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December 8, 2007

Bloomington teen dies in rollover

A 19-year-old Bloomington man died at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning in a vehicle rollover accident, according to the Pioneer Press.

Seth Hanson was driving on U.S. 75, south of Clinton, and "overcorrected," causing the car to roll several times, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Hanson was not wearing a seatbelt.

An 18-year-old female passenger was taken to a nearby hospital in Ortonville. Alcohol was detected in her system, and she was wearing her seatbelt, according to an accident report.

The girl had minor injuries, reported the State Patrol, but her current condition is not known.

Boy dies after being run over by cousin driving Christmas float

A 9-year-old boy died in Plant City, Fla., after being run over by a church float driven by his cousin in a Christmas parade, according to MSNBC.

Jordan Hayes was handing out beads and candy alongside the float Friday night, when his foot was caught by a wheel and he fell under the float, said Police Chief Bill McDaniel.

Parade watchers shouted at the driver "to back up," however, the pickup truck pulling the float ran over Jordan a second time. The driver, Jerry Bridges, is a cousin of Jordan, authorities said.

"This is a tragedy that defies words," McDaniel said. "This was supposed to be a time of celebration and joy, but it has turned into a terrible tragedy."

Girl dies after being found shot outside Wisconsin bar

A 16-year-old girl died early Saturday after being found shot in the back outside Cera's Tequila Bar in Racine, according to the Star Tribune.

Police said they were called to the "tavern" at about 1:15 a.m. after a report of a fight, and found the girl outside.

The girl died shortly after being taken to a hospital, the police department said.

No one has yet been taken into custody.

December 4, 2007

Lesbian pushes for sperm donor's financial support

A lesbian who used donated sperm to conceive a child with her partner rationalized Tuesday why the donor should provide financial support, according to London's The Times.

Andy Bathie, 37, from Enfield, north London, said he was assured he would have no personal involvement nor hold financial responsibility for Sharon and Terri Arnold's children after he donated his sperm.

Bathie said that he is "having money stolen from him by England's Child Support Agency, which was "forcing him to pay thousands of pounds in maintenance for the boy and girl, aged 2 and 4, cared for by the couple, who have now split up."

Terri Arnold said that Bathie had acted as a father to their children for a large portion of their lives. "He was a father to the children, a dad. He played a father's role for two years of their, well, my daughter's life," she said.

Terri admitted that originally the plan was for Bathie to simply act as a donor, but that he changed his mind and wanted to be involved, according to the Times.

"At the end of the day, I believed it would be beneficial for my children to have their father involved. He wanted that responsibility," Terri said.

The CSA said that the biological parents were financially responsible unless the child is legally adopted. Only licensed, anonymous sperm donors are exempt from being treated as the legal father, said a CSA spokesman.

"[Bathie] approached us to take on the father's role, not the other way around," Terri said.


Chanhassen teen killed in van rollover

Chanhassen teen and Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor, Andrew T. Jackson, was killed Saturday when the van he was riding in hit a patch of ice and rolled over, according to the Star Tribune.

Jackson, 18, recently had celebrated making the Purdue University hockey club as a freshman. The club was 10 minutes into their drive to a game in Danville, Ill. when the one-car accident occurred--at about 3:45 p.m. Jackson was killed almost instantly, according to the Star Tribune.

Seven of the hockey members were injured, all of whom were treated at a hospital and released.

Hockey served as a "stabilizing foundation" in Jackson's life as he dealt with the obstacles he faced. Jackson's sister, Nicole, said, "He had so many trials in his life. He had to go through so many obstacles. And then to get cut off like this."

Jackson's aunt, Therese Lockwood of Richfield, said that the family has heard little about the accident, which happened 5 miles north of Wingate, Ind., according to the Star Tribune.

The accident is being invested by Indiana public safety officials.