AUG. TOR­NADO SENDS DOZENS TO HOS­PI­TALS

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Den­ver Post wire ser­vices

OKLA.» A rare late TULSA, sum­mer tor­nado smashed into a shopping district early Sun­day just hours af­ter it was packed with peo­ple, send­ing more than two dozen peo­ple to hos­pi­tals in­clud­ing two with life-threat­en­ing in­juries, many of them from restau­rants that were pre­par­ing to close or were still open.

No deaths were re­ported from the tor­nado that struck shortly af­ter 1 a.m. in the mid­town area of Tulsa, ac­cord­ing to city of Tulsa spokes­woman Kim Meloy.

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Mike Teague said the tor­nado was rated an EF2, with wind speeds of 111-135 mph and that two smaller, “prob­a­bly” EF0 tor­na­does with winds of 65-85 mph were seen shortly af­ter­ward on radar near Inola and Clare­more, about 25 miles east and north­east of Tulsa.

Join­ing Arab states, Is­rael says it plans to ban Al-Jazeera.

Is­rael said Sun­day it plans to ban Qatar’s flag­ship Al-Jazeera net­work from op­er­at­ing in the coun­try over al­le­ga­tions it in­cites vi­o­lence, join­ing Arab nations that have shut down the broad­caster amid a sep­a­rate po­lit­i­cal dis­pute. The news or­ga­ni­za­tion, in turn, said it will take le­gal ac­tion.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ay­oob Kara said he plans to re­voke the press cre­den­tials of Al-Jazeera jour­nal­ists, ef­fec­tively pre­vent­ing them from work­ing in Is­rael.

Kara said he has asked ca­ble and satel­lite net­works to block Al Jazeera trans­mis­sions and is seek­ing leg­is­la­tion to ban them al­to­gether.

Man­u­fac­turer says cor­ro­sion caused ride to break apart.

Ex­ces­sive cor­ro­sion on a sup­port beam caused a “cat­a­strophic fail­ure” of a thrill ride at the Ohio State Fair that killed an 18-yearold man and in­jured seven oth­ers, the ride’s Dutch man­u­fac­turer said in a state­ment posted Sun­day on Face­book.

The state­ment said KMG of­fi­cials trav­eled to the ac­ci­dent scene in Colum­bus to re­view video footage of the July 26 ac­ci­dent and con­duct met­al­lur­gi­cal tests of the beam.

“It was de­ter­mined that ex­ces­sive cor­ro­sion on the in­te­rior of the gon­dola sup­port beam dan­ger­ously re­duced the beam’s wall thick­ness over the years,” the state­ment said. “This fi­nally led to a cat­a­strophic fail­ure of the ride dur­ing op­er­a­tion.”

The com­pany said the spin­ning and swing­ing ride called the Fire Ball was 18 years old.

Tyler Jar­rell died of blunt force trauma in­juries af­ter be­ing tossed 50 feet into the air when the ride broke apart. He was about to be­gin his se­nior year in high school and had en­listed in the Marine Corps the week be­fore he was killed.

“Dark Tower” tops slow week­end.

Af­ter a decade of devel­op­ment and sev­eral post­pone­ments, the lon­gawaited Stephen King adap­ta­tion “The Dark Tower” de­buted with an es­ti­mated $19.5 mil­lion in North Amer­i­can ticket sales, nar­rowly edg­ing out the two-week leader “Dunkirk.”

The mod­est re­sult for “The Dark Tower,” star­ring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, was in line with ex­pec­ta­tions head­ing into the week­end but well shy of ini­tial hopes for a pos­si­ble fran­chise-starter.

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