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Just minutes before President Kennedy was assassinated, a newspaper in Britain was tipped off to “some big news” about to go down in the U.S. In a memo to the FBI director, it was revealed that a reporter with Cambridge News was contacted anonymously by a phone caller. “The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up.” “After the word of the president’s death was received the reporter informed the Cambridge police of the anonymous call and the police informed MI-5.” MI-5 determined “that the call was made about 25 minutes before Kennedy was shot.” The report says, “The Cambridge reporter had never received a call of this kind before and MI-5 state that he is knows to them as a sound and loyal person with no security record.” The memo came to light in the latest batch of documents relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. The current staff at the Cambridge News has no record of who took the call. The paper said that it was contacting people who worked at the newspaper back in the 1960s.
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Separatists in the Catalan parliament voted to declare their independence from Spain on Friday. “We shall constitute the Catalan Republic as an independent, and sovereign, democratic and social state of law.” The vote was 70 to 10. Many of the supporters of remaining with Spain boycotted the vote. Spain’s parliament is moving towards seizing control of Catalan. It plans to remove regional leaders from office and install their own bureaucrats loyal to Spain. The European Union has endorsed the position of the Spanish government and has “already backed the hardline stance of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.” EU spokesman Mina Andrea said, “We have nothing to add to what we said.” Prime Minister Rajoy tweeted, “The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia.” “What is being debated here is whether Spain, regarding an issue that affects its stability and its integrity, has the right to defend itself by making use of the constitution and the laws,” Rajoy told Spanish senators. Prosecutors plan to arrest and charge Catalan’s president and his government with rebellion. He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
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An Episcopal church in Alexandria, Virginia has voted to remove plaques memorializing two notable past individuals, namely George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The first president and the confederate general were both at one time members of the church. The unanimous decision is designed to make the church more welcoming. In a letter addressed to members, the vestry announced, “The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.” The letter explained that in today’s era, the issue of slavery is understood differently than it was understood at the time of the country’s founding. Because of that, change in understanding, the church cannot give the proper context and explanation. “Because the sanctuary is a worship space, not a museum, there is no appropriate way to inform visitors about the history of the plaques or to provide additional context except for the in-person tours provided by our docents.”
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Some large tech companies in Silicon Valley plan to submit an amicus brief asking the court to rule that a Christian who refuses to bake a cake for homosexual couples is anti-LGBT discrimination. Yelp, Apple, and PayPal plan to sign the brief. More companies are likely to sign the brief. PayPal issued a statement saying, “PayPal is committed to preserving human rights and advancing the principles of inclusion and equality that are at the core of our values.” “We seek to defend against actions that violate our values, which is why we are signing this amicus brief with other likeminded companies seeking to uphold critical protections against discrimination.” The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case of “a baker who declined to custom-design a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage because his religion teaches that marriage is only between a man and woman.” Alternatively, the baker did offer to sell the couple a cake that was already made. He has declined to custom design many cakes for causes and events with which he disagrees.