The Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge is closed to both drivers and pedestrians for the next three weeks. The Department of Health Services announced a change in protocol Monday afternoon, which includes more lab testing options for healthcare providers. An effort to collect items like baby bottles, cleaning supplies, batteries and more for Nashville's Community Resource Center is underway.
Young love — especially when it's with the star of the football team — can make a girl crazy. In pre-Depression, small-town Kansas, good-girl Natalie Wood is so tortured by her sexual urges for beau Warren Beatty and conflicting pressure to be moral that she attempts suicide after a school dance and ends up in a sanitarium. It's the ultimate depiction of overwhelming first love, and — sorry, religious right — a chilling PSA against the dangers of teen abstinence. There are many reasons 10 Things I Hate About You stands the test of time better than most of its contemporaries in the glut of late '90s teen flicks, but we'll name two of them. For starters, child-star-made-good Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned in an understated, endearing performance as a lovelorn and totally undercover hot geek. The film also served as a breakout role for a then little-known Aussie named Heath Ledger, who sung, danced, and smirked his way into the heart of ice queen intellectual punk Kat Stratford Julia Stiles. That's without mentioning a stellar soundtrack, its brilliantly caricaturish deconstruction of high school cliquery, and a house party worthy of the name Bogey Lowenstein. Every generation has its variant on the girl-dresses-as-boy, girl-as-boy-falls-for-boy, boy-freaks-out tale. And this immensely fun, if minor, romp from the '80s perfectly captures the decade's raunch-lite spirit and funky fashion sense.
The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre where he was remanded previously on 21 charges. The charges include rape, engaging in sexual activity with a child, blackmail, distributing indecent photos of children, possessing such photos, inciting children to take incident photos, disclosing private sexual photos, harassment and unauthorised access to computer material. It is alleged that after a girl 16 had taken a pregnancy test the youth, grabbed her by the throat before raping her in a bathroom. A prosecutor said bail was opposed and a police officer told the court of other incidents including one were a girl 13 had been sent an indecent image by the defendant via Snapchat showing his private parts. In another incident, a year-old girl with a learning disability was contacted on Snapchat and sent a photo of the defendant naked. The officer said the defendant had a level of knowledge of the internet and knew how to access software. A defence barrister said his client denied rape and had insisted any sexual contact was consensual. Refusing bail, District Judge Nigel Broderick said he concerned the youth would commit further offences and contact witnesses and remanded him in custody to December 27th.
This is the logical result of self-identification. If people are what they say they are they can get away with anything. Despite being arrested for possessing child pornography that showed sexual assault of children from infancy through 8 years old, he continued to profess his right to have the images even during his trial. He also creates these images himself, drawing detailed depictions of his horrific fantasies. Self-ID for gender has caused big problems, yet legislators and trans advocates continue to push for the concept. The idea is that we are what we say we are, we can choose our own gender identifiers and the world has to comply. Those who speak out against this absurdity are labelled bigots and transphobes. Irish comedian and writer Graham Linehan is one of these. He has been outspoken in his admonition of self-ID, and vilified along with countless gender critical women. Of late, BanGlinner has popped up on Twitter, spurred on by trans activists.