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School shooter sentencing: South Carolina teen killed one student, plotted to kill dozens

ANDERSON, S.C. – A sentencing hearing began Tuesday for Jesse Osborne, 17, who pleaded guilty to killing his father, then firing on the Townville Elementary School playground Sept. 28, 2016, fatally wounding 6-year-old Jacob Hall.

During the first day of the hearing, a jail investigator testified that Osborne attempted to escape, and an FBI agent presented digital evidence that Osborne plotted to kill more than 50 students in 2016.

Investigators said Osborne shot his father, Jeffrey Osborne, 47, then stole his truck and drove it to the school 3 miles away.

Jacob, the first-grader who was fatally wounded on the school playground, died three days later. He had a superhero-themed funeral, and a portion of a road in Townville was named in his honor.

Read more: https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/nation/2019/11/12/townville-school-shooter-jesse-osborne-sentence-anderson-county-sc/2576845001/

Southern Poverty Law Center won't voluntarily recognize employee union

Southern Poverty Law Center management said Tuesday they would not voluntarily recognize a union organized by employees at the civil rights nonprofit and have hired a Virginia law firm whose website boasts about victories over labor organization attempts.

In a memo to employees sent on Tuesday, Lecia Brooks, the chief workplace transformation officer for the SPLC, said that directors of the nonprofit had voted to allow an election to go forward, saying they wanted “to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard.”

“There are employees at SPLC, mostly women of color and lower-wage workers who are often left out or often 'spoken for' instead of engaged and given a space for their own agency,” the memo said. “We want current and future employees to know and feel that their voices matter and their needs are met.”

The SPLC Union said in a statement Tuesday it was “disappointed” in the decision but that it would go through an election, if necessary.

Read more: https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/11/12/southern-poverty-law-center-wont-voluntarily-recognize-employee-union/2580284001/

Shareholders set to vote on GateHouse-Gannett deal

The newspaper industry mega deal in which GateHouse Media’s parent company plans to buy USA Today parent Gannett Co., combining the two largest newspaper chains in the country, faces its final hurdle Thursday when shareholders vote on the $1.2 billion pact.

New Media Investment Group’s acquisition with Gannett would create a nation-blanketing print and digital giant, with more than 260 daily newspapers and hundreds more websites and community and weekly newspapers across 47 states. The new company, to be called Gannett even though New Media is the acquirer, would have a daily print circulation of 8.7 million, dwarfing the next largest chain, McClatchy, with daily circulation of 1.7 million.

The companies say the advantages of size and reach will attract more digital advertisers and save expenses by eliminating operations deemed redundant or expendable, helping to offset a two-decade slide in revenue from print advertising and subscriptions, which has imperiled the newspaper industry overall.

The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies and by regulators. If shareholders vote in favor, it is expected to close before the end of the month. New Media shareholders would own 50.5% of the merged company, Gannett shareholders 49.5%.

Read more: https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20191112/shareholders-set-to-vote-on-gatehouse-gannett-deal

Of the two publishers, Gannett leans left of center while GateHouse leans right of center. The merger means that the combined company will likely lean more towards the right. I also prefer the online layout of Gannett over GateHouse. Gannett has some articles that are for subscribers only while GateHouse limits readers to five free articles a month.

Sen. Doug Jones: Fighting for our HBCUs

by Sen. Doug Jones

Right now Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions across the country are facing a disastrous financial cliff, all because the Senate has failed to renew $255 million in federal funding for these schools.

Federal funding for HBCUs shouldn’t be caught in the political winds and left to expire because of partisan disagreements. These colleges and universities should be consistently and appropriately funded.

Every day that passes without a funding renewal, these schools are one day closer to having to make tough decisions that could do permanent damage – including laying off staff, letting contracts expire, and winding down programs that serve students in STEM and other fields.

My bill, the FUTURE Act, would renew this funding for an additional two years and give the Senate time to find a permanent fix. It’s bipartisan. It’s paid for. And it has already passed the House of Representatives unanimously.

Read more: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/11/11/opinion-fighting-for-our-hbcus/

The V - November 10, 2019 - Special Guest: Rep. Chris England

This week The V Team talks about Susan's award, AL schools finish last, Jeff Sessions gets in the race, the new Alabama Democratic Party and Ella Bell remembered. This week our special guest is Rep. Chris England, chairman of the Democratic Party. All this and much more coming up next on The V.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Trump Judging MAGA Rap Competition

A Farewell to Dairy Queens

On a recent Thursday afternoon, the front lawns of Lockney, a South Plains farming town of fewer than two thousand, were still dusted with the windblown residue of the cotton harvest. Main Street was largely deserted, and most of the storefronts were empty. Though locals long ago became hardened to news of economic woes, the latest casualty was one that few could fathom: the local Dairy Queen, the iconic fast-food mainstay of small-town Texas, closed in late October. “They came in during the night and took everything,” said Buster Poling, Lockney’s city manager.

Now the store is a hollow shell sitting in the shadow of the town’s rusted water tower. Its red roof is marked with a teardrop-shaped scar where the DQ logo once perched. Inside, the menu boards have been stripped clean. On a side window, “Go Horns” is still written in white shoe polish, a tribute to the local high school football team, whose fans would gather at Dairy Queen after games.

The old saying that every Texas town has a Dairy Queen is no longer true for many communities, especially the agricultural hamlets of the Panhandle, which have been disproportionately affected by a spate of closures. On October 30, Vasari LLC, which operated about 70 Dairy Queens across Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, filed for bankruptcy and announced it was closing 29 stores, 10 of them in the Panhandle.

In Haskell, about 150 miles southeast of Lockney, city manager Janet Moeller was so concerned when she heard about the closure in her town that she called her counterpart in Graham to see if the owners of its Dairy Queen would buy the Haskell site and reopen it. So far, nothing has come of the request. “It’s devastating for Haskell,” she said.

Read more: https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/farewell-to-dairy-queen/

Substitute Teacher Arrested After Video Shows Her Hit, Stomp Student's Head at Central Texas School

A Central Texas woman was arrested Friday after she was filmed beating a student while substituting at a school in Kyle.

According to a report from CBS Austin, Tiffani Shadell Lankford was the substitute for a foreign language class at Lehman High School in Hays CISD, located in Hays County. An attorney for the student's family said students in the classroom were being so loud that Lankford began cursing at the students.

The female student then allegedly told Lankford not to talk to her that way. Footage from various angles shows the student slap Lankford, who then hits the student repeatedly before pulling her out of her desk and stomping on her head.


The student, who the district said is a 16-year-old sophomore, was taken to a hospital for evaluation. She also reportedly has epilepsy.

Read more: https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2019/11/11/substitute-teacher-arrested-after-video-shows-her-hit-stomp-students-head-at-central-texas-school

Jesus Walks: Kanye West Will Perform at Joel Osteen's Church in Houston on Sunday

Increasingly erratic rapper Kanye West has announced he’ll perform with a choir during the Sunday, November 17, nighttime service at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston.

The appearance comes shortly after the release of his new record Jesus is King, which basically sounds like Kanye listened to a gospel rap record once and was like, "I can do this." Because, apparently, that's exactly what he thinks his fans need: a good dose of Jesus.

It does seem weird that someone who pals around with Donald Trump would put out a record about Jesus, especially since Jesus probably couldn't even get into America these days, seeing that he's from the Middle East. Probably safe to assume ol' J.C. would be on the no-fly list.

For what it's worth, during another service earlier that day, Kanye will also chat with Osteen for 15-20 minutes about overcoming adversity — like how tough it is to spend millions of dollars and be married to the most famous Instagram model in the world.

Read more: https://www.sacurrent.com/sa-sound/archives/2019/11/12/jesus-walks-kanye-west-will-perform-at-joel-osteens-church-in-houston-on-sunday

It's official: Tarleton State University moves to NCAA Division I

Tarleton State University President Dr. James Hurley announced today that the institution has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference and transition to NCAA Division I effective July 1, 2020.

The invitation is contingent on Tarleton completing the four-year reclassification process from NCAA Division II. The Texans will begin WAC regular-season competition during the 2020-21 school year and be eligible for NCAA Division I postseason play beginning with the 2024-25 season.

“What a historic day for Tarleton State University,” Dr. Hurley said. “We are next level ready - Tarleton is going Division I. I would like to thank our students, Chancellor John Sharp and The Texas A&M University System, the faculty, staff, our communities and alumni for the incredible support in making this move possible.

“I would also like to thank WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd, his staff and the WAC presidents for welcoming us with open arms. We look forward to raising the institutional profile of Tarleton State University at the NCAA Division I level.”

Read more: https://www.yourstephenvilletx.com/news/20191112/its-official-tarleton-moves-to-ncaa-division-i
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