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2861U2 11-02-2011 04:28 PM

Husband of falling shopping cart victim Marion Hedges says her recovery will be difficult - Crimesider - CBS News

(CBS/WCBS) NEW YORK - The husband of a New York woman injured by a falling shopping cart says his wife will survive but has a difficult road ahead of her.

Marion Salmon Hedges was critically injured Sunday night after two 12-year-old boys allegedly threw a shopping cart over the fourth-floor railing at an East Harlem shopping complex. The 47-year-old Upper West Side Realtor had been walking underneath with her son after buying Halloween candy.

"What I can tell you is she's not well," Hedges' husband Michael told CBS station WCBS.

Michael Hedges told the station that his wife will survive but, due to damage to her brain, she will have a difficult recovery.

"Her prognosis at a minimum involves many months of painful rehabilitation," Michael said.

Michael Hedges says, "There's not a lot we can do right now. It's with the doctor and with fate's hands."

When asked how angry he was at the two boys, WCBS reports Michael said, "They're not adults. They're children, and children who have been left on their own without supervision."

The 12-year-old boys have been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon.

WCBS spoke to one of the boys' family members Tuesday.

"We feel real bad for the whole situation and the family and what she's going through. I can't imagine what her family and kids are going through, but we're also going through something, too," the family member said.

Hedges, who the Daily News reports volunteers at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, is reportedly in critical but stable condition at New York City's Harlem Hospital.

MrsSpringsteen 11-03-2011 12:29 PM

Toronto Star

Doctors at Queen’s University thought they were going nuts when they saw what appeared to be the outline of a man’s face staring back at them in an ultrasound image of a tumour.

Drs. Naji Touma and Gregory Roberts were scrolling through images of a testicular tumour on a computer when they did a double take.

“It was very ghoulish, like a man screaming in pain. His mouth was open and it looked like one eye was gouged out,” said Touma, a professor at Queen’s University Medical School and urologist at Kingston General Hospital.

The ultrasound image, taken in December 2009, was sent to the journal Urology and recently published under the tongue-in-cheek headline, “The face of testicular pain: A surprising ultrasound finding.”

“A brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from the deity (perhaps “Min” the Egyptian god of male virility); however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation,” the accompanying article said.

The ultrasound was taken after a 45-year-old man complained of discomfort. A 6 cm. growth turned out to be a benign tumour, the result of an infection, and the testicle was removed.


Liesje 11-03-2011 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by LJT (Post 7397849)
On my twitter feed at the moment there is a video of a judge from Aransas beating his daughter with a belt. Apparently this was secretly taken by his daughter in 2004 when she was 16 and she has now posted this to youtube herself to seemingly expose her father.

Not sure about the context of why now etc but the video appears disturbingly real. I was smacked as a child but this is more akin to a violent assault.

Some of the comments on this reddit link provide a bit more context as well as a link to video on youtube. It is very unpleasant though.

Family law judge beats own daughter for using the internet, please spread : reddit.com

Now this is showing up on all the major news sites. Sadly, some of the comments I've read might be worse than the actual video!

MrsSpringsteen 11-03-2011 02:34 PM

A California woman was sexually assaulted by her husband, and caught the whole thing on tape. He went to jail, but when he gets out, a judge has ruled that she'll have to pay him alimony.

10News has Crystal Harris's description of the night her now ex-husband Shawn forced her to perform oral sex on him:

He wanted to have sex and I said no. He kept saying this is not up for negotiation. When I finally realized that I had no choice, I mean, he was pushing my head down; I finally talked him into letting me go to the bathroom. I realize I've got that tape recorder not far from where we are right now.

Shawn Harris claimed the whole thing was part of consensual sexual role-playing — he said they liked to act out infidelity, "hooker and pimp," and "Tarzan and Jane" scenarios. But the tape, in which Crystal Harris said "no" fifty times, and Shawn's prior history of domestic abuse and anger issues, led to a conviction for forced oral copulation. Harris was sentenced to six years in prison — but when he gets out, his wife will have to start paying him $1,000 a month in spousal support. Judge Gregory Pollock cited her much higher income: "I can't look at a 12-year marriage where one side is making $400 a month, the other side is making over $11,000 and say no spousal support."

Crystal Harris, understandably, is outraged that she will have to support the man who assaulted her: "It makes me feel victimized all over again that I should have to pay a dime to this man who has turned my life upside down." She added, "No rape victim should have to pay her rapist." But in California, being convicted of rape doesn't cancel out your entitlement to spousal support — only trying to murder your spouse does. Crystal Harris wants to change that — and so does San Diego County DA Bonnie Dumanis.

She's urging legislators to change the spousal support law, which would be a good thing for everyone. Many resources for abuse survivors seem to offer advice for extracting support from a non-paying spouse, but not for stopping payment to an abusive one. Stereotype might dictate that breadwinners are more likely to be rapists, but neither making money nor committing sexual assault are exclusively male acts. And no one who's been raped, male or female, should have to pay their attacker.

MrsSpringsteen 11-09-2011 10:44 AM

WASHINGTON — The Dover military mortuary entrusted with the solemn duty of receiving and caring for America's war dead twice lost body parts of remains shipped home from Afghanistan, the Air Force revealed Tuesday.

Three mortuary supervisors have been punished for what the Air Force called "gross mismanagement," but no one was fired in a grisly case reminiscent of the scandalous mishandling and misidentifying of remains at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Air Force, which runs the mortuary at Dover, Del., acknowledged failures while insisting it made the right decision in not informing families linked to the missing body parts until last weekend – months after it completed a probe of 14 sets of allegations lodged by three members of the mortuary staff.

Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff, told a Pentagon news conference he and the service's top civilian, Michael Donley, are ultimately responsible for what happens at Dover and for its mistakes.

"There's no escaping it," Schwartz said.

However, an independent federal investigative agency, the Office of Special Counsel, said the Air Force had fallen short on accountability. That office, which forwarded the original whistleblower allegations to the Pentagon in May and July 2010 and reviewed the subsequent Air Force investigative report, faulted it for taking an overly narrow view of what went wrong at Dover between 2008 and 2010.

"Several of the Air Force's findings are not supported by the evidence presented and thus do not appear reasonable," the special counsel's office said. "In these instances the report demonstrates a pattern of the Air Force's failure to acknowledge culpability for wrongdoing relating to the treatment of remains."

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said her office is investigating allegations by the three whistleblowers that the Air Force retaliated against them in several ways, including an attempt to fire one of them.

The three whistleblowers still work at Dover. They are James Parsons, an embalming/autopsy technician; Mary Ellen Spera, a mortuary inspector; and William Zwicharowski, a senior mortuary inspector.

There is no suggestion of criminal wrongdoing at Dover, and the Air Force said it found no evidence that those faulted at Dover had deliberately mishandled any remains. They attributed the mistakes largely to a breakdown in procedures and a failure to fix problems that had been building over time.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a statement saying he was "deeply disturbed" by the matter. Panetta said he supports the Air Force's findings but has asked a separate panel of the Defense Health Board, a Pentagon advisory group, to conduct its own review of how the Dover mortuary is run. That review, to be led by former surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona, is due within 60 days.

As gruesome as the revelations appear, Schwartz acknowledged that it's possible that mistakes also were made prior to 2008, during a period when U.S. troops were killed at even higher rates in Iraq. Other Air Force officials said on Monday they knew of no prior cases of mishandled remains at Dover.

"I cannot certify with certainty that prior performance met our standard of perfection," Schwartz told reporters.

At Dover all U.S. war dead are received in well-practiced procedures that place a premium on a dignified and respectful handling of remains. Medical examiners then carry out procedures to positively identify remains and determine the cause of death. Teams of morticians and embalmers then prepare the remains for disposition. Investigators found a disconnect between the work of the medical examiners and the morticians, each of which reports to a different military chain of command.

One of the two cases of missing parts was in April 2009. It involved fragments of ankle bone embedded in human tissue associated with two crew members recovered from an Air Force F-15 fighter that crashed in Afghanistan. The labeled plastic bag containing this portion of remains was found empty during normal processing, with a slit in the side of the bag. Staff members were unable to account for the missing piece.

The other instance was in July 2009 and involved a piece of human tissue an inch or two in length associated with a soldier killed in Afghanistan. As in the April case, the bag containing the piece was found empty, with a slit in its side. The piece of missing tissue was never located.

Officials said that in no cases do they suspect foul play, criminal acts or deliberate mishandling of the missing pieces.

Two of the three officials who were punished still work at Dover but not in supervisory jobs. None was fired.

In reviewing the Air Force's probe, the Office of Special Counsel disputed the conclusion that none of the allegations of mishandling of remains amounted to violations of law or regulation. The special counsel submitted its own report Tuesday to the White House and to the House and Senate armed services committees.

The special counsel's office contradicted the Air Force's claim that it was taking full responsibility.

"While the report reflects a willingness to find paperwork violations and errors, with the exception of the cases of missing portions (of remains), the findings stop short of accepting accountability for failing to handle remains with the requisite `reverence, care and dignity befitting them and the circumstances,'" it said.

In addition to the two cases of lost body pieces, the Air Force reviewed allegations that mortuary officials acted improperly in sawing off an arm bone that protruded from the body of a Marine in a way that prevented his body from being placed in his uniform for viewing before burial. The Marine's family had requested seeing him in his uniform but was not consulted about – or told of – the decision to remove the bone.

The Marine, whose identity was not released by the Air Force, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in January 2010.

The Air Force inspector general began his investigation in June 2010 and finished it in May 2011. It concluded that the mortuary had not violated any rule or regulation by removing the Marine's bone as it did. But the Air Force has since changed procedures to ensure that a representative of the deceased's service – in this case the Marine Corps – has a formal say in whether the family should be contacted before altering the body so significantly.

A total of four families affected directly by the investigation were told of it last weekend by Air Force officials.

The three supervisors at Dover who were disciplined are Col. Robert H. Edmondson, who was in overall command of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover at the time; Trevor Dean, who was Edmondson's top civilian deputy; and Quinton "Randy" Keel, director of the mortuary division at Dover.

All three declined Tuesday, through the Air Force's office of public affairs, to comment for this story.

Edmondson, who had already rotated out of the Dover job by the time the Air Force probe was over, has been given a letter of reprimand, which makes it unlikely he will get a future promotion. Schwartz said the colonel was deliberately put in a staff, rather than command, job in the Pentagon. Dean and Keel, who are licensed morticians, were dropped a notch in their civilian pay grade and reassigned at Dover.

Liesje 11-09-2011 12:19 PM

Sounds like a Kathy Reichs novel ("Spider Bones"). :(

Headache in a Suitcase 11-09-2011 07:09 PM

Gerry Sandusky.

That's all I need to say.

yolland 11-09-2011 07:16 PM

^ Same syndrome as the Catholic Church, protect your brand and your own rather than the victims.

Pearl 11-09-2011 10:56 PM

Is anyone watching the news right now, particularly CNN?

The students of Penn State are protesting against Joe Paterno's dismissal. I hope I am misinterpreting what I am seeing on the screen, but it really looks like that. Don't these kids realize that Paterno was part of the cover up of Sandusky raping young boys? Or all they care about is Penn State sports? :no:

deep 11-09-2011 11:02 PM

Penn State is 8 -1

they are in the top 20, number 12
they are having a heck of a season, this is not a good time to make a coaching change.

2861U2 11-09-2011 11:02 PM

The latter, of course. These kids have no concern for children, or justice, or responsibility. Life is football to them.

I almost chose them to do my Masters program. Glad I didn't. Get me as far away from that place as I can.

Pearl 11-09-2011 11:04 PM

Seriously, I've lost faith in humanity now. I give up.

deep 11-09-2011 11:04 PM

I am sure you are safe, the guy is like 80,
you could easily outrun him.

Liesje 11-10-2011 08:05 AM


Originally Posted by Pearl (Post 7406087)
Is anyone watching the news right now, particularly CNN?

The students of Penn State are protesting against Joe Paterno's dismissal. I hope I am misinterpreting what I am seeing on the screen, but it really looks like that. Don't these kids realize that Paterno was part of the cover up of Sandusky raping young boys? Or all they care about is Penn State sports? :no:

A science teacher at my high school got caught videotaping women in their homes through their windows and people were upset because he was such a good baseball coach....

BEAL 11-10-2011 09:47 AM

There are twitter updates going out right now that this guy used his charity/camp to pimp out kids to wealthy donors.

I don't think this is done.

yolland 11-10-2011 02:15 PM

Just yesterday morning I was saying to some of my students what a great thing it was how much the culture in general, and institutional culture in particular, has changed during my lifetime in terms of recognition that sexual predators are usually familiar, trusted authority figures to their victims; that coverups and second chances for them are an utterly odious and perverse form of corruption; that young people today seem to have an automatic, visceral zero-tolerance response to both the above and a strong self-empowered attitude that they don't owe perpetrators of either wrong the "respect" of giving them any pass whatsoever.

Well, I wouldn't say I was wrong...but still it was pretty disheartening to watch what unfolded last night. I've spent more than half my life now on a college campus, and I've seen my fair share on a more minor scale of misguided students rallying around some well-liked campus figure who unfortunately did something very wrong and paid the price, but never anything quite like this. What happened? Was this about Paterno, the legendary football coach, being some kind of father figure whom 'we' can't allow to be tainted by what happened on his watch? Or more of a tribalistic response, where no one but 'us' is allowed to suggest there might be a bit more rot at hand than just the cut-and-dried crimes of one loathsome individual? Both? Whatever, those students (and it was a minority of them to be sure, but far too many to be dismissed as fringe) unfortunately managed to take a story that no one thought was about them and hand a lot of people on the outside a reason to allege that, well, maybe, in some measure actually it is.

It'll blow over shortly, for them and for the school's academic reputation at least; no good reason for any stigma there to last. But that was a sad night.

MrsSpringsteen 11-10-2011 04:38 PM

I went to a high school like that, where football was king-well all athletics and nothing else mattered.

I was disgusted by those students who went to Paterno's house and the ones last night. By that age you should know what's morally right and wrong, and at this point it seems like what Joe Paterno did and didn't do was morally wrong..to say the least. He protected himself and his football program, not children. Obviously those students represent a small minority of students at Penn State, but WAKE UP. I wish some students there would have a rally in support of his firing and in support of the victims. I've heard people say it's as if they are brainwashed and it is. Those students are acting as if Joe Paterno is some sort of victim.

It's almost like some sort of cult and he's been elevated to God status.

LJT 11-10-2011 04:50 PM

I know in the States college sports are huge compared to over here where no one really cares how well the football or lacrosse team are doing, but do the sports departments of colleges really hold a great deal of sway over the rest of the college?

MrsSpringsteen 11-10-2011 04:53 PM


Originally Posted by LJT (Post 7406709)
do the sports departments of colleges really hold a great deal of sway over the rest of the college?

I would guess in certain colleges without a doubt yes, and that it also has to do with the $$$ that it generates.

LJT 11-10-2011 05:12 PM

Sounds like a fairly severe corruption of what are meant to be academic institutions, and the students who rioted sound like they lack a great deal of self awareness. There's always more to come out in these types of cases, as has already been alluded to. We do hit some lows as a species.

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