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■ U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was wounded when a gun­man opened fire at a base­ball prac­tice in Alexan­dria, Va., un­der­went surgery for “the man­age­ment of in­fec­tion” and re­mains in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter, where he’s be­ing treated.

■ Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, who will lead the re­launched Na­tional Space Council, toured the Kennedy Space Cen­ter in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and vowed that the pro­gram will “bring the best of Amer­ica to­gether once again to lead with Amer­i­cans in space.”

■ Clay Jones, a po­lit­i­cal car­toon­ist who won the Trump­ism Car­toon and Car­i­ca­ture Con­test with his draw­ing com­par­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nam­ing as Time mag­a­zine’s “per­son of the year” in 2016 with Adolf Hitler’s in 1938, re­fused the prize after learn­ing that the con­test was spon­sored by the House of Car­toon in Tehran, Iran.

■ Paul LePage, Maine’s Repub­li­can gover­nor, railed in a ra­dio in­ter­view against the news me­dia, saying he loves to “sit in my of­fice and make up” sto­ries to dis­tract re­porters, adding that “the sooner the print press goes away, the bet­ter so­ci­ety will be.”

■ John Mor­gan, an Or­lando at­tor­ney who led the ef­fort to le­gal­ize med­i­cal mar­i­juana in Florida, has filed a law­suit chal­leng­ing the state’s new con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that bans smok­able forms of the plant, saying smok­ing is the best way to ad­min­is­ter it to some pa­tients.

■ Charles Man­ning, 74, of Au­gusta, Maine, who au­thor­i­ties say emp­tied a cup of bed­bugs in a city of­fice build­ing after com­plain­ing that con­di­tions in his apart­ment build­ing were not up to code, was charged with mis­de­meanor as­sault and ob­struc­tion of govern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion.

■ Ryan Mosier, a spokesman for Duke En­ergy in South Carolina, said a snake crawled into a sub­sta­tion and knocked out elec­tri­cal ser­vice to more than 4,000 cus­tomers for about 90 min­utes.

■ Osama Jafri, a ro­bot­ics en­gi­neer and son of a pizza shop owner in Multan, Pak­istan, said busi­ness has dou­bled at the restau­rant since the store in­tro­duced his ro­bot wait­ress to greet cus­tomers and carry food to ta­bles.

■ Abby Arlt, who said her grand­mother Ge­or­giana Arlt, 92, of Chaska, Minn., once told her that she’d never been in any wed­ding other than her own 72 years ago, let her grand­mother steal the show as the flower girl at her cer­e­mony.

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