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Wednesday 13 December 2017

In brief: You'd better watch out

A TEACHER who told a black student that Santa Claus is white has been placed on paid leave. Pupils in Cleveland High School in suburban Albuquerque had been asked to dress as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

Michael Rougier said when his son, Christopher, arrived with a Santa hat and beard, the teacher asked: "Don't you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?"

It happened the same week that Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly said both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.

EXPLOSIVE EXCUSE

BOMB threats that led to four

buildings being evacuated were made by a student trying to get out of a final exam, prosecutors claim. They say Eldo Kim (20) sent emails saying bombs had been placed around the campus of Harvard University to police and to two university officials.

GLOBAL BEAR HUNT

AIRPORT staff have identified a family that once owned an antique teddy bear left behind in Bristol airport.

The bear was found -- along with a photo dated 1918 with the names Dora and Glyn written on the back in a note to "our darling Daddie" -- in a carrier bag in 2012. It has been established "darling Daddie" was a Welsh man, Private Nicholas James Baker, killed in Baghdad in 1918. Airport staff are trying to trace any relatives.

PUT THAT ON FACEBOOK

A TOURIST in Australia fell off a pier while browsing Facebook on her phone.

The woman was walking along a bay in Melbourne when she became distracted by her Facebook feed and fell off the pier. Police pulled her out and said she managed to hang on to her phone throughout the ordeal.

HISTORIC 'VILLAGE'

ABOUT 250 buildings in New York City's Greenwich Village from the 1800s have gained historic district status from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Row houses, small theatres, cafes and clubs that welcomed the likes of Lenny Bruce, Eugene O'Neill, Edgar Allan Poe and Bob Dylan are to join the 13-street South Village Historic District.

NO MEXICAN VIGILANTES

VIGILANTE anti-drugs groups should not be allowed to form in Mexico, according to the country's National Human Rights Commission.

Commission president Raul Plascencia said the groups would inflame violence. He said the government was "not able to offer the most mini-mum protection" . At least 7,000 members of armed self-defence groups were detected in the state of Guerrero alone.

Irish Independent

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