Justice for all

first_imgTransgender students have won key victories in school districts around the country in recent years, including the right to be called by the names they prefer, or to play on girls’ sports teams if they identify as female or boys’ if they identify as male. In many states, transgender students have also won equal access to the locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.But far from the headlines, another transgender community is pushing for rights with limited success. And the consequences can be dire.“Once incarcerated, we know that LBGT people report devastatingly high rates of sexual abuse,” said Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project during a discussion at Harvard’s Barker Center that examined efforts to protect LBGT prisoners.Much of Strangio’s talk centered around the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), legislation unanimously passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003. Strangio called the law a “major step in acknowledging that sexual violence is unacceptable,” and said it reflects the concerns of incarcerated people and advocates important reforms such as separate showers for transgender prisoners, and a ban on housing transgender people in units based only on their genital characteristics. But, he added, the law falls far short on enforcement.“The only enforcement mechanism for PREA, is a … mechanism in which the agencies are subjected to audits,” he said, “and the only risk is that they lose 5 percent of some strand of federal funding. But they also have something like 300 ways to avoid losing the 5 percent.”Strangio thinks the law’s basic premise is fundamentally flawed.“The idea that sexual violence could be eradicated suggests that you could have prison without sexual violence. But that of course cannot be reconciled with what we know about the operation of the prison regime itself as a mechanism of sexual violence and sexualized and racialized social control.”Quoting prison rape survivor and antiviolence activist Stephen Donaldson, Strangio said, “There is ultimately no prison rape issue, there is only the prison issue.”The talk last Thursday was part of a yearlong gender and sexuality seminar titled “Arresting Violence | Reconceptualizing Justice” sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard and the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. For the past three years, the committee has focused its seminar series around a theme, such as the impact of romantic same-sex relationships on American democracy, or the future of the LBGT movement after same-sex marriage.This year’s theme, said Michael Bronski, professor of the practice in media and activism, who helped organize the seminar, explores “what would a feminist or queer sense of justice look like, since that’s not how the federal government thinks about justice.”Strangio’s work has challenged him personally and professionally. He trained correctional officers at Rikers Island in New York on how to work with transgender inmates as part of a campaign to keep the prison’s transgender unit open until pushback from officers against allowing inmates to choose the gender of the guard who searched them made him drop the topic from his training.“I made a decision,” Strangio said, “not to push harder.“As much as you may push back on these systems, the system also pushes back on you,” he added, acknowledging that the system “has changed me more than I have changed it.”Still, despite the setbacks, the frustrations, and the slow progress, the work is critical, said Strangio.“There are no cost-free projects, but it doesn’t mean to me that we do nothing, and it doesn’t make us bad people for screwing up,” he said. “For me, it just means that we can’t be intoxicated by ideas of progress or access, we can’t let what we think of as legitimate get in the way of our aspirations to be transformative … we must always be finding ways to be close to people who are under the most direct forms of state control, and make visible the violence.”The next talk in the series, “Examining Perceptions and Representations of Black Women,” will be with Kristin Nicole Dukes, an assistant professor of psychology at Simmons College. It will take place in the Barker Center, room 133, on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. Seminar sponsors include the Open Gate Foundation, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Black and Pink, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard College Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, the Sexuality, Gender and the Human Rights Program, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and Harvard Kennedy School.last_img read more

Comeback Kid

first_imgScott Jurek knows pain.At the 2005 Badwater 135-Mile Race in Death Valley, Scott Jurek was curled on the hot asphalt puking his guts out. Amid the intense, 100-degree heat, Scott’s body had broken down and finally collapsed on the side of the road. Runners passed him. Lying in puddles of his own pavement-baked vomit, he was ready to quit.But he didn’t.He eventually scraped himself off the asphalt and got to his feet. Over the next sixty miles, he chased down the leaders and set a new course record, becoming the youngest runner ever to win Badwater.Since then, Scott has made several astonishing comebacks. In 2009, after his mother died and his marriage fell apart, he resurrected himself from a disappointing year of racing defeats to set a new 24-hour American distance record.Last week, at age 41, Scott began his attempt to break the Appalachian Trail speed record. I joined him on the trail near Big Bald, N.C., six days and 300 miles into his trek.IMG_0418Scott by his support van with his wife and crew leader Jenny Jurek, and former A.T. record holder and ultra legend David Horton, who has been meeting up with Scott Jurek along the trail to offer encouragement and advice.He had a brace on his right knee when I met him north of Devils Fork Gap. His knee pain had started in the ragged, rugged Smokies, and he had been overcompensating with his left leg for the past 50 miles. By the time we reached Sams Gap, his left quad was on fire.He soldiered up the steep climb to Big Bald. Atop the windswept summit, Scott could barely walk. He had torn his left quad and was reduced to a hobble.“This is a game changer,” he muttered.He limped down the back side of Big Bald in a downpour and finally staggered off the trail in excruciating pain near Erwin, Tennessee yesterday.His thru-hike seems to be over. His record chase seems finished.Except that this is Scott Jurek. If anyone can rise from the ashes, it’s the lone wolf from the Minnesota flatlands who transformed himself from an unassuming farm boy to the world’s greatest ultra runner.If this torn quad is as debilitating as it seems, I hope Scott calls it quits. He’s already shattered countless trail records and left nothing unproven. He has elevated himself and the sport of ultrarunning beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, including his own. My admiration for him will only deepen if he listens to his broken body and it tells him to stop.But never count him out. Today, Scott should have announced the end of his journey. Instead, he continued hiking 36 miles north on a torn quad.IMG_0425Scott Jurek knows pain. But he also knows something more important: himself. As a physical therapist, he intimately understands the inner workings of the human body and knows better than anyone its ability to heal itself. He is also a lifelong student of the human spirit, honed by long, lonely miles in the woods, a Zen clarity of mind, and a Spartan inner discipline.I’ve shared the trail with Scott many times—always far behind him. But once, near the beginning of the Promise Land 50K, I was within earshot of Scott and the lead pack. The race began before dawn, and the frontrunners’ headlamps flickered through the still, silent forest. Suddenly, from up ahead, I heard a piercing, rapturous wolf-like howl echoing across the mountains. It was Scott, and it was pure animal joy.Scott Jurek knows pain. And he also knows how to transcend it.last_img read more

Lawyers Advertising Notice

first_img Lawyers Advertising Notice The recent Supreme Court-approved amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar increased by $50 the cost to lawyers to have their advertising reviewed by the Bar’s Ethics and Advertising Department.Effective January 1, 2006, the filing fee for lawyer advertising submissions will increase to $150 per advertisement. In Re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 2005 WL 2456201 (Case No. SC05-206, October 6, 2005)For more information e-mail [email protected] or call at (850) 561-5780. Lawyers Advertising Notice December 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img

Man Killed in West Hempstead Crash, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 87-year-old Malverne man was killed and the female driver of the car seriously injured in a crash Friday night in West Hempstead, Nassau County police said. The pair had just left a CVS on Hempstead Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m., and were traveling west on Eagle Avenue, when the 81-year-old woman lost control of the 2003 Acura, causing the car to hop a curb and continue into the parking lot where the Acura struck two parked cars, police said. The car, still traveling out of control, police said, continued onto Hempstead Avenue where it crashed into a tree. The passenger, Henry Gugumuck, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. The woman, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital where she was listed in serious condition with head and neck injuries, police said. Police did not say if the driver and passenger were related. The vehicle was impounded for a brake and safety check, police said. There is no criminality expected at this time, police said.last_img read more

Trial offers hope for shortening anthrax-shot series

first_img Promising resultsAfter 8 weeks, the 4-IM group was statistically “noninferior” to the 4-SQ by all the measures of antibody response, but the 3-IM group was noninferior to the 4-SQ group only for the percent showing a fourfold rise in titer. After 7 months, however, both of the IM groups were noninferior to the 4-SQ group. For example, 98.8% of the 4-IM group and 98.2% of the 3-IM group had a fourfold rise in antibody titer, versus 99.4% in the standard-regimen (4-SQ) group. Study design and approachThe study is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Anthrax Vaccine Research Program, established by Congress in 1999, the report says. The authors include investigators from the CDC and five other centers around the country. They report their analysis of data collected from the first 1,005 participants during the first 7 months of a 43-month trial. “Changing the injection route from SQ [subcutaneous] to IM may increase vaccine acceptability,” says the report, published in the Oct 1 Journal of the American Medical Association. “Reducing the number of doses in the AVA regimen would have the added benefit of increasing the number of doses available for prophylactic use.” Oct 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An interim report from a major study of the US’s only licensed anthrax vaccine suggests it may be possible to reduce local side effects without sacrificing effectiveness by changing the injection route and using fewer doses. The standard regimen for the vaccine—required for US military personnel deployed in the Middle East—is six subcutaneous doses over an 18-month period, followed by annual boosters. Many military members have complained of side effects over the years. The vaccine, called anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA), or BioThrax, is made by Emergent BioSolutions Inc. The report says that the rise in antibody levels in the 3-IM group after two doses and 8 weeks was significant in comparison with the controls but was 50% lower than that seen in the 4-IM group at the same time point (after three doses). In light of results in animal studies, the authors write, “It is nonetheless highly probable that the antibody levels elicited by 2 doses of AVA (weeks 0, 4) would confer protection against anthrax in humans.” In the study, volunteers who received three or four intramuscular (IM), instead of subcutaneous, doses over 6 months had about the same antibody responses at 7 months as did volunteers who received the standard regimen, involving four subcutaneous doses in the first 6 months. In addition, those who received four IM doses had fewer negative effects at the injection site than did those who received four subcutaneous doses. Comparing rates of injection-site reactions in the 4-SQ and 4-IM groups, the authors found that the 4-IM group had significant reductions in the incidence of warmth, tenderness, itching, erythema, induration, edema, and nodules, though not in pain, arm stiffness, or bruising. For example, edema was 64% less common in the 4-IM group than in the other group (odds ratio, 0.36; 95% confidence interval, 0.25 to 0.51). The data also showed that reactions in the 4-IM group resolved faster. Results also showed that in all treatment groups, women were almost twice as likely as men to experience any injection-site reactions, but the differences for several of the reactions were largest in the 4-SQ group. The investigators assessed injection-site reactions and the levels of immunoglobulin-G (IgG) antibodies to anthrax protective antigen (PA), as indicated by geometric mean concentration (GMC), geometric mean titer (GMT), and the proportion of responders with a fourfold rise in titer. Healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 61 were randomly assigned to one of six groups. The first group (the 4-SQ group) received the first four AVA doses subcutaneously on the standard schedule: at 0, 2, and 4 weeks and at 6 months. The second group (the 4-IM group) received the first four doses on the same schedule but by the IM route. However, the route of vaccine administration made no significant difference in the rates of systemic adverse events, such as fatigue, muscle aches, headache, and fever, the report says. Groups 3, 4, and 5 received the vaccine intramuscularly at weeks 0 and 4 and at 6 months, getting a placebo vaccine at 2 weeks. The groups were to go on different regimens later in the study but were combined for the interim analysis and designated the 3-IM group. Group 6 received placebo vaccines on the same four-dose schedule. They add that this interpretation is supported by the immune responses observed after 7 months, “which clearly demonstrate that a 3-IM schedule provides immunological priming equivalent to the 4-SQ and 4-IM schedules.” Marano N, Plikaytis BD, Martin SW, et al. Effects of a reduced dose schedule and intramuscular administration of anthrax vaccine adsorbed on immunogenicity and safety at 7 months. JAMA 2008 Oct 1;300(13):1532-43 [Abstract]last_img read more

Thomas H.E. Mitchell

first_imgThomas H.E. Mitchell passed away on April 28, 2017 at his home in Sunman, Indiana.  The 74 year old was born on September 17, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Jule & Marian (nee: Kuhn) Mitchell.Thomas graduated from Roger Bacon High School in St. Bernard, OH and went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1960-1963.  He retired after many years, as a supervisor at the CG&E/Duke, Miami Fort Plant in Cleves, OH.Thomas just loved being outdoors.  As a member of the NRA and Tri County Coon Hunters, he enjoyed shooting at the club and outback at home.  Many times he participated in shoots at the club, including some of the Archery events there, which he helped to organize.    The avid fisherman also played softball for many years and loved sports in general.  He traveled all over the country to watch his grandchildren play in their sporting events as well.  Of course as an outdoors man he loved his toys, from quads and motorcycles to fishing boats.   Mostly, Thomas was an all around family man and will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.He is survived by his wife, Susan; sons, Thomas R. Mitchell, Kevin Fletcher and Richard Fletcher; daughters, Michelle Fletcher and Shannon (Don) Miles; seven grandchildren, AJ, Sara, Hope, JP, Justin, Susan and Derek; three great grandchildren, Lilly, Harper and Desiree; along with his mother-in-law, Theresa Hoffman, brother Mike (Teresa) Mitchell and sister-in-law Pat Mitchell.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Bob Mitchell.Friends and family may call on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 5-7pm with a Memorial Service beginning at 7pm followed by Military Funeral Honors, all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN.  Rev. Shawn Crisman officiating.    His ashes will be interred Wednesday, at Spring Grove Cemetery.Memorials may be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, for Parkinson’s Research c/o the funeral home.  See www.meyersfuneralhomes.com for online condolences.last_img read more

WBC president speaks on Mike Tyson’s boxing comeback

first_img Promoted Content7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?World’s Most Delicious FoodsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Mike Tyson will secure himself a place in the WBC rankings should he make his sensational return to professional boxing, according to Mauricio Sulaiman.The 53-year-old boxing legend has announced plans to return to the sport as part of a series of exhibition fights for charity.And Tyson remains the youngest boxer in history to win a world heavyweight championship when he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 for the WBC heavyweight title.Talks are reportedly underway for ‘Iron’ Mike to complete a trilogy of fights with boxing legend Evander Holyfield.When asked about Tyson’s return, Sulaiman branded him an “icon for the sport” and “an icon for the WBC.” “Every world champion has a provision that he can come back, like Sugar Ray [Leonard], who was inactive. But Tyson’s case is different, he’s been away many years.“But I am in full support of Mike Tyson. I believe this will bring entertainment and he’s doing it for charity. He wants to serve the world in this difficult moment.”Tyson has shared different clips of him training ferociously hard on the pads as he teases fans about his boxing comeback.And recently images have emerged online showing off the incredible physique of the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet.’ ‘Iron’ Mike hasn’t fought in professional boxing since he suffered back-to-back defeats to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride in 2004 and 2005 respectively.Sulaiman added that the WBC is “fully behind” the former undisputed world heavyweight champ’s decision to compete in exhibition fights.Read Also: Messi asked if he would pass to Ronaldo if they played together “We need to first understand what it is. I think it’s an exhibition. The safety has to be top priority,” he said.“It is great to see athletes promoting the sport. Mike Tyson had a very complicated life in boxing. And the WBC president even entertained the idea of putting a 53-year-old Tyson into the boxing organisation’ rankings if he does make a pro comeback.Sulaiman told Stats Perform News: “Mike Tyson was the youngest [boxer] to win a world championship. Maybe he will be the oldest! He’s a tremendous, legendary figure. He’s an icon for the sport, an icon for the WBC.“He could knock out anyone with one punch, at any time! So, of course, we will support him. I don’t like to speculate.“This is a topic we are all entertained by. An exhibition is one thing; if he comes back, he has to be licensed and has to go through a thorough process.“I’m not going to kill the dream. I’m going to be very supportive of Mike Tyson, he deserves it. If the dream is to say ‘I will be ranked,’ I am saying yes, we will rank him. Loading… Credit: PA “Now to see him losing weight, active, healthy, is great and we have to support him. But we have to see if it is a real fight. I am hearing that it’s an exhibition and we are fully behind him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Asian Cup teams will be a lot tougher: Chhetri

first_imgKolkata, June 12: Not willing to read too much into their Intercontinental Cup win, India captain Sunil Chhetri on Tuesday said the 2019 AFC Asian Cup would be ‘at a different level’ with teams like UAE, Bahrain and Thailand.”It was a great preparatory tournament for us. We don’t play teams like Kenya and New Zealand everyday. It was a different challenge. No matter how much we improve, it might still be less,” Chhetri told reporters after receiving the Indian Player of Year award at the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) Awards at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club here.”With due respect to Kenya and New Zealand, the teams that are competing against us in the Asian Cup — like Thailand, Bahrain and UAE — they are at least two-three levels up.”It’s a different level altogether. We all try our best to prepare well and everyone comes to the camp in December fit and injury-free,” the 33-year old added.Chhetri urged his teammates to keep their heads down and continue working hard without getting carried away by the triumph in the four-nation meet in Mumbai.”Where we want to reach is very far. We are just taking small steps. There is no point getting carried away. We should work hard keeping our heads down and try to keep improving ourselves,” the Indian captain said.Chhetri, who netted eight goals in four matches, also played his milestone 100th match in India colours.He also became joint second highest International goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi with his 64th strike. IANSlast_img read more

Johnson, NC State visit BC

first_imgARE YOU EXPERIENCED: North Carolina State has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Boston College has depended on freshmen. For the Wolfpack, seniors Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D.J. Funderburk and Jericole Hellems have combined to account for 76 percent of the team’s scoring, including 86 percent of all points over its last five. On the other bench, freshmen Heath, Derryck Thornton and Steffon Mitchell have collectively accounted for 48 percent of Boston College’s scoring this season and 55 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Johnson has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all North Carolina State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 12 field goals and 25 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 74: Boston College is 0-8 this year when it allows 74 points or more and 12-5 when holding opponents to fewer than 74.PERFECT WHEN: The Eagles are 7-0 when they hold opposing teams to 60 points or fewer and 5-13 when opponents exceed 60 points. The Wolfpack are 11-0 when they make eight or more 3-pointers and 5-8 when the team hits fewer than eight from long range.LOOSENING UP: North Carolina State’s offense has turned the ball over 11.8 times per game this year, but is averaging 15.7 turnovers over its last three games. Johnson, NC State visit BC February 15, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorth Carolina State (16-8, 7-6) vs. Boston College (12-13, 6-8)Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Sunday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Markell Johnson and North Carolina State will go up against Jay Heath and Boston College. The senior Johnson is averaging 13.6 points and seven assists over the last five games. Heath, a freshman, is averaging 13.6 points over the last five games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,The Latest: Justin Thomas takes early lead at US Openlast_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse beats Cornell 67-46 in Carrier Dome

first_img Related Stories Michael Gbinije helps push Syracuse past Cornell as distributor, not scorerPoll: Grade Syracuse’s performance against Cornell and vote for the player of the gameTyler Roberson’s 15-point, 12-rebound performance spurs Syracuse to 67-46 win Comments Published on December 19, 2015 at 4:55 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img