Possibly Explosive Hostage Situation in VA. Post Office

Adrian Chen · 12/23/09 10:20PM

As many as five hostages are currently being held by a gunman in a Post Office in Wytheville, Va. Shots were fired, and the gunman is thought to have five pounds of plastic explosive strapped to his chest. [NYT] Update:

Maggie · 12/03/07 12:50PM

Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher who offended Islam by allowing her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear "Muhammed," has been released from a Sudanese jail and is hightailing it out of the country before she blasphemes any other religious figures. In a statement, Gibbons, who looks somewhat teddy-bearish herself, praised the "kindness and generosity" of the Sudanese. Doesn't it just warm your heart when recently-released hostages and prisoners of Islamic hardliners make mushy public statements about their captors? Creepy. Also, we demand to know why those heretical infidel first-graders were not imprisoned alongside their teacher; desecrating the prophet was their idea, after all. [CNN]