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Colorado awarded $24,000 from women who alleged assault
Posted: Wednesday May 18, 2005 11:56 AM

DENVER (AP) - A U.S. District Court clerk Tuesday awarded the University of Colorado more than $24,000 in court costs from two women whose recently dismissed federal lawsuit sparked the football recruiting scandal.

Clerk Steve Ehrlich awarded the school $24,548.29 after a 15-minute hearing. Ehrlich also told the two sides to discuss copying fees, which university lawyers estimate at more than $46,000.
A judge will determine whether to award other costs sought by the university.

Judge Robert Blackburn dismissed the women's lawsuit in March, saying the two did not meet specific standards necessary to sue under Title IX, the federal law protecting equal gender access to public education. The women have asked the judge to reconsider his decision.

Blackburn also ordered the women to pay the university's costs, which the women last week said were excessive.

Documents filed by the women's attorneys say the school wanted reimbursement for first-class airfare, lodging at an expensive downtown Denver hotel for an expert defense witness and other "outrageous and truly excessive costs.

The women asked the amount sought by the school, which ranges from $90,475 to more than $124,000, be reduced to about $34,000.

Former CU student Lisa Simpson and another woman alleged they were sexually assaulted by football players or recruits during an off-campus party in December 2001. They claimed the university violated Title IX by allowing its athletic department to harbor an environment of sexual harassment that led to their assaults.

It is the policy of The Associated Press not to name alleged sexual assault victims without their consent. Simpson has agreed to have her name used in media reports. The other woman has asked that her name not be used.

No sexual assault charges were filed by police, but an independent panel last year found sex, drugs, and alcohol were used to recruit football players without the university's knowledge.
Main / Bail condition bars bride from altar
Jun 02, 2005, 04:59 AM
Evil Judge postpones DV couple's fast track to more DV and divorce; severely disrupting prospective bride's plans for divorce, potential alimony, or potential child support (long-term support).  This man probably doesn't know how lucky he is.

Obviously, the Catholic pre-marriage class missed something?  Do Catholics still do pre-wedding classes?:shock:

News - June 1, 2005

By PAT GROSSMITH, Union Leader Staff

MANCHESTER -- A woman, her head wrapped in gauze bandage, asked a Manchester District Court judge yesterday to eliminate a "no contact" bail condition so she and the man she allegedly assaulted can go ahead with their June wedding.

Stephanie A. Jaeger, 26, of 127 Pickering St., is charged with repeatedly punching Tim Szulc, of the same address, in the arms, shoulders and head. The assault is alleged to have happened about 2:25 a.m. Sunday. Jaeger pleaded not guilty yesterday.

Attorney David Horan said his client had no problem with other conditions of bail, i.e., that she possess no weapons, no excessive alcohol, no drugs. However, the "no contact" provision was problematic.

Under the bail condition, Jaeger is to have no contact with Szulc and not go within 100 yards of him.

Horan asked the judge to allow contact since "it could have horrific consequences on this young lady's wedding."

He said the wedding is planned for June 27 in St. Catherine Roman Catholic Church, and 150 guests are expected. It has been planned for some time.

"It's something Stephanie does not want to miss," Horan said.

Horan also said Szulc wants to have contact with his fiancee as well.

Police prosecuting officer Ronald Mello opposed any change in bail conditions.

He said he had not talked to Szulc and the state believes she poses a danger to him. He said the bail conditions should remain the same, at least for now.

Horan said Jaeger ended up in the hospital and had to have five stitches to close a head wound that caused massive bleeding.

Horan said his client fell down and suffered a gash to the top of her head.

Judge Norman Champagne asked if he were saying Jaeger had been assaulted, and Horan replied he was not prepared to say it was a case of self-defense.

"My client might have had too much to drink that particular evening," Horan said.

Horan asked the court if the "no contact" provision is not eliminated, to at least amend it so that a few days around the wedding date the couple could have contact.

Judge Champagne left the "no contact" provision in place. However, he said Jaeger could return to court at a later date to ask it be amended.

Her $500 personal recognizance bail was continued and a trial set for July 27.

'Disposition' Emerges as Issue at Brooklyn College

BY JACOB GERSHMAN - Sun Staff Reporter  - May 31, 2005

Brooklyn College's School of Education has begun to base evaluations of aspiring teachers in part on their commitment to social justice, raising fears that the college is screening students for their political views.

The School of Education at the CUNY campus initiated last fall a new method of judging teacher candidates based on their "dispositions," a vogue in teacher training across the country that focuses on evaluating teachers' values, apart from their classroom performance.

Critics of the assessment policy warned that aspiring teachers are being judged on how closely their political views are aligned with their instructor's. Ultimately, they said, teacher candidates could be ousted from the School of Education if they are found to have the wrong dispositions.

"All of these buzz words don't seem to mean anything until you look and see how they're being implemented," a prominent history professor at Brooklyn College, Robert David Johnson, said. "Dispositions is an empty vessel that could be filled with any agenda you want," he said.

Critics such as Mr. Johnson say the dangers of the assessment policy became immediately apparent in the fall semester when several students filed complaints against an instructor who they said discriminated against them because of their political beliefs and "denounced white people as the oppressors."

Classroom clashes between the assistant professor, Priya Parmar, and one outspoken student led a sympathetic colleague of the instructor to conduct an informal investigation of the dispositions of the student, who the colleague said exhibited "aggressive and bullying behavior toward his professor." That student and another one were subsequently accused by the dean of the education school of plagiarism and were given lower grades as a result.

Brooklyn College, established in 1930, is a four-year school within the City University of New York. The college enrolls more than 15,000 students, and the School of Education has about 3,200, including 1,000 undergraduates.

Driving the new policies at the college and similar ones at other education schools is a mandate set forth by the largest accrediting agency of teacher education programs in America, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. That 51-year-old agency, composed of 33 professional associations, says it accredits 600 colleges of education - about half the country's total. Thirty-nine states have adopted or adapted the council's standards as their own, according to the agency.

In 2000 the council introduced new standards for accrediting education schools. Those standards incorporated the concept of dispositions, which the agency maintains ought to be measured, to sort out teachers who are likeliest to be successful. In a glossary, the council says dispositions "are guided by beliefs and attitudes related to values such as caring, fairness, honesty, responsibility, and social justice."

To drive home the notion that education schools ought to evaluate teacher candidates on such parameters as attitude toward social justice, the council issued a revision of its accrediting policies in 2002 in a Board of Examiners Update. It encouraged schools to tailor their assessments of dispositions to the schools' guiding principles, which are known in the field as "conceptual frameworks." The council's policies say that if an education school "has described its vision for teacher preparation as 'Teachers as agents of change' and has indicated that a commitment to social justice is one disposition it expects of teachers who can become agents of change, then it is expected that unit assessments include some measure of a candidate's commitment to social justice."

Brooklyn College's School of Education, which is the only academic unit at the college with the status of school, is among dozens of education schools across the country that incorporate the notion of "social justice" in their guiding principles. At Brooklyn, "social justice" is one of the four main principles in its conceptual framework. The school's conceptual framework states that it develops in its students "a deeper understanding of the quest for social justice." In its explanation of that mission, the school states: "We educate teacher candidates and other school personnel about issues of social injustice such as institutionalized racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism."

Critics of the dispositions standard contend that the idea of "social justice," a term frequently employed in left-wing circles, is open to politicization.

"It's political correctness that has insinuated into the criteria for accreditation of teacher education institutions," a noted education theorist in New York, Diane Ravitch, said. "Once that becomes the criteria for institutions as a whole, it gives free rein to those who want to impose it in their classrooms," she said. Ms. Ravitch is the author of "The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn."

A case in point, as Mr. Johnson of Brooklyn College has pointed out, is the way in which the term was incorporated into Ms. Parmar's course, called Language Literacy in Secondary Education, which students said is required of all Brooklyn College education candidates who aspire to become secondary-school teachers. In the fall semester, Ms. Parmar was the only instructor who taught the course, according to students.

The course, which instructs students on how to develop lesson plans that teach literacy, is built around themes of "social justice," according to the syllabus, which was obtained by The New York Sun. One such theme is the idea that standard English is the language of oppressors while Ebonics, a term educators use to denote a dialect used by African-Americans, is the language of the oppressed.

A preface to the listed course requirements includes a quotation from a South African scholar, Njabulo Ndebele: "The need to maintain control over English by its native speakers has given birth to a policy of manipulative open-mindedness in which it is held that English belongs to all who use it provided that it is used correctly. This is the art of giving away the bride while insisting that she still belongs to you."

Among the complaints cited by students in letters they delivered in December to the dean of the School of Education, Deborah Shanley, is Ms. Parmar's alleged disapporval of students who defended the ability to speak grammatically correct English.

Speaking of Ms. Parmar, one student, Evan Goldwyn, wrote: "She repeatedly referred to English as a language of oppressors and in particular denounced white people as the oppressors. When offended students raised their hands to challenge Professor Parmar's assertion, they were ignored. Those students that disagreed with her were altogether denied the opportunity to speak."

Students also complained that Ms. Parmar dedicated a class period to the screening of an anti-Bush documentary by Michael Moore, "Fahrenheit 9/11," a week before last November's presidential election, and required students to attend the class even if they had already seen the film. Students said Ms. Parmar described "Fahrenheit 9/11" as an important film to see before they voted in the election.

"Most troubling of all," Mr. Goldwyn wrote, "she has insinuated that people who disagree with her views on issues such as Ebonics or Fahrenheit 911 should not become teachers."

Students who filed complaints with the dean said they have received no response from the college administration. Instead, they said, the administration and Ms. Parmar have retaliated against them, accusing Mr. Goldwyn and another student of plagiarism in January after the semester ended.

Ms. Parmar referred a reporter's inquiries to a spokeswoman for Brooklyn College. Linden Alschuler & Kaplan, Inc., a New York City public relations firm representing the CUNY school, later responded. The firm's Colleen Roche told the Sun that Ms. Shanley, dean of the education school, spoke with students about their complaints December 21.

Though students said Ms. Parmar did not inform them about the new dispositions assessment policy, an e-mail obtained by the Sun from one of Ms. Parmar's colleagues, Barbara Winslow, suggests that the aspiring teachers were in the process of being evaluated by the new standard.

Writing to three history professors, including Mr. Johnson, who had Mr. Goldwyn as their student, Ms. Winslow said the School of Education had "serious concerns about his disruptive behavior in the SOE classroom as well as aggressive and bullying behavior toward his professor outside the class."

She wrote: "The School of Ed is trying to be more systematic in looking at what educators call 'dispositions,' that is behaviors necessary for being a successful teacher in the public schools. Being able to do excellent academic work, does not always translate into being a thoughtful, self-reflective and effective teacher for youngsters."

In his reply to Ms. Winslow, Mr. Johnson wrote: "I'm very, very surprised to hear this. I have Evan in class again this term, and he is once again one of my best students - an active participant in class, unfailing courteous to the other students - basically, a real asset to the class in every way."

Another professor who received the e-mail, who asked not to be identified by name, said he told Ms. Winslow he had no complaints with Mr. Goldwyn.

The third professor did not respond to a reporter's inquiry.

Ms. Winslow, an assistant professor who also teaches at Brooklyn's Women's Studies Program, did not return calls seeking comment on her e-mail.

In his letter of complaint, Mr. Goldwyn defended his objections to Ms. Parmar's conduct in the classroom, writing, "While Ms. Parmar has an obligation to express her own views in the classroom, she is not entitled to penalize those students who disagree with her - especially on issues, such as those we have covered in this course, that are highly controversial."

Another student who submitted a letter to the dean called Ms. Parmar "an exceptional teacher" but said she alienated some students in the class. That student, Simon Tong, wrote: "Although I do believe in some of the teaching methods she has introduced, this does not change the fact that it has come at a cost. She felt it was necessary to expose this 'white power' but at the cost of offending those who were listening."

Speaking to the Sun, Mr. Tong defended Mr. Goldwyn's classroom behavior.

"Evan is not a bully," the student said. "He is able to voice his opinion. He is very vocal about his opinions."

The plagiarism accusations against Mr. Goldwyn and the other student involved their final assignment for Ms. Parmar's course, which required them to develop a "critical literacy" lesson plan intended for "linguistically and culturally diverse students."

Mr. Goldwyn, according to those familiar with the academic charges against him, was accused of failing to attribute a question he used in his lesson plan that was paraphrased from a Web site.

The other undergraduate, Christina Harned, a senior who expects to graduate in December, was charged with plagiarism for submitting a definition of Jim Crow laws in her lesson plan that she acknowledged she copied from the online Encarta encyclopedia. She said she was not aware before handing in the assignment that using the definition constituted plagiarism. "It wasn't a term paper," she said. "It was a lesson plan."

Brooklyn College insists that the charges of plagiarism had nothing to do with the students' complaints about Ms. Parmar.

"The claim that the allegations of plagiarism were retaliatory is baseless," Ms. Roche said.

In January, the two students met with Brooklyn College's dean of undergraduate studies, Ellen Belton, and were instructed to redo the assignments. Both students' final grades for the course were lowered by at least one letter grade, according to the students. Ms. Harned, who says she has a cumulative B-minus grade-point average, received a C-minus for the course, and she said Mr. Goldwyn ended up with a D-minus. He could not be reached for confirmation.

Four students, Ms. Harned said, dropped out of Ms. Parmar's course during the semester. One of the students was a former mechanic from Bay Ridge, Scott Madden, who said he wanted to become a teacher because "I like explaining things."

Mr. Madden, 35, said that after he disputed a grade he received from her, Ms. Parmar encouraged him to withdraw from the course. He said he changed his plans to take the course in the summer after finding out that Ms. Parmar was again teaching both sections of the required course.

"Basically, she's a socialist, she's racist against white people," Mr. Madden said. "If you want to pass that class you better keep your mouth shut."

In an interview with the Sun, Ms. Harned said she dropped out of the School of Education and switched her major to political science because of her experience in Ms. Parmar's course.

"I'm blacklisted," she said. "How am I supposed to move forward in a department I'm not comfortable in?"

That is the point of the new format, critics of the dispositions standard said.

"In its most pernicious form, then, dispositions theory is a tool for education schools to ensure that the next generation of public school students is educated solely by those teachers who have accepted the kind of extremist beliefs articulated by Professor Parmar," Mr. Johnson wrote.

The national accreditation council conducted the School of Education's accreditation review during the past academic year. The school reported to the council that it "has adopted an assessment of dispositions rubric as a result of a Fall 2004 pilot of the instrument."

"This assessment has been implemented across the unit's programs in Spring 2005," the report said.

Ms. Roche, of Linden Alschuler, said last week that the "assessment of dispositions rubric" remained in draft form and could not be released to the press.

The report to the council stated that teacher candidates will "self-evaluate and faculty will evaluate the candidates on 8 dispositions at mid-semester and at the end of the semester." Those who perform poorly in the assessment are given "counseling."

"Candidates who do not meet academic standards and candidates who do not demonstrate acceptable performance after such counseling will be counseled out of programs," the report stated.

An assistant dean at the School of Education, Peter Taubman, said there is "no punitive effect" on students for a low mark on dispositions.

Other education schools contacted by the Sun that have adopted the dispositions criterion have used it during their application processes.

A faculty member at the Master in Teaching Program at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Michael Vavrus, said its admissions process asks applicants how they would decrease inequities in education. "A wrong answer might be someone with clearly a racial bias," he said. Students who don't provide sufficient answers would receive "conditional admission at best," he said.

Officials of the national accreditation council said it provides a guide for teacher education schools but relies on the individual schools to develop their own specific definitions of dispositions. The president of the council, Arthur Wise, told the Sun that dispositions "deals with the softer side of teaching."

"It recognizes the fact that a person may have content knowledge, may well understand pedagogy and may be able to use it effectively on command," Mr. Wise said. "But the question is: How does the individual relate to children both individually and collectively?"

Advocates of the dispositions criterion say it is rooted in the psychological tests developed early in the last century by an American psychologist, Edward Thorndike, and compare it to personality tests that corporations often give to job candidates. Dispositions became more widely accepted in the last 20 years as educators sought to find ways to tackle teacher shortages and high teacher dropout rates, particularly in urban areas.

In recent years, advocates of multicultural education have seized on the concept of dispositions as a way to influence teachers' attitudes toward diversity and social justice. In a May 2004 essay in the Journal of Teacher Education, a professor at Western Michigan University's College of Education, Arthur Garmon, wrote that dispositions, such as "openness, self-awareness/self-reflectiveness, and commitment to social justice," may be "important predictors of how likely preservice teachers are to develop greater multicultural awareness and sensitivity during their preparation program."

A professor emerita at California State University Monterey Bay, Christine Sleeter, suggested in a March 2001 essay in the Journal of Teacher Education titled "Preparing Teachers for Culturally Diverse Schools: Research and the Overwhelming Presence of Whiteness" that education schools could "alter the mix of who becomes teachers" by recruiting and selecting "only those who bring experiences, knowledge, and dispositions that will enable them to teach well in culturally diverse urban schools."

Officials of the accreditation council said their policy on dispositions was heavily influenced by a consortium of state education agencies in 34 states, the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium. In 1992, the body drafted a report containing model standards for licensing new teachers that included the idea of dispositions. The chairwoman of the drafting committee, Linda Darling-Hammond, is a leading advocate of multicultural education and the author of the book "Learning To Teach for Social Justice."

For critics of using dispositions as a tool of evaluating teacher candidates, the connection between multicultural educators and the accreditation council has a strong influence over the way the notion of social justice is defined.

In an e-mail to the Sun, a senior fellow at the Lexington Institute in Virginia, Robert Holland, said: "The tight link between the accreditors and the multiculturalists indicates that social justice is being defined by those who despise the very ideal of an American common culture - considering it irredeemably racist, sexist, homophobic, etc."

The Brooklyn College School of Education was awarded its accreditation.
Who didn't see this coming??  Not only will parents have to wonder about LUG (lesbian until graduation), sex changes will be glorified...  Wonder if any of the "GLBT classes" (disguised as women's studies or sociology) will make this required viewing?  I noted they didn't say how many men vs women in the group or which way they were changing.  I don't have cable, so will probably not know when it actually airs unless there is another story.\\Culture\\archive\\200505\\CUL20050525b.html
Monisha Bansal, Correspondent, May 25, 2005

( - A new cable reality show will follow college students through their sex change operations.

"TransGenerations" is scheduled to premier Sept. 20 on the Sundance Channel in partnership with Logo, a new Viacom network aimed at homosexuals. The eight-week series will document the sex changes of four college students, one each at Smith College, Michigan State University, the University of Colorado and California State University, according to the entertainment tabloid Variety.

According to the Sundance Channel, the show seeks to capture the students' setbacks and triumphs as they deal with their academics, campus life, and family reactions to their decision to have the sex change.

"This series is a moving portrait of four fascinating people at a dramatic time in their lives. 'TransGenerations' also offers an engaging first-hand look at the current trend on college campuses of confronting gender issues and politics head-on," said Laura Michalchyshyn, executive vice president for programming and marketing at the Sundance Channel.

Denise Leclair, executive director of the International Foundation for Gender Education, added that she hopes "this show breaks down some barriers for the transgender community."

Any exposure, Leclair said, is helpful. "There is a lack of visible role models, and the transition is a difficult thing, especially for younger people," she said.

Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays, criticized the effort to increase the public's familiarity with the transgender lifestyle.

"They are trying to make people think it is okay to change who they are because of who they feel they should be," said Griggs. "They are ruining their lives."

"TransGenerations" is produced by World of Wonders Productions, which plans an advanced screening of the show at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on June 23. Executive producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato also produced "Inside Deep Throat" earlier this year, the documentary about the making of the 1972 pornographic movie starring Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems.

"TransGenerations" will air Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on the Sundance Channel and again in 2006 on Logo.
Main / The "NOT Parent of the Year" file...
May 24, 2005, 09:29 AM
HaHa! ONSTAR -  You just can't make this stuff up
Toddler Leads Deputies To 1,700 Pounds Of Pot
UPDATED: 3:24 pm EDT May 20, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sheriff's deputies in Bernalillo County, N.M., found nearly a ton of pot at a home, thanks to a toddler and an OnStar in-vehicle safety and security system.
The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that a 2-year-old boy who was locked in his father's Cadillac Escalade in southeast Albuquerque pushed the OnStar button in the car for help. The device not only can guide a motorist to a location, it can also unlock doors and call for help.
Officials responded to the OnStar alert, and when deputies arrived, they became suspicious when they found a large trailer in the garage.

Inside the trailer, deputies found 1,700 pounds of marijuana worth more than a half-million dollars.  Four men were arrested and are now in federal custody on drug trafficking charges, deputies said.
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Main / Just plain malicious - and I love it!!
May 24, 2005, 02:20 AM
Much better than the old Abbie Hoffman "tie a brick and return" to offensive mail suggestion of the 1970s... It was posted in another forum as having been sent in an e-mail.

Three Little Words That Work !!

(1) The three little words are: "Hold On, Please..."

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's "beep-beep-beep" tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?

This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.

This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a "real" sales person to call back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

(3) Junk Mail Help:

When you get "ads" enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these "ads" with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those "pre-approved" letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.

Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 37cents postage "IF" and when they receive them back.

It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea !

If enough people follow these tips, it will work---- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

I wouldn't seriously suggest sending this to your friends.. I don't spam my friends.  But I did think it was funny...
Dr. Phil's guest is a young married couple where the man drinks and the woman beats him in front of their children when he's drunk.  Dr. Phil's crew installed cameras in the house and replayed the video clips.  She was responsible for 90% of the physical violence.  They had not seen the videos prior to coming on the show.
We tend to be less protective of young men in situations like this.  Noted that he already had a troubled history.  Noted, that given his past, firefighting or football stardom would have been a "long-shot."  Also noted that he'd willingly stayed with this man (before he knew sex was the "price").  There are cases that warrant adult penalties for minors.  Yet, if Mark had been female ("Marcy"), things would have probably been "different."  She might have been praised for her "quick thinking" and "bravery."  She would probably been allowed to plead to a lesser crime, if charged at all.  I'd ignore the petition these sites advertise.  Although, you can decline checking the advertisers - you never do get pointed to the completed petition.   But that's just me being weird about voluntarily increasing my e-mail spam.

Boy Who Killed a Pedophile Seeks a New Trial

5/17/2005 11pm report

By Jackelyn Barnard

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Mark Berrios had dreams of being a fireman, of being a football star, but Mark got into trouble and those dreams would never come true.

"He's missed a lot. He's missed his childhood," says Margaret Loring, Mark's mom.

At 15 years old, Mark walked inside the razor sharp wires of prison. This was his new home and there was no chance of getting out.

"165139--That's me. I'm no longer a name I'm a number, a statistic," says Mark.

To understand why he is behind bars for the rest of his life, we have to start at the boardwalk in Daytona Beach eleven years ago.

"He stopped me and asked me if I needed a ride and I was like I don't think you're going where I need to go."

Mark had run away from home and was trying to get back to Jacksonville.

It was on the boardwalk where, he says, he met a man by the name of Olen Lee Hepler.

"I'm going to Jacksonville and he said get in. He gave me his phone number and said if I ever need anything call him."

Six weeks later, Mark was in trouble again. He'd run away from a detention center and this time he made a phone call.

"I was lost I suppose. I didn't want to go home. So, that was about the only other alternative I could think of. Why didn't you want to go home? Because I ran away scared about what my family would do. I still remember it (phone number) to this day."

Mark says Hepler picked him up in Jacksonville and brought him back to his beach-front home in Daytona. Mark stayed seven days.

"It was a week full of fun. He would take me out shopping to Orlando. I thought it was wonderful. I didn't have to go to school, I didn't have to do anything. All I had to do was sit there and go with him."

Then on Sunday, August 11, 1994, everything changed.

"What happened on that day? We just came back from natural springs in Ocala from swimming. We stopped by and got some alcohol. Over the course of a couple of hours, he made advances to me. 'He had never done that?' No. He called me over to him. He was sitting on the couch. He started asking me how I enjoyed living there. While we were talking, his hand starting going over to my shirt and pulled up my shirt. I moved his hand away and he stuck his hand back inside my shirt inside my pants. I tried to slap his hand away, then he slapped me that's when I grabbed his gun.
'So, you saw the gun and you thought?' I have to get out of here. 'You felt like you couldn't get out of there?' No."

Mark says there were dead-bolts on every door and he felt he couldn't get out without Hepler catching him first.

"Do you remember that moment of picking up the gun and firing it? Yes ma'm, very much so."

Mark shot Hepler in the back of the head. Police called it execution style.

"I ran to the bedroom I was living in and waited cause I didn't know if I'd actually killed him. I didn't hear anything. I grabbed his car keys and went back to Jacksonville."

Little did Mark know, the man he had just killed was a man who was under investigation.

According to court records, police were following Hepler. He was a man they believed was a pedophile preying on young, troubled boys.

Hepler's history would never make its way into the courtroom and it would eventually send a 15 year old to life in prison without parole.

"I just thought it would all work out in the end. I thought if I went up there and told the truth then everything would be o.k. and it wasn't."

Watch First Coast News at 11pm Wednesday for the second part of Mark Berrios' story. Our I-Team will show you evidence that was never used in court. We'll show you why he has new hope for a new trial.

Created: 5/17/2005 6:35:47 PM
Updated: 5/18/2005 3:40:26 PM
Edited by  Jackelyn Barnard, reporter

Also see.. (links to other articles)
Dean Tong was interviewed by Scott Horton on 4/23/05 concerning false allegations   and pitfalls of dealing with Child Protective Services.  Soundbytes are available here...
The Weekend Interview Show with Scott Horton

.mp3 download
School Band Banned From Performing 'Louie Louie'
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - A pop culture controversy that has simmered for decades came to a head when a middle school marching band was told not to perform "Louie Louie."

Benton Harbor Superintendent Paula Dawning cited the song's allegedly raunchy lyrics in ordering the McCord Middle School band not to perform it in Saturday's Grand Floral Parade, held as part of the Blossomtime Festival.
In a letter sent home with McCord students, Dawning said "Louie Louie" was not appropriate for Benton Harbor students to play while representing the district -- even though the marching band wasn't going to sing it.
Band members and parents complained to the Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting that it was too late to learn another song, The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reported.
"It's very stressful for us to try to come up with new songs for the band," eighth-grader Laurice Martin told the board. "We're trying to learn the songs from last year, but some of us weren't in the band last year."
Dawning said that if a majority of parents supports their children playing the song, she will reconsider her decision.
"It was not that I knew at the beginning and said nothing," Dawning said. "I normally count on the staff to make reliable decisions. I found out because a parent called, concerned about the song being played."
"Louie Louie," written by Richard Berry in 1956, is one of the most recorded songs in history. The best-known, most notorious version was a hit in 1963 for the Kingsmen; the FBI spent two years investigating the lyrics before declaring they not only were not obscene but also were "unintelligible at any speed."
I wasn't sure how well I remembered the lyrics, so I GOOGLED...  Urban Legend???
The Kingsmen (1955)
Louie Louie Lyrics


Louie Louie, oh no
Me gotta go
Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said
Louie Louie, oh baby
Me gotta go

Fine little girl waits for me
Catch a ship across the sea
Sail that ship about, all alone
Never know if I make it home


Three nights and days I sail the sea
Think of girl, constantly
On that ship, I dream she's there
I smell the rose in her hair.


Okay, let's give it to 'em, right now!


See Jamaica, the moon above
It won't be long, me see me love
Take her in my arms again
Tell her I'll never leave again


Let's take it on outa here now
Let's go!!
The school story is weird... The band would just be playing the melody? Not even singing with it? The lyrics I printed were the only ones I remembered hearing.

These are the "alleged lyrics" that were considered objectionable... (explicit text in .jpg form)

I never ever heard these lyrics and the other acceptable lyrics were played a lot by teen bands in several schools I went to.

It's not clear to me so far (still reading), that the "bad" lyrics were written by the Kingstons (I'm betting they could have been a parody written by someone else). But what if they were... So what if they had a "public version" and a raunchier "parody" that got played in private. Some musicians and comedians do the "two version" bit today...

In that day, it was not unusual for the FBI to try to "frame," exploit, or take out of context things said by someone they felt threatened by....

..and remember, Elvis was told to stop wiggling!!
This morning, the news plugged the early May availablity of (US) stamps where individuals submit their own pictures and place orders.  Exploitable opportunity, anyone??

Link - There are a few rules...  Maybe MRAs should try something "soft" first, like fathers with children photos with some small unobtrusive lettering somewhere in the photo.  There might even be room for a "tasteful" F4J-US event photo (ie. Michigan F4J could probably slip their "Father Christmas March" photo through the filter).  Father's Day is not all that far away...  I say "soft," "unobtrusive" because I see them piling more rules on once it is detected that "groups" might be taking advantage of an opportunity, but hey - how could they nix wording such as "Make every day Father's Day!"..?  The Biden billboard would get axed, because it names Biden and mentions "violence."

Anyone who is successful in getting a male-positive stamp design through and is willing to share could post a picture here... :D  :lol:

Biscuit Queen could probably start a line of "chick"(en) stamps. :D  :lol: By the way, I see that "International Respect for Chickens Day" is May 8th... Is this group a PETA Affiliate??
Main / Child Molesters in the News
Apr 23, 2005, 10:19 PM
Boy: Man Raped Me, Mom Sold Video - Friday, April 22, 2005,2933,154339,00.html
LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla.  -- Detectives are investigating a 9-year-old boy's allegations that his mother videotaped him being raped by a man, then sold or gave away the tape.
If this can be proven, will/should "Mommy Dearest" get as much time as the man?
Sex Offender Kills Self Over Neighborhood Signs - Friday, April 22, 2005,2933,154336,00.html   
OCALA, Fla. -- A convicted sex offender apparently committed suicide in despair over signs posted in his neighborhood calling him a child rapist.
Is posting signs near where convicted sex offenders live a bad thing?
You have to appreciate Marianne Jennings' sense of humor... :wink:  :D   :lol:  

Bulimic Broads, By Marianne M. Jennings

I slogged through Martha Beck's Leaving the Saints and Jane Fonda's My Life So Far. The first tackled bulimia and left the Mormon Church, and the latter tackled bulimia and sexual threesomes after ensuring American prisoners got more torture in Vietnam. My conclusions: (a) avoid women with bulimia stories; and (b) read Henry James. The latter will be less painful.

I blame Toni Morrison. And maybe Oprah. Since these two have been slinging nouveau literature, wannabes have conjured up bulimic, anorexic, incestuous horror in a confessional format lodged between the mesothelioma lawyers and windshield replacement ads of afternoon TV. There they wax whiny about childhood abuse they just recollected, misogynistic marriages through which they binged and purged, and their new selves that involve fluffy hair and a book contract.

These sobbing tales of self-discovery and barfing make the intermittent Ovaltine commercials Oscar material. Mistress-to-a-murderer Amber Frey got her book atop the bestseller list. This is what happens when Maya Angelou is the inaugural poet. We didn't have this kind of trouble when Robert Frost was in charge and good fences made good neighbors.

Dr. Beck, Harvard PhD, life coach, bulimic, and incest recollector extraordinaire, bears a striking resemblance to Frau Farbissina, the Austin Powers sidekick, something that makes it all the more difficult to take her lion, camel, butterfly meditations, and evolutions seriously. Beck's book has four themes: (1) she threw up a lot; (2) Mormons are loaded with problems because they cook, clean, raise decent children, head to church with regularity, and, worst of all, helped her through a pregnancy in which she was bedridden (one can understand why she hates them so); (3) she threw up a lot; and (4) her father, Mormon scholar, Hugh Nibley, molested her, something she recollected after she passed out whilst listening in on BYU students allegedly confessing to date rape, child sexual abuse, and pretty much anything Toni Morrison has loaded into her dime-store smut.

It's your standard Oprah stuff. Lo and behold, after reading Beck's ad nauseum tome, I found this in the preface, "More recently, and in particular, the wonderful people at O, the Oprah Magazine have given me the opportunity and encouragement to speak in my real voice, to both discover and convey what I believe to be most true. I'm inspired by the great O herself and editor-at-large Gayle King." My Oprah theory rates a Nobel. The obsequious Frau Beck heaped praise with the none-too-subtle hope of getting this bulimic book on O's list. Her relativist hedging is beautiful to behold: "what I believe to be most true."

My favorite part of the book comes when Dr. Frau confronts a rattlesnake in her Phoenix home, something that hasn't happened here since Ronald Reagan hosted TV's Death Valley Days. But, she believes this to be true stuff rearing its ugly head, or at least slithering its head in through the arcadia door. Frau Martha tells us that she talked the reptile out of her house. "Life-coached" him to better digs, $5,000 a week, and Tony Robbins videos? If she speaks as she writes, the snake's rapid exit makes sense. My guess is that, truth, whatever it is, be told, she threatened to throw up on the critter and he fled.

Much of the book defies logic. She complains of Mormons' clannishness and their shunning of non-members. She says that her Mormon high school teachers in Provo, Utah cautioned her against her friendship with a Catholic girl. I got 9 million Mormon converts around the globe who can refute the shunning allegation. When Mormons spot fresh missionary targets, they aim, fire, and suffocate with attention. This Provo Catholic lass was Utah's only missionary work.

Another Beck story, true to the O formula for literary greatness, involves hair. Dr. Frau whines that a Utah hairdresser wanted to call her husband for permission before cutting her hair (the husband is now ex- and may be coaching and living with the snake). I only lived in Utah for 6 years, but have been a Mormon for 31 years. Men have never been in charge in our faith. Our prohibition on tobacco came because Emma Smith hated cleaning up the chaw after the men of the church met with Joseph in their home. My husband is afraid to park his car too far over in the garage for fear of my leaving him. Men please women in the Mormon culture -- it was one of the great draws for me, a woman who came of age during the Barbarella era.

Which brings me to Hanoi Jane. The Fonda book also has four themes: (1) she threw up a lot; (2) she engaged in threesomes with Roger Vadim when they were married (move over Elfriede Jelinke, 2004's Nobel literature winner, for writings about "raw, depraved, sadomasochistic" sex); (3) she threw up a lot; and (4) she's really sorry about that whole giving aid and comfort to the North Vietnamese thing. While Ms. Fonda is not yet evolved into a "life coach," she has been consulting psychics and cavorting with "smart, hip Christians" while "humming with reverence." I believe she may have confused faith and conversion with a Lionel Ritchie concert, but Fonda gets the benefit of the doubt as she explores Christianity, the musical.

After finishing these two wonders of writing, I have a tie for my annual Barf Award for worst book of the year. These top Naomi Wolf's best efforts, so I am inspired to begin a new award: women who have done the most to support my call to disenfranchise the vomiting sex once again. I have other candidates for this year's Wacky Broad, so the competition will be stiff. There's Lil' Kim who committed big perjury while explaining her friends, colleagues, and their weaponry. And MIT professor, Nancy Hopkins, who, when listening to Harvard president Larry Summers discuss differences among (remember the transgenders here) the sexes, left the room because she feared she would throw up.

So, with four decades of feminism under our nonchastity belts, we have come a long way. I ask you, as you ponder the words of Fraus Beck and Fonda and the fortitude of Prof. Hopkins: Is this the behavior of those who would be titans of industry and cutting-edge scientists? I am woman, hear me barf.
Introductions / Howdy
Apr 18, 2005, 01:21 AM
Not used to giving a lot of personal details online...  Your forum looks kind of interesting, so I'll try it awhile.  Not super political kind  of middle of the road... Not impressed by Dems or Republicans...