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November 28, 2018

VIGIL HELD FOR MAN SHOT BY POLICE IN SHOPPING MALL

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — About 200 people attended a community vigil for in Alabama for a young black man killed by a police officer in a shopping mall.

The vigil was held Tuesday night at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, where a racist bombing killed four black girls in 1963.

E.J. Bradford’s mother April Pipkins entered to a standing ovation and collapsed in tears onstage as she began speaking at the church vigil. Paramedics took her to a hospital to monitor her condition.

Bradford was shot to death Thanksgiving night by a police officer responding to a shooting at the mall.

Police initially described Bradford as the shooter, but they later said it was unlikely that he fired the shots.

Regional NAACP field director Kevin Myles said Bradford’s killing was part of a pattern of police killing black men without cause.

HANG-GLIDING MISHAP

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man spent his first hang-gliding ride dangling precariously from a control bar and the pilot’s leg after the pilot forgot to strap him in.

The Orlando Sentinel reports North Port resident Chris Gursky posted a GoPro video of the wild ride in Switzerland on his YouTube account Monday.

The video shows the trouble began immediately after takeoff when Gursky realized he wasn’t attached to the craft. He ended up holding the control bar with his left hand and the pilot with his right hand for most of the two-minute-and-14-second flight. The pilot held Gursky’s harness with his left hand while steering with his right.

The glider was at times hundreds of feet from the ground as it traveled from the top of a mountain. Gursky fractured his right wrist upon landing.

MAN KILLED WHILE LEAVING CHUCK E. CHEESE WITH HIS CHILDREN

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was killed while walking with his children outside a Chuck E. Cheese’s in South Carolina was likely the victim of a targeted shooting.

News outlets report Charleston County Deputy Coroner Michelle Gonzalez has identified the victim as 32-year-old Joshua Porcher. No one else was injured in the shooting Saturday night and authorities have not announced any arrests.

Lieutenant Command Duty Officer Patrick McLaughlin says Porcher was walking from the restaurant and arcade with his children when he was shot several times. The North Charleston resident died at the scene.

Investigators are working to determine the relationship between Porcher and the shooter.

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY FACULTY GIVEN HOCKEY PUCKS TO THWART ACTIVE SHOOTER

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Faculty members at Oakland University in suburban Detroit have received hockey pucks and are being trained to use them to potentially thwart active shooters.

WDIV-TV reports the American Association of University Professors distributed pucks to its 800 members.

University Police Chief Mark Gordon says to fight effectively, faculty and students need to be prepared to throw heavy objects that will cause a distraction. Gordon says pucks fit the bill and can conveniently be carried in brief cases or backpacks.

The faculty union also is working with student groups to distribute an additional 1,700 pucks to students.

KANSAS RECALLS LICENSE PLATES WITH “JAP” LETTERING

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is recalling hundreds of vehicle license plates on the streets containing the “JAP” lettering in the wake of complaints that they are offensive to Japanese Americans.

The Kansas Department of Revenue said there are 731 active registrations containing that random letter combination on standard license plates. Vehicle owners were sent a letter dated Tuesday asking them to return the plate to their county vehicle office within 30 days for replacement at no cost.

The issue arose last year when a motorist spotted a car with the Kansas plate in traffic near his home in Culver City, California, and took a photo of it. A Kansas woman of Japanese heritage contacted the state after seeing the picture and story in the newspaper put out by the Japanese American Citizens League.

“SILENT NIGHT” NEARS 200TH ANNIVERSARY

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the most famous songs of Christmas is being celebrated as it approaches its 200th anniversary.

“Silent Night” was the centerpiece of a concert yesterday at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan.

The carol debuted in Austria in December 1818 and made its way around the rest of Europe and the United States.

Trinity Church has a strong connection to the hymn. Organizers of the concert say it was first performed in the U.S. in 1839 at the Alexander Hamilton memorial on the church grounds by an Austrian family of traveling singers.

In 1859, a priest at Trinity Church, John Freeman Young, published the first English translation of three verses of the carol.

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