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September 28, 2018

JESUITS - KAVANAUGH

ROME (AP) — The magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States has publicly withdrawn its endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice following testimony before the Senate by the Jesuit-educated Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago.

In an editorial posted late Thursday, America magazine said it has no special insight into whether Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth. But it said that the nomination is no longer in the interest of the country and “should be withdrawn.”

The reversal is significant given Kavanaugh has repeatedly cited his Catholic faith and Jesuit education in defending himself against Ford’s accusations. In his opening statement Thursday, Kavanaugh twice referenced his days as a student at the Jesuit-run Georgetown Prep high school in Washington, when Ford said the alleged assault occurred.

KAVANAUGH - DRINKING AGE

BOSTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has repeatedly said that he was legally allowed to consume beer as a prep school senior in Maryland. In fact, he was never legal in high school because the state’s drinking age increased to 21 at the end of his junior year, while he was still 17.

Kavanaugh’s drinking has come under intense scrutiny after California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged that a heavily intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers at a Maryland house party during the summer of 1982.

The legal age in that state was raised to 21 on July 1, 1982; Kavanaugh turned 18 on Feb. 12, 1983.

Kavanaugh, who incorrectly made the claim in testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, has denied Ford’s assault accusations.

MOM CHARGED WITH TRYING TO DROWN TODDLER AFTER REPORTING CHILD DED

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a Chicago mother tried to drown her 3-year-old son after posting on social media that the child was dead.

Celeste T. Christian is being held without bail on attempted murder charges and her son is hospitalized.

Chicago police say the boy’s father dropped him off at Christian’s home on Sunday. Investigators say she told them she noticed the boy wet himself. She told them she put him in a bath and left him alone for about 10 minutes to check on her 2-year-old daughter. She told them she found the toddler unresponsive when she returned.

Police say the hospital where the boy was taken received a call from an organ and tissue donor organization asking if he was there yet.

The 21-year-old Christian was arrested after police say they learned of a social media posting announcing the boy’s death.

LINCOLN - BINOCULARS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A set of small binoculars believed to have been used by President Abraham Lincoln on the night he was assassinated in a Washington theater are now the latest prized possession of a New Orleans antique gallery.

The black enameled opera glasses were recently acquired by M.S. Rau Antiques, a shop on the French Quarter’s Royal Street. Third-generation owner Bill Rau says the price is set at $795,000.

The opera glasses are said to have fallen from the mortally wounded Lincoln’s body as he was carried from Ford’s Theatre in 1865. A captain with the Washington City Guard picked them up from the street. They were handed down in his family for generations before being matched in 1968 to a case found in the balcony after Lincoln was shot.

NINTENDO - SUPER MARIO SUIT

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo says it has won damages in a lawsuit against a Japanese business that rents go-karts for people to drive around in Super Mario costumes.

Nintendo said the Tokyo District Court has ruled that Mari Mobility Development must stop renting the Super Mario costumes, and pay $89,000 in damages to Nintendo, the game maker behind the hit series.

Mari Mobility, previously MariCAR, acknowledged the ruling and said it was considering an appeal.

The name MariCAR had been contested in Nintendo’s lawsuit, which was filed last year, but the company changed it in March.

The carts have been popular, mostly with tourists from abroad. But their presence on busy Tokyo streets raised safety concerns. The transportation ministry says seatbelts and headrests were added to address those concerns.

CHILD’S EYES, MOUTH GLUED - UPDATE

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Police say a 1-year-old West Texas girl whose eyes and mouth were glued shut has been released from a hospital as her father faces allegations he attacked her.

Odessa police Cpl. Steve LeSueur (luh-SWEER’) said yesterday that the girl and two siblings — a 2-year-old brother and 2-month-old sister — were placed with Child Protective Services. All three children were at their Odessa home when police responded to a domestic disturbance Sept. 16.

Their father, 29-year-old Johnnie Lee Carter, remains jailed in El Paso on a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. Police say he’s suspected of beating and choking the 1-year-old and using an adhesive stick to glue her eyes and mouth shut.

They say Carter was arrested Monday in El Paso and awaits extradition.

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