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jac holmes: mother describes 'fearless' son killed in syria


the bodies of two british men killed in syria - jac holmes and ollie hall - are due to be repatriated to the uk. they died last year, fighting against so-called islamic state. jac is thought to be one of dozens from the uk to have gone to fight against is with the kurds. his mother angie blannin describes to emma vardy how she was told of the news.you can listen to the today programme weekdays 6-9am and saturdays 7-9am






is-fighting british man jac holmes killed in syria


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionjac holmes told the bbc why he went to fight is, in an interview recorded weeks before he was killeda british man who has been fighting so-called islamic state in syria has been killed while clearing landmines in raqqa, the bbc understands.jac holmes had been fighting with kurdish militia the ypg since 2015.kurdish representatives in the uk said they had been told by ypg officials the former it worker from bournemouth was killed while he was clearing an area to make it safe for civilians.his mother, angie blannin, said the 24-year-old was a "hero in my eyes".she told the bbc: "he loved what he was doing there, he loved being a soldier. he had the courage of his convictions.just a boy"he was just a boy when he left the uk, a little bi






is-fighting british man jac holmes killed in syria


image copyrightfacebookimage caption jac holmes, 24 from bournemouth, had been fighting with kurdish militia the ypg since 2015 a british man who has been fighting so-called islamic state in syria has been killed while clearing landmines in raqqa, the bbc understands.jac holmes had been fighting with kurdish militia the ypg since 2015.kurdish representatives in the uk said they had been told by ypg officials the former it worker from bournemouth was killed while he was clearing an area to make it safe for civilians.his mother, angie blannin, said the 24-year-old had been a "hero in my eyes".she told the bbc: "he loved what he was doing there, he loved being a soldier. he had the courage of his convictions."he was just a boy when he left the uk, a little bit lost. he told me he didn't know






is-fighting british man jac holmes killed in syria


image copyrightfacebookimage caption jac holmes, 24 from bournemouth, had been fighting with kurdish militia the ypg since 2015 a british man who has been fighting so-called islamic state in syria has been killed while clearing landmines in raqqa, the bbc understands.jac holmes had been fighting with kurdish militia the ypg since 2015.kurdish representatives in the uk said they had been told by ypg officials the former it worker from bournemouth was killed while he was clearing an area to make it safe for civilians.his mother, angie blannin, said the 24-year-old had been a "hero in my eyes".she told the bbc: "he loved what he was doing there, he loved being a soldier. he had the courage of his convictions."he was just a boy when he left the uk, a little bit lost. he told me he didn't know






police: man robs friend who intended to loan him money


lizella, ga. (ap) — police say a georgia man who intended to lend money to a friend was robbed by that friend at gunpoint.the telegraph of macon reports that 22-year-old drake clifton holmes was arrested monday night and charged with armed robbery, using a gun with an altered id mark and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.a news release from the bibb county sheriff’s office says a man got into holmes’ car monday night after they had arranged to meet. the release says the man intended to loan holmes money, but holmes pulled a gun and demanded all the cash.the victim followed holmes after the robbery, until deputies took holmes into custody.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.it’s unclear if holmes has a lawyer.___information from: the telegraph, http://www.m






mother of briton killed in syria speaks of 'hero' son


image copyrightjane lyndonimage caption jane lyndon says she did not know her son was in syria the mother of a british man who was killed in syria has spoken of her "hero" son, who she tried to persuade to come home.oliver hall, 24 volunteered to fight with the ypg, the kurdish-led armed group which has been battling against so-called islamic state. mr hall was killed during an operation to clear mines from raqqa in november.jane lyndon said "he was a fun loving, cheeky, mischievous boy, who grew up to be a courageous and handsome man."mr hall went to bay house school, in gosport, hampshire, and after leaving school attended fareham college, where he trained to be a telecommunications engineer.ms lyndon said her son went on to work for his stepfather "whilst still trying to find his vocati






u.s. to remain in syria indefinitely, pentagon officials say


washington—the pentagon plans to keep some u.s. forces in syria indefinitely, even after a war against the islamic state extremist group formally ends, to take part in what it describes as ongoing counterterrorism operations, officials said.there are approximately 2,000 u.s. troops in syria, along with an unspecified number of contractors supporting them. last month, the u.s. military withdrew 400 marines from syria, which u.s. forces first entered in the fall of 2016....






driver pleads not guilty in north bellport crash that killed 2 on dirt bike


a mastic beach man who prosecutors said drove his minivan into two men on a dirt bike, killing them, pleaded not guilty friday as the mother of one victim yelled in anguish in the central islip courtroom.christopher bouchard, 27, pleaded not guilty to a single count of reckless endangerment, a felony, but assistant district attorney raymond varuolo said his office would seek higher charges from a grand jury. judge jennifer henry ordered him held on bail of $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond.most popularthe crash on montauk highway in north bellport killed the motorcycle’s driver, keenen king, 19, of shirley and his passenger, anthony holmes-garriques, 20, of north bellport. as the arraignment concluded, holmes-garriques’ mother, lina garriques, shouted in anger and grief in the courtroom.“murd






11-year-old girl's death helps saves life of cousin in need of kidney


chicago -- the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl is giving eight people the chance to live, thanks to organ donation, cbs chicago reports.according to police, takiya holmes was shot in the head during a fight over gang-controlled drug turf last weekend. holmes was pronounced dead tuesday, but was kept on life support so that her organs can be used for transplants.holmes was a match for darvese monson, holmes’ cousin, in desperate need of a kidney.monson received the news last week that doctors found the right match for her and was given the kidney on thursday. monson had waited over two years for a kidney donation. she completed the surgery this weekend.although monson seriously needed a new kidney, it comes with mixed emotions.“a situation like this that’s so tragic,” monson said. “i






video shows suspect in takiya holmes' slaying beaten by inmate at courthouse


takiya holmes murder suspect denied bondactivist andrew holmes says community pressure led to the arrest of antwan jones, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 11-year-old takiya holmes, a relative of andrew holmes. holmes speaks at the leighton criminal court building in chicago on feb. 15, 2017. (terrence antonio james / chicago tribune) activist andrew holmes says community pressure led to the arrest of antwan jones, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 11-year-old takiya holmes, a relative of andrew holmes. holmes speaks at the leighton criminal court building in chicago on feb. 15, 2017. (terrence antonio james / chicago tribune) see more videos






syria chemical 'attack': father mourns twins aya and ahmed


a father has recounted the last time he saw his baby twins, who were killed in the suspected chemical attack in khan sheikhoun, syria.abdulhameed alyousef originally thought aya and ahmed were unaffected by the air strike, and left them with their mother to try and help relatives nearby.syria chemical 'attack': father grieves for nine-month-old twins






body of canadian fighter recovered from isil five months after he was killed in


toronto — five months after a canadian was killed by isil, his body has been recovered in northern syria and preparations are underway to get him home, a kurdish community leader said monday.the kurdish peoples protection units, the rebel force better known as the ypg, retrieved nazzareno tassone’s from isil, said ihsan kaya, president of the toronto kurdish community centre. “the ypg, they called me yesterday. they said they had taken the body from isis,” kaya said. he predicted it would take two weeks to return tassone to ontario. “they said to me the body’s fine, but i don’t know.”upon hearing the news, tassone’s mother announced on facebook she was cancelling a memorial service that had been planned for next saturday in niagara falls, “until his body is here with us.”“a special message






body of canadian fighter recovered from isil five months after he was killed in


toronto — five months after a canadian was killed by isil, his body has been recovered in northern syria and preparations are underway to get him home, a kurdish community leader said monday.the kurdish peoples protection units, the rebel force better known as the ypg, retrieved nazzareno tassone’s from isil, said ihsan kaya, president of the toronto kurdish community centre. “the ypg, they called me yesterday. they said they had taken the body from isis,” kaya said. he predicted it would take two weeks to return tassone to ontario. “they said to me the body’s fine, but i don’t know.”upon hearing the news, tassone’s mother announced on facebook she was cancelling a memorial service that had been planned for next saturday in niagara falls, “until his body is here with us.”“a special message






records: upgraded charges in crash that killed two on dirt bike


christopher bouchard, left, is arraigned in court after the deaths of two men who were riding on a dirt bike. right, lina garriques, right, mother of victim anthony holmes-garriques, expresses her disappointment that bouchard was not charged with murder of her son and keenen king on monday, nov. 6, 2017. photo credit: james carbone by michael o’keeffe  [email protected] november 6, 2017 6:34 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emaila mastic beach man accused of fatally driving his minivan into two men on a dirt bike was arraigned on upgraded charges monday — but the victims’ friends and families say the defendant is still being treated too leniently. the families of dirt bike driver keenen king of shirley and his passenger anthony holmes-garriques of north bellpor






syria chemical 'attack': father mourns twins aya and ahmed


a father has buried his baby twins, who were killed in the suspected chemical attack in khan sheikhoun, syria.abdulhameed alyousef originally thought aya and ahmed were unaffected by the air strike, and left them with their mother to try and help relatives nearby.syria chemical 'attack': damascus attaches conditions to un inquirysyria chemical 'attack': father grieves for nine-month-old twins






driver pleads not guilty in north bellport crash that killed 2 on dirt bike


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylina garriques, center, mother of victim anthony holmes-garriques, 20, is angered at first district court in central islip on friday, june 23, 2017, after bail was set at $200,000 for christopher bouchard for allegedly striking her son and killing him with a minivan. keenan king was also killed. (credit: james carbone) a mastic beach man pleaded not guilty thursday to knocking two men off a suspected stolen dirt bike and killing them, as the mother of one victim yelled in anguish in a central islip courtroom and prosecutors indicated they would seek more serious charges.first district court was a swirl of emotion before and during the arraignment of the driver, christopher bouchard. bouchard, 27, pleaded...






driver pleads not guilty in north bellport crash that killed 2 on dirt bike


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylina garriques, center, mother of victim anthony holmes-garriques, 20, is angered at first district court in central islip on friday, june 23, 2017, after bail was set at $200,000 for christopher bouchard for allegedly striking her son and killing him with a minivan. keenan king was also killed. (credit: james carbone) a mastic beach man pleaded not guilty friday to knocking two men off a suspected stolen dirt bike and killing them, as the mother of one victim yelled in anguish in a central islip courtroom and prosecutors indicated they would seek more serious charges.first district court was a swirl of emotion before and during the arraignment of the driver, christopher bouchard. bouchard, 27, pleaded...






nighttime host laurence holmes re-signs with wscr-am 670


laurence holmes signed a new contract with wscr-am 670 that could keep him as a nighttime radio host for the next two years.holmes' one-year deal with a station option for a second year would extend him into his 21st year at the score.“laurence is one of the most talented broadcasters in the market.  he can tell a story, give an opinion, and listen, which is key to a great host," said operations director mitch rosen. "he is so smart and has a pulse on the city of what people are talking about and debating in the sports world."holmes expressed excitement about staying in his role despite a tempting offer from a local tv station and his disappointment about not landing in one of the daytime slots after terry boers retired.holmes told inc. the clincher was the station's "support" for the dire






aurora theater gunman's secret transfer should have better disclosed, victims' r


the colorado department of corrections should have done more to inform victims of the aurora theater shooting about the out-of-state transfer of gunman james holmes, a state subcommittee has ruled.last year, the state transferred holmes to a still-undisclosed prison outside of colorado after he was attacked by another inmate. the state has said that under the terms of its agreement with other states to transfer offenders, the new locations must be kept secret.the state’s victims rights act subcommittee called on the department of corrections to improve notifications to victims, responding to complaints filed by several families whose loved ones were killed in the july 2012 attack. the subcommittee said the state should have informed families in more detail why the gunman’s location could n






police: suspect shot at 3 gang rivals, killing 11-year-old takiya holmes instead


takiya holmes' grandmother speakspatsy holmes, grandmother of takiya holmes, talks to the media feb. 12, 2017, about her granddaughter, who was fighting for her life after being shot in the head the previous day, at comer children's hospital. (nancy stone / chicago tribune)patsy holmes, grandmother of takiya holmes, talks to the media feb. 12, 2017, about her granddaughter, who was fighting for her life after being shot in the head the previous day, at comer children's hospital. (nancy stone / chicago tribune)see more videos






sherlock holmes and the case of the forged stradivari: did we miss a vital clue


every time holmes explained to watson who the culprit was, there appears to have been one unsolved case under his nose that he didn’t even know about






consulting detective is my favorite way to experience a sherlock holmes story


my mom loves mystery stories, but i’ve never really seen the appeal. while we both love reading, she likes to puzzle out the mystery as she reads along. i can’t help myself from flipping to the back of the book. now that i’ve played sherlock holmes: consulting detective, however, i finally understand the thrill of sleuthing.advertisementi grabbed this game to play with my boyfriend, who is a huge sherlock holmes fan. like mystery stories in general, sherlock holmes doesn’t do a lot for me. he’s smug, arrogant, and because he exists in a fictional universe he’s got the audacity of always having the answers. the difference in sherlock holmes: consulting detective is that the titular investigator is basically absent. you’re handed the beginning of a sherlock holmes story, and then asked to fi






driver pleads not guilty in north bellport crash that killed 2 on dirt bike


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylina garriques, center, mother of victim anthony holmes-garriques, 20, is angered at first district court in central islip on friday, june 23, 2017, after bail was set at $200,000 for christopher bouchard for allegedly striking her son and killing him with a minivan. keenan king was also killed. (credit: james carbone) a mastic beach man who prosecutors said drove his minivan into two men on a dirt bike, killing them, pleaded not guilty friday as the mother of one victim yelled in anguish in the central islip courtroom.christopher bouchard, 27, pleaded not guilty to a single count of reckless endangerment, a felony, but assistant district attorney raymond varuolo said his office would seek higher charges...






driver pleads not guilty in north bellport crash that killed 2 on dirt bike


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylina garriques, center, mother of victim anthony holmes-garriques, 20, is angered at first district court in central islip on friday, june 23, 2017, after bail was set at $200,000 for christopher bouchard for allegedly striking her son and killing him with a minivan. keenan king was also killed. (credit: james carbone) a mastic beach man who prosecutors said drove his minivan into two men on a dirt bike, killing them, pleaded not guilty friday as the mother of one victim yelled in anguish in the central islip courtroom.christopher bouchard, 27, pleaded not guilty to a single count of reckless endangerment, a felony, but assistant district attorney raymond varuolo said his office would seek higher charges...






twin blasts kill 40, injure more than 100 near religious sites in syria's capita


captionreward offered in death of mother killed by stray bullet at bus stopthe lapd has announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of a mother killed by stray bullet while standing at bus stop. (irfan khan / los angeles times)the lapd has announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of a mother killed by stray bullet while standing at bus stop. (irfan khan / los angeles times)






12-year-old st. louis boy fatally shot as he played with gun


st. louis — the parents of a 12-year-old st. louis boy was accidentally shot to death while playing with his younger brother are accused of causing the death.prosecutors on wednesday charged 41-year-old donnie l. holmes and 40-year-old yolanda jackson with second-degree involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. holmes also is charged with unlawful firearm and felony drug possession.police say sixth-grader damian holmes and his 9-year-old brother were home alone shortly before 11 p.m. tuesday when they began playing with a gun they found. the gun discharged, shooting damian in the head. it's not clear which child fired the fatal shot.damian was pronounced dead at a hospital.online court records don't show whether holmes or jackson have attorneys.holmes is jailed on $300,000 cash bond






north bellport rally seeks ‘justice’ for men killed on dirt bike


advertisement | advertise on newsdayfamilies and friends of keenen king and anthony holmes-garriques, two young men killed on june 22, 2017 while riding a dirt bike that was reported stolen, gathered sunday, oct. 22, 2017 to voice their anger at the "unjust" charges brought against christopher bouchard, the driver of the minivan that struck the young men.supporters of two young men struck and killed in north bellport earlier this year by a minivan driver who police said may have believed the two were on his brother’s stolen bike rallied sunday for tougher charges in the case. keenen king, 19, of shirley, who was steering the dirt bike, and his passenger, anthony holmes-garriques, 20, of north bellport, were killed in the june crash on montauk...






colorado prisons need to do better about informing victims when inmates move, pa


denver — a state committee has determined that colorado’s corrections agency should have done more to inform victims of the aurora theater shooting that james holmes was transferred out of state to serve his life sentence.kmgh-tv reported last week holmes was moved out of colorado last year after he was attacked by another inmate. the state says it cannot disclose where holmes is now being held because of an agreement with other states to transfer offenders that requires inmates’ new locations remain secret.the victims rights act subcommittee called on the department of corrections to improve its system for notifying victims of inmate transfers.the action came in response to complaints from family members of victims killed in the 2012 attack.the department has agreed to update its victim n






twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites in syria's capital


captionreward offered in death of mother killed by stray bullet at bus stopthe lapd has announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of a mother killed by stray bullet while standing at bus stop. (irfan khan / los angeles times)the lapd has announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of a mother killed by stray bullet while standing at bus stop. (irfan khan / los angeles times)






one big reason that syria's future looks bleak: education has been a victim of w


captionreward offered in death of mother killed by stray bullet at bus stopthe lapd has announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of a mother killed by stray bullet while standing at bus stop. (irfan khan / los angeles times)the lapd has announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of a mother killed by stray bullet while standing at bus stop. (irfan khan / los angeles times)






an infamous and sadistic american serial killer was hanged in 1896. or was he?


the three-story hotel in downtown chicago known as the “castle” was by all appearances just another place for tourists to stay during the 1893 world’s fair except for one thing: many young women entered through its doors but not that many left. or so neighbors would later recall.for years, its owner, dr. h.h. holmes – originally born as herman webster mudgett – had invited people, mostly young women, into the hotel he designed, promising jobs and lodging while hinting that he was a wealthy man seeking a bride.what no one knew was holmes didn’t merely design a hotel. he fashioned a labyrinthine house of horrors, a “murder castle” with trap doors, peepholes and stairways that led nowhere. many of its 100 or more rooms were soundproof. others included gas lines, which allowed holmes to fill t






donors seek to drum up syria billions as un convenes


brussels — international donors are seeking to drum up billions of dollars in aid for war-ravaged syria, as the u.n. security council readies for an emergency meeting over a suspected deadly chemical attack there.u.n. relief coordinator stephen o'brien said wednesday that "for the immediate needs of 2017 we need about $8 billion."nearly 400,000 people have been killed, and half of syria's population displaced, by the six-year conflict. u.n. agencies estimate war damages across syria at $350 billion.earlier this week, at least 58 people were reported killed, including 11 children, in a suspected chemical attack in a town in northern syria.o'brien described it as an "abominable act", and said that for aid funds to work in syria "you have to have access, you have to have security."






nighttime host laurence holmes re-signs with wscr-am 670


laurence holmes signed a new contract with wscr-am 670 that could keep him as a nighttime radio host for the next two years.holmes' one-year deal with a station option for a second year would extend him into his 21st year at the score. he expressed excitement about staying in his role despite a tempting offer from a local tv station and his disappointment about not landing in one of the daytime slots after terry boers retired.holmes told inc. the clincher was the station's "support" for the direction of his 6 p.m. show, which he described as taking a more podcast-style deep dive into sports topics than typical question-and-answer guest interviews.for example, when holmes had csn chicago white sox reporter siera santos in studio earlier this year, "the first segment was 20 minutes and it bl






an infamous and sadistic american serial killer was hanged in 1896. or was he?


the three-storey hotel in downtown chicago known as the “castle” was by all appearances just another place for tourists to stay during the 1893 world’s fair except for one thing: many young women entered through its doors but not that many left. or so neighbors would later recall.for years, its owner, dr. h.h. holmes – originally born as herman webster mudgett – had invited people, mostly young women, into the hotel he designed, promising jobs and lodging while hinting that he was a wealthy man seeking a bride.what no one knew was holmes didn’t merely design a hotel. he fashioned a labyrinthine house of horrors, a “murder castle” with trap doors, peepholes and stairways that led nowhere. many of its 100 or more rooms were soundproof. others included gas lines, which allowed holmes to fill






driver pleads not guilty in north bellport crash that killed 2 on dirt bike


a mastic beach man pleaded not guilty friday to knocking two men off a suspected stolen dirt bike and killing them, as the mother of one victim yelled in anguish in a central islip courtroom and prosecutors indicated they would seek more serious charges.first district court was a swirl of emotion before and during the arraignment of the driver, christopher bouchard. bouchard, 27, pleaded not guilty to a single count of reckless endangerment, a felony, but assistant district attorney raymond varuolo said his office would seek higher charges from a grand jury.most popularjudge jennifer henry ordered him held on bail of $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond.the crash on montauk highway killed the bike’s driver, keenen king, 19, of shirley and his rider, anthony holmes-garriques, 20, of north bellpor






driver pleads not guilty in north bellport crash that killed 2 on dirt bike


a mastic beach man pleaded not guilty friday to knocking two men off a suspected stolen dirt bike and killing them, as the mother of one victim yelled in anguish in a central islip courtroom and prosecutors indicated they would seek more serious charges.first district court was a swirl of emotion before and during the arraignment of the driver, christopher bouchard. bouchard, 27, pleaded not guilty to a single count of reckless endangerment, a felony, but assistant district attorney raymond varuolo said his office would seek higher charges from a grand jury.most popularjudge jennifer henry ordered him held on bail of $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond.the crash on montauk highway killed the bike’s driver, keenen king, 19, of shirley and his rider, anthony holmes-garriques, 20, of north bellpor






n.y. artist briefly places urinating dog statue near "fearless girl"


cbs/apmay 31, 2017, 12:31 amnew york -- another artist has joined new york city's "fearless girl" statue controversy. artist alex gardega briefly placed a small statue of a urinating dog next to wall street's "fearless girl" sculpture as a form of counter protest. "fearless girl" was installed in march by a financial firm as a statement about the lack of women on the boards of big u.s. corporations. it faces the famous "charging bull" statue. the dog's sculptor, gardega, tells the new york post that he thinks "fearless girl" is a disrespectful publicity stunt and "has nothing to do with feminism." playvideocbs this morningwall street's charging bull artist takes issue with fearless girl the wall street statue of the fearless girl won a permit to spend 11 months in front of the iconic charg






zerotech to introduce 4k action with built-in gimbal: digital p og hy review


chinese drone manufacturer zerotech has announced it will introduce a handheld action era that features an in-built 3-axis stabilization gimbal. the rollcap will shoot 4k video and 13mp stills while providing +/-0.03° of angular vibration compen ion as well as gimbal movements to smooth video footage. the company says its built-in gimbal can tilt up to +/- 30°, can pan up to +/-40° and has a roll range of +/-85°.the lens offers a 94° angle of view, so compares approximately to a 21mm on a full frame system. the era features are controlled remotely via a smartphone app and recording can also be started and stopped at the era. features include slow motion video, high drive burst modes, time lapse, self-timer and hdr. a tripod thread allows the rollcap to be mounted on a pole, helmet or acces