Tower officer resigns
A spokesman for the New York City company that manages 1 World Trade Center said its head of security has resigned. David Velazquez’s resignation Friday came just days after three skydiving enthusiasts, who parachuted off the nation’s tallest skyscraper in September, were arrested. It also came almost two weeks after authorities said a New Jersey teenager was able to sneak onto the site, climb to the top of the 1,776-foot tower and take pictures.
3 lawmakers penalized
The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three Democratic lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century. Friday’s 28-1 vote in the 40-member chamber came amid one of the most severe ethical crises in modern times for the Legislature in the nation’s most populous state.
Peanut butter dumped
Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. A bankruptcy trustee said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons.
Abortion ban vetoed
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion in West Virginia after 20 weeks. The Democratic governor said he vetoed the legislation because of constitutionality issues raised by his legal team and attorneys for the Legislature. The bill resembles a law struck down in Arizona that the U.S. Supreme Court later decided not to reconsider.
Compiled from wire reports.