A jury handed down a staggering $11 million verdict against Oberlin for a smear campaign against a local business, and it awarded another $33 million in punitive damages to the targeted mom-and-pop store, Gibson's Food Market and Bakery. It began when a black student with two friends attempted to shoplift wine from the store, and the owner's son pursued and detained him. Police arrested the students, who were charged with crimes. Oberlin College's Student Senate passed a resolution declaring, "Gibson's has a history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment of students and residents alike." The school suspended its longtime business with Gibson's, and Oberlin's Department of Africana Studies posted a comment on Facebook: "Their food is rotten and they profile black students."
Natasha Tynes, an award-winning Jordanian American author who lost a book deal following false claims of online racism, is suing her publishing house for $13 million. After the tweet and the resulting uproar, Tynes was hospitalized for "an acute anxiety reaction and suicidal ideations." Tynes began receiving online threats, and she became the subject of racial slurs, including being called a "terrorist," "a plane bomber," "un-American" and "a radical Muslim," while others called for her deportation. Her lawyer argues the publisher incited this mob when it made a defamatory statement, describing her tweet as the policing of a black womans body -- "something truly horrible."
Gareth Roberts, who has written both Doctor Who TV episodes and books in the past, has been dropped from a new anthology of stories based on the TV show, over what publisher BBC Books described as "offensive language about the transgender community" on social media. When news of his contribution was leaked online, "a section" of the Doctor Who fandom "agitated" for his removal, and other contributors threatened to withdraw if he was involved. read more
Steve Johnson owns the home on Lindell Drive, in El Sobrante, where a newly made swastika symbol is now embedded in his front yard. "It's a Tibetan sign that's way back before [Nazi] swastikas were invented," he said. Some neighbors found the symbol offensive, others complained that it was stupid because it hurt the retail value of neighboring houses.
Blake's 7 and Doctor Who star Paul Darrow has died aged 78 following a short illness. The Surrey-born actor was best known for playing Kerr Avon in BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7 during the 70s and 80s, but also appeared in more than 200 other shows including The Saint, Z Cars, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Little Britain.