• Amy Goodwin, the mayor of Charleston, W.Va., dropped plans to rename the annual “Charleston Christmas Parade” the “Charleston Winter Parade” to demonstrate that Charleston is an inclusive city after a backlash from church leaders and conservative politicians who called the move the handiwork of the city’s “elite liberals.”
• Jane Fonda, 81, the actress and activist who has called climate change “a collective crisis that demands collective action now,” was charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding” after she and 15 others were arrested Friday at the U.S. Capitol during a climate-change protest.
• Patrick Hale Dejean, a former justice of the peace in a New Orleans suburb, convicted of diverting money from a small-claims court bank account for his personal use, was sentenced to three years in prison.
• Mark Pokini of Kula, Hawaii, his wife, Juliane, and their son, Loihi, were recognized by Guinness World Records for growing the world’s heaviest avocado, weighing 5.6 pounds and far heavier than a typical 6-ounce avocado, which the family used to make a big batch of guacamole.
• Michael Queen of Arlington, Texas, accused of using a fishing device to steal envelopes containing checks totaling about $93,000 from inside mail-collection boxes at two post offices, was charged with mail theft.
• Katheryn Strang of Boca Raton, Fla., drove to Pittsburgh for an emotional reunion with Duchess, her toy fox terrier that has been missing since 2007, after the dog was found hungry, shivering and in need of a nail trim under a shed more than a thousand miles away.
• Liam MacLeod, 48, of Beverly, Mass., who federal authorities said was angry over being blacklisted and banned from an online dating site, was convicted of sending threatening letters that contained a white powder to the site’s chief executive and was sentenced to two years of probation.
A Section on 10/12/2019
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