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abandoned and alone: mom leaves disabled teen at bar

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on July 12, 2012

Authorities say they are powerless to take action against an Illinois woman who drove her 19-year-old developmentally disabled daughter to Tennessee and abandoned her in a bar.

The teen, Lynn Cameron, suffers from cerebral palsy and has the mental capacity of a 2- or a 3-year-old. But because she is legally an adult, police in Caryville, Tenn., said they cannot file charges against her mother, Eva Cameron.

Police Chief Johnny Jones told The Daily that the mother, from Algonquin, Ill., admitted dumping her daughter at the Big Orange Bar on June 28.

“To just to push her into a bar, I don’t understand how a mother could do that to her child,” he said. “I don’t understand how anybody could do that to anyone.”

Read more behind the jump, or at The Daily, where this article was originally published. (more…)

the bronies take manhattan

Posted in journalism, multimedia by kase on January 9, 2012

ImageThe only hint of their presence in Midtown’s Hotel Pennsylvania—the lobby still garlanded for the holiday season and crowded with milling tourists—was a 20-something guy shuffling around in medium-rinse jeans and a lackluster black leather jacket. He might have been one of the tourists himself were it not for the fluorescent pastel sign he held reading: THIS WAY TO BRONYCON! Pictured on the sign was a pink and purple pony in a green field.

The so-called Bronies—a herd of mostly male, mostly white, mostly mid-20s fans of the animated TV show “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”—have had plenty of press coverage of late, but this in-your-face mass gathering was not so typical. Although BroNYCon is held several times a year, Saturday’s was the biggest one to date.

Read more behind the cut, or at The Awl, where this piece was originally published. (Head to flickr to see more photos from BronyCon.) (more…)

paid to prey: sandusky profited from charity after allegations surfaced

Posted in journalism, the daily by kase on November 13, 2011

By Sarah Ryley and Kase Wickman

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Even after coming under investigation for sexually abusing boys, Jerry Sandusky raked in almost half a million dollars in “consulting fees” from the kids charity he allegedly used as a recruiting ground for victims.

Sandusky took an annual $57,000 consulting fee from the Second Mile between 2000 until 2008, according to the organization’s tax forms. The payments totaled $456,000 and were made after the former Penn State football defensive coordinator came under scrutiny in 1998 from campus police and the local district attorney after allegations he had victimized a boy. In 2002, he was allegedly seen raping a different boy by a Penn State assistant coach.

Read the rest of this article (and see screenshots of the original) behind the cut, or read at The Daily, where it originally appeared. (more…)

cash gobbler: the rising cost of thanksgiving dinner

Posted in food, journalism, the daily by kase on November 11, 2011

Thanksgiving dinner this year will leave bellies bulging, as usual, but its cost will make wallets slimmer than it did last year.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual informal study, Thanksgiving dinner for a group of 10 people — including a turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots, celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk — will cost an average of $49.20 this year, an increase of $5.73, or 13 percent, from last year’s survey.

Click behind the cut for the rest of the article (and screenshots of how it appeared in the app), or read at The Daily, where the piece originally appeared. (more…)

occupy wall street fights ‘vampire squid’ bankers with art

Posted in journalism, multimedia, raw story by kase on October 6, 2011

NEW YORK — The drums begin sounding early in the morning, and they don’t stop for hours.

Lacquered red drums, glittery blue marching band type bass drums, bongo drums, tambourines and a cowbell, an overturned bin painted streaky red and hand-lettered with “OCCUPY WALL STREET,” slapped at with palms and mallets and drumsticks, anything really.

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this article was originally published. (more…)

occupy wall street welcomes union involvement in weeks-long rally

Posted in journalism, multimedia, raw story by kase on October 5, 2011

NEW YORK — On the 18th day of Occupy Wall Street, the protest against corporate greed that began as a small group of grassroots activists and spread to dozens of cities across the U.S. and abroad, several big names joined the shouting masses in Liberty Square.

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this article was originally published. (more…)

nyc construction union brings $7 million corruption suit against developers

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on October 3, 2011

A New York City metalworking union has filed a RICO suit, alleging corruption and wrongdoing, against the major developers who they say are denying workers fair wages and benefits. In addition to the suit, however, union leaders say they aim to rehabilitate the public’s perception of unions.

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this article was originally published. (more…)

former wisc. gov. tommy thompson moves forward with senate run

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on September 19, 2011

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced Monday that he has filed papers necessary for his candidacy for the Wisconsin Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) in 2012. However, Thompson stopped short of making an official campaign announcement.

A campaign spokesman told Raw Story that an announcement of candidacy could be expected “in the near future.”

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this article was originally published. (more…)

penn. township challenges fracking with ballot initiative

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on September 12, 2011

A small township in western Pennsylvania is fighting back against fracking and attempting to write a ban on the practice into their local Bill of Rights, but they may be thwarted by their own town council.

Peters Township in Washington County, population 21,213, is home to the Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness Group, an activism group formed after residents viewed Josh Fox’s anti-fracking documentary “GasLand.”

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this article was originally published. (more…)

romney stands firm in refusal to sign pro-life pledge

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on August 24, 2011

When Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s anti-abortion pledge Wednesday, the pro-life group claimed a significant victory: they’ve gotten virtually all GOP candidates to vow to appoint only pro-life cabinet members and high-level administration personnel, as well as to promote anti-abortion legislation.

Almost all GOP candidates have signed the pledge — but not former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this piece originally appeared. (more…)

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