Sex offender laws are meant to protect children, but research increasingly shows the severe damage they cause, reports Nicole Pittman.
Jacob C. was 11 years old and living in Michigan when he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct for touching his younger sister’s genitals. After serving a three-year sentence, he was placed on the state’s sex offender registry and forced to live separately from his mother and sister, in a foster home.
Wards from the sex offender treatment program line up in their dormitory at the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton, Calif., on March 15, 2007. (Steve Yeater/AP)
At 18, he began attending a local college, but his "sex offender" status drew the attention of campus police, who tailed him everywhere. He soon dropped out. Jacob tried to make a new life in Florida, but with his name, address, photograph, and details of his past offense available on an online registry for all to see, he had difficulty finding a job or a place to live, and for a time he was homeless. He married and had a daughter, but when he and his wife divorced he was denied custody, again because of his history.
Two days after a horrific fire in the back of a limousine killed a new bride and four of her friends, authorities still don’t know the cause. Christine Pelisek on what the driver has to say.
It was supposed to be a night of celebration, but it ended in tragedy.
As of Monday, California authorities still don’t know what caused a 1999 white Lincoln stretch limousine to burst into flames on a San Francisco bridge Saturday night, killing five women inside, including a new bride. Four other women in the car, as well as the driver, were able to escape.
San Mateo County firefighters and California Highway Patrol investigate the scene of a limousine fire on the westbound side of the San Mateo-Hayward bridge in Foster City, California, on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Five women died when they were trapped in the limo that caught fire as they were traveling. Four women and the driver were able to escape. (Jane Tyska/Oakland Tribune/MCT/Landov)
Fire engulfed the vehicle in 90 seconds, killing five.
The driver of a limo that caught fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge—taking the lives of a newlywed and four of her bridesmaids—shed new light on the horrific incident Monday. “There were just so many flames,” Orville Brown told the Associated Press. “Within 90 seconds, the car was fully engulfed.” Brown said he mistook one woman’s call of “smoke” from the backseat as her wanting to smoke a cigarette. By the time he noticed the fire, “it was almost impossible for them to get out.” The Foster City Fire Department is investigating what caused the fire.
American retirement is in free fall, and even the safest plans are turning out to be dangerous.
WE SCRIMP. We save. We plan. And we dream that when we retire—at 50 or 70 or 90—we’ll ride off into the sunset on a chariot made of our sequestered gold.
But you can stop the dream right there.
How knitting, baking, and raising chickens became cool.
TWO YEARS ago, Gaia DiLoreto, who’d fled a thankless office job managing the IT help desk at an insurance company, started By Brooklyn, a shop featuring the wares of the borough’s burgeoning artisan community. She was inspired, she told me, by Meg Paska, whose Brooklyn Homesteader blog explored her adventures in beekeeping, home brewing, and backyard chicken raising. DiLoreto’s store sells handcrafted jewelry and ceramics, fancy $8 candy bars, and cocktail bitters in flavors like black mission fig and sriracha. The majority of her vendors are women who, like her, started their businesses as alternatives to frustrating, soul-draining office gigs. She’s located on the same trendy Carroll Gardens block as La Casita—a yarn shop, café, and bar founded by refugees from the real estate industry—where every afternoon fashionable women with playful tattoos can be found knitting over cappuccinos or glasses of wine.
“People moved to the city, floundered in the crappy jobs, and realized that’s just not enough,” says DiLoreto. Many of her sellers got their starts hawking goods on Etsy or at the Brooklyn Flea Market, a sprawling weekend fair as thick with effervescent young hipsters as the trendiest of nightclubs. Founding a successful microenterprise has become a widespread bohemian dream, particularly among women. HBO’s Girls underscored the painful trendiness of one of its young, single characters by having her start a mustard company. A decade ago, when hip young women were presumed to be more interested in cocktails than condiments, that would have made no sense at all.
Howard Kurtz apologized Sunday for his “sloppy and inexcusable” post suggesting Jason Collins didn’t tell the whole story when he came out of the closet.
Howard Kurtz, the former Washington bureau chief for The Daily Beast, apologized Sunday on his CNN show Reliable Sources for erroneously saying Jason Collins was not open about his engagement to a woman in the Sports Illustrated article in which Collins became the first active male athlete in a major sport to come out as gay. “It was a mistake that I made and it was sloppy and inexcusable,” Kurtz said, while also apologizing for initially modifying the story rather than retracting it. "I am truly sorry." Kurtz said he read the profile of Collins, but did so “carelessly” and missed the part where Collins stated that he'd had a fiancée. Kurtz also said he took an “inappropriate” tone in a video about Collins he made with Lauren Ashburn at the Daily Download, a media criticism website in which Kurtz’s involvement has raised questions. Kurtz said it was simply “unfortunate timing” that he left The Daily Beast the same day that his Collins story was retracted, and that an “amicable divorce” had already been in the works, about which The Daily Beast has no comment.
Kurtz: ‘Here’s What Happened, Here’s Why I Did What I Did, and Here’s Why It Was Clearly Wrongly Handled by Me’
Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh, and Ted Bundy all needed burying. Now it’s Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s turn, reports Michael Daly.
Katherine Russell was devoted enough to Tamerlan Tsarnaev to convert to his religion when he was a champion boxer, but she declined to claim his body as he lay in the coroner’s office after becoming a terrorist bomber.
Katherine Russell (right), wife of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, leaves the law office of DeLuca and Weizenbaum with Amato DeLuca (left) on April 29 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Stew Milne/AP)
She instead released the remains to an uncle of Tamerlan’s who had very publicly declared that his nephew had fully merited his violent death.
There’s a high cost to the iTunes Store’s cornucopia of cheap music, writes longtime D.C. musician Justin Moyer.
In 1997, when I was a college senior living in New England, I wanted to hear The Stooges, the iconic 1967 debut album by Iggy and the Stooges. This wasn’t easy.
Customers try out headphones on Apple iPods at the new Apple Store in Berlin. (Sean Gallup/Getty)
The record store in town didn’t have a copy. Neither did my college’s radio station, the library, or any of my friends. To get the record, I had to (1) find a phone book; (2) call a bunch of record stores in Connecticut—shops with limited shelf space that might be taken up by Barbra Streisand, the Grateful Dead, or N.W.A; (3) hope that one of these stores had a copy of a CD reissue of a then relatively obscure proto-punk LP; (4) get directions from a clerk who might or might not be under the influence of marijuana; (5) have a car or access to one; (6) fill that car with gas; (7) find a map; (8) drive 40 minutes from my room to the store; (9) hope no one would buy the store’s only copy before I could get there; and (10) drive 40 minutes back. At least I had a portable CD player, and could listen to the record during the return trip.
Closing arguments concluded on Friday, leaving the accused boyfriend killer in the hands of the jury. Christine Pelisek on her chances—and whether she might get a death sentence.
Closing arguments wrapped up Friday with accused killer Jodi Arias’s lawyer asking jurors to keep an open mind about his client, even if they weren’t big fans of the former blonde bombshell portrayed by the prosecutor as a manipulative liar and a killer.
Defendant Jodi Arias listens to defense attorney Kirk Nurmi make his closing arguments May 3 during her trial. (Pool photo by Rob Schumacher)
After four months of testimony, it is now up to the jury to decide the fate of the 32-year-old California waitress and budding photographer. Arias, who intermittently wept through the two days of final statements, claims she killed 30-year-old Travis Alexander in self-defense when he attacked her at his Phoenix home after a day of sexcapades. Prosecutors argued that Arias meticulously planned to bump off the Mormon businessman and motivational speaker after she learned he was ending their tumultuous affair and taking another woman on a vacation, and took her first steps toward that end by stealing a .25 caliber handgun—the same caliber weapon used in the killing—from her grandparents’ home in Northern California a week before the slaying.
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.'