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Boner Candidates for August 30, 2016

Boner Candidate #1: AH HIGH SCHOOL

The Cincinnati Zoo’s recent gripes about all the Harambe memes, petitions and signs don’t seem to be having much of an effect. Case in point: Two teens performed a re-enactment of the tragedy at a high school football game in Illinois Friday night. During a game between East Oswego High School and West Joliet, a person in a gorilla costume “entertained” the crowd by grabbing someone dressed as a small child and dragging him down the field, according to the Independent. At another point, the “gorilla” chased down a person in a banana costume who was holding a sign that read “R.I.P. Harambe” to a rapturous crowd, as this video tweet shows. The Huffington Post reached out to West Joliet High School, where the incident happened, to see if the Harambe act was sanctioned by the school or just a prank, but has not heard back. It’s just the latest satirical commentary on Harambe that has popped up since May, when the gorilla was killed by zoo officials after a boy fell into his pen and he began to drag the child around by the ankle. The range of memes includes things ranging from “Saving Private Ryan” to Michael Phelps to Pokémon Go.

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Boner Candidate #2: LEPAGE IS UNGLUED

Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) record when it comes to racially charged rhetoric has long been problematic, but this week, the trajectory of this story took a rather alarming turn. At a town-hall event on Wednesday, LePage said he’s been “collecting” mugshots of “every single drug dealer” who has been arrested in Maine – why he’s proactively done this is unclear – and “90-plus percent of those pictures in my book, and it’s a three-ringed binder, are black and Hispanic people” from out of state. Note, earlier in the year, the far-right governor said he just “reads the names” of the drug dealers and didn’t care at all about race or ethnicity. This week, apparently, LePage dropped the pretense. When reporters asked the governor the next day about his comments, LePage replied, “Let me tell you something: Black people come up the highway and they kill Mainers. You ought to look into that!” According to the Portland Press Herald, the governor then stormed off, saying over his shoulder, “You make me so sick!”

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Boner Candidate #3: I’VE WATCHED A LOT OF TV….I’VE GOT THIS.

A man charged in a 2015 Elkhart murder and criminal confinement case insisted Thursday on representing himself in court despite warnings from the judge that it could be the worst decision of his life. Elkhart County Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker granted the request of Leon Tyson, 28, to represent himself as he stands trial on charges related to the shooting death of Tommie Strowder. The 37-year-old Strowder was shot and killed June 20, 2015, in the 500 block of West Marion Street in Elkhart. Tyson had signed a waiver and said he wanted to proceed with the trial without a lawyer. Shewmaker said he would only allow him to give up his right to a lawyer if he understood what that meant for his trial.Shewmaker explained that the murder charge carries a sentence of up to 65 years and the Level 3 felony charge of criminal confinement a sentence of up to 16 years. He said Tyson would likely serve 75 percent of the potential sentences if convicted, meaning he could be imprisoned for at least 60 years.

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