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South Carolina Police Chief Crystal Moore, Fired For Being Lesbian, Reinstated By Town Vote

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Residents of Latta, South Carolina, yesterday voted to reinstate police chief Crystal Moore, who was fired by Latta mayor Earl Bullard in April for reasons that many residents claim had to do with her sexuality.

Today however, Bullard installed a new police chief in defiance of the voters' decision. 

Bullard caused controversy last month when after seven reprimands he fired Moore, alleging that she failed to maintain order. The mayor also questioned Moore’s authority. Moore maintained that she had not failed in her duties and that the reprimands were the first she had received in her 23 year career.

Bullard's decision to remove Moore from her position came as a council member released a recorded phone call in which the mayor said that he would prefer to leave his children with an alcoholic over someone whose "lifestyle is questionable."

According to Ryan Wilson, the director of South Carolina Equality, it’s clear from the recording “that the mayor has some very anti-LGBT or anti-gay feelings. I think the mayor owes an apology to the thousands of South Carolinians who are gay and transgender, particularly the ones who live in the town of Latta.”

A town grievance committee reviewed the evidence last week but found no conclusion could be reached regarding Bullard’s decision.

Crystal moore facebook pageHowever, hundreds of the town’s 1,400 residents vocally supported Moore and a website was set up to help her with living expenses and potential legal costs.

On Monday, Moore wrote on Facebook: “Remember to VOTE, June 24th in Latta, across from Town Hall 7am-7pm. Please vote “Yes”. I am so ready to go back to work to serve and protect our town. This "Yes" vote means I will be back."

Despite today's actions by Bullard, the vote will be certified this Friday, changing the town’s government structure from “mayor-strong” to “council-strong”, at which point the council will assume all hiring and firing capacity. 

The Council has already indicated that it intends to rehire Moore.



Handsome Felon's Mugshot Goes Viral, Now Up to 95,000 Facebook 'Likes'

Jeremy meeks convicted felon photo goes viral on stockton police department facebook pageA mugshot of Jeremy Meeks, a Northern California native arrested on felony weapons charges, has garnered more than 95,000 likes on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page.

According to the department’s spokesperson Officer Joseph Silva, no previous mugshot has received as much attention since the Facebook page started in March 2012.

Meeks was arrested along with three other men on June 18th on five weapons charges during an operation that aimed to curtail an increase in shootings and robberies in Stockton.

One commenter on Facebook said of Meeks: “Wow! Soo handsome! Model material!”

However, Officer Silva pointed out that Meeks is “one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area.”

Meeks' wife is reportedly "upset and furious" that he is getting so much attention.


New Facebook Feature Reveals Exact Moment Your Life Started Going Downhill: VIDEO

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Facebook's new LifePoint function distills each user's mistakes into one easy-to-find moment when their lives irrevocably took a turn for the worse.

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Facebook Introduces LGBT Stickers for Pride

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Facebook has added LGBT Pride Facebook Messenger stickers to its Sticker Store, GLAAD reports:

This is the latest in a long line of LGBT inclusive initiatives from Facebook. In February, GLAAD worked with Facebook to develop a custom gender field for transgender and gender non-comforming people. The feature enables users to select a custom gender option, indicate preferred pronouns and adjust privacy settings for the custom gender field.

Above are some of the stickers being offered.


Is This What Facebook Has In Mind For The Oculus Rift? - VIDEO

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Four days ago, Facebook acquired the crowd-funded virtual reality firm Oculus for $2 billion. Oculus, of course, is the creator of the Oculus Rift, a headset that immerses viewers into virtual reality environments.

But what does Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have in mind for the Oculus Rift? One YouTuber imagines a future where pointless status updates and endless ads ruin all possibility of immersive gameplay. Oh, and where Zuckerberg teabags you in mockery — fun!

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Teacher Suspended For Comparing Gay-Straight Alliance To Drug-Users Club

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David Foggin, a teacher at Parkersburg South High School in West Virginia, has been suspended for four days by the Wood County School District for posting an image on Facebook comparing his school’s gay-straight alliance with a club for drugs, drunks and deer poaching.

FogginHis post had an image advertising the GSA’s next meeting and the following text written by him:

“Club meeting at PSHS!! Rally around them and show ur support. We are also considering a drunks-t totaller club, drugged/sober club, smokeless tobacco vs smokes club, street racing, and deer poaching clubs. Please donate and support us. Thank u!!! I think I hear the drag already zinging.”

The county school board is investigating the matter and considering whether or not Mr. Foggin’s will be paid during his suspension.


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