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Missouri official apologizes for racist Facebook posts: ‘I was a very active Republican at the time’

A Poplar Bluff, Missouri City Councilman is being criticized for posting what some consider to be racist images of President Barack Obama on his Facebook wall, KFVS reports. At a city council meeting Monday night, Reverend Tommy Robinson said that Councilman Peter Tinsley’s posts were blatantly offensive. “To come from…

Ohio anti-Common Core bill eliminates non-English literature, encourages creationism

An Ohio bill that seeks to block the new multi-state Common Core standards forbids the teaching of many classics while allowing for creationism to be taught in science classrooms, The Plain Dealer reports. House Bill 597, authored by Andy Thompson (R) and Matt Huffman (R), would “require that at least…

Reality star Michelle Duggar’s latest delivery: Robocall describing trans people as ‘child predators’

Reality television star Michelle Duggar warned residents in Fayetteville, Arkansas that a measure banning discrimination against LGBT individuals would allow men with “child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” the Washington Post reports.…

Florida county unanimously bans atheists from delivering invocations at public meetings

The county commission in Brevard County, Florida, voted unanimously on Wednesday to prohibit atheists from offering invocations at public meetings, Hemant Mehta reports. The commissioners voted to send a letter to David Williamson, founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, indicating that his group doesn’t qualify to deliver the invocation…

Florida Gov. Rick Scott pulls campaign ad in which convicted human trafficker endorses him

Florida Governor Rick Scott has pulled a re-election campaign advertisement after learning that the man who endorses him in it was convicted of human smuggling, The Miami Herald reports. In the Spanish-language advertisement — which is devoted to Rick Scott’s success in creating jobs for Floridians — Maikel Duarte-Torres is…

MI man arrested after vowing to post nude pics of ex-girlfriend online until she killed herself

Police in Bay City, Michigan arrested a man for posting nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook in order to drive her to commit suicide, The Bay City Times reports. The victim went to police and said that her ex-boyfriend, Chad Monroe, was harassing her online. He began posting nude…

Supervisors failed to protect the dead from man who may have raped up to 100 corpses: lawsuit

On Friday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lawsuit against the Hamilton County coroner and morgue director for failing to stop an employee from having sex with up to 100 corpses could proceed, WCPO reports. Kenneth Douglas confessed in a deposition to having sex with the…

Iowa GOP rep. arrested for having sex with incapacitated wife after judge told him not to

A Republican state representative in Iowa was arrested last week on a third-degree sexual abuse charge for having sex with his wife after a court told him that she lacked the mental capacity to consent, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. According to the criminal complaint, on May 15, 2014, Representative…

Mother of gay teen who committed suicide outraged at FDA ban on gay organ donation

A mother who tried to bring meaning to her gay son’s tragic suicide by having his organs donated was shocked to learn that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations prevent gay men from donating non-lifesaving organs, The Des Moines Register reports. Sheryl Moore’s 16-year-old son, A.J. Betts, took his own…

New Jersey middle school bans transgender teen from attending school as a girl

Officials with Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey have refused to allow a transitioning transgender student to return to school using her new gender identity, APP.com reports. Rachel Pepe attended the middle school last year under her birth name, “Brian,” but when she tried to register for classes with…

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