Teachers shouldn’t be armed because ‘most are women,’ says Alabama lawmaker

Republican State Rep. Harry Shiver (64th District) said Alabama lawmakers need to protect “our ladies” by not arming teachers because most of them are females who are “scared of guns.”

“I’m not saying all [women], but in most schools, women are [the majority] of the teachers,” he told AL.com. “Some of them just don’t want to [be trained to possess firearms]. If they want to, then that’s good. But most of them don’t want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun.”

The comments were made while Shiver was discussing a bill sponsored by fellow Republican state lawmaker Will Ainsworth (District 27), which would allow school districts in the state to arm trained, certified teachers on school campuses.

“I’ve heard…that 75 percent of Republicans support [the bill], but I was there live and in person and I know what it is like in the schools,” said Shiver. “Most women wouldn’t like to be put in that position. I know from South Alabama, they wouldn’t.”

It didn’t take long for Twitter to respond to Shiver’s remarks, calling them outdated, sexist, and stereotypically Alabaman. One person responded with an “are you f**king kidding me” and a “hey Alabama, where do you get these guys?”

“Alabama state representative Harry Shiver stated that teachers shouldn’t be armed because most teachers are women…well, I guess that should be considered progress for Alabama,” one person wrote.

“Well, after all he is from Alabama. I lived in that miserable state for 4 years. Most of the women I met owned their own guns and handled them extremely well,” Twitter user @Old_Privateer wrote, countering sexism with a regional stereotype.

“Damnit (sic) Harry! You were so close!” tweeted @zacharyado, agreeing with Shiver’s sentiment, but not his rationale.

One person stated that Shiver’s comment proved it was time for the 71-year-old to retire. “Everyone gets to the point in their life when it’s time to retire. State Rep. Harry Shiver has announced his…” Twitter user @wvwarcht wrote.

User @damien_field tweeted in agreement, albeit using harsher terms. “Harry Shiver sounds like he is senile or trolling,” he wrote.

Another person seemed to agree, saying that Shiver was “showing his age,” and gender stereotypes in Alabama go the other way around.

The very women Shiver says he wants to protect also chimed in. “As both a woman and an Alabamian, I’d be happy to show Rep. Harry Shiver how to carry,” @annakatclarke wrote.

“I am a woman in Alabama. I do not believe we should arm teachers because that’s so incredibly stupid. However, he must not have been raised here. Because come on, people, this IS Alabama. There are probably more guns than people here. Women in Alabama shoot guns. Often,” said @christyallison.

Perhaps the most ironic thing about Shiver’s comment is that he was a physical education teacher for 32 years in Bay Minette, Alabama. And he doesn’t appear to be a woman.

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Car drives into Kent nightclub, multiple injuries reported

A number of people have been injured after a driver steered his car into the entrance of Blake’s nightclub in the town of Gravesend in northwest Kent, England, according to police. Posts on social media show a car inside the club and emergency vehicles crowding outside. Police, fire and rescue service crews were dispatched to the scene on Queen Street.

Another video from the scene appears to show angry partygoers trying to break into the car after it stopped inside the nightclub. (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE)

Kent police say the driver is believed to have been kicked out of the nightclub following a brawl inside. He has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Witnesses say the bouncers tried to stop the car from crashing into the club, shouting at the driver to no avail. One of the guards attempted to drag the man out and managed to open the vehicle’s door, but it continued to move, hitting another guard.

“Another security guard tried to jump out of the way but he went onto the bonnet and hit the windscreen,” a witness told the Sun.

As the incident unfolded, the guards told the revelers to hide in the back of the club, where they stayed for some 15 minutes,another witness said.


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Car drives into Kent nightclub, injuries feared

Multiple injuries are feared after a driver steered his car into the entrance of Blake’s nightclub in the town of Gravesend in northwest Kent, England. Posts on social media show a car inside the club and emergency vehicles crowding outside. Police, fire and rescue service crews were dispatched to the scene on Queen Street.


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Texas massacre: Police discover ‘ritual animal sacrifice,’ at least 11 arrested

Bexar County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched around 7pm to the 11400 block of Bronze Sand Road after neighbors called in to report animals being slaughtered with knives.

After arriving on the scene, they stumbled upon a dozen people inside a garage and witnessed a woman dismembering an animal of unknown origins. Another person was found draining chickens’ blood into a container, Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez stated.

“It appears that they were having some sort of unknown ritual,” Gonzalez said, according to The San Antonio Express-News. “They were speaking a different language the officer did not recognize.” The language was neither English nor Spanish.

Police were also surrounded by grisly keepsakes such as the heads and appendages of dead goats and chickens, as well as other animals. More animals with multiple injuries and disfigurements were found throughout the home.

Several neighbors offered their frightening accounts of the incident as it happened.

“It sounded like a man moaning, but I heard the goat. It didn’t sound like it was coming from a human,” Gabriel Benavides told KSAT.

“[I was] very shocked because it is not something you hear every day, so it is not something that happens here,” Tony Jimenez said. “I understand people got freedom of religion, but that kind of stuff doesn’t need to happen here.”

At least 11 people have been detained and will face misdemeanor charges of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

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Florida St. gets shot to avenge loss to Xavier

Xavier stunned third-seeded Florida State last year in the NCAA Tournament but Sunday — a year to the day after that upset, the Seminoles get their chance at payback.

The teams meet in a second-round NCAA Tournament game with their roles reversed as the Seminoles look to halt Xavier’s dream season in a second-round matchup at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Having received a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history, Xavier opened its postseason run with a 102-83 victory over Texas Southern on Thursday night.

Florida State drew an eight seed after going 20-10 in the regular season with a 9-9 record in ACC play. The Seminoles knocked off No. 8 Missouri in the first round.

“Our guys were connected defensively early in the game,” Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We were able to get some significant stops and deflections and steals that gave us some easy opportunities. A lot of that is because Missouri’s similar to us in terms of youthful inexperience.

“But tomorrow’s game is different because we’re playing against an extremely experienced team with a lot of quality depth, a team that’s very well connected together, and that we’re going to have to be a little sounder defensively.

“We’re going to have to execute a lot better offensively because this team has earned the right to be a No. 1 seed.”

The Musketeers return largely the same cast that pulled off last year’s upset and were bolstered by the efforts of graduate transfer Kerem Kanter and sophomores Tyrique Jones and Sean O’Mara.

“I think they’re better than they were last year, because they’re older, more experienced,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “They have basically the entire team coming back, maybe with the exception of a couple role players. I think they’re older, more mature.”

Florida State lost two of its bigger stars to the NBA Draft, including lottery selection Jonathan Isaac.

“I see a team that plays for one another, that plays together,” Mack said. “I think it’s a much better sum of its parts team than maybe a year ago.

“That’s no disrespect to the guys that were on the team a year ago, but that’s sort of what happens when guys start to climb up the draft boards and they feel like they’re auditioning in March a little bit.

“So we just have to worry about keeping those guys, as best we can, out of the lane and off the glass and then handling ball pressure that we’re going to see tomorrow.”

Mack wasn’t sure if Naji Marshall would be ready to go Sunday night. The freshman forward played only 16 minutes before heading to the bench with back tightness and did not take part in the Saturday practice session.

“We’re hopeful that he’ll be well enough to play tomorrow,” Mack said. “But I’m not trying to be coy. I just don’t know. Hopefully, his back loosens up over the next 24 hours.

“The good thing is, as you guys know who have had lower back problems or any type of problem physically, usually feel a little bit better at night than you do in the morning, so I’m glad our game’s later on in the evening.”

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Russian heavyweight Volkov KOs UFC legend Fabricio Werdum

Volkov, the 29-year-old Moscow native who made his UFC debut in 2016, once again proved all of his skeptics wrong after he won a tactical victory over the legendary Brazilian in the main event fight of the UFC Fight Night in London, England.

Facing Werdum, an experienced grappler and jiu-jitsu master, the 6’7″ Russian didn’t rush to show his best in the first rounds, most likely deliberately giving up the beginning of the bout to his much older opponent.

The 40-year-old Brazilian was much more successful in the debut of the fight, taking down Volkov numerous times and striking him with the very dangerous ground and pound. However, even in this position, Volkov did not hesitate to fight back, using his much longer arms to his advantage.

During one of those exchanges, Drago managed to swell and cut Werdum’s right eye, leaving his opponent with a limited vision. While Volkov most likely lost the first three rounds by points to the Brazilian, he then capitalized on the advantages he had created over the visibly tired and one-eyed Werdum. The Russian landed a series of clean punches in the second minute of the fourth round, knocking his opponent out fair and square.

Victory over Werdum, who was ranked third in the UFC’s heavyweight division, can elevate Volkov, who sat at the seventh position coming to this bout, to the fight for the championship title. And Drago didn’t make a secret of his ambitions after the victory.

“It doesn’t matter who it will be, I want the title shot,” Volkov said during the post-fight interview in the Octagon.

“Maybe Cormier, maybe Miocic. Who knows? I am here for the belt.”

Volkov also paid respect to his downed opponent, who he described as his friend coming into this fight.

“Of course, it was a great win, Fabricio Werdum is a legend of our sport.”

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Officials concluded 'there were no safety concerns' about crack in Florida bridge hours before collapse

Three hours before six people were killed when a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami, it has emerged that engineers and state and officials from Florida International University (FIU) concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern. 

The admission by the university sparked fury among relatives of some of the victims who were crushed to death when it fell onto their cars, 

The meeting involved FIGG, the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management (MCM), which installed the $14.2m (£10.1m) bridge, the institution said.

A FIGG engineer “concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge,” FIU said in a statement.

Three hours later, the bridge collapsed, it added. 

Joe Smitha, whose 18-year-old niece Alexa Duran was killed by the falling structure, raged against what he called “complete incompetence” and a “colossal failure”.

“Why they had to build this monstrosity in the first place to get children across the street?” he said. “Then they decided to stress test this bridge while traffic was running underneath it?”

Rolando Fraga Hernandez and his gold Jeep Cherokee were pulled from the wreckage on Saturday. Later, the bodies of Oswald Gonzalez, 57, and Alberto Arias, 54, were found inside a white Chevy truck.

Navarro Brown was also pulled from the rubble and later died at the hospital.

News of the meeting between engineers and officials followed a revelation that the engineer overseeing the bridge, which linked the FIU campus with the city of Sweetwater, had called a state official two days before the collapse to report cracks.

However, the voicemail message from FIGG’s lead engineer Denney Pate, including his assertion that the cracking posed no safety issue, was not retrieved until a day after the tragedy, according to the state transportation agency.

Mr Pate did not immediately respond to email queries.

In the message, he said his team had observed “some cracking” at one end of the bridge and that repairs were warranted, “but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there, so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective.”

He added: “Obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that.”

Agencies contributed to this report

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Marshall, West Virginia battle for state supremacy

SAN DIEGO — After sparking Marshall’s first NCAA Tournament victory, Jon Elmore enjoyed the well-wishing tweets from some better-known point guards, players such as Chris Paul and D’Angelo Russell.

Now the upset darlings aim to make more history against a familiar team that owns volumes of it.

“It’s awesome for the university, but we’re not satisfied,” Elmore said on the eve of the Herd’s second-round game against the state’s flagship program, West Virginia (25-10). “Us being from West Virginia allows us to play with more of a chip on our shoulder and play with that extra edge.”

Elmore’s 27 points led an 81-75 upset of Wichita State, and the 13th-seeded Herd (25-10) will be double-digit underdogs again Sunday night at Viejas Arena. That venue sits 2,300 miles west of the Charleston Civic Center, where Marshall and WVU met every season from 1993 until 2016.

“You talk to everybody back home, half of the state’s population is probably flying out here right now for the game,” Elmore said.

Mixing deep shooting range with crafty spins around the basket, Elmore enters as the nation’s ninth-leading scorer (22.9 per game). He’s sure to face constant harassment from Jevon Carter, the reigning NABC Defensive Player of the Year.

“He can score many different ways,” said Carter, whose tight defense limited Murray State’s Jonathan Stark to 1-of-12 shooting in the opener. “We’re going to key in on him, team defense, just like we did against Murray State.”

Whereas “Press Virginia” frequently aims to speed up opponents into reckless turnovers, Marshall already embraces a freeway-style attack, playing at the seventh-fastest pace in the country, according to KenPom.

Coach Dan D’Antoni, taking cues from the rapid-fire offense his brother Mike utilized in the NBA, encourages players to shoot loose and quickly. With C.J. Burks, Ajdin Penava and Elmore combing for more than 58 points per game, the Herd ranks 10th in scoring and sixth in 3-point attempts.

“They do a terrific job with spacing,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “I think Danny probably does as good of a job of spacing as anybody we have in coaching.”

D’Antoni said he favors his free-flowing system precisely for matchups like this against physically superior talent. He joked about scouting West Virginia with his eyes closed after noticing how big they were.

Could crisp passing and a spread floor could mitigate the talent gap and propel Marshall into the Sweet 16?

“We’re not as athletic and big, but they’re not as fast as that ball,” he said. “So we can get the ball moving it will give our 3-point shooters angles to get ’em off. Now you get two, we get three, you get two, we get 3, you get 2, we get 3, we win!”

West Virginia leads the series 33-11, winning nine of the last 10.

As fans talk smack and the buzz swells back in the Mountain State, Carter shrugged off the local storyline. He said there’s no better motivation than leading West Virgina to its third Sweet 16 in four seasons.

“Don’t matter,” he insisted. “This is March. We’re here to win a national championship. It just happens that we just matched up against Marshall. Don’t matter who it is. We’re going to come to play.”

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Purdue begins life without Haas vs. Butler

DETROIT — Sunday’s second round game in the East Regional between No. 2 seed Purdue and No. 10 seed Butler will be a rematch from regular season non-conference play, but will feature two drastically different teams than the previous matchup.

Purdue (29-6) defeated Butler 82-67 in the Crossroads Classic on Dec. 16, and on Friday defeated 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton 74-48 to advance to the round of 32.

But the first-round victory came with a cost in starting center Isaac Haas.

The 7-foot-2 senior, widely regarded as one of the best low-post scorers in the country, fractured his right elbow in the second half of Friday’s win after colliding with the hardwood having just secured a defensive rebound.

Purdue athletics released a statement shortly after the conclusion of Friday’s game confirming the fracture, and announced Haas would miss the remainder of the season.

“He’s been great for our program,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said of Haas. “He’s worked really hard. When guys get to this moment, this is their time, and now that’s been obviously taken away from him. But it’s part of competition, and the next guy’s got to be able to step up and play.”

The Bulldogs (21-13) may also be limited Sunday as guard Paul Jorgenson is listed as a game-time decision because of an ankle injury. Jorgenson, the team’s third-leading scorer at 10.3 points per game, scored only three points in 10 minutes during Butler’s opening-round victory over seventh-seeded Arkansas on Friday.

The Bulldogs handled the higher-seeded Razorbacks, winning 79-62 after jumping out to an early 21-2 lead. Butler shot almost 50 percent for the game and outrebounded Arkansas 45-25.

Butler guard Kamar Baldwin, who had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists against Arkansas, said the team still has a lot prepare for even if Haas is not on the floor.

“I don’t know if he’s going to play or not, but we know they’re a really good team with him or without him,” Baldwin said. “We’re going to prepare either way and be ready to go tomorrow.”

Haas averaged 14.7 points per game and 5.7 rebounds this season, and had nine points and 10 rebounds Friday. He participated in a limited number of drills during the Boilermakers’ Saturday practice and is reportedly wearing a brace, but Painter dismissed the possibility of Haas returning to action.

“He’s trying to convince me, but it is what it is,” Painter said. “His future is more important.”

Without Haas, Purdue’s depth in the post is in question. The likely replacement in the starting rotation is 7-foot-4 freshman Matt Haarms, who averaged 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 16.6 minutes off the bench. Haarms, more of a rim protector than an inside scorer, is fifth among the nation’s freshman in blocked shots.

Approaching Sunday’s rematch, Painter seemed unconcerned when discussing an adjusted game plan without Haas in the mix.

“He only plays half the game for us anyway,” Painter said. “In our last game, Matt Haarms played 27 minutes in the game, so we’re used to playing half the game without him anyway, so it doesn’t change much.”

First-year Butler coach LaVall Jordan believes his team has improved considerably since its initial matchup with Purdue in December.

“I think we are a lot more fluid offensively,” Jordan said. “At that point in time it was pretty choppy … And then I think defensively we’ve gotten a lot stronger, a lot more solid, a lot more aware, a lot more connected on that end of the court, where we’ve had from that point on, once we got in the Big East play, we’ve had some really solid defensive performances.”

The Bulldogs seemed locked in defensively against Arkansas, holding the Razorbacks to 35.7 percent shooting, including 22.2 percent from 3-point range.

Even without Haas in the lineup, Purdue’s perimeter shooting can be difficult to contain. The Boilermakers rank second in the country in 3-point field goal percentage at 42 percent — the best among any team in the NCAA Tournament — and with rotation changes likely to take place in light of Haas’ injury, Jordan discussed the potential of facing a lineup with five perimeter scoring threats.

“The decision you have to make on our side is, are you going to match it? Or are you going to try to play advantage basketball with your post?” Jordan said. “I think we’ve got to prep for all of it and make a game-time call as you’re in the moment and see what’s best if they do do that, how you’re going to counter it.”

The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the Sweet 16 and play No. 3 seed Texas Tech or No. 6 seed Florida at TD Garden in Boston. Both teams advanced to the Sweet 16 last year, and Butler seeks consecutive trips for the first time since its back-to-back National Championship appearances in 2010 and 2011.

The Boilermakers made the Sweet 16 in 2009 and 2010, their first back-to-back appearances since 1999 and 2000.

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Murray to visit with Dolphins

Running back DeMarco Murray will visit with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Murray, who was released by the Tennessee Titans on March 8, visited with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week.

Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2014, recorded career lows for rushing yards (659) and yards per carry (3.6) despite starting 15 games in 2017. He was also hampered by injuries and was inactive for the Titans’ two playoff games season because of a knee injury.

Murray rushed for a league-best 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground.

A third-round draft pick of Dallas in 2011, Murray’s production dipped to 702 yards on 193 carries with Philadelphia in 2015 before rebounding to churn out 1,287 yards and nine rushing TDs with Tennessee in 2016.

Kenyan Drake took over as Miami’s lead back in 2017 following the trade of Lamar Miller and rushed for 644 yards and three scores.

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