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Ohio University suspends all fraternities amid hazing allegations

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Ohio University said Thursday it had suspended all of its fraternities following claims of widespread hazing.

The suspension is effective immediately and includes all five Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters at the campus in Athens, about 70 miles southeast of Columbus.

“The swift action being taken in light of the allegations that have surfaced affirms Ohio University’s commitment to the health and safety of our students.,” the statement read.

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Earlier this week, the school issued a cease and desist order to the ACACIA and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternities after receiving allegations of hazing new members, The Post student newspaper reported.

Administrators received more allegations Wednesday against five other chapters, prompting the suspensions.

“These troubling allegations, which will be thoroughly investigated, indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within our IFC organizations, and Ohio University will not put at risk the health and safety of our students,” Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones said in a letter.

All chapter meetings, events and activities are suspended until further notice. In May, Sigma Pi was expelled from the university for hazing, alcohol and drug use, and other student conduct code violations after the alleged hazing of 18-year-old Collin Wiant, who died in November.

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A lawsuit by Wiant’s family alleges he died of asphyxiation after ingesting nitrous oxide provided to and forced on him by fraternity members. Sigma Pi denied those allegations and said Wiant wasn’t a pledge when he died. The fraternity said Wiant was removed from the pledging process weeks earlier because of a sexual-assault allegation.

The letter from Hall-Jones said each chapter is expected to develop and implement a plan to ensure its culture is aligned with that of the national organization and the school student code of conduct.

Failure to comply could result in disciplinary action, she said.

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Judson Horras, President and CEO of the North American Interfraternity Conference told WJW-TV a suspension “that impacts students not accused of misconduct is not the right approach to address this critical issue. It disincentivizes students who are following the rules.”

He said the university should bring “bring all parties to the table to seek a path forward that places the highest priority on the health and safety of students, while respecting the rights of those that live up to the standards of fraternal excellence.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida couple injured in possible bobcat attack

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An animal believed to be a bobcat attacked a couple out on their morning walk in an urban area of South Florida on Friday.

Rescue officials said Elsen Fray, 85, and Rupert Fray, 71, were taking their routine morning walk in Lauderhill, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, when a bobcat came out of the bushes and attacked Elsen. Rupert, who had recently had open-heart surgery, jumped in to try to protect her and fell down.

Wildlife experts say bobcats are quite common in urban areas but attacks are extremely rare. Most humans never lay eyes on the animal.

The attack occurred around 6:15 a.m. near the couple’s apartment and both were transported to the hospital. Elsen suffered puncture wounds to her face and arm and lost part of her finger. Rupert had been discharged from the hospital by Friday evening.

Lauderhill police issued a warning for people in the Fort Lauderdale suburb to be on alert. “The animal involved in the attack is still on the loose. Officials are still combing the area in search of it,” the police statement read.

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Bobcats are common throughout North America, but bobcat attacks are not. The elusive critters typically weigh between 25 and 35 pounds and are usually shy around humans. They can be drawn to apartment complexes because they love to eat the rodents that can be found near the trash.

“I have never heard of anything like this,” said Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, which houses 20 bobcats among other animals. “Any wild bobcat is not going to walk up to a human. They are extremely shy.”

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Authorities have not said the attacker was definitively a bobcat, but both Ruperts are certain of it. “We have no confirmation that it was a bobcat,” Lauderhill Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Levy told 7 News Miami.  “If indeed it was a bobcat attack … that would be an unusual event in a metropolitan area like this.”

“I saw a lot of blood,” neighbor Victoria Wong, who was among the first to find the injured couple, told news outlets. “She was sitting down and I asked her, ‘What happened?’ and she said, ‘Bobcat.’

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Other residents were just as astounded. “We’re in Florida, so we expect the animals — but a bobcat or something that can attack like that? Maybe it was owned by someone? Domestic? It just doesn’t make sense, you know,” said resident Nancy Parisiem.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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21-year-old Florida juror jailed for oversleeping and missing trial

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A 21-year-old Florida man drew a 10-day jail sentence after he overslept and thus missed jury duty at a Palm Beach trial.

Deandre Somerville, 21, originally also faced a year of probation for sleeping in. On Friday his probation was reduced to three months, but he has also been ordered do perform community service, delivering brief speeches on the importance of jury duty each week.

Somerville explained he slept through his alarm and woke up hours later to realize he had missed jury service. He said he did not call the court to let them know what happened because he felt nervous, and he was in a rush to leave for his afternoon job working afterschool programs at the city’s parks and recreation department.

“At work, I was looking on my phone thinking, ‘What’s the worst-case scenario that could happen?’ I thought maybe I would get a fine or something like that,” Somerville said. A police officer showed up at the door of his grandparents’ house, where he resides, bringing along a court summons.

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“My grandfather said, ‘Just go in and be honest,’” said Somerville. “I’ve never had a criminal background, never been arrested, never been in handcuffs. The most I’ve ever gotten was a traffic ticket so I was thinking it wouldn’t be that bad.”

“I said, ‘Sir, honestly I overslept and I didn’t understand the seriousness of this.’ He asked me if I had a criminal record. I said, ‘Sir, I’ve never been arrested,'” Somerville told WPTV he had said at his court hearing.

The West Palm Beach judge was not happy, seemingly unimpressed, said the 21-year-old had held the court up by 45 minutes. Ultimately, an alternate juror was selected to take his place. Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes found Somerville in criminal contempt of court and sentenced him to 10 days in jail, 150 hours of community service and a $223 fine.

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“Now I have a record,” Somerville said. “I almost feel like a criminal now. Now, I have to explain this in every interview.” He said he plans to go to school to become a firefighter.

After criticism, Judge Kastrenakes reduced Somerville’s sentence Friday. He’d already served the 10-day jail time and his letter of apology was accepted by the court. Instead of a year’s probation, Somerville will now serve three months, according to The Sun-Sentinel. 

And instead of 150 hours of community service, he’ll serve 30, which includes his weekly speeches to new jurors on the importance of jury duty.

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“Good people make bad mistakes, and this is a classic example,” Kastrenakes told The Sun-Sentinel. “Jury misconduct is a serious concern,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Execution of ‘Texas 7’ member halted amid claims judge is anti-Semite

A Texas appeals court halted the execution of a Jewish death row inmate Friday after he claimed the judge at his trial was anti-Semitic.

Randy Halprin, who was part of the “Texas 7” group of prisoners who escaped from a South Texas prison and convicted in the 2000 murder of a police officer, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection this coming Thursday. His attorneys argued that former Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham had used racial slurs to describe him after the trial.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent the case back to Dallas County for review of the claims, The Texas Tribune reported.

“A fair trial requires an impartial judge – and Mr. Halprin did not have a fair and neutral judge when his life was at stake,” one of Halprin’s attorneys, Tivon Schardl, said in a statement after the ruling.

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In this Dec. 3, 2003, photo, death row inmate Randy Halprin, then 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. (AP Photo/Brett Coomer, File)

Halprin’s lawyers claimed Cunningham made various racist comments, including that people of color would “go down” in his courtroom and that Jews “needed to be shut down.” They attributed the comments to first-hand accounts, according to a court filing reported by The Texas Tribune.

The Dallas Morning News reported in 2018 that Cunningham admitted to adding stipulations in his will that his children could only receive an inheritance by marrying a straight, white Christian. He has denied the claims.

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Halprin, 42, was sentenced to death in 2003 for the murder of Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on Dec. 24, 2000. The seven prisoners had escaped from prison more than a week earlier and committed numerous robberies while on the run.

They were allegedly robbing a sporting goods store when the 31-year-old officer arrived. Halprin was captured a month later.

Four of the “Texas 7” have been executed. Aside from Halprin, Patrick Murphy is the only other member alive. His execution was halted in March because the state wouldn’t allow a Buddhist spiritual adviser in the execution chamber with him.

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Iowa teacher on leave after threatening Facebook post about climate activist Greta Thunberg

An Iowa science teacher has been placed on leave after posting what appeared to be a threatening comment on social media aimed at young climate change activist Greta Thunberg before her planned visit to the state.

In an emailed statement to Fox News, the Waterloo Community School District said Friday that the Facebook post “rose to the level of putting this employee on administrative leave pending an investigation.”

Local media have identified the teacher as Matt Baish, who is listed as a science teacher on Waterloo West High’s website.

The post came ahead of the Swedish teen’s planned visit to Iowa City for a student-led climate protest on Friday.

The post asked, “Who’s all going?” to the event.

A user named Matt Baish responded, “Dont have my sniper rifle.”

Iowa City police said security would be heightened for the event. Once the district was notified of the comment, a message was sent to school staff and families, district spokeswoman Tara Thomas told Fox News.

The district’s social media policies warn staffers to “think twice before posting” and to not post “threats of physical or bodily harm.”

Thunberg, 16, has made headlines for her calls to world leaders to take aggressive measures to combat the damaging effects of climate change.

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to reporters after receiving the key to the city of Montreal during a ceremony in Montreal last month. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Last month, she testified before Congress and denounced world leaders at a United Nations summit for an insufficient action plan on climate change.

“You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us,” Thunberg said. “But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”

Her blunt nature has also come under criticism. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said “no one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different and … people in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden.”

During her appearance at the University of Iowa on Friday, she told a cheering crowd “as we all know, the U.N. Climate Action Summit was a failure,” according to Reuters. “No matter what, we need to continue.”

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Memphis pastor says he forgives vandals who caused $50G in damage to church: ‘God still loves you’

The pastor of a local church in Frayser, Tenn., walked in Sunday morning to see his church had been almost completely destroyed overnight.

Davante Hill, the pastor of One Church, told the police that when he entered at 8 a.m. he found musical instruments broken, paint thrown at the walls, pews destroyed, 90 percent of the chairs damaged and the power had been cut off. Money and several speakers were also stolen.

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“When I walked in… what broke me, was not the condition of the sanctuary, what broke me was the condition of someone’s heart to be willing to do such a thing,” Hill told WMC, a local TV station.

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(Courtesy of Devante Hill)

The pastor said he believes that the person that did this to the church, which has been in the community for only five months, has been there before because the vandals turned off the security cameras before the incident.

Police are still investigating the burglary.

Pastor Hill hopes the police find those who are responsible for this damage to the congregation but still sends words of forgiveness and support to the vandals that did this to the house of worship.

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(Courtesy of Devante Hill)

“I would love for whoever is responsible to consider my heart when I say, ‘I love you and God still loves you. And that this is not the end, there is life after this,” he told WMC. “And that whatever it is that has you broken, whatever it is that has you destroyed on the inside, there is help for you.”

The Memphis Police Department told FOX 13 that the estimated damage at the church is between $15,000 to $20,000, but Hill said it could be well over $50,000.

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On Facebook, the pastor thanked the community for the support they have given the church in this hard time.

“The amount of love and support at One Church Memphis right now has me speechless,” he shared.

Fox News College Associate Thiery Lantigua contributed to this report.

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Florida woman drives car into tree after telling four kids to remove seat belts: ‘The devil can’t hurt you’

A Florida woman, who accused her husband of placing a “hex” on her, was arrested Wednesday for attempted murder after police say she told her four young children to remove their seat belts before she intentionally crashed her car into a tree — allegedly in a twisted bid to save them from the “devil.”

Calicia Williams, 36, was charged with four counts of attempted murder after investigators say she drove her white Pontiac minivan at a “high rate of speed” onto a grass median and directly into tree, without braking.

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Ocala Police responded to the 800 block of SE 31st on Tuesday over reports of single vehicle collision.

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Calicia Williams, 36, was charged with four counts of attempted murder after investigators say she drove her white Pontiac minivan at a “high rate of speed” onto a grass median and directly into tree, without breaking.  (Ocala Police Department )

Once on the scene, police found four young children, ages 7 to 13, inside the car wearing no seatbelts. Williams was said to be “making spontaneous utterances” and appeared to be “extremely agitated” when being interviewed by authorities.

According to a police affidavit, she stated that her “husband put a hex on her and caused her to crash.” The responding officer said she kept “rambling on about spells and voodoo.”

Witnesses also told investigators that Williams advised the children to take off their seatbelts before stretching out her hands and saying, “The devil can’t hurt you, he only hurts bad people. You have the light of Jesus in you and only Jesus can cure us.”

Investigators on the scene observed evidence that indicated that Williams did not attempt to brake before crashing into the tree. It also appeared that she directly targeted the passenger side of the vehicle on impact.

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Williams also had burns to her neck that indicated she was wearing a seat belt — unlike her children.

The children and suspect were taken to the hospital but their condition was unknown. Williams will be held without bond following treatment.

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Washington state teen’s cold case murder cracked after nearly three decades

The cold case rape and murder of a popular Washington state teenager has finally been solved after nearly three decades, authorities said.

Sara Yarborough, 16, was supposed to board a bus with her Federal Way High School drill team in December 1991. She never did.

Teens found her body after they saw a man emerge from bushes behind the high school. She had been strangled with her own nylons, according to reports.

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Patrick Nicholas, 55, was arrested Thursday in the cold case rape and murder of 16-year-old Sara Yarborough in Washington state nearly three decades ago.  (Kings County Sheriff’s Office)

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Authorities now say Patrick Nicholas, 55, was linked to the crime after cops tested a discarded cigarette butt outside a dry-cleaning business in Kent on Sunday, the Seattle Times reported. DNA from the butt matched evidence recovered from Yarborough’s body.

A forensic genealogist identified Nicholas as a potential suspect after uploading the crime scene DNA to a genealogy website to create a family tree.

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“Few things are more satisfying in law enforcement than being able to tell a victim’s family that a suspect has been caught,” King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said Thursday in announcing Nicholas’ arrest for Sara’s murder, according to Q13 Fox. “Last night, deputies were able to tell Sarah Yarborough’s family that.”

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“They had never given up,” said Laura Yarborough, Sara’s mother, according to the station. “Even when I had given up, they didn’t. I guess it’s a warning, if you do something heinous here, they’ll come to get you.”

She said she wondered if her daughter’s killer was still alive.

“But the detectives were extremely dogged and kept going even when I was ready to throw in the towel,” she said.

The case went cold even with witnesses, 4,000 tips and the killer’s DNA profile.

Last year a Virginia lab used DNA from the crime scene to create composite sketches of Sara’s killer as an older person.

According to the Times, Nicholas was released from prison in an attempted rape case four years before Sara’s murder and was arrested in a 1994 child molestation case that resulted in an assault conviction.

A prosecutor said in court papers that for the past several years Nicholas had been living in a dilapidated building on a large piece of property with few community ties, according to the paper.

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The prosecutor was quoted as saying that Nicholas’ crime was “one of opportunity and extreme violence.”

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Chicago jury convicts gangbanger who executed 9-year-old in revenge killing

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A Chicago jury on Thursday convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box.

Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee before Boone-Doty took a gun Morgan gave him and shot the boy, prosecutors said.

The Cook County jury found Boone-Doty guilty on Thursday night. A separate jury deciding Morgan’s fate has been sequestered after not being able to reach a verdict.

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The two alleged members of the Bang Gang/Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones gang were co-defendants but were tried before separate juries as they sought to pin the blame on each other for the child’s slaying, reports said.

Prosecutors said that although Morgan did not wield the gun, he had the motive for murder. He allegedly targeted the 9-year-old because his father, Pierre Stokes, belongs to a rival gang — the Killa Ward faction of the Gangster Disciples.

Morgan blamed that gang for an October 2015 shooting that killed his brother and injured his mother. Morgan’s family also arranged the purchase of the gun that killed Lee, prosecutors added.

Three men drove to a park in the South Side of Chicago in November 2015 where Lee regularly went after school to play, according to prosecutors. He lured him into an alleyway and shot him in the head with a .40-caliber handgun, prosecutors said.

Morgan and Kevin Edwards, who prosecutors claimed was the getaway driver, watched from an SUV parked down the block. Edwards pleaded guilty before the trial to first-degree murder in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Morgan’s attorney, Thomas Breen, tried to distance his client from the crime.

“That execution of that 9-year-old boy has to come from one singularly evil person,” Breen told jurors without naming Doty. “Not from a plan. His killer did so of his own volition and for his own reason. Not at the behest or help of Corey Morgan.”

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Prosecutors played a tape of Boone-Doty bragging to another jail inmate that he’d killed the boy. Boone-Doty’s lawyer dismissed the tape, saying that Boone-Doty was lying to the other inmate to make himself look tough. “I’m looking at him. We walking. Bop,” Boone-Doty said on the tape, according to The Washington Post. “Hit the ground. Bop-bop-bop-bop-bop. I’m laughing.” He faces up to life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas judge’s gift of Bible to Amber Guyger draws complaint from atheist group

An atheist group that has counted Ron Reagan Jr. among its members says it was inappropriate for a judge to give a Bible to Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who convicted this week of murdering a neighbor last year.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) – the atheist group for which the 61-year-old son of former President Ronald Reagan has appeared in television ads – filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

The Wisconsin-based group objected to Judge Tammy Kemp giving one of her Bibles to Guyger after the former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for the shooting death of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant.

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“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith,” Kemp said to a tearful Guyger, handing the Bible to her before the convicted former officer left the courtroom. “You start with this.”

Kemp also hugged Guyger – as did a brother of the murder victim, in actions that some observers said showed compassion for the newly convicted defendant.

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State District Judge Tammy Kemp gives former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger a hug before Guyger leaves for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

But in a letter Thursday to the Texas commission, the atheist group objected to what it termed the judge’s “proselytizing actions,” saying they “overstepped judicial authority,” and were “inappropriate” and “unconstitutional.”

“It is perfectly acceptable for private citizens to express their religious beliefs in court,” the letter states later, “but the rules are different for those acting in a governmental role.”

In a separate Twitter message, FFRF attorney Andrew L. Seidel further explained the group’s position.

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system,” Seidel wrote, “but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system, but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

— Andrew L. Seidel, attorney, Freedom from Religion Foundation

Seidel is the author of “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American.”

Neither the group nor Seidel appeared to demand punishment for the judge. Their messages seemed aimed only at drawing attention to a “possible violation” of rules of judicial conduct.

However, another group – the Texas-based First Liberty Institute, which supports religious freedom – came to the judge’s defense.

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions,” said Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute. “We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions. We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

— Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute

Guyger claimed she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, one floor above hers, thinking it was her own home, and shot Jean because she believed he was an intruder in her apartment.

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But on Tuesday, a jury decided that Guyger, 31, was guilty of murder. Guyger had been a member of the Dallas force for nearly five years.

Also on Thursday, the atheist group posted a Twitter message objecting to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s support of “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” saying the Republican governor’s stand was “narrow-minded and totally inappropriate.”

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