PORSCHE HITS IDAHO CROWD
A Porsche plowed into a crowd of spectators at a Boise, Idaho, car show, injuring at least eight in a horrifying scene that saw bystanders scrambling to tend to the injured, authorities and witnesses said.
Police say the driver of the gray Porsche accelerated while leaving the Cars and Coffee event, lost control and ran into the nearby crowd lining a sidewalk. Police say the driver is cooperating in their investigation.
Tom Weekes of Boise attended the event with his 12-year-old son and had just moved a few feet back on the sidewalk when the car lost control.
“My son and I were the last two people he missed,” he said. “There was a group of kids to the right of us and he hit every one of them.”
Seminary cancels priest’s talk. YORK» Citing a
NEW social media backlash, the seminary at the Catholic University of America has canceled a talk by a popular Jesuit priest whose latest book advocates for more compassion for gays within the church. In a rare public rebuke, the university’s president said Saturday that he opposed the seminary’s decision.
The Rev. James Martin, editor at large at the Jesuit magazine America and author of several books on Catholicism, said he had planned a seminary talk on Jesus, not his recent book on LGBT people, “Building a Bridge,” which has been backed by two U.S. cardinals and three bishops.
Plaque honors Rushmore carver.
The chief carver of Mount Rushmore is being honored with a plaque recognizing him for his work.
Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant who was given the role of chief carver more than 80 years ago.
He was responsible for refining the expression on the faces of the four presidents carved into Mount Rushmore, including the challenging tasks of sculpting Jefferson’s lips and Lincoln’s eyes.
Houston firefighters were told to stay home.
Thousands of Houston firefighters were told to stay home at the height of Harvey’s flooding even as calls for help overwhelmed 911 dispatchers, the president of the city’s firefighters union said Friday.
In an interview with Houston television station KHOU , Marty Lancton said that the fire department could have done more during the storm.
“I don’t want to hear about lack of resources,” Lancton said. “Emergencies are something you prepare for. You don’t have the answers, but you prepare. In this case, they weren’t prepared.”
Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena acknowledged that three-quarters of the force was asked not to report, but said that the department was fully staffed.
Firefighter suspended over Facebook post.
OHIO» A volunteer
DAYTON, firefighter in Ohio has been suspended indefinitely after a racist Facebook post that stated he would save a dog from a burning building before a black person.
WHIO-TV reported that Tyler Roysdon, of Franklin Township in Warren County, said if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man, the animal would come first.
The post, which contained multiple racial slurs, was ordered removed by the township.