Daily Digest: Erratic pilot, Dodgers go for $2 billion, children tortured in Syria

John Hageman

A flight bound for Las Vegas made an emergency landing in Texas after its pilot began acting erratically, according to CNN.

The co-pilot noticed the captain’s strange behavior and locked him out of the cockpit once he left. The captain returned and began banging on the door.

"The pilot ran to the cockpit door, began banging on it and said something to the effect of, 'We've gotta pull the throttle back. We've gotta get this plane down,'" said passenger Laurie Dhue.

Several large men wrestled the pilot to the ground.

In a statement, JetBlue said the captain had a “medical emergency.” He was taken off the plane after it landed and taken to a medical facility.

 

An investment team that includes former NBA great Magic Johnson agreed to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday for $2 billion, easily the most ever paid for a North American sports franchise, according to the Associated Press.

The $1.1 billion purchase of the Miami Dolphins in 2009 was the largest sum paid for a franchise until Tuesday.

The Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt has been in financial distress recently with the costly divorce from his wife.

“McCourt paid $430 million in 2004 to buy the team, Dodger Stadium and 250 acres of land that include the parking lots, from the Fox division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., a sale that left the team with about $50 million in cash at the time. The team's debt stood at $579 million as of January, according to a court filing, so McCourt stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars even after a $131 million divorce payment to former wife Jamie, taxes and legal and banking fees.”

 

The United Nations’ human rights chief tells the BBC that Syrian forces are detaining and torturing children.

Navi Pillay said embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could end the acts by simply issuing an order. She said the approval or complicity to torture children must have “the highest level.”

She also said she believes the UN has enough information to recommend Syrian leaders to the International Criminal Court.

"They've gone for the children – for whatever purposes – in large numbers. Hundreds detained and tortured… it's just horrendous," she said.

Another UN representative told the BBC that they have received reports that opposition forces in the Free Syrian Army have used children as fighters.