The future of Ukraine is in question. The testimony in the Oscar Pistorius trial turns sad and grisly. And the military is investigating one of its own.
It's Friday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. UKRAINE CRISIS
If you don’t mind, we’ll be leaving: Actually, Crimea, the rest of Ukraine wants you to stay. So be careful about any plans to switch over to Russia. There was a storm of, well, harsh words, after lawmakers in Crimea voted to go with their big neighbor to the east. Not so fast, Ukraine’s acting leader said. He and Western leaders attached the words “not” and “legitimate” to the idea of any such move. So if there is a people’s vote in nine days on the issue, it still remains to be seen if it’ll have any real impact. And that wasn’t all on a hectic day of action in the crisis. President Obama signed an executive order that threatens sanctions against anyone who dips into Ukraine’s funds, and the U.S. put travel bans (to the U.S.) on Russians it thinks are troublemakers.
2. PISTORIUS TRIAL
Blade Runner breaks down: The doctor lived so close by that when he heard the shots, he was at Oscar Pistorius’ home in minutes. Inside, he came upon a scene that would make most people cry. The track star was bent over his girlfriend’s body, and he was desperately trying to clear her airway, the doctor, Johan Stipp, testified yesterday. Pistorius told the doctor, “I shot her. I thought she was a burglar, and I shot her.” As Stipp spoke in court, Pistorius bent over crying in his chair, his hands covering his face.
3. 'UPSKIRTING' BILL
Think again, pic-snapping voyeurs: OK, perverts in Massachusetts, it might be OK now to shoot sneaky photos of women and their underwear. But not much longer. After the state’s highest court ruled in favor of a man who was accused of taking pictures and recording video up the skirts and dresses of women, lawmakers responded by writing a new law to make the lewd behavior a crime. The governor says he’ll sign the bill.
4. MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Accusing the teacher: A lieutenant colonel in the army is under investigation for groping a female lawyer at a training conference. And what's the lieutenant colonel's job? He trains sex crimes prosecutors. This comes the same day that 45 senators - mostly men - voted to block a bill that would have changed the way the military goes after suspected wrongdoers in sex cases (55 voted yes, 60 were needed). Opponents from both parties said it would undermine military commanders.
5. GAMBLER LAWSUIT
You got me drunk, he says: One of the best things about a casino, besides the amazing air quality, is the free drinks gamblers can get. Or so I hear. Apparently, one guy was at a Vegas joint so long he had 20 cocktails during his 17-hour run on the tables. He woke up a day later minus $500,000. But Mark Johnston of Ventura, California, says he shouldn’t have to pay because he was obviously trashed. Investigators with the state are looking into the matter. And if you’re wondering what Johnston did after losing all that coin, he went to another casino.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Excuse me, can you take my picture? What truck? Our friends at Bleacher Report spotted this on the Jalopnik blog. Woman wants cool picture at a desert race. The kind where spectators can get really close to the racing action. But this close?
- Bustin’ a moooooove: Ain’t no meat packers gonna take her down. On her way to the slaughterhouse, this cow busted down a fence. Casselton, North Dakota, look out!
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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