meadowlark lemon passed sunday at age 83


Ex-Globetrotters Star Meadowlark Lemon Dies

PHOTO: Meadowlark Lemon, left, teases #33 Bob Godsey of the Washington Generals on Feb. 15, 1975.NY Daily News/Getty Images
Meadowlark Lemon, left, teases #33 Bob Godsey of the Washington Generals on Feb. 15, 1975.

Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of basketball’s barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83.

Lemon’s wife and daughter confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, Globetrotters spokesman Brett Meister said Monday. Meister did not know the cause of death.

Though skilled enough to play professionally, Lemon instead wanted to entertain, his dream of playing for the Globetrotters hatched after watching a newsreel of the all-black team at a cinema house when he was 11.

Lemon ended up becoming arguably the team’s most popular player, a showman known as much for his confetti-in-the-water-bucket routine and slapstick comedy as his half-court hook shots and no-look, behind-the-back passes.

A sign of his crossover appeal, Lemon was inducted into both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the International Clown Hall of Fame.

“My destiny was to make people happy,” Lemon said as he was inducted into the basketball hall as a contributor to the game in 2003.

Lemon played for the Globetrotters during the team’s heyday from the mid-1950s to the late-1970s, delighting fans with his skills with a ball and a joke. Traveling by car, bus, train or plane nearly every night, Lemon covered nearly 4 million miles to play in over 100 countries and in front of popes and presidents, kings and queens. Known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball,” he averaged 325 games per year during his prime, that luminous smile never dimming.

“Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I’ve ever seen,” NBA great and former Globetrotter Wilt Chamberlain said shortly before his death in 1999. “People would say it would be Dr. J or even (Michael) Jordan. For me it would be Meadowlark Lemon.”

Lemon spent 24 years with the Globetrotters, doing tours through the racially torn South in the 1950s until he left in 1979 to start his own team.

He was one of the most popular athletes in the world during the prime of his career, thanks to a unique blend of athleticism and showmanship.

Playing against the team’s nightly foil, the Washington Generals, Lemon left fans in awe with an array of hook shots, no-look passes and the nifty moves he put on display during the Globetrotters’ famous circle while “Sweet Georgia Brown” played over the loudspeaker.

He also had a knack for sending the fans home with a smile every night, whether it was with his running commentary, putting confetti in a water bucket or pulling down the pants of an “unsuspecting” referee.

“We played serious games too, against the Olympic teams and the College All-Stars,” Lemon said. “But that didn’t stop us from putting the comedy in there.”

Lemon became an icon in the 1970s, appearing in movies, including “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,” numerous talk shows and even a stint in the cartoon “Scooby Doo,” with Scatman Crothers doing his voice.

After leaving the Globetrotters, Lemon started his own team, The Bucketeers, and played on a variety of teams before rejoining the Globetrotters for a short tour in 1994.

Lemon spent the last years of his life trying to spread a message of faith through basketball. He became an ordained minister in 1986 and was a motivational speaker, touring the country to meet with children at basketball camps and youth prisons with his Scottsdale-based Meadowlark Lemon Ministries.

“I feel if I can touch a kid in youth prison, he won’t go to the adult prison,” Lemon said in 2003.

He never lost touch with his beloved sport. Lemon said he rose every day at 4 a.m. and, after prayers, headed for the gym to run sprints and practice shooting.

“I have to keep that hook shot working,” he said.

Born in 1932, Meadow George Lemon III — he lengthened his name after joining the Globetrotters — didn’t have money for a basketball when he was young, so he rigged up a makeshift hoop in his backyard in Wilmington, North Carolina. Using a coat hanger and onion sack for the basket, he made his first shot with an empty milk can.

Lemon first contacted the Globetrotters before his high school graduation and joined the team in 1954. He missed a game in 1955 because of a bad bowl of goulash in Germany, but that was the last one. What followed was a run, by his calculations, of more than 16,000 straight games that took him to places he never could have imagined.

“I was one of the most fortunate athletes that ever lived,” he said. “I was able to watch history.”

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Holiday Food/Product/Service Giveaways

On Thursday November 19th there will be a truck located with Thanksgiving baskets for the community at the Walgreens parking lot on Hampton and Hopkins. This give a way will start at 8:00AM.


Free Blankets for Babies

This thanksgiving season the Owners of Discount Dollar located at 7835 West Burleigh want to make sure that babies will be kept warm as their Parents travel with them and put them to sleep at night this winter So this thanksgiving season Discount Dollar wants to give back to the community through their Blankets for Babies Community Give away.

If you have a baby between the ages of birth to 9 months, stop by Discount Dollar between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 PM Monday – Saturday to receive a free blanket for your baby.
Discount Dollar is located at 7835 West Burleigh Street. Blankets are available while supplies last. One blanket per person and family.


Pastor Terrence Barton & The Christ Ministries Church Family will be giving away free turkeys this Thanksgiving holiday season on November 21, 2015 at 3803 North 11th Street, side door, lower level. You must call in order to reserve your turkey. Please contact them at 414-406-3743. First come, first serve basis. One Turkey per family. Call for more details.


Free Thanksgiving Meals Giveaway

St Gabriel’s Church of God in Christ will be giving away 250 turkeys and the trimmings and 500 additional meals including whole chickens and the trimmings on Wednesday, November 18th at 4:00 p.m.

St. Gabriel COGIC is located at 5375 North 37th Street off of 37th & Custer. This is a first come, first serve basis.


Free Community Health Fair
Hosted by
Port of Missions Outreach
7833 West Capital Drive Lower Level, Milwaukee, WI 53222
November 17th – 21st, 2015
Target Audience: Everyone
Contact Michelle Trotter at 414-446-1604


Amber Alert cancelled: Three-year-old girl found SAFE, suspect in custody, SUV recovered


MILWAUKEE — An Amber Alert was issued on Sunday night, November 15th for a critically missing three-year-old girl — who went missing when the SUV she was in was stolen on the city’s north side. Police said shortly after 11:00 p.m., the Amber Alert had been CANCELLED, and the girl was FOUND SAFE. A 32-year-old suspect is in custody.

Three-year-old Aubri Degeffered was found in Lake Mills, Wisconsin by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office — acting on information from citizens.

Police say the suspect vehicle, that red Volvo SUV, was located and recovered in Jefferson County.

We’re told the three-year-old girl’s family was en route to Jefferson County late Sunday to be reunited with the girl.

Police said earlier Sunday the SUV involved in this Amber Alert situation was later involved in an attempted strong armed robbery in Brookfield.

Milwaukee police said three-year-old Aubri Degeffered was inside that SUV when it was stolen near 49th and Chambers around 6:50 p.m. on Sunday.

Police released photos of the red Volvo SUV Degeffered was in when it was stolen, and the suspect in this case:

Police say the suspect approached the red Volvo SUV and forced the driver out — fleeing in the car with the child inside.

The vehicle that was stolen was described as a red, four-door, 2013 Volvo XC60 SUV.

Brookfield police said later they’re investigating an attempted strong armed robbery that occurred on W. Bluemound Road on Sunday evening — and police said the suspect in that crime is believed to be the same suspect who stole the Volvo SUV near 45th & Chambers.

Brookfield police say the attempted strong armed robbery occurred near Bluemound and Janacek Road around 7:30 p.m.

That’s about 50 minutes after the SUV was stolen near 45th and Chambers.

Brookfield police say the attempted strong armed robbery suspect arrived and left in the Volvo SUV with Wisconsin plates: 409-XBP.

Again — the Amber Alert has been cancelled, and the three-year-old girl has been found safe. A suspect is in custody — and the red Volvo SUV was located in Jefferson County.

This investigation is ongoing — and charges are expected to be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.



Missouri football players show the power of unity through boycott

Nathan Fenno Contact Reporter Los Angeles Times

Until the late-night tweet over the weekend announcing a boycott by dozens of University of Missouri football players, efforts to oust President Tim Wolfe because of racial tension at the campus in Columbia, Mo., received scant attention.

The unusual pledge by the football players to skip all team activities in the middle of the season transformed the protest into a national story. Less than 48 hours later, Wolfe resigned.

The situation provided the most public example yet of the growing boldness by college athletes to leverage their positions to affect change on campus and beyond.

“I look at this as certainly a watershed moment,” said B. David Ridpath, a former college administrator who is professor of sports administration at Ohio University. “I think this is an incident that will make athletes realize that … ultimately they have the power.”

“I think this will be a turning point where players really witnessed the type of power they can display,” said Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA football player who is president of the reform-minded National Collegiate Players Assn. “Every time a player stands up, I think it gives the next player more confidence to do so.”

There are plenty of examples of activism in sports, although typically it has taken more subtle forms. After the recording of Donald Sterling denigrating African Americans became public in April 2014, Clippers players piled their warm-up jackets on the court and turned their shirts inside out to hide the team’s logo before a game. In December, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and other NBA players wore “I can’t breathe” T-shirts to draw attention to the death of Eric Garner earlier in the year. The same month, several NFL players raised their arms during pregame introductions in a gesture meant to honor Michael Brown.

Protests in college sports in recent years have come against the backdrop of lawsuits, health concerns and contentious attempts to reform the NCAA.

Upset over deteriorating facilities and long bus rides to games, Grambling State football players registered a weeklong protest in October 2013 that included not attending practice and forfeiting a game against Jackson State.

A series of tweets in May by former Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic alleging that coach Tim Beckman pressured players to play while injured led to the coach’s firing in August. The school released Monday a 1,267-page investigation in the matter and fired Athletic Director Mike Thomas.

More than two dozen football players wrote “APU” — shorthand for All Players United — on their gear in September 2013 to protest the NCAA’s treatment of athletes. Football players at Northwestern tried to form a union in 2014 to collectively bargain with the school, but three months ago the National Labor Relations Board denied the effort. Huma helped to organize both efforts, but he wasn’t involved in the Missouri boycott.

“The power players would have if they would unite would lead to NCAA reforms,” Huma said.

What occurred at Missouri is different than many of the previous protests around college sports in recent years, both in scope and the potential reverberations in schools around the country.

Missouri’s athletic department quickly and publicly supported the boycott, even though it briefly jeopardized Saturday’s game with Brigham Young. Coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a photo showing scores of players and coaches with somber faces and linked arms. The team’s four-game losing streak and 4-5 record seemed far away.

“The Mizzou Family stands as one,” said the tweet, which received nearly 30,000 retweets and likes. “We are united. We are behind our players.”

Although the game will go ahead as scheduled, Ridpath believes the effect could extend far beyond the Missouri campus. The idea of a major-college sports team mounting an effective boycott is no longer an abstract one. It happened and it worked.

“I think there’s some nervousness and trepidation in the hallways [at NCAA headquarters] in Indianapolis and throughout America,” Ridpath said. “If the athletes sit down, then the games aren’t going to happen. There’s nothing that any multimillion-dollar coach, college sports athletics director or booster can do.”


House elects Paul Ryan as the next speaker

October 29, 2015, by and ,

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday morning elected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, as the next speaker of the House.

Ryan, 45, who was nominated by Republicans a day earlier, received 236 votes on the floor. The nine-term congressman needed 218 votes to win the election.

A handful of Republicans voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, who also ran for speaker.

Most Democrats voted for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to be the next speaker. One Democrat voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and a few other members received votes. The speaker does not have to be a member of Congress.

“I never thought I’d be speaker, but early in my life, I wanted to serve this House,” Ryan said in a speech from the floor. “We are wiping the slate clean.”

He reiterated his goal to return the House to “regular order,” giving committees the lead in drafting major pieces of of legislation.

“We will not duck the tough issues. We will take them head on,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s wife and three children watched from the speaker’s box as well as other family members and friends, including 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney. Ryan was Romney’s running mate.

He became the 54th speaker of the House as he was sworn in, with his hand placed on his own New American Standard Bible that he uses for weekly bible study, his aide said.

The gavel Ryan will use in his leadership post is the same one he used as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which he had led since January.

Ryan moved to Washington in 1992. For his first job, he worked for then Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wisconsin, as an aide on the Senate Small Business Committee. After a few more jobs on and off Capitol Hill, Ryan moved back to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1998 and won his first election to the House at the age of 28.

He became chairman of the House Budget Committee in 2011 where he developed multiple conservative budget blueprints.

In 2013, he struck a bipartisan budget deal to alleviate sequestration spending caps with then-Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Washington. The House passed a similar deal on Wednesday that lifts spending ceilings over two fiscal years and raises the debt ceiling through mid-March 2017.

Before Ryan’s election, Speaker Boehner, R-Ohio, delivered a brief farewell speech from the House floor Thursday morning, bringing a box of tissues to the dais.

Under his leadership, Boehner said the House has passed major entitlement reforms that will save trillions of dollars, protected Americans from tax increases and banned earmarks entirely.

“I leave with no regrets, no burdens. If anything, I leave the way I started. I’m just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job,” Boehner said.

Boehner recalled that a young man campaigned for him during his first race for the House in 1990. It was Paul Ryan, who was a student at Miami University at the time.

“Paul is being called,” Boehner said. “I know he’ll serve with grace and with energy.”

Ryan’s election comes a few days before Boehner is set to resign from Congress and after House Republicans spent weeks searching for the next speaker.

In early October, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, shocked Capitol Hill when he announced his decision to withdraw from the speaker’s race.

Ryan had officially entered the race last Thursday after receiving the backing of two major GOP caucuses and a supermajority of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

“Paul is being called,” Boehner said. “I know he’ll serve with grace and with energy.”

Ryan’s election comes a few days before Boehner is set to resign from Congress and after House Republicans spent weeks searching for the next speaker.

In early October, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, shocked Capitol Hill when he announced his decision to withdraw from the speaker’s race.

Ryan had officially entered the race last Thursday after receiving the backing of two major GOP caucuses and a supermajority of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

Chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. But GOP leaders, rank and file, and Republicans outside of the Beltway pushed Ryan to run.

Boehner now plans to submit letters of resignation to both Ryan and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He will officially resign from his seat at the end of the day on Saturday.

On Wednesday, after his fellow Republicans nominated him, Ryan told reporters that he would deliver a new vision for the Republican Party.

“This begins a new day in the House of Representatives,” Ryan said. “Tomorrow, we are turning the page. We are not going to have a House that looked like it looked the last few years.”


Biden Won’t Seek Democratic Nomination, Clearing Clinton’s Path

Bloomberg –

Vice President Joe Biden won’t seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ending months of deliberation and speculation and clearing the path for Hillary Clinton.

The long process of grieving over the death of his son Beau has closed the window on any chance of mounting a presidential campaign, Biden said in a hastily arranged announcement Wednesday from the White House Rose Garden. President Barack Obama and Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, stood at his side.

“I couldn’t do this if the family wasn’t ready. The good news is the family has reached that point,” Biden said. “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination.”

Biden made the decision last night following months of deliberation and consultations with a close circle of advisers, according to a person close to the vice president. His announcement clarifies the choice before the party’s voters even as Clinton faces a challenge from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and two other Democrats who are trying to position themselves as an alternative to the former secretary of state.

Clinton called Biden after the vice president’s announcement at the White House, her spokesman said, and in a statement, she called Biden “a good man and a great vice president.”

Past and Future

At 72, Biden has likely run his last campaign for elected office. He may be considered for secretary of state or other presidential nominations or appointments should Democrats prevail in next year’s general election. Biden served as a U.S. senator for 36 years and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 and 2008 before becoming Obama’s running mate.

He said he would continue to advocate for his policy priorities in the 2016 race, including limiting the influence of wealthy people in campaigns, reducing higher-education costs, bolstering middle-income families and reworking the tax code.

Speaking Out

“I will not be silent,” Biden said Wednesday. “I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence, as much as I can, where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation.”

On the eve of his announcement, Biden spent the day at a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale and had a private lunch with Obama. At the tribute, he praised Mondale and former President Jimmy Carter for empowering the vice presidency and turning it into more of a partnership — and casting his own relationship with Obama in those terms.

As he has at other recent events, Biden sought to frame his legacy and try to set some terms for the Democratic race. During a panel discussion, Biden recast how he counseled Obama about the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He said he wasn’t against the strike, as Clinton and even Biden himself had previously suggested. Instead, he said Tuesday that had sought to buy Obama time and space to decide while privately supporting a raid.

Obama’s Record

Biden spoke repeatedly about how close he and Obama are and how no other Cabinet official had the same bond. And he emphasized his view that any Democrat who considers Republicans to be the enemy is naive, an indirect jab at Clinton who said at last week’s Democratic debate that she considered Republicans among her enemies.

Looking ahead to the campaign, Biden said the Democratic nominee should carry the banner of the Obama presidency into the general election.

“This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the Obama legacy,” Biden said in the Rose Garden. “Democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record, they should run on this record.”

Biden always left open the possibility of running in 2016 when Obama’s second term was up. The vice president saw his eldest child, Beau, a military veteran who served as Delaware’s attorney general and planned to run for governor, as the successor to his political legacy and a future presidential contender.

Son’s Diagnosis

Beau’s diagnosis of brain cancer in August 2013 put the vice president’s own political considerations on the back burner, and when the cancer came back after a remission, it proved fatal. Beau died in May at age 46, devastating Biden and his wife and leaving him focused on his family through a long, sad summer.

He said today that he would spend the remainder of his vice presidency pressing for legislation “to end cancer as we know it today.”

“I know there are Democrats and Republicans on the Hill who share our passion to silence this deadly disease,” he said. “If I could be anything, I would have wanted to have been the president who ended cancer, because it’s possible.”

The National Institutes of Health, a government agency that finances about $30 billion in biomedical research each year, expects to dedicate about $5.4 billion in 2015 to cancer work. That figure is more or less unchanged since 2011.

Campaign Toll

Biden and his aides were confident he was better poised for a presidential bid after seven years as Obama’s understudy than in his two previous attempts, and felt that he better represented Democratic Party ideals than Clinton and could be less divisive in a general election. But was Biden emotionally ready for the toll of a campaign?

“Its obvious to me that the pain is very deep within him,” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said in an interview at the Capitol shortly after Biden’s announcement. “I think he did the right thing.”

Those close to him saw a shattered man. But in an Aug. 1 column in the New York Times, Maureen Dowd reported that Biden was “talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in” and that at the end of his life Beau sought to convince his father to run. An outside group, Draft Biden, was formed to raise money and lay organizational groundwork. And Biden ramped up his private and public dialogue, including meeting on Aug. 22 with Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and Wall Street critic embraced by many party liberals.

At the same time, he was up against societal forces of change and a hunger in the Democratic Party for the first woman president to follow the first black president. He also faced a formidable opponent in Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, who was amassing talented operatives, major donors and an organizational structure as Biden focused on and later grieved for his son.

Nor did there seem to be a hunger among voters for Biden to enter the race. In a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll, Biden placed a distant third behind Clinton and Sanders.

Biden lacked a strong base of support in Iowa, the first caucus state and the place where his 2008 bid died. If he were to run, his success would hinge on winning South Carolina. Even then, his path likely would have required sizable portions of the Democratic establishment to abandon Clinton.

Biden’s third place showing in most polls has “more to do with how strong her and Bernie’s hold is on their voters,” said Joe Trippi, a chief strategist for Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean in 2004 and John Edwards in 2008. That, he added, would have made it harder for Biden to go on the attack against his potential rivals.

“He’s going to go out at an all-time high, and everybody’s heart is with him all the way,” Feinstein said.

“To a great extent the die is cast” in the Democratic nomination, she added. “It’s one thing if our nominee — or if Hillary, for example, were going down. She isn’t, she’s going up.”


Milwaukee Bucks player John Henson alleges racial discrimination at Whitefish Bay jewelry store

Oct. 20, 2015 12:10 p.m.

Whitefish Bay – Milwaukee Bucks player John Henson claims he was the victim of racial discrimination at a Whitefish Bay jewelry store Monday.

In this Instagram post, the 6-foot, 11-inch center/forward said he went to Schwanke-Kasten Jewelry, 417 E. Silver Spring Dr. during regular business hours Monday. To his surprise, store employees locked the door and told him to go away. He said he rang the doorbell twice, but did not get an answer.

Shortly afterward, the Bucks player said two Whitefish Bay police officers questioned him about his vehicle, which was part of his endorsement deal with Kunes Country Chevrolet. They asked him why he was at the store, and he said he wanted to look at a watch. The officer then went in the back of the store, and told the employees they could come out from the back of the store, Henson said.

“This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Henson wrote.

Henson’s Instagram post has sparked a surge of criticisms against Schwanke-Kasten on social media.

Tom Dixon, the president of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelry, said in a statement that he has met Henson before, and there is no excuse for how the Bucks player was treated.

“John Henson is a valued member of the Bucks basketball organization and a valued member of the Milwaukee community,” he said. “We believe that everyone – professional athlete or not – deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I have reached out to the Bucks organization and hope to sit down directly with John Henson to look one another in the eye, shake hands, and apologize for what he experienced.”

Dixon said the employees’ reaction was based on a security scare that occurred on Friday. The jewelry store has also been robbed in recent years.

On Friday, a store employee said they received phone calls on Thursday and Friday inquiring how much of a specific type of merchandise was in stock, as well as the store’s closing time. As a precaution, the employee closed the store 30 minutes early and notified the Whitefish Bay Police Department.

As the store was closing, a Whitefish Bay police officer parked in front of the jewelry store. The officer saw a red Chevrolet Tahoe park in front of the store, and then four individuals walked up to the door. The lights in the store were turned off, but the four people talked with an employee inside the store, according to the police department.

The officer noted the Tahoe had dealer plates that were not registered to the vehicle. Police contacted the dealer, but an employee at the dealership did not recognize the vehicle or the occupants. The officer asked the car dealership employee how a person could acquire these dealer plates, and the employee said it’s possible somebody stole the plates, according to the police department.

The officer informed a Schwanke-Kasten employee that the the plates were potentially stolen, and that they should call the police if the vehicle returns.

On Sunday, Dixon requested Whitefish Bay police provide extra watch at his store, due to a recent burglary at a Green Bay store that sells Rolex watches. When the Red Tahoe returned at 1:20 p.m. Monday, store employees called the police.The employees kept the store locked, as it always is during business hours. An officer ran the license plate, and the computer system said there was no vehicle attached to the plates.

Whitefish Bay police officers talked with Henson, who said he was there to buy his first Rolex. Henson said every time he tries the door, it’s locked and they don’t let him in the store. One of the officers asked him about his dealer plates, and Henson said Bucks players get vehicles from the dealership.


The officer called dispatch to request that a Schwanke-Kasten employee come to the front door. The employee requested that an officer come to the back door, and then the officer informed the employee that the man plays for the Bucks. The employee requested that an officer stand by as Henson looked at Rolexes, but the officers refused and left the store, according to police.


Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college, killing 7

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20, authorities said.

The shooting happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland. The local fire district advised people via Twitter to stay away from the school.

State police Lt. Bill Fugate told KATU-TV that seven to 10 people were dead and at least 20 others hurt. A photographer for the Roseburg News-Review newspaper said he saw people being loaded into multiple ambulances and taken to the local hospital.

Andrea Zielinski, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, told The Associated Press: “There’s no more threat.”

She would not say whether a suspect was apprehended or dead.

The school has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the college was not immediately returned.

Neither state police nor the sheriff’s office immediately returned calls from The Associated Press seeking details.

The sheriff’s office reported on Twitter that it received a call about the shooting at 10:38 a.m. Students and faculty members were being bused to the county fairgrounds, the sheriff’s office said.

“We locked our door, and I went out to lock up the restrooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus,” UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O’Neill told the News-Review.

Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg reported that it had received nine patients from the shooting, with more on the way.

The White House said President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation by his Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco. He was to continue receiving updates throughout the day.

A spokeswoman for the Oregon department that oversees community colleges in the state said she had not received any detailed information about the shooting.

“It’s extremely concerning and sad,” said Endi Hartigan, spokeswoman for the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

The rural town of Roseburg lies west of the Cascade Mountains in an area where the timber industry has struggled. In recent years, officials have tried to promote the region as a tourist destination for vineyards and outdoor activities.

© Aaron Yost/Roseburg News-Review/AP


Scott Walker steps down, but not without aiming a final insult at Donald Trump

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker‘s White House aspirations ended Monday, as the struggling candidate announced plans to leave the race for GOP nominee at Madison’s Edgewater Hotel.

“I believe it’s time for me to lead by helping to clear the GOP field,” Walker said, citing his faith and Biblical examples of leadership.

In the brief public statement, he also returned to another campaign tenet: his admiration for Ronald Reagan, and the former president’s optimism and faith in the American people.

“Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican Party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America,” Walker said. “Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks. In the end, I believe the American people want to be for something, and not against someone.”

The reference was clearly aimed at frontrunner Donald Trump, whose bombastic style has been blamed in part for Walker’s rapid descent in the polls.

Walker offered a similar call to end divisiveness between fellow Republicans during the GOP debates. Nonetheless, he earned nearly no traction in the polls on that national stage at the same time Trump saw a meteoric rise.

His fall is all the more stunning given Walker’s early lead. The governor captured attention and wide praise from Iowa’s Republican base when he debuted there this spring. Reports suggest Walker pulled out in the face of campaign funding concerns, following an unsuccessful attempt to buoy his foundering campaign.

The immediate reaction from supporters Monday was surprise — not so much at the announcement as its suddenness.

“It is shocking that it happened this rapidly,” said Jim Barry III, a Milwaukee commercial real estate brokerage owner and Walker supporter.

Barry is among a cadré of Wisconsin business executives who’ve supported Walker from this gubernatorial run on through his bid for the presidential nomination. Locals with direct ties include campaign chairman Michael Grebe, president and CEO of the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, and Jon Hammes, of Brookfield’s Hammes Co., who served as finance co-chair for the campaign.


Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone dies at age 60

Three-time NBA MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia, at the age of 60.

The Virginia medical examiner’s office said Monday that Malone died of natural causes, listing the cause of death as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Det. Jeffrey Scott of the Norfolk Police Department confirmed that Malone died in a Norfolk hotel room. Malone’s body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Known to his legions of fans as the ‘Chairman of the Boards,’ Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court.

“… He was among the most dominant centers ever to play the game and one of the best players in the history of the NBA and the ABA. Even more than his prodigious talent, we will miss his friendship, his generosity, his exuberant personality, and the extraordinary work ethic he brought to the game throughout his 21-year pro career. Our thoughts are with Moses’ family and friends during this difficult time.”

Malone, named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, was the Finals MVP in 1983, as he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the title.

“Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball,” the 76ers said in a statement Sunday.

The 6-foot-10 center averaged a double-double — 20.6 points per game and 12.2 rebounds — while playing for eight teams over 20 NBA seasons and led the league in rebounding six times — including five straight seasons from 1980-85.

His 16,212 rebounds still rank fifth on the NBA’s all-time list, while his 27,409 career points rank eighth. The 12-time All-Star also holds NBA records for offensive rebounds in a career (6,731), season (587) and game (21).

“When I talked to his son [Moses Malone Jr.] this morning, he couldn’t get it out,” former Houston Rockets teammate John Lucas told ESPN. “I kept saying, ‘What are you saying?’ And he told me. … I was shocked. Moses was one of the best people that I had ever met. … A true professional, on and off the court.”

Malone joined the 76ers in 1983 and added his third MVP award while leading the 76ers to that championship after making his famed “Fo’, Fo’, Fo’,” prediction that the Sixers would win their playoff series in four-game sweeps.

He wasn’t far off: The Sixers lost just one game in that postseason before sweeping the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Malone winning finals MVP award after averaging 26 points in that postseason.

“No one person has ever conveyed more with so few words — including three of the most iconic in this city’s history,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said. “His generosity, towering personality and incomparable sense of humor will truly be missed.”

Malone’s death comes shortly after the passing after another 76ers center, Darryl Dawkins.

Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and attended the induction ceremonies for the year’s class in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend before returning to his native Virginia.

The Lakers released a statement lauding Malone.

“Moses Malone was a fierce and noble competitor, and he will always be linked with Lakers playoff history,” said the Lakers’ statement, also attributed to the Buss family. “We mourn his passing today and send our condolences to his family and loved ones.”

ESPN Staff Writer Calvin Watkins and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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