I have been involved with youth soccer as a parent, coach and referee for over 15 years. I’ve played club soccer and have seen the good the bad the dead and the indifferent. Had travel teams and indoor teams. This coach sums up all the right things about the game, and it could be any game in any sport, as well as I’ve ever heard. This is true sportsmanship and coaching. That is how young men grow up to be great men. They have folks like this in their lives. Never said better. Thanks Dave. You just made my day.
Two leaders of the racist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), who have followers in Boundary County, Idaho, and in nearby Bountiful, British Columbia, have been charged again with practicing polygamy.
Winston Kaye Blackmore, 57, and James Marion Oler, 49, were first charged in 2009, but those charges were dropped after a judge ruled a special prosecutor in the case had been hired improperly. But a judge ruled that Canada’s anti-polygamy law is valid and does not violate the group’s religious freedom, allowing the charges to be filed again last week.
The sect’s leader, Warren Jeffs, who has issued written orders to church members while serving a prison term in the United States for sexual offenses against young girls, has preached that black people are the descendants of Cain, “cursed with black skin” and selected by God to be the “servants” of white people.
Earlier this year, a jury in Phoenix returned a record $5.2 million award against the sect after concluding the twin cities of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah - a combined community known as “Short Creek” — engaged in a pattern of religious discrimination and intimidation.
Now, in the newly filed indictment in Canada, Blackmore and Oler, who head different FLDS factions, are each charged with one count of polygamy. Two other members of the sect, Blackmore’s brother, Brandon Blackmore and his wife, Emily Ruth Gail Crossfield, are charged with child sex trafficking for offenses that allegedly occurred in February 2004.
A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren.
Deputies were called to a disturbance Friday night in a rural community outside Raleigh. Craig Wilson had been shot in the stomach and was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton. He was in fair condition Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said.
Investigators heard “numerous” reports from relatives about what might have started a confrontation between Wilson and 37-year-old Jeff Daniels, Crumpton said. Among other things, the sheriff said investigators were checking whether it might have been connected to people being upset about visits from Wilson’s mixed-race grandchildren. The children’s mother is white, and their father is black, the sheriff said.
In a pattern that has played out night after night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, nonviolent gatherings are followed by looting and riots, tear gas and rubber bullets and dozens of
“The people causing all the trouble, they aren’t from Ferguson,” said resident Mike Marion, 26. “They’re from all over. They’re not trying to make things better or stand up for Michael Brown. They’re just taking advantage of the situation.”
A New York man who claimed police arrested and strip-searched him after he photographed a stop-and-frisk of three African-American youths has settled his civil rights suit with the New York Police Department for $125,000.
The settlement, first reported Monday by the Daily News, comes weeks after the NYPD reminded its officers that it was legal to peacefully record police activity. That department-wide memo followed the videotaped NYPD arrest of a man who died after being subdued by a chokehold last month.
Yazidi women captured by Islamic State (IS) militants are being forced to marry their captors, it has been revealed today.
The jihadist group have kidnapped more than 1,500 women and girls in Sinjar, northern Iraq, after taking over the region and forcing the people of the Yazidi sect to flee to the nearby mountains.
Witnesses in the town of Sinjar say Islamic State fighters separated the younger women from the rest of the persecuted Sinjar population and took them away in buses and trucks.
When you live with an abuser, everything is a weapon. In their hands, innocent objects like ice-cube trays and checkerboards and apples and pillows become ways to inflict suffering, to demand submission.
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“I got hit with a branch when I was pregnant,” said Tuti, sitting with three other survivors at a shelter in Dorchester on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon. They counted the ways their former boyfriends failed to love them. “He punched me in the head,” Tuti continued. “He spit on me. He kept hitting me with a bottle of water.”
“He picked up a video game, anything near me,” said Trinity. “He hit me in the head with a bag of Pampers.”
It is all there in the police reports, set out in mundane, relentless detail. Globe data visualization reporter Gabriel Florit analyzed more than four years of reports on domestic violence between intimate partners in Boston, up to April 2014. That is when the police department changed the way it reports these incidents, providing less detail on this world of cruelty and terror.
IN THEIR EFFORT to overhaul the state’s domestic abuse laws, Massachusetts legislators failed to think through the broader implications of a provision that was tucked in the bill with little to no debate. It prohibits information about domestic abuse complaints and arrests from being logged into daily police records, which are public. There may be some victims of domestic abuse who would rather keep these details private, but the provision mainly serves the interests of accused batterers. Like anyone else accused of a crime, they should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. But they shouldn’t be accorded extra courtesies along the way. Governor Patrick, who must sign the bill by Monday, should instead send it back to the Legislature for amendment.
A Republican from Colorado couldn’t remember the words “birth control” when, during a Thursday debate, he was asked a question about reproductive rights. After saying he did not support personhood (which is nice of him, I guess), Rep. Mike Coffman said, “But I support a woman’s access to, um, certainly, to … this Hobby Lobby decision to … um.”
People of Colorado, elect this man! Just kidding, do not elect this man.
A campaign representative clarified that Coffman meant to say that he supports the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, “but also supports maintaining access to birth control,” according to the Denver Post.
I am here today to propose a new rule. The new rule is that dummies who don’t support access to birth control can’t say that they support access to birth control.
Coffman is one such dummy.
08.14.14 - In LaKeisha’s hometown of Atlanta, African American women die in childbirth at a rate more than three times the national average. Following an emergency c-section, LaKeisha experienced a brush with this unsettling statistic when she developed a painful infection.
While post-cesarean complications are not uncommon, inadequate follow-up care meant that LaKeisha was neither treated for nor informed about the signs of infection. For countless women like her, racial and socio-economic disparities in health care quality and insurance access have made childbearing an increasingly dangerous proposition in this country.
“There were no calls from the doctor’s office to say, ‘How are you doing?’” recalls LaKeisha. “I sat with an infection for two weeks. I thought it was just the pain [from the cesarean]… . I remember feeling horrible.” The lingering infection traumatized LaKeisha both physically and emotionally, especially when her financial situation forced her to return to work earlier than planned.
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A healthcare system spanning 29 states announced on Monday that cybercriminals operating from China stole information on approximately 4.5 million patients, including names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.
Community Health Systems, which comprises 206 facilities in the southern and western states, announced the incident in an 8-K filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The data breach likely stems from compromises in April and June of this year, involved sophisticated malware, and is apparently connected to China, the company stated.
“The attacker was able to bypass the Company’s security measures and successfully copy and transfer certain data outside the Company,” CHS said in its 8-K filing. “Since first learning of this attack, the Company has worked closely with federal law enforcement authorities in connection with their investigation and possible prosecution of those determined to be responsible for this attack.”
While attacks against US companies by nation-state attackers—usually with apparent affiliations with China—have become common, the cybercriminals usually seek out intellectual property and sensitive information on business or policy, not personal information on individuals. The stolen information includes patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers, but not credit-card, medical, or clinical information, the filing stated.