Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

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Des Moines, Iowa, police officer Brady Pratt unintentionally fired his service weapon inside the city airport. Officials say he was practicing his "quick draw" at the time.

Officials at Kentucky's W.R. Castle Elementary School censored a student performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas by deleting the scene in which Linus quotes from the Bible. But at the point where that scene normally occurs, several audience members recited the lines. Principal Jeff Cochran said he was disappointed with their actions.

Independence, Louisiana, police officer Laquinton Banks has been charged with felony theft, malfeasance in office, and hate crimes. Banks allegedly targeted Hispanic motorists, stopping them and asking for their wallets to check their licenses. When he returned the wallets, their cash was frequently missing.

The University of Louisville recently posted a job listing for a tenure-track position that it specified would be filled only with an "African-American, Hispanic American ora Native American Indian." The ad was removed after someone complained it didn't include those with disabilities.

Michigan law permits open carry of firearms on school grounds, but the Homer Community School District has a policy of locking down a school and calling the cops any time aweapon is seen--something it does every time one student's father shows up. School officials admit the dad is not confrontational and causes no problems apart from insisting on exercising his legal rights. …

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