Officials in San Francisco are promising a full investigation after a frightening video was released showing a woman getting her finger caught in a closing train door and dragged onto the tracks under the train.
In the surveillance video, the woman can be seen walking down the stairs at the city’s Embarcadero station on April 12 when she tries to get on the Muni train as the doors are closing. It appears as though her hand gets stuck in the door as it is closing. She can be seen talking to an employee standing on the platform just feet away, but the train starts moving and she is dragged off the platform and under the train.
The woman was reportedly injured, but officials have not said how seriously.
“The door closed with less than a half an inch of space between the door and the door jam when she reached her hand in the door,” Paul Rose, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson, said in an interview with San Francisco ABC station KGO.
The SFMTA, which operates the train line, recently purchased new Muni train cars, including the one involved in the accident.
“These trains, and doors, are safe,” Rose said. “They operate as designed, they were certified by CPUC [California Public Utilities Commission] and they’ve gone through six months of tests before we put them in service.”
The CPUC has said it will investigate the doors and the pin system, according to KGO.
“I heard shouting behind me, and I didn’t know what was going on, but there was a commotion and I was scared honestly,” eyewitness Will Hayworth told KGO. “She was trying to keep up with this train and this new Muni car was dragging her by her hand. … People were shouting, ‘Stop!’ and a couple of people were banging on the car even, shouting ‘stop, stop, there’s somebody trapped.’
“She was keeping up, but still being dragged,” he continued. “The car didn’t slow down at all. Basically it didn’t seem like the operator had any idea of what was happening.”
Matt Haney, supervisor from San Francisco District 6, which includes the Embarcadero region, said this is not the first time he’s heard complaints about issues with the doors — including from SFMTA employees.
“There clearly needs to be some different sensors on the doors or some way for riders to be able to see it in a different way,” Haney said. “My understanding is that some of the operators actually flagged that this was an issue and they were concerned about it.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg believes that an assault weapon ban should be “on the table” as part of the 2020 presidential campaign.
“We can draw a line, and that’s not unconstitutional, it’s common sense, and that’s why I think assault rifles need to be on the table too,” he told voters in Iowa on Wednesday.
Buttigieg said that it made sense to draw a line on what kind of guns that Americans could own as part of the Second Amendment.
He asserted he spoke about guns “as somebody who is very familiar from my military training with weapons of war” after serving in the Navy Reserves in Afghanistan carrying a “rifle and a pistol.”
“There are some weapons that just don’t belong in our neighborhoods in peacetime in America,” he said as the audience clapped.
Buttigieg lamented that Congress was unable to pass something like universal background checks for weapons sales.
“The reality is that the gun safety measures that we are calling for are completely compatible with the Second Amendment and, by the way, are widely popular,” he said.
Buttigieg has a history of skepticism surrounding the right for Americans to own semi-automatic rifles but has talked about it cautiously.
“We had an assault weapons ban in this country in the 90s,” he said in March. “I would like to see more research on the effect it had. I do think we need to draw a line.”
He challenged the idea that Americans should even own an AR-15.
“Somewhere between a slingshot and a nuclear weapon, we’ve decided that the American people would draw a line,” he said. “Whether, for example, an AR-15 is on this side or that side of the line, I’m skeptical that it belongs in our neighborhoods in peacetime.”
On Twitter, Buttigieg expressed his frustration that semi-automatic rifles were owned by civilians.
“I did not carry an assault weapon around a foreign country so I could come home and see them used to massacre my countrymen,” he wrote on Twitter in October 2017.
I did not carry an assault weapon around a foreign country so I could come home and see them used to massacre my countrymen.
Great Britain v Kazakhstan – Fed Cup World Group II play-off
Venue: Copper Box Arena, London Dates: 20-21 April
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and live text commentary on BBC website
Britain’s Katie Boulter is “devastated” after missing three match points in a defeat that leaves her team’s Fed Cup play-off with Kazakhstan level at 1-1.
The 22-year-old lost 6-3 2-6 7-6 (6-8) to Kazakh number one Yulia Putintseva after British number one Johanna Konta had won the opening singles rubber.
Konta needed to block out a noisy band to beat Zarina Diyas 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Britain are seeking promotion to World Group II for the first time in 26 years in the best-of-five tie in London.
The two reverse singles and a doubles match are taking place from 12:00 BST on Sunday.
“I put everything out there,” Boulter said. “It’s part of sport though – you win some and you lose some.
“It will be replaying in my head for a long time, that’s for sure.”
Heartbreak for Boulter after ‘cruel’ defeat
Katie Boulter’s Fed Cup debut in February was impressive and she started off in much the same way here at London’s Copper Box Arena.
The world number 86 was the underdog against world number 38 Putintseva but she held her nerve to fight off deuce at 3-3 in the first set, before breaking in the following game.
That brought a reaction from the home crowd and Boulter used every opportunity to work them up – roaring in celebration after firing a backhand down the line during a service hold to move 5-3 up.
She was fearless in her play and full of confidence after breaking for a second time and taking the first set – silencing the Kazakh trumpet-and-trombone band and taking advantage of an out-of-sorts Putintseva.
The Kazakh number one re-grouped to break twice to go 2-1 up in the second set and her pressure took its toll on Boulter, who took a lengthy medical time-out.
Putintseva marched on to claim a comfortable second set but Boulter’s resurgence returned as she won the opening four games in the decider and showed no signs of injury.
The Briton was pegged back, though, with Putintseva using all her experience and skill to force a tie-break after breaking back twice and holding off match point in the final game of the third set.
Boulter had a further two match points saved in the tie-break – at 6-4 and 6-5 on her serve – as Putintseva’s risky baseline strokes paid off.
The British number two was comforted in her chair by captain Keothavong after she impressed yet again on the Fed Cup stage but to no avail this time.
“She gave everything she had, that’s all you can ask,” Keothavong said.
“At times she was struggling but she battled and put herself in that position. Sport can be cruel.”
Boulter will have to recover quickly as she is scheduled to take on Diyas in what could be the deciding singles rubber on Sunday.
“I am devastated, clearly,” Boulter said.
“I will be doing my absolute best to recover tonight and I am sure my body will be fine. I was just struggling a little bit.”
Konta adapts to challenge of Diyas and trombone
Konta got Britain off to a winning start with a spirited performance against Kazakh world number 107 Diyas.
The Briton was up against it from the off, though – battling to block out constant drumming, trumpet-playing and chants from the travelling Kazakh fans.
An antagonistic tune was played when Konta’s volley flew over the baseline as she fell 2-0 down in the opening set and the Briton looked distracted, glancing over at the band seconds before being broken again at 4-1 down.
“When you first hear the trombone it takes some time to get used to it,” Konta said. “I was in two minds on it because I thought ‘he is actually really good!’
“It is a tricky situation for any player to face but you get more resilient as the match goes on. You adapt and find a way to deal with the challenges.”
Konta found the response when she smashed her first ace of the match at 5-1 down and went on to claim a comfortable service hold that seemed to spur her and the home crowd on.
She won the next three games and, despite losing the first set, raced to a commanding 5-0 lead in the second.
Diyas, who had lost just one of her 14 previous singles matches in the Fed Cup, responded with resilience of her own – clawing it back to 5-3 before holding off five set points.
But a key moment came when Konta saved two break points in her opening service game of the third set, skipping off at the changeover with a fist-pump towards the crowd.
“I don’t think I got bogged down by things too much. I was enjoying being out there and trying to find a way,” Konta said.
“I found my way a little bit more in terms of when to mix it up. I definitely have been trying to add some more variety to my game in the last few months.
“It is more about making what I do well more effective. I am clear of the kind of player I am. But people are used to playing me. I’m not a fresh chick any more.”
The Briton quickly raced into a 4-1 lead in the decider, before Diyas called for a medical timeout for a shoulder issue.
That small break in play did little to quieten the home crowd and Konta responded to the roars of support to break back immediately after dropping serve at 4-2.
It took Konta two hours and 38 minutes to complete the comeback but tomorrow’s opponent Putintseva won’t have fared any better from her gruelling match with Boulter.
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
Katie Boulter’s race looked run at the end of the second set as what appeared to be a back problem took its toll.
She wrestled the initiative back with a breathtaking start to the decider, but Putintseva’s defence, fight and willpower were truly exceptional.
Boulter had two glorious early chances to take control of the tiebreak, but was reeled in once again by the irrepressible Putintseva, who celebrated by kissing her biceps.
Earlier, Johanna Konta took a long time to impose herself on Zarina Diyas, but to her credit, was a reasonably comfortable winner in the end.
Ten successive Fed Cup singles wins is a fine achievement – and as Britain’s number one she will get the chance to lead from the front in Sunday’s singles.
And silence the trombonist from Kazakhstan, who greeted Konta’s early errors with an ironic and sorrowful lament.
The discovery of new evidence prompted a judge to declare a mistrial in the prosecution of a Spokane man charged with killing the nephew of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana in a sword attack, a newspaper reported.
Court records show a sheriff’s detective found a text message in the case file while preparing to give testimony that had not been turned over to the defense, the Spokesman-Review in Spokane reported Friday.
John A. Radavich, 24, has pleaded not guilty to killing Robert J. Tester, 35, the senator’s nephew, in the 2016 attack at the younger Tester’s home in Spangle, Washington. Prosecutors have said Radavich was seeking revenge because he believed Tester had assaulted a 17-year-old girl that he had previously dated.
Prosecutors didn’t object to the motion for a mistrial by defense attorney Douglas Pierce on April 11 — a day after the trial began — but the reasons for the motion had remained unclear until now. A new trial is set for August.
According to court records, Tester’s daughter, who was 8 at the time, called her grandmother on Sept. 6, 2016, to say that a man she didn’t know had broken into their home and killed her father.
Spokane County deputies arrived to find a blood trail leading from Tester’s bedroom throughout the house. Tester had suffered multiple blunt-force and stab wounds, including a blow to the back of his head by a firewood-splitting maul.
The case remained unsolved until Radavich called a friend in Texas on Dec. 26, 2016, according to court records.
Radavich told the friend he had killed Tester because he believed Tester had assaulted his ex-girlfriend.
During the same recorded phone call, Radavich said the only other person he told of the killing was the former girlfriend.
“I needed her to help cover my tracks,” Radavich said, the newspaper reported.
While preparing for his testimony, Spokane County sheriff’s Detective Robert Satake found a text message the girlfriend had sent on the night of the killing to a man identified in court records as Christopher Santucci.
On Friday, Pierce asked Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno for a May hearing to interview the girlfriend about that text exchange. It is unclear what the text or texts said.
Moreno set the hearing and told Radavich’s defense attorney Douglas Pierce that the newly discovered text message was “extremely significant” for the defense.
Longtime Democrat operative and newly minted Fox News contributor Donna Brazile defended former President Barack Obama and his administration over Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying she believes they did “everything they could.”
“I think they did everything they could without sounding all of the alarm bells,” Brazile said on Fox News’s The Daily Briefing.
“If Obama did more on Russian meddling, she said, critics would have accused him of trying to help his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in her race against then-candidate Donald Trump,” Fox News reported.
“He was in a box,” Brazile said of the former president.
“Perhaps President Trump is in a box,” she added, before calling for action to prevent future meddling.
In the Fox report, Brazile claimed it was the Trump campaign that “exploited” information from WikiLeaks, which has suspected ties to Russia.
“Every day, the Trump campaign would get the WikiLeaks information; they would blast it,” Brazile said. “He used it in his daily rallies and daily meetings.”
“Brazile, who served as interim Democratic National Committee chair during the election, backed away from making any determination about whether her party should pursue impeaching the president,” Fox reported.
The Mueller report concluded that neither President Trump nor anyone in his presidential campaign colluded with Russia but stopped short of clearing the president of obstructing justice.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to leave the obstruction question open has been snapped up as what Democrats have called a “road map for impeachment.”
One of the Democrat presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), announced on Twitter on Friday that she supports starting impeachment proceedings.
But Brazile backed away from endorsing an effort to get the president removed from office.
“I think it’s premature to talk about what the next step is,” she said. “Before we can move into what I call the impeachment gear, perhaps we should just dive into this report.”
“Like Brazile, DNC Chair Tom Perez appeared to sidestep impeachment questions on Thursday and said it was unclear whether or not obstruction occurred,” Fox reported.
Aberdeen leapfrogged Kilmarnock into third place in the Scottish Premiership thanks to Scott McKenna’s goal as the hosts ended the game with eight men.
Centre-half Kirk Broadfoot was sent off when his foot struck the face of goalkeeper Joe Lewis in front of goal during a bruising first half.
Scott McKenna headed in a Graeme Shinnie corner after 66 minutes.
Stuart Findlay was then shown a second yellow card with six minutes remaining and Rory McKenzie a straight red.
McKenna’s goal was enough to extend the run of league victories for Derek McInnes’ side at Rugby Park to 10 games.
Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock, who started the day ahead of the Dons on goal difference after a run of six games unbeaten, remain a point short of equalling their record points tally set last season.
Game overshadowed by controversy
The first half between sides whose managers have been touted for the Scotland head coach vacancy would be defined by controversy.
Michael Devlin fouled Eamonn Brophy near the halfway line in an incident reminiscent of the one between the sides at Pittodrie earlier this season when the Aberdeen defender was red carded for a foul on Greg Stewart.
This time, there were more Aberdeen defenders in close proximity and referee Steven McLean brandished a yellow.
That controversy would pale in comparison to the incident that resulted in Broadfoot being sent off.
The Kilmarnock defender was through on goal, but his control let him down and he lunged in on Lewis, his studs catching the goalkeeper in the face.
Referee McLean was in no doubt and showed a straight red, much to the frustration of Broadfoot, who left the field kicking a water bottle.
The home fans were furious. Minutes earlier, Sam Cosgrove – already on a yellow – put in a late challenge on Greg Taylor. The Dons striker escaped with just a talking to from the referee.
Cosgrove – who was getting involved in far too many incidents – was subbed off at half-time.
As for the football, the first half was largely a scrappy non-event littered with fouls, a header from McKenna going wide of a post being as close as Aberdeen had come, while Kilmarnock’s Eamonn Brophy forced Lewis into a near-post save.
That McKenna header was a warning from Aberdeen and, as Graeme Shinnie swung in a corner, the Scotland centre-half headed home to give the Dons the lead.
The Kilmarnock fans kept up their support to the end, even when they saw their side reduced to nine men – Findlay shown a second yellow for a foul on Shinnie.
Substitute James Wilson’s fierce shot was well saved by goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann before, incredibly, Kilmarnock would end the match with just eight men – McKenzie sent off for retaliating angrily after a challenge in midfield.
Focus on refereeing decisions – analysis
This was a huge win for Aberdeen in the race for Europe.
Steve Clarke has done some amazing things with Kilmarnock since he arrived in Scottish football, but one team he has failed to conquer are Aberdeen – and so it continues.
A 10th league win in a row at Rugby Park is a remarkable stat. It also keeps up the incredible away form the Dons have shown this season.
More importantly, this puts Aberdeen clear in third place and firmly in the ascendancy in the race for a Europa League spot.
But so much of the attention will focus on the refereeing decisions. The Kilmarnock fans booed off McLean at the end.
Should he have sent off Cosgrove? Possibly. The sending off of Broadfoot was also debatable. Yes, he seemed to catch Lewis with his studs. But it was probably more reckless than excessive force so perhaps a yellow card would have sufficed.
The proximity of those decisions – they happened within minutes of each other – meant the home fans felt particularly hard done by.