Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Police in Columbus, Ohio, are “investigating how a 13-year-old boy wanted for questioning Wednesday night in an armed robbery ended up fatally shot by an officer. The child – later identified by Columbus police as Tyree King – had ‘pulled a gun from his waistband’ when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody, the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement. As the encounter unfolded, an officer shot King ‘multiple times.’”
* Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail this afternoon, speaking at a rally in North Carolina. When she walked onto the stage, James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” played on the loudspeakers.
* President Obama today established “the first national marine monument in the Atlantic, declaring nearly 5,000 square miles off the New England coastline a fully protected area. The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument will protect 4,913 square miles that encompass three deep sea canyons and four underwater mountains.”
* When it comes to U.S. policy in Syria, the Pentagon’s mistrust of Russia is causing a rift between the State Department and the Defense Department.
* I was on a plane the other day and a flight attendant was concerned about passengers bringing these on board: “The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones Thursday, calling the devices ‘serious fire and burn hazards.’”
* Flint: “The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday that would provide emergency funding to help fix the drinking water infrastructure in Flint and other communities with contaminated systems. The Senate’s vote was 95-3 for the $9.4 billion water projects bill containing the provisions that could benefit Flint.”
* The Virginia Supreme Court today “refused to find Gov. Terry McAuliffe in contempt of court over his efforts to restore voting rights to felons.”
* A breakthrough hire: “Carla Hayden was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress, the first woman and first African-American to hold that post since the Library was created in 1800, after a 216-year unbroken string of white guys.”
* An oddly appropriate job for a notorious chain-smoker: “Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has joined the board of directors at the tobacco company Reynolds American. He will also be on the board’s corporate governance, nominating and sustainability committee, the company said.”
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