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Who is Adam Schiff? Here are 7 things you may not know about him

California Rep. Adam Schiff grabbed the national spotlight Monday when he was given 15 minutes to present a case accusing President Donald Trump’s campaign of colluding with Russian officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.

Schiff, who was elected to Congress in 2000 and is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, took the time to lay out a blistering attack against Trump, naming campaign workers and other associates whom he claims have ties that are too close for comfort with various Russian officials and those who support them.

On Wednesday, Schiff was in the spotlight again when he attacked the HPSCI chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California), for announcing publicly that it is likely that some of Trump’s communications ended up being “captured” during routine surveillance operations. That information, Nunes said, included names of the people involved in those conversations and those names, he claims, were shared among intelligence organizations. 

Schiff responded with his own press conference, claiming that Nunes had “tainted” the investigation into Russian interference in the election and now only a special prosecutor could fairly look into the accusations.

Who is Adam Schiff and how did he get to this position? Here are a few things you may not know about him.

  1. He is an attorney. He graduated from Harvard. 
  2. He wasn’t a shoo-in for Congress. He lost three elections to the California State House before being elected to the state Senate. He was then elected to the U.S. House in 2001.
  3. He may run for Sen. Diane Feinstein’s Senate seat if she retires in 2018.
  4. As the ranking member of the HPSCI, he’s a member of the “Gang of Eight.” In that role, he is privy to high-level intelligence information. By law, he receives information about intelligence from the White House.
  5. He is on leave from the House Appropriations Committee, and served on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
  6. He voted for the Patriot Act, and also has sponsored animal rights legislation.
  7. He’s married. His wife’s name is Eve. The couple have two children.

Intoxicated woman shoots up PA bar after workers cut her off

A Pennsylvania woman is facing felony charges after allegedly riddling the front of a Pittsburgh-area restaurant with bullets after she was cut off from the bar.

Police said Jamie Dawson fired 5 to 6 rounds into establishment in Trafford overnight Monday. The shots shattered glass and pockmarked the building with bullet holes.

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Dawson became angry after she was kicked out of the restaurant over her drunken behavior, police said. A bartender was able to lock the door and called 911 as the shots rang out.

Dawson was later arrested at her mother’s house.

It’s not her first run-in with the law. Dawson was also charged earlier this month in two separate drunken driving incidents in Allegheny County.

Breast implants linked to rare cancer, 9 deaths to date FDA says

The Food and Drug Administration has officially linked breast implants to nine deaths from a rare cancer. 

The FDA has received more than 350 reports, including the nine deaths, as of Feb. 1, about breast implant-linked anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALCL, an extremely rare cancer that affects the immune system.

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“The exact number of cases remains difficult to determine due to significant limitations in world-wide reporting and lack of global implant sales data,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday. 

The numbers do show that ALCL occurs more frequently in women who received textured implants, rather than implants with smooth surfaces. In the FDA report, out of 359 cases of ALCL, 231 included information on implant surfaces. The agency reported 203 involved textured implants compared to 29 that were smooth.

Symptoms of the implant-linked cancer include lumps, pain and swelling.

The government first raised concerns about the safety of both silicone and saline breast implants and the possible connection to cancer in 2011.

As many as 11 million women worldwide have breast implants, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgeon Foundation.

Forbes annual billionaires list shows Trump down 200 over slots

Forbes has released its annual list of the richest people in the world, but President Donald Trump’s position on the list has dramatically declined.

USA Today reported that Trump’s ranking dramatically fell 220 slots from No. 324 to No. 544. That ranking is a 20-way tie.

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At No. 1 for the fourth year in a row is Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, 61, whose net worth increased over $10 billion from $75 billion to $86 billion. Warren Buffet is in the second spot. His net worth increased $14.8 billion from 60.8 billion in 2016 to $75.6 billion, according to Forbes.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a significant net worth increase from $45.2 to $72.8 billion and closes out the top three.

Here are the top 10 richest people in the world, according to Forbes:

  1. Bill Gates: $86 billion 
  2. Warren Buffett: $75.6 billion 
  3. Jeff Bezos: $72.8 billion
  4. Amancio Ortega: $71.3 billion 
  5. Mark Zuckerberg: $56 billion
  6. Carlos Slim Helu: $54.5 billion 
  7. Larry Ellison: $52.2 billion
  8. Charles Koch: $48.3 billion
  9. David Koch: $48.3 billion
  10. Michael Bloomberg: $47.5 billion

Man is praised after stopping fight

He has been praised by LeBron James, Snoop Dogg and soon, the City Council.

Ibn Ali Miller, 26, was running an errand for his mother when he came across an altercation between two boys, stopped it and lectured the pugilists as well as a throng of onlookers.

In video of the incident, Miller calmly walks toward two boys who are fighting in the middle of the road as a group of teens looks on from the street corner. He points his fingers at the group and said:

"Everybody on their phones, y'all the real cowards. Record that, too. It ain't cool, man,” Miller started lecturing the fighters and gesturing to the crowd. “Y'all in the middle of the street. Look, they laughing. Look. He's got a big smile on his face. ... He's supposed to be your man."

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Miller continues in the more than four-minute clip:

"Y'all got parents. Don't make your parents look like this.”

Miller, who is a student and father of five, did not leave until the brawlers shook hands.

"It's sad to say, but it's not the first fight I broke up and it's probably not the last," Miller told the Press of Atlantic City on Tuesday. "You can't pick that 'today, I'm gonna stop some kids from fighting', but God does what he wills."

The video has been viewed more than 26 million times with more than 66,000 comments, even garnering a retweet of the video by Cleveland Cavaliers star James.

"To me the fact that LeBron and others have seen it ... it's cool. I'd be more excited when I was a younger man," Miller said. "But I want people to take away from it to pay it forward. That's it."

Nail salon allegedly charged overweight people more

A nail salon in Tennessee allegedly tried to cash in on people’s weight. 

Deshania Ferguson said she was appalled after seeing this sign at Memphis nail salon:

“Sorry. But if you are overweight, pedicures will be $45 due to service fees for pedicurists. Thank you!” the sign read.

The owner of the alleged salon said the sign was not placed anywhere on his property despite the similarities between his business and the space seen in the photo. He told WREG that he didn’t put the sign up but he considered doing so, as he doesn’t want to provide pedicures to severely overweight customers.

Son Nguyen said it is harder for his technicians to give heavier people pedicures and that they’ve broken chairs in the past, WREG reported. He said broken chairs have cost up to $2,500.

The salon isn’t only specific in their practices regarding  weight. Nguyen told WREG his salon, which has been running for nine years, charges men an extra $5 because they don’t come as often.  

Read more at WREG

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Bible used to smuggle meth into MS jail, woman arrested

A Bible was used for more than just prayers at a Mississippi jail last week. 

Courtney Ford, 30, brought a Bible to an inmate, but her intention wasn’t spiritual, authorities say. Instead, the good book contained a stash of methamphetamine, according to the Daily Journal.

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“We search every item that is brought into the jail, and the property officer noticed something wrong. There was a bulge in the back cover of the Bible,” Jim Johnson, Lee County Sheriff, told the Journal. “We cut it open and found a powdery substance.”

The substance turned out to be methamphetamine, police said. 

The inmate, Jason Estes, was convicted last week on charges of trafficking meth and was awaiting transfer to a state prison to serve a 40-year sentence. His sentence could be reconsidered, and his bond was set at 30,000 on the new charges, the Journal reported. 

In addition, Ford was charged with possession of a controlled substance and attempt to introduce contraband into a correctional facility.

Coast Guard seizes more than $44.5 million worth of cocaine in Caribbean

The Coast Guard seized more than $44.5 million worth of cocaine last week in international waters near Puerto Rico, it said in a news release Wednesday

The drugs were seized during two different incidents. On March 15, Coast Guard officials said they detected a 30-foot go-fast vessel in international waters off Puerto Rico. 

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A cutter crew detained two suspected smugglers and seized 400 kilograms of cocaine in that incident, officials said. 

The second incident was in the evening of March 15, when the Coast Guard spotted a second go-fast vessel near Puerto Rico. Crew members detained three suspected smugglers and seized 929 kilograms of cocaine. 

The cocaine seized in the first incident is in custody of DEA’s Caribbean Division.” The cocaine seized in the second incident is in custody of DEA special agents in St. Croix “for processing and disposition,” according to the release.

Man searches 'teen marriage' days before kidnapping former student

A Tennessee man who kidnapped his former student searched “teen marriage” on the internet a little more than a week before kidnapping her, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher in Maury County, Tennessee, allegedly kidnapped his then-student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas on March 13. 

In the days before the two disappeared, Cummins also searched to learn what features of his vehicle might allow law enforcement to track him.

According to the TBI, concern about Cummins’ relationship with Thomas has heightened the urgency in the midst of an ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama.

The agency believes Cummins, 50, may have abused his position as Thomas’ teacher “in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her." 

During one incident about two weeks before Cummins and Thomas disappeared, one of Thomas’ fellow students reported an incident to the school in which the student said Thomas and Cummins appeared to be kissing at school. Both Thomas and Cummins denied the allegation, and school officials allowed Cummins to continue working at the school while school officials investigated the incident, The Tennesseean reported. 

Cummins was fired by the school the day after he and Thomas disappeared.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the TBI had received hundreds leads for the pair’s whereabouts from more than 24 states but no credible sightings of the two.

Neither Cummins nor Thomas has contacted family members since disappearing.

"She may not realize that she's a victim, but she is certainly a victim," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Monday. "She needs help, she needs our best efforts and she needs the attention of this country to be on the lookout for her."

According to the TBI, Cummins may be armed with two handguns and driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Dog acting strangely leads man to stranded 3-year-old in ditch

A shelter dog with a difficult past is being called a hero after finding a 3-year-old girl naked, alone and curled up in a ditch in freezing temperatures.

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According to a post by the Delta Animal Shelter in Delta County, Michigan, Peanut led his owner to the girl in a field behind their home on March 20.

“About 11am this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping,” Peanut’s owner wrote in a note shared with the shelter, which was later shared on Facebook.

Eventually, the family let Peanut outside, and she immediately bolted to a field behind their house.

“My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3-year-old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt and brought her inside,” wrote Peanut’s owner.

The family called police. They said all the little girl could manage to say was “doggie.”

The Delta County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that the little girl was taken to a hospital as deputies went door-to-door trying to locate the girl’s home. When they found her parents, they discovered the girl was living in unsanitary and unsafe conditions.

Child Protective Services later took two other children from the home.

“Through all of this sad news, give thanks the children are safe,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

According to WLUC-TV, Peanut had a sad past of her own. When she arrived at the animal shelter, she had two broken legs, broken ribs and carpet in her belly.

“The good in this heartbreaking story is the heroism of this former abused shelter dog Peanut, and her wonderful adoptive family,” the shelter wrote.

EpiPens recalled abroad due potential failure to activate

The company behind the EpiPen, a life-saving drug delivery device for severe allergic reactions, recalled some sets of the auto-injector abroad on Monday, although none were recalled in the U.S.

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Pharmaceutical company Mylan said in a recall notice that one batch of EpiPens might not work properly. The batch went to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. The company voluntarily recalled those.

Mylan said that it got two reports worldwide of EpiPens to activate out of a batch of 80,000 devices. The issue came from a defective part, the company said.

Mylan came under fire recently for raising the price of the EpiPen to $600. The cost amounts to a 400 percent increase in price between 2007, when Mylan acquired the devices, and 2016.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Firefighters help Walmart greeter achieve goal 

Christopher Echele always wanted to be a firefighter. 

For his 46th birthday, Eureka firefighters helped Echele, who is wheelchair-bound and has worked 25 years as a greeter at Walmart, achieve that goal Tuesday.

“I’ve been a fan of the fire service ever since I was a kid and never really outgrew it,” Echele told KTVI. “So, to be able to meet and interact with all these guys is amazing.”

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Firefighters with the Eureka Fire Protection District surprised Echele at the store. They made him an honorary firefighter, picked up his mother and took them for a ride around their neighborhood. 

Echele has shown a lot of support for the Eureka Fire Protection District. Firefighters worked on the surprise with Walmart store managers. Firefighters told Echele he can visit the station when ever he wants.

“This was amazing,” Echelle told KTVI. “I was shocked.”

Marine saves woman who nodded off, flipped car

A mother’s worry for her sick daughter led to an overturned car in the heart of downtown Marietta, Georgia, on Tuesday.

The 74-year-old driver hit a light pole and flipped her car where Lawrence and Cherokee streets northeast meet in front of the historic Strand Theatre on Marietta Square. No one was injured.

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Police don’t know how long she had been without sleep, bouncing between home and WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where her daughter was a patient. Authorities said the woman nodded off behind the wheel about 4:10 p.m.

“She (said she) just needed to stay awake a little longer to make it to Kennestone, but obviously that didn’t work out,” said Brittany Wallace, Marietta police spokeswoman.

The department posted photos of the scene to its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

People passing by reported the flipped car. Before cops could get there, a man and a U.S. Marine Corps serviceman in uniform had pulled the driver out of the vehicle.

Neither man wanted to be identified in the Facebook post.

Wallace said the men told police they were “just there to help, not for the recognition.”

She said crews were out Wednesday fixing the light pole, trash can and planter that were hit.

EXCLUSIVE: Dad wants Cash Me Outside girl out of Hollywood, in therapy

Around this time a year ago, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Ira Peskowitz stood in a greeting card aisle, fingers trembling as he fumbled through rows of pink and purple birthday wishes to find something pretty for a little girl with eyes like his.

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Months before the six words she uttered on a Dr. Phil episode propelled her to internet infamy, Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli reluctantly accepted the card and a pair of Nikes from Peskowitz in a hastily-arranged meeting at the Boynton Beach Mall – more a peace offering than an early birthday present from a father she hadn’t seen in years.

Tears welled in Peskowitz’s eyes Monday when he recalled that encounter during an exclusive newspaper interview with The Palm Beach Post.

Months into her notoriety as the “Cash me Outside” girl for a fight invitation she made to audience members on the daytime talk show, Danielle is at the center of a custody battle recently revived by her father, who says he wants her out of Hollywood, into therapy and eventually at his house with his wife and their two sons.

“She’s not famous,” Peskowitz said. “She’s a child that is being exploited.”

Read the full interview on The Palm Beach Post. 

Trump’s personal communications captured by intelligence surveillance, House chair says

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes will be briefing President Donald Trump on Wednesday about some of his personal communications that might have been recorded by investigators through “incidental collection” methods, according to The Associated Press.

"This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect," Nunes, a Republican from California, said. "This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

According to a story on CNN, Nunes said he was alerted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to the fact that communications had been collected.

Nunes said the intelligence surveillance produced "dozens" of reports that eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and were "widely disseminated.”

While it is not illegal to unmask a person who has been caught in “incidental collection,” it is a crime to leak classified information. If the communications were gathered by authorization of a FISA warrant, the material would have been classified. 

Nunes said that he does not know if the information was collected at Trump Tower.

Nunes said he called a news conference Wednesday to update the public on information from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes emphasized at the news conference that the surveillance through which the communications were collected had nothing to do with Russia or any investigation into Russia and the 2016 U.S. elections. 

Nunes' committee heard Monday from FBI director James Comey and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers during a more than five-hour hearing. Comey confirmed that there was an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Nunes said the collection included Trump transition officials. He also said the collection happened after the election. He said he could not say whether it meant that Trump was "spied on."

"I'm not going to get into legal definitions, but clearly I have a concern," he said.

Florida homeowner told she has to take down Blue Lives Matter flag

Jeff Gaddie says the Blue Lives Matter flag has flown outside his daughter’s home in St. Johns County, Florida, for years.

Gaddie told Action News Jax it’s flown to honor him -- and many other family members -- who are law enforcement.

The homeowner is asking the St. Johns County neighborhood not be identified for fear of backlash.

“If you drive by and see that flag, it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,” Gaddie said. 

Recently, his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag, saying it doesn’t fit the rules and regulations of the homeowners association.

"She called to ask why," Gaddie said. "They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”

She was asked to submit a form for permission to fly to flag -- so she sent in the request.

The request was denied. 

To learn more about the neighborhood’s rules, we called First Coast Association Management, the company who enforces the regulations.

The company said only American and military-themed flags are allowed to fly in the neighborhood, but other flags are being displayed in the neighborhood.

Portions of the neighborhood code say no flags will be displayed without approval.

Gaddie wants neighbors to know the flag is nothing but a show of support.

“We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’re got every race," Gaddie said. "I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race, it’s the furthest thing from it.”

The family is planning to appeal the decision at next month’s homeowners association meeting.

Prom dates chosen by sheer luck

There’s no pressure to find the right date at an Illinois high school: Everyone can go and everyone can have a date.

Aquin High School in Freeport, Illinois, has a tradition: Prom dates are chosen by a drawing. 

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The boys go to the library and pull a name out of the pile, WREX reported.

The girls wait in the gym.

Once everyone is paired up, the boys head to the gym to put on a skit before the girls accept their promposals.

Those couples who have significant others still participate in the lottery making the night less about romance and more about fun with their friends.

The tradition started in 1926 when children who were living in an orphanage across the street were invited to the event, giving them a chance to attend the teenage right of passage, “The Today Show” reported.

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Drive a tank, shoot a flame thrower at Texas ranch

About two hours west of San Antonio, an 18,000-acre ranch offers a vacation getaway unlike any other.

A portion of the OX Hunting Ranch has been converted into a battlefield, a military buff’s fantasy camp, giving nearly anyone the chance to operate a tank, shoot a flame thrower or fire an artillery or other large gun at DriveTanks.com

"There's an element of ‘Yeah, let's shoot 'em up and have fun’ but I think even a bigger element is coming out and getting a feel for how these things operate -- the power, the majesty of these systems," owner Todd DeGidio told KTRK

The experience isn’t cheap. All-day tank packages can cost more than $8,000.

Prices range from $40 to fire a machine gun; $125 to fire a mortar to nearly $3,000 to operate a World War II-era Sherman tank, and fire its 76 mm main gun. 

DeGidio gives participants a run-through on the equipment and guides them through the courses, according to ABC News.

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The tanks seat up to five people, but there is only one operator. It takes about 15-20 minutes to maneuver through the course. If the tank’s gun is going to be fired, the course can take up to an hour to complete. Tanks and other tracked vehicles available include an American Sherman tank similar to the one Brad Pitt used in the movie “Fury,” a Russian T-34 tank that saw duty on the Eastern Front in 1945 during World War II and a German Kettenkrad tracked motorcycle that was captured in Belgium in 1944.

There is no age limit. Owners leave that up to the discretion of parents. They have had children as young as 8 shoot and as young as 12 operate a tank. 

“We see everyone from single moms bringing their kids for their birthday to the top 1 percent income earners,” DeGidio told the Houston Chronicle. “This allows our demographic to open up to virtually everyone, and we are very happy to have been able to do that.”

He said one group could not get enough and spent $30,000 for the day.

“That’s everything we had and shooting everything we had,” DeGidio told ABC News. “It was even hard for us to keep up with them.”

DeGidio, a former Houston police officer and Green Beret, opened the immersive experience in 2016. 

"I think it's important for us to keep this part of our history alive," DeGidio told KTRK.

Snake on plane in Alaska, passengers help catch it  

Passengers aboard an Alaskan commuter plane heading to Anchorage were surprised when the pilot made an unusual announcement during the flight: “Guys we have a loose snake on the plane, but we don’t know where it is,” the BBC reported. 

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A previous passenger on the Ravn Alaska flight brought a pet snake aboard. He got off at an earlier stop, but his snake did not. 

The pale yellow, 5-foot snake was eventually found sleeping near the back of the plane, first spotted by a boy who saw it partially covered by a carry-on bag.

Crew members grabbed the snake and put it in a garbage bag. The nonvenomous reptile spent the rest of the flight in an overhead bin.

The passenger did not declare the snake before boarding the flight, which is a violation of Ravn Alaska policy, the airline said.

Teacher has white students ‘sell’ black student in mock slave auction

A New Jersey school district is under fire for the second time this month after a substitute teacher allowed fifth-graders to “sell” a fellow student during a mock slave auction that was filmed. 

The incident was reported at Jefferson Elementary School in the South Orange Maplewood School District, the same district in which students studying colonial America this month at another school drew slave auction posters and hung them in the school’s hallways. 

In the latest incident, students studying the triangular slave trade presented a project in which they held a mock slave auction and asked fellow classmates to participate, according to NJ.com. They filmed the project, which was part of their own unit on colonization. 

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The class was being led by a substitute teacher while their regular teacher was out having dental surgery. When she returned and learned about the project, she sent a note to parents. 

“While I understand the creative effort, and the impact it had upon the students who viewed this, I used it as a teachable moment to elaborate on the gravity of this part of our history," the teacher wrote to parents in the letter, obtained by NJ.com. “I was concerned about the students who viewed and participated in this re-enactment and would like to convey this event to you so we can address the students' perceptions as a whole.”

Some parents were angry and upset over the issue.

“There was a sale of a black child by white children in the classroom,” parent Tracey Jarmon-Woods told CBS New York. “If you’re demoralized -- sold on a block in 2017 -- it may affect you (for) the rest of your life.”

“I’m disgusted, really disgusted (that) a child was bought,” another parent told the news station. “That doesn’t make any sense.”

A school district spokeswoman said administrators are looking into better training and “improved supervisory protocols” for substitute teachers. 

“The activity was not part of the curriculum, not part of the teacher’s assignment, not condoned by the teacher and not authorized by the district,” Suzanne Turner told NJ.com. 

The latest controversy comes on the heels of the slave auction poster debacle at South Mountain Elementary School, where students were told to draw events that would have occurred during their assigned colonial time period. The assignment included “a poster for a lecture, speech, protest or slave auction.”

The posters were initially hung around the school, but were taken down after complaints from parents and members of the community. 

Dr. John Ramos, superintendent of the school district that includes both schools, said earlier this month that the district will rethink its colonial America project. Ramos told CBS New York on Monday that the district is planning a town hall event with parents and students to discuss the topic. 

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