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Ohio: Black woman sent to jail for enrolling her kids in a white school

Ohio Mom Kelley Williams-Bolar Jailed for Sending Kids to Better School District - ABC News
An Ohio mother's attempt to provide her daughters with a better education has landed her behind bars. Kelley Williams-Bolar was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district. "It's overwhelming. I'm exhausted," she said. "I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them." Williams-Bolar decided four years ago to send her daughters to a highly ranked school in neighboring Copley-Fairlawn School District. But it wasn't her Akron district of residence, so her children were ineligible to attend school there, even though her father lived within the district's boundaries.
And more here:
She is a single mother with two girls, ages 12 and 16, and is only a few credit hours short of graduating from the University of Akron with a teaching degree. She was working as a teaching assistant with special needs children at Buchtel High School. She also cared for her ailing father, who was charged with multiple felonies in the residency case. Williams-Bolar was convicted of the two felony counts Saturday night after seven hours of jury deliberations. On Tuesday, Cosgrove sentenced her to five years in prison but suspended all but 10 days in the county jail, saying that to not include time behind bars would ''demean the seriousness'' of the offenses. She also was given two years of probation and 80 hours of community service. During the sentencing hearing, the judge noted that Williams-Bolar faced another form of punishment. ''Because of the felony conviction,'' Cosgrove said, addressing Williams-Bolar directly inside the packed courtroom, ''you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today.'' Cosgrove said that comment resulted in a ''a terrible misconception.''

January 26, 2011

For second year in a row, more soldiers commit suicide than die in combat

Congress.org - News : More troops lost to suicide
The reasons are complicated and the accounting uncertain — for instance, should returning soldiers who take their own lives after being mustered out be included? But the suicide rate is a further indication of the stress that military personnel live under after nearly a decade of war.

January 25, 2011

I've got no beef with this article, apart from its use of the present and present perfect tenses

The Case Against Economic Disaster Porn | The New...

January 24, 2011

Fitness master Jack LaLanne passes at 96

>What's the good of living, what's the good of making a lot of money, what's the good of having fine clothes and driving a fancy automoblie if you're miserable all the time?.
1994 (age 80): Once again handcuffed and shackled, [LaLanne] fought strong winds and currents as he swam 1.5 miles (2.4 km) while towing 80 boats with 80 people from the Queensway Bay Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary.
-- Wikipedia

January 23, 2011

FOUND ART: LEGO Human Centipede at my 4-year-old's daycare

If you don't know what The Human Centipede is,...

January 20, 2011

The 50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2010

The 50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2010 | The Beast
2) David & Charles Koch Charges: In a land filthy with noxious liars, these two are the filthiest. Their dad founded the ridiculous John Birch Society which claimed fluoridated tap water was a Communist mind-control plot—while his company built oil refineries for Stalin. And they’ve not fallen far from the despicable hypocrite tree. Koch Industries, the second biggest privately-held company in the country, generates its annual $98 billion in profits from coal mining, stealing oil from Indian reservations, refining and piping Canadian tar sands oil, and every other clear-cut, mountaintop-removing environmental abomination under the sun. How they make money is dirty; how they spend it is dirtier. From free-market-humping think tanks CATO and Heartland to Tea Party-backing Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works, they invest vulgar amounts of money in misappropriating populist rage and misinforming the ignorant masses on climate change, tax reform, environmental policy, health care, and any other issue that could cut into their fat bottom line. Aggravating factor: In a philanthropy-meets-disinformation masterstroke, the Smithsonian’s new $15 million David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins is a climate change whitewash, which teaches that destroying our environment is no big deal because we can just adapt and evolve. Sentence: Fed to the Kraken.
*Thanks, jeff!*