Sunday, July 26, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Morning fire in Philly house kills 2, hurts 5
PHILADELPHIA - A fire that ripped through a northeastern Philadelphia row house has killed a woman and a young boy and injured five other people, three of them critically.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers called the Saturday morning fire 'horrific' and 'fast-moving.' He said the woman and child were trapped on the second floor of the Frankford neighborhood home and died despite efforts by firefighters to reach them in the flames.
Ayers said four adults were taken to Temple Hospital, where two of the women were in critical condition. He said a child taken to St. Christopher's Hospital was also in critical condition.
Black scholar accepts White House meeting
BOSTON - Black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. said he will accept President Barack Obama's invitation to visit him at the White House along with the white police officer who arrested the Harvard professor.
Gates told the Boston Globe in an e-mail late Friday that he spoke to Obama and said he would meet with Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley. Gates said he hoped his arrest by Crowley leads to greater sensitivity on racial profiling and that it was time to 'move on.'
Smell of smoke forces plane's return to Boston
BOSTON - An American Airlines flight bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, returned to Boston for an emergency landing about an hour after takeoff after a spokesman said the smell of smoke was discovered in a rear bathroom.
American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner says Flight 1937 returned Saturday to Boston's Logan International Airport at 9:45 a.m. Wagner said none of the 185 people on board were injured.
Police: Fake officer tries to stop real officer
OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland police say a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over a real undercover officer and was arrested.
Police say 21-year-old Antonio Fernandez Martinez of Oakland was arrested Wednesday in the Fruitvale district after trying to pull over an unmarked police vehicle. Martinez was driving a Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with flashing lights, a microphone and speakers.