Friends Of Gay Couple Attacked Launch Online Petition For New Hate Crimes Law

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Originally posted on CBS Philly:

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is no law in Pennsylvania that makes assault based on one’s sexual orientation a hate crime, so friends of the gay couple attacked in Center City last week started an online petition, hoping to change that.

“When I got to the hospital and they told me they were mugged because they are gay, it broke my heart,” says Caryn Kunkle — a longtime friend of the couple attacked.

She says she was shocked to learn on Wednesday that gay bashing is not a hate crime in Pennsylvania — so she started a petition on change.org, hoping to get lawmakers’ attention, and received more than 2,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

“It been really great to hear the response of the entire community,” she says. “It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition.”

In 2002, Pennsylvania lawmakers inserted “sexual orientation”…

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These Are the Five Best Companies for Working Moms

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Originally posted on TIME:

Working Mother magazine, a publication “committed to helping moms balance their personal and professional lives,” has crunched the numbers to find out which companies are the best places for career-oriented moms to work in 2014.

The 450-question survey includes questions about leave policies, benefit, child care and more with special emphasis on advancement programs, workplace flexibility and representation of women in the company. And the top five winners are:

  1. T. Kearney (Management and consulting firm in Chicago, IL)
  2. Abbott (Health care company in Abbott Park, IL)
  3. AbbVie (Biopharmaceutical company based in North Chicago, IL)
  4. Accenture (Management consulting, tec services and outsourcing firm based in New York, NY)
  5. The Advisory Board Company (Technology, research and consulting firm in Washington, DC)

Working Mother’s full 2014 list of the 100 Best Companies can be browsed here.

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Emanuel Optimistic Chicago Will Land Obama Presidential Library

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Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel says he’s encouraged about the chances of Chicago being home to the planned Barack Obama Presidential Library.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Mayor Emanuel is pleased that two of the four finalists to host Barack Obama’s presidential library, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois-Chicago, are in the city.

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He is not voicing a preference but says the chances of the library being here are better than even for some obvious reasons.

“It’s a tremendous economic, educational, cultural win for the city of Chicago and the president obviously has deep roots, Michelle has deep roots, he started his political career here. It makes perfect sense for it to be in the city of Chicago and that is my first priority,” Emanuel said.

The other potential locations are in Hawaii, the president’s…

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Emanuel Optimistic Chicago Will Land Obama Presidential Library

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Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel says he’s encouraged about the chances of Chicago being home to the planned Barack Obama Presidential Library.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Mayor Emanuel is pleased that two of the four finalists to host Barack Obama’s presidential library, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois-Chicago, are in the city.

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He is not voicing a preference but says the chances of the library being here are better than even for some obvious reasons.

“It’s a tremendous economic, educational, cultural win for the city of Chicago and the president obviously has deep roots, Michelle has deep roots, he started his political career here. It makes perfect sense for it to be in the city of Chicago and that is my first priority,” Emanuel said.

The other potential locations are in Hawaii, the president’s…

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Boston Hemp Fest Harinama (Album 43 photos)

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Muci haya suci haya yadi krsna bhaje. It is said that even a cobbler or person born in the family of a cobbler can be elevated to the position of a brahmana (suci) if he takes to Krishna consciousness. Any person who is purely Krishna conscious and who engages in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is the purest in the whole universe. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.12.37 Purport) Read more ?

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Grand jury gets more time in Ferguson police shooting case

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Originally posted on fox4kc.com:

(CNN) — A grand jury in Missouri now has more time decide whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Judge Carolyn Whittington has extended the grand jury’s deadline until January 7, said Paul Fox, the county’s director of judicial administration.

The grand jury will mull testimony and decide whether they believe Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, on August 9.

So far, police and witnesses have given conflicting narratives on what happened.

Outrage over the shooting led to days of protests in Ferguson and a heated debate over whether Brown’s race played a role in his death.

Brown was black, like two-thirds of his neighbors in Ferguson. Wilson is white, like most of the city’s police department.

The grand jury, which meets in secrecy, consists of nine white people (six men…

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Free parent workshop, food and children’s activities

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Originally posted on myfox8.com:

For the first time ever, the Guilford County Council of PTAs, the Guilford County Schools (GCS) Title I Department and Guilford Parent Academy have joined forces to host one dynamic GCS Parent Engagement Conference.

This free conference is open to any parents, educators or community members who are interested in learning more about important topics in GCS and ways to get involved. The conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Smith High School, 2407 S. Holden Rd. in Greensboro.

Topics to be discussed include understanding test scores, advocating for your child’s needs and building successful home/school relationships.

While parents are learning, kids can participate in free fun activities such as arts and crafts, storytelling and fitness. A box lunch will be served and bus transportation is available.

Register for the conference here.

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