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Student kills teacher, hurts 2 boys at Nev. school
Oct 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

Oct. 21, 2013 Associated Press

SPARKS, Nev. — A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police and the victim's family said.

Twenty to thirty students witnessed the tragedy at Sparks Middle School that also left the lone suspected gunman dead, police said.

It's unclear whether the student committed suicide, but authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement. Police said between 150 and 200 officers, including some from as far as 60 miles away, responded to the shooting.

"In my estimation, he is a hero. ... We do know he was trying to intervene," Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said of the teacher who was killed, who initially was identified only as a staff member.

Family members identified him as math teacher Michael Landsberry, a 45-year-old military veteran who leaves behind a wife and two stepdaughters Read More

President Warren G. Harding denounces the rise of lynchings - 1921
Oct 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

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President Warren G. Harding

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 21, 1921, President Warren G. Harding delivers a speech in Alabama in which he condemns lynching, which were illegal hangings committed primarily by white supremacists against African Americans in the Deep South.

Guildford Four were released from prison - 1989
Oct 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 19, 1989, the Guildford Four, convicted of the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford and Woolwich, England, are cleared of all charges after nearly 15 years in prison.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono were arrested on drug charges - 1968
Oct 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 18, 1968, John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drug possession at their home near Montagu Square in London, England. The arrests came at a tempestuous time for the couple. Only days earlier, an announcement was made that Ono was pregnant, creating a scandal because both Lennon and Ono were still married to other people. Her pregnancy ended in a miscarriage a few days after the arrest.

$2.5M Settlement in Pa. 'Kids for Cash' Scandal
Oct 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

Oct. 18, 2013 Associated Press

Three companies behind private juvenile detention and treatment facilities at the heart of a juvenile justice scandal in northeastern Pennsylvania have settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.

The settlement involving claims brought by thousands of juveniles against PA Child Care, Western PA Child Care and Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp. was granted preliminary approval in federal court.

Two former Luzerne County judges are serving lengthy prison terms in connection with the "kids for cash" scandal. Prosecutors say children were locked away in the facilities, often for minor offenses, by judges who took illegal payments from the facilities' builder and co-owner.

The two sides will now ask U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo for final approval.

Former Luzerne County judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy. His former colleague Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge and was sentenced to more than 17 years. Read More

Texas Rangers were established - 1835
Oct 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 17, 1835, Texans approve a resolution to create the Texas Rangers, a corps of armed and mounted lawmen designed to guard the frontier between the Brazos and Trinity Rivers.

Luby's Cafeteria shooting rampage - 1991
Oct 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

Luby's

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 16, 1991, George Jo Hennard drives his truck through a window in Luby’s Cafeteria in Kileen, Texas, and then opens fire on a lunch crowd, killing 23 and injuring 20. The rampage at the Central Texas restaurant began at approximately 12:45 p.m. and lasted about 15 minutes.

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