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Army drill instructor Jonathan Pentland suspended over shove

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A US Army soldier charged with assaulting a black man outside his South Carolina home for being “in the wrong neighborhood” has been suspended by authorities at Fort Jackson.

Jonathan Pentland, 42, whose assault on the unidentified victim Monday went viral, was charged with third-degree assault and battery in the incident — which brought Black Lives Matter protesters to his doorstep.

“Pentland has been suspended from instructor duties pending the completion of the investigation and outcome of the criminal charges,” Fort Jackson officials said on Twitter.

“‘Soldier conduct on and off duty must be exemplary to retain the trust of our communities and our nation,’ said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr.,” the tweet said.

Pentland, who is white, was caught on a cellphone video shot by a bystander confronting the black man and violently shoving him.

“You’re in the wrong neighborhood motherf—er,” the burly soldier is heard saying. “I ain’t playing with you… I’m about to show you what I can do.”

“Let’s go, walk away,” he tells the man. “I’m about to do something to you. You better start walking right now.”

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the video was “the most vital piece of evidence.”

The footage brought Black Lives Matter protesters to the soldier’s home Wednesday.

“We just want to talk, we want to understand some things, that’s it,” a protester yelled during the demonstration. “No justice, no peace.”

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Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

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Banksy's 'Love is in the Air' auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

A Banksy piece fetched $12.9 million in an auction Tuesday — and the winning bidder will pay for the pricey pop art with cryptocurrency.

The anonymous artist’s “Love is in the Air” is the first physical piece of art sold by a major auction house paid for using crypto, according to a tweet from Sotheby’s.

The protest image — which shows a protester winding up with a bouquet of flowers in hand instead of a molotov cocktail — was sold after a 14-minute bidding battle with four participants, Sotheby’s said.

The auction house announced in March it would auction off a series of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are digital assets that represent ownership of virtual items like art and sports memorabilia.

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday — after it was shut down for days over a cyberattack, causing major disruptions and panic-buying at gas stations across the Southeast.

The company said it “initiated the restart of the pipeline” — which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast — at around 5 p.m..

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial’s statement said.

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Dunkin’ employee fatally punched man who called him racial slur: cops

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Dunkin' employee fatally punched man who called him racial slur: cops

A Dunkin’ store employee fatally punched an elderly customer in Florida because the man allegedly used a racial slur against him, police said.

Corey Pujols, 27, was arrested Tuesday on an aggravated manslaughter charge in connection to the fatal confrontation May 4 at the Dunkin’ store where he works in Marathon, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The employee, who is black, told authorities that the 77-year-old man had been “extremely rude” the day of the altercation and called him a racial slur.

When Pujols confronted the man about the slur, the man responded by repeating it, police said.

Pujols then punched the customer in the face, causing the man to fall and hit his head on the concrete floor, authorities said.

Authorities initially arrested Pujols on a charge of battery on a person older than 65.

A warrant was issued to arrest Pujols on the aggravated manslaughter charge after the victim died at Tampa General on Friday, the newspaper reported. 

If convicted of the charge, Pujols faces up to 30 years in prison.

Dunkin’ said in a statement that they were “deeply saddened by the incident” at the franchise.

“The franchisee, who independently owns and operates this restaurant, is fully cooperating with the local authorities. As this is an ongoing investigation, we defer any additional questions to the police,” a company spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Times.

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