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Police in Central Texas fatally shoot stabbing suspect


GIDDINGS, Texas (AP) — Police fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing at least three people in a Central Texas city early Monday, authorities said.

KBTX-TV reported that the stabbings took place before 9 a.m. in Giddings, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) east of Austin. Authorities were investigating three separate crime scenes but have not released any other information about the circumstances of the attacks.

Giddings police fatally shot the suspect, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Deon Cockrell. The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.

Cockrell referred questions about the stabbing and a motive for the incident to Giddings police. A spokesperson for the police department did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Authorities have not released any information on the conditions of the stabbing victims.

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Who they were: Victims of the deadliest California wildfire


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 84 of the 85 victims of an unprecedented 2018 wildfire in Northern California. A report later released by the district attorney detailed how they died. The remains of two victims are still unidentified.

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Joyce Acheson, 78, of Paradise, was found inside her home. She had limited mobility and lived in an area that was closed off to public access, preventing any caregiver from getting to her.

Herbert Alderman, 80 of Paradise, had a severely sprained ankle that limited his mobility at the time of the fire. He made several phone calls to friends seeking rescue but was found inside his home.

Teresa Ammons, 82, of Paradise, died attempting to flee the fire. She was found outside her trailer with her purse nearby.

Rafaela Andrade, 84, of Paradise, could not walk without a walker, and did not have the ability to evacuate on her own. She was found inside her home.

Carol Arrington, 88, of Paradise, was found inside her home.

Julian Binstock, 88, of Paradise, was found with the remains of his dog in the shower of his home.

David Bradburd, 70, of Paradise, was near a power line knocked down by the fire outside his home.

Cheryl Brown, 75, of Paradise, was found in a recliner next to her husband, Larry Brown.

Larry Brown, 72, of Paradise, was found in a recliner next to his wife, Cheryl Brown.

Richard Brown, 74 of Concow, was found under his pickup truck outside his home, where he tried to hide from the fire.

Andrew Burt, 36 of Paradise, was found just outside the front passenger side door of a minivan with his dog. He was in the minivan trying to escape when the van was overcome by the fire. Three other vehicles with the remains of four other victims nearby.

Joanne Caddy, 75, of Magalia, was found inside her home.

Barbara Carlson, 71, of Paradise, was found inside her home. Her remains were commingled with those of her sister, Shirley Haley.

Vincent Carota, 65, of Paradise, a partial leg amputee who did not have a vehicle, was found inside his home.

Dennis Clark, Jr., 49, of Paradise, was found in the passenger seat of a car with his mother Joy Porter in the driver’s seat. Their car was in a line of three other vehicles with remains inside.

Evelyn Cline, 81, of Paradise, was physically immobile and unable to leave her home without help. He was was found inside his home.

John Digby, 78, of Paradise, was found inside his home.

Gordon Dise, 66, of Chico, was found inside his home. His daughter, who fled the house with him, said he went back inside for something and never made it back out.

Paula Dodge, 70, of Paradise, was found between two cars in the carport of her home. Her husband, Randall Dodge, was found deceased next to her. They were trying to flee the fire.

Randall Dodge, 66, of Paradise, was found between two cars in the driveway of his home with his wife, Paula Dodge.

Andrew Downer, 54, of Paradise, a wheelchair-bound amputee who was unable to drive, was found outside the front door of his home.

Robert Duvall, 76, of Paradise, was found in the passenger seat of his truck a third of a mile (half a kilometer) from his home. A second vehicle registered to him was nearby with the remains of his girlfriend, Beverly Powers, inside.

Paul Ernest, 72, of Paradise, and his wife tried to escape the fire by driving their ATV off road through a canyon. When their escape route was blocked by a rock formation, they were overtaken by the fire. Both were severely burned and airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center Burn Unit in Sacramento. Ernest died at the hospital nearly 9 months after the fire.

Rose Farrell, 99, of Paradise, was found on the front porch of her home, her wheelchair nearby.

Jesus Fernandez, 48, of Concow, was found on the ground between two vehicles.

Jean Forsman, 83, of Magalia, was found inside her home.

Ernest Foss, 63, of Paradise, was found with his oxygen tank outside his house. He had limited mobility and was attempting to flee the fire.

Elizabeth Gaal, 80, of Paradise, was found in her apartment.

Sally Gamboa, 69, of Paradise, was found in a clearing behind her home. She died while attempting to flee the oncoming flames.

James Garner, 63, of Magalia, was found inside his home after calling his sister and nephew multiple times.

Richard Garrett, 58, of Concow, was running from the fire when he was overtaken by the flames. He was found among trees.

William Godbout, 79, of Concow, was found inside his home.

Shirley Haley, 67, of Paradise, was found in her sister’s home, her remains commingled with those of her sister, Barbara Carlson.

Dennis Hanko, 56, of Paradise, was found in his home.

Anna Hastings, 67, of Paradise, who couldn’t drive because of severe scoliosis, was found inside her home.

Jennifer Hayes, 53, of Paradise, was found inside her house.

Christina Heffern, 40, Ishka Heffern, 20, and Matilde Heffern, 68, of Paradise, were found in their bathtub. The three generations of women had called 911 as the fire approached. Somehow the phone line remained open as the house, and the three women, burned as helpless fire dispatchers listened to their screams.

Dorothy Lee-Herrera, 93, was found inside her home with her husband, Louis Herrera.

Louis Herrera, 86, of Paradise, was found inside his home with his wife.

Evva Holt, 85, of Paradise, was found in a burned vehicle, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from her home.

TK Huff, 71, of Concow, was found inside his home. He only had one leg and generally used a wheelchair, which was found about 10 feet (3 meters) away. Evidence shows he tried to escape the flames by dragging himself along the ground.

Gary Hunter, 67, of Magalia, had limited mobility because of a stroke. He was found inside his home.

James Kinner, 83, of Paradise, was found inside his home.

Warren Lessard, 68, of Magalia, was found on the front porch of his home.

Dorothy Mack, 88, of Paradise, was found inside her home.

Sara Magnuson, 75, of Paradise, wrapped herself in a wet carpet and sheltered in the bathtub but she died there.

Dolores Joanne Malarkey, 90, of Paradise, was found in her home with her husband, John Malarkey.

John Malarkey, 89, of Paradise, was found inside his home with his wife, Joanne Malarkey.

Christopher Maltby, 69, of Paradise, was found in his home.

David Marbury, 66, of Paradise, was found in his apartment.

Deborah Morningstar, 65 of Paradise, was found inside her home. She was unable to drive.

Helen Pace, 84, of Paradise, who had medical issues that made it difficult to leave her home. She was found inside.

Joy Porter, 72, of Paradise, was found in the driver’s seat of her car with her son, Dennis Clark Jr., in the passenger seat. The car was in a line of three other vehicles with victims inside.

Beverly Powers, 64, of Paradise, was found in the driver’s seat of her boyfriend’s pickup truck owned by her boyfriend, Robert Duvall. It was in a line of three other vehicles with victims inside.

Robert Quinn, 74, of Paradise, was found inside his home.

Joseph Rabetoy, 39, of Paradise, was found inside his home. He had no means of escape as he didn’t have a vehicle.

Forrest Rea, 89, of Paradise, was found in his home.

Vernice Regan, 95, of Paradise, was found inside her home.

Ethel Riggs, 96, of Paradise, spoke with her grandson on the phone at least twice that day, telling him because the power was out she couldn’t get her car out of the garage. She said she could not reach the manual release for the garage door, and even if she could, she was not strong enough to raise the door.

Lolene Rios, 56, of Paradise, was found in the basement of her house with the remains of her four dogs and two cats.

Gerald Rodrigues, 74, of Paradise, was found in her home.

Frederick Salazar, Jr., 76, of Paradise, was found in his home with his wife, Phyllis Salazar.

Phyllis Salazar, 72, of Paradise, was found in her house with her husband, Frederick Salazar, Jr.

Sheila Santos, 64, of Paradise, was found inside her home.

Ronald Schenk, 74, of Paradise was found inside his home.

Berniece Schmidt, 93, of Magalia, was found in her home with the remains of her cat and a kitten.

John Sedwick, 82, of Magalia, was found on the front porch of his home.

Don Shores, 70, of Magalia, was found in a recliner in his home. The remains of his wife, Kathy Shores, were found in an adjacent recliner. The remains of two dogs and two cats were also there.

Kathy Shores, 65, of Magalia, was found in her home with the remains of her husband and their pets.

Judith Sipher, 68, of Paradise, was found in her home.

Larry Smith, 80, of Paradise, died of his injuries at UC Davis Medical Burn Center 17 days after the fire. He was found severely burned in the driveway.

Russell Stewart, 63, of Paradise, was found in his home.

Victoria Taft, 67, of Paradise was found in her home.

Shirlee Teays, 90, of Paradise, was found inside her home and appeared to be holding or hugging a framed photo.

Joan Tracy, 82, of Paradise, was found inside her home.

Unknown, Concow, the remains of an unknown victim were found commingled with the remains of another victim in Concow. Officials are still trying to identify them.

Ellen Walker, 72, of Concow, was found inside her home.

Donna Ware, 86, of Paradise, was found inside her home.

Isabel Webb, 68, of Paradise, was found inside her home.

Marie Wehe, 78, of Concow, was found inside a burned truck on the side of a lane near her home.

Kimber Wehr, 53, of Paradise, was found inside her home. She was unable to drive due to a neurological disability, and was unable to flee the fire on her own.

David Young, 69, of Concow, was found with the remains of two unidentified animals inside his minivan, which had crashed into a tree about a 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from his home, as he fled the fire. Evidence shows he crashed while fleeing the oncoming fire. An autopsy found he survived the crash, but was killed by the fire.

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Momentum grows in Congress for more FAA oversight of Boeing


Pressure is growing in Congress for at least modest changes in how federal regulators approve new passenger planes after two deadly crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max.

On Tuesday, two key senators on transportation issues proposed several changes that would increase Federal Aviation Administration’s direct role in the aircraft-certification process.

Their legislation would not end a decades-old practice in which the FAA relies on aircraft manufacturers’ own employees to certify the safety of systems on their planes. But it would require the FAA to select the people who do the safety work instead of letting the manufacturers pick them.

Supporters of the FAA’s reliance on employees of aircraft makers point to the safety record of U.S. airlines – no fatal crashes since 2009 – as proof that the policy produces safe planes. Critics say, however, that FAA approved the Boeing Max without fully understanding an anti-stall system that was later implicated in the crashes.

The new bill by the Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and the panel’s top Democrat, Maria Cantwell of Washington, would make other changes, too. It would require FAA to accept recommendations by federal safety investigators around safety standards for pilot training on modern, highly automated planes. Ordinary pilots for U.S. and international airlines would perform test flights of new planes, rather than leaving the work to highly specialized test pilots.

The measure is stronger than a bill that Wicker introduced two weeks ago and which was criticized by families of some of the 346 people who died in the Max crashes. House Democrats are working on their own proposal to overhaul FAA certification of passenger planes.

The FAA declined to comment. FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson is expected to be quizzed about the matter Wednesday, when he appears before the Senate committee to discuss FAA oversight of the aerospace industry.

The first Max crash occurred off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018. The FAA and other regulators grounded all Max jets in March 2019 after another one crashed in Ethiopia. An automated anti-stall system pushed the noses of both planes down based on faulty readings from sensors.

Michael Stumo, whose daughter died in the Ethiopia crash, said the FAA has refused to answer questions from the families about its approval of the Max.

“The FAA remains happy to be sidelined, rather than have direct involvement in certification,” he wrote in a statement to the Senate panel. “To this day, the FAA has not admitted any mistakes.”

Boeing has been rewriting software and making other changes to the Max. The company hopes to win approval to return the plane to service this year, pending a demonstration flight with FAA experts that has not yet been scheduled.

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Horrifying video, miraculous rescue: Dad’s truck flies off California cliff with girls inside


A security camera video overlooking Sunset Cliffs in San Diego shows a pair of headlights racing through a grove of trees toward the dropoff over the Pacific Ocean.

Then a pickup truck emerges from the trees and speeds directly off the cliff, sailing through the air before landing upside down on a rock with a tremendous splash, the video shows.

Officer Jonathan Wiese had been searching for the pickup truck following reports that a suicidal man planned to drive off a bridge with his twin daughters, KNSD reported. Then he heard a radio report of the Sunset Cliffs crash at 5 a.m. Saturday.

“Oh my God. What the heck? Please tell me the kids weren’t in there. Please tell me he dropped them off,” Wiese says he thought, according to the station.

Wiese arrived at the cliff moments later and spotted the father in the wrecked truck below, KSWB reported.

“I could see him and he had one of the girls in his arms, and I have a 2-year-old daughter at home so I imagined, what if that was my wife and kid down there?” Wiese said, according to the station. “You’re not going to stand there on the cliff and watch it happen.”

Wiese, who is a K9 officer, used a 100-foot leash to lower himself down the cliff with the help of other officers, then swam over to the father and 2-year-old twin girls, KSWB reports.

“By the time I got to him, he had pulled both girls out of the truck and was now holding them trying to tread water and with the waves and just not having his hands — he kept going under with the girls,” Wiese said, KFMB reported.

Recalling his Marine Corps rescue training, Wiese swam back to shore pulling the father, who was still clinging to his daughters, KSWB reported.

Other officers used the leash and a backpack to pull the girls up the cliff to an ambulance, KNSD reported. A helicopter later hoisted the father to safety.

“That’s probably the most heroic thing I’ve seen in my 32 years,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, KSWB reported.

A GoFundMe account established for the two girls and their mother says their father had taken them without permission and sent messages saying she would not see them again. “Both the girls are in stable condition at a local hospital,” according to the GoFundMe page.

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Ferguson’s first black mayor to be sworn in Tuesday night


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri town that became synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown will swear in its first black mayor Tuesday night.

Ella Jones, 65, defeated City Council colleague Heather Robinette, who is white, 54% to 46% to win the three-year term in an election on June 2. Term limits prohibited the incumbent, James Knowles III, from seeking a fourth term.

Jones will be sworn in Tuesday night at City Hall, and a second ceremony is planned for Wednesday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis office in Ferguson.

She inherits leadership of one of America’s most high-profile small towns.

Brown, 18, was fatally shot by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during a street confrontation on Aug. 9, 2014. Some people near the scene initially said the black teenager had his arms up in surrender, and protests lasted for months.

Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing by both a St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice, and he resigned in November 2014. But a Justice Department investigation of Ferguson’s police and court practices led to a consent agreement requiring significant reforms that are still ongoing.

Ferguson was the site of renewed protests earlier this month, after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. Floyd was a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving.

More than a dozen Ferguson businesses were damaged in the latest round of protests, and Jones has said that one of her first priorities will be to seek grants to help those businesses recover.

Jones was elected to the council in 2015 and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2017.

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UN nations to elect new Security Council members Wednesday


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is holding elections Wednesday, including for two hotly contested seats on the U.N. Security Council.

Five new council members are elected every year and this year Canada, Ireland and Norway are battling for two Western seats and Kenya and Djibouti are competing for one African seat. India is running unopposed for the Asia-Pacific seat and Mexico is running unopposed for the seat for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Security Council is the U.N.’s most powerful body and has five permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — and 10 members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms, with seats allocated to regional groups.

Winning a seat on the council is considered a pinnacle of achievement for many countries because it gives them a strong voice on issues of international peace and security ranging from conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Ukraine to the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and Iran to attacks by extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, countries running for Security Council seats often invited ambassadors for lavish visits to their nations, put on dinners and held receptions with entertainment, and sent senior government officials around the globe lobbying for votes. But the virus has curtailed all of that since March.

Normally, ambassadors from the 193 U.N. member states would meet in the horseshoe-shaped assembly chamber at U.N. headquarters overlooking New York’s East River and vote by secret ballot for new Security Council members. But because of the coronavirus, member states adopted a new procedure of voting at the assembly during spaced-out time slots starting at 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday to avoid a large gathering and ensure social distancing.

Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that in addition to voting for the council seats, ambassadors or their representative will elect new members of the U.N. Economic and Social Council and his successor as head of the General Assembly.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to work under extraordinary conditions to overcome the myriad of challenges facing us,” Muhammad-Bande said. “Indeed, the forthcoming elections represent our common commitment to ensuring the uninterrupted continuation of the important work of the United Nations, in accordance with the values and principles of the United Nations Charter.”

The General Assembly presidency rotates by region every year and there is only one candidate to lead the assembly’s 75th session starting in September — Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, selected by the Western Europe and other states group.

The 18 candidates for seats on the economic council are all running unopposed. They are Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe from Africa; Indonesia, Japan and Solomon Islands from Asia-Pacific states; Bulgaria from Eastern Europe; Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico from Latin America and the Caribbean; and Austria, France, Germany, Portugal and the United Kingdom from the Western group.

Muhammad-Bande is expected to announce the initial results sometime Wednesday afternoon, and additional rounds of voting may be needed.

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‘Live from Here,’ successor to ‘Prairie Home’ show, canceled


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — American Public Media Group announced Tuesday it has canceled musician Chris Thile’s “Live from Here” radio show, the successor to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The media organization said it was ending national production of Thile’s show while cutting 28 staffers at American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio.

American Public Media Group said the coronavirus pandemic “has created economic turmoil and uncertainty for all media organizations,” and said it “is confronting a large and unexpected financial challenge resulting from a dramatic and simultaneous decline in some of our revenue sources.”

Thile took over as “Prairie Home” host in 2016 after Keillor, the popular, long-running public radio show’s creator and original host, retired and chose Thile — a mandolin whiz who appeared on “Prairie Home” as a teenager — as his successor. The show was later renamed “Live from Here” after MPR cut ties with Keillor in 2017 over a sexual harassment allegation that Keillor denied.

Thile tweeted that he was informed over the weekend that APM would no longer be producing the show.

“While this news fills me with sadness, I understand the decision, as my extraordinary teammates and I conceived of Live From Here as a celebration of live, collaborative audible art, and there’s just no telling when it could be that again,” Thile posted on Twitter.

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‘Shocked and devastated’: Seattle Pacific gymnastics coach Sarah Jean Marshall says her program was cut without warning


When she walked into Monday’s meeting, Sarah Jean Marshall
was the head coach of the Seattle Pacific University women’s gymnastics team.
She was also one of its most accomplished alums, an eight-time All-American and
three-time captain who was named Division II Gymnast of the Year in 2007. She
had poured 15 years of her life into Falcon gymnastics — four as an athlete, 10
as an assistant and one more as head coach.

When she left, her position — and the program — both ceased
to exist.

SPU announced publicly on Monday afternoon what Marshall learned on Monday morning: that its women’s gymnastics program had been discontinued, effective immediately. The Falcons Gymnastics Center will also cease operations and will no longer host youth camps, and the accompanying club team will no longer be sponsored by SPU.  

A university release stated that “the decision to
discontinue gymnastics came following an extensive review of the state of that
sport in the NCAA Division II structure. Although the assessment and decision began
prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and rests on its own merit, the adverse effects
(of) the pandemic on the program’s funding model expedited this decision.”

At no point did that “extensive review” include Marshall.
She told The Times in a phone interview on Monday that she believed the purpose
of the in-person meeting — her first with SPU’s leadership since the COVID-19
quarantine began — was to discuss reopening campus and the program’s
facilities.

Instead, it was the opposite.

“We had no (prior) conversations surrounding gymnastics being dropped,” said Marshall, who was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation coach of the year in March. “There were no considerations of making adjustments to our program. It was a very quick (meeting) process with no room for conversation. I don’t feel that I’ve been given any clear, definite reasons why this decision was made at this time.”

When asked on Tuesday why Marshall was not consulted during the aforementioned program review, SPU athletics director Jackson Stava said that “certainly I understand coach Marshall’s concern and frustration by not being a part of the process of making this decision. However, with the incredibly sensitive nature of a decision like this, university leadership just didn’t feel that it would be effective to have Sarah be a part of it.

“Certainly if the decision were being made based on actions of her team or actions of her coaching staff — their performance, their culture — absolutely we would have engaged her. But this review was more about the long-term future and viability of gymnastics for us at Seattle Pacific.”

That review, Stava said, was conducted by “athletics leaders along with the senior leadership team on campus, a select group of faculty and then ultimately the board here at SPU.”

As for Marshall, she had weekly Zoom meetings throughout the COVID-19 quarantine with an associate athletics director, and there was never any hint or suggestion that the program might be in peril. On the contrary, “We were planning for the future,” she said. “We were making plans for how to reopen the gym and doing all of these things that just don’t make sense when this big of a decision is about to occur.”

Which made the results of Monday’s meeting all the more unfathomable
— and not just for Marshall.

“My first thought went to my student-athletes — the pictures
of their faces just coming up in my mind and imagining what this news was going
to mean to them, flipping their lives in an insane way,” she said. “It was
really important for me to be able to support them and be there for them in
such a difficult time, obviously at the same time still processing myself and
trying to figure out what this means.

“We did have a Zoom call where our AD spoke to them and shared the news. You could see that they were shocked and devastated. This is an opportunity that they worked really hard for that’s just being stripped from them.”

Added Stava: “Certainly (Monday) was the hardest day that I’ve had as a professional, to this point, without question. With that being said, I fully understand that no one has empathy for me today, and I wouldn’t expect that. I understand the impact this has on so many, as do all of those involved in the decision, and that’s what made it so hard.”

Until Monday, SPU’s women’s gymnastics program consisted of Marshall, assistant coaches Kaytianna McMillan and Ellen Smith, team manager Zahra Lawal and 20 student-athletes. In April, McMillan was named the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association’s assistant coach of the year.

The university release stated that scholarships for Marshall’s student-athletes — including grants awarded to incoming students beginning in fall 2020 — will be honored. SPU gymnasts seeking to continue their careers at another institution will be released without penalty and are free to transfer immediately.

But the effects of Monday’s decision will also be felt outside
the program.

“This is not just SPU gymnastics. It’s also Falcon
gymnastics,” Marshall said. “We run a club inside of our gym in our facility,
and that has benefited thousands of families over the years. It’s an outreach of
the university. It’s a direct line of connection between the neighborhoods
surrounding and beyond that to our campus. We have hundreds of families coming
here every day.

“For those families to see what SPU is all about, that is
like a daily vision for them to see firsthand, ‘This is SPU. This is loving and
caring and encouraging and striving for your goals.’ Those doors are closing,
and that affects all of those families as well. I know that they’re all
struggling with the news a lot.”

Marshall is understandably struggling as well. Her words on
Monday were punctuated with deep, pained pauses — with tears and strained sighs.
With pride and disappointment. She mourned the end of something that meant so
much to so many — a program that produced three team national champions, 32
individual national championships and 221 All-America awards since its
inception in 1974.

And, more importantly, a program that produced great people.

“We have our share of athletic success, but I think the
defining aspect of this program is the people who graduate — our alumni, our
athletes who go on to do big things,” Marshall said. “I have been very lucky to
be a part of that, and that is not something that I want to see end.”

On Monday, the end arrived without warning. And
unfortunately, that’s not unique. The Associated Press reported on May 30 that 97 teams had
been cut by four-year colleges this offseason in the continued wake of COVID-19.
The sudden recession has already caused considerable casualties throughout
college athletics.

As for gymnastics, the sport has experienced significant
downsizing at the Division II level. Only five other DII schools sponsor
women’s gymnastics, and those nearest to Seattle are more than 2,000 miles away
— in Texas and Missouri. From a financial standpoint, Monday’s result is
unsurprising.

But Marshall says that she deserved to have a voice in the decision.

“Absolutely, I wish it was a conversation that could have been had,” she said. “It was stated that this was a conversation that had been going on for a long amount of time, and I think it’s pretty irresponsible for an athletic department and university to have this depth of discussion without considering other perspectives and other knowledge.

“As a coach, you
know most about your program. If there were changes that needed to be made,
those needed to be voiced and communicated. But that was not the case.”

Instead, it’s all
over. Starting Tuesday, SPU’s former gymnasts will attempt to make sense of their
circumstances. Some will transfer. Others will stay. And Marshall will move
forward.

But she’ll never
forget.

“I have a 2-year-old
and a 3-year-old, so they’re the center of my world,” she said. “I’m grateful
that I have the support of an amazing husband, and I know that we’ll be OK.

“But that will never
take away from the pain of this decision.”

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Giants kicker arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run crash


CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Alcohol is suspected in a hit-and-run crash that led to the arrest of New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas in Northern California, authorities said Tuesday.

Rosas, 25, allegedly failed to stop for a red light and plowed his Chevrolet SUV into the side of a pickup truck Monday in the city of Chico, the California Highway Patrol said.

Rosas kept driving and then walked away from the SUV when it broke down, the CHP said in a statement. He was arrested a short time later on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Rosas’ hands, legs and bare feet were covered in blood when officers found him, officials said.

“Alcohol impairment is believed to a factor in the collision,” the CHP statement said.

Witnesses told investigators that shortly before the crash the Chevy SUV was passing traffic over double yellow lines at speeds topping 100 mph (160 kph), authorities said.

Rosas, who’s from Chico, joined the Giants in 2017 and was selected for the Pro Bowl a year later.

“We are aware of the situation and have been in contact with Aldrick,” the Giants said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”

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