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January 21, 2019

TRUMP RE-ELECTION SIGN EARNS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota high school where fans displayed a President Donald Trump re-election flag has pulled out of a basketball invitational hosted by a Minneapolis school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Jordan High School boys’ basketball team was scheduled to play Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School Henry today in the MLK Showcase at Minneapolis Roosevelt.

Some Jordan fans displayed a Trump banner when Roosevelt visited Jordan last week. Jordan is a rural, overwhelmingly white community. Roosevelt’s coach says his team is predominantly black.

Henry coach Jamil Jackson says organizers of the invitational were told Jordan feared something might happen to the players if they came to Roosevelt to play.

But Jordan Superintendent Matthew Helgerson says, “Fear was not our reason.”

Helgerson tells the Star Tribune in an email that the team did not want its presence at the event “to detract from the athletes.”

TENNESSEE OFFICER SUSPENDED AFTER VIDEO SHOWS SUSPECT IN TRAFFIC STOP PUNCHED

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Police say an officer in Tennessee has been suspended with pay after videos showed a suspect being punched during a traffic stop.

The body cam and dash cam footage obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press shows an officer cursing and striking the suspect with his fist several times in March 2018. The newspaper identified the officer as Benjamin Piazza.

Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy says in a statement the officer was placed on leave.

Piazza says in an affidavit he stopped 37-year-old Fredrico Wolfe and ordered him out of the vehicle after seeing Wolfe throw two baggies out of the window.

The affidavit says charges against Wolfe included speeding and possession of a controlled substance.

The suspect’s attorney, Robin Flores, says the footage shows unnecessary escalation by the officer.

FUNERAL HELD FOR UNCLAIMED MILITARY BODIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Funeral homes, medical examiners, state and federal veterans’ affairs departments and local veterans’ groups have combined forces to honor members of the military whose bodies weren’t claimed by any relatives.

About 700 mourners attended a burial service in Memphis, Tennessee, for three military members whose bodies went unclaimed. Most of those in attendance on a rainy Thursday didn’t know the men. They showed up to honor their military service.

Since 2000, Dignity Memorial and partner funeral homes in more than 30 cities have organized about 3,000 funerals for soldiers, sailors and Marines who died alone.

Memorial services for unclaimed veterans are publicized through local news outlets, veterans’ groups like the American Legion, or social media, such as Facebook. Honor Guard and other active military members also attend.

OREGON SHOOTING LEAVES FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS DEAD

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man suspected of killing four family members was arrested in August on a weapons charge.

Sgt. Brian Jensen of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office says by email that Mark Gago was booked on a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon. He did not have details on the disposition of the case or circumstances of the arrest.

Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Gago late Saturday night at the rural home he shared with family members about 20 miles south of Portland.

Deputies responding to an emergency call say they saw Gago trying to kill an 8-year-old girl.

Investigators say Gago killed his parents, his girlfriend and their infant daughter.

The 8-year-old girl and a female described as a roommate in the home were treated for injuries. No deputies were harmed.

SPANISH RESCUERS TRY TO FREE TODDLER FROM BOREHOLE

MADRID (AP) — Rescuers in southern Spain say that the frantic effort to reach a two-year-old boy who fell into a narrow, deep borehole seven days ago has again been slowed by difficult terrain.

Provincial authorities say that a drill used to create a vertical shaft parallel to the waterhole hit a rocky patch.

There has been no contact made with Julen Rosello, who fell into the 360-foot deep shaft yesterday in the countryside northeast of Malaga.

Experts are hoping to reach the toddler by digging a horizontal tunnel to the spot where they believe he is trapped.

Rescuers hope to find him at a depth of 236 feet, where a soil blockage has hampered efforts to save him.

OXFAM REPORTS ON WEALTH INEQUALITY

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Wealth inequality around the world is “out of control” and doing particular harm to women, anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam warned today ahead of the annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Oxfam, which has for years been trying to bring attention to the issue ahead of the World Economic Forum, said in a report that billionaire fortunes increased by 12 percent last year — the equivalent of $2.5 billion a day — while the 3.8 billion people who make up the world’s poorest half saw their wealth decline by 11 percent.

Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International’s executive director, told The Associated Press, “This is not inevitable, this is unacceptable.”

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