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