Wikinews Shorts: August 9, 2008

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A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, August 9, 2008.

Journalist from Philippines dies in coma after being shot five times

Dennis Cuesta a radio journalist from the Philippines has died after suffering five gunshot wounds. Cuesta, 38, had slipped into a coma while in the intensive care unit at a local hospital. Authorities believe his attack was due to his recent reports on gambling and drugs. Cuesta had received several death threats prior to the shooting. He is the 60th journalist killed in the Philippines since 2001 and the fourth this year.


Man from from UK dies from heart attack while skydiving

A 39-year-old man from the United Kingdom has died after he suffered a heart attack while skydiving. Andrew Bearne died while jumping 12,500 feet from an airplane while taking lessons in skydiving in Spain. Instructors state that Bearne was doing well for most of the jump, but at 1,000 feet, after he deployed his chute, he became unresponsive. The school canceled all future classes for the day.