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WRESTLER PINS BID FOR MAYOR
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glenn Jacobs, the WWE wrestler known as Kane, has won the bout for mayor in Tennessee’s third largest county.
Jacobs, a Republican who also runs an insurance and real estate company, was leading Democrat Linda Haney by a large margin with most of the votes counted in Knox County yesterday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Jacobs claimed victory at his watch party, saying his decision to seek the mayor’s job was met at first with “pretty resounding laughter” from some politicians.
Jacobs won a close primary in May. Results of the primary were delayed when the county’s election reporting website crashed after a concerted cyberattack that experts deem “malicious.”
JUDICIAL CANDIDATE CRITICIZED FOR LYNCHING DEPICTED IN AD
TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky Democrat running for a judicial position is being criticized by his own party over a campaign ad that depicts a lynching.
Spencer County candidate Bobby Smith tells The Courier Journal says the ad symbolizes lynching the “Good Ol’ Boy System.” The ad ran in a local weekly paper this week and shows four hanging bodies that viewed together spell out “Good Ol’ Boy System.” It also says Smith will do what’s needed to “make Spencer County great again.”
The Kentucky Democratic Party rebuked Smith on Thursday, saying there’s no defense for making light of lynching. Smith says the ad is about lynching a system, not people. He says he’ll apologize to those offended but they “need to apologize to me for being crooked.”
DOUBLE HIT-AND-RUN IN FLORIDA
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A soldier in Florida who tried to help a woman on a scooter after she was hit by a car at night was hit by another vehicle that also killed the woman.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Kelli Marie Black died on a Lakeland street early yesterday after she was hit by the second vehicle while two good Samaritans, including the soldier, were trying to help her in the road.
The Ledger reports that private-first-class Kalen Lawson was hit in the leg when the second car drove over Black’s chest. Lawson was on leave from the Army.
Sheriff Grady Judd says investigators tracked down the suspected driver of the first vehicle, who was expected to turn himself in, and they were seeking the suspect in the second vehicle.
SURGERY WITHOUT ANESTHESIA
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A woman suing a Southern California hospital says she underwent a cesarean section without anesthesia.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the lawsuit filed last month claims an anesthesiologist didn’t immediately answer pages at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside last November, so the emergency operation was performed without him.
The lawsuit says Delfina Mota was more than 41 weeks pregnant when she was checked into the hospital — and delivery became urgent after staff couldn’t detect a fetal heart rate.
The lawsuit says the 26-year-old passed out from the pain. She delivered a healthy baby girl.
The lawsuit by Mota and her fiance names the hospital, surgeon and the anesthesiologist. It alleges medical malpractice and assault and battery.