Mass shoot­ings prompt col­lege to drop mas­cot’s name: Shooter

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Mass shoot­ings across the na­tion have prompted Marist Col­lege in New York to drop Shooter as the nick­name for its sports mas­cot.

The Poughkeepsie Journal re­ports that Marist Col­lege came up with a new name for the cos­tumed mas­cot for its Red Foxes men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams af­ter last month’s mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic con­cert in Las Ve­gas.

The school’s ath­let­ics de­part­ment set­tled on Frankie, a nod to Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, who was born in nearby Hyde Park.

The pri­vate col­lege in Poughkeepsie, north of New York City, de­buted the new nick­name dur­ing last week­end’s sea­son open­ers for both teams.

The orig­i­nal Shooter nick­name was used for years and re­ferred to shoot­ing bas­kets, not guns.

▶OF­FI­CER WHO PULLED HOME­LESS WOMAN UP

BY EARS FACES 10 YEARS: UP­PER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A po­lice of­fi­cer in a Mary­land sub­urb of Washington has been con­victed of as­sault­ing a home­less woman.

The Prince Ge­orge’s County State’s At­tor­ney an­nounced Tues­day that Of­fi­cer Ge­orge Merkel was con­victed of as­sault and mis­con­duct.

The pros­e­cu­tor’s state­ment said Merkel saw a home­less woman sleep­ing out­side a Lan­ham pawn shop, and that in an ef­fort to get her mov­ing, he shouted ob­scen­i­ties at her, pulled her to her feet by her ears and hit her in the head. Two other county po­lice of­fi­cers saw it hap­pen and tes­ti­fied at trial.

The 52-year-old Merkel has been sus­pended by the Prince Ge­orge’s County Po­lice De­part­ment and now faces as much as 10 years in prison at sen­tenc­ing in Jan­uary.

▶UNIVER­SITY SAYS LENNY BRUCE PLAY WAS

POST­PONED, NOT CAN­CELED: BOS­TON (AP) — Bran­deis Univer­sity says it has post­poned but not can­celed a stage play about the late co­me­dian Lenny Bruce af­ter some stu­dents and alumni al­leged the play con­tains racist lan­guage and themes.

The Bos­ton-area univer­sity said Tues­day in a let­ter to non­profit group Foun­da­tion for In­di­vid­ual Rights in Ed­u­ca­tion it has moved the play, “Buyer Be­ware,” from the fall to the spring.

The Philadel­phia-based group had raised con­cerns over the play’s can­cel­la­tion in an open let­ter to the univer­sity, say­ing the univer­sity should de­fend the free-speech prin­ci­ples Bruce fought for. The let­ter was signed by Bruce’s daugh­ter.

Bruce was known for pro­fan­ity-laced rou­tines that sparked sev­eral ar­rests for ob­scen­ity in the 1960s. An ar­chive of his work is housed at Bran­deis.

The univer­sity says it main­tains its com­mit­ment to “free­dom of ex­pres­sion.”

▶BLACK MAN SHOT BY PO­LICE WHILE EN­TER

ING HIS LOCKED TRUCK: MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties say they have de­ter­mined that a black auto bur­glary sus­pect shot by of­fi­cers in a Dal­las sub­urb was try­ing to get into his own locked truck.

Lyndo Jones is re­cov­er­ing af­ter he was shot in the ab­domen by Mesquite po­lice on Nov. 8. At a news con­fer­ence Tues­day, po­lice Lt. Brian Par­rish said of­fi­cers re­sponded af­ter some­one re­ported a man break­ing into a ve­hi­cle, set­ting off its alarm.

Par­rish says Jones was shot dur­ing a scuf­fle as the of­fi­cers tried to hand­cuff him. Par­rish con­firms as­ser­tions by Jones’ at­tor­ney that the truck was his client’s.

▶FLORIDA COL­LEGE PROBES GROUP TEXTS

AT­TACK­ING IM­MI­GRANTS: MI­AMI (AP) — A Florida col­lege says it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports that the school’s Repub­li­can stu­dent chap­ter used a textmes­sag­ing group to of­fend im­mi­grant class­mates and mock vic­tims of the Char­lottesville rally at­tack.

Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity’s spokes­woman May­del San­tana said on Tues­day the stu­dent af­fairs’ di­vi­sion had no record of pre­vi­ous re­ports im­pli­cat­ing the Col­lege Repub­li­cans.

A for­mer club leader said he no­ti­fied stu­dent af­fairs in April about sim­i­lar chats. Stu­dent Mauri­cio Pons made the claim as he an­nounced he was step­ping down as vice chair­man be­cause of the “hate speech.”

Images pub­lished by the Mi­ami New Times show the group shared mes­sages such as “call ICE,” on a day stu­dents demon­strated for im­mi­grant rights. A meme of a photo of the Au­gust car at­tack in Char­lottesville re­ferred to its vic­tims as “snowflakes.”

▶DEPUTIES AC­CUSE 79-YEAR-OLD MAN WITH

SEX­UAL AS­SAULT OF TEENS: BEAU­FORT, N.C. (AP) — Sher­iff’s deputies in North Carolina have charged a 79-year-old man in connection with the sex­ual as­sault of three teenagers un­der 15 years old.

The Carteret County Sher­iff’s Of­fice told lo­cal me­dia out­lets on Tues­day that Wal­ter Hu­bert Wil­lis Jr. of More­head City turned him­self in on Oct. 27. Wil­lis is charged with three counts of in­de­cent lib­er­ties with a child and three counts of sex of­fense with a child.

▶ABRA­HAM LINCOLN LET­TER ABOUT SLAV­ERY

COULD SELL FOR $700,000: NEW YORK (AP) — Rare ar­ti­facts from Abra­ham Lincoln and Al­bert Ein­stein are go­ing to the auc­tion block next month in New York City.

Christie’s auc­tion house says they’re among the fea­tured items at its Dec. 5 sale of books, manuscripts and Amer­i­cana.

A let­ter signed “A. Lincoln” dis­cusses the is­sue of slav­ery. Its pre­sale es­ti­mate is $500,000 to $700,000.

A wooden mal­let bear­ing the ini­tials “A. L.” could sell for $300,000 to $500,000. Lincoln used it dur­ing his youth in In­di­ana.

Ein­stein’s tele­scope has an es­ti­mate of $200,000 to $300,000.

Ein­stein was pho­tographed with the tele­scope in his Ber­lin study around 1927. He had it shipped when he set­tled in Amer­ica and later gave it to a friend.

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