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Next week, a Minnesota organization will release a report detailing the number of women who are killed in this state by husbands and/or boyfriends.
Many of the victims were already victims of previous domestic violence. Why didn't they just leave the relationship?
This new Ted video should answer the question.(5 Comments)
Our selection for "person of the week" has been made. It's a dog.
The printed version of the story is actually better.(0 Comments)
The federal government today ordered schools to either stop discriminating against "disabled" athletes who are qualified to play on sports teams, or start providing athletic programs for the "disabled" student. Schools can't deny a disabled student a slot on a sports team because a coach believes he or she can't compete.
This young woman is one of the reasons why the athlete with physical challenges just got to take a big step forward:
Mary Kate Callahan is, obviously, a swimmer. In 2011, she had to watch her Illinois high school team from the sidelines at a state tournament because the Illinois High School Association rejected her school's request to add a race for disabled swimmer.
Her situation got the notice of the Illinois attorney general who filed a federal lawsuit. The high school association backed down and last fall, Ms. Callahan got to compete. Because she deserved to and deserved the opportunity.
I admit it. I have a soft spot for famous people who take a few minutes to brighten up a sick kid's day. We noted in this space a few weeks ago how Adrian Peterson dropped what he was doing to call a high school kid with cancer.
Today's story comes from Seattle where Zach Grey, a Batman fan, gets a call from Christian Bale, who played Batman in the movies.
His parents filmed the call.
The young man's Facebook page is Zach Attacks Leukemia.
(h/t: Boing Boing)
The sorts of stories aren't uncommon. This week, for example, hockey tough guy Bobby Robins, a Peshtigo, Wi., native, wrote about his trip to visit sick kids in Providence, where he plays for the Boston Bruins AHL team.
It's a lovely story about a sick kid changing a man...
Something happened to me last week, and it changed me. I'm not certain of how much or to what extent I changed, but change happened nevertheless. And it was on this day, more specifically on my drive home that I thought of all sorts of things, and experienced all sorts of emotions revolving around karma, and being kind to your fellow man, and paying it forward, and trying your best to be an all around good human being. And if you're thinking about how strange this sounds coming from someone who punches people in the face for a living, I don't blame you. But, I would argue that everything I do out there on the ice is rooted in love, but that's an entirely different blog post all together. I will say, however, that everything I do on the ice is for the love of the game, and for the love of my family, and the ambition to keep playing for as long as I can and to take it as far as I can to see if I can reach the top and play in the best league in the world and provide for my family while doing it.
There's a weird plethora of news stories today about fathers, daughters, sons, and guns.
Let's take it from the top:
>> A St. Paul man has been charged with terroristic threats after he pointed an AK-47 rifle at his daughter during an argument, according to Fox 9 News. The headline says he did so because "she got two B's instead of straight A's in school," but that's not quite correct. He did so after she swore at him, as if that's more logical.
According to the charges, 52-year-old Kirill Bartashevitch recently purchased the AK-47 due to fears that such weapons would be banned under President Obama's push for gun control legislation.
>> In New Jersey, 27-year-old Byaer Johnson wanted to see his daughter but when he entered the home, he was asked to leave. So he shot his daughter in the face, CBS reports.
>> In Oregon, a man admitted "he messed up bad" when he acknowledged he shouldn't have had a gun in the house, what with him being a felon and all. His 11-year-old son found the gun and tried to carjack a woman.(2 Comments)
It's hard to know whether Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke is seriously trying to get his citizens to arm themselves or just trying to call attention to cutbacks in his department, but his radio ad certainly has caused a stir in Wisconsin.
Here's the ad:
"Apparently, Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie," Jodie Tabak, Mayor Tom Barrett's spokeswoman, said.
An anti-gun group says Clarke is promoting vigilantism. A pro-gun group tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Unless you can take care of yourself, you're kind of SOL."(4 Comments)