Mary Kay- Famous Yet Infamous Teacher

first_imgIt was an uneventful Sunday morning of November, as I struggled to detail out the agenda for the day post our elaborate family Sunday Church service at home.However, what I had not anticipated was the sudden shift of my interest that would keep me unsettled for the rest of the day and a story for my next tell a tale.Once again the news resurfaced on the internet, of an infamous love story of 1997, as 58-Year-old Mary Kay, breathed her last. The controversy around her life was once again brought into the limelight- to make her feel guilty of an act which she was not guilty about.So, Who is Mary Kay and why her love story though famous is still claimed to be infamous; and why am I choosing to narrate her story?Let me give a brief about my subject of interest- Mary Kay Letourneau.Mary Katherine Letourneau was born in 1962, California to an ultraconservative US representative who ran for president in 1972 as a member of the American Independent Party.She was a teacher who pled guilty in 1997 to two counts of felony second-degree rape of a child, Vili Fualaau, who was 12 and in the sixth grade at the school where she was teaching.Well, this may sound like a clear case of rape as claimed by the media and the law- Cruel pedophilic abused a child’s innocence.So where is the story and why do I have to paint an angelic version of a teacher who was a clear demon.Period.Hold On…There is more to the story before I put forward my purpose.Mary while awaiting sentencing, gave birth to Fualaau’s child- a daughter.Mary, a 34-year-old woman, back then, an otherwise happily married to her college sweetheart, with whom she had 4 children, was pregnant with her 12-year-old lover’s child.And with the state seeking six and half year prison sentence, she reached a plea agreement of six months in jail; but only with the condition that she will be in no contact with Fualaau for life.However, shortly after her release from jail in 3 months. The police found her again with Fualaau in a car. She was immediately captured and the judge suspended her plea and this time sentencing her to 7 and half years jail.Eight months after returning to prison, she gave birth to Fualaau’s second child; another daughter.She was imprisoned till 2007; while both her daughters were taken care of by Fualaau and his family; exactly by the boy who was claimed to be raped by her.After her release in 2007; Mary was required to have no contact with her young lover for life.Who now 21, in response fought with the law to have the order removed, and the couple married in 2005; to remain married until death does them apart.Yes, they were in a marriage for 14 years until separated in 2019 and eventually her death in 2020 due to cancer.Well, I was equally interested to know what was Mr. Fualaau’s take on his controversial love story- if he was victimized as claimed by the media and the law or was he an adolescent whose innocent crush on his teacher turned into something serious- but with a dangerous twist. So I did my part of research to know his side of the story.And as per him “At the end of the day, it was a real love story”.What?That means it wasn’t rape but was formulated as rape to the world.Yes, indeed it was love. Though unethical and adulterated, far from Christian doctrines, however, if ever to be viewed by a non-judgemental society; which is rare; this love existed in purity to be converted into a bond for a lifetime.That reminds me that the road to marriage is not always straight; sometimes it is twisted as hell, like in this one.Let me also give some level of visibility about Mr. Fualaau, before he met Mary Kay.Mr. Fualaau however was one of 17 children born to his father; from his 4 previous marriages, who was abusive and had never set a great example as a father, as claimed by Mr. Fualaau.It was evident at 12 he belonged from a dysfunctional family; devoid of love and care.He had a crush on his teacher- Mary and a bet with his friends had forced him to confess his infatuation to his teacher.Both Mary and Vili Fualaau has accepted that Vili was persistent in his attempt to get an affirmed answer from his teacher, who was in a happy marriage back then and had no reason to commit adultery.It cannot be ignored on human ground, Mary may have felt compassion for her student who belonged to a deteriorated background, and since there exists only a thin boundary between compassion and affection.It was a fated slip of destiny.The frequent association as a teacher and student developed a bond beyond the understanding of two individuals and it may have been too late to realize that they were in a complicated love- with no way to go back.Love- Either you are in it or Out of it.There is no in-between.What makes it infamous was Mary being a 34-year-old married woman, a mother of 4 children, a teacher and she fell in love with her 12-year-old student after he showed his persistent interest in her.It didn’t sound like rape.It was consensual.The age has been a reason to forcibly call it –rape if to ever paint it under the black and white code of justice.However, who needed justice here- nobody, never did Vili Fualaau’s parents complained that Mary raped their son.The only injustice I see here was to Mary’s former husband and four kids, who never had contact with their mother post the controversy.Mary was not pedophilic, she did not sexually abuse all the students she taught.It happened with only one student- Vili.And why on earth would any rapist like to get pregnant with her victim twice despite having four kids of her own.She was not barren nor she had sexual problems to seek resolution outside marriage.Was it pure madness for her to be with Vili that she served 7 and half years of her life in jail- went through the atrocities, defamation, life-long critical eyes, and views of people to only marry him eventually?At 12 Vili might have been forced by his teacher but at 21 he was of a respectable and lawful age to choose a partner, why did this victim choose to marry his rapist.He was not condemned by society as in the usual scenario it would have been, had he been a woman. He was a young man in 2008 who could have chosen a bride of younger age.When did love got misinterpreted as rape, was it a crazy tabloid attempt for the juicy news that filled their pockets – and hence the twisted words?Mary was always seen as a kind and good person by the people around her, as mentioned by her lawyer friend.But then the question is do the good people become bad when they commit mistakes or act in a way which usually people may not understand and comprehend.Who gives people the right to judge and criticize others’ ways of life.Like as the bible says in Mathew 7:5- Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?Opposed to tabloid I would say…A teacher who did not rape her student but A teacher who fell in love with her student- who took responsibility for her actions.This is a story of two people who committed a mistake as per law and sin as per religious teachings, yet they never left each other’s side but survived the accusation to only build a house together finally.While the world condemned them; they were happy in their little world with their beautiful daughters. Surviving thick and thin of life together and not apart.Committing mistakes is one thing but to remain committed even knowing its mistakes is a whole new game, that requires more than just courage. That’s taking responsibility.last_img read more


Manchester’s new Bike Park officially open

first_imgHomeNewsManchester’s new Bike Park officially open Local officials and volunteers were on hand on Jan. 9 as Manchester Councilwoman Christine Henderson handled the ribbon-cutting honors to open the new Manchester Bike Park. 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Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Top Searches Top Searches PastorMattMinti center_img PreviousACCS plans to install new bleachers, improve parking lotNextGlad I was wrong this one time Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Austin Rust-A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, Jan. 9 at to officially open the newly completed bicycle park in Manchester, which features dirt ramps, a tunnel, an obstacle course, and a flat course. Located at the eastern end of 9th Street, this park was built through grant funds procured by the Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program (in connection with the Adams County Health & Wellness Coalition) from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).“The premise is that we want to keep people healthy at home, at school, at work, and at church in the community. That’s what the grant is trying to do in all of the communities in Adams County,” explained Debbie Ryan, Coordinator of Adams County Creating Healthy Communities. “I had noticed, and someone had brought it to my attention several years ago, that there are a lot of kids in Manchester that ride bikes; you don’t notice that so much in the other villages. Someone asked me many years ago, ‘Could we get a bike park in Manchester?’ – but the timing just wasn’t right. Last year, (however), the timing was right, and the person I called was the right one. That person was Christine Henderson, Manchester Village Council President, and Head of the Parks & Recreation Committee. She’s very diligent, and she wants to make sure that her community has good places where families can go and be active, be healthy, and have (quality) family time.”“I really appreciate that partnership with you all,” Ryan continued, pointing out Mrs. Henderson, who was present for the ceremony, along with Manchester Village Clerk Kayla Bowman. Adams County Commissioners Ty Pell and Diane Ward, Adams County ECD (Economic & Community Development) Director Holly Johnson, the Regional Director for Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s Peebles Office, Teresa Lewis, the Executive Plant Leader at GE Aviation’s Peebles Engine Test Operation, Dave Groth, GE staff volunteers, and several others were also in attendance.“Through the grant, we were able to give Manchester about $14,500 – (but) that doesn’t include some of the time that the volunteers spent. That takes me to another partnership, and that is with the GE Peebles Engine Test Operation,” said Ryan. “I appreciate GE allowing its people to give back to the community, and there are many places in Adams County that have your mark on them. We in Adams County really appreciate the time and hours you have spent giving back.”Ryan took time to thank the volunteer crew present from GE for their work done to build ramps and install other features in the park, and also thanked Keegan Excavating, a local business that created the park’s dirt paths and removed patches of crumbling asphalt from the bike courses.“The goal was to create a park that’s not real glitzy or glamorous like some of the city parks you may see with lots of concrete, and lots of metal,” Ryan explained. “We wanted to keep it to sort of the natural look, and keep the (kind of) environment that we love in Adams County. We don’t like to have lots of concrete, metal, and stuff like that – we want to see the natural beauty.”In wrapping up with thanks, Ryan recognized the work that the Manchester Village Council had done in supporting the project, and noted that Adams County ECD Director Holly Johnson, “was very instrumental in getting the ball rolling.” She thanked Adams County Commissioners Ty Pell and Diane Ward for their support, along with Regional Director Teresa Lewis, representing Congressman Brad Wenstrup, and finally, the children present, who had already begun to play.After Ryan had finished speaking, Commissioners Pell and Ward each took an end of the ribbon, picked to match Manchester’s school colors, and Manchester Village Council President Christine Henderson had the honor of cutting it. After the ribbon had been cut, a raffle was drawn for two bicycles donated by the Adams County Health & Wellness Coalition; these were given away to two lucky children from the crowd. All children in attendance also had their pick of free bicycle helmets, which were donated by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program provided food and drinks.Further, Debbie Ryan explained that the grant which funded this bike park is one of 23 given to several counties in Ohio. It is managed through the Ohio Department of Health, and the funding comes through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a Federal Block Grant in five-year cycles. Each year, the Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program must make a new work plan, and it must reapply for the grant every five years. Adams County has had the grant since the early 2000s, Ryan explained, and its funding has been used to install walking paths, sidewalks, and parks in Adams County villages. The grant is also used to promote healthy eating, support the Adams County’s Farmers Market, and install water fountains in local parks.“For 2019, this bike park was a project for us in Manchester,” Ryan said. “In Peebles, we helped with their youth sports park, and we helped renovate the park in Seaman. Where the splash pads are, we’re putting swing sets in, benches- things to draw families and kids to those areas so that they can be more physically active. That’s really been our biggest focus – physical activity.”“We’ve got another five years, so we’re going to be doing more work in the next five years all over Adams County,” Ryan concluded, looking forward to the projects ahead. last_img read more


Bob Menendez torches Donald Trump over immigration, deportation plan

first_imgNewsUnion City Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say By John Heinis – September 21, 2015 11:44 am 1 Crime RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Comments are closed. Kathleen3 Previous articleHoboken BOE trustee Peter Biancamano launches Ward 2 Council campaignNext articleEx-Guttenberg police sergeant found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter U.S. Senator Bob Menendez torched controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over his recent immigration and deportation plans if elected at his 6th annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Union City High School yesterday.The event, held inside the gymnasium, allowed politicos and residents alike to enjoy dance performances and remarks from Analilia Mejia, the executive director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, before Menendez took the stage and torched Trump (without mentioning his name) over his immigration reform plan.Menendez later stated that this presidential election cycle has “hit a new low,” with remarks that “demonize” the Latino community. However, he also highlighted some positives, asking the audience to take a look back at the Hispanic culture’s “lasting contributions” to American society.Menendez then presented the 2015 Orgullo Hispano Award to immigrant rights leader Maria Gabriela Pacheco, the program director at TheDream.US.Her speech revolved around a friend who just passed away in a cycling accident, a man she recalled as a strong advocate for immigration reform, even though he wasn’t Latino.Rosie Rios, the treasurer of the United States and a Harvard graduate, was the keynote speaker.A large portion of her speech reflected on her son, who is now a freshman at Harvard, writing an essay on Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor’s autobiography.Officials in attendance included Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, West New York Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez, Union City Housing Authority Executive Director Virgil Cabello, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil. Considering the current investigations underway re Robert Menendez, he is hardly in a position to offer an opinion or judge any one – especially on someone who promotes upholding and enforcing laws.center_img Facebook Twitter Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Bayonne TAGSbob menendezdonald trumphispanic heritage monthmaria gabriela pachecorosie rios SHARE Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction 1 COMMENT Bob Menendez torches Donald Trump over immigration, deportation plan News September 21, 2015 9:34 pm at 9:34 pmlast_img read more


Mary King Clinches HSBC FEI Classics™

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Fox-Pitt, who now looks likely to win a 50,000 USD bonus as leader of the HSBC Rider Rankings, held onto second place and 75,000 USD. In addition, as Pau is also the first event of the 2012 HSBC FEI Classics™, he is now in pole position for next season. “Fate has played a part in all this. If I hadn’t fallen off Imperial Cavalier at Luhmühlen [in the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships], I wouldn’t be winning this money here.” She is married to David, a farmer, and lives near Sidmouth, Devon. Her daughter, Emily, represented Great Britain at this year’s FEI Junior European Championships. Andrew Nicholson (NZL), second at Pau on Mr Cruise Control, and Clayton Fredericks (AUS), sixth on Bendigo, both rocketed into the top five of the HSBC FEI Classics™ and will take home 50,000 USD and 25,000 USD respectively. Piggy French (GBR), who was not competing at Pau, slipped a place to fourth (33,000 USD), and both Mark Todd (NZL) and Andreas Dibowski (NZL), winners of Badminton and Luhmühlen, were pushed out of the top five cash prizes in the final moments of the season. “When I had such a bad round on Macchiato [20 faults] and hit the first fence on Lionheart, I became very nervous,” admitted Fox-Pitt. “My round on Oslo is my first clear Jumping round at Pau. It’s been a terrific week and I’m lucky to have a horse like him.” Andrew Nicholson said he had come to Pau with no expectations, so was delighted to have the bonus of HSBC FEI Classics™ money. “Mr Cruise Control is probably my third choice for the Olympics,” he said. “He is a big horse, but he gets better every year.” Final Results1 William Fox-Pitt/Oslo (GBR) 44.2 + 0 + 0 = 44.22 Andrew Nicholson/Mr Cruise Control (NZL) 46.2 + 0 + 4 = 50.23 William Fox-Pitt/Lionheart (GBR) 46.7 + 0 + 4 = 50.74 Mary King/Imperial Cavalier (GBR) 51.0 + 0 + 0 = 51.05 Nicolas Touzaint/Hildago de L’Ile (FRA) 46.3 + 1.2 + 4 = 51.56 Clayton Fredericks/Bendigo (AUS) 43.7 + 1.2 + 8 = 52.97 Lucy Wiegersma/Simon Porloe (GBR) 45.5 + 0.8 + 8 = 54.38 Christopher Burton/Holstein Park Leilani (AUS) 43.7 + 0 + 12 = 55.79 Clayton Fredericks/Dunges Laurent Rose (AUS) 54.0 + 0 + 4 = 58.010 Frank Ostholt/Mr Medicott (GER) 47.3 + 0 + 11 = 58.3 Tags: HSBC FEI Classics, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, King has been placed no lower than eighth at all five of the HSBC FEI Classics™ events this year, which is a remarkable achievement. She is the first woman to win the title since the series started in 2008 and has kept it in British hands for the fourth consecutive year. About the Pau WinnerWilliam Fox-Pitt, King’s team mate on many occasions, has won 46 CCIs, including 10 CCI4*s: Badminton (2004), Burghley a record six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), Luhmühlen (2008), Kentucky (2010) and Pau (2011). He is the only rider to have won five out of the world’s six CCI4*s. Burton’s compatriot, Wendy Schaeffer, suffered a far worse fate, however, and was eliminated when unseated from Koyuna Sun Dancer. He has also represented Britain 15 times in championships, winning Olympic silver (2004) and bronze (2008), world team gold and individual silver on Cool Mountain (2010) plus team silver in 2006 and team bronze in 2002. He has six European team gold medals, team bronze and two individual silvers (1997 and 2005). Fox-Pitt, 42, is married to Alice, a television racing commentator. They live in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, and have two young sons, Oliver and Thomas. William Fox-Pitt (GBR) showed the amazing strength of his horsepower when his exciting young horses Oslo and Lionheart finished first and third at Les Etoiles des Pau (FRA), the final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2011. The Jumping phase at Pau proved highly influential, and an extraordinary number of horses hit the first fence. Fox-Pitt, on Oslo, and King were the only riders to finish the competition on their dressage scores. There were only five penalty-free rounds from the 50 to complete the competition.center_img Fox-Pitt left the overnight leader Christopher Burton (AUS) on Holstein Park Leilani no room for error, and three fences down dropped the pair to eighth place. Brun, 47, said: “As I’m an amateur rider, competing at CCI4* level has been my goal and, thanks to HSBC, I’ve achieved it. I’d now like to train and compete in England with my horse. The HSBC FEI Classics™ are very important here in France, because Eventing benefits greatly from this sort of publicity.” About the HSBC FEI Classics™ ChampionMary King’s path to victory began with third place at Badminton on Imperial Cavalier. She followed this by winning Kentucky on Kings Temptress, a mare she bred herself (she was also second on Fernhill Urco). She was eighth in Luhmühlen on Apache Sauce, third at Burghley on Kings Temptress, and fourth at Pau on Imperial Cavalier. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. HSBC Training BursaryPhilippe Brun (FRA) won the HSBC Training Bursary worth 1,000 USD as the highest-placed CCI4* debutant, in 31st place on Nectar de la Charboniére, a 10-year-old Selle Francais by Gambit du Rozel. The pair finished 30th at Saumur CCI3* in May. Oslo, a nine-year-old French-bred by Landou, was bought as a stallion and was only gelded in 2009. He is owned by a large syndicate, Fox-Pitt Eventing, nearly all of whom were out in Pau to witness their horse’s victory. Horse Sport Enews Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. King, 50, has represented Britain at 14 championships, including four Olympic Games, winning Olympic team silver and bronze (2004 and 2008), world team gold (1994 and 2010), team silver (2006), four European team golds, team bronze, plus individual bronze (1995) and silver (2007). King has won Badminton twice, in 1992 and 2000, and Burghley (1996). “It’s great to win a major prize like this,” said King, who intends to spend the money on a new lorry. “We riders all work hard and do not always win a lot of prize money, so something like this makes you feel recognised as a sportsman when a multi-national company such as HSBC backs our sport. SIGN UP However, it was the unstoppable Mary King (GBR) who claimed the 150,000 USD prize, the biggest single award in Eventing, as HSBC FEI Classics™ champion for 2011. She clinched the title with a magnificent clear Jumping round on Imperial Cavalier, which elevated her six places to fourth.last_img read more


BREAKING NEWS: Dujshebaev is new coach of Kielce – Wenta as a manager

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsDefinitely news of the day is coming from Poland where Vive Targi Kielce’s boss Bertus Servaas announced that Talant Dujshebaev becomes the new head-coach while Bogdan Wenta will after five seasons on the bench begins new role as the club’s manager.Dujshebaev was out of handball since last summer when BM Atletico Madrid went bankrupt. He was connected with HSV Handball, Qatari NT and RK Vardar Skopje, but at the end offer of Kielce was the right one… Related Items: 1 Comment 1 Comment Welcome to Kielcecenter_img ShareTweetShareShareEmail PL_fan 8. January 2014. at 15:20 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more


PIRATA, The All-Improv Project Ft. Joe Russo, Dave Harrington, & More, Announces NYC Shows [Audio]

first_imgPIRATA, the new collaborative improv project featuring Joe Russo (drums), Dave Harrington (guitar), Stuart Bogie (sax), Spencer Zahn (bass), and Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), will regroup for two nights at Manhattan’s intimate Nublu on December 19th and 20th. Tickets are on sale now, here. You can also RSVP to the Facebook Event Group for the shows here for updates and more information.The December shows at Nublu will mark the group’s third and fourth performances under the PIRATA banner. The band plays improvisational music and stems from a long lineage of collaborations that have taken place between its members over the years, primarily at Nublu. Spencer Zahn and Dave Harrington are frequent collaborators both live and in the studio. Stuart Bogie, a longtime member of Antibalas and current member of Arcade Fire’s touring Band, is a regular guest with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.The recently formed project has performed two shows together, at Nublu on June 29th and at Brooklyn’s The Sultan Room on October 4th, respectively. You can listen to recordings of both shows below:Dave Harrington – The Sultan Room at Turk’s Inn – 10/4/19[Audio: McRoberts]Dave Harrington – Nublu – 6/29/19[Audio: Dan Lynch]Recently Joe Russo’s Almost Dead announced their first shows of 2020. The quintet comprised of drummer Joe Russo (drums), keyboardist Marco Benevento, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, and guitarists Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger, will return to the Capitol Theater in Port Chester on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2020.last_img read more


Company Hits Milestone With $1Billion Spent on College Degrees for Employees

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSometimes big companies actually do good things for their employees during bad times. And keep on doing it, quietly, without making a fuss.United Technologies Corp., a hard-nosed industrial conglomerate that makes things like aircraft engines and elevators, reached an unusual milestone: spending $1 billion on a program to send its employees to college. The most interesting part? UTC is preparing its employees not only for their UTC future but also for the next job they may take with another employer, saying, “It’s in our interest to have an educated workforce.”(READ the story in the Washington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Sex offender arrested on Notre Dame campus identified

first_imgThe “serious sex offender” arrested Friday on campus was identified as 70-year-old James Renick, Jessica McBrier, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office’s director of media relations confirmed in an email.“The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has charged James F Renick, 70, with Unlawful Entry by a Serious Sex Offender, a Level 6 Felony, in connection with a January 24, 2020 arrest on the University of Notre Dame’s Campus (Rolf’s Aquatic Center).” McBrier said. “Charges were filed on January 27, 2020.”In the email, McBrier said Renick’s first bail hearing was on Monday. He was arraigned the same day. His bail was set at $2,000 cash, or $20,000 surety. He remains in custody at the county jail. If convicted, “the sentencing range for a Level 6 Felony is ½ to 2 ½ years,” McBrier said.According to a court document obtained by The Observer, two Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) officers responded to a call last Friday after receiving “a report of suspicious individual taking pictures of participants in swim meet” at Notre Dame’s Rolfs Aquatic Center. The officers approached the individual—Renick—and questioned him.In response to a question as to why he was taking photos, Renick—who told officers he had driven to Notre Dame from Beach Grove, Indiana, near Indianapolis—responded that he “liked to take pictures,” according to the court documents. When asked if he had ever been arrested, the accused mentioned a previous arrest in Ohio. Officers then called dispatch and confirmed that Renick was a sex offender and listed on Indiana’s sex offender registry.“Renick had been convicted in Pennsylvania of multiple counts of sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child,” the court document said.Renick will have his first hearing before a judge on Feb. 4 at 9:00 a.m., McBrier said.The alleged incident originally appeared on Tuesday’s NDPD crime log, where it was listed as having occurred between midnight and 6:20 p.m. Friday. The offense was listed as a “sex crime/unlawful entry of school property by a serious sex offender.”Tags: crime log, Rolfs Aquatic Center, sex crime, sex offenderlast_img read more


Jobless rate soars to 18.1% locally

first_imgThe effects of the coronavirus pandemic continued to hammer the economy in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area.The local unemployment rate through April more than doubled that of March to 18.1 percent, according to recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Southwest Information Office. Of the 162,700 civilians available to work locally — a steep drop from 173,000 in March — 29,500 were unemployed. Unemployment rates were higher in April 2020 than a year earlier in all 389 metropolitan areas. The national unemployment rate in April was 14.4 percent, up 3.3 percent from that month last year. The numbers are preliminary as figures for the month-before-last always reflect the week that includes the 12th date (the reference week being April 12-18). Final numbers for March were 8.2 percent unemployment, with 14,200 without a job.Nonfarm employment in April 2020 dropped 11.9 percent from April 2019, with the biggest 12-month percentage drop coming in professional and business services (17.5 percent). Mining, logging and construction, a data category that includes the oil and gas industry, saw a 15.3 percent drop.center_img The highest unemployment rate for a statistical area nationally in April 2020 was 35 percent in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii. Logan, Utah, had the lowest rate at 6.2 percent.last_img read more


Watch Bernadette Peters & Victor Garber Show Off Their Pre-Show Push-Up Routine on The View

first_img Hello, Dolly! Related Shows Victor Garber Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018 Star Filescenter_img View Comments Bernadette Peters It’s no secret that Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber still have it. The pair of stage legends are currently back on Broadway, thrilling audiences as headliners of the hit production of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre. The duo paid a visit to The View on March 13 to talk about their Cinderella history and the excitement of stepping into Broadway’s Tony-winning musical revival. During the episode, The View’s co-hosts asked super talent Peters about her pre-show ritual. “I do push-ups with the ensemble,” shared Peters. Then she and Garber decided to show off their masterful push-up skills for TV audiences. Watch the delightful stars below and don’t miss their perfect performances in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway.last_img read more


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