Monday, September 1 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:37:48 GMT
A driver is injured after being ejected from a car during a crash in Erlanger Monday morning. The one-car crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on Dixie Highway near Cave Road. Police say the car crashedFull Story >
A driver is injured after being ejected from a car during a crash in Erlanger Monday morning.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 5:22 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:22:36 GMT
Some lucky winners walked away with big prizes in the 20th annual Rubber Duck Regatta at Riverfest Sunday. Deana Schmidt of Fairfield won a 2014 Honda Accord Sport for finishing in first place. ElaineFull Story >
Some lucky winners walked away with big prizes in the 20th annual Rubber Duck Regatta at Riverfest Sunday.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 4:24 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:24:52 GMT
SWAT responded to a home in Delhi early Monday morning after a man barricaded himself in his home. Delhi Police were dispatched to the house in the 500 block of Palmerston Drive around 1 a.m. to checkFull Story >
SWAT responded to a home in Delhi early Monday morning after a man barricaded himself in his home.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 4:10 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:10:50 GMT
Thousands of workers will be celebrating employment and the right to work during the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic. There is some positive economic news on this Labor Day. According to the BureauFull Story >
Thousands of workers will be celebrating employment and the right to work during the annual AFL CIO Labor Day picnic.Full Story >
ABINGDON, VA (RNN) - One Virginia father and former congressional candidate fulfilled a request for his daughter, trekking to Africa to make her a princess.
In a June 16 Facebook post, Jeremiah Heaton, 38, wrote how he wanted to make the dreams of 7-year-old daughter, Emily, of being a princess a reality after a father-daughter playtime last winter.
"Emily, like most little girls, has a dream to become a princess. While playing one day she stopped and posed a question, 'Daddy, will I ever be a real princess?' The only answer I could give my sweet little girl was 'Yes, of course you will be a princess one day!'" Heaton wrote.
It was Emily's "heartfelt desire" that Heaton wanted to fulfill.
"I am an inquisitive person, and I searched for free land that was not claimed by any man," Heaton said.
He discovered the term terra nullius, Latin for "no man's land," while researching possible areas, and found the eastern African region of Bir Tawil, a 796-square-mile region between Egypt and Sudan. Because of a nearly 100-year-old dispute, Bir Tawil was one of the three remaining non-claimed parcels of land in the world, according to The Global Post.
"Over the years a few arm-chair explorers have attempted to 'claim' Bir Tawil by simply writing a blog entry or creating a website. These half-hearted, illegitimate claims have not been recognized by any government," Heaton said.
Heaton had to secure permission from the Egyptian government to travel to Bir Tawil, and said they couldn't have been more hospitable.
"Amazingly, Bir Tawil is the very last piece of Earth unclaimed by any nation or man," Heaton wrote.
The area now known as Bir Tawil is now being called "The Kingdom of North Sudan" by the Heatons. In the Facebook post, Heaton asks friends to formally address his daughter as "Princess Emily." Naturally, Heaton is the king.
"Long live the Kingdom and the love it was founded upon," Heaton wrote.
Heaton said he wants to use the land to advance agricultural technology for the surrounding areas. Heaton wants to have an energy-efficient nation based on renewable sources.
"The plan is really in the early stages, but I have friends who are scientists who will help us finalize things," Heaton said. "I may be the leader, but I by no means have the knowledge alone. But, we are going to find ways to physically grow food and use their knowledge to grow crops."
Heaton says he hadn't considered the potential backlash of a white man purchasing land in Africa, and that it's not about that or just making his daughter a princess.
"I don't see color, and we as a world are beyond that," Heaton said. "I think people will see past the fact that I am a white man, and see that this was a act of love."
Heaton also dismissed the claim of colonialism, and calls the land claim "the lost and found of Earth." He also said he isn't spoiling his daughter.
"We are really good people," Heaton said. "I am not some super-rich guy that spends a bunch of money on Sweet 16 parties. I just wanted to do something very special for my daughter, and leave a legacy of love for my children."
He is set to make the phone calls to the two embassies Monday morning to begin setting up the details with the Egyptian and Sudanese ambassadors.
University of Richmond political science professor Sheila Carapico told the Bristol Herald Courier that "it's not plausible" for the land to be claimed without the "legal recognition of the neighboring countries, the United Nations, or other groups."
As for Emily, who is a bashful princess, she only had one thing to say about gaining her kingdom.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were...Full Story >
Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men...Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.Full Story >
Thursday, July 17 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-17 15:51:39 GMT
The body of a child has been found at a trailer park on Whitney Drive. Gulfport Police say she was found just before 9am. They aren't confirming that it is 5-year-old Janaya Thompson, but it is a young black girl. Full Story >
The body of a child has been found at a trailer park on Whitney Drive. Gulfport Police say she was found just before 9am. They aren't confirming that it is 5-year-old Janaya Thompson, but it is a young black girl.Full Story >
Sunday, August 31 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:31:35 GMT
A 9-year-old girl has died after police say a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach. According to the Associated Press, firefighters and police got to the beach in Lincoln City around 5p.m. FridayFull Story >
A 9-year-old girl has died after police say a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach.Full Story >