Multiple violations found days before fatal blaze killed 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Building inspectors found multiple fire code violations at a Northern California building just three days before a blaze erupted, killing three of the low-income residents. During a Friday inspection, officials found the building lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in every apartment and a working fire sprinkler system, among other violations, documents released by the city of Oakland show. Inspectors ordered the owner to immediately service the fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems. In Monday’s pre-dawn darkness, resident Michael Jones said he was awakened by screams of “fire,” bolted out of bed and instinctively pounded on the

Ahmed Kathadra dies at 87, Nelson Mandela's trusted ally helped overturn apartheid in South Africa

Ahmed Kathadra, a close confidante of Nelson Mandela who dedicated his life to opposing apartheid and racism, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87 years old. Kathrada died after suffering a “short period of illness,” according to a statement from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He was hospitalized earlier in March to receive treatment for blood clotting in his brain. Kathadra, or Kathy as South Africans affectionately called him, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island during the apartheid era, with Nelson Mandela and 10 other uncover anti-apartheid activists, all arrested in a 1963 police raid on their

Multiple violations found days before fatal blaze killed 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Building inspectors found multiple fire code violations at a Northern California building just three days before a blaze erupted, killing three of the low-income residents. During a Friday inspection, officials found the building lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in every apartment and a working fire sprinkler system, among other violations, documents released by the city of Oakland show. Inspectors ordered the owner to immediately service the fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems. In Monday’s pre-dawn darkness, resident Michael Jones said he was awakened by screams of “fire,” bolted out of bed and instinctively pounded on the

Flint to replace 18,000 lead-tainted water lines — by 2020

DETROIT — Michigan and the city of Flint agreed Monday to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water in the struggling community. Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money, according to the settlement filed in federal court. It will be presented Tuesday to U.S. District Judge David Lawson for likely approval. More than 700 water lines already have been replaced and work is ongoing, but the agreement would rid

Gaming expansion back on state Legislature's radar

HARRISBURG — When state legislators made a plan to pay for the current fiscal-year state budget, they included money from an expansion of gambling. But nine months later, they still haven’t agreed on how do to it. The demand for that money hasn’t gone away. Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 also counts on money from gaming expansion. On Monday, a bipartisan group from the House and Senate unveiled the latest proposal, calling for legalizing video-gaming terminals, allowing patrons of bars, clubs and even truck stops to play slots or poker. The Pennsylvania

Cincinnati nightclub shooting: Club owner shutting building down for good

The owner of a Cincinnati nightclub that was the scene of a shooting spree last weekend said Monday that he was shutting the building down. Cameo club operator Julian Rodgers said in a statement the club would officially shut down Friday. One person was killed and 16 were injured early Sunday morning. “Cameo received a notice to vacate the premises from the landlord and owner of the property,” Rodgers said. “Cameo notified the owner that although it had planned to move out in May due to the landlord’s planned sale of the property, it will instead voluntarily surrender possession of

Jupiter String Quartet delivers on its name with an out-of-this-world performance

The Jupiter Quartet performed Sunday at the Phillips Collection. (Brian Stauffer ) By Stephen Brookes By Stephen Brookes March 27 at 12:58 PM Name yourself after the biggest planet in the solar system, and you’d better be ready with some pretty celestial playing. That — at least at times — was what the Jupiter String Quartet delivered Sunday at the Phillips Collection, in a program that contrasted shimmering works by Mozart and Schumann with Bela Bartok’s driving, intense and darkly explosive Quartet No. 4. The evening opened with Mozart’s Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387, a piece inspired

MAFS Cheryl cuts a low-key figure at hairdressing salon

Her new boyfriend Dean Gibbs was this week revealed to be a disgraced former policeman who was convicted of trafficking drugs.  And Married At First Sight’s Cheryl Maitland, 25, was spotted looking downcast as she worked at her Gold Coast hairdressing salon this Tuesday.  The busty brunette cut a low-key figure, swapping her oft-sported plunging necklines for a more modest scoop-neck tank top.  Something the matter? Married At First Sight’s Cheryl Maitland, 25, was spotted looking downcast as she worked at her Gold Coast hairdressing salon this Tuesday She completed her look with a pair of casual jeans ripped at

South Carolina's coach explains why players use his first name

During Frank Martin’s first collegiate coaching job, reporters often noted that his Kansas State players didn’t call him coach, but rather addressed him by his first name. The Denver Post: “Martin doesn’t mind that his players call him by his first name. In fact, he likes it. Everybody had better be in this together, said Martin, who, with his no-nonsense resolve, could have moonlighted as a character in The Sopranos.” The Kansas City Star: “Martin was a seething, snarling maniac of a coach, but as long as he was winning, that was just Frank being Frank. Players called him by