Australian Baseball Player Killed By 3 Teens Out Of Boredom

Australian Baseball Player Killed By 3 Teens Out Of BoredomA random act of violence has left a promising 23-year-old college baseball player dead, a family devastated and two countries half a world apart rattled.

‘Nothing better to do’

Christopher Lane, who was from Australia, was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma, while he was out jogging last week. The motive? Three teens who had nothing better to do, according to police.

Charges were filed Tuesday against the three teens. James Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were charged as adults with felony murder in the first degree, according to Kaylee Chandler, Stephens County Court Clerk. Michael Jones, 17, faces two charges — use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree, she said.

A judge set bond at $1 million for Jones, while no bond was set for Edwards and Luna, Chandler said. When police arrested the teens, one of them offered up a motive that made clear that Lane, who attended East Central University on a baseball scholarship, was chosen at random.


‘Magnetic’

Police say the teens shot Lane in the back in the town of about 24,000 and sped away in their car. Attempts to revive Lane failed. Police caught the teens a few hours after the shooting.

Lane was remembered as magnetic — the sort of person who could always lighten the mood. Nearly 10,000 miles away in Australia, Lane’s family struggled to cope with the news.

If you were Christopher Lane’s family, would you be able to forgive the three teens for that senseless act of violence? Feel free to share your thoughts regarding this issue!

 

Source: Ed Payne and Elizabeth Stuart | CNN

Image: CBS News

Samoa Air To Charge Passengers By Weight

Samoa Air To Charge Passengers By WeightThe head of Samoa Air has defended the airline’s decision to start charging passengers according to their weight. Chris Langton told Australia’s ABC Radio that it was “the fairest way of travelling”. Rather than pay for a seat, passengers pay a fixed price per kilogram, which varies depending on the route length.

‘Run on weight’

“Airlines don’t run on seats, they run on weight, and particularly the smaller the aircraft you are in the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers,” Mr Langton told ABC radio. “Anyone who travels at times has felt they have been paying for half of the passenger next to them.”


‘Promote health awareness’

Under the new model, Mr Langton described how some families with children were now paying cheaper fares.

“There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo,” he said.

Air Samoa’s rates range from $1 (65p) to around $4.16 per kilogram. Passengers pay for the combined weight of themselves and their baggage. Mr Langton also suggested that the move had helped promote health awareness in Samoa, which has one of the world’s highest levels of obesity.

Do you think Samoa Air’s pay-by-weight pricing is indeed “the fairest way of travelling?” Who says ‘Yay’ and who says ‘Nay’?

Source: BBC News

Image: Lies Angeles