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July 12, 2018

FLAG SHIRT-OFFICER RESIGNS

CHICAGO (AP) — A police officer has resigned amid an investigation into his response to a woman who said she was being harassed in a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced on Twitter that Officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday. Records show he had been with the force since 2006. A woman complained that a man at Caldwell Woods was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn’t be wearing the shirt. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth. Video of the June 14 incident shows the officer didn’t respond. More officers eventually arrived and arrested the man. Connor was initially placed on desk duty as the investigation got underway. The forest preserve district says officials continue to investigate the incident.

PAPA JOHN’S APOLOGY

NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is apologizing after reportedly using a racial slur during a conference call in May. Forbes had cited an anonymous source saying the pizza chain’s marketing firm broke ties with the company afterward. Forbes said Schnatter used the N-word during a media training exercise. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word. In a statement released by Louisville, Kentucky-based Papa John’s, Schnatter said reports attributing use of “inappropriate and hurtful” language to him were true. The University of Louisville also said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, effective immediately.

BABY STUN GUN

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Three Arkansas girls have been arrested on child endangerment charges after a mother says she saw Snapchat videos of them using a stun gun near her 1-year-old daughter. An arrest report says the girls recorded the crying child while they zapped the stun gun in her direction in Conway, about 30 miles north of Little Rock. The report says the girls, whose names and ages weren’t released, did not use the stun gun on the baby. The report says one video shows one girl hitting the baby in the back of her head causing her to cry. It is not clear what was used to strike the child. The video also shows laughing emojis and the comment “She a bully, but I’m dying” as the girls laugh. It wasn’t immediately clear if the girls have attorneys.

ELON MUSK-DETROIT WATER

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Residents in Flint whose homes still may need new water lines due to lead contamination may have a new benefactor in Elon Musk. The tech billionaire caused a stir on Twitter Wednesday, tweeting Wednesday that he was committing to “fund fixing the water in any house” with contamination above federal levels. Musk later acknowledged in another tweet that most Flint homes have safe water and said he would organize an effort to add filters to houses that need them. Lead leached from old pipes after the city began using the Flint River in 2014 without adding corrosion-control chemicals. Flint returned in 2015 to Detroit’s water system. Thousands of water lines have been replaced and two years of testing has shown home water levels are below the federal action level for lead. A spokeswoman for Flint’s mayor told The Associated Press Wednesday that the city has not been contacted by Musk.

FLAG ART

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An art display that included an altered U.S. flag will be moved from an outside display on the University of Kansas campus to the school’s art museum after Gov. Jeff Colyer and other Republican political candidates complained that it was disrespectful. Kansas Chancellor Doug Girod said in a statement that the display, which was part of a national art project called “Pledges of Allegiance,” caused conversations on Wednesday that “generated public safety concerns for our campus community.” He didn’t elaborate on the safety concerns. Girod said the display, which had flown on a flag police outside Spooner Hall on the Lawrence campus, will be moved to the university’s Spencer Museum of Art “where we can continue the important conversation it has generated.” The art museum was a partner in the national art project.

PONYTAIL NAVY

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Many black women had asked for changes to the female grooming standards. Lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands, are also now allowed. Wider hair buns too. And women can wear ponytails while in uniform. Capt. Thurraya Kent is the senior member of the working group that recommended the changes. Kent, who has been in the Navy for nearly 26 years, recalled being told to take out her braids early in her career even though her hairstyle was allowed. She said: “Because of the texture of my hair, it stood straight up,” adding that “It was a very embarrassing moment that stays with you.”

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