Shooting prompts forum
In a packed forum on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the parents of Trayvon Martin found support among members of Congress who turned the death of their 17-year-old son into a rallying cry against racial profiling. Martin’s parents spoke briefly before a Democrats-only congressional panel as cameras clicked noisily in front of them. Many in the crowd strained to catch a glimpse of the parents whose son was shot and killed Feb. 26 in a Sanford, Fla., gated community.
Major face transplant
After 15 years of wearing a mask and living as a recluse, a 37-year-old Virginia man disfigured in a gun accident got a new face, nose, teeth and jaw in what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed. Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville is recovering well after last week’s surgery, beginning to feel his face and already brushing his teeth and shaving, University of Maryland Medical Center officials announced Tuesday.
Medical records tossed
A former Kansas abortion provider isn’t likely to face criminal charges for discarding hundreds of patients’ private medical records in a recycling bin outside an elementary school, but anti-abortion lawmakers called Tuesday for the state Legislature to investigate. Krishna Rajanna confirmed that he left records from Affordable Medical and Surgical Services in a school recycling bin blocks from his home in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.
Lorax statue stolen
They took the Lorax, made of bronze, the thieves they came, and now he’s gone. A 2-foot statue of Dr. Seuss’ Lorax character was stolen from the San Diego backyard garden of the 90-year-old widow of the beloved author whose real name was Theodore Geisel. Audrey Geisel noticed the statue and its tree-stump base were missing from the garden and were likely stolen over the weekend.
Compiled from wire reports.