Blind Man and Guide Dog Survive Fall onto Subway Tracks
BTW, a couple of people have let me know about the following fundraising sites: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-cecil-williams-keep-his-seeing-eye-dog-orlando and http://www.gofundme.com/Cecil-and-Orlando
Both have raised a lot of money for Cecil Williams and Orlando the dog! Good stuff.
After the orientation, I went straight to my probation officer and requested permission to spend Christmas with my family in Massachusetts. I listened in disbelief as she denied my request—I’d worked with probation departments in several states, and I knew that regular family contact has been shown to reduce recidivism. My probation officer also refused to let me go home for Easter and birthdays. After six or seven of these refusals, I complained to a supervisor, citing New York’s evidence-based practices manual, and was assigned to a new probation officer.
In May, I requested permission to visit a class of third graders in my old neighborhood. The year before, when I’d set out to march from Boston to Florida to protest the handling of the Trayvon Martin case, the class had joined me for a day, calculated my route, and located places for me to sleep. After one of the students, Martin Richard, was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, the class invited me to march with them in his memory. Though my new probation officer and I have an excellent relationship, and she has allowed me to visit my family twice, she denied this request.
A former assistant district attorney learns what life is like for some of the people he was more than happy to throw the book, at during the beginning phases of his legal career, after intentionally getting himself arrested in New York City. Perhaps more shocking than the city’s final response to his actions, are the sheer number of times that members of the NYPD said nothing to Constantino while actively witnessing one or more crimes in progress.
At last, scientists solve the mystery that befuddled Darwin and figure out why why zebras have stripes.
(Photograph: Andrew Zuckerman, Creature.)
Female World Leaders - Which countries have had female heads of government or state so far?
This map gives a neat overview. South America, South Asia, South East Asia and Northern Europe stand out as remarkable regions. But it is also worth noting that e.g. Muslim countries have had female heads of state, when the supposedly gender equal, post-feminist US has not.
- Light Pink - acting heads of government or state (any point in modern history)
- Dark Pink - full-term heads of government or state (any point in modern history)
Source: Filibuster Cartoons
(Note: The map is not fully updated as of 2013, Slovenia should be included on the map.)