Last Update on August 28, 2015 07:26 GMT
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- From the looks of things, those at WDBJ-TV in Virginia yesterday might have thought there was nothing amiss. The station's morning show went on as scheduled, reporters, anchors and those behind the scenes did their jobs. And the desks of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward looked as they did Wednesday morning. But this time, the world looked on as the station struggled to cope with the fact that two of their colleagues were killed -- and the murderer was someone who used to work at the station. Vester Flanagan shot Parker and Ward as they did a live interview. Hours later, he shot himself to death.
<<CUT ..002 (08/28/15)>> 00:22 "it hit home"
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The anchor who was on the air when two of her colleagues were shot to death before her eyes while on a live shot says she felt she could best honor Alison Parker and Adam Ward by being back at the anchor desk yesterday. Kim McBroom was seen wide-eyed and mouth gaping after a former reporter opened fire on them as they did a remote report for WDBJ-TV's morning show on Wednesday. She was back on the set yesterday, observing a moment of silence on the air -- and despite the shock of losing two colleagues and friends, anchored the show with poise and strength. McBroom says if the situation were reversed, she knows "Alison would do this for me."
<<CUT ..006 (08/28/15)>> 00:08 "never understand that"
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The general manager of WDBJ-TV says Vester Flanagan wasn't a victim of discrimination or harassment while he worked there. Jeffrey Marks spoke to reporters yesterday to counter claims Flanagan made in court and online -- that the station was a racially hostile environment. In social media posts after the shootings, Flanagan said reporter Alison Parker made racial comments and cameraman Adam Ward reported him to human resources the first time they worked together. In a manifesto sent to ABC News, Flanagan said he was mistreated because he was black and gay.
<<CUT ..009 (08/28/15)>> 00:14 "offices of WDBJ-7"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Did someone with Subway know its former pitchman Jared Fogle had a thing for underage girls? An attorney for a former Subway franchise owner says she knew what Fogle was up to -- and told an ad exec with the company back in 2008. Cindy Mills says she and Fogle swapped phone numbers -- and in conversations, Fogle began talking about paying to have sex with minors. Mills says she reported that to Jeff Moody, a Subway ad fund official. Subway didn't respond to a request for comment yesterday.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Whatever the deal is with Donald Trump's hair -- the Republican presidential candidate insists it's the real thing. Trump declared at a campaign stop in South Carolina yesterday: "It's my hair ... I swear." Trump parted from his campaign strategy to brush off an account in The New York Times which said he wore a toupee. He invited a woman onstage and instructed her to pull his hair to prove it was real. She said she believed it was.
<<CUT ..011 (08/28/15)>> 00:12 "no! No you haven't"
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Don't look now, but the first Oscar winners have already been named. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have already tabbed director Spike Lee and actresses Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds as recipients of this year's Governors Awards. They will receive the honors Nov. 14.
LONDON (AP) -- Antonio Banderas is after fashion. The actor is studying at the same college in London that claims designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen as alumni. The actor is in his second week of study at Central Saint Martins. The college confirms the actor is taking a specially crafted short course in fashion. The course lasts several weeks and is due to end before full-time students return in October.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- David Letterman says the number of recent deaths among auto racers concerns him. The former TV talk show host says the death of racers like Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Dale Earnhardt and others makes him wonder if auto racing has "reached diminishing returns" at making the sport safer. Letterman is part owner of Rahan Letterman Lanigan Racing -- and spoke to The Associated Press two days after Wilson died of a head injury suffered when struck by a piece of debris at Pocono Raceway.
August 26, 2015 07:09 GMT
AP Prep-Today in History
Today is Wednesday, August 26, the 238th day of 2015. There are 127 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women's right to vote, was certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.
On this date:
In 1789, France's National Assembly adopted its Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa began cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following day.
In 1939, the first televised major league baseball games were shown on experimental station W2XBS: a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. (The Reds won the first game, 5-2, the Dodgers the second, 6-1.)
In 1944, French Gen. Charles de Gaulle braved the threat of German snipers as he led a victory march in Paris, which had just been liberated by the Allies from Nazi occupation.
In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago.
In 1972, the summer Olympics games opened in Munich, West Germany.
In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani (al-BEE'-noh loo-CHYAH'-nee) of Venice was elected pope following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he died just over a month later.)
In 1985, 13-year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began "attending" classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Indiana, via a telephone hook-up at his home after school officials had barred Ryan from participating in person.
In 1996, Democrats opened their 42nd national convention in Chicago.
In 2009, authorities in California solved the 18-year disappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard after she appeared at a parole office with her children and the Antioch couple who'd kidnapped her when she was 11.
Ten years ago: Utility crews in South Florida scrambled to restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by Hurricane Katrina, which continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico. A fire raced through a crowded, rundown Paris apartment building housing African immigrants, killing 17 people, mainly children.
Five years ago: The government of Chile released a video of the 33 miners trapped deep in a copper mine; the men appeared slim but healthy as they sang the national anthem and yelled, "Long live Chile, and long live the miners!"
One year ago: In a speech to the American Legion's national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Barack Obama defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that had delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but conceded more needed to be done to regain their trust. Burger King announced it would buy Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal to create the world's third largest fast-food chain.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Francine York is 79. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Valerie Simpson is 70. Pop singer Bob Cowsill is 66. Broadcast journalist Bill Whitaker is 64. Actor Brett Cullen is 59. NBA coach Stan Van Gundy is 56. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 55. Country musician Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) is 54. Actor Chris Burke is 50. Actress-singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is 49. Rock musician Dan Vickrey (Counting Crowes) is 49. TV writer-actress Riley Weston is 49. Rock musician Adrian Young (No Doubt) is 46. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 45. Latin pop singer Thalia is 44. Rock singer-musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is 40. Actor Mike Colter is 39. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 35. Actor Chris Pine is 35. Country singer Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line) is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cassie Ventura is 29. Actor Dylan O'Brien is 24. Actress Keke Palmer is 22.
Thought for Today: "While we read history we make history." -- George William Curtis, American author-editor (1824-1892).
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