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Archive for December 14th, 2008

Saturday Night Live Weighs in on the Blagojevich Scandal

Hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers Gather For Memorial Service For Slain Pitts. FBI Agent Sam Hicks

Unfortunately, it was only after he was killed that the public got to know what kind of FBI agent Sam Hicks was. Hundreds gathered Friday to pay respect.

FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Dan Majors
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
OAKLAND, Pa. –Many of the hundreds of law enforcement officers attending yesterday’s memorial service for FBI Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks did not know him. But the personal anecdotes that his friends shared from the pulpit of St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland confirmed what they did know.
He was one of them.
More than 750 friends, family and law enforcement representatives from throughout southwestern Pennsylvania gathered to honor and remember Agent Hicks, who was slain in the line of duty last month.
“It’s a testament to Sam Hicks that he got the deserved recognition in death that he never sought in life,” said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who addressed the congregation. “Sam believed that the best was expected of the FBI, and that is what he gave every moment of every day.”
Agent Hicks, 33, a native of Alverton, Westmoreland County, who had been living in Richland, was fatally shot Nov. 18 in an Indiana Township home while serving an arrest warrant for drug charges.
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Gov. Blagojevich Could Decide By Monday Whether to Resign

With his political lifelines running out, Gov. Blagojevich may have little choice. If he decides to step down, he can make it look like he made the decision, not the state’s attorney general or the court.

BY NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Gov. Blagojevich will decide early next week — perhaps as early as Monday — whether he should resign, a source close to the governor told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“He was blindsided by this,” the source said. “He needs some time to digest what’s going on. He’s going to make his position clear shortly.”
On Friday, in his first public comments since his arrest, the governor did not rule out the possibility he might resign. As he left the federal courthouse after a visit to the pretrial services office, a reporter asked the governor, “Do you have anything to say to the people of Illinois?”
He replied, “I will at the appropriate time. Absolutely.”
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