Middle school teacher Karen Smith, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse resulting in injury on Thursday.
According to Newsweek (@Newsweek), Smith’s charges stem from an incident involving a student not standing during The Pledge Of Allegiance.
Back in February, a student of Smith’s at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette accused Smith of forcing him to his feet by his jacket because he wouldn’t stand for the Pledge Of Allegiance. Smith then kicked the student out of her classroom. Smith was placed on paid leave after the incident.
According to the rules of the Boulder Valley School District, students are allowed to sit or stand during the Pledge Of Allegiance. The rules have been that way since 1943, when the Supreme Court ruled that “requiring all students to stand for The Pledge Of Allegiance violated the students’ 1st amendment rights.”
A 3rd degree assault charge against Smith was dropped as part of her plea agreement. Smith was sentenced to an 18-month deferred sentence. Meaning Smith will not go to jail, and if she keeps her nose clean for the entirety of her 18-month sentence, the conviction will be expunged from her record.
A suicidal ground service employee for Horizon Air, stole a plane and took it for a joy-ride before crashing the plane near a small island and killing himself.
The insane scene started Friday evening at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport. A ground employee apparently stole a passenger plane from its maintenance position at around 8 pm local time. The man took off and performed several in-air stunts as he piloted the stolen aircraft. Two military f-15’s out of Portland, Oregon were scrambled to the scene. NBC News (@NBCNews) reported, the military jets did not engage the commercial aircraft or have any involvement in bringing it down. The plane, which had no passengers on board except the pilot, performed several stunts and flew low to the ground for an hour before it ultimately crash landed on Kentron Island, in Rural Pierce County.
The plane reportedly crashed in a wooded area. No fire was reported. No people reported injured on the ground. And no ground structures were involved in the crash. These reports came from the airline. Air traffic control were in contact with the man as he flew the plane. They tried to talk him into landing the plane, but the suicidal man clearly had other plans on this night.
“I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them.” The man said to air traffic control before the crash.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 12 Russian Intelligence officers on Friday afternoon. The revelation that those charged in the indictment were Russian intelligence officers suggest that the group’s orders came directly from the top. The indictments come days before Trump is scheduled to meet with Russia President Vladimir Putin.
ABC News (@ABC) reports, the 12 Russian Intelligence Officers, all members of the Russian government’s official intelligence agency, GRU, are suspected of carrying on a sustained campaign to hack the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hilary Clinton’s campaign.
The GRU allegedly began a “spearphishing” campaign in 2016 against volunteers and employees of the Hilary Clinton campaign. The spearphishing campaign by the GRU allowed them access to the DNC servers and networks, which they used to steal emails, documents, and also covertly monitor the activity on the compromised computers and employees. The spearphishing campaign also allowed GRU to implant malicious files and steal passwords and maintain access to the networks.
Some of the stolen emails were then made public by GRU posing as online personas “Gucifer 2.0” and “DCLeaks.” GRU also passed the stolen emails along to an unnamed third party online source in an effort to undermine the Clinton campaign. A source close to the Trump campaign is alleged to have been in direct contact with the third party and Gucifer 2.0.
In the press conference, Rosenstein stated that no Americans have been named in this indictment against the Russian Intelligence officers. The Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election is still ongoing.
For the fourth day in a row, protesters in Philly set up shop right outside of ICE’s Philadelphia headquarters at 8th & Cherry streets. And for the fourth straight day, Philadelphia police officers were called in to break up the sit-in.
Action News Philly (@6abc) reports, the protesters camped out outside the ICE office and demanded an immediate end to the separation and jailing of migrant families at the US-Mexico border. According to reports, the police repeatedly asked protesters to move from in front of the entrance to the ICE building. After three warnings police moved in. Ripping up makeshift tents and making arrest as they pushed the protesters away from the building. 29 protesters were arrested earlier this week. No official numbers yet on how many went to jail today.
“We are protecting their right to protest as well as trying to keep the streets open and trying access to this building. There are multiple businesses in this building so we have to make sure these entrances are kept open.” Deputy Commissioner Of Special Operations, Dennis Wilson said. Protesters said they are calling for the abolition and defunding of ICE, and are expected to keep up the protest until they get just that