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WATCH: Prince William Dancing Videos in Verbier

Prince William has been captured in a series of cell phone videos showing him “dad dancing” in Verbier, Switzerland at a ski resort. You can watch one of the videos above.

The prince, who did not bring his wife, Kate Middleton, or children along, has found himself the subject of lurid headlines in the British press over the videos and photos that showed him lunching with a blonde Australian model named Sophie Taylor and appearing to touch the waist of an unidentified brunette in a dance club.

TMZ reported that William was in Verbier with male friends and described his dance moves as being out of the 1990s. He “saved his best moves for ‘I Got 5 On It,” the entertainment site reported.

It was William’s proximity to beautiful women that had some tongues wagging – especially a video showing him touching the waist of the brunette who has not been identified.

The day before, William drew headlines when he lunched with friends, including Taylor. Her friends insist she has a boyfriend and that there was nothing untoward about her interactions with the prince. According to US Weekly, William – who skipped the annual Commonwealth Day service attended by the other royals but is now back in England – was also photographed having drinks at a restaurant with Taylor, 24, a friend of hers and three of his own male friends (Guy Pelly, James Meade and Tom Van Straubenzee).

A friend of Taylor’s said she is “in a serious relationship with chef Aaron Goodfellow” and was not flirting with Prince William, US Weekly reported. A friend told The Independent that Goodfellow had given “his blessing” to Taylor to hang out with the prince.

Also drinking at the lunch with William: Rosie Peate, 30, a former beautician, reported the Sun. The photos are in this video:

Some people accused William of “dancing like a dad.”

In one of the videos, says Daily Mail, William, 34, appears to be dancing with Taylor.

The prince, who is normally serious in public, certainly showed a lighter side in the videos. Reaction was mixed, with some arguing that the public should leave the prince alone, and others saying his behavior was inappropriate and likely to land him in the dog house back at home.

One tourist described William as “worse for the wear.”

The tourist told Australian news media, “He was dancing so wildly that I did a double take when I first saw him and thought it must be a lookalike. But before long everyone realised they really were partying with Prince William.”

The jokes were endless.

However, a friend of William told US Weekly “It was all clean, harmless fun.”

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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.

Ralph Shortey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A birther and member of Donald Trump’s leadership team in Oklahoma is under investigation after being found with an underage teenage boy in a motel room.

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McDonald’s Deletes Tweet Calling Donald Trump a ‘Disgusting Excuse of a President’

McDonald’s deleted this tweet about President Donald Trump.

McDonald’s has deleted a tweet from its corporate Twitter account calling President Donald Trump a “disgusting excuse of a president” with “tiny hands.”

The tweet was posted at 9:16 a.m. on Thursday and deleted shortly after.

[email protected] You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands,” the deleted tweet read.

McDonald’s responded with a second tweet about an hour later, saying its account was “compromised.”

“Twitter notified us that our account was compromised,” the follow-up tweet said. “We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this.”

The account has 151,000 followers and has continued to respond to McDonald’s customers since the tweet. McDonald’s hired Robert Gibbs, the former press secretary to President Barack Obama, in 2015 to be its global chief communications officer.

Trump does have a history with McDonald’s, he once appeared in a commercial alongside Grimace:

And he posted a photo of his McDonald’s meal on his plane last May during a campaign trip:

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Trump has talked about being a fan of the fast food brand, praising it for its cleanliness and saying he prefers fish sandwiches, Big Macs and Quarter Pounders in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last February.

“It’s great stuff,” Trump told Cooper during the town hall interview. “One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald’s. One bad hamburger and you take Wendy’s and all these other places and they’re out of business. I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe some place that you have no idea where the food is coming from.”

Patrick Onesko: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Patrick Onesko, an assistant football coach at California University of Pennsylvania, is accused of sending “sexual” Snapchat messages to two teen boys, police say.

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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.

Killian Barbey Photos: Pictures of Alleged Grasse School Shooter

The alleged gunman in Grasse has been referred to as a “fragile young man.”

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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

The alleged gunman in Grasse has been referred to as a “fragile young man.”

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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.

Fredzania Thompson Photos: Pictures of Texas Teenage Model

A Texas teenager’s life was ended when she was hit by a train while taking photos that were going to start her modeling portfolio.

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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.

Sarah Fowlkes: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Sarah Madden Fowlkes, 27, a science teacher at Lockhart High School in Texas, is accused of being “engaged in sexual contact” with a 17-year-old student, police say.

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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.

Patrick Onesko: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Patrick Onesko, an assistant football coach at California University of Pennsylvania, is accused of sending “sexual” Snapchat messages to two teen boys, police say.

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Kimberly Dearman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Kimberly Dearman. (UW-La Crosse file photo)

A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse police dispatcher is accusing the public university of firing her because she praised President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The UW disputes that Kimberly Dearman was fired because of political speech but is now offering the dispatcher her job back after the controversy hit local media.

Dearman’s comments about Trump came after the university’s chancellor, Joe Gow, penned a campus email denouncing Trump’s travel ban. According to WIZM, the chancellor says of the controversy: “You hear this phrase thrown around, ‘fake news.’ I feel I’m really at the center of that right now.”

Dearman’s side sees it differently.

“Will the taxpayer funded University of Wisconsin protect average employee’s right to comment on the political emails sent out by the leadership of the University of Wisconsin?” a letter from Dearman’s lawyer to the UW System Board of Regents asks.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The University Chancellor Wrote That He was ‘Shocked’ & ‘Saddened’ by Trump’s Travel Ban

Lee Fehr, Dearman’s lawyer, told Heavy in a written interview that the chancellor “sent out a campus wide email complaining about Trump” in January. On February 1, the chancellor “retracted it in campus wide email in part,” said Fehr. The email was shared on Twitter above.

According to The La Crosse Tribune “Gow’s email said he was shocked and saddened by the” Trump travel ban.

Gow’s original email opened with this paragraph: “Like so many of you, the UWL leadership team and I are shocked and saddened by President Donald Trump’s order prohibiting refugees and people from certain predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Here at UWL we do not discriminate based on a person’s religion or country of origin, and it is very troubling to see the leader of our country doing exactly that.”

Among other things, the email stressed “we want to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive campus environment for all individuals, regardless of their national origin, citizenship/immigration status, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability and other significant aspects of individual and cultural identity.”

And it said, “We also want to let you know that our university will maintain the privacy of information about the citizenship/immigration status of all individuals, except where required by law or authorized by the individual. Please know that, except where required by law, UWL Police do not assist in immigration enforcement or deportation of any individual, and do not inquire about or report immigration status when performing their duties.”

The La Crosse Tribune reports that Gow then sent out a second email.

“After concerns were raised about Gow’s email about the travel ban, the chancellor sent a second, apologizing for his comments and to make sure they didn’t stifle discussion on campus, which he said is of utmost importance at a university,” the newspaper reported.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a public university with more than 10,000 students located in western Wisconsin.


2. Dearman’s Lawyer Says She Was Fired After Expressing Support for the Ban & Saying it Would Stop Terrorists From Getting Into the Country

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Fehr says that Dearman spoke about Trump and his travel ban in the context of Gow’s email. Here is the letter with supporting documentation that Fehr sent the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. The letter alleges in part that Dearman “was terminated for comments she made in casual conversation to a co-worker in response to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow’s emails.”

“My client was working with a student employee, an American of Asian background. They discussed Gow’s email,” Fehr told Heavy. “She says she supported Trump. She thought he was doing the right (sic) by keeping terrorists out. And those immigrants should go back to where they came from.”

Fehr continued, “Apparently that offended the coworker. My client was fired as you can see from the termination letter for…abusive language conduct…and conduct unbecoming of a university employee. Ms. Dearman was involved in hiring the co worker.”

In the letter, Fehr contended, “In response to UWL’s political emails, Ms. Dearman told a co-worker that she supported President Trump’s position on immigration. In summary, Ms. Dearman stated to a co-worker that she felt Trump was put in bad situation. She felt Trump was doing the correct thing by keeping terrorists out of the United States. She felt that those immigrants should go back where they came from. She was terminated because of her political speech in support of President Trump.”

Dearman’s attorney included a copy of what he said was the original complaint in a March 18 letter to the Board of Regents.

That statement says that both the student and Dearman had received the email from Gow. “Kim proceeded to laugh and say that he deserved the backlash he got from students,” the statement says The student allegedly said to Dearman, “Since you disagree with what he said originally, I assume you take the opposite stance in the political argument.”

Dearman allegedly responded “yes and then continued on to say how we should respect our president and trust that he knows best. She continued to say that people who ‘don’t belong here’ should leave and that Trump is trying to make the best of a bad situation and we as a country should support what he does.”

The student complaint says the student allegedly responded that “most people were upset with the policy passed because Trump was saying that it was to keep terrorists out when in reality the countries that were banned weren’t places that terrorists were known to come from and the places where terrorists did come from weren’t banned.”

Dearman then allegedly “went on for about 5 minutes about how immigrants don’t belong and then turned to look at me and said, ‘but no offense to you.’ She then went on to say how she believe (sic) she wasn’t a racist, but she believed that all immigrants deserved to go back to where they were from,” the student alleged in the complaint, according to Fehr’s letter.


3. UW Disputes That Dearman Was Fired for Political Speech

In an interview with The La Crosse Tribune, Gow denied that Dearman was fired for political speech.

“I want to be very clear,” Gow told the Wisconsin newspaper. “We would never let someone go based on their political beliefs. We always follow due process and policy if anyone is let go.”

Gow also said, according to The La Crosse Tribune: “I am proud of my emails. The issue is the racially charged statements and the fact she was not concerned by that at all.”

The Tribune reports that a letter to Dearman from the university Human Resources Director says “Dearman was investigated after a complaint from a coworker and found to have violated university employee policies against unbecoming conduct and threatening or abusive language.”

According to WIZM radio, “The firing decision, Gow said was about racist — not political — speech and consisted of violating employee policies with threatening or abusive language and behavior that was unbecoming of a university employee.”

The La Crosse Tribune put it this way: “According to Gow, officials received a complaint that Dearman had told a student of Asian descent that the student’s people should go back to where they came from.”


4. Dearman Has Now Been Offered Her Job Back

Initially, Dearman was asked by the university to quit or be terminated, reported Fox 6 Milwaukee.

According to Fehr, “the University admitted it failed to conduct proper due process and offered reinstatement” of Dearman’s job on March 15. The reinstatement revolved around whether the university’s due process requirements were followed.

The Associated Press reports that Gow told the wire service “UW System attorneys said Kimberly Dearman should be rehired because she didn’t get a hearing.”

Gow now wants all firing decisions to come to his office first for review.

Heavy has reached out to UW-La Crosse PR and Gow for comment and will update this story if it’s received.

Gow has been UW-La Crosse chancellor since 2007. According to a university biography, before coming to UWLC, Gow “served as both the Interim President (2006) and Provost (2004-2006) of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. And earlier in his career Chancellor Gow was the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Minnesota’s Winona State University (2001-2004), as well as both the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences (1996-2001) and the Director of the Communication Studies Program (1990-2001) at Alfred University in Upstate New York.”

He has a journalism degree, the bio says.

A conservative media site criticized Gow in 2013 for writing an email inviting people to view a September 11 memorial on campus and pointing out “the memorial’s cross shape, adding a reminder the state-funded public university doesn’t endorse a specific religion.”


5. A State Lawmaker Wants Further Review of the Situation

On March 14, Fehr said, he “sent the (UW System) Board of Regents a letter requesting answers regarding what the standards are regarding responding to political emails sent out by the Chancellor. If political speech, then when can we expect the resignation of Chancellor Gow?”

A Republican state lawmaker has expressed concern about the entire matter.

State Sen. Duey Stroebl wrote, in part: “In a time when campuses have become bastions for hypersensitivity, Chancellor Gow has perpetrated an environment where a mere complaint could cost a person her job. This does not foster discussion or debate – which many academics claim is the purpose of higher education.”

He added: “UW System should immediately review what happened in this case. There is no excuse for a taxpayer funded institution skipping due process procedures when terminating an employee over free speech.”

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LIVE STREAM: Massive Fire Engulfs Downtown Raleigh

A massive five-alarm blaze overtook the downtown area of Raleigh, North Carolina late in the night on March 16

According to the Raleigh Police Department, one minor injury was reported as a result of the fire.

Watch news coverage from the scene in the video above.

The fire reportedly started at an apartment complex that was under construction near 300 West North St. The site on fire was reportedly located next to Glenwood South restaurant and the bar district.

Details on how the huge fire started haven’t yet been disclosed.

For additional news coverage, watch the video below.

Early reports from online users showed a massive response to the huge flames. Twitter users posted a video of a crane at a nearby construction site collapsing.


Downtown Raleigh Fire: Photos & Videos From the Scene

A massive fire is engulfed parts of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina on March 16. See some of the amazing photos and videos from the scene.

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Downtown Raleigh Fire: Photos & Videos From the Scene

A massive five-alarm fire overtook and engulfed parts of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina on March 16.

According to the Raleigh Police Department, one minor injury was reported as a result of the fire.

The blaze reportedly started at an apartment complex that was under construction near 300 West North St.

Raleigh fire chief John McGrath said that there hasn’t been a fire in downtown as big since the 1920s.

Crews worked frantically to try to calm the blaze, and finally gained control after midnight.

Here are shocking photos and videos from the scene:


A Crane at a Construction Site Collapsed Because of the Flames


Firefighters Tried to Put Out the Blaze, But It Continued to Grow


A Video Shows the Moments After the Metropolitan Apartment Complex Project Lit on Fire


The Fire Reportedly Covered About 2.5 Blocks


Cars & Emergency Crews Fled From the Area to Avoid the Danger


The Blaze Was So Large & Hot That Its Smoke Particles Show Up on Radar

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LIVE STREAM: Massive Fire Engulfs Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh is currently on fire as crews try to put out a massive blaze in the downtown area. Watch the live news coverage from the scene.

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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.”

You can read more about the suspect here:

Jose Gonzalez, EMT Murder Suspect: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jose Gonzalez is accused of running over New York EMT Yadira Arroyo with an ambulance in the Bronx. The scene was captured in horrific videos.

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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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