NEWS OF THE DAY
Teacher suspended: The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has suspended a teacher who recounted how a senior aide to President Trump ate glue as a third-grader. Nikki Fiske told the Hollywood Reporter that when Stephen Miller was a student in her classroom, he was a loner with a messy desk who played with glue. The Los Angeles Times reported the district placed Fiske on “home assignment” while it decides what to do — if anything — about the disclosures. The district says it’s concerned about the public release of student information.
Flood victims: Crews resumed a search Friday along the South Llano River in western Texas after two bodies were found the day before of people who were swept away when floodwaters struck a recreational vehicle park. Four people were caught in flooding Monday at the park in Junction, about 140 miles west of Austin. Texas A&M Forest Service spokeswoman Christi Powers said the search turned from rescue to recovery after the discovery of two bodies Thursday.
Police shooting: The Chicago Police Board has cleared an officer of wrongdoing in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy during a 2012 foot chase. Last year, the Independent Police Review Authority found Officer Brandon Ternand at fault for shooting Dakota Bright. Authorities say Bright was unarmed when he was shot in the back of the head, but officers recovered a revolver near where the chase began. Ternand told authorities he opened fire when he saw Bright turn his head in the officer’s direction and reach for his side as if he were going to pull a gun. In its 5-3 vote late Thursday, the board found Ternand was justified in shooting Bright.
Clergy abuse: Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor appealed to legislators Friday to change state law so criminal and civil cases can be pursued in decades-old clergy abuse cases. Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a news conference Friday at the courthouse in Norristown outside Philadelphia where Bill Cosby was recently convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. A grand jury in August found that around 300 Roman Catholic priests had sexually abused children in cases going back decades and that church leaders systematically covered it up. The Pennsylvania House has voted to give abuse victims, in cases now too old to pursue, two years to file lawsuits. The Senate’s Republican leaders are resisting that provision. Shapiro also wants the Legislature to lift the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions going forward.
Slavery apology: The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday apologized for the school’s history of slavery, adding that her words “must lead to purposeful action.” Chancellor Carol Folt issued the apology during the celebration of the school’s 225th anniversary. Slaves built and maintained the university. The apology comes as Folt and other school officials must decide whether to restore a Confederate statue known as Silent Sam, which protesters toppled Aug. 20. Chronicle News Services