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White supremacist eyes school board
RIALTO | A white supremacist is running for a Southern California school board seat.
Dan Schruender, a past president of the California chapter of Aryan Nations, filed nomination papers Monday with the San Bernardino County registrar to run for one of two open seats on the inland Rialto Unified School District.
The 27,500-student district is nearly 76 percent Hispanic and nearly 16 percent black.
On Tuesday, Mr. Schruender announced his campaign on an Aryan Nations blog. He said the group is not behind his candidacy, and he will not allow his ideology to affect his decisions if elected on Nov. 2.
Airliner grounded after hitting eagle
ANCHORAGE | An eagle was sucked into an engine of an Alaska Airlines jet as the aircraft was taking off from a small southeast Alaska town Sunday, causing the flight to be aborted.
Seattle-bound Flight 68 was approaching takeoff speed when the eagle was ingested into the left engine of the Boeing 737-400 shortly after 10 a.m. in Sitka. None of the 134 passengers or five crew members was hurt.
“We were roaring down the runway, and about the time they’d be picking the nose up, we hear a big kaboom,” said passenger Bill Shake, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official from Portland, Ore. “It sounded like a flat tire.”
Mr. Shake — traveling home after an annual fishing trip — said another in his large group saw two bursts of flames coming from the engine.
The bird collision automatically shut off the plane’s engine, airline spokesman Paul McElroy said, adding that the jet braked to a stop about 3,000 feet from the end of the 6,500-foot runway, which ends at the water’s edge.
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