Honduras Prison Fire Kills More Than 350 Inmates

A massive fire swept through an overcrowded prison in Honduras and killed more than 350 inmates Wednesday, many of them trapped and screaming inside their cells.

A senior official at the attorney general’s office, Danelia Ferrera, said 359 people died in the blaze that began late Tuesday night at the prison in Comayagua, about 75 kilometres north of the capital Tegucigalpa.

“It’s a terrible scene … Our staff went into the cells and the bodies are charred, most of them are unrecognizable,” Ferrera said, adding that officials would have to use dental records and DNA in many cases to identify those killed.

Battered by violent street gangs and drug trafficking, Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, according to the United Nations.

There are frequent riots and clashes between rival gangs in its cramped jails, although it was not yet clear if the Comayagua blaze – one of the worst prisons fires in Latin America – was started deliberately or if it was an accident.

“We heard screaming from the people who caught on fire,” one prisoner told reporters, showing the fingers he fractured in his escape from the fire. “We had to push up the roof panels to get out.” Continue Reading…

TCU Drug Bust Includes 4 Football Players

Authorities arrested 17 students at Texas Christian University on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting, an especially embarrassing blow to the school because it included four members of the high-profile football team.

Arrest warrants painted a startling picture of the Horned Frogs, with a handful of players who allegedly arranged marijuana sales after class or around practice and who told police that most of the team had failed a surprise drug test just two weeks ago.

According to police, players sold undercover officers marijuana during the season and as recently as last week.

“There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days,” coach Gary Patterson said in a prepared statement. “As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.”

The 17 people arrested were caught making “hand-to-hand” sales of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs to undercover officers, police said. They said the bust followed an investigation prompted by complaints from students, parents and others.

TCU has an enrollment of about 9,500 students, but the athlete arrests drew the most scrutiny. The bust came just one day after a thrilling overtime victory by the men’s basketball team over a ranked opponent and less than 24 hours after TCU released its football schedule for next season, its first in the Big 12 Conference. Continue Reading…

Customer At Vegas’ Heart Attack Grill Suffers Heart Attack

In one of the more unfortunate cases of a company living up to its name, a man dining at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas had exactly what was on the menu: A heart attack.

The diner was eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” — including 1.5 pounds of beef and a dozen bacon slices — this weekend when he began complaining of chest pains, according to a report from FOX5. Paramedics quickly arrived to treat the customer, who is now recovering.

The restaurant opened in the fall and quickly made headlines for its fatty foods, with meals that regularly feature nearly 10,000 calories. Servers are dressed – scantily – as “nurses” who take “prescriptions” from their “patients.”

“Patients” who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free. “Taste worth dying for!,” the restaurant’s website crows.

The owner, “Doctor” Jon Basso — who doesn’t actually have medical background — said the incident was “horrible.” Continue Reading…