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In brief: Bergdahl family receives threats

Sun., June 8, 2014, midnight

Threats against the family of former Taliban prisoner Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are being investigated by federal, state and local authorities.

William Facer, a spokesman for the FBI’s Salt Lake City division, said Saturday in a statement: “The FBI continues to monitor the situation in Hailey, Idaho. We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously.”

Facer did not detail the nature of the threats.

The soldier’s parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, live in Hailey, Idaho. On Wednesday, Bergdahl’s hometown abruptly canceled plans for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds – both for and against the soldier.

The town of 8,000 has been swamped with hate mail and angry calls over Bergdahl, whose release after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has touched off a debate over whether the 28-year-old should be given a hero’s welcome or punished as a deserter.

Teen carrying sibling 40 miles on back

Temperance, Mich. – A 14-year-old Michigan boy set out on a 40-mile trek Saturday with his 7-year-old brother strapped to his back, hoping to raise awareness about the muscular condition that prevents the younger boy from being able to walk without help.

Hunter Gandee, with 50-pound Braden securely strapped to his back, left shortly after 8 a.m. from the parking lot of Bedford Junior High School in Temperance, which is near the Ohio border. They hoped to arrive today at their destination, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Surrounding the Gandees were dozens of family, friends and community members, many of whom released balloons into the sky as the walk commenced.

Called the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, the trek’s goal is to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that afflicts Braden and to grab the attention of the next generation of leaders, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, and show them the face of cerebral palsy and the need for new ideas in mobility aides and medical procedures.

Hunter, a 155-pound wrestler, said he trained by lifting weights and staying active.


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