Monday, March 18, 2013
The idea of a Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) in Worcester did not exactly receive a warm welcome. Area civil rights activists and critics heard the words "real time surveillance" and wanted to know how many cameras the city was going to be putting up and where. What and who, exactly, were they going to be watching? How much was the city going to spend on these cameras? Would the cameras motorists see at some traffic signals be used? More to the point: What, exactly, is a Real Time Crime Center and will it intrude on my privacy?
Experts say a near 30-percent drop in foreclosure petitions statewide in January is good news, but a group of housing advocates say now is not the time for the city to let down its guard. They want the City Council to establish a mediation program to help families faced with the devastating loss of their home.
Clarinda Higgins believes trustees are quitting on the 82-year-old museum her grandfather started as a steel company and says she will vote against closing the iconic Higgins Armory on Barber Avenue and giving the entire 2,000-piece collection to the Worcester Art Museum (WAM).
StoryCorps comes to Worcester
Posted by Brittany Durgin New England Archivists (NEA) and StoryCorps, the oral history project that brings laughs, tears and awe to listeners, come to Worcester for three days to celebrates...
Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday a guilty verdict was handed down in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, in which a 16-year-old girl was raped repeatedly by boys on a high school football team. The verdict was the beginning of justice for this brave young girl, but CNN's coverage was awful.
The entire CNN panel, including anchorwoman Candy Crowley, reporter Poppy Harlow, and legal analyst Paul Callan focused on what a tragedy this was for the boys and what a shame it was that their lives had been ruined—as if the rape was some sort of unfortunate accident and they hadn't committed a very serious, very invasive, and very life-altering for the survivor crime.
CNN didn't focus on what this verdict meant for Jane Doe—only sad reflections on the "destroyed" lives of these boys, boys who were caught on tape raping a girl. This is wrong, and CNN owes us all an apology.
That's why we created a petition on SignOn.org to CNN, which says:
"Your Steubenville verdict coverage was terrible and offensive. These boys committed a very serious crime, and they were held accountable. The verdict that the judge handed down was justice—not a "tragedy." The tragedy was the rape. Please apologize and make this right."
–Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet
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Sunday, March 17, 2013
(words by Paul Simon music by JS Bach)
Many's the time I've been mistaken, and many times confused
And I've often felt forsaken, and certainly misused.
But it's all right, it's all right, I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be bright and Bon Vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home.
I don't know a soul who's not been battered
Don't have a friend who feels at ease
Don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to it's knees.
But it's all right, all right, We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on,
I wonder what went wrong, I can't help it
I wonder what went wrong.
And I dreamed I was flying. I dreamed my soul rose
unexpectedly, and looking back down on me, smiled
reassuringly, and I dreamed I was dying.
And far above, my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty, drifting away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying.
We come on a ship we call the Mayflower,
We come on a ship that sailed the moon
We come at the age's most uncertain hour
And sing the American tune
But it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's gonna be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest,
That's all, I'm trying to get some rest.
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