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Nation/World briefs, April 19, 2007

April 18th, 2007 11:30 pm by Staff Report





Teen kills self after threatening students


Everson named Red Cross president


Body of Peace Corps volunteer found


MANILA, Philippines - The last entry in Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell's Internet blog said she was "buhay pa," a Filipino phrase for "still alive." The Jan. 13 posting, which detailed her experiences surviving a typhoon, explained that she had adopted the phrase soon after arriving in the country two years ago, calling it the most familiar response when Filipinos are asked how they are doing. Family and friends were hoping for a similar message from her after she disappeared April 8 while on a trip to see the famed mountainside rice terraces of Banaue, in a remote part of Ifugao province. But on Wednesday, soldiers found the Fairfax, Va., woman's body buried in a shallow grave in a dry river bed in the area of the northern Philippines where she was hiking by herself. Police said they believed foul play was involved. Campbell's family has said the daughter of a former U.S. Marine captain was an "alert and careful traveler" who would not easily be duped by people with "malevolent intent."


Teen kills self after threatening students

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - A teenager shot and killed himself Wednesday shortly after pointing a handgun at two other students in a high school parking lot, police said. Schools in Huntersville were locked down after 16-year-old Josh Emerson Cook made threatening gestures in a parking lot at North Mecklenburg High School, police said. Cook, who attended the school, turned the gun on himself when police confronted him at a gas station, said Capt. Michael Kee of the Huntersville Police Department. He later died, said Tahira Stalbert, a spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Police alerted four schools after the student left the high school's campus, Kee said. "We put every school in the area on immediate lockdown in light of everything that's gone on in the world lately," Kee said, referring to the fatal shootings of 33 people at Virginia Tech. "We erred on the side of caution."


Everson named Red Cross president

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NEW YORK - Trading one tough job for another, Internal Revenue Service chief Mark Everson was selected Wednesday as the new president of the American Red Cross, taking over as the charity restructures itself after sharp criticism of its response to Hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross had been led by an interim president, Jack McGuire, since December 2005, when Marsha Evans resigned because of friction with the charity's board of governors. Her resignation coincided with congressional hearings assailing the uneven performance of the Red Cross in Katrina's aftermath. Everson, 52, who will assume the Red Cross post on May 29, has served as IRS commissioner since May 2003, overseeing stepped-up enforcement of tax evasion.


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