Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 5:53 pm
Another reporter has quit the mainstream news business because he thinks there's too much emphasis on entertainment rather than old-fashioned reporting:
"In Superman issue 13, the Man of Steel's alter ego, mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, quits the Metropolis newspaper that has been his employer since the DC Comics superhero's earliest days in 1940," USA Today says.
In many of his campaign speeches, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney likes to chide the Obama administration for cutting military spending. And Romney says one force in particular is suffering from a lack of resources.
"The size of our Navy is at levels not seen since 1916," he says in many of his stump speeches. Romney promises to rebuild the Navy until it reaches 350 ships. But does a bigger Navy make the U.S. more secure?
The Tibetan Labrang Monastery in Gansu, northwestern China, is normally a place of tranquility. Now, it is also known for tragedy. Early this morning, a Tibetan farmer known as Dhondup headed to Labrang to perform the Buddhist ritual of walking around the monastery in prayer. Near the prayer hall inside the gold-roofed monastery, Dhondup lit himself ablaze in protest of Chinese rule in Tibet.
Richard Flores, 47, had his civil rights restored at a clemency board hearing on June 28. Convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 1994, he served one year of house arrest. He had been waiting since then to have his right to vote restored.
Timothy McLaughlin, who was convicted of trafficking cocaine, had to wait three years to apply to get his civil rights restored. "I think people with convictions should still be able to vote," he says. "I mean, once their sentence is completed, I think it shouldn't be so hard to get their rights back."
Former felon Vikki Hankins has been fighting for civil rights for convicts for years. After applying to have her own civil rights restored in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Hankins was recently informed that she will not be eligible to apply again until 2017.
Joseph Clark, 52, traveled from his hometown of Greenbrier, Ark., to Tallahassee this summer to have his civil rights restored after he was convicted of second-degree arson in 1988. After pleading his case, his rights were restored.
In the 1980s, Humberto Aguilar was the go-to-guy for large drug cartels to launder money. He spent six years in prison and is now hoping to have his civil rights restored. "Until you have your rights restored — your right to vote, and to go in and choose, the right to compete, the right to have an opinion in the political process — you're not a whole human being," he says.
Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, has been convicted seven times on charges ranging from drug possession to aggravated battery. He believes the right to vote is essential for everyone in the U.S. "How much liberty can I have if I don't vote?" he asks. "How much pursuit of happiness can I have if I can't have a say in what goes on in my community?"
Ministers Anthony Davis (from left), Eddie Walker and James Major stand outside In Lord's Time Tabernacle Church in downtown Orlando. All three are convicted felons now working to get their civil rights restored.
When the Rev. Dana Jackson's son was arrested five years ago, she began devoting her time to helping people find justice through God. Jackson now hosts a radio show that offers advice on how to navigate the legal system.
Richard Flores, 47, received his civil rights at a Clemency Board hearing in June. Convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 1994, he served one year of house arrest. He's been waiting since then to have his right to vote restored.
Across the nation, the number of people who have lost the right to vote because of a felony conviction has grown dramatically in the past three decades. Currently, almost 6 million people don't have that right — and about 1.5 million of them live in Florida.
While some states are making it easier for felons to get their voting rights back, Florida has taken the opposite approach — and the path for former convicts trying to get those rights back is often an arduous one.
The National Hockey League was supposed to launch its new season a week and a half ago, but a labor dispute has put that on hold. Still, that didn't stop fans of the Blue Jackets, based in Columbus, Ohio, from piling into a local bar last Friday to watch their team's home opener. Without a real game to watch, Michael Darr(ph), co-owner of Our Bar in Columbus, decided to show a video game simulation instead.
Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 4:48 pm
In one North Carolina county, mugging too much for a mug shot can get you locked in a cell indefinitely.
First off, though, why would you smile for a mug shot? Thumb through those publications like TheSlammer magazine filled with nothing but mug shots and you can find entire sections of people grinning it up.