The teacher for a class in New Hampshire in which students were videotaped singing about the Ku Klux Klan to the tune of “Jingle Bells” has been placed on paid administrative leave.Dover Superintendent William Harbron told Foster’s Daily Democrat Tuesday that putting John Carver on leave will allow school officials to fully investigate what happened. Harbron said in a letter to the school community Monday the incident was part of a class assignment about the Reconstruction period in American history. Carver has not responded to requests for comment. (https://nyp.st/2UiFo7H)
A Kingman man will serve more than three years in prison for threatening to kill President Donald Trump and other political figures. The U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona said in a news release that 39-year-old Jerrod Hunter Schmidt was sentenced Monday to 37 months in federal prison. Prosecutors say Schmidt had a prior felony conviction upheld by the Nebraska Court of Appeals in April. He reacted by calling the court clerk’s office over two days and leaving threatening voice messages. The messages included threats to shoot Trump, one of the court clerks, and other politicians. Schmidt was convicted by a jury in September of two counts of threatening a U.S. president and two counts of making interstate threatening communications. (https://nyp.st/2LscVId)
A fanatical neo-Nazi couple who named their baby son after Adolf Hitler were sentenced by a British court to prison Tuesday for belonging to a group banned under anti-terrorism laws. 22-year-old Adam Thomas was sentenced to six and a half years, while his Portuguese partner, 38-year-old Claudia Patatas received five years during their appearance in Birmingham Crown Court. The judge told the couple that “you acted together in all you thought, said, and did, in the naming of your son and the disturbing photographs of your child by symbols of Nazism and the Ku Klux Klan.” Photographs recovered from their home showed Thomas cradling his newborn son while wearing a white KKK robe. The couple’s close friend Darren Fletcher who had taught his daughter to give a Nazi salute, also was sentenced Tuesday to five years for the same crime.(https://nyp.st/2R2qy6u)
The pastor of a church in South Carolina is passionately defending the purchase of $200,000-plus Lamborghini for his wife, saying “not a nickel, not a penny” of donated money financed the fancy ride. Pastor John Gray of the Relentless Church in Greenville defended buying the extravagant ride for his wife and fellow preacher, Aventer Gray, in an emotional 23-minute video posted last week after he was criticized for the eight-year wedding anniversary gift. Gray, who said he began preaching in 1994, said his father, uncles, and cousins never “did right” by their wives, prompting him to pamper his wife with an elegant ceremony on Dec. 8 and the fancy imported SUV, which starts out at $200,000. Gray emphatically denied that any church funds were used to buy the Lamborghini, saying it was instead financed on the success of his reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, “The Book of John Gray,” as well as his second book. (https://nyp.st/2EC6AJZ)
The now-famous thief who’s a dead ringer for “Friends” star David Schwimmer is on the lam after failing to appear in a UK court Tuesday for swiping a cellphone, wallet, and jacket from a restaurant. A district judge in the town of Blackpool issued a warrant for the arrest of Abdulah Husseni, who shot to international fame when he was captured on CCTV footage clutching a crate of cans — and diehard “Friends” fans pointed out he looked eerily like Schwimmer. Lancashire cops, who in October asked the public’s help to identify the alleged thief, were flooded with hundreds of cheeky comments about the resemblance. 36-year-old Husseni was arrested in West London in November on charges of theft and fraud.
A Michigan pizza place is in hot water after a customer noticed a receipt labeled him and his colleagues “white trash.” Jason Charboneau, from Highland Park, Michigan, said he and his co-workers found the hateful note on their Jet’s Pizza order on Tuesday night. Charboneau posted a photo of the receipt on his Facebook page. “The gal that took the order had an interesting name for us,” Charboneau wrote in the post. “Yea, corporate will hear about this.” Jet’s Pizza apologized following the incident and said it would refund the order. Charboneau said he hopes the incident will deter people from judging those they don’t know. “My response was to tell everybody to stop with the hate and do your job. I know from my work history it’s not always the easiest to be nice. Try anyway,” he wrote in a follow-up Facebook post. (https://nyp.st/2EHTuLl)