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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

College Student Back in Class After Being KICKED OUT for DEFENDING Two Genders

Lake Ingle tells LifeZette he does not feel fully vindicated, as school's president reserves right to reopen the case

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Brendan Kirby

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s president on Monday allowed a student who had been kicked out of a religious studies class for claiming there are only two genders to return to the course, intervening before the academic integrity board could rule on a dispute.

In an email to the campus, IUP President Michael Driscoll said he decided to “indefinitely pause” the proceedings — while reserving the right to restart the process.

“Based on a review of governing policies, last week the student was informed that he is allowed to attend class,” he wrote. “I hope he will be in attendance this week and beyond.”

That student, Lake Ingle, told LifeZette that Monday was his first appearance in the class since a confrontation with his professor at the end of February. A College of Humanities official monitored the class.

Ingle said the class passed without incident. “It was fine,” he said. But Ingle said he would have liked for the academic integrity board to have rendered a decision on allegations that he disrupted the class.

“Coincidentally enough, the day I was told I could go back to class was the day I was supposed to get that ruling,” he said. “It seemed like they were going to rule in my favor.”

The dust-up occurred after Ingle objected to a video presentation of a transgender minister, followed by a classroom discussion — at first only with the female students — about topics such as “mansplaining,” systemic male privilege, and sexism.

Ingle said he acknowledged during testimony on March 9 before the six-member board — four faculty members and two students — that he was passionate during the debate. But he said he did not shout people down, interrupt the professor, or do anything else wrong.

“I don’t think I was harming the space for anything,” he said.

Ingle said he is glad to be back but does not feel completely vindicated. “The president of the university is still reserving the right to reopen the case,” he said. “I don’t know what to make of that.”

Driscoll lamented in his email that Ingle “chose to take his version of events to the media,” while the case was pending before the [academic board]. And as you probably know, the university is not allowed to violate his privacy rights by sharing the entirety of the matter.”

Driscoll wrote that he’d asked a senior faculty member with experience in the First Amendment to join the class as a monitor. In addition, Pablo Mendoza — the assistant to the president for social equity — introduced himself as a resource for anyone with issues or questions.

Ingle said he, Mendoza and the professor are working to set up a meeting among the three of them.

In the meantime, Ingle said, he is confident he will be able to get through the class and graduate in May. The religious studies major said he does not think his confrontation with the professor will affect his grade.

“If the rest of the semester goes the way this class did, I don’t foresee any problems.”

Ingle said he hopes to complete a master’s degree and then a doctorate in psychology. He acknowledged that the political environment is tough for conservatives on many campuses.

“It’s a very gray area universities are going through right now … It’s definitely a problem, the silencing of disagreeing viewpoints,” he said.

Many conservative students facing such pressures simply keep their heads down in order to get on with their careers. Not Ingle. He said he hopes to teach psychology. If he succeeds — the odds are that he will be a lonely minority on the faculty.

But he said it is important that students have exposure to different ideas.

“It’s good to have views collide,” he said. “But when you sterilize the environment, it becomes a barren place of learning. There is no learning.”


California Cities Seek to DEFY ‘Sanctuary State’ as REVOLT Spreads

Pro-Trump anti-illegal immigration protesters (Bill Wechter / AFP / Getty)
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More California cities may consider defying the state’s “sanctuary state” laws, after the city council of Los Alamitos passed an ordinance defying the state’s controversial new legislation preventing cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Leaders of Los Alamitos, in Orange County, passed the ordinance 4-1 and instructed the city attorney to file an amicus brief in the ongoing Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California. The lawsuit challenges the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (AB 103); and the California Values Act (SB 54).

The Orange County Register reports that other cities — and even Orange County itself — are now thinking of following suit (original links):

The County of Orange and several cities in Southern California soon might join Los Alamitos in its bid to opt out of a controversial state law that limits cooperation with federal immigration officials.

Officials with the county as well as leaders in Aliso Viejo and Buena Park said Tuesday they plan to push for various versions of the anti-sanctuary ordinance approved in Los Alamitos late Monday by a 4-1 vote of that city council.

Immigration advocates said Los Alamitos and cities and counties that follow its opt-out ordinance will be violating state law and at risk of litigation.

But Los Alamitos’ anti-sanctuary push also received wide attention in conservative media, and gained support from those who don’t agree with California’s protective stance on all immigrants, regardless of legal status.

Orange County is a key battleground in 2018, both at the state and federal levels. Democrats are hoping to pick up several U.S. House seats in the county, which voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — the first time in decades that the traditionally conservative county had backed a Democrat.

But Republicans are backing a recall of State Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) for voting to raise the gas tax. A ballot initiative to repeal the gas tax hike could also bring Republicans out to vote. And the immigration issue is likely to fuel turnout even more.

Proponents of the Los Alamitos legislation argued that the state was forcing local officials to defy their oath to the Constitution, and that the new ordinance was faithful to the rule of law.


Austin Serial Bombing Suspect KILLED in Dramatic Confrontation

Serial bomber who terrorized Austin identified; left ‘treasure trove’ of info before blowing himself to bits

Bradford Betz, Elizabeth Zwirz

The serial bomber who terrorized Austin, Texas for three harrowing weeks was identified Wednesday morning -- just hours after he blew himself to bits with his own device as cops closed in.
Mark Anthony Conditt, 24, was named as the bomber, an ATF source told Fox News. A picture of Conditt in 2013 from his mother's Facebook page was authenticated by The Austin-American Statesman.
Conditt was killed near the motel he was traced to by authorities using surveillance footage from a Federal Express drop-off store and cell phone triangulation technology, according to The Austin American-Statesman.
He died after fleeing the motel in a car, with police hot on his tail. He drove into a ditch, sparking the fatal confrontation.
Officials work at the scene where the suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, the police said early Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Officials work at the scene where the suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, the police said early Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
"We wanted this to come to a peaceful resolution tonight," said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. "However, we were not afforded that opportunity when he started to drive away."
Conditt was home-schooled and went to Austin Community College, neighbors told the Austin American-Statesman
“I know this is a cliché but I just can’t imagine that,” a neighbor who spoke to the newspaper on the condition of anonymity, and whose children grew up playing with Conditt.
Authorities have said Conditt was 24, but public records obtained by the Statesman indicate he was 23.
His mother, Danene Conditt, posted a picture of him in February 2013 to mark his completing a high school-level education.
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Law enforcement responds to where the Austin bombing suspect detonated two packages as police closed in.  (FOX7)
“I officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday. 1 down, 3 to go. He has 30 hrs of college credit too, but he’s thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do….maybe a mission trip. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years.”
He and his father, Pat Conditt, purchased a Pflugerville property last year that is now valued at about $69,000, according to property records. 
The neighbor said Mark Conditt had been living in that house, which he built with his father’s help.
Conditt had worked at Crux Semiconductor in Austin as a "purchasing Agent/buyer/shipping and receiving," according to a profile on a job recruiting website and had previously worked as a computer repair technician, according to the Statesman.
Police said Conditt detonated two package bombs as police closed in, firing at him. It was not immediately clear whether he died from the bombs or shots fired by police. One officer was knocked back by the blasts, but none were seriously hurt.
Emergency vehicles stage near the site of another explosion, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Emergency vehicles stage near the site of another explosion, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Austin, Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Manley said police had zeroed in on a "person of interest" over the last 24-36 hours, tracing him to the motel in Round Rock, where they spotted his vehicle. The suspect is believed to be from the Pflugerville area, located near the site of the showdown with cops in Round Rock, FOX7 reported.
"Late last night and early this morning, we felt very confident this was the suspect in bombings throughout Austin," Manley said.
As police took up positions around the motel and waited for tactical units to arrive, the suspect bolted, Manley said. 
Police followed the vehicle, and, when it went off the road, SWAT team officers moved in.
"The suspect is deceased with significant injuries," Manley said, adding that he has not yet been positively identified by the medical examiner.
Manley also warned more package bombs could be out there.
"We don't know where he has been in the past 24 hours," Manley said. "If you see something that looks suspicious, see something out of place, see something that gives you concern, call 911."
President Trump reacted to the news early Wednesday morning, tweeting, "AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!"
Witnesses to the confrontation told FOX7 there was a bomb robot used by law enforcement, but they didn't hear any explosion.
"There was no smoke coming out of the cars," an unidentified witness told FOX7.
The incident appears to have brought to an end a terrifying sequence that began March 2, when Anthony Steven House, 39, was killed when a package he discovered on his porch in northeast Austin exploded.
Ten days later, a second "porch bomb" exploded nearby, killing 17-year-old Draylen Masonand injuring his mother. A third bomb went off on March 12, injuring Esperanza Herrera, 75, and police quickly determined all three were connected.
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Draylen Mason played the bass, and was to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall  (Facebook)
As the Texas capital's residents sought answers, developments took a frightening turn March 18, when two men were injured by a bomb that was set off by a sophisticated "trip wire" made of fishing string. That bomb, along with the accelerated pattern of attacks, spurred fears authorities were hunting a highly trained maniac.
Just after midnight on March 19, a packaged destined for Austin exploded at a FedEx delivery facility in Schertz, some 65 miles south of Austin. That package had been sent from Austin, and police were able to track it to the drop-off store where they obtained surveillance video.
Also Tuesday, the FBI said a suspicious package reported at a FedEx distribution center near the Austin airport "contained an explosive device." The two packages were sent from a mail delivery office in Sunset Valley, an Austin suburb south of downtown.
Fox News'  Travis Fedschun, Jonathan Hunt, Maggie Kerkman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.