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reason.com

by Brian Doherty

June 11, 2014

Some monstrous policy out of Pennsylvania, a land where there is no such thing as debtors prison for the poor unless that debt is to the government, that institution that only monsters question because after all it's there to help the poor.

Hundreds of parents, some impoverished and overwhelmed, have been jailed in Pennsylvania for failing to pay court fines that arise from truancy hearings after their children skip school, creating what some call a "debtor's prison" for people like Eileen DiNino. DiNino, 55, of Reading, was found dead in a jail cell Saturday morning, hours after she surrendered to serve a 48-hour sentence. She had racked up $2,000 in fines, fees and court costs since 1999 as the Reading School District tried to keep her children in class, most recently at a vocational high school.

m.wfmz.com

by Jennifer Joas

June 12, 2014

A woman died at the Berks County Jail in Bern Township on Saturday. Some legislators are questioning why how she died and why she was in jail in the first place.

"I have questions as well as what happened to the woman in prison. How did it happen that she passed away? Did she need medical attention and not receive it," said PA Senator Judy Schwank, (D) Berks County. Eileen Dinino, 55, was a mother of seven. She was serving a 48-hour sentence for her children's multiple truancy violations. But some legislators cannot come to grips with her sentence. "I cannot understand how someone ends up going to jail. They did not murder someone, they did not steal, they did not commit a felony. How does jail time equate to resolving this particular problem?" said Sen. Schwank.

CNS News

November 6, 2012

A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots.

Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." The judge ordered her to wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. both days.

The Salt Lake Tribune (UT)

by Matt Canham

December 18, 2005

Women are the rulers of the college world, outnumbering male undergraduates in the United States by more than 2 million. But women's dominance doesn't extend to the University of Utah. And nobody knows why.

The U.'s student body is 46 percent female, when the national average is 57 percent. While each year women command a larger share of the student body nationwide, the U.'s gender split is almost exactly the same as it was a decade ago. "I don't know if I should be concerned or not, but I am intensely curious," said U. President Michael Young, who has commissioned a study of the U.'s gender imbalance.

politicalblindspot.com

by James Achisa

October 16, 2013

Since the Sandy Hook school shooting, conspiracy theories have abounded in the absence of an official story that answers everyone's questions.

Law enforcement from outside of Sandy Hook cuffed and detained in the woods, fleeing the scene, two very different sets of AR15 magazines found (half tactically reloaded, the other half emptied completely), and how did such a light weight as Adam Lanza have carried so much ammunition and fired so many rounds, in such a short period of time... these are amongst the most notorious questions asked by conspiracy theorists. But just as the questions began to lose momentum, now a move to silence those demolishing the crime scene has reignited the debate over "what really happened."

The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society

by Raymond S. Moore, Ph.D.

April 11, 2005

"The learning tools -- vision, hearing, cognition, nervous system-- of average children who enroll at today's early ages are not tempered for structured academic tasks.

Students lose physical and mental health from 1) uncertainty from leaving the family nest, 2) bafflement from social pressures and restrictions, 3) frustration from pressure to use their unready "learning tools" which can't handle the regimentation and routine of formal lessons, 4) hyperactivity growing out of tattered nerves warring against rigid studies, 5) failure which flows from the episodes above, 6) delinquency which is failure's twin, and 7) a sense of family lost, often including suicide.

Washington Post

by Michael Skube

August 20, 2006

We were talking informally in class not long ago, 17 college sophomores and I, and on a whim I asked who some of their favorite writers are. At length, a voice in the rear hesitantly volunteered the name of . . . Dan Brown.

No other names were offered. The author of "The DaVinci Code" was not just the best writer they could think of; he was the only writer they could think of. In our better private universities and flagship state schools today, it's hard to find a student who graduated from high school with much lower than a 3.5 GPA, and not uncommon to find students whose GPAs were 4.0 or higher. They somehow got these suspect grades without having read much. Or if they did read, they've given it up. And it shows -- in their writing and even in their conversation.

photographyisnotacrime.com

by Carlos Miller

June 25, 2013

What started off as a routine harassment from a middle school teacher to a student over a t-shirt he was wearing has turned into an embarrassing and infuriating abuse of First Amendment rights in West Virginia.

First, school officials suspended 14-year-old Jared Marcum because he was wearing an NRA shirt. Then police arrested him because he had argued in the principal's office that the shirt wasn't breaking school policy. This week, prosecutors tried to keep him from speaking to the media through an emergency gag order, which they said would serve in his "better interest." But Logan County prosecutors Christopher White and Sabrina Deskins are the same people trying to convict him on a charge of obstruction, which could land him in jail for a year, so they are the last people looking out for his better interest.

xkcd.com

February 11, 2011

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