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11 killed in 2011 crash at Reno air races honored

RENO, Nev. — Spectators and racers paid tribute Sunday to 11 people who were killed when a plane crashed into box seats at last year’s Reno National Championship Air Races.

A moment of silence was held on the anniversary of the horrific accident at Reno-Stead Airport for pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 victims on the ground.

The emotional ceremony before a crowd of tens of thousands also featured the release of white balloons and a flag presentation after each victim’s name was read.



“Today is dedicated to paying tribute to all of those so greatly affected by the cold, unsympathetic and somber hands of fate … and to memorializing those 11 members of our air race family who are no longer with us today ,” said Mike Houghton, president of the Reno Air Racing Association.

Among injured victims in attendance were members of a Kansas family. The crash killed 73-year-old Cherie Elvin, of Lenexa, Kan., while her husband, Chuck, sons Brian and Bill, and daughter-in-law Linda Elvin lost part of their legs.




Occupy SF marks anniversary with peaceful rallies

SAN FRANCISCO — Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement in San Francisco are celebrating their first year with peaceful demonstrations that so far have yielded no arrests.

Police kept watch Monday as crowds that reached about 250 people protested outside banks and the Federal Reserve and briefly blocked an intersection and stalled streetcars during a march through the city’s Financial District.

The anniversary events were scheduled to culminate with an evening rally honoring “foreclosure fighters” outside the Bank of America building.

Last year, hundreds of protesters camped out for weeks across from the city’s Ferry Building, a popular tourist attraction.

In Oakland, a metal fence now surrounds the City Hall lawn that was the hub of several violent clashes between demonstrators and police during fall Occupy-inspired protests that attracted international attention.

Brown signs bill to prevent drug overdose deaths

SACRAMENTO — Drug users and underage drinkers seeking medical help will no longer have to fear charges under a so-called “good Samaritan” bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The governor announced Monday that he has signed AB472 by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco. The law, which will take effect Jan. 1, aims to save the lives of overdose victims by shielding them and those who would come to their aid from drug charges.

It decriminalizes the possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia when seeking medical assistance for an overdose, as long as the substances are for personal use.

Avid skydiver dies in Bay Area landing accident

BYRON, Calif. — Contra Costa County authorities are investigating the death of a skydiver who slammed into the ground while attempting an advanced maneuver known as a “swooping.’

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 43-year-old Napa County resident Donald Brown was pronounced dead minutes after he deployed his parachute above Byron Airport on Saturday night.

Friends of Brown’s tell the newspaper he was an experienced skydiver, but may have misjudged his altitude and therefore had too little room to perform the risky landing move.

The US Parachute Association describes swooping, also known as canopy piloting, as a skydiving discipline that involves hurtling down at high speeds and then decelerating by turning horizontally just above the ground.

— Associated Press


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