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School Football Coach on Leave for Praying

District says practice threatens students' constitutional rights

(Newser) - The coach of a Washington state high school football team who prayed at games despite orders from the school district to stop has been placed on paid administrative. Bremerton School District officials said in a statement late Wednesday that assistant football coach Joe Kennedy's leave was necessitated because of...

A Family Dispute May Have Destroyed This Motel

Cops: Man stepped on gas meter while helping stepdaughter out window

(Newser) - When police officers first arrived at a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Wash., on Aug. 18, they had no idea that a gas explosion would level a quarter of the building within minutes. Instead, they were called to the building because of a domestic dispute—and now they say that dispute...

2 Missing After Gas Blast at Wash. Motel 6

Hotel manager sounded the alarm minutes before the explosion

(Newser) - Two people are missing after a terrifying gas explosion at a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Wash., destroyed a quarter of the building and sent a gas company employee to the hospital in critical condition, reports NBC News . KING 5 News reports officials are combing through debris after a gas leak...

Son, 9, Made Bad Mistake in Shooting: Dad

Boy sobs in jail jumpsuit in court, victim still critical

(Newser) - A sobbing 9-year-old boy in an orange jail jumpsuit appeared at a Washington state hearing yesterday concerning the shooting of his third-grade classmate. A loaded .45-caliber handgun the boy brought to school apparently accidentally discharged when he slammed his backpack onto a desk, according to cops. A bullet was fired...

Third-Grader Shot With Classmate's Gun

Boy, 9, booked on suspicion of assault

(Newser) - A third-grade girl was shot in the stomach yesterday at her Washington state elementary school when a loaded handgun in the backpack of a classmate apparently discharged accidentally, said officials. The girl was in critical condition last night in a Seattle hospital. The 9-year-old boy who brought the handgun has...

Santa Claus Nailed to Cross
Santa Claus Nailed to Cross

Santa Claus Nailed to Cross

Xmas protest angers neighbors

(Newser) - A Washington state man's personal protest against the commercialism of Christmas is upsetting his new neighbors, and it's not too hard to understand why. A headless Santa Claus sings Christmas carols on Art Conrad's front porch, and another life-size Santa hangs crucified on a 15-foot cross in his yard.

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