NISSAN PLANT REJECTS UNION IN MISSISSIPPI
MISS.» Supporters CANTON, of the United Auto Workers say they’re not giving up their fight to unionize a Nissan auto assembly plant in Mississippi after a stinging defeat, even as UAW opponents say Friday’s loss proves workers don’t want the union.
More than 62 percent of workers voting in a twoday election at Nissan Motor Co.’s Canton plant voted against the UAW, with 2,244 ballots against the union according to the National Labor Relations Board. Voting for union representation were 1,307 workers, or 38 percent.
Blast shakes mosque; no injuries.
BLOOMINGTON, MINN.» Someone apparently threw a bomb through the window of a suburban Minneapolis mosque on Saturday as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging the imam’s office but not injuring anyone, an official said.
The local police department tweeted that a preliminary investigation shows that a destructive device caused the explosion, “in violation of federal law,” and that the FBI has taken the lead in the investigation.
The blast happened at around 5 a.m. at the Dar Al-farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, south of Minneapolis.
There were 15 to 20 people inside the mosque when the blast happened, and worshippers managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived.
Man fatally shot during memorial.
» Police in North Carolina
N.C. say a man has died after he was wounded when gunfire broke out following a memorial service for the victim of an earlier shooting.
The High Point Enterprise reports Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III said 30year-old Tavarus Malachi of High Point died Saturday.
Cheeks said the case, which was initially considered an assault with a deadly weapon, is now a homicide investigation.
Malachi was one of seven people wounded July 26 when someone in an SUV opened fire on a group of people after a memorial service for 35-year-old Alphonse Macer Jr.
Nudes were job research, officer insists. ALBUQUERQUE» A New Mexico law enforcement officer admits he looked at pictures of naked women on the internet while on duty, but says he was doing so as part of his job.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that former Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Kmatz filed a complaint for employment retaliation on Wednesday against the Bernalillo County Commission.
Kmatz says he was looking at the naked pictures to research “a specific group of individuals with distinct tattoos and piercings.”
Teacher sentenced for “up-skirt” videos.
A former New Jersey high school teacher who secretly recorded “up-skirt” videos of several female students has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Adam Mayr must serve at least five years of the sentence imposed Friday before he becomes eligible for parole. The 39-year-old Washington Township resident pleaded guilty to official misconduct and invasion of privacy charges. Most of the victims were 14 years old.