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  • A Google Exec Just Beat The World Record For Highest-Altitude Jump From The Stratosphere

    10/25/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 27 replies
    Business Insider Via ^ | 10/24/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    Google senior vice president Alan Eustace just beat the world record for highest-altitude space jump, The New York Times reports. A helium-filled balloon carried him 135,908 feet to nearly the top of the stratosphere — more than 25 miles — above the ground, before he cut himself loose and plunged toward the earth at speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour.
  • The longest jump: Joe Kittinger held the highest sky divin record, then helped break it

    04/25/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps
    Col. Joe Kittinger may be one of the most interesting people alive today. Not only did he set the record for the highest and longest skydive in history in 1960, but the 85-year-old retired Air Force colonel was also the first person ever to observe the curvature of the Earth from the edge of outer space, and the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a helium balloon. Kittinger sat down with “Politics Confidential” to discuss his life’s many adventures and what it was like to help break his own skydiving record in 2012 as part of...
  • First-Person-View Of Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump (video)

    04/09/2014 7:20:23 PM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies ^ | 4/9/2014 |
    Austrian skydiver and daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from 128,100 feet above the Earth’s surface on October 14th, 2012. Seven GoPro cameras recorded the jump and GoPro just released this incredible footage, showing from a new perspective of what it was like from Baumgartner's point of view.
  • Verdict: Richard Baumgartner guilty of 5 of 6 federal counts

    11/02/2012 1:03:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    KNOXVILLE — A federal jury this afternoon convicted disgraced judge Richard Baumgartner on five of six counts of misprision of a felony. On their fourth day of deliberations, the 10-woman, two-man panel found the former Knox County Criminal Court judge guilty of lying to an Anderson County judge, a Knox County judge, a state prosecutor, a child support referee and the director of transitional housing at the YWCA.
  • Appellate court: Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood off the torture-slaying retrials

    10/25/2012 5:04:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/25/12 | News Sentinel staff
    Handing down a victory for Knox County prosecutors, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals today ruled Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood must recuse himself from presiding over retrials for three defendants convicted in the 2007 torture-slayings of a young Knox County couple. A stay previously entered in the retrial of these cases will remain in effect until the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court appoints a replacement judge or pending further orders of this court of the Supreme Court, Judge Robert W. Wedemeyer wrote in the ruling for the three-member panel. "Upon that appointment, the new trial judge shall review...
  • MSNBC Chyron Fail: Felix Baumgartner Traveled ‘Faster Than The Speed Of Light’

    10/15/2012 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | October 15th, 2012 | Andrew Kirell
    MSNBC might want to put some of its graphics producers through basic physics classes again.   During a brief report on Sunday’s epic Felix Baumgartner sky-dive from the stratosphere, during which the native Austrian broke the sound barrier, the cable network mistakenly labeled his feat as having traveled “faster than the speed of light.”    Despite the mistaken chyron, host Andrea Mitchell correctly reported that “Fearless Felix” was the first human to travel faster than the speed of sound without being inside a craft of some sort.
  • YouTube Broken by Space Jump

    10/14/2012 11:50:11 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | Aurelius has gone down thanks to Felix Baumgartner's historic jump from space. YouTube hosted Mr. Baumgartner's jump live and was sponsored by Red Bull. At its height, there were more than 7.5 Million people watching the same video at once. When Mr. Baumgartner was about to touch down after a successful jump, the site began to experience problems. A few minutes after, the entire website is having a server error, leading people to receive this message when they try to go to YouTube: Members of Twitter quickly took to the site to comment on YouTube's crash.
  • Felix Baumgartner will attempt to jump from stratosphere today

    10/14/2012 7:48:40 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 186 replies
    Red Bull ^ | Oct 14, 2012 | Vince Ferrer
    There will be a second attempt today for Felix to jump from a ballon at 120,000 feet and parachute, breaking the record for high altitude jumps. There should be a live feed on the website.
  • Skydiver Felix Baumgartner set to break sound barrier

    10/09/2012 5:33:50 AM PDT · by Katya · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 October 2012 | The Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to become the first human to break the sound ba
    The Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to become the first human to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle. He is going to jump out of a balloon at more than 120,000ft (36.5km) above Roswell, New Mexico. In the near vacuum at that altitude, he should accelerate beyond about 690mph (1,110km/h) within 40 seconds. If all goes well, he will open a parachute near the ground to land softly in the desert, 10 minutes later.
  • Senate candidate Baumgartner won't apologize for telling reporter 'go (expletive) yourself'

    08/22/2012 1:42:53 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    KIROTV ^ | August 22, 2012
    State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner issued an apology Tuesday, then retracted it after apparently sending a profane email to a reporter for the political blog Publicola. "Let me just say, Josh had it coming in this email, and I don't apologize," Baumgartner told KIRO 7's Graham Johnson on Tuesday afternoon. "Look, it's a naughty word. It doesn't amount to a whole lot." The email, which Publicola writer Josh Feit published on his blog, featured a photo of Baumgartner holding a gun and included the text, “Josh, this is Pat Feeks, a Navy SEAL killed last week in...
  • Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Completes 18-Mile Jump

    07/25/2012 2:53:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    abc ^ | 7/25/12 | GINA SUNSERI and KEVIN DOLAK
    Daredevil Felix Baumgartner this morning landed from his 18-mile dive back to Earth from the edge of space, in a plummet that reached a speed of more than 500 mph. Mission Control gave the go ahead this morning for the launch, saying "God Speed Felix" from Roswell, N.M., where the mission is being hosted. Baumgartner, an Austrian national, was lifted in a capsule carried afloat by a huge helium balloon. Click Here for Pictures: Felix Baumgartner's Dive The balloon took 90 minutes to get to 90,000 feet. The crane holding the capsule went up as fast as it could to...
  • Baumgartner suspends campaign to advise troops heading to Afghanistan (WA Senate race)

    06/10/2012 1:34:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    Vote Baumgartner ^ | June 5, 2012
    Senator Michael Baumgartner will suspend his campaign for US Senate for two days this week to travel to Georgia to advise an army battalion soon to deploy to Afghanistan. Baumgartner will lecture the 63rd Signals Battalion at Fort Gordon on counterinsurgency and the economy of Afghanistan. He will return to the campaign trail on Friday, June 8. “It’s a tremendous honor to be asked once again to help prepare our nation’s finest for the difficult challenges of fighting the war in Afghanistan,” Baumgartner said. Baumgartner, who holds a Masters degree in International Development from Harvard, served as an economics officer...
  • Judge Blackwood orders new trials in Christian/Newsom torture slayings

    06/06/2012 1:05:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 6/6/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — An order has been filed ordering new trials for the defendants in a January 2007 torture slaying, according to John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols. This comes despite a request from prosecutors that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood recuse himself from the case of the killings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23. . . . Late last month, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Blackwood's legal reasoning for granting new trials was faulty but left the door open for him to do so if he found different legal grounds.
  • State Supreme Court to review appeal request in Christian/Newsom slayings

    05/16/2012 10:13:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled a willingness to at least consider the state Attorney General's Office's bid to appeal a decision ordering new trials in the January 2007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Rather than dismissing at the onset the state's request to appeal Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood's ruling upending convictions in the slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, the state's high court is inviting debate on the issue instead. In an order released Tuesday, the court is requiring attorneys for the defendants at issue in the case to respond to the...
  • Former Judge Richard Baumgartner faces 7 federal counts of failing to report felonious activity

    05/16/2012 9:54:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Once a revered Knox County Criminal Court judge, Richard Baumgartner on Tuesday shuffled into a federal courtroom in shackles, accused of covering up the drug-trafficking crimes of the mistress he met via a Drug Court program he helped found. Baumgartner, who sent thousands of people to prison in his nearly two-decade-long tenure as judge, was arrested Tuesday as he drove away from his East Knox County farm and hauled into U.S. District Court with shackles on his feet and a chain wrapped around his belly and connected to handcuffs. He said little during his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford...
  • Thousands of retrials possible on former Judge Baumgartner cases

    04/19/2012 6:53:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    WATE-6 ^ | 4/19/12 | JESSA LEWIS
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There's potential for much more fallout from the downfall of ex-Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner. His addiction to pain pills means a number of people convicted in his courtroom will get new trials. That includes the four defendants in the Christian-Newsom murders. Most recently Paul Jerome Johnson, Jr., learned he'll get a new trial after being convicted in the death of a toddler. Hundreds, if not thousands, of guilty pleas accepted in Baumgartner's courtroom could face re-trial. "Literally, I could be talking about 1,000 cases. So it is very, very serious, not only in the manpower that it will take,...
  • Court won't take up Christian-Newsom retrial appeals

    04/13/2012 9:25:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via WATE-6 ^ | 4/13/12
    KNOXVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has said that it won't take up an extraordinary appeal involving a lower court's decision to throw out convictions in the murders of a Knoxville couple who was kidnapped and sexually tortured. Friday's split court decision is a setback for Knox County prosecutors who were hoping that they wouldn't be forced to retry cases heard by a judge who is said to have been high on prescription drugs.
  • TN man gets new trial in child rape; judge on drugs

    04/12/2012 9:39:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    AP via WSMV-4 ^ | 4/12/12
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man convicted of child rape in Knox County has been granted a new trial after arguing that a pill-addicted judge presided over the original trial. Jayson Bailey was convicted in April 2010 on four counts of child rape. Former Judge Richard Baumgartner sentenced him to 38 years in prison.
  • Guilty plea in robbery after Christian-Newsom murders

    04/11/2012 6:07:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    WATE-6 ^ | 4/11/12
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - LeMaricus Davidson pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing a Pizza Hut a day after the Christian-Newsom murders, in which he faces a second trial. Davidson, who had a felony record, could receive eight years for the robbery. He pleaded to charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and possession of gun. He will serve his term concurrent with whatever sentence he's expected to receive for the slayings of Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Chris Newsom.The couple was carjacked on January 7, 2007, taken to Davidson's rental house, tortured and killed, according to investigators. Davidson is again facing the death penalty in the case. He and three defendants were...
  • Richard Baumgartner fallout: Judge grants new trial for man convicted of killing toddler

    04/11/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/11/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — A judge today granted a new trial for a man convicted of killing a toddler. In the continuing fallout over former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner's pill addiction and resulting crimes, Paul Jerome Johnson Jr. will be retried in the July 2008 beating and strangulation of 18-month-old Joseph De'Jon Manning. Johnson was convicted in a July 2010 trial presided over by Baumgartner. However, Baumgartner resigned before ruling on Johnson's motion for a new trial. Such motions are routinely filed after trials and generally denied, paving the way for appeal. Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ruled today...
  • Legislature enacts new discipline system for judges

    04/10/2012 9:38:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/10/12 | Tom Humphrey
    Court of the Judiciary abolished, new board created NASHVILLE — After years of sometimes heated argument, the House sent to the governor Monday night compromise legislation that puts into place a new system for disciplining judges for misdeeds on the bench. Final approval came on an 88-5 House vote without any debate. The Senate had approved SB2671 unanimously earlier. Though the votes came with virtually no discussion, the debate over the past three years has included repeated charges that the present Court of the Judiciary ignored judicial misdeeds and operated in unwarranted secrecy. Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard...
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner's drug-addicted downfall makes national spotlight

    04/05/2012 8:28:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 4/4/12 | SHEILA BURKE - Associated Press
    KNOXVILLE — A Tennessee judge was so addicted to prescription drugs during his final two years on the bench, he was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks, at times purchasing from convicts he had previously sentenced, an investigation found. His behavior has called into question many of the cases he presided over, including one of Knoxville's most notorious murders. Many people didn't realize Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner had a problem until he stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a single count of official misconduct. It would be another eight months before...
  • When will Barack Obama call Melissa Coon? [her white son was set on fire by blacks] [media bias]

    03/27/2012 11:04:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies ^ | March 26th, 2012 | Andrew Zarowny
    We all know how much Barack Obama likes calling people up to apologize or feign empathy with them after some tragedy. He called Sandra Fluke after the big, bad Rush Limbaugh called her mean names on his nationally syndicated radio show. Obama then called the family of Trayvon Martin this past week, several weeks after the young 17-year old African-American youth was shot and killed by a Hispanic man, George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Of course, Zimmerman claims he was being attacked and an eyewitness apparently is verifying that story. Oddly enough, about the same time of the Trayvon Martin...
  • 'Wanted Dead or Alive' poster issued for George Zimmerman by New Black Panther Party

    03/27/2012 4:13:08 PM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 50 replies
    All Voices ^ | 23 March 2012 | Harold Michael Harvey
    new black panther party (nbpp) offers $10,000 for the murder of Zimmerman.
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner under federal probe

    03/24/2012 9:15:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/24/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner is now under federal probe, officials confirmed Friday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which spearheaded an investigation of the disgraced judge for violations of state law, is continuing its probe. This time, however, agents are working at the direction of federal prosecutors, spokeswoman Kristin Helm said. "The case remains open and ongoing, and TBI agents are continuing to investigate Baumgartner," Helm said in an email. "Specifically, we are looking at possible federal violations with the U.S. Attorney's Office." David Jennings, a supervisor with the Knoxville U.S. Attorney's Office, said he could "neither...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS: Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

    03/16/2012 8:59:43 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 36 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 3/16/2012 | Marcia Dunn
  • DA: Death penalty out in all but one of four torture slaying suspects

    03/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    It's official. Death is no longer a possible fate for three of four defendants in the January 20007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price has filed notice of an intention to seek the death penalty as punishment in the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, only against alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson. Price this month notified attorneys for Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins, and Cobbins' friend, George Thomas, that he will push for a fate in their cases no more than life without possibility of parole. Because Cobbins' girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman,...
  • Judge rejects releasing TBI file of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner

    03/09/2012 10:52:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — A judge said today he has no authority to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's file on former judge Richard Baumgartner. "This court has no authority whatsoever to decide on its own, 'I'm going to let the public see this file,'" Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood said at a specially-called hearing in Knox County Criminal Court. Blackwood said the portions of the file not made public contain phone records and recorded conversations in which Baumgartner discusses sex with two women and makes "crude remarks" about people. "What you're not going to find (in the TBI file) is...
  • Public deserves to know if officials enabled ex-judge

    02/19/2012 8:06:51 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/19/12 | NEWS SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD
    As more details of ex-Judge Richard Baumgartner's behavior while in the grip of prescription drug addition come to light, more disturbing questions arise. The public needs answers. A News Sentinel investigative report published one week ago revealed the disgraced Criminal Court judge allegedly shook down court employees for painkillers and intimidated a court security officer into becoming one of his pill suppliers, and that the Knox County Sheriff's Office had at least three chances to uncover his misdeeds. Baumgartner's fall has thrown the criminal justice system in Knox County into disarray. The four defendants in the gruesome Christian/Newsom killings will...
  • How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warnings

    02/12/2012 9:59:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/12/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Court of secrecy: How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warningsIt was a Thursday night in January 2010 when the phone rang at the Andersonville home of then-Knox County Sheriff's Office courtroom security officer Meredith Driskell. "He said, 'I'm coming to get those pills.' He told me to put them in a brown paper bag. I told him no ... but he told me I was going to," she recalled when contacted by the News Sentinel. "So, I put them in a brown paper bag and handed it to him, my husband, who hadn't been in...

    12/16/2011 1:58:33 AM PST · by Apogee · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | Jamie Satterfield
    One judge lied for her, had sex with her and shared painkillers with her. Another sent her to prison Wednesday. Knox County Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz ordered Deena Castleman, 37, to serve six years for a slew of convictions, including aggravated burglary, theft, DUI and possession of prescription painkillers. Castleman racked up all those charges while engaged in a relationship with former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner that included sex and both pill-procuring for him and pill-using with him, according to portions of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe made public earlier this month. At least one of...
  • Clerk's office releases 155 pages of TBI investigation of former judge Richard Baumgartner

    12/02/2011 3:48:15 PM PST · by libstripper · 3 replies
    Knmoxville News Sentinel ^ | Dec 2, 2011 | News Sentinel Staff
    The Knox County Criminal Court Clerk today released 155 pages of the TBI’s investigative report of former judge Richard Baumgartner. The redacted version outlines in more detail information that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood used Thursday to award new trials to the convicted killers of University of Tennessee student Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, in January 2007.
  • Special judge grants new trials for torture-slaying defendants, cites Baumgartner's conduct

    12/01/2011 9:17:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    KNOXVILLE — A special judge today granted new trials for four defendants in the 2007 torture-slaying cases, agreeing with lawyers that presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner's conduct led to fundamental structural flaws in the prosecutions. Jon Kerry Blackwood, his voice at times rising to a shout, said Baumgartner was obviously intoxicated in 2009 and 2010 while Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman were being prosecuted.
  • Sickening! Judge's Addiction Means New Trials for Torture/Murder/Rape Convicts

    12/01/2011 7:53:48 PM PST · by ferrgus · 22 replies
    The four pieces of human filth who brutally raped and murdered a young Knoxville couple are all getting new trials, thanks to the drug-addicted judge who presided over the cases. Former judge Richard Baumgartner bought extensively from the convicts in his own drug court. He considered himself above the law but finally got caught. Because he was high much of the time he was presiding over the trials, the families of the victims get to hear yet again how their children were savagely beaten, raped and mutilated before finally being killed.
  • Walter Pincus knew Valerie since 1996

    11/21/2005 1:05:16 AM PST · by SBD1 · 70 replies · 4,168+ views
    Washington Post | January 12, 1996 | Walter Pincus, Washington Post Staff Writer
    <p>BODY: She was a CIA case officer working in Europe covertly, holding herself out as the representative of a Texas foundation that was interested in world economics.</p> <p>Unlike most CIA case officers overseas who work out of U.S. embassies and purport to be diplomats, she was operating under what CIA calls "nonofficial cover" (NOC).</p>
  • French official was CIA contact

    09/08/2003 10:34:29 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2003 | By Kim Willsher
    <p>PARIS &#8212; A media ruckus has erupted in France over claims that a government minister was paid as a contact by a CIA spy before being persuaded by the French secret service to pass false information to the Americans.</p> <p>"Carnets Intimes de la DST," a book on the French secret service to be published this week, says Henri Plagnol, now secretary of state for civil service reform, passed information to the United States in the 1990s when Washington was investigating France's position in world trade talks.</p>
  • Daredevil 'birdman' glides across Channel

    07/30/2003 10:44:20 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 363+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | July 31, 2003
    An extreme sports fanatic said today he felt “great” after he became the first man to cross the English Channel in an unpowered flight. Felix Baumgartner jumped from a plane about 30,000ft above Dover shortly after 5am and glided 22 miles across the Channel in a 10-minute flight wearing a specially-adapted suit with a wing-like carbon fibre fin attached to his back. In freezing air temperatures, the 34-year-old Austrian began the flight at a speed of about 220 miles per hour before slowing to around 135 miles an hour. Baumgartner made a crunching parachute landing at Cap Blanc-Nez, near...