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Last week on her bus tour, historian/presidential candidate? Sarah Palin said that Paul Revere was “warning the British” during his famous midnight ride. "He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed."—-

Paul Revere wasn’t warning the British and he didn’t ring any bells. Go on, check Wikipedia. Wait, it says what? Oh, that’s because Sarah Palin’s fans have since added citations that Revere “rang bells” on his ride and "Accounts differ regarding the method of alerting the colonists; the generally accepted position is that the warnings were verbal in nature, although one disputed account suggested that Revere rang bells during his ride.[8][9]"

Former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn today pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges he’s facing after allegedly nakedly chasing a Manhattan hotel maid around his suite. The French diplomat appeared in state Supreme Court in Manhattan for the first time since he was released on $6 million in cash bail and bond last month.

About 50 hotel workers who were bused by their own union gathered to meet Strauss-Kahn outside the courthouse, most of whom were wearing their work uniforms. They shouted “shame on you” as Strauss-Kahn arrived and again as he left the courthouse. Strauss-Kahn is adamant that he will be found not guilty, and his lawyer told a judge back in May that the defense believes any forensic evidence “will not be consistent with a forcible encounter.” Although anyone involved in the case has declined to comment to the press, it is believed that the defense will argue that the alleged naked chasing was consensual.

Students at Russelville Middle School in Arkansas included a “Top 5 worst people of all time” list in their yearbook.

1) Adolf Hitler

2) Osama Bin Laden

3) Charles Manson

4) George W. Bush

5) Dick Cheney

How do these kids know who Charles Manson is? The school is getting some flack for the fourth and fifth worst ranked, and administrators tried to literally cover the list with pieces of black tape, which parents say that black tape won’t suffice. Open up the Russellville Middle School yearbook. You'll see the students' pictures, the administration and a pretty controversial list that's supposed to be covered with a piece of black tape.

"My problem is the tape can be removed easily," said School Board Member Chris Cloud. Cloud has two kids in the Russellville School District and one brought home the yearbook. "I'm furious as a parent and as a board member and as a tax payer and as a resident of Russellville," he said. "It's wrong."

David Milne, a neighbor of Donald Trump’s golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was recently unpleasantly surprised with a fence around his home and a bill for the work. Without warning, Trump’s contractors built a new boundary and planted a dozen trees then sent an invoice for about $4,600. Milne says he has no intention contributing to Trump’s cause: completely ripping people off building “the best golf course in the world.”

“There’s no way I’m going to pay it. As far as I’m concerned it’s just another attempt to intimidate and bull me.” Trump has been caught on camera branding Milne’s house as “ugly,” but Milne and his wife Moira refuse to sell the home in which they’ve lived for almost 20 years. Milne said, "I could not believe it when the bill arrived. I priced the materials and I could put up the whole fence on my own for about 800 pounds (around $1,600). It's made from the cheapest stuff available but that's the kind of standard we've come to expect from Mr. Trump and his organization."

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