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Well, that certainly explains it!

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published August 19, 2015

Well, that certainly explains it!

(1) The mayor of Whitesboro, New York, defending to a Village Voice reporter in July the 19th-century-based town seal that features a white settler appearing to push down an American Indian man, denied any racism and said the image is "actually" a typical "friendly wrestling (match) that took place back in those days." (According to Whitesboro's website, the Native American supposedly uttered, after the "match," "UGH. You good fellow too much.")

(2) In April, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to stop relocating whistleblowing employees to "offices" that were abandoned jail cells. The bureau had insisted that the transfers were not punishment for reporting agency misconduct -- even though one of the "offices" had no desk, computer or phone and required the employee to walk past prisoners' cells to get to work. [Village Voice, 7-7-2015] [Washington Post, 4-3-2015]

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