A criminal who went on to murder three men after being paroled was released in part because board members didn't think his history of armed robberies counted as violence.
Corrections Canada commissioner Ole Ingstrup told the Commons justice committee yesterday that two board members who granted day parole to Michael Hector, and two who gave him full parole, felt he did not qualify as violent because he never fired his gun during the robberies.
The laws and sentencing statutes all define armed robbery as a serious crime of violence, and Ingstrup said parole board members have now been "instructed" on this point.
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But the EEOC charged that while the restaurant is owned by a woman and managed mostly by women, it had a tradition of hiring only men as waiters. The agency said that between 1986 and 1991 the restaurant hired 108 male waiters, and no women, a record that may have discouraged women from even applying. A federal judge agreed with the EEOC, finding the restaurant guilty of "unintentional" sex discrimination, and is set to hear testimony on potential damages of up to $1 million. The case, however, was not initiated in response to any woman's complaint, but rather as a "commissioner's charge," a device that allows the EEOC itself to accuse a business of discrimination.
Bass does not dispute the fact that the vast majority of waiters have been men, but she claims that was simply because most of the qualified applicants turned out to be men. "I didn't think it was my responsibility to beat the bushes looking for female servers," Bass said. "We hired who was qualified and came through the door." According to Bass, food servers are required to be deft in carrying trays that could weigh as much as 40 pounds, and that in the first year servers could work only a lunch shift, which may have discouraged women from applying.
John Robinson, president of Headspace, a student group that promotes sadomasochism and bondage, touted S&M's religious benefits, contending that pain serves "as a method of transcendentalism" and allows participants "to either become a god or to become closer to their god." He added, "It is a tool that, properly used, can build trust." Potter maintained the workshop was "educational" and redressed historical discrimination against bondage practitioners, an assessment shared by the university's assistant chancellor for residential programs and services, Bruce Jacobs. Potter admitted Headspace often sponsors off-campus "dungeon parties" in which students are initiated into S&M or invited to watch, but stressed that parties always occur at non-alcoholic venues.
Nobody understands that women can feel relieved sometimes when their husband is f***ing someone else. It's hard to satisfy men with big egos. But there's no way that Hillary could come out and say, "I don't care that Bill is f***ing someone else. Sex is not the way we prove our commitment." In terms of their relationship, they are the most progressive couple we've ever had in the White House. People want to make them pay for that. It would be the most positive thing for our culture if we respected the love between Hillary and her man. We need a love ethic at the seat of power. And these two people do seem to deeply care about one another. So in that way they are better role models than any previous couple in the White House. Their relationship is based on respect and love. Not necessarily on sex. People hate that.
Student union representative Donavin Thompson commented, "I think the LSU would stand behind the decision ... that it was probably discriminatory." Thompson said the union would prefer the college's suggested alternative, although he agreed that a pair of hands in a heart might be offensive to a person with no hands.
Dr. David J. Garrow
Emory University Law School
Atlanta, GA 30322-2770
Dear Dr. Garrow:
This is in further response to your June 28, 1979 and March 9, 1980 Freedom of Information Act requests seeking access to and copies of specific microfilm housed in the John F. Kennedy Library. We apologize for the long delay in responding to you.
In partial response to your request, please find the enclosed documents of the Civil Rights Division dated January, 1961, through December, 1963 of Reel Six (6). We regret the poor quality of some of the copies printed from the microfilm, but these are the best copies available from our files.
Isabelle Katz Pinzler
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
Nelson D. Hermilla, Chief
Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Branch
Civil Rights Division
Please retract the following errors from your May 14 article:
- In the third sentence of the fourth paragraph, you imply that Jack Hessel is the "owner of Portland's Hessel Tractor." Please retract. He is the chairman of the board.
- In the same sentence you state that I "killed Heidi Dozler in 1988." I actually did this in October of 1989. Please retract.
- Also in the same sentence you state that I killed her "after the pair smoked a few rocks of crack cocaine." We actually smoked one small $10 rock of cocaine, not a "few rocks." This also implies that I killed her as a result of drug use when the state's own expert on crack said this was impossible. As you well know, but have failed to say in any of the four articles about me printed in the last seven and a half years, I killed Ms. Dozler after she bit my penis. Please retract and clarify.
Oregon Department of Corrections
The DSM already catalogues such maladies as "disorder of written expression," "childhood conduct disorder," "pathological gambling," "self-defeating personality disorder," "adjustment disorder with anxiety," "avoidant personality disorder," along with nicotine dependence, nicotine withdrawal, jet lag, snoring, and inability to sleep after drinking coffee. Boston University psychology professor Margaret Hagen notes several areas that the APA has targeted for "'further study" in future versions of the manual: caffeine withdrawal, binge eating, and PMS.
Hopefulness everywhere, and not just because it's the season to be jolly.
The copilot of the plane back to Boston, as I exit: "Good luck to you and Mr. Clinton!"
The cabdriver from the airport: "We're counting on you guys!"
A fast-food worker at a McDonald's drive-thru: "You're gonna make a big difference, you and Clinton, for the ordinary people like me."
Shopping for gifts at Copley Plaza, a half-dozen or so well-wishes from the anonymous crowds: "Good luck!" "We're on your side!" "Stick up for the little guy, Mr. Secretary!" Smiles. Handshakes. A few fists in the air.
It's both comforting and alarming. How can we possibly fail with so much goodwill behind us? But how can we possibly succeed with expectations so high?
Tonight, as I tuck Sam in, he stares up at me and asks, "You're really going to help people, aren't you, Dad?"
"I hope so, Sam."
"You're going to help people get good jobs. That's what Mommy says."
"I'm glad you're in Bill Clinton's cabinet, Dad."
Reporting in Slate, Jonathan Rauch noted that Reich's book contained numerous misquotations and entire scenes that bore little resemblance to the easily verifiable public events they described—including a press conference on the baseball strike, questions about the minimum wage by Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) before the Joint Economic Committee, and a speech before the National Association of Manufacturers. Representatives Martin Olav Sabo (D-MN) and David Obey (D-WI), former congressional minority leader Robert Michel, and AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland, all insist Reich misquoted them. Rauch noted that Reich's account often made his political opponents seem exceedingly belligerant and hostile, with the protagonist portrayed in a far more flattering light.
Responding to Rauch's column, Reich countered that the book was intended as memoir, not as a strict "historical reportage," and as such was based more on his impressions of events as detailed in his notes and diaries. But in their exchange Rauch complained that Reich repeatedly misquoted him and got facts wrong—even when recounting the telephone conversation they had only the week before as part of his research for the article.
Reich has dismissed Rauch's efforts to verify the book's factual content as "investigative journalism." Still, the later paperback edition contained numerous corrections that make the scenes described more accurate, while often preserving Reich's hallucinatory impressions. For example, Rep. Saxton is no longer depicted as jumping up and down in his chair "like a schoolboy" while berating Reich at the minimum wage hearings, but Reich still exaggerates the hostility displayed at the dully decorous event, claiming that Saxton "won't let me answer" when in fact Reich is later allowed time to deliver a lecture-length reply.
Rauch concludes that the book "makes some shrewd and unflattering comments about the Washington games of spinning and posturing; Reich portrays himself as an innocent who knows little of such things. But in fact, both as labor secretary and as memoirist, he plays the game as well as the next fellow."
A Milwaukee lawyer sued Nivea Sun for $5,000, the cost of his vacation. The company manufactures a Sun protection factor 2 sunscreen that the injured lawyer claims "provided no prevention of sun burning," even though the label notes the relative weakness of the protection, recommending it only for people who rarely burn or who have deep-based tans.
And a Nashua, New Hampshire woman sued a doughnut shop for negligence and emotional distress after she and co-workers opened a box of baked goods that allegedly included a dozen or so in the shape of male genitals.
Previously, the Federal Trade Commission had blocked the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot, even though the new office supply superstore would only constitute six percent of the market.
A conference, "Inventing the Soviet Union: Language, Power, and Representation, 1917-1945," was held November 7-9 at REEI. The conference was built on an original proposal by a recent IU history Ph.D., Choitali Chatterjee, who is now teaching at Cal State University, Los Angeles. Choi (as everyone here knows her) got help in directing the project from Karen Petrone, a young Russian History professor at the University of Kentucky. REEI mobilized funding from IREX and the Kennan Institute, plus added some resources of our own.
Twenty scholars from throughout the United States and Canada contributed papers that laid the groundwork for an intense and two and a half day series of discussions on the formation of the Bolshevik culture and identity. Topics covered a wide spectrum, beginning Fran Bernstein's "Making Sex Soviet," which discussed health workers' notions of proper Soviet hygiene and eugenics, and Paula Michaels' exploration of the cultural mission that accompanied health delivery to non-Russian nationalities....
Several contributors chose as their subject literary and photographic representations of the "Soviet body." A central issue for the builders of Soviet culture was the proper communist expression of the body in sport. Should the body be deployed in peaceful, collective activities or in competitive sports? Should the USSR compete with the Western world in international sporting contests or stay clear of them and promote a different ethic? There were problems addressed by Barbara Keys. Anna Krylova analyzed representation of the Soviet (male) body mutilated by war and the effect that this had on identity/personality both for the mutilated person and those who loved him.
[Ed.: Similar warnings accompany shipments of purified dihydrogen monoxide, a common industrial solvent.]
Linn Washington, Jr., a journalism professor at Temple University, wrote a column for the Progressive Media Project in Madison, Wisconsin, that was distributed by Knight-Ridder/Tribune. Washington wrote that when he was a freshman at a "Midwestern university, an anthropology professor in her first lecture declared that black people have the remnants of monkey-like tails," and that she "matter-of-factly told the class that she would have ordered me to drop my pants to display my anthropoid anatomy," but she thought it might make the female students uncomfortable. Washington also wrote that he got "the top scores on both the midterm and final," but that the professor had failed him in the course because she "couldn't hide her racism." He said he had protested this to the "head of the anthropology department, a Kenyan," but that the Kenyan declined to intervene: He wanted to avoid the appearance of "siding with me because we both were black."
After the column was published, Balint Vazsonyi, a senior fellow at the Potomac Foundation, wrote to the author and asked him for the names of the Midwestern university, and of the professor who said that blacks had vestigial tails, and of the department head from Kenya. Professor Washington did not reply at first, but Vazsonyi persisted, and finally got an answer. He wrote about it in a column in the Washington Times:Professor Washington did not provide any details. He wrote that the offending professor would be very old, the Kenyan department head's name he did not remember, and both the Midwestern university and his grade were "moot."