News briefs: Lawsuits, car crash, President Obama, Tamir Rice, Turkey, North Korea

What you should know locally, nationally and globally


What you need to know locally:

Amherst family files lawsuit against West Virginia University over their son’s death

Theron and Kimberly Burch are suing West Virginia University for their son’s death last November. Nolan Burch, an 18-year-old freshman, died from alcohol poisoning at a fraternity party two days after he gained membership. His blood alcohol level rose to .49 after his Kappa Sigma brothers told him to drink a bottle of alcohol.

The family is suing WVU for “not preventing foreseeable harm” to Burch, according to The Buffalo News.

Since Burch’s death, WVU has suspended Kappa Sigma and other Greeks. 

A 4-year-old boy died Friday from injuries in car crash

Kevin McCabe of Kenmore slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer with his 4-year-old son, Tristan McCabe, and 7-year-old niece, Katie McCabe, in the car. McCabe is in a coma, his son dead and his niece suffered a broken leg.

McCabe’s pickup truck slammed into the back of the semi-truck as it was attempting to make a right turn, according to WKBW.

Tristan’s organs have been donated and a GoFundMe page has been made to help the McCabe family.

What you need to know nationally:

President Obama meets with family and survivors of shooting victims

President Barack Obama met with the family and survivors of the Umpqua Community College shooting on Friday. The shooting occurred two weeks ago. A gunman killed nine people and himself at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

After last week’s shooting, Obama gave his 15th response to a mass shooting since the beginning of his presidency. He criticized Congress for its reluctance to act on gun control and said gun violence is an issue that needs to be “politicized,” according to CNN.

Two other college shootings occurred at Northern Arizona University, where one person was killed and three were wounded as well as Texas Southern University, where one person killed.

Reports find that Cleveland officer was justified in shooting of Tamir Rice

A white Cleveland police officer was justified in opening fire on black 12-year-old boy Tamir Rice, according to two reports conducted as per the request of the prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty. The reports, which were released on Saturday, found that the rookie patrolman who shot Rice demonstrated a “reasonable use of force” because he had reason to believe Rice was a serious threat, according to NPR News.

The family of Rice issued a statement saying that the prosecutor on the case has been on a quest to avoid accountability.

McGinty said “we are not reaching any conclusions from these reports,” and that the gathering of evidence is still underway, and the grand jury will ultimately evaluate it.

What you need to know globally:

Turkish peace rally disrupted by bombs

Ninety-five people were killed and over 200 were wounded early Saturday morning in Ankara, Turkey after two bombs exploded at a train station.

According to CNN, the bombs went off during a peaceful march that called to end the conflict between the Turkish Government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the attackers are believed to be two suicide bombers. This attack came three weeks before Turkey’s national elections.

North Korea holds Military Parade in Pyongyang

In a celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), troops marched in North Korea’s capital alongside armored vehicles and missiles as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watched from a platform, according to CNN.

Jong-Un later said in a speech to the crowd that the North Korean military is ready to defend itself against any threat from the United States. WPK is the founding and current ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

News desk can be reached at news@ubspectrum.com.