1Buttigieg boost: Quentin Hart, the black mayor of Iowa’s most racially diverse city, is backing Pete Buttigieg for president, giving the former South Bend, Ind., mayor a rare boost from a minority leader. Hart said he was supporting Buttigieg in part for what he called the Democrat’s effort to address racial economic disparity in South Bend. Like Waterloo, which Hart represents, South Bend is a once-thriving Midwestern city with a high unemployment rate and a history of racial discord. The campaign hopes Hart’s endorsement will dispel the stubborn notion that Buttigieg cannot win black support.
2Fuel dump: Jet fuel dumped by a Delta Air Lines flight returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground where children were playing Tuesday, fire officials said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said firefighters assessed 17 children and nine adults who complained of minor injuries and none needed to be taken to a hospital. There were no evacuation orders for the immediate area. The Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement that the incident happened at Park Avenue Elementary in South Gate just before noon.
3Mail thief: A North Carolina man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for roaming neighborhoods after dark, stealing mail from mailboxes and then cashing thousands of dollars in pilfered checks, prosecutors said Tuesday. Since 2016, Erik Magana,34, targeted affluent neighborhoods in several North Carolina towns including Charlotte, Davidson and Gastonia. Authorities say he would drive up to mailboxes, reach his hand through the window of the car and take mail that residents had failed to bring inside after daytime delivery. Authorities documented mail stolen from at least 1,300 victims. He must also pay $77,000 in restitution.
4 Voter purge: A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state. The appeals court sided with the bipartisan state elections commission in putting the brakes on removing any voters while the court fight continues. It also put on hold a ruling from Monday in which a judge found the commission and its three Democratic members in contempt for not proceeding with removing the voters. The orders came as the commission was meeting with attorneys from the state Department of Justice to discuss the case.
5Elderly robber: An 86-year-old bank robber was easily captured in South Carolina, after he apparently drove too cautiously to make the necessary fast getaway, Greenville police said Tuesday. The robbery happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday at a Bank of America branch, a police release said. “A masked male, later identified as Gilbert Paul Ware entered a Greenville bank, presented a firearm and demanded money from employees,” the release said. He was stopped about a mile away from the bank. No one was injured in the robbery or the arrest.
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