Temar Boggs, 15, and a friend, rescue a five-year-old neighbor from an abductor, Thursday, July 11, 2013.
*The heroes in our community are never given enough fanfare.
One of the biggest abduction cases in this country’s history that concluded with the rescue of three young women abducted over a decade ago by Charles Ramsey. Too many times, black men are looked at as the suspect and not the hero.
The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, community is thanking Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend for jumping on their bikes when they sensed trouble was afoot in their neighborhood.
Boggs senses were indeed accurate as he followed a man that had abducted his 5-year-old neighbor, Jocelyn Rojas.
As Boggs and his friend continued to follow the car on their bikes, the man eventually gave up and pushed the girl from the car.
Jay Harris, aka Jay Datbull, loses full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University this fall for rap video posted on YouTube, May 14, 2013.
*As tuition rises daily at our nation’s universities, parents everywhere are working diligently with their kids and praying for scholarships.
But, what if your child got a full ride to college and chose a rap career over the scholarship? (Lady, put your belt down and keep reading!)
Jay Harris also known as Jay DatBull played football for Downingtown High School East in Exton, Pennsylvania. He was a phenomenal receiver for his high school and to his surprise, received a full-ride to Michigan State University.
He told everyone via a YouTube video how he was so happy to represent the Spartans, but then he made, what many may perceive as a foolish choice. He posted a blunt smokin’, expletive laden, rap video called “Datbull 4 Life”about some bull that cost him the golden ticket to MSU.
*Why does it seem the most prejudiced people in our society are in positions of authority where they can do the most damage?
There was the (now imprisoned) Pennsylvania juvenile court judge who sentenced first time offenders to jail time in exchange for kickbacks, the Massachusetts lab technician who tainted evidence bound for criminal court to increase convictions because she wanted the approval of her supervisors and the LAPD with a history of racism against other police officers and against the people they are sworn to protect simply because they can.
Now a Utah state trooper has been fired for arresting thousands of motorists for drunk driving without probable cause. On the job since 2002, Lisa Steed was named trooper of the year in 2009, the first woman to reach that status. And she became a member of the state’s special DUI unit because of her high arrest record. Why Steed’s DUI arrests – which amounted to more than double the amount for any other trooper in Utah – didn’t seem too good to be true and signal her supervisors that something was amiss sooner is now the subject of a possible class action lawsuit against Steed and the state. Maybe she did it to prove her strength in the tough world of law enforcement. Maybe probable cause meant nothing to her.
These are just four examples of why nobody should think that just because you’re innocent there’s nothing to fear and justice always will prevail.
If you find yourself being bullied by a law officer, convicted by tainted evidence or sentenced for a crime you didn’t commit you’re probably not the only victim. One thing Steed and the other law enforcement offenders have in common is they overestimate their power and underestimate the courage of some of the people they victimize.
From crooked cops to greedy judges and lazy employees, justice is only as blind as the people in charge of it. Even when you’ve done nothing wrong, you might find yourself at the mercy of people who don’t want to see you succeed and consider it their mission to see you fail. Put the odds in your favor and don’t tempt the crooked, greedy or the lazy, because justice is rarely – if ever – blind.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. Send comments, questions and speaking requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus stop in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, erupts in violence between parents and students Monday and Tuesday, January 7, and 8, 2013.
*The schools of America are becoming real battlegrounds and school districts are fighting hard to keep students safe.
But parents and students have to be a a part of the solution to maintaining that security.
But, in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, the efforts on behalf of students and parents are low as a riot-like brawl broke out at a school bus stop on Monday and Tuesday.
Both the students and the parents were reportedly from the Woodland Hills School district. Authorities say as many as 60 people were involved.
Gregory Eldred shoots his ex-wife Darlene Sitler during church service in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Sunday, December 2, 2012.
*This story has to be one of the most brutal and tragic stories we’ve heard in a while.
For some people, divorce isn’t good enough. They have to know that they will never have to deal with that person ever again.
Gregory Eldred, 52, of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, walked into the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport and shot his ex-wife and choir director, 53-year-old Darlene Sitler as she sat at the organ for Sunday’s service.
Sitler fell into the organ pit.
*The sides are so close for our President and that other guy, that many have taken advantage of the early voting.
One commentator said that due to early voting we’re not having an “election day, this is election month.” But some are still being prevented from voting due to false and misleading information.
We’re already sitting on pins and needles worrying about those who are in areas where polling places and homes have been destroyed. Now, there are a lot more factors that will be changing the election day turnout.
The Voter ID laws that have been passed in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin are being ignored and/or confused by the very people that are supposed to be able to effectively direct voters into one of the most important moments of their life…voting. A writer, Dallas Morning News columnist Wayne Slater went to a polling place to vote over the weekend and attempted to use his utility bill as his ID, which is on the list as an acceptable form of ID. The poll worker, supposedly unwittingly, told him that he must show her his driver’s license