Here are the stories making headlines for Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
1. Belleville Housing Ordinance: The new controversial ordinance passed with a 13 to 3 vote,and while some were excited about the idea others say it`s a form of racial profiling of blacks in the city. After almost a year of debate, ordinance 7715 a ‘crime-free’ housing ordinance was on the city council agenda Monday night, and it passed.
2. Road Rage Fatal Accident: A Road rage incident may have lead to a fatal accident on Sunday. Jeffrey Rynders of Alton, 25, is facing several charges, including Aggravated DUI Causing Death in connection with a fatal crash that claimed the life of 66-year-old Gary Wright ofWood River, Illinois.
3. Dooley Losing Support: The largest coalition of organized labor unions in the St. Louis region has pulled its support from embattled St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. Citing questions about an FBI probe of a contract for helping build the new county crime laboratory, the St. Louis Labor Council has withdrawn its support for Dooley.
4. Headless Horseman: Bobby Akers, Jr. is an artist and writer from O’Fallon, Missouri who’s created a graphic novel called, “Vengence of Sleepy Hollow: Origins.”
5. Emergency Responders: check out water rescue training takes place at Six Flags.
6. Navy Yard Shooting How did this happen?: He had baggage. Not to mention a violent past. He drove to the Navy Yard yesterday with his military contractor ID and parked. He entered a building, perched above an atrium and started firing down. Twelve people died. How did Aaron Alexis make his way into one of America’s most secure places with two rifles and a handgun? That’s one of the many, many questions that lingers after the tragic day
7. Quiet. Smart. Angry: A picture is beginning to emerge of the Navy Yard gunman. But not a motive. He was from New York. He spoke Thai and practiced Buddhism. He worked as a Navy reservist for five years until 2011. He was discharged for misconduct. He couldn’t control his anger. He was arrested before because of guns. But it’s what we don’t know about Aaron Alexis that troubles. Something he may have taken to the grave: Why?
8. Navy Yard Victims The dead, the living and the waiting: The dead ranged in age from 46 to 73. All 12 of them, were Navy Yard contractors. Civilians. Another 8 were wounded but lived. They’ll be treated like soldiers of war — meaning, they can seek treatment at a U.S. military hospital. And like soldiers, those who survived are left with horror stories. A Navy commander says he was standing next to a man who was shot in the head. Others were struck in the legs, the shoulder, the head, and rushed to surgery. But the military said it may take days to account for all the wounded. And at least one woman, Jacqueline Alston, said she was waiting for word about her husband. He is a custodian there. And as of Monday night she had not heard from him: “Right now, I’m asking God to let me hear that voice, to let me see that man again.”
9. “Indisputable” “War Crimes”: The report is in. And now the United Nations is talking tough. After reading his inspectors’ report, chief Ban Ki-moon said there was “indisputable” evidence that chemical weapons were used against civilians in Syria on August 21. Some 1,400 people died, the U.S. says, and Ban called the attack a “war crime.” The world cannot tolerate it, he said. It was the “worst use of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century,” he said. So who committed the attack, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or the rebels? That, the report won’t say. But it did say the rebels don’t have the rockets that were used to transport the deadly sarin. So what’s next? Some countries will push for the U.N. to OK a plan to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons. Some will not.
10. The Secretary of explaining stuff: That is what President Obama calls Bill Clinton. And now the former president stops by to explain Obama’s Syria policy to CNN’S Fareed Zakaria. Clinton gives his take on dealing with Russia. He answers whether Russian President Vladimir Putin can be trusted and whether it’s a good thing to arm the rebels. Tune in for these surprising answers.
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