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Ferguson judge who aggressively fined and jailed poor residents owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes

Investigators found Brockmeyer had boasted of creating a range of new court fees, “many of which are widely considered abusive and may be unlawful”.
Yvette Cormier (Screen capture)

Planet Fitness drops member who complained about ‘manly’ trans woman in locker room

Yvette Cormier said that she was in the women’s locker room at Planet Fitness when she encountered a trans woman who “stunned and shocked her.”
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Houston shooting spree: Weeks of random ‘thrill killings’ leave city mystified and rattled

"He can intend to bring the city to its knees and wreak havoc by shooting at random because the thing about random shootings such as this is that anyone could be a victim at any time."
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Conservative columnist can’t mourn Nimoy’s death because Spock reminds him of Obama

"It will take America some time to recover from the legacy of our Spock-loving president."
Sabrina Lynn Brock

Woman ‘burning for Jesus’ sets hair on fire and climbs a tree — where she demands drugs and a ride to Kentucky

“I said, ‘Wait a minute, you’re burning for Jesus and praying just a minute ago, and now you’re cussing everybody — which is it?,’” said Officer Chris Price. “She said, ‘I’m kind of confused about that myself.’”
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Black customer threatened after complaint about NJ deli owner’s ‘White History Month’ sign

Boggess removed the sign Thursday morning, saying that some people had “twisted the meaning of his display” – which came after February’s 28-day celebration of Black History Month.
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Muslim-hating Christian mom says God made her Monster Energy drink video go viral

Conservative Christian activist Christine Weick, who uses a numerology-based system to argue the popular energy drink is the work of Satan, appeared Tuesday on Comedy Central program.
Oklahoma State Senator Joseph Silk

Oklahoma GOP lawmaker: Gays ‘don’t have a right to be served in every single store’

“And I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends.”
Tea Party-backed economics professor David Brat (AFP)

GOP’s freshmen vow to keep pushing ultra-conservative agenda: ‘We own both houses’

Representative Tom Cole, an Oklahoma moderate close to Boehner, said the new conservatives should read the Constitution and realize “we don’t get to make the Senate do what we want.”