Nation & World News Nation & World News from WUFT, NPR and PBS Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:04:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Darryl Dawkins, The NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder,’ Has Died Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:29:00 +0000 His power and talent tested the nuts and bolts of basketball — literally. Darryl Dawkins, who became famous for backboard-shattering dunks after he was the first NBA player to skip college altogether, has died at age 58.

Lehigh Carbon Community College, where Dawkins coached for two seasons, says:

“LCCC community is saddened by the passing of Philadelphia 76er legend and former LCCC basketball coach Darryl Dawkins. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dawkins family.”

From Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Live:

“Dawkins, who had many ties to the Lehigh Valley, was pronounced dead at 11:19 a.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office said.”

No cause of death has been determined; an autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Nicknamed “Chocolate Thunder,” Dawkins played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975. From the start of his pro career, Dawkins was capable of soaring above other players and arriving at the rim with unstoppable force.

At 6 feet, 11 inches and more than 250 pounds, he broke two glass backboards in one month during the 1979 season — prompting the NBA to adopt a new rule making it a finable offense to shatter a backboard.

A native of Orlando, Fla., Dawkins was part of the 76ers’ playoff teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s, alongside Julius Erving and World B. Free. But he was traded to the New Jersey Nets after six seasons — and one year before Philadelphia broke through to win the NBA championship in 1983.

With his ferociously powerful play in the lane and a flair for outlandish outfits, creative nicknames (Sir Slam, Dr. Dunkenstein), and wild theories (“I’m from Lovetron,” he often said, claiming otherworldly status), Dawkins can in some ways be seen as an early version of Shaquille O’Neal. But unlike Shaq, Dawkins never claimed an NBA title.

As a player who brought incredible raw power into the league as a teenager, Dawkins has been the subject of many stories among NBA players. In one anecdote, Bobby Jones told ESPN about the time he smelled smoke after a Dawkins dunk, when Jones played for the Denver Nuggets:

” ‘This is the truth — I’m smelling smoke,’ Jones says. ‘I’m smelling something burning. The nets weren’t on fire or anything, but as I looked up there, because of the friction his dunk had caused, I could see these tiny little silk strands sort of drifting through the air. I thought, “Boy, I’d like to have a guy like that watching my back.” ‘ ”

Dawkins was 20 at the time.

After his NBA career, Dawkins played several seasons in Italy before taking several coaching positions and serving as an ambassador for the NBA. From 2009-11, he was the head coach of the men’s team at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Dawkins also gave his time to charity and community efforts, including the Autism Speaks campaign and the Special Olympics.

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Tropical Storm Erika Causes Massive Flooding, Landslides In Caribbean Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:09:00 +0000 Tropical Storm Erika has caused extensive flooding and landslides on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, killing at least four people and cutting power and water to many residents.

The storm dumped 9 inches of rain on the mountainous island late Wednesday.

“The situation is grim. It is dangerous,” Ian Pinard, Dominica’s communications minister, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

The AP reports that three people were killed in a mudslide in the island’s southeast and a fourth in the capital, Roseau.

According to the AP:

“About 80 percent of the island was without electricity, and water supply was cut off, authorities said. The main airport was closed due to flooding, with water rushing over cars and at least one small plane, and the scaffolding of some buildings collapsed.

“The main river that cuts through the capital overflowed its banks and surging water crashed into the principal bridge that leads into Roseau, whose roads were littered with fallen trees and light poles. Some streets were turned into fast-flowing rivers.”

Erika is located about 160 miles west of Guadeloupe with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to turn toward the west-northwest today, moving near Puerto Rico Thursday night and near or over the Dominican Republic on Friday.

The Sun-Sentinel reports: “Erika is predicted … [to] arrive east of Cape Canaveral early on Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane with top winds of 85 mph.”

However, the newspaper notes: “There’s a high [degree] of uncertainty in both Erika’s track and intensity forecasts because the models are spread as to what the system will do four and five days from now.”

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Can You Use That In A Sentence?: Dictionary Adds New Words Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:08:00 +0000 The Oxford English Dictionary has added a slew of new words, and let’s just say these awesomesauce entries will have you fangirling. Rly.

Many entries are food-related:

  • fast-casual, adj.: denoting or relating to a type of high-quality self-service restaurant offering dishes that are prepared to order and more expensive than those available in a typical fast-food restaurant
  • cakeage, n.: (informal) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves
  • beer o’clock, n: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer
  • hangry, adj.: (informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
  • wine o’clock, n.: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine
  • snackable, adj.: (of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily
  • barbacoa, n.: (in Mexican cooking) beef, lamb, or other meat that has slowly been cooked with seasonings, typically shredded as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc.
  • cupcakery, n.: a bakery that specializes in cupcakes

Two involve the word “sauce”:

  • awesomesauce, adj.: (US informal) extremely good; excellent
  • weak sauce, n.: (US informal) something that is of a poor or disappointing standard or quality

Several harken to recent political and social developments:

  • Brexit, n.: a term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union
  • Grexit, n.: a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone (the economic region formed by those countries in the European Union that use the euro as their national currency)
  • deradicalization, n.: the action or process of causing a person with extreme views to adopt more moderate positions on political or social issues
  • Mx, n.: a title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female
  • microaggression, n.: a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority
  • social justice warrior, n.: (informal, derogatory) a person who expresses or promotes socially progressive views
  • swatting, n.: (US informal) the action or practice of making a hoax call to the emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address
  • fat-shame, v.: cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size

As to be expected, a handful are tech-related:

  • butt dial, v.: (US informal) inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket
  • blockchain, n.: a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly
  • Redditor, n.: a registered user of the website Reddit
  • pocket dial, v.: inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone
  • pwnage, n.: (informal) (especially in video gaming) the action or fact of utterly defeating an opponent or rival
  • spear phishing, n.: the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information

And many are just silly:

  • bants (also bantz), pl. n.: (Brit. informal) playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter
  • brain fart, n.: (informal) a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
  • butthurt, adj.: (US informal) overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful
  • cat cafe, n.: a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises
  • fatberg, n.: a very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets
  • fur baby, n.: a person’s dog, cat, or other furry pet animal
  • kayfabe, n.: (US informal) (in professional wrestling) the fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic
  • MacGyver, v.: (US informal) make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand
  • manic pixie dream girl, n.: (especially in film) a type of female character depicted as vivacious and appealingly quirky, whose main purpose within the narrative is to inspire a greater appreciation for life in a male protagonist
  • manspreading, n.: the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats
  • mic drop, n.: (informal, chiefly US) an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive
  • mkay, excl.: (informal, chiefly US) non-standard spelling of OK, representing an informal pronunciation (typically used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation)
  • rage-quit, v.: (informal) angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game
  • rando, n.: (informal) a person one does now know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behaviour
  • NBD, n.: (abbreviation) short for no big deal

Here at the Two-Way, we challenged ourselves and our colleagues to see who could use the most new additions in a single sentence. Here are the results:

Colin Dwyer – 12

Mkay, randos, I’ll skip the bants and keep this glanceable (or snackable, because I’m also hangry) because it’s almost wine o’clock: Bruhs, don’t get butthurt, but it’s probably best to quit your manspreading, that old weaksauce microaggression.

Laura Wagner – 19

If you’re having a bad day because you rage-quit your job after you were pwned by your butthurt boss and then you got hangry for some barbacoa on the bus while some swole rando was manspreading next to you, try to neutralize your bitch face, chalk it up to an NBD, be glad it’s almost beer o’clock and think happy thoughts about what awesomesauce, melty, cheffy, snackable treat you’re going to MacGyver up when you get home to the cat cafe where you live with your fur babies.

Camila Domonoske – 20

I rage-quit the cat cafe after a rando normcore dude manspreading into my otherwise shareable selfies started acting like I was his manic pixie dream girl, throwing all this weak-sauce bants my way despite my bitch face, so I MacGyvered my way out of there by fashioning an abso-bloody-lutely awesomesauce cat toy out of the detritus in my purse, and throwing it on him so he was tackled by fur babies and I was out of there like the Grexit, so: pwned (though he was kind of adorkable and if I was less hangry we mighta worked out — maybe I’ll invite him to the cupcakery for something snackable next time?)

Bill Chappell – 25

We don’t wanna go all social justice warrior here, but microaggressions abound these day and age — and we’re not just talking about randos who get butthurt over a butt dial (or a brain fart); we’re thinking about those other randos: the ones manspreading in crowded waiting rooms; the ones saying “mkay” to actual courtesy; the ones who bring their fur baby everywhere, like life’s a string of fast-casual cat cafes; the hangry ones who fat-shame you when they see that bag from the cupcakery; and we’re saying it’s time for the habit of treating people like meeple to make its Grexit and for people to stop the pwnage – and that’s no kayfabe, bruh (sorry this isn’t glanceable; just think of this reminder as snackable – but not skippable – and if it helps us be bruhs again, remember this: whether it’s wine- or beer o’clock, we never bring the weak sauce).

Lauren Hodges – 26

Hey bruh, NBD and I don’t want to bants or act all butthurt, but I will straight-up rage-quit our lease over your fur-baby, who is rly not awesomesauce, despite your repeated attempts to mansplain its resting bitch face as “pensive,” or its constant theft of my frozen barbacoa burritos because it was hangry and craving something melty even though you get all cheffy for it three times a day, or its butt-dialing my ex because you didn’t see my phone sitting there while you were getting it to kayfabe all over the table for your rando friends, or my swole eyes being from my constant celebrations of beer o’clock and wine o’clock because we both know that dog manspreads all over my pillows when I’m not home, so stop with your weak sauce deradicalization and attempts to make this a skippable topic and by the way, you might want to get it to stop chewing my shoes before it gets hit on the head with this mic drop, mkay?

We have a winner. Congrats, Lauren!

Now it’s your turn. Use the comments section to craft sentences containing as many of Oxford English Dictionary’s newly added words as possible. We’ll highlight some of the best in a new post.

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Usain Bolt Is Knocked Over By Segway-Riding Cameraman After Winning Gold Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:22:00 +0000 The incident happened at the World Athletics Championships, where a highly anticipated match-up had pitted the Jamaican against America's Justin Gatlin.]]>

For elite Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, Thursday’s 200-meter sprint was like many other races he’s won — until a mobile cameraman lost control of his Segway and took the world’s fastest man down from behind. Bolt, who had been waving to the crowd, collapsed in a heap. He had been walking barefoot on the track.

The incident happened at the World Athletics Championships, where a highly anticipated match-up pitted Bolt against American Justin Gatlin. The Jamaican superstar won in style, posting his fastest time of the year, with 19.55 seconds. Gatlin trailed at 19.74. In the 100-meter race on Sunday, Bolt had edged Gatlin by an even narrower margin: 0.01 second.

But it was Bolt’s clash with the cameraman that generated even more discussion than his fourth consecutive world championship in the 200. After the fall, he quickly got to his feet and walked quickly — but gingerly — away from the cameraman.

Bolt, 29, didn’t mention the incident during a post-race interview. On Twitter and Instagram, he focused on his win, which came after months of concerns about his fitness: “They said it couldn’t be done.. But my peeps even when they tell you that all the odds are against you never give up.. Fight on and keep believing in your God ability.”

One comment responding to that post read, “But never trust the cameramen!!”

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Kentucky Clerk’s Office Continues To Refuse Marriage Licenses Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:40:00 +0000 A same-sex couple was denied a license Thursday morning, even after a federal appeals court denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' bid to refuse to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons.]]>

A Kentucky county clerk’s office denied a marriage license for a same-sex couple on Thursday, despite a federal appeals court ruling the night before that upheld a judge’s order compelling her to issue the licenses.

Citing religious objections, Kim Davis of Rowan County has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the Supreme Court’s ruling June 26 that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

She has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of four couples, two same-sex and two straight. A district judge had ordered her to start issuing the licenses, but Davis filed an appeal and the judge said she could wait until Aug. 31 or for a decision from the U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals — whichever came first.

The decision did, on Wednesday. In denying Davis’ bid, the appeals court wrote:

“It cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County Clerk’s office, apart from who personally occupies that office, may decline to act in conformity with the United States Constitution as interpreted by a dispositive holding of the United States Supreme Court. There is thus little or no likelihood that the Clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal.”

On Thursday morning, William Smith Jr. and James Yates were turned away for a license. It was the couple’s third try, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reports:

“A deputy clerk in Davis’ office told Smith and Yates on Thursday that the office believes [District Judge David] Bunning’s delay remains in effect until Aug. 31. He refused to give his name or give them a license.

“Davis, meanwhile, sat in her office with the door closed. She talked on the phone, ignoring the commotion as the couples, trailed by activists and reporters, poured in through the door and demanded answers.”

Davis’ attorney Mat Staver says his client is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, another Kentucky clerk is also refusing to issue marriage licenses, calling the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a “war on Christianity.” On a West Virginia morning radio show, Casey County Clerk Casey Davis (no relation to Kim) said he was willing to “fight and die” for his cause.

“Our law says ‘one man and one woman,’ and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected,” Davis told WVHU. “If it takes my life, I will die … because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have, I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do.”

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Ancient Tomb In Spain Destroyed And Replaced With A Picnic Table Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:03:00 +0000 Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The accidental destruction of an ancient tomb in northwest Spain was best summed up by an archaeologist in one perfect, if unintended, pun: “monumental error.”

Workers in the town of Cristovo de Cea in the Galicia region mistook what is believed to be a 6,000-year-old Neolithic tomb for a broken stone picnic table and “repaired it.”

Lauren Frayer reported from Spain for NPR’s newscast:

“An ancient tomb in northwest Spain had heritage status — and thus was supposed to be protected and clearly marked as an artifact. But somehow the local town council wasn’t aware. So when parks and rec workers saw the granite slabs — they thought they were part of a park bench that needed repair. They poured concrete into the ancient burial chamber, and topped it with a brand new picnic table. An environmental group realized the error and complained. The tomb is believed to be more than 6,000 years old, from the area’s ancient Celtic settlers.”

An investigation into how the tomb came to be destroyed is underway, according to The Local, but it appears to be an open and shut case: Officials simply weren’t aware the site existed — not even the town’s mayor, José Luis Valladores.

“No one told me, neither Heritage nor the environmental group,” he told the Spanish Huffington Post. “The site wasn’t even marked, and the logical thing would have been for them to get in contact with the local council so that we could have taken measures to protect the site,” he added.

Juan Barceló, the archaeologist who called the mistake a monumental error, said he “was horrified when he heard [the] news,” and speculated that the breakdown in communication between builders and the local authorities was probably due to the summer holidays.

He also told The Local that mistakes like this are not the norm.

“This is not representative of Spain, where monuments over 100 years old are all preserved by law,” Barceló said. “All authorities, national, state and local work effectively preserving our heritage. But sometimes accidents happen. I am sure that such disasters happen in many other countries, but have not been published.”

It turns out Barceló is partly right. Other countries have destroyed ancient remains, but usually it’s done knowingly.

In 2007, as The New York Times reports, “a work crew in the ancient capital city of Nanjing unearthed and destroyed the burial sites of 10 noblemen from six dynasties.”

Just last year, according to archaeologists, an ancient Native American burial ground and village in California was discovered and then razed in order to make way for multimillion-dollar homes.

However, the mistaken destruction of ancient relics isn’t completely unheard of.

In 2013, NPR’s Scott Neuman wrote about workers destroying a 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid in Belize to use the rubble for road repair. They were apparently unaware that the pyramid was a Mayan ruin.

And then there are times when even the best intentions to preserve ancient relics go horribly awry, like this story from NPR’s Eyder Peralta about a painter’s attempt to restore a fresco.

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Report: In A Decade (Or Sooner), Pakistan Could Be No. 3 Nuclear Power Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:40:00 +0000 Two think tanks estimate that Islamabad could have 350 warheads in the next several years as it outpaces rival India and several other nations in production.]]>

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

Pakistan could have 350 nuclear warheads sometime in the next decade, becoming the world’s No. 3 nuclear power by outpacing rival India and several other nations in bomb-making, according to a new report issued by two think tanks.

The report, A Normal Nuclear Pakistan, written by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center, says: “in the next five to 10 years Pakistan could have a nuclear arsenal not only twice the size of India’s but also larger than those of the United Kingdom, China, and France, giving it the third-largest arsenal behind the United States and Russia.”

In 2013, estimates of the size of Pakistan’s current nuclear arsenal ranged from about 90 to 120 warheads. The report says that Islamabad could step up production to about 20 nuclear warheads a year. “Many observers have concluded that Pakistan’s rate of fissile material production (and assumed construction of nuclear weapons) gives it the fastest-growing nuclear weapons stockpile,” the report says.

“The growth path of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, enabled by existing infrastructure, goes well beyond the assurances of credible minimal deterrence provided by Pakistani officials and analysts after testing nuclear devices,” the it adds.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, Cold War rivals Russia and the United States possess by far the lion’s share of the world’s nuclear arsenal, with an estimated 7,500 and 7,200 warheads, respectively. France, China and the United Kingdom each possess between 200 and 300 warheads, while India is currently thought to have about 100.

As The Washington Post notes: “Western officials and analysts have struggled for years to get an accurate assessment of Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. Several Pakistani analysts questioned the findings of the report, saying it is based on a faulty assumption that Pakistan is using all of its existing stockpiles of fissile material to make nuclear weapons.”

One critic, nuclear expert Mansoor Ahmed of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, is quoted by The Express Tribune as saying that he believes that Pakistan can’t make more than 40 or 50 new warheads over the next several years.

“This report is overblown,” Ahmed is quoted by the Pakistan-based English-language daily as saying. However, he acknowledged: “What the world must understand is that nuclear weapons are part of Pakistan’s belief system. It’s a culture that has been built up over the years because [nuclear weapons] have provided a credible deterrence against external aggression.”

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At Least 20 Dead Migrants Found Crammed In Truck In Austria Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:28:00 +0000 Police said it was unclear how many people were in the vehicle, which was found along Austria's A4 autobahn near the border with Hungary and Slovakia.]]>

At least 20 migrants were found dead in a truck on Thursday in eastern Austria, apparently from suffocation. Police said the number could be as high as 50.

The food-delivery truck was found along Austria’s A4 autobahn near the town of Parndorf, which is not far from the border with Hungary and Slovakia.

“We can assume that it could be 20 people who died. It could also be 40, it could be 50 people,” an unnamed police official was quoted by Reuters as saying.

“The level of information is currently very poor. One can imagine how the condition of these people is. Therefore we cannot yet say how many dead there are also,” National Police Director Hanspeter Doskozil was quoted by as saying.

Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner called it a “dark day.” She said the tragedy highlighted the need for common European Union policies to protect migrants being smuggled across Europe.

The Guardian writes: “Road employees spotted the lorry and alerted the police. Detectives then made the horrific discovery. A manhunt for the driver is now underway.”

On Tuesday, Austrian police arrested three drivers suspected of transporting migrants from Syria into the EU. One of the drivers had 34 people packed in the back of a truck, the Guardian reports.

Also, as The New York Times notes:

“The grisly discovery coincided with the start of a conference in Vienna on how to make the Balkans more secure and prosperous, partly as a means to stop the flight of thousands seeking better economic conditions in Austria, Germany and other, more wealthy parts of the European Union. The conference is being attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and Balkan heads of government.

“The deep divides and dysfunction of the European Union in handling a crisis that is straining resources and good will were immediately evident at a news conference at the start of the one-day conference. With the foreign ministers of Germany and Austria and a senior European Union official looking on, the foreign ministers of Serbia and Macedonia — two Balkan states that have had tens of thousands of migrants cross their borders in recent weeks — criticized the bloc’s response as wholly inadequate.”

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Virginia Television Station Holds Moment Of Silence To Honor Slain Journalists Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:25:00 +0000 The station paused at 6:45 a.m. ET to remember reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were killed during a live broadcast.]]>

A Virginia television station that found itself in the news yesterday held a moment of silence during its 6 a.m. newscast to remember reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were shot and killed during a live broadcast.

The Associated Press reports:

“During the moment of silence, WDBJ showed photos of the two victims during the live broadcast of its ‘Mornin” show.

“Just before the moment of silence, anchor Kim McBroom joined hands with weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner and anchor Steve Grant, who came in from sister station KYTV in Springfield, Missouri, to help the grieving station.

“She said: ‘Joining hands here on the desk. It’s the only way to do it.’ ”

Just after that, Hirsbrunner went on to do the weather, but his voice trembled.

“I don’t even know how to do weather on a day like this,” he said.

McBroom comforted him: “Good job, partner. We’re going to get through this together.”

As we reported, police said Parker and Ward were gunned down by 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, who used to be a reporter at WDBJ-TV but was fired a few years back.

Flanagan fled after the shooting, and police caught up with him on Interstate 66. They found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and he died at a hospital in Fairfax, Va.

On a Twitter feed that appeared to be under Flanagan’s control, a video was posted that showed the shooting from the gunman’s perspective. The Twitter feed also included accusations that Flanagan’s former employer had discriminated against him.

Jeffrey A. Marks, WDBJ-TV’s general manager, told reporters that Flanagan had complained about discrimination in the newsroom to the station’s human resources department. Every instance, he said, had been investigated, but was found to have no merit.

Marks said Flanagan filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but it too had dismissed those complaints.

In an interview with Fox News, Parker’s father, Andy, said his daughter had just turned 24 years old and was “happy with her place in life.” He said he took “some solace” in knowing that she had led a wonderful life.

But, Parker said, he would dedicate the rest of his life to secure gun-control legislation.

“He was a crazy man who got a gun,” Parker said. “We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns.”

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Despite Policy Allowing Gay Leaders, Mormon Church Keeps Ties With Boy Scouts Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:59:00 +0000 The church implied it might leave the Scouts when they changed the policy. Now, the church says as long as it can use its own criteria for appointing leaders, it will continue sponsoring troops.]]>

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to keep its association with the Boy Scouts of America, despite the Scouts’ decision last month to allow openly gay men and women to serve as troop leaders.

The Mormons, “who are the largest single sponsor of Boy Scout units,” according to The New York Times, initially threatened to leave the Scouts after it decided to allow gay adult leaders.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board,” the Church’s statement read. “When the leadership of the Church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined. The Church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation. However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”

But Wednesday, the Mormon Church said in a new statement that it “appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys and to thousands of other youth.” It announced its intention to keep its close connection with the Boy Scouts, as long as it can continue to “appoint Scout leaders according to their religious and moral value.”

“At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify Church doctrine, values, and standards.”

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