Police Foil A Planned Attack On The Pokemon World Championship In Boston

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(PCM) Those in attendance at the Pokemon World Championship tournament in Boston are breathing a huge sign of relief now that police have apprehended two suspects 18-year old Kevin Norton and 27-year old James Stumbo, who were allegedly planning a deadly attack at the tournament.

The pair were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and additional firearm related charges. Police in Boston were alerted that the two men were travelling to the event from Iowa and had firearms in their possession based upon information that was posted on their social media channels.

Stumbo had posted a photo of himself holding up a firearm with text that read “Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds. Boston here we come!! to which Norton had commented “with killing the competition”.

The Pokemon World Championship is attended by over 5,000 Pokemon fans and over $2 million dollars is up for grabs for at least 1,000 players.

When police seized the vehicle, the two suspects were released pending a search warrant, however once obtained the police discovered one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife inside the vehicle belonging to the suspects.

In a statement regarding the incident and potential threat the Pokemon International Company says “Prior to the event this weekend, our community of players made us aware of a security issue. We gathered information and gave it as soon as possible to the authorities at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center who acted swiftly and spearheaded communication with the Boston Police Department. Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved. The Pokémon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority.”

 

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Newspaper Apologizes For Racist Obama Cartoon

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(PCM) Recently, The Boston Herald ran a cartoon that depicted President Obama in the White House bathroom brushing his teeth with a white man sitting the bathtub behind him asking “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?”.

The creator of the cartoon, Jerry Holbert claims that he created the cartoon to mock the recent secret service security breach that occurred at the White House and makes fun of the fact that media is reporting that the intruder got further onto the property than initially reported.

The Boston Herald has now issued a public apology for running the cartoon after they received a ton of backlash from the public deeming the cartoon to be incredibly racist. People specifically called out the use of “watermelon” as the toothpaste flavor chosen as it completely plays off the stereotype that African American people are particularly fans of that particular fruit flavor.

Holbert however stands by his claim that the cartoon was not meant to be racist and it was only meant to showcase light-hearted humor about the situation, not to offend. He says he chose watermelon as the flavor because that is the flavor of Colgate toothpaste that he happened to see in his kid’s bathroom the morning he created the sketch.

When the cartoon was set to be published in the syndicate newspapers, Holbert was asked to change “watermelon” to “raspberry” to which he complied even though his expressed disagreement. He does regret not alerting the Herald to the syndicates requested change.

For the record, Holbert also claims that he detests racist humor and would never purposefully contribute to it, however it does appear his cartoon suggested otherwise!

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Boston’s Logan Airport Issues Apology For Holding A Fire Drill On 9/11 Anniversary!

Logan-fire-drill1(PCM) Officials at Boston’s Logan Airport have issued the following apology after a very poor decision was made to conduct a fire drill complete with smoke, flames, and even a burning plane on their runaway on this day, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

“Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11. Safety and security is our top priority and constant vigilance and readiness is critical, but the exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11. The airport community recognizes the day with moments of silence, a service in the chapel, and a wreath at the 9/11 memorial.”

Even the Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick called the drill “just dumb.” They should have really known it was in poor taste, and it had to be absolutely terrifying to passengers who happened to look out the airport windows to see smoke and flames on the runaway on this day of all days.

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Neil Diamond Performed Sweet Caroline Live At Fenway Park

DiamondCeremonies before the game, postponed because of the massive police manhunt for suspect #2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, honoring victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, as well as the city’s police and fire departments, featured a live, 8th inning performance of “Sweet Caroline” by singer Neil Diamond, who came in unannounced an unplanned for the performance.

His 1969 hit is the unofficial anthem of the team and played during every home-game eighth inning since 2002. He last sang it live at Fenway for the 2010 season opener. This week, it was played in MLB ballparks throughout the country Tuesday to show support for Boston.

Diamond was quoted as saying that he was humbled and honored to be in Boston and to be able to personally thank and express his gratitude to the first responders and law enforcement officers.

“What an honor it is for me to be here today!” Diamond told the 35,000 in attendance, “I bring love from the whole country.”

The song was actually inspired by John F. Kennedy’s Daughter, Caroline.

The Boston Red Sox had a 4-3 victory over Kansas City, with a lot of help from Daniel Nava’s three run homer in the 8th inning.

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