June 4th, 2012
07:17 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: God is in the details

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

God save the Queen

Although Prince Philip's illness has cast something of a shadow over the festivities, Britons are making a four-day national holiday out of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. And even though he has to work through it, one cabdriver has found a way to take the party along for the ride.

God bless America

That warm feeling of patriotism in the UK is not reflected on this side of the Atlantic, at least not in one office in Philadelphia. Dawn Paulus, a 75-year-old resident of a housing project in suburban Phillipsburg, New Jersey, is being threatened with eviction by the city's housing authority for violating her lease, CNN affiliate KYW reports.

Her offense: flying three small American flags from her apartment balcony for Memorial Day. "I feel I have a constitutional right to fly a flag," Paulus told the station. "I think the veterans, they fought for us and this is why we have our freedom. My ex-husband was in the service, brothers, nephews, cousins — to me this is a big thing." The housing authority order says she will be evicted if she doesn't remove the flags immediately. The agency's director says it's not a patriotism issue, it's a safety issue. FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: Monarchy debate reigns in commenting kingdom
iReporter Chaleen Botha says her daughter got to meet Queen Elizabeth II in Brisbane, Australia, in 2011.
June 4th, 2012
07:15 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Monarchy debate reigns in commenting kingdom

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

The Revolutionary War is now a thing of history books, but conversation about the value of monarchies - constitutional or otherwise - in modern society is still very much alive. Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee has encouraged further discussion about the real meaning of royalty. Where do you stand?

Buckingham Palace rocks in queen's honor

We noticed that two commenters claiming to be British debated Americans' attitudes toward the monarchy. Are queens and kings and princes and princesses still relevant, or should they be relegated to history and fairy tales?

UKsideofpond: "I am totally flabbergasted by the total ignorance, respect and appreciation of other countries customs, etc. There are 44 monarchies around the world, some of which are 'absolute' and some of which are 'constitutional'. I can't believe that some Americans believe that Britain is ruled by the Queen! Do these people take time to have a look at countries outside of their own? I doubt it. Do they believe that we are living in medieval times? I think some of them believe we do. Fortunately, I'm big enough and ugly enough to realize that the majority of comments here are from a minority of Americans whose live revolves around the X Box and whom many have never been out of their own state. Thank heaven for the normal, intelligent American that I have come to know and like."

soaprano: "Wake-up call from this contributor. I am English born and bred and live in England. The fact that the royals are rubber stamps does not in anyway change the reality of the facts of what they really are, pampered, kept parasites of no value or use whatsoever to the nation ... tourism do I hear you bleat? So the thinking person is to accept that Shakespeare, the Brontes, Dickens, The Beatles, Stonehenge, etc., are all sideshows and looking at Buckingham Palace is what makes the majority of tourists spend money coming to Britain? What an insult to all the artists and musicians and history of Britain that anyone in any great numbers should believe looking at inbred parasites is the primary reason for flying across the world to Britain.

Of course, many of our readers are quite fond of the royals.

Moira Little: "Just watched the Diamond Jubilee concert for Queen Elizabeth. What a fantastic show for an amazing woman, 86 years old and still working for her subjects. I live in Philadelphia but am on vacation in the UK at the moment and am glad I am here to witness such a fantastic show of respect for her work over the last 60 years. Love that I am still British."

angrycandy: "This USA'er sees the value of intermediaries such as the Queen of England whose role actively encourages nationalistic celebrations. The USA, on the other hand, trots out the same old religious dogma and expects its citizens to partake of a meagerness that somehow defies mold."

But many are quite baffled. Where do you stand? FULL POST

Overheard on CNN.com: Richard Dawson, TV 'Hero' and smooching game-show host
Richard Dawson appears with cast members of "Eight Is Enough" on "Family Feud" in April 1978.
June 4th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Richard Dawson, TV 'Hero' and smooching game-show host

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"It's like my dad said, 'There are people dying now who never died before.' RIP Richard, you were a big part of my childhood.
- Jim Steele

Richard Dawson, longtime "Family Feud" host and actor, died Saturday night in Los Angeles. Readers responded to news of Dawson's death, fondly recalling his TV shows and acting roles, his penchant for kissing female guests on "Family Feud" and that show's famous phrase, "survey says." Several "Hogan's Heroes" fans jumped in to comment. What would be on your list?

Former 'Family Feud' host Richard Dawson dies

Several readers mentioned "Family Feud."

Snowball12: "Survey SAYS!: Thanks for all the great years of entertainment. You had wit, swagger and charm, and we’re going to miss you. RIP, Richard and condolences to your family and friends."

ReallyJersey: "His salute on the cheek was appreciative while never crossing the line into salaciousness. This was a gentleman who knew how to do that politely, with class and flair. He wanted to be a nice guy you would feel comfortable sitting next to. ... He succeeded by making us feel like we were all invited to be part of playing a party game among our friends and neighbors. Bless you Richard, for making us laugh and smile. My sincere sympathy to his family and many friends."

"Hogan's Heroes," a sitcom set in a World War II German camp, left a particular mark on many readers. Some of the actors had served in the military, and some were Jewish and had fled Germany. Dawson portrayed Corp. Peter Newkirk, one of the Allied officers.

2nova: "Aw - Richard - you'll always be Newkirk to me. My brother liked 'Hogan's Heroes' when I was just little, so of course I watched it, too. Our parents, a WWII vet and a refugee of the Holocaust, always grumbled that it made the Nazis too likable and goofy, but even they had to smile at it. A different time. A time whose positive aspects you were representative of.  RIP, sweetheart."

One person said they had a personal connection to Dawson's family. FULL POST

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Controversy fizzing over Bloomberg's soda ban
Large portions of sugary drinks lead to obesity, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says.
June 4th, 2012
01:36 PM ET

Controversy fizzing over Bloomberg's soda ban

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has created a soda controversy that may take more than a 44-ounce Big Gulp to quench.

Citing what he says is the contribution sugary beverages make to obesity in the U.S., Bloomberg proposed a ban the sale of any sugary beverage over 16 ounces in any of the city's restaurants, delis, movie theaters or even street carts.

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something. I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do,” Bloomberg told The New York Times in making his proposal last week.

Soda has been a hot topic across the Web since.

Bloomberg has his supporters, including a former president.


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Britain's Prince Philip hospitalized
Prince Charles, left, Prince Philip, Prince William and Prince Harry talk during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday.
June 4th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Britain's Prince Philip hospitalized

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has been hospitalized with a bladder infection, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

He will remain hospitalized for observation for a few days, according to a palace statement.

The prince will miss Monday night's concert as part of the queen's Diamond Jubilee as well as events related to the celebration on Tuesday, the palace said.

Jim Duquette, former Mets GM, donates kidney to young daughter
Former Mets GM, Jim Duquette, donated a kidney to his young daughter Monday, reports said.
June 4th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Jim Duquette, former Mets GM, donates kidney to young daughter

Baseball fans who tuned into Sirius XM’s "Power Alley" on Monday didn’t hear the familiar voice of analyst Jim Duquette.

Instead, the former general manager of the New York Mets and one-time vice president of the Baltimore Orioles had more important business: trying to save his daughter’s life.

Ten-year-old Lindsey Duquette has a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, the New York Daily News reports.

Duquette was scheduled to go under the knife at Johns Hopkins Hospital, not far from the family's Maryland home, where he was donating his right kidney, the Daily News reported.

In many ways Lindsey Duquette is like any other fourth grader: concerned with life's pressing issues, like convincing her parents to give her an e-mail account, the Baltimore Sun reported.

"Can I pleeeaaase have an email account?" she is quoted as saying in the the paper quoted her as asking.

But life is different and at times uncertain for Lindsey. She has suffered nearly her whole life, first showing symptoms at the end of 2004, the same year her father was Mets GM.  She had both of her kidneys removed after going into end-stage renal failure last year.

The Baltimore Sun article described Lindsey's scarred kidneys leaking protein into her blood and draining her of the vibrant personality, though it seems to have returned since she began daily dialysis treatments.

Now, with the help of her father's kidney, Lindsey has a shot at going into remission from the disease, for which there is no known cure.

Lindsey's outlook is positive. She is looking forward to beginning a new phase of her life with "Raven," the name she gave the kidney, in honor of the local NFL team.

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U.S. pilots find high demand, high pay overseas
Foreign carriers are turning to U.S. pilots to fly their increasing number of jetliners.
June 4th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

U.S. pilots find high demand, high pay overseas

The pilot of the Nigerian jetliner that crashed in Lagos, the country's largest city, on Sunday was an American, said Oscar Wason, Dana Air's director of operations, on Monday.

Wason did not identify the pilot by name or hometown, but he is among a legion of U.S. pilots now captaining jets for foreign airlines, said Kit Darby, an aviation consultant in Peachtree City, Georgia.

"A lot of U.S. pilots are working overseas, more than ever before," Darby said. "It's pretty common."

Darby said that as airlines have consolidated in the U.S., the job market for experienced airline captains has become "stagnant." Experienced captains are losing seniority, and it may take them 10 to 20 years to get a captain's position back, he said.


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Report: Canada dismemberment suspect arrested in Germany
Luka Rocco Magnotta
June 4th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Report: Canada dismemberment suspect arrested in Germany

Investigators in Berlin have detained a man whom they believe to be Luka Rocco Magnotta, a porn actor wanted in Canada for killing and dismembering someone and mailing body parts to political parties, a spokesman for the police in Berlin, Guido Busch, said Monday.

Authorities detained him after someone in an internet cafe told them she thought she recognized a customer in the cafe as the suspect, Busch said. The suspect offered no resistance when police took him into custody.

Magnotta is wanted on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of 33-year-old Jun Lin, a Concordia University student from China, and threatening, among others, Canada's prime minister after mailing him a severed foot.

The case began last week when a package addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived at his majority Conservative Party headquarters, and a hand was later found at a post office addressed to the minority Liberal Party, authorities said.

Authorities quickly traced the address on the packages to the Montreal apartment of Magnotta, where they discovered a torso in a suitcase in a trash bin.

And the crime, Montreal police say, was captured on a graphic video posted to the Web. It features a man - who authorities believe is Magnotta - killing another man, dismembering the corpse and performing sexual acts.

"We believe he filmed himself," LaFreniere said last week. "It's gross. ... This is a very deranged person. He is looking for attention, and he got it, but not in a positive way."

Not all the body parts have been recovered, and LaFreniere said forensic evidence and DNA were used to identify the victim as Jun.

Authorities believe Magnotta killed Jun on May 24 or May 25, posted the video, and on May 26 fled the country by plane to Europe.

That prompted Interpol, the global police agency, to alert authorities in 190 countries.

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June 4th, 2012
10:34 AM ET

British sailor missing in Dubai

Authorities are searching for a British sailor who disappeared after arriving in Dubai.

Timothy Andrew MacColl, 27, was last seen getting into a taxi about 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, his family said.

"It is known that he had just left the Rock Bottom Bar which is at the Regent Hotel in the area of Deira," the family said in a statement.

The bar is about a 15-minute drive from Port Rashid, where MacColl's ship, the HMS Westminster, had docked the previous day, the family said.


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June 4th, 2012
09:47 AM ET

Source: Militia seizes airport in Libyan capital

A militia group has seized control of the international airport in Tripoli, Libya, a security source said Monday.

Two platoons of the Tarhouna militia moved in overnight because of an ongoing dispute with the national government, sparked by the disappearance of a militia leader on the airport road Sunday, the source said.

The Libyan government sent emissaries to meet with the militia group Sunday night, Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Karim Ahmed Bazama said. The talks were continuing Monday.

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June 4th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Monday's live events

Join Wolf Blitzer and the CNN Political Team tomorrow at 12 pm ET on CNN.com Live as they answer your questions on the 2012 elections and all things politics.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Florida real estate developer trial - Closing arguments are expected in the trial of Adam Kaufman, who's charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Crime • Elections • Justice • On CNN.com today • Politics
Space shuttle sails through New York Harbor
Space shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Sunday in New York City.
June 4th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Space shuttle sails through New York Harbor

The space shuttle Enterprise took a journey more akin to those of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise than its orbital sister ships on Sunday.

The prototype shuttle floated on a barge through New York Harbor, from John F. Kennedy Airport en route to Bayonne, New Jersey.

There, it will be transferred to another barge, this one with a crane. On Tuesday, the second barge will carry it back up the Hudson and lift the shuttle onto the deck of the USS Intrepid Museum, a former aircraft carrier and Enterprise's final destination.

The Enterprise was flown into JFK on the back of a 747 on April 27.

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June 4th, 2012
04:55 AM ET

Decades after war, US and Vietnam swap slain troops' papers

Nearly four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam exchanged personal papers taken from the dead bodies of each others' troops for the first time, the Pentagon announced Monday.

On a historic visit to Hanoi, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta handed over a diary taken by a U.S. Marine from the body of Vietnamese soldier Vu Dinh Doan in 1966.

In exchange, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phuong Quang Thanh gave Panetta letters taken from the body of U.S. Army Sgt. Steve Flaherty in 1969 and later used in Vietnamese propaganda broadcasts.

A top Vietnamese colonel, Nguyen Phu Dat, had kept the letters since the war, and mentioned them last summer in an online publication about documents from the war years.

A retired Pentagon prisoner of war and missing in action expert ran across the reference a few months later, the Department of Defense said.

The Pentagon and State Department then worked with counterparts in Vietnam to arrange the handover of the Flaherty letters to Panetta, who will have them returned to Flaherty's family.

While the Flaherty letters remained in Vietnam, Robert Frazure of the U.S. Marine Corps brought the Vu Dihn Doan diaries home to Walla Walla, Washington, and kept them after his discharge from the military.

He later gave them to the sister of one of his buddies killed in the war as she researched the conflict. She passed them to the PBS program "The History Detectives," who tracked down Vu Dihn Doan's family and gave the diary to American officials to hand back.

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June 4th, 2012
04:25 AM ET

8 killed in rampage at Mexico rehab center

Gunmen entered a rehabilitation center in central Mexico and fired on patients, a blog on the Mexican drug war reported.

The attack Sunday night left eight people dead and eight others injured, police in the city of Torreon said via Twitter.

Family members gathered outside the center as bodies were being removed, according to El Blog del Narco, a blog that publishes information about the Mexican drug war.

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June 4th, 2012
04:19 AM ET

Tiananmen: Activists mark date that can't be mentioned

It may be 23 years since Chinese soldiers gunned down unarmed protesters near Tiananmen Square but memories of that day remain raw for pro-democracy activists within and outside the country.

More than 100,000 people are expected to gather in Hong Kong's Victoria Park Monday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the lives lost when tanks rolled into the Beijing square.

The mainland government still bans public discussion of the events of June 4, 1989, when government forces intent on ending pro-democracy demonstrations opened fire on civilians.

The official Chinese government account said 241, including soldiers, died and 7,000 were wounded.

Rights campaigners say the number of dead was more likely to be in the thousands.

In a written message to be read out at the Hong Kong vigil, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng implored the Chinese government to "follow the will of Heaven" and advance democratic reforms.

"This Democracy Movement deserves universal approval," Chen said in the statement. "We ask that its requests be treated appropriately. We do not desire revenge but we want to completely reveal the truth. We are in favor of tolerance, but against forgetfulness. People who are forgetful have no future," he said.

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June 4th, 2012
12:09 AM ET

Zimmerman to request new bond hearing, aiming to get out of jail - again

George Zimmerman's lawyers have vowed to file a motion asking a Florida judge for a new bond hearing for their client Monday, a day after the murder suspect returned to jail on a judge's order.

The 28-year-old Florida man accused in the death of Trayvon Martin had been free on bond for weeks until Sunday afternoon, when he turned himself in to authorities in Seminole County, Florida.

Zimmerman become a focus of intense national attention earlier this year, after he fatally shot the unarmed African-American teenager who had just gone out to buy a bag of Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea at a 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida.

The neighborhood watch volunteer had claimed the February 26 shooting was in self-defense. Martin's family and civil rights activists from around the nation contended Zimmerman, who is white Hispanic, racially profiled the 17-year-old and ignored a 911 dispatcher's request not to follow him.

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