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  • Class photo called ‘offensive’ and ‘degrading’

    Sawgrass ElementaryAn elementary school class picture is causing quite a stir after the photographer Photoshopped a cartoon smiley face over a boy's head.

    David Claussen, owner of Broward County Pictures, took the photo of the second grade class at Sawgrass Elementary school, but was notified afterward that two of the students hadn't signed consent forms and needed to be removed.

    The local news reports:

    "Claussen said he was able to use the photo editing software Adobe Photoshop to lift one of the kids out, but had explained to them that there was a problem with the second student. He was sitting in the front row, right in the middle ... He said he would have gladly come out there to reshoot the image. Instead there was talk about putting a star over his face and then, he said,  the P.T.A. asked him to place a smiley face."

    The news station could not locate the student or his parents for a comment, but was told the boy is no longer attending Sawgrass Elementary and may not even be aware of the picture's

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  • Did Zimmerman say ‘punks’ or racial slur in 911 recording?

    Though it was widely reported that George Zimmerman grumbled a racial slur before shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his lawyers have insisted their client instead said "F---ing punks".

    Now they seem to have science on their side. Renowned forensic audio expert Tom Owen analyzed the 911 recordingwhich was fraught with cell phone interferenceand told CNN that Zimmerman indeed whispered "punks" and not the racial slur that has caused so much controversy.                                                     

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    CNN, however, is not convinced, stating that "Owen provided CNN with a copy of the newly processed audio" and that CNN  "enhanced the sound of the 911 call, and several members of CNN's editorial staff repeatedly reviewed the tape but could reach no consensus on whether Zimmerman used a slur."

    Watch this video and decide for yourself:

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  • TMZ is reporting that fired broadcaster Keith Olbermann is suing his former employer Current TV for tens of millions of dollars. The Associated Press and CNN have also reported the suit.

    In this May 3, 2012 file photo, Keith Olbermann poses at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Current TV has dismissed Keith Olbermann from its talk-show lineup after less than a year, Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Olbermann, who came to Current from MSNBC less than a year ago, was fired late last week via a rather humiliating open letter from company honchos Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.  Olbermann's replacement: Eliot Spitzer.

    Olbermann fired back via Twitter, and one quickly saw that this was one spat that wasn't going to go away anytime soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olbermann and his attorneys contend that Current TV committed "breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement."

    But the hits don't stop there.

    Business Insider reports that the language in the lawsuit is "heavy on the dramatics."  One choice bit:

    "After being enticed to leave MSNBC and come to Current with promises of editorial control, freedom from corporate influence, and the professional support to produce high-caliber political

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