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COLUMBIA — Someone spray-painted graffiti on the home of President James K. Polk, authorities said.

The words “meat,” “glue” and “SMR” were written around the front door of the home, built in 1816 by the president’s father about 45 miles south of Nashville.

Polk home director John Holtzapple said the home’s curator discovered the vandalism about 7 a.m. Monday, and it was cleaned the same day.

The Polk home is the 11th president’s only surviving residence aside from the White House. It is now a museum.

TEXAS

Man arrested in mob beating

AUSTIN — A man was arrested in the beating death of a passenger riding in a car that struck and injured a toddler, and more arrests were likely, police said.

Kurtiss Colvin, 20, was being held yesterday on felony charges of manslaughter and theft and a misdemeanor charge of assault, police said. Bond was set at $215,000.

David Rivas Morales, 40, died of blunt-force trauma to the head on June 19 after being attacked while trying to protect a driver who had bumped a toddler, authorities said. The child was not seriously hurt.

“The investigation is definitely far from over,” police Sgt. Hector Reveles said. “We have talked to a lot of people. And we believe there are several more people that are involved.”

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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