Madonna was rushed to a New York hospital in agony on Saturday after she was thrown to the ground by a horse she was riding. Sources say that paparazzi startled the horse in their zeal to take photographs of the star. Thomas Hinton, the paparazzo named, said he is innocent.
Florida pre-paid college tuition program, like 17 other states could well be in jeopardy. While its $8.8 billion tuition fund is relatively healthy, the state budget has a $6 billion gap that will require deep cuts to Florida’s 11 colleges and universities. Many of Florida’s business, political and education leaders have urged an increase of up to 15 percent in tuition, which is the second lowest in the country. Stanley Tate, founder of Florida’s prepaid tuition program says, the prepaid college tuition program will end, as monthly payments would jump substantially.
As the Fifth Summit of the Americas gets underway Friday in Port of Spain, Cuba will be the unseen guest. Cuba, the only country in the hemisphere that is a member of the Organization of American States (OAS) will not be present, having been suspended in 1962. It is expected that there will be a lot of discussion on that country’s re-entry into the Organization and its relationship with the U.S. The OAS Chief’s position and many Latin America and the Caribbean countries favor Cuba’s renewed membership in the Organization and ending of the U.S. embargo.
Marcus Younge, 23, an Orange County man was arrested Thursday night after he attempted to kidnap a 9-year-old girl who was playing with her friends in the neighborhood. Younge, who at first denied he was outside his home when the kidnapping took place, admitted that he was wrong and acknowledge he has a problem in that he likes to hug young children.
United States Vice President, Joe Biden, has pledged to make higher education more affordable so that more young people could attend college. Biden, speaking at a town hall meeting in St. Louis Friday said he would ask the Treasury Department to review family cost-savings plans to make them more effective and reliable.
Goldman Sachs’ report this week of much larger than expected first-quarter profits came hard on the heels of Wells Fargo’s strong earnings. No one should be surprised. While the Fed cuts the banks slack, the bankers are busy turning the screws on their debtors by raising credit-card rates and fees, and harassing distressed borrowers with all the zeal of the Roman army sacking Palestine.