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Grasse School Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The town of Grasse, located in the south east of France. (Wikipedia)

Authorities in France have said that “multiple people” have been injured following a shooting at high school in the town of Grasse. The small city is located in the southeastern part of the country, less than 30 miles west of Nice in Alpes-Maritimes. The school involved is the Alexis de Tocqueville high school. The gunfire erupted on the afternoon of March 16.

Here’s what we know so far:


1. One of Those Wounded is the School’s Principal

Le Figaro reports that three people have been shot and it’s possible that another has been stabbed. One of those wounded is the school’s principal. None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

BFMTV reports that the principal was targeted by the gunman. One student told the station that he heard “four shots” and that the scene was “total panic.”


2. A 17-Year-Old Student Was Armed With 3 Guns & 2 Grenades: Authorities

Reports from the scene say that a 17-year-old student who is not known to police has been taken into custody. Le Figaro reports that the student was “heavily armed.”

Reports of a second gunman were later proven to be false.

BFMTV reports that the suspect was armed with three guns and two grenades.


3. The Suspect Watched Videos of ‘American High School Shootings’

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This illustration picture taken in Rennes, western France on March 16, 2017 shows the screen of a smartphone displaying French government attack alert.
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Le Monde reports that the suspect is from Tocqueville and that he watched “videos of mass killings.”

L’Express reports that the suspect “consulted” websites relating to American high school shootings.

French journalist Nicholas Henin has referred to the suspect as a “fragile young man” on Twitter.


4. A Massive Police Response Is on Site in Grasse

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A photo from the scene of the attack. (Facebook)

Authorities in France have issued a text alert saying that there has been a possible terror attack. Le Monde reports that no links have been established between this shooting and Islamic terrorism.

The anti-terror force in France, RAID is on scene at the school, reports the Daily Telegraph. While France Info reports that the security forces have evacuated the school. Parents have been asked to avoid the school.


5. There Is No Confirmation That the Attack Is Linked to the Several Terror Attacks That Have Rocked France Over the Last 2 Years

Grasse is known as the capital of France’s perfume industry. There are no indications that the attack is related to terrorism. Over the past two years, France has been rocked by the multiple attacks linked radical Islamist fighters. In July 2016, 86 people were killed in Nice when a truck rammed into a crowd of people on a promenade. France is still under a general state of emergency over the attacks.

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Killian Barbey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The suspect in a French high school shooting allegedly watched videos of American high school attacks in preparation. He has been named a Killian Barbey, 16. Authorities have said that he was heavily armed with a rifle, two handguns and two grenades. The gunfire erupted at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school in Grasse at around 1 p.m. on March 16. The small city is located in the southeastern part of the country, less than 30 miles west of Nice in Alpes-Maritimes. The motive for the attack is “to be determined” by authorities.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Suspect Has Been Referred to as a ‘Fragile Young Man’

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This illustration picture taken in Rennes, western France on March 16, 2017 shows the screen of a smartphone displaying French government attack alert.
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French journalist Nicholas Henin has referred to the suspect as a “fragile young man” on Twitter. While Nice Matin reports that the suspect was the victim of “harassment.”

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This is the last photo posted on Kylian’s Facebook page.

Le Monde reports that the suspect is from Tocqueville and that he watched “videos of mass killings.”

L’Express reports that the suspect “consulted” websites relating to American high school shootings.

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2. He’s the Son a Far-Right French Politician

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Barbey pictured with his family, father Franck Barbey, is at the head of the table. (Facebook)

La Depeche reports that Barbey is the son of Franck Barbey. Franck Barbey is a former Grasse city counselor where he represented the far-right Front National party. Since then, Barbey has left that party for the similarly right-wing RPF.

Franck Barbey posted a photos of him and his son in Ireland on a vacation in the summer of 2016.


3. Barbey Posted a Video of Himself With a Gun to His Head on Facebook

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Killian Barbey pictured in 2015. (Facebook)

In November 2016, Barbey posted a video to his Facebook page. It shows the suspect wearing a Slipknot-esque mask. He’s holding a revolver. Barbey takes turns showing the unloaded gun to the camera and pointing it at his temple while pulling the trigger. In the comments section, a friend asks Barbey is he stole the gun.

The rest of Barbey’s Facebook page is adorned with various memes showing various incarnations of The Joker character from the Batman series of movies. While on his YouTube channel, Barbey’s background image is from surveillance footage during the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.


4. The Shooter Targeted the School’s Principal

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French police at the entrance to the school. (Getty)

Le Figaro reports that three people have been shot and it’s possible that another has been stabbed. One of those wounded is the school’s principal. None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

BFMTV reports that the principal was targeted by the gunman. One student told the station that he heard “four shots” and that the scene was “total panic.” While another witness told RTL that students had to climb over fences to get out of the staff parking lot.

Reports from the scene say that Barbey has no criminal record in Grasse. Le Figaro reports that the student was “heavily armed.”

Reports of a second gunman were later proven to be false.

BFMTV reports that the suspect was armed with three guns and two grenades.

Killian Barbey Photos: Pictures of Alleged Grasse School Shooter

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5. A Terror Alert Was Issued Throughout France

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A photo from the scene of the attack. (Facebook)

Authorities in France have issued a text alert saying that there has been a possible terror attack. Le Monde reports that no links have been established between this shooting and Islamic terrorism.

The anti-terror force in France, RAID is on scene at the school, reports the Daily Telegraph. While France Info reports that the security forces have evacuated the school. Parents have been asked to avoid the school.

Grasse is known as the capital of France’s perfume industry. There are no indications that the attack is related to terrorism. Over the past two years, France has been rocked by the multiple attacks linked radical Islamist fighters. In July 2016, 86 people were killed in Nice when a truck rammed into a crowd of people on a promenade. France is still under a general state of emergency over the attacks.

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Charlie Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Son: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Charlie Hall and his dad, Brad Hall. (Instagram/Charlie Hall)

Sophomore Charlie Hall isn’t just another Northwestern basketball player enjoying his school’s first trip to the NCAA March Madness tournament. He’s also the son of comedy icon Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The university in Evanston, Illinois, has never been to the tournament before. They’ve earned a No. 8 seed and beat Vanderbilt in their first game, a 68-66 thriller. Hall didn’t get in the game.

Northwestern’s magical season came to an end on March 18 when they lost to Gonzaga 79-73. Hall also didn’t play in that game.

The 19-year-old Hall is very active on social media. You can follow him on Instagram at @Charlie_Hall and on Twitter at @Charlie_Hall23.

Hall’s mother and father, Brad Hall, are both Northwestern graduates. He has an older brother named Henry. Hall is expecting to graduate in 2019.

Here’s a look at his life and career.


1. Hall Was a Walk-On After Playing Basketball in High School

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Brad Hall, Henry Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Charlie. (Instagram/Charlie Hall)

Hall played high school basketball at Crossroads High School, a private school in Santa Monica, California. In October 2015, Northwestern announced that Hall was joining the team as a walk-on.

According to his MaxPreps.com stats page, he’s listed at 6’5″ and also played volleyball.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Louis-Dreyfus joined that her son get his height from her, but it likely came from his father. Brad Hall, who also appeared on Saturday Night Live and earned an Emmy nomination for Brooklyn Bridge, is 6’3″ “when I stand up straight,” he said.

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2. He’s Had an Interest in Basketball ‘As Soon as I Was Born’

In a Chicago Tribune profile, Hall said that his father Brad coached him from the moment he began showing interest in basketball.

He started coaching his son “once I showed an interest in basketball, basically as soon as I was born,” Hall told the Tribune. “He’s a trouper. He has had to deal with a lot in terms of me as a basketball player. I’m a very sore loser. Any efforts to console me would not go over well.”

Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall both graduated from Northwestern and his father dreamed of playing on the football team. “A lot of us thought, ‘I can make the team.’ I had played on frat teams and was actually kind of fast back then. As soon as I saw how big the actual players were, that fantasy died,” he told the Tribune.

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3. He Still Hasn’t Scored a Single Point in Two Seasons

Hall still hasn’t scored a single point in two seasons. He’s appeared in just 14 games, most recently in the March 9 game against Rutgers. The Wildcats won that game in a blowout victory, 83-61.

As The Tribune reported, there was a chance for Hall to finally score, but his teammate Nate Taphorn decided to go for a three-pointer himself instead of passing the ball to Hall.

After the game, Hall showed off some of the comedy talents he’s inherited in an interview with Taphorn. Taphorn agreed to apologize “because it’s the right thing to do.”

His parents were at that game, and Hall told the Tribune that he could actually hear his mom scream.

“It’s so fun. They have come to my games since elementary school. To have them still come even when I’m not playing is really great,” Hall said. “And I can always hear my mom, which is really fun. She’s loud and she gets nervous and she yells.”

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4. Hall Says He Helps His Teammates at Practice & Loves His Role on the Team

Although Hall doesn’t get to much action during games, he still has a role that he loves, he told USA Today. He said that he helps out players like Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh brush up on their skills.

” I’m a scout team guy as well,” he explained to USA Today. “Even though most people don’t, I get to see how my role pays off. I’ll see Vic Law or I’ll see B-Mac (Bryant McIntosh) do a one-dribble pull-up. I’ll say, ‘Hey, you did that on me yesterday. We were working on that,’ which is really fun. Off the court, though, it’s a really long season. It’s grueling. It is really fun and rewarding, but it is tough.”

He also thinks that “keeping people’s spirits up and making sure everyone’s excited to play and excited to practice is important” and he likes to focus on boosting off-court chemistry that “helps with on-court chemistry.”

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5. He’s Never Done the ‘Elaine Dance’

After the Wildcats made it to the NCAA tournament, Louis-Dreyfus famously tweeted the above GIF, showing her “Elaine Dance” from the Seinfeld episode “The Little Kicks.” In his USA Today interview, Hall said he’s never done the dance.

“I’ve never done the ‘Elaine Dance,’” Hall said. “My teammates haven’t asked me to do it, thankfully, because I don’t know if I would or if I even could. I’ve never done that dance. I like to dance. I cannot say I can do that exact dance or copy that in any way. Maybe I’ll try one day.”

As The Chicago Tribune notes, some students have asked him to do the dance.

“Basketball is a serious sport, but being a guy who can alleviate some pressure is something I like to do,” he told the Tribune.

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Cristy Campbell: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Cristy Campbell is being sought by the Glen Carbon, Illinois Police. (Facebook)

An Illinois woman has been found dead after she drove her SUV into a lake with her infant son inside following a fire at her home that killed a man, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Six children escaped from the Thursday morning fire at the home in Glen Carbon, Illinois, owned by Cristy Lynn Campbell, 32, and rescuers were also able to save the infant from Campbell’s SUV, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Campbell’s body was found at the lake about four hours after driving into the water. Her baby son is expected to make a full recovery, police say. Authorities have said the fire and the incident at the lake are connected, and had called Campbell a “person of interest” in the blaze, before she was found dead.

Police said they are still investigating both incidents and say many details about what happened have not yet been determined. No information about the person who died in the house fire has been released by authorities. A neighbor told the newspaper that Campbell lives at the home with her husband and seven children.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Campbell’s Children Sought Help at a Nearby Walmart After Escaping From the Blaze

Firefighters responded to the blaze at Cristy Campbell’s two-story home at 15 Dogwood Lane about 5:30 a.m., police told the Belleville News-Democrat.

Two of Campbell’s children ran to a nearby Walmart to seek help after the fire started. The six kids, all siblings, were all accounted for after the fire, but an adult was found dead inside the house, police said.

The children, who range in age from toddlers to teens, were placed into the care of relatives, according to authorities.

“They are receiving emotional support,” Glen Carbon Police Lieutenant Wayne White told reporters.

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2. Her Infant Son Was Pulled From the Lake by Paramedics, Who Performed CPR on the Baby Before He Was Flown to a Hospital

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Cristy Campbell with her family. (Facbeook)

Not long after the fire, rescuers responded to Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois, about 15 miles away from Campbell’s house in Glen Carbon. A silver Nissan Armada was found in the lake with an infant inside. No one else was in the SUV. Campbell’s neighbor, Sherry Ricker, said the SUV pulled from the lake belongs to Campbell’s husband.

“That’s her car,” Ricker told the Belleville-News Democrat.

A passerby saw the SUV in the lake and called police. Paramedics jumped into the frigid lake to pull the infant to safety, KMOV-TV reports.

“One of our paramedics had jumped in the water already and retrieved an infant from the water,” Highland Fire Department Captain Brad Menz told the news station. “They did do CPR on the infant, took the child to the hospital, child was eventually flown to a St. Louis hospital.”

Menz said, “We had guys go into the water with cold suits and we were able to pull the vehicle out of the water.”

The baby boy’s condition isn’t known.

Campbell’s body was later found at the lake, at about 11:30 a.m., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


3. Campbell Gave Birth to Her Son in December & Has 6 Other Children

Campbell gave birth to her son in December, according to posts on her Facebook page.

“My baby boy turned 2 months old yesterday! He weighs 10 lbs 2oz. Hes gained an oz a day since birth!,” she wrote on February 11.

She has six other children and posted several photos of them on her page.


4. She Was an Illinois Native Who Worked in Accounting & Finance

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Cristy Campbell. (Glen Carbon Police)

Campbell was a native of Illinois. She attended Edwardsville High School in 2003 and studied accounting and finance at American InterContinental University, according to her Facebook page. She graduated from the online university in 2006 with a degree in business administration, accounting and finance.

She worked as a billing clerk at T-J Transport, a Highland, Illinois-based shipping company, according to her Linkedin profile.

Campbell also says she worked at the Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel in St. Louis, and previously at Accountemps, Domino’s Pizza, Scott Credit Union and Taco Bell.


5. A Neighbor Called Campbell & Her Husband ‘Nice People’

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A neighbor, Mitchell Langenhorst, told the Belleville News-Democrat that Campbell, her husband and children were a “normal” family.

“They were nice people,” another neighbor, Sherry Ricker, told the newspaper. “I was really surprised, but I’m glad the kids are OK.”

Glen Carbon Police Lieutenant Wayne White said police had responded to the home “several times” in the past for “day-to-day” calls, but didn’t provide any other details.

“Our hearts and our thoughts and our prayers go out to the entire family for their terrible loss,” White told the News-Democrat.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Campbell was divorced in Madison County, Illinois, in 2012 from a man she refers to as the father of her children on Facebook. In the months before the divorce, Campbell obtained an order of protection against her then-husband, alleging abuse. The order was dismissed about two weeks later, the newspaper reports.

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Joani Harbaugh, Tom Crean’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tom Crean and Joani Harbaugh have three children, Megan, Riley, and Ainsley. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for KLOVE)

College basketball coach Tom Crean, who was just fired by Indiana University, is married to Joani Harbaugh. She comes from a family of coaches, as her father Jack was head coach of Western Kentucky University football when Crean was a basketball assistant at the same school. Her older brothers are Jim and John Harbaugh.

Crean was Indiana’s coach for nine seasons, but only made it to the Sweet 16 three times during his tenure. They haven’t made the NCAA tournament in the past four seasons.

“After deliberative thought and evaluation, including multiple meetings with Tom about the future, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “Tom Crean brought us through one of the most challenging periods in IU basketball history, led his players to many successes in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with class and integrity.”

Here’s what you need to know about the 49-year-old Harbaugh.


1. Her Older Brothers are Football Coaches Jim & John Harbaugh

Her older brothers are also coaches in football. John is the Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, while Jim is the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. Jim was also the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who lost to the John’s Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.

Harbaugh and Crean have three children, Megan, 21; Riley, 17 and Ainsley, 11.

In an interview with the New York Times in 2013, Harbaugh said she didn’t plan on ending up marrying a coach. It just happened!

“I don’t know how that happened,” she told the Times. “It was not a plan. Twenty years ago, we were all different people. Twenty years ago, we were all scrapping and scraping to make a few bucks.”

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2. She Had no Athletic Talent Growing Up

Joani is six years younger than John and five years younger than Jim, notes the Mercury News. She told the paper that she never tried to keep up with them in sports. She played volleyball and softball, but never wanted to follow them into professional sports.

“I had no athletic talent. None. I just tried to participate the best I could,” Harbaugh told the Mercury News. “I just think they were being really nice to me and letting me hang out.”

In that same interview, she said that she was at least happy that she didn’t marry a football coach.

“I’m not sure what I was thinking,” she told the Mercury News. “At least I added a different sport.”

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3. John Said She Was the Favorite Child Growing Up

As The New York Times notes, John has said that Harbaugh was the favorite child growing up. After all, she had her own room.

According to the Mercury News, the family lived in a small home in Iowa in the 1970s. Jim thought it was the smallest house he’d ever seen, but his father joked that it was great because the brothers would share a room.

One time, she annoyed her brothers by memorizing all the lines to a Wizard of Oz play even though she was only playing a Munchkin who tells Dorothy “Follow the yellow brick road.” “But she knew everyone else’s (lines) and she had all the inflections down. She would just do it around the house for about a year,” John said in 2011.

In the 2013 Times profile, she confirmed that the story was true. “I was highly, highly offended” to be cast as a munchkin, she said. “I do remember that I was not Dorothy or Glinda, so I decided to memorize the entire play. In case anybody went down with the flu or something, they could put me in there. So I was just ready, ready to go.”

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4. She Was Friends With coach Bill McCartney’s Daughter in School

As The Detroit Free Press notes, Harbaugh was friends with Kristy McCartney, the daughter of College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney. The two went to St. Francis of Assisi elementary school in Ann Arbor, Michigan together. Harbaugh’s older brothers also babysat Bill McCartney’s children.

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5. She Says That the Happiness of Her Kids Comes Before Basketball Wins or Losses

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Joani Harbaugh’s daughter Megan Crean. (LinkedIn)

In a 2012 interview with the Indiana Daily Student, Harbaugh said that the most important thing in her life is making sure her children are happy.

“I’ve learned that in the grand scheme of things that the happiness of my kids needs to come before whether or not Indiana loses or wins a basketball game, and that’s taken quite a few years,” she told the Daily Student.

“You have to, as a parent, remember that your kids are going through changes in their life. I’ve got one in puberty, another one who’s driving and one who’s six. Balance? I don’t know if I have an answer to that question.”

However, in that same interview, Harbaugh added, “I’ll be honest… we don’t live a life without Tom’s job.”

Their daughter, Megan Crean, is a student at Indiana University who interns at “The Catwalk. Son Riley Crean also committed to IU and will play baseball.

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2017: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A photo of a man dressed as a leprechaun during the 53rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Also known as St. Paddy’s Day, today is the day we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish holiday is a global phenomenon and was first made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. It is celebrated by the Catholic church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.

St. Patrick’s Day is always on March 17, the supposed date of his death. It originally celebrated the arrival of Christianity in Ireland in the 5th century by Roman Britains. However, in modern times it has taken on a more secular tone.

Learn more about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and its origins here.


1. It Has Pagan Roots

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St. Patrick is celebrated for “driving the snakes out of Ireland.” However, snakes haven’t lived in Ireland in recent memory. According to RTÉ2:

During the Cenozoic era, 65 million years ago, the world began to dry out and vast grasslands came to dominate much of the northern hemisphere. Predecessors of modern boas and pythons were widespread throughout this area about 50 million years ago with vipers and cobras following about 25 million years ago.

Snakes spread out all across the world and took up residence everywhere. However, snakes haven’t lived in Ireland in over 8,500 years. They were killed off by the last Ice Age, along with snakes on other isolated land masses like New Zealand, Iceland, and Greenland. After the end of the last Ice Age, these landmasses were too far from mainland continents, where snakes survived. Snakes were unable to migrate to them across open ocean.

In regards to St. Patrick, some believe snakes is a metaphor for “druids,” the priests of the native Irish religion, now known as “paganism.” (Ancient Irish people didn’t practice “paganism”; the term was coined in the 19th century as a catchall for non-Christian, early European religions, according to Dictionary.com.)

However, the story of St. Patrick driving back the pagan priests is a somewhat recent invention, arising in the 11th century. The historic St. Patrick lived between 385–461 A.D., and while he did aggressively evangelize the Irish pagans, writes Patheos, he didn’t drive them out. Modern-day druids argue against this claim too in an article titled “The True Story of St. Patrick.” Yes, they do still exist, and St. Patrick’s Day still has many pagan customs, like the shamrock. According to Fantasy Ireland:

The three leaves shaped like hearts were associated with the Triple Goddess of Celtic mythology, otherwise known as the “Three Morgans”. The Triple Goddess represented the Triple Mothers, the hearts of the ancient Celtic tribes.

St. Patrick famously used the shamrock to explain the Christian trinity to pagan Celts.


2. St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish

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An actor, performing the Irish national Saint St. Patrick, arrives at Odeonsplatz Square during the St.-Patrick’s Parade on March 16, 2008 in Munich, Germany. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Despite being the cultural hero of Ireland, St. Patrick wasn’t a native to Ireland. He was born in the late 4th century to a Roman family in Great Britain. Calpurnius, his father, was a tax collector and a church deacon. However, despite being raised in the church, Patrick wasn’t originally a believer, according to The Confession of St. Patrick.

At the age of 16, Patrick was allegedly captured by Irish pirates and brought to Ireland as a slave. He later escaped but returned to Ireland, after having a vision, to convert the Irish to Christianity. Catholic.org writes:

I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: ‘The Voice of the Irish.’ As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea-and they cried out, as with one voice: ‘We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.’

However, according to new interpretations of Patrick’s own writing, this may be all wrong. CNN reports that a new study from Cambridge University argues that “Saint Patrick was not brought to Ireland as a slave… but that in fact he may actually have sold slaves his family owned to pay his way to Ireland — in order to avoid a job as a tax collector for the Roman empire.”

Basically, St. Patrick didn’t want the same job as his dad.


3. St. Patrick Is Not a Canonized Saint

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Pope Francis is seen at the Vatican on March 16, 2017. (ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AFP/Getty Images)

St. Patrick is a saint in name only because he has never been canonized by the Catholic Church. Canonization is a formal process. According to Dummies.com, to be canonized, a potential saint has to have “two verifiable postmortem miracles” and “evidence of having led an exemplary life of goodness and virtue worthy of imitation.”

However, canonization only became official in 993 A.D., when Pope John XV canonized Saint Udalric, Bishop of Augsburg.

Because St. Patrick lived well over 500 years before this first canonzation, he doesn’t have the official title.


4. It’s a Religious Feast Day for Catholics

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Despite St. Patrick not being a true canonized saint, he does have a feast day recognized by multiple denominations of Christianity, including Catholics.

Christians that recognize March 17 as a holy day include the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. In the Catholic dioceses of Ireland, the Feast of St. Patrick is a holy day of obligation

His feast day was first recognized by the Catholic church in the 17th century. For religious folk, St. Patrick’s Day includes church services and feasts. Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are also traditionally lifted.


5. It’s Also a Huge Party

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Fountain on the South side of the White House is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day in Washington D.C.,on March 16, 2017. ()Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

St. Patrick’s Day is as much secular as it is religious. Particularly in the United States, it is a day to celebrate the contribution of Irish immigrants and their culture.

However, the reason why St. Patrick’s Day is associated with heavy drinking is probably due to its religious ties. Because it is a day that Lenten obligations are lifted, drinking alcohol – particularly Irish whiskey, green beer, or cider – has become an integral part of the celebrations.

The holiday has been celebrated in North America since the late 18th century.

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Yadira ‘Yari’ Arroyo: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A 44-year-old mother of five and EMT was killed after police say a career criminal ran her over with her own ambulance.

The horrific situation unfolded in the Bronx and took the life of Yadira “Yari” Arroyo. Shocking video from the scene showed Arroyo’s crumpled body lying in the street as passersby stopped to gape. (Be aware that the video at the previous link is very graphic and disturbing).

Jose Gonzalez is now accused of being the joyrider who killed Arroyo. He’s described as a career criminal with a lengthy arrest record.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Suspect Is Accused of Carjacking the Ambulance After Riding on Its Bumper

According to NBC New York, the two emergency medical technicians for the New York Fire Department were told the man was riding “on the back bumper of their ambulance in the Bronx at around 7 p.m.” as they headed to a call.

The EMTs got out and approached the man, who jumped into the ambulance and ran over Arroyo, the driver of the ambulance, reported NBC.

The New York post is calling Gonzalez a “joyrider.” According to ABC 7, police said Arroyo “got out of the ambulance along with her partner. Then, the suspect apparently got into the driver’s seat and started to drive away. The two EMTs tried to stop him…The suspect put the ambulance in reverse, knocking Arroyo to the ground, then drove over her.”

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2. Horrific Videos Showed the Ambulance Dragging Arroyo & Her Body Lying in the Street

Videos shared by citizens to social media were horrifying. One, posted to Twitter and then YouTube, shows her crumpled body in the street as citizens make phone calls and try to figure out what’s happened. Arroyo’s partner’s screams pierce the videos.

A second shows “the ambulance speeding across an intersection with one of its doors open, its lights flashing and the body of one of the EMTs being dragged beneath the vehicle,” according to NBC.

Arroyo was a mother of four children. According to the New York Post, they range in age from 24 to 7. The oldest son told the newspaper that all of the older children were able to say goodbye to their mother.


3. Arroyo’s Family Members Expressed Great Grief on Social Media & Fellow EMTs Hurled Insults at Gonzalez

According to The New York Post, Gonzalez was met by a group of EMTs who hurled insults at him during a perp walk on March 17.

Gonzalez “appeared battered and bruised as he was led away by detectives while dozens of EMTs hurled insults at the sneering, long-haired man before dawn at the 43rd Precinct,” the Post reported.

The New York Daily News reported that 35 uniformed EMTS were waiting, and one yelled, “You’re a piece of s–t.”

Arroyo had worked as a New York paramedic for 14 years.

Arroyo’s brother wrote on social media, “She was my only sister… I may not have been raised with her, but I loved her like If we did… why God.. she was a good person.. RIP Yari Arroyo I will always love you…”

A cousin wrote on Facebook, “A member of our family has just been killed; Yari Arroyo was an EMT working in NYC and was run over by the man she was trying to help, when he stole the ambulance and run over both EMTs Killing my Cousin!”


4. Arroyo’s Public Facebook Page Contains a Positive Message at the Top & the Suspect Has 31 Arrests on His Rap Sheet

What can be viewed on Arroyo’s public Facebook page reveals a positive personality. Her top post, changing her cover photo last August, bore the message, “always be positive” with a smiley face.

The page says she lives in the Bronx and was from New York. She also posted about home decorating and cleaning.

According to the New York Post, the suspect claimed he was innocent as authorities walked him out of a precinct.

“Gonzalez has an extensive rap sheet with arrests dating back to 2008, including for assault, criminal mischief, marijuana sale and possession, turnstile jumping and public lewdness,’ the Post reported. The New York Daily News reports that Gonzalez has 31 arrests on his rap sheet.


5. Arroyo Was Engaged to an EMT & Two of Her Children Wanted to be EMTs

According to The New York Post, Arroyo’s sister-in-law said of the children’s goodbye to Arroyo: “It was devastating. It was their mother. They were very upset but the eldest held it together for the others and he gave them a beautiful speech saying he was going to take care of his brothers and be a rock for them,” she said.

The Post reported that one of Arroyo’s sons is studying to be an EMT, another son plans to do so, and her fiancee is an EMT she met at work. The sister-in-law told the post that Arroyo was helping put her son through school and “loved to work.”

Arroyo’s fiancé is an FDNY paramedic whom she met on the job.

According to The New York Post, an officer saw the tragedy occur and “apprehended the driver.”

The suspect “crushed” the medic by putting the ambulance into reverse and driving into her, reported the newspaper. The other EMT involved, Monique Williams, survived the attack.

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Grizz, the Airport Security Dog: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

An airport security dog named Grizz was shot and killed by a police marksman as he ran around a New Zealand airport, causing outcry.

Grizz, a puppy, was chased around the airport in Auckland for several hours.

Authorities eventually shot the dog to death after flights were delayed as the pup sprinted around runways. The dog’s death has outraged members of the public.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Pup Was Training to Detect Bombs & Was Chased for Three Hours

According to Channel 12 Milwaukee, Grizz was a 10-month-old “bearded collie cross” who was “training to be an Aviation Security Explosion Detector.”

The dog was due to graduate in six months, reported The Guardian.

“Unfortunately an Aviation Security dog was shot this morn @AKL_Airport staff had tried for 3 hours to catch it our thoughts are with handler,” the Auckland airport said in a tweet.


2. Grizz Wriggled Loose & Was Running Through the Airport

Channel 12 says Grizz “escaped handlers who spent hours trying to coax him away from the runway.”

The handler’s son defended his father on Facebook, writing, “He has over 30 years experience with dogs and they are his passion. His job is to serve and protect our airport and people are disrespecting him for that.”

The dog got loose as he “was being loaded into a van by his handler in the public area,” reported Sky News.

It was dark when authorities tried to chase the dog, making it tougher, and he sprinted around runways, according to Sky News.


3. Flights Were Delayed Before the Dog Was Shot

According to ABC Australia, “Sixteen domestic and international flights were delayed for safety reasons at the nation’s busiest airport while the dog was on the loose for three hours.”

Sky News reported, “Auckland Airport decided to have police shoot Grizz, according to Inspector Tracy Phillips of Counties and Manukau District Police.” Phillips told the news site: “This is not an outcome which anyone wanted, and police were only asked to be involved as a last resort.”

The Guardian reported that “pilots refused to risk passenger safety by taking off with the dog on the loose.”


4. A Police Marksman Shot & Killed the Pup

The dog was so distressed that no one could lure him back, so a police marksman was deployed to shoot him to death.

“A police marksman killed the 10-month-old bearded-collie and German shorthaired pointer cross called Grizz,” reported ABC Australia.

Some question why the dog couldn’t be tranquilized instead.


5. Animal Rights Activists Are Outraged by the Animal’s Death

Angry people on social media are accusing the authorities of cold-blooded murder of the dog.

PETA Australia wrote on social media: “Grizz was shot at Auckland Airport after he ran from his handler. After flights were delayed and staff were not able to catch him, they shot him. You didn’t deserve to die, Grizz. #ShameOnAucklandAirport.”

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Shamrock 2017: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A shamrock painted on a window in New York City for St. Patrick’s Day 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

One of the symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock. It’s seen everywhere on the holiday, which honors the Patron Saint of Ireland and Irish culture. It’s believed that St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to represent the Holy Trinity.

The work “shamrock” describes a young clover. So, all shamrocks are clovers, but not all clovers are shamrocks.

As for the four-leaf clover, it doesn’t have anything to do with St. Patrick’s Day. The four-leaf clover represents good luck, but it wouldn’t have helped St. Patrick explain what the Holy Trinity is.

Here is what you need to know about the shamrock.


1. St. Patrick Used the 3-Leaf Clover to Represent the Holy Trinity

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There’s a very specific reason why the three-leaf clover is associated with St. Patrick’s Day instead of the lucky four-leaf clover. It’s believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to help explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish when he arrived there in 432 A.D.

According to Catholic Hot Dish, there are several different legends about how St. Patrick used the shamrock. In one, he used it in a sermon to explain it directly to King Laoghaire. In another, he saw a group of Irish chieftains in a meadow. He picked up a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

St. Patrick showed that the three leaves represented the Father, the Son and the Spirit, but these leaves were part of one plant, or one God.

As for St. Patrick himself, he was born in Great Britain and has been venerated in the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglicanism and Lutheranism. It’s believed that he lived during the second half of the 5th Century. March 17 is the supposed date of his death.

Catholic.org estimates that he was born in 387 and died in 461, meaning that he would have lived to be 74 years old.

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2. The Odds of Finding a 4-Leaf Clover Are 1 in 10,000

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President Donald Trump accepts a bowl of shamrocks from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on March 16, 2017. (Getty)

As Inside Science notes, scientists are still trying to figure out how four-leaf clovers happen. They are rare, as it is estimated that thee are only 1 in 10,000 plants that grow four leafs. Scientists are trying to determine if it has to do with genetics or the environment.

In 2010, there was a study published in Crop Science, by University of Georgia researcher Wayne Parrott. He said his lab found where the gene that creates the trait is, but couldn’t identify what the gene was. “You know it’s inside this locked trunk and we don’t have the key to open it,” he told Inside Science in 2017. But Parrott’s research also showed that the environment where a plant is grown can also play a role.

Parrott told Live Science that his real goal is to get more people interested in using white clovers as decoration because it’s better at keeping soil fertile for other crops and plants.

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3. The Word ‘Shamrock’ First Appeared in English Literature in 1571

The word “shamrock” comes from the Irish word “seamair óg,” which means “young clover.” The word didn’t show up in English literature until 1571, when it appeared in Edmund Champion’s Boke of the Histories of Irelande.

In the book, Champion wrote that he saw Irish eat “shamrotes, water-cresses, roote, and other herbes.” He added that they “cramme together” oatmeal and butter and drink “whey, milke and beefe broth.”

Several other works throughout the 16th and 17th centuries claim that the Irish are shamrocks and by then, it was closely associated with the Irish for many English writers. But this was likely because English writers were confused by the word “seamsóg,” which means “wood sorrel.” The writers might have not realized that the shamrock was a clover.

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4. Ireland Began Adopting the Shamrock as a National Symbol in the 1700s

By the 18th century, the Irish began using the shamrock as a national symbol, as it outgrew its association with just St. Patrick. In 1800, when the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland were united, the shamrock was added to the Royal Coat of Arms. As Northern Ireland is still part of the U.K., a sharmock and the Harp of Ireland remain on the Coat of Arms.

The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland and is used as a symbol throughout the government. It’s even part of Aer Lingus’ logo and its traffic control call sign is Shamrock.

Still, the harp is the real national symbol of Ireland and is featured in the country’s coat of arms.

When Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny visited the White House on March 16, he presented Trump with a bowl of shamrocks, as Irish leaders have done so in the past when first meeting their American counterparts.

After meeting with Trump, Kenny told RTE.ie that their conversation focused on immigration. Trump told Kenny that he wants to go to Ireland during his first term in office.

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5. Blue Was Originally the Color of St. Patrick

As many historians will remind people on St. Patrick’s Day, the original color associated with St. Patrick was blue. According to Time Magazine, St. Patrick’s Blue was used on ancient Irish flags. The Irish Coat of Arms also has the harp on a blue field and earlier versions used a lighter shade of blue.

During the 1798 Irish Rebellion, the clover became a national symbol and that’s how green became associated with Ireland and, ultimately, St. Patrick’s Day.

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Andrew Napolitano: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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This week, Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano claimed that the British foreign surveillance agency GCHQ helped President Barack Obama wiretap Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. The GCHQ called Napolitano’s claims “utterly ridiculous” and Fox News has reportedly pulled him from the network.

On March 20, The Los Angeles Times reported that Fox News hasn’t used Napolitano since Thursday. He was oddly absent during the network’s coverage of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings.

Sources told the LA Times that Napolitano isn’t expected to be on the network “any time in the near future.” An anonymous source also confirmed to Heavy.com that Napolitano was “benched.”

The 66-year-old Napolitano has been at Fox News since 1998, after serving as a judge in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1987 to 1995. Napolitano, who was born in Newark, New Jersey, is not married. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has an estimated net worth of $7.5 million.

Here’s what you need to know about Napolitano and the diplomatic incident he started.


1. Fox News Says They Have Seen no Evidence That Obama Surveilled Trump

On March 14, Napolitano appeared on Fox & Friends, claiming that Obama asked British intelligence for surveillance on Trump so it wouldn’t look like the American government was behind it, reports LawNewz. Napolitano claimed that the GCHQ, the British version of the NSA, did the heavy lifting. He also claimed that the man who ordered the surveillance “resigned three days after Trump was inaugurated.”

Napolitano didn’t say who this man was or who his sources were. However, when the New York Times tried to contact Napolitano on March 17, they instead heard from former intelligence officer Larry C. Johnson, the same former Fox News contributor who spread a 2008 hoax about Michelle Obama. Johnson told the Times that Napolitano told him to call the Times and confirm that he was one of Napolitano’s sources for the report. He claimed to have came across the information “from sources in the American intelligence community.”

On March 16, Napolitano’s claims appeared on Fox News’ website in a column, which remains unedited since it was published. However, Fox News did add a link to the GCHQ’s statement.

In his opinion piece, the former judge wrote:

Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls. The NSA has given GCHQ full 24/7 access to its computers, so GCHQ — a foreign intelligence agency that, like the NSA, operates outside our constitutional norms — has the digital versions of all electronic communications made in America in 2016, including Trump’s. So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.

Since there were reports that the U.S. government apologized for citing Napolitano’s report as evidence, Fox News has backed away from the reporting. In a statement on his show, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said that the network has “no evidence of any kind that the now-President of the United States was surveilled at any time, any way. Full Stop.” He said that the network can’t confirm Napolitano’s “commentary.”

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2. GCHQ Called Napolitano’s Claims ‘Utterly Ridiculous’ & ‘Should be Ignored’

Although Napolitano never revealed the source for his information, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeated the claims during his March 16 press conference. The White House has continued to try to justify Trump’s claims on March 4 that Obama wiretapped him in 2016. The White House has said that Trump was talking about surveillance in general, and didn’t specifically mean “wiretap.”

A spokesman for the GCHQ then told the Telegraph that Napolitano’s allegations are “ridiculous.”

“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored,” the spokesman said.

The Telegraph also reported that National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster and Spicer called Sir Mark Lyall Grant, Prime Minister Theresa May’s National Security Adviser, to apologize. A spokesman for the U.K. government said that they “made clear the allegations were ridiculous and received reassurances that they would not be repeated” after speaking with the U.S. government.

But then, Buzzfeed reported that the Spicer is not apologized. “I don’t think we regret anything,” Spicer told Buzzfeed.

Another official told the New York Times, Trump “didn’t apologize, no way, no how.”

And when Trump was asked about it by a German reporter during his press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said, “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.”

Leaders of the intelligence committees in both houses of Congress have said they haven’t seen evidence to back Trump’s wiretapping claim.

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3. Napolitano Sided With 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists in 2010

Back in 2010, even the conservative News Busters took Napolitano to task for appearing to side with Geraldo Rivera on the conspiracies about how the original 7 World Trace Center fell on September 11, 2001.

“It’s hard for me to believe that [WTC7] came down by itself. I was gratified to see Geraldo Rivera investigating it. I’m gratified to see the people across the border interested,” Napolitano said in an interview on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show. “I think 20 years from now, people will look at 9/11 the way they look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn’t possibly have been done the way the government told us.”

Napolitano hasn’t said anything on the topic of 9/11 conspiracy theories publicly since, but in September 2016, he praised Congress for overriding Obama’s veto of a bill that would have prevented 9/11 victims and families from suing Saudi Arabia.

The veto override means “that shroud is about to be lifted by plaintiffs’ lawyers, who will bring people from the Saudi government into their offices in New York, put them under oath and ask them questions,” Napolitano said on Fox News. “This essentially becomes law in a couple of minutes. As of this very moment…survivors of 9/11 or their families can sue for damages.”

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4. Napolitano Called the Decision on Trump’s First Immigration Executive Order ‘Intellectually Dishonest’

After the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate Trump’s first immigration executive order, Napolitano criticized the decision as “intellectually dishonest” and “so profoundly wrong.”

“This is an intellectually dishonest piece of work that the 9th Circuit has produced tonight, because it essentially consists of substituting the judgment of three judges for the president of the United States, when the Constitution unambiguously gives this area of jurisdiction – foreign policy – exclusively to the president,” Napolitano said on Fox News.

A few days later, Napolitano advocated for the creation of a new immigration executive order, which is exactly what Trump did. The new immigration executive order was issued on March 6 and has since been blocked by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland.

In a March 16 appearance on Fox & Friends, Napolitano criticized the Hawaii judge for judging the executive order on Trump’s intent. He said that the court should only judge an executive order basedd on the exact written works and not go into “psychobabble and try and figure out what the intent was.”

“Basically what the judge said last night in Hawaii was this is a Muslim ban by another name,” Napolitano said. “That’s the way I would summarize this with a very short handle on it. Without getting too much into the weeds, he basically looked at the things that candidate Donald Trump said, that our friend Mayor [Rudy] Giuliani said, that Kellyanne Conway said.”

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5. Napolitano Isn’t a Fan of Abraham Lincoln

Napolitano has an unpopular opinion of President Abraham Lincoln and famously appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 to defend his reasons for not liking Lincoln. He appeared on The Daily Show a month after saying on Fox News that he is a “contrarian” on Lincoln, suggesting that slavery could have been brought to an end without the bloody Civil War.

“At the time that [Lincoln] was the president of the United States, slavery was dying a natural death all over the Western world,” Napolitano told Stewart. “Instead of allowing it to die, or helping it to die, or even purchasing the slaves and then freeing them — which would have cost a lot less money than the Civil War cost — Lincoln set about on the most murderous war in American history.”

Napolitano also claimed that Lincoln enforced the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which allowed slaveowners to use the federal government to get escaped slaves back, even if they were found in a free state. Politifact rated this claim “mostly false,” noting that the law was enforced inconsistently at the start of the war.

Napolitano didn’t suddenly become anti-Lincoln in 2014. Back in 2007, he wrote The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land, which includes a chapter called “Dishonest Abe,” in which me makes the case that many of Lincoln’s actions were unconstitutional.

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