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September 21, 2018

CONGRESSMAN’S CAVANAUGH CRACK FALLS FLAT

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman’s off-color remark at a campaign event in which he made a joke involving the Supreme Court nomination battle in Washington has drawn fire.

The Republican congressman made light yesterday of the ongoing debate involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, joking that another high court judge has emerged with her own accusations of sexual assault. A newspaper reports the Rock Hill lawmaker, during a Kiwanis Club debate, asked the crowd if they’d heard the late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings.

The punchline, the report says: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

The remark drew scattered laughter and applause at the event and sparked immediate condemnation from South Carolina Democrats and others on social media.

CAPTAIN COOK’S SHIP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers say they’ve identified a site off the coast of Rhode Island where they think the ship that 18th-century explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world may be located.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, and the Australian National Maritime Museum identified the site in the harbor near Newport, Rhode Island.

Archaeologists are meeting in Newport today to talk about their recent fieldwork.

They describe the site as “promising” but said it’ll still take a lot more work and money to identify the ship.

Cook ran aground on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef during a voyage to the South Pacific nearly 250 years ago.

He used his ship, the Endeavour, to claim Australia for the British during his historic 1768-1771 voyage.

GANG DEATH FUNERAL SET FOR TODAY

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral will be held today for a New York mother who turned grief over her daughter’s killing into a crusade against MS-13 gang violence.

Evelyn Rodriguez’s funeral will take place at a church in Brentwood — a town that has become the epicenter of the fight against MS-13 on New York’s Long Island.

On Sept. 14, Rodriguez was struck and killed by an SUV at her slain daughter’s memorial site after a heated confrontation with the driver.

The 50-year-old Rodriguez was hit near the site where her 16-year-old daughter Kayla Cuevas’ body was found beaten and slashed two years ago to the day. Cuevas’ friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens was also killed.

Rodriguez was recognized by President Donald Trump at a State of the Union and sat alongside him at a gang violence forum in May.

HORSE DRAGGED

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a drunken southwestern Missouri man badly injured a horse by dragging it behind his pickup truck until he was stopped by angry witnesses.

Sasha Martinez told KSPR that she, her daughter and a friend saw the horse tied to the pickup Saturday as it drove down the road next to their home at 15-20 mph.

She said she thought it was odd, but hoped the driver was going to drop the horse off at a nearby home. Martinez said about two hours later, they saw the truck driving down the road going the opposite way.

Martinez said the driver wouldn’t stop until she stood in front of his truck and grabbed the grill.

The driver is charged with animal abuse, driving while intoxicated and failing to register a motor vehicle.

YANKEES SET HOMER RECORD

NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit and the New York Yankees have set two home run records with one swing of the bat.

The brawny first baseman hit a two-run shot to straightaway center field in the second inning last night against Boston, giving the Yankees a major league-record 12 players with at least 10 home runs this season.

Voit’s homer also was the 246th for New York this year, breaking the franchise mark set in 2012. Entering the game, the Yankees were on pace for 263 home runs — one short of the big league record established by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

The other teams that had 11 players with 10 or more home runs were the Houston Astros in 2015 and 2017, the 2016 Minnesota Twins and the 2004 Detroit Tigers.

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