Union leader to rally strikers
The president of the American Federation of Teachers is going to Phoenix on Monday to support striking Arizona teachers as they continue rallying for more funding. Randi Weingarten will speak at a rally and hold a news conference next to the state Capitol, which is where members of the #RedforEd movement will congregate. Organizers say the teachers also plan to spend part of the day meeting with legislators. Arizona teachers’ walkout over pay and education funding appears headed into a third day as major school districts in Phoenix and across the state, including in Tucson and Flagstaff, say schools will remain closed Monday.
Officer, others hurt in pursuit
The driver of a stolen tractor-trailer in Colorado deliberately rammed into vehicles and caused numerous injuries before finally being taken into custody by police, who fired on the rig in an effort to stop the rampage, authorities said Sunday. Five people including a Fort Morgan police officer were injured as law enforcement pursued the truck Saturday night for more than 20 miles, Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone said. “He was definitely aiming at people,” Crone said.
Cat on lam nabbed at airport
A frisky cat that got loose at Kennedy Airport has been captured after more than a week on the lam. WABC-TV reports that Pepper the cat was lured out of hiding early Saturday. Pepper bolted from her owner April 20 as they were preparing to board a flight to China. The owner was moving to China for a new job and had to leave without Pepper. Pepper was spotted several times in nonpublic areas but eluded capture. Then on Saturday, the officer who led the rescue effort enlisted the help of a friend of Pepper’s owner, who called Pepper by her Mandarin name and enticed her with food. The officer and the friend then grabbed Pepper.
‘Avengers’ wows box office
A few dozen superheroes lifted Avengers: Infinity War to a record $250 million in ticket sales over the weekend, narrowly surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the highest opening weekend of all time. Accounting for inflation, the Star Wars reboot would still reign with about $260 million in 2018 dollars. Infinity War also set a global opening record with $630 million, even though it’s yet to open in China.
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires
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