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Report: Slain Utah athlete repeatedly called school, Salt Lake City police about harasser

Report: Slain Utah athlete repeatedly called school, Salt Lake City police about harasser

Lauren McCluskey, the 21-year-old Utah track athlete who was abducted outside her Salt Lake City dorm and killed in October, had called both University of Utah police and Salt Lake City police multiple times to report her attacker’s harassment before her death, according to 911 calls obtained by CNN.

McCluskey was found dead in a parked car on campus on October 23 shortly after she had an argument outside of her residence hall with 37-year-old Melvin Rowland. McCluskey and Rowland had met in a bar in September and dated for about a month, per the report, before McCluskey learned that he was a convicted sex offender and had lied about his age and name. Rowland spent more than a decade in prison, was released on parole three times, and violated his parole and returned to prison twice. He killed himself hours after McCluskey’s death following a police chase.

McCluskey ended the relationship on October 9, blocked all communication from him and his friends, and even had university police accompany her to retrieve her car, which she had let him borrow. Rowland, though, wouldn’t leave her alone.

Over the next two weeks, according to CNN, McCluskey called University of Utah police multiple to report the harassment and an attempted extortion. She told police that she sent him $1,000 “in hopes of keeping compromising photos of her private.”


Why is it

That I read posts daily, usually several per day, advocating the military act to 'protect the Constitution' (wink wink) or Intelligence services 'take care of' leadership (nudge nudge)

These coy statements are advocating nothing less than an overthrow of government. Is our system so flawed that some Democrats are willing to abandon our Republic to praetorian kingmakers, trusting that they will only use this extra-Constitutional method this one time?

Or do they believe only WE get to decide when Constitutional provisions can be ignored?

and before anyone says but... as flawed and un-democratic as it may be, the Electoral College is the Constitutional method to choose a President.

Happy Birthday to all who turn 243 today

Semper Fi

Well... That was disappointing

I had expected at least a full tweet length personal comment

Little Caesars employee allegedly shoots, kills man in clown mask outside store

Little Caesars employee allegedly shoots, kills man in clown mask outside store

An employee closing up shop at a Little Caesars restaurant in Florida on Saturday night shot and killed a man in a clown mask after he was attacked with a wooden post, according to authorities.

Police in Holly Hill, Florida, said the employee exited the back door of the pizza place just before midnight when a man in a grotesque clown mask jumped him with a wooden post. According to the police report, the post broke over the man's back, upon which the attacker tried to stab the employee with a pair of scissors.

The victim responded by pulling out his concealed firearm and firing "four or five shots" at the attacker, according to the police report. When authorities responded, the attacker was found lying in the parking lot with the mask still on and scissors by his body, police said.

He was taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach where he was pronounced dead.
Video: https://abcn.ws/2IPghqF


Self defense or vigilantism?

Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died.

Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family."

He also struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.

About those companies that dropped the NRA

I work for one {no I won't say which one}. As Mondays typically have high call volume some of us are added to the customer service lines. We soon noticed we were getting calls about the NRA and so a memo was released- neither agree nor disagree with the caller but thank them for their opinion and report the call.

At the end of the day 6.3% of the calls were reported as referencing discontinuing the NRA discount. Anything over 2% is considered a significant deviation from standard numbers.

100% of the calls were negative. Not a single caller who mentioned the NRA was supportive of the corporate action.

Not saying our company will change its decision anytime soon, but we have been told to continue reporting each call and whether the caller is commenting positively or negatively.

38 years ago today

US hockey team defeats Finland 4-2 to win gold medal at Lake Placid Olympics.

Duluth drops two American novels from reading list, citing use of racial slur

Duluth drops two American novels from reading list, citing use of racial slur

The novels “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will no longer be required reading in the Duluth school district due to the books’ use of a racial slur, a curriculum change supported by the local NAACP chapter.

The two books will continue to be available in school libraries and can be optional reading for students, but beginning next school year, they’ll be replaced as required reading by other literature that addresses the same topics in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes, said Michael Cary, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction.

The district’s intent is to be considerate of all of its students, Cary said. The district owes it to its students to not subject them to a racial slur that marginalizes them in their required learning, he said. He added that district leaders felt that there are many other options in literature that can teach the same lessons as the two novels without containing a racial slur.

“We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn’t require students to feel humiliated or marginalized by the use of racial slurs,” Cary said.

Sensitivity or censorship? And should the teachers have been allowed input or should these decisions be made solely by administration?

As More Women Buy Guns, Local Classes Cater To Ladies

As More Women Buy Guns, Local Classes Cater To Ladies

More women are pulling the trigger and buying guns.

A Maryland company, Practical Training Professionals (PTP), is having special classes that focus specifically on females and firearms.

On Sunday, it was a packed house in Timonium for a training that could mean life or death.

“The two causes of firearm accidents is ignorance, and negligence,” says Ryan Gass, owner of PTP. “What we are doing today is trying to break through that ignorance.”

The article goes on to state women are more likely than men to answer protection when asked why they are buying a gun.
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