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April 14th, 2007 12:06 am by Staff Report






Man jumps from Empire State Building


Storm drops snow on central Plains


Principal, teacher quit after video surfaces


Man jumps from Empire State Building

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NEW YORK - A man jumped to his death Friday out the window of a 69th-floor law office in the Empire State Building. Police responded to the New York City landmark shortly before 3 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing a severed leg - covered in a gray sock - on the street below. The rest of the body was recovered from a setback on the 30th floor. The tragedy in the 102-story building closed portions of the busy Midtown Manhattan street while the investigation continued. Police identified the man as Moshe Kanovsky, a lawyer in his 30s. More than 30 people have committed suicide at the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931, including a 21-year-old man in February 2006.


Storm drops snow on central Plains

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A spring storm dropped snow and rain on the central Plains and spawned a tornado in Texas on Friday as it headed toward the East Coast, where it was expected to create a messy weekend. Up to 8 inches of snow fell over parts of western Kansas by early afternoon, making driving tougher and forcing some schools to close early. Southeastern Colorado was expecting to end up with no more than 7 inches - far less than the 18 inches initially forecast in some places. As the storm moved east, a tornado was spotted near Bedford, a suburb in between Dallas and Forth Worth, Texas, according to the National Weather Service. Thousands of fans who showed up to watch qualifying were being advised to move to safety as tornado sirens blared at the speedway.


Principal, teacher quit after video surfaces

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CHICAGO - A principal and a teacher at a suburban elementary school quit amid allegations they were caught on video having sex in the principal's office, authorities say. In keeping with Cook County's reputation for bare-knuckle politics, the scandal broke after copies of the sex tape were mailed anonymously to parents this week, just days before a contested school board election. The case has also created something of a mystery: Who planted the camera that recorded the action? Leroy Coleman and Janet Lofton submitted their resignations after meeting with the district superintendent Thursday, said John Izzo, board attorney for the Sandridge Elementary School district, about 20 miles south of Chicago.


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