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Junior high student told get haircut or get suspended

A Texas sixth-grader and his family had a tough decision to make, either get a haircut or face an in-school suspension over a style that teachers at Cedar Bayou Junior High School claim is disruptive.

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Xavier Davis’ parents said he had two lines shaved into his hair for six months, but last week their son was given the ultimatum. He took one day of suspension rather than change the style, KPRC reported.

But that was enough for him.

His mother though, came up with a non-cutting solution and grabbed a Sharpie, coloring in the offending line.

"She took a Sharpie permanent marker and colored the bottom of his hair in, so in order for him to get an education, we have to treat his hair like a coloring book, I guess,” Xavier’s father, Matt Davis, told KPRC.

According to the district’s dress code, “Letters, symbols and designs beyond a single straight line which draw attention to an individual shall not be permitted. The administrator/supervisor reserves the right to determine if a hairstyle is disruptive to the educational process.”

CNN contacted Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, but school officials did not respond.

Black woman stands vigil at Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans

Arlene Barnum said her race has nothing to do with her support of the Confederacy and the statues in New Orleans that preserve its memory.

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“It’s about being on the right side of history,” said Barnum, a black woman from Oklahoma who grew up in Louisiana.

Barnum was at Thursday night’s protest in front of the Jefferson Davis statue, one of three remaining in the city that is scheduled to be removed. The first statue, the Liberty Monument, was erected in 1891 and commemorated the Crescent City White League. It was removed late Sunday.

Thursday night, Barnum was standing in front of Jefferson Davis, wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt and waving a large Confederate flag. She wants the statue to remain standing.

“I felt I needed to be at the (monument) for Jefferson Davis because he was the one and only president of the Confederate States of America,” she told WGNO. “He’s the most significant of all the monuments to be taken down.”

Asked what she hopes to achieve with her trip to the monument, Barnum says she’ll “stay out until the sun comes up to make sure Jefferson Davis lives to see another day.”


Florida elementary school janitor accused of sexting teen

A Florida elementary school janitor has been suspended after allegedly exchanging explicit photos and texts with a 15-year-old boy, deputies said. 

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Matthew Benedict, 29, of Lake County reportedly gave the teen a cellphone and sexted him, WESH reported. 

Even though Benedict worked in the school district, detectives said, that’s not how they knew each other, according to WESH. 

Investigators added that there’s no evidence that Benedict was inappropriate with any school children.

Benedict was charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child and transmitting harmful material to a minor.

Love me tenders: Woman takes chicken engagement photos

Picture it: Wings, a prayer and an engagement. Love me tender, she said. Or was that tenders?

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Elyse Chelsea Clark said yes to a box of Popeyes fried chicken. “Finally engaged!!” the New Orleans woman announced as she posted a gallery of photos to Facebook on April 26, reported. “I never thought in a million years someone would love me this much.”

Clark, a bartender who works on Bourbon Street, had a photo shoot conducted as if they were an engagement compilation. She stares lovingly at boxes of chicken, walks through a park (box of chicken in hand), and nuzzles a biscuit.

The photos were credited to Whitney Tucker of Whitness This Photography. Clark credited Tucker with the photo shoot idea.

“I have a really big love for Popeyes,” she told “I eat it all the time. ... I took a photo of me eating a hamburger and got a bunch of likes, and my friend, Whitney, messaged me with the idea and we went from there.”

Clark said she joked that she might get a response, but she was surprised by the sheet number.

“I had no idea it would be this big," she told “It's blowing up very fast. Very fast.” 

Clark admitted she hoped Popeyes would see the gallery and respond. She was not disappointed as the company reacted on Twitter.

“Hold my biscuit, we’ve got some vows to write,” Popeyes tweeted.

Albino catfish snags pacifier at Virginia museum

It was the catch of the day for a fish at the Virginia Living Museum.

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When a young guest dropped a pacifier in the museum’s Cypress Swamp exhibit earlier this week, an albino catfish caught it and began sucking on it, WTVR reported.

Museum staff members were able to retrieve the pacifier and returned it to the family of the guest, but they managed to take a photograph before reclaiming it, WTVR reported.

Arkansas executes fourth inmate in 8 days

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days, as Kenneth Williams received a lethal injection Thursday night, KARK reported.

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Williams, 38, died at the Cummins Unit prison in Varner. He was convicted of killing a former deputy warden after he escaped from prison in 1999, The Associated Press reported. At the time of his escape, in a hog slop-filled tank in a garbage truck, Williams was serving a life term for killing a cheerleader at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, KTHV reported.

On December 18, 1998, Williams kidnapped Dominique Hurd and her friend at gunpoint and forced them out of their car. Williams shot Hurd in the head, KTHV reported.

On Oct. 3, 1999, Williams escaped from state prison. During his escape, he fatally shot 57-year-old Cecil Boren, who had once worked as a prison warden, KTHV reported. He stole Boren’s pickup truck and then drove to Missouri, where he was arrested after a high-speed chase, KTHV reported.

Williams was sentenced to death in 2000, KARK reported.

The state had planned to put eight men to death before its supply of the sedative midazolam expires on Sunday, the AP reported. Courts issued stays for four of the men who were scheduled to die.

Witnesses in the chamber, including an Associated Press reporter, said Williams lurched 20 times on the gurney before three lethal drugs took his life. The movements were described as “lurching, convulsing, coughing and jerking.”

Shawn Nolan,  one of Williams' attorneys, said in a statement that he is requesting "a full investigation into tonight's problematic execution."

A spokesman for Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the AP that Williams’ movements were an "involuntary muscular reaction" to one of the drugs used.

Spokesman J.R. Davis said he expects Hutchinson to review the execution. 

Southwest Airlines to end overbooking policy

The CEO of Southwest Airlines said Thursday that the company will end its practice of overbooking, USA Today reported.

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Gary Kelly, discussing Southwest’s quarterly earnings on CNBC, said the airline has made the decision to “cease to overbook going forward, USA Today reported.

“We’ve been taking steps over the last several years to prepare ourselves for this anyway,” Kelly said. “We never like to have a situation where we we’re oversold.”

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King confirmed the plan, adding that it could be implemented as soon as May 8.

“Southwest is changing our policy and will no longer book flights over capacity as part of the selling process,” King said in a statement. “As we have dramatically improved our forecasting tools and techniques, and as we approach the upcoming implementation of our new reservations system on May 9, we no longer have a need to overbook as part of the revenue management inventory process.”

The subject of overbooking became a hot topic after a Kentucky physician was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago earlier this month.

United changed its overbooking policy after video surfaced on social media of officers with the Chicago Department of Aviation dragging Dr. David Dao off Flight 3411 after he declined to relinquish his seat to make room for a crew member.

“I think that’s an airline-by-airline decision. I’ll speak for Southwest Airlines,” Kelly told CNBC. “We overbook very, very modestly today. The reason we overbook is to try to fill empty seats. To the extent we’re able to do that, we’re able to keep the rest of our fares lower.”

Police: Florida man takes stolen forklift for a spin

A Florida man allegedly stole a forklift just because it’s better than walking, police said.

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Bradley Barefoot, 43, was at a Best Buy in Daytona Beach when he used the fork lift to move “some large boxes to a neighboring parking lot,” The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. 

After he determined the boxes had no value, he left them and decided to take the fork lift for a spin around 4 a.m, the News-Journal reported. 

Police said the lift “had no lights and wasn’t street legal,” according to the newspaper.

Barefoot was charged with grand theft. 

Trump: ‘Major, major’ conflict with N. Korea possible

President Donald Trump said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he is hoping for a peaceful solution to the problem, Reuters reported.

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“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview on Thursday.

Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve the crisis, but is not taking the military option off the table.

"We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult," he told Reuters during a 42-minute interview.

The president also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and said he intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul, Reuters reported.

Asked when he would announce his intention to renegotiate the pact, Trump said: “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.”

Meanwhile, a  top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in said Friday that Trump's suggestion that Seoul foot the bill for the THAAD system would be an "impossible option," Reuters reported.

Florida police say woman offered sex for chicken nuggets

An accused Florida prostitute wasn’t a chicken when it came to asking for what she wanted in exchange for sex, according to police.

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Alex DiReeno, 22, of Manatee County allegedly told an undercover officer that she would give him oral sex in return for $25 and some chicken nuggets, The Smoking Gun reported

However, instead of getting a happy meal, DiReeno was taken to a “take-down location” where she was arrested, according to The Smoking Gun. 

The police report did not specify how many nuggets, the Bradenton Herald reported.

Officers searched DiReeno’s purse and found hypodermic needles, small plastic bags, a spoon and a burnt glass pipe, according to the police report. 

DiReeno, who is on probation after pleading guilty to auto theft, was charged with prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

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