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November 16, 2018

MUSICAL-NAZI INTERRUPTION

Man shouts ‘Heil Hitler’ during ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ show

(Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com)

BALTIMORE (AP) — An audience member says a man interrupted a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Baltimore with a pro-Nazi and pro-Trump salute.

Rich Scherr is a contributing sportswriter for The Baltimore Sun. He told the newspaper that a man seated in the balcony of the Hippodrome Theatre on Wednesday night began shouting “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” during intermission.

Scherr says people started running and he was “waiting to hear a gunshot.” But the man was escorted out and the show continued. Scherr uploaded video of the aftermath showing the audience reaction.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is based on a Yiddish story and tells the story of a Jewish family persecuted in tsarist Russia.

The newspaper couldn’t reach a spokesman for the Hippodrome, and the report didn’t have comment from police.

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ICE PROTEST-UNIVERSITIES

Students at 2 Maryland universities protest ICE contracts

(Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Students at two Maryland campuses are demanding their universities end contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park are among six higher-education institutions that have ICE contracts.

On Thursday, Johns Hopkins students conducted a teach-in and rally calling on the Baltimore school to end the contracts, arguing the federal agency violates human rights and goes against the university’s values. The university responded to a September petition by saying the university’s commitment to academic freedom would make it wrong to terminate the contracts, which are primarily with the medical school.

Meanwhile, University of Maryland students have joined calls for leadership change. University officials say it’s part of their mission to advance knowledge in areas important to the country.

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NAVAL ACADEMY-CHEMICAL ODOR

8 evaluated at Naval Academy after chemical odor reported

(Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A reported chemical odor emitting from a classroom led to the medical evaluation of eight midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies tells The Capital that his department was called to assist with “patients with respiratory distress” Thursday morning. An academy spokeswoman says the odor has been attributed to a previous day’s chemical experiment.

The classroom was located in Michaelson Hall, which was evacuated along with an adjacent building.

Davies says the fire department’s medical ambulance bus was on scene four around 40 minutes. It’s unclear whether any of the students needed further medical attention.

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TRAFFIC STOP ARREST

Sheriff: Traffic stop leads to arrest of armed felon

(Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/)

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A sheriff’s office in Maryland says a traffic stop has led to the arrest of a convicted felon who was carrying a loaded gun and crack cocaine.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports 25-year-old Shaheed Morris was arrested Tuesday when a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled him over for a traffic violation. The violation’s nature is unclear.

A sheriff’s office statement says the deputy smelled marijuana, searched the car and uncovered five bags of crack cocaine and a loaded .22 revolver. It says the gun had one spent round in the cylinder. Morris is prohibited from possessing regulated firearms because of a previous manslaughter conviction.

He was taken into custody on charges including possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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REDISTRICTING REFORM-MARYLAND

Maryland’s attorney general appeals redistricting decision

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an order for state officials to draw up a new congressional redistricting plan that isn’t tainted by partisan gerrymandering.

Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office filed its notice of appeal on Thursday and asked for the redistricting case to remain on hold pending action by the Supreme Court.

A Nov. 7 ruling by a panel of three federal judges orders the state to submit a new map by March 7. Otherwise, the court said it will appoint a commission to produce a redistricting plan for use in the 2020 congressional election.

Several Republican voters sued over the boundaries of one of Maryland’s eight congressional districts, claiming state officials unfairly redrew it in 2011 to favor Democrats.

MARYLAND-PLAYER DEATH

University head warned of backlash if Maryland coach stayed

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — University of Maryland President Wallace Loh says he told the school’s governing body that “all hell will break loose” if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player’s death, a prophetic warning that went unheeded.

Loh told a panel of state lawmakers on Thursday that members of the University System of Maryland board of regents asked him on Oct. 26 if he would support Durkin’s reinstatement as coach. Loh said he explained why he couldn’t.

The board’s chairman announced on Oct. 30 that Durkin would keep his job, but a backlash led to Loh firing Durkin a day later.

The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the university’s response to the death of 19-year-old Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heat stroke in May.

PRISON DISTURBANCE-DELAWARE

Jury deliberations set in trial over fatal prison riot

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the trial of three Delaware inmates charged in a deadly prison riot.

After hearing closing arguments Thursday, jurors were to begin deliberations Friday in the trial of Jarreau Ayers and Dwayne Staats and Deric Forney. They are charged under Delaware’s “accomplice liability” law for the death of a guard, Sgt. Steven Floyd.

The three are the first among 17 inmates charged in the February 2017 riot to be tried. The others will be tried in groups over the next several months.

All three defendants were charged with first-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy following the riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, the state’s maximum-security prison. Staats and Ayers, both convicted killers serving life sentences, are acting as their own attorneys.

EX-DEATH ROW INMATE

Ex-death row inmate who beat sex trafficking case arrested

HONOLULU (AP) — An ex-death row inmate has been arrested a day after a judge ordered his release from federal custody when prosecutors dropped sex trafficking charges against him.

Isaiah McCoy was arrested Wednesday at the Honolulu airport on a traffic warrant. On Tuesday, prosecutors dismissed allegations he forced, threatened and coerced women into prostitution in Hawaii.

McCoy says he wanted to travel to Philadelphia for an event organized by an anti-death penalty nonprofit. He says the government didn’t return his ID so when security workers were trying to verify his identity, they found the warrant.

Less than a year before his Hawaii arrest, McCoy was released from death row in Delaware after a judge found him not guilty of murder during a retrial.

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