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Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha (WTAE)

Penn. coroner auctioning firearms from suicides: People pay more for ‘guns that took a life’

A Pennsylvania coroner said this week that the state’s law required him to auction off guns that were used in suicides and other accidental violent deaths, even though his county has not held a similar auction in 30 years.
Bryan Lee (Ohio State Police)

Former Ohio state trooper admits to coercing sex from handcuffed women

Lee, who served with the Ohio State Police from January 2006 to October 2013, also harassed and sent threatening electronic messages to a woman he pulled over twice in one month.
Pope Francis (AFP)

Only a scientist could fumble so badly the gift Pope Francis just handed science

I’m a huge fan of Why Evolution is True, the blog by University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne, who wrote a book by the same name. But he’s really blowing it when it comes to Pope Francis.
James Keady (foreground) confronts New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) at a public appearance on Oct. 29, 2014 [MSNBC]

Hurricane Sandy survivor: Chris Christie is sitting on $800 million meant for disaster relief

“Only 20 percent of those dollars have gotten to the people,” James Keady told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “Of the $1.1 billion, $219 million has gone out."
Lindsey Graham speaks to NBC on July 20, 2014.

Lindsey Graham: White men in ‘male-only clubs’ will do great if I’m president

“I’ve tried to help you with your tax status,” Graham can be heard saying. “I’m sorry the government’s so f—ed up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”
Eighth grade students Mea Thompson and Zaria Daniel (WMAQ)

Illinois teacher calls Jamaican students ‘n*gger’ after they object to ‘African-American’

The students said that the teacher continued to use the N-word throughout the 80-minute class period. They said that she also referred to them as slaves. One student reportedly left the room crying.
Nikko Jenkins after a court hearing in Omaha, Nebraska on Nov. 25, 2013. [KETV-TV]

Convicted killer ‘endorses’ Nebraska Republican who used him in campaign ad

“Vote Lee Terry guys, greatest Republican ever,” 26-year-old Nikko Jenkins said after a competency hearing. “Vote for Lee Terry. He’s a great guy.”
McCleish 'Mac' Christmas Benham (screen capture)

Dallas airport gay-basher had prior police record for theft and animal abuse

"The subject continued to be belligerent as Officer Mister and I assisted him to his feet. As the subject was talking, I noticed his speech was slurred. I also noticed that he had glossy, blood shot eyes."
Catherine Butler

‘Zombie’ charged with drunken driving twice in three hours

Police said Butler, who was dressed in a zombie costume for Halloween, registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 during the first arrest and 0.09 the second time.