Good morning, Nashville. Debate over the proposed non-discrimination ordinance began in the Metro Council last night and drew out some strong reactions from both sides. Opponents claim that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity never been a problem and that current Metro policy and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already prohibit it. Supporters point out that past victims may have resisted coming forward out of fear because there was no clear policy in place to protect them. Councilman Eric Crafton even introduced an amendment that would add height, weight, political affiliations, and military veterans to the ordinance.
- Beating suspects in court. The four teens accused of brutally beating and robbing a 62-year old man inside of the Green Hills Mall parking garage are scheduled to appear in court today. The charge filed against all four of them is “especially aggrivated robbery.”
- Smooth criminals. Several thieves made an unsuccessful attempt to steal an ATM from Regions Bank in south Nashville last night. They managed to get the machine but couldn’t figure out how to break in and actually steal the money.
- Bits & pieces. We thought we got a lot of rain last night until we read about the University of Louisville having to evacuate parts of its campus by boat … Three immigrant women are seeking asylum in Tennessee thanks to some new policies to help them escape domestic violence … Flu season looks like it’s going to be vicious this year.
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