October 29th, 2010
09:37 AM ET

On the Radar: 'Ninja' penalty, stump speeches, Metro plot


Penalty phase in "ninja" murder trial – The penalty phase begins Friday for a man convicted of leading a team of masked men dressed as ninjas to ambush a family in a Florida home. Leonard Gonzalez Jr. was convicted Thursday evening for the murder plot. The penalty phase at 10 a.m. ET will determine whether he will get the death penalty. A jury in Escambia County determined that Gonzalez fatally shot Byrd and Melanie Billings in the couple's master bedroom as one of their nine special-needs children looked on.

Furious last-minute campaigning – Candidates are making their final pitches on the last weekend before Tuesday's midterm elections. Here's where some of our most prominent politicians will be Friday:

  • Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio will be in Palm Beach in the morning and Orlando in the afternoon. Opponent Charlie Crist will hold an event in Destin.
  • Rep. John Boehner - likely to become speaker if Republicans win a majority in the U.S. House - will attend a barbecue in Lima, Ohio.
  • Vice President Joe Biden will lead a rally in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • President Obama will make remarks on the economy in Beltsville, Maryland, and later give a speech in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • California Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer (who is running for re-election against Carly Fiorina) and Diane Feinstein will have an event in Northridge, California.
  • GOP VIPs Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty and Chris Christie will be in Lebanon, Ohio.

Metro terror plot – A detention hearing is scheduled Friday for Farooque Ahmed, who is accused of attempting to help men he believed to be militants plot bombings at subway systems in the Washington area. Some of the allegations against Ahmed were detailed in a search warrant and other documents released Thursday. The warrant included a sworn statement by an FBI agent who said Ahmed and "an associate" visited several Metrorail stations to record video he later handed over to undercover agents he thought were al Qaeda members.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. DerpDiggler

    Haha :D Looks like it's a few more special ed cripple-kids who get to be tossed in the trash!

    October 29, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brianc

      Something tells me that you hook your house onto the back of your pick-up truck

      October 30, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. ohmygod

    What the fuq is wrong with you. The only person I know that talks like you and thinks like you was IN special education classes himself. Self loathe much?

    October 29, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bond James Bond

    derp didnt like having to share his blocks, still bugs him!

    October 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bond James Bond

    derp, just because you graduated from s.e., doesnt mean your worthy of oxygen! You obviously have not been burdened by a child or parent with theede issues, or you would act more mature and sensitive about it, i used to make fun when i was a small child, and karma finds you and you grow up

    October 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Gilbert

    Derp is a funny name. Derp ryhmes with berp. Hi Derp, you are a berp.

    October 30, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse | Reply

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