Perry to gunmaker: ‘Come on down!’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Friday that a gun manufacturer that has threatened to leave Connecticut is welcome to come to the Lone Star State.

PTR Industries, a maker of military-style rifles, is mulling a move after Connecticut lawmakers passed one of the toughest gun-control laws in the United States. The measure was in response to the Newtown school shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

“Hey, PTR,” Perry posted Friday on Twitter. “Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down!”

A second Connecticut gun company, Stag Arms, a maker of AR-15 style rifles, also is threatening to leave the state. The companies are being wooed by officials from gun-friendlier states such as Florida and Arkansas, as well as Texas.

“We want to send a message that Texas is wide open for business, whether you’re a weapons manufacturer or whether you’re a tubular steel manufacturer,” Perry told reporters in Austin on Friday.

— Reuters

New York
District apologizes for Nazi assignment

The superintendent of the Albany school district apologized for a high school English teacher who gave a writing assignment that asked students to make a persuasive argument blaming Jews for the problems of Nazi Germany.

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said Friday that the assignment was completely unacceptable. She said administrators were discussing what official action the unidentified 10th-grade teacher at Albany High School will face. It could range from a letter of counsel to dismissal.

Vanden Wyngaard spoke at a news conference at the United Jewish Federation flanked by school board officials and representatives of Jewish organizations.

— Associated Press

Discharge urged over faked death: A former submarine commander who faked his death to end an extramarital affair should be honorably discharged, a panel of Navy officers recommended Friday after a day-long hearing. Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, a married 43-year-old, said he accepted “full and total accountability” for his behavior. He sent his mistress in Virginia an e-mail in July in which he posed as a fictitious co-worker and said Ward had died unexpectedly, a Navy investigation found. Ward was relieved of his duties aboard the USS Pittsburgh in August, a week after he had taken command, and has received a letter of reprimand for adultery and other violations of the military code. The recommendation of the three-officer panel goes to the secretary of the Navy for approval within 90 days.

— Associated Press