Jolie mastectomy, Gosnell, Israel, Mother's Day shooter, Syria

Angelina Jolie's mastectomy, Gosnell's conviction, anniversary of the founding of Israel, identifying the Mother's Day shooter and Syria Photo: AP

WEST PALM BEACH, May 14, 2013 – The news for today includes Angelina Jolie’s editorial about her double mastectomy, the anniversary of the founding of the Jewish State of Israel, catching the Mother’s Day shooter on video and new efforts at Syrian peace.

Angelina Jolie announces double mastectomy. Angelina Jolie published an op-ed in the New York Times today announcing she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after finding out she carried a mutation of the BRCA1 (Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene), which sharply increases her chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie said she went through three months of medical procedures at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in California. As a result of the surgery, Jolie’s risk for developing breast cancer dropped from 87 percent before the surgery to under 5 percent. The 37-year-old Jolie noted in her article that the procedure is not necessarily the right option for every woman, but she wanted women to know they do in fact have options. Jolie’s mother, actress, producer and activist Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 at age 57 of ovarian cancer.

Gosnell guilty of murder.  After ten days of deliberations, a jury yesterday convicted Dr. Kermit Gosnell of three counts first-degree murder and one count of manslaughter. The jury acquitted him of murdering a fourth baby. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Gosnell, who targeted the most vulnerable victims, and because he killed more than one person. However, because he is 72-years-old, it is likely he would die during the appeals process rather than face execution. Both sides of the abortion debate have roundly criticized Gosnell. A side note in the trial has been the lack of media attention of the gruesome killings.

Israel founded today.  On May 14, 1948, the Jewish People’s Council met at the Tel Aviv Museum and announced the creation of the state of Israel. Peace lasted in the new state for exactly one day. On May 15, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan launched a 15 month assault on Israel. Israel then expanded the borders provided to it by the United Nations. During the fighting, non-Jewish residents fled to Arab countries in the region, becoming the first Palestinian refugees.

Surveillance video helps identify Mother’s Day shooter. New Orleans police yesterday said they identified the suspect in the shooting at a second-line parade that wounded 19 people. Police are looking for 19-year-old Akein Scott of New Orleans, and believe there may have been a second and possibly third shooter. Scott has previously been arrested for possession of a firearm, narcotics and resisting arrest. Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information on Scott, and warned him, “We know more about you than you think we know.”

New Syrian peace efforts.  The United States and Russia are calling for a new peace conference in hopes of ending the Syrian crisis. Washington and Moscow are calling for an immediate cease-fire ahead of the conference, which would include representatives from both the government of Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. Assad’s representatives are seeking additional information before committing to attend, and opposition forces say they are “consulting” before making a decision. However, refusal by Assad to consider leaving office at the behest of “outside forces” and the highly fractured opposition make the peace deal unlikely at best. New video showing an opposition fighter eating the heart of a Syrian solider is further complicating new efforts for reconciliation.

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