Friday, August 1 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:33:21 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were...Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:25:04 GMT
U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000.Full Story >
U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the...Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:24:26 GMT
Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
With the sound of artillery blasts at a distance, 70 international investigators arrived Friday at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed and started recovering the remains of as many as 80...Full Story >
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
In perhaps one of the most stark sights of the nation's ongoing government shutdown in Washington DC, a man clutching a South Carolina state flag was seen mowing the lawn at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday.
In a photo snapped by Twitter user @sallyhs, the man is shown pushing a lawnmower outside the memorial and holding the flag.
"Spotted outside Lincoln Memorial," said Sally. "Random dude mowing."
Fellow user @philfarley responded to the photo and said the very same man was spotted with a leafblower just outside the World War II memorial on Tuesday night. Once again, he was holding up the Palmetto State's banner.
The man himself has finally come forward. Multiple news outlets have confirmed the man's identity as Chris Cox, a Mount Pleasant native who is living in Alexandria, Virginia.
According to Washington DC radio station All-News 99.1, Cox is calling his one-man endeavor the Memorial Militia.
Cox is doing the work that the Park Service rangers would be doing if they weren't furloughed by the government shutdown.
"These are our memorials. Do they think that we're just going to let them go to hell? No," Cox said to the radio station. "If they shut down our memorials, we're still going to take the trash out, we're going to clean the windows, we're going to cut the grass, we're going to pull the weeds, we're going to do the tree work."
Cox told the Washington CBS affiliate that he's not motivated by political reasons, but just wants to keep the memorials tidy as veterans prepare to come to DC for this weekend's Million Vet March.
In a video posted to the Charleston Post and Courier's Facebook page, Cox is shown emptying the trash cans around various memorials.
"All these cans are full and they could care less, and I don't know why I care, but I do, and I'm not going to allow them to have a picture in the paper of all the trash piled over," said Cox.
Cox, despite being asked to stop his work by the Park Police, says he wants to expand his efforts with other volunteers.
"They're going to be talking about the senators and the congressmen who opened up these memorials. They're also going to talk about the civilians who came together and said, 'Oh, wait a minute, we got this. We got it. Y'all go ahead and take another week off. We'll keep the memorial clean,'" said Cox.
Considering the number of monuments and memorials around DC, we'd say Cox has plenty of work to do.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >