Mississippi school district pulls ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ because it ‘makes people uncomfortable’


Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was removed from a Mississippi school district lesson plan because the book’s language made some people feel uneasy.

Administrators at the Biloxi School District announced early this week they were pulling the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum, saying they received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”

The Sun Herald reported that the book was pulled from the lesson plan because the novel contained “the N word.”


A message on the school’s website says “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches students that compassion and empathy don’t depend upon race or education.

School board vice president Kenny Holloway says other books can teach the same lessons.

However, the book will still be available in Biloxi school libraries.

The novel, published in 1960, chronicled the adventures of Jean Louise Finch aka Scout and her brother Jeremy aka Jem and the racial inequality that existed in their small Alabama town. The book followed a court case their father, Atticus, was involved in.


In the story, Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a black man who was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Despite strong evidence of Robinson’s innocence, he was found guilty of raping Ewell.

The book was adapted into a movie in 1962, starring Gregory Peck, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch. 

The Sun Herald reported the novel was listed at No. 21 on the American Library Association’s most “banned or challenged books list in the last decade.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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‘Friday the 13th’ Star Kane Hodder: ‘If I’m Lucky I’ll Kill A Couple Motherf*****s’


‘Friday the 13th’ Star

Hoping to Kill Some Motherf*****s!!!

(TGIF the 13th???)

10/13/2017 5:54 PM PDT


The guy who played Jason Voorhees in the ‘Friday the 13th‘ movies is out for blood — due to some pent up rage after a 3-hour makeup session. 

Kane Hodder tells us he’s reprising his role from the seventh ‘Friday the 13th’ — when he actually took off the mask — for “Rock and Shock” horror movie convention in Worcester, Massachusetts. Naturally, it’s going down today … Friday the 13th, and he says this will be his swan song.

Kane made it clear he’s NOT a fan of the makeup process, but since he had to sit through it … he’d love to act out a few scenes. Emphasis on ACT. We hope.

Still, there’s one awesome reason he’d go through it again. Hollywood’s just gotta call.


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Kardashian DASH Store, Machete Wielding Woman Threatens to Kill Kardashians on Video


Kardashian DASH Store

Machete Wielding Woman Screams …

‘Kardashians Will be Executed!!!’

9/21/2017 6:12 PM PDT

The woman who allegedly walked into the Kardashians‘ DASH store and pointed a gun at an employee returned later with a machete … and shouted violent threats about killing the family.

The woman’s rant on the sidewalk outside the shop in Weho was captured on video. She’s seen pacing menacingly while holding the machete in the air and yells … “The Kardashians will be executed if they step on Communist territory! They’ll be f***ing killed!!!”

She then threatens to stab a person who tells her to shut up.

As we reported … the woman walked into the store Thursday morning and allegedly pointed a gun at the cashier before leaving. She returned later and left the machete in the doors after her rant.

Cops are still searching for her. 


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Turkish judge finds 42 soldiers guilty of trying to kill Erdogan


MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) – A Turkish court on Wednesday found 42 former soldiers guilty of trying to kill President Tayyip Erdogan during last year’s failed coup, and handed most of them life sentences in the highest profile case related to the attempted putsch so far.

Judge Emirsah Bastog read out guilty verdicts for 42 of the 47 defendants, according to a Reuters reporter at the court in Mugla, southwestern Turkey. Mugla is near the luxury resort where Erdogan and his family narrowly escaped a team of rogue soldiers who stormed his hotel during the night of the coup.

The trial, which started in February and included Erdogan as a co-plaintiff, is part of a sweeping security crackdown that followed the failed putsch of July 2016. It is the biggest such case to reach a conclusion so far.

“I hope the verdict today is beneficial to everyone,” Bastog said as he sentenced 34 of the accused to “aggravated” life sentences, the harshest punishment possible under Turkish law because it lengthens the minimum sentence required for parole.

Another six defendants were given life terms while two others were given lesser sentences.

“(Several) defendants have been found guilty on the charge of attempting to assassinate the president,” Bastog told the packed courtroom.

One was acquitted and another was transferred to another court. No verdict was given for three who were tried in absentia, including U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for orchestrating the coup.

Demonstrators threw eggs and plastic bottles at the defendants as police escorted them from the courthouse. Others waved Turkish flags, blared a famous song praising Erdogan and called for a return to capital punishment.

The court heard final statements from the defendants just before Bastog delivered his verdict. Some of the accused said they did not believe the court could deliver a fair verdict and had been under political pressure.

“From the moment I was arrested at the air base on July 16, I was treated like a criminal,” Ergun Sahin, a former air force lieutenant, told the court.


Supporters of President Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags during a trial for soldiers accused of attempting to assassinate the president on the night of the failed last year’s July 15 coup, in Mugla, Turkey, October 4, 2017. The placard reads that: “We want execution!”. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Pictures released in the aftermath of the coup showed some suspected coup plotters – including high-ranking military officers – stripped to their underpants, handcuffed and their faces bruised.

“Words don’t mean anything here as we didn’t have a chance of a fair trial,” said another defendant, Gokhan Sen. “We are just the grass that elephants trampled on during their fight.”

More than 240 people were killed on the night of July 15, 2016 when putschists commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters, attacking parliament and attempting to overthrow the government.

Erdogan’s lawyer, who was present at the case, said that justice had been served.

“Had these putschists succeeded that night in the attack against our president, history would have changed, we would be living in a different Turkey now,” Huseyin Aydin told Reuters.

“My son has been avenged,” said Nihat Eker, the father of a police officer who was killed during the coup. “If our president were to present us with a choice, we’d all agree to it. We say, ‘execution, execution, execution’.”

Erdogan has previously said he would be willing to restore the death penalty if parliament passed such a measure. Turkey abandoned capital punishment more than a decade ago as part of its bid to join the European Union. Restoring it would all but end its attempt to join the EU.

While Turkey has seen a groundswell in nationalism since the coup, the extent of the government’s crackdown has alarmed European allies and rights groups. More than 150,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and some 50,000 jailed.

Investors also worry about Erdogan’s tightening grip on power and an erosion in the rule of law.

The government blames the network of Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan, for orchestrating the failed coup. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied involvement and condemned the coup.

A total of 47 defendants were on trial, 43 of whom have been held in detention during the 7-1/2 month hearing. Gulen was being tried in absentia. Most of the defendants were soldiers.

Additional reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen in Istanbul; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dominic Evans and Mark Heinrich

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Georgia cop who said ‘we only kill black people’ to be fired


The Georgia police lieutenant who said cops “only kill black people” during a traffic stop, will be fired, the police chief said Thursday.

“I have known Lt. (Greg) Abbott for years and perceived him as honorable, but he’s made a mistake,” Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t know what is in his heart, but I know what came out of his mouth. We recommend that he be terminated and we are moving forward on that.”

During a DUI stop last month, Abbott was recorded on dash-cam video telling the driver, “Remember, we only kill black people.”

The officer’s statement was in response to the driver telling the lieutenant she was afraid to move her hands because she had “just seen way too many videos of cops…”


“But you’re not black,” Abbott said to the driver. “Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”

The dash-cam video was timestamped July 10, 2016, but it was brought to light on Wednesday after Channel 2 Action News obtained the dash-cam video and submitted an open-records request and the police chief and his command staff looked into it.

Register, who was not police chief during the time of the video, said Abbott’s comments were “inappropriate” for a cop to say.

“I wish Lt. Abbott well. But I think that was very inappropriate for any police officer to say that, but especially one of our leaders in the department,” the chief reportedly said.

Abbott was on the force for 28 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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Cobb County Cop Fired for Saying ‘We Only Kill Black People’ (UPDATE)


Cobb County Cop

Fired for Saying

‘We Only Kill Black People’

8/31/2017 1:16 PM PDT

Breaking News

3:28 PM PT — Looks like Lt. Greg Abbott beat Cobb County PD to the punch … he just reportedly resigned from his post before he could officially be fired.Cobb County PD is reacting swiftly and firing Lt. Greg Abbott the day after video surfaced of him telling a white motorist, “We only kill black people.”

Chief Mike Register announced the firing Thursday afternoon, saying, “I have known Lt. (Greg) Abbott for years and perceived him as honorable, but he’s made a mistake. I don’t know what is in his heart, but I know what came out of his mouth. We recommend that he be terminated and we are moving forward on that.”

As we reported, Abbott had pulled over a white woman who was hesitant to reach for her phone, fearing she’d be shot. Abbott responded that cops only kill black motorists.

The incident happened in July 2016, but only came to light when WSB-TV requested the video last week, and aired it Wednesday night.

Abbott had been on the Cobb County force for 28 years.


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