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.


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

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Airlines Sued By Imams for Discrimination

Two Islamic religious leaders from Tennessee filed a lawsuit against two airlines Monday, claiming they were discriminated against and not allowed to fly on a plane in May because of the way they looked. Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul, both imams, request a jury trial in the suit, filed in federal court against Delta Air Lines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

In the suit, the two said they arrived at the Memphis, Tennesseee, International Airport on May 6, wearing traditional Muslim attire, including religious garb and headgear. They were headed from Memphis to Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend a conference on anti-Muslim bigotry. Rahman is an Arabic-language adjunct professor at the University of Memphis and originally from Pakistan. Zaghloul is a religious leader at the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis and originally from Egypt.

The imams said they went through TSA checkpoints and their belongings were screened. While at their gate preparing to board, both men were pulled aside and told they would be subject to a random, secondary security check and search. The two men claim they “willingly complied and cooperated to the best of their ability,” according to the lawsuit. They say TSA agents asked them for identification and questioned them about their trip to North Carolina, then cleared them to board.

The two were seated about five rows apart, the complaint said.  But moments after the plane began to taxi the runway and prepare for takeoff, the pilot returned the plane to the gate, and ordered both plaintiffs to get their bags and immediately leave the airplane. The two men are seeking compensatory and punitive damages against Delta and ASA to be determined at trial.



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