- - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Gun ban mulled in transit ads

SAN FRANCISCO | Bus shelter advertisements featuring a woman holding a shotgun and promoting a gun rights conference have popped up around San Francisco.

The group behind the posters — which ask “Can you afford to be unarmed?” — is challenging the city transit agency’s policy of banning any bus and train ads that “appear to promote the use of firearms.”

San Francisco’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose says officials allowed the Second Amendment Foundation to put up the posters while officials reconsider the ban, enacted several years ago.

Mr. Rose says the issue came up after a recent Supreme Court decision limiting the regulation of firearms by state and local authorities.

GEORGIA

Feds: Hospital gunman threatened Obama

SAVANNAH | A former soldier accused of demanding mental treatment as he took hostages at gunpoint at a Georgia Army hospital later told investigators he planned to kill President Obama and former President Clinton, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed Tuesday.

Federal charges filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah identified the accused gunman as Robert Anthony Quinones, 29. The Army says he took three hospital workers hostage early Monday in a two-hour standoff at Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart. Army officials say the gunman surrendered, and no one was injured.

Federal prosecutors charged Mr. Quinones with kidnapping and assault with deadly weapons in connection with the hospital hostage standoff. He was also charged with making threats to kill Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton.

MASSACHUSETTS

Non-word ‘refudiate’ gets most Web searches

SPRINGFIELD | Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Summer” is not even a word. That’s something no one can “refudiate.”

Sarah Palin’s attempt to splice “refute” and “repudiate” on a news show and in a Twitter message in July sparked more searches on the publisher’s online dictionary during the summer than most real words did. But don’t expect all the interest in “refudiate” to lead to an actual dictionary entry.

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