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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.”

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.

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“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.”

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

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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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Ivanka Trump visits defense contractor Lockheed Martin to promote apprenticeships

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President Donald Trump's eldest daughter visited defense contractor Lockheed Martin to discuss apprenticeships for minorities.

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump visited the company's Denver-area facility Monday to discuss its apprenticeship programs and efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, reported UPI.

The president's daughter and Lockheed CEO Marilyn Hewson heard from several women who benefitted from Lockheed programs, and Trump pointed out that women who earn STEM degrees were more likely to remain in that industry if they receive on-the-job training during school.

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Man who believed ‘the Bible is for white people’ gets life in prison after setting black man on fire in gruesome murder

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A white man from Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering a black man by setting him on fire while he slept.

The Daily News Journal reports that 53-year-old John Carothers has pleaded guilty to murdering Robert Miller, a housemate who lived with him at the Frazier Young Supportive Living, which is a home for people with intellectual disabilities.

According to prosecutors, Carothers in March 2018 doused Miller in lighter fluid while he was asleep in his bed and then lit him on fire. Miller would subsquently die from burn-related injuries at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

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‘There’s no racial tension’: Trump claims ‘fantastic relationships’ with black people after ‘go back’ tweet

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President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that he has "fantastic relationships" with the black community after he told four congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.

At a White House meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump was asked if he was experiencing any blowback from the African-American community.

"There’s no racial tension," the president said, according to a pool report. "We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020."

Via pooler @DavidNakamura: T"rump says: 'There’s no racial tension.' Trump notes low unemployment for black Americans. 'We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020.' "

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