iStock/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, Ind.) — The pickup truck driver allegedly never hit her brakes until it was too late to avoid hitting four children, including three siblings, who were killed as they crossed a two-lane highway in rural Indiana to catch their school bus, according to a relative of the dead children.“The police said there were no brakes used. She never stopped once,” Elgin Ingle, the uncle of the children who died, told ABC News in an emotional interview. “What else could you have been doing? What are you doing where you’re not paying attention at that time in the morning?”Identical 6-year-old twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl were killed Tuesday morning in a rural community of Rochester, Indiana.The children’s classmate and neighbor, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, suffered multiple broken bones and is in critical condition at a hospital.Alyssa Shepherd, 24, the driver of the pickup truck that slammed into the children, was arrested and charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury, officials told ABC News.The children were crossing State Route 25 to get to their yellow school bus when they were run over about 7:15 a.m. in front of the mobile home park. Indiana State Police said the bus’ emergency lights were flashing and its stop-sign arm was out when they were struck.The investigation of the crash is ongoing and police have not released details on why Shepherd did not heed the bus’ stop-sign arm.Xzavier, Mason and Alivia died at the scene. Their father rushed out of their home and identified them after police arrived to investigate, officials said.“My nephews, my niece were all bright. They were great children. They had a future,” Ingle told ABC News.He said his brother was “torn apart.”“He didn’t lose one kid. He lost all his kids,” Ingle said. “How do you tell your little brother it’ll get better? You can’t. My brother, the most loving man in the world and the best father I’ve ever known, now is a father to no one, has nothing.”Ingle said parents who live in the mobile home park had previously asked the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation to change the bus route so the children didn’t have to cross State Route 25 to catch the bus. He said parents complained that it was dangerous for children to cross a highway where vehicles routinely travel at 50 to 60 mph.“This has been an issue before. The parents have made comments to the school about this changing,” Ingle said. “There’s plenty of room for the school bus to pull in and pick up these kids. But this school has been warned that this is an issue.”Contacted by ABC News Wednesday morning, the school district had no immediate comment.Shepherd stayed at the scene of the crash and was cooperating with investigators, Sgt. Tony Slocum, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police, told ABC News. Shepherd was released on $15,000 bail Tuesday night.“It shouldn’t have happened but our job is to fight through it and wrap our arms around [the father], as his community will,” Slocum said.Shepherd was not injured in the crash that left heavy front-end damage to her 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup.The National Transportation Board is sending a team to help investigate the crash.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
‘He lost all his kids,’ says brother of Indiana man whose 3 children were run over as they went to board a bus
RT-Images/iStock(GLEN RIDGE, N.J.) — New Jersey police on Tuesday morning killed a red fox believed to have been attacking people since Friday.Three of the five people attacked by the animal were hospitalized, the Glen Ridge Police Department told ABC News.When Glen Ridge Police first responded to a report of an animal bite Friday around 9:15 a.m., it turned out to be from a fox.As Bloomfield Animal Control and Glen Ridge officers were searching for the fox, two more attacks were reported, authorities said.The fox wasn’t found until Tuesday morning, when officers spotted the animal on New Jersey Transit train tracks. While officers were tracking the animal, the fox turned and “attempted to attack one of the officers” and was euthanized on the spot, police said.The fox was taken in to be tested for rabies, police said. The N.J. division of Fish & Wildlife said red foxes are present throughout the state, and the Glen Ridge Police Department reminded residents to “take caution” when encountering wildlife.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Access to reliable internet, time zones and lack of textbooks and materials are just a few of the obstacles that students face in the transition to remote learning. In light of the extraordinary circumstances students are working in, Saint Mary’s College should account for this and move to a pass/fail system for all courses, junior dual-degree engineering student said Grace Kulin said. Kulin created a petition on change.org urging the College to allow for a pass/fail option for undergraduate students for the spring 2020 semester.Kulin felt the need to create a petition after seeing a similar petition circulate around the Notre Dame student body. “I couldn’t just wait for Saint Mary’s to do the same, so I thought I would take action,” she said. In her petition, Kulin said she feels each student faces a different set of circumstances when they leave the campus, making it unfair to assume each student has the means or ability to focus on school in a way that will allow them to be successful.“The optional pass/fail system will allow these students to focus on what matters most (which may mean something other than school, given the global pandemic) and ensure that they are not punished academically due to their necessary shift in focus,” the petition said. “This situation especially impacts low-income students who may now be working to help their families or are facing situations such as their parents being out of work, as a community we need to support these students in the best way possible — which includes implementing an optional pass/fail system.”Another population that could potentially be negatively impacted are students who live outside of the Eastern Standard Time zone (EST), the petition said. “[Those] who may now have limited access to live office hours or struggle to ‘attend’ live lectures, this is especially true for international students,” the petition said. ”We need to support them with a pass/fail option for their courses. The inequality that sets in when students leave campus cannot be ignored and our grading scale should reflect that.”Junior Gemma van Jacob signed the petition in support of extending the pass/fail grading option to include major and minor courses. “We’re facing a literal life or death situation; how can we be expected to follow a traditional system of grading when we are literally facing the possibility of losing our lives?” van Jacob said via text. With the switch to online classes mid-semester, books left at on campus, art materials, spaces for dance minors, labs for bio[lgy] majors — these are horrifically large disadvantages, she said. “It hurts people with disabilities and [those] who may live in adverse situations,” van Jacob said. “We can take a withdraw, but doing so means we’d have to retake courses, extending our stay at SMC when some of us cannot afford it, literally.”Dean of student academic services Karen Chambers announced that students will be given the option to take their elective and Sophia program courses with pass/fail grading, in an email sent to undergraduate students March 19. Kulin said she believes that if pass/fail grading can be an option for elective and Sophia courses, then it should be an option for all courses.As of Thursday, the petition has over 800 signatures — over half the number enrolled undergraduates at the College. “The College has always been supportive of all students — especially international students — who are being greatly impacted by these extraordinary circumstances,” Kulin said.Chambers announced in an email to undergraduates Thursday that the College will not be adopting pass/fail grading for major and minor courses. Chambers said Thursday’s message comes in response to several messages — including a petition signed by many Saint Mary’s students — regarding grading as a result of the transition to remote courses.In a response posted on Facebook, Kulin said she is disappointed and does not see much of a path forward in the push for the pass/fail option after this reply.Tags: COVID-19, Pass/Fail petition, Saint Mary’s College, student petition
On Monday, January 20 Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah, held a closed-door discussion with the Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia, a source in the Chief Justice office told the Observer.Cllr. Tah was accompanied to the meeting by her legal team, which included Cllr. Varney Sherman, the national chairman of the ruling Unity Party and Cllr. Frederick Cherue, Senior Senator of River Gee County.The outcome of the one-hour meeting between the Justices and the Minister was not disclosed.However, our source the meeting was intended to discuss Cllr. Tah’s petition (appeal) for re-argument against her six-month suspension by the Full Bench.A similar meeting, according to our source, was cancelled last Friday, because of the absence of some of the Justices.Our source, who is also a legal expert explained that a “Petition for Re-argument” can only be considered if one of the Justices was to approve of it.Interestingly, the meeting comes at the close of the October 2013 Term of Court.Cllr. Tah was suspended on Friday, January 10, from practicing law within Liberia for six (6) months by the Supreme Court.The action followed after she was held in contempt for disrespecting the High Court, by allowing FrontPage Africa’s managing editor, Rodney D. Sieh, ‘Compassionate Leave’ from prison to seek medical attention as prayed for by Mr. Sieh’s attorney, Cllr. Beyan D. Howard.Cllr. Howard was also declared barred, for three months, from practicing law.It can be recalled that a former Justice Minister during the late President Samuel K. Doe’s regime, the late Cllr. Jenkins Scott, was held in contempt by the Supreme Court.Cllr. Scott was later suspended for two (2) years from practicing law in the Court.That decision was quickly reversed by the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, after his petition for re-argument was accepted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Graduating students pose for photos. 35 children who completed a two months community initiative in Sinkor have each graduated with a certificate from an arts and craft academy.Mr. Latty Zarwu, founder and CEO of the school, said he is thankful to God for giving him the strength to impart knowledge to young children in the country. Latty, who is known as DJ Warrior, said he is planning the coming months to launch the arts and craft program in every community, if and when he gets the necessary support.The one time LIB 24 Journalist and entertainment talk show host called on the government and other entities to see the need to support his organization so he can help address some of “the many, many problems that the country is faced with.”Graduating students displaying their skillLatty, who has worked with various schools in Liberia transferring artistic knowledge to young kids, said with the his experience and God-given innovative spirit, when given the opportunity he could make a great impact in the various communities of Liberia, like with what he did at B .W. Harris, More Than Me and the Mamba Point communities.DJ Warrior also praised the Alley Printing Press CEO, Mr. Henry Harris, for the high level of support he received from him during the two months intensive training. He concluded that if Liberians were to support his programs, he will make a great impact in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) In a “lonely” club for a decade now, India’s only individual Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra’s pragmatism mingled with optimism as he hoped that not one but a few more will crowd the place come Tokyo 2020. He has been hoping and will continue to remain hopeful, Bindra, who has grown 10 years older since scripting history on a balmy August evening at Beijing in 2008, told PTI in an interaction. “I am hoping for young Indian athletes to join me. I am quite positive and, as an athlete, I am conditioned to remain hopeful. Hopefully, we will have some Olympic champions in a couple of years,” Bindra said. The 35-year-old, who has been appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s prestigious Athletes’ Commission, was referring to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bindra, who is now a businessman and runs the Abhinav Bindra High Performance Centre, looks back to his biggest moment with nostalgia. “Well obviously that was a wonderful moment of my life, dreamt about it for 15 years. I look back with a great sense of satisfaction and a sense nostalgia. “Hopefully, it inspires Indian athletes to win. My time is over and I hope the present generation of Indian athletes remain inspired and it propels them to glory,” Bindra said. Since retiring from shooting, Bindra has set up a never-seen-before High Performance Training centre in India for elite athletes that boasts of cutting edge equipments. It has immensely benefitted India’s athletes. “We have had a lot of young athletes coming over, it’s not just about training with young athletes. The idea is to build a knowledge-driven professional services environment that provides solutions, tight protocols and procedures facilitating peak performance.advertisement It is also about creating awareness and training in a more holistic manner. Asked about his appointed to the IOC’s elite commission, he said, “Well I have just been appointed a couple of days ago, and this something which I am looking forward to.” This is “more than a personal recognition” for Bindra, who was elected chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) Athletes Committee in 2014, becoming the first Indian to receive the honour. “I have been chair of the ISSF’s Athletes Commission so it’s more than personal recognition.” Speaking about the Indian sporting scene, he said, “Well I do see a lot happening in Indian sports, a lot of young athletes are coming through with systemic changes, we have a (sports) minister who is an athlete himself.” PTI AH PM PM PM