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A Father’s Presence – A Far Greater Predictor Of Graduation Than Race Or Class

From American Daily:

By Rinaldo Del Gallo, III

If you look at the front page of the March 1st Pittsfield Gazette (a weekly Pittsfield, MA paper), one reads, “Race, class affect graduation rates.” In the March 14th Berkshire Eagle, the Pittsfield Massachusetts daily paper, the take was on a local community group that had won some grants for local initiatives. According to the Eagle, the grants were “to keep youths, particularly minorities, in school.” As Pittsfield Superintendent Darlington was making presentations to both the school committee and the city council regarding the disparities caused by race and economic class, virtually every local media outlet turned out for the Women of Color Giving Circle press conference. In the mean time, the Berkshire Coalition’s press releases about fatherlessness and the academic gender gap were ignored.

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A Father’s Presence – A Far Greater Predictor Of Graduation Than Race Or Class

From American Daily:

By Rinaldo Del Gallo, III

If you look at the front page of the March 1st Pittsfield Gazette (a weekly Pittsfield, MA paper), one reads, “Race, class affect graduation rates.” In the March 14th Berkshire Eagle, the Pittsfield Massachusetts daily paper, the take was on a local community group that had won some grants for local initiatives. According to the Eagle, the grants were “to keep youths, particularly minorities, in school.” As Pittsfield Superintendent Darlington was making presentations to both the school committee and the city council regarding the disparities caused by race and economic class, virtually every local media outlet turned out for the Women of Color Giving Circle press conference. In the mean time, the Berkshire Coalition’s press releases about fatherlessness and the academic gender gap were ignored.

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Prosecutor Wishes Rapist Well

by James H. Lilley

Eugene A. Marriott raped, sodomized and brutally beat a woman outside a Best Western Motel in Fairfax City on January 14, 2006. He was pulling up his pants, with the woman still lying at his feet, when police arrived and arrested him. An eyewitness to the crime said he was in an adjacent parking lot and saw Marriott standing over top of the woman and “just pounding away on her.” He yelled at Marriott but he continued his attack on the woman.

Marriott who is married is also a minister in The Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington. After his arrest he told detectives investigating the case that he’d dated the woman and what happened on January 14th was simply a matter of their sadomasochistic role-playing. The woman, however, told detectives they’d broken up weeks earlier. But during the course of his interview with police he admitted that even if it had been role-playing that what he did that night was wrong.

Marriott entered a plea to charges of abduction with intent to defile and unlawful wounding, with the abduction with intent charge carrying a minimum sentence of 20 years. With his agreement to plead to those charges, prosecutors dismissed the rape and sodomy counts. But during trial proceedings prosecutors amended the charges to simple adduction, which carried no minimum sentence and a maximum of 10 years. They also added two misdemeanor sexual battery charges, to which Marriott agreed to plead guilty.

By pleading guilty to the two misdemeanor charges he escaped having to register as a sex offender, which would have been required by the “intent to defile” charge.

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German judge rules Koran allows wife abuse

Is Germany now under Sharia law?

From Yahoo/AFP:

A woman judge has refused a Moroccan-born woman permission to file for divorce by interpreting the Koran as allowing husbands to beat their wives.

“Where are we living? Woman judge allows beating in marriage… and invokes the Koran,” said a front-page headline in Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper, reflecting the widespread angry reaction on Thursday.

“This Moroccan woman has the same right to protection from a violent husband as any German woman. Anything else would be misconceived sensitivity to the benefit of the husband and would amount to racist discrimination against the wife,” said the Tageszeitung daily.

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Have We Left Our First Love?

by Willie Williams

Love. This a word that stirs the deepest passions of everyone of us whether we be young or old, boy or girl or man or woman. Numerous acts of kindness and cruelty have been done in the name of Love. No scientist can put a sample under a microscope and analysis it, nor can a biologist dissect it and tell us how it works. Yet each and every one of us are either directly or indirectly affected by this four letter word called love. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in one of his letters while in prison in Birmingham, Alabama said “We are all bound together by a single cord of mutualability. What directly affects one of us, indirectly affects all of us.”

I recently read an article on the renewamerica.us website dated March 19, 2007, titled What needs to be renewed in our nation? The author stated that “virtually ALL the people who came to the shores of America professed openly their belief in God and in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.” They were people of faith that trusted in God and Loved him with all their hearts. They were very learned in the bible and built their lives around God and their community.

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