Of­fi­cial: S.C. prison riot was over money, ter­ri­tory

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Columbia, S.C. – In­mates armed with home­made knives fought each other for about seven hours over ter­ri­tory and money, leav­ing seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quar­ter-cen­tury, of­fi­cials said Mon­day. An in­mate who wit­nessed the vi­o­lence told The As­so­ci­ated Press that bodies were “lit­er­ally stacked on top of each other.”

At least 17 pris­on­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured at Lee Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion, South Carolina pris­ons chief Bryan Stir­ling said. The first fight started in a dorm about 7:15 p.m. Sun­day and ap­peared to be con­tained be­fore sud­denly start­ing in two other dorms. Cell­phones helped stir up the trou­ble, and state of­fi­cials urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to change a law and al­low them to block the sig­nals from pris­on­ers’ phones.

“These folks are fight­ing over real money and real ter­ri­tory while they’re in­car­cer­ated,” Stir­ling said at a news con­fer­ence.

No prison guards were hurt. Stir­ling said they fol­lowed pro­to­col by back­ing out and ask­ing for sup­port. It took sev­eral hours to re­store or­der, but once a spe­cial SWAT team en­tered, the in­mates gave up peace­fully, he said.

Bar­bara Bush is ‘fighter,’ in good spir­its

Hous­ton – For­mer first lady Bar­bara Bush, who was re­ported in “fail­ing health” over the week­end, is in “great spir­its” and the fam­ily is grate­ful for “ev­ery­body’s prayers and thoughts,” her grand­daugh­ter said Mon­day.

Bush fam­ily spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news re­lease Sun­day that “Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has de­cided not to seek ad­di­tional med­i­cal treat­ment and will in­stead fo­cus on com­fort care” at home in Hous­ton fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions with her doc­tors and fam­ily.

McGrath did not elab­o­rate on the na­ture of Bush’s health prob­lems but on Mon­day said she’s suf­fered in re­cent years from con­ges­tive heart fail­ure and chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease.

Jenna Bush Hager, an an­chor on NBC’s “To­day” show, told the pro­gram Mon­day morn­ing that Bush is rest­ing com­fort­ably with fam­ily. “She’s a fighter. She’s an en­forcer,” Hager said.

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8-year-old boy at school slashes other stu­dents with knife: An 8-year-old stu­dent took a kitchen knife to a cen­tral Min­ne­sota el­e­men­tary school and ran­domly at­tacked three other chil­dren Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties said. Po­lice Chief Perry Beise said the vic­tims – aged 8, 9 and 13 – suf­fered “su­per­fi­cial wounds” re­quir­ing stitches in the at­tack at Pleas­antview El­e­men­tary in Sauk Rapids.

Night Court’ star Harry An­der­son dies: Harry An­der­son, the ac­tor best known for play­ing an off-the-wall judge work­ing the night shift of a Man­hat­tan court room in the tele­vised com­edy se­ries “Night Court,” was found dead early Mon­day in his North Carolina home. An­der­son was 65. He also ap­peared on the se­ries “Tales From The Crypt.”


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