USA Today crime, disaster, breaking news reporter, past president of National Press Club, traveler, weekend Betty Crocker, wine lover. (RTs not endorsements)

Sydney hostage-taker had many run-ins with police

usatoday.com — Police identified the gunman who held several hostages in a Sydney, Australia, cafe as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian native, with a long list of run-ins with authorities that include dozens of alleged sexual assaults on women stemming from his services as spiritual healer.
Dec 15, 2014

Hostage taker faced sex charges, had harassed families of dead soldier. usat.ly/1AzjprO #sydneysiege

Dec 15, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Sydney hostage-taker was Iranian immigrant with long rap sheet usat.ly/1zowW6u (Dean Lewins, epa) pic.twitter.com/5LBllJ9YB2

Dec 15, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Sydney hostage-taker was Iranian immigrant with long rap sheet usat.ly/1zowW6u (Dean Lewins, epa) pic.twitter.com/5LBllJ9YB2

Dec 15, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Sydney hostage-taker was Iranian immigrant with long rap sheet usat.ly/1zowW6u (Dean Lewins, epa) pic.twitter.com/5LBllJ9YB2

Sheriff: Grandfather killed 6 grandkids, daughter, self

khou.com — A grandfather in Bell, Fla., fatally shot his daughter and her six children before killing himself, an official in Gilchrist County, Fla., said during a press conference Thursday night. Don Charles Spirit, 51, of Bell, a small community southeast of Tallahassee, contacted officials via 911 and said he was considering doing harm to himself and others.

Orcas and trainers under OSHA scrutiny

usatoday30.usatoday.com — By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY Killer whale trainer Ken Peters dived toward the bottom of the pool to prepare for the climax of SeaWorld's Believe show. Kasatka, a 7,000-pound, 17-foot killer whale, would breach the surface, propelling Peters - SeaWorld San Diego's most experienced orca trainer - into the air.

Trainers attacked: Deaths, close calls at animal parks

usatoday30.usatoday.com — By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY Wild animals at the nation's sea mammal and animal parks, such as SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Six Flags, have killed three people in the past decade and injured at least 16, according to a USA TODAY review.

Calling all carnivores: Tickets available for Angus Beef and Duckhorn wine dinner Tuesday, June 17

press.org — Enjoy top Certified Angus beef, Duckhorn wines and other delectable treats at the 2nd annual Certified Angus Beef Dinner at the Fourth Estate on Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. The over-the-top menu includes five courses and a cocktail meet-and-greet with hors d'oeuvres. A single seat costs $80 for members and $90 for non-members.
Jun 05, 2014

Calling all carnivores: Tix available for Angus Beef and Duckhorn wine dinner Tuesday, June 17 National Press Club press.org/news-multimedi…

First confusion, then chaos inside Building 197

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - Far from the crowds of tourists at the Lincoln Memorial and the busy operatives on Capitol Hill, hundreds of workers headed to their jobs at the Navy Yard on an overcast Monday morning.

Thousands celebrate the 'Dream,' call for renewed fight

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - As she inched toward the security checkpoint that would allow her to bask in the words of three presidents Wednesday afternoon, Toni Asante Lightfoot said, "It could be much worse."
Aug 28, 2013

Thousands celebrate the 'Dream,' call for renewed fight - From @wusa9 partner @USAToday: rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/usatoday-Ne…

Feds to fireworks sellers: watch out for suspicious buyers

usatoday.com — A federal task force says that fireworks sellers should keep a close eye out for suspicious people buying fireworks A fireworks show in Detroit in 2011. (Photo: David Guralnick, AP) As the frenzy for fireworks peaks in the run up to Independence Day, a federal task force is warning fireworks retailers to keep watch for suspicious purchasers.
Jun 29, 2013

RT @ndiblasio: Officials warn about potential terrorists buying fireworks (July 4th is just around the corner) by @donnaleinwand http://t.c…

Jun 29, 2013

RT @USATODAY: Feds to fireworks sellers: watch out for suspicious buyers usat.ly/114TPOM

Ariel Castro faces 329 charges for rape, kidnapping

usatoday.com — Ariel Castro is currently in Cuyahoga County Jail on charges of kidnapping and raping Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. (Photo: Cuyahoga County Jail via AP) A grand jury charged Ariel Castro, 52, of Cleveland, with the kidnapping and rape of three women held captive for nearly 10 years.
Jun 07, 2013

"@USATODAY: #BREAKING: Ariel Castro faces 329 charges for murder, rape and kidnapping usat.ly/14GSvNK"

Jun 07, 2013

RT @USATODAY: #BREAKING: Ariel Castro faces 329 charges for murder, rape and kidnapping usat.ly/14GSvNK

Jun 07, 2013

Accused Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro faces 329 counts, including murder, rape, and kidnapping. fb.me/2nEYQlHlp

Jun 07, 2013

RT @USATODAY: #BREAKING: Ariel Castro faces 329 charges for murder, rape and kidnapping usat.ly/14GSvNK

Jun 07, 2013

@USATODAY: #BREAKING: Ariel Castro faces 329 charges for murder, rape and kidnapping usat.ly/14GSvNK” that's a lot of charges

Jul 28, 2015

@ryguyoh I'm with you on the light thing. It's dingy in there.

Jul 28, 2015

@ryguyoh Chime in on your top three! Maybe we can fill the whole newspaper.

Jul 28, 2015

@lynn_spruill @USATODAY I'm with you on that. Midway's motto should be Middle of Nowhere.

Jul 28, 2015

@m_sheldon There's only so much room in the paper... we had to stop somewhere!

Jul 28, 2015

'Jaw-dropping' study finds Medicare deaths, hospitalizations AND costs reduced usat.ly/1HYHD4j

Jul 28, 2015

RT @LarryHogan: It looks like there is another white dome in Annapolis! I'm losing hair, but I'm winning the battle. #HoganStrong pic.twitter.com/njlyNK0JyP

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