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Orange City Public Library Book Burner Has His Day in Court


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An Ocheyedan man who burned four L-G-B-T-Q themed children’s library books last year has been ordered to pay a fine for his criminal mischief charge.  Paul Dorr was sentenced in Sioux County District Court today (Tuesday). He was ordered to pay $65-dollars plus a 35 percent surcharge and court fees. The fine is the minimum amount for his charge. In October, Dorr recorded himself on video burning four children’s library books with lesbian, gay and bisexual themes. It was mostly in protest to a pride festival happening in Orange City. 

At least six Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to attend a forum on gun control in Des Moines Saturday. It’s in the wake of two mass shootings that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, as well as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg are slated to attend the forum.

The attorney for a former Iowa official who sued the state for discrimination and won is seeking $4.1 million for fees and costs. Roxanne Conlin represented Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey in a case that took seven years to get to trial.

A jury last month awarded Godfrey $1.5 million after finding former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against Godfrey in 2011 because he's gay and retaliated against him by cutting his pay.

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