July 4, 2009 in Nation/World

Detroit mayor firing police chief

From Wire Reports
 

Detroit – The mayor of Detroit is firing the city’s police chief, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.

The person said Mayor Dave Bing has told Police Chief James Barren that the chief is being relieved of his duties.

Word of Barren’s firing came a day after an 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of shooting seven teenagers at a bus stop was released because Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy determined there was a lack of evidence.

Twin sisters, 82, died in heat wave

San Antonio – Eighty-two-year-old identical twin sisters were found dead in their San Antonio home after the city sweltered through days of 100-degree heat.

The bodies of Florence and Emma Jernigan were found Thursday in the home where they had lived all their lives. Police say the single window air conditioner in the home was off.

The city set or tied heat records four times in the last week of June, topping out at 104 degrees on June 29.

Neighbors say the women never married and lived frugally on a fixed income. They said the two would ignore friends’ pleas to turn on the air conditioner or a fan.


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