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Losers

Officials at Nebraska's Lincoln Public Schools have apologized for passing out a flier at one school telling students not to tell on bullies because “the number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them.” It also advised those who are being bullied not to be sore losers, not to defend themselves and to “treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you.”

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A Whiter Shade of Pale

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard has declared several times over the years that the university is too black and something needs to be done to change that. Oh, wait, he has said the school is too white. Shepard adds that if the university, which is 78.7 percent non-Hispanic white, remains so white it will be a failure. On the university's website, he recently asked “How do we make sure that in future years we are not as white as we are today?” He says he was just trying to provoke discussion.

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We All Scream

Officials with the Arkport, New York, school system say they did not mean to penalize students whose parents took them out of a statewide English test for elementary school students. The school system gave all of the children who took the test ice cream. They gave none to those who didn't take the test. Officials say the ice cream was just another way that the school system awards achievement, similar to the special breakfast and certificate given to students who make the honor roll.

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A Distinct Lack of Passion

The Oxford, England, city council's licensing officer has apologized for blocking a public performance of a Passion Play planned for today. Though the event was organized by a church group and a theological college, the licensing officer was under the impression that it was a sex show. A spokesman for the council blamed the organizers for not providing them with enough information.

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The Fugitive

A SWAT team raided Cornealious "Mike" Anderson's St. Louis home, hauling him out at gunpoint. Anderson was wanted for a robbery. A robbery he'd been convicted of 13 years earlier. For some reason, authorities never actually sent him to prison. And they didn't discover he was free until it was time to release him. In the meantime, Anderson has not only stayed out of trouble with the law, he has married, started a family and started a business. But the local prosecutor says that now that they know Anderson never served his time he has to go to prison.

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All This Science I Don't Understand

The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended high school teacher Greg Schiller because the science projects two of his students were working on looked dangerous. The two projects, which officials describe as "imitation weapons," are designed to shoot small projectiles. Schiller teaches several classes, including two Advance Placement courses. He'd been sending in lesson plans to a substitute, but school officials ordered him to stop because it violated his suspension. He was also coach of the fencing team, which can no longer practice or compete because no one is there to supervise them.

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You Don't Say

Seirra Olivero, 13, says she was suspended for telling other students about their legal rights. Olivero says she told other students at her Sparrowbush, New York, school that did not have to take a state English test. She says a teacher told her to “shut my mouth.” She later got called to the principal's office and interrogated. When the principal refused to let her call her mother, she left the office. School officials deny Olivero was suspended for telling students they didn't have to take the test. They say she was suspended for refusing to obey administrators.

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Transparency in Police Work

Huron County, Ohio, sheriff's deputies forced their way into the home of John Collins, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him. They forced him to lie there face down while they tore his home apart. Collins says they finally they figured out they were in the wrong place. They were supposed to be searching another unit in the triplex that Collins lives in. When a local paper started asking questions about the raid, a judge sealed the search warrant. In fact, the judge also sealed the order sealing the search warrant, and the sheriff is refusing to release the initial complaint that led to the raid.

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The One That Got Away

Rob Scott says he may have caught a world-record trout while ice fishing on the Ontario side of Lac La Croix. The fish unofficially weighed in at 52 pounds, 3 ounces. But Scott will never be able to submit it for a record. When he brought it home to Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources seized it on behalf of Ontario officials. Scott had already caught his limit, and that fish put him one over. He paid a $400 fine plus about $75 in court costs. Officials still have the fish.

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We'll Go Where We Like

Two University of Utah students are angry that police entered their apartment in Midvale one night, pulling them out of bed, handcuffing them and interrogating them. Cops say they had a right to enter the apartment without a warrant and check it out because someone reported the door was open and no one answered when they announced themselves. The students say the door is broken and they were waiting to get it fixed and they never heard the police until they were inside the apartment.

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Big Baby

The Floresville Independent School District in Texas has disciplined a school bus driver caught on video calling an elementary school student a “crybaby” and trying to get other students on the bus to mock the girl. The school district did not reveal the name of the bus driver, whom parents know as “Ms. Pat,” nor explain exactly how she was disciplined.

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This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Officials at Salem High School in Plymouth, Michigan, have agreed to take down bleachers and a score board paid for and built by parents for the school's baseball team. After an anonymous complaint, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights found the school was in violation of federal law because the baseball facilities are now superior to the girl's softball field. The school can't afford to upgrade the softball field, so it had to take down the amenities at the baseball field.

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Come and Knock on Our Door

David Johnson and his family are suing the cities of Caldwell and Nampa, Idaho, after cops kicked in the door of their apartment and pulled them out at gunpoint. The lawsuit says a woman told police that a neighbor had threatened her and cops who responded to the report kicked in the wrong door. Officials say the Johnsons' rights weren’t violated and police had sufficient reason to conduct a “no-knock, no warrant-welfare check” at their apartment.

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The Rule of Law

An internal Justice Department report found that prosecutors and other department employees committed more than 650 violations of law, department rules or professional standards between 2002 and 2013. The report found that more than 400 of those violations were the result of recklessness or intentional misconduct. But it refuses to name those employees.

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Finger Licking Good

The Liverpool City Council is considering a measure that would require restaurants to serve fish and chips on plates to those eating outdoors. Traditionally, the British serve fish and chips in paper and eat them with their fingers. But council members say people often just drop the paper on the street when they are finished and this law would reduce littering.

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You Aren't Invited

Officials with the Olathe, Kansas, school system have apologized after inviting only black students on a field trip that included visits to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and an exhibit on the Civil Rights movement at a local museum. Well, actually, they say it was all a “misunderstanding” and that the invitation mistakenly “suggested” the trip was open only to blacks. But the actual invitation specified that it was for “our African-American sophomores and juniors.”

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Holding Out for a Hero

Heather Watts says her daughter was asked to write a paper on a hero for a class at North Carolina's Cerro Gordo Elementary School. But when the girl turned in a paper on Jesus, her teacher asked her to write about someone else, Watts says. In a statement, school officials said students in the class face no restrictions on who they could write about. But Watts says her daughter is still being asked to write about something different.

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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now

A pro-life student group at Connecticut's Branford High School says their principal won't let them use model fetuses in a display. “He tells us that this topic in particular is too controversial to be talked about in public school,” said Samantha Bailey-Loomis, founder of the Students for Life Club.

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They Are Making a List

Anita Belle's granddaughter accused her spanking her, prompting an investigation by Michigan's Child Protective Services (CPS). The investigation cleared her of abuse. But CPS placed Belle on a state registry of child abusers anyway. A Detroit TV station reports the list includes the names of about 275,000 people. Those people haven't necessarily been charged with, much less convicted of any crimes. And many people aren't even aware their names are on the list, since all it takes is one CPS worker to decide they should be on there to end up on the list.

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Silence Is Golden

For 10 years the Durham, North Carolina, police department has been paying criminal informants for their testimony without revealing those payments to defense attorneys or, apparently, to prosecutors. According to documents uncovered by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, some of the “bonuses” were apparently tied to convictions. But Assistant Chief of Police Jon Peter denies the department paid informants based on whether the person they testified against was convicted. He says the officer who filled out those expenditure reports simply used the wrong term and meant only that the case had been disposed of.

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Fake Justice

Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, deputies pulled over Delbert Dewayne Galbreath for a broken brake light. After Galbreath admitted he also did not have a driver's license, they asked if they could search his car. They found a bag containing 16 pieces of a rock-like substance and a digital scale. They thought the rocks were cocaine. Galbreath insisted they were Scentsy, presumably the washer whiffs made by that company. Sure enough, a test revealed they were not cocaine. But that didn't help Galbreath. Deputies charged him with suspicion of possession with intent to distribute an imitation controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under a revoked license and defective equipment.

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Motherly Love

A St. Louis County, Missouri, woman says she has been charged with trespassing after responding to a call from her son's school to help calm the boy down. Niakea Williams says a teacher at Walnut Groves Elementary School called and said her son, who has Asperger's syndrome, was panicking. She rushed to the school, was buzzed in and went to her son's classroom. While she was consoling him, the principal came in to tell her she'd violated school policy by not signing in. She offered to sign in, but the principal said he'd already called the police. Williams said cops hauled her out of the school in handcuffs.

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Say Cheese

Ten San Diego police officers wearing bullet proof vests swarmed Cheetahs strip club. They weren't looking for armed robbers or searching for drugs. No, they were there for a card check, to make sure the strippers at the club were properly licensed. They also took photos of the women, lots of photos. 

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Welcome to the Herd

Grayson Bruce, 9, says he has been bullied repeatedly because he brings a “My Little Pony” bag to school. Classmates tell him the show is for girls. After his family complained about the bullying, officials at North Carolina's Buncombe County Schools took action. They banned Bruce from bringing the bag to school, calling it a distraction and a “trigger for bullying.”

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Is That a Gun on Your Shirt?

Officials at New York's Grand Island High School ordered sophomore Shane Kinney to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out or change shirts. When he refused, they gave him one day in in-school suspension. School officials refused to speak to a local TV station about the matter, but in a statement they denied any student had been suspended for wearing a T-shirt “expressing an opinion of the NRA or gun control.”

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