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Alabama judge orders hearing on prisoner's abortion request


FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering a hearing after an Alabama prisoner dropped her request to obtain an abortion. U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon told authorities to have the woman in court for a hearing Friday morning in Florence.

Yelawolf Announces One New Zealand Show


Yelawolf was born Michael Wayne Atha in Gadsden, Alabama: a small town encircled by a region drenched in musical tradition. In keeping with its diverse lineage, Yelawolf’s style is a unique distillation of many touchstones. In his double-time ...

Addison to participate in national yard sale event


The event touted as the “world’s longest yard sale” runs 690 miles through six states, from Gadsden, Alabama, to just north of Addison, according to the event’s website. Addison Village Clerk Julie Hackett said anyone who does not live along U.S ...

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust to sell three malls to an institutional buyer


The assets under agreement of sale, which are subject to customary closing conditions, are: Gadsden Mall in Gadsden, AL, Wiregrass Commons Mall in Dothan, AL and New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, VA. Sales per square foot for the assets under ...

Gadsden Career Center hosting Job Fair Aug. 5


Qualified veterans will receive priority for employment and training programs at a Job Fair Aug. 5 at the Gadsden Senior Activity Center. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 623 Broad St. in downtown Gadsden.

Faced with shortage of space for bodies, Alabama county stores bodies in mobile morgue


GADSDEN, Alabama — The elderly woman is wrapped tightly in a white sheet to help preserve her body as much as possible. Little else can be done while officials wait for someone to claim her body or to allow the courts to complete the process to legally ...

Entertainment announced for Gadsden's First Friday Aug. 7


There will be a meet and greet with Gadsden City High School Titan football players and cheerleaders in the 600 block. Riverview Regional Medical Center and the Northeast Alabama Division of the American Heart Association will have a display in the green ...

Hewitt-Trussville's Jalen Williams hasn't forgotten Gadsden City playoff loss


The Nov. 7, 2014 defeat in the first round of the postseason left Jalen Williams and his teammates with plenty of offseason motivation. “Give them credit for making plays, but you’re rather have the ball in their hands and make them earn it,” said ...

Alabama man arrested for impersonating a police officer


GADSDEN, Ala. -- Authorities say a man driving a vehicle with blue lights on its roof is charged with impersonating an officer. Etowah County Sheriff's Capt. Josh Morgan said 43-year-old David Michael Combs of Fyffe was stopped Thursday afternoon when ...

Ten People Charged in Northeast Alabama Conspiracy to distribute meth


“Thanks to all the members of the FBI’s North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force and particularly, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and the Gadsden Police Department for their tireless work in bringing this case to fruition.” Jose and Juanna ...

Why Canadians in the U.S. Pine for Elusive Spruce Beer Soda


Tree-flavored soda is a thing. According to Canadian-turned-Kentuckia n Alex Luken, spruce beer soda tastes like a Christmas tree in a glass. As a child growing up in Montreal, Luken recalls special t…

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Domestic violence in GADSDEN ALABAMA

Does your partner ever….

> Embarrass you with put-downs?

> Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?

> Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

> Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

> Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

> Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

> Make all of the decisions?

> Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

> Prevent you from working or attending school?

> Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

> Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

> Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

> Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

> Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Don’t hesitate to chat or call to 1-800-799-SAFE if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.

The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.

http://www.thehotline.org/

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The Guardian and a warning to GADSDEN 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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How can I follow Congressman votes that I have chosen in GADSDEN ALABAMA

How to . . .   observe about congressional votes  All voting in Congress is a matter of public record. However, not all floor votes are roll call votes. There are voice votes (“aye” or “no”) and pision or standing votes (where the presiding officer counts Members), and these types of votes do not indicate by name how a member voted. Senate.gov

Senate roll call vote tallies are posted online within an hour of the vote.   You can view today´s votes or use the vote tables to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress (1989).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries also provide brief descriptions of the votes and links to Congress.gov for the texts of the legislation.

House.gov

House roll call vote tallies are posted online directly following the vote.   You can view votes from this Congress or use the archives to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries provide brief descriptions of the votes.

Congress.gov

Congress.gov provides Senate recorded floor votes going back to the 101st Congress (1989-90) and House recorded floor votes going back to the second session of the 101st Congress (1990). To access votes using Congress.gov search for a bill and click on the "Actions" tab. All House and Senate roll call votes will be listed with links to the House and Senate´s web pages.

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official source of information on recorded floor votes.  Votes are printed in the daily Record as they occur on the floor. The votes provide an alphabetical listing of members under “yea,” “nay,” and “not voting” categories and show the overall tally for each category.  However, votes are not identified by party or by state. The Daily Digest section that is printed at the end of each Record shows how many roll call votes were taken that day and show on what page in the Record the votes can be found. TheCongressional Record Index provides subject access to the votes (under “Votes in Senate” and “Votes in House.”)

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