Top 5 Live –WURD Monday March 9
1. Body of Cayman Naib, 13, found in creek bed near family home
The leader of the K-9 search and rescue team that found 13-year-old Cayman Naib said Sunday that his body was almost completely covered in snow, lying near a tall fieldstone wall from which he may have fallen.
Mark Hopkins, chief of the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue, said Naib was found in a sleeping position a few hundred yards from his Newtown Square home, in a shallow part of Darby Creek.
“There was no obvious sign of trauma” before the body was removed from the snow, Hopkins said.
The rescue chief would not discuss a reporter’s question about the possibility a weapon had been found near the body.
2. Police: Teen killed by officer was unarmed
Nineteen-year-old Tony Robinson was not armed when a Madison, Wisconsin, police officer fatally shot him, Police Chief Mike Koval said Saturday.
“That’s going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, the public, to accept, to understand … why deadly force had to be used,” Koval said.
The officer who killed Robinson, Matt Kenny, had used deadly force before, shooting and killing a man in 2007.
Kenny was exonerated of wrongdoing and even received a commendation, the chief said, adding that the incident was “concluded to be a suicide by cop” situation.
Kenny was responding Friday to a disturbance at a residence. Koval said Robinson attacked him.
3. Theories but no debris: A year on, where is MH370?
On March 8, 2014, at 1:19 a.m., Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished.
A year later, searchers have no new clues as to where the Boeing 777 went with 239 people on board.
Radar and satellite reports have provided hints, but searchers still have nothing to hold in their hands. No wreckage seen floating at sea or beached on shore. No fuselage resting on the sea floor.
Experts have said the data indicate the flight path from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing unexpectedly veered, putting the commercial jet over the southern Indian Ocean.
But the water’s vast and intricate depths have revealed no secrets. And as clarity has eluded grasp, analysts have made many speculations about what happened.
4. Thousands flood the streets in Selma on ‘Bloody Sunday’
One day after President Barack Obama gave a momentous speech at the base of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where he urged Americans to fight for racial equality, thousands of people filled the streets of Selma on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights campaign.
Crowds came together in front of the historic Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the morning, where dignitaries including Attorney General Eric Holder attended Sunday service. A symbolic march over the famous bridge followed, where on March 7, 1965 state troopers attacked voting rights demonstrators.
The march will continue Monday morning from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, following the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. on his journey to make voting possible for African-Americans in the South.
5. Colin Powell still sees vein of intolerance in GOP
On the day after the 50-year anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, the first African-American Secretary of State Colin Powell said he still sees a “dark vein” of intolerance in the Republican Party, echoing comments he made in 2013.
“I still see it in the Republican Party and I still see it in other parts of our country. You don’t have to be a Republican to be touched by this dark vein,” Powell said on told ABC’s “This Week.”
“We’ve come a long way, but there’s a long way to go. And we have to change the hearts and minds of Americans. And I see progress, especially in the younger generation,” Powell added.
President Obama and former President George W. Bush, were in Selma Saturday to mark the anniversary. They were joined by Congressman John Lewis, who was brutally beaten during the march out of Selma that day in 1965.
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