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Author:Oliver, Charles
Position:Shooting investigation in Memphis, Tennessee, and city council in Malibu, California banned plastic utensils in restaurants and food vendors
 
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The Pennsylvania State Police were called in after a 6-year-old boy at Newport Elementary School in Perry County made "violent hand gestures" toward someone else at the school. Police say they are treating it as a terroristic threats investigation.

The Malibu, California, City Council has banned restaurants and food vendors from providing plastic straws, stirrers, and utensils. Businesses have until June 1 to switch to paper, wood, or reusable replacements.

Police in Memphis, Tennessee; have launched an internal investigation after the body of a shooting victim was found in a van that had been sitting in a police impound lot for 49 days. The van had been taken to the lot after police investigated a robbery and shooting. Police believed only two men were in the van. But a third man left in the van had been shot in the abdomen, an attorney for his family said. The lawyer added that the man might have lived had he been noticed and brought to a hospital.

Anne King is suing her exhusband, Corey King--a Washington County, Georgia, sheriff's deputy--and two fellow deputies for having her and a friend arrested over the contents of a Facebook post. Anne posted that Corey had refused to bring by medicine for their sick children. The friend volunteered to help and called the ex a "POS." Corey got a magistrate to issue arrest warrants for both women for criminal defamation. Since that law was overturned by the state Supreme Court in 1982 as unconstitutional, a judge tossed the charges out, but not before King and her friend spent four hours in jail.

After a judge ruled that Washington state lawmakers had been illegally withholding records such as emails and their daily calendars from the press and public, lawmakers rushed through a bill exempting most of those things from the state's Public Records Act. They claimed the bill was pro-transparency because...

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