RADICAL 1970s-ERA GROUP
Last SLA inmate released from prison
The last captured member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical 1970s-era group notorious for bank robberies, killings and the kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, was released from prison Sunday, a corrections official said.
James William Kilgore, 61, was paroled from High Desert State Prison in California after serving a six-year sentence for his role in the murder of housewife Myrna Opsahl during an April 1975 bank robbery.
The victim’s son, Jon Opsahl, said Sunday it felt “ironic” and “strange” that Kilgore was released on Mother’s Day.
Kilgore was one of five SLA members to serve time for the murder of Opsahl’s mother.
“I guess they did their time, paid their debts to society,” he said. “Now I guess they can get back to their lives.”
FREE SPEECH ARGUMENT
Student takes on school’s dress code
Justin Wright wants his Arizona middle school to do the right thing by letting students choose their own school clothes.
Justin, 14, has collected 250 signatures from fellow students at Centennial Middle School to repeal the dress code. He says the policy violates students’ free speech rights and costs families more money to buy special clothing for school.
The school requires students to wear solid navy, red or white shirts and bottoms in khaki, navy or denim. Flip flops, high-heeled shoes or shoes with wheels on the bottom are banned.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Deputy shoots boy playing with toy gun
A boy playing “cops and robbers” with a toy handgun was shot and wounded by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, officials said.
The boy was shot Sunday night in Palmdale, Calif. Deputy Jeff Gordon said the boy was hospitalized in stable condition and is expected to survive.
His age and identity were not immediately released.
Gordon said deputies were responding to reports that someone was riding a bicycle and brandishing a handgun. They spotted the rider and ordered him to drop the weapon but instead, Gordon said he pointed it at the deputies.