August 16th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

On the Radar: Crash driver, Craigslist suspect, first lady

Race car driver apologizes - The driver of a truck that crashed into a crowd of spectators, killing eight, said in a Facebook message that he was devastated. The California Highway Patrol identified the driver as Brett Sloppy. Authorities said Sloppy is not facing any charges in Saturday's crash at an off-road race in Southern California's Mojave Desert.

"Soo incredibly lost and devistated [sic] my thoughts and prayers go out to all the familys and friends involved," the San Marcos resident said on his Facebook page late Sunday. "Thank you too all my friends for sticking with me even thru these tragic times I love you all."

Apparent suicide by Craiglist killing suspect - An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in the death of Philip Markoff, a one-time medical student who died of an apparent suicide while facing charges in a killing tied to the Craigslist website. Markoff was found unresponsive Sunday morning in his Boston, Massachusetts, jail cell and pronounced dead by medics, officials said. Markoff, 24, was charged in the April 14, 2009, fatal shooting and attempted robbery of Julissa Brisman, 25, at Boston's Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

China marching toward No. 2 economy - China is on track to overtake Japan as the world's second-largest economy after the United States, CNNMoney.com reports, citing figures released Monday. Japan's gross domestic product totaled $1.29 trillion for the three months ending in June, the nation's Cabinet Office announced. China's official figure for the same period was $1.34 trillion.

First lady's dilemma - She was the inspiring role model. Then she became the angry black woman. Now she’s the modern-day Marie Antoinette. The next role for Michelle Obama - it all depends on how she handles the dramatic choices ahead, commentators say.

She was criticized recently for taking a glitzy trip to Spain. But some say that the criticism was rooted in race: The first lady triggered the stereotype of the uppity Negro.

“There are so many white people who are not used to seeing a black woman in this position before, and they can’t process it,” says Aminah Hanan, a black blogger. But other criticism of the first lady goes beyond race, some observers say. They say Michelle Obama can learn lessons from previous first ladies such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan. CNN's John Blake reports.

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  1. jvmfan

    There is a show called "Issues" that will be covering this story in depth tonight. The will have experts on discussing the crash. We can't let this happen again. Issues is on tonight and the host is very good.

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