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Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida on Wednesday announced that it has denied a request for AltRight.com co-editor and outspoken white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month.
Kent Fuchs, president of the university, said last week that the National Policy Institute, which is led by Spencer, contacted officials to reserve space for an event on campus. The event was expected to feature Spencer as a guest speaker.
But following violent, racially-charged unrest over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Fuchs said the university denied the National Policy Institute’s request, citing public safety concerns.
“This decision was made after assessing potential risks with campus, community, state and federal law enforcement officials following violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, and continued calls online and in social media for similar violence in Gainesville, such as those decreeing: ‘The Next Battlefield is in Florida,’” Fuchs said.
School regulations allow non-university groups, organizations and people to rent space on campus, although the groups are expected to cover rental expenses and security costs.
Fuchs said no student or university-affiliated groups were sponsoring the event.
“I find the racist rhetoric of Richard Spencer and white nationalism repugnant and counter to everything the university and this nation stands for,” Fuchs said. He added that the university is dedicated to free speech, but added that “the First Amendment does not require a public institution to risk imminent violence to students and others.”
“The likelihood of violence and potential injury – not the words or ideas – has caused us to take this action,” Fuchs said.
Protests in Charlottesville took a violent turn over the weekend when crowds gathered for a rally organized by white supremacists and aimed at protesting the removal of a Confederate memorial from the city’s Emancipation Park clashed with counterprotesters demonstrating against white supremacism.
The protests left several injured and a 32-year-old woman dead.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Monday is Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor those who died in military service to the United States.
In addition to being a day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, the last day in May is also seen as the “unofficial start of summer.”
Retailers are not letting that opportunity for a long weekend of shopping pass without offering a few deals.
Here are some Memorial Day deals, freebies and advice:
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
SAN ANTONIO — A principal at Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School is getting praise after she was photographed helping serve breakfast to her students.
KSAT reported that Principal Annette Lopez stepped into action when she was told that the cafeteria would be short staffed Thursday. Many employees were out on sick leave.
“What happens when the cafeteria is short staffed? The principal puts on a hair net, gloves & apron to help serve breakfast,” Mead Elementary captioned a photo posted to the school’s Twitter page.
What happens when the cafeteria is short staffed? The principal puts on a hair net, gloves & apron to help serve breakfast! pic.twitter.com/Nw0sswzWq2— Mead Elementary (@NISDMead) May 24, 2018
“When you serve that many students, there is no way that one line is just going to do it,” Lopez told KSAT. “I loved it and the kids had fun, (and) one of the kids said, ‘Hey, I know you,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m the principal.’”
According to Lopez more than 400 students are served meals at the school .
“(The students) kept saying, ‘But, you’re the principal.’ And I kept saying, ‘It doesn’t matter what your job title is, if someone needs help, then you do it,’” Lopez said.
By lunch time, the cafeteria was fully staffed, but the photo posted of Lopez serving students made a lasting impression.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
GEORGETOWN, Ind. — A family in Georgetown, Indiana, said they walked on their front porch to find a bobcat sleeping on a chair.
WAVE reported that Donna and Ray Singleton, the owners of the home, walked out onto the porch around 7:30 a.m. Monday.
“I looked at it and I thought, ‘That is the biggest cat I have ever seen,’” Donna Singleton told WDRB. “It was very, very beautiful.”
They left the home for four hours and the big cat hadn’t moved.
“My husband, Ray, said, ‘I think that's a bobcat.’ With that, we got in the car, came back at 11:30 and it’s still there,” Donna Singleton said.
Like Donna Singleton, neighbors began taking videos and photos of the bobcat.
According to WDRB, residents in the area suspect that the bobcat is a pet because it’s been seen in the area before. It’s also known that someone in the area owns a bobcat. With the proper permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it’s legal to own the big cat, according to WDRB.
The bobcat eventually woke and walked away.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:58 PM
ATLANTA — An Albanian national was pulled off an Amtrak train in Atlanta days after he deserted his cruise ship while it was docked in the Port of New Orleans, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A Carnival vessel agent notified the New Orleans customs office May 21 that cruise ship member Gentian Kurdina, 23, failed to return, the agency said.
New Orleans and Atlanta customs officers coordinated during the investigation and searched for the man.
He was boarding a train in Atlanta bound for New York City late Tuesday night when authorities took him into custody for removal from the U.S., according to officials.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintains a high level of vigilance and works closely with a myriad of law enforcement partners as part of efforts to manage our borders," Steven Stavinoha, the director of the New Orleans Office of Field Operations, said in a statement.