Arkansas time machine, back to the 1950s: In McGehee, a town of 4,200 in southeastern Arkansas, a black girl (Kym Wimberly) who had finished first in her senior class was named only “co-”valedictorian after officials at McGehee High changed the rules to avoid what one called a potential “big mess.”
As a result, in an ironic twist on “affirmative action,” the highest-scoring white student was elevated to share top honors.
Said Kym’s mother, “We all know if the tables were turned, there wouldn’t be a co-valedictorian.”
In July, the girl filed a lawsuit against the school and the protocol-changing principal.
Roy Griffith, 60, John Sanborn, 53, and Douglas Ward, 55, were arrested in Deerfield Township, Mich., and charged with stealing a 14-foot-long stuffed alligator from a barn, dragging it away with their truck, and using it to surf in the mud (“mudbogging”).
When the gator’s owner tracked down the three nearby, they denied the theft and insisted that theirs is an altogether-different 14-foot-long stuffed alligator.
Ward’s blood-alcohol reading was 0.40.
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