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BIRMINGHAM | Federal disaster relief offices are helping people navigate the red tape of applying for aid, and shelters are providing free haircuts and eye clinics as part of the massive relief effort that was in full swing Monday in tornado-ravaged Alabama.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up offices in Alabama and expects to open one soon in Mississippi. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured parts of both states a day earlier and pledged support.
“This is not going to be a quick comeback or an immediate [recovery] but it will be, in my view, a complete one,” she said in shattered Smithville, Miss., where little was left standing.
Last week’s storms flattened homes and killed 342 across seven states. Thousands were injured, though several days later most tornado-related injuries had been tended to. On Monday, workers at a shelter in Tuscaloosa sorted prescription drugs for folks who have lost their medications.
“They’re on chronic medications, and their prescriptions are gone,” said Dr. Beth Western, who volunteered Monday at a shelter in Tuscaloosa. Some need medicine for conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes. “They need something to get them through until they can go see their physician.”
White supremacist who ran for office killed
RIVERSIDE | A California white supremacist who drew widespread attention when he ran for a regional water board seat was fatally shot in his home, and his young son has been booked for investigation of murder, a police spokesman said Monday.
Jeff Russell Hall, 32, was killed early Sunday in the house he shared with his wife and five children, all of whom were home at the time. Mr. Hall died of a single gunshot wound fired “by a known assailant,” according to a Riverside County coroner’s office news release.
The weapon was described only as a handgun, and police Lt. Ed Blevins refused to divulge the caliber or identify the gun owner.
Mr. Hall’s son was booked at juvenile hall for investigation of murder, Lt. Blevins said. He would only say the child was younger than 18. A neighbor told the Press-Enterprise newspaper that Mr. Hall’s children are 12 years old and younger.
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