On the Radar: Arizona girl's funeral, RNC meeting, big ships in New York
Christina Green, 9, was the youngest victim of the Arizona mass shooting.
January 13th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

On the Radar: Arizona girl's funeral, RNC meeting, big ships in New York

Funeral for Tucson girl - A memorial service will be held Thursday for Christina Green, 9, the youngest victim of the Arizona mass shooting.

Christina was born on September 11, 2001. For her service, two firetrucks will raise their ladders and connect a U.S. flag nearly destroyed in the 2001 terror attacks in New York. The flag will form an archlike design, which the girl's family will walk under before entering the church.

Christina will be buried in a custom-made casket donated by Trappist monks from a monastery in Iowa.

RNC meeting - The Republican National Committee's Winter Meeting 2011 gets under way in Washington.

The key item on the agenda comes Friday when delegates will elect a national chairman. Michael Steele, who at times has been criticized from within the GOP ranks, is running for re-election. He is being challenged by former Bush administration official Maria Cino, Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, Michigan National Committeeman Saul Anuzis and former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner.

Hispanic forum - When the Hispanic Leadership Conference gets under way Thursday in Miami, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be there because he's co-chairman.

But several 2012 Republican presidential contenders won't be there.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be elsewhere, according to Hispanically Speaking News.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and South Dakota Sen. John Thune all declined invitations, Politico reported.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he will attend.

"Three Queens" in New York - Fireworks will light up the sky over New York Harbor at 6:40 p.m. Thursday when Cunard cruise line's Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria rendezvous near the Statue of Liberty.

The event marks the first time these three ships will have been in the same place at the same time, according to Maritime Matters.

"Jeopardy!" vs. IBM -"Jeopardy!'s" two most successful contestants - Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter - will face off Thursday in a practice match against an IBM supercomputer named Watson in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Watson was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge - build a computer that can rival a human's ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence.

The men will take on the computer in a real match in February for a $1 million prize, according to Forbes magazine.

 

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Frankly Speaking..

    Its so saddening it makes me cry.. Innocent life is worth more than everything in this world put together regardless of religion, race, nationality or tribe..

    January 13, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nayda Rivera

    This is so sad...it mays me cry i have a daughter of my own and she is twelve years old...I don't know what will happen if something happens to her.....in the name of the lord god please give them strength the parent and her little brother....amen.......

    January 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Courtney

    Very sad she was only nine years old

    January 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AJ

    Praying for the family of Christina... May the Lord be seen in this crucial time of their lives as the One who holds the future. The One who heals and restores. God Bless everyone

    January 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. G.Z.

    Isn't it ironic that she was born on September 11th 2001?? I mean,I guess her parents had mixed feelings that day. How can someone enjoy the birth of their child the same day this tragedy for their country happened? But they'd think that at least one good thing happened to them that day,the birth of their child. And t now she's gone,by a terrorist act as well...So tragically ironic...

    January 15, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |