DALLAS — A Texas preschool teacher has been fired over a series of anti-Semitic posts on social media, including a tweet that said “kill some Jews.”

Nancy Salem, who was fired from The Children’s Courtyard in Arlington, also retweeted: “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!”

Tweets by Salem and other University of Texas at Arlington students were made public after watchdog group Canary Mission reported that 24 current and former students had made anti-Semitic comments online.

Salem, along with 18 other students in the report, belonged to the UTA chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which Canary Mission said was a “focal point for campus anti-Semitism.”

Salem has since deleted her social media accounts.

The preschool released a statement explaining Salem’s termination.

“Providing a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment is of the utmost importance to us,” the statement said. “The offensive comments certainly don’t reflect our views. Our employees are expected to uphold certain standards of personal and professional conduct. Our senior leadership thoroughly investigated this matter. This person no longer works for our company.”

—The Dallas Morning News


Father who threw baby from a bridge convicted of murder

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Tony Moreno was convicted of murder on Wednesday for causing the July 2015 death of his infant son by throwing him off the Arrigoni Bridge.

Jurors reached their verdict after deliberating Tuesday afternoon and for a short time Wednesday morning after reviewing the testimony of Middletown police Officer Austin Smith, the first officer on the scene at the bridge, and Moreno’s own testimony from Friday.

Moreno, 23, of Middletown, was convicted of charges of murder and risk of injury to a child. He faces up to 70 years in prison when he is sentenced May 18.

Moreno’s attorney, Norman A. Pattis, said he planned to appeal the conviction.

During the trial, prosecutors called witnesses who said Moreno confessed to a detective and a hospital psychiatrist, with a police officer present, that he killed his son. The state showed the jury text messages sent between Moreno and Aaden’s mother, Adrianne Oyola, in the minutes before Aaden’s death.

Moreno’s text messages said that 7-month-old Aaden was dead and that he would soon be dead, too.

But Moreno in his testimony said he never planned on killing Aaden, and that the boy’s death was an accident. Aaden fell from his arms while he was standing at the bridge railing, and Moreno had been planning on killing himself but not the baby, he said during the trial.

During the trial Moreno’s mother, Denise Moreno, testified about getting a horrifying call from Tony late at night on July 5, 2015. He told her he was on the bridge, and asked her to come retrieve Aaden’s stroller and a phone containing pictures of the two of them.

She raced to the bridge with her other son, Aaron, and called 911 on the way, arriving just before the first police officer.

Denise, Aaron Moreno and police called out to Tony to get him to stop walking on the bridge, and watched as moments later Moreno put both hands on the railing and vaulted himself over the edge to fall nearly 100 feet into the Connecticut River below.

He was pulled from the water by firefighters in the department’s rescue boat 30 minutes later, and spent several days in the intensive care unit at Hartford Hospital.

Officials spent two days searching the river for Aaden, and a kayaker found the boy’s body 14 miles downstream in East Haddam on July 7, 2015.

—The Hartford Courant


North Carolina Republican files bill to establish life at conception

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina lawmaker filed a bill in the North Carolina House that would establish life at the moment of conception.

House Bill 163, also known as the “Right to Life at Conception Act,” would “implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and pre-born human person” and declare “the right to life is vested in each human being.”

Rep. Beverly G. Boswell, a Republican representing Dare, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington, was the sole sponsor of the bill.

The bill defines a human person or human being as “each member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization or cloning or any other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”

The bill specifically would not: “require the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child,” prohibit in-vitro fertilization or prohibit the use of birth control or other means of preventing human fertilization.

—The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)


Germany deports 18 rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan

MUNICH — A Kabul-bound plane with 18 Afghan migrants on board took off from Munich Airport late Wednesday, its passengers becoming the third group of rejected asylum seekers to be deported by German authorities back to Afghanistan.

The deportations have come under fire in Germany from opposition parties and rights groups who argue that much of Afghanistan is not safe for return.

The Bavarian Interior Ministry reported there were 18 deportees on board — fewer than the 50 previously cited by Upper Bavarian police.

Around 250 people gathered at the airport to protest the deportation, according to police.

“This is unjustifiable,” said Maria Brand, an aid worker from Upper Bavaria’s city of Erding.

“There are no secure areas in Afghanistan,” said Nadine Kriebel of the Bavarian Refugees’ Council, which organized the rally. “We want to lodge a protest against these indiscriminate deportations.”

In the past, the majority of Afghans whose asylum bids were declined were allowed to remain in Germany due to the security threat in their country. But Berlin decided last year to designate parts of Afghanistan safe for return.


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