Illinois Votes for Birth Control Campaign
Take the pledge to vote “Yes” on election day.
The November 4, 2014 General Election ballot in Illinois will include an advisory referendum on birth control. Voters can answer “Yes” or “No”. The ballot will ask this question:
“Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?”
The Birth Control Referendum gives Illinoisans an opportunity to voice their opinion about the issue of birth control coverage in health insurance.
Gloria Steinem Speaks Out About Domestic Violence at a Screening of HBO Documentary ‘Private Violence’
When Gloria Steinem starts talking, you listen. And when she starts talking about domestic violence, she uses her voice to make you listen to the stories of others. Both of those things happened at a Sept. 29 screening of HBO’s moving documentary, “Private Violence,” which Steinem executive produced and is set to air on television Oct. 20.
The film follows the stories of two survivors of domestic abuse: Deanna Walters, a single mom who is trying to get the courts to prosecute her estranged husband for brutally beating her, and Kit Gruelle who has long worked as an advocate for victims of intimate partner violence. Their stories weave together for a glance into the long, rocky road toward justice that women (and men) who experience violence at the hands of their partners face.
“When I was growing up in Toledo, there was no such crime as domestic violence,” said Steinem. “It was called life.”
The tagline of the documentary, which rings especially true in light of recent conversations, is: “It’s not always easy to just leave.”
A whole new perspective on motherhood…
“How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source” by Johanna Stein — AVAILABLE HERE: amazon.com
Johanna Stein: writer/performer/editor
Suzanne Luna: director/editor
Daniel Weinkauf: music
Dave Gassman: producer
Metro Development Group is partnering with Crystal Lagoons Corp. to bring the giant swimming pools or “lagoons” to four planned communities in Hillsborough, Pasco and Lee counties. The first is set to break ground at the end of the year on the old Epperson Ranch property in Pasco, bought by Metro about five years ago.
Accessible to 10,000 homes altogether, the four lagoons in the Metro communities will range from 5 to 10 acres in size. On the low end, that’s about the same size as four football fields, and on the high end, 71/2. To get a sense of the scale: an Olympic-size swimming pool occupies 0.3 acres.
Though the Metro pools won’t be quite as big as Crystal Lagoons’ San Alfonso del Mar seawater pool in Chile (19.77 acres, with enough water to fill 6,000 regular pools, which currently holds the record for biggest pool in the world), residents can still kayak, paddleboard and swim in the waters.
A school and a public transit bus were shelled in war-torn eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people dead, officials in the country’s Donetsk region said.
The shelling in the city of Donetsk, held for months by pro-Russian rebels, came despite a ceasefire that Ukraine’s government reached with separatist leaders last month.
Donetsk’s School 57 was shelled at 10 a.m. (3 a.m. ET), killing four people and injuring at least seven others, according to the Donetsk regional authority’s website.
A security contractor with a gun and three convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.
Obama was not told about the lapse in his security, these people said. The Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, asked a top agency manager to look into the matter but did not refer it to an investigative unit that was created to review violations of protocol and standards, according to two people familiar with the handling of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The incident, which took place when Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, rattled Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s protective detail.
U.S. troops and tanks will deploy across the three Baltic states and Poland in the next two weeks on a mission designed to deliver an unmistakeable message of NATO resolve to Moscow.
The “Ironhorse” armored cavalry unit, with around 700 soldiers, some 20 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with Bradley and Stryker armored fighting vehicles, is one of the most formidable U.S. military forces to be sent onto former Soviet soil. Several of the bases and training areas it will operate from were built for the old Soviet Red Army.
The aim is to convince Moscow that - unlike in non-NATO Ukraine - any Russian interference in Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia would put it at war with the Western alliance.
A Chicago man sent a series of letters claiming he was going to bomb buildings at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, threatening to shoot staff and rape, kill and decapitate students if he didn’t receive $50 million, according to federal court documents.
Derrick Dawon Burns, 21, a former student at SIUC, has been charged with making bomb threats and mailing threatening communications in the letters, which were dated between September 2012 and October 2013. Burns, who is alleged to have written letters including one claiming to be a “Terrorist for alqaeda,” is being held pending a detention hearing Wednesday in Chicago, according to court documents and a release from the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
Burns was caught after he made anonymous calls to the FBI and SIU police this summer claiming he had spoken to someone named “Big Russ” in a Carbondale bar who said he had raped and killed people, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent filed with the charges. The phone number used to make the calls was listed in SIU records as a number for Burns, according to the affidavit.
With officials confirming the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, and the first case diagnosed outside of Africa during this outbreak, some Americans continue to express fear that the deadly disease—which is believed to have killed at least 3,091 people in West Africa—could spread in the United States.
If you’re one of them, you can calm down. Health officials say there is virtually no danger to the public. Here’s what you need to know about the virus:
Question: What’s the likelihood of a major Ebola outbreak happening in the U.S.?
Answer: Remote, according to officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now that an Ebola patient has been diagnosed in Texas, the first human case ever diagnosed in the United States, health officials say the American health system will work to contain the disease and the likelihood of it spreading is very low.
In honor of a the pleasure of a really seerie read, I’ve compiled a few titles I’ve enjoyed. Please add those that have truly given you the shivers, because of both for the content and the quality of the writing. Please omit true crime other such realities.
1-The White Witch of RoseHall by Herbert G. de Lisser
2-The Shining by Stephen King
3-City of Masks: A Cree Black Novel by Daniel Hecht
4-Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
5-The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Valliant
6-The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon —I strongly suggest the audio version for the full spine-tingling effect.
Ok, and one movie:
1-The Rite with Anthony Hopkins