PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY,Va. -- President Obama hailedanother positive jobs report today,telling workers on a southernVirginia factory floor that "theeconomy is getting stronger" and"better days are ahead.""Our job now is to keep thiseconomic engine churning,"Obama said a Rolls-Royce jetengine parts facility.Obama spoke hours after theLabor Department announced thatthe economy had created 227,000 jobs in February. Theunemployment rate remained at8.3%.All told, Obama said that theeconomy has generated nearly 4million new jobs in the past twoyears, though he added "we're stillrecovering from the worsteconomic crisis of our lifetimes."On a political note, Obama toldthe largely supportive crowd that"we can't go back" to the(Republican) policies that createdproblems in the first place. Thepresident touted his programs torebuild the auto industry andcreate new sources of energy.The president also discussedplans to build a network of up to15 "Institutes for ManufacturingInnovation" around the country.The White House says thesefacilities would serve as "regionalhubs of manufacturing excellencethat will help to make ourmanufacturers more competitiveand encourage investment in theUnited States."In 2008, Obama became the firstDemocrat to carry Virgina in apresidential election since LyndonJohnson in 1964.The Prince George event didfeatured some bipartisanship.Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, apotential running mate on theRepublican ticket, accompaniedthe president on a tour of theRolls-Royce facility.Republicans said they welcomedthe job growth, but Obamapolicies may be holding theeconomy back."While the economy is slowlyadding new jobs, job growth mustbe stronger in order for themillions of unemployed to getback to work," said HouseMajority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:Donate toWikileaks.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Thegunman who killed an employeeat aUniversity of Pittsburghpsychiatric clinic and shot severalothers wasn't carryingidentification, and his fingerprintshave yielded no clues to hisidentity — but the mother of theslain worker said Friday that shedoesn't believe the shooter knewher son.By Justin Merriman, APPolice help employees of Western Psychiatric Institute andClinic evacuate the building onThursday in Pittsburgh.The gunman's fingerprints wererun through a nationwide databaseused by police and federalagencies, including theFBIandCIA, to no avail, the AlleghenyCounty Medical Examiner'sOffice said Friday. City policehave yet to say what motivatedthe man, who was apparently shotdead by campus police inThursday's shooting rampage atthe Western Psychiatric Instituteand Clinic.The man had two semiautomaticpistols when he shot seven people— including 25-year-old MichaelSchaab, of Edgewood, who waspronounced dead at the scene at 3p.m., about 80 minutes after theshooting began, according to themedical examiner. An eighthperson was hurt, but officials saythat injury was not gunshot-related. The surviving victims areall expected to recover.Investigators are trying to get amedical examiner's photo of thedead gunman and circulate it inhopes the public can help identifyhim, police spokeswoman DianeRichard said.Mary Schaab, the dead victim'smother, told The Associated Presson Friday that authorities havetold them "absolutely nothing"beyond notifying them of herson's death. A state trooper from abarracks nearest to theirGreensburg home brought thenews to the family late Thursdaynight.Until the trooper arrived, thefamily was glued to televisionnews reports but assumed her sonwas safe, Schaab said."We sat and watched the news forhours and not even thinking (hemight be a victim) because heworked on another floor, an upperfloor," Schaab said. The shootingoccurred in the first floor lobby.Schaab said her son had workedat the clinic since graduating witha psychology degree from Pitt,and was going back to school toget his master's in occupationaltherapy. He had also recentlygotten engaged."We were just planning hiswedding," she said, sobbing."March 2013."Michael Schaab had just onesibling, a sister Nancy, 26, whowas fatally shot during a domesticdispute in October 2010. Her live-in boyfriend is serving 6 to 15years in prison for voluntarymanslaughter.Schaab said her son loved his joband that his patients and theirfamilies thought highly of him."I have letters from patients'families that just raved about him,about how good he was to theirspouses or mother or father,"Schaab said. "He was the bestperson in the whole world."The clinic was open Friday andpolice and extra security could beseen checking employee'sidentification as they entered thefront lobby, where authorities saythe shootings occurred.Gregory Brant told the AP hewas barricaded in a first-floorwaiting room when the gunfirebegan about 1:40 p.m. Thursday.For 15 minutes, it was fear andpandemonium."We heard a bunch of yelling,some shooting, people yelling,'Hide! Hide!'" Brant said."Everyone's yelling, 'Stay down!'"Brant, 53, and six other people,including a young girl and herparents, were in a waiting roomwhen the chaos began. Theycowered in a corner, hoping theywouldn't be seen. But the men inthe room quickly decided that if the gunman entered, they'd rushhim."We were kind of sitting ducks,"Brant said. "Luckily, he didn't seeus in there, and we didn't makeeye contact with him."Mayor Luke Ravenstahl stoppedshort of confirming the gunmanwas shot by a University of Pittsburgh police officer. But headded that "police actedadmirably and did engage ingunfire.""There's no doubt that their swiftresponse saved lives today,"Ravenstahl said.Officials at theUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Centersaidthey were treating five patientsaged 35 to 64, including two whohad undergone surgery. Thehospital isn't releasing patientnames, but said a 49-year-old manand a 64-year-old woman werestill listed in serious conditionFriday morning.John Leight Sr., of ShalerTownship, told the AP that the 64-year-old woman is his wife,Kathryn Leight, a receptionist atthe clinic, but otherwise declinedcomment when reached at home."At this point I still don't knowwhat happened," he said.Leight's son, John Jr., told thePittsburgh Post-Gazettethat thefamily has been told his 64-year-old stepmother had been shot fourtimes and underwent emergencysurgery. He said the womanremained in intensive care, buthad been taken off a ventilatorand was breathing on her own.Two others were treated andreleased, according the hospitalofficials.One of the injured was a policeofficer who was grazed by abullet. The injured peopleincluded employees and a visitor,said Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of emergency medicine at theuniversity's medical school.The clinic is a couple of milesfrom downtown, near the heart of the Pitt campus and its affiliatedmedical center.Pitt sent out email and text alertsshortly after 2 p.m. to warn peopleof the shooting."An active shooter has beenidentified at Western PsychiatricInstitute. Several injured," thealert said. "Possible second actorin Western Psych. Lockdownrecommended until further notice.If safe to do so, tell others of thismessage."Reports about a possible secondgunman and a hostage situation atthe clinic or at a nearby hospitalwere unfounded, UPMCspokesmanPaul Woodsaid later.Ravenstahl said authorities are
South CarolinaLt. Gov. KennethArd publicly apologized andresigned this morningovercharges that he used campaignfinances for such personal itemsas football tickets and flatscreenTVs.The 48-year-old Republicansubmitted his resignation to Gov.Nikki Haley and the state Senateleadership in the face of a stategrand jury report into hiscampaign finances, TheGreenville (S.C.) News reports."To all of the above and more, Iowe a great apology," Ard said ina statement. "During mycampaign, it was myresponsibility to make sure thingswere done correctly. I did not dothat. There are no excuses nor isthere need to share blame. It is myfault that the events of the pastyear have taken place."Haley today released a statementthanking Ard for his service andwish him and his family "all thebest going forward."Last July, state Attorney GeneralAlan Wilson said he had referredethics allegations that resultedfrom a probe by the State EthicsCommission to the state grand jury.Wilson and State LawEnforcement Division Chief Mark Keel have scheduled a pressconference today at 1 p.m. ET.Ard's ethics trouble began shortlyafter he was elected in 2010,WLTXreports.The state grand jury beganinvestigating Ard in July. He hasalready paid a $48,000 ethics fineafter being hit by 107 counts of allegedly using campaign funds topay for a family vacation, iPads, aflat-screen television, clothes,meals and a trip to the SECFootball Championship Game inDecember of 2010, WLTX notes.Ina consent order, the EthicsCommission issued a publicreprimand to Ard, a businessman,and ordered him to also reimbursethe commission $12,500 forinvestigative and administrativecosts and to reimburse hiscampaign $12,121 "for personaluse of campaign funds," recordsshow.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:Donate toWikileaks.
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still investigating whether thegunman reached the second floorof the clinic building, since therewere reports of shell casingsthere.SWATteams shut the street off and adjacent buildings were puton lockdown. But a few blocksaway people went on with theirbusiness. Most students are onspring break, though offices andbuildings are open.The psychiatric clinic has 292beds but reported more than372,000 outpatient visits and justover 11,000 emergency roomvisits in 2010, along with $79million in research funding.UPMC chief executive JeffreyRomoff said the health network was "deeply, deeply saddened bytoday's events" and expressed"deepest sympathy to the victimsand their families."Copyright 2012 The AssociatedPress. All rights reserved. Thismaterial may not be published,broadcast, rewritten orredistributed.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:Donate toWikileaks.