December 6th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Pepper spray, arrests follow protests at Michigan capitol building

The capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, is currently "locked down" and is in" exit only" mode because the capacity of the building has been exceeded, Michigan State Police officials told CNN.

Large protests were taking place inside and outside the capitol building because of a push by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to seek "right to work" status for the state.

Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk told CNN that there are a couple thousand people inside the capital. Another 1,000 to 2,000 people are milling around the area, Adamczyk said.

Multiple protesters were arrested today when they tried to rush the state Senate chambers, Adamczyk said. Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shannon Banner told CNN that eight people were arrested. They face potential charges of assault and/or disobeying a lawful order from state police.

During the melee outside the Michigan State Capitol today, one trooper used O.C. spray,  more commonly known as mace, against a group of protesters who attempted to rush the chambers, Adamczyk told CNN.


March 1st, 2012
11:38 AM ET

1 of 2 students stabbed at Chicago school dies

One of two teenage students who were stabbed Thursday morning at a Chicago public school has died, city police say.

The two students were stabbed in Goldsmith Public School, just past the front door, at 7:30 a.m. CT, Chicago police spokesman Mike Sullivan said.

A 17-year-old suspect is in police custody, Sullivan said.

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Former NBA player Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead
Robert Traylor plays against the Chicago Bulls in 1999.
May 11th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Former NBA player Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead

Robert "Tractor" Traylor, known for his size during the short time he played in the NBA, was found dead in his apartment in Puerto Rico where he had been playing basketball, according to the Bayamon Vaqueros team site.

Calling him "the strength of the Bayamón Vaqueros," the team said Traylor had not been seen for a few days and so they went to his apartment, where he was found dead.

Traylor, 34, is presumed to have died of a heart attack, according to Bayamon Vaqueros. The star struggled due to his size - but also heart problems when he tried to make it in the NBA. He had a heart operation in 2005.

Traylor, who attended the University of Michigan, was taken by the Dallas Mavericks as the sixth pick in the NBA draft in 1998 but was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki. (Some Michigan fans in the 1990s might remember him for other reasons.)

The 300-plus pound center joked about his weight in an old story, but he also acknowledged how it had kept him from being the style of player he wanted - though he did often try conditioning methods to get him in better shape.

His coach at Michigan, current San Diego State Coach Steve Fisher, said Wednesday that Traylor was "one of my favorite people and players that I have ever had the privilege of getting to know."

"Robert was someone who could light up a room with his smile. He was a gentle person but as fierce a competitor as there was," Fisher said. "I am very saddened to hear of his sudden and tragic departure. Robert was one of my favorite people for all the right reasons."