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Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died.

Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family."

He also struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.

About those companies that dropped the NRA

I work for one {no I won't say which one}. As Mondays typically have high call volume some of us are added to the customer service lines. We soon noticed we were getting calls about the NRA and so a memo was released- neither agree nor disagree with the caller but thank them for their opinion and report the call.

At the end of the day 6.3% of the calls were reported as referencing discontinuing the NRA discount. Anything over 2% is considered a significant deviation from standard numbers.

100% of the calls were negative. Not a single caller who mentioned the NRA was supportive of the corporate action.

Not saying our company will change its decision anytime soon, but we have been told to continue reporting each call and whether the caller is commenting positively or negatively.

38 years ago today

US hockey team defeats Finland 4-2 to win gold medal at Lake Placid Olympics.

Duluth drops two American novels from reading list, citing use of racial slur

Duluth drops two American novels from reading list, citing use of racial slur

The novels “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will no longer be required reading in the Duluth school district due to the books’ use of a racial slur, a curriculum change supported by the local NAACP chapter.

The two books will continue to be available in school libraries and can be optional reading for students, but beginning next school year, they’ll be replaced as required reading by other literature that addresses the same topics in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes, said Michael Cary, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction.

The district’s intent is to be considerate of all of its students, Cary said. The district owes it to its students to not subject them to a racial slur that marginalizes them in their required learning, he said. He added that district leaders felt that there are many other options in literature that can teach the same lessons as the two novels without containing a racial slur.

“We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn’t require students to feel humiliated or marginalized by the use of racial slurs,” Cary said.

Sensitivity or censorship? And should the teachers have been allowed input or should these decisions be made solely by administration?

As More Women Buy Guns, Local Classes Cater To Ladies

As More Women Buy Guns, Local Classes Cater To Ladies

More women are pulling the trigger and buying guns.

A Maryland company, Practical Training Professionals (PTP), is having special classes that focus specifically on females and firearms.

On Sunday, it was a packed house in Timonium for a training that could mean life or death.

“The two causes of firearm accidents is ignorance, and negligence,” says Ryan Gass, owner of PTP. “What we are doing today is trying to break through that ignorance.”

The article goes on to state women are more likely than men to answer protection when asked why they are buying a gun.

Moore accuser admits she wrote part of infamous note

Source: AOL

Beverly Nelson admitted on Friday that she wrote part of the high school yearbook inscription used as proof in her accusations against Roy Moore.

Beverly Young Nelson, the ex-waitress who alleged the Alabama politician groped her when she was just 16 years old, told ABC News on Friday that she added both the date and place to the then-30-something Moore's inscription.

Her notes read "12-22-77" and "Olde Hickory House," which was the restaurant Nelson reportedly worked at and where she said the GOP Senate candidate once frequented. Nelson and her famed attorney, Gloria Allred, later presented the note as evidence in court that Moore sought an inappropriate relationship with her in the 1970s.

However, Nelson has also insisted that Moore still wrote the majority of the message and signed it.

Read more: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/12/08/roy-moore-accuser-beverly-nelson-admits-she-wrote-part-of-moores-yearbook-inscription/23301742/

It doesn't matter if it can be proven she wrote those parts five seconds after he signed the book, this will be "proof" all of his accusers are lying.

I fear Moore just won...

(lbn post was dupe of https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141934505 )

Tension between Minnesota, D.C. on how to fill Franken's seat, sources say

Tension between Minnesota, D.C. on how to fill Franken's seat, sources say

As DFL Gov. Mark Dayton considers one of the most important political appointments of his career, he’s now hearing from a growing number of Democrats from Minnesota to Washington about how to fill the seat of outgoing Sen. Al Franken, according to sources in Minnesota and Washington.

The governor is now wrestling with whether to select a placeholder appointee who will not run for the seat or give a Democrat a year’s head start raising money and campaigning for the office permanently.

On Wednesday night, high-ranking Minnesota Democratic sources said the governor was likely to appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, someone who would not run for the seat permanently. That would give both parties equal time to mount campaigns for the historic election next November in which both Senate seats would be on the line.

Surrender Your Guns, Police Tell Hawaiian Medical Marijuana Patients

Surrender Your Guns, Police Tell Hawaiian Medical Marijuana Patients

The Honolulu Police Department has sent letters to local medical marijuana patients ordering them to “voluntarily surrender” their firearms because of their MMJ status.

The letters, signed by Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, inform patients that they have 30 days upon receipt of the letter to transfer ownership or turn in their firearms and ammunition to the Honolulu Police.

The existence of the notices, first reported early today by Russ Belville at The Marijuana Agenda podcast, was confirmed to Leafly News this afternoon by the Honolulu Police Department.

The startling order comes just three months after the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Hawaii’s capital city.


'Lock her up': Girl who mistakenly shot elk 'bullied' as wildlife officials decide her fate

'Lock her up': Girl who mistakenly shot elk 'bullied' as wildlife officials decide her fate

Wildlife officials have not decided whether any citations or warnings will be issued after a 14-year-old mistakenly shot a protect elk.

Abby Wilson, 14, shot the elk on Saturday in Boone County, thinking it was a large white-tailed buck. Her father, Donald White, immediately called the Conservation Department upon realizing his daughter's mistake.

"There is no elk season in Missouri, so free ranging elk are protected," said Tom Strother, an MDC Protection Regional Supervisor. "It is a Wildlife Code violation to shoot a free ranging elk as there are no provisions that outline a hunting season like there is for white-tailed deer."

As of Tuesday, conservation officials had not finished their investigation into the unusual case or decided whether warnings will be issued.


Pentagon has known of crime reporting lapses for 20 years

Pentagon has known of crime reporting lapses for 20 years

The Pentagon has known for at least two decades about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI, including the type of information the Air Force didn't report about the Texas church gunman who had assaulted his wife and stepson while an airman.

The Air Force lapse in the Devin P. Kelley case, which is now under review by the Pentagon's inspector general, made it possible for him to buy guns before his attack Sunday at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Twenty-six people were killed, including multiple members of some families. About 20 other people were wounded.

New details emerged, meanwhile, about his troubled Air Force career. In 2012, several months before his conviction in the domestic violence case, Kelley escaped from a civilian mental health center where he had been placed by the Air Force for treatment, according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek. She confirmed a Houston TV station report that was based on an El Paso, Texas, police report. Stefanek said privacy laws prohibited her from saying what Kelley was being treated for.

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