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DEEP SOUTH BAKING IN SUMMER HEAT
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The unofficial start of summer feels more like its blistering peak in parts of the Deep South, where temperatures at or near 100 degrees are setting heat records during the Memorial Day weekend.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory yesterday for about 20 counties in southeastern Georgia and South Carolina. Weather service meteorologist Emily McGraw in Charleston, South Carolina, said a heat index of 105 degrees Fahrenheit was forecast in those areas.
Savannah reached 100 degrees Saturday, tying a record and marking the coastal Georgia city’s earliest triple-degree day since 1953. Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday also hit 100, just one degree shy of a record.
Heat records in the 90s were also set in Charleston; Nashville, Tennessee; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida.
WOMAN DIES IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO (AP) — An 84-year-old woman has died after being injured in a Chicago crash that involved multiple vehicles and also hurt 10 police officers.
The Chicago Tribune reports that two Chicago police vehicles were in a crash with several other vehicles around 10 p.m. Saturday in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side. Twelve people were injured, including 10 Chicago police officers.
Police say the 10 officers and a man and woman who were both civilians were taken to a hospital. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed in a tweet last night that the woman has died and he offered condolences to the family.
In a tweet earlier yesterday, he said the officers’ injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Police have not released the details of the crash.
THREE INJURED IN SO. CAL AMUSEMENT PARK
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say three members of a family were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride at a Southern California amusement park.
Fire officials say the ride malfunctioned and one of the log-shaped vessels overturned Saturday at Castle Park in Riverside.
Officials say riders were thrown from the vessel and trapped in the water.
Fire Capt. Brian Guzzetta says a woman was hospitalized in critical condition. A man and 10-year-old boy were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.
Guzzetta says a pump apparently malfunctioned, preventing the flow of water onto the track. He says when the log descended from one of the falls, there wasn’t enough water to slow it down and it crashed.
The log ride is closed during an investigation but Castle Park will remain open.
DEHYDRATED BABY FOUND IN SAME ROOM WITH DEAD PARENTS IN MICHIGAN
WHITEHALL, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a trooper found a dehydrated 6-month-old baby at a motel in the western part of the state in the same room with her dead parents.
WOOD-TV reported that a cause of death wasn’t immediately clear and it may take weeks until toxicology results are in.
The trooper discovered the bodies Friday at the Rodeway Inn near Whitehall after responding to a request for a well-being check. Authorities say the baby girl, named Skylah, could have been alone for three days.
Police identified the parents as 26-year-old Jessica Bramer, of Grand Rapids and 28-year-old Christian Reed, of Marne.
Skylah was in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital Saturday and was expected to fully recover. It wasn’t clear who might take custody of the girl.
CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS SPEAKS AT MASS. COMMENCEMENT
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis urged graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts to “get in trouble” and to “build bridges, not walls.”
The Georgia Democrat, a veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement, was the keynote speaker yesterday at the school’s commencement in Worcester.
He hearkened back to his days growing up in a segregated South, and remembered being told “don’t get in trouble” for questioning the status quo.
He urged graduates to get in “good trouble, necessary trouble” and “make our country a better place.”
Lewis was arrested dozens of times and was physically attacked, but told students to follow the non-violent examples of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. He has been a member of Congress since 1986.
The university conferred 849 undergraduate degrees.
HAWAII WOMAN FOUND AFTER BEING MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii woman who was found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago says she at times struggled not to give up.
Amanda Eller tells the New York Times that despite these moments, she told herself “the only option I had was life or death.”
Eller added: “I heard this voice that said, ‘If you want to live, keep going.’ And as soon as I would doubt my intuition and try to go another way than where it was telling me, something would stop me, a branch would fall on me, I’d stub my toe, or I’d trip. So I was like, ‘OK, there is only one way to go.’ ”
Eller was found injured Friday in the Makawao Forest Reserve.
The physical therapist from the Maui town of Haiku went missing on May 8.