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Opening New Doors in the Classroom

Opening New Doors in the Classroom

California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill Thursday July 14th, making his state the first in the nation to teach lessons about the gay and lesbian community in public social studies classes. 

Brown, a Democrat, signed the bill requiring public schools to include the contributions of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people in social studies curriculum. 

When defending the bill against a conservative uproar, Brown stated, “History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and all walks of life are included in our history books.

Republican lawmakers and an assortment of churches—who oppose the bill because it subjects to students to teachings that parents find objectionable—labeled the bill as well-intentioned, but horribly conceived. 

Although the two sides—those supporting the bill and those vehemently against it—face ideological differences, supporters of the law applauded the social evolutionary nature that the bill will inevitably institute. 

The bill’s primary author, State Senator Mark Leno, hailed the bill, claiming it as a significant step towards social equality and teaching tolerance. Supporters state that the bill will teach students to be more accepting of others, particularly the gay and lesbian communities.

The law, labeled SB48, will require the California Board of Education and its local school districts, to adopt textbooks and other resources that cover the contribution and roles of sexual minorities as soon as the 2013-2014 school year. 

Police Beats Student for “Doo-Doo”

Police Beats Student for “Doo-Doo”

Tyrie Davis, aged 17, was heading home from his Manhattan high-school when he smelt something foul. In response to the odor, Davis said aloud, “it smells like doo-doo.” A fairly routine comment; however, was not taken so lightly by a New York police officer, who thought the remark was directed towards him.

Following the comment, Davis claims that a number of officers exited a nearby unmarked van to scold the student and place him under arrest. Davis was then brought to the local police station where he was summoned for disorderly conduct.

The peculiarity of this story did not stop with the arrest. Following Davis’s release (at 3 a.m.), arresting officer, Joseph Murphy and fellow cop, Jose Ocasio, accosted Davis when the teen exited the police station. Seemingly incensed by the comments, Murray and Ocasio, according to the criminal report filed by teen’s mother, struck Davis repeatedly “with closed fists and kicks.”

The incident, which took place on February 18th of this year, made headlines this week as both Ocasio and Murphy were charged with third-degree assault, harassment and official misconduct. Currently, the two officers await trial. 

 

Man Murders Parents; Cover-up Attempt Fails Miserably

Man Murders Parents; Cover-up Attempt Fails Miserably

Kenneth Abbot, a successful businessman, and his wife, Celeste, suddenly disappeared from their Pennsylvania home around the 5th of June. Celeste’s last phone message, which was received on June 7th, was sent to her 40-year old son Colin Abbot, to inform him of their plans to visit in Atlantic City.
The irony in this tragic story was triggered by Colin, who called his relatives to tell them his parents had died—in an attempt to visit him– in a fiery crash on the Garden Start Parkway. 
Shocked and saddened by the news, Colin’s relatives immediately called the New Jersey State Police for information regarding the transportation of remains for the funeral. After searching their records; however, police discovered there was no crash that killed the couple. 
In response to their findings, police engaged in a welfare check at the Abbot’s residence in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. When police conducted their search, they found the Abbot’s bodies burnt in the backyard and bone fragments scattered in a nearby pond. 
Because of the fake accident report, police immediately searched Colin’s apartment, where they uncovered a case for a .38 revolver and his mother’s wallet. 
Colin Abbot is currently held under police custody where he has refused to elucidate on the tragedy. Although his parent’s wealth would seem like an obvious motive, police have yet to conclude Colin’s slaying of his parents as a maneuver to inherit their money. 

Shotgun Wedding

Shotgun Wedding

Boyd Wright, aged 80, of Madison, Indiana is a father of 3 children; his parenting techniques can be regarded as a little extreme. 
This brutal and crazy story started when Wright’s daughter brought home her 57-year-old boyfriend, Harry Harris. First impressions can often be telling and for Harris it was unfortunately fatal.
Wright knew from the start he didn’t like Harris; the boyfriend, according to Wright, was arrogant and abrasive. In response to Harris’ stand-offish behavior, Wright, on Tuesday, July 13th decided to murder his daughter’s boyfriend. 
At approximately 6 O’clock on the evening of the 13th, Wright spotted Harris sitting at his dining room table. The site of the boyfriend prompted Harris to retrieve his .20 gauge shotgun from his bedroom. 
With shotgun in hand, Wright walked behind Harris, pulled the trigger and unloaded a slug into the man’s back. Thirty minutes later, Harris died at a Madison hospital. 
When police officers arrived at the gruesome scene, they found Wright bleeding and clutching a king. Officials postulated that Wright had cut himself to possibly establish a self-defense alibi. 
Wright was brought to custody where he confessed to murdering Harris simply because; he didn’t like him too much. Wright remains in Jefferson County Jail where he is charged with 1st-degree murder.

Man Kills, then lives with Corpse

Man Kills, then lives with Corpse

Mesa, Arizona–Erick Grumplet’s girlfriend admitted that she’d had sex with other men in his bed–A statement that would drive any man to the point of an emotional breakdown. Grumplet, upon hearing the crushing blow, morphed into a violent and psychotic monster. 
After the words sunk in, Grumplet kneed his girlfriend in the lower abdomen several times, causing her body to shut-down and ultimately die.  
This vile incident occurred more than two months ago; shockingly, Grumplet had maintained living with his ex-girlfriend post-humorously. 
According to Mesa Police Officialls, Grumplet admitted to kneeing his girlfriend, 39-year-old Malinda Raya, to death on the morning of May 19th, after she had confessed to sleeping with other men in his bed.
Police officials became aware of the murder a disturbing two months after Raya’s death; apparently nobody kept tabs on the deceased woman. The body was found in Grumplet’s apartment in the Shorebird Apartment Homes near U.S. 60 and Country Club Drive in Mesa, Arizona. 
Raya’s corpse was wrapped in sheets on the floor of his bedroom; Grumplet used dozens of carpet deodorizers and air fresheners to mask the odor of a decomposing body. 
Police were only notified of the body because Grumplet, who had been staying at his parent’s house over the weekend, admitted to his father that he had killed his girlfriend and left her body to rot. His father, who discovered the body the next day, notified the Chandler paramedics, who then called the Mesa Police Department.
Following his arrest, Grumplet told police that he had not intended to kill Raya; Grumplet is currently “rotting in jail” where he awaits trial—without bond–for a charge of second-degree murder. 

Hiccup Girl Arrested For Murder

Hiccup Girl Arrested For Murder

Jennifer Mee, a well-known 19 year old girl from Florida has
been charged with first-degree murder. Mee was made popular earlier, in 2007,
because of a unique condition causing her to hiccup up to 50 times per minute. Her
condition lasted nearly five weeks, and dubbed her the ‘hiccup girl’.

Mee was arrested along with Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton,
both males in their early twenties. All three have been charged with first
degree murder of Shannon Griffin, and if they are found guilty, may face the
death penalty.

Griffin was found with multiple gunshots to his upper body.
Police investigation has led to the belief that Griffin was the victim of an
armed robbery.  Allegedly, Mee lured
Griffin to the scene where Raiford and Newton then robbed Griffin at gun point
prior to shooting him.

The three individuals have admitted their involvement. Mee
is currently being held without bond. 

Arizona Donations Help Enforce Law

Arizona Donations Help Enforce Law

Over $3.6 million worth of donations have been donated to Arizona
to help increase laws to crack down on illegal immigration. Donations came from
both in state and out of state donors.

 

Timothy Mellon, a Wyoming resident from a well-known Pittsburgh
steel family, donated $1.5 million to a legal defense fund. Over 42,000 people
from other states have contributed to Arizona to help enforce the law.

 

The law, which was passed earlier this year, considers illegal
immigration a state crime and requires police to check immigration status of
those who are suspected to be in the state illegally.

 

Since the law was passed, a national debate was sparked and
allowed for nearly 25 other states’ representatives to claim that they would
draft similar laws if they were elected. Arizona is currently regarded as a
testing state for battling illegal immigration as well as figuring at what laws
work best.

 

 

Credit Card Fraud Leaves Botox Bandit in Jail

Credit Card Fraud Leaves Botox Bandit in Jail

Arizona Gets Lethal Injection Drug Overseas

Arizona Gets Lethal Injection Drug Overseas

Arizona State is taking unusual measures to fix the effect that
they are having due to a nationwide shortage of a lethal injection drug. To
increase their supplies, Arizona is looking towards other countries for the
drug.

This option to do so, not only raises questions about the
thoroughness and effectiveness of the drug, but it also allows for the inmates
to be able to challenge the use of the drug that may or may not be inspected by
the U.S Federal inspectors.

Arizona officials have said that they got their lethal injection
drug, sodium thiopental, from Britain. They have done so to continue the rate
of executions; since spring 2010, the executions have been at a slower rate.

Currently there are 35 states in the United States which
legalized executions by lethal injections. The drug used in the lethal injections,
which is from the U.S, is FDA-approved; there are no other FDA-approved drugs
from overseas currently being manufactured.  Many prosecutors have said that since the
delay of executions, the public has lost faith in the criminal justice system. 

Arizona Immigration Law Breakout: Nine College Students Arrested

Soon
after the signing of the new Arizona immigration law, Senate Bill (SB)
1070, in April 2010, protests were reporting breaking out against the
legislation, which puts new enforcement measures in the hands of state
law-enforcement authorities against illegal immigration. According to
reports issued from the Capitol as Governor Jan Brewer was affixing her
signature to the Arizona immigration law, some 1500 demonstrators had
assembled, either in support or opposition, and did not hesitate to make
their views known as the merits of a piece of legislation which has
been both championed and denounced.


The
Arizona immigration law breakout of protests led, in some cases, to
arrests, as with the disorderly conducts charges pressed against nine
people, all college students. They had affixed themselves to the state’s
old Capitol building to symbolize the oppressive detentions which they
asserted would result from the passage of the Arizona immigration law.
The Arizona immigration law breakout of protests also included public
declarations of opposition from recognized community leaders, from both
within and without Arizona, and from such various areas as activists,
political officeholders, and religious leaders. The Arizona immigration
law breakout of protests was encouraged, for one, when Los Angeles
Cardinal Roger Mahoney compared the then-proposed, now-implemented
legislation to “Russian Communist” and “German Nazi” tactics, raising
the specter of a “police state” being created by SB 1070, an assertion
hotly disputed by the law’s supporters in the legislature and throughout
the state. Clarence Dupnik, Sheriff of Pima County, also criticized the
immigration law.