Capitol fences highlight delicate dance over safety, access

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The reaction from members of Congress, local lawmakers and neighborhood residents was swift and emphatically negative when the Capitol police force’s acting chief said permanent fences around the Capitol complex should be part of the “vast improvements” in security needed to protect the building and the lawmakers who work inside. It’s a sad fact of life in the nation’s capital that security measures are seldom temporary. But a Virginia Tech architect says it’s possible to address security concerns and make places more welcoming to the public.last_img read more

3 Idaho National Guard members killed in helicopter crash

first_imgBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three Idaho Army National Guard pilots have died after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Boise during a training flight. Col. Christopher Burt said the helicopter was last contacted at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday while it was on a routine training flight. The UH-60 Black Hawk’s emergency transmitter locator was activated about 15 minutes later. Search and rescue crews found the wreckage just after midnight Wednesday morning near a mountain named Lucky Peak. The names of the pilots killed in the crash were not immediately released so officials could notify their relatives. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Crews were still working to recover the bodies Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Cowher has memoir out in June

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame coach and NFL analyst Bill Cowher has a book coming out in June that his publisher is calling “more than just a football story.” The former Pittsburgh Steelers coach, who led his team to a Super Bowl title at the end of the 2005 season, has a deal with Atria Books for the memoir “Heart and Steel.” Cowher, inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, will look back not just on his career, but on his private struggles. In 2010, he lost his wife and father within three months of each other.last_img read more