FLYING TIRE CAUSES ROAD DEATH IN NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a 64-year-old driver was killed when his car was struck by a tire that flew off a private sanitation vehicle on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn. Police say Robert Martinez was heading east at around 6:40 a.m. yesterday when the tire came loose from the westbound sanitation vehicle. It went over the center media and smashed his windshield. Police say Martinez suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver of the garbage truck remained at the scene. No charges were filed.

NFL COACH DEALS WITH DOUBLE GRIEF

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson plans to stay with the team in training camp while mourning the recent deaths of his mother and brother. A team spokesman confirms Jackson's mother, Betty Lee, died over the weekend in Los Angeles after a long illness. Her passing came two weeks after Jackson's brother died. Jackson intends to stay with his team through next week's exhibition opener against the New York Giants while the family finalizes funeral plans in California. Jackson is in his third season with Cleveland. He is just 1-31 in his first two seasons. But team ownership say Jackson still has their unwavering support.

KNEELING TOWN OFFICIAL

HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — A town official in Connecticut who knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting to protest President Donald Trump's policies has apologized for calling the town "fascist and racist." The Middletown Press reports Haddam Selectwoman Melissa Schlag appeared on WNPR yesterday to clarify comments she made to a friend — comments that were recorded. Schlag is heard saying Haddam is "fascist and racist" in the clip. Schlag acknowledges she made a generalization but says there are "strong veins of fascism and racism running deep in Haddam." The selectwoman says she began kneeling during the pledge earlier this month to protest Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other issues. Schlag says she's received threats over her protest.

MAN PUSHES BOY OFF WATER SLIDE

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Police have arrested an 18-year-old man accused of pushing an 8-year-old boy off a slide at a suburban Minneapolis water park. Authorities say the boy fell 31 feet to the ground Tuesday. Police say the boy was conscious and breathing when officers arrived and is hospitalized in stable condition. This happened at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center. Police say the man and the boy didn't know each other and were waiting in line to ride down the water slide when the man allegedly picked up the boy at the top of the slide platform and pushed him over the railing. The Star Tribune newspaper reports criminal charges are expected.