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Who to look for on Trump's VP short list: Mike Pence

Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 4:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

Donald Trump was expected to formally announce his choice for a running mate Friday in New York, in advance of the start of the Republican National Convention on Monday. 

However, in light of the terror attack in Nice, France, Trump said Thursday evening that he would postpone the announcement.

Several news outlets reported Thursday that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is Trump's pick for VP, though the Trump campaign has not commented on the rumors.

Mike Pence

Governor, Indiana



Who is he?

Michael Richard Pence was born in Columbus, Ind., on June 7, 1959, one of six children. Pence earned a degree in history then went on to get his law degree and work in private practice as a young man.

He became the president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a free market think tank. Pence left that job to become a talk radio host prior to being elected to  six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He won the election for governor of Indiana in 2012, and has said he is running for reelection in 2016.

One of his main platforms is education reform, and he is also known for reaching across the aisle to work on legislation. Pence opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

On March 26, 2015, Pence signed the Indiana "religious objections" bill  into law that some saw as a pass to discriminate against LGBT people. After waves of pressure over the bill, Pence signed legislation revising the law to prevent discrimination against homosexuals. 

Pence has strong backing among many evangelical leaders in the Republican Party, although he faces a difficult re-election battle in Indiana as he supports socially conservative policies.

What they are saying about Pence

A different kind of apprentice

The New York Times

“Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana will be the latest contestant to apprentice himself to Donald J. Trump when he takes the stage with him on Tuesday in Westfield, Ind., in an audition of sorts for the No. 2 slot on the Republican ticket. Mr. Pence, a former talk-radio host and congressman, has emerged as one of the leading contenders to become Mr. Trump’s running mate. And his appearance with Mr. Trump on the outskirts of Indianapolis (and the subsequent reviews of his 2016 debut) will most likely play a role as the Trump campaign races to pick a vice president before the Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday in Cleveland. … Mr. Pence offers the governing and Washington savvy Mr. Trump says he wants in a running mate, and is popular with religious conservatives, which could help reassure Republicans who remain skeptical of Mr. Trump’s positions on same-sex marriage and abortion.”

The rogue pick?

 The New Republic

“Donald Trump prides himself on keeping his legion of enemies off-balance with sheer unpredictability. That’s certainly the tactic that’s driven his process for choosing a running mate. The announcement is imminent, with the Republican National Convention opening July 18. The Washington Times reported on Sunday that it’s a “95 percent” likelihood he’s already settled on his least-interesting and most-reassuring choice, colorless Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who’ll appear with him at a rally and fundraiser on Tuesday. But with his showman’s flair, Trump is still publicly trotting out contenders—Chris Christie’s turn comes on Monday in Virginia—and gleefully fueling speculation that he still might go fantastically rogue.”

 The Associated  Press contributed to this report.

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2 Georgia men drown over Father’s Day weekend in separate incidents in Gulf of Mexico

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:09 PM

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Two men from North Georgia drowned in separate weekend incidents off Panama City Beach, police said.

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Eugene Spann, 67, of Atlanta, was declared dead after being pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, authorities said.

The body of Tony Orlando Jackson, 21, of Cartersville, was found Sunday afternoon about two hours after he was caught by a large wave, according to police.

Police and emergency workers took over life support efforts from bystanders when they found Spann unresponsive on the beach behind a motel short after 11 a.m. He was taken to an emergency room on the beach, where he was pronounced dead.

A search effort involving several agencies eventually found Jackson’s body. Police originally responded to a call about a swimmer in distress about 2:30 p.m.

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Police said surf flags were at the red “high hazard” level when Jackson drowned. That was up from the yellow “medium hazard” designation at the time of Spann’s death.

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Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo dies after double shooting

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:24 PM


Rapper Jimmy Wopo has died following a double shooting in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood Monday.

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The shooting was reported around 4:20 p.m. near the intersection of Wylie Avenue and Duff Street.

Just after 7 p.m., police said one of the people who had been shot had died, although  initially they did not say if it was Wopo or the other victim.

Wapo’s manager, Taylor Maglin, posted on Facebook, "We lost a great person today, but just know I will do everything in my power to make his memory live on forever."

Police spent more than an hour focusing their attention on a white Mazda SUV that appeared to have bullet holes in the windshield before it was towed away from the scene.

The other man is in stable condition, according to police.

No arrests have been made yet, but police said they believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public.

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Woman found dead in freezer following husband’s suicide, police say

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:39 PM

Woman Found Dead In Freezer Following Husband’s Suicide, Police Say

Arkansas police officers attempting to notify a woman of her husband’s suicide earlier this month found her body stuffed into a freezer at their home. 

Lori Jean Bruick, 55, of West Fork, died of blunt force trauma, according to a news release from the West Fork Police Department. Her obituary puts the day she died as June 7.

West Fork police officers learned of Lawrence “Larry” Bruick’s apparent suicide June 10 from Logan County sheriff’s deputies, who reported that the 56-year-old took his life about 100 miles away from home near Mount Magazine, police officials said. Officers began trying to contact Lori Bruick at the couple’s home that day to deliver the news.

The officers were unable to make contact with Lori Bruick the following day, either. 

“Officers could see items in the home that led them to believe that Mrs. Bruick was still at home,” the West Fork police’s news release said

The officers forced entry into the home, at which time they found men’s clothing that appeared to have blood on them, the news release said. They also found letters that indicated Larry Bruick was contemplating suicide. 

Evidence of a struggle was found in the couple’s garage, the news release said. Lori Bruick’s body was found in a chest freezer inside the garage, officials said. 

Police officials said investigators do not know what caused the fight that precipitated the slaying. Larry Bruick, whose obituary indicated that he died the day before he was found, was the sole suspect in the homicide, officials said. 

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The couple is survived by two grown children, four grandchildren and a host of other relatives, according to Lori Bruick’s obituary. A joint funeral was held Monday morning, and Lori Bruick is scheduled to be buried Tuesday in her native Texarkana. 

It was not clear if Larry Bruick would be buried alongside her. 

A statement said to be from the family was posted on the Arkansas High School Class of ’81 alumni Facebook page

“The Bruick family has suffered a tragedy and that resulted in loss of life for Larry and Lori Bruick. Many details remain unclear and likely will for some time,” the statement said. “We thank you for and covet your prayers, messages of support, and actions of kindness. As we move forward, we ask that you respect the family's privacy concerning the details of this tragedy as we move through the grieving process.”

One former classmate called the pair a “match made in heaven.”

“Now they get to dance with angels,” Chuck Phillips wrote. “Prayers for the family.”

A memorial video on the funeral home’s website shows photos of the couple with their family in happier times. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations in Lori Bruick’s name to the Washington Regional Medical Center’s patient benevolence fund. 

According to a LinkedIn profile in her name, Lori Bruick was a respiratory therapist there. 

The family asked for donations in Larry Bruick’s name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Crooks pull off $100K ‘Mission: Impossible’-style theft at Best Buy

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:28 PM

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Best Buy (File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

They reportedly came through a hole in the ceiling, rappelling into a Best Buy in Dunwoody, Georgia, like Tom Cruise’s character famously did in “Mission: Impossible.”

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Dunwoody police said the burglars made their way to a secure storage area at the store where Apple products were kept and cleaned it out. The theft, which happened June 8, was worth more than $100,000.

"Someone that comes in, it's a 'Mission Impossible' style burglary," Sgt. Robert Parsons said 

No arrests have been made, and the details of the sophisticated heist from the store near Perimeter Mall have investigators wondering if it was related to similar cases in other states, including Texas.

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