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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Satanist acquitted of disrupting government meeting

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida religious freedom activist and self-proclaimed Satanist who objects to prayers before government meetings has been acquitted of disrupting a meeting. The Pensacola News Journal newspaper reports that First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jan Shackelford reversed David Suhor's conviction Thursday, ruling that there wasn't enough evidence for an Escambia County circuit court to convict him last August of trespassing and resisting arrest. Authorities say Suhor, a member of the West Florida Chapter of The Satanic Temple, was arrested at an Emerald Coast Utilities Authority meeting in February 2018. He attempted to deliver the Lord's Prayer before the start of the meeting to protest the board's practice of a board member leading a Christian prayer before the official start of the meeting. Officials say a deputy and a security guard had to drag Suhor from the meeting.

Tech founder gives $25M in crypto currency to alma mater

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A tech entrepreneur and his wife have made a very Silicon Valley donation to his San Francisco alma mater — $25 million, mostly in cryptocurrency. The gift from Chris Larsen, the founder of cryptocurrency company Ripple, and his wife Lyna Lam, to San Francisco State University is already giving officials an education in digital financial services. Venesia Thompson-Ramsay, interim vice president for university advancement, says the November donation came in as about 56 million XRP — one of thousands of digital-only currencies. But its value has fluctuated since then. Because of financial regulations, Thompson-Ramsay says the university is slowly liquidating the digital money. She says Larsen, who donated $3 million in cash, has guaranteed his alma mater he will make up the difference until the school has the promised $25 million.