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June 5, 2018

FIRED-NIGHTCLUB

DENVER (AP) —Denver police say an off-duty FBI agent dancing at a nightclub accidentally discharged a firearm, wounding another patron in the leg. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said in a statement that the victim was taken to a hospital in good condition. Jackson said the agent, whose identity was not released, was dancing at the club after midnight, when the firearm fell from the agent’s waistband holster on to the floor. It went off when the agent picked it up. Jackson said the agent was later released to an FBI supervisor, adding that police are investigating and any charges would be determined by the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

WYOMING-KLEPTOMANIA RESEARCH

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Wyoming college student says she stole more than $10,000 in store merchandise because she was doing research for a term paper on kleptomania. Now, she has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Lydia Marie Cormaney had pleaded guilty to two counts of felony shoplifting and two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting. The Gillette News Record reports that Cormaney was arrested at Walmart in June 2017 with a cart full of nearly $2,000 in unpaid items. At the time, the Gillette College student told officers she was working on a paper on the emotions people with kleptomania experience. When officers discovered she was only enrolled in a biology class, she was arrested.

JEEPERS CREEPERS

SHAWNEE, Kansas (AP) —A Republican election candidate has hit back at outrage over his appearance at a weekend parade on top of a Jeep with a giant replica gun mounted on the back. The Kansas City suburb of Shawnee apologized to people who felt unsafe after the stunt by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a candidate to become state governor. Meanwhile, the Twitter account of Kansas Division of Emergency Management was hacked by someone who sent a message reading: “Hey Kris, I think you are a bad guy with a gun. Also, maybe worse, you a dumb guy with a gun.” Kobach tweeted that he will “not back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture.”

DANGEROUS ISMS-TEXAS CHURCH

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-area church has distributed flyers advertising a series of weekly seminars it plans to host condemning “dangerous isms,” such as Judaism, Islamism and liberalism. Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson says the seminars will “provide a proper response for the Christian.” Minister Shelton Gibbs III told The Dallas Morning News the wording used in ads could have been better, but that other faiths do run counter to God’s order to follow Jesus Christ. He says other topics, such as racism or sexism, won’t be discussed because “there are only so many Wednesdays in a summer.” Atheism, alcoholism and “emotionalism” are other seminar topics.

BAD REVIEW LAWSUIT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Owners of a southwestern Missouri attraction are suing a Kansas cattle farmer over a review he wrote on TripAdvisor. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Randy Winchester left a three-star review about Bigfoot on the Strip after he and his daughter visited the Branson “fun park” in March. The attraction includes rides, a mini-golf course and a tour of Bigfoot Farms and its cattle. Winchester says a man identifying himself as an owner of the attraction repeatedly contacted him and his daughter to complain about the review. Winchester then changed his review to one star. Bigfoot on the Strip filed a lawsuit against Winchester, his daughter and their Kansas business, Dancing Cow Farms. Bigfoot’s owners want the court to order the Winchesters to remove the reviews.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-REMOVALS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — It took generations to erect all the nation’s Confederate monuments and a new report shows they’re being removed at a pace of about three each month. A study by the Southern Poverty Law Center shows 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide since 2015. That’s when a racist shooting at a black church in South Carolina energized a movement against such memorials. The number includes schools and roads that have been renamed, plus statues and rebel flags that have been taken down. But the report says there are still more than 1,700 memorials that remain nationwide. And the head of the pro-monument group Sons of Confederate Veterans says it’s still erecting new memorials. It’s constructing a museum in Tennessee dedicated to telling the “Southern side” of the war.

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