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Arizona conspiracy theorist holds himself hostage to force police to investigate bizarre child abuse claims

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An attention-seeking Arizona man essentially held himself hostage to publicize his unfounded claims about an abandoned homeless camp.

Veterans on Patrol founder Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer, who goes by his middle names, climbed a watch tower near the abandoned camp and threatened to remain there until investigators agreed to use cadaver dogs to find the bodies he believed were buried there.

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Tucson police examined the site and found no evidence to support Arthur’s claims that children had been abused, tortured and killed at the camp, and the group’s leader came down from the tower.

However, the former drug addict who never served in the military, continued posting videos on Facebook to rally militia groups and other would-be supporters to his cause.

Police investigated the camp after it was reported last week, but officers found no evidence of illegal activity, including human trafficking.

Officers used cadaver dogs to search the property for human remains but found none.

Veterans on Patrol, which searches for homeless vets in washes and desert areas, found the camp and concluded it was used to exploit and harm children, and local media reported those unverified claims before police investigated.

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Those TV reports and social media videos were shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook.

Police and city workers are working with the property owner to clear out the abandoned camp and secure the area.

Meyer was arrested twice in 2015 for climbing poles to draw attention to veteran suicides, and he was arrested in August at a Tucson hospital over alleged threats against a passerby.

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Arthur was involved in a fight at the January 2016 standoff at Malheur Wildlife Reserve between his group and militants supporting Ammon and Ryan Bundy.

He went with three other men to remove veteran Ryan Payne, who he said was “radicalized” and “suicidal,” from the standoff before he could commit acts of violence, but fellow participants in a 2014 standoff involving the Bundy family at their Nevada ranch appeared to turn on him afterward.

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Woman known for racist rants is finally arrested after assaulting Muslim woman and Black teen

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A North Carolina woman known for her racist rants that were captured on video is being accused of attacking a 14-year-old and ripping the hijab off an another woman, the Citizen Times reports.

Rachel Dawn Ruit first received notoriety when she was caught on video yelling racial slurs and threatening people in downtown Asheville. But on July 4, her threats turned physical when she ripped off the hijab from a woman and attacked the 14-year-old, who is Black.

Ernesta Carter witnessed Ruit attack the girl after saying she needed to be "put down" and if she fought back "she would be raped." Ruit then grabbed the girl by the groin, Carter said. When Carter started running towards the altercation, that's when Ruit targeted Nahlah Karimah who was the woman wearing the hijab.

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WATCH: Doctor laughs at Trump’s bizarre boast about passing a cognitive test

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Arthur Caplan of New York University School of Medicine, who holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools, couldn't help but chuckle when discussing President Donald Trump's recent comments about passing a cognitive test.

"I actually took one very recently when, you know, the radical left was saying, 'Is he all there? Is he all there?' I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I aced the test... I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did.'"

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Trump seems determined to destroy us all

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Useful ways to pass the quarantine time: Since April, in response to the pandemic, I've been involved with a series of Zoom webinars examining a number of issues through the lens of COVID-19. So far, we've covered everything from mental health and addiction and recovery to the search for a vaccine.

The sessions are organized by Hollywood Health & Society which, as per their website, "is a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center that provides the entertainment industry with accurate and up-to-date information for storylines on health, safety and security." The Writers Guilds of America East and West have been co-sponsoring the webinars; as immediate past president of the Writers Guild East, I’ve had the pleasure of moderating several of them.

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