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Ex-College Republicans chapter president busted for distributing white supremacist propaganda

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An upstate New York student has been cited for distributing white supremacist propaganda.

Christopher Hodgman was identified as a suspect after stickers advocating white nationalism were spotted throughout Brighton last fall, and then later in Pittsford, reported WHAM-TV.

The 23-year-old University of Rochester student was tracked down after police recovered his fingerprints on the stickers’ adhesive, police said.

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Police, along with the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, determined the flyers and stickers were not a criminal infraction, but did violate town code.

The materials said, “It’s okay to be white,” and promoted the name of a white supremacist group, and some stickers depicted a smiley face with a mustache and haircut like Adolf Hitler.

Hodgman, the previous president of Rochester’s campus chapter of College Republicans, was charged with three counts of violating town code.

“I want to be as clear as possible,” said Jose Fernandez, the current chapter president of Rochester’s College Republicans. “Our entire chapter condemns as forcefully as possible racism and prejudice of any form.”

“As the son of Hispanic parents, including my father who left the Dominican Republic for America at 17 years old,” Fernandez added, “I was blessed to understand what image America must seek to attain: A country where anyone who truly seeks a better life can seek refuge.”

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Hodgman’s lawyer argued the message on the flyers was not hate speech, and insisted the violation was no different than placing a lost puppy poster on a public structure.

The student faces a $250 fine and up to 15 days in jail, although jail time is unlikely.

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ABC News had the goods on Jeffrey Epstein years ago — and killed the story

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Multimillionaire predator Jeffrey Epstein died in suspicious circumstances at a Manhattan correctional facility on Aug. 10. The wealthy and powerful New York financier, a convicted sex offender, stands accused by dozens of women and girls of trafficking, rape and sexual abuse. He was an enormously influential and well-connected man who counted as friends billionaire business ownersHollywood starsBritish royals, and even top media figures like Katie Couric and Charlie Rose — with some of his associates falling under suspicion of condoning or even participating in a pedophile ring.

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Child killed as quake strikes southern Philippines

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A powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, killing a child, injuring dozens and damaging buildings in an area still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October.

Police said a rescue operation had been launched at a heavily damaged market building in Padada near the 6.8 magnitude quake's epicentre, which is about 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of the major city of Davao.

Patients were evacuated from hospitals as a precaution and nervous crowds massed outside shopping malls after the jolt and dozens of smaller, but strong aftershocks.

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50 bodies unearthed from Mexican mass grave

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The bodies of at least 50 people have been unearthed from a mass grave at a farm outside Mexico's western city of Guadalajara, local authorities said.

The grim site was discovered just over three weeks ago in Jalisco -- a state hard-hit by violence linked to organized crime.

The local prosecutor's office said Saturday 13 of the dead -- 12 men and a woman -- have been identified and the remains given to their families.

The process of identifying more of the victims and how they died will continue, it added.

A mass grave with 34 bodies was discovered in a suburb of Guadalajara on September 3, while another was found nearby in May with the remains of 30 people.

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