US News: School Bus Hits Boston Bridge; Atlanta School Metal Detectors not Working

By: AP
By: AP

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts State Police say high school students and their adult chaperones were on a charter bus after a visit to Harvard University when the oversized bus crashed into a bridge in Boston.
The bus crashed about 7:30 p.m. Saturday as it was passing under a bridge on Soldier's Field Road, a major crosstown road. The Destined for a Dream Foundation group was returning to the Philadelphia area.
The injured, three seriously, were taken to hospitals.
Authorities say the bus did not belong on that road and state police are investigating whether charges are warranted against the driver after apparently failing to see the sign prohibiting the vehicle from taking that route. Bus owner Raymond Talmedge said his driver was being interviewed by police. Talmedge said he had no other information.

ATLANTA (AP) -- School officials in Atlanta say metal detectors weren't working at a middle school when a 14-year-old student was shot and wounded there.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that public school administrators acknowledged in a statement late Friday that Price Middle school's two metal detectors were "not operable" Thursday. The statement said an investigation found there had been limited use of the detectors at the school this year.
Atlanta police say they suspect the shooting, which happened in the school's courtyard, may have been gang related. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested. The boy who was injured was treated and released from a hospital.
City school officials say they plan to immediately test all school metal detectors and review student entrance and exit procedures.

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Hundreds of people have turned out at a service to remember an Alabama bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect the young children on his school bus.
Mourners who attended a viewing service at a funeral home Saturday night remembered 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland, Jr., as a humble hero who taught Sunday School and often lent a helping hand to others.
Authorities said Jim Lee Dykes boarded a stopped school bus carrying 21 children Tuesday afternoon and demanded two boys between 6 and 8 years old. When Poland tried to block his way, the gunman shot him several times and took one 5-year-old boy -- who police say remains in an underground bunker with Dykes.
School bus driver William Lisenby said Poland "laid down his life to defend those children." His funeral is Sunday.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Police say a 13-year-old girl reported missing Thursday has been found dead in a park in the Northern California city of Fairfield.
Officer Cleo Mayoral, a Fairfield police spokesman, says a passer-by discovered the girl's naked body a little before 7 a.m. Friday in the city's Alan Witt Park.
Mayoral says the girl was reported missing around 5:45 p.m. Thursday after she had left a foster home in nearby Suisun City. Her name hasn't been released.
An autopsy was performed, but Mayoral says officials aren't releasing the results. He did say that when the girl's body was found there were no obvious signs of trauma.
No suspect information has been released, but Mayoral says detectives were canvassing neighborhoods and checking video images from surveillance cameras as part of their investigation.

Panetta says politics at play in Hagel questioning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says "the political knives" came out when former Sen. Chuck Hagel appeared before a Senate committee for a confirmation hearing.
Republicans on the Armed Services Committee grilled Hagel about his views on Iran and Israel and other issues.
In discussing the nomination of Hagel, Panetta tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is disappointed that the questions Hagel received at the hearing Thursday focused so much on what Hagel has said in the past instead of what he thinks about today's issues.
Panetta says the committee didn't spend enough time discussing such matters as the war in Afghanistan, the war on terrorism, and looming automatic budget cuts and their impact on military readiness.
The Panetta interview airs Sunday on "Meet the Press."

Miss. River reopened to vessels after oil removed
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) -- The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to vessel traffic in both directions after finishing the cleanup of thousands of gallons of oil from a leaking barge.
Officials said in a news release Saturday that the safety zone has been reduced to one mile on either side of the two barges that collided with a railroad bridge near Vicksburg last Sunday, causing a leak from one barge. Vessels are not permitted to pass or overtake other vessels within the zone.
The news release said the light crude oil was "effectively removed" to allow for a damage assessment, temporary repairs and transit of the barges to a maritime facility. More than 250,000 gallons of a mixture of oil and water was removed
The Coast Guard said its investigation of the incident is continuing.

Ohio Art says Etch A Sketch creator dies in France
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio toy maker says the inventor of the Etch A Sketch, the famous red toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France.
The Ohio Art Co. based in Bryan in northwest Ohio says 86-year-old Andre Cassagnes (kah-sahn-YEH') died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb. The cause wasn't disclosed Saturday.
Ohio Art president Larry Killgallon says the company will always be grateful for an invention that brought joy to so many.
The Toy Industry Association says Cassagnes came upon the Etch A Sketch idea in the late 1950s. He peeled a translucent decal from a light switch plate and found pencil mark images transferred to the opposite face.
The toy, with its gray screen and red frame, has two knobs that are twisted to create drawings. A shake erases the image.


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