Ohio Catholic school fires teacher after name of her same-sex partner reportedly appears in obituary

A female teacher at a Catholic high school in Ohio who was fired after the name of her same-sex partner appeared in her mother’s obituary is reportedly fighting to get her job back. The Plain Dealer reports that Carla Hale, 57, a longtime physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, was informed by the school principal that she was terminated for being in a homosexual relationship — and not for being gay. “Your written spousal relationship violates the moral laws of the Catholic Church,” Bishop Watterson High School Principal Marian Hutson wrote to Hale in a March 28 letter. The obituary, which appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, listed survivors, including “daughter, Carla (Julie) Hale.” The Catholic Diocese of Columbus was alerted to the obituary by an anonymous letter, the newspaper reports. Continue Reading

Vegan students at Calif. high school accused of bullying agriculture students online

Agriculture students at a Northern California high school say they are being bullied online by fellow students who identify as vegans. Fox 40 reports the vegan students allegedly have been posting angry words against Elk Grove High School’s agriculture program on social media sites such as Instagram. “[One student] keeps posting about goats and sheep and pigs and dead pictures and them being slaughtered,” agriculture student Katie Velon told the station. Outside vegan groups have also reportedly become involved in the bullying, and some vegan students are passing out fliers on campus. In one instance, meat eaters were called “carcass crunchers.” Continue Reading

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3 Women Missing for 10 Years Released from Hospital

CLEVELAND (AP) — The three women who disappeared a decade ago in Cleveland and were found alive are out of the hospital.  

Metro Health Medical Center says all three were released Tuesday morning. A frantic 911 call led police to a house near downtown Cleveland, where the three women were found Monday. Police Chief Michael McGrath says Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s. Three brothers were arrested. Continue Reading

3 Ohio women missing for decade found alive, as cops arrest 52-year-old man

An unnamed 52-year-old man is in custody and three women who disappeared about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared. Police described the suspect only as a Hispanic male but said they planned to provide more information at a news conference Tuesday. Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and a third woman were found earlier in the day. The identity of the third woman hadn’t been confirmed, but Fox 8 and other local media identified her as Michele Knight. Police didn’t immediately provide any details of how the women were found but said they appeared to be in good health and had been taken to a hospital for evaluation. Continue Reading

Jewelry store owner reaches plea deal in KPMG case

The owner of a San Fernando Valley jewelry store has reached a plea agreement for his role in an insider-trading case involving a former senior partner at accounting firm KPMG. Prosecutors allege that accountant Scott London provided jeweler Bryan Shaw, a long-time friend and golf partner, with insider information about KPMG clients including Herbalife Ltd., Skechers USA Inc., Uggs maker Deckers Outdoor Corp. The government alleges that Shaw made over $1 million in illicit profits by trading in advance of company announcements on earnings results or mergers. In exchange, Shaw is alleged to have given London bags filled with cash, along with a Rolex watch and jewelry for his wife, among other items. The Department of Justice said Shaw was charged Monday with one count of conspiracy for his role in the scheme. As part of the deal, Shaw agreed to plead guilty to the felony offense and admitted that he plotted with London to commit securities fraud. Continue Reading

Airman who led sex assault unit charged in groping

An Air Force officer who led the branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit has been charged with groping a woman in a parking lot. Arlington County Police said Monday that they charged Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski of Arlington with misdemeanor sexual battery after an alleged assault about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the Crystal City section of the county. A police report says that the 41-year-old Krusinski was drunk and grabbed a woman’s breast and buttocks. Police say the woman fought him off and called police. Continue Reading

Pa. man accused in art thefts at NYC-area estate

A Pennsylvania man faces larceny, money laundering and other charges stemming from the alleged theft of six art works including a Pablo Picasso etching from a suburban New York City estate. Brooklyn and Long Island prosecutors announced the indictment Monday of Joselito Vega, of Easton, Pa. They say Vega was working as a painter in March 2011 at an estate in Kings Point, N.Y., where three paintings were later reported missing. Investigators tracked one of the stolen paintings to an art gallery in Oakland, Calif., where it sold for $8,500. Detectives set up a sting at the estate and Vega was arrested last month after allegedly stealing three more works, including the Picasso. Continue Reading

Baltimore schools CEO announces retirement

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andrés Alonso will retire at the end of the school year, after six years of leading the district and orchestrating a turnaround for a system ailing from decades of decline. Alonso’s six years at the district’s helm make him one of the longest-serving big-city superintendents in the country. Under Alonso’s leadership, student enrollment and graduation rates increased as suspension and dropout rates dropped. He said Monday that he is retiring to return home to New Jersey to care for his parents and to assume a professorship at Harvard University. His last day will be June 30. Continue Reading