Sunday March 10, 2013

Massachusetts:

Rep. Markey wants TSA

to change knife policy

BOSTON (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Ed Markey is pressing the Transportation Security Administration to abandon its new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives onto planes.

Markey on Saturday urged the TSA not to implement the policy, citing the opposition of flight attendants and federal law enforcement officers.

The policy goes into effect April 25. It will also allow passengers to include in their carry-on luggage novelty-size baseball bats less than 24 inches long, toy plastic bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs. Items like box cutters and razor blades are still prohibited.

New York:

Boy, 4, dies after falling off tractor

CANAJOHARIE (AP) -- A 4-year-old boy has died in upstate New York after he fell off a tractor and was run over.

The accident happened Friday in the town of Canajoharie in Montgomery County.

The sheriff’s office tells the Daily Gazette of Schenectady that the boy’s uncle was driving the tractor when the boy lost his balance and fell.

Deputies said the uncle tried, but was unable, to catch the child, and the boy was hit by one of the tractor tires.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The names of the boy and his uncle were not immediately released.

Connecticut:

Anti-gun-violence cyclists pedal to D.C.

NEWTOWN (AP) -- They are biking from Newtown to Washington to send a message.

Twenty-six cyclists are riding more than 400 miles in support of what they describe as common-sense solutions to prevent gun violence. There is one rider for each victim of December’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 20 children and six educators were gunned down.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut calls the ride a "rolling rally" against special interests, particularly the National Rifle Association.

The riders are expected to arrive at Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Blumenthal says the Judiciary Committee is expected to meet next week to evaluate changes to gun laws.

Connecticut:

Rwanda’s president

to speak at Hartford

WEST HARTFORD (AP) -- The president of Rwanda is scheduled to speak in Connecticut about the future of his small central African nation following a 100-day genocide in which more than 500,000 people were killed.

President Paul Kagame is set to speak Tuesday at the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. The university is launching its Genocide and Holocaust Education Initiative.

In July 1994, rebel forces led by Kagame ended the genocide by ousting the extremist Hutu government that orchestrated the killing of minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

The Maurice Greenberg Center’s Genocide and Holocaust Education Initiative will preserve the memories of the Holocaust and genocides worldwide.

The talk by Kagame is free and open to the public.

Rhode Island:

Historic tree to be cut down after illness

PROVIDENCE (AP) -- A 108-year-old elm tree on the grounds of the John Brown House in Providence will soon be cut down after acquiring a deadly fungal infection.

The Rhode Island Historical Society announced the bad news Friday.

The Historical Society is working with local woodworkers and a furniture designer on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design to create wood objects from the tree.

The tree was planted in 1905.