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Joy of Belgian kids chronicled in blog before tragic Switzerland bus crash

March 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A torch-light march. Ravioli and meatball dinners. Rides in a funicular railway. A sing-a-long and a dress-up casino evening. Those were some of the things that made last week “mega-cool” for 24 sixth graders at the St. Lambertus school in a hotel in Saint-Luc, high in the Swiss Alps. Continue Reading

28 dead, including 22 children, in crash of Belgium tour bus in Swiss Alps

March 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A tour bus slammed into a tunnel wall in the Swiss Alps in a horrific accident that killed 22 school children and six adults returning to Belgium from a joyous ski vacation, police said today. Another 24 students were taken to hospitals.
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MURDEROUS RAMPAGE: Police find body at Belgian attacker’s home; 4 dead, 123 injured

December 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Liege Prosecutor Daniele Reynders said the body of a woman in her forties, a cleaning woman, was discovered during a search of Nordine Amrani’s property, and that she was killed before the murderous spree at Liege’s main square which also left 123 people injured. Reynders said Amrani, 33 years old, died in Tuesday’s attack in an apparent suicide, and he was found with a number of grenades still on him. Continue Reading

BELGIUM: 3 men reportedly launch deadly attack at bus stop

December 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Three men armed with hand grenades and guns attacked a bus stop in eastern Belgium today, killing two people and wounding at least 10, Belgian media reported. Continue Reading

BELGIUM: Storm kills 3, injures more than 70 at music festival

August 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Organizers estimated some 60,000 people were at the three-day festival, which started today, when the storm broke. Many were leaving the grounds after the storm that turned the festival site into a scene of mud and destruction in a matter of about 10 minutes. Continue Reading

Priest sex abuse linked to 13 suicides in Belgium

September 10, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

BRUSSELS (AP) Hundreds of sex abuse victims have come forward in Belgium with harrowing accounts of molestation by Catholic clergy that reportedly led to at least 13 suicides and affected children as young as two, an independent Belgian commission said Friday. Continue Reading