On the radar: Player dies, Libyans fight, NFL negotiates, states wrestle budgets
Libyan rebels fire into the air Friday on their way to fight loyalist forces in the city of Ras Lanuf.
March 4th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

On the radar: Player dies, Libyans fight, NFL negotiates, states wrestle budgets

Player makes winning shot, dies

A high school basketball player in Michigan collapsed and died Thursday night after making the winning shot in overtime to cap his team's 20-0 regular season.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine a cause of death for Fennville High School player Wes Leonard, 16, CNN affiliate WOOD-TV reported.

"He was a kind young man, an all-American kid everybody liked," Fennville Middle School principal Jodi Martin told WOOD. "He was an outstanding athlete who also strove academically. He had aspirations to go to college."

Leonard's mother, Jocelyn Leonard, is the vocal music director at the middle and high school.

Struggle for power in Libya goes on

Demonstrators and security forces clashed in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Friday in the latest of several confrontations that have convulsed the country and triggered an exodus of refugees.

The clashes happened after weekly prayers in or close to the center of the city, two sources said, and there are indications that force has been used against demonstrators.

Anti-government protests occurred in the Tripoli neighborhood of Tajura, according to one report. People there wanted to march to Green Square in the city center.

In the eastern city of Ras Lanuf, meanwhile, forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fought with opposition members Friday, opposition sources said.

State budget showdowns

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is turning up the heat on 14 Democratic senators who fled the state to put off a vote on his drastic budget-cutting proposal, which sharply reduced public employees' collective bargaining rights.

Walker warned that he will take steps Friday to lay off 1,500 state workers if the proposal isn't voted on, and what remains of the Senate passed a resolution that would hold absentee Democratic lawmakers "in contempt of the Senate" should they not return to the Capitol by late afternoon.

In Indiana, where Democratic senators also have fled the state to stall similar legislation, the state House voted Thursday to fine the absent lawmakers $250 a day until they return.

And in Ohio, House committee hearings are slated to begin next week on a bill to curtail state workers' bargaining rights.

White Americans feeling oppressed

CNN writer-producer John Blake looks at the phenomenon of some whites' feeling like an oppressed minority as other ethnic groups grow in influence.

Whites are taking up the language and tactics of the civil rights movement as society evolves, Blake writes.

The notion that many white Americans feel anxious about their race is not new. Today, however, economic anxieties are feeding those racial fears, says Tim Wise, author of "White Like Me."

Watch for Blake's full story today on CNN.com

NFL talks continue

Negotiators for National Football League team owners and the players union extended their deadline to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, forestalling a work stoppage.

"I just want to say to all of our fans who dig our game, we appreciate your patience while we work through this," NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday in Washington. "We're going to keep working. We want to play football."

Without a last-minute agreement or the extension of the deadline, the NFL Players Association had been expected to decertify on Thursday afternoon, clearing the way for an antitrust lawsuit if the owners lock out the players after the current contract expires.

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  1. Conspiracy Theorist

    He was shot. The mob wanted him to throw the game and he refused. So they whacked him.

    March 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Grow up. This was somebodys precious child.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Bartkowski

    Scott walker needs to more effectively use clarence Thomas's money if he wants to win over the hearts and minds of the American People.

    March 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Will

    Walker is my hero! finally someone with balls!

    March 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Ya know, it would REALLY sucks if the Libyan people can't kill Mo. They should have done it the quick, easy way. And HEY! Mo's son! You still can. Round up a bunch of your cronies, give em daggers. Say, 'Pops, let's go out, toss a football, something..' Establish your supremacy, declare forthcoming elections, and make the world, and your people, at least momentarily happy. I'm not buying that nothing's going on. You could come out on top. How simple is this?

    March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    Ya'll are in trouble, now that I got the laptop online..

    March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sports of all sorts

    Bad betting fix.. Minors to majors worldwide. Only americans go all the way for a bet. Fame is everything.

    March 5, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. No oppression in u.s.a.

    no oppression..? How do we know this is snow job? Easy.. Two decades of claims of tea party equality and emmmennmsss absolute world dominance tours... Sponsored by the savior of the world.. Bill Gates and the high steppers like liberty koch kansas. Besides Obama was declared as Reagan by month 2. Opression is a learned behavior. Copy rights. 😉

    March 5, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher Dycha

    Amazing. The kid went out a winner. Christopher Dycha

    March 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. anywhu

    makl;sdfl;gvop erhndf

    March 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • anywhu

      fucckk uu all uu hatterss

      March 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |