More snow likely fore­cast for storm-buried Pa­cific North­west

The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint -

SEAT­TLE – Pa­cific North­west res­i­dents who are more ac­cus­tomed to rain than snow are dig­ging out from a win­ter storm and brac­ing for more. The sun was out Sun­day morn­ing but tem­per­a­tures were in the teens or sin­gle dig­its. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said that was colder than the Arc­tic coast or North Slope of Alaska. The ser­vice also warned that snow­fall would range from an inch to three inches through Sun­day night. The Seat­tle Times re­ported the storms brought more snow than the city usu­ally gets in a year.

MIL­WAU­KEE – Pros­e­cu­tors on Sun­day charged a 26-year-old man in the killing of a Mil­wau­kee po­lice of­fi­cer. Jor­dan P. Fricke of Mil­wau­kee was charged with first-de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide and other crimes in the fa­tal shoot­ing Wed­nes­day of 35-year-old Of­fi­cer Matthew Rit­tner, who was serv­ing a search war­rant. Po­lice say Fricke was the tar­get of the war­rant and was wanted for the il­le­gal sale of firearms and drugs. Au­thor­i­ties say of­fi­cers an­nounced them­selves as po­lice and Fricke fired sev­eral rounds.

AD­DIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Egypt’s Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah el-sisi was elected chair­man of the African Union at the con­ti­nen­tal body’s sum­mit in Ethiopia. Also at the African Union meet­ing Sun­day, a statue of Ethiopia’s last em­peror was un­veiled. Af­ter­ward a scuf­fle erupted be­tween se­cu­rity guards for some African lead­ers and African Union guards, caus­ing a de­lay in the en­try pro­ces­sion of the heads of state into the main meet­ing. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional warned that el-sisi’s chair­man­ship might un­der­mine hu­man rights mech­a­nisms.

BEI­JING – Au­thor­i­ties say 18 people died dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day. An ex­plo­sion at an il­le­gal fire­works stand left five people dead in the south­ern re­gion of Guangxi. Re­ports Sun­day say the stand op­er­a­tor faces a charge of caus­ing an ac­ci­dent through the use of dan­ger­ous ar­ti­cles. Those killed in Tues­day’s ac­ci­dent in­cluded three chil­dren and two adults. Ac­ci­dents on icy high­ways in cen­tral China left at least 13 dead as mil­lions of fam­i­lies were head­ing home af­ter their cel­e­bra­tions.

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