Archive for August, 2013

CHICAGO (CBS) — Some people may think a five-year old is too young for sex education.

Administrators with Chicago Public schools do not.

New to the curriculum this year, mandatory sexual and health education for kindergarten classes.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker took at look at the lesson the little ones will be learning.

Like every other kindergartener, Angelina Yang is learning reading, writing, arithmetic–and now sexual health education.

“I want to know what kind of education she is receiving before she gets that education,” said Angelia’s mom, Stella. ‘As a parent, I have a right to know.”

 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/08/29/cps-mandates-sexual-health-education-for-kindergartners/?hpt=us_bn9

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Washington (CNN) – In June, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined four of her Supreme Court colleagues in overturning the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. 

This weekend, she is poised to officiate at a same-sex wedding. The couple is Michael Kaiser, president of Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and economist John Roberts. John Dow, vice president for communications at the Kennedy Center, told CNN the couple would be married on Saturday by Ginsburg.

 

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/31/supreme-court-justice-to-perform-same-sex-wedding-ceremony/?hpt=hp_t3

Swedish authorities shut down the elite Swedish boarding school Lundsbergs this  week, following multiple disturbing reports of an  institutionalized culture of hazing.

 

Lundsbergs was closed in order to insure the safety of its 200 male and  female students after “nine older students burned two younger students with a hot iron  as part of a new semester initiation ritual,” the Associated Press  reports.

This is far from the first instance of reported hazing at the school, as over  the past few years students have come forward with stories about being forced to  eat manure, fight other students for entertainment, and generally act as  servants to older students.

Last year, one former student told Swedish television that he suffered  hearing loss after having a rifle shot too close to his ear and was “kicked  so hard that his anus split,” according to The Local, a Swedish news  website.

Another student has spoken about how — after some alleged infraction — “some of the older  students acquired electric fly swatters following an excursion to Ikea which  they subsequently used to burn the boy’s nipples with as punishment,” also  according to The Local.

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/hazing-elite-swedish-boarding-schools-2013-8#ixzz2dYbnm5if

Jurors have found a Florida Panhandle man guilty of manslaughter after his  7-year-old neighbor was mauled by his dogs.
   Tyler Jett died in April, a week after he was attacked by two dogs while riding his bicycle.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/30/florida-dog-owner-found-guilty-in-boy-fatal-mauling/#ixzz2dUBdyl00

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian special forces troops are under investigation for allegedly cutting off the hands of at least one dead insurgent in Afghanistan, a national broadcaster reported Friday.

The hands were brought back to the Australian base in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province to be fingerprinted after a battle in which four insurgents were killed, Australian Broadcasting Corp. said.

The Australian Defense Force confirmed that it is investigating “an incident of potential misconduct” during a combined operation of the Afghan National Security Forces and Australia’s Special Operations Task Group in Zabul province in April, but didn’t provide details.

 

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/08/30/australian-troops-alleged-to-have-cut-off-hands.html?comp=700001075741&rank=2

Kim Jong Un’s former lover, along with about a dozen other well-known North  Korean performers, have been executed by a machine gun firing squad after being  accused of violating pornography laws, a South Korean publication reports. 

Singer Hyon Song Wol, a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra, along with  orchestra leader Mun Kyong Jin and the others were arrested on Aug. 17 for  violating North Korean laws against pornography and were executed in public  three days later, according to reports from South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

They were  all accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos,  including to buyers in China. One source said some of the executed musicians  also had Bibles in their possession, and were treated as political  dissidents.

Other members of North Korea’s most famous pop groups and  their immediate families were forced to watch the executions and then were  ordered to prison camps as victims of the regime’s assumption of guilt by  association policy, the newspaper reported.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com  http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/korea-kim-jong-un/2013/08/29/id/522917#ixzz2dNajSudg
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(CNN) — A Seattle-area couple is in custody for allegedly holding captive and torturing the man’s 13-year-old brother for three months — including driving a nail through the boy’s hand and keeping him in a cellar for days without food, the prosecutor said Wednesday.

Brandon Gunn, 27, and his wife Viviana, 34, are in the Kitsap County Jail outside Seattle on $500,000 bail each, charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and four counts of assault, county prosecutor Cami Lewis said.

Brandon’s brother is from Atlanta and went in May to stay with his brother for the summer, Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff Scott Wilson said.

“We’ve been crying for days,” the teen’s aunt, Marsha Thomas-Jones, told CNN Atlanta affiliate WSB. “My sister is devastated.”

The alleged torture began as early as May 1 and lasted until the teenager escaped from his brother’s cellar two weeks ago, according to the prosecutor’s complaint, filed Tuesday.

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According to the probable cause certificate filed Monday by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was sent to the Gunns’ garage where he was duct-taped to a chair with tape over his eyes and mouth, then beaten in the head, torso and legs with a baseball bat and metal bars, losing consciousness at times.

Another time, the couple put the boy’s hand in a bench vise, tightened it, and drove a nail through the his hand with a hammer, the certificate says. The boy said that time, he could see them doing it.

The Gunns duct-taped his hands and hung him from a rafter in the garage, then beat him; they also stapled his right palm with a construction stapler, heated a knife and cut him with it, according to the certificate.

The couple forced the boy to stay naked in a portable dog kennel twice for two to three days at a time, with no food or water, the certificate says. He also was forced to stay in the dark cellar for four days, and when he escaped to get food, he was punished by being beaten with a baseball bat, it says.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/justice/washington-torture-case/index.html?hpt=hp_t2