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  • Philippines: Drug addicts and pushers who 'surrender' in Duterte's drug war make coffins in rehab

    10/12/2016 4:10:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | October 10, 2016 | Callum Paton
    Drug users who want to avoid becoming another bloody casualty in Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte's war on narcotics have been making coffins as part of one local rehabilitation programme. Addicts in the city of Olongapo, three hours to the north of the capital Manila, are taught to make coffins after they hand themselves over to authorities. In the Philippines, where more than 3,600 people have been killed since Dutere's election in June, the process is known as 'surrendering'. The macabre irony of the programme is not lost on those who enrol in it. "I knew that if I don't change,...
  • Minnesota To Try Rehabilitating 'Refugee' Jihadis

    03/02/2016 4:24:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 2, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    Yeah, this will work: A federal court in Minnesota has created a program to assess the risks posed by terrorism defendants and come up with plans to deradicalize them so they don't engage in similar activities again. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, who has handled recent terrorism cases in Minnesota, outlined the program Wednesday and called it the first of its kind in the country. It initially will be applied to four men who have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group, and Davis said it could be expanded to supervise other terror...
  • Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Too

    12/27/2015 12:35:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 12-22-15 | Rachel Nuwer
    This week, millions of people around the world will no doubt experience rapid mimicry-an involuntary, split-second mirroring of another person's facial expressions-as they exchange smiles over gifts, good meals and holiday traditions. This phenomenon, observed in humans and many other primates, is considered a basic building block of our ability to feel empathy. "When your companion or friend smiles, you don't know why exactly, but you immediately react with the same smile to him or her," says Elisabetta Palagi, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Pisa in Italy. "It’s an extremely important phenomenon, because through this mimicry you can...
  • Where is the Rehabilitation for 'Racists'?

    05/08/2014 6:51:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/08/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    For decades liberals have lobbied against punishment and for rehabilitation. The argument was that a mugger or murderer was just a victim of his environment, someone caught in the crosshairs of bad nurturing and neighborhood. Accountability is unwarranted because the person bears no responsibility: he knew not what he did. And so successful was this movement that our penal system was largely reorganized based on the rehabilitation model. Why, Ive even argued with people who insisted that punishment doesnt work (apparently, theyd never heard of Singapore, caning and virtually zero crime). So, question: where are the calls for rehabilitation, as...
  • Putin signs decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars

    04/21/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars and other nationalities of Crimea, who were victims of Stalin-era repressions. Taking advantage of an opportunity, I would like to inform colleagues that I have signed a decree on rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered from Stalins repressions, Putin said. Other Crimean ethnic groups repressed by Stalin would also be rehabilitated, he said, listing Armenians, Germans and Greeks among them in a move reaching out to some 250,000 mainly Sunnite Tatars in a modern...
  • Former Editor of Young Gay America Turned Christian Celebrates Marriage to Wife

    12/17/2013 9:31:33 AM PST · by Arcy · 31 replies
    Christian News ^ | Dec. 11, 2013 | heather clark
    A former founding editor for a prominent homosexual magazine is celebrating his recent marriage to his wife, and is addressing the critics who have blasted him for turning his back on the homosexual lifestyle. Michael Glatze says that he left homosexuality six years ago by the prompting of the Lord after working as the editor of Young Gay America for over a decade. Knowing no one who I could approach with my questions and my doubts, I turned to God, he told WND after his conversion. Id developed a growing relationship with God..." Glatze eventually walked away from the magazine...
  • RIVERSIDE, CA: Riverside Community College Student Body President is Registered Sex Offender

    04/04/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | April 3, 2013 | Richard K. De Atley
    RIVERSIDE: RCC student body president is registered sex offender It was no April Fools joke. On Monday, April 1, anonymous black-and-white fliers were found pinned to billboards at Riverside City College saying the student body president is a registered sex offender. Students at first thought it was a cruel prank, but once it was confirmed, the revelation left them asking whether RCC administrators, who acknowledge they knew about it before the election, should have disclosed the information to the campus community. Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, of Riverside, was sentenced to five years in prison for admitting that in 2005 he...
  • A Bronze Star Power Point? Actually, not... (Drive-by Journalism at Its Worst)

    03/14/2013 5:36:40 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    US Patriot Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Mark Alexander
    "The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and true dignity is justice." -- George Washington (1779) A Bronze Star Power Point? Actually, not ... Drive-by Journalism at Its Worst In keeping with our publishing deadlines, every Tuesday morning I send notice of my topic for Thursday's column to our editorial team. This week, I sent notice that I was writing about "military award inflation," and particularly a story from reputable news sources about an Air Force chaplain, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer, who received a Bronze Star for a PowerPoint. I first read this story under an inflammatory National...
  • Should There Be Mercy For the Murderous?

    11/26/2012 12:26:57 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 37 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 26, 2012 | JP
    Its been 20 years since I sat across a conference table from the attorney representing Robert Alton Harris, a double-murderer who had spent 13 years on Californias Death Row. The attorney hoped to make the case that, despite his crimes, Harris should be spared his scheduled date with the executioner. He related that the convicted murderer was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. That he was neglected as a child. That he was abused as an adolescent. Im sorry, I told the attorney. Your client killed two boys. He deserves to pay the forfeit for taking innocent lives. And not long...
  • Local Child Molester Slain in L.A. Prison (Convict Code of Justice)

    06/01/2012 7:15:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | May 31, 2012 | Kristina Davis
    Local child molester slain in L.A. prison An inmate serving a life sentence stemming from the sexual assault of a child in Oceanside was killed Tuesday in his prison cell in Los Angeles County. Francisco Javier Aguilar, 36, was found dead in his cell at the California State Prison in Lancaster after 1 a.m., authorities said. He had a cable wrapped around his neck, The Los Angeles Times reported. The cause of death has not been released. An autopsy was set for Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Coroners Office. Aguilars cellmate, Aaron Alvarez, 42, has been arrested in...
  • The Capture of Mihailovich March 13, 1946 - Marking anniversary with prospect of rehabilitation

    03/13/2012 3:55:28 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | March 13, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    General Draza Mihailovich in the hills of Serbia, 1943 The famous bridge over the Drina River in Visegrad, Bosnia Note: The next Mihailovich Rehabilitation hearing is set for March 23, 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. Aleksandra's note: As we await with great anticipation the official rehabilitation of General Draza Mihailovich we are reminded that on this day, March 13th, in 1946, the Yugoslav communist special security agents (OZNA) loyal to Marshal Josip Broz Tito finally captured the great General in the village of Drazevina near Visegrad in Bosnia. A short time later they publicly announced his capture and their intention to...
  • Putin praises Cold War moles for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets

    02/22/2012 10:28:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:04pm EST | Steve Gutterman
    Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world's sole atomic power, in comments reflecting his vision of Russia as a counterweight to U.S. power. Spies with suitcases full of data helped the Soviet Union build its atomic bomb, he told military commanders. "You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels," Putin said, according to state-run Itar-Tass. "The were carrying the information away not on microfilm...
  • Charles Manson family member who admitted stabbing heiress on his orders is denied parole

    01/26/2011 1:05:53 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 73 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4:49 PM on 21st January 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A Charles Manson follower has been ordered to remain in prison after parole board officials rejected her claim she was a changed woman. The two-member panel said the viciousness and notoriety of Patricia Krenwinkel's crimes outweighed her efforts at rehabilitation behind bars. Krenwinkel, now 63, wept and apologised during the hearing, but officials said the deaths of seven people in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders 'remained relevant'.
  • The Disturbing Rehabilitation of Dr. Kevorkian

    01/17/2011 11:31:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/17/11 | Wesley J. Smith
    When Jack Kevorkian came to the nations attention in the 1990s, reporters at first depicted him correctly as a macabre and megalomaniacal promoter of death. But he was remade into a popular icon, becoming a pet guest on 60 Minutes, treated to uncharacteristically softball interviews by Mike Wallace and fawned over by Andy Rooney, and then declared by Time magazine to be one of the major celebrities of the 1990s. Time even invited him to their 75th anniversary gala as a star guest. You knew the world was spinning the wrong way when Tom Cruise rushed up
  • Prince Harry promotes US-UK veteran ties in NYC

    06/25/2010 4:54:29 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 25
    NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) -- Britain's Prince Harry says the bonds between British and American military veterans are strong but can be even stronger. Harry spoke Friday on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City during a reception for U.S. and British veterans and their families. The third in line to the British throne said his country can learn from American advances in veterans' care and rehabilitation.....
  • Aquarium to release 12 rehabilitated sea turtles

    06/11/2010 8:39:54 PM PDT · by tenger · 17 replies · 278+ views
    VIRGINIA BEACH The Virginia Aquarium is releasing a dozen Kemp's ridley turtles rehabilitated in Virginia and Massachusetts to make space available for any turtles affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The aquarium says the endangered sea turtles will be released at 11 a.m. Tuesday off Cape Charles. The release is a joint effort by the Virginia Aquarium and the New England Aquarium. Ten turtles suffering from cold stunning were found in Massachusetts' Cape Cod Bay in November and December. Cold stunning occurs when sea turtles are exposed to extremely cold water. The two Virginia turtles also suffered from...
  • 214 Former Libyan Inmates Get out Jail Today, and I Was There

    03/25/2010 4:26:31 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 154+ views
    JARRET ^ | Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Jarret Brachman
    SNIPPET: "Ill explain the whole reason Im in Tripoli right now when I get back but its not coincidence that all this stuff is going on while Im here. Im part of a small group of invited guests from the Qaddaffi Foundation to study their rehabilitation and integration program. Ive got reems of photos and primary source interviews with some senior former members of LIFG. Im excited to come back and share with my readers."
  • Fly Fishing Helps Veterans Heal

    12/30/2009 12:23:23 PM PST · by Thirteen · 25 replies · 5,709+ views
    WCYB-TV 5, Bristol VA ^ | 29 December 2009
    Fly fishing is a sport that was made popular by the book and movie A River Runs Through It. Some people like it to catch fish, some just enjoy seeing the brightly colored line sweep through the air over the water. And now, fly fishing is also used for healing. "You get in touch with nature and forget about all your problems, it's just a natural way to heal yourself," said military veteran Kenny Stanford who did two tours of duty in Iraq. It's that idea that has led to Project Healing Waters -- a group dedicated to the physical...

    12/26/2009 2:37:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 265 replies · 7,929+ views
    INTERNET ^ | December 26, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "Discussion: I first observed discussion of binary explosives on the al-Firdaws forum in January of 2007. In light of recent events I will post here my archive:" SNIPPET: "Implementation: On Christmas Day, 2009, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab boards a flight in Amsterdam, bound for Detroit, and on final descent he attempts to set off what was most likely a binary explosive. Thank goodness he either screwed up or had bad instructions, because the chemicals he was working with were evidently quite good."
  • Adaptive Sports Rehabilitation for Disabled Soldiers [moving photos]

    10/29/2009 2:05:12 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 1 replies · 730+ views
    Brent Stirton ^ | Oct 29 2009 | Brent Stirton
    This is a two-fold story about an adaptive sports rehabilitation program for severely disabled US soldiers who are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The first half focuses on a river rafting trip down the Salmon River in Idaho, the second focuses on the medical facility where these men have been rehabilitated. It is a story of how these men reach a point where they can embrace life again and feel a reason to go forward despite their permanent, often horrifying injuries. The three soldiers on the river trip are Major Anthony Smith, 39, an African American man who...
  • Prop. 5 calls for expanding drug-crime rehabilitation

    10/11/2008 9:42:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 440+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/11/08 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO Eight years ago, 61 percent of California voters passed a novel initiative requiring treatment instead of jail or prison for tens of thousands of drug offenders. Supporters of that initiative are back with a follow-up measure that would require even greater leniency. Billionaire investor and liberal activist George Soros is helping fund Proposition 5 on the Nov. 4 ballot. The measure would prohibit sending paroled drug offenders back to prison for parole violations unless they commit a new felony, have a violent or serious record or are considered high risk by prison officials. The initiative would shorten parole...
  • Saudis use cash and counseling to fight terrorism(fancy re-education camp for Jihadis)

    08/21/2008 10:29:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 178+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/20/08 | Caryle Murphy
    Saudis use cash and counseling to fight terrorism About 3,200 former militants have completed the ambitious program aimed at persuading them to disavow violent Islamist ideologies. By Caryle Murphy | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the August 20, 2008 edition Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Khalid al-Hubayshi's career as an Islamic warrior came to an end with the siege of Tora Bora in Afghanistan. Ordered to retreat, he walked through snow for six days. He was captured by Pakistani forces, delivered to the Americans, and relocated to a cage in Cuba. The young Saudi's break with militant jihadi ideology...
  • California Propositions that are on the November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot

    06/29/2008 2:26:39 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 36 replies · 1,595+ views
    Propositions that are on the November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot* Bond MeasureProposition 1 SB 1856 (Chapter 697, 2002). Costa. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century.** **Note: The Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century was originally scheduled to appear on the November 2, 2004, General Election ballot. Subsequently, Senate Bill 1169, Chapter 71, Statutes of 2004, provided that it appear on the November 7, 2006, General Election ballot. However, most recently, Assembly Bill 713, Chapter 44, Statutes of 2006, provides for the submission of this Act on the November...
  • California Ballot Measure Update as of June 2, 2008 (November election)

    06/04/2008 12:20:23 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 285+ views
    California Secretary of State ^ | 2 June 2008 | Debra Bowen and staff
    Changes since the last update: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1310. (07-0081) Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election 1326. (07-0094, Amdt. #1S) Criminal Penalties and Laws. Public Safety Funding. Statute. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election 1304. (07-0066, Amdt. #1S) Renewable Energy. Statute. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election 1298. (07-0068) Limit on Marriage. Constitutional Amendment. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election Propositions that are on the November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot Bond MeasureSB 1856 (Chapter 697, 2002). Costa. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the...
  • Iraq Detention Operations Focus on Education, Rehabilitation

    10/10/2007 4:47:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 97+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2007 Programs in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are focused on improving the education and vocational skills of detainees and preparing those who are no longer a threat for release to their families, a U.S. general in charge of detainee operations in Iraq said today. (Video) Speaking to reporters in Iraq, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, Multinational Force Iraqs deputy commanding general for detainee operations, emphasized that all detention operations in Iraq are in accordance with international law and human rights standards, and are always open to inspection by credible agencies. Our goals and...
  • Inmates and horses get a second chance

    06/11/2007 11:40:09 AM PDT · by TheTruthAintPretty · 18 replies · 671+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2007 | Dahleen Glanton
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The 100-acre bluegrass pasture at the state prison where Tomo, a retired thoroughbred, spends most of his days grazing under the hot Kentucky sun is a long way from the glitzy, fast-paced racetracks where he grew up. At age 6, with a less than stellar career behind him, Tomo was headed to a slaughterhouse last year, like thousands of horses whose racing days have ended. But he is one of the lucky ones. He landed a slot at the Blackburn Correctional Complex, where inmates care for the horses as if they were their own. It was on...
  • Cons Pretty in Pink Clink (Sheriff Joe Arpaio parades perps in pink, civil-libertarians seethe)

    04/21/2005 6:44:44 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 46 replies · 10,016+ views
    The Sun [UK] ^ | April 21, 2005 | Unattributed
    Convicts were forced to march to a new top-security jail wearing just pink underpants and flip-flops to deter escape bids. Prison bosses reckoned the 700 hardmen would be too embarrassed to go on the run in gay-style garb. Muscle-bound, tattooed thugs were linked with pink handcuffs for the two-mile hike. And when they reached the new clink in Phoenix, Arizona, one con had to cut a pink ribbon to open it. Tough Sheriff Joe Arpaio said: I put them on the street so everybody could see them. They can see this is what happens to people who break the...
  • Doubts Rise as States Detain Sex Offenders After Prison

    03/04/2007 4:38:25 AM PST · by joeystoy · 11 replies · 422+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3-4-2007 | Monica Davey and Abby Goodnough
    Confining sex offenders past their terms has almost never met a stated purpose of treating the worst criminals until they no longer pose a threat.
  • From mass killer to 'lovely guy' (Slice of Life DownUnder NZ)

    01/20/2007 5:35:05 PM PST · by DieHard the Hunter · 12 replies · 499+ views
    Sunday Star Times ^ | 21 Jan 2007 | Rachel Grunwell
    From mass killer to 'lovely guy' By RACHEL GRUNWELL - Sunday Star TimesSunday, 21 January 2007 Raurimu killer Stephen Anderson is living in psychiatric community housing in Wellington and could soon be considered for full release. He had been working as a dental assistant until his employer became concerned about adverse publicity. February 8 marks the 10th anniversary of Anderson committing one of New Zealand's worst mass killings at Raurimu in the central North Island in 1997. Anderson was found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering six people including his father, and the attempted murder of four others....
  • Shock Therapy Loses Some of Its Shock Value

    09/22/2006 9:34:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 852+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | JANE E. BRODY
    For an older woman I know who was suffering from implacable depression that refused to yield to any medications, electroconvulsive therapy popularly called shock therapy was a lifesaver. And Kitty Dukakis, wife of the former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, says ECT, as doctors call it, gave her back her life, which had been rendered nearly unlivable by unrelenting despair and the alcohol she used to assuage it. Neither woman has experienced the most common side effect of ECT: memory disruption, though Mrs. Dukakis recalls nothing of a five-day trip to Paris she took after...
  • Psychiatrist Is Among Five Chosen for Medical Award

    09/16/2006 8:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 680+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 17, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    The psychiatrist who upset Freudian dogma in the 1960s by developing cognitive therapy is one of five winners of this years Lasker Awards, widely considered the nations most prestigious medical prizes. The awards, announced yesterday by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, are also going to four scientists who made important discoveries about aging and cancer. Mary Lasker created the awards in 1946 as a birthday gift to her husband, Albert, in hopes of curing cancer in 10 years. Each award carries a $100,000 prize. The psychiatrist, Dr. Aaron T. Beck, 85, of the University of Pennsylvania, won the Lasker...
  • Review Sees No Advantage in 12-Step Programs

    07/25/2006 10:52:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 228 replies · 4,221+ views
    The Treasonous NY Times ^ | July 25, 2006 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    When Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs are examined in controlled studies, a new review reports, scientists find no proof that they are superior to any other intervention in reducing alcohol dependence or alcohol-related problems. The researchers, led by Marica Ferri of the Italian Agency for Public Health in Rome, found little to suggest that 12-step programs reduced the severity of addiction any more than any other intervention. And no data showed that 12-step interventions were any more or any less successful in increasing the number of people who stayed in treatment or reducing the number who relapsed...
  • Rehabilitation specialists team up to support warfighters

    05/17/2006 6:03:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 168+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Shad Eidson
    5/17/2006 - Fort Sam Houston, Texas (AFPN) -- Brooke Army Medical Center hosted a military amputee advance skills training workshop for Veterans Affairs prosthetists and therapists. Nearly 100 VA rehabilitation team members from 15 medical centers attended the workshop May 10 through 12 to learn the patient care methods used at Department of Defense facilities to help injured servicemembers recover, adjust to using prosthetics, and return to duty or to a full civilian life. We are learning what the military is doing so that when a Soldier comes to their local VA it is a seamless transition, said Bob Gailey,...
  • Rep. Kennedy Crashes Car Near Capitol

    05/04/2006 4:48:15 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 120 replies · 2,996+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5 May 2006
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had had no alcohol before the accident. Kennedy, D-R.I., addressed the issue after a spate of news reports. "I was involved in a traffic accident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol," Kennedy said in a written statement released by his office. "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake." Kennedy appeared to be intoxicated when he crashed...
  • Change the culture & save some lives (What Do Freepers Think? Is What I Have Written True?)

    02/08/2006 4:52:23 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 8 replies · 454+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 2-8-06 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    THERE WAS an average of about one murder a day in Philadelphia last year, the most homicides in about seven years. One of the reasons, according to the mayor and police commissioner, is that guns are too easy to obtain in Philadelphia. If easy access to guns were responsible for homicides, then gun clubs would be the most dangerous places on the planet. But it isn't - and they aren't. In 1998, the city was also trying to solve the homicide problem. The city brain trust created a Youth Violence Task Force that included such liberal luminaries as Temple law...
  • A Bridge That Has Nowhere Left to Go (NY's Tappan Zee Bridge)

    01/17/2006 8:15:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 84 replies · 4,496+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2006 | PATRICK McGEEHAN
    The Tappan Zee Bridge, the most critical transportation link across the Hudson River north of New York City, is not even half as old as the Brooklyn Bridge, but its warranty has already expired. Started on the cheap during the Korean War, the Tappan Zee was deliberately built to last just 50 years. It passed that milestone last month, just days after transportation planners began gathering public advice about how to fix or replace it. But the decaying, overburdened span's anniversary was more bitter than sweet. Little love has been lost between the Tappan Zee and the tens of thousands...
  • Californians soul-searching in countdown to execution

    12/10/2005 11:24:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 48 replies · 854+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/11/5 | Joe Garofoli
    Two-thirds in state support the death penalty, but polls haven't asked questions about redemption. Pollsters regularly measure the public's opinion of the death penalty, but there is scant research on the soul-searching question that shrouds the case of Stanley Tookie Williams, the quadruple killer and gang founder who is scheduled to be executed Tuesday in San Quentin prison: Do you believe that inmates have the capacity to reform? Advocates on both sides of the death penalty issue believe that Californians are having their most introspective public discussion in decades about whether the state should execute people. Though polls show that...
  • As School-Building Plan Fails, New Jersey Is Left With Slums (Eminent domain strikes again)

    08/26/2005 6:20:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 833+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 26, 2005 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    NEWARK, Aug. 25 - With its gangs, police shootings and struggles to modernize, this city seems to have enough problems. Now it has one more. Dewey Street used to be a proud middle-class neighborhood, a chamber of peace and quiet in Newark's gritty heart. But last year when the state cleared out tracts of land to build a school, most of the families were driven away. And now that the money for the school has evaporated, more than three dozen lots sit abandoned, one after another. James Searcy is one of the last residents here, a 74-year-old man with milky...
  • Another 43 Iraqi schools funded for rehabilitation

    08/10/2005 6:39:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 374+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 10, 2005 | LuAnne Fantasia
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 10, 2005) Iraqi and U.S. government officials announced Aug. 6 that contracts have been awarded for the renovation of 43 Iraqi schools. As part of the Iraq Relief Reconstruction Fund, more than $1.3 million has been set aside to continue a nationwide school repair program. The renovations, scheduled to take about six weeks, will be complete just in time to allow approximately 18,000 Iraqi school children to attend refurbished schools this school year. Repairs include rehabilitating sanitary facilities, and electrical and mechanical systems, as well as structural repairs to schools in Karbala, Dahuk,...
  • Highlights of final N.C. House budget (Salary increases, teapot museum, oyster rehabilitation)

    08/10/2005 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 687+ views
    News 14 ^ | 8/10/05
    Highlights of final N.C. House budget 8/10/2005 8:43 AM By: Associated Press & News 14 Carolina Web Staff The figures reflect reductions or increases to base budget expenses, some of them based on projected rises in recurring spending. Salaries and benefits: Salary increase of two percent or $850, whichever is greater, and one week extra vacation for most state workers; average 2.24 percent raise for public school teachers. Community college faculty and professional staff also would receive an additional 2 percent raise: $237.3 million. Ensure all employees under State Personnel Act receive a minimum salary of $20,112: $750,000....
  • When Good Chickens Come Home To Roost

    07/15/2005 10:20:56 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 4 replies · 292+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 15, 2005 | Amir Efrati
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Felipe, an orange-feathered rooster from Pennsylvania, faced near-certain death when police busted his cockfighting match on a rural compound in 2001. Instead, he checked into the Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary. After three weeks of psychological treatment, the 1-foot-tall fowl kicked his drug habit and stopped picking fights. Today, he lives peacefully with 200 other feathered residents at the center, often cozying up to a flock of Florida hens. Felipe was lucky. Most of the millions of roosters bred for cockfighting in the U.S. face a gruesome end. If they're not slaughtered during combat, they are often...
  • California prison boom ends, signaling a shift in priorities

    06/19/2005 9:24:24 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 580+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 20, 2005 | Sara B. Miller
    California prison boom ends, signaling a shift in priorities With dwindling resources and a drop in crime, state turns more to rehabilitation than bricks and barbed wire. For the first time in decades, California has neither any prisons under construction nor plans to build more. With the recent opening of the Kern Valley State Prison, a maximum-security facility about 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Delano, the state has capped a 20-year building frenzy. Since 1984, the state built 33 prisons; California had constructed only 12 in the previous 132 years. Hailed as an "end of an era" by...

    06/18/2005 1:02:30 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 263 replies · 3,954+ views
    Neal Boortz ^ | June 16, 2005 | Neal Boortz
    Correct me if I'm wrong .. but when the Terri Schiavo matter was consuming front pages and broadcast news, wasn't the issue whether or not she was reacting to her parents and watching that balloon floating around her room? She should not be allowed to die, people said, because with rehab she would improve and then her family could take her to malls and birthday parties and such. Well, the autopsy results are in. [full autopsy pdf] There was no way that Terri Schiavo could benefit in any way from rehabilitation therapy. What's more, she had no cognitive abilities. In...
  • Honoring Those Who Provide Our Freedom - (Congressman James Sensenbrenner on new legislation)

    05/27/2005 8:02:32 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 333+ views
    In a tradition that began just three years after the end of our Civil War, Americans set aside the last Monday in May each year to remember the sacrifice made by our service men and women who died while defending the precious gift of liberty. On this Memorial Day, Americans will remember the more than one million men and women throughout our nations history who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In Congress, we remain committed to supporting the men and women who currently and previously defended our nation. Over the last five years, funding for the Department of Defense Health...
  • CA: State to Detail Reform of CYA - Therapy and education replace punitive culture

    05/15/2005 10:49:25 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 272+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2005 | Jenifer Warren
    SACRAMENTO The Schwarzenegger administration is poised to profoundly transform how California treats its most troubled young lawbreakers, replacing a prison culture of punishment and control with one anchored in group therapy, self-discipline and preparation for life outside. Under the new approach, outlined in court documents to be filed today, inmates in the California Youth Authority now idle or locked down much of the time would follow an intensive schedule of counseling, education and vocational training designed to consume nearly every waking hour. Living units, now marked by violence and crowded with up to 75 youths, would house...
  • Terri Schiavo is not Brain Dead

    03/20/2005 7:16:24 PM PST · by Coastal · 144 replies · 4,022+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | March 20, 2005 | Lee Kent Hempfling
    Words are so easy to use. Words mean things. Words are also easily used, especially when the right words elude. In Florida, Terri Schiavo is now waiting to die. Does she know it? You can be assured she does. Can she speak about it? No. Does that mean she is in a 'vegetative state'? NO! But what is a 'vegetative state'? According to Dr. Jeffrey Frank, director of neurological and neurosurgical intensive care at the University of Chicago, "A person in a vegetative state is 'awake but not aware,'... 'Though reflexes may cause them to turn toward a sound, gaze...
  • Louisiana Warden: The Only Way to Make a Prison Safer Is the Lord Almightly

    01/22/2005 7:40:11 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 257+ views | 01-22-05 | Wellborn, Vicki, Gannett Services
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  • Our pappa came, I happy your love and prayers

    01/10/2005 3:21:12 PM PST · by Paul Ciniraj · 3 replies · 214+ views
    Baseelia Foundation (for Charities, Child Care & Relief Fund) ^ | 10 January, 2005 | Besly Ciniraj (son of Pastor Paul Ciniraj)
    Our dearest uncles/aunties Praise the Lord I thank all your love. I thank all your prayers. I happy so much. I thought you remove my message. I did not think you pray for our pappa, our mummy, me, my younger sister Hepzy, my youngest brother Lesly. Also all tsunami victims in India. I praise God your prayers. I praise God your love. Tears come from my eyes see your love. Again and again I praise God. Again I thank you all. Our pappa came back from tsunami refugee camps. We were afraid. Because we not know when another tsunami come....
  • Economic `Armageddon' predicted

    11/23/2004 5:07:35 PM PST · by tmp02 · 147 replies · 4,278+ views
    Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley, has a public reputation for being bearish. But you should hear what he's saying in private. Roach met select groups of fund managers downtown last week, including a group at Fidelity. His prediction: America has no better than a 10 percent chance of avoiding economic ``armageddon.'' Press were not allowed into the meetings. But the Herald has obtained a copy of Roach's presentation. A stunned source who was at one meeting said, ``it struck me how extreme he was - much more, it seemed to me, than in public.''...
  • Ex-Navy Surveillance Ship Getting New Life in Port Security

    09/26/2004 9:03:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 396+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 27, 2004 | PATRICK HEALY
    During its years in the Navy, the surveillance ship Stalwart patrolled the Atlantic, searching the silent waters for signs of Russian submarines. Its end came not from enemy fire, but old age and budget cuts, according to Navy documents. In all, it was a decent but unremarkable military career. But in a berth beneath the Throgs Neck Bridge, the empty, rust-scabbed ship has found its second life as a floating classroom and cargo-security laboratory. It is now being converted into the new headquarters of the New York State Strategic Center for Port and Maritime Security. Besides serving as office space...