- - Thursday, May 27, 2010


Teacher sorry for assassination lesson

BIRMINGHAM — An Alabama teacher who used a hypothetical assassination of President Obama as an example in a geometry lesson says he is sorry.

Jefferson County teacher Gregory Harrison said Thursday that his comments were inappropriate, and he called them a “very serious error.”

Mr. Harrison previously was suspended with pay; school officials say he’s giving up 10 days of salary but likely won’t have to miss more time in the classroom. He’s also getting a formal reprimand and must undergo diversity and sensitivity training.

Mr. Harrison was teaching a lesson on tangent lines and angles earlier this month when he discussed a possible gunshot assassination of Mr. Obama.

The Secret Service interviewed Mr. Harrison but determined there was no credible threat. No charges were filed.


Oldest recipient of Medal of Honor dies

SAN DIEGO — Retired Navy Lt. John Finn, the oldest Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, has died at his Southern California home. He was 100.

Navy Lt. Aaron Kakiel said Lt. Finn died early Thursday on his ranch near Live Oak Springs, where he lived for more than 50 years.

Lt. Finn earned the nation’s highest military-valor award for his heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He manned a machine gun during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack and began firing on Japanese aircraft from an exposed location, suffering serious wounds in the process.

He received the Medal of Honor on Sept. 15, 1942, from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Born July 23, 1909, in Los Angeles, Lt. Finn was the oldest of 97 Medal of Honor recipients still living.


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