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Florida teacher accused of using racial slur in conversation with students

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 11:59 AM

A Florida teacher was suspended after using a racial slur in a conversation with students. (Photo:
A Florida teacher was suspended after using a racial slur in a conversation with students. (Photo:

A teacher at Kernan Middle School allegedly used a racial slur during a conversation with students, according to an investigative report. 

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The principal of the school contacted the Office of Equity and Inclusion/Professional Standards after receiving a complaint from a student's parent.

Teacher David Swinyar is accused of using the N-word with his students. He also allegedly said to students, "You should not be dating all these different African-American boys because they are not worth it."

Swinyar was also accused of demeaning students by calling them "idiots" last October, according to the report. 

A 10-day suspension without pay for Swinyar was approved Tuesday night by the Duval County School Board.

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For investigators, a race to decode hidden message in Austin bombings

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

Common Traits Of A Serial Bomber

Police in Austin are continuing their investigation of explosions that have killed two people and injured at least four others

Most of the explosions so far were due to package bombs, but another explosion Sunday night was triggered by a trip wire and not a package bomb, the American-Stateman reported. Officials are investigating if it was created by the same person, or persons, who set off the package bombs or if it was the work of a copy-cat, the American-Stateman reported.

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If the package bombs turn out to be the work of a single person, he or she will join a tiny but grim fraternity — serial killers whose weapon of choice was an incendiary device.

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The group is so small that police and psychologist’s efforts to draw meaningful conclusions about its members has met with uneven success. An FBI profile of the Unabomber identified him as an uneducated man in his 30 or 40s who probably worked menial jobs. But Ted Kaczynski was a 53-year-old hermit who held several advanced college degrees.

Even within the minuscule group of deadly serial bombers, there are important distinctions, experts said.

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Some of the killers identified by forensic crime researchers selected their targets carefully. Thirty years ago, Walter Moody had a bomb delivered to an Alabama judge he felt was responsible for his misfortunes.

Other killers saw their deadly explosives as a dramatic protest against particular groups, with the individual identities of their victims apparently unimportant. In England, David Copeland’s 1999 bombs targeted blacks, Asians and gays.

Still, researchers have identified some broad characteristics that police turn to in an effort to identify deadly detonators. All have been white men. While they have varied educational attainment, they were of above-average intelligence and mechanically inclined.

Almost always, they were furious.

For interviews with experts on the distinct traits of serial bombers, and how investigators use that information to solve the crimes, visit

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Trip wire might have triggered 4th Austin explosion in 1 month: live updates

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:38 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

What You Need to Know: Austin Package Explosions

Police in Austin continue to investigate a series of explosions that have claimed two lives and injured at least four others.

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Unabomber: TV shows, movies and books about Ted Kaczynski

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 1:52 PM

Numerous media has been produced around Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber.
Numerous media has been produced around Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber.(FBI)

More than 20 years after FBI agents arrested Theodore J. Kaczynski at his Lincoln, Montana, cabin, the man known as the “Unabomber” continues to fascinate true crime fans.

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Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, was blamed for three deaths and 23 injuries when he mailed 16 bombs to universities and airlines over the course of 17 years from 1978-1995. 

In June 1995, he sent his manifesto to The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying he would stop the bombings if it was published. The Washington Post published the 35,000-word manifesto on Sept. 22, 1995. 

Here are a few iterations of coverage of the Unabomber.

“Unabomber: The True Story”

In 1996 “Unabomber: The True Story” aired on USA Network. The TV film starred Tobin Bell as Kaczynski. 

The movie is not available for streaming and can only be watched on DVD or Amazon Video.

“Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family”

In 2016, David Kaczynski, the younger brother of Ted Kaczynski, published a memoir in which he recounted growing up with the person who became the Unabomber and ultimately turning him in. In the book, David Kaczynski says that his wife, Linda Patrik, was the one who first became suspicious that her brother-in-law was the Unabomber. 

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Of the book, David Kacynzki told The Guardian, “It doesn’t have any kind of thesis or analysis of how my brother transformed. It’s more of a meditation on the mystery of how that can happen.”

“Every Last Tie” can be purchased on Amazon.

“Manhunt: Unabomber”

Discovery released the limited series “Manhunt: Unabomber” in 2017.

The eight-part series attempts to explain why Ted Kaczynski, a mathematician, began a letter bomb campaign. The Unabomber is played by Paul Bettany. Mark Duplass plays David Kaczynski.

“This is a guy who mails bombs to people he’s never met,” series co-writer and executive producers Andrew Sodroski said of the series. “At the same time he’s a victim too. He was a little boy with a bright future ahead of him, and then something happened.”

The series can be watched on NetflixAmazon Prime Video and on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Driver gets pulled over, presents fake Homer Simpson license to police 

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 10:57 PM

Driver Presents Fake Homer Simpson License During Traffic Stop

Police could only say “D’oh!” after a driver was pulled over and presented a fake license with an image of iconic cartoon father Homer Simpson. 

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Thames Valley Police stopped the driver March 12 and were given the fake. 

The car was seized and the driver was cited for driving without insurance and driving without a license, according to police

Twitter users questioned the authenticity of the fake license, which did not even have the Simpson’s correct address -- 742 Evergreen Terrace.

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