BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to agree to a ceasefire in Ukraine as soon as possible during a telephone call on Friday, a government spokesperson said on Friday. A truce was needed to improve the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and allow progress in finding a diplomatic solution for the conflict, the spokesperson said. During the 75-minute call, Scholz reminded Putin of Russia's responsibility for the global food situation, the spokesperson added. (Reporting by Riham Alkousaa)
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Around 7:30 a.m. on May 19, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen illegally passed a school bus at a bus stop near her home, according to a complaint filed with the Helena Police Department.
According to the information report, a red Chevy Colorado pickup drove around the bus’ fully extended crossing arm while schoolchildren were loading onto the bus at a stop near Mountain View Park on Helena’s southeast side. The bus driver said he recognized Arntzen behind the wheel and wrote down the license plate number of the vehicle she was driving, which he later submitted to police.
Montana Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division records indicate the license plate number belongs to a red Chevy Colorado truck registered to Arntzen’s husband, Steven W. Arntzen, of Billings.
Arntzen said in a telephone interview that Montana Free Press’ Wednesday morning request for comment on the incident was the first she’d heard about it. Calling on her personal cell phone because, she said, the issue “has nothing to do with OPI,” Arntzen said she was unaware of the complaint.
“This is the first I’m hearing about this alleged incident. Your email was the first time I’m hearing about it all,” Arntzen said.
The publicly available report, which was filed the same day of the alleged stop-arm violation, provides few details about the incident. However, in a May 23 interview with MTFP, the bus driver, Stuart Beagles, provided some additional details.
Beagles said he first noticed the red pickup as he was driving uphill on South Alice Street toward the bus stop. He said the vehicle briefly stopped and then turned around and followed the school bus.
Ali Velshi on Wednesday anchored MSNBC from Uvalde, Texas following the fatal school shooting massacre at Robb Elementary School.
Velshi interviewed journalist Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. The two described meeting after the fatal 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting.
Plohetski described his latest reporting on the alleged gunman.
He said, "oftentimes, after something like this happens, there is a deep desire for motive. People truly want to understand exactly why a person would have done what they did."
"I have learned one fact from law enforcement officials, and that is that the gunman's grandmother apparently worked at this elementary school, but that her employment stopped in May 2020. So, officials are trying to determine whether there is some connection there, or what exactly that connection is," he explained.
"But you certainly know, and I know from covering mass shootings, and other major crimes like this. that sometimes the real meaning dies with the person," he noted. "And so, that very well maybe what happened here."
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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that Daniel Defense — the company that manufactured a rifle used by the Uvalde, Texas school shooter — is abruptly pulling out of the upcoming National Rifle Association convention in Houston.
"Up until Wednesday afternoon,the company was to have occupied Booth 4839, conveniently close to the cafe at the George R. Brown Convention Center, amid what the NRA terms '14 acres of guns and gear,'" reported Michael Daly. "'GIVEAWAYS, DEMOS, CELEBRITY APPEARANCES & MORE!' Daniel Defense had promised online. The items on display would have included the DDM4 V7 rifle, the model used with such horrific effect at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. 'A perfect rifle for everybody,' a Daniel Defense promotional video says."
The booth will now be occupied by NRA promoters themselves, where they will offer memberships, "commission based dealer programs," and other services.
"Daniel Defense may still benefit from Tuesday’s horror. The company reported that the 2012 slaughter of 20 kids and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut boosted sales to folks fearing an assault weapons ban," said the report. "The now $100-million-a-year company was founded by 59-year-old Marty Daniel of Georgia. He started out making garage doors after flunking out of Georgia Southern University twice before finally graduating. A company history on its website suggests he might not have gone into guns if he had been a better golfer."
The Sandy Hook massacre was committed with an AR-style rifle manufactured by Remington. That triggered a landmark lawsuit into whether Remington was marketing its products responsibly, which led to an out-of-court settlement with the victims' families for $73 million.
Daniel Defense's exit comes as other key attendees are under pressure to pull out. "American Pie" singer Don McLean, who was scheduled to give a performance, has backed out. Also scheduled to give speeches are former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX); Abbott has declined to answer questions about whether he will still attend.