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A South Dakota Republican lawmaker has an interesting theory on the free market in America — make government get out of the way and let businesses exhibit discriminatory practices. Phil Jensen, described as the state’s most conservative senator, had this to say about businesses that deny services to African-Americans, gay people or customers who offend their religious beliefs: “If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them.” We’re sure that’s not how that’s supposed to work. Read about it here…[ThinkProgress]

Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old cheerleader who sued her parents for college tuition after she moved out of their house, has finally dropped the lawsuit. If you recall, Canning told a judge her parents kicked her out because they disapproved of her boyfriend. She took them to court to receive financial assistance and tuition. Her parents, however, claimed Canning left their home because she didn’t want to follow their rules. The teenager moved back home last week. Read about it here…[Gawker]

Can’t get enough of formerly crack smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Here he is, apparently drunk, slurring, stumbling and cursing in front of Toronto’s City Hall. You know, regular Ford behavior. Classy. Watch it here…[CNN]

The massive feline who held a family hostage and attacked a baby has finally left their residence. Lux, the 22-pound house cat who trapped a Portland, Ore. family in a bedroom, was taken to the Multnomah County Animal Services shelter. Shelter director Mike Oswald says the family called on Monday to have the pet removed from the home, but they haven’t made a final decision on whether to keep Lux. Read about it here…[HuffPost]

A school in North Carolina is under fire after they reportedly told a 9-year-old boy that he was banned from wearing a My Little Pony backpack to school. Grayson Bruce was made to leave the sack at home after the school determined it was a “trigger for bullying.” In a statement, the school said that Grayson’s bag “created a disruption in the classroom.” The school said they were looking into the conduct of the bullies but have, to date, taken no public action. But Grayson’s mom, Noreen, made a good point, telling reporters this: “Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying, is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It’s flawed logic, it doesn’t make any sense.” Right on. Read about it here…[ThinkProgress]

PHOTO CREDIT: SD.Gov