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  1. Taking a semester off from Texas Tech University to help her family recover from Hurricane Harvey, Diana Durkin was thrilled to return to campus for her sophomore year. But ironically, it was her enthusiasm that nearly halted her plans when she was stopped by the TSA before a Jan. 6 flight out of William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. “I love Texas Tech. I love the people, I love the school. Anytime I see someone I get really excited,” the 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News. In a nod to TTU’s mascot, the Masked Rider, Durkin said that Texas Tech fans often salute each other with a finger gun and a “Wreck ‘em” slogan when they see each other — which is exactly what got her flagged by the TSA. Waiting on line for security, Durkin spotted a man in a Texas Tech hoodie, and reflexively threw up a finger gun, to which he gave an odd look. Moments after, a TSA agent led her out of line to question the gesture. Taking to Twitter in a panic to detail the incident, Durkin’s well-intentioned mishap soon went viral. “In the airport security line and I see someone wearing a Texas Tech hoodie and I look at them and do the gun hand signal because wreck em amiright [sic]. tsa is now pulling me aside to talk to me,” she wrote in a post that soon won over 3,700 retweet sand 38,000 likes. "'What are you doing? You can't do that in an airport,’” Durkin remembered the agent telling her, reports BuzzFeed. She added that the agent followed up by giving her a full screening and pat down, nearly sending Durkin to tears. "Oh my gosh, they think I'm a terrorist… Oh my gosh I'm going to jail,” Durkin remembered thinking. “I'm just sitting there, almost in tears, like, 'No, I'm just really dumb, I'm not a terrorist!'” Durkin said TSA let her off with a warning after giving her a full pat down and screening. (Photo courtesy Diana Durkin) Durkin, however, said the TSA eventually let her off with just a warning, after she assured them she learned her lesson. Durkin and her family have since decided to treat the incident as a funny story — even though Durkin admitted that the ordeal really had her “scared to death.”
  2. Fans are pouring out support for actress Bella Thorne after the actress revealed on social media that she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. "I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14..when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it," she wrote in an Instagram post. "All damn night." The "Famous In Love" star, 20, shared her story Sunday as celebs at the 75th Golden Globe Awards were promoting the #TimesUp movement, which calls for an end to sexual harassment and violence. Thorne said of the abuse that it was "Waiting for someone to take advantage of my life again." "Over and over I waited for it to stop and finally it did," she wrote. "But some of us aren't as lucky to get out alive. Please today stand up for every soul Mistreated." She also tweeted Sunday, "I never knew what was right or wrong growing up..I didn't know the person sneaking into my bed room at night was a bad person." View image on Twitter Twitter Ads info and privacy The former Disney star did not name the person she says abused her. Fans immediately started offering their support, with some of them sharing their own stories of sexual abuse. Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy On Monday Thorne posted a tearful Instastory video to thank everyone. "I'm on Twitter reading about all the people sharing sexual abuse stories with me from mine and I just want to say I'm really proud of all you guys," she said. "Stay strong, peace, I love you guys." It wasn't the first time the star had talked about abuse. In December Thorne tweeted, "Yeah I was," in response to another Twitter user saying they believed the actress had been molested.
  3. A British boxing fan was hit with a $115,000 bill after a friend of his streamed the April 2017 Anthony Joshua/Wladimir Klitschko fight on Facebook Live. Craig Foster paid the £19.95 ($26.99) to watch the fight on Sky Box Office, allowing him to watch the April fight on pay-per-view at his home with his friends. But one of Foster's friends, who reportedly had too much to drink, started streaming the fight on Foster's iPad to Facebook Live. Sky found Foster from the watermark on his account number, which showed up on the screen, according to The Mirror, which first reported the news. (Credit: Reuters) After Sky tracked him down, they canceled Foster's subscription and sent him a bill for £85,000 ($115,000), citing lost revenue from pay-per-view sales. The Facebook stream was watched by approximately 4,250 people. Approximately 400,000 people in total used Facebook to illegally watch the fight. Foster has acknowledged his wrongdoing and has agreed to pay £5,000 ($6,761) to Sky in legal costs, according to a report in The Independent. Fox News has reached out to Sky for comment on this story. Foster knew streaming the fight was wrong, but "I didn’t stop my friend but I was watching the boxing. I’m just a bloke who had a few drinks with his friends," he said in an interview with The Mirror. Law firm Foot Anstey LLP, who represented Sky, had asked him to turn over the names of the people who watched the stream, but Foster chose not to reveal that information, according to the report. Illegal streaming woes The fight, which saw Joshua triumph over Klitschko in the 11th round by technical knockout, was called "the most anticipated boxing match in decades" by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. However, it pales in comparison to the recent Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight when it comes to illegal streaming. In August, citing data from digital security expert Irdeto, Fox News reported that more than 2.9 million people watched Mayweather take on McGregor on pirated streams. Some 239 illegal streams were found, accroding to Irdeto. A mysterious code reportedly appeared in some of the Mayweather-McGregor pirated streams, sparking suspicions that someone was trying to find out who was watching the illegal streams. Copyright and filesharing news site TorrentFreak said it had received an unsubstantiated report that “an unusual watermark” was embedded into streams originally broadcast by Sky Sports Box Office, which was licensed to show the fight in the U.K. Sky declined to comment to Fox News when contacted in August. Showtime, which sponsored the event, said the fight did 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, making it the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind 2015's fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which set a North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys.
  4. A Florida professor teaching a "White Racism" course designed to show "the U.S. has been and remains a white supremacist society” will have his classroom guarded by two police officers as his students meet for the first time Tuesday, the university has revealed. Ted Thornhill, an assistant professor of sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University, said out of an abundance of caution he sent campus police 46 pages of disturbing emails and voicemail messages he received after the class was announced, The News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. reported. "We have prepared for any possible distractions related to Tuesday's first class of the White Racism course, but we are expecting normal campus civility as our students engage in this and other courses at the spring semester's start," Susan Evans, FGCU's spokeswoman and chief of staff, told the newspaper. Thornhill said none of the messages threatened violence or a disruption of the class, but some called him racial slurs. A few prospective students told the professor they had safety concerns. "The number of emails I got pales in comparison to the thousands and thousands of comments and post on all manner of social media and traditional media outlet websites that said things that were unspeakable," he told The News-Press. "Cancer (Stage 4) is what you and your family deserve for spreading hate, lies & intolerance," one email said, according to the newspaper. A security plan was put in place after the professor met with FGCU’s president and other school officials. Administrators would not say if police will remain for the rest of the semester and campus police would not comment on the plan, The News-Press reported. "I think most of us don't anticipate there being any unrest or protest or anything like that," Thornhill said. "But it's more of a prudent measure to have law enforcement present just in case." He called the reaction to the course "upsetting but perhaps not entirely surprising given the nature of these more rabid white racists." Thornhill told Fox News in November that his class is “about the search for truth” and any controversy around the title or description proves its “urgency.” “Too many Americans, especially whites, are cocooned in a ‘bubble of unreality’ as it concerns racial matters,” Thornhill said. Students will read “important scholarship” to “gain a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of race, white racism, racial inequality, and white supremacy,” in addition to challenging “widely and adamantly held, but empirically unsubstantiated myths about racial matters in the U.S.,” Thornhill added. Thornhill was adamant that the course isn’t “anti-white” but rather is “anti-white racism.” “Clearly, not all white people are racists; some are even anti-racist,” Thornhill said, though he added all white people “derive, in some measure, material and psychological benefits by virtue of being racialized as white.” The course was expanded from 35 to 50 students and is currently at capacity. Sociology major Ché Hall, 20, is one of the 50 students enrolled in the class and told The News-Press that she has heard chatter about students showing up on the first day to see if others cause problems. "I think a lot of people who said that they would come to start issues are just saying that and won't actually come," she added.
  5. A California federal court has ruled that a high school football player cannot be ordered to stand for the national anthem before games. The decision, made by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Dec. 21, struck down statutes enforced by the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The district prohibited students from “kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest” at sporting events and “required students and coaches to “stand and remove hats/helmets during the playing or singing of the national anthem,” according to court documents. The Los Angeles Times reported the school district implemented the rules following a game between San Pasqual Valley High School and Mayer High School in Spring Valley, Ariz. The athletes from the majority-white Arizona school hurled racial slurs at San Pasqual Valley High School students after a player, known only as “V.A.” kneeled during the anthem. V.A. said he kneeled to “protest racial injustice” and imitated NFL players who have also sat or kneeled during the Star Spangled Banner. The San Pasqual Valley school is primarily Native American and Latino, Ira Gottlieb, an attorney who represented V.A. said. Following the incident, the district’s Superintendent, Rauna Fox, decided to implement the new rules. However, the court found the school district’s rules violated V.A’s “First Amendment right to political expression.” “Schools have the authority to curb speech only when the expressions threaten to disrupt a school’s education mission,” the ruling stated. " "We are pleased with this outcome," Katie Traverso, an attorney who represented V.A. in court, said. "Students like our client who conscientiously carry their values and ideals with them, cannot be silenced or directed on what to say or not say by their school in this manner.” It was not immediately clear if the district would appeal the decision. V.A.’s lawyers said they would be “seeking a permanent injunction."
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