The right has tried to turn Gosnell’s horror show into an argument against legal abortion. They have it exactly backwards.
The conviction of Kermit Gosnell on three counts of first degree murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and hundreds of lesser charges should make it very clear that the horrors he committed in his squalid West Philadelphia clinic were illegal. This should be crushingly obvious, but it’s been ignored by the right-wing pundits who have tried to turn this deeply disturbing case into an argument against legal abortion.
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This has always been a story about illegal abortion, a phrase that appears over and over in the Gosnell Grand Jury report. It’s about what women will subject themselves to when they see no other option for ending an unwanted pregnancy. It’s about the appalling lack of health care for poor women in this country, especially when it comes to abortion, which, thanks to the Hyde Amendment, isn’t covered by Medicaid. It’s about murdered babies from pregnancies that never should have gone as far as they did.
Medical student Jarratt Pytell was dancing with the crowd at the Mother’s Day parade when he heard a sound like fireworks. He describes seeing the young gunman—and responding to some of the 19 wounded.
We met up with the second line just past Claiborne and just started dancing. At that time they hadn’t starting marching yet, so we watched some of the little kids dancing and danced along with the music. There were hundreds of people out there. The police had the street shut down, and they led the parade. As it started, we jumped in behind the third band and started dancing down the street. I danced with a mom holding her daughter. I turned and saw my better half, Emily, letting loose like no one was looking. It was the unique New Orleans experience that our friend Matt had wanted to show his mom, who was visiting from out of town. Black, white, young, old, and everyone in between, just dancing in the street and wishing each other a happy Mother’s Day.
Jarratt Pytell (right) comforts a shooting victim while awaiting EMS at the intersection of Frenchmen and North Villere Streets after gunfire injured at least a dozen people, including a child, at a Mother's Day second-line parade on May 12. (Lauren McGaughty/Nola.com, via Landov)
The parade was moving back toward the Marigny, and we crawled across Claiborne. The parade took a right onto a side street, and everyone packed in a little closer, so the parade slowed down a bit. We hadn’t quite made it to the next street, Frenchmen, when we heard a sound like firecrackers, like the little Black Cats that explode in quick succession. We were on the left side of the street, about 10 feet from the next block.
Unreported sexual assaults soared in the ranks last year, even as the problem has reached the White House. Jesse Ellison reports.
Tonight marks the television premiere of The Invisible War, an Oscar-nominated documentary feature and last year’s winner of the prestigious audience award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Depending on your perspective, the timing is either a stroke of very good luck or an unfortunate embarrassment. The film, which will be broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens, is a searing examination of military sexual assault, an issue so endemic within the armed forces that a female soldier is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed in combat. Its television premiere comes just as the problem has been receiving more attention from the media and politicians—all the way up to President Obama himself—than perhaps ever before.
It started last Sunday, with the arrest of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, the head of the Air Force’s sexual-assault-prevention program, on charges of sexual battery after he allegedly groped a woman in a Washington, D.C., parking lot. Two days later the Department of Defense released its annual report on sexual assaults within the ranks, announcing that there were nearly 3,400 reported incidents of sexual assault in 2012 alone, up 6 percent from 2011. But the report also included the results of a survey—conducted every two years—that found that the actual number of assaults was far greater: an estimated 26,000, up from 19,000 in 2010. By Thursday, outrage over the skyrocketing figures had reached such a fever pitch that the White House convened a group of lawmakers to meet with senior-level staffers, including Valerie Jarrett and the first lady’s chief of staff, who reportedly asked for immediate executive-level changes that could be made to address the ongoing problem.
Forget any guidance from psychiatry’s bible, the DSM-5, when it comes to background checks for gun buyers, writes the psychotherapist author of ‘The Book of Woe.’
Many years ago, a man I was seeing in therapy decided he wanted to take up a new hobby: high explosives. The state he lived in licensed purchasers of dynamite and other incendiaries only after a background check. He wanted to know: Would I write a letter declaring him fit to blow up stuff in his backyard for fun?
Aside from the fact that this was how he wanted to pass the weekend, I didn’t have any reason to think otherwise, so I gave him the note. He got the license. A few years after he stopped seeing me, I had occasion to visit him at his office. He had all his digits and limbs and, to my knowledge, had committed no antisocial acts with his legally obtained explosives. My note attesting to his mental health was framed on his wall.
I’ve been thinking about this guy recently, ever since our politicians’ imaginations have fastened upon background checks as the solution to our gun problems. I’ve also been thinking about a couple of other patients. One of them, a middle-aged professional, a ramrod-straight retired Marine, father of a little girl, faithful husband, the kind of man who buys a special lockbox just for transporting his weapon between home and gun club. The other: a 27-year-old hothead, an absentee father who never met a drug or a woman he didn’t like. His idea of fun was riding his motorcycle between lanes on the interstate at 100 mph, and he was the proud owner of (by his count) 37 guns. In the three years prior to arriving at my office, he’d been fired from four jobs, arrested for six or seven driving offenses and a few drug charges, and helped to bury three of his friends who met untimely and violent ends.
The grandson and namesake of Malcolm X also died too young. Allison Samuels on the young man she knew.
It can take close to a day to get from Manhattan to the Clinton Correctional Center in upstate Dannemora, New York. I vividly remember the long journey nearly a decade later, riding in a small prop plane, boarding a bus, hopping a ferry and then renting a car – all in order to have a face-to-face interview with Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X.
Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of political activist Malcolm X, leaves Family Court in Yonkers, N.Y., after a detention hearing on July 29, 1999. (Stephen Chernin/AP)
We’d become pen pals through his attorney months before, and he’d regularly send me long, hand-written letters that sometimes included cherished photos of the grandfather he’d never met but clearly idolized in every way. I’d decided to visit him so I could return his precious family photos and discuss what he thought the future might hold for him once he was released from prison.
SWAT team and FBI wait outside home.
Police face an ongoing crisis with a man in Trenton, New Jersey, who has held hostages inside a home since Friday afternoon. Authorities received a call from a neighbor and reported to the site around 3:30 on Friday afternoon, finding a mother and child dead inside the home. The man pulled a gun and threatened harm to his children, who have now been held hostage inside the building for 15 hours. There are reportedly at least two children inside the home. Combined negotiation efforts between the FBI and Trenton SWAT team and the man barricaded inside the home are ongoing.
For possessing bomb parts.
It's a (possible) twist worthy of Shyamalan. An EMT who responded at the site of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas last month was arrested on Friday -- on charges of possession of bomb parts. The arrest occurred just hours before authorities announced they had begun a criminal investigation into the explosion, although they declined to say whether the two events are related. The paramedic, Bryce Reed, is in federal custody for allegedly possessing parts of a pipe bomb, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Reed claims he helped evacuate people after the April 17 explosion.
New school at the same site will be bilt.
After weeks of deliberations, officials at Sandy Hook Elementary came up with a solution both for the school's relocation and for the use of the building where the worst school shooting in the nation's history happened last December. After considering more than 40 potential sites for a new school building, the 28-person task force unanimously chose a location: the same site as the old school, but in a new building. The old school building will be demolished and a new one built in its place, at a cost of between $42 million and $47 million. "I'm finally at peace," said one task force member. "I think it can be created in such a beautiful way."
It was an audacious attack—thousands of simultaneous withdrawals, at least 26 countries, and a $40 million haul. Who’s the crew who almost pulled it off—and who are hackers behind it?
The surveillance photos show the backpack of a man in a black stocking cap growing ever fuller as he proceeded from ATM to ATM, starting at 4:31 p.m. on Feb. 19 with three withdrawals totaling $2,409 at the Bank of America at Broadway and West 86th Street in Manhattan.
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The man, identified by federal prosecutors as Jose Familla Reyes, drew no particular attention from the other customers in the photos. None could have imagined it was part of what investigators are saying is one of the biggest bank heists ever, as the suspect made three more withdrawals totaling the same amount at 5:10 p.m. at another B of A, at Broadway and West 72nd Street, and then again 18 minutes later at another branch eight blocks further downtown.
In rapidly gentrifying northwest D.C., there are few places where yuppies and longtime locals happily mix. Dan Mizrachi reports on how Target became the symbol of a changing neighborhood.
In Northwest Washington, D.C., the intersection of mostly white gentrifiers and mostly black locals isn’t a sandwich shop or a dive bar. It’s Target. And while new and old residents alike have mixed feelings about the neighborhood’s rapidly changing face, any resentment spares the big box store.
A woman checks out at a Target store. (Scott Olson/Getty)
The two-floor Target, which anchors a massive shopping center at 14th and Irving Streets, serves both the area’s longtime black residents and its young professionals who can’t quite afford consumer staples from higher-end outlets. According to store manager Matt Roy, the Columbia Heights location has the company’s second-highest sales of ethnic hair care supplies.
Just to clarify, the IRS didn't break any laws by targeting certain political groups. But just because something's legal doesn't mean it's acceptable. The Treasury Department Inspector General said the IRS actions were 'inappropriate' and 'contrary to Treasury regulations.'