Biden to visit elementary school Tuesday
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Oakstead Elementary on Tuesday as part of his sweep through Florida promoting the American Jobs Act. Biden will give a speech at the school urging Congress to pass the bill to keep teachers in the classroom and rebuild schools. Eight of the 83 teachers at Oakstead were laid off earlier this year, as the Pasco school district eliminated 513 positions due to budget cuts. Many who were laid off were later rehired in other positions, however. The White House says the vice president will focus on the impact of teacher layoffs on the quality of education for middle class families, highlighting how budget cuts are impacting children's education and prospects for competing in the future.
Transient falls into bus' path, is killed
A 47-year-old man died Saturday morning after he fell into the path of a bus in Dunedin, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Officials identified him as Darren M. Camp, a transient. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus was pulling up to the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Park Street at 7:15 a.m. when the man fell into the street. The driver was unable to avoid the man and the bus rolled over him, the Sheriff's Office said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Student rescues man from river
A Gonzaga University student from Tampa rescued a suicidal man who jumped into the Spokane River on Friday. ROTC cadet Christopher Smith was on a morning run with two other cadets when another jogger told them someone was in the river. Smith dangled from a ledge above the water to reach the man. According to the Spokesman-Review, Smith pulled the man from the river and tried to keep him warm until firefighters arrived. As they waited, the man, who was not injured, told Smith he wanted to die because he was out of work and recently divorced.
Times staff, wires