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Poor shooting is common during N.C.A.A. tournament games at NRG Stadium in Houston, where black curtains behind the baskets seem to disrupt shooters’ depth perceptions.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban has dismissed Jonathan Taylor from the team following the second domestic violence arrest of the defensive lineman’s college career.

Saban announced the decision on Sunday, a day after Taylor was arrested when a woman reported she was assaulted by her boyfriend. Taylor signed with the Crimson Tide about six months after his dismissal from Georgia following his arrest in a girlfriend’s assault.

Saban says the allegations “will still need to go through the legal process, but when he was given an opportunity here, it was under strict guidelines and we made it clear there was a zero tolerance policy.”

Tuscaloosa police charged the 21-year-old Taylor with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief.

Police say the 24-year-old woman had injuries to her neck.

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In the cold nights of the northern Syrian spring, can you imagine the perils of giving birth in a hospital with no electricity? Newborns stood little chance of survival amid the chaos and carnage in eastern Aleppo, until the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent managed to get an electricity generator across the city’s frontline to the only paediatric hospital. A few days later, our Head of Delegation in Syria received an email with a picture of rows of incubators warming hours-old babies.

“It was risky getting the generator to hospital but it really saved lives,” our delegation chief, Marianne Gasser, told me after Red Crescent volunteers braved sniper fire to help restore power.

Every new life is of course a moment of joy for its mother and father, and who could deny parents their hopes for a child, even in Syria as the country begins the fifth year of its devastating conflict? But the child’s prospects are bleak. In Aleppo, it will grow up amid the rubble from months of heavy fighting and will sleep amid the unceasing noise of shellfire and shooting. If it flees with its parents it will join the 4 million Syrians who have sought refuge abroad, or become one of the seven million Syrians seeking safety with friends, family, in camps or in rudimentary shelters.

Every child born in Syria is touched by the conflict. Medical services are crumbling, the economy is on its knees, and the multitudes of jobless have few savings left to live on. The child’s relatives will have been killed or injured. When the child falls ill its parents will struggle to get adequate treatment since the hospitals have shut down or been destroyed and the doctors have fled or been killed. The parents must worry about where to find food, how to stay warm and whether the water that still sometimes flows from the taps is safe to drink.

The Aleppo child will be particularly vulnerable in a conflict that has broken almost all the rules meant to spare those taking no part in fighting. Four years of destructive violence do not make it acceptable to attack medical facilities, indiscriminately target civilians or mistreat captives. Where you are born, your parent’s beliefs or your ethnic background should not make you a target. The young, the old, women, the disabled, the sick and the wounded are entitled to protection under international law. Too often the ICRC’s calls for those laws to be respected are ignored.

The conflict is having such an impact that the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement must repair more and more of Syria’s basic infrastructure. Our engineers are fixing pumps, renewing pipelines, distributing bottles and trucking water to ensure that 16 million Syrians have drinkable water, a basic necessity of life. In Aleppo the electricity network is so damaged that there is little more than an hour of power a day. Our teams are replacing high-tension cables so that essential services, such as hospitals, have the electricity they need to operate.

Buildings are shattered by violence, but so are people. In Aleppo alone, the authorities estimate an extraordinary 70-100,000 people have suffered amputations since the conflict began. Each of those traumatized individuals needs rehabilitation to recover physically and mentally. Wheelchairs are needed, and so are prosthetic limbs. By the summer the ICRC and the SARC will have two large orthopaedic clinics running, in Aleppo and Damascus, to provide artificial limbs and therapy.

It is projects like our water services and our physical rehabilitation clinics that make a difference in Syria. Marianne has recently returned to Syria after 18 months away. When I asked her what had changed she remarked that many of her old friends had lost hope. It is up to the politicians to make peace but the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, supported strongly by its donors in the Middle East, can help maintain hope.

Through a patient process of negotiation, and by insisting that aid be distributed solely on the basis of need, the Movement has increased those moments of hope. Every week, 200 trucks of aid leave our warehouses inside Syria and last year we doubled the number of times we crossed frontlines to reach those in need. Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are offering food and shelter to the most vulnerable, transporting and treating the war wounded and providing basic health services to refugees. Governments and citizens have proved generous hosts for thousands of Syrians who would simply like to go safely home. In Syria itself many of those who have a little seek to share it. The ICRC provides food and pays for cooking gas for collective kitchens that feed thousands of people. But these kitchens are run by local charities and would not survive without the admirable generosity of fellow Syrians.

The nature of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a partnership of international and local response that is independent and impartial, gives it a unique ability to sustain hope for years to come. The Movement is ready to double its current level of response in Syria and its help for refugees and hard-hit host communities in neighboring countries.

The conflict will not stop tomorrow and we are planning ahead. There will be at least five more years of intense humanitarian activity required.

We are on the eve of the third annual conference in Kuwait to generate pledges of financial support for the Syria humanitarian effort, hosted by the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who has generously supported the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the past.

If this Kuwait meeting can generate long-term partnerships between donors and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement it will be an extra glimmer of hope for every child born in Aleppo and across the region.


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BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy were fatally shot early Saturday, and a third shooting victim was suffering from life-threatening injuries, sheriff’s deputies in Washington state said.

Investigators used a police dog to search the Bremerton mobile home park where the shooting took place, but the dog did not pick up the suspect’s scent. “We feel confident the suspect is no longer in the mobile home park,” Kitsap County Sheriff’s Lt. Detective Earl Smith said.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1BFXjUs) that the boy’s mother was trying to shield him when he was shot, but the mother was not hurt. The woman who was killed was a roommate.

Officials say they received reports of gunshots heard at the Kariotis Mobile Home Park just after 2 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found the woman dead and the 2-year-old critically injured. The toddler was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, but he later died.

The third victim, a man whose age is unknown, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries. The man was shot in the lower abdomen and underwent surgery, Smith said.

The sheriff’s office released a statement late Saturday identifying the woman who was killed as Heather Kelso of Bremerton. She was an employee of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and had lived in the mobile home park for three years, the sheriff said.

The boy was identified as Kaden Lum, also of Bremerton. He and his mother had lived with Kelso for three weeks. The sheriff’s office did not release the boy’s mother’s name.

The mother and boy had moved into the home three weeks ago, Smith told the newspaper. The boy’s father lives outside Kitsap County, Smith said. The third victim was a neighbor who was visiting and was shot as he ran back to his residence, Smith said.

Two other homes were hit with bullets, but no one was hurt, he said.

Bremerton is on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.


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BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who bought a used golf bag discovered his purchase was packing more than just a set of clubs.

Mel Grewing told the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City (http://bit.ly/1DaZJAP) on Friday that he found a loaded .22-caliber pistol inside his new bag.

Grewing says he spotted the set in a Sedona thrift store Tuesday and did not go through the bag until the next day.

He took the weapon to Bullhead City police, who say it was not registered or reported lost or stolen.

Grewing of Bullhead City, who is a recreational target shooter, says it’s fortunate a child didn’t find the gun.

He says the Sedona store owner could not remember who brought in the clubs and said that employees usually inspect all items.

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Information from: Mohave Valley Daily News, http://www.mohavedailynews.com


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BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania newlywed has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of her niece hours after the ceremony.

Christina George of Patterson Township wept as her hands were cuffed behind her back after the judge revoked her bail, and her relatives and friends cried as she was led from the courtroom to be held in the Beaver County jail, pending her sentence. The 31-year-old woman was convicted by a jury Friday in the April 24 death of 21-year-old Katelyn Francis of Fairmont, West Virginia. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Police said George and her new husband emerged from Jimmy K’s Bar and Grille in New Brighton, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, when an argument broke out over who should drive home.

The defense said the handgun went off as George was trying to move it from her husband’s opened glove box to a deep center console to put it in a safe place.

“Tina George loved this girl,” said defense attorney Stephen Colafella, who urged jurors to acquit his client on the grounds of “excusable homicide by misadventure.”

“She’s left with the aftermath of this, just like everyone else in this room,” he said.

But Assistant District Attorney Brittany Smith said the gun was in the console and George was removing it from there when it went off.

“When you pick up that gun, your mind should tell you you have a duty of care to the people around you,” Smith told jurors.

After the verdict, she said relatives of the victim could now “go about their grieving.”


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Seven college-age people, some who came to Panama City Beach, Florida, for spring break, were wounded in a shooting, authorities said. Affiliate WMBB has more.


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Officers in Panama City Beach, Florida, met “complete chaos” when they tried to find out what happened in the shooting that left seven people wounded in or near one house on the beach’s main drag. FULL STORY