On the Radar: Obama's life threatened, Olympian kills self, Washington talks debt
Jeret "Speedy" Peterson in January 2010 in Vancouver after winning the men's freestyle aerials.
July 27th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

On the Radar: Obama's life threatened, Olympian kills self, Washington talks debt

Man arrested for threatening Obama's life - A 21-year-old man from Uzbekistan was indicted Tuesday in  Alabama for threatening to kill President Barack Obama. The man was in the United States illegally because his student visa had been revoked, yet he was able to obtain a machine gun and a grenade, authorities said. Ulugbek Kodirov had bought the machine gun from an undercover agent at a motel in the small town of Leeds, Alabama, the Department of Justice said.

Olympic athlete kills himself - Freestyle skier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Utah police say. The 29-year-old called police Monday night and said he was going to kill himself. He told them he was in Lambs Canyon, between Salt Lake City and Park City, a police official told CNN. Officers found him there dead at about 11:30 p.m. Peterson had competed in two Olympics, taking bronze at two straight World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2001. He picked up the nickname "Speedy" at a summer ski camp in Lake Placid, New York, in the mid-1990s, because coaches said his big helmet reminded them of the cartoon "Speed Racer." He competed in Torino, Italy, at the 2006 Winter Games.

Memphis schools to open on time - Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, will start the school year on time. The announcement comes after much controversy surrounding $55 million the city owed the schools so that they could keep operating on a normal schedule. There was talk that school openings would have to be delayed. There are approximately 103,000 students in the state's largest district, according to local reports. What's happening in Memphis mirrors a trend in the rest of the country, where schools are laying off teachers and trimming budgets due to fiscal problems related to the troubled national economy.

Debt talks - There is still no end in sight on a debt agreement. A representative from Moody's will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to give lawmakers a frank assessment of how bad things could get if there isn't a resolution by next week. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey says the U.S. could lose its AAA credit rating regardless of whether an agreement is reached. Read more about what the stalemate could mean for the economy.

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  1. michaelfury


    July 27, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. funky bunch

    yet he was able to obtain a machine gun and a grenade, authorities said

    WHAT! Its not like he go them from a gun dealer. The Fed would have sold him tank if he wanted one.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. funky bunch


    July 27, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. gosh

    where in the heck is ozebekistan? he shouldnt be threatening our people. if he dislikes us so much he should just go back home.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Yeah, we got all the stuff the civilized world has but I think that Obz place is in Illinois, right outside Chicago. =)

      July 27, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. whatever


    July 27, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Personny

    http://www.Isreal is becoming a nation.com

    July 27, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. gosh

    Is Ozebekistan part of alabama? Those people from alabama are always up to something.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. gosh

    I heard in alabama they eat food and watch tv and stuff. That is just gross.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Oh, and btw, someone wanted to kill the leader of the free world. In other news...

    July 27, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Razmatazoo

    My condolences to Mr. Petersons family and friends.
    May he rest in peace.

    July 27, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    With all the outrage over our POTUS's performance, it's a wonder that there aren't more threats against his life.
    I am glad this man was arrested!

    In other news:

    Oh, goody. Personny is back.
    Now she's competing with Michael Fury.
    Happy happy joy joy.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |

    Can anyone truly blame this young Uzbek? After all, we Americans do pose a threat to his country. The more successful we become in Afghanistan, the greater the threat to Uzbekistan and he knows it!

    July 27, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Give it a rest, will you, troll?

    July 27, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. On the sonar

    JOHANNESBURG (AP)–'Dead' man wakes up in fridge of morgue" A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue refrigerator 21 hours after he had been pronounced dead. Employees at the morgue called the police, thinking that the man was a GHOST ! The man was taken to a hospital and released to his family. "I couldn't sleep last night. I had noghtmares" he said as he explained his ordeal. /// (radio crackling) "Car 51 to dispatch, car 51 to dispatch. We have a 119 in progress. Code 119...Frozen ghost thawing out. I repeat...frozen ghos thawing out. In cold pursuit. Send back-up. Send a spirit-medium asap."

    July 27, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Hey banasy. Have you ever been to Fuy's website? He's got some pretty cool stories there. I wish he'd hang arounf a chat with us. It kinda seems like he comes here to 'slum around'. (did you like the dead man story?)

    July 27, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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