Love of money is the root of all evil, the Bible and a documentary debuting nationwide Friday tell us.
The film, “Kids for Cash,” details the lives of three teens sentenced by Pennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella, who was paid by a private juvenile detention company to keep facilities full.
If parents living in the poor area of Pennsylvania didn’t have the cash to pay for the detention, the kids were held longer — some for years — for “crimes” as trivial as stealing a single jar of nutmeg or writing “Vote for Michael Jackson” on stop signs.
For about seven years during the 2000s, Ciavarella sentenced thousands of kids to jail time for petty crimes, but one story from the film is particularly troubling.
Teenager Edward R. Kenzakoski III got in trouble after police “found” a bong in his
Teachers are caught having inappropriate relationships with students almost daily, it seems.
Some teachers accused of sending sexual text messages to students may be protected by “the right to free speech,” reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“It’s OK for adults to talk dirty to children,” said Houston defense attorney Mark Bennett, who successfully defended a choir director who sent sexually explicit messages to a minor.
Bennett seems to be confusing the term “OK” with “not illegal.”
In court, Bennett argued Texas’ “sexting” law is too broad because “simple profanity or vulgarity — not rising to the level of obscenity — is constitutionally protected speech.”
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled sexual expression that is indecent but not obscene is protected by the First Amendment, and includes sexually explicit literature such as 50 Shades of Grey and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, as well as Miley Cyrus’ “twerking” during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, writes the
Copernicus’ grave would be revolving around the 16th Century astronomer if he read the results of a new report on Americans’ understanding of basic science.
More intel I dug out of the report:
The fat of the land began moving to America’s waistline at about the same time people started using microwaves as feeding troughs.
Soon afterwards, other technological advances made it possible to earn a living without breaking a sweat.
How sedentary have Americans become? A new study suggests obese women get about an hour of vigorous exercise a year. Obese men get 3.6 hours per year, according to the study conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center.
Researchers, who used data from motion-sensing devices slapped to 2,600 adults, seemed as shocked as you are by their findings.
“They’re living their lives from one chair to another,” said researcher Edward Archer in a HealthDay article on Fox News. “We didn’t realize we were that sedentary. There are some people who are vigorously active, but it’s offset by the huge number of individuals who are inactive.”
What does a typical day look like for the 35.7 percent of U.S. adults
Is sex a marathon or a sprint?
Georgians seem to be short track specialists according to a new compilation of copulation chronology, which suggests the average roll in the hay here takes a mere 2 minutes and 7 seconds.
Yes, Billy Bragg, it is still possible to make a baby in less time than it takes to make a cup of tea.
How did researchers get their numbers?
According to Nerve.com, a website that may not be safe for work according to the content filter I just bypassed, the info came from “early adopters” of a mobile app that uses your phones accelerometer, microphone and hopefully not camera to monitor “duration, thrusts, and decibel peak.”
Is it just me, or does everything seem way more complicated and less private than it used to be?
Anyway, 10,000 people apparently wanted to share that sort of info with the public and we now know New Mexico, with an average time of 7 minutes and 1 second,
It’s been a busy news cycle for lovers of pizza news.
In Pennsylvania, Chevron is offering a free large pizza and a 2-liter drink to residents of Bobtown after a fracking well exploded Feb. 11 and injured one worker and presumably killed another, who is still missing.
The cause of the explosion is unknown.
Chevron sent 100 pizza coupons to residents of the unincorporated community, apologizing for the blast and saying it “will continue to strive to achieve incident-free operations. We are committed to taking action to safeguard our neighbors, our employees, our contractors and the environment.”
Opinions on fracking, which seems to create permanent environmental hazards but also creates jobs and fuel, are mixed. But I think most would agree a free pizza is not very good “community outreach” by Chevron.
CNN reports on some complaints.
“Worst apology ever: Sorry our fracking well exploded. Here’s a free pizza,” was one tweet.
“Nice community relations: if you are frightened by
Residents of Georgia’s newest cities are among its safest, according to a new study.
Security analysts SafeWise looked at FBI crime data from Georgia towns with more than 5,000 residents to create a list of “Georgia’s 50 Safest Cities.”
Two of the top three cities didn’t exist a few years go, and overall the list seems to be biased towards north Atlanta suburbs.
SafeWise said it favored cities with “unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years,” and maybe only wealthier communities can afford such things.
Let’s give the list a gander:
1) Auburn: No, this isn’t an SEC season preview. The tiny town of Auburn is located in Barrow and Gwinnett counties and didn’t report “a single murder, arson, rape, or robbery” in 2012. Less than 80 total crimes were committed and one of them was probably an “out of control quilting bee.” My theory
Despite the headlines out of Washington, D.C., the world is running out of clowns.
The sad news emanates from a New York Daily News “EXCLUSIVE”, which says interest in professional clowning “has plummeted.”
In the last 10 years, membership in the World Clown Association has dropped from 3,500 to 2,500 and most of the remaining clowns are old, but I’m not sure we can take those numbers seriously.
“Clowning isn’t cool anymore,” said one clown, who may or may not have had a fake tear running down his cheek.
“American kids these days are thinking about different careers altogether,” said a dispirited clown named Cido. “[Young people] are thinking about everything other than clowning.”
This clown speaks the truth.
Young people are likely pondering crushing student debt, a lack of real job opportunities and the latest YouTube video featuring cute animals instead of smearing gobs of
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
Valentine’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,