6 Things to Know Today, Mar. 4: Richard Hinds on Trial for Murder of Irish Exchange Student Nicola Furlong

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6 Things to Know Today Mar. 4: Baby of Nachman and Raizi Glauber, Killed in Car Crash, Also Dies


Five things to know today, Mar. 4:  Richard Hinds on trial in Japanese court for the murder of Irish student Nicola Furlong, the Cardinals gather in Rome ahead of the conclave.

1.  RICHARD HINDS OF MEMPHIS, ON TRIAL IN JAPANESE COURT FOR MURDER OF NICOLA FURLONG

Richard Hinds, 19, of Memphis, Tenn., accused of strangling an Irish exchange student in Tokyo told a Japanese court Monday that he did not intend to kill her but acknowledged he was with her the night she died. Richard Hinds denied intentionally suffocating Nicola Furlong May 24, 2012, in a Tokyo hotel room, saying he lightly pressed her neck while they had sex. The defense’s position is that Nicola Furlong died of an overdose of alcohol and drugs. The prosecution maintains she was strangled with a towel by Richard Hinds. The verdict is scheduled to be announced March 19. James Blackston, who allegedly borrowed wheelchairs with Richard Hinds to take the two women to their hotel rooms, is facing a maximum of four years on charges of sexually assaulting Nicola Furlong’s friend. His trial is scheduled to conclude March 13. [ABC NEWS]

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2.  CARDINALS GATHER AT VATICAN AHEAD OF CONCLAVE TO CHOOSE NEXT POPE
Cardinals from around the world have gathered at the Vatican Monday morning for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope is in place. This comes as Scotland’s highest ranking Catholic official, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who recently resigned, admitted inappropriate sexual behavior. The pre-conclave meeting will be headed by the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. The conclave, which will be held in the Sistine Chapel, is expected to take place next week. [BBC News]

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3. KEITH OLBERMANN, WHO WAS FIRED FROM CURRENT TV JOB, INTERESTED IN ESPN GIG New York Times:  Olbermann’s expressions of interest included dinner at New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant with John Skipper, ESPN’s president. “Keith Olbermann, both personally and through a couple people I know, reached out to say, ‘Gee, I would love to have dinner,’ ” Skipper said. “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he’d be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat. He is very interesting.“Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back.”

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4.  GERALDO RIVERA TAKES AIMS AT NEWARK MAYOR CORY BOOKER’S ‘ENDLESS TWEETS’

GOP Senate hopeful and Fox News host Geraldo Rivera took a swipe at Newark mayor Cory Booker for his famous use of Twitter, to question his humility.


Um, this is clearly a case of the pot cursing the kettle. Since Geraldo Rivera has always engaged in self-promotion. Maybe not to the same extent today as he did in earlier years. Clearly he is in a very weak position to consider a run for the Senate. But a pair of polls released last month showed Rivera in a weak starting position. A Monmouth University poll showed 65 percent of New Jersey voters indicated it is unlikely that they will back Rivera in 2014. A Quinnipiac University poll showed Booker, who is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, shellacking Geraldo Rivera in a hypothetical general election match-up. Sounds like sour grapes. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

5. OBAMA TO NOMINATE WALMART’S SYLVIA MATHEWS BURWELL DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE BUDGET OFFICE

The White House announced Sunday that President Obama will tap Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the head of the Walmart Foundation, as the next director of the White House budget office. Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a veteran of the Clinton White House. Under her leadership, the Walmart Foundation gave out nearly $1 billion in 2011 in corporate contributions to to projects around the world, including fighting hunger and empowering women. Separately, President Obama is also set to nominate MIT scientist Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and EPA veteran Gina McCarthy to lead the environmental agency. McCarthy currently serves as EPA’s assistant administrator for air and radiation.

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6. Baby born after parents Nachman and Raizi Glauber killed in Brooklyn Car Crash, Dies in Hospital

New York City police say the baby born after parents Nachman and Raizi Glauber, both 21, were killed in a Brooklyn car crash on way to hospital at 12.30 am on Sunday, has died. @Reuters

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 6 Things to Know Today, Mar. 4: Richard Hinds on Trial for Murder of Irish Exchange Student Nicola Furlong
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.