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PA high court reinstates Msgr. Lynn's child-endangerment conviction 28.4.2015 Philly.com News
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the child-endangerment conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official found guilty for his role supervising priests in the clergy sex-abuse scandal.
Walter Scott and the Need for Child Support Reform 28.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Walter Scott's death was striking because a police officer fired eight shots at him while his back was turned. When something so tragic occurs, observers tend to wonder why. The officer's actions and utter disrespect for human life can never be justified. But recently, the New York Times published new information about Scott's split second decision to run -- his child support case . According to his brother , "Every job he has had, he has gotten fired from because he went to jail because he was locked up for child support." Elements of Scott's story reflect existing concerns about the child support system. A debate over potential large-scale reform is more than a decade overdue. The seeming impossibility of change has always loomed ominously large, overshadowing calls for reform and pushing them into the dark corners of the policy world. However, at this current political moment, there are national conversations about policing, bipartisan criminal justice reforms and an existing White House initiative ...
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Pennsylvania top court reinstates conviction of monsignor who supervised abusive priest 28.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Pennsylvania top court reinstates monsignor's conviction 28.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has reinstated the child-endangerment conviction of a Roman Catholic church official in Philadelphia.
Texas English Teacher Named National Teacher Of The Year 27.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A high school English teacher in Texas who works with students facing poverty and traumas related to their immigration to the United States on Monday was named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Shanna Peeples from Amarillo was selected for the honor by the Council of Chief State School Officers. She is the first Texas teacher to win the award since 1957. Peeples works at Palo Duro High, where about 85 percent of students live below the poverty line and where more refugee children are enrolled than in any other high school in the 31,000-student district. She will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday. Peeples said a childhood that exposed her to alcoholism and domestic violence has provided her with empathy for students from Burma, Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq and Cuba, many of whom are survivors of emotional or physical trauma in their war-torn homelands. That can make trust difficult, she said. "That's what helped me as a teacher ...
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Prison-to-Prison Pipeline Keeps Black Men and Their Families Behind Bars 27.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The New York Times has finally noticed. Something is seriously wrong with American society. Black men are missing . They are dying young. They are going to jail. According to a Times report, in New York City alone, "almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life." Nationally the figure is 1.5 million Black men. The killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina by police officer Michael Slager is just one of the latest incidents of White police officers killing unarmed Black men. After a traffic stop, Scott ran from his car and Slager shot him in the back eight times. Scott's decision to run from the police exposed a major legal injustice in the United States. Poor men, especially poor Black men, are repeatedly sent to jail for failure to pay child support, not because they do not want to, but because they can't. In jail they lose their jobs, fall even further into debt, and enter the prison-to-prison pipeline. Walter Scott had already been jailed for ...
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A People Expunged: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide Amid Ongoing Turkish Denials 27.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. On April 24, 1915, the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire began a systematic, premeditated genocide against the Armenian people - an unarmed Christian minority living under Turkish rule. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated through direct killing, starvation, torture and forced death marches. Another million fled into permanent exile. Today, the Turkish government continues to deny this genocide, and since becoming president, President Obama has avoided using the term "genocide" to describe it. We're joined by Peter Balakian, professor of humanities at Colgate University and author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response; Anahid Katchian, whose father was a survivor of the 1915 Armenian genocide; and Simon Maghakyan, an activist with Armenians of Colorado. We also play a recording of Armenian broadcaster and writer David Barsamian's mother recalling her experience during the Armenian ...
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Smaller Bank Accounts, Smaller Brains: The Ravages of Inequality on America's Children 27.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In this age of increasing inequality, the wealthy can purchase bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger vacations ... bigger just about everything. They also get bigger brains for their children. Research just published in the journal Nature Neuroscience by Dr. Kimberly Noble at Columbia University, shows that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities. It is the largest such study ever undertaken. Neuroscientists used MRI scans to image the brains of 1099 children, adolescents, and young adults. Children in the lowest income bracket - families making less than $25,000 - had 6% less surface area to their brains than did children from families making more than $150,000. The differences in brain structure were in areas associated with language and decision-making skills. The study doesn't explain the cause of the cognitive differences. It simply measures and reports the disturbing correlations. The authors, however, believe nutrition is a significant contributing factor, ...
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Chillin' Wit' George and Kim Mickel, owners of Reading Terminal eateries 27.4.2015 Philly.com News
Hunger Burger and By George! proprietors spend Sunday morning at Kingsway Church in Cherry Hill talking about what inspires them.
Stuck Outside the Poor Door 26.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Prison for S. Minnesota man who used neighbor kids 4 and under to make porn 26.4.2015 Star Tribune: Local
The defendant also stored and shared “an astonishing amount of child pornography depicting the rape and torture of children,” according to prosecutors.
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Getting to Same-Sex Marriage 26.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On April 22, I delivered the University of Chicago's annual Nora and Edward L. Ryerson Lecture on the subject of same-sex marriage. Because the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue on Tuesday, I thought I would post the core of the lecture here. It quite a bit longer than the usual Huffington post, so I apologize for that. In August 1982, an Atlanta police officer went to the home of Michael Hardwick to serve an arrest warrant for public drinking. Upon entering the home, the officer observed Hardwick and another man engaged in oral sex. The officer placed both men under arrest for the crime of sodomy. In Bowers v. Hardwick, decided in 1986, the Supreme Court held that Georgia's prohibition of homosexual sodomy was not unconstitutional. Noting that the Constitution says nothing about a right to commit sodomy, and that proscriptions against homosexuality "have ancient roots," Justice Byron White, who wrote the majority opinion, concluded that, to claim that the Constitution protects "a right to ...
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3 juveniles arrested in attack on homeless man at Olney gas station 26.4.2015 Yahoo: US National

3 juveniles arrested in attack on homeless man at Olney gas stationPolice have made 3 more arrests in the brutal assault of a homeless man caught on camera at a gas station in Olney.


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Beyond education wars 25.4.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
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Free the Buses: Riders Say Transit Is a Human Right 25.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Mariluz Rangel takes the bus everywhere in Tucson, Arizona: to work, dentist’s appointments, grocery shopping. She’s been a bus rider for 25 years. Rangel works at Wendy’s, where she makes $8.05 an hour, the state minimum wage. Her income qualifies her to buy a discounted bus pass that gives her unlimited rides for $15 a month. “When you earn the minimum, it’s hard to afford a car. So it’s better to use the bus,” she said. Rangel is a member of Tucson Bus Riders Union, one ripple in a wave of grassroots activism based on the belief that affordable public transit should be available to all. By organizing a previously invisible constituency, transit riders unions have emerged as an unlikely source of political power. The transit movement took off in Los Angeles in the 1990s, when bus riders, most of them Black and Latino, came together to protest what they said was a separate and unequal transit system that penalized riders from low-income neighborhoods. This wave of activism is beginning to turn the tide. ...
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Youth for Climate 25.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Past Sri Lanka. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Granary of the Indian Ocean. These are terms that were used to describe Sri Lanka by ancient explorers and people who set eyes upon the beautiful island. A resourceful ocean, serene lakes and forests with beautiful flora and fauna. Healthy people living sustainably with abundant water and food. Present Day Fossil fuel fumes and noxious gases emit from various outlets in the blistering hot heat. Torrential rains leading to landslides in the mountains. Desert-like droughts in the crop-growing areas. Rises in cancer with a grim reaper hanging around every person, waiting to claim the person's life and the lives of their descendants. Increase of mosquitoes and diseases. People driven to poverty due to either the lack of rains for crops or the crops being destroyed by unprecedented rains. The past was so beautiful and glorious! Sadly the present is so terribly, agonizingly miserable. The rise of environmental issues has led to much poverty and sorrow in my ...
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Man accused of holding woman hostage for 10 years ordered to stand trial 25.4.2015 LA Times: Commentary
A Bell Gardens man accused of holding hostage a 15-year-old girl who was abducted a decade ago was ordered Friday to stand trial.
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Private Prison Company Sued For Allegedly Putting Hunger-Striking Moms In Solitary Confinement 25.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Three immigrant women who say they were punished for joining a hunger strike in a Texas family detention center on Thursday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and GEO Group, the company that operates the facility. The lawsuit, filed in federal court against ICE Director Sarah Saldaña and personnel at the Karnes County Residential Center, seeks to prohibit ICE and GEO from putting women and their children in isolation as punishment for protesting, and from threatening to separate mothers from their children. “All we’re asking is that under the First Amendment, for ICE officials and GEO officials to stop retaliating against the women and allow them to peacefully protest,” said Ranjana Natarajan, an attorney with the University of Texas Civil Rights Clinic, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women. The women were part of a wave of some 68,000 family units that crossed illegally into the United States last year and presented themselves to border authorities asking for asylum. A roughly equal ...
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Stuck Outside the Poor Door 25.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the “poor door” at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there. Some months ago a New York developer made headlines with the plans for this building, which takes advantage of zoning rules encouraging affordable housing by including some low-priced rental units along with the luxury condos for sale. A separate entrance for the people living in the low-income apartments continues with segregated living inside. Low-income tenants won’t be allowed to use the pool, gym, private theater, or any of the other amenities reserved for the wealthy owners. Critics immediately pounced on this design as a modern-day form of Jim Crow. But the need for affordable housing is so overwhelming that when the deadline came this month to participate in a lottery for the spots behind the “poor door” tens of thousands applied. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that most of the 219 luxury condos on the ...
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A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies 24.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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