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A postcard Frazier Glenn Miller sent Kevin Harpham in 2011. (Credit: U.S. Attorneys Office)(OVERLAND PARK, Mo.) — The former KKK leader accused of murdering three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas was pen pals with Kevin Harpham, the man who plotted to bomb the MLK Day parade in Spokane, Wash., in 2011, the government says.

ABC News acquired from prosecutors copies of the postcards and letters they allegedly exchanged in March and April of that year, shortly after Harpham was jailed.

Frazier Glenn Miller, currently facing murder charges, encouraged Harpham to “stay strong,” and offered to help set up a legal defense fund for the convict, who later admitted to planting a backpack bomb along the parade route.

Miller appeared to believe Harpham was innocent.

“The vast majority agrees with me that you’ve been set up/framed,” Miller said in one letter.

“Your dad appeared on the TV and stated that you were living with him and caring for him during the time the crime was allegedly taking place.”

Harpham responded to Miller, thanking him for the support. He declined the legal help, referring to advice he had gotten from Alex Linder, founder of the anti-Semitic, white supremacist website Vanguard News Network.

“Alex Linder once said it is best to just take the public defender and not waste personal money on a trial and that is what I’m doing,” Harpham wrote.

At one point, Harpham wrote that he might need Miller to house-sit. He also complained about the jail’s “hard bed, limited clothing and blankets to keep warm.”

Harpham wrote that he had more to say but couldn’t put it in writing.

Miller, who appeared in court Tuesday and is being held on a $10 million bond, had other friends behind bars. He kept in touch with Joseph Paul Franklin, who was executed in Missouri last November, and Craig Cobb, a white supremacist serving time in North Dakota.


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Ryan Catalani/@magicofpi/Twitter(BOSTON) — On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 people, law enforcement officials in the city were not taking any chances. The Boston Police bomb squad was dispatched to the area near the marathon finish line to investigate and detonate two unattended backpacks.

As a precaution, Boston Police established a perimeter around the questionable items left in the area of Boylston Street and Exeter Street while the bomb squad investigates. Authorities asked pedestrians and drivers in tweeted safety alerts Tuesday to “avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line.”

Police say the man they believe dropped at least one of the bags, identified as Kayvon Edson, has been detained and charged for disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and possession of a hoax device. Edson had been seen in the area earlier Tuesday shouting, “Boston strong,” while wearing a black veil, dark makeup and no shoes.

There was no indication that either of the bags were dangerous, but the bomb squad detonated the items to be safe. Police confirmed that Edson’s bag contained a rice cooker, thus the hoax device possession charge.

Similar measures were taken Tuesday morning when the bomb squad was sent to an area near South Station to investigate a suspicious item that they later detonated. 

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Pet of the Week

Calliandra RecordsIn 2012, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released Thick as a Brick II, a sequel to his band’s 1972 concept album that was based on a poem written by a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock.  Now, the singer has recorded a new chapter to Bostock’s saga, an album titled Homo Erraticus, which hit stores on Tuesday.

According to the scenario created by Anderson, Bostock went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Ian’s tour manager.  Homo Erraticus is a collection of songs that the fictional Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Anderson inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian named Ernest T. Parritt — who was born in 1865 and died 1928.  Parritt’s work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.  Perhaps to help fans understand the convoluted concept behind the album, Anderson has launched a new website dedicated to the project, HomoErraticus.com.

Describing Homo Erraticus in a recent Billboard interview, Anderson says, “I slightly jokingly say it’s a folk-prog-metal album with classical music and folk music influences.  We have a rich arrangement of essentially rock music, but with lots of elements which are part and parcel of my style, I suppose.”

Ian also revealed to Billboard that he pretty much has decided to retire the Jethro Tull name.  “It’s a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the ’70s and ’80s in terms of volume,” he explained.  “And I rather think it’s nice to kind of leave that as legacy.”

Anderson has lined up a 30-plus-date fall U.S. tour with his solo band in support of Homo Erraticus that will kick off September 12 in Seattle and is mapped out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey. Each show will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull material.

Here is the full list of Anderson’s confirmed solo U.S. dates:

9/12 — Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 — Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 — Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 — Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 — Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 — Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 — Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 — Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/28 — Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 — Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
10/4 — Durham, NC, Durham PAC
10/16 — Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 — Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/23 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/25 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 — Providence, RI, Providence PAC
10/30 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 — Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 — Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 — Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars – Circus Maximus
11/8 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 — Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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Aretha’s Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Now, Franklin has decided to address the story, which many people actually thought was true.

“I’ve never heard anything crazier — regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta,” Aretha said in a statement.  “On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time.”

She continued, “Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti.”

Last last month, Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from LaBelle, who was trying to greet Aretha at the “Women of Soul” concert at the White House.

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Crusin In Cruces

Bulent Doruk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(IZIUM, Ukraine) — Ukraine’s military launched an offensive Tuesday to quell pro-Russian violence that has swept eastern Ukraine, as Russia’s prime minister tweeted an ominous message.

“There is foreboding of a civil war in #Ukraine,” Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev posted Tuesday.

In what Ukraine’s acting president has called an “anti-terrorist operation,” Ukraine’s military — complete with helicopters loaded with special forces units — quickly won back an occupied airfield, its first target.

There were reports of wounded pro-Russian protesters, raising fears in Washington that Moscow would use bloodshed as an excuse to invade Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly warned it may intervene to defend Russian speakers in Ukraine.

The U.S. warned of more possible sanctions Tuesday against Russia for meddling in Ukraine, and appeared cautiously supportive of the operation by Ukrainian security forces in eastern cities.

“We are obviously evaluating requests and looking at ways that we can support the Ukrainian government,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

“But our focus is on continuing to put pressure on Russia so that it understands that the international community is united when it comes to support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and that there is a path for Russia to take that would de-escalate the situation and ensure that it doesn’t devolve into violence.”

Amid the unrest and counter-offensive, life largely continued as normal. Most do not support the violence and fear it may spiral.

“I don’t want troops to be here,” said Kosta Kolsenik in the seized town of Sloviansk. “Really. It’s really dangerous for our people.”


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Johnson County Police Dept(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — A leading white nationalist says the accused gunman in the Jewish center shootings in Kansas was a raging alcoholic who long ago lost ties with his own pro-white community.

“I think Glenn had gone insane, completely insane in recent years,” Don Black, a former Ku Klux Klan member and the founder of Stormfront, the “White Pride World Wide” website, told ABC News. “Probably because of the alcohol. But whatever it was, he did us a lot of damage this weekend.

“He killed Christians. The whole thing was completely insane. His brain has rotted,” Black added.

Glenn Frazier Miller, a former KKK leader, allegedly killed three people Sunday when he opened fire at two Jewish community centers in Kansas. The charging documents used the last name of Miller, but he was addressed as “Mr. Cross” by the judge at a hearing Tuesday. Cross is an alias used by the suspect. Bond was set at $10 million.

Miller was charged earlier Tuesday with one count of capital murder and a second count of premeditated first-degree murder. The capital murder charge makes him eligible for the death penalty.

Miller’s lawyer did not return a call for comment.

Despite his reported allegiance to another anti-Semitic website, Vanguard News Network, Miller had been shunned by the white nationalism community for years, Black said.

He and Miller had a falling-out after Miller testified against fellow KKK members as part of a plea bargain in 1988, Black said.

“It doesn’t matter what side you’re on, people don’t like rats,” Black said. “He’d been a government informant testifying against personal friends of mine. He came back years later and expected to be accepted back in our circles.”

But there were other reasons Black — who said he never allowed Miller to post on his website’s forum — said the accused killer wasn’t welcome.

“He had a history of too much alcohol, being a blowhard generally,” Black said.

Black, 60, said he was shocked to learn Miller is the suspect in the shootings.

“I would not have anticipated his doing that,” he said. “I thought he was most mostly talk.”

Commenters on Vanguard News Network, where Miller reportedly posted under the username “Rounder,” were equally surprised.

“This is really out of character, the randomness of it,” a user named “313Chris” wrote. “Just doesn’t read like something he would do.”

Others rallied to support Miller, whose is accused of killing a 14-year-old boy and two adults in the shooting.

“Glenn Miller has more guts and courage in his little finger than these keyboard warriors have in their entire body,” a user named “SA Mann” wrote.

Sinister comments proved some of Miller’s peers approved of the bloodshed.

“He needed to go on a more crowded day,” senior member “Dan Hadaway” wrote. “It didn’t sound like it was too well thought out.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog for hate crimes, calls Black’s Stormfront “the first major hate site on the Internet.”

The group has urged authorities to read forums on sites like Stormfront and Vanguard News Network.

“It’s not like we don’t know where this type of hatred and violence is bred,” said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center in an interview with ABC News. “These forums have to be watched very carefully within whatever the legal bounds are. This is where these people live. This is where our domestic terrorism is coming from.”

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Double Your Dollars

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) — Dignitaries and families of victims gathered in Boston on Tuesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

President Obama marked the occasion with a moment of silence in the Oval Office and issued the following written statement:

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded.  Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.  And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.  Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.  And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again.  With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city.  And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

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Eco Max - Spring 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Dina Lohan pleaded guilty to DWI on Tuesday.

Lindsay Lohan’s mother accepted a plea deal stemming from the September 2013 DWI and speeding charges against her, her lawyer, Mark Heller, confirmed to ABC News.

“This being the first day of Passover, Dina Lohan was very gratified to receive an offer that we could not pass over,” he said in a statement. “No jail, no probation and the opportunity to resume her driving privileges. She felt this was a great start to the Holy Week.”

Lohan was arrested in the fall for driving 22 mph over the speed limit with a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 percent. Nassau County District Court Judge Andrew Engel ordered Lohan, 51, to complete 100 hours of community service before her June 3 sentencing, according to Newsday.

The judge also ordered her to attend a 16-hour state program on driver safety and will require her to install devices in her car that will only allow her to start the vehicle if she’s sober and pay fines that total roughly $2,800.

“I’ll never be back here again,” Lohan said. “You can quote me on that one.”

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Hometown Headlines w/ Brad Barrett

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Michael Strahan got a red carpet welcome on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday as a member of the GMA family.

“I’m curious, when I’m here a few days a week, does that play every time?,” Strahan, 42, joked of the 30-second clip reel showing him as a baby, Super Bowl-winning NFL star and TV personality that preceded his arrival.

Strahan joined his new colleagues — GMA’s George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Amy Robach and Lara Spencer — at the GMA news desk in the show’s Times Square studio.  When Strahan appears on GMA, he will report from the studio before traveling uptown to his other morning show, Live! with Kelly & Michael.

“We’re so excited,” said Roberts. “You’re going to join us a couple days a week.”

When Robach indicated that Strahan will be reporting on, “stories that you love,” Strahan revealed what has him really excited about joining GMA.

“I watch you every morning and I always sit there and go, ‘Yeah that’s a good point,’” Strahan said.  “Now, instead of talking to the TV, I actually get to talk to you.”

Strahan’s arrival on GMA harkened back to his NFL days as a New York Giant as a he entered the studio to the high-fives of cheering fans.

The NFL Hall of Famer was presented with gifts to make sure he shows up alert and on time for his first day of work.

“The time is off so if I’m late on my first day, it’s George’s fault ’cause he gave me a clock and it’s not set with the right time,” Strahan said to Stephanopoulos, who gifted him with an alarm clock. “But I appreciate it because you can never have enough alarm clocks.”

Spencer gave Strahan a gigantic GMA coffee mug so he could stay caffeinated. “If I drink all of this it will be one happy good morning, America,” Strahan said.

Before leaving for Live! with Kelly & Michael, Strahan was put to work, tasked with announcing the show’s next guests, Dancing With the Stars cast-offs Cody Simpson and Witney Carson.

The pop singer and professional dancer then surprised Strahan by wheeling in a wheelbarrow full of Strahan’s favorite candy, Sour Patch Kids.

“Sugar and coffee in the morning,” Strahan said, holding a candy bag with his GMA mug.  “Good morning, America!”

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David Eulitt-Pool/Getty Images(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — Frazier Glenn Miller, who could face the death penalty for allegedly killing three people at Jewish centers in Kansas, made his first court appearance Tuesday wearing only what appeared to be a padded smock with his arms and legs exposed.

The 73-year-old was brought to a closed circuit booth in a wheelchair where he then stood and made his initial court appearance.

The charging documents used the last name of Miller, but he was addressed as “Mr. Cross” by the judge, who set his bond at $10 million. Cross is an alias of the suspect.

He was charged earlier Tuesday with one count of capital murder and a second count of premeditated first degree murder. The capital murder charge makes him eligible for the death penalty.

The suspect has long been on the radar of anti-hate groups, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center. At a news conference on Monday, police officially classified the massacre as a “hate crime.”

Prosecutors said the capital murder charge is for the deaths of William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, 14, who were gunned down outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, where parents and their children were gathering for a singing contest.

The premeditated first degree murder charge is for the shooting of Terri LaManno, 53, who was shot and killed minutes later outside the Village Shalom assisted living center where she was visiting her mother.

“The fact that we filed these two counts [doesn’t] mean we can’t add new charges,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said.”[There is a] good possibility additional charges will be forthcoming.”

U.S. attorney Barry Grissom said federal charges will likely be filed next week.

Miller, who was one of the country’s most prominent white supremacists in the 1980s, according to two watchdog groups, was armed with at least one shotgun when he allegedly began shooting at people gathered in a parking lot.

Witnesses said the suspect, who is reported to be a former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan yelled a Nazi salute after the shooting.

Miller served three years in federal prison on weapons and threatening communications charges, according to court records. As part of a plea bargain, Miller testified against other KKK members at a 1988 sedition trial.

After serving his time, Miller became an unwelcome figure in the white supremacist movement and was viewed as a traitor, Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research at the Anti-Defamation League told ABC News.

“Ever since [he took a plea deal], most white supremacists don’t want anything to do with him,” Pitcavage said.

After laying low for a while, Pitcavage said Miller became active again in the past 15 years, taking his hate into the digital age.

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