Alaska Rep Don Young should probably shut his big mouth. Politico:
Young upset some at Wasilla High School during his appearance at an assembly with his remarks about suicide — just five days after a student had taken his own life, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Asked about suicide, Young said it is often due to poor assistance from family and friends.
The Wasilla school’s principal told the newspaper about Young’s comments, “When I heard ‘a lack of support from family’ and I heard ‘a lack of support from friends,’ I felt the oxygen go out of the room, but I gasped as well. It just isn’t true in these situations. It’s just such a hurtful thing to say.”
“This suicide problem didn’t exist until we got largesse from the government,” Young said at Alaska’s Mat-Su Senior Center, according to audio obtained by the campaign of his Democratic challenger, Forrest Dunbar.
Billionaire Joe Grendys has no clue how Forbes found him.
After all, he lives in the same Chicago bungalow where he grew up.
His business, Park Ridge-based chicken processor Koch Foods (pronounced "cook"), has been on the magazine's list of largest privately held companies for several years running. So someone at the magazine figured out that Grendys owns almost all of it, pegging his net worth at $2.3 billion and ranking him No. 261 on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting on a lawsuit filed against the Cook County Jail and jail officials:
"[The inmate] was sexually assaulted. She was pummeled in beatings until her nose was broken and a tooth knocked out. … She was ambushed in the bathroom," the 44-page complaint, filed by attorney Kathleen Zellner, reads. "All of this occurred with the full knowledge and complicity of the officers and their supervisors.
County officials denied the allegations.
"We are caught off-guard by the outrageous allegations in this lawsuit, which we deny in their entirety," said Jail Director Cara Smith, a named defendant in the case. "We take exceptionally seriously the care of every detainee, including the plaintiff in this case, that is placed in our custody and intend to disprove every allegation in this complaint."
The specifics of the multiple attacks on this woman are horrendous, but these "outrageous allegations" are entirely consistent with guard and inmate conduct that has been reported again and again. Most recently, one guard pleaded guilty and another was convicted of serious abuse based on testimony of one of the guards.
The jail is extremely overcrowded, with a large population of mentally ill inmates and violent offenders. The conditions are such that violence and guard misconduct are inevitable. I think the sheriff is a decent man who just can't get the support he needs to fix the porblems.
Previously posted in color on the blog, this black and white version I posted to flickr yesterday has gotten thousands of views. The building is interesting, but the scooter with rider is what made the shot for me. Funny, because the rider apologized for being in my way. He was set to move, but I told him I preferred to have him in the shot. People on the street often think they're in my way, when the opposite is almost always the case.
I may make a selective color version of this image, as well. Scooter and rider in color with the rest in black and white. That was my first thought, but I don't do much selective color. It feels a little too gimmicky, even though I like the effect in some instances. Perhaps I should just go with my preferences.
My other preference at the time I shot this would have been for the scooter rider to be further from the house, so that he would occupy more of the shot, while the house would remain similarly situated within the frame. I could have moved closer to the rider, but then I wouldn't have been happy with the framing of the house. This is where my 10mm lens (shoots much wider) would have solved the problem, but I didn't have it with me. I could have moved considerably closer to the rider without changing the frame around the house.
Did you want to know all this? Probably not. I'm just thinking publicly.