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  1. A South Carolina 5th grade teacher is on administrative leave after posing a disturbing question: How would students justify the KKK’s actions if they were part of the Klan? Oak Pointe Elementary School teacher Kerri Roberts sent out a homework assignment on Thursday asking students to write from the perspective of a free Black slave, as well as the emerging Ku Klux Klan. “You are there,” the worksheet starts. “You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?” The assignment quickly went viral after Tremain Cooper posted the worksheet on Facebook. His 10-year-old nephew received the assignment, and the student began crying after he saw the question. “HOW CAN SHE ASK A 5TH GRADER TO JUSTIFY THE ACTIONS OF THE KKK???” Cooper wrote on Facebook. “WE ARE CONTACTING EVERYBODY FROM THE SCHOOL TO THE MEDIA. PLEASE HELP.” “EXCUSE ME????” one user responded. “My kid would be OUT of that school so fast you wouldn’t see the streak of us heading to the courthouse to file a lawsuit!” A school district spokeswoman has since told the New York Times that Roberts is on administrative leave as the school investigates the situation. “South Carolina standards for fifth grade require lessons on Reconstruction and discriminatory groups, including the KKK,” Lexington-Richland School District Five spokeswoman Katrina Goggins told the Times. “We must teach the standard, but we are taking steps to ensure this particular assignment will never be used again in District Five schools.” Roberts’ assignment suggests that freed slaves and KKK members faced comparable experiences—thinking that is obviously, dangerously false. Full article
  2. Britain's biggest family The Radfords have welcomed baby NUMBER 20 - and and vow the little boy will be their last. Sue Radford gave birth to 8lb 6oz Archie on Monday after a one hour labour. The 42-year-old and her husband Noel, 46, have been having children for the best part of three decades. Sue told the Sun : "We’re happy to be finishing on a nice even number. "I’m just chuffed he is here safe and sound. "It’s strange knowing you’re not going to have any more. "Our daughter Chloe said: ‘I believe you now.’ I don’t think she has before, but because I’ve said (this is the last) a few times now she does." Sue and Noel face a monumental task each day just to feed, clothe and ferry about their huge brood. The couple, who featured in the reality show '19 Kids And Counting', were relaxed about another mouth to feed when asked earlier this year. The couple from Heysham, Lancashire, are already parents to Chris, 28, Sophie, 23, Chloe, 21, Jack, 20, Daniel, 18, Luke, 16, Millie, 15, Katie, 14, James, 13, Ellie, 12, Aimee, 11, Josh, nine, Max, eight, Tilly, seven, Oscar, five, Casper, four and toddler Hallie. Despite their enormous clan, the Radfords say they manage to run a relatively stress-free household. During their TV show, Noel revealed: “Bathing the little ones is like having a sheep dip. "We go through gallons of shampoo." Noel and Sue do not claim any extra state benefits aside from the regular child benefit. Noel described the Christmas dinner as being like "a conveyor belt" of food. Full article
  3. A man has appeared in court charged with sticking toothpicks into bus seats so that commuters pricked themselves when they sat down. Lim Lye Seng is said to have booby-trapped the bus in this manner as it served a route along the Lower Delta Road in the city-state of Singapore. Using three toothpicks on each bus seat, the 60-year-old is said to have carried out the anti-social offence on four occasions in the summer of this year. The act is said to have cost the SBS Transit bus company SG$1,300 (£714 GBP) as it had to have the bus seats re-covered. It was not clear whether any passengers suffered injuries as a result of Lim’s alleged actions. He was not represented in court but Singaporean media said he planned to plead guilty at a later hearing. Full article
  4. They do say that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. A man in Dumfries, Scotland, learned that lesson the hard way after he used Facebook to shame his local police department over some bad parking. Callum Smith shared this snap of a Dumfries Galloway Police Division patrol vehicle that had been parked partially outside its designated space at a Tesco grocery store lot on Saturday: “Some parking at tescos Dumfries tonight,” he sarcastically captioned the post. It didn’t go viral, however, until the police department trawled through his other photographs on the website and used one of them against him to clap back in style: Full article
  5. Colorado Springs cops are hunting a woman dubbed “the Mad Pooper,” who’s been caught defecating in front of houses for weeks. Cathy Budde told KKTV the unidentified woman has been relieving herself in front of Budde’s Colorado Springs home for at least seven weeks. Her children even caught the “mad pooper” squatting with her pants down in front of the house. "They are like, 'There's a lady taking a poop!' So I come outside, and I'm like…'are you serious?'" Budde told KKTV. "'Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids!?' She's like, 'Yeah, sorry!'" Budde said the incident happens at least once a week. She recalled catching the jogger doing her business last week. She said the woman “changed up her time a little bit” because she knew the family was watching. “I put a sign on the wall that's like 'please, I'm begging you, please stop.'…She ran by it like 15 times yesterday, and she still pooped,” Budde told KKTV. Full article
  6. A tourist captured the terrifying moment she experienced the devastating Mexico earthquake while on a river boat. The video, uploaded to Facebook by Alyne Tamir, was taken during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake which killed at least 40 people after causing several buildings to collapse yesterday. Boats on the water, which was near the earthquake’s epicentre, can be seen being tossed about on the huge waves that look like they should be on a stormy sea rather than on a small river. Trees can be swaying as one passenger yells that it’s a ‘bad idea to be on this boat’. Even the Mexican locals helming the boats look terrified, however none of the boats capsized. Full article
  7. A woman was stripped naked in the street by a gang of middle-aged women after she was accused of sleeping with one of their husbands. The clip, which has been shared across social media with more than a million views , was filmed in China and titled "When catching mistresses, your best friends come in handy". The suspected 'home wrecker' was slapped and kicked on the ground in a crowded public area and the group of women appear to show her no mercy. The husband of one of the gang is believed to have been the mistress's lover, and the wife decided to teach the young woman a lesson after catching her red-handed. Throughout the violent incident, a few passers-by can be seen trying to stop the women, but the helpless mistress still has her hair tugged by the group of friends. The clip ends with the young woman's clothing almost all ripped off as the women do their best to shame her in public. Full article and video
  8. Elmer Padilla, a young construction worker from Manila, Philippines, recently shot to internet fame after photos of his hand-made action figures went viral on multiple social networks. While being able to make your own action figures is an impressive talent in itself, what really caught people’s attention was the medium used by the Filipino amateur artist – old flip-flops. Photos posted on a Facebook group dedicated to Filipino art show Elmer Padilla cutting colorful flip-flops on a sidewalk using knives and scissors, and assembling them into intricate toys like Transformers, Predator and Marvel superheroes. As you can see in the photos, his creations are nothing short of awe-inspiring. A father to 2 daughters, Elmer Padilla works as a construction worker in the village of Imus, but also supplements his income by making and selling flip flop action figures. Impressed by his talent, his friend Adrian Soriano Bernabe shared photos of Elmer’s work on the GUHIT Pinas Facebook group, where they got nearly 3,000 likes in just a couple of days. From there, the photos wound up on the front page of Reddit, where they reached a whopping 86,000 upvotes. Full article
  9. Two nurses in a Florida naval hospital are facing disciplinary action after flipping off newborn babies and making one dance to 50 Cent on Snapchat. Corpsman Allyson Thompson captioned the photo of her giving the baby the bird, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.” She also worked together with fellow Naval Hospital Jacksonville nurse Joanie Barrett to record a video of herself forcing a newborn to dance to “In Da Club,” holding the baby up by the arms. “We’re going to hell,” one person, presumably Barrett, jokes behind the camera in the Snapchat video. Both Snaps later went viral on the internet, thanks in part to a Facebook post originally created by one of Thompson’s high school classmates condemning the nurses’ actions. Shortly after, the hospital pulled both nurses and publicly commented on the situation on Facebook. “We are aware of a video/photo posted online,” the hospital’s commanding officer said over Facebook. “It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated. We have identified the staff members involved. Full article
  10. On Saturday evening at about 5pm, Julie Dragland had boarded a train on her way home when she found herself in a nightmarish scenario. While en route from Dublin, Ohio, she was handed a note by the person sat behind her. Its contents, scrawled in red ink, were absolutely chilling. It read, "There are 2 guns pointed at you now. If you want to live hand back your wallet and phone NOW and do not turn around and be descreet [sic]. "Do not turn around until after you have left Civic Center and you will live." Impressively, Julie managed to keep calm and think of a tactic which, rather than making her a victim, allowed her to escape unscathed. It was something she'd seen on Law and Order. Julie pretended to have a seizure – prompting the suspect to flee at a station further down the line. "So I...if I fake a seizure or fake like I’m passing out, I’m not even not complying," she told CBS San Francisco . "I'm scared and reacting so, I started slumped over to the left and started shaking and people started to notice and they’re like, 'Are you okay? Are you okay?'" She later tweeted about the incident, accompanying a picture of the note with the caption: "Someone just tried to rob me 'at gunpoint' on bart. they sat behind me and dropped this note into my lap." Full article
  11. A sign displayed at an Alabama high school football rally that read "Put the Panic back in Hispanic" has gone viral on social media, prompting the school superintendent to announce he is "following up on the matter." A photo of the sign was posted to Instagram on Friday, with the caption: "Put the Panic back in Hispanic. #dontgetButthurt I'm honestly not gonna care if you do anyways so!! #sorryboutit" The Instagram post has since been deleted. The sign was displayed Friday at a Robertsdale High School football game against the Spanish Fort Toros. Jennifer Lopez Vazquez, a senior at Robertsdale, saw someone on Instagram share the photo with the sign and decided to screenshot and share it on her own Facebook page Saturday. As of Monday morning, her post had drawn more than 100 comments. "This happened yesterday at our school pep rally," Vazquez wrote along with the screenshot. "They know it's Hispanic Month. That's very disrespectful in so my ways. But it's funny to think that our school thinks it ' OKAY ' this is Honestly what white trash looks like." "The girls had posted on Instagram. Thinking it was a joke. To make fun of Hispanics. Knowing it's Hispanic Month!" Vasquez told BuzzFeed News. "But it clearly shows they have no respect! But then again the school doesn't care. That's why the students do what they do." The superintendent of Baldwin County Public Schools, which operates Robertsdale, said in a statement Saturday that he had been made aware of the picture and is working with school administrators to follow up on the matter. "We are aware of a photo that appears to be taken at a Robertsdale High School football pep rally Friday, Sept. 15 that is circulating on social media containing political banners and unacceptable language. School administrators, as well as my office, are following up on the matter," Eddie Tyler, the school superintendent, said in the statement. On Tuesday, the superintendent released another statement calling the sign "unfortunate" and further addressing the controversy, especially as it came around the debate over President Donald Trump's decision to rescind DACA, which gives temporary protection against deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Tyler also noted that the school system has one of one of the highest Hispanic enrollments of any school system in Alabama and that those students needed to be included in the community. "The picture of these two signs together has created a firestorm of controversy. In light of DACA and the immigration debates underway in this country I can understand why. I am not going to debate but I do want to speak to the community about who we are and what we stand for." The Baldwin County Public School System has one of the highest Hispanic enrollments of any school system in Alabama," the statement continued. "Robertsdale is among the highest in our county because of the many migrant workers who enter our country to work for local farmers in our fields. Our ESL (English as a second language program) has been recognized by the state department of education for its excellence.' Not only do we work hard to provide for these members of our community, but they are hugged on and loved every day not just by their teachers but by their friends where they go to school. Last week Baldwin County opened our storm shelters where we welcomed more than 400 evacuees from Florida. These people came from all walks of life, many of whom were Hispanic and nearly all without much financial support. Full article
  12. Unusual deposit: Geneva loos blocked by €100,000 cash

    Toilets in Geneva have been blocked by €100,000 (£88,000) in high-denomination euro banknotes - prompting prosecutors to seek the money's origin. Swiss media said the first blockage occurred in the vault at UBS bank in Geneva's financial district. A few days later, back in May, three nearby bistros were found with 500-euro notes stuffed down the pan. Vincent Derouand, from the Geneva prosecutor's office, said that throwing money away is not a crime - and nor is blocking a toilet. There was no immediate reason to think it was dirty money, he said. Mr Derouand explained: "We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money." It has reportedly cost many thousands of pounds to unblock the pipes. Mr Derouand added that two people had agreed to compensate the restaurants, which have withdrawn an earlier complaint. Full article
  13. For such a flimsy piece of card (or print-out), boarding passes really wield a lot of power , and can give away a lot - if you know what to look out for. At the very least, they identify the passenger, the flight number, date and scheduled time for departure. Nestled among all that crucial information may be another code, reading SSSS, and if you're experiencing difficulty printing your pass off ahead of a trip, it may be that this code is about to appear on yours. In this instance, you won't be able to print your boarding card off at one of the automated machines in an airport - you'll have to get it done at the check-in desk - and you could face a grilling. 'Secondary Security Screening Selectee'. SSSS also may stand for 'Secondary Security Screening Selection' and is used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). While there's no official explanation for why you're selected, according to Life Hacker , there are a few reasons which may have contributed. Frustratingly, it's sometimes randomised. But last-minute flights could be one reason, as could taking an international one-way fare. If you've paid for that flight in cash, that may also mean you now qualify, as can travelling from somewhere which is classified as a "high-risk country." And if you're on a watch list, you can definitely expect this to appear on your pass. What happens next. One thing to bear in mind is, if you have not been able to print your pass off, you may want to arrive at the airport even earlier than planned. This is because if this code appears, as long as up 30 minutes could be added to your getting through security. Full article
  14. Depending on your perspective, Kevin Durant is either a hero or a sellout. He left Oklahoma City for Golden State, a team that arguably would have won the NBA championship without him, to collect a ring. But he was also the Finals MVP. Due to the circumstances, online haters aren’t letting KD enjoy his victories, and he can’t seem to ignore them. On the contrary, there’s evidence he might even be using fake accounts to defend himself on Twitter. Is Durant referring to himself in the third person here? “He didn’t like the OKC organization,” he wrote, “… his roster wasn’t that good.” One theory being floated is that Durant forgot to switch Twitter accounts before jumping into the Twitter debate and that he meant to post this defense of himself using a sockpuppet. Full article
  15. 32-year-old Ben Kurstin, of Humboldt Park, Chicago, has 8,816 dime bags in his apartment, but he’s no drug dealer. The aspiring artist and filmmaker has been collecting drug bags in virtually every color and design imaginable off the streets of Chicago and using them as an art medium. It all started one day, a couple of years ago, when Ben Kurstin noticed a discarded dime bag on a sidewalk in Humboldt Park, and decided to pick it up out of curiosity. From that point on, whenever he saw drug bags on the street, he would pick them up and take them home. Soon, his unusual habit became an obsession, to the point where he would search for the bags and come home with dozens , sometimes even hundreds of them, every day. He then spent hours cleaning and organizing them by color and design. At one point, he even started thinking of a rational explanation, should police one day stop him, thinking he was a drug dealer. “I was getting ready to talk to the police if I was stopped. If you walk up to someone with a bunch of drug bags and they say they’re turning them into mosaics, you probably wouldn’t believe it,” Kurstin told DNA Info. But he was never stopped by police, or anyone else for that matter. People who saw him picking up drug bags off the street just shot him a confused glance and look the other way. His bag collecting obsession did get him in trouble one day, as a gang of teenage kids saw him walking in Humboldt Park with a handful of dime bags and attacked him. He got a concussion out of it, but after a week’s recovery, he was right back on the streets looking for more dime bags. With such a sizable collection at his disposal, Ben started thinking of how to best use the bags. He settled on mosaics, using the many different colors and designs to create large scale artworks, like an American flag and a portrait of President Richard Nixon, who popularized the phrase, “War on Drugs.” He’s hoping to sell some of his works and display the rest in art galleries, but his main goal now is to highlight Chicago’s drug problem and the ineffectiveness of America’s War on Drugs. “Seeing the sheer number of bags I was finding, and the indifference of the police to that, was really concerning,” the young artist said. “It became very obvious that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a complete failure. People who are addicted are able to get drugs, and they’re able to get them easily. Our current way of going about helping people isn’t helping at all.” Full article
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