On the Radar: Funerals in Hudson drownings, Japan restrictions, car award
A memorial is left at the site where a mother and her three children drowned in a minivan in the Hudson River.
April 21st, 2011
06:42 AM ET

On the Radar: Funerals in Hudson drownings, Japan restrictions, car award

Hudson drownings burials: Lashanda Armstrong, who killed herself and her three young children by driving her minivan into the Hudson River last week, will be buried in Spring Valley, New York, on Thursday, but relatives' plans to bury her children alongside her will not be carried out, according to media reports.

The father of the three children, Jean Pierre, announced Wednesday the funeral and burial of the children would be separate from that of their mother.

“After consulting with the Armstrong family, I have decided that the funeral arrangements for Landen, Lance and Laianna should be separate from that of Lashanda’s. My deepest sympathy goes out to La’Shaun and the Armstrong family," Pierre said in a statement released by his lawyer, according to a report in the Poughkeepsie Journal. "I ask that I be given the opportunity to grieve the loss of my three children privately," he said.

That angered Armstrong's aunt, Angela Gilliam, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

"She should be buried with her children, regardless of what she did," the Daily News quoted Gilliam as saying.

The children, an 11-month-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy, will be buried Monday.

Another child, 10-year-old Lashaun Armstrong, escaped the vehicle as it was sinking in the Hudson.

Nuclear zone restrictions: On Friday, Japan will begin enforcing an evacuation order on a 20-kilometer zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a top government official said.

The restriction –in place since the early days of the nuclear disaster - has often been ignored.

Many of the about 78,000 people who have homes in the evacuation zone have gone back in recent weeks to retrieve belongings, and check on farms and businesses.

No one will be allowed within 3 kilometers of the crippled nuclear facility and entry within 20 kilometers of the plant will be highly regulated, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters Thursday.

People who temporarily return to their homes, businesses and farms must wear a protective suit and ride into the restricted zone on a designated bus.

Car of the Year: The winner of the World Car of the Year will be announced at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday.

Finalists are the Audi A8, the BMW 5 Series and the Nissan LEAF, whittled down from an original list of 39 entries.

A panel of 66 automotive journalists from 24 countries votes for the winner.

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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Joey

    Right, Jazzzz.
    "That which does not kill you makes you stronger."
    My code in the gym, and everything else. How're you?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    So sorry I missed you Joey , but I will be on again tomorrow night say 10:30 first story we can meet there. Sweet dreams.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Joey.... Just read your post at 11:02 , so glad you survived that horrible nitemare of a child hood. There are no words to tell you how very sorry I am that you had to endure that. Just to say I am so very glad you are here with us now. I love you even more now my friend. Nite

    April 22, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    Buried "him, not "hom."
    Freudian slip?

    April 22, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. guest

    people, this man was a chronic abuser to his wife & kids, mentally & physcially, he was a dead beat dad, she was working, she had her hours cut and many financial responsibilities, prob has kids bc he was very controlling, oldest son was not his & wldnt allow boy's father to be part of boy's life, she had good family to turn to but prob was concerned for their safety if they took her / kids in. we weren't in her shoes to know how she felt.. stop judging.. now father wants to be the dad... could have been before this all happened!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cora

    She took them to their death..I don´t blame the dad for not letting them spend eternity with her.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wehatehaters

    where was auntie angela n lashanda momma when she was making bad choices @ 12 and 13 puttin out for the

    the facts speak for themselves look at the number of police calls to their address about child neglect and more

    sad but so typical of lashandas of the world where are the parents and family guidance

    April 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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