LBN – Monday, April 23rd, 2018

*Nashville Schools on Lockout Amid Manhunt for Waffle House Shooting Suspect

Nashville schools will stage a lockout Monday as a manhunt for the suspect in the Waffle House shooting continues. The schools affected have been searched and cleared by local police and, although students will be able to move freely within the building, no guests or visitors will be allowed inside. The lockouts at the designated schools will continue until the manhunt has ended or the police say the suspect is no longer in the area, according to an announcement by Metro Nashville Public Schools. Travis Reinking, 29, is the suspect in the shootings early Sunday morning that killed four people and injured several others. Reinking allegedly fled the scene of the shooting completely naked except for a jacket, and police believe he went to his apartment, put on a pair of pants, and may have escaped into the woods. SWAT officers cleared his apartment late Sunday.

*Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. The boy, whose name has not yet been announced, is William and Kate’s third child and is now fifth in line to the British throne. The news was announced by Kensington Palace on Monday morning with a tweet saying: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

*Armenian Prime Minister Resigns After 11 Days of Protests

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has announced he’ll step down after 11 days of mass protests against him. Police arrested opposition leader and parliament member Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday, which angered many demonstrators. Pashinyan was released soon after, due to the backlash. “Nikol Pashinyan was right. I was wrong. The situation has several solutions, but I will not take any of them. That is not mine. I am leaving office of the country’s leader, of prime minister,” Sargsyan said in a statement. “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand.” The protests were sparked by Sargsyan’s decision to take the PM role after serving a decade as the country’s president, and shortly after changes were made to the presidency to give the post more power.

*DeVos Cuts Down on Civil-Rights Investigations in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos has rolled back on civil-rights investigations in schools, giving districts room to discriminate in their disciplinary systems, ProPublica reports. A leaked June 2017 memo shows DeVos ordered investigators put in place during the Obama administration to “limit proactive civil-rights probes rather than expanding them to identify systemic patterns.” The change has resulted in a move away from finding unfair racial disparities in schools and given more power to regional offices to resolve cases themselves. Under DeVos’ tenure, the Department of Education has closed “65 school-discipline investigations opened under Obama,” saying that a majority of them had “‘moot’ allegations or insufficient evidence or details.” In one case that was closed in Bryan, Texas, a school was found to discipline black students four times more than it did with white students, according to a ProPublica analysis. The Department of Education claimed the changes are working toward trying to solve civil-rights cases in a “more timely and efficient manner[.]”

*Paris Attack Suspect Salah Abdeslam Found Guilty of Brussels Shootout

The sole surviving suspect of the 2015 Paris terror attacks has been found guilty of terrorism-related attempted murder over his involvement in a police shootout in Brussels in 2016 daysbefore his capture. Salah Abdeslam, who’s still awaiting trial for his suspected role in the Paris attacks of November 2015 which killed 130 people, was found guilty for his involvement in a shootout with police in Brussels ahead of his capture in 2016, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. A court in the Belgian capital said “there can be no doubt” about Salah Abdeslam and his co-defendant Sofiane Ayari’s involvement in extremism. Four police officers were wounded in the gun battle after police received a tip-off over the Paris attacks and raided a flat in the Forest area of Brussels on 15 March 2016. Abdeslam was arrested three days later. He remains in jail in France awaiting a separate trial over the 2015 Paris attacks.

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*Complaints Filed Against 18 Students Over ‘Extremely Racist’ Theta Tau Video

The Department of Public Safety and Student Affairs at Syracuse University has filed complaints against 18 students who are connected to videos that showed Theta Tau fraternity brothers using racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs, according to The Daily Orange. Bobby Maldonado, chief of the Department of Public Safety, said the students were removed from classes out of an “abundance of caution” and concern for the community. They’ll attend “alternate class and study arrangements” as the school’s judicial process goes forward, the student newspaper reported. The fraternity chapter was permanently expelled from Syracuse on Saturday. Students have staged protests on campus demanding the release of the videos—but Maldonado said the school “will not be party” to distributing the “hateful and hurtful content.” Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email to students last week that the videos were, “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities.”

*Man Fined for Hate Crime After Filming Pug’s ‘Nazi Salutes’

A Scottish man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes and uploaded the footage to YouTube has been fined £800 (around $1,120). Mark Meechan, who goes by the name of Count Dankula on his social-media pages, recorded his girlfriend’s pug responding to statements such as “Sieg Heil” and “Gas the Jews” by raising its paw. Meechan, from Coatbridge in Scotland, was found guilty last month of committing a hate crime and was in court to hear his sentence Monday. His case has been taken up by free-speech campaigners and comedians such as Ricky Gervais, who tweeted last month: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive.’ If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive,’ then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.” Meechan has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying he made the video to annoy his girlfriend.

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