Itsy bitsy KICs

Well Panthers, it has been an amazing short week. With this stormy weather, if you are anything like me, you are ready to go home and nap. But before you lay down and relax, take a look at these KICs. This week we have two British citizens coming home from Iran, St. Patrick’s Day fun, and a convicted killer testifying. 

March 16 – Two‌ ‌British‌ ‌citizens‌ ‌came‌ ‌back‌ ‌home‌ ‌after‌ ‌being‌ ‌detained‌ ‌in‌ ‌Iran‌ ‌for‌ ‌years.‌

Nazanin‌ ‌Zaghari-Ratcliffe‌ ‌and‌ ‌Anoosheh‌ ‌Ashoori,‌ ‌two‌ ‌dual‌ ‌U.K-Iranian‌ ‌citizens,‌ ‌return‌ ‌home‌ ‌after‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌being‌ ‌forced‌ ‌to‌ ‌live‌ ‌in‌ ‌Iran.‌ ‌They‌ ‌were‌ ‌reunited‌ ‌with‌ ‌their‌ ‌families‌ ‌today.‌ ‌ ‌

Iran‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌accused‌ ‌of‌ ‌detaining‌ ‌British‌ ‌citizens‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌way‌ ‌to‌ ‌force‌ ‌a‌ ‌dispute‌ ‌over‌ ‌a‌ ‌canceled‌ ‌$524‌ ‌million‌ ‌order‌ ‌of‌ ‌tanks.‌ ‌These‌ ‌citizens‌ ‌were‌ ‌allegedly‌ ‌used‌ ‌as‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌plan‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.K‌ ‌to‌ ‌pay‌ ‌the‌ ‌debt.‌ ‌While‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.K‌ ‌maintains‌ ‌the‌ ‌belief‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌charges‌ ‌are‌ ‌fabricated,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Iranian‌ ‌government‌ ‌has‌ ‌accused‌ ‌Zaghari-Ratcliffe‌ of‌ plotting‌ ‌to‌ ‌overthrow‌ ‌the‌ ‌government‌, ‌and‌ ‌Ashoori‌ ‌of‌ ‌spying‌ ‌for‌ ‌Israel.‌ ‌ ‌

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s‌ ‌family‌ ‌and‌ ‌supporters‌ ‌are‌ ‌overjoyed‌ ‌after‌ ‌campaigning‌ ‌for‌ ‌her‌ ‌release‌ ‌since‌ ‌April‌ ‌2016.‌ ‌Her‌ ‌husband,‌ ‌Richard‌ ‌Ratcliffe,‌ ‌and‌ ‌daughter,‌ ‌Gabriella‌, ‌led‌ ‌the‌ ‌charge‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌hunger‌ ‌strike‌ ‌that‌ ‌highlighted‌ ‌her‌ ‌case.‌ ‌

 ‌March 17 ‌-‌ ‌‌Different‌ ‌ways‌ ‌to‌ ‌celebrate‌ ‌St.‌ ‌Patrick’s‌ ‌day‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌ ‌

Chicago is best known for its green river based on St. Patrick’s Day. Since 1962 Chicago has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by dying the Eponymous River green and hosting parades on the street next to the river where people get to eat, play, and watch people performing in the parade. The way the river is dyed is by adding 40 gallons of green-vegetable dye from one boat and the other two boats rotate around the whole river to spread the color. It takes about 45 minutes for the color to show and it costs $5,985 total to pay for the dyeing. 

New York City is known for celebrating the oldest parade in the United States called The Annual Fifth Parade. During the event there are more than 150,000 merchants that perform in the parade performing for five hours straight with over 2 million people enjoying the parade. 

Boston celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day together by organizing a bunch of parades and carnivals out on the streets where people get to play different games and watch the parade. Boston celebrates Evacuation Day because that is the day the British left Dorchester Heights Neighborhood for Boston back in 1776. 

 March 18 – Convicted killer testifies in murder-for-hire plot against former NBA player

Former Navy sailor and convicted murderer testified that the ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wirght asked him and another man to kill him 12 years ago. 

Jimmie Martin testified in Billy Ray Turners trial on Thursday, who pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder, conspiracy, and the attempted murder of the death of Wright. Wright’s murder is one of the most highly publicized murder cases in Memphis history. Wright was native to Mephis who played for five teams for a span of 13 seasons. 

Prosecutors alleged that Martin and Turner were recruited by Wright’s ex-wife Sherra Wright to kill the retired NBA Player. At the time of the crime Martin was facing charges for his girlfriend’s death. He is currently serving a life sentence for that conviction. Sherra took a plea deal in July of 2019 and is serving 30 years for facilitation of murder.