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Ohio school board votes to arm janitors in wake of Newtown

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The Montpelier Exempted Village Schools Board of Education voted unanimously this week to approve arming school janitors with deadly weapons as a response to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, according to a Thursday report in The Toledo Blade.

Custodial staff who carry weapons will be required to undergo a two day training course at the private Ohio-based weapons training facility Tactical Defense Institute, according to a memo to parents (PDF) issued by Superintendent Dr. Jamison J. Grime.

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The memo also said that school officials worked in secret for six months with local law enforcement to flesh out the rules ahead of the vote, even though that move effectively prevented public discussion and debate of allowing firearms on campus. Grime explained that the board felt the intervening weeks following the vote allowed for adequate time to notify parents.

“We take great pride in ensuring that our facility is safe and secure but the [Board of Education] and administration believed that this proactive measure would substantially enhance and strengthen our security efforts,” Grime wrote.

The move is not far off from the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) recommendation following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 26 people were killed, 20 being children, by a shooter with a semi-automatic rifle. The nation’s largest gun lobby pitched Congress on a plan to put armed guards in all the nation’s public schools, but most top officials appear to have dismissed the proposal outright.

Though the NRA indicated that its recommendation was new policy, armed personnel were present at the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School and Fort Hood. While they arguably helped end the shootings earlier than police might otherwise have been able to manage, shooters still executed some of the nation’s worst massacres at those locations.
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Roger Stone’s health in question as prosecutors have him ‘dead to rights’: NBC reporter

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Jurors deciding the fate of longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone did not reach a verdict during their deliberations on Thursday and will reconvene on Friday morning.

But there were fascinating details from the courtroom revealed by NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian.

"What about Roger Stone, does he look like he’s about to burn here?" MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked. "Does he look like he’s going down?"

"He does," Dilanian replied.

"And also, physically, he doesn't look well at this trial. He’s walking around the courthouse kind of unaccompanied, shambling around," he continued. "He doesn't look like a happy warrior, which is usually his persona."

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WATCH LIVE: Trump holds campaign rally to shore up GOP support in Louisiana

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One day after the first televised impeachment hearing, President Donald Trump traveled to Louisiana for a campaign rally.

The rally is being held at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, which has a 14,000 seat capacity.

On Saturday, November 16th, voters will travel to the pools to choose between Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) and Trump's pick, Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.

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Rudy Giuliani under criminal investigation — and it ‘presents a threat to Trump’s presidency’: report

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On Thursday, Bloomberg News reported that President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani is under federal criminal investigation, according to multiple officials — and that this investigation "presents a threat to Trump's presidency."

Giuliani, who was a central figure in the apparent scheme to extort Ukraine into a politically-motivate investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden's family, could potentially be facing charges under campaign finance law, and for failure to register as a foreign agent.

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