Students protest statue of despicable human being—Thomas Jefferson
With so many major issues facing the world today—like poverty or homelessness—students at the University of Missouri, Columbia are tackling one of the biggest issues affecting them: getting a statue of Thomas Jefferson removed from campus.
The bronze statue of Jefferson was installed on campus in 2000 to honor the history of the university. It was the first public university to be established in the territory the United States gained in the Louisiana Purchase, which occurred during Jefferson’s presidency.
Graduate student Maxwell Little started a petition on change.org in August to remove the statue because Jefferson was a slave owner and allegedly raped one of his 16-year-old slaves. Historians still dispute whether or not Jefferson fathered any of his slave’s children.
Students supporting the protest say that the statue is a symbol of sexual violence and racism. The petition on change.org currently has 105 signatures.
“Had a great time visiting. Also, we stole some stuff.”
What’s the best way to make sure the police are able to find you after you rob an art gallery? How about leaving your name and phone number in the guest book?
The Palm Beach Police Department arrested 24-year-old Megan Ohara and 19-year-old David Ziskoski for grand theft after they stole a bracelet and ring that belonged to an artist exhibiting his work at the ICFA Gallery. The artist told police the jewelry cost roughly $6,000 and gave officers a description of Ohara and Ziskoski.
Officers found the pair, and Ohara gave the ring and bracelet to the police after being confronted. When officers returned to the gallery, the artist told them the two had written multiple fake entries in the gallery’s guestbook, including the fake email address, “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Ohara’s name and phone number were also written in the guestbook.
Source: Sun Sentinel
I tripped you, and now I’ll sue you
A Hungarian camerawoman who was fired after being filmed tripping a Syrian refugee last month now says she will sue the refugee she tripped.
On Sept. 8, Petra Laszlo was filmed tripping Osama Abdul Mohsen as he crossed a police cordon while carrying his son as they attempted to travel to Western Europe through Hungary. The video also showed Laszlo apparently kicking two other refugees.
Laszlo was fired by broadcaster N1TV after the video went viral, and she now faces a criminal trial. Laszlo told a Russian newspaper that she plans on filing a lawsuit against Mohsen for allegedly changing his testimony to police and a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly refusing to remove threatening groups on the site after her trial ends.
Source: FOX News
Hey buddy, room for one more?
On Thursday, 32-year-old Richard Dean Defeudis went looking for love in all the wrong places when he broke into a Portland, Oregon home.
Police say Defeudis broke into the house shortly before 4 a.m. on Thursday and began gathering items of value to take. For reasons unknown, Defeudis took off all of his clothes and climbed into the bed of the man and woman who lived in the house and proceeded to kiss the man.
The man woke up to Defeudis sitting on him and grabbed his gun, scaring off Defeudis, who then ran from the house as the homeowner chased after him, firing three shots but missing Defeudis.
Defeudis is currently being held on $310,000 bail and is facing charges of first- and second-degree burglary, first-degree sex abuse and unlawful use of a weapon. The victims in the house are not expected to face any charges.
Source: NBC News
Lingerie looter locked up
In the Chinese city of Liyang, police announced last week they had arrested a bra bandit who had stolen almost 300 worn bras and nearly 200 worn panties over a three-year period.
The pantie pilferer was caught during a check of a suspicious van. Along with the underwear, another 100 articles of clothing were found by police. The 32-year-old man was reported to have used a custom-made tool that was similar to a fishing rod to steal the lingerie.
The thong thief told police he began his crime spree by stealing only a few items at first, but was soon unable to control himself. Police say they will seek psychological help for the man.
Source: The Guardian