In Brief: Kenya Sweeps Boston Marathon, Arkansas Tries to Carry Out Multiple Executions

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Edna Kiplagat, left and Geoffrey Kirui, both of Kenya, hold a trophy together after their victories in the 121st Boston Marathon. AP / Charles Krupa

Kenyan Marathoners Take Men’s Women’s Trophies at Boston Marathon

Kenyan runners easily swept the Boston Marathon after a slowdown in which no one from the country had won in two of the last three years. Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st running of the race with a time of 2:09:37, followed by three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp who was 21 seconds behind him. Edna Kiplagat took the women’s trophy at 2:21:52 in her Boston Marathon debut. Kenya had won either the men’s or women’s race every year since 1991 before being shut out in 2014 and again last year.  “In my mind, I was sure that one day I would win this race,” said Kirui, 25, who was running just his third marathon. “To come here to Boston, I knew I was going to face my colleagues who have run many times here. … I knew I would challenge some of the champions who have been competing here.”

Arkansas Trying to Find Way to Carry Out Double Execution Series

Arkansas is attempting to move ahead with plans to carry out a series of double executions on Monday, despite several legal blocks including rulings that the death row inmates are entitled to more appeals. The state set up a schedule to put to death eight prisoners — two each in a series of four separate nights — before its supply of an execution drug runs out at the end of the month. Lawyers representing Arkansas made motions to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the procedures to begin. If the executions do not take place until May, the state’s supply of the sedative drug midazolam will expire and the drugs it does have would not be sufficient. If the state’s attorney’s do succeed, the executions could begin on Monday at 7 p.m. “We’re in place and ready to go for whatever the court rules,” said J.R. Davis, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

United Boots Couple for Changing Seats

Just a week after an incident in which a doctor was dragged off a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport due to overbooking, a couple on their way to their wedding in Costa Rica on Saturday were removed from a different flight in Houston. Michael Hohl said he and his fiancé, Amber Maxwell were the last ones to board and noticed a man laid across their row, napping. So they decided to move three rows up. The flight, they said, was only half full and had several empty rows. But the row they moved to was considered “economy plus” and thus an upgrade. They asked a flight attendant if they could get the upgrade, but were returned to their assigned seats. Once they returned, a U.S. Marshall came and asked them to leave the flight.”They said that we were being disorderly and a hazard to the rest of the flight, to the safety of the other customers,” Hohl told USA Today. But in a statement, the airline said the couple”wouldn’t follow crew instructions.” They were rebooked for a flight the next day. Their wedding is still scheduled for Thursday.

Suburban Atlanta Roadway Buckles During Midday Traffic

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Atlanta commuters are on the road again after two lanes of I-20 in DeKalb county were shut down when part of the highway buckled on Monday, injuring one person. Fire officials thought the buckling was caused by an underground gas leak, but a police spokesman later said there was no evidence of a leak found. The injured man was hurt when his motorcycle crashed as the road buckled. He was hospitalized with multiple fractures to his leg, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The highway was shut down for a few hours until road officials could get traffic flowing again. The incident comes just weeks after a stretch of I-85 in Atlanta collapsed due to a fire.




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