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Boston-area student goes from ‘Make a Wish’ kid to knockout game suspect

A Boston-area college sophomore and hockey player has been charged with multiple assaults after allegedly punching three students in the head without warning as part of an apparent knockout game. Police say Dillon Destefano, 19, of New Jersey, sucker punched all three Endicott College students within an hour of one…

Texas grand jury refuses murder indictment on man who killed deputy on no-knock raid

A grand jury in central Texas refused Wednesday to indict a man on murder charges after he killed a sheriff’s deputy who stormed his house while executing an early-morning no-knock warrant looking for marijuana in December. Henry Goedrich Magee will still face a charge for possession of marijuana while in…

DNA evidence frees two men after 21 years in Attica

Pressed into signing a confession they knew was false, two New York teenagers received sentences of nine years to life and 75 years to life for murders they didn’t commit. Now, nearly 21 years and seven months later, Antonio Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson are free. Exculpatory DNA evidence emerged from…

Rob Ford attempts ban of rainbow flag at Toronto City Hall: LGBT people ‘irrelevant’ at Olympics

[Updated] According to CBCnews, the rainbow flag flying at Toronto City Hall was not removed at Mayor Rob Ford’s request. Toronto City Manager Joe Pennachetti sent a letter to the mayor and councillors  Friday afternoon pointing out that the city’s protocol officer is the only person who decides what flags fly from…

GOP rep. pushes bill to name Nevada peak for Reagan instead of first woman lt. governor

A bill introduced by Tea Party-supported Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) on Thursday would name a 4,000-foot Nevada mountain after former President Ronald Reagan and block attempts currently underway to name the same peak after the state’s first woman lieutenant governor. The Hill reported on Friday that Heck’s efforts coincided with…

NC parenting columnist’s 3-year-old son shoots 17-month-old sister with dad’s gun

The 17-month-old daughter of a North Carolina parenting columnist is expected to recover after her 3-year-old brother shot her with his father’s gun. Cleveland County Sheriff’s Capt. Joel Shores said that 911 dispatchers received reports that a child had suffered a gunshot wound at around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday morning,…

Oklahomans belittle poor ‘wuss’ kids without coats after schools close over frost bite fear

The Oklahoma City School district is out of snow days after schools were forced to close on Wednesday and Thursday over fears that the poor students who could not afford coats could get frost bite. “Safety is our top issue,” James Buchanan Elementary School Principal Scott Kaufman told KOKH on…

Calif. school sorry for honoring Black History Month with watermelon and fried chicken

Administrators at a California Catholic high school have apologized for putting watermelon, fried chicken and cornbread on the menu as a part of a Black History Month celebration. According to KNTV, some of the students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord had asked for a way to acknowledge…

Fox ‘expert’ slams plus-size women: Realistic Disney characters mean ‘Diabetes Princess’

A Fox News guest predicted on Thursday that if a teen girl was successful in her effort to get Disney to create realistic female characters that were not skinny then more young women would become obese. In light of a Virginia teen’s Change.org petition calling for “positive representation of plus-size…

82,000 tons of coal sludge spilling for days into NC river threatens Virginia drinking water

Five days after coal ash began leaking into the Dan River in North Carolina last weekend, Duke Energy still can’t say if the mess will ever be cleaned up. On Sunday, a security guard at the Duke Energy plant in Eden discovered that the gray sludge was leaking out of…

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