, May 27 (Reuters) – Youthful contestants in
the Scripps National Spelling Bee reacted with a combination of
shock and awe to some of the words they were assigned as the
annual competition began on Wednesday.
Jeremy Ortmann, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Hobe Sound,
Florida, recoiled and laughed in disbelief when asked to spell
“gesamtkunstwerk,” a German word for a perfect work of art.
, May 27 (Reuters) – The Scripps National
Spelling Bee got under way on Wednesday with some of the 285
contestants vying for the title and $35,000 in prizes happy to
get easy words in the starting round.
After preliminary rounds, the finals on Thursday night will
be televised by ESPN. The winner receives $35,000, savings bonds
and other prizes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Baltimore rioting over the death of a black man from injuries in police custody is spurring Maryland lawmakers to take action on criminal justice reform after legislation stalled in the statehouse.
Legislators hope that the death of Freddie Gray, 25, can galvanize the Democratic-controlled state Assembly after bids for reforms, especially one that would alter a state law giving police special rights, went nowhere in the last legislative session.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion last week has been taken into custody, police said late on Thursday.
Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police said just before midnight local time that the man, identified as 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint, had been apprehended. Police did not immediately provide additional details.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – A grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of a black man who suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, a case that touched off angry protests and a day of looting and arson in the Maryland city.
The charges, including a count of second-degree murder against one of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, were announced on Thursday by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of aircraft violations and breaching some of the world’s most restricted airspace.
Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday. His April 15 stunt was aimed at drawing attention to the need for campaign finance reform.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion is believed to be in Brooklyn, New York, and formerly worked for the executive’s company, police said on Thursday.
The bodies of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, son and housekeeper were found inside the multimillion dollar house in a neighborhood near Vice President Joe Biden’s official residence last week after a fire that police call “very suspicious.”
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – A new video has surfaced revealing a key part of the arrest of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore black man whose death from injuries sustained in police custody sparked riots and led to a federal investigation.
The video, shot by a bystander and posted on the Baltimore Sun’s website on Wednesday, shows officers putting Gray in leg shackles and handcuffs before placing him in a police van head first and on his stomach.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bullying in U.S. schools fell to a record low in 2013, with 22 percent of students reporting being bullied, the U.S. Education Department said on Friday.
The figure had hovered at 28 percent or higher in biennial student surveys since 2005, the department said in a statement. The number is based on school crime data for students ages 12 to 18 compiled for the Justice Department.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maine Governor Paul LePage urged Congress on Wednesday to speed up hydropower and natural gas projects by streamlining rules, saying his state and the U.S. economy needed quicker approval of energy proposals.
LePage told a House energy subcommittee that the soaring price of electricity had cost Maine hundreds of jobs. He also said the state’s 1.3 million residents had paid an extra $3 billion to heat and power homes over the last two winters.