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September 27, 2018

SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES SUIT OVER MUD PIT EVENT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri school district has settled a lawsuit filed by a 2011 graduate who was seriously injured when she was stomped in a muddy pit at a school event.

The Springfield school district agreed to pay $423,106 to Megan Taylor, who was 17 when she was injured during a back-to-school event in August, 2010 at Kickapoo High School. District spokesman Stephen Hall confirmed the amount but said the district didn’t admit liability.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that in the lawsuit, Taylor said she was pushed from behind and fell on her face in a muddy pit with others on top of her. Among other injuries, Taylor suffered four strokes, permanent brain damage, severe dementia and temporary blindness.

She alleged in the lawsuit that the muddy pit wasn’t properly supervised and school employees didn’t offer timely emergency aid.

STUDENT SUSPENDED, CAFETERIA WORKER FIRED OVER RACIALLY TINGED INCIDENTS

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The University of South Alabama’s president says a student has been suspended for hanging two nooses on campus and a cafeteria employee has been fired for an insensitive tweet that said it was a sign of their “killer” fried chicken.

University President Tony Waldrop said in a statement last night that the student was suspended after admitting to hanging two nooses and a bicycle in a tree on campus. The student will face a discipline hearing.

Waldrop said an employee of the university’s food service vendor was fired for an “offensive tweet” about the situation.

The employee wrote on the university dining service’s official twitter account that the rope was just a sign that, “our food is KILLER! Come get some fried chicken and tell us in different!”

The food vendor apologized.

FUNERAL YARD SALE

BROWNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been holding yard sales to pay for funeral expenses. His own.

Some of his customers are going a step further to help.

David Dunkleberger says he and his friend Ed Sheets pulled into a yard sale in Brownstown last month. He says the man running it, Willie Davis, told him he was selling his belongings to pay for a funeral.

When asked whose funeral, the 66-year-old Davis replied: “Mine.”

Davis, who served in the Navy in the 1970s, has been diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma.

Ed Sheets tells WJAC-TV it “broke your heart” hearing Davis’s story and they wanted to help him “so his last days could be a little more peaceful.”

The two set up a GoFundMe page to help offset funeral costs.

DAD CHARGED WITH GLUING YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER’S EYES, MOUTH SHUT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A father suspected of gluing shut the eyes and mouth of his 1-year-old daughter has been arrested in West Texas.

El Paso County records show 29-year-old Johnnie Lee Carter is being held on a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

On Sept. 16, Odessa police called to a domestic disturbance found the girl with facial injuries and her mouth and eyes glued. According to an affidavit, the toddler’s mother told police Carter choked and punched the girl then applied the adhesive. A super glue stick was found nearby. Carter had fled.

Carter was arrested Monday at a motel in El Paso. He faces extradition to Odessa, some 270 miles away.

HOUSTON PITCHER COMES TO DEFENSE OF YOUNG, LOUD FAN

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has offered advice — and a free playoff ticket — to an 8-year-old special needs girl who was yelled at by another fan for loudly cheering at an Astros game.

McCullers yesterday tweeted “Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering” and offered her a ticket for an Oct. 5 playoff game.

Chloe’s mother, Monica Beaver, posted video from Sunday’s 6-2 Astros win over the Angels that appears to show another fan chiding the girl for being too loud. Beaver says her daughter has a mood disorder that affects her emotions. Chloe cried after being scolded.

McCullers encouraged Chloe “to cheer us on, as LOUD as you can” during Game 1 of the playoffs — and says he’s honored to give her a ticket.

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