2 school victims mourned
Friends and relatives of the two 15-year-old students gunned down at a Kentucky high school have mourned their deaths at separate funeral services. Bailey Nicole Holt died Tuesday at Marshall County High School in Benton, a small rural community. The other student, Preston Ryan Cope, was airlifted to a Nashville, Tenn., hospital where he was pronounced dead. Holt’s funeral was Sunday at an area church, Twin Lakes Worship Center, and Cope’s funeral at the high school’s gymnasium. The teens were in kindergarten together and grew up side by side in their tight-knit community. Gov. Matt Bevin had declared Sunday as a statewide day of prayer.
Fitness devices locate GIs
An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas. The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the locations and movements of subscribers to its fitness service over a two-year period, by illuminating areas of activity, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Strava says it has 27 million users worldwide, including people who own widely available fitness devices, as well as people who directly subscribe to its app. The map is not live, but shows a pattern of accumulated activity between 2015 and September 2017. The data could provide info to someone who wants to attack or ambush troops, the Post reported. Military officials are looking into the situation to determine how to respond.
State honors McAuliffe
New Hampshire has proclaimed a day in tribute to a local teacher who died in the NASA space shuttle Challenger disaster decades ago. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Sunday would be known as Christa McAuliffe Day in honor of the Concord woman selected to become the first educator in space out of 11,000 applicants. McAuliffe never made it to orbit because she and six crewmates, including astronaut Judy Resnik from Akron, were killed when the Challenger broke apart shortly after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986.
46 tons of beads in drains
Let the good times roll — just not into storm drains. That’s the plea from city officials who say cleaning crews have sucked out more than 46 tons of Mardi Gras beads from catch basins along a five-block stretch of St. Charles Avenue downtown, a popular parade route.
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires
National news briefs, Jan. 28: 2 victims of Kentucky school shooting mourned