Boko Haram swears formal allegiance to ISIS

first_imgA message allegedly from the head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group Saturday pledged his group’s allegiance to Islamic State.The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service.“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not to dispute about rule with those in power, except in case of evident infidelity regarding that which there is a proof from Allah,” said the message. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself the caliph.The message was posted on Twitter, hours after Boko Haram was blamed for four suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria that killed at least 54 people and wounded more than 140 people.The pledge comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in a northeastern town for a showdown with a multinational force that has dislodged them from a score of towns in recent weeks.last_img read more

WRBI ‘Reality Check’ today

first_imgSunman, In. — WRBI’s Reality Check offers a chance for students to manage their ‘money’ while experiencing the ups and downs of grown-up life.Eighth graders have the opportunity to get a taste of adult life by making choices, picking careers, budgeting money, getting an education and dealing with family situations. Educators, students and volunteers say the experience provides a valuable lesson for their future.The is held at the Sunman-Dearborn Middle School and special thanks to the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, prosecutor Lynn Deddens and The Sunman Dearborn Community School Corporation.last_img

Pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears not much of a role model

first_imgJamie Lynn Spears, star of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” has succeeded in doing the impossible: She has upstaged her train wreck of a big sister, Britney Spears. The 16-year-old actress – widely perceived to be the “good” Spears sister, is at least three months pregnant. She and her mom have blabbed all about it to OK! Magazine. Once the baby is born, the teen will get a whopping $1 million from that magazine for an exclusive photo spread of her and the tot. Honestly, what planet does the Spears family live on? Britney’s endless travails, poor parenting and endless hunger for paparazzi attention is well documented. But her little sister had been a role model to millions of little girls who love her on “Zoey.” Bloggers are also weighing in: Defamer: “She’s continuing the proud family tradition of ill-advised pregnancies established by infant-fumbling, mothering-impaired older sister Britney.” Radar magazine: “The response? A comforting hug from her employer Nickelodeon, the cover of OK! magazine, and a portrayal of the events framed in the soft light of an after-school special.” Her mom Lynne, previously signed to write a book on parenting Britney and Jamie Lynn (the book has been postponed, indefinitely), said to OK!: “I didn’t believe it because Jamie Lynn’s always been so conscientious. She’s never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby.” Don’t you mean your $1 million baby? The father is Jamie Lynn’s 19-year-old boyfriend, Casey Aldridge. “It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected,” Jamie Lynn told OK!, “I was in complete and total shock and so was he.” Total shock? Didn’t Mama Spears ever have “the talk” with Jamie Lynn? Of course, this situation has every P.R. crisis expert slobbering to get quoted. I’ve decided to use one from Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations since it was forwarded to me by about 20 different people. “Frankly, I don’t see any `Spears Family Christmas Prime Time Specials’ being sold into syndication anytime soon,” said Torossian, who has repped Sean Combs, Snoop Dogg and Lil’ Kim. “If Michael made LaToya look like the normal Jackson, Britney might be the Spears’ with the better moral judgment … either way brands won’t see either family member as marketable for some time.” For more celebrity news, go to and local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSadly, I think a lot of parents are going to be having talks with their kids about the difference between a TV character and the person playing her. Nickelodeon has released a statement in support of their very young star: “We respect Jamie Lynn’s decision to take responsibility in this sensitive and personal situation.” Her employer might be sympathetic, but there’s been an immediate groundswell of mostly negative reaction around cyberspace. Some people even see it as a major blow to education efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. “My 11-year-old daughter looks up to girls like Jamie Lynn and Miley Cyrus,” one Massachusetts woman wrote to “Thank goodness she still has Miley.” “QuicheLorraine” wrote on the A Socialite’s Life blog: “Rewarding a 16-year-old who is foolish enough to get knocked up with a $1 million baby photo contract is disgusting and I hope everyone boycotts OK Magazine.” last_img