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Lincoln Memorial Gets an Unwelcome Paint Job

National Park Service says profane graffiti was scrawled on monument on Tuesday

(Newser) - More troubling news amid an already tense week : The Lincoln Memorial was defaced with profane graffiti that was discovered Tuesday, reports Reuters . "F--- law" appeared to be spray-painted in red on one of the monument's white columns, though based on a National Park Service photo, there's some... More »

Teen Damages Holocaust Memorial, Gets Tackled

Bystanders in Boston hold him until police arrive

(Newser) - A holocaust museum in Boston was vandalized for the second time this summer, and this time bystanders tackled the alleged vandal. Boston police say a 17-year-old shattered a glass panel of the New England Holocaust Memorial with a rock, reports the Boston Herald . The panel contained etchings of the numbers... More »

Witnesses: Chick-fil-A Trashed After Nugget Dispute

It happened in Jacksonville, Florida

(Newser) - A tiff over cold chicken nuggets apparently led to a trashed Florida Chick-fil-A. Action News Jax reports on the incident, which took place Monday night in a Jacksonville restaurant and started with what witnesses say was a teen boy complaining he wasn't satisfied with his order. Allison Music, who... More »

Leave No Trace? Not in the National Parks These Days

'What can we do as a culture to cut down on these occurrences?'

(Newser) - There's a growing number of vandalism citations at national parks in the US, and the Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado appears to be a top target. In a Facebook post, the park says its mission of educating and inspiring "this and future generations" through the "... More »

LeBron James' Home Vandalized With Racial Slur

N-word spray-painted on front gate of LA residence

(Newser) - A Los Angeles home owned by LeBron James was vandalized Wednesday morning, the n-word spray-painted on its front gate, according to TMZ . Los Angeles police confirmed the vandalism to USA Today , though the spokesperson didn't offer specifics on what racial slur was used. The Cleveland Cavaliers player, whose primary... More »

Frat Members Blamed for Trees Felled in National Forest

It allegedly happened during Pi Kappa Alpha initiation ceremony

(Newser) - Fraternity members from the California State University's Chico campus are facing federal criminal charges after they allegedly cut down dozens of trees in Lassen National Forest during a camping trip as part of a pledge-initiation ritual, CBS San Francisco reports. Per the Los Angeles Times , at least 32 trees... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

Soccer Fans' Mistake Just Cost Their Own Team $50K

They thought Crystal Palace bus was rival Middlesbrough's bus, vandalized it

(Newser) - Fans of a British soccer club in the Premier League may need to take their zeal down a notch after an incident over the weekend that reportedly ended up costing their own team nearly $50,000, reports the Telegraph . Crystal Palace devotees determined to make a literal mark on rival... More »

Teens' Punishment for 'White Power' Graffiti: Book Reports

They vandalized black schoolhouse; now they have to read tomes about oppression

(Newser) - Some say don't judge a book by its cover, but a Virginia attorney's office will be judging the progress of a group of teenagers by their book reports. The five teens pleaded guilty to vandalizing the Ashburn Colored School, a historic black schoolhouse, by spray-painting it with swastikas... More »

Subway Riders Saw Swastikas. Then They Dug Into Their Bags

One of 3 such incidents to make headlines this weekend

(Newser) - Houston made headlines first over the weekend, after a swastika was drawn in chalk on Rice University's statue of William Marsh Rice on Friday night. As CNN reports, it was the first of three such incidents to occur in different pockets of the country over a roughly 24-hour period.... More »

Guy Who Smashed Trump's Star Is, Um, Unapologetic

James Otis says he was fueled by Trump's behavior to women

(Newser) - The guy who smashed Donald Trump's star on the Walk of Fame with a pickax apparently told witnesses his real name, which helped Los Angeles police track him down Thursday. James Otis, who admitted to the crime, was arrested on felony vandalism charges in West Hollywood hours before he... More »

Here's What's Left of Donald Trump's Hollywood Star

Vandal decimated Walk of Fame landmark with pickax, sledgehammer—and it's all on tape

(Newser) - He didn't want to destroy it; he said he wanted to pry it out and sell it. But either way, a guy in construction worker getup smashed Donald Trump's star to bits on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning—and now the LAPD is on the hunt,... More »

Teachers Arrested on Suspicion of Drawing Very Poor Dinosaur

While allegedly ruining a newly poured sidewalk

(Newser) - Two Vermont teachers have found themselves in a very embarrassing situation, publicly exposed as unable to draw a dinosaur. Oh, also they were arrested on suspicion of vandalism. Windsor police say 29-year-old Abigail Howard and 35-year-old Jennifer Rist were told to stay away from wet concrete that had been poured... More »

Group Wrecks Rock Formation, Calls It Justice

Authorities initially thought sandstone pedestal had been destroyed by erosion

(Newser) - Cops and park officials in Oregon would like to speak to a group of young people captured on video destroying a unique rock formation in the state's stunning Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. Authorities initially thought the 7-foot sandstone pedestal known as the "Duckbill" had been destroyed by... More »

Boys Had Good Intentions, Ruin 5K-Year-Old Rock Art

It's 'a national tragedy' in Norway

(Newser) - A 5,000-year-old rock carving of a figure on skis is among the most recognized symbols of Norway. Two kids, however, thought it could use some improving. In what's been described as "a national tragedy," the Norwegian boys are accused of using a sharp tool to retrace... More »

Woman Banned From 524M Acres of Public Land

Casey Nocket gets 2 years' probation for tagging national parks in 2014

(Newser) - Casey Nocket left her mark on national parks across the West, but she won't be able to go back and reminisce—at least not while she's on probation. The 23-year-old San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to defacing rock formations in seven parks, and for the next... More »

Vanessa Hudgens Pays Up for Defacing Rock

She admitted to carving her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock

(Newser) - Vanessa Hudgens has paid a $1,000 after she was caught having carved her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock near Sedona, Arizona, TMZ reports. According to the Guardian , the actress had been facing up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail for damaging a... More »

Man Accused of Vandalizing Ex's Car, Being Bad at Spelling

Who has time for dictionaries when in the throes of passion?

(Newser) - South Carolina's Timothy Trammell is accused of causing hundreds of dollars of damage to his ex-girlfriend's car in an act of revenge. He's not accused of being a champion speller. The Smoking Gun reports a sheriff's deputy says he saw Trammell, 36, last Friday spray-painting the... More »

Guy Does $10K in Damage to Wrong House: Cops

Ajinka Kelka, 20, is arrested in New Jersey

(Newser) - Ajinka Kelka may be wishing he read the address number a little more carefully. The 20-year-old New Jersey man is accused of seeking revenge against his ex-girlfriend's new guy by attacking his property—only he got the wrong place, the Star-Ledger reports. Police say Kelka was caught on home-surveillance... More »

Portraits of Black Harvard Profs Defaced With Tape

Campus police investigating as a potential hate crime

(Newser) - Campus police are investigating what they say might be a hate crime at Harvard Law School: Someone put strips of black tape across several portraits of black professors outside a lecture hall on Thursday, reports WCVB . The scene appeared a day after students rallied in solidarity with those fighting racial... More »

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