Kansas professor on leave after NRA tweet

September 20, 2013
Kansas
Professor on leave after NRA tweet

A University of Kansas journalism professor was placed on leave Friday for a tweet he wrote about the Navy Yard shootings which said, “blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”

David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism, made the comment on Twitter after Monday’s shootings in which a gunman killed 12 people. The tweet didn’t attract much attention until CampusReform.org posted a story Thursday, sparking a social media backlash. Some state lawmakers have called for Guth’s dismissal.

University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a statement Friday saying that “in order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment,” Guth was placed on indefinite administrative leave pending a review. His classes will be taught by other faculty members. Guth agreed Friday that the university’s action was appropriate in light of e-mail threats he and others at the university had received.

Associated Press

Illinois
13 wounded in Chicago shooting

Armed with an assault rifle, assailants indiscriminately sprayed a crowded Chicago park with bullets during a neighborhood basketball game. A 3-year-old boy was struck in the face, among 13 people wounded during the apparent gang shooting.

The attack Thursday night occurred between areas police have flooded with officers, demonstrating the difficulty of trying to contain all of the city’s gang hotspots. It also reignited outrage over the toll of Chicago’s gun violence and the inability of even stepped-up police action to prevent such incidents.

The shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, on the city’s southwest side, in Cornell Square Park, which was crowded with people watching a neighborhood basketball game and enjoying a warm late-summer night. Police said the assailants used a 7.62mm rifle fed by a high-capacity magazine.

Among those hit was 3-year-old Deonta Howard, who was shot in the face, and two teenagers, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old. Deonta was alert when he arrived at the hospital and was apparently doing well, his family and friends said Friday. He was in critical condition, as were two other shooting victims. The others were in serious or fair condition when taken to hospitals, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Associated Press

80 unaccounted for after flooding: Colorado officials overseeing search-and-rescue operations reported Friday that the number of people missing or unaccounted is now estimated to be about 80, down from 1,200 from last week when torrential rains dumped a year’s worth of rain on the eastern portion of Colorado in just days. The official number of dead has varied as more information became available. On Friday, the state said seven were confirmed dead, and three more people are missing and presumed dead. Vice President Biden is scheduled to visit the state on Monday.

Scheme to get iPhones leads to chaos: An overnight campout for the new iPhone turned chaotic Friday in Pasadena, Calif., when two men were arrested and charged with fighting outside an Apple Store and a man’s plan to hire homeless people to wait in line for the coveted devices backfired, authorities said. Dozens of people recruited at a downtown Los Angeles homeless shelter to buy iPhones in bulk at a Pasadena store were left unpaid, and they mobbed the man who had hired them, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.

— From news services

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