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Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 3:51 PM
BOSTON — Wednesday marks three weeks since the Florida school shooting that ended the lives of 17 people and changed the trajectory for hundreds more, including a star football player.
Tyler Goodman is a quarterback at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Goodman recently committed to playing football for Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, this fall.
Prior to the mass shooting, Nichols wasn't even one of Goodman's top three choices for college, but that all changed in the days after the tragedy. But Goodman was in his coach's office meeting with two recruiters from Nichols when the massacre happened.
"Coach [Paul] Brower and Coach [St. Clair] Ryan kind of went into father mode and protected us," Goodman told Boston 25 News.
Boston 25 News spoke with Brower when he got home from the trip.
"Being stuck with two recruiting coaches for three hours in such a tragic moment, we kind of formed a bond, like something special," Goodman said.
A visit to Nichols after the massacre sealed the deal.
"When I went to Nichols, it started snowing. I just thought it was a sign from the 17," Goodman said.
"The 17" refers to Goodman's classmates and teachers who were killed in the attack, including his assistant football coach Aaron Feis.
"He was kind of like a big brother and a dad. We got along like brothers, but he was also like a father," Goodman said.
Goodman also lost a close friend, Joaquin Oliver, who went by the nickname 'Guac.' He had known him since first grade, when he moved to South Florida from Atlanta.
"When I first moved down here, he was one of the first kids I was introduced to. Hearing that he passed away brought me to my knees," Goodman said.
Goodman is hoping to wear No. 17 at Nichols to honor the victims, who he said will drive him in a way he's never been driven before.
"My goal now is to succeed so the 17 up there watching can be proud of me. Even though I didn't know them all, in God's eyes, we're all family," Goodman said.
I have a football combine tomorrow & I am dedicating every single time I step on any field to my Eagles that lost their lives. I am proud to say I am an Eagle & always will be #douglasstrong #NEVERAGAIN pic.twitter.com/xmXPldviUv— Tyler Goodman #DouglasStrong (@tgiii_) February 16, 2018
When asked about professional football and if he's a Patriots fans, Goodman told Welch, "No ma'am. Atlanta Falcons.”
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
— President Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States, from 1977 to 1981, but before that, he was the 76th governor of Georgia and a member of the Georgia State Senate.
Although he’s had a lengthy career in politics, Carter has worked as a diplomat and humanitarian. He’s also authored dozens of books.
Here are some things to know about President Carter.
Naval Academy graduate
Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, at the top of his class in 1946. He started a Navy career soon after, spending five years on submarine duty.
Father of four
Carter married Rosalynn Smith, who became Rosalynn Carter, in 1946, soon after graduating from high school. They had four children: Jack Carter, born in 1947; James Carter, born in 1950; Donnel Carter, born in 1952; and Amy Carter, born in 1967.
Rebuilt family’s peanut warehouse
In his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Carter’s parents, Earl and Lillian Carter, owned a peanut farm, warehouse and store. When Earl Carter died of cancer in 1953, Carter resigned from the Navy, came back home and worked to rebuild the business. Despite a drought in 1954 and a boycott against integration, Carter made the business profitable by 1959.
Devoted to humanitarianism
The Carter Center opened in 1986, and its mission, in partnership with Emory University in Atlanta, is to resolve conflicts and improve human health through a commitment to human rights. Part of that work led Carter to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Carter was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in August 2015. While teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, he said he had surgery on a mass on his liver and had radiation treatment on four melanoma spots in his brain.
Despite the diagnosis, Carter remained active in his humanitarian work, helping build a Habitat for Humanity house in Memphis, Tennessee.
By December 2015, Carter said, “My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones.”
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:56 PM
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — At first glance, a Facebook post from the Gwinnett County sheriff’s office in Georgia seems normal.
“Our deputies are looking for 40-year-old Michael Glenn Hovis, who's wanted by police for probation violation,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.
Around the third sentence, things take a turn, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“We're certain that his children will appreciate any information you can provide to help us find him since they want to eat and keep a roof over their heads,” officials said.
According to the sheriff’s office, Hovis owes more than $30,000 in child support, too.
After asking those with information about Hovis’ whereabouts to call the sheriff’s office, authorities address him directly.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:56 PM
FORT SMITH, Ark. — A dog who survived three gunshots to the face has found a new home with an Arkansas park ranger.
Hope, a 4-year-old mixed breed dog, was tied to a pole and shot in the face three times this March, according to KFSM.
Hope has scars on her face from where the bullets entered and will need possible mouth surgery in the future, but otherwise her health is back to normal.
Amber Neal, the director of the Hope Humane Society, told WGHP that she was by Hope’s side while she healed, but realized it was time for the dog to find a forever home.
“She's one amazing dog and she deserves the most amazing home,” Neal said. “With me having such a busy work schedule, with all the other babies that I am trying to save, she needs to be somebody's constant companion and that would make her the happiest dog in the world.”
Hope was brought to the Fort Smith Nature Center on Wednesday, where she met Arkansas park ranger Levi Koch.
Koch said he was so moved by Hope’s story that he knew he had to adopt her.
“I would like someone to travel with me and see some neat places, do a lot of hiking on outdoor adventures,” Koch said.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:42 PM
RICHMOND, Va. — A man who as a teenager participated in a terrifying killing spree that left more than a dozen people dead has been granted a new sentencing hearing in Virginia.
Lee Boyd Malvo, now 33, was sentenced in 2004 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a series of four murders he and John Allen Muhammad committed as the Beltway snipers. Malvo was just 17 at the time of the slayings, and Muhammad, his mentor, was 41.
The snipers terrorized the greater Washington, D.C., area during a three-week span in 2002 that saw them kill four people and injure three others in Virginia. Another six people were gunned down in the Maryland suburbs in that same time frame.
The pair was captured in October 2002 as they slept at a rest stop in a Chevy Caprice they had modified so they could fire a rifle, undetected, through a hole in the car’s trunk. The Washington Post reported that Muhammad and Malvo were tied to another 11 shootings across the country, five of them deadly.
In the years since Malvo’s and Muhammad’s convictions, and Muhammad’s subsequent 2009 execution for his Virginia crimes, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that defendants who committed serious crimes while under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced to death.
They also cannot be sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, the ruling stated. The new laws became retroactive in 2016, meaning that sentences of death or life without parole that were legal at the time they were handed down could now be vacated.
A three-member panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled on Thursday that Malvo falls into that category and vacated his four life sentences. His case has been remanded to a lower court for resentencing.
“To be clear, the crimes committed by Malvo and John Muhammad were the most heinous random acts of premeditated violence conceivable, destroying lives and families and terrorizing the entire Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for over six weeks, instilling mortal fear daily in the citizens of that community,” Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote in the ruling. “But Malvo was 17 years old when he committed the murders, and he has the retroactive benefit of new constitutional rules that treat juveniles differently for sentencing.
“We make this ruling not with any satisfaction but to sustain the law. As for Malvo, who knows but God how he will bear the future.”
See the appeals court’s entire ruling below.
The order for a new sentencing applies only to Malvo’s Virginia crimes. He also pleaded guilty to six murders in Maryland, where he was given six life sentences.
Thursday’s ruling does not affect his prison time in Maryland, according to The Washington Post. A Montgomery County judge last August upheld those sentences because they were not mandatory life terms.
A spokeswoman for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told the Post that his staff attorneys plan to “review the decision closely and decide how best to proceed in a way that ensures this convicted mass murderer faces justice for his heinous crimes.” The attorney general can either ask the entire appeals court for a rehearing, appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or go forward with the new sentencing hearing.
If the sentencing hearing goes forward, Malvo could still be sentenced to life in prison. The appeals court ruling indicated that it depends on whether the district court finds that Malvo’s crimes reflected “permanent incorrigibility” or the “transient immaturity of youth.”
The appeals court’s ruling listed a timeline of most of Malvo and Muhammad’s crimes:
Adams told The New York Times shortly after the shooting that she thought she had been struck by lightning. Witnesses, including two police officers, spotted a man rifling through the women’s purses before escaping during a short foot chase, the Times reported.
A blue sedan was also spotted near the scene, which helped lead investigators to the snipers after Malvo’s fingerprint, found on the page of a magazine he dropped in Montgomery, identified him as a suspect.
The four Montgomery County victims were killed in the morning within a span of about two hours, according to authorities. Around 9:20 p.m. that same night, Pascal Charlot, 72, was shot while walking in D.C.
The shootings on the appeals court’s list are not all of the crimes that Malvo and Muhammad have been linked to, and Malvo has said that the pair shot more people than those investigators have identified.
Malvo told Virginia investigators after his arrest that he and Muhammad, who he considered his father, acted as a sniper team in order to extort $10 million from the “media and the government,” the appeals court ruling stated. He initially confessed to being the shooter in 10 of the incidents.
When testifying at trial in Fairfax County, however, Malvo admitted only to shooting the 13-year-old boy in Prince George’s County and the Montgomery County bus driver who was killed. All others, Muhammad shot, the teen claimed.
At that point, Malvo’s defense team was asserting an insanity defense, alleging that the boy, who had an abusive and lonely childhood in Jamaica and Antigua, was indoctrinated by Muhammad, who took him under his wing when Malvo was 15. Muhammad had taken his own three children to Antigua without their mother’s knowledge, the court ruling stated.
Muhammad, a U.S. Army veteran who ultimately lost custody of his children, trained Malvo intensively in military tactics for almost a year, telling the teen that he had a plan to get his children back, the ruling stated.
Mildred Muhammad, his ex-wife, has said she believed she was the ultimate target of her former husband’s rage, CNN reported. Prosecutors during John Muhammad’s trials argued that the sniper shootings were a smoke screen to hide his goal of killing Mildred and regaining custody of their children.
Malvo told “Today” in 2012 that he was sexually abused by John Muhammad. He also described the psychological hold he said Muhammad had on him.
“I couldn’t say no,” Malvo said. “I had wanted that level of love and acceptance and consistency for all of my life and couldn’t find it. And even if unconsciously, or even in moments of short reflection, I knew that it was wrong, I did not have the willpower to say no.”
In interviews with the Post, Malvo called himself a “monster.”
“If you look up the definition, that’s what a monster is” Malvo told the newspaper. “I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people’s lives. I did someone else’s bidding just because they said so. There is no rhyme or reason or sense.”
Malvo told “Today” producers that the interview would be his last about the crimes, he said he had forgiven himself for his crimes because that is the “only way (he) can live with (himself.)”
He also urged the families of the victims to find peace and forgiveness.
“Please do not allow my actions and the actions of Muhammad to hold you hostage and continue to victimize you for the rest of your life,” Malvo said. “If you give those images and thoughts that power, it will continue to inflict that suffering over and over and over, and over and over again. Do not give me or him that much power.”