Comments: 'This tragedy has helped me to learn more about the Sikh religion'
People wait for word on family and friends at the Sikh temple. The Oak Creek, Wisconsin, temple, or gurdwara, opened in 2007.
August 6th, 2012
09:16 PM ET

Comments: 'This tragedy has helped me to learn more about the Sikh religion'

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. What follows is a look at some of the most talked-about stories of the day.

There has been tons of conversation surrounding Monday's news, spanning the full range of humanity's capacities. Look below for a glance at these topics:

1. Wisconsin temple shooting
2. Mars rover landing
3. Situation in Syria
4. Culture of gaming
5. Underwater wreckage
6. Olympics update: Michael Phelps
7. Braydon Nichols

1. Wisconsin temple shooting

People have been going back and forth all day about =the shooting Sunday at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which left seven people dead including the gunman, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page. Details emerged after the shooting, painting Page as the front man of a white-power rock group known as "End Apathy." Thousands of comments poured in, and readers posted dozens of stories on CNN iReport.

Police identify Army veteran as Wisconsin shooting gunman

We were surprised to find that one of our readers wrote a comment saying they knew Page.

Cjrobillard: "Wade Michael Page was one of my closest friends from my time in the Army. We met and served together in the same unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While I don't support what he did, I love him like a brother and I will miss him greatly. I am sorry for the families of the victims and officers."

CNN interviewed the commenter, who in real life is Christopher Robillard of Oregon. He described Page as his "closest friend" in the service more than a decade ago, and added that Page was pushed out of the military for showing up to formation drunk.

Robillard said Page was "a very kind, very smart individual" who loved his friends, but "was involved with white supremacy." He went on to say that Page sometimes talked about "racial holy war," but didn't seem like the kind of person who would actually hurt someone.

"It's the racial holy war talk I always took as something he would vent about, and not act on it," Robillard said. "I never pictured him as someone who would do anything. I thought maybe he was just saying it for attention." FULL POST

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Filed under: Comments • Crime • Religion • U.S. • Wisconsin
August 6th, 2012
05:33 PM ET

Mash-up: Topless driver won't pull over

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

Blood spilled in a sacred place

Sunday's mass shooting at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee caused a new wave of shock and revulsion on the heels of the July 20 movie theater attack in Aurora, Colorado. Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a nephew of temple shooting victim Santwant Kaleka, the temple president, expressed the pain of many when he said:

I just never thought it would be at a temple, at a place of worship. I don't want people to have to carry a gun at a place of worship. ... Why can't people just show each other love and care and treat each other as humans?

Which is more interesting, Mars or Mohawk?

If you watched the Mars rover Curiosity landing early Monday morning (or late Sunday, depending on where you were), you probably noticed the dude with the mohawk haircut at mission control. You probably wanted to know what the deal was with him. You probably were hoping CNN would provide an interview with him. If so, you'll probably enjoy this:


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August 6th, 2012
04:14 PM ET

CNN inside Syria: Snipers, bombs - and sometimes open bakeries

In parts of Aleppo on Monday, snipers fired from roofs of buildings and artillery fire rang out, while other areas of the city are oddly normal.

CNN's Ben Wedeman and crew are some of the few international reporters in Syria, whose government has been restricting access on foreign journalists and refusing many of them entry.

Check out more from CNN inside Syria

In the besieged Aleppo neighborhood of Salaheddin, Wedeman said drivers had to dodge piles of rubble in the streets. Residents evacuating to safer neighborhoods left their homes with all the belongings they could carry, he said.

An elderly man, carrying a briefcase and a bag full of jam, said he was leaving the neighborhood to move in with his daughter.

"What kind of leader does this to his own people?" the man said as he left his home. FULL POST

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Filed under: CNN Inside Syria • Syria • World
Chinook crash, Hiroshima bombing among memorable events on August 6
August 6 is the birthday of Andy Warhol, who had a penchant for painting Marilyn Monroe. She died August 5, 1962.
August 6th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Chinook crash, Hiroshima bombing among memorable events on August 6

August 6 is a day of anniversaries. Unfortunately, some of them are dubious milestones.

Topping the list is the first anniversary of the Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 U.S. service members, 22 of them Navy SEALs. Included were some members of Team 6, the unit credited with the raid that killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.'s Ashley Fantz was able to find a heartwarming angle to this tragic anniversary, revisiting an iReport posted by Braydon Nichols, the son of Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, who piloted the Chinook. The boy, now 11, asked that no one forget his father, and judging from the reaction to young Braydon's iReport post, no one has.

His brother, Monte, adds that Braydon is doing well in school and coping with the loss of his father as well as can be expected.

Monday also marks the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.


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Filed under: Afghanistan • Japan • Military • Nuclear • Showbiz • Sports • U.S. • U.S. Air Force • World
Police: Alleged Sikh temple shooter was vet, 40, and perhaps white supremacist
The man allegedly responsible for six shooting deaths at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee was an Army vet, police say.
August 6th, 2012
09:13 AM ET

Police: Alleged Sikh temple shooter was vet, 40, and perhaps white supremacist

The man who shot six people to death and wounded three others during a rampage at a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb was an Army veteran who may have been a white supremacist, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation.

Law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation named him Monday as Wade Michael Page, 40. One law enforcement official said he owned the gun used in the shooting legally.

He had apparently served on active duty, a U.S. official familiar with his record said. The source declined to give further details.


Follow CNN's full coverage of the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin
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Filed under: Crime • U.S. • Wisconsin
August 6th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  Watch Live for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - Mars rover post-landing briefing - The Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars this morning, and NASA and JPL officials are celebrating.  Two briefings on the landing and mission will take place today - the first at noon ET, with the second at 7:00 pm ET.


Filed under: Elections • Mars • On today • Politics • Solar System • Space
August 6th, 2012
04:34 AM ET

Temple shooting dredges up memories of long history of bias crimes against Sikhs

Immediately after the September 11, 2001, terrorist acts, Sikhs came under attack.

Mistaken for Muslims for their beards and turbans, they became ripe targets for zealots seeking revenge.

The first person murdered in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks was a Sikh – a gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, named Balbir Singh Sodhi who was shot five times by aircraft mechanic Frank Roque.

In the intervening years, the Sikh Coalition, a New York-based advocacy group, reported more than 700 attacks or bias-related incidents.

Some Sikhs had their houses vandalized; others were spat upon. In some extreme cases, Sikhs were set upon by groups of people and beaten.

As the incidents waned, the community had hoped the worst was behind them - until Sunday when a man shot and killed at least six people at a temple outside Milwaukee, wounded a police officer, and was himself killed by another officer's bullets.


Filed under: Crime • U.S. • World