Johnny Gaudreau and guided him toward scoring a goal.

The breakaway event began with St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott turning his back on an opposing player — Blues teammate Vladimir Tarasenko — and then taking a selfie of the two as the puck went into the net. The crowd again roared with laughter.

Ovechkin, who won the first three of the five times the breakaway has been held, struck out on three baseball swings off high passes from Tarasenko. Patrick Kane, who won in 2012 after donning Clark Kent glasses and a red Superman cape, didn't compete.

Are You Ready for Hillary

January 24, 2015

Holding up a "Ready for Hillary" sticker, Sarah Palin asked the crowd at the first conservative showcase of the 2016 presidential campaign cycle to take on the likely Democratic presidential candidate.

"I'm ready for Hillary, are you? Are you coming?" the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate said.

Palin roused the cheering crowd at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Des Moines, Iowa, asking, "Is Hillary a new Democrat or an old one?"

She held up a Cheap Prada Sunglasses China Time Magazine from last year with the headline "Can Anyone Stop Hillary." She said the coverage was to "convince us that a pantsuit can crush patriots."

"Hey Iowa, can anyone Cheap Real Oakley sunglasses stop Hillary?" Palin asked the crowd, before co-opting a famous Obama campaign slogan. "To borrow a phrase, 'Yes we can!' And it starts here and it starts now."

She wasn't the only Republican woman to take on Clinton Saturday. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who has said she is considering a 2016 bid, compared her record to Clinton's.

"Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled thousands of miles around the globe, but unlike her, I've actually accomplished something," she said. "You see Mrs. Clinton, flying is not an accomplishment. It is an activity."

Fiorina has made trips not just to Iowa, but New Hampshire and South Carolina as well.

On Thursday, Palin told ABC News "of course" she's interested in a possible 2016 run.

The Democratic National Committee responded to Palin's comments with communications director Mo Elleithee issuing a brief statement.

biggest supporters of the Assad dictatorship

January 24, 2015

At a time when Russia and Iran, the biggest supporters of the Assad dictatorship in Damascus, are on the ropes economically because of steep declining oil prices, the Obama administration, Fake Oakley sunglasses mostly by inaction but also by design, is practically propping up the Assad regime.

One could see the contours of a hellish Faustian deal in the making. To put it bluntly, the Obama administration today, almost four years after the Syrian people began their peaceful uprising against the depredation of an entrenched despotic rule, is desperately relying on Russian ‘diplomacy’ and Iranian ‘muscle’ to extricate it from its disastrous policy in Syria.

Iran now for all intents and purposes, as one astute Iraqi Kurd told me, is ‘leading from behind’ the ground war against the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, while the U.S. is leading the air campaign. In this new strange, but not brave Middle East, the hapless Iraqi government is more Cheap Prada Sunglasses China than happy to play the Cheap Oakley Sunglasses role of the useful mailman/middleman, delivering and receiving messages among the three frenemies.

While Russia and Iran have been adamantly consistent in their support of the Assad regime, even after its outrageous use of chemical weapons against its own civilians, and after its systematic use of siege and starvation as tools of war against civilian areas under the control of the opposition, the Obama administration kept muddling through from one concession to the next compromise to another retreat and now to outright betrayal of its early promises to the Syrian people, not to mention its own solemn red lines and commitments to punish the Assad regimes for its war crimes.