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February 15, 2019

STUDENTS SICKENED BY VALENTINE’S DAY CANDY

ATLANTA (AP) — School officials say 21 students from a middle school south of Atlanta have been taken to hospitals after eating candy and snacks on Valentine’s Day.

Authorities with the city of South Fulton say it appeared that the Sandtown Middle School students became ill after eating some type of candy yesterday. They say the children experienced shortness of breath and other reactions.

City spokeswoman Ashley Minter-Osanyinbi says the students were taken to two local hospitals.

Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Susan Romanick says the students were first evaluated by paramedics, and then taken to two Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta campuses.

Romanick said she didn’t know what type of candy and snacks were eaten. She said that question is part of an investigation being done by the school system’s police department.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who survived a mountain lion attack says he knew he had to do something drastic when the young cat’s jaws stayed clamped on his wrist as he pounded its head with a rock.

Travis Kauffman says that he got one foot onto the cat’s neck and held it there as the animal thrashed. Eventually the animal stopped moving, and Kauffman pulled out his arm and scrambled away.

Kauffman told reporters yesterday that he also tried stabbing the animal with twigs, but nothing worked until he stepped on its neck.

He said the mountain lion “finally stopped moving and then the jaws opened, and I was able to kind of scramble back up the hill and get the heck out of Dodge.”

Wildlife officers said their investigation and a necropsy confirmed Kauffman’s version of the Feb. 4 attack.

JUDGE SAYS NO PROOF TRUMP’S WORDS LED TO DEATH PENALTY PROSECUTOR IN NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge says there’s no proof President Donald Trump’s words led to a death penalty prosecution against a man in a New York City bike path attack that killed eight people.

Judge Vernon Broderick ruled yesterday in the case against Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sah-YEE’-pawf).

Saipov’s lawyers argued that remarks Trump made calling for the death sentence were disqualifying.

Broderick says the defense has offered no evidence that Trump’s remarks impacted the decision to seek death.

The 31-year-old Saipov goes to trial in October in the 2017 attack. Saipov was arrested immediately afterward. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Saipov’s lawyers say Trump irrevocably tainted the legal process when he tweeted in all capital letters a day after the attack that Saipov “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”

Saipov is from Uzbekistan.

MOM OF 9-YEAR-OLD ACCIDENTALLY SHOT TO DEATH SPEAKS

MARRERO, La. (AP) — The mother of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed says to show your children love “because you never know what will happen.”

Markia (mark-EE’-uh) Thomas of Marrero, Louisiana describes son Marquis (mar-KEES’) as loving basketball and riding his hoverboard. She spoke briefly to reporters outside her one-story brick house yesterday.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told reporters earlier that the child had found his 18-year-old cousin’s gun, which went off accidentally while the teen was trying to take it away Wednesday night.

Lopinto says Kamone (kay-MOHN’) Thomas of Marrero has been arrested on charges of negligent homicide, possessing marijuana and obstructing justice, because Thomas said he threw the gun into a canal.

SENTENCING IN RACE-BASED ATTACK AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white man who spewed racial epithets before and after a shotgun attack on three black men amid the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Fifty-six-year-old Roland Bourgeois (BOOH’-jwah) Jr. was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge, resolving one of the last high-profile court cases arising from violence that followed the 2005 storm.

Defense attorneys sought a shorter sentence for Bourgeois, noting the chaotic atmosphere in New Orleans and saying some trained police officers believed they had permission to shoot at looters at will.

But a prosecutor noted that the victims weren’t looters but people trying to evacuate. She called the actions of Bourgeois a racially motivated pre-meditated attempt to kill.

Bourgeois pleaded guilty to two federal criminal counts in October.