(NEWSER) – A central Alabama high school's principal yesterday explained that the person tasked with approving all football banners is out on maternity leave. And so this is what happened at McAdory High School in McCalla on Friday in her absence: The cheerleading squad made a massive "bust-thru" sign designed to taunt their second-round state playoff opponents, Pinson Valley High, and its mascot, which read: "Hey Indians, Get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears Round 2." Yes, that is indeed a reference to the forcible and deadly removal of Native Americans from the Southeast, and no, it hasn't gone over well.
(NEWSER) – A neighbor sums up the situation: "That's some sick people." An animal control deputy responding to concerns about a pig on the loose in Union County, NC, found something far more horrifying on Friday: a boy, 11, handcuffed to a porch, with a dead chicken wrapped around his neck. Foster parents Dorian Lee Harper, 57, and Wanda Sue Larson, 57, who also have four adopted kids, have been charged with child abuse and false imprisonment; their treatment of animals at their home also resulted in a cruelty charge, WCNC reports. Five children, ages 14, 13, 11, 9 and 8, have been removed from the home south of Monroe, NC.
(NEWSER) – The "NOT SEE" message on the vanity license plate was subtle enough to get past the DMV—but the meaning became pretty clear when San Diego school bus driver Shawn Calpito displayed it under a Nazi swastika on the back of his car. The California DMV has now canceled the plate and Calpito has been suspended from his job pending an investigation. The license plate was recently added but Calpito had apparently been driving around with the swastika on his car for months.
(NEWSER) – The pilot of a small plane off the coast of Miami radioed the control tower this afternoon with the worst kind of message: “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! His door was ajar." He was referring to a passenger in his Piper PA 46 plane who he said fell into the ocean from about 1,800 feet, reports the Miami Herald. The pilot went on to land safely at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, and the Coast Guard and others are now searching for the passenger about a mile off shore, reports CBS Miami. (The incident follows one earlier this month on the West Coast in which a helicopter passenger jumped into the ocean an apparent suicide.)
(NEWSER) – A Florida man has been arrested for apparently loving donuts as much as he loves a deal. Charles "Chuck" Barry got fired up at a local Dunkin' Donuts when employees denied him a 10% discount he'd been accustomed to getting. That's when Barry flashed a sheriff's badge and a holstered gun and said, "See, I am a cop!" the Orlando Sentinel reports. Claiming first to be a US marshal, then an air marshal, Barry—a printer, fax, and copy machine supplier—demanded he get his hands on some donuts; he didn't. He later left, only to return the very next day.
(NEWSER) – A California father and son were arrested yesterday after police say they kidnapped the father's ex-wife. But they also have another act to answer for: Police say 42-year-old Jose Farias and his 20-year-old son, Victor, kidnapped Farias' ex-wife and then forced her to undergo an exorcism. They allegedly picked up two priests, and police say the priests doused her with "sacred oil" in a religious ritual to "purify her." Newsy reports:
(NEWSER) – A neo-Nazi who wants to found an all-white enclave in North Dakota has been shown evidence of racial diversity where he least expected it: in his own DNA. Craig Cobb agreed to the test as part of the Trisha GoddardShow's "Race in America" series, but he rejected the result as "short science" and "statistical noise" when it revealed he is 14% sub-Saharan African and 86% European, theDaily Mail reports. "Sweetheart, you have a little black in you," the show's British host told Cobb, who recoiled when she attempted to fist-bump him.