June 19, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Windows blown from high-rise

The Spokesman-Review

CHICAGO – A swift-moving storm carrying high winds and pelting rain knocked out windows at Chicago’s 110-story Willis Tower.

Police on Friday roped off areas around the imposing black building long known as the Sears Tower. Chicago Battalion Chief Michael Gubricky says windows were blown out in a 29th-floor air conditioning mechanical room and a 25th-floor unoccupied office.

Glass was on the sidewalk, but no injuries were immediately reported near the tower. Authorities say a woman did receive minor injuries from flying glass at the downtown Daley Center blocks away.

The National Weather Service said winds in excess of 70 mph were recorded as the storm whipped into Chicago.

Jailed professor

attempts suicide

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The biology professor charged with killing three Alabama university colleagues in a shooting rampage attempted suicide in jail early Friday, a person with knowledge of the case told the Associated Press.

Amy Bishop, 45, has been returned to a cell at the Huntsville jail after treatment at a hospital, the person said. Other details were not given.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of a court order barring parties to the case from commenting publicly.

Bishop has been at the jail on a capital murder charge in the February shootings. Six of her colleagues were wounded, three fatally.

The report on her attempt to take her life came the same week that authorities in Boston announced that a grand jury had indicted her for murder in the 1986 shooting death of her brother, Seth Bishop.

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