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  • Autistic Palestinian’s killing draws Floyd parallel, outcry [barf alert]

    06/04/2020 10:28:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | June 4, 2020 | Josef Federman
    Eyad Hallaq liked to watch cartoons. He loved dressing up and wearing cologne. He even dreamed of getting married. But his favorite activity was walking to school, where he volunteered in the kitchen, preparing meals for his fellow special-needs students. Early on Saturday, the 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism was chased by Israeli border police forces into a nook in Jerusalem’s Old City and fatally shot as he cowered next to a garbage bin after apparently being mistaken for an attacker. He was just a few meters (yards) from his beloved Elwyn El Quds school. The shooting has drawn comparisons...
  • This Wonderful 20 Year Old Went Around Delivering Pound Cakes To The Elderly, So Why Was He Jailed?

    06/01/2020 9:33:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Tommy Sotomayor News Raw ^ | June 1, 2020 | Tommy Sotomayor
    This Wonderful 20 Year Old Went Around Delivering Pound Cakes To The Elderly, So Why Was He Jailed?
  • In his final days, Ahmaud Arbery's life was at a crossroads (pure hagiography)

    05/25/2020 8:57:20 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 146 replies ^ | Aaron Morrison
    He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. But first, he decided, he would take a break. College could wait until the fall. To help keep his head clear, he ran, just about every day. Off he’d go, out of the doors of his mother’s house, down the long street toward Fancy Bluff Road. Then would come the right turn onto the two-lane road lined by oak trees draped with Spanish moss. About a mile...
  • Police: Neighbors pulled boy from water an hour before mother pushed him a second time

    05/24/2020 7:04:46 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | May 23, 2020 | Liane Morejon, Michelle Solomon
    Statements of witnesses and surveillance footage show video of a woman who police believe is Ripley pushing the boy into a canal at the Kendall Acres Condominium complex around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Neighbors there intervened before the nine-year-old could drown. An hour later, police say she found another pond-like canal at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club SW 62nd street and 138th Court, where she led Alejandro into the water. His body was found floating in the canal at 7:50 a.m. Friday. Her call to police A call for help placed by Patricia Ripley Thursday night set off an Amber...
  • Proclamation on World Autism Awareness Day, 2020

    04/01/2020 7:31:45 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies ^ | April 1, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    World Autism Awareness Day is a tribute to the millions of Americans living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their numerous triumphs over many and varied obstacles are a testament to the strength and resolve of the American spirit. We also extend our gratitude to all those who, through their unwavering dedication to supporting Americans with ASD, help empower them to thrive at home, in the workplace, and in their communities. As President, I am committed to ensuring all Americans with ASD can thrive and prosper. Last year, I was proud to sign into law legislation reauthorizing the Autism CARES Act,...
  • Detective: Springboro gym teacher was 'manipulating,' 'grooming' children in his class

    03/13/2020 6:52:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    WCPO ^ | March 13, 2020 | Courtney Francisco
    LEBANON, Ohio — UPDATE: 3/13 9:38 a.m. John Austin Hopkins's trial resumed Friday morning with both sides presenting closing arguments. Before court let out Thursday, jurors heard from Dr. Fred Peterson, Ph.D. “[Hopkins] acknowledges some type of sexual behavior occurred," Peterson's written report said. "His results suggest he has numerous sexual 'thinking errors' which he uses to help him explain the sexual behavior that occurred.” Peterson's report also said Hopkins's mental behavior does not allow him to accept responsibility for his actions, which could hinder any treatment which might be suggested. Once both sides present closing arguments Friday, the jurors...
  • Thomas Valva’s mom: No one believed my warnings about NYPD cop dad Michael Valva

    02/02/2020 8:39:46 AM PST · by Coleus · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 02.01.20 | Kathianne Boniello
    They thought she was making it all up. It cost a little boy his life. From cops and social workers to lawyers and judges, Long Island mom Justyna Zubko-Valva claims no one took her warnings about her NYPD cop husband, Michael Valva, seriously. Alleging sex abuse, starvation, brainwashing, beatings and possible child porn, the mom had insisted their three sons were suffering at Valva’s hands. But instead of getting help, Zubko-Valva became lost in a legal labyrinth where she was the one on trial, painted as a scorned woman with a “vendetta,” court papers show. One Suffolk County Family Court prosecutor...
  • ‘They’ll be safe’: Inside the court hearing that sealed Thomas Valva’s fate

    02/02/2020 8:34:36 AM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | 02.02.20 | Kathianne Boniello and Lorena Mongelli
    The autistic Long Island boy left to freeze to death in his garage — allegedly as “punishment” by his father — was sent to the house of horrors by a judge who ripped him from his mother’s custody without even holding a hearing, court transcripts obtained by The Post show. Nassau County Judge Hope Schwartz Zimmerman’s fateful Sept. 6, 2017, decision to put 8-year-old Thomas Valva and his two brothers in the custody of their dad, Michael, was made on the fly, the shocking transcripts show, without any formal, court-filed accusation of wrongdoing against their mom, Justyna Zubko-Valva. Michael Valva and his...
  • Arizona Grandmother Sentenced to 21 Years in Fatal Shooting of Twin Boys With Autism

    01/28/2020 5:52:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 90 replies
    ktla ^ | 01/28/2020
    A Pima County Superior Court judge sentenced 56-year-old Dorothy Flood on Monday in the killings of Jorden and Jaden Webb last April. Flood was the guardian and sole caregiver for the boys after her daughter died in 2017. According to court documents, the twins had severe autism and were nonverbal, and detectives said Flood told a relative that they boys had become too much for her as the boys had been having trouble sleeping. Flood originally was charged with first-degree murder but she pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors. Flood will be given...
  • WATER FIND ‘Water pill’ that’s used to reduce swelling hailed ‘real breakthrough for kids with autism’

    01/27/2020 3:37:50 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 27 January 2020 | Lucy Jones
    A ‘water pill’ used to reduce swelling could combat autism, experts claim. New research has revealed that a prescription drug, known as bumetanide, can also improve the symptoms of the developmental disability by boosting signals between neurons.... ….Bumetanide is a type of medicine called a diuretic which is available in the UK and the US and enables patients with cardiovascular, liver or kidney disease to produce more urine and rid the body of surplus fluid and salt. Diuretics are sometimes called “water pills/tablets” because they make you pee more. However, a study has shown that in autistic children it helps...
  • How Drag Queen Story Hour Expanded Across America

    01/27/2020 1:41:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 27, 2020 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Drag Queen Story Hours started out as niche events on the West Coast, but these events—aimed at children as young as age 3—have spread to libraries and schools across the United States, dividing local communities. These story hours are “just what they sound like,” Drag Queen Story Hour’s official website states: drag queens reading to children. The events are designed to be about 45 minutes long for children aged 3 to 8 years old, intended to capture children’s imagination and help children explore their gender fluidity through “glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.” Books used during Drag Queen Story...
  • Progressive activist challenges longtime incumbent Readshaw in 36th District

    12/01/2019 12:00:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 1, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A self-described progressive activist, who helped found an advocacy group in Pittsburgh that supports autistic people, is mounting a challenge against longtime incumbent state Rep. Harry Readshaw. Jessica Benham, 28, of the South Side Slopes, is bidding for the Democratic nomination in the 36th legislative district, shaping her candidacy after the campaigns of a number of progressive women who have toppled longtime Democratic incumbents in the past two years. Her campaign is framing the race that way, too, and in a recent email, used the secondary headline to proclaim “Progressive Benham to challenge conservative incumbent Harry Readshaw.” “In some ways,...
  • Disney World lawsuit: A brawl at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional led to a 4-year court fight

    11/22/2019 7:04:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 22, 2019 | Gabrielle Russon
    The Baldwin family was feeling the Christmas spirit at the Epcot’s Candlelight Processional as the choir sang and celebrity guest soap star Susan Lucci read the nativity story. “I turned to my husband [Claude] and I said, 'Aren’t you glad you came? And he said, ‘I just had a really great time,’" said Emma Jean Baldwin, according to court transcripts. “And that is when ... all hell just broke loose.” Claude Baldwin, then 74, said he was attacked by a teenage boy and injured at the end of the show on Dec. 22, 2011. However, the boy’s family argued it...
  • Reunited: Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares Cycle Ride with ‘Friend and Hero’ Greta Thunberg

    11/05/2019 5:59:45 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/05/2019 | Simon Kent
    Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has previously gushed of being “starstruck” by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, has now shared pictures of the two going for a bike ride around Santa Monica. The former California governor posted images of their meeting to his Twitter account, showing them on a bike ride and meeting his daughter Christina.
  • Florida woman arrested after parents find 24 pipe bombs in her bedroom

    10/04/2019 3:24:54 PM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 99 replies
    fox ^ | 10/04/2019 | Robert Gearty
    A 27-year-old Florida woman was arrested after her parents found two dozen pipe bombs in her bedroom and called the local sheriff's office, authorities said Friday. Michelle Louise Kolts was arrested early Friday and booked on 24 counts of making, possessing, throwing, projecting, placing or discharging a destructive device.
  • Family of 5-year-old with autism says he was punished for hugging at Tennessee school

    09/25/2019 7:42:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    WJLA ^ | SEPT. 24, 2019 | ABBY KIRK, WTVC Staff
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) — One family says their 5-year-old son with autism is being punished for giving his classmate a hug. East Ridge Elementary leaders say the boy overstepped his boundaries. But, his family says the whole thing is a big misunderstanding. Nathan is a 5-year-old boy kindergartner at East Ridge Elementary. The principal says the school staff has talked with him several times. His guardian says the school has filed a report with the state. Summery Putnam, Nathan's guardian, says she received a call from her son's teacher at East Ridge Elementary about three weeks ago. "I was sick...
  • Boy, 9, with autism becomes a viral sensation with clip of him singing Hallelujah - secretly...

    09/18/2019 2:18:22 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 15 replies
    A boy who has autism has become an overnight internet sensation, after his family shared a clip of him singing on social media. Justin Kiely from Dublin, Ireland, who was diagnosed with autism when he was three-years-old, had been hiding his vocal abilities from his parents until recently. The nine-year-old had a history of becoming hysterical whenever he heard loud noises, meaning his parents avoided bringing him to any birthday parties, crowds and large gatherings. His sensitivity to sound due to his autism made his parents apprehensive to expose him to loud music, or any noise that could trigger him....
  • San Antonio mother calling for change after 7-year-old son with autism is handcuffed

    09/19/2019 1:25:44 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    KENS 5 ^ | 09/18/2019 | Roxie Bustamante
    SAN ANTONIO — A mother is outraged after her 7-year-old son was handcuffed by San Antonio ISD police at his elementary school, in an incident caught on video. The child's mother, Maria Herrera Arias, said that her son, who has autism, had a breakdown in class on Monday.  Arias said as her son got more agitated, the teacher called for the SAISD crisis officers to respond. She said the school tried calling the father, but miscalled."They were finally able to get a hold of dad. Dad immediately headed over there," Arias said. "Once dad was there the police were already there....
  • Mom shares cruel note left in mailbox, receives outpouring of kindness

    08/08/2019 1:40:33 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 33 replies
    Fox8, High Point, NC ^ | AUGUST 7, 2019 | Yes, CNN Wire Services
    PINSON, Ala. – Randa Ragland opened her mailbox in late July to find a letter from a neighbor, with no return address and no name. Just words — hurtful ones. The letter accused Ragland of not caring about her Pinson, Alabama, home. “Your eyesore is affecting the resale value of OUR homes,” it said. “Do better!!!” “So many things, bad things, had happened right before I got the letter,” Ragland said. “I just didn’t have the energy to be mad.” Her husband lost his job. She received some news regarding her health, and her 3-year-old son was battling cancer. Jaxen,...

    08/06/2019 11:41:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Infowars ^ | 08/06/19 | Kelen McBreen
    The owner of the website 8chan claims the El Paso shooter’s manifesto was not uploaded by Patrick Crusius, and another man, claiming to have grown up next to him, says “Patrick has autism and was in special ed classes… He couldn’t have written that document.”In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at an El Paso, Texas Walmart on Saturday, the liberal media turned the blame on President Trump, other prominent conservatives and Trump supporters altogether.Despite the fact that the suspect made it clear his views, “predate Trump,” and that he supported a universal basic income and automation, concepts no Trump...