FIVE people were killed when a gunman with a grudge stormed a newspapers office in Maryland, US. Staff at the Capital Gazette hid under their desk and tweeted for help as the shooter rampaged through the building with a shotgun, and throwing smoke bombs. Police have arrested Jarrod W. Ramos, 38. He has held a grudge against the paper since 2011 when they published an article on his conviction for harassing women over Facebook. Cops say he mutilated his fingerprints in an attempt to not be identified. He is currently in custody as officers search his home for evidence. Here are the five victims of his deadly attack...Rob Hiaasen, columnist and assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, 59, was among the five victims, his family have confirmed. His brother Carl wrote on Facebook: "I am devastated and heartsick to confirm the loss of my wonderful brother Rob." The veteran writer from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was described as a "gentle giant" and a "great mentor to young reporters". He joined the … [Read more...] about Maryland shooting – who were the Capital Gazette reporters killed when a gunman stormed their office?
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A LONE gunman shot multiple people at The Capital Gazette with some of those dead, according to reports in the US. Early reports indicate the shooter was taken into custody and a shotgun was involved. What happened in Annapolis? It is not entirely clear at the moment. According to CBS News, a senior federal law enforcement source said four people had been killed. A Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis tweeted: "A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead." In another tweet he wrote: "Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad." In his most recent post he wrote: "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then you hear the gunman reload." Officials said an active shooter was reported at about 2.35pm local time. Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman said multiples fatalities … [Read more...] about Maryland shooting – what happened in Annapolis, where is The Capital Gazette newsroom and who is the shooter?
CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois' chancellor said expanding the university's presence to Chicago won't drain resources from Champaign-Urbana, saying two new initiatives there will do "just the opposite." Chancellor Robert Jones is also committed to expanding the UI Research Park in Champaign, The News-Gazette reported. He said the Research Park, which has 100 companies, 2,000 employees and $60 million payroll, will be a major draw for Chicago innovators looking to develop startups and use the university's expertise to become more competitive globally. Jones was referring to the proposed Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago, a public-private research partnership led by the university that would anchor a statewide "innovation network." Jones said the university has to find a way to engage the Chicago and its billions in venture capital while remaining firmly anchored in Champaign-Urbana. "We're not going anywhere. We're not closing anything. We're not moving anything from here … [Read more...] about UI Chancellor: Chicago will add resources the university
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A Lytham mum who told of her heartbreak at the loss of a tortoise, which she has cherished for more than 40 years, has had it returned. Diane Donohoe was shocked to discover her tortoise was missing from its hibernation box last month, as reported by The Gazette.And in an emotional Facebook post this afternoon, she shared a picture of Herbena, thought to have been stolen, on her drive.She said: "Thank you to who ever has returned Herbena safe and sound, up to now anyway."I could not believe my eyes and shouted, “Oh, my God,” so loudly my neighbours came running out to see what had happened."She’s just about to get into a warm bath now, and just hope she survives whatever ordeal she has been through."Diane, 58, said Herbena was 'returned while my car was out the drive', and sent a message to her captors: "Whoever you are, I don't care, I'm just glad to get her back."Thank you to everyone who has made her too hot to handle." … [Read more...] about Lytham mum over the moon after ‘getting the news I have been praying for’