August 7, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Student, 18, hit by stun gun, dies

 

CINCINNATI – Police say an 18-year-old attending summer classes at the University of Cincinnati was struck by a campus officer’s stun gun and died of cardiac arrest.

Officers received a 911 call about an assault at Turner Hall early Saturday. The university’s assistant police chief, Jeff Corcoran, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the teenage boy approached officers in the dorm hallway, appearing agitated and angry.

Corcoran says officers ordered the teen to back off, but he refused. He was then hit once by an officer’s stun gun.

Afterward, the teen appeared incoherent. He went into cardiac arrest after paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

Remains found below waterfall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – The body of a California man who died after being swept into a raging waterfall at Yosemite National Park nearly three weeks ago has been found, rangers said Saturday.

Hormiz David, of Modesto, Calif., and two other members of his church group crossed the safety barricade at the top of Vernal Fall to pose for photos and were swept in on July 20.

Friends said the victims likely did not understand that the swift-moving Merced River could be so treacherous. They watched in horror as David, Ramina Badal and Ninos Yacoub were pulled over the 317-foot cliff.

Recovery teams spotted David’s body Friday afternoon, pinned against a boulder about 240 feet below the base of the waterfall, Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.

Verizon workers go on strike

NEW YORK – Unions representing tens of thousands of Verizon Communications Inc. workers have called a strike after failing to reach an agreement with the company on a new labor contract.

Verizon says negotiations in Philadelphia and New York with the Communications Workers of America fell apart early today.

The previous contract that expired at midnight Saturday covered 45,000 workers, including 10,000 represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

They work as telephone and repair technicians, customer service representatives and operators from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C.

CWA says the concessions are unjustified, given that Verizon is highly profitable – the company’s revenue rose 2.8 percent to $27.5 billion in the second quarter.


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