Afternoon briefing

O’Hare Airport gets EPA grant

CHICAGO — Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will receive a $640,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to buy zero emissions ground support equipment.

City officials said Monday that the grant will let the Chicago Department of Aviation and United Airlines invest $1.4 million to buy 26 new pieces of equipment to replace older, diesel-fueled equipment. The city and airline say the effort will save more than 1.4 million gallons of diesel fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Officials say the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions that will be eliminated is equal to emissions from 3,100 passenger vehicles or 2,200 homes’ electricity use.

Chicago’s aviation department has been awarded nearly $18 million in grant money since 2011 to reduce emissions.

Judge arrested in prostitution sting

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida judge has been arrested along with five other men in an undercover police prostitution sting.

The Naples Daily News reports that Lee County Circuit Judge Jay B. Rosman was arrested along with the others after arranging to meet someone Friday they thought was a prostitute but who was actually an undercover Naples police officer.

A police report says the 64-year-old Rosman offered to pay $300 for an unspecified sex act.

A spokeswoman for the Lee County courts confirmed the arrest and says Rosman was released on bail. Court records did not show an attorney for Rosman.

Rosman has been a judge since 1986 and was the 20th Judicial Circuit’s chief judge from 2011 to 2015.

Parent objects to Civil War assignment

LEANDER, Texas — A Texas parent has objected to a Civil War-related history assignment in which her 12-year-old daughter was told to draw a picture of herself as a slave.

Tonya Jennings of Austin contacted the Leander Independent School District Friday about seventh-graders studying slave life in Texas in the 1850s.

Students were told to draw a picture of themselves as slaves, color the picture, then write a sentence that describes the surroundings using each of the five senses — smell, hearing, sight, taste and touch.

Jennings, who is black, says there’s nothing about slavery that she’d want any child to have to relive.

District spokesman Corey Ryan says administrators are reviewing the issue. A district statement says the tragic impact of slavery is well documented and relevant to Texas and U.S. history.

No charges for Nassar court attacker

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — No charges will be filed against a man who tried to attack former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom.

Eaton County prosecutor Douglas Lloyd says Nassar and his attorneys didn’t want charges against Randy Margraves. He says he gave those views “considerable weight” because they were potential victims.

Margraves is the father of three daughters who say they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor. Sheriff’s deputies tackled him after he charged at Nassar on Feb. 2.

Margraves apologized. He was briefly locked up, but a judge declined to hold him in contempt of court.

Police seek clues in shootings

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. — Detectives are trying to piece together why a Kentucky man fatally shot his parents and two other people before taking his own life.

Kentucky State Police say 45-year-old Joseph Nickell shot his parents, then drove to his girlfriend’s house and killed her and her mother before taking his own life in Johnson County, an Appalachian county near the eastern tip of Kentucky.

State Police Trooper William Petry says investigators with the agency, which is leading the investigation, were interviewing family members and neighbors Monday.

By The Associated Press

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