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April 15, 2019

NEW YORK POST BOYCOTT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yemeni-Americans are criticizing the New York Post over its front page last week that featured a photograph of the burning World Trade Center and a quote from Democratic Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar that some say was dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Yesterday, The New York Times reported the Yemeni American Merchant Association announced a formal boycott of the tabloid after Yemini bodega owners in New York had earlier agreed stop selling the newspaper.

The secretary of the board of directors for the merchants says they support free speech, but “will not accept the incitement of violence against Muslims. The merchant group demands an apology from the newspaper.

A spokeswoman for the parent company of the New York Post, declined to comment.

GYM TEACHER PUT ON LEAVE AFTER ASKING BLACK KIDS TO RESEARCH SLAVE GAMES

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (AP) — A suburban Milwaukee middle school gym teacher has been placed on indefinite leave while district officials look into claims that she separated students in one class by race and assigned the black children to research games that enslaved children played.

Superintendent Bryan Davis wrote in a letter to parents that the Shorewood Intermediate School teacher was instructing seventh-graders about games from around the world on April 1 when she allegedly gave the assignment to the black students.

Davis didn’t name the teacher. He said the school district launched an internal investigation because it’s committed to providing “an environment of inclusion.”

Davis said school officials including a counselor and a psychologist are providing support to affected students.

BOY HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING THROWN FROM MALL OF AMERICA BALCONY

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy who was seriously injured when he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized.

Friends of the family have started a crowd-funding effort to help with medical bills. The GoFundMe campaign had raised nearly $400,000 as of yesterday.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said Sunday that the boy is “still alive and receiving care,” and that the family wants privacy. Children’s Hospital Minneapolis had no information to release.

Authorities haven’t released the boy’s name. They say he fell nearly 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.

Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge. Jail records don’t list an attorney for him. He could be formally charged as early as today.

RARE TURTLE DIES IN CHINA

BEIJING (AP) — A zoo in southern China says the only known female member of one of the world’s rarest turtle species has died.

The animal was one of four Yangtze giant soft-shell turtles known to be remaining in the world.

The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their genders are unknown.

Suzhou authorities say the female turtle died Saturday afternoon.

The city government said in a statement that experts have already used technology to collect the turtle’s ovarian tissue for future research.

The state-run People’s Daily reported that the turtle was over 90 years old and had undergone a fifth attempt at artificial insemination shortly before she died.

DOG MAULS BOY IN ENGLISH VACATION PARK

LONDON (AP) — A dog owner in Britain is being investigated for manslaughter after her pet mauled to death a 10-year-old boy at an English vacation park.

Police say the woman has been released but is under investigation for manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control. She has not been identified or charged.

The boy was killed Saturday morning by what police said was a “bulldog-type breed.” The animal is being held at a kennel while the investigation proceeds.

The incident happened at Tencreek Holiday Park, 250 miles southwest of London on the coast.

The park said that emergency services were called but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

9 PITCHES, THREE OUTS

TORONTO (AP) — You can say that Toronto Blue Jays reliever Thomas Pannone made quick work of the Tampa Bay Rays — as quick as you can in major league baseball while recording three strikeouts in an inning.

Pannone became the 89th different pitcher in major league history to strike out the side on nine pitches, setting down the Rays in the fifth inning yesterday.

The 24-year-old lefty fanned a swinging Avisail Garcia, then caught Brandon Lowe and Daniel Robertson looking at strike three.

Pannone became the third Toronto pitcher to accomplish the feat, joining Roger Clemens in 1997 and Steve Delabar in 2013.