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ACC Football Championship Moved To Orlando Over Anti-LGBT Law

The Atlantic Coastal Conference made its departure from the Tar Heel State official Thursday, announcing via press release that the 2016 ACC football championship game will be held in Orlando.

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Pope Faces Pressure Over Russia in Georgia Visit

Pope Francis’ visit to the former Soviet state of Georgia this week poses a dilemma for the Catholic leader, as his pursuit of warmer relations with Russia puts him at risk of accusations he is soft-pedaling his central human-rights agenda. View full post on WSJ.com: World News

Update: NJ Gov. Christie says only 1 confirmed death in Hoboken train crash; hospitals say at least 70 injured, 3 seriously

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At least one killed, more than 100 injured in New Jersey train crash

HOBOKEN, N.J. (Reuters) – At least one person was killed and more than 100 injured, some critically, when a commuter train plowed into Hoboken station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials and media said.

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School Police Have Used Electroshock Weapons On At Least 4 Kids Since August

The video starts with a fight between two high school girls. It ends with both of them on the ground, screaming, after having thousands of volts of electricity shot into their bodies. The entire incident lasts less than one minute. 

The two girls are part of a group of at least four students that school-based police officers have used Tasers on since the start of the 2016-2017 school year, according to media reports The Huffington Post has tracked. Nationwide, school police have used Tasers on students in at least 84 other incidents since 2011, according to an August HuffPost investigation.

School had only been in session for about a month when the incident with the two girls took place at Leesburg High School in Florida. Two school-based police officers ― also called school resource officers ― tried to break up the fight. They warned the teens they would use a Taser if they did not stop, according to Florida outlet WKMG-TV on Sept. 11. One girl had to be transported to a local hospital after a Taser probe got stuck under her arm, the outlet said. 

“That was the safest way to make sure these students are going to be safe,” said local police sergeant Fred Jones of the incident to news outlet WFTV. 

Another student captured it all on camera in the video below. (Warning: the video shows violent scenes.)

A school police officer used a Taser on another student on his first day of school at E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Aug. 29. The incident occurred after the 18-year-old reportedly blocked a classroom door in such a way that prevented students and staff from entering and exiting, according to documents from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. After the student refused to move, the school resource officer tried to put him in handcuffs.

When the student still resisted, the officer used a Taser on him. 

The student, “caused a disturbance interferring [sic] with the teaching of that class and adjacent classes as students attempted to see why the defendent [sic] was causing the disturbance,” according to an arrest warrant for the student, who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer.

The final incident took place in late September, at Middleton High School in Wisconsin. This episode started when two people, who were not students at Middleton, tried to separately enter the school during lunch time. The trespassers ― who were quickly escorted out ― had a negative history with one Middleton student, according to district spokesperson Perry Hibner. The appearance of one of the trespassers caused the Middleton student to become increasingly agitated.

The student wouldn’t calm down, and after multiple warnings, a school resource officer used a Taser on him, Hibner said. 

The use of such weapons on children is unconscionable.

There is little official data on how often school police have used Tasers on students at school. The use of these devices have resulted in devastating physical effects. In 2013, Texas high school student Noe Nino de Rivera was stunned at school after trying to break up a school fight, according to reports from his attorney. After the Taser was fired, Nino de Rivera fell to the ground, hit his head and spent nearly two months in a medically induced coma.

In response to the incident, a coalition of civil rights groups tried to push efforts to restrict the use of Tasers in schools. Their efforts have failed thus far. 

The use of such weapons on children is unconscionable,” said Lauren Rose of Texans Care for Children in a 2014 press release. “Tasers are not allowed for use on youth in Texas’ juvenile lockups, and they should not be allowed for use on Texas’ school children.”

But others have argued that they a necessary weapon to use to diffuse dangerous situations, even on schoolchildren. Texas Municipal Police Association executive director Kevin Lawrence used a hypothetical situation in a 2015 interview with HuffPost, where a small, female school police officer is tasked with breaking up a fight between two big, high school boys. 

“Your job is to break up that fight. If you don’t, one of them is going to get seriously hurt. But if you get between them you’re going to get seriously hurt. Should you have the option of using a Taser?” asked Lawrence. “If you don’t have intermediate force options, the next step is deadly force. Do we want to go straight from verbal commands to shooting people?”

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Rebecca Klein covers the challenges faced in school discipline, school segregation and the achievement gap in K-12 education. In particular, she is drilling down into the programs and innovations that are trying to solve these problems. Tips? Email Rebecca.Klein@huffingtonpost.com.

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Notre Dame’s President Wants You To Believe Discrimination Is Politics

Notre Dame president John I. Jenkins, a reverend who has already established himself as one of the biggest liars or frauds in America, has some things to get off his chest. Jenkins is upset that the NCAA decided to remove championship events from North Carolina
due to the state’s anti-LGBT laws, and he’s here to express his dissatisfaction in the most disingenuous way possible.

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Russia Says It Would Support 48-Hour Cease-Fire in Aleppo

Top Russian diplomats said Moscow would support a 48-hour cease-fire to allow aid into the Syrian city of Aleppo, but hit back at Washington over a warning the U.S. was prepared to suspend its engagement with Moscow. View full post on WSJ.com: World News

At least 3 killed in train crash at Hoboken station, NJ Transit official says; more than 100 injured, ‘many critical’

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Three killed, more than 100 hurt in New Jersey train crash: media, officials

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three people were killed and more than 100 people were injured, some of them critically, when a New Jersey Transit train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, U.S. media and a transit official said.

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David Ortiz Goes In Disguise As Lyft Driver, Knocks It Out Of The Park

Plenty of October baseball remains for retiring Boston Red Sox baseball legend David Ortiz. But the beloved “Big Papi” recently got another gig: going in disguise as a Lyft driver in Boston.

He wore a silly wig and apparently went undetected by passengers, some of whom mention that he is their favorite player.

Ortiz cracks jokes about hating New York and replicates his batting routine of spitting into his hands. Trust us, it’s less disgusting on the field than in a car.

Could Ortiz have a second career as a ride-share driver? Watch above.

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Report: Title IX Official Connected To Antonio Callaway Case Fired By Florida

When the first details of the Title IX investigation involving Antonio Callaway came out, it was because lawyers for the woman accusing him of sexual assault were upset at Florida’s choice of adjudicator—a Gators booster who had donated thousands of dollars to the university’s athletics department
. The woman ultimately boycotted the hearing in response to what her lawyer, John Clune, called “a fundamentally skewed process.” Today the Tampa Bay Times reports that Callaway’s lawyers were complaining too, but about the person overseeing what happened beforehand, then-associate dean of students/deputy Title IX coordinator for student affairs Chris Loschiavo.

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After Islamic State, Fears of a ‘Shiite Crescent’ in Mideast

As Islamic State loses more land to Iranian allies, Sunni Arab countries face a potentially more dangerous challenge: a land corridor from Tehran to Beirut that would reinforce a more capable and no less implacable enemy. View full post on WSJ.com: World News

California orders sanctions against Wells Fargo in wake of accounting scandal, suspends relationship for 1 year – NBC Bay Area

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Russia says U.S. Syria statement shows Washington supports terrorism

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is outraged by the threatening tone of the latest U.S. statement on Syria, viewing it as tantamount to supporting terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, according to Russian news agencies.

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13 Clear Signs That College Application Season Is Upon Us

In some parts of the country, they call it “Fall.” We know better: This is college application season and here are 13 surefire signs to recognize it. A version of this post ran in 2015.

 

1. Your high school senior gets at least six pieces of mail a day from colleges she’s never heard of, wouldn’t go to, and/or would never get in anyway.

Of course she is brilliant and outstanding in a million ways, but that’s not why colleges keep reaching out to her hoping she will apply. The more applications a college gets, the more selective they appear, which must be a good business model if you are a college because they all do it. 

2. The first thing anyone ever says to you nowadays is “Where is your daughter applying to school?”

Sometimes this comes before “May I see your license and registration please, Ma’am?” Her optometrist will ask you where she is going. So will her third cousin, the neighbor whose dog she walks, and every other mother at school. 

3. If your daughter is within earshot of the person asking that question, you should not answer.

I don’t know why, but I know this to be true. 

4. Teachers and coaches appear unaware that it’s college application season.

School homework and studying maintain their usual tight grip on your teen’s life. Sports teams still hold daily practices and schedule games that are a two-hour bus ride away and don’t end until 9 p.m. Homecoming weekend will still be held. Kids will still get sick and need to make up classwork. Major school projects will be assigned that require coordinating several kids’ schedules and entire days of weekends. 

It is already life-stretched-to-the-max but in college application season, please also add the following to your teen’s life: Get yearbook photos taken; study for, get tutored and take SAT and ACT tests multiple times; study for, get tutored and take SAT subject tests. Same drill for state AP tests. Then write a personal essay during the summer and rewrite it 100 times over the next two months because no two people agree on whether it’s personal enough; and don’t forget to write any additional essays that certain colleges require, generally asking why you want to go to school there — a question you can’t really answer since your father added it to your list because he thinks it has a great football team.

The end result is that there are still just 24 hours in a day and none of them are available for friends, watching “Dr. Who,” or buying hints on WordBrain.

5.  Four times a week, you look at her chair at the dining room table and try to imagine what it will feel like empty.

You cry.

 

 

6. At least 20 times a week, someone tells you that applying to 15 schools is insane.

And you know it is, but you want your kid to have options. The College Board and most counselors recommend applying to five to eight schools.

7. You’ve stopped telling your daughter to clean up her room, figuring this will become her roommate’s problem soon enough.

This also makes you cry.

 

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8. You just delete emails from Travelzoo and Princess Cruises.

They should maybe try you again in four years.

9. By Oct. 15, all those expensive college coaches start to look like a bargain.

You cry, albeit for a different reason.

10. You have already checked how many frequent flier miles it will take to fly your son home from every school on his list.

11. Her attempts to use the same username and password for the ACT, SAT, Common App and the three other applications her schools require have failed.

12. She knows when you’ve tried to sneak a peek at her application because you mess up the password and get locked out.

13. You will be squeezing melons in the market and mumble to no one in particular, “Why is it so hard to send in a high school transcript?”

You may cry here as well, and it won’t be because the melons are soft.

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Dak Prescott’s Adjusting To Being A Famous NFL QB Pretty Well

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India Says it Hit Terrorist Bases in Pakistan-Controlled Kashmir

India’s army said it had carried out “surgical strikes” on terrorist strongholds, a move that could heighten already high tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors. View full post on WSJ.com: World News

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