Michi­gan bar to get di­ver­sity train­ing af­ter MLK Day gift

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MA­SON, Mich. (AP) — A Michi­gan bar will un­dergo manda­tory di­ver­sity and sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a wa­ter­melon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

A bira­cial em­ployee of Darb’s Tav­ern and Eatery in Ma­son re­ceived a wa­ter­melon from her co-work­ers and boss on the hol­i­day, the Lans­ing State Jour­nal re­ported . Kelly Martin Aimery, the em­ployee’s mother, posted on Facebook say­ing the words “Happy ½ MLK” and “Happy black day” were writ­ten on the wa­ter­melon.

“I’ve sat and stewed on this and am fu­ri­ous about this,” she wrote in the Satur­day post. “This is aw­ful on so many lev­els.”

As of Tues­day af­ter­noon the post had more than 580 com­ments and had been shared more than 560 times.

The bar’s owner and man­ager Rob Hearit is­sued a state­ment Mon­day that said the ac­tion was meant to be a “friendly joke” but was in “poor taste and of­fen­sive.”

“Many of you have ex­pressed your out­rage over this in­ci­dent, and you are right,” Hearit said. “I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity. I saw the ‘gift’ and I didn’t stop it. In fact, in a lapse of judg­ment, I also joined our em­ploy­ees in signing it. While I thought it was an in­no­cent inside joke be­tween em­ploy­ees who are friends, as the owner I should have rec­og­nized the in­ad­ver­tent mes­sage, stepped in and stopped this be­hav­ior.”


HIM AT FLORIDA BEACH: CRES­CENT BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fam­ily mem­bers say a Texas man died two days af­ter a sand dune col­lapsed on him at a Florida beach.

Rachel Gog­gin Burt posted on Facebook Tues­day that her brother, 35-year-old Lee Thomas Gog­gin, has been pro­nounced dead.

The St. Au­gus­tine Record re­ports that deputies and paramedics re­sponded to Cres­cent Beach, just south of St. Au­gus­tine, on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Res­cue of­fi­cials say they found the Dal­las man buried un­der sev­eral feet of sand in a hole that had been dug out par­al­lel to the dunes and then ap­par­ently col­lapsed.

Of­fi­cials say Gog­gin was taken to a St. Au­gus­tine hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. His sis­ter said Sun­day on a GoFundMe site that he was alive but not breath­ing on his own.


SEIZED AT AIR­PORT: JACK­SON, Miss. (AP) — For­mer Mis­sis­sippi Gov. Ha­ley Bar­bour says it was “no­body’s fault but mine” that he took a loaded hand­gun in his brief­case through an air­port se­cu­rity check­point in early Jan­uary.

Bar­bour said Tues­day he will pay a fine af­ter he was stopped and ar­rested Jan. 2 while board­ing a flight from Mis­sis­sippi to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The gun was spot­ted in a TSA X-ray ma­chine.

He says he for­got he was car­ry­ing the gun, which he had put in his brief­case af­ter an as­sis­tant re­moved it from his car days ear­lier.

Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion spokes­woman Lisa Farb­stein says a TSA of­fi­cer work­ing at an X-ray ma­chine at a check­point at Jack­son-Medgar Wi­ley Evers In­ter­na­tional Air­port spot­ted a .38-cal­iber re­volver, loaded with five bul­lets, in a pas­sen­ger’s carry-on bag.


COUSIN BACK TO PRISON: HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Con­necti­cut of­fi­cials are ask­ing the state’s high­est court to re­voke Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s bail and send him back to prison, re­mind­ing jus­tices it has been more than a year since they re­in­stated his mur­der con­vic­tion.

The chief state’s at­tor­ney’s office filed the re­quest Mon­day with the state Supreme Court.

Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, was con­victed of mur­der in 2002 in the blud­geon­ing death of Martha Mox­ley in their wealthy Green­wich neigh­bor­hood in 1975, when they were both teenagers.

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