April 25, 2014

In Other News, April 25


Editor’s note: “In Other News” is a list of state, national and global headlines compiled by The Daily Citizen news staff. To suggest a story, email the appropriate link to inothernews@daltoncitizen.com. The deadline is 3 p.m.



Feds to take over Oregon’s failed $300 million health insurance exchange

The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grants — more than all but two other states — to build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. The site was repeatedly praised by the Obama administration, but it was plagued by delays and ultimately didn’t sign up a single person for private health insurance. — Reason



Deleted tweets spark controversy in Illinois governor’s race

A spokesman for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, says his campaign should have read more carefully an article before posting several links to and quotes from it on Twitter. The article compared black Republicans to Jews who helped the Nazis. The campaign deleted the Tweets after complaints from blacks, Jews and Republicans. — CNN



Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

Marion County, Ore.,  commissioners gave final approval to an order to stop an incinerator from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power. Some commissioners said they were horrified to learn the facility might be burning abortion waste to generate electricity. But they noted that the county ordinance that sets the parameters for what can be accepted at the waste-to-energy plant allows for all human tissue. The decision came about a month after reporters in the United Kingdom discovered that health authorities there used fetal remains to generate power at medical facilities. — Sandusky Register



Jewish students at New York University served with ‘eviction notices’

Jewish students living in a New York University dorm woke up to “eviction notices” posted on their doors, apparently by activists from the organization Students for Justice in Palestine. The notices said the students’ rooms would be destroyed in three days and told them that “we cannot be held responsible for any property or persons remaining inside the premises.” — Times of Israel



14-year-old shot in the head was son of ‘stop snitching’ DVDs creator

Fourteen-year-old Najee Thomas was fatally shot in the head Monday night while inside his Baltimore, Md., home. He is the son of Ronnie Thomas, also known as Skinny Suge, who created the “Stop Snitching” DVDs that gained national attention. Aimed at convincing witnesses to and victims of crime not to talk to police, the first video surfaced in 2004 and was followed by a sequel in 2007. — CBS Baltimore



Florida bank robber leaves note with his name

Felipe Cruz was doubly doomed, FBI agents said, when he tried — but failed — to rob the Chase Bank in Pompano Beach. First, agents said, Cruz chose a teller who, protected by bulletproof glass, rebuffed his robbery. Second, as if it wasn’t enough to botch the stickup, he left behind a robbery note conveniently containing his name. — Bradenton Herald

University of South Florida bans students from taking selfies at graduation

In a statement to students, university officials asked that they not take selfies with the school president as they receive their diploma in May. A simple handshake will suffice, says the memo. Students have also been warned against “stepping, marching and strolling.” — My Fox Tampa Bay



Woman charged with stealing toy from child’s grave

Frieda Kay Shade turned herself in after a hidden camera caught her taking a stuffed animal from an infant’s grave in Ontario, Ohio. She says she only took the toy because she saw a dog running around the cemetery and didn’t want it to destroy the toy. The infant’s family says things have been disappearing from his grave since shortly after he was buried in 2007. — KFOR