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Wrathful Internet teaches Crossfitter that Berlin Holocaust memorial isn’t his gym

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An American athletic trainer who specializes in the Crossfit program has sparked outrage around the world by posting an Instagram photo of himself doing a handstand on a Berlin, Germany memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

BuzzFeed reported that Globe-trotting Crossfit enthusiast Dave Driskell was on a layover in Berlin when he snapped the photo with the caption “Hello, Berlin, Germany. 15 hour layover. Checking the sites. Drinking the beers. Eating the bratwurst. #vagabond #wanderlustwods #handstands #365daysofhandstands.”

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The angry reaction was virtually instantaneous. Within minutes, commenters were posting messages chastising Dreskell.

One commenter summed up most people’s reaction when they wrote, “Mate, that is so insensitive and makes you look really dumb. I would delete this post.”

Dreskell did, and on Monday night, he posted an apology.

“I’d like to apologize for any offense the last picture I posted has caused,” he said.

“We walked near this memorial not knowing what it was at the time,” Driskell explained. “People were walking on the pillars. Kids running around. People sitting on them. It was gorgeous and looked visually stunning. As with all things like this I wanted a picture next to it, as I have been doing for years. I took a handstand picture with it as the background. I truly did not know what the structure was.”

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“I feel completely terrible as I would never purposely offend or disrespect this memorial had I known,” he said.

Although, he did feel the need to assert his bona fides as a good person by writing, “Earlier this year I flew to India to help with a charitable event which raised over $24,000.00 to help the orphans and needy in India. I love to promote fitness and inspire people to do something different than the norm: To be epic. To be fit. To help others. To chase happiness. To show love! I love all and strive to show that through my passions of travel and fitness.”

Crossfit is a workout regimen founded on the idea of “muscle confusion,” which involves rapid sets of high-intensity lifting, pull-ups, push-ups and other exercises. Some fitness specialists say that “muscle confusion” is scientifically dubious and even dangerous, but adherents to the Crossfit program are known for their cultish devotion to the program.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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