NATIONAL NEWS: Flight attendant allegedly attempts to smuggle cocaine, Jury dismisses case over alleged false promises of post-grad employment, Plans to remove New Orleans Confederate monument halted


Flight attendant allegedly attempts to smuggle cocaine

A JetBlue flight attendant attempted to smuggle a suitcase filled with 70 pounds of cocaine through the Los Angeles International Airport, reported Fox News on March 25. Marsha Gay Reynolds fled the airport after her suitcase was randomly flagged for a security screening. Reynolds allegedly “flung off her high heels and bolted down an upward-moving escalator,” according to Fox News. She traveled across the country to New York where she later surrendered to authorities. A New York City jury freed Reynolds on $500,000 bail, but a Los Angeles district judge ordered her March 24 to return to Los Angeles after a prosecutor appeal of the case.

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Jury dismisses case against law school over alleged false promises of post-graduate employment

Former law school student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego sued the school on the notion that “she was lured to the school by false promises that her degree would land her a job after graduating,” according to Fox News. Anna Alaburda filed the lawsuit in 2011 seeking $125,000 in damages because she was unable to find a full-time job after graduation while faced with $170,000 in student debt. The jury dismissed the case March 24 as the jurists did not find significant evidence that the law school reported false post-graduation employment figures. The jury did find that the employment numbers also included part-time and non-legal work, but they were not false.

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Plans to remove Confederate monuments in New Orleans halt amid backlash

New Orleans’ plans to remove monuments of Civil War Confederate leaders received violent backlash, reported Fox News on March 25. The city has not found a single contractor willing to risk taking down the monuments because of death threats and violent acts of intimidation expressed in the city. The monuments include statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, regarded by many in New Orleans and other urban areas of the country as symbols of racism and white supremacy. Michel-Antoine Goitia-Nicolas, a New Orleans resident said, “Our lesson in history is that when we tear down the monuments of the past we rebuild the errors of our past.” According to Fox News, Goitia-Nicolas also said he was proud of Beauregard, who he said “never owned slaves.”

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