<figure>In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 image made from video provided by the Survival Media Agency, a teenager wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, center left, stands in front of an elderly Native American singing and playing a drum in Washington. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in Kentucky is looking into this and other videos that show youths, possibly from the diocese’s all-male Covington Catholic High School, mocking Native Americans at a rally in Washington. (Survival Media Agency via AP)</figure>
A white teen whose face went viral following video of him smirking at a Native American man during a demonstration in Washington D.C. that turned into a standoff, is adding to his list of multi-million dollar lawsuits.
Nick Sandmann, 16, a Covington Catholic High School student, and his family has filed a $275 million lawsuit NBC Universal. According to Talking Points Memo, the family alleges that it defamed Sandmann in its coverage of the protest by “relying heavily on biased and unreliable sources without conducting any reasonable investigation of the circumstances.”
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The Clarion Ledger has reached out to the school district. The superintendent did not respond to a reporter’s request for comment.
Jackson attorney Lisa Ross, who represents James, said this lawsuit is important because the playing field should be equal when teaching young people the value of competing with other students.
“These positions that are set aside for students who work hard and do well, they should be awarded on who does the best,” Ross said. “And it should be done without consideration as to whether whites will leave the school district if their kids are not selected for awards.”
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An Iowa man was arrested after he spilled gravy on his laptop and took it to his local Best Buy, where police say a tech worker found images of child pornography on the computer.
Last year on Aug. 11, Robert L. Watson of Des Moines brought his gravy-covered device to his local Best Buy and wanted the files on it transferred to a new computer, according to a criminal complaint filed late last month.
A cruise ship with nearly 300 passengers and crew was ordered quarantined in the Caribbean port of St. Lucia after a case of measles was confirmed on board, island health officials said Wednesday.
One female crew member has a confirmed case and St. Lucian authorities said they’ve been working in close consultation with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
The ship has been under quarantine since Monday morning, officials said.
Actors with Timeline Theater Company performing the play “My Kind of Town” for Chicago Public School Students. Shannon Heffernan/WBEZ
April 30, 2019
A couple hundred Chicago Public High School students crowded into a hall at the Chicago Teachers Union this week to watch the reading of a play on police torture in Chicago. It’s part of the city’s mandated curriculum to teach students about the history of police abuse. Torture survivor Darrell Cannon walked onto the stage to introduce the play they were about to watch.
“When you see this play today, take to heart that it can happen at anytime if we don’t stay on the case and if we, as a people, don’t hold the city of Chicago responsible,” said Cannon.
Cannon was tortured into giving a false confession to murder by officers who were part of the infamous “Midnight Crew,” a group of rogue cops under the watch of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge. Over 100 people filed complaints of torture against them in the ‘70s and into the ‘90s.
The play, “My Kind of Town” by Chicago journalist John Conroy, is based on reporting Conroy did about the torture scandal for the Chicago Reader. It features a young black man who is facing the death penalty after he was tortured into making a confession. Students squirm as the young man describes how he was electrocuted on his genitals and suffocated with a plastic typewriter bag.
Three years after beloved cafeteria supervisor, Philando Castile, was killed by a police officer, his mother is keeping his legacy alive by continuing the work he cared about.
Last Thursday Valerie Castile presented administrators at Robbinsdale Cooper High School with a check for $8,000 from the Philando Castile Relief Foundation. The donation settles the debt of all senior students whose ability to graduate was jeopardized due to a lunch money balance. Thanks to the Castile family, the path has been cleared for the students to graduate worry-free.
“This is something that Philando held near and dear to his heart,” Valerie Castile told CBS Minnesota.” She continued “He’d pay for children’s lunch meals out of his own pocket instead of letting a child go hungry that day he would pay it himself.”