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Somali pirates free 22 sailors seized in September

October 16, 2008

SEOUL, South Korea – Pirates who seized a cargo ship off the coast of Somalia more than a month ago on Thursday freed the 22 sailors and the vessel, a South Korean official said.

Somali pirates seized the Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina -- which ... 
Somali pirates seized the Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina — which is laden with tanks and weapons. As Somalia sinks ever deeper into hunger and despair, attacking foreign ships bottle-necking into the Gulf of Aden is proving to be one of the few profitable activities in the country.(AFP/Jason R. Zalasky)

The crew members — eight South Koreans and 14 citizens from Myanmar — were heading toward a U.S. Navy vessel in the area after being set free earlier in the day, Foreign Ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young told reporters.

Moon said the sailors were all safe but declined to comment whether a ransom was paid.

The South Korean cargo vessel was hijacked by Somalia pirates on Sept. 10 in the Gulf of Aden — one of 29 ships hijacked this year off the African coast. The latest is a Philippine bulk carrier seized in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday with a crew of 21.

Also being held off the coast is the MV Faina, a Ukrainian ship carrying weapons and tanks. U.S. warships have surrounded the Faina as the pirates who seized it demanded millions of dollars in ransom.

Officials say 10 hijacked ships remain in the hands of pirates, along with about 200 crew members. With no effective government, Somalia cannot protect its coastline. It is located along the Gulf of Aden, which connects the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean and is one of the world’s busiest waterways with some 20,000 ships passing through it each year.

But international pressure on the pirates is growing….

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Head Trauma’s Agony: Boxer Is Brain Dead

January 2, 2008

By KWANG-TAE KIM, AP

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean boxer Choi Yoi-sam, who lost consciousness after winning his WBO intercontinental flyweight title fight last week, has been declared brain dead, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday.Choi was declared brain dead at 1 p.m. (0400 GMT), said Ko Seung-kwan, a spokesman at Asan Medical Center in Seoul. Choi had been in a coma since shortly after winning the fight against Indonesian challenger Heri Amol in Seoul on Dec. 25.

The 33-year-old South Korean was knocked down in the 12th and final round of the bout but got back up and was declared the winner on points before collapsing.

Doctors were scheduled to remove Choi’s organs for transplantation later Wednesday after getting approval from the prosecutors’ office – a legal requirement before organs can be removed – said Ko.

South Korean media reported that Choi said he would donate his organs.

“He has lived a hard life,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted Oh Soon-hui, Choi’s 65-year-old mother, as saying. “I hope he has gone to a peaceful place.” She could not immediately be reached for comment.

Choi was the WBC light flyweight world champion from Oct. 1999 to July 2002, and fought for the WBA light flyweight world title in Sept. 2004.

South Korea’s boxing commission had no immediate comment.

In 1982, a South Korean boxer died after a match in the United States.

Choi was declared brain dead at 1 p.m. (0400 GMT), said Ko Seung-kwan, a spokesman at Asan Medical Center in Seoul. Choi had been in a coma since shortly after winning the fight against Indonesian challenger Heri Amol in Seoul on Dec. 25.The 33-year-old South Korean was knocked down in the 12th and final round of the bout but got back up and was declared the winner on points before collapsing.

Doctors were scheduled to remove Choi’s organs for transplantation later Wednesday after getting approval from the prosecutors’ office – a legal requirement before organs can be removed – said Ko.

South Korean media reported that Choi said he would donate his organs.

“He has lived a hard life,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted Oh Soon-hui, Choi’s 65-year-old mother, as saying. “I hope he has gone to a peaceful place.” She could not immediately be reached for comment.

Choi was the WBC light flyweight world champion from Oct. 1999 to July 2002, and fought for the WBA light flyweight world title in Sept. 2004.

South Korea’s boxing commission had no immediate comment.

In 1982, a South Korean boxer died after a match in the United States.

Former Office of Judge Who Had Sued Over Pants Is Targeted

November 2, 2007

By Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 1, 2007; Page B07

The D.C. inspector general is investigating the city office that employed Roy L. Pearson Jr., the administrative law judge whose lawsuit over a pair of pants drew international attention.

The investigation goes beyond the conduct of Pearson, who lost his job this week. The inspector general is focusing on the overall performance of the Office of Administrative Hearings, which handles disputes involving city agencies. Pearson, who served two years on the bench, was one of about 30 judges in the office.

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Stuff I can’t Explain: So Better to Laugh

July 27, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
Just for fun category

I noticed about an hour after my wife left for work that her glasses were on the kitchen counter. I called to ask her if she wanted me to bring them over. The answer perplexed me.

“No. Forget it. I only need them to drive.”

Many questions. If she “only needs them to drive” how in God’s name did she navigate the ten miles to work? And if she did drive to work why did she spend the money on glasses?

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I disturbed a homeless lady in the parking lot this morning. She was seated on the ground and leaning against my car.

When I approached she growled, “Can’t you see I’m reading my Wall Street Journal”?

“My” Wall Street Journal as if it was delivered to her daily near my car….

I cannot explain this one bit….

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Where I stop for newspapers and coffee in the morning a Korean man was buying a taco. I stupidly asked, “You eat Mexican food for breakfast”?

He said, “I’m South-American-Korean.”

In America you can be whomever you want.

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I haven’t fallen asleep during a movie in five years or more. Last night I fell asleep during an airing of “The Passion of the Christ.”

I think you go to hell for that.

Have a great weekend!