Dave Holloway Calls for New Investigation in Disappearance of Natalee Hollowai in Aruba … Witness Jurriën de Jong Says She was Buried where Marriott Hotel Was Under Construction
WILL ARUBA HAVE THE GUTS TO INVESTIGATE THIS TIP … WILL ARUBA EVER DO THE RIGHT THING OR WILL THEY FOREVER BE KNOWN FOR THE ISLAND THAT HELPED COVER UP THE CRIME OF AMERICAN TOURIST NATALEE HOLLOWAY … JUST A REMINDER ARUBA, KARMA IS A BITCH.
This coming May 30th will mark the 10 year anniversary that Mountain Brook, Alabama teen Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba. Just recently, Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father, called on the Aruba public prosecutor to investigate the tip that his daughter is buried under the Marriott hotel in Aruba. Natales’s body has never been recovered; however, she was declared legally dead in 2012. The tip is that Amsterdam resident Jurrien de Jong claims to have been an eyewitness to her disappearance. In 2005, De Jong regularly visited the Marriott Hotel construction site (picture here) for illegal, drug-related purposes. De Jong claimed that Natalee was buried under the concrete floor of the Marriott Aruba Surf Club late May 2005. Prosecutor Peter Blanken didn’t investigate De Jong’s story because, in his opinion, certain elements didn’t fit. Probably like because it sounded plausible and Aruba certainly did not want to being back the tourist-killing story for Natalee Holloway.
Natalee Holloway & her father Dave Holloway
Dave Holloway, Natalee Holloway’s father, has called on the Public Prosecutor to investigate the tip that his daughter is buried under the Marriott hotel in Aruba, the AD reports.
Amsterdam resident Jurrien de Jong claims to have been an eyewitness to her disappearance. According to him, Joran van der Sloot killed the American girl on a closed construction site where a new complex of the Marriott hotel was under construction. De Jong states that he saw Van der Sloot hiding Holloway’s body under the floor of the Marriott Aruba Surf Club Hotel. De Jong was at the construction site that night for illegal, drug-related activities, which is why he did not come forward with his testimony right away.
De Jong, 59, says he has spent a great deal of time and his own money on his efforts. He flew to Aruba three times, where Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, gave his testimony under oath and repeatedly shared information with the public prosecutor there. Yet he can’t get justice in Aruba to investigate the spot where, according to him, Holloway’s body has been hidden for ten years.
At that time, he says he regularly visited the Marriott Hotel construction site at night for illegal, drug-related purposes, which is why he did not come forward with his testimony right away. The site is near the Holiday Inn where Holloway and members of her Mountain Brook, Alabama high school graduation class were registered at on Aruba’s western coast.
Kalpoe brothers and Joran Van der Sloot
De Jong tells the AD that he heard voices at the gate of the construction site on the night of May 30, and quickly hid when he heard the gate open. He later recognized the two as Joran van der Sloot and Natalee Holloway.
“I saw Joran run after Natalee. They go to a small building that is under construction. There is no lower step, so they have to climb to the landing,” he told the newspaper. “What happens after that is unclear. But something must have gone wrong, because some time later Joran comes out with Natalee in his arms. He lays her down, jumps down and pulls her up onto his shoulder. Then he throws her body on the ground.”
De Jong then saw Joran hiding the body under the building, he claims. “He digs an access into the crawl space and drags Natalee inside. After about a minute he reappears, closes the opening with sand and walks back to the gate.”
Natalee Holloway and Beth Holloway
Dutchman says he saw where Natalee Holloway was buried … Aruba Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken saw no reason to investigate the witness’ claims.
He decided to come forward in 2008, after seeing a broadcast by Dutch TV crime reporter Peter R. de Vries in which Joran claimed that Natalee died on the beach and was dumped into the ocean. “I knew that Joran was lying and decided to inform the authorities,” he said.
De Jong revisited the site in 2009 and after studying the Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club’s plans, he concluded that the missing American was buried under the staircase of the hotel’s Spyglass Tower. His efforts to have a look at the space by drilling a hole in the hotel floor failed.
He wrote letters to the chief prosecutor in Aruba, the attorney general, the Marriott group and Natalee’s father, Dave Holloway, who remembered smelling a strong decomposing stench at the site. However, justice authorities never searched the area where De Jong claims the body should be. Fire fighters did drain the pond across from the Marriott in July 2005, without results.
Pic owned by Scared Monkeys – Draining of the Ponds, 2005
Aruba Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken with whom De Jong had an hour-long conversation saw no reason to investigate the witness’ claims. Blanken referred to certain elements of the story as “implausible” because De Jong was not accurate in his description of the difference in height between Van der Sloot and Holloway, Aruba’s current Chief Prosecutor Eric Olthof told Algemeen Dagblad. He also said that there was insufficient capacity to investigate every tip.
Marriott spokesperson Laura Botelho confirmed to the newspaper that the company had been in touch with De Jong. The company decided to wait for approval of authorities before conducting their own internal inquiry. “As usual, we will cooperate fully with the authorities if they start an official investigation,” she said.
My person opinion is, that although Natalee Holloway may very well have been murdered at the Marriott construction sight, she was most likely moved, put in the case and the dumped in the ocean that would have made in nearly impossible to find.
To further discuss the Natalee Holloway case, to read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Forum – Natalee Holloway.
LOOK HOW THEY TREATED AN ILLEGAL ALIEN RAPIST IN INDIA ….
A mob consisting of thousands stormed a jail in the northeastern Indian city of Dimapur, seized the accused rapist, marched him through the streets and then lynched him. Syed Sirf Khan, accused by locals of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh, was arrested on February 24 on suspicion of raping a woman from a Naga tribal community. It would appear that the Dimapur saved the formalities of a trial or incarceration by using mob justice and taking care of the matter themselves.
After the rape accused was caught, he was stripped naked, paraded and beaten up by a mob while the police personnel remained silent spectators, security sources said. The accused later died of severe beatings after being paraded naked from Central Jail to the Clock Tower Junction in the heart of Dimapur.
The body was dragged and later strung on the fencing under the Clock Tower Junction where armed personnel were seen standing with the crowd, security sources pointed out while clarifying that a total of 186 prisoners were lodged in the prison. Three convicts among the prisoners also tried to escape, taking advantage of the melee, but were later caught by the prison personnel, security sources said.
Here is an interesting back story of the events in how it relates to illegals. The local residents told this newspaper that the incident was a manifestation of the prevailing tension between the suspected illegal immigrants and local Naga residents of the area. Pointing out that large number minority youths, who came in search of jobs and livelihood to the state, got married to Naga girls and settled in the area, they said this creating a fear of demographic invasion among the tribal population of the state. But I guess if this same illegal came to the United States, he would have been provided a drivers license, pathway to citizenship, amnesty and income tax refunds all at the expense of John Q. Public. Also, had he raped some one in America, Obama’s policies would have just have allowed him to remain here and not be deported. The point here is not to justify mob rule, although dealing with a rapist like this was swift justice. The point is that don’t ever let anyone tell you that the US treats illegals poorly. If anything, these days they are treated better than American, law abiding citizens.
A mob of thousands stormed a jail in the northeastern Indian city of Dimapur, seized a prisoner accused of rape, paraded him through the streets and beat him to death before they could be stopped by police gunfire, a police official said on Friday.
The dead man, identified by the authorities as Syed Sirf Khan, was accused by locals of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh and had been arrested on Feb. 24 on suspicion of raping a woman from a Naga tribal community the day before.
How the mob was able to overcome armed police officers on Thursday at the jail in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland State, was not clear on Friday. The top police official in Nagaland, L. L. Doungel, said that because there were a number of students wearing uniforms in the crowd, the police did not want to resort to violence.
“There would have been a lot of casualties,” Mr. Doungel said. “That was one reason. The mob was in the thousands.”
Live long and prosper … Actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83 … Rest in eternal peace.
Leonard Nimoy, the actor that will forever be known for his role as Mr. Spock, the half human, half Vulcan first officer of the Starship USS Enterprise has died at age 83. Nimoy died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, California. According to his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed Nimoy’s death and said it was a result of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD. The actor tweeted on Jan. 14, 2014, that he had lung disease. Nimoy had just recently been hospitalized. Sadly, he has passed.
As Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner, stated at the conclusion of Star Trek – The Wrath of Khan when he emotionally eulogized Mr. Spock, “Of my friend I can only say this, of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most human”.
Leonard Nimoy, 1931–2015, Rest in Peace
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” published in 1977, and “I Am Spock,” published in 1995.
In the first, he wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”
“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some primitive special effects by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.
On a personal note, although I am not a Trekky, but I loved the original Star Trek series. Which is quite sad, because now with Leonard Nimoy’s passing, he has joined fellow Star Trek actors DeForest Kelley (Dr. “Bone” Mcoy) and James Doohan, (Scotty) in heaven.
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston; his parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, and the language at home was Yiddish. He developed an interest in acting at an early age, first appearing on stage at 8 in a production of “Hansel and Gretel.” He took drama classes for a while at Boston College, and after leaving home to pursue his career in Hollywood, he landed his first lead role in the 1952 film “Kid Monk Baroni.”
After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he appeared in small roles in a few films, but mostly found roles in TV series, appearing in episodes of “Dragnet,” “Sea Hunt,” “Bonanza,” “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables,” “The Outer Limits,” “The Virginian,” “Get Smart” and “Gunsmoke” before rising to fame in “Star Trek.”
Most recently, he recurred on Fox sci-fi series “Fringe” as maniacal, genius professor William Bell, and he voiced Spock for a 2012 episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”
In addition to his work on “In Search Of…,” Nimoy lent his resonant, intelligent voice to a variety of films, TV projects and documentaries, including A&E docu series “Ancient Mysteries.”
The two videos from the Star Trek movie, The Wrath of Khan now take even more importance that Leonard Nimoy has now passed. Who could forget in 1982 when Mr. Spock died saving the USS Enterprise and its crew, “The needs of the many, out way the needs of the few. Or the One”.
Mr. Spock Funeral scene from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan movie
Captain Kirk, William Shatner, delivers an emotional eulogy for his friend Spock … “Of my friend I can only say this, of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most human”.
Double Murder-Suicide: Former White Plains, NY Police Officer Glen Hochman Murders His Two Daughters (Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13), Family Dogs and Then Commits Suicide
OH DEAR GOD, WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS … BEYOND TRAGIC.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Glen Hochman, a 22-year veteran who left the White Plains Police Department in January, has murdered his two teenage daughters, as well as the family dogs and then killed himself at their Adelphi Avenue home in Harrison on Saturday. In doing the unthinkable, Hochman killed his two teen daughters, 17 year old Alissa and 13 year old Deanna. Glen Hochman was found by police in the garage with a self inflicted gunshot wound. Alissa and Deanna were found dead in their bedrooms. Glen Hochman had a wife and another daughter, who were not at the house at the time of the killings.
What would have possessed the former 52 year old White Plains, NY police officer to do such an unspeakable act? White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said, Hochman served with “honor and integrity” and had an unblemished record. According to the NY Post, Glen Hochman and his wife, Anamarie, had been having serious marital problems and had been talking divorce.
Facebook: Alissa (left), 17, and Deanna Hochman, 13, Rest in Peace
The high school in the small Westchester town shaken by a former police officer’s murder of his two teenage daughters continued to come to grips with the unspeakable tragedy Sunday and was scheduled to open at noon to offer counseling to grief-stricken students.
Glen Hochman, a 22-year veteran who left the White Plains Police Department in January — killed his daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, as well as the family’s pets in their Adelphi Ave. home in Harrison Saturday before killing himself, authorities said.
“No words to describe it,” said Chris Garritano, 17, a senior along with Alissa at Harrison High School. “We always hung out. It’s just unreal to see her gone….She always seemed happy.”
Police did not immediately reveal how the murders were committed. The retired White Plains cop was recently honored for saving a man’s life.
Glen Hochman, 52, a retired White Plains officer, killed himself after killing his two youngest daughters, Alissa Hochman, 17, and Deanna Hochman, 13, on Saturday at their home on Adelphi Avenue.
Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marracini said a gun was found at the home.
Marracini did not discuss a possible motive.
Hochman’s wife, Anamarie DiPietro-Hochman, 50, and their eldest daughter Samantha, 22, were out of town when the shooting happened.
Facebook – Glen Hochman and his daughters Deanna (center) and Alissa.
Good riddance to bad rubbish … Danish Police have killed suspected gunman in Copenhagen multiple terror attacks.
In the video below, Astrid Sondberg, a reporter for TV2 in Copenhagen, speaks to CNN and reports that police shot and killed a man at a residence in Copenhagen. As reported at the New York Times, the Copenhagen police said on Sunday that they had shot and killed a man and identified the suspect as a 22-year-old native of Denmark who was already known to security services as a gang member with a violent criminal record, but they did not name him.
Danish police shot and killed a man early Sunday suspected in the slayings of two people in Copenhagen since Saturday, in what the country’s prime minister calls a “cynical act of terror against Denmark.”
Authorities said the man, who has not yet been publicly identified, was fatally shot after he opened fire on officers near a train station.
Officials said no evidence suggests other gunmen were involved the shootings, one at a free-speech event and the other outside a Copenhagen synagogue.
Police investigator Joegen Skov said Sunday, “We are still faced with a huge investigation. We need to make sure that our theory is in fact correct.
“A number of things indicate that we did get the right man, but we still have to investigate whether he acted alone, but at the moment there is nothing to suggest that any other perpetrators were involved,” Skov said.
Several Shots Fired at Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks at “Arts, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” Event in Copenhagen, Denmark (VIDEO) … Two Terrorist Suspects Remain At Large (Update: 1 Dead in Terrorist Shooting, 3 Police Wounded)(Update: Another Shooting at Copenhagen Synagogue)
BECAUSE FREE SPEECH HAS NO PLACE IN RADICAL ISLAM …
The BBC is reporting that several shot have been fired at Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks in a cafe where a freedom of speech event was taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Obviously, this was a terrorist-like shooting, similar to that of the one that took place in Paris, France at the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Lars Vilks has had numerous death threats since his 2007 drawing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad dressed as a dog. The two, unidentified suspects remain at large. According to the police, the Islamo-terrorists fled the scene in a dark Volkswagen Polo, which has since been found abandoned.
According to Lars Vilks website, the event that the 68-year-old artist was hosting Saturday was called “Arts, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression.”
Reports say up to 40 shots were fired during the attack and a manhunt has been launched.
Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats after drawing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
He was not harmed during the attack.
Shortly after the shooting, a message appeared on the Twitter feed of French ambassador Francois Zimeray saying he was still alive.
The area around the venue is under lockdown, the BBC’s Malcolm Brabant reports.
Police have erected cordons and are searching a nearby park, he adds.
There were reports that police were hunting two gunmen, but this is unconfirmed.
Shooting at Copenhagen blasphemy debate
UPDATE I: From Local Denmark, Danish police confirm that one person has died after shots were fired at a meeting attended by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
Update, 6.18pm: The civilian killed in Saturday’s shooting attack was a 40-year-old Danish citizen, police have said. Police added that they have founded the suspected getaway vehicle but two suspects are still at large.
Update, 6.08pm: Reports of up to 200 shots fired
The French ambassdor to Denmark told AFP from inside the venue that shots rang out in the midst of a debate on Islam and free speech in Copenhagen.
“They fired on us from the outside. It was the same intention as [the January 7 attack on] Charlie Hebdo except they didn’t manage to get in,” Francois Zimeray said by telephone.
Swedish artist Lars Vilks, the author of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons published in 2007 that sparked worldwide protests, was also at the debate.
Three police officers were reported wounded outside the building, Danish media reported, quoting eyewitnesses.
ABC News – Police: 1 Dead in Shooting at Copenhagen Free Speech Event:
According to a statement from Danish police, said the victim was a 40-year-old man inside the cafe attending the event. He has not yet been identified. The police also stated that three police colleagues at the event were also shot.
A gunman fired on a cafe in Copenhagen as it hosted a free speech event Saturday, killing one man, Danish police said. The event was organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.
Danish police said the gunman shot through the windows of the Krudttoenden cafe, which the TV2 news channel said were riddled with some 30 bullet holes. Helle Merete Brix, one of the event’s organizers, told The Associated Press that Vilks was at the meeting but was not hit.
“I saw a masked man running past,” Brix said. “I clearly consider this as an attack on Lars Vilks.”
Helle Merete Brix — the founder of the Lars Vilks Committee, created two years ago in support of the Swedish cartoonist whose portrayals of the Prophet Mohammed angered many in the Muslim world — told CNN that security on site moved her and others to safe areas once they realized a shooting had taken place.
She and Vilks ended up in a storage room together, holding hands, until police told them it was OK to come out.
“We have never taken any chances,” Brix said, pointing to the heavy security from police, Danish intelligence services and Vilks’ own security guards at this and other committee events. “What we have so much been frightened would happen happened tonight.”
VIDEO – Telegraph: Aftermath of Copenhagen cafe shooting
UPDATE III: The man killed at the free-speech debate identified as Finn Norgaard.
UPDATE IV: Police Respond to Second shooting in Copenhagen synagogue in Krystalgade street.
Hours later, a gunman opened fire outside a synagogue in Krystalgade street, about 5km from the scene of the first attack, killing a Jewish man and wounding two police officers.
The victim was named as Dan Uzan, 37. He had been on security duty while a bat mitzvah ceremony was taking place inside the synagogue.
UPDATE V: Copenhagen attacks – the victims.
Finn Norgaard, 55, who was killed in the Copenhagen cafe attack, was a Danish film director, who directed and produced documentaries for Danish television including in 2004 “Boomerang boy” about an Australian boy’s dreams to become a world boomerang champion and in 2008 “Le Le” about Vietnamese immigrants in Denmark.
Dan Uzan, 37, who was killed in the subsequent synagogue attack, came from a family active in Copenhagen’s Jewish community. He attended a Jewish school and joined the community’s security efforts, taking part in patrols to protect Jewish institutions, from a young age.
At 6ft 9 inches, he was a talented basketball player and had played for Horsholm 79-ers since 1996. In a statement the club described him as “a great player and a great personality.”
Danish police raided an Internet cafe in Copenhagen, arresting at least two people in the area where a suspected gunmen in Saturday’s terror attacks was killed, AFP reported on Sunday, citing Danish media.
Police told Denmark’s DR television that the raid was part of the investigation into the terror attacks in which two people were killed.
UPDATE VII: Suspected terrorist gunman killed by Danish Police.
18 Year Old Freshman Karlie Hall Found Dead in Her Dormroom at Millersville University (Update: 19 Year Old Boyfriend Gregorio Orrostieta Arrested)
An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday following the discovery of 18 year old coed Karlie Hall, who was found dead in her dorm room on Sunday at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Karlie Hall was found unresponsive about 5 a.m. Sunday by emergency personnel responding to a call for a cardiac arrest following a physical altercation between Karlie and her boyfriend. 19 year old Gregorio Orrostieta has been charged with aggravated assault. Look for these charges to be amended upon conclusion of the autopsy. It is being reported that Orrostieta, of Kennett Square, PA, did not attend the Lancaster County university and that he is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 19. According to numerous media sources, Karlie Hall was severely beaten.
Look for murder charges to be added to this pathetic loser.
Left to Right, Karlie Hall – Gregorio Orrostieta
An autopsy is set for Monday for Karlie Hall, an 18-year-old Millersville University freshman from Chadds Ford who was found dead in her dorm room Sunday.
Hall’s boyfriend in the meantime is being held on aggravated assault charges stemming from a physical altercation before she was found unresponsive about 5 a.m. by emergency personnel responding to a call for a cardiac arrest.
LancasterOnline, citing unidentified sources, reported that Hall had been “severely beaten.”
Gregorio Orrostieta, 19, of Kennett Square, was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the death of 18-year-old Karlie Hall of Chadds Ford.
He was arraigned late Sunday by District Judge Joshua Keller and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1.5 million bail, according to court documents.
Officials said the exact cause of death hasn’t been determined and said they hope to have more information after an autopsy Monday morning.
Orrostieta was charged after it was determined that he and Hall had a “physical altercation,” according to officials.
Sources said Hall was severely beaten.
Police are asking anyone who has any information related to this investigation to contact the Millersville University Police (717-871-4357).
Former University of North Carolina Tar Heels Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dean Smith Died Saturday Night in Chapel Hill, NC at Age 83 (VIDEO Tribute to Coach Smith)(Update: Michael Jordan, “”He was My Mentor, my Teacher, my Cecond Father.”"
COLLEGE BASKETBALL HAS LOST A LEGEND, DEAN SMITH PASSES AWAY …
Dean Smith, the former legendary head men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina died Saturday night at the age of 83. Dean Smith passed away “peacefully” at his home in Chapel Hill surrounded by his wife and five children. Smith’s family said in the statement, “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.” It is just amazing how many people’s lives this man touched, how innovative he was within the game and just how many of the greatest players this man coached in his career. Dean Smith was a phenomenal coach, a tremendous competitor and a humble man of such incredible character. College basketball has lost a legend.
Dean Smith, Rest in Peace
Former University of North Carolina head men’s basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday night in Chapel Hill, according to the university. He was 83 years old.
“Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.”
Smith was the head coach of the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in college basketball. He led the Tar Heels to national championships in 1982 (VIDEO – UNC vs. Georgetown) and 1993 (VIDEO – NC vs. Michigan) , to 13 ACC Tournament titles, 11 Final Fours, and an NIT championship, and directed the United States Olympic Team to a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Games.
Dean Smith taught team work, he taught that no one person was bigger than the team. Sounds profound and easy, right? But try doing it when you have the likes of James Worthy, James Perkins, Michael Jordan and a who’s who of Carolina Blue greats. I can remember the joke of the time when Michael Jordan was at Chapel Hill, of Dean Smith’s coaching career: Who was the only person ever to hold Michael Jordan under 20 points a game. Of course the answer is, Dean Smith. Some would use this as a punch line or something to hold against Smith, I, personally think it is the sign of remarkable character and coaching. The reason was because team meant more than an individual. Passing the ball and playing defense was just as important as scoring. As Smith once told Jordan during his freshman year at UNC, if you cannot pass the ball, you cannot play. Try attempting to do that in today’s college game. Maybe that is what is wrong with college basketball today.
Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, going 879-254 and retiring as the winningest coach (VIDEO) in college basketball history. North Carolina won NCAA championships in 1982 and 1993 and reached the Final Four 11 times under Smith.
“It’s such a great loss for North Carolina — our state, the University, of course the Tar Heel basketball program, but really the entire basketball world,” said current Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, who spent 10 years as an assistant under Smith. “We lost one of our greatest ambassadors for college basketball for the way in which a program should be run. We lost a man of the highest integrity who did so many things off the court to help make the world a better place to live in.
“He set the standard for loyalty and concern for every one of his players, not just the games won or lost.”
Smith coached Hall of Fame players Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Bob McAdoo and Billy Cunningham, won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles and coached the U.S. Olympic team to the gold medal in 1976.
“He was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people,” Williams said. “His concern for people will be the legacy I will remember most.
Coach Dean Smith Tribute Video
Following the announcement of his passing, several of his former players, friends, colleagues and even current players weighed in with their support and memories of the great coach.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams released a statement on the passing of Smith.
“It’s such a great loss for North Carolina – our state, the University, of course the Tar Heel basketball program, but really the entire basketball world. We lost one of our greatest ambassadors for college basketball for the way in which a program should be run. We lost a man of the highest integrity who did so many things off the court to help make the world a better place to live in.
“He set the standard for loyalty and concern for every one of his players, not just the games won or lost.
“He was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people. His concern for people will be the legacy I will remember most.
“He was a mentor to so many people; he was my mentor. He gave me a chance but, more importantly, he shared with me his knowledge, which is the greatest gift you can give someone.
“I’m 64 years old and everything I do with our basketball program and the way I deal with the University is driven by my desire to make Coach Smith proud. When I came back to Carolina, the driving force was to make him proud and I still think that today.
“I’d like to say on behalf of all our players and coaches, past and present, that Dean Smith was the perfect picture of what a college basketball coach should have been. We love him and we will miss him.”
Dean Smith – Sports Century
UPDATE III: North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith passes away at 83 … If there’s a Mount Rushmore of basketball, Dean Smith is on it.”
In recent years, Smith had rarely made public appearances as he battled a progressive neurocognitive disorder that affected his memory. The last time fans saw him in the building that bears his name was during a reunion for the program’s 100th anniversary in 2010. Three years earlier, UNC alum Michael Jordan memorably kissed Smith’s head during a celebration of the school’s 1957 and 1982 national championships.
“Dean Smith is one of the great coaches in the history of sport, not just basketball,” ESPN analyst and Duke alum Jay Bilas told The Fayetteville Observer recently. “I think his legacy goes beyond just the wins and losses. He built the program there and a culture. There’s only been a few programs that have been in that rarefied air, and he set a standard that few have been able to reach, not just on the floor, with basketball, but he showed such a social conscience when it wasn’t easy to do so.
“That’s why his legacy is doing the right thing and standing for something, both in basketball and outside of that. If there’s a Mount Rushmore of basketball, Dean Smith is on it.”
“He was more than a coach,” Jordan said in a statement. “He was my mentor, my teacher, my second father.”
ISIS is claiming that 26 year old US hostage Kayla Mueller was killed Friday during when a Jordan fighter plane bombed the building where she was being held near Raqqa. However, it could not be confirmed and the Islamic State has provided no proof of their allegations. Kayla Mueller was kidnapped in August 2013 when she was leaving a hospital run by Spanish Doctors Without Borders in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
The Islamic State claimed that a 26-year-old Arizona woman taken hostage by the group in Syria was killed Friday when a Jordanian fighter plane bombed a building where she was being held.
The claim could not be immediately verified, nor was it clear that Jordanian planes had bombed that location, described as being near Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital. The group released photos showing rubble of a building it claimed had been struck in airstrikes, but no images of the hostage, Kayla Mueller.
“The criminal Crusader coalition aircraft bombarded a site outside the city of ar-Raqqah today at noon while the people were performing the Friday prayer,” the Islamic State said in a statement, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks online postings by Islamist militant groups. “The air assaults were continuous on the same location for more than an hour.”
The statement included Mueller’s phone numbers and other personal information.
The White House has “not at this time seen any evidence that corroborates” the claim, said Bernadette Meehan, the spokeswoman for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council. The statement included photos allegedly of the bombed site but no images of Mueller.
We are obviously deeply concerned by these reports,” Meehan said.
Jordan has been launching increased airstrikes against ISIS in response to a video released this week that shows a captive Jordanian pilot being burned to death in a cage.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that a U.S. military officer said the building that ISIS claims the U.S. hostage was in “was a weapons storage facility, not anything that was assessed to be a hostage holding area.”
“We would not strike a facility that was a known or possible hostage facility,” the officer said.
The parents of an American humanitarian worker held hostage by Islamic State since August 2013 said on Friday they are hopeful she is still alive, after the group said she was killed in a bombing by Jordanian fighter jets.
Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of Kayla Jean Mueller, asked the Islamic State group to contact them privately, according to a statement released by a family representative.
In a message directed to “those in positions of responsibility for holding Kayla,” they said: “You told us that you treated Kayla as your guest, as your guest her safety and well-being remains your responsibility.”
ISIS savages behead a second Japanese hostage …
A video has been released online that shows 47 year old Kenji Goto being beheaded by an ISIS terrorist with a British accent. The latest beheading video comes less than a week after another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa, was executed. Japanese officials had been working with Jordan to secure the release of Goto and a Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was shot down over Syria in December; however, earlier on Saturday negotiations had become deadlocked.
The video comes less than a week after news of the beheading of another Japanese man, Haruna Yukawa.
Mr Goto, 47, is a well-known freelance journalist and film-maker who went to Syria in October, reportedly to try to secure Mr Yukawa’s release.
Japan said it was trying to authenticate the video.
The video, which bears the same symbols as previous IS videos, shows a militant with a British accent beheading Mr Goto.
Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Japan was “outraged” by the video, adding that the cabinet was meeting to decide a response to it.
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan “would not give in to terrorism”.
He said Japan would work with the international community to bring those responsible for Kenji Goto’s apparent murder to justice.
The video — the authenticity of which cannot be confirmed by The Japan Times — shows a masked man speaking in British-accented English standing beside Goto kneeling down on the ground, wearing an orange jumpsuit.
“To the Japanese government. You, like your foolish allies in the satanic coalition, have yet to understand that we, by Allah’s grace, are a large Islamic caliphate with authority and power and an entire army thirsty for your blood,” the man said, brandishing a knife.
“Abe, because of your decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji but will carry on and also cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”
Then the man applied the knife to the throat of Goto and the video switched to a still image of what appears to be the beheaded body of Goto.