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Bullied boy's siblings offered free education

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- The University of Massachusetts says it is offering full scholarships to the siblings of a Springfield boy who hanged himself in 2009 after incessant bullying at school.

UMass officials say they are honored to have a chance to help the family of Carl Walker-Hoover, who was 11 when he committed suicide. His mother, Sirdeaner Walker, has become an anti-bullying advocate and has testified before state and federal officials about the topic.

UMass says Walker's other two children, 8-year-old Charles and 7-year-old Gloria, will be invited to attend any of its four campuses with their entire tuition, room, board and fees covered for four years.

Crews from ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" also have been rebuilding the family's home, which had significant structural problems and was more than 100 years old.


Family says pilot was focused on safety

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- The pilot of a post-World War II plane that crashed during an air show in West Virginia was a decorated Air Force pilot and instructor, a successful businessman and a passionate pilot who stressed safety first and foremost, friends and family said Sunday.

Federal aviation officials investigating the crash that killed John Mangan of Concord, N.C., said they expect to have a preliminary finding within days into the cause of the crash Saturday during a show by the T-28 Warbird Aerobatic Formation Demonstration Team.

Mangan, 54, was killed when his T-28 crashed and burst into flames before hundreds of stunned spectators at the Martinsburg air show. He had flown with the demonstration team for five years.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator was on the scene Sunday.


Trainer death citations unfounded, park says

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- SeaWorld Orlando is fighting $75,000 in penalties from a federal job safety agency after a whale killed its trainer.

A hearing is set for today before an administrative judge in the Orlando suburb of Sanford. SeaWorld is expected to argue that three safety citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an investigation into trainer Dawn Brancheau's death last year are unfounded.

The amusement park says the allegations are baseless and unsupported by the evidence.

Animal rights activists plan to protest the hearing with signs saying "Throw the Book at SeaWorld!" and "Stop Imprisoning Orcas!"

Brancheau died Feb. 24, 2010, when a killer whale named Tilikum grabbed her by her pony tail and dragged her underwater violently.


Cain won't name 9-9-9 plan creators

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is quick to discuss his economic plan. But he isn't saying just who helped him create it.

Cain calls it the 9-9-9 plan. It would set a corporate flat tax at 9 percent and a personal flat tax at 9 percent and establish a 9 percent national sales tax. The payroll tax, the estate tax and the tax on capital gains would be eliminated.

He was asked on "Fox News Sunday" who helped him develop the plan. Cain said he isn't at liberty to identify anyone but the chairman of his economic advisers.

Cain says the others are well-known business owners, but he doesn't want to compromise their confidentiality by naming them publicly.