He’s sorry, guys. Dennis Rodman apologized for the CNN interview where he implied that an American man detained in North Korea deserves to be imprisoned. He also admitted he was just a tad bit inebriated. Rodman was visiting the country to celebrate dictator Kim Jong Un’s birthday. “I want to apologize,” Rodman said. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth.” [CNN]
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in some hot water regarding the mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September and trapping emergency vehicles and school buses full of children. In a press conference on Thursday, he said that he fired deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly for lying to him about her involvement in closing lanes. The governor also said his staff was “stupid” and “deceitful.” Despite being “blindsided” by Wednesday’s emails, Christie said he is solely responsible for what happened. [NYTimes]
UPDATE: Chris Christie offered an apology to the people of New Jersey during a Thursday press conference, telling the crowd he was stunned and heartbroken by revelations that his staff was behind the traffic jam designed to punish a local mayor who declined to endorse Christie’s re-election bid. “I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey. I apologize to the people of Fort Lee, and I apologize to the members of the state legislature. I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.” Watch the full apology below:
So this happened. The hacker who exposed the Steubenville, Ohio rapists is facing more time behind bars than the convicted rapists themselves. Deric Lostutter, a 26-year-old corporate cyber security consultant, could face a jail term five times more than the convicted rapists, one of whom was released from a juvenile detention center earlier this week on good behavior. [HackRead]
Remember the video of a toddler spewing expletives that was used by the Omaha Police Department as an example of “thuggish” behavior? Well now that Nebraska toddler has been taken into child protective custody. Officials from the Omaha police’s Child Victim Unit and the Nebraska Child Protective Services took the infant and three other children into custody on Wednesday, the police department said on its Facebook page. They will work with child-welfare agencies to investigate the circumstances. Read about it here…[CNN]
It’s not quite Colorado, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will authorize the use of medical marijuana. New York is the 21st state to do so. Read about it here…[Yahoo]
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