Bill Cosby Returns To Norristown For Crucial Hearing

Bill Cosby Preliminary Hearing

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Today, Bill Cosby returned to a Norristown, PA courtroom for a crucial hearing to stop some of his many accusers from testifying at his April 2 sexual assault retrial.

Today’s hearing comes only a week after the death of Cosby’s 44-year-old daughter, Esna Cosby.

Cosby’s reassembled defense team, led by former Michael Jackson attorney Tom Mesereau is expected to request having the case scrapped before the April retrial.

Florida Senate Rejects Ban on Assault Weapons, Votes To Arm Teachers 

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The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons and rifle and voted to arm some teachers just two weeks after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history.

On Saturday, an amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed in response to the February 14th killing of 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland.

The vote was 20-17 against the assault weapon ban, with two Republicans joining all of the Senate’s 15 Democrats in support of the proposal, the Miami Herald reported.

HuffPost Exclusive: Florida Public School Teacher Has A White Nationalist Podcast 

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Dayanna Volitich, a 25-year-old social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School in Florida, has been secretly hosting the white nationalist podcast “Unapologetic” under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov” and bragging about teaching her views in a public school, HuffPost has discovered.

In her most recent podcast on Feb. 26, a guest railed against diversity in schools, dismissing the idea that “a kid from Nigeria and a kid who came from Sweden are supposed to learn exactly the same” and have the “same IQ.” Volitich enthusiastically agreed with the guest, and went on to argue that “science” has proven that certain races are smarter than others.

In the same episode, Volitich boasted about bringing her white nationalist beliefs into the classroom and hiding her ideology from administrators. She said that when parents complained to the school’s principal about how she is injecting political bias into the classroom, Volitich lied to the principal and said it was not true.

“She believed me and backed off,” she said.

Volitich also agreed with her guest’s assertion that more white supremacists need to infiltrate public schools and become teachers. “They don’t have to be vocal about their views, but get in there!” her guest said. “Be more covert and just start taking over those places.”

March 4: Dayanna Volitich has been “removed from the classroom,” Citrus County School District Superintendent Sandra Himmel announced Sunday in a statement.