Tennessee Declares End to 1892 Coal Creek War
STATE NO LONGER AT WAR WITH MINERS
NEWSER) – Some 121 years after the Coal Creek War broke out, Tennessee has officially declared an end to hostilities with coal miners enraged by the use of convict labor to replace free workers. A peace treaty to end the labor uprising was signed this month at a fort where Tennessee National Guardsmen battled striking miners, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports.
At least 27 miners were killed and hundreds more arrested during the insurrection, which brought down the governor and led to an end of the convict-leasing system. Students from the nearby Briceville Elementary School played home-made instruments as the treaty was signed. “This is a really great way to involve young people in history,” said a Republican state senator at the ceremony, wearing a green bandana like those worn by the miners.
New Bridge Collapses; NTSB Warns Many More at Risk
TRAIN CARS DERAIL, SLAM INTO OVERPASS IN MISSOURI
(NEWSER) – The nation’s bridges and overpasses are proving particularly vulnerable to having their support systems knocked out, with a highway overpass in Missouri becoming the latest victim, reports the AP. The span partially collapsed yesterday after a train derailment sent rail cars smashing into support columns, causing two 40-foot sections to buckle with two cars on the overpass. “You’re driving down the road and the next thing you know the bridge is not there,” says the sheriff in Scott County. “It could have been really bad.” The 15-year-old overpass was structurally sound, but simply couldn’t withstand the impact, he said. Seven people were injured, none seriously.
The Missouri accident comes as the NTSB is warning that a similar bridge collapse in Washington needs to serve as a wake-up call. “This is a really significant event and we need to learn from it, not just in Washington but around the country,” says an investigator. She says the NTSB expects to spend about 10 days investigating the collapse, with an eye on whether it could be replicated at structures nationwide. “At the end of the day it’s about preventing an accident like this,” she says.
Alaska Cops Call Attack Worst They’ve Ever Seen
ELDERLY COUPLE MURDERED, 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL ASSAULTED
NEWSER) – Police in Anchorage, Alaska, have been shaken by a horrific and apparently random attack on an elderly couple and the great-granddaughter they were babysitting. Investigators say registered sex offender Jerry Active murdered Touch Chea, 73, and his wife, 71-year-old Sorn Sreap, and sexually assaulted the 2-year-old girl in their care, the AP reports. The elderly woman was also sexually assaulted. Says a police department rep, “They said this was the worst thing they had ever seen in their lives, and these are seasoned detectives.”
Active, 24, was arrested after family members came home and apparently found him in the house in his boxer shorts; the child’s father reportedly ran after and punched Active, who was apprehended by police one block away, theAnchorage Daily News reports. Police say the couple were killed by “blunt force trauma” after the suspect broke into the apartment through a window. A 90-year-old woman who was also in the apartment was apparently unharmed, but has been unable to communicate with police due to her dementia. The toddler has had surgery. A judge, calling the crime chilling “beyond words,” set bail for Active at $1.5 million.
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