Monday, November 21, 2011

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden booed at NASCAR championship

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden at the car-racing league’s season-ending event in Florida.

The First and Second Ladies were at the Homestead Miami-Speedway on Sunday to honor military families and draw support for their Joint Forces program, an initiative to get jobs for veterans.

Serving as grand marshals with a retired Army sergeant and his family, the two women shrugged off the jeers, beaming broadly as they announced, "Gentleman, start your engines!"

The pair had received a warmer welcome at a pre-race meeting, where drivers gave them a standing ovation, The Associated Press reported.

The First Lady hailed NASCAR for being “amazing in terms of its support, not just today but every day, for military families."
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Car fatal NY hit-and-run crash sought

State police say they're looking for the driver of a car that caused a fatal crash on the Adirondack Northway and then left the scene of the accident.

A man told troopers he was driving in the northbound lanes of Interstate 87 around 7:20 a.m. Sunday when another car rear-ended his vehicle in the Essex County town of Schroon (skroon), 80 miles north of Albany.

The man's car slammed into a guard rail, crossed the median, went into a ditch and struck an earth embankment.

Troopers say the man's sister, 65-year-old Mary Morrissey of Mechanicville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say they're seeking a light-colored car, possibly a Toyota, with the letters "DWD" in the license plate.

The Northway's northbound lanes between exits 27 and 28 were closed for several hours after the crash.
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Mississippi: police officer arrested in baby death

A Jackson, Miss., police detective has been charged with felony child abuse following the death of a 1-year-old girl.

Police spokeswoman Colendula Green tells The Clarion-Ledger ( ) officers were called on Sunday to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where they found Aubrey Brown had injuries to her abdominal area. The baby died about two hours later. A Jackson Police Department detective is charged with felony child abuse following the death Sunday of a 1-year-old baby.

Police spokeswoman Colendula Green said officers were called to the University of Mississippi Medical Center at about 2:41 p.m. "in reference to unknown injuries to a 1-year-old child."

They found Aubrey Brown of Jackson "had injuries to her abdominal area," Green said. The child died at UMC at about 4:30 p.m., she said.
Police arrested Natyyo Gray, 36, who is assigned to the department's vice and narcotics unit, Green said.

No other details of circumstances surrounding the child's death were available. Authorities say 36-year-old Natyyo Gray is charged in the case.  Gray is a JPD Detective assigned to the Vice and Narcotics Unit. Authorities say one-year-old Aubrey Brown was taken to UMC with injuries to her abdomen.  She later died at the hospital.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.  Gray's charges may be upgraded, pending the results of the autopsy.

Green says police arrested 36-year-old Natyyo Gray, who is assigned to the department's vice and narcotics unit. An autopsy is planned, and charges could be upgraded depending on the results. It's unclear whether Gray has an attorney.
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