June 27, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Justice denies choking colleague

 

MADISON, Wis. – A member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s liberal faction has accused a conservative justice of choking her during an argument in her office earlier this month – a charge he denied.

Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Justice David Prosser tried to throttle her during the dispute.

She contacted the newspaper late Saturday after Prosser denied rumors about the altercation.

“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold,” Bradley told the newspaper.

Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, quoting anonymous sources, first reported the argument occurred before the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month upholding Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bill eliminating most of public employees’ collective bargaining rights. Prosser then released a statement denying the allegations.

“Once there’s a proper review of the matter and the facts surrounding it are made clear, the anonymous claim made to the media will be proven false,” he said.

“Until then I will refrain from further public comment.”

Hopeful signs for crash survivor

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana high school basketball standout who survived a plane crash that killed his father and stepmother is in a drug-induced coma as doctors monitor the badly injured 16-year-old’s brain swelling, his father’s business partner said Sunday.

Austin Hatch suffered brain bruising and swelling and deep facial cuts in Friday’s crash that killed his father, Stephen Hatch, and stepmother, Kim, but has shown some hopeful signs at a northern Michigan hospital, said Dr. G. David Bojrab.

Friday’s crash was the second one Austin has survived. A 2003 crash killed his mother and two siblings. His father was piloting both times. Austin, a high school junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., recently accepted a scholarship to attend and play basketball for the University of Michigan after graduation.

Bojrab said Austin’s brain swelling was going down and he had been moving all four limbs when doctors reduced the coma-inducing drugs they placed him on after Friday’s crash.

“He has bruising to the brain but there’s no structural damage as far as they can tell right now, so they’re hoping that that’s a good sign and he’ll have a better recovery or a full recovery,” he said.

Fire forces closure of national lab

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – A fast-moving wildfire has forced officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to close the site today as nearby residents evacuated.

The fire has grown to 3,500 acres since it started around 1 p.m. Sunday about 12 miles southwest of the town of Los Alamos.

The laboratory activated its emergency operations center. Officials said in a news release that all radioactive and hazardous material was being protected and the fire had not crossed onto the laboratory property.


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