Archive for February, 2014

New York prisoners may get free college education

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend church service at the Wilborn Temple on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend church service at the Wilborn Temple on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

A 3-year prison sentence for boosting cars may soon boost some prisoners’ careers.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing free college courses be offered to inmates in 10 prisons.

Cuomo says it costs taxpayers about $60,000 per year to incarcerate a prisoner, and a college education would add about $5,000 more per year.

According to Cuomo, it will save the state money to educate prisoners because those who get a college education while behind bars will be less likely to return to prison.

It would be even cheaper to not have prisons at all.

Cuomo, in a presentation to the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, said 40 percent of released prisoners without college degrees return to prison at some point. Those who earn college degrees through a …

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Study: Wives more educated than husbands

pew-marrying-downValentine’s Day is usually bad news for men who stupidly spend their pay on flowers or other tokens of waste, but not this year.

The Pew Research Center says, for the first time, women are marrying less educated men more than men are marrying less educated women.

That’s a little confusing, so I had my smart wife explain it to me really slowly.

According to 2012 U.S. Census data, 20.7 percent of women are married to men who have less education. In 2012, 19.9 percent of men were married to women with less education.

Researchers say the role reversal is more prevalent among newlyweds because younger women have surpassed men in higher education. Among college educated newlyweds, 39% of women married a spouse without a college degree, but only 26% of men did so.

Pew doesn’t tell us why women are more educated than men, but I have my theories, the principal one being that men can more easily work in fields that don’t require a degree — construction, mechanics, utility workers, …

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1,000 bodies found on Miss. medical school campus

For many Georgians, going to college in Mississippi would have felt like a horrifying prospect before they found 1,000 bodies on campus.

Now it has to creep out pretty much everyone.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center had planned to remove a grove of trees to build a new parking garage east of the dental school. While surveying the property, at least 1,000 bodies were found in a forgotten cemetery, reports The Clarion-Ledger.

Officials believe the bodies are former patients of the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, which closed almost 100 years ago.

The school has an army of dead under it.

“There are probably thousands more bodies that we’ve never seen,” said Dr. Luke Lampton, chairman of the state Board of Health who has researched and written about the history of the asylum.

The dean of the medical school says the bodies have not been identified, and reburying the remains will cost $3,000 each, or $3 million for those recently found.

“We can’t afford that,” said Dr. …

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Topless Olympic skier heats up YouTube, Sochi

Why the snow is melting in Sochi? (Image from YouTube)

I think we've figured out why they are having trouble with melting snow in Sochi. (Image from YouTube)

Many Olympians compete hard even though they know they have little chance of winning a gold medal for their country.

Others pose topless to win another kind of gold.

ABC News reports a skier from Lebanon, Jackie Chamoun, one of two athletes the desert nation sent to Sochi, is one of the most talked about skiers at the Olympics because of topless photos and video recently leaked on the Internet.

Chamoun, 22, who finished 54th in the slalom at the Vancouver winter games, posed for the a 2014 calendar with other Olympic athletes. The images are pretty tame, by U.S. standards, but in Lebanon they prompted an investigation by the Arab nation’s Olympic committee.

The leaked images and video are much saucier, and Chamoun issued an apology for them on Facebook.

“I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects …

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‘Facebook’ named in a third of divorce filings

Let your fingers do the talking. (Image from Facebook)

Let your fingers do the talking. (Image from Facebook)

Facebook, as you may know, is great for finding old friends and maybe trying to have sex with some of them.

Or at least that’s what a third of all divorce filings in the U.S. suggest.

An ABC News story says in 2011, 33 percent of all divorce filings mentioned Facebook, up from 20 percent in 2008.

The most common complaints include “inappropriate messages to ‘friends’ of the opposite sex, and cruel posts or comments between separated spouses. Sometimes, Facebook friends would tattle to one partner in a relationship about bad behavior by the other,” writes ABC.

Curiously, “saucy selfies” is not mentioned, despite the fact there are apps built around just that single marriage-busting idea.

Experts say Facebook postings by parents and their children are increasingly used during custody battles.

This April Fool’s Day will mark only my fourth year of marriage, so I’m no pro at relationships, but a marriage’s emotional foundation …

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Woman on Delta flight handcuffed for aggressive flirting

Flirting with disaster. (Image from YouTube)

"Don't give me no lines and keep your hands to yourself." (Image from YouTube)

Seeing an airline passenger flirt with someone sitting near them isn’t uncommon.

Being on a plane that makes an emergency landing to forcibly ditch a lonely drunk woman who has been handcuffed to her seat by flight attendants for aggressive flirting is pretty rare though.

The Salt Lake Tribune says a woman aboard a recent Delta flight from Baltimore-Washington D.C. to Salt Lake City was taken into custody by after she made unwanted “sexual advances” towards fellow passengers.

Fortunately for people like us, a fellow passenger videotaped most of the incident.

The woman, who is not named, shouts quite a few naughty words after she is chained to her seat, including saying she is going to “[bleeping] kill” the man who told her no.

The pilot can be heard on the intercom telling passengers their flight is about to get a lot longer.

By the time she is led off the plane by federal agents in Minnesota Friday …

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Atlanta vs. Sochi: Olympic opening ceremonies

Atlanta's "yeehaw" to the world. (Image from YouTube video)

Atlanta's "yeehaw" to the world. (Image from YouTube video)

It’s fun to make fun of Russia, but I have great respect for their people, literature, music, science and pretty much everything not directly related to state planning.

And without the 20 million or so Russians that died in WWII, I might be typing this in German right now. OK, probably not, but the war would have taken more American lives.

When it comes to opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, Russia, despite a snafu with a balky illuminated snowflake, may have Atlanta beat. In fact, the snowflake snafu was doctored to seem like it didn’t happen when shown on Russian TV.

If you recall (and if you don’t, please watch this video or click through these photos), Atlanta’s opening ceremonies in 1996 featured pickup trucks and cheerleaders. You can see photos of the Sochi games here.

In Sochi, they went with women wielding red spears atop red motorcycle sidecars.

I quit liking monster trucks when I was 13, but I can …

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Speeder banned from Georgia county

Ricardo Riley said he actually likes visiting Walton County. (Image from WSB-TV)

Ricardo Riley said he actually likes visiting Walton County. (Image from WSB-TV)

Back when I was a reporter, judges would occasionally ban those found guilty of serious crimes to Echols County, a small wedge of semi-dry land wedged between North America’s largest swamp and Florida.

I recall asking the judge in a second-degree kidnapping case how such bans helped society and he said something like “well at least we got him out of Valdosta.” I ran with that quote and society at large did not seem offended.

The judge told me it was unconstitutional to ban a criminal from the entire state, but it was OK to ban them from up to 158 of Georgia’s 159 counties. He said most criminals would voluntarily move to another state when their only option was living in a Georgia county that doesn’t have a city.

But what about speeders? Should judges ban people for traffic offenses?

Such a thing has happened, reports WSB-TV reporter Tony Thomas.

Gwinnett County resident Ricardo Riley was banned …

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Judge: Drivers have right to warn others of speed traps

Ready, aim, fine. (AJC staff photo)

Ready, aim, fine. (AJC staff photo)

If you’ve ever paid a speeding ticket, you probably think fines are more about generating revenue than improving highway safety.

Not so long ago, you had to drive on the sidewalks to get a traffic ticket in Atlanta, but, as budgets got tighter, police started writing more tickets to fund raises.

A time-honored way of warning your fellow man about speed traps has been to flash your headlights at approaching motorists. This is especially useful on most of I-16, the locations listed here, and anywhere else the sheriff is the judge’s cousin.

According to some police officers, flashing your headlights is illegal, but it’s not in Georgia, according to my hasty review of the Georgia Code, but I’m no lawyer and its possible you can be charged.

Fortunately for liberty and people in other states, a federal judge in Missouri has ruled flashing your headlights to warn other motorists of speed traps is a protected right under the First Amendment of the …

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Reporters: Sochi games already a disaster

Not quite as frightening a prospect as a naked luge run, but close. (Image from Twitter)

Not quite as frightening a prospect as a naked luge run, but close. (Image from Twitter @wyshynski)

Communism is a lot like the Atlanta Falcons. It may look OK on paper but come game time things fall apart.

Reporters arriving to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a resort town closely linked to mass murderer Joseph Stalin, probably weren’t expecting luxury. But, they likely believed their hotel rooms would have running, non-toxic water and toilets that could handle toilet paper.

It has been reported that only 6 of 9 media hotels are ready in the hastily-and-shoddily prepared resort town, but even the “finished” hotels seem to lack the basics.

The Washington Post recaps some miffed reporters’ tweets, which detail a few of the problems:

  • Some hotels don’t have finished lobbies. Guests have to find the hotel manager’s room.
  • If your room has running water, it may be ‘dangerous.’
  • Hot water is precious.
  • Used toilet paper should not be flushed, but placed in a bathroom waste …

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