Former Sen. Specter battling cancer again
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Former Sen. Arlen Specter confirmed Tuesday that he is fighting cancer again, calling the latest diagnosis “another battle I intend to win.”
Specter, 82, issued a brief statement through his Philadelphia office. A family spokesman reached by the Associated Press declined to comment on the type of cancer or confirm news reports that he had been hospitalized.
Specter, who was Pennsylvania’s longest-serving senator, has overcome two bouts with Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system, since 2005. He also has survived a brain tumor and cardiac arrest after bypass surgery. In his statement, he said: “I’m battling cancer. It’s another battle I intend to win. I’m grateful for all the well wishes I’ve received. I’m looking forward to getting back to work, to the comedy stage, to the squash court and to the ballpark.”
In retirement, among other activities, Specter occasionally performed stand-up comedy at clubs in Philadelphia and New York.
His 30-year career ended after he switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. He lost the Democratic primary in 2010.
Teen shooting suspect is charged as an adult
PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) – A 15-year-old sophomore at a suburban Baltimore high school who made references to murder-suicide on Facebook has been charged as an adult in the shooting of a classmate on the first day of school, authorities said Tuesday.
Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. was being held without bail on charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, Baltimore County police said.
Gladden’s father told the Associated Press that his son had been bullied, though he did not provide details, and the suspect’s attorney said his client accidentally discharged the weapon.
The teen’s last status update on his Facebook page, posted the morning of the shooting, read: “First day of school, last day of my life. ...” Gladden also referred to mass murderer Charles Manson and gave himself the nickname “SuicidalSmile.”
According to charging documents, Gladden walked into the cafeteria at Perry Hall High School on Monday morning and fired a shot. A classmate, Daniel Borowy, 17, was struck in the back and is in crticial condition.
Man dressed as Bigfoot is struck, killed by cars
LOS ANGELES – A Montana man who was apparently trying to trigger a Bigfoot sighting by dressing up in a costume and darting out onto a dark stretch of highway was struck and killed by two passing cars, officials said.
Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, Mont., was apparently wearing a Ghillie suit at the time. That’s a camouflage outfit – sometimes used by military snipers or hunters – designed to resemble dense, thick foliage.
“What we know so far is that we had a couple of guys out, allegedly trying to prompt a sighting of Bigfoot,” Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Butch Huseby told the Los Angeles Times. The officer added: “This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. Really.”
But it was no doubt a frightening sight for the teenage girl who was driving down a two-lane highway at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday near Flathead Lake in northeastern Montana. That’s when Tenley entered the road, officials say.
The girl’s car struck Tenley, who was then struck by a second car, which was also driven by a teenage girl, Huseby said. Tenley was pronounced dead at the scene.
– Los Angeles Times