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Meghan O'Donnell, 29, from St. Louis, prays at the spot where Michael Brown was killed.
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Meghan O'Donnell, 29, from St. Louis, prays at the spot where Michael Brown was killed.

Midday Roundup: Violence follows police shooting in St. Louis


Community pain. A candlelight vigil for an unarmed African-American man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by a spree of looting and vandalism Sunday night. Two police officers received minor injuries, 32 people were arrested, and no civilians were reported hurt in the unrest. The vigil was for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who got into a fight with a Ferguson, Mo., police officer Saturday. Brown was unarmed, but appears to have been involved in an assault on the officer with another man. The officer shot Brown multiple times.

Pay for play. In what’s being called a potential earthquake in college sports, a judge ruled Friday that student athletes should get “a limited share” of the money colleges make from lucrative sports programs. Judge Claudia Wilken capped the amount at $5,000 per year per player, starting in 2016. NCAA President Mark Emmert said Sunday the organization will appeal the ruling. Also last week, the NCAAvoted to allow student athletes more benefits. “We need to provide them what we call the full cost of attendance, better health and safety benefits, better professional counseling,” University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides said. The NCAA voted to allow its five largest conferences latitude to work out those benefits on their own.

Obstruction of justice. An unprecedented number of inspectors general have lodged a formal complaint against the Obama administration. The officials charged with acting as government watchdogs say the White House puts up obstacles so they can’t do their jobs. The complaint says agencies from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Peace Corps have refused to provide requested documents and cooperate with investigations. Forty-seven—more than half—of the nation’s inspectors general signed the complaint, filed with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said there will be a hearing on the complaint in September.

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Death at the races. Sprint car racer Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died Saturday when NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s car ran over him during a race on a dirt track in upstate New York. Ward got out of his car on the track, apparently to confront Stewart after Stewart’s car bumped his and caused it to spin out. As Stewart’s car came around the track again, it appeared to fishtail and clipped Ward. Stewart is NASCAR’s fourth-highest-paid driver but races sprint cars on the side as a hobby. His actions on the track are under investigation, as are track conditions that could have contributed to the fatal accident.

Cowabunga! Michael Bay’s wacky remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles surprised the film industry by opening at the No. 1 spot this weekend. It bested blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, which was only in its second weekend. TMNT garnered worldwide box-office receipts of more than $97 million.

The Associated Press and Steve Jordahl contributed to this report.

Lynde Langdon
Lynde Langdon

Lynde is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.


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