Gitmo Colorado Prisons

Gitmo Colorado Prisons, A team from the U.S. Defense Department will visit both a state and a federal prison in Colorado to assess their possible use for housing detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior U.S. officials said Friday.

The visit comes as the Obama administration struggles to shut down the Guantanamo detention center and find a location within the U.S. to house its detainees. Within the next two weeks, the team will visit the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City and a medium-security federal prison in Florence, officials said.

The Pentagon team also has surveyed the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina. The reviews assess construction costs and other changes needed to house the detainees and conduct military commission trials.

In Colorado, the medium-security facility is on the same grounds as the maximum-security prison known as Supermax. It would need upgrades, said Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

“These efforts are consistent with our commitment to working with Congress to close Guantanamo, and are intended to help inform Congress of how we can meet this goal and what it will cost,” Ross said.

Closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been a top priority for President Barack Obama, but the effort has faced hurdles, including staunch opposition among both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

There are 114 detainees currently in the detention center, and 53 are eligible for transfer. The remaining 61 have been deemed too dangerous to release to another country. Finding countries to take the detainees has also been difficult because the transfers cannot be approved unless officials believe the detainees will not return to terrorism or the battlefield upon release and that there is a host country willing to take them and guarantee they will secure them.

Legislation moving through Congress would retain and, in some cases, increase current restrictions on transferring detainees out of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The bill continues to ban the transfer of detainees to the United States or construction to house them on U.S. soil. It also calls on the White House to send Congress a plan on how it plans to close the facility and handle future detainees.

Colorado’s Supermax, dubbed “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” already houses terrorists. The prison’s 420 or so inhabitants include Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in civilian court of the September 11 attacks, and Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was transferred to Supermax in July.

The state prison, located about 10 miles from the federal complex, has been vacant since 2012. The state shuttered the all-solitary-confinement prison because of declining prison population.

Colorado’s congressional Republicans quickly vowed to fight the transfer.

“I call on the Obama Administration to immediately halt any consideration of this irresponsible idea,” said Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.

Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper was more measured.

Irving Fryar: NFL Pro-Bowler Going To Prison

Irving Fryar: NFL Pro-Bowler Going To Prison, Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Irving Fryar was sentenced Friday to five years in a New Jersey state prison for his role in a banking and mortgage fraud scheme.

Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were convicted in August on charges of conspiracy and theft by deception. They conspired to defraud seven banks in New Jersey and Philadelphia of more than $1 million, the Burlington (N.J.) County Times and the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill, N.J., reported.

At the trial, Fryer’s defense team claimed Fryar was duped by “con artist” William Barksdale, who was the government’s main witness. Barkdale is serving a 20-month prison sentence for conspiracy after pleading guilty, The Associated Press reported.

Fryar was taken into custody to begin serving his sentence. McGhee, 74, received three years’ probation.

Fryar, 53, was the first player selected in the 1984 NFL Draft, by the Patriots. He played 17 years in the NFL (1984-2000) for the Pats, Dolphins, Eagles and Redskins. The former Nebraska star made the Pro Bowl in 1985, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997. Years after he retired, he became the pastor of a church he founded in New Jersey.

The Martian Box Office: ‘Martian’ Blows Away Box Office

The Martian Box Office: ‘Martian’ Blows Away Box Office, “The Martian” blasted off to near record numbers this weekend with an estimated box office opening of $55 million in the U.S.
The Matt Damon-led space thriller is just short of another film about astronauts lost in space, “Gravity,” which holds the record for biggest October opening with a $55.7 million debut in 2013.

When final box office numbers come in on Monday, however, there’s a chance that 20th Century Fox’s “Martian” could take the record outright.

Critical acclaim and strong buzz seem to have boosted the film, which stars Damon as a NASA astronaut marooned on Mars.

The film holds a 94% score on review site and a very strong CinemaScore of “A” from moviegoers.

“The Martian” was one of Matt Damon’s biggest box office openings.

Then there was the actual red planet making news this week thanks to NASA’s discovery of water on the planet.

“‘The Martian,’ which despite not being a sequel or a franchise film, has truly captured the imagination of audiences,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak (RENT). “It clearly benefited from the perfectly timed and thus serendipitous NASA news related to the discoveries on Mars just this week.”

With the big opening, “The Martian” also became Matt Damon’s second-biggest U.S. opening ever, second only to 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

In “Martian,” Damon spends most of the movie alone on screen, and his performance has received rave reviews with some critics already saying it could land him an Oscar nomination.

“The 44-year-old Damon is incredibly winning in this film,” wrote New York Magazine’s Kyle Buchanan. “And since he’s essentially his own scene partner, it’s a real showcase for his skill, charisma, and crack comic timing.”

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux: Aniston & Theroux’s Post-Wedding Debut

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux: Aniston & Theroux’s Post-Wedding Debut, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were pictured for the first time arriving for their romantic French Polynesian honeymoon on Thursday.

The newlyweds, who tied the knot in an extremely secret ceremony on Wednesday, were seen keeping a low profile as they held hands on touching down in Bora Bora and were only just ahead of the showbiz pals who’d just attended their wedding.

Jennifer, 46, and 43-year-old Justin, who have been an item for four years, were kitted out in their holiday garbs, ready to enjoy some time celebrating their status as a newly-married couple.

The acting couple were seen flying out of Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on Thursday to head to the special spot that they vacationed this time last year to mark their two-year engagement.

They are expected to be staying at the luxury Four Seasons resort, located on Point Matira in Bora Bora, where a week-long stay at the island’s paradise can cost up to $1 million for couples.

It won’t be as traditional as most honeymoon vacations because Us Weekly reports that close friends including Chelsea Handler – an attendee of the intimate ceremony – are said to be joining them on the trip.

There are also pictures of Jason Bateman, wife Amanda Anka and Jennifer’s best friend Courteney Cox arriving on the island with their children.

After a long wait and much media attention during their extended engagement, the high profile pair are thought to have said ‘I do’ at a super-secret ceremony at their Bel Air home earlier this week.

One day later, arriving for the post-wedding break, Jennifer kept a holiday hat low to conceal her face, but wore a sleeveless garment as she prepared for the tropical climates in their chosen honeymoon destination.

It’s thought that the post-marriage break will tie in with Justin’s 44th birthday, which they’re due to celebrate on August 10.

It may also serve as a follow up to the batchelor party that was thrown by Jimmy Kimmel for Justin at his very own ‘barn bar’ located at his West Hollywood home in the time before their wedding.

Jennifer and Justin have been known in the past to enjoy holidays with friends in Mexico, where they own a home in Cabo San Lucas.

Last December, they enjoyed the company of showbiz pals John Krasinski, Emily Bunt, Jimmy Kimmel and fiance Molly McNearney in Mexico.

The ceremony was attended by acting royalty, with attendees to the likes of Lake Bell as well as former Friends co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Courteney in attendance.

Jennifer’s old pal Courteney, who played Monica next to her character Rachel for ten years, also served as Jen’s maid of honor, according to People, and was the last to leave the bash at 3am when guests enjoyed a DJ set by Samantha Ronson, TMZ reports.

VIPs including Howard Stern, Ellen DeGeneres, Australian singer Sia, Tobey Maguire’s wife and jeweler Jennifer Meyer, were thought to have witnessed the union.

Not there was Jennifer’s estranged mother Nancy Dow, the learned.

It is thought that Jennifer wore a flowy, white and summery dress, instead of a traditional gown since guests were ingeniously told it was a surprise birthday for Justin, some arrived in jeans.

With so many high profile guests in attendance, Jennifer and Justin managed the impossible and were able to tie the knot at their Bel Air home without the world knowing.

While fans have waited for years for the two superstars to say ‘I do’, the couple were able to keep their special night on Wednesday largely to themselves thanks to a myriad of clever tactics – including a hiding all their party set up in a nearby house.

The 46-year-old actress and her new husband no doubt hold the record for having the most expensive private warehouse of all time.

According to TMZ, the couple used a vacant $10.7 million mansion next door to their’s as a storage space for all the wedding paraphernalia.

Slowly and covertly, tables, chairs, decking and other supplies were transported to the large mansion – which is located directly under the newlyweds – in unmarked trucks.

The goods were then stored on the property – which also acted as a staging and staffing area during the ceremony – so that they could not be seen.

The only hint that something had changed was a piece of fake grass, a small umbrella covered table, and small generators being placed at the back of the storage house.

There was also an umbrella covered area were a security guard checked off everyone going in and out.

A tiny wooden gangplank was also just visible as it peep out from the trees that divided the two homes.

According to the website, this gangplank then connected to a path which had been put in as Jennifer had the home renovated.

With foliage making it impossible to see what was being moved between the two properties, it allowed party planners to move everything they needed up to the couple’s sprawling $22 million abode at the eleventh hour.

TMZ reports that most staff members working on the event were left in the dark as to what and for whom the event was for.

Those on site were not allowed to park near either property and no one was allowed to have their cell phone with them.

The Hollywood power couple also made sure there were no loose lips among their celebrity friends – as they too had no idea what they were turning up to.

The fact it was meant to be a surprise meant guests would not be talking about the party and it is also ensured the A-listers, who are notoriously, late turned up on time.

Of course the surprise was on them, with Jen and Justin revealing it was in fact a wedding on arrival.

The two actors exchanged their vows at their beautiful home before their small group of guests celebrated their union in a stunning yet simple outdoor reception.

Clearly putting the emphasis on fun, the reception seemed like a chic but casual affair with a mix of round tables with ottoman seating as well as outdoor sofas which were set up on the temporarily wooden deck over the pool.

On Thursday, staff were spotted busily packing up the outdoor celebration as Jen and Justin jetted off on their honeymoon.

The timing of the ceremony was very sentimental as the actress received a proposal from Theroux on his birthday in August 2012.

It came just over a year after the former Friends actress started dating the actor and writer in May 2011 while filming the 2012 film Wanderlust.

Bora Bora is one of the world’s most romantic honeymoon destinations; a peaceful, idyllic and extremely secluded retreat for newlyweds.

The suites, which start at over $1,500 a night, provide an intimate setting surrounded by unparalleled peace and quiet, with terraces facing the lagoon and the amazing opportunity to enjoy some downtime on a private beach.

Overlooking the magnificent turquoise waters, the five-star resort boasts a luxurious infinity pool, a tennis court and special spa treatments at the lagoon’s sanctuary.

The Four Seasons Resort is located on Point Matira in Bora Bora, which was voted ‘the best island in the world’ by U.S. News in 2012.

Roseburg Shooting: Community Keeping Suspect Anonymous

Roseburg Shooting: Community Keeping Suspect Anonymous, The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

12:30 a.m.

The condition of one of the three shooting victims brought to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has improved to serious from critical, the center says in a statement released Saturday night. The conditions of the other two patients at the facility remain the same: one is critical and the other is in fair condition, the center says.


4:50 p.m.

Chilling details are emerging about the horrific scene inside an Oregon community college classroom as gunman Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer shot and killed his victims.

The father of 18-year-old Lacey Scroggins – who survived physically unhurt – says his daughter heard the gunman tell one victim he would spare that person’s life if the student begged then shot the begging victim anyway.

Lacey Scroggins’ father, Pastor Randy Scroggins, told The Associated Press his daughter also told him about students being ordered to crawl to the middle of the room and the gunman shooting them.

Pastor Scroggins said his daughter survived because she was lying on the floor and partially covered by the body of a fellow student. Scroggins said the gunman thought his daughter was dead as well.

Lacey Scroggins told her father the gunman stepped over her and shot someone else.


3 p.m.

The father of the gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college says he had no idea his son had guns. He also believes gun laws should change.

Ian Mercer, the father of gunman Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, lives in California. His 26-year-old son had been living in Oregon.

Ian Mercer told CNN on Saturday that he is struggling to understand how and why the shooting happened and that he was stunned to learn his son had accumulated so many guns.

Authorities say Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer had 14 guns and took six to the campus.

Ian Mercer also told CNN his heart goes out to the grieving families.

The father says there is talk about gun control after shootings such as the one in Oregon but nothing is done.

He says the Oregon attack would not have happened if his son had not been able to get guns.


1:15 p.m.

The family of the gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college says they are “shocked and deeply saddened” by the slayings.

Authorities released the statement Saturday from the relatives of Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer saying “our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured.”

The 26-year-old Harper-Mercer opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Officials have not released a motive. They said Saturday that Harper-Mercer killed himself after officers arrived at the scene.

Macklemore Baby: Macklemore Shares Adorable Baby Pic

Macklemore Baby: Macklemore Shares Adorable Baby Pic, Macklemore has shared an adorable picture of himself taking a nap with his little daughter Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty.

The 32-year-old rapper, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, took to his Instagram page to share the cute pic, which shows his little girl sleeping peacefully alongside his father, and captioned it, “There is nothing better”, E! Online reports.

Earlier, the ‘My Oh My’ hit-maker shared the pic of his daughter watching a football game played by his favourite team the Seattle Seahawks.

The four-month-old Sloane is the first child of the couple Macklemore and Tricia Davis, who tied the knot on June 27, 2015.

Malia Obama 17 weighs college choices: Malia Obama College

Malia Obama 17 weighs college choices: Malia Obama College, President Obama had some fatherly counsel for his 17-year-old daughter Malia recently, even as he admitted she might not listen to him.

“One piece of advice that I’ve given her is not to stress too much about having to get into one particular college,” Mr. Obama told a group that included high school students in Des Moines last month. And, he added, “Just because it’s not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get a great education there.”

His second piece of advice, the president said as the room broke into laughter, “is keep your grades up until you get in, and after that, make sure you pass.”

It is college application season in America, including at the White House, where Malia Obama, a senior at the elite Sidwell Friends School in Washington, is in the middle of the pressure-filled process of writing personal essays, asking for teacher recommendations and narrowing her choices.

Reports from college newspapers and conversations with campus tour guides indicate that Malia, perhaps the nation’s most eligible 2016 college applicant, is winnowing a list of Ivy League schools, liberal arts colleges and at least one top-ranked public university. Her current grades and SAT scores are not publicly known – the first lady’s office declined to comment for this article – but Mr. Obama, for one, told the students in Des Moines that his daughter was a “hard worker” and that he does not expect her to “start feeling a little slack” in her senior year.

Malia Obama 17 weighs college choices: Malia Obama College

Roseburg Oregon: Police: Oregon Shooter Killed Himself

Roseburg Oregon: Police: Oregon Shooter Killed Himself, Chris Harper-Mercer, the shooter behind the deadly rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, apparently committed suicide after exchanging gunfire with officers, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Saturday.

A timeline released by investigators shows that the first 911 call about the Thursday’s shooting came at 10:38 a.m.

Six minutes later, Hanlin said, two Roseburg police officers and a state trooper arrived on the scene. At 10:46 a.m., the officers exchanged gunfire with Harper-Mercer. Two minutes later, there was a report of “suspect down,” according to the timeline.

Hanlin said the state medical examiner determined the gunman’s death was a suicide. State police are investigating the shootout.

The father of the gunman told CNN that he was devastated by the news that his son was the killer and that his heart went out to all affected families.

“I know words cannot bring families back. I know there’s nothing that I can say that can change what happened,” Ian Mercer said outside his home in California. “But please believe me, my thoughts are with all of those families and I hope they can get through this.”

Mercer said his son lived in Oregon with his mother and he hadn’t seen his son since they moved two years ago. Father and son had a good relationship, he said. They talked and went out to dinner and did things sons and dads do, the father said.