COFFEE SHOP EMPLOYEES FIRED AFTER RAP MUSIC OFFENDS VERY IMPORTANT WHITE MAN: Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs at Duke, said in a statement released Tuesday that he went into the Joe Van Gogh on Friday to purchase some items. "I was shocked to hear lyrics playing quite loudly. I found (them) quite inappropriate for a working environment that serves children among others," he said in the statement. Brown said she offered to give Moneta his order for free. Moneta agreed to pay, and both Brown and Simmons thought that was the end of it. Moneta said he then contacted the director of Duke dining to express his concerns, and that was the end of his involvement. Brown said she and Simmons were let go from their jobs on Monday. "I have definitely been, like, upset about it and honestly crying because I lost my job over something crazy," she said.
NC REPUBLICANS USE CHEAP TACTICS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TEACHER RALLY: Are you looking for a place to spend May 16 because school is closed due to all the teachers protesting in Raleigh? The North Carolina Republican Party and the Wake County Republican Party are inviting families to spend the day with them at Coconut Charlie's Bump N Bounce at 7409 Six Forks Road in Raleigh. The GOP says the free event is meant to assist parents during the "Teacher Walkout Day." Just don't expect to be able to leave your child there and pick them up. The march is organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators, which is highly critical of the education and tax policies of the Republican-led General Assembly. Republicans, including State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, have criticized the decision to hold the rally on a school day.
JUDGE SLASHES SMITHFIELD HOG NUISANCE SETTLEMENT FROM $50 MILLION DOWN TO $2.5 MILLION: U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt ruled this week that North Carolina law required him to cut the size of punitive damages to $2.5 million total for the 10 plaintiffs. Attorneys for the homeowners did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment. Britt cited state law that limits the punishment for corporate misdeeds to no more than $250,000, an amount 1/20th the $5 million that jurors last month ordered Smithfield Foods to pay each neighbor. Neighbors of a 15,000-head Bladen County swine operation also were awarded $75,000 each in compensation for conditions that prevented them from enjoying their own property. Smithfield Foods called the lawsuits "a serious threat" to its North Carolina livestock operations and related jobs. The company has said it would appeal last month's jury decision.
IRANIAN AND ISRAELI MILITARY CLASH NEAR THE GOLAN HEIGHTS: The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. Israel said the targets of the strikes, its largest in Syria since the 1973 war, included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire and that none of its warplanes were hit. Iranian media described the attacks as "unprecedented," but there was no official Iranian comment on Israel's claims.
TRUMP THREATENS TO TAKE CREDENTIALS FROM WHITE HOUSE REPORTERS: In a tweet, Trump complained that “despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else,” most of the network news about him is “negative (Fake).” “Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt?” Trump went on to ask, adding: “Take away credentials?” Reporters require credentials to access the White House grounds and cover the president’s official and re-election campaign events. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, insisted the administration is “very committed to a free press” and demonstrates that commitment through near-daily press briefings and access to the president. “The fact that I’m standing here taking questions, the fact that the president took questions from your colleagues just two hours ago demonstrates this White House’s commitment to accessibility, and to providing information to the American public,” she said. “At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information.”