- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015
Flags lowered to honor Wisconsin native killed in Tennessee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is ordering that flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Wisconsin native who was killed at a military site in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist was one of four Marines killed by a gunman Thursday.

Holmquist graduated from high school in Grantsburg in 2008. He enlisted in 2009 and completed two deployments as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Walker says he sends thoughts and prayers to those affected by this “senseless act of violence.”

He says he’s honoring Holmquist’s memory and “we will never forget the courage and sacrifice he displayed serving this great country.”

He ordered that flags be lowered on Friday, and remain lowered until sunset on the day of Holmquist’s funeral.

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The Latest: Chattanooga’s Muslim community mourns Marines

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities (all times local):

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10:15 p.m.

A Muslim psychiatrist says he and others in Chattanooga’s Muslim community are mourning the deaths of four Marines fatally shot by a man who attended the local mosque.

Pakastani-born Dr. Mohsin Ali told more than 1,000 mourners gathered at a Friday evening memorial service that the Muslim community is appalled by the actions of Muhammad Abdulazeez.

Referring to Abdulazeez as “the murderer,” Ali called the shooting “cowardly and cruel.”

He also asked all Muslims in attendance who “pledge your allegiance to this city and this country, to this community” to “stand up and be recognized.”

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Last words from slain Marine to girlfriend: ‘ACTIVE SHOOTER’

They were four people charged with the safety of others, gunned down in a place where the nation’s defense is the paramount mission for those who pass through its doors. They are being deemed heroes by some, and the cruel irony of protectors becoming targets was not lost, with President Barack Obama calling it “a heartbreaking circumstance” to lose four men who served “with great valor.”

Here is a look at the Marines killed in the attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee:

SKIP WELLS

Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, who was known as Skip, was swapping text messages Thursday with his girlfriend of 2 ½ years, excited that she had booked a flight to visit him in Chattanooga after months apart.

“Can’t wait anymore,” Wells texted. “Yes you can honey,” his girlfriend, Caroline Dove, replied.

His next two words would be the last she’d ever hear from him.

“ACTIVE SHOOTER,” he wrote.

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Endangered dragonflies, raised in captivity, being released

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Federally endangered dragonflies that have been raised in a laboratory over the past several years are being released at a forest preserve this week in Illinois, where scientists believe they’ll be a good match with the small population still there.

The Hine’s emerald dragonflies, which for decades were believed to be extinct, were carefully raised at the University of South Dakota over the past four to five years after eggs were collected from a dragonfly in southwestern Wisconsin. Three out of the 20 dragonflies that could be released have already been freed so far this week at a forest preserve near Chicago. No more than 320 of the insects remain in Illinois.

“We are trying to maximize their survivorship in captivity,” said Daniel Soluk, a professor at the University of South Dakota and the project leader. In the wild, he said, not very many dragonfly eggs survive to become adults - perhaps 10 of 1,000. Bringing them into the lab can dramatically increase their chances, so that of the same group maybe 100 or even 200 survive “all the way to where they’d be ready to emerge into adulthood.”

The Hine’s emerald dragonfly was discovered in Ohio, but by the mid-1900s, scientists believed the insect was extinct. That changed when one adult specimen was collected in the Des Plaines River Valley, southwest of Chicago, in 1988. The Hine’s emerald was listed as a federally endangered species in 1995, and it can now be found in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Female dragonflies lay eggs by dropping the tip of their body into shallow water. Immature dragonflies - known as nymphs - typically hatch from the eggs in the spring. Nymphs live in the water for about four years, until they crawl out, shed their skin one last time and emerge as flying adults. The adults live only four to five weeks between June and August.

The eggs for this project were collected from a dragonfly captured in southwestern Wisconsin, Soluk said, because the Hine’s emerald dragonflies in that area have the same diverse genetic composition as the ones found in Illinois.

“You may have lots of numbers, but if they’re genetically almost identical, that means there’s not as much ability to resist something like a disease that comes along or that they just won’t have as much flexibility in terms of quick responses to things like change in conditions,” Soluk said.

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