Slatest PM: Creigh Deeds' Condition Upgraded to Good After Stabbing

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Nov. 20 2013 4:12 PM

Slatest PM: Creigh Deeds' Condition Upgraded to Good After Stabbing

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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds speaks during a rally on October 27, 2009 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Creigh Deeds Recovering: Associated Press: Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was in good condition at a hospital Wednesday, a day after the one-time Democratic gubernatorial nominee was apparently stabbed by his son. Deeds was stabbed in the head and chest at his home in rural western Virginia and police were trying to figure out what led up to the altercation with his son, who died at the home from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

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The Secondary Storyline: Washington Post: "At least three hospitals near Bath County had available beds the day before the son of Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds apparently stabbed his father and then shot himself to death, officials confirmed Wednesday. ... Austin Deeds, who was 24, had undergone a psychiatric evaluation on Monday, but officials initially said he was not admitted to a hospital because no bed was available. It remained unclear Wednesday which hospitals were called and why Austin Deeds was not taken to one of the available facilities."

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White Supremacist Serial Killer Executed: USA Today: "The angry life of serial killer and white supremacist Joseph Paul Franklin ended quietly with his execution Wednesday morning in Missouri. Franklin, 63, targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980. He was executed at the state prison in Bonne Terre for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Franklin was convicted of seven other murders and claimed responsibility for about a dozen more. ... Franklin also has admitted to shooting and wounding civil rights leader Vernon Jordan andHustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who has been paralyzed from the waist down since the attack in 1978."

You Get a Medal, and You Get a Medal...: NBC News: "As the nation prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey were among the luminaries awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom established by Kennedy less than a year before his death. Other awardees of the nation’s highest civilian honor on Wednesday included country music legend Loretta Lynn, former Indiana senator Dick Lugar, American astronaut Sally Ride, feminist author Gloria Steinem and baseball legend Ernie Banks. A total of 16 honorees received the award – some posthumously – in its fiftieth year."

"Batkid" Wish Cost San Francisco $105,000: San Francisco Chronicle: The bill for San Francisco's Batkid day is coming in at $105,000 - with the big-ticket item being the Civic Center celebration that co-starred Mayor Ed Lee... The city will pay for the tab using money charged to conventions that use Moscone Center. It's the same pot of cash that funds the $150,000 Fourth of July fireworks show. As far as the city's extra costs go for Batkid day, that was pretty much it. 'The cops you saw were all on regular duty,' said Police Chief Greg Suhr. 'All we did was move them around from one part of the city to another, like we do with any number of events during the year.'"

A-Rod Storms Out: ESPN: "Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his own grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that commissioner Bud Selig did not have to testify before the embattled slugger's attorneys. Rodriguez slammed his hand on a table at Major League Baseball's Manhattan Park Avenue offices and cursed at MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred, a source with knowledge of the proceedings told ESPNNewYork.com. Horowitz was in the midst of the 12th day of hearings Wednesday on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the 211-game suspension given to the New York Yankees third baseman by MLB last summer for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract."

New York Times Staff Shuffle: Politico: "New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt will step down and be replaced by political editor Carolyn Ryan, sources familiar with the decision told Politico on Wednesday. Leonhardt, who was appointed bureau chief shortly after Jill Abramson became executive editor, served in that position for just two years. A Pulitzer Prize-winning economic columnist, Leonhardt was seen as a gifted writer with little editing experience, and thus an unnatural fit to lead the Times' bureau. Leonhardt is now expected to oversee a column that will focus on data and polling, effectively replacing Nate Silver, the famed statistician who decamped to ESPN earlier this year. One source described Leonhardt as the paper's 'next Nate Silver,' another as 'the new Nate.'"

Science Sheds New Light on Settling of North America: New York Times: "The genome of a young boy buried at Mal’ta near Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia some 24,000 years ago has turned out to hold two surprises for anthropologists. The first is that the boy’s DNA matches that of Western Europeans, showing that during the last Ice Age people from Europe had reached farther east across Eurasia than previously supposed. Though none of the Mal’ta boy’s skin or hair survive, his genes suggest he would have had brown hair, brown eyes and freckled skin. The second surprise is that his DNA also matches a large proportion — some 25 percent — of the DNA of living Native Americans. The first people to arrive in the Americas have long been assumed to have descended from Siberian populations related to East Asians. It now seems that they may be a mixture between the Western Europeans who had reached Siberia and an East Asian population."

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.