• Pledge of Allegiance Prompts Lawsuit by NJ Family

    Pledge of Allegiance Prompts Lawsuit by NJ Family

    (ABERDEEN, N.J.) — A New Jersey family is suing their local school district, charging that the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance turn atheists into “second-class citizens.” The suit filed this week against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District by the Washington, D.C.-based American Humanist Association keeps the identity of the family under wraps because their child attends school there. Under New Jersey state law, students in all 590 school districts must recite the pledge each day or else stand without speaking. In response to the suit, Matawan-Aberdeen schools officials say their district is being unfairly singled out, drawing… Read more

  • University of Central Florida Student Says Fraternity Rejected Him Based on Sexuality

    University of Central Florida Student Says Fraternity Rejected Him Based on Sexuality

    (ORLANDO, Fla.) — The Greek system at the University of Central Florida is the subject of harsh scrutiny after a student claimed a fraternity rejected him because of his sexuality. George Dumont, 19, said representatives of Beta Theta Pi made it clear he wasn’t going to join because he is gay. “It nearly broke me, to be honest,” Dumont said. “…I’ve been through a very dark period where, you know, I probably wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for a couple of really close friends.” The former UCF cheerleader took to social media to bring attention to his case,… Read more

  • Computer Glitch Delays Florida Exam for Thousands of Students

    Computer Glitch Delays Florida Exam for Thousands of Students

    (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A computer glitch caused several Florida school districts to cancel exams Tuesday, delaying the administration of the yearly Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. More than 20,000 students across five counties were affected by the technical troubles. Overall, 26 school districts were hit by the server crash. In Orange County, a total of 12,000 kids couldn’t take the test at all. Pearson, the company involved, claims the problem is resolved and says it is working with districts to set up make-up test dates. A national issue with Internet service is blamed. Students prepared for the exam months in advance,… Read more

  • Stowaway Teen Said He Ran Away From Home After Argument with Parents

    Stowaway Teen Said He Ran Away From Home After Argument with Parents

    (SAN JOSE, Calif.) — The teenager who miraculously survived a five-hour journey in the unpressurized wheel well of a jetliner said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother and his dad, an airport official in Hawaii who spoke with the boy told ABC News on Tuesday. Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said he spent some time with the stowaway on Sunday after an airport worker found the 15-year-old wandering the tarmac disoriented. The teen told Moniz that he hadn’t seen his biological mother since he was 2 years old… Read more

  • Boston Marathon Proposal: ‘Life Is Short And You Have to Embrace It to Its Fullest’

    Boston Marathon Proposal: ‘Life Is Short And You Have to Embrace It to Its Fullest’

    (BOSTON) — One marathoner was sprinting towards the finish line for a different reason than all his fellow Boston runners Monday. Upon reaching the finish line, Greg Picklesimer dropped to one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Carla White, who was lovingly waiting for him at the end of his long race. “I had two goals in mind,” Picklesimer, 47, of Newton, Mass., told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “One was running under a certain time. And my bigger goal was to propose to Carla. My time goal fell apart a little bit after I was running, but the bigger goal more than made… Read more

  • New Details in North Carolina Kidnapping Plot, Assistant District Attorney Targeted

    New Details in North Carolina Kidnapping Plot, Assistant District Attorney Targeted

    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Nine people are charged in an indictment handed down Tuesday involving the kidnapping of a 63-year-old man. A prosecutor was the intended target of the abduction but instead, suspects accidentally took her father. Frank Janssen, father of Wake Forest assistant district attorney Colleen Janssen, was taken from his North Carolina home on April 5. He was driven to Atlanta and held for five days before being rescued by a high-level FBI team. Kelvin Melton, an inmate at the Polk Correctional Institution in North Carolina, was previously prosecuted by Janssen’s daughter. In March, he devised a plan to… Read more

  • Pa. Patient Arrested for Allegedly Dealing Heroin from ICU Bed

    Pa. Patient Arrested for Allegedly Dealing Heroin from ICU Bed

    (PITTSBURGH) — A Pennsylvania woman will be charged Tuesday with allegedly dealing heroin from her bed in the intensive care unit of a Pittsburgh area hospital, police said. The 38-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld until she is officially charged, is suspected of selling $1,400 worth of heroin from her room in the Excela Westmoreland Hospital ICU. “She will be charged with possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and probably a paraphernalia charge as well,” Greensburg Police Chief Captain Chad Zucco told ABC News on Tuesday. Hospital staff became suspicious… Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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