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WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Former Northside star Michal Robertson on fire for UAH softball


Southern Miss junior Christopher Monroe (Northridge High School) won the triple jump (49-8.50) at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays. --- Southern Miss senior hurdler Courtland Wells (Northridge High School) finished seventh in the high jump (6-8.75 ...

2 more arrested in connection with 2013 Valley murder


VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - Investigators in Valley, AL have made more arrests in connection to the 2013 murder of Courtland Larae Harper. Harper was killed as he stepped outside of his residence on Glass Road in Valley in the evening hours on Nov. 10, 2013.

Happening This Week


Pond Spring is located in Lawrence County in Hillsboro, three miles east of Courtland, on Alabama Highway 20 (US Alt. 72). For more information, contact Kara Long at wheelerinfo@hiwaay.net, 256-637-8513. The Alabama Historical Commission protects ...

Alabama girl now home safe after kidnapping incident


An Alabama girl is home safe after being kidnapped outside of ...
case.Police arrested 19-year-old Corey Davis and 21-year-old Derrick Newell in the murder of Courtland Larae Harper.Authorities previously arrested David Bell, 19, and Deonta Summers ...

Courtland accepts planning grant


A planning grant may help Courtland chart a future of revitalization. That was the hope as the town Council accepted a planning grant to be administered by the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) at its meeting on Monday.

Grant will help Courtland overcome International Paper plant closure


COURTLAND, AL (WAFF) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley awarded the town of Courtland a $32,000 Community Development Block Grant to help the community overcome the loss of 1,100 jobs with the closing of the International Paper mill. The mill shut down in early ...

Scenes from Courtland: Photos capture quaintness of tiny, historic Alabama town


If you have photos of Courtland you'd like to add to this gallery, email Kelly Kazek at kkazek@al.com. COURTLAND, Alabama - On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, no one was stirring in downtown Courtland, Ala. A lone police car was parked near the curb on ...

Top 10 Haunted Houses in Alabama


For more information about the Greenville Haunted Firehouse in Greenville Alabama click on the website link below. The Haunted House Of Horror in Courtland Alabama is a old high school with 40.000 square feet of intense suspense of what will happen next as ...

International Paper To Shut Down Courtland, Alabama Paper Mill


Packaging products maker International Paper Co. (IP: Quote) said Wednesday that it plans to permanently close its paper mill in Courtland, Alabama, a facility that is part of the company's printing and communications papers business. The company cited the ...

Courtland Air Show to light up the sky with rare night flight


COURTLAND, Alabama -- Jim Achord, an Air Force veteran and director of the Courtland Air Show, would be lying if he said he didn't think about the risks involved in the show's high speed and flashy aerial stunts when he steps into the cockpit. The ...

Building in Kackley destroyed by fire


Courtland Journal – March 5, 2015 Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – March 27, 2015 The store building in Kackley remembered by many area residents as “Carl Johnson’s Store” was destroyed by f…

ICONIC WEDNESDAYS PRESENTS YUNG RALPH @ SUEDE IN ATLANTA, GA


ICONIC Wednesdays presents….. YUNG RALPH text SUEDE to 545454 enter free til 12 Doors open at 7pm $5 premium cocktails and $5 hookahs for ladies til 12 call 4049191407 for info and free sections ©2015…

This Woman Is Accused of Faking Breast Cancer and Collecting Thousands in Donations


Photo: Getty Images It’s one of those stories that deflates your faith in humanity: A Florida woman is facing fraud charges for faking breast cancer and collecting $4,400 dollars in donations, report…

A Torn And Bloodied Flag!


The eyes of men behold A torn and bloodied flag They lied unto themselves That it was more than just a rag.   You satisfy its thirst for blood Not theirs per se, but yours And gladly will you d…

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of March 23-29


Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm. Events March 23 – 29: Easter Bunny Visits at Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-40…

ELECTRIC REPUBLIC RESENTS EMMANUEL DIEKE SATURDAY @ KRAVE IN ATLANTA, GA


The Electric Republic presents … EMMANUEL DIEKE Saturday @ Krave Everyone enters free til 12 with RSVP Text KRAVE to 545454 1100 Crescent Ave – Atlanta, Ga Dress Code: No Hats, No T-Shirts, No Athleti…

Police: Man Dies After Being Shot, Run Over In Feltonville


http://media.philadelphia .cbslocal.com/CBSPHL_2015 0305011708787AA.mp4 PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police say a man has died after he was shot and then run over in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighbo…

District Line Daily: Pot in Private


A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypa per.com.  Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any …

Citizen drives police dog in pursuit of Windsor stabbing suspect


A Windsor police dog and its handler caught a ride from a helpful citizen Sunday as they chased a stabbing suspect over fences, down streets and across several blocks. The victim had initially locked…

lostinurbanism: Hasani Amun Photography by Courtland Wells


lostinurbanism: Hasani Amun Photography by Courtland Wells




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The Guardian and a warning to COURTLAND ALABAMA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Victms of discrimination in COURTLAND ALABAMA

The EEOC enforces the prohibitions against employment discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title II of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information, as well as reprisal for protected activity. The Commission´s interpretations of these statutes apply to its adjudication and enforcement in federal sector as well as private sector and state and local government employment.

The EEOC has held that discrimination against an inpidual because that person is transgender (also known as gender identity discrimination) is discrimination because of sex and therefore is covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Macy v. Department of Justice, EEOC Appeal No. 0120120821 (April 20, 2012), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0120120821%20Macy%20v%20DOJ%20ATF.txt. The Commission has also found that claims by lesbian, gay, and bisexual inpiduals alleging sex-stereotyping state a sex discrimination claim under Title VII. See Veretto v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Appeal No. 0120110873 (July 1, 2011), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0120110873.txt; Castello v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Request No. 0520110649 (Dec. 20, 2011), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0520110649.txt.

While discrimination based on an inpidual´s status as a parent (prohibited under Executive Order 13152) is not a covered basis under the laws enforced by the EEOC, there are circumstances where discrimination against caregivers may give rise to sex discrimination under Title VII or disability discrimination under the ADA. See Enforcement Guidance: Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities, www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/caregiving.html.

Federal government employees may file claims of discrimination under the Part 1614 EEO process on any of the bases covered under the laws EEOC enforces, and/or may also utilize additional complaint procedures described below.

Civil Service Reform Act

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), as amended, also protects federal government applicants and employees from discrimination in personnel actions (see "Prohibited Personnel Practices" http://www.opm.gov/ovrsight/proidx.asp) based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or on conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the applicant or employee -- which can include sexual orientation or transgender (gender identity) status. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), www.osc.gov, and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), www.mspb.gov, enforce the prohibitions against federal employment discrimination codified in the CSRA. For more information, see OPM´s Addressing Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment at www.opm.gov/er/address2/guide01.htm, OPM´s Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Inpiduals in the Federal Workplace at www.opm.gov/persity/Transgender/Guidance.asp, and OSC´s Prohibited Personnel Practices and How to File a Complaint at http://www.osc.gov/ppp.htm.

Executive Orders

Additionally, federal agencies retain procedures for making complaints of discrimination on any bases prohibited by Executive Orders reviewed below. For example, some lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees may file complaints under both the agency´s Executive Order complaint process (for sexual orientation discrimination) and 1614 process (for sex discrimination), as these are separate processes.

Executive Order 11478, section 1 (as amended by Executive Orders 13087 and 13152) provides:

It is the policy of the government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in federal employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, sexual orientation or status as a parent, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency. This policy of equal opportunity applies to and must be an integral part of every aspect of personnel policy and practice in the employment, development, advancement, and treatment of civilian employees of the federal government, to the extent permitted by law.

Executive Order 13152 states that "status as a parent" refers to the status of an inpidual who, with respect to an inpidual who is under the age of 18 or who is 18 or older but is incapable of self-care because of a physical or mental disability, is: a biological parent, an adoptive parent, a foster parent, a stepparent, a custodian of a legal ward, in loco parentis over such inpidual, or actively seeking legal custody or adoption of such an inpidual. The Executive Order authorized OPM to develop guidance on the provisions of the Order.

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Giving Every Young Person in COURTLAND ALABAMA a Path to Reach Their Potential

Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.

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