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There are millions of viewers all across the world that are fans of WWE. Many people love watching fit wrestlers fighting against one another in the ring. However, the real thrill of WWE is the dramatic storylines that accommodate the actual wrestling. Pro wrestling is known as being very similar to soap operas. This is a fair assumption as you gain the same amount of drama and the only real difference is that there is more action, as well as much more over-the-top outfits. The characters of WWE are very convincing at what they do. This can make what these wrestlers do outside the ring shocking for some who are familiar with and fans of the wrestlers’ persona. Read on to find out what these retired famous wrestlers are doing now.

Razor Ramon
Fans may know Scott Oliver Hall by his wrestling name, Razor Ramon. He first started appearing in the ring in the 1980s and got his big break in the 1990s when he joined the WCW and WWF. However, lately, Razor Ramon has been admitted for seizures, pneumonia, and low blood pressure.

As racial tensions spilled into America’s streets, the Trump administration repeatedly sought to eliminate a long-standing Justice Department unit that for decades has mediated racial, ethnic and gender clashes that are once again surging across the country.

For four straight years, DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS), established nearly 60 years ago by the landmark Civil Rights Act, was variously targeted for severe staffing reductions and outright elimination, according to Trump budget proposals.

While congressional intervention kept the unit afloat, the persistent budgetary attacks and the Trump administration’s pursuit of harsh immigration policies along with a rollback of some civil rights protections prompted some wary communities to refuse its help.

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr tour an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wis., on Sept. 1.
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Broken trust
The turmoil, a senior Justice official acknowledged, dealt a severe blow to public confidence in a long-trusted asset known nationally as the “peacemaker program” at time of deep division in the United States. The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said some doors were closed to the service because of a lack of trust during the prior administration.

John Yang, president of the advocacy group Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said the Trump Justice Department was “just not trusted.”

“That feeling trickled down to all aspects of the DOJ,” Yang said, though AAJC was among those that Congress to keep the Community Relations Service alive as the administration threatened to zero out its budget, which has ranged between $15 million and $16 million.

“We saw CRS as extremely valuable to communities of color,” Yang said.

From Rodney King to AAPI incidents
A history of Community Relations Service work reads like a timeline of America’s continuing reckoning with race and discrimination:

From the 1992 Los Angeles riots sparked by the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of Rodney King; the fatal shootings of Black victims Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida in 2012 and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014; to the 2015 massacre of nine Black people at church in Charleston, South Carolina — Justice mediators have traveled the country attempting to bring calm to communities riven by conflict and loss.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump stands with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin, as they bow their heads for a moment of silence with Rebecca Monroe, right, then acting director of the Community Relations Service at the Justice Department, during a forum of Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee, March 27, 2012.
Following the 9/11 attacks, CRS staffers intervened in Muslim and Arab-American communities in an attempt to contain a backlash that ranged from harassment to violence. When Black churches burned across the South during the mid-1990s, mediators were dispatched in part to connect law enforcement with anxious Black communities.

More recently, CRS staffers deployed to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 to monitor tensions during the Unite the Right Rally that turned violent when white supremacists and other groups opposing the removal of Confederate statues clashed with counter-protesters. Justice staffers remained in the area after the conflict in an attempt to assist community leaders to “repair race relations,” according to a Justice summary of the unit’s work.

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Earlier this year, as a backlash against the coronavirus prompted attacks on Asian Americans, CRS officials hosted virtual meetings with community groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, and served as intermediaries between local law enforcement and Asian business owners who established their own patrols to protect stores and restaurants from vandalism and looting.

Staffing languished under Trump
For the Trump administration, however, defunding the Justice unit had become a sustained campaign. Each time the administration proposed shutting down the program officials variously cited needs to improve “efficiency” and “save money.”

The effort ultimately contributed to a decline in staffing, from 74 funded positions at the height of the Obama administration to 34 at the end of the Trump presidency, even as the service’s mission took on new urgency when violence and harassment directed against Asian Americans began to swell amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Stop AAPI Hate, which includes a self-reporting tool for harassment, discrimination and violent attacks, recorded 3,795 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination across the U.S. from its inception on March 19, 2024 to Feb. 28, 2024, according to data released just before this month’s mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.

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In that attack, six of eight people killed were of Asian descent. A motive in the slayings has not been determined, though authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.

Calls for Community Relations Service to focus on ‘beyond terrifying’ attacks on Asian Americans
Still, lawmakers have urged the Justice Department to focus renewed attention on hate-related incidents targeting Asians amid a wave of racist attacks and harassment growing out of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., the chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, described the Atlanta murders as “beyond terrifying, but it just brings home to so many Asian Americans that they are fearful of their lives and circumstances.”

The Justice Department declined comment on whether CRS has been working issues related to the shooting.

Rep. Judy Chu, head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and other lawmakers are urging people to be watchful for misleading Census information.
Yang said a key component of the Justice Department response should involve a well-funded and re-stocked Community Relations Service to expand its reach to troubled communities.

“One of our requests (of the Biden administration) is to ensure that the CRS has adequate resources,” Yang said. “CRS is one piece of the solution, but it is an important piece.”

Perhaps not since the Nixon administration when staffing dropped from about 323 to 100, has there been such a dramatic decline in CRS staffing, said Grande Lum, the unit’s former director during the Obama administration and co-author of a book on the unit’s long history of conflict resolution.

Lum, now a professor and provost at Menlo College in California, said the Obama Justice Department added $3 million to the unit’s budget during the course of the administration, often lauding its work in the process.


The stance represented a stark departure from the recent efforts to defund the unit altogether.

“It’s absolutely demoralizing,” Lum said of the most decline. “One of the biggest problems is that people with a lot of experience have left the agency. I know a lot people (who remain) are overwhelmed. It’s now a matter of getting people in who will be trusted by the communities” at time when the need is growing.

The fatal shootings in Atlanta, Lum said, pushed Asian discrimination into the “national consciousness” even though hate-related crime and harassment has been building for months.

To address the current need, Lum said CRS should be tripled in size.

“There is just not enough people to go around,” Lum said.

Thane: Three labourers died on Saturday while they were cleaning an underground tank which was used to store waste oil in a now-defunct chemical factory in Ambernath town in Thane district of Maharashtra, fire officials said.
The trio complained of suffocation after removing some waste, Ambernath Municipal Council’s chief fire officer Yashwant Nalawade said.

He said the labourers also complained of nausea and giddiness before they collapsed inside the tank this morning.

The men, hailing from suburban Govandi in Mumbai, are identified as Bidresh Sahani (35), Dinesh Sahani (35) and Irshad (30).

They were engaged in the cleaning work at the chemical unit since Thursday, Nalawade said, adding that the work was going on without any supervision contrary to rules.

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A case of accidental death was registered by police in Ambernath.

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his visit to Bangladesh, accusing him of trying to influence voters in West Bengal where polling began for the eight-phase assembly election in the morning.
“Elections are underway here and he (PM) goes to Bangladesh and lectures on Bengal. It is a total violation of code of conduct of the election,” Ms Banerjee said at a campaign event in Kharagpur according to news agency ANI.

“In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when a Bangladeshi actor attended our rally, BJP spoke to Bangladesh government and cancelled his visa. When polls are underway here, you (PM) go to Bangladesh to seek votes from one section of people. Why shouldn’t your visa be cancelled? We will complain to the Election Commission,” she said.

Mamata Banerjee was referring to the PM offering prayers at a temple in Bangladesh’s Orakandi, the birthplace of Hindu mystic figure and Matua community’s spiritual guru Harichand Thakur, earlier in the day.

Orakandi is the abode of hundreds from the Hindu Matua community, a large number of whom are now residents of West Bengal and an important factor in elections.

PM Modi, whose visit during the temple was seen by many as a political message, also addressed members of the Matua community, saying, “I was speaking to some people here. They were saying who could have thought that India’s Prime Minister would visit Orakandi.”

He also promised to make it easier for people from India to Orakandi and announced that his government will upgrade a girls’ school and set up a primary school in the area. A day earlier, PM Modi had said he had gone to jail while protesting for Bangladesh’s freedom.

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Not taking too kindly to the canvassing across the border, Mamata Banerjee said, “Sometimes they say Mamata has brought people from Bangladesh and did infiltration. But he (PM) himself goes to Bangladesh for vote marketing.”

West Bengal is holding elections in a record eight phases starting Saturday in a contest that has seen the BJP pull out all stops, including poaching a large number of Trinamool leaders, to unseat the two-time Chief Minister. Votes will be counted on May 2.
Beijing: China announced tit-for-tat sanctions against two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy body late Saturday, in response to sanctions imposed earlier this week by the two countries over Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs.
Two members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins, as well as Canadian MP Michael Chong and a Canadian parliamentary committee on human rights are prohibited from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

At least one million Uyghurs and people from other mostly Muslim groups have been held in camps in northwestern Xinjiang, according to rights groups, who accuse authorities of forcibly sterilizing women and imposing forced labour.

The European Union, Britain, Canada and the United States sanctioned several members of Xinjiang’s political and economic hierarchy this week in coordinated action over the allegations, prompting retaliation from Beijing in the form of sanctions on individuals from the EU and UK.

China’s foreign ministry on Saturday accused the US and Canada of imposing sanctions “based on rumours and disinformation.”

The sanctioned officials, who are also banned from conducting business with Chinese citizens and institutions, “must stop political manipulation on Xinjiang-related issues, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs in any form,” the ministry said.

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“Otherwise, they will get their fingers burnt,” the foreign ministry statement warned.

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Mumbai: Maharashtra today banned all kinds of public gatherings including political and religious ones amid a big spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. Restaurants, gardens and malls will have to remain shut between 8 pm and 7 am from tomorrow, the state government said in an order today.
People aren’t allowed to visit beaches from 8 pm to 7 am, and drama theatres will have to pull down shutter from tonight.

The government has, however, allowed food delivery at night.

“Gatherings of more than five people will not be allowed from 8 pm to 7 am effective from midnight on 27th March. Violation will attract penalty of ₹ 1,000 per person on offenders,” the government order said.

“All public places including gardens and beaches will remain closed during the same period and violators will be fined with ₹ 1,000 per person. Not wearing of face mask will attract ₹ 500 fine while the same is ₹ 1,000 for public spitting,” it said.

No social, cultural, political and religious gatherings in the state can be held, the order said.

Five states – Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Gujarat – have reported a sharp rise in daily COVID-19 cases. After touching its lowest mark in mid-February, India’s active COVID-19 cases are rising and breached the 4-lakh mark again after three-and-a-half months.

“Of the total 36 districts in Maharashtra, 25 are most affected and account for 59.8 per cent of the cases reported in the country during the past one week,” the Health Ministry said today.

Some 3,688 tested positive and 54 died in Maharashtra’s Nagpur today.

Almost 90 per cent of deaths linked to COVID-19 continue to be in the category of those aged above 45. Findings of studies were highlighted in a Health Ministry meeting today, which show that while 90 per cent people are aware, only 44 per cent actually wear masks.

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“One infected person could spread COVID-19 to an average of 406 other individuals in a 30-day window without restrictions, which could be reduced to just 15 by decreasing physical exposure to 50 per cent and to a further 2.5 (average) by decreasing physical exposure to 75 per cent,” the Health Ministry said.

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Two fraternity deaths in two months. COVID-19 didn’t stop hazing – it hid it away from ‘watchful eyes’.
Adam Oakes, 19, and Stone Foltz, 20, died earlier this year while joining a fraternity. Greek Life experts fear more deaths are likely.
Chris Quintana, USA TODAY
Published 6:00 PM GMT+6 Mar. 27, 2024 Updated 7:27 PM GMT+6 Mar. 27, 2024
Adam Oakes’s family still can’t find his glasses.

The 19-year-old student at Virginia Commonwealth University had been wearing them in late February when he left his home. He wanted to attend an off-campus party with what he had hoped would be new friends in the Delta Chi fraternity, according to his family.

Eric, Adam’s father, didn’t know much about this fraternity, its troubled history on campus or the fact that it was recently reinstated. What’s more, he believed hazing to be a serious crime that would deter any life-threatening harm to his son. By 1 p.m. the next day when law enforcement showed up to tell him Adam died, he realized he was wrong.

The details are still unclear, but here’s what the family says they know based on conversations they have had with people at the party: Adam was given alcohol and expected to drink. He passed out the floor. In the morning, he was purple and without a pulse, and that’s when 911 was called.

Adam Oakes, 19, was a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University when he died earlier this year.
Adam Oakes, 19, was a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University when he died earlier this year.
Eric and Courtney White, Oakes’ cousin, believe someone knows more than they have shared. The missing glasses haunt them. Adam was basically blind without his glasses. How bad must the night have been for him to lose them?

“You don’t send your kid to college for this to happen,” said White. “Just as he’s starting to flourish, his life was cut short.”

Oakes’ story, though, is painfully familiar. For the past several decades, a college student has died every year while trying to prove his place among his peers. More often than not, these young men have been pushed to drink large amounts of alcohol, or to brave some enervating physical trial. Sometimes, both are true.

2020, though, was different. There wasn’t a hazing death, at least one that has been reported (Such cases may not come to light until years given the secrecy of these groups.)

VCU student’s family wants answers after son found dead after fraternity party
19-year-old Adam Oakes was found dead the morning after attending a Delta Chi fraternity party at Virginia Commonwealth University in February.
The coronavirus pandemic shuttered many of the traditional recruiting and social activities common to the Greek Life experience. Close observers of Greek Life also said social distancing rules may have helped to prevent serious cases, but they didn’t solve the underlying problem. Experts and close observers in the field say the conditions are ripe to see a resurgence of hazing behavior and alcohol abuse from these groups, especially as students start to return to campuses across the country next fall.

“They’re taking matters into their own hands,” said Gentry McCreary, the CEO of Dyad Strategies, a consultant group that advises universities about Greek Life “They’re doing it largely away from the watchful eyes of chapter officers or advisers. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

Just look at Adam’s death. And about a week later, Stone Foltz, a 20-year-old at Bowling Green State University, died in similar circumstances. Details in both cases are cloudy, but alcohol and hazing are suspected as factors in both cases.

Stone Foltz, 20, died after a hazing incident at Bowling Green State University.
Stone Foltz, 20, died after a hazing incident at Bowling Green State University.
An attorney representing the Foltz family declined to be interviewed by USA TODAY, but said the young’s man death was a “tragedy,” and that they were, “interviewing witnesses and gathering information to figure out exactly what happened on March 4.”

The family did tell The Columbus Dispatch, a part of the USA TODAY Network, that Foltz didn’t want to drink, but that it would be required if he wanted to join the local chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha International.

Their attorney said the young man was forced to drink an “entire bottle” as part of his initiation into the fraternity. Foltz was taken to his apartment. That’s when roommate found him and called 911. But it was too late. His mother, Shari Foltz is unflinching in describing the blame she thinks belongs to the young men who forced him to drink.

“To me, you killed him,” Shari said. “You killed him and you left him there to die.”

Will fall bring a ‘tremendous backlash?’
Hank Nuwer is an author and researcher who has been writing about and tracking fraternity hazing deaths for decades. He said from 1959 to 2019, “at least one U.S. school, club or organization hazing death has been reported,” every year.

He hasn’t added a new death to his list for 2024. Nuwer said, however, news of these deaths is sometimes slow to emerge because of criminal investigations or the reticence of some to speak.

Nuwer said it was likely the pandemic, and the accompanying restrictions on social activities at colleges, helped tamp down cases. (Though Nuwer said there were still some close calls.)

The lack of deaths, though, may lull administrators into a false sense of security, he said, and he is fearful of what happens when students return to campuses in the fall.

The deaths at Bowling Green State and Virginia Commonwealth universities also comes on the heels of a year’s worth of public scorn toward these social groups. Fraternities and sororities are built on social, in-person connections and while some turned to Zoom or other digital alternatives, some kept partying. In some cases, these groups have been accused of spreading coronavirus.

Earlier this month, fraternities at Duke University were tied to a coronavirus outbreak that led to a campus lockdown, according to the News and Observer. The University of Rhode Island upped the amount of coronavirus testing specifically for Greek Life members on campus, according to Rhode Island Public Radio, because of outbreaks in that community. And the student government at the University of the Virginia had denounced these organizations for failing to follow coronavirus guidelines, according to the student newspaper, the Cavalier Daily.

At the same time, students on campuses including Vanderbilt and the University of Richmond (VCU is also in Richmond) have been pushing their administration to “abolish Greek Life,” saying these groups foster a toxic culture.

But they can remain problematic even when they’re not on campus. Universities that have done away with Greek Life may find themselves dealing with renegade chapters years later.

And while the pandemic may have accelerated these concerns, fraternities have been asking themselves for years if the connection to a university is worth the trouble, said McCreary. (McCreary’s group will be conducting reviews of Bowling Green and VCU’s Greek Life systems.)

A handful of fraternities at Duke disaffiliated from the university earlier this year because they disagreed with the university’s policies on fall recruitment.

And once they walk away, he said, it’s, “like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube.”

“There’s no putting it back in,” McCreary said. “Duke will never get those fraternities back.”

As for the sudden deaths, McCreary has mentioned three factors that might explain the uptick. First, alcohol consumption is up both nationally and within fraternity chapters.

Second, chapters are seeing more members who are already sold on the fraternity experience and fewer members who might have been on the fence. That means, McCreary said, fewer people to push back on the more harmful aspects of Greek culture such as binge drinking or group hazing.

And third, McCreary said his firm had seen an increase in hazing behavior meant to establish dominance over newer members. He argued fraternities are still feeling the pinch of social distancing restrictions and may be striving to recreate their traditions within spaces that aren’t as heavily monitored as campus or chapter houses.

McCreary is also wary of what happens when some campuses start to reopen in the fall while others remain shut. How will fraternities act, he asked, if they are on lockdown while they see their peers in a neighboring state partying? That may lead to a, “tremendous backlash.”

“In 2024, most people were likely to be playing by the rules,” McCreary said. “As things are opening back up, students are taking it less seriously again because they have already had it by this point.”

‘They have to be criminally prosecuted’
Eric Oakes, Adam’s father, said he initially thought it was a good thing for his son to join a fraternity. The 19-year-old’s roommate had already joined, and so had some of his friends from childhood.

His father figured the comradery would be good for his son, especially in a year when normal social interactions were curtailed. Adam had one class in-person his first semester, but the rest of his classes had been online, the family said. Still, he lived on campus to try to capture some of the college experience.

The younger Oakes had expressed some concern about joining a fraternity, his father said. He had played sports in high school, but he was overweight and Adam was worried what would happen if he was forced to run some kind of time-trial. Alcohol was also a concern, White said, but he was mostly concerned about the

Eric said he did wish that he known the VCU chapter of Delta Chi was suspended from 2018-2019, and had recently reinstated. If he had known that, he said, he might have encouraged his son to choose another option. And Eric said he thought hazing laws might be enough of a deterrent to protect his son.

In some states like California or Pennsylvania, hazing can be prosecuted as a felony. But others don’t have rules, or as in Virginia consider hazing a misdemeanor. And some states do require universities to track and publicize hazing cases as is the case in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Judson Horras leads the North American Interfraternity Conference, an organization made up of 58 fraternities. This group says it has long tried to reduce hazing and alcohol abuse within its chapters.

Following the deaths of Foltz and Oakes, the NIC held a virtual town hall meant to provide fraternities with resources to avoid deaths, hazing and alcohol abuse within their chapters.

In the video, Horras says hazing and alcohol abuse are problems for most students and society, but, “fraternities have a problem with hazing right now and alcohol combining.”

Horras argued that fraternities can and do expel wayward members, but that consequence isn’t enough. Instead, he says that universities ought to punish students who break hazing rules and that police and local attorneys should be prosecuting these young men.


Judson Horras, the North American Interfraternity Conference
There has to be individual accountability. They have to be criminally prosecuted. This behavior will not change until it’s treated like the crime that it is.
Neither Bowling Green or VCU have said publicly if individual members of the fraternities had been suspended or are facing disciplinary action otherwise, though both universities have suspended the fraternities. Bowling Green State even hired a former prosecutor to aid in the investigation.

As for the fraternities, both Delta Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha suspended the local chapters where Foltz and Oakes were pledging. Delta Chi in a statement encouraged its members to, “cooperate with law enforcement enforcement investigative efforts.” Meanwhile, Pi Kappa Alpha, also commonly known as PIKE, said in its statement that it does not tolerate hazing and promised consequences.

“As more details are confirmed, we will also pursue permanent suspension of Delta Beta Chapter as well as expulsion of all chapter members from the International Fraternity,” PIKE said.

And Horras and the NIC have long supported the creation of new laws that define hazing as a felony. The group is supporting efforts in Ohio to pass Collins Law, a new law which would make any hazing involving drugs or alcohol a felony.

“The student doesn’t care if the chapter gets shut down,” Horras said. “The student doesn’t care if they get expelled from the fraternity. There has to be individual accountability. They have to be criminally prosecuted. This behavior will not change until it’s treated like the crime that it is.”

On the national level, Congress is considering two bills that would require colleges to track and publicly disclose the hazing incidents on their campuses. Both bills have bipartisan support, though they have been introduced before without passage.

But criminal enforcement relies on the willingness of police to enforce crimes, and clarity around the circumstances leading to the deaths.

That information is often lacking as Cindy Hipps knows well. She is the mother of Tucker Hipps, a 19-year-old who died under mysterious pledging for Sigma Phi Epsilon at Clemson. She and her family have still been unable to get clear information about what happened to their son, and he died in 2014.

Hipps said tougher laws are one of the many changes needed to prevent these deaths from happening. She questioned, though, how effective they would be if no one is willing to talk about what happened.

“There are usually no arrests in the cases like Tucker’s,” she said. “So it’s a moot point.”

Families left with questions – not closure
Part of what is so damaging about young men dying in fraternities is the sense of betrayal it causes within families. These organizations are supposed to be shaping and guiding young men’s lives, not killing them.

And joining the fraternity was supposed to be a landmark moment in Adam’s life. His mother, Linda, even bought him a new suit for the party where he would be accepted into the fraternity and meet his “Big,” the older fraternity member meant to serve as a mentor.

The Oakes family is definitely feeling that frustration, but they’re also asking themselves what might have been. Adam had expressed interest in attending West Virginia University, but ultimately decided to attend VCU because it was closer to home, which was welcome during the pandemic.

The family is also asking themselves what might have been. Adam had expressed interest in attending West Virginia University, but ultimately decided to attend VCU because it was closer to home, which was welcome during the pandemic.

These days, though, they’re mostly trying to get more information about what happened to Adam. They’re still waiting on autopsy, and they hope that members of the fraternity will start talking.

Eric Oakes
I just want to know what happened to my son. And why was he left on the ground like a piece of garbage to die?
“I need some answers,” Oakes said. “I just want to know what happened to my son. And why was he left on the ground like a piece of garbage to die? Why didn’t someone call 911?”

Eric, Adam’s father, said he understands the fraternity may feel like brotherhood for three or four years, but living with a secret is a lifetime commitment. And he asked doesn’t Adam’s story deserve some kind of closure?

Published 6:00 PM GMT+6 Mar. 27, 2024 Updated 7:27 PM GMT+6 Mar. 27, 2024

Two people died and eight people were injured in shootings during a “chaotic night” on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, authorities said Saturday.

Officers patrolling the resort area heard multiple gunshots around 11:20 p.m. Friday, the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a news release.

Eight people suffered gunshot wounds and were hospitalized with serious to life-threatening injuries, according to the statement. One woman was shot and died at the scene, the news release said.

The news release also said that one officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. That officer was hit by a vehicle during the investigation, police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a press conference Friday night.

According to the chief, a different officer confronted and fatally shot a man. As officers were investigating the initial shooting, shots rang out, and the officer confronted the man, leading to the deadly gunfire, Neudigate said.

That officer is assigned to the Special Operations Division and has worked with the department for five years. The officer will be placed on administrative assignment pending an investigation, per standard procedure, the department said.

“We have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night,” Neudigate told reporters.

Several people were detained but how they’re linked to the shooting remains under investigation, the chief said.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Japanese firm Shoei Kisen KK, which owns the giant container ship stuck sideways across the Suez Canal in Egypt, said an attempt will be made to refloat the vessel later on Saturday by taking advantage of tidal movements. The Ever Given turned sideways in a blinding sandstorm and got wedged Tuesday in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about 3.5 miles north of the southern entrance. At a news conference Friday night, Yukito Higaki, the company’s president, said 10 tugboats were deployed and workers were dredging the banks and sea floor near the vessel’s bow to try to get it afloat again as the high tide starts to go out. “We apologize for blocking the traffic and causing the tremendous trouble and worry to many people, including the involved parties,” he added. A maritime traffic jam grew to around 280 vessels Saturday outside the Suez Canal, according to canal service provider Leth Agencies.

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Another Passover during the pandemic
Saturday marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday Passover, which will be observed until Sunday, April 4. In the first two nights of Passover, Jews customarily gather with their families for traditional Seder suppers. Part of the evening’s ritual is the youngest child asking a series of questions; the answers tell the story of the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt some 3,333 years ago. One year ago, the Jewish community had to make major adjustments to observing the holiday, which included Zoom Seders and socially distanced gatherings, or none at all. Now, with vaccinations rolling out but COVID-19 cases still ongoing, the community has found various ways to celebrate. fatima wrote, kb edited

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NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments resume with Sweet 16
The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments resume Saturday, when the Sweet 16 tips off. On the men’s side, the action gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET (CBS), when first weekend surprises No. 8 seed Loyola Chicago – and star player Cameron Krutwig – take on No. 12 seed Oregon State in a Midwest region matchup. Oregon State is one of four Pac-12 teams still in the field, with Oregon, USC and UCLA all playing games on Sunday. However, the weekend’s most anticipated matchup doesn’t involve a Pac-12 team, as the East’s No. 1 seed Michigan goes up against No. 4 seed Florida State on Sunday afternoon on CBS. On the women’s side, all four No. 1 seeds – UConn, Stanford, South Carolina and N.C. State – will try to advance in tough matchups. The UConn-Iowa matchup is particularly intriguing as it will feature two of the best freshmen players in the country vying for a spot in the Elite 8, the Huskies’ Paige Bueckers and the Hawkeyes’ Caitlin Clark.

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Mar-A-Lago starts reopening after coronavirus outbreak
After COVID-19 cases shuttered parts of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, last week, the resort announced it plans to partially reopen Saturday before fully operating by April 1.Both the property’s Beach Club and Dining Room were closed after an undisclosed number of employees tested positive for the coronavirus, while banquet and event services remained open. Trump, former first lady Melania Trump and son Barron have been living at the mansion since they left the White House in January. Nisha

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The worm moon rises
Get ready for the full “worm” moon, which will rise Sunday evening in the eastern sky. The moon will look most spectacular just as it appears above the eastern horizon early Sunday evening, even though the precise moment the moon is full is a few hours earlier, at 2:50 p.m. EDT. Its name likely refers to the earthworms that appear in the soil as the weather gets warmer, inviting hungry birds to feed on them. For millennia, people across the world, including Native Americans in the eastern and central USA, named the months after nature’s cues.




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