ACROSS AMERICA — Good morning! It’s Friday, Jan. 21. Before you head out to start your weekend, catch up on the headlines we’re following today:
A photo circulating on social media shows a teacher taping a mask to a kid’s face.
When William Cronnon went into a Tennessee Cracker Barrel and ordered a glass of water, he was served something unexpected.
On a cold Chicago night, a dog searches for its home.
A bouncing baby Sumatran orangutan was born at San Diego Zoo this week.
A photo circulating on social media showing a Pennsylvania teacher taping a mask to a student's face has caused controversy in the Montgomery County school district and beyond.
North Penn Stronger Together, a group composed of Republican candidates for school board in the November 2021 race, had posted a photo to its Facebook page Monday purporting to show a teacher using tape to secure a mask to a young student's face.
The North Penn School District subsequently issued a statement saying the image circulating on social media "does not represent the universal values that the North Penn School District strives to instill in both our students and staff.”
"The matter is serious and it is being addressed with the employee," the district stated. "However, all personnel and student matters are confidential and no further information can be provided." » North Penn Teacher Tapes Mask To Student's Face, via Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Patch
At 113 Years Old, NAACP Evolves
As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues such as climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic — while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its priorities.
Next month's birthday of the nation's oldest civil rights organization comes as it undergoes a restructuring to reflect a membership and leadership that is trending younger, to people in their mid-30s. »At 113, NAACP Evolves For Relevance On Racial Justice Agenda, via Across America Patch
Agreement Reached On Laundrie, Petito Property
Four months after the investigation into their daughter's disappearance and death began, Gabby Petito's parents were back in Florida, visiting the FBI's Tampa Field Office. The family met privately with FBI agents in Tampa on Thursday. The Petito family's trip to Tampa comes just after they've reached an agreement with Brian Laundrie's parents about how their children's belongings should be distributed. »Agreement Reached On Laundrie, Petito Property; Petito’s Parents Meet FBI In Tampa, via Sarasota, Florida, Patch
Sanitizer Mix-up Ends In Big Payout
When William Cronnon went into a Tennessee Cracker Barrel and ordered a glass of water, he probably wasn't expecting to be served a glass of sanitizer instead. Now, he's getting millions of dollars due to the restaurant's potentially dangerous mix-up.
A Marion County jury recently awarded Cronnon $3.6 million in non-economic damages and $730,000 in economic damages after he was served a glass of Eco-San sanitizer during a 2014 visit to Cracker Barrel. »Man Served Sanitizer, Not Water, At Tennessee Cracker Barrel Wins $4.3 Million Lawsuit, via Across Tennessee Patch
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It felt as cold as a freezer outside Wednesday night when a fluffy-eared dog, shivering in a pink collar, wandered onto our front porch and began to whine. We couldn't turn her away, writes Patch columnist Mark Konkol. »On A Cold Chicago Night, Lost Dog Searches For Warmth, Home, via Chicago Patch
A Florida man is facing human smuggling charges after border patrol agents stopped his vehicle and arrested him near the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Lancaster, Minnesota, Acting U.S. Attorney Charles Kovats announced Thursday. »Florida Man Charged In Human Smuggling Case, Arrested In MN, via Across Minnesota Patch
Indah, a 35-year-old Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to her third infant earlier this month, the San Diego Zoo announced Tuesday. The healthy male was born Jan. 4 and has been named Kaja. »Baby Sumatran Orangutan Born At San Diego Zoo, via San Diego Patch
More local news:
Northern California Teen Gets Perfect SAT Score, via Davis Patch
Fourth California Federal Prison Worker Charged With Sex Abuse, via Dublin Patch
Celeb-Heavy Los Angeles Suburb Gets Tough On Water Wasters, via Los Angeles Patch
World's 4th Oldest Gorilla Dies, Zoo Atlanta Confirms, via Atlanta Patch
Police Kill Armed Gunman At San Francisco Airport, Bystander Injured By Bullet, via San Francisco Patch
MN High School Football Player Sexually Assaulted Teammate: Cops, via Southwest Minneapolis Patch
High Cost Of Funerals: NJ Families Get Some Relief Under New Law, via Newark, New Jersey, Patch
Shrimp Boaters To Aid Panama Search For Missing Wisconsin Woman, via Waukesha Patch
California Hospital First To Use Revolutionary Brain Cancer Treatment, via Santa Monica Patch
Maryland First Lady Tests Positive For COVID-19, Governor Is Negative, via Annapolis Patch
An English Manor-style mansion returned to the market Wednesday, less than three weeks before its owner — a longtime Chicago bank chief convicted of corruptly issuing loans to try to get a senior job in former President Donald Trump's administration — is due to be sentenced in federal court in New York.
This Day In History
In 2017, demonstrations known collectively as the Women's March were held throughout the world to support gender equality, civil rights and other issues that were expected to face challenges under newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump. It was widely believed to be the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history.
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