HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — A man whose cases sharply divided his small Kansas town was given more jail time by a judge who departed from a plea deal. Jackson County District Judge Norbert Marek on Wednesday sentenced 23-year-old Jacob Ewing to a total of 7.5 years for attempted rape of a woman and child exploitation related to images he had of an underage girl. Ewing was sentenced in September to 27 years for raping and sodomizing two other women. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports The sentencing ends a saga that roiled the town of Holton for more than a year. When Ewing was first arrested, many people in the town supported him and criticized his accusers. ___ Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com … [Read more...] about Kansas man sentenced to more time in case that divided town
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'The first time a ban on women aged between 10 and 50 entering Sabarimala came was in 1991 and was by a high court judgment.' It appears the Sabarimala controversy will not end anytime soon. Retired IAS officer and the well-known Malayalam writer, N S Madhavan, through a series of tweets supported the Supreme Court decision allowing women between the ages of 10 and 50 to go to the Sabarimala temple. "Ayyappa's importance, unlike any other Hindu temple in Kerala, was that all castes could go there. But in the last 30 years, these people (the upper castes) are completely destroying this," Madhavan, below, tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier. Do you think thousands of women coming onto the streets to protest against the Supreme Court order is a spontaneous one? Or, is it orchestrated by political parties? I don't think it is spontaneous because the women who are coming out are conservative and they have not done any political activities so far. I think this has happened only because of a … [Read more...] about ‘Sabarimala issue is dividing Hindu society’
Source: wikimedia commos Our country today is angrier and more divided than almost ever before. Only during the Civil War do we find a time of greater national discord. Luckily, we had Abraham Lincoln during that tumultuous era, to help us mediate our near-fatal conflict. A great number of books have been written about Lincoln and his era. Most have focused on Lincoln from a historical perspective. We know what Lincoln did as an agent of history, but we don’t know as much about the character traits, the temperament, and the personal values that led to those historic actions. Who was Lincoln personally? And what can we learn from him today? In researching material on Lincoln’s psychological biography, a book I found extremely valuable was Doris Kearns Goodwin’s masterful study, Leadership in Turbulent Times. It is particularly helpful because she includes a great many quotes and observations from personal friends … [Read more...] about Divided America: What Can We Learn Today from Lincoln?
Email By Nicholas Lazaredes in Ukraine Updated March 30, 2015 13:48:11 Photo: The charred hulk of Mariupol's former police headquarters. (Vladimyr Cheppel) Related Story: Ukraine crisis: Inside the Mariupol base of the controversial Azov battalion Map: Ukraine When the first blast of the air raid siren sounds in a nearby street, the children and teachers of Mariupol's school Number 20 know exactly what to do.Within minutes of the first alert, 213 children and their 22 teachers sit huddled in a vast basement below the school and the roll call begins.Class captains as young as six line up to report to the headmistress in a drill that has been practised dozens of times since a rocket attack on Mariupol's eastern district killed 30 people in January.A teacher asked seven-year-old Alexei why they are gathered in the shelter."So the Russian soldiers don't shoot us," Alexi said.The rocket attack on January 24 tore through Mariupol's residential Vostochniy district and shattered … [Read more...] about Ukraine: Defending the divided city of Mariupol
Email Digital Story Innovation Team By Inga Ting, Alex Palmer and Nathanael Scott Updated November 15, 2019 08:06:44 Map: Australia Peter (not his real name) has a secret he's not telling his girlfriend. He thinks it would probably ruin their relationship if she found out."Now that I'm dating an Asian girl, I find myself wondering if I am somehow settling for a sub-standard partner," the 31-year-old said."I don't like that I have these feelings and I don't think they are based in truth, but the exposure to 'harmless' casual racism throughout my life has left its mark."Peter is not alone in having doubts about being romantically involved with someone who, at first glance, seems very different to himself. The largest survey of attitudes towards dating and romance in Australia has revealed that many of us may not be as open-minded we think.The ABC's Australia Talks National Survey asked nearly 55,000 people to rate their openness to romantic involvement with different groups … [Read more...] about Love and prejudice: Why we’re a nation sharply divided