Broward County police department put together a video entitled “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands”, in an effort to devise a “riot plan” to prevent excessive violence once the verdict is delivered on the George Zimmerman trial.
*As the George Zimmerman trial comes to a close, the authorities are already suspecting there will be trouble …and lots of it.
The expert predictions given thus far believe second degree murder will be hard to prove with the evidence and testimony that has been given by forensic specialists.
And as we all know, this high profile case has the country on edge and most awaiting the verdict. But the fear is that with such a pressure cooker percolating there may be riots that exceed those sparked by the Rodney King case where all officers connected with the beating of the century were acquitted.
*Cancer is an awful disease that has baffled medical professionals around the world since its inception.
But some speculate the origins of cancerous cells stem from drinking, smoking, and stress.
But not actor Michael Douglas, he is convinced he knows different. The 68-year-old Douglas, known for his most memorable role as the cheating husband in Fatal Attraction, believes that his throat cancer came from performing oral sex that put him in contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., according to the Daily Mail.
Initially he thought that his cancer came from many years of drinking and smoking. After seeing a doctor about his throat, he was prescribed antibiotics. But, when he visited a friend’s doctor in Montreal, everything changed. He used a tongue depressor that located the tumor at the base of his tongue that no other doctor noticed before. Douglas is now in remission, but he fought a six-month battle with the disease from August 2010 until January 2011.
According to the report, last year Professor Margaret Stanley of Cambridge University said boys must be given the vaccine for HPV too. Presently, the shot is given to teenage girls and prevents them from contracting the virus. So, what do you think will happen next? Will men stop performing oral sex because of Michael Douglas’ claim or will they just go get an HPV shot at their doctor like the young women?
Read more here.
Young girl hides in parent’s closet during a home invasion.
*There’s nothing more unsettling than the thought of having your home burglarized, especially while you’re still in it.
Now imagine a child or young person at home alone when robbers bust in.
That is exactly what happened to 15-year-old Doian Oladipupo. But, she was smart! She grabbed a phone and ran into her parent’s walk-in closet and called 911.
Her thinking was so quick and courageous that moments later the 911 operator could hear their voices right outside the door, according to southern California’s NBC 4.
She wedged herself under a rack in the closet and held on to the operator’s every word as she hid and waited for first responders to arrive at her Chula Vista, California home.
The next thing that happened was terrifying.
*A running controversy centers on the question of whether or not it is a good idea to provide pre-prescriptions of morning after pills to young people who have not yet reached the age of 17, says The Christian Post.
This may not shock the vast majority of Americans who have come to assess sexual behavior in terms of safety from pregnancy rather than moral and mental health. But maybe it’s time for a reality check.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has approved a policy recommending the provision of contraception to teens because, according to its members, teens should be informed about their options so that they are prepared in case they have sex and need a backup plan.
As one report states, “The teenage impulsive decision-making process coupled with the fact that access to emergency contraception varies means teens are at best confused about how and when to access emergency contraception. In most states teens younger than 17 must obtain a prescription from a doctor to access emergency contraception. According to the AAP, teens are more likely to use emergency contraception if it has been prescribed in advance which would go a long way toward reducing teen pregnancy rates.”
Read more at christianpost.com.
*The teenage population of every generation is accused of the most irresponsible behavior.
Once Rock & Roll hit the scene, parents felt it was the gateway to hell. Then came the sex and drugs associated with the music and we never recuperated once crack touched down.
But along with the drug abuse, the sexual encounters became more frequent amongst teenagers and never let up.
But now the rise of sexual encounters between teenagers and all those under 30, is rising without the use of condoms.
And as we all know, having unprotected sex leads to more cases of HIV. (more…)
A Jacksonville, Florida, Walmart erupts in mayhem when an estimated 300 teenagers descended upon the store after a nearby party was broken up by police.
*Flash mobs are a group of people joining in a harmless act of celebration that can pop up anywhere and can include anywhere from 10 to thousands of people dancing and singing in rhythmic, choreographed harmony.
But, last year we started seeing teenagers take part in flash mobs that were sinister and included crimes. The newest incident is one of the largest crime infused flash mob.
A Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida, was hit by nearly 300 unruly teenagers that had come from a nearby late-night party (more…)
Children are precious and deserve to be protected. Although most people agree with that statement, last week we realized the practical application of “protect” means different things to different people. For some it means advocating certain laws to prevent harming a child. For others it means reporting those who break those laws. Then there are those who say morality can’t be legislated, because everyone should know right from wrong. The leadership at Penn State is trying to decide where they stand on the issue after it was revealed that two university officials and
members of the athletic department kept quiet about child molestation accusations against a former coach there.
It’s easy to say what you will do if you witness a crime taking place, especially if a child is being
victimized. But the truth is we don’t know what we would do or say until we’re in that position. I have been in a similar situation and I admit that I didn’t do all I could have – some might say should have – to protect the children involved. Here’s the short version of my story:
I had a stalker who was a convicted child molester. We met when I moved to North Carolina for my first career job after college. It was his hometown and he said he had returned there after living in another part of the state. Even though I had met his mother and a childhood friend of his neither of these women bothered to tell me this man recently had been paroled from prison for what in North Carolina is called indecent liberties with children. It’s another term that means a grown ass man was having sex with girls young enough to be his daughters. When I found out about his criminal past I quit speaking to him. It wasn’t because of his past
that I broke ties with him. It was because of his dishonesty about his past and his current activities. I didn’t realize it until later, but this man was using my position as a news reporter and respected member of the community to attract young girls. Just like the Penn State coach, my stalker sponsored various youth activities in the city where we lived. Many of the teenagers participated
because they trusted me. So I quit working with him. Although I could have gone to police to report my suspicions about this guy or I could have written a front page article about his criminal past to warn people about his shady activities, I did what I thought was best at the time: I called the girls’ parents and told them I no longer was associated with the man or his programs. I never fully explained why I was leaving, because I had no first-hand knowledge of any current criminal activity and I didn’t want to create an issue where none existed. Also I was afraid to be linked publicly with a convicted child molester. I didn’t want my first career job to be in jeopardy over my lack of good judgment at 22 years old. When I refused to talk to him anymore and the girls were no longer eager to participate in his projects, he started to stalk me. He broke into my apartment and stole things many times, he cut the
tires on my car many times, and he called my home in the middle of the night and countess other things. It wasn’t too long before he was arrested again for indecent liberties with children and sent back to prison where he is to this
I’ve written a book about my experiences to make young women more aware of how their associations and simple decisions they make can affect their future. Whether you’re 22 as I was at the time or a seasoned career veteran we all make judgment calls. Let’s hope when it’s your time you do what’s morally and legally right.
Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist. Send your comments, questions and appearance inquiries to Steffanie at
*We just reported on the relevance of the movie “Do the Right Thing” and how the racial climate hasn’t significantly changed since that time.
We are also watching Troy Davis face the death penalty today as the U.S. courts completely ignore evidence of the man’s innocence.
Now, we have a hate crime that will certainly be under the microscope of NAACP, Democracy Now, the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations that are watching Davis be executed today. (more…)
*Investigators said arsonists in Rutherford County, Tenn used an unthinkable item to add fuel to their fire, the Bible. Authorities said a group of teens used the pages to set fire to a church bus.
Fire officials believe this is the work of some teens trying to have fun, but investigators and church members are not amused one bit.
“The disrespect to God’s property is how we see it,” said Assistant Pastor Joel Young.
Charred corners of the Bible are still scattered on the Middle Tennessee Baptist Church parking lot, now part of an arson investigation scene.
On Thursday evening, authorities believe two teens set pages of the holy book on fire then threw it inside one of the church’s buses. Investigators suspect the teens had a change of heart and tried to use the extinguisher to put out the fire.
Read more and see the video report HERE.