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Deputies: Boy dies after drunken driver strikes 5 children walking home from bus stop

A 13-year-boy died Friday after he and four other children were struck by a drunken driver while they walked home from a bus stop Thursday in Florida, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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John Camfield, 48, of Davenport, was driving his Kia Rio on Allegheny Road near Athabasca Drive at about 5 p.m. Thursday when witnesses said he leaned forward and left the road, hitting five Dundee Ridge Middle Academy students who were walking on a shoulder of the road, Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Judd said Camfield sideswiped Jonte Robinson, 15, Jasmine Robertson, 14, and Rylan Pryce, 12, before striking Jahiem Robertson and Juan Mena, both 13.

Deputies said Jahiem Robertson and Juan Mena were flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando with life-threatening spinal, facial and head injuries.

Investigators said Jahiem Robertson died Friday. Mena remains hospitalized with orbital fractures, but he is expected to survive, Judd said.

Witnesses said Camfield traveled back onto the road after hitting the children, slowed and then sped off before rear-ending a pregnant woman in a Nissan Murano on Poinciana Parkway, deputies said. Investigators said the woman wasn't seriously injured.

Deputy Jonathan Quintana, 30, who lives nearby, arrested Camfield after being notified of the crash, officials said. He was off duty at the time.

Judd said Camfield spent 18 years in law enforcement in Mississippi.

Deputies said Camfield was previously employed by: the Yolobusha County Sheriff's Office, the Tunica County Sheriff's Office, the Oxford Police Department and the Hernando Police Department, all in Mississippi.

Camfield is charged with two counts of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury, two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury, two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with bodily injury, three counts of driving under the influence with injury and property damage and reckless driving.

Camfield is scheduled to face a judge at 1 p.m. Friday.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner: What time, what channel, who’s hosting, live-stream

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is set for Saturday, and while most of Washington’s journalism elite will be on hand, one of its usual guests – the president of the United States -- won't be there.

President Donald Trump will not attend the dinner, which customarily includes a roast of sorts of the commander in chief.

The White House announced that Trump will be at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, not hobnobbing at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

"This wasn't a president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities," White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's “This Week.”

"I think it's kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn't there.”

If you don’t have a ticket but want to catch it, here’s how to watch.

What time: 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Where: The Washington Hilton Hotel

What channel: C-SPAN is on channel 350 for DirecTV subscribers; Channel 230 on AT&T U-verse; Channel 210 on Dish

Livestream: The dinner will be livestreamed on C-SPAN.org 

Host: “The Daily Show’s” senior correspondent Hasan Minhaj is the host for the evening. “Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason said in a statement.

Has any president skipped it before?

Yes, President Ronald Reagan missed the dinner in 1981, a few weeks after he was shot in an assassination attempt. Both Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon skipped the dinners at times, Carter in 1978 and 1980 and Nixon in 1972 and 1974. 

What else do they do at the dinner?

The White House Correspondents’ Association hands out scholarships and awards. This year, awards are going to Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post, Edward Isaac-Dovere of Politico and David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, along with Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Ja Rule’s ‘luxury’ island music festival turns into ‘disaster tent city,’ attendees say

Ja Rule’s now-postponed ultra-luxurious Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, is being called a “complete disaster” with headlining bands pulling out of the celebrity-endorsed event.

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Some attendees called the event a “disaster tent city” where “mass chaos (reigned).”

The luxury music festival created by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland was supposed to bring an opulent party to the Bahamas April 28-30. Tickets started at $4,000 and went all the way up to 12-person VIP package for $250,000. Supposedly on tap: private beaches and tunes from Blink-182, Major Lazer, the G.O.O.D. Music crew, Migos, Lil Yachty and more.

However, the now-”fully postponed” festival immediately ran into a host of difficulties, according to Fader, with reported non-fun things including:

  • Delayed flights
  • Lost luggage
  • Lack of food
  • Half-built tents
  • Blink-182 pulling out on Thursday night
  • Canceled flights for those not already on the island where the festival was to be held

Attendees took to social media late Thursday disappointed and disgruntled about the lack of organization.

Foster Farms recalls chicken patties due to possible plastic contamination

Foster Poultry Farms has recalled approximately 131,880 pounds of frozen, breaded chicken patty products that may be contaminated with plastic material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday in a news release.

The recall was prompted by three consumer complaints, in which consumers said they found foreign material in the chicken patties. Foster Farms determined the foreign materials were pieces of clear, soft plastic that originated from packaging materials.

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No reports of illness due to consumption of these products has been reported, according to FSIS.

The recalled items include 5-lb. bags containing 20 pieces of “FOSTER FARMS Chicken Patties BREADED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES WITH RIB MEAT” with best by date of 02/15/18. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-33901” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The recalled items were shipped to distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Utah and Washington.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Affairs at 800-338-8051. 

Student suspended for 'slaves for sale' Craigslist ad

A Florida student who posted a Craigslist ad titled "Two slaves for sale" with a photo of two high school students will be suspended for 10 days, school administrators said.

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Officials in Clay County began investigating the ad, which pictured two Fleming Island High School students, after it was posted to Craigslist on Wednesday night.

It was shared on Facebook by someone who was disturbed by it.

"I was searching through the farms and garden section of Craigslist and stumbled upon this," Lexis Potter, who posted it to Facebook, said. "It's a sick, disgusting 'joke' and a horrible reflection upon this school and students." 

The post was shared hundreds of times and had 100 comments before it was taken down. Officials said the student who posted the photo is a male and a senior at Fleming Island High School.

The students in the photo commented on the Facebook post and said they were going to the school with their parents to talk to administrators about the ad.

"I'm just really aggravated, and I'm surprised somebody would do that to me," Thalia Solomon said.

Several people who commented on the photo called for whoever posted it to be suspended.

The Clay County School District said the student was suspended and will be moved to an alternative school in Clay County.

The Clay County School District sent Action News Jax a statement: 

“Clay County District Schools was made aware of an inappropriate post on the internet last night. The Fleming Island High School administration immediately began to investigate this concern in order to identify the individual who posted this inappropriate picture.

“After launching an in-depth investigation, administrators have identified the student and will be taking actions as outlined in our Code of Student Conduct.“We do not tolerate this type of behavior and we are disheartened that any of our students would be subject to discrimination.

“Fleming Island High School administration and district leadership are working together to create a schoolwide plan of action to strengthen the climate and culture while celebrating the school’s diversity.

“We encourage parents and guardians to take the time to talk to their child about this important matter. We appreciate support in this effort.”

Boy accused of selling marijuana gummy bears at middle school

Police in California arrested an eighth-grade student Wednesday on suspicion of selling marijuana-laced gummy bears to his classmates, according to multiple reports.

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The boy, who was not identified because of his age, is accused of selling the candy to his classmates at Bonita Vista Middle School in Chula Vista, KGTV reported.

School district spokesman Manny Rubio told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the boy sold the marijuana gummy bears during school hours and on school grounds.

At least two students became sick after eating the candy and an ambulance was called to treat them at the school, Rubio told the newspaper. They were treated and released to their parents.

Chula Vista police told the Union-Tribune that the boy accused of selling the gummy bears was arrested and released to his parents. The San Diego District Attorney’s Office will determine whether to file charges.

School officials did not say whether the children who bought the candy would face punishment, KGTV reported.

Chula Vista is a suburb of San Diego.

‘I thought it would be easier’: What they are saying about President Trump’s comment

President Donald Trump told reporters on the eve of his 100th day in office that the job of leader of the free world is harder than he imagined it would be.

Trump, speaking to reporters from Reuters and The Washington Post said he misses the things he could do before becoming president, like driving himself and having private time.

“I love my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters. “I thought it would be easier. I thought it was more of a … I’m a details-oriented person. I think you’d say that, but I do miss my old life. I like to work so that’s not a problem but this is actually more work.”

People on social media sites immediately began to comment on the remarks. 

The president also talked about having 24-hour Secret Service protection, and the constraints that that type of protection puts on a person’s life.

"You're really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can't go anywhere," he said. 

"I like to drive," he said. "I can't drive anymore."

Click here to read the entire interview.

Here’s what other media outlets are saying

Trump on his job, privacy

New York Times

“As he closes in on completing his first 100 days in office, Donald J. Trump reflected on how his life has changed since he became president and the challenges he faces.

In an interview on Thursday with Reuters, the president offered these assessments:

On the difficulties of the job

“I loved my previous life,” Mr. Trump told Reuters. “I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” 

An easier job

Politico

“President Donald Trump said Thursday he expected the presidency to be "easier" than his "previous life" as a real estate mogul.

…The president also expressed a willingness to attend next year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, after breaking with decades of precedent in February by publicly rejecting an invitation to attend this year's gala.

"I would come next year, absolutely," he said of the event.”

At 100 days, Trump talks about rigors of the job

NBC News

Donald Trump misses his former life as a business tycoon and struggles with the workload and lack of "privacy" that comes with being President of the United States, according to an interview coinciding with his first 100 days in office.

"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going … this is more work than in my previous life," he told Reuters. "I thought it would be easier."

The interview came as the White House was sprinting to bolster its record of accomplishments ahead of the 100-day mark, announcing the outlines of a large tax reform plan, signing a slew of executive orders and working with congressional Republicans on health care and a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown.

On the heels of the ‘Simpsons’ parody

Salon

“In the same week that “The Simpsons” offered Americans a painfully incisive parody of everything that is wrong with Trumpmerica, President Donald Trump himself seems cognizant of just how much better things were before he assumed power.

At least, for himself.

“You’re really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere,” Trump told a trio of Reuters reporters in an interview to mark the impending close of his first 100 days in office.

That isn’t the only observation that Trump had about how pre-presidential life differed from his day-to-day existence now. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” ”

Did he ever want the job?

GQ

“To celebrate (?) the end of the first hundred days of his presidency, Donald Trump sat down on Thursday for a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, because, as we all know, he really excels in this format. We learned that he is very mad about trade with South Korea and has no intention of getting on the horn with Taiwan again, but the interview's grimmest revelation is that whichever one of your coworkers had "a tad over three months" in your "When will Donald Trump start openly admitting that he never wanted this job?" office pool can go ahead and collect the cash. Read it and weep, and feel free to interpret that directive as literally as you like:

"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." ”

 

 

 

Donald Trump on first 100 days in office: 'I thought it would be easier'

As President Donald Trump approaches his 100th day in office, the commander-in-chief said he’s found the job of leading the United States to be more difficult than he expected.

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“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview published Friday. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

Saturday will mark 100 days since Trump was sworn into office.

Trump made his name as a wealthy business mogul and television personality before Jan. 20, when he became the 45th president of the United States. He had not held public office before January.

It’s not the first time Trump has expressed surprise over the scope of his responsibilities as president.

In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Trump said he “never realized how big” the job was.

“The financial cost of everything is so massive, every agency. This is thousands of times bigger, the United States, than the biggest company in the world,” he told the wire service. “I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility. And the human responsibility. You know, the human life that’s involved in some of the decisions.”

The lack of privacy afforded to the president also surprised Trump, who told Reuters that even in his “old life” he had little time out of the public eye.

"You're really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can't go anywhere," he told the news agency. "I like to drive. … I can't drive anymore."

Uber driver charged with rape of passenger

A 34-year-old Uber driver has been charged with three counts of rape after allegedly assaulting a woman in his vehicle.

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The Middlesex District Attorney in Massachusetts says Luis Baez was driving under the name Pedro Valentin in September when he picked up the woman in Boston, drove her to a location other than where she requested, and sexually assaulted her.

Baez allegedly then dropped the woman off at Boston College where she reported the assault to campus police.

Police were able to identify Baez from information stored in the victim’s Uber app.

Baez has been released on $2,500 bail and has been ordered to stay away from Boston College. He is due back in court in June.

“What’s been described is a horrible crime and we will continue to fully support law enforcement. Uber blocked this individual's account as soon as we learned about this alleged incident," an Uber spokesperson told Boston 25 News in a statement.

>> Related: Uber plans to take ride-sharing off the ground 

Ex-officers charged in traffic stop brutality case surrender

 

Two former Gwinnett County, Georgia, police officers, who were fired after a traffic stop caught on camera that showed them kicking and hitting a man, have turned themselves in to police.

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Former Gwinnett County police Sgt. Mike Bongiovanni turned himself in on criminal charges just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Former officer Robert McDonald turned himself in late Tuesday evening after his legal team spent the day trying raise the money for his bond. There was some sort of paperwork issue.

Bongiovanni was silent as he walked into the Gwinnett County Jail and paid the $15,000 bond.

Both Bongiovanni and McDonald are charged with one misdemeanor charge of battery and one count each of violation of oath, which is a felony.

The Gwinnett Police Department worked with the district attorney's office during the investigation. 

"The Police Department and its employees will continue to serve the citizens while maintaining our core values and highest level of professionalism," Chief Butch Ayers said.

Videos that surfaced on social media earlier this month showed Bongiovanni hit Demetrius Hollins in the face before McDonald kicked him in the head while he was on the ground in handcuffs.

Prosecutors have since said the video shows what appears to be an object in one of the then-officer’s hands. They said they believe McDonald appeared to have his gun drawn during the incident.

Washington learned that could lead to an upgrade of his battery charge to a charge of aggravated assault.

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen a situation where both officers appeared to act without justification," Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

Bongiovanni told Washington Thursday that his client, Bongiovanni, maintains his innocence and plans to fight the charges.

"He's prepared to defend himself on this. He stands by his actions,” Mike Puglise said.

As for the victim, Hollins said he constantly thinks about his encounter with the former officers.

“I’ve just been having nightmares and in my head and it’s just like, what could I have done that would have not let this happen to me?” he said.

There will be a grand jury hearing for both former officers in the next few weeks.

"Now he has this blemish and he's in the fight not only to protect his integrity of wearing that badge, but he's looking at prison time," Puglise said.

 

United Airlines offering incentives, lower fares

After suffering through several weeks of bad publicity, particularly after a video showed a police officer violently dragging a passenger off a plane, United Airlines has been working on initiatives to win back customers, the New York Times reported.

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United will boost its financial incentives for passengers who are asked to leave planes when flights are overbooked, the Times reported. Perks could total up to $10,000 in travel certificates for passengers who volunteer to change flights.

The airline said it also is changing its booking and boarding processes to make sure that people who have boarded flights will not have to give up their seats.

Meanwhile, United is also cutting fares, according to Scott Keyes, who runs the website Scott’s Cheap Flights. He told Travel + Leisure that there has been a “noticeable drop” in fares on United since the incident involving Kentucky physician David Dao.

“I’m not privy to United’s internal numbers,” Keyes told the site, “but whatever drop in bookings they were seeing must have scared theme enough to slash prices.” 

United’s profits dropped 69 percent during the first quarter of 2017, according to CNNMoney, but that was due to high fuel and labor costs.

Cosmopolitan reported that United has deals to Trinidad and Tobago for as low as $274, down from $550. For tourists who want to see Europe, flights from Boston to Sweden are $364, and flights to Paris are going for $433. Keyes is calling these “apology fares,” Cosmopolitan reported.

Brothers allegedly beat uncle to death with sledgehammer to ‘bond’

Two brothers allegedly killed their uncle because he “was coming between them,” authorities said. 

Jacob Johnson, 20, and his brother Liam, 18, both of New Mexico, allegedly “lured” their uncle outside and beat him to death with a sledgehammer, KRQE reported.

>> Florida man allegedly stuffed puppies into pillow cases, left them in drain

The brothers dumped the body on the Mesa, where it was later discovered by a jogger, KRQE reported. 

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The older brother admitted to hitting his uncle and said his brother also struck him “two or three additional times,” according to KRQE. 

The brothers said they did it as a “bonding activity” and were “justified” because their uncle was “disrupting” them, KRQE reported. 

The two are charged with murder. 

Read more at KRQE.

WATCH: Florida dog barks at gator sitting outside window

No one wants to come home and find an alligator in the yard, including one Florida dog.

John Sivula, of Land O’ Lakes, and his four-legged friend had an unwanted visitor Wednesday, WFTS reported. 

>> WATCH: Injured gator rescued from roadside median, gets a kiss

In video Sivula captured, the dog can be seen barking at the reptile sitting right outside the window as trappers haul it away. 

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“Our dog was not happy," Sivula told WFTS.

Even weirder? The trapper already had five other gators in the cage, WFTS reported.

Read more at WFTS

Teen plans storybook photo shoot for little sister

An Ohio teen had a fairy tale plan to make his little sister’s dreams come true.

Christina Angel said her 13-year-old son wanted to do something special for his 5-year-old little sister, who is also his biggest supporter, WLS reported.

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Angel’s son suffers from depression and he wanted to do something to thank his sister for the support that she gives him.

He asked Angel to get him a Prince Charming costume, and his sister a Snow White dress for a special brother and sister photo shoot.

Angel, who is a photographer, took the photos and said that her daughter loved being the princess and that the photos show that the girl’s big brother is her “favorite boy in the world,” WLS reported.

Dog recovering after eating nails wrapped in hot dogs

The owners of a 4-year-old Yorkshire terrier mix are trying to understand why someone left nails wrapped in hot dogs at their Wisconsin apartment complex.

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Tom Deakin and his girlfriend, Jennifer Ramos, are the owners of Clarice, the dog that is recovering after eating the hot dogs, WISC reported. The dog ate six nails wrapped in hot dogs, and Deakin believes they were left intentionally.

“That is some malicious stuff,” Deakin told WISC. “You hear about it every once in awhile, someone out here or there finding that someone tried poisoning their dog or whatever. You never think it's going happen to you.”

Deakin said Ramos initially thought the hot dogs were food scraps from a busted-open garbage bag and thought nothing of Clarice eating them. He said once he and his girlfriend were alerted by apartment management that the hot dogs contained nails, the couple immediately panicked.

"(Jennifer) immediately remembered that Clarice ate some,'" Deakin said. 

The couple rushed Clarice to the veterinarian the next day. She has required more than $3,000 worth of surgery to remove the nails from her stomach, WISC reported.

Lake Delton police Sgt. Steve Smith confirmed detectives are looking into the case but said police aren't yet able to share details about the ongoing investigation, WISC reported.

Deakin said he doesn't know why anyone would purposely try to hurt dogs like Clarice, but he hopes whoever did this turns him or herself in.

"Whoever did this, you know, you've got 50, 100 pet owners in that complex absolutely livid ... go turn yourself in, make it easier on yourself," Deakin said. "Otherwise, I don't know how you're going live in that complex."

The couple set up a Go Fund Me page to help with Clarice's veterinary bills. Nearly $2,000 had had been raised as of early Friday morning.

 

 

7 things to know now: Trump says job is tough; United passenger settles; Warren slams Obama

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Not that easy: In an interview in advance of his 100th day in office, President Donald Trump said he imagined the job as president would be easier than it has turned out to be. In the interview with Reuters, Trump said he missed his life before he took office. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." Trump also said he was surprised at how little privacy he has. “You're really into your own little cocoon because you have such massive protection that you really can't go anywhere.”

2. Funding the government: Congress is set to pass a bill on Friday that will prevent the government from shutting down services. The legislation, introduced earlier this week, would extend the funding of government services through May 5. The extension would give Congress more time to work out a bill to fund the government for the rest of the year.

3. United settlement: The passenger who was dragged off a United Airlines flight for refusing to give up his seat has reached a financial settlement with the airline. David Dao suffered a broken nose, a concussion, and other injuries when he was removed from an overbooked flight by being dragged from his seat and down the aisle of the plane before it took off from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport earlier this month. The amount of the settlement will remain confidential, Dao’s attorney said. Dao had not yet filed suit against United. 

4. North Korean video: A propaganda video released by North Korea shows a simulated attack on the White House as tensions between the two countries grows. The video shows the White House as a target in crosshairs, then switches to an aircraft carrier exploding. Trump said Thursday he could see a chance for a major conflict with North Korea.

5. Warren on Obama speech: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-Massachusetts), says she has a problem with the $400,000 fee former President Barack Obama will be getting to address a Wall Street conference on health care this fall. "I was troubled by that," Warren said during an interview on SiriusXM, Warren was being interviewed about her new book. "One of the things I talk about in the book ("This Fight is Our Fight") is the influence of money," she said. "I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington. And that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington." 

And one more

Myles Garrett, a defensive end for Texas A&M, was the first pick in the 2017 NFL draft Thursday. The Cleveland Browns chose Garrett, who averaged 10 sacks per season during three years of college play. The draft continues Friday and concludes on Saturday. 

In case you missed it

Junior high student told get haircut or get suspended

A Texas sixth-grader and his family had a tough decision to make, either get a haircut or face an in-school suspension over a style that teachers at Cedar Bayou Junior High School claim is disruptive.

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Xavier Davis’ parents said he had two lines shaved into his hair for six months, but last week their son was given the ultimatum. He took one day of suspension rather than change the style, KPRC reported.

But that was enough for him.

His mother though, came up with a non-cutting solution and grabbed a Sharpie, coloring in the offending line.

"She took a Sharpie permanent marker and colored the bottom of his hair in, so in order for him to get an education, we have to treat his hair like a coloring book, I guess,” Xavier’s father, Matt Davis, told KPRC.

According to the district’s dress code, “Letters, symbols and designs beyond a single straight line which draw attention to an individual shall not be permitted. The administrator/supervisor reserves the right to determine if a hairstyle is disruptive to the educational process.”

CNN contacted Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, but school officials did not respond.

Black woman stands vigil at Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans

Arlene Barnum said her race has nothing to do with her support of the Confederacy and the statues in New Orleans that preserve its memory.

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“It’s about being on the right side of history,” said Barnum, a black woman from Oklahoma who grew up in Louisiana.

Barnum was at Thursday night’s protest in front of the Jefferson Davis statue, one of three remaining in the city that is scheduled to be removed. The first statue, the Liberty Monument, was erected in 1891 and commemorated the Crescent City White League. It was removed late Sunday.

Thursday night, Barnum was standing in front of Jefferson Davis, wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt and waving a large Confederate flag. She wants the statue to remain standing.

“I felt I needed to be at the (monument) for Jefferson Davis because he was the one and only president of the Confederate States of America,” she told WGNO. “He’s the most significant of all the monuments to be taken down.”

Asked what she hopes to achieve with her trip to the monument, Barnum says she’ll “stay out until the sun comes up to make sure Jefferson Davis lives to see another day.”

 

Comedian Bill Cosby reveals he is totally blind

Comedian Bill Cosby said he is completely blind, USA Today reported.

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In his first interview in two years, Cosby told the National Newspaper Publishers Association news service that he woke up one morning two years ago and told his wife, Camille, “I can't see.”

Cosby was later told by doctors that nothing could be done to restore his vision. That meant the comedian was forced to improvise when he appeared on stage, USA reported.

“When he would perform, we’d draw a wide straight yellow line from backstage to the chair on the stage and he’d rehearse the walk, hours before the show,” his longtime publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told the NNPA.

Cosby’s disclosure comes less than one month before jury selection is scheduled to begin for his June criminal sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania. He is accused of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home more than a decade ago. He has denied the charge, maintaining their encounter was consensual.

 

Beatles’ rare outtake from ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions released

It was 50 years ago today …

Well, almost. As the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album draws near, Capitol Records is sharing an unreleased outtake from the band’s recording sessions.

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The disc, ranked No. 1 in Rolling Stone’s survey of its top 500 albums of all time, was originally released on June 1, 1967. The outtake is part of several bonus tracks that will be part of a four-disc, 50th anniversary edition of the album, outtake is just one of many, many bonus tracks coming out on a four-disc, 50th anniversary edition of the album, NPR reported. The original record has been remixed by Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles producer, George Martin, and has a May 26 release date. 

The outtake includes some chat by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The clip, which was first premiered by The Guardian, is a bare-bones version of the album’s opening — and title — track. It lacks the overdubbing of the horns, crowd noises and laughter that punctuated the track. Some of the guitar riffs are missing too, NPR reported.

 

About 2:08 into the track, McCartney can be heard repeating the phrase, “I feel it,” while Harrison mentions that “what you can do with the bits” is insert some brass. The horn section inserted during the album’s mixing gave the song a distinctive sound.

 

It’s a just another day in the life of how rock ’n’ roll’s greatest band created its music. 

 

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