Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped vegetables and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.


Suspended Speedskating Coach Still In Demand As Sabotage Probe Expands

Oct 26, 2012
Originally published on October 27, 2012 10:28 am

The suspension of Jae Su Chun, the former head coach of the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Team, hasn't stopped some skating clubs from wanting to hire the embattled coach, even as an investigation expands into the most serious allegation against him.

Chun resigned and agreed to a ban from coaching through the 2014 Winter Olympics because he failed to report an incident last year in which Olympic medalist Simon Cho sabotaged the skate of a Canadian athlete at an international competition in Poland.

Cho claims Chun ordered the tampering, but an executive summary of a U.S. Speedskating investigation reported conflicting evidence. Chun vigorously denies any involvement, but he admits learning about the tampering incident shortly afterward.

U.S. Speedskating investigators are also continuing and expanding their probe following an NPR story that found that the "executive summary" contained inaccurate and incomplete information.

NPR reported that investigators failed to contact or interview Speed Skating Canada athletes and coaches who witnessed what some described as aggressive and hostile behavior by Chun both before and after the tampering incident.

Cho admitted he bent the blade of a Canadian skater who was then forced out of the final relay of the competition. That skater, Olivier Jean, told NPR in an email that Chun approached him before the race and said, "I wish you bad luck. I hope you lose."

Chun's attorney told NPR his client did not recall making that statement. Chun is the former coach of the Canadian team and said he greatly admired Jean's skating.

The U.S. Speedskating investigators did not speak to Jean or other Canadian athletes and coaches about other statements and behavior that could be considered incriminating.

A source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak about it publicly now tells NPR that investigators have resumed the probe and are interviewing Canadian athletes and coaches. The source says a final report is pending.

This news comes as U.S. Speedskating issued a warning to the Dominion Speedskating Club of Virginia, saying the club cannot hire Chun in any capacity given the former coach's suspension.

The warning follows complaints to U.S. Speedskating and inquiries from NPR about conversations Chun allegedly had with coaches from at least two clubs in the Washington, D.C., area about becoming a part-time coach.

S.K. Lim is president of the Dominion Club and he told NPR he is interested in hiring Chun. "He is one of the best coaches," Lim said.

But Lim said he had not already hired Chun. "No. Not yet," he said. "Nothing is final."

U.S. Speedskating declined to provide the letter sent to Dominion, but spokeswoman Tamara Castellano said it quoted USS bylaws, which require USS membership for any participation in any official club activity, including training and competition.

"He's not allowed to coach. Period," Castellano says. "He would absolutely not be able to be officially hired by them."

Castellano says the letter to Dominion noted that USS cannot prevent individual skaters from hiring Chun, but Chun would still not be permitted to participate in any club training or competition without threatening Dominion's USS membership.

"We don't want to be in violation of any rules," Dominion's Lim added. "We know there's an issue. We need to clarify that."

Russell Fericks, Chun's attorney, told NPR Thursday, "We just heard about it, and are looking into the circumstances now."

Chun was also accused of abusing U.S. short track skaters. More than a dozen skaters, including five Olympic medalists, filed complaints but USS investigators said in their executive summary that they found no "patterns" of abuse. They also quoted an email, purportedly written by an athlete with whom Chun had a violent altercation, that praised Chun as "the best coach in the world."

But, as NPR reported, the email was not sent by that athlete.

The USS investigation is being conducted by New York law firm White & Case, which was enlisted by the U.S. Olympic Committee's SafeSport program to respond to allegations of athlete abuse.

USS tells NPR that disciplinary proceedings for Cho are on hold pending the receipt of a final report from White & Case. Cho's attorney, John Wunderli, says he may challenge USS sanctions by filing a complaint with the USOC and demanding arbitration.

Cho faces penalties that could range from a warning to suspension to a life ban from the sport. The world and national champion continues to insist that Chun ordered the tampering and used his position as a coach and Korean elder to break down Cho's resistance.

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