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Womyn who runs hotel in small-town Michigan offers free lodging to women seeking abortions

From Yahoo: Incensed by the spate of legislation severely limiting abortion rights in several states, the manager of a hotel in a small Michigan town posted an unusual offer on Facebook last month.

“Dear sisters,” Shelley O’Brien began in a post addressed to those who live in the states that have or are trying to restrict access to abortion. “We cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state,” she wrote. “But, if you can make it to Michigan, we will support you with several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment” for abortion services.

The “support” includes staying at the Yale Hotel for free.

O’Brien, 55, runs the hotel in Yale, Michigan. According to The Detroit Free Press, the community near the state’s eastern boundary is perhaps best known for its annual Bologna Festival, which takes place every July. It’s a largely conservative town with a population of under 2,000.

O’Brien, a mother of three and a grandmother of seven, told CNN on Saturday that she felt compelled to take a stand after watching such states as Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky pass bills that seek to significantly impede a woman’s access to abortion.

Efforts also have been made in Michigan to restrict abortion rights, including introduction last month in the state Legislature of a so-called heartbeat bill that would ban the procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected ― a point when many women remain unaware that they are pregnant. (Nice, unbiased reporting there, HuffPo…)

“Women should have autonomy over their own bodies,” O’Brien said. “If we do not have control over our own bodies, then this is not a free world.”

In her Facebook post, which garnered thousands of reactions, O’Brien promised that she’d provide several nights free lodging at the Yale Hotel, as well as “transportation to and from your appointment” for out-of-state women seeking an abortion in Michigan.

Speaking to the Free Press last week, O’Brien clarified that her offer “extends to anybody” seeking an abortion who may need support, including women who live in parts of her own state where abortion providers are few and far between. The paper noted that there are no abortion providers in Yale, but women can find such services an hour’s drive away.

O’Brien said no one had yet taken her up on her offer, but she has a room set aside for when someone does. She told CNN that she’d dubbed the space “Jane’s Room” in honor of Jane Roe, the pseudonym given to Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Roe v. Wade case that in 1973 established a woman’s right to an abortion throughout the U.S.

“The only way this is going to change is if people are willing to risk something,” O’Brien, who’s been called a “baby killer” for her views, told CNN. “The reason they get away with stuff like this is because nobody wants to make waves, nobody wants to give up anything for it.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Scared students rejecting colleges in states with strict abortion laws

As Dana Schuster reports for NY Post: One Upper East Side family is sending Washington University a big, fat rejection letter.

On Friday, the governor of Missouri, where the well-respected school is located, signed a bill outlawing abortion after eight weeks.

The legislation was a deal-breaker for Ellen Bender and her daughter, Eliza, a junior at Horace Mann prep school, who planned to visit the school in June.

“These laws are not really good for women,” said Ellen, a retired litigator. “It puts my child into a situation [where] I might think twice about her safety.”

Missouri joins five other states — Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and Louisiana — that have passed so-called “heartbeat bills” this year.

In April, Alabama passed a bill where doctors who perform abortions in the state could face 99 years in prison.

The bans, which are not yet in effect, are being vehemently fought by everyone from lawmakers and Hollywood celebrities to high-schoolers making college plans.

“This is a serious thing,” said Amanda Uhry, a private-school admissions consultant in New York City. “I’ve had 61 college-admission clients remove Georgia and Ohio schools from their list for next year,” she said, adding that one of these clients is a double legacy at Emory, in Atlanta.

An Upper West Sider who asked to remain anonymous said she nixed Oberlin — her teenage daughter’s dream school — after a heartbeat bill was passed in Ohio last month.

“For someone who is studying music, Oberlin was always on her list of colleges,” the mother, who works in media, said of her daughter. “She texted me and was like, ‘WTF,’ when the Ohio law was passed. She wants to have control over her body and her rights.

“People are shocked and scared,” Uhry explained. “They were like, ‘What are we going to do if we send our daughter there and she gets pregnant?’ ”

Said Bender: “Some of my friends have said, ‘If your daughter goes to college in Georgia and, God forbid, she gets pregnant, she can always come to New York for an abortion.’ ”

But, she added, that’s missing the point: “If the legislators passed those laws, they won’t be friendly legislators for women in general.”

(Spokespersons for Washington and Emory universities did not return calls for comment by press time, while a representative for Oberlin declined to comment.)

It’s not just prospective college students blacklisting states. Hollywood is up in arms after Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, a popular hub for production thanks to its 30 percent tax rebates, signed the state’s heartbeat bill on May 7.

One day later, David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and “The Deuce,” tweeted that he was boycotting the Peach State.

Last week, director Reed Morano announced that she would no longer film scenes from Amazon Studios’ “The Power” in Georgia. Kristen Wiig and writing partner Annie Mumolo, who are working on the new comedy “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” followed suit, also pulling out of the state, according to Variety.

Uhry said the anger — and fear — has only just begun, especially for her college-bound clientele.
“Everyone is scared,” said Uhry. “What state should we take off the list next?”

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Ohio school removes valedictorian, salutatorian honors to better students’ mental wellness

Why don’t we teach children the mechanisms they need to cope with competitive situations, of which many students will face in their futures?

Fox News: An Ohio high school announced Thursday that they will be eliminating valedictorian and salutatorian honors starting next year in an effort to improve students’ mental wellness.

Officials with Mason High School, located in a Cincinnati suburb, said they were removing the honors and will instead recognize “students who have achieved outstanding academic success through a multitude of pathways,” Principal Bobby Dodd said in a statement, according to FOX 19 NOW.

Dodd said the move would help curb the competitive culture at the school and permit students to focus on other things. The school would continue to recognize those with a high average. Students who have achieved a 4.0 GPA or higher will earn summa cum laude. Students with a 3.75 to 3.99 GPA will receive magna cum laude honors. Those with a 3.51 to 3.74 will earn designated cum laude. The school originally recognized one valedictorian and salutatorian based on a students’ GPA ranking.

“The paradoxical nature of class rank within the culture of MHS does nothing to decrease the competition among students,” Dodd said.

The school said it would also start a half hour later starting next year and are working on giving students less work during the summer. The district stated the changes came following a year-long study and group meetings where staff, families and students attended.

Former student Samantha Segerman told WCPO she remembered having a “few mental breakdowns” in fear of dropping rankings. “I know there were kids well over a 4.0 who were barely in the top 10 percent,” Segerman told WCPO.

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NO. JUST NO: Ohio bar offers menstrual-themed drink to support women’s shelter

There’s got to be better ways to support a cause that won’t make patrons want to throw up. Maybe a donation jar or tabletop signs promoting the shelter? Just a thought that isn’t so “visceral.”

From Fox News: For a bar in Ohio, it’s always that time of the month, and not everybody is happy about it.

A restaurant/bar in Lakewood, OH, caused controversy online when they unveiled their new berry margarita that comes garnished with a tampon. According to the bar’s Facebook post, one dollar from every purchase will be donated to a nearby women’s shelter.

Yuzu, an izakaya (casual Japanese pub) inspired bar, promoted the new drink on Facebook by posting “it’s that time of the month, time for a new menu that is…” The drink, called the Even Can’t Literally, is a berry margarita that comes garnished with a tampon. According to one of the restaurant’s bartenders, however, the tampon is optional.

Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that Sarah Krueger, the drink’s creator, told them “we also decided if someone doesn’t want the actual tampon in their drink, they can donate that tampon as well. They can get the drink and say ‘donate the tampon, we just want the drink’ and we’ll still donate the dollar to the woman’s shelter.”

Unfortunately, not everyone on Facebook thinks that the drink is a good idea. One user commented “You know you could have just donated those tampons to the women’s shelter, right? Where they need tampons? Okay, cool. Just making sure.” Another user said “round of applause Yuzu! I didn’t think it was possible, but you guys took a charitable cause for women and still managed to degrade female bodily functions and mock female vernacular with the drink name.”

Another user also took issue with the name, asking “Anyone else notice that the name of the drink is misogynistic too? Making fun of the way women talk?”

In a statement obtained by Fox News, Yuzu’s owner, David Bumba, said “it’s completely understandable at first reaction why some people may have had a visceral reaction to our fundraising efforts. This was a concept created by our female staff to raise money for a local women’s shelter, the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center. Our goal is also to spark an important conversation about the advocacy of women’s health issues, ignite awareness and action towards the needs of local women’s shelters, and dispel archaic attitudes about women’s bodies. The reality is that in our modern world, we are bombarded with an endless amount of advertisements and distractions. It takes something impactful to cut above the noise to get people’s attention. These are important issues that need to be discussed and it’s often easier to simply ignore them. We have received an overwhelming amount of support to continue our mission. We understand our concept is a topic for debate but at the end of the day, it’s about raising awareness and coming together to help those in need.”

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Project meant to honor fallen soldiers earns 13-year-old student 3 days of suspension

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From Yahoo: A 13-year-old student’s school project earned him a grade of 82 percent — and a three-day suspension.

Tyler Carlin of Celina, Ohio, knew right away that he wanted to honor fallen soldiers when he was assigned a project at school, and he quickly set out to build a battle cross. A fallen soldier battle cross is made of a service member’s rifle, their boots, and typically their helmet and dog tags, and has been practiced since before the Civil War.

“I got the idea from my dad’s friend, [who] is like a grandpa to me,” Tyler told WLFI.com. “He always tells me about his war stories and what that means to him.”

While Tyler was not allowed to use an Airsoft gun as a stand-in, he did get permission to use a Nerf gun. He completed his battle cross with a plastic helmet and his sister’s old boots. However, it wasn’t long after he entered the school that he was sent to the administrator’s office. Before he returned to class, he was informed he could be facing suspension.

After the incident, the Carlins decided to hire an attorney.

“Initially, they said it was because he brought a look-alike weapon to school and caused a disturbance,” Travis Faber, the family’s attorney, told the news outlet. “After his parents took issue with the suspension, they’re now saying he was suspended for insubordination.”

Carl Huber, Celina city schools’ board of education president, said in a statement: “The Celina City School Board has requested a ‘FERPA Release Form’ be signed through the family’s attorney to allow us to make a truthful and accurate statement about the situation. Until the school has received that release, the Board and its agents will not be making any statement that violates the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or a student’s general right to privacy.” Huber did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.

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DEMENTED: Mom sings lullaby before aborting baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpLxxtqsb4s

Video NSFW due to some language.

A very disturbing video from the Michael Anderson Show. From his description:

“This video shows an activist group called “Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights” hosting a pro-abortion rally titled, “Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision” at Your Choice Healthcare, a non-surgical abortion facility. The event consisted of calling on “God” (Satan or some sh*t to be honest) to bless abortions while praising those who perform the procedure,“We want to show there are people of faith who support bodily rights” said Elaina Ramsey, executive director of the organization. The group also plans to conduct these ceremonies at the six other abortion clinics in Ohio over the next year, according to The Columbus Dispatch.”

Woman starts speaking at 3:15 mark.

Read the story at The Columbus Dispatch here.

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Taxpayer relief shot: Ohio Taco Bell workers shoot and kill armed robber


Score one for the Second Amendment!
From Yahoo: Police say three employees of a Cleveland Taco Bell opened fire on two armed robbers, killing one.
Police have said two masked robbers entered the restaurant early Wednesday and ordered three employees to lie on the floor. Police say three other employees pulled out handguns and opened fire, shooting one of the suspects six times. The other suspect ran off.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday said the man killed was 24-year-old De’Carlo Jackson. Investigators say Jackson was found with a loaded gun in his hand. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
No one has been arrested. The employees who opened fire are said to be two 19-year-old men and a 23-year-old man.
A Taco Bell spokeswoman told Cleveland.com the company is “shocked” by the shooting and is offering counseling to employees.
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Teenage cheerleader accused of killing newborn baby and burying it in garden

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Brooke Skylar Richardson: Good girl who “helped” children


From her attorney: “She’s by all means a very good person.”
From Yahoo: An 18-year-old Ohio cheerleader was charged after the remains of her newborn baby were discovered buried in her backyard, according to reports.
Brooke Skylar Richardson was charged with reckless homicide on Friday after evidence showed the child “was not a stillborn baby,” according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said.
The baby’s remains were found earlier this month and they appeared to be buried more than two months before their discovery, according Lieutenant John Faine of the Warren’s County Sheriff’s Office.
The baby’s remains were reportedly discovered because of a tip from a doctor’s office.
“Law enforcement is continuing to treat this as an ongoing investigation,” Fornshell told Dayton Daily News.
The prosecutor’s office is still waiting on the coroner to determine the baby’s official cause of death, NYDailyNews reported.
Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday. 
Her attorney, Charles Rittgers, told reporters on Friday that Richardson is a “good student” who graduated high school a few months ago.
“She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or smoker,” Rittgers said. “By all measures, a very good girl who helped children… She’s by all means a very good person.”
Richardson was bonded out of the Warren County Jail. Her preliminary hearing date was set for Aug. 1.
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GMA spins a story on an illegal alien: "Ohio father of 4 bids farewell before deportation to Mexico"

illegalThe father is more than welcome to take his family with him to his native home.
The father had notice six years ago that because he is an illegal alien, he’d be getting the boot.
The father had been in the US for 16 years – plenty of time to acquire US citizenship.
Yet the media does their best everyday to prove why most see them as an arm of the demorats.
From Yahoo (originally on Good Morning America): An Ohio father of four had an emotional farewell with his family this morning before returning to Mexico.
Jesus Lara Lopez, who worked at a packaging facility in Willard, Ohio, was seen off by family and about a dozen supporters at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this morning, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Photographs taken at the airport before his flight show him embracing his children in a series of tearful goodbyes.
When Lopez checked in with immigration officials in March, he was told he was being deported under “an illegal immigration crackdown,” his lawyer David Leopold told the press this morning.
Lopez has been in the country for 16 years, and his children were born in the U.S., the Plain Dealer reported.
A federal immigration judge first ordered Lopez removed in 2011, Khaalid Walls, the Northeast communications director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told ABC News. In 2014 the agency granted Lopez a stay of removal, Walls said, adding that “in a further exercise of discretion, the agency has allowed him to remain free from custody to finalize his departure plans.”
“The agency will continue to closely monitor his case to ensure compliance,” Walls said.
He said that ICE could not confirm for ABC News whether Lopez complied with its request until after he is “successfully repatriated,” for operational and security reasons, but would try to provide an update on his status later today.
ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported that Lopez had never been charged with a crime during his 16 years in the U.S., has paid taxes and did not receive food stamps. Walls noted in response that the lack of a criminal record does not necessarily exempt an unauthorized immigrant illegal alien from deportation.
“As Secretary [John] Kelly and Acting Director [Thomas D.] Homan have stated repeatedly, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of national security and public safety threats; however, no class or category of alien in the United States is exempt from arrest or removal,” Walls told ABC News.
Leopold told WEWS-TV that his client had a valid work permit. The New York Times reported in June that Lopez worked “the graveyard shift packing Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers” at Pepperidge Farm.
ABC News reached out to Pepperidge Farm for a comment about Lopez’s work permit, and the company said he was hired by a third-party company, Spherion, which manages packaging workers at the facility. Spherion confirmed for ABC News that Lopez had a valid work permit and it hired him in October 2016.
“These are the darkest times I’ve ever seen as an attorney. When the best and the brightest that we have to offer are taken from their homes and sent away,” Leopold told reporters. “The law is so broken.”
America’s Voice, an immigration rights advocacy group, posted a statement on its website criticizing the deportation of Lopez from John Sandweg, a former acting director of ICE and a former acting general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Cases like this are an incredible waste of ICE resources that only make it harder for the agency to identify and remove dangerous criminals,” he wrote. He added that he believes enforcement resources should be focused on finding criminals and public safety threats instead.
Sandweg has been a vocal critic of President Trump‘s broad promise of reducing illegal immigration to the U.S. a central part of his 2016 campaign.
The U.S. was already focused on enforcing immigration rules during the presidency of Barack Obama, who oversaw the removal of more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, earning him the nickname deporter in chief.
“The [Trump] administration’s focus on the low-hanging fruit of the enforcement system only allows the bad guys to remain at large, weakening our public safety,” Sandweg added.
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Student gets suspended after liking picture of a gun on Instagram

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The gun the student liked was an AIRSOFT gun. INSANITY.
From NY Post: A middle school student in Ohio found himself in the crosshairs after “liking” a photo of a gun on social media, complete with the caption “ready.”
Zachary Bowlin, a seventh-grader at Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, received a 10-day suspension after liking the Instagram photo of an airsoft gun late Thursday.
“I don’t think I did anything wrong,” he told KRON. “[The] next morning, they called me down and, like, patted me down and checked me for weapons. Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever.”
Administrators sent Bowlin home with a note indicating the reason for his suspension – liking a post on social media that indicated potential violence.
“I was livid,” Bowlin’s father, Martin Bowlin, told the station. “He never shared, he never commented, never made a threatening post … [he] just liked it.”
In an email to parents the morning after Bowlin liked the post, administrators said they learned of an “alleged threat” of a student bringing a gun to school. “We act on any potential threat to student safety swiftly and with the utmost importance,” the message to parents read, according to WXIX. “This morning, the alleged threat was addressed and we can assure you that all students at Edgewood Middle School are safe and school will continue as normal. Thank you.”
Edgewood City Schools Superintendent Russ Fussnecker said the district has “zero tolerance” of violent, disruptive, harassing, bullying or inappropriate behavior on behalf of students – including while off school grounds if it potentially impacts the classroom.
“As the Superintendent of the Edgewood City Schools, I assure you that any social media threat will be taken serious including those who ‘like’ the post when it potentially endangers the health and safety of students or adversely affects the educational process,” Fussnecker’s statement concluded.
Bowlin’s parents said school administrators ultimately dropped the 10-day suspension after speaking with them.
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