Twitter posts lead to dismissal
Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony radio show has been fired by SiriusXM, who cited his “racially charged” and “hate-filled” remarks on Twitter as the reason. SiriusXM spokesman Patrick Reilly said Friday that Cumia’s remarks and postings were “abhorrent” to the satellite radio company. In addition to racial remarks, they also included tweets and retweets that were degrading to women. Reilly says the shock jock was fired late Thursday. Cumia’s response Friday on Twitter included an obscenity in relation to SiriusXM. He said he was fired over material that was not aired and was not illegal.
Ceremony honors new citizens
Oscar Vanegas Gonzalez was one of 25 current or former service members, or spouses, from 15 countries who became citizens at the White House on Friday in an Independence Day event President Barack Obama has hosted every year of his presidency except 2011. “It’s a very sensitive subject for me — I wish I had the right words to explain how I feel,” Gonzalez said before the ceremony. “We are not all bad,” he said of undocumented immigrants. “I was given a chance to be who I am now. I’m thankful for everything.” That thousands of immigrants are eager to serve has been welcomed by a president grappling with Republican lawmakers unwilling to vote for legislation resolving the status of 11 million undocumented residents.
School buses are recalled
Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult. The company also is recalling a smaller number of school buses that may be prone to a propane fuel leak, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The school bus maker said it has received no injury or accident reports tied to the recalls. Blue Bird Corp. said the steering problem can develop on some buses made between 2011 and last May if a steering shaft clamp comes into contact with a rubber close-out boot on the floor. It also is recalling more than 400 transit buses to fix the same problem.
Chestnut is still top dog
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday’s hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner’s belt. The San Jose, Calif., resident fell short of his record last year of 69, but still easily beat Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed 56.
Compiled from wire reports.